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Television

Monday May 21, 2012 10:14 am EDT

  • BBC1
  • "In a building of locked rooms the man with the key is King. And baby, you should see me in a crown"



By the time I finish crying, do you think Season Three will have started yet?

The finale of Season Two certainly began -and ended- darkly. Within moments of "The Reichenbach Fall" being on air, John Watson says "Sherlock Holmes, my best friend, is dead." Surely not!

... Right?

For...

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Television

Monday May 14, 2012 11:56 am EDT
Ep 2 | more...

Television

Monday May 14, 2012 10:37 am EDT

  • AMC.com
  • I believe you are ready, young padawan



When Betty appears this season it's not as a supporting character, it's to steal the show. And I will devote the majority of this review to discussing Betty because I am - wait for it - yes, a fan. Some of it is my natural reaction to like a character that the writers seem so hell-bent on making everyone dislike, but I actually believe Betty...

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Television

Monday May 14, 2012 09:43 am EDT
Season 2, Episode 7 | more...

Television

Monday May 7, 2012 11:29 am EDT

  • PBS
  • Bros before hoes! ... Mostly



The BBC's "Sherlock," now blessedly airing on PBS, may be the most difficult series I have ever reviewed. Yes, more so than "Lost" or "Breaking Bad," because "Sherlock," with those infuriatingly short seasons, is concentrated London crack. Every line is a quote, every movement or gesture worth a mention, and all of it amid an intoxicating swirl of plots....

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Television

Monday May 7, 2012 10:15 am EDT
Season 2, Episode 6 | more...

Television

Monday May 7, 2012 10:14 am EDT

  • AMC.com
  • "FML"



Let's talk about Pete. I'm worried for him. Are you? After being such a slime ball in the first two seasons of the show, he really seemed to grow in the last two. This year, he's completely falling apart (a season later than Don, of course, his idol).

The episode title, "Lady Lazarus" is based on a Sylvia Plath poem about rebirth, but it's also about suicide. Pete...

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Television

Monday April 30, 2012 12:58 pm EDT

  • CBS.com
  • You can't kid a kidder



Last week I wrapped up watching "Battlestar Galactica" (and yes, I finally get what everyone was geeking out about. All true, and just like the "Portlandia" episode), a show which mastered the art of the season-ending cliffhanger. I can't give a single example because staying spoiler free makes this show even more heart-pounding, but suffice it to say I was...

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Television

Monday April 30, 2012 09:54 am EDT

  • AMC.com
  • Misery, party of five



Last year at the Emmys, "Mad Men" won Best Drama (again) for a season that many felt was not, perhaps, as deserving when compared to some of the other contenders. There was a feeling that after so many years the voters weren't even bothering to think about it - it is "Mad Men," and always shall be "Mad Men!" After this last season of "Breaking Bad" I predicted...

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Television

Sunday April 29, 2012 10:03 pm EDT
Season 2, Episode 5 | more...

Television

Monday April 23, 2012 12:14 pm EDT

  • CBS.com
  • "Yes, the awkward scheduling is a go"



I blame AMC for bandwagoning on HBO's "Sunday night = Emmy night" programming schedule, causing an avalanche of other networks and cable channels to follow. How are we supposed to choose when there are six or more great shows all on at the same time across several networks? This is why the Nielsen ratings are bogus and why my Mondays are a...

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Television

Monday April 23, 2012 09:38 am EDT

  • AMC.com
  • "I just want to be alone in the truth with you"



Last night on Twitter, someone remarked that the next episode of "Mad Men" might as well be directed by David Lynch, "because that's the way we seem to be headed, and I have no qualms." The dreamlike/nightmarish pall that has permeated the season has still not lifted, and "Far Away Places" (co-written by series creator Matthew Weiner)...

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Television

Sunday April 22, 2012 10:03 pm EDT
Season 2, Episode 4 | more...

Television

Monday April 16, 2012 12:38 pm EDT

  • CBS.com
  • "The thing is, I'm pure evil"



After another annoyingly lengthy hiatus, "The Good Wife" finally returned for its remaining three episodes with an offering last night that was more about posturing than anything. There was a boring Case of the Week with low stakes (and shades of the Amanda Knox trial), the Life and Death of the Gold's Marriage: Part 2, and some tired flirtation...

