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Are These The Top 10 Shows of 2011? AFI Says So

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 12th 2011 12:45PM
AFI Top 10 TV Shows 2011'Parks and Recreation' stands very tall next to 'Boardwalk Empire' on the American Film Institute's list of Top 10 TV shows of 2011. Can you imagine a meeting between Leslie Knope and Nucky Thompson?

A who's who of veteran shows and critical darlings filled out the rest of the list, some for the first time. 'The Good Wife,' 'Parks,' 'Louie,' and 'Justified' are all brand new entries to AFI's year-end list.

Showtime's 'Homeland' and HBO's 'Game of Thrones' were the only new 2011 shows to make the list.

Take a peek at the full list below.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 11: 'The Vest' Brings Brody One Step Closer to Revenge (VIDEO)

by Michael Hogan, posted Dec 11th 2011 11:00PM
It's not easy being Carrie Mathison, that's for sure.

In this tense, suspenseful episode of 'Homeland,' we finally learn the truth about her mystery ailment: she's bi-polar, and has been since college. Deprived of her medication following the attack on the square, which sent her to the hospital with a concussion and some nasty facial abrasions, she cascades into full-scale mania, berating the staff of the hospital over its inadequate supply of magic markers (my favorite line of the episode: "Is green elusive? I mean, my kingdom for a fucking green pen!") and giving Saul an awful scare. When he questions her, Carrie admits that her sister is medicating her, and Saul and Maggie Mathison are soon splitting up chaperone duties like a pair of amiable ex-spouses, since it's obvious that Carrie can't be left alone while she's in this condition.

Alarmed as he is by Carrie's predicament, Saul does not make the mistake of discounting what she has to say. Right away, he sees the wisdom in her frantic declaration that Nazir would never pin all of his hopes on a single sniper, even one whose target is the president himself. Saul relays the warning to Estes, who mentions it to Vice President Walden, who is waiting out the scare in an undisclosed underground bunker. Walden swats away this unhelpful suggestion -- "You want your portrait up at Langley some day? Focus on that. Find Walker. And fire somebody. I don't care who." -- and also discloses a vital piece of information: he's running for president, and plans to announce his candidacy next week.

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Talking TV Podcast Riffs on 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Homeland,' 'Revenge' and 'State of Play'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 7th 2011 11:45AM
There's lots of TV to discuss before the cable and broadcast networks begin their holiday-season hibernation periods, and Ryan McGee and I tried to get to as much of it as we could in this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcasts.

First up, we devote more than 30 minutes to the 'Sons of Anarchy' Season 4 finale, which I also wrote about here. In the second podcast, we briefly discussed several projects debuting this week and then talked in more depth about 'Revenge' (expect more on that topic late Wednesday, which is when I'll publish an interview with creator Mike Kelley), 'State of Play' (a truly great 2003 British miniseries that BBC America is re-airing starting Wednesday; read more about it here), and 'Homeland,' a very good Showtime program that is heading into the home stretch of its first season.

Running times are below.

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Nothing Goes to Plan on a Takedown Mission on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 7:30AM
'Homeland' - 'Representative Brody'It was such a perfectly orchestrated plan that the veteran television viewer in me knew something was going to go wrong. But I didn't imagine just how wrong when Carrie and Saul's plan to take down Walker was implemented on 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime).

They'd put so much effort into getting the Saudi Arabian diplomat to work their side as a mole, it seemed unlikely all that work would be for naught. But Walker proved why he's such a dangerous operative for the opposition in the United States. His actions also confirmed that there is definitely a mole within the CIA operation.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 10: Brody Runs Right Over Carrie

by Michael Hogan, posted Dec 4th 2011 11:00PM
What is Brody up to?

Every week, I watch 'Homeland' and find myself caught up in the trajectories of all kinds of sub-plots and supporting characters, only to return in the end to that same question: What is Brody trying to accomplish? Who is this secretive, seemingly tortured soldier, really? What does he want? What makes him tick?

Though the episode was titled "Representative Brody," Sergeant Nick's story line was a lot less interesting than Carrie's this week. Things had been looking up for poor Carrie, but the what-goes-up-must-come-down logic of this show demanded that she must suffer, and suffer she did. Start with the look on her face when she realized what a fool she'd been to think that she and Brody might have a future together. She'd gone to the trouble of introducing a bottle of white to her desolate refrigerator and cueing up a bit of Miles Davis, and all he wanted was to make sure that she had no intention of ever telling anybody about their little weekend at the cabin. Claire Danes earned her inevitable Emmy nomination with the expression of tasered hope that crossed her face. I felt like crying for her.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 9: Is Brody's Motivation Believable?

by Michael Hogan, posted Nov 28th 2011 12:15AM


The worst part of any monster movie is the moment when you finally see the creature itself. Not the first glimpse, but the first real good look at the thing. After an hour or so of imagining it in all its unfathomable horridity, you're suddenly presented with an actual entity -- the best the special-effects team could come up with. How could it possibly live up to your expectations?

