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‘Outlander’ Episode 12 Recap: “Lallybroch”

Attention, lads and lassies: there are no sex scenes in this episode. I repeat: there are no sex scenes in this episode. As a public service, I am putting this disclaimer above my recap. But that doesn’t mean there’s no fun to be had (okay, there’s a little less fun to be had). If you watched… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Glen and Betty, Together Again

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Inside Amy Schumer proves sharp as ever, Fresh Off the Boat ends its freshman outing, and Betty Draper gets her age-inappropriate flirtation on.  … Read More

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Showtime’s ‘Happyish’ Is a Talkative Series With Nothing New to Say

The “ish” in the title Happyish is bound to be a theme in reviews of the series. Showtime’s newest comedy is funnyish, entertainingish, goodish. That’s more than just cleverish wordplay; it’s a hesitance — a resistance — to commit one way or the other. Because on paper, Happyish is a series that we are practically programmed to like, a mishmash of talented, beloved actors and popular, well-trodden television plots. It is a show, you could argue, that our tastes created: set at an advertising agency; a dark family/workplace comedy; a passable, but certainly not original, series-long rumination on aging; a reflection of the trials and tribulations of a moderately happy, moderately successful white man; and all interspersed with “funny” rants about Thomas Jefferson, God, and (of course) the woes and frustrations of technology. “Unfriend me,” lead character Thom Payne sarcastically says at one point, making viewers thankful we were never his friend in the first place. … Read More

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How ‘True Detective’ Shot McConaughey’s Monologues and Other Revelations From Cary Fukunaga’s Tribeca Talk

It probably says something not altogether confidence-inspiring about the current state of cinema that one of the most interesting and versatile independent filmmakers on the scene had to go to television to become a marquee name. Sure, indie fans hooked in to his 2009 debut feature Sin Nombre, and lit geeks fawned over his 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, but it’s fair to guess that most of the Tribeca Film Festival-goers who flocked to Thursday afternoon’s “Tribeca Talk” with Cary Fukunaga were there because of True Detective. And the director of that show’s entire first season was more than happy to oblige… Read More

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Sawyer Sweeten, Child Star of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ Dies of Suspected Suicide

Sawyer Sweeten, who played Geoffrey Barone, son of Ray Barone, on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died of a suspected… Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 20 Recap: “First Lady Sings The Blues”

Last night’s Scandal was Shonda Rhimes’ greatest “SIKE!” moment: Jake Ballard is not dead, at least not yet, despite what Scott Foley says on Twitter. Russell played darts on Jake’s chest last week and left him to bleed out on the conference room at Pope and Associates. The Russian doctor Charlie keeps on retainer claims Russell missed the major arteries, and if he manages not to contract an infection, Jake could make it. Why am I somehow not surprised that it’s not over ’til it’s over? … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 5 Episode 3 Recap: “Cop Story”

I know it’s logistically impossible for the opening scene of last night’s Louie, “Cop Story,” to have been a response to Noah Baumbach’s recent While We’re Young, which is all about people approaching middle age and regarding those younger than them with a reverence that gives way to cynicism, skepticism, and ultimately contempt. “Cop Story” tackles the subject in a more interesting way (and with a helluva lot more brevity) by taking the opposite approach: Louie begins his little lecture to the clerk-who-turns-out-to-be-the-owner with contempt, and discovers that it’s an encounter he can’t win. She has comebacks for all of his presumed wisdom, and each one seems to inch him a little closer to an uncomfortable truth about himself. One of the things I like so much about Louie is how it captures the way things stack up, for good or ill; if the season premiere found Louie on the winning end of confrontations with assholes, here we see him getting called on his bullshit. … Read More

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Amazon Orders Comedy Pilot From ‘Nebraska’ Writer Bob Nelson and Sacha Baron Cohen

Amazon has ordered the pilot for Highston, a coming-of-age comedy written by Bob Nelson, whose nascent screenwriting chops earned him an… Read More

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