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‘The Americans’ Season 3: How a Teen Girl’s Dilemma Humanized a Great, Cold Show

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The complexity of teenage girls is an oft-explored topic on television, though it’s usually reserved for overly hysterical teen dramas. It’s much more rare to see on a period thriller like The Americans, which concerns itself with the happenings of two KGB spies posing as a picture-perfect American family. Elizabeth and Philip have necessarily kept their life a secret from their two children, Paige and Henry, but being found out was a lingering threat that the show couldn’t possibly ignore. One of the biggest shocks this season was Paige learning the truth, providing the already-great series with even more tension.
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‘The Comedians’ Fails to Find Originality in an Overdone Premise

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FX is understandably excited about The Comedians. Nine of the first season’s 13 episodes were sent out to critics, and the TV spots are irritatingly inescapable. The combination of FX and FXX have produced a string of strong sitcom hits (most focus on the darker side of humor; even It’s Always Sunny, the most straightforward comedy, gets impossibly dark at times) so it’s natural to optimistically assume The Comedians would follow suit. But it’s a step back for a network that is usually so forward thinking with its programs (the disjointed surrealism of Louie, the surprisingly well-executed adaptation of Fargo, the pull-no-punches approach of The Americans). With The Comedians, FX wrong believed that there is a high demand for a Billy Crystal/Josh Gad buddy comedy vehicle, for yet another “behind the scenes” show-within-a-show, and for another entrant in the increasingly-tired mockumentary genre.
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The Worst Special Effects Makeup in Cinema

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Bless the Wachowskis and their low-budget Bound, but just say no to the duck lips and terrible prosthetic ears in the newly released Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum in some of the dumbest special effects makeup we’ve seen in a while. But Tatum is not alone. Hollywood is full of missteps when it comes to makeup on actors — from huge honkers, to old-age transformations, and beyond. Here are ten of the worst offenders in film. Feel free to continue the list with your own picks, below.
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In ‘The Americans’ Season 3, the Real War Is Over a Young Girl’s Beliefs

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The greatest asset of FX’s The Americans is that it has always been less of a spy thriller and more of a compelling family drama. This isn’t to take away from the bloody but brilliant aspects of the inherently engaging story of two KGB agents posing as a married couple during the Cold War. Rather, it’s to praise how deftly this series balances the two vastly different narratives — espionage and family — and rarely misses a connection between them. What’s more, it makes the two narratives seem like two sides of the same coin instead of disparate stories. Season 1 brought together the job and the marriage, Season 2 developed the family as a whole, and now Season 3 has its sights set on indoctrinating 14-year-old Paige Jennings.
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‘Justified’ Season 6 Episode 1 Recap: “Fate’s Right Hand”

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Fate is mentioned, repeatedly, in this opener for the final season of Justified. With the remnants of the subpar Season 5’s villains out of town or in the grave, the show putting the chess pieces in their place for what already feels like a lively and sharp final season. We’ve hit the end, Harlan’s dying, fate is showing its hand, but whether or not that will have any effect on the battle between US Marshall Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant, still hot) and brilliant criminal Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins, still charismatic) remains to be seen.
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‘Justified’s’ Final Season Is Building to a Boyd and Raylan Showdown

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How to describe Justified, the Elmore Leonard-inspired drama that starts its sixth and final season tonight? Taking a character from Leonard’s short story “Fire in the Hole,” it’s as satisfactory as a good steak, the sort of beautifully basic show that’s never quite gotten the buzz it deserved in the era of the “antihero,” and yet it probably would’ve won a million Emmys by now if it aired in 1996, when our definition of greatness was a David E. Kelly series.
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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Smash’ Musical Heads to Broadway, ‘Girls’ Casts Shoshanna’s Parents

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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: Sarah Silverman’s HBO pilot, Hulu gets the rights for FX/FXX shows, and Girls casts Shoshanna’s parents.
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