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‘The Newsroom’ Signs Off with Final Season

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The Newsroom (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO)  mixes true, recent news events (the 2012 presidential election, Occupy Wall Street) with realistic fictional ones (Operation Genoa).  

To Thine Own Self Be True

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The motorcycle gang thriller that’s subtly influenced by the story of Hamlet — Sons of Anarchy (10 p.m. Tuesdays, FX) — returned Sept. 10 for its sixth and penultimate season. President of biker club SAMCRO Jax Teller must remain true to himself as he balances smart moves for the club against what is safe for his family’s future.  

'Boardwalk' Barrels Beyond Atlantic City for Season Four

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As HBO’s gripping period piece Boardwalk Empire (Season Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday) returns for a fourth season, months have passed since last year’s explosive finale. It’s February 1924. Nucky Thompson has been lying low, eventually making peace with mob boss Joe Masseria.  

Saying Goodbye to the 'Bad' Guys

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Since 2008, fans of Breaking Bad (9 p.m. Sundays, AMC) have watched the show’s central character, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), make like the series’ title and slowly shed his morals, becoming a more ruthless beast — a far cry from his beginnings as a meek, sickly chemistry teacher.  

Ray Donovan: Hollywood Fixer with Personal Problems

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Following Dexter is Showtime newcomer Ray Donovan (10 p.m. Sundays), starring Liev Schreiber as a man with a messy job — one we’ve seen before. But that familiarity doesn’t make it any less entertaining.  

Locked up and Loving It with Jenji Kohan

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Based on a true story, Orange Is the New Black (now available on Netflix) follows Piper Chapman (played by a very convincing Taylor Schilling) as she trades in her Brooklyn yuppie life with a loving fiancé for 15 months in lock-up and a prison wife.  

Thoroughly Modern 'Newsroom'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It’s September 2011. Occupy Wall Street is in its early stages, the country mourns the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, the 2012 election race is in full swing — a tumultuous and exciting time to re-enter The Newsroom (10 p.m. Sundays, HBO).  

The Newsroom

(HBO Home Entertainment) 2012, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Newsroom is at once a high-minded critique of what television news divisions have become (ratings-obsessed entities more concerned with the bottom line than with “speaking truth to stupid,” as one character puts it) and a wit-infused comedic drama with myriad romantic subplots (most of which come off as clunky rip-offs of the one that anchored James L. Brooks’ far more successful Broadcast News).   

Summer TV Preview

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
When fun in the sun loses its draw, it’s nice to retreat in the AC with some quality TV. Here are some returning favorites and new picks to watch out for this season. HBO Documentary Film Serie  

Stuff I Learned Watching TV This Year

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Television gets a bad rap for being the poor man’s medium. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of weak and culturally regressive programming out there, from The Bachelor to Huckabee. But because of its accessibility and popularity, fads on television often represent greater cultural trends.  

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