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'Breaking Bad' Season 4 Finale Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 9th 2011 11:20PM
['Breaking Bad' - 'Face Off']

Before I get into my review of the fourth-season finale of 'Breaking Bad,' I'd like to point you to some additional coverage of the AMC drama.

Click here for an interview with the show's creator, Vince Gilligan, and go here for an interview with Giancarlo Esposito, a.k.a. Gus Fring.

Ryan McGee and I have also recorded a special 'Breaking Bad' podcast with Time TV critic James Poniewozik; you can find that right now here or on iTunes.

As for the finale itself, well, it gave us a few things to talk about, didn't it?

Spoilers ahead for 'Face Off.' Don't read on unless you've seen the final episode of 'Breaking Bad's' fourth season.

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'Friday Night Lights' Season 5, Episode 1 Recap (Season Premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 28th 2010 1:15AM
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['Friday Night Lights' - 'Expectations']

When you watch a show as good as 'Friday Night Lights,' you're reminded that television can be a transformational medium. It's been months since the last time we were rooting for the East Dillon High Lions, but within minutes, the life and times of the folks of Dillon were vividly brought back to us. It was a time of transitions and, as the title suggested, expectations.

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Does Casting Matter? Yes, It Does!

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 19th 2010 2:00PM
scott_caan_hawaii_five-0_cbsJust a few days before the new season kicks off in earnest -- there have been a few premieres already -- and there are shows that are going to be off my "gotta watch"' list for one reason and one reason alone -- casting.

Fair or not, some stars are a major draw, while others just a turn-off. Here's a short take on the casting conundrums that exist as the season commences ...

The Caan Connection
Until the 'Hawaii Five-0' cast included Scott Caan as Danno Williams, I wasn't too interested. However, Caan makes a difference. He's an interesting actor who exudes a fun, cocky and cool energy.

He was great in the 'Ocean's 11' movies and stole scenes on 'Entourage.' In fact, he's a chip of the old block, James Caan. I always liked his dad, and I like the son, too. For Scott, I'll be watching 'Hawaii Five-0.'

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The Summer's Seven Most Valuable Supporting Players

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 6th 2010 11:00AM
john_slattery_mad_men_amcIn baseball, a seasoned, veteran ball player is considered a valuable member of the team. It's not that different in television, and during the summer -- when baseball is thriving -- a lot of primetime drama series thrive thanks in no small part to the contributions of valuable assets like the following "boys of summer."

Without the experienced and knowing assists of veteran actors, the summer series listed here simply wouldn't be as entertaining.

Check out our seven "most valuable players" and tell us if we got it right ... or who we left out!

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'True Blood' - 'Everything Is Broken' Recap

by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Aug 16th 2010 4:01AM
Eric, Pam and Nan from 'True Blood' (Season 3, Episode 9) - "Everything ends. Even the immortal." - Eric

Hello, Russell Edgington the terrorist. Bye-bye, Vampire Rights Amendment.

It's precious how the vampire king and vampire-murderer rails against human offenses like "absurd, garish McMansions." Ripping out the news anchor's heart (no, it was actually his spine, ohhh .... snap) and holding it like an apple? No probs.

What an hour. Who else is thoroughly thrilled with this momentum? It's perfect for group viewing, complete with clapping and heckling. And throwing lots of Jujubes at Summer. Jason's save with Franklin, Tara's ultimatum to her psycho ex-abuser, Russell's "special" broadcast, Sookie and Bill's blood-and-lust scene ... it's a movie!

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Pilot Watch: 'Body of Proof'

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 14th 2010 2:00PM
The cast of 'Body of Proof' on ABC
In our continuing effort to get you ready for the upcoming fall season, we're previewing pilots that were sent to critics earlier this summer.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall. Some of those changes have already been announced.

Show: 'Body of Proof'
Network: ABC
Timeslot: Fridays, 9PM ET

The lowdown:
Four years after a horrific auto accident derailed her career, neurosurgeon Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) has found a new role in the Philadelphia medical examiner's office. Tough and driven, she's always put her career first, which is why she is divorced and not a big part of her daughter's life. But in her new role, she's determined to let the body she's examining tell the entire story of how that person died, much to the annoyance of the cops she works with. She's constantly being told where her boundaries are by her partner, investigator Peter Dunlop (Nicholas Bishop), a former cop. Her boss, De. Kate Murphy (Jeri Ryan) tries to keep Hunt in line while admiring her new hire's determination and the fact that she gets results.

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Summer Cop Shows: Comparing the New Police Dramas

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 23rd 2010 1:20PM

One of the most popular genres on TV remains the cop show, which means, with such a ubiquitous presence, there's always going to be some good cops (and series) and some bad cops in the mix.