That's kind of how I feel about the back story presented, via flashback, in this episode of 'Homeland' on Showtime. Last episode, after weeks of hinting one way and then the other, the writers let us know, once and for all, that Sergeant Brody has some kind of connection with Abu Nazir, the most wanted terrorist in the world. This week, we found out why. And while the story wasn't horrible, I had some major issues with it.

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TV Shows We're Most Thankful For

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 21st 2011 10:30AM
HomelandWe're thankful for a lot of things, but we're all about TV around here, and so is this list. Yes, it's time once again for the annual staff picks for TV Shows We're Most Thankful For.

There's plenty to choose from -- and obviously we had to narrow it down quite a bit -- but each of us has decided on one show that makes weekly viewing and analysis fun and worthwhile, for whatever reason.

Some of us appreciate a good laugh above all, some put dramas on a pedestal, and others are into vampire dramas with a hint of Somerhalder. You get the idea.

Take a peek at our quick list, then please share your own show that makes you thankful in the comments. Gobble gobble!

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Brody Gets Angry Upon Discovering Walker Is Alive on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 21st 2011 6:55AM
'Homeland' - 'Achilles Heel'Did our own Michael Hogan retire the Brody-o-Meter too soon? Well, it isn't officially retired, but after this week's installment of 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime), it should definitely stick around for at least a while longer. The revelation that Walker is alive would seem to put Brody in the clear, but this thing appears to be way more complicated than that.

We already know Brody can pass a lie detector test, so when Carrie told him Walker was alive, sure he seemed shocked, but that could have been another lie, like his fidelity to his wife. But the clincher at the end revealed a truth of sorts.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

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Thoughts on 'Homeland's' Stellar Sunday Episode and Terrific Debut Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:00PM
My colleague Mike Hogan wrote about last night's 'Homeland' here and I recommend his weekly review, but I couldn't resist adding a few comments about the Showtime drama's outstanding Sunday episode.

If you're not watching 'Homeland,' you really need to catch up on this gripping drama (which I reviewed here). I already thought 'Homeland' was the best new show of the year, but Sunday's hour was in a different league from what came before it.

As I said in last week's Talking TV podcast, I was a little alarmed by a development in last week's episode -- I thought what happened between CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and former prisoner of war Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) might have been the kind of mistake that would force this promising show down cliched or unsatisfying paths.

I couldn't have been more wrong, and Sunday's episode proved that 'Homeland' knows exactly what it's doing. Within the context of a complex tale about the challenges of combating terrorism, 'Homeland' has proven it knows how to tell a rich, emotionally nuanced tale about the dangers of connection and the price of loneliness.

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'Homeland' Recap, Episode 7: 'The Weekend' the Brody-o-Meter Died?

by Michael Hogan, posted Nov 13th 2011 11:00PM
Was Alan Sepinwall right? Is it time for AOL TV to retire its exclusive Brody-o-Meter? Judging from the last 5 minutes of tonight's episode of 'Homeland,' the answer could well be yes.

What the hell am I talking about, you ask? Well, for the past couple of weeks, I have structured each 'Homeland' recap around a single question: Is Sergeant Nicholas Brody a sleeper agent for al-Qaeda, or a messed-up war hero? Meanwhile, HitFlix's Sepinwall has said he doesn't want to focus on the is-he-or-isn't-he debate. He's more interested in the twisted relationship between Claire Danes' Carrie and Damian Lewis' Brody.

Well, Alan, this episode's for you.

Let's start at the very end of "The Weekend," shall we? Are we buying that confrontation between Carrie and Brody? Knowing what we know of Brody, do we really believe that he would sit down and invite Carrie to ask him anything? And knowing how suspicious Carrie is, and how much she has risked to go rogue on this so-called investigation, do we really believe that she would take him up on his offer and turn over every card she's holding? Maybe so. Maybe I just need to let go of my desire for these two to be master chess players, because this exchange was about as strategic as flipping over the board and crying for mommy.

