Television

‘Vinyl’ Brings the Volume — and the Drugs — But Not Much Else

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In a late-era episode titled “The Crash,” Mad Men briefly devolved into total insanity. Fueled by a mysterious “energy serum” that increasingly looks like speed, the Sterling Cooper crew goes fully batshit for 48 hours, tap dancing and all, until Dick Whitman finds himself back in the whorehouse of his youth. It’s a manic, dreamlike break from the series’ typically elegant structure, throwing caution and even logic to the wind in favor of chasing its own characters’ high.
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Sanders on ‘Colbert’ on Why He Should Be President: Bill O’Reilly “Would Move to Ireland”

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After dining with Al Sharpton yesterday morning following his New Hampshire win, Bernie Sanders continued his conversational rounds with American icons later in the day with an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, in which Sanders both got to aim comedic ire at Bill O’Reilly, while also having to address some challenging questions from Colbert. 
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Melissa McCarthy Raps Kanye’s Deep Cut, “Butterscotch Man,” in New ‘SNL’ Ad

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Kanye West has plenty of hit singles — “Stronger,” “Jesus Walks,” “Gold Digger,” “Touch the Sky,” — but true fans know that his excellence shines most brightly on the deep cuts. You know, all of 808s & Heartbreak, “Guilt Trip,” and little-known banger “Butterscotch Man.” Melissa McCarthy is a huge fan, apparently, because she raps the hell out of “Butterscotch Man” in this new SNL ad.
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There’s an Overwhelming Amount to Love in the ‘Broad City’ Season 3 Trailer

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This really is quite glorious. My personal excitement in watching the just-released Broad City Season 3 trailer peaked when Jaime (Arturo Castro) tells Ilana it’s time to get off Grindr, and she turns around, sobbing, and moans, “I just want to see penises within a mile of me” as a lonely tear drops down her chin. Surely you will have your own moment with this trailer — or, more likely, many moments. 
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Television’s All-Time Greatest Will They, Won’t Theys

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One of television’s most widespread, and most welcome, recent trends is the rise of the genuine romantic comedy — a show that doesn’t simply build up to two characters’ relationship, but follows it as it deepens and develops. Still, television has excelled at long-running romantic plot lines for years, just in a slightly different incarnation: the Will They, Won’t They, in which a love connection develops (or doesn’t) over a period of years, with lots of tension and mishaps in between. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are ten of the trope’s most iconic examples, from the ’80s sitcom to the modern antihero drama.
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