Here's our cheat sheet to help you decide if you should tune in, or whether the crime isn't worth your time.

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'Leverage' Season Three Preview

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 20th 2010 10:00AM
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On Sunday night, there's going to be a lot of amazing television to watch, but one program that's a must-see is the return of TNT's 'Leverage.' The Timothy Hutton caper series is back for season 3 with a two-hour bonanza episode that will pick up on the cliffhanger ending from last winter. That means the game's afoot, as Sherlock Holmes would say, only this time the odds are definitely stacked against the team.

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Best of 'Leverage' Moments: Seasons One and Two

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 20th 2010 12:00AM
timothy_hutton_leverage_tntWith the third season of TNT's 'Leverage' starting on Sun., June 20, at 9PM ET -- a two-hour premiere -- we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the best moments and character bits from episodes gone by.

For those of you who may not be familiar with 'Leverage,' here's some reasons to tune in ... before you watch the clips.

'Leverage' has the style and wit and zip of caper movies like 'The Sting' or 'Ocean 11' (the George Clooney-Brad Pitt and a cast of hundreds version). If you like the action and Robin Hood quality of 'Burn Notice,' you'll love it on 'Leverage,' too.

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Nate on 'Leverage' and Five Other Characters Living Dangerously

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 19th 2010 2:00PM
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Have you noticed that some of the most popular and dynamic TV shows have lead characters who like to court danger? Whether it's Nate Ford on 'Leverage' heading up a crack team that's on the run from Interpol, or Michael Westen on 'Burn Notice' inviting an enemy to kill him if he can, today's TV characters are precariously living their lives on the precipice of danger. Take a look at our six examples of TV characters that are living dangerously. Are they intrepid or just plain crazy?

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'Drop Dead Diva' - 'Back from the Dead' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 13th 2010 5:45AM
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There's a sweetness to 'Drop Dead Diva' that if not handled correctly could push the show into the territory of overly saccharine, or even diabetic coma. Generally speaking, it's a nice program where good things happen and resolutions are for the better. That's why it's important to balance the bitter with the sweet. Not everything ends happily ever after. That was exactly what tonight's episode showed ... and that was a good thing.

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Maura Tierney Makes It Legal With 'The Whole Truth' Gig

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jun 11th 2010 8:07PM
Maura Tierney has traded in her Nurse Mates for legal pads.

According to a report at The Ausiello Files, the 'ER' veteran has signed on to star in ABC's new legal drama 'The Whole Truth,' replacing Joely Richardson, who quit earlier this month to spend more time with her family.

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Liz Vassey Leaving 'CSI'

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 2nd 2010 2:00PM
csi_liz_vassey_wallace_langham_cbsThey're breaking up the team at the Las Vegas crime lab: According to the Ausiello Files, Liz Vassey, who plays Wendy on the hit CBS procedural 'CSI,' is reportedly exiting the show after her contract was not renewed for another season.

Though a rep for CBS declined to comment, an insider told Ausiello that "the show is going in a different creative direction in its 11th season."

UPDATE: This has since been confirmed.

Considering that 'CSI' will be back for an eleventh season this fall -- in its same timeslot on Thursdays at 9PM -- the network may be looking for ways to rejuvenate the show to get a couple more years out of it. Trimming a cast of about ten to six could save money, but for longtime fans of the show, the loss of Wendy is a sad occurrence.

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How to Throw a '24' Series Finale Party

by Kim Potts, posted May 24th 2010 8:01AM
Sure, 'Lost' is getting all the series finale love -- and viewing party planning -- this week, but the '24' devoted among us want to celebrate the end of our fave TV drama, too. And though bidding Jack Bauer and company adieu, soiree style, isn't as simple as slapping the Dharma logo on everything, here are 24 (of course) suggestions for arranging a fun '24' finale festivity.

1. Need a color scheme for your '24' theme party? Black, white and that funky yellow-y/orange-y color (what the Crayola folks call "Sunglow") are the colors we most associate with the show.

2. Guns, obviously, have been a big part of '24' action for all eight seasons. So, even though Jack Bauer and his CTU-ers don't seem to ever engage in mundane activities like eating or drinking or going to the little federal agent's room, surely they'd approve of this use of weaponry: Serve beverages in toy water guns.

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Nielsen releases their list of the top ten shows of 2009

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 11th 2009 4:02PM
American IdolWe're talking ratings here, not quality of the shows. Nielsen has the top ten rated shows for 2009 and also has a couple of other categories, including the top ten single telecasts and the top ten time-shifted shows of the year (you might not guess that).

Speaking of not guessing what something is, you're never going to believe what the number ten show is on the top ten rated shows of the year list. The Live Feed was surprised and I'm not sure I'm convinced either. The full list of the ten highest-rated shows is after the jump.

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