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Talking TV Podcast Reacts to 'Sons of Anarchy' Madness, Talks 'Fringe,' 'Homeland'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2011 4:25PM
Ryan McGee and I had lots to discuss in this week's Talking TV podcast.

As we are doing every week until the end of 'Sons of Anarchy's' fourth season, we discussed the latest developments in Charming and what these shocking events may (or may not) mean for the show's future.

We also delve into the current seasons of two dramas with strong followings: Fox's 'Fringe,' which we're both somewhat disappointed with this season, and Showtime's 'Homeland,' which has had a very strong start to its debut season. Still, being paranoid types (which somehow seems appropriate), we wonder if the show will be able to mix big, suspenseful reveals with character-driven drama all season long, or if one of the other might suffer as the time to supply answers draws near.

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'Homeland' Recap, Still With Brody-o-Meter: Episode 6, 'The Good Soldier'

by Michael Hogan, posted Nov 6th 2011 11:00PM
Homeland Episode 6 RecapWho's playing whom? That is the question posed by 'The Good Soldier,' the sixth and possibly best yet episode of Showtime's domestic-espionage drama 'Homeland.' As the hour ended, the audience was left pondering two possible scenarios. The first is that Carrie (Claire Danes) is an Agency Black Widow, spinning a psychosexual web to entrap her pray, the unwitting Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). The second is that Brody is the one stitching the net, and that Carrie -- willful, impetuous, hot-headed Carrie -- is the one in danger of being eaten alive. Let's examine both in tonight's 'Homeland' recap, shall we?

On the one hand, you can view the episode this way: Having decided that her mission in life is to protect people from bad guys, Carrie un-empties her desk and starts looking for a way to prove her case against Brody, whom she is now convinced is a terrorist, based on her conviction that he passed Afsal Hamid the razor blade that allowed the detained terrorist to commit suicide and claim his allotted 72 virgins in Heaven. To that end, she suggests polygraphing all 11 of the people who had direct contact with Hamid, just in case, oh, any of them might not be able to correctly answer the question "Did you pass a razor blade to Afsal Hamid." Even Saul supports the plan, which will be important later.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 7-13

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 6th 2011 2:00PM
Blair and ChuckMONDAY, NOVEMBER 7

'Gossip Girl' (8PM ET, The CW)

Blair makes all of her former minions and Charlie compete to secure the coveted bridesmaid spots in her upcoming royal wedding. Nate is tired of keeping his relationship with Diana a secret, so he decides to use Charlie to make Diana jealous. Serena's boss (guest star Michael Michele) is determined to acquire the film rights to Dan's book, so Serena must put her personal feelings about Dan and the book aside in order to close the deal.

'The Bad Girls Club' (9PM ET, Oxygen)
one-hour special presentation
Perez Hilton hosts the first of a two-part reunion special, wherein the bad girls reminisce about season 7.

'Castle' (10PM ET, ABC)
During the investigation of the murder of an Atlantic City casino owner at an abandoned warehouse, strong leads emerge for the team in both New York and Atlantic City. As Beckett and Capt. Gates work the New York leads together, Castle naturally chooses to join the detectives for the road trip to "America's Playground," hoping to help solve the case while throwing an impromptu bachelor party for Ryan.

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'Homeland' Recap, Now With Brody-o-Meter! Episode 5, 'Blind Spot' (VIDEO)

by Michael Hogan, posted Oct 31st 2011 12:10AM
Brody and CarrieThis was a family-oriented episode of Showtime's 'Homeland': We met Carrie's profanity-spewing Dad, Saul's long-suffering wife, and a terrorist who was willing to give up a key piece of intelligence in order to save eight family members, including his wife and kids. Yes, everybody is struggling to balance their family and professional obligations -- for Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and Carrie (Claire Danes), that means protecting the world from bad guys, but what does it mean for Sergeant Brody (Damian Lewis)? Is he really just struggling to adjust to life back at home after eight years in captivity, or is Carrie right that he's slowly and stealthily setting the stage for a follow-up to 9/11?

Starting this week, AOL TV's Brody-o-Meter will gauge the rescued Marine sergeant's likelihood of being a sleeper agent for the Taliban on a 100 percent scale. Read on to find out this week's score!

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Showtime Renews 'Homeland' For Season 2

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2011 12:30PM
Showtime Renews HomelandFictional terrorists beware! Claire Danes will remain on your tail for another season. Showtime has renewed the political thriller for a second season.

'Homeland'
stars Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin and is executive produced by '24' guru Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. Danes plays Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer who becomes convinced rescued POW Nicholas Brody (Lewis) has been turned by Al Qaeda.

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