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Labor Day TV Marathons to Watch

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 3rd 2010 11:35AM
FX shows a 'Two and A Half Men' Labor Day marathon Ah, Labor Day weekend. A time when most will celebrate the last days of summer by going outside and enjoying the fresh air. Some of us, most probably many reading this right now, will celebrate a long weekend and the opportunity to work on our TV tan.

There are marathons to suit just about everybody, whether you love Charlie Sheen, smart new dramas, evil-looking fish, or just want to kill your husband. Plenty of shows will frequent network schedules, like 'Law & Order' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' but here are some multi-hour blocks for which to plan.

(All times noted are Eastern Time.)

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'Rubicon' Is Not Boring (and Neither is 'Mad Men')

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 31st 2010 4:00PM

I have a theory I'd like to share with you: everybody in the world has ADD. Discuss.

That's the only explanation I can come up with for the growing theory that AMC's 'Rubicon' is "boring." Boring? Really? I'm going to assume it's because 'Rubicon' is a quiet thriller -- the kind that is all about quiet moments and tension and moodiness and striking cinematography -- an intelligent, introspective drama. And people find it "boring." What do people want? Car chases? More explosions? Vampires?

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'Rubicon' Sets Ratings Record for AMC

by Harley W. Lond, posted Aug 2nd 2010 5:11PM
If it's two-hour opener is any indication, AMC's 'Rubicon' looks like it's flowing into hitsville. The political thriller drew 2 million viewers Sunday night from 8-10PM, making it the network's most-watched original drama series premiere ever, according to The Hollywood Reporter's LiveFeed blog.

This is AMC's third series -- after 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad' -- and they appear to be on a winning streak. By comparison, 'Mad Men's' fourth season opener drew 2.9 million viewers; Sunday's episode pulled in 2.5 million viewers following 'Rubicon.'

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Conspiracy Behind Honcho's Death in 'Rubicon' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 2nd 2010 5:30AM
Honcho's Death Tied to 'Rubicon' Conspiracy Theory?Viewers of 'Rubicon' (Sun., 8PM ET on AMC) didn't have to wait long before the thriller introduced some intriguing conspiracy theories. In the two-hour premiere, Will, a government agent in the analysis unit, found a pattern in the crossword puzzles of several newspapers.

Going over all the clues with his boss David, Will concluded, "Our three branches of government are here -- legislative, executive, judicial. What or who does that fourth leaf represent?" asked Will. "I've never seen anything quite like this."

Though David shrugged him off, the boss later informed Kale -- and claimed sole knowledge of the discovery. That evening, David was killed in a horrific train collision. Perhaps the pattern was not the "inside joke" David said it was...

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'Rubicon' Set Visit: Paranoia, Espionage and Milk

by Marina Zogbi, posted Jul 26th 2010 5:20PM
Jessica Collins, James Badge Dale, Arliss Howard in 'Rubicon'
How do you follow up two of the most acclaimed television series in cable history? If you're AMC, whose 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad' have both pushed the boundaries of small screen drama, you veer off into another direction entirely.

'Rubicon,' which has its two-hour premiere on August 1 (a sneak preview followed 'Breaking Bad's' season finale last month and 'Mad Men's' premiere last night), may seem familiar to anyone who's enjoyed '70s-era paranoid conspiracy thrillers à la 'The Parallax View,' or 'The Conversation.' Yet the 13-episode series -- created by Jason Horwitch ('Medical Investigation,' 'The Pentagon Papers') and starring James Badge Dale ('The Pacific,' '24') -- reflects a moody, modern, post 9/11 sensibility and, not incidentally, continues AMC's tradition of slow-building, intricately detailed story-telling.

TV Squad recently visited 'Rubicon's' main New York City set. Read what we saw and learned, after the jump ...

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So Many New Summer Shows, But What's Actually Good?

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 24th 2010 1:00PM

This summer's TV landscape is full of new reality shows, new cop shows, even a drama or two that are worth checking out, but what's the one new series that you must see, the one that promises to be as compelling in episode two and subsequent installments as it was in its pilot, and, more importantly, that is likely to make it to a second season, and thus is worthy of the time investment of your faithful viewing?

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Watch Preview of AMC's New Drama 'Rubicon'

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 14th 2010 9:27AM
RubiconIf you were riveted by the season finale of 'Breaking Bad' last night, you probably did what I did and stuck around to watch the special preview of 'Rubicon,' AMC's latest drama series.

In vein of '70s classics like 'The Parallax View' and 'Three Days of the Condor,' 'Rubicon' is an intense conspiracy thriller that hits all the right notes. James Badge Dale, best known for '24' and 'The Pacific,' plays Will Travers, a young intelligence analyst who investigates various oddities at the Manhattan-based American Policy Institute.

His life is fairly mundane -- that is, until he stumbles upon patterns in various newspaper crossword puzzles. These patters, he discovers, could be the first step towards uncovering a larger conspiracy plot that may involve some of his closest colleagues.

What does it all mean? The more Will digs, the more danger he finds.

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First Look at AMC's 'Rubicon' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 8th 2010 4:40PM
James Badge Dale in RubiconViewers will get their first peek at AMC's latest original scripted series, 'Rubicon,' after the 'Breaking Bad' finale on Sun., Jun. 13. However, for those who can't wait for a glimpse at the conspiracy drama, we've got you covered.

'Rubicon' stars James Badge Dale (right) and Miranda Richardson in a New York City-based thriller. The show centers around an intelligence agency and of course the conspiracies that surround it.

The show premieres Aug. 8 at 10PM. Check out the first teaser trailer courtesy of the Live Feed ...

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'Mad Men,' 'Rubicon' Get Summer Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 20th 2010 12:00PM
Mad MenMark your calendars and break out the martini shaker, because season 4 of AMC's critically acclaimed 'Mad Men' will debut Sun., July 25 at 10PM.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, look for last season's cliffhanger plots -- the Draper's splitting up and the disbanding of Sterling Cooper -- to be addressed immediately, making the premiere a game-changing episode.

Meanwhile, AMC also announced that its latest drama, 'Rubicon,' a conspiracy-driven show about a New York City-based government intelligence agency, will premiere Sun., Aug. 8 at 10PM. The series stars James Badge Dale and Miranda Richardson.

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TV Squad's complete 2009-10 fall season premiere calendar

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:04PM
GleeThe networks have had a quiet summer, quietly introducing scripted bomb after scripted bomb, so they're certainly ready to jump into the new fall season. And It looks to be an interesting one. ABC is scheduling a two-hour block of new comedies on Wednesdays as the sitcom tries to make a comeback.

Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.

To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.

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TV News Daily: 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' Earns 10.6 Million Viewers

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 24th 2009 2:00PM
Jon & Kate Plus 8 and Eve

'Jon & Kate' earns record ratings, Eve joins the cast of 'Glee,' MTV greenlights Audrina Patridge's reality show pilot and more TV news.

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