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Jul 22, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

The episode kicks off with Torchwood vets Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) on the run, alongside captor-turned-cohort C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer) and green-at-the game analyst Ester Drummond (Alexa Havins). Thanks to “Miracle Day”—an event a few days earlier where mankind ceased to die, the human race is in chaos: half morning the loss of their souls, the other half falling into Dionysian excess.

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Jul 16, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

Rendition, the second of ten episodes of Torchwood: Miracle Day, still feels like it’s building to something more exciting. As with last week’s season premiere, there’s a lot of set up for what’s hopefully a bigger story. So again, it’s too soon to judge the season as a whole, based on only two episodes. Still, so far this fourth season is not quite matching the marked achievements of season three, Children of Earth. But hey, it’s summer TV and there’s not much else on besides dancing and dating competitions, reruns and Canadian imports, so Miracle Day is also more enjoyable than much of what else is on the tube right now.

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Breaking Bad (Season 4)

AMC, Sundays, 10/9 Central

Jul 15, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

Breaking Bad typifies Murphy’s Law (“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”). During the cliffhanger finale of season three, we learned that show creator/producer/director/writer Vince Gilligan is willing to also use his postmodern Western to highlight Finagle’s Fourth Law (“Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it will only make it worse.”). Putting it bluntly—shit does down in this show.

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Jul 09, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

So far, each season of Torchwood has managed to be better than the last. Based on only the first episode of its 10-episode fourth season, dubbed Miracle Day, it’s too soon to say for certain whether this trend will continue, but changes are definitely afoot with the show.

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Jun 24, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

Louis C.K. (or simply Louie) may look like an ordinary, even boorish New York schlub, but his first season of Louie turned heads. He’s now one of America’s most important standup comedians.

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Apr 15, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

Based on the Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R. R. Martin, this TV adaptation seems, on first viewing of the pilot, part lush period piece, part fantasy epic, with a healthy dose of grimness thrown in there.

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Apr 12, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

This midseason sitcom from ABC gamely attempts to fill in the six empty spots left by the long departed Friends. In one of the better pilots seen for a long while, we are brusquely thrust into two of the six Happy Endings’ friends’ wedding: Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton). Despite the overused cliché of said wedding being aborted by some random dude on rollerblades confessing his love for Alex (Friends’ Rachel and Barry anyone?), what follows is some genuinely clever humor.

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The Borgias

(Showtime, Sundays 10/9 Central)

Apr 04, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

Hot on the heels of The Tudors, Showtime takes further outrageous liberties with 15th century history in The Borgias. Boldly claiming the infamous clan as “the original crime family,” The Borgias is the story of Spaniard cardinal Rodrigo Borgia who becomes Pope Alexandar VI (Jeremy Irons) and his ruthless family who have no qualms decimating anything and anyone in their path.

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Body of Proof

Body of Proof (ABC, Tuesdays 10/9 Central)

Mar 29, 2011 TV Web Exclusive

We have seen the cop’s point of view, the detective’s, the lawyer’s, the crime scene investigator’s, and the forensic anthropologist’s, now, it’s the medical examiner’s turn. Dana Delany is the central character, Dr. Megan Hunt. And boy, does she think she’s great. Somehow playing Hunt as a smug know-it-all is the way the cleverly titled Body of Proof decided to go.

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