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‘Masters of Sex’ Season 2 Finale Recap: “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”

After an era-spanning season that abandoned as many old characters as it introduced new ones, Masters of Sex offered up their best episode to date. The season two finale had everything: Betrayal, bruised egos, custody battles, sexual dysfunction, taboo love, hopeful lust, “having it all,” a dream sequence, network news, and the Kennedys. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” even had some answers to big questions, though ultimately the two biggest ones — Will Libby leave Bill? Will Virginia and Bill get together for real? — were left hanging, the first question seemingly leading to a positive outcome to the latter. But there were resolutions offered up for problems we barely realized were issues, specifically Virginia’s so-called “unfit” parenting, Lester’s desire to work through his impotence (one of my favorite scenes of the episode), and Flo being embarrassed of dumb blonde Dr. Langham (greatest line of the episode: “Austin, please, women pay a lot of money for that color in a hair salon”). While I don’t agree with some of the decisions made here— like Virginia having give up her kids — I’m left feeling satisfied. A Kennedy and a dream sequence will do that, I suppose. … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: “Cuanto”

Goddammit, Boardwalk Empire. I was on board with so much of “Cuanto,” an episode that distinguishes itself on several fronts. The flashbacks still aren’t relevant, but this week’s at least cohere into a nice mini-episode about a day in the life of Nucky ‘n’ Eli. Back in the present, the combination of Van Alden/Mueller, Mickey Doyle, and Drunk Margaret makes “Cuanto” straight-up funny in a way that Boardwalk doesn’t get a lot of credit for being when it’s on top of its game. And then the last two minutes give us a one-two punch of tired prestige cable clichés, squandering lots (but not all!) of those warm ‘n’ fuzzy feelings from Nucky and Margaret’s unromantic reunion. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Chris Pratt

Happy 40th, Saturday Night Live. Let’s cut right to the chase with the inaugural episode, hosted by Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and featuring musical guest Ariana Grande. There are a few new faces this season, including “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che (no worries, Cecily Strong is still here) and newcomer Pete Davidson. Live TV watchers will be immediately reminded that Darrell Hammond has taken over announcer duties, as the late, great Don Pardo—who was the voice of SNL since it premiered in 1975—passed away in August. Lorne Michaels waved goodbye to John Milhiser, Noël Wells, and Brooks Wheelan, but former featured player Mike O’Brien resumes his spot in the writer’s room. Lastly, Nasim Pedrad left SNL to star in Fox’s Mulaney. But the show must go on. We have high hopes for some big surprises this season. Here we go. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Gay Hymns and Naked Scotsmen

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, a slew of premieres on ABC and the scene(s) we’ve all been waiting for on Outlander. … Read More

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James Franco’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Documentary Isn’t James Franco-y Enough

James Franco constantly gets bored and switches careers, always moving on to gleefully experiment with (and sometimes destroy) a different job: painting, writing, teaching, and so on. This week, James Franco is a documentarian. Well, technically, James Franco was a documentarian in 2008 when he filmed a short for an NYU film class in which he went behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live. The project was later expanded into a feature-length film and is finally available for public viewing with its debut on Hulu Plus today. The end result is strange in that it’s not strange. Saturday Night isn’t very James Franco-like; instead, it’s a straightforward and simplistic documentary that tells us a lot of what we already knew.  … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Premiere Recap: “Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia”

It may have taken you a minute, last night, to realize you were watching the Scandal Season 4 premiere and not an ad for an all-inclusive resort vacation. White sand, clear blue-green water, a happy couple in bathing suits, a copy of Gone Girl… As much as shippers may have longed for a full hour of Olivia Pope — sorry, Julia Baker! — and Jake Ballard making out on an island “a hundred miles off the coast of Zanzibar,” it surely came as a surprise to no one when a mysterious envelope delivered alongside their weekly boatload of wine catalyzed their return to civilization. I mean, this isn’t Lost (thank god). … Read More

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‘Parenthood’ Season 6 Premiere Recap: “Vegas”

They say life’s a gift, and for Parenthood, the words ring even truer. The ensemble dramedy from Friday Night Lights alum Jason Katims has remained on “the bubble,” ratings and renewals-wise, through its five tear-filled seasons, so much so that a final season remained up in the air until May. The half season (13 episodes) fans have been… Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘True Detective’ Casting, ‘Outlander’ Midseason Premiere Date

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: HBO finally confirms some True Detective casting news, Real Genius is set to become a sitcom, and two networks pick up science-fiction book adaptations. … Read More

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Everything We Know About ‘True Detective’ Season 2 So Far

Last winter, True Detective took over the television world — and the Internet — with only eight episodes. It was a tour-de-force of storytelling from Nic Pizzolatto (who wrote every episode) and of acting from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. As soon as the show ended, rumors started flying about plot and casting details for Season 2. Here is everything we know about True Detective Season 2 so far. (Don’t worry — we’ll update the post as more information is confirmed.) … Read More

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