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Television

Monday April 16, 2012 10:07 am EDT

  • AMC
  • "COME AT ME, BRO!"



The pall cast over last week's episode lingered into this week, with all of our major male characters wallowing in bourgeois ennui. But darn it if it wasn't entertaining to watch: Whores! Fisticuffs! Ben Hargrove! Reschedule that meeting, Joan - everyone's in crisis here.

Perhaps no one fell so far or looked so miserable as Pete Campbell last night. Pete is...

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Television

Sunday April 15, 2012 10:03 pm EDT
Season 2, Episode 3 | more...

Television

Monday April 9, 2012 01:00 pm EDT

  • AMC.com
  • Dr Rapist, reporting for duty!



Is "Mystery Date" the creepiest episode of "Mad Men" ever to air? The whole hour had a nightmarish pall over it, and not just its focus on the heinous Richard Speck murders. But, to start with them: even the opening scene where "unprintable" pictures from the crime were brought in gleefully and shared among the art department had an odd and grotesque...

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Television

Sunday April 8, 2012 10:01 pm EDT
Season 2, Episode 2 | more...

Television

Monday April 2, 2012 09:56 am EDT

  • AMC.com
  • "A penis? I'll work on that"



I won't pretend that anybody wants to talk about anything right now other than Fat Betty. And fat suit / body double aside, it was actually a pretty complex issue. Betty is a polarizing character, and defenders of her often point to show creator Matthew Weiner and his writing staff having a field day in hating her. Betty has always been characterized as...

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Television

Sunday April 1, 2012 10:01 pm EDT

  • Courtesy of HBO
  • A DANCE WITH DRAGONS: Dany (Emilia Clarke) and friend

"I was born in a place like this. Then I fell on hard times," remarks one of the Night's Watch upon seeing a squalid, ramshackle homestead Beyond the Wall. I love that line, and its wry delivery, partly as an example for what HBO's "Game of Thrones" brings to its source material, George R.R. Martin's novel series "A Song...

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Television

Monday March 26, 2012 11:55 am EDT

  • CBS.com
  • There are more old white men in here than in an episode of "Luck"



Those who felt there wasn't enough of a bang with last night's "Mad Men" premiere may find solace in a fantastically action-packed episode of "The Good Wife." "Blue Ribbon Panel" deserved its own blue ribbon last night as - potentially - the best episode of the season so far. Mutiny on the bound! Alicia fights for...

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Television

Monday March 26, 2012 09:42 am EDT

  • AMC.com
  • 1966: The year Don Draper smiled



Zoo be zoo be zoo my darlings! It's 1966 and you don't have to tell me you love me, I already know.

"A Little Kiss" started out with a definite lack of love for protesting African-Americans outside of the Y&R building, a theme that ran throughout the episode and finally gave voice to a movement that "Mad Men" had previously more or less ignored....

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Television

Monday March 26, 2012 09:05 am EDT

  • HBO
  • NOOOO: Our "Luck" is over



That's all, folks. "Luck" proved itself to be a sustainable miniseries by closing off its first (and now only) season with an emotionally gratifying finale that tied up most of the loose ends while still keeping the door open for further development had it been able to continue. "Luck" was like a postcard from the race track: "Wish you were here!" (unless...

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Television

Monday March 19, 2012 12:50 pm EDT

  • CBS.com
  • You may recognize me from my work on that other legal show



First of all, in the opposite news I began with for "Luck," "The Good Wife" has been picked up for a fourth season! The show remains perpetually on the bubble because CBS seems obsessed with killing it by putting in the most competitive slot for good TV drama (up against HBO and AMC's best), despite it being CBS' only...

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Television

Monday March 19, 2012 10:19 am EDT

  • HBO
  • Happy Trails To You



As most everyone has heard by now, HBO changed its decision to bring viewers a second season of the show due to the death of a third horse on set. Though the deaths were accidental (or freak accidents, really), autopsies reported that the horses were in severe pain and were heavily medicated at the time.

To this I say ... is anyone surprised? It seems more like...

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