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'Sons of Anarchy' drags on with seventh season premiere

FX

BY CHLOE GILKE

Despite the slow parts, the most brutal moments of “Sons of Anarchy” are viscerally painful and point toward the power of this show. Somehow, these rough and rude men slip through the cracks of their poorly-written dialogue and brand themselves onto your heart.

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Episode Review: 'Masters of Sex' time jump is disjointed

Showtime

BY CHLOE GILKE

Following last week’s surprise time jump, “Masters of Sex” settles into 1960 with a scattered and unfocused episode, but the problems that plagued the characters in 1958 (and the show itself) continue to haunt them.

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Girls Who Run The Emmys

HBO

BY CHLOE GILKE

Familiar favorites may have taken home many of the trophies, but beneath all that “Breaking Bad” fervor, an undercurrent of female empowerment ran through the 2014 Emmys.

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#TrueToTheEnd

HBO

BY ALEC STERN

On Sunday, August 24th at 10:10 p.m., “True Blood” met the True Death. After seven years, the HBO series finally resolved the Sookie Stackhouse saga, and with it, the love story at its center. And it was one hell of a ride.

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'The Colbert Report' Live: Errors and all

BY ALEX INTNER

Watching a live taping of a TV show is a completely different experience from watching that show on television. There's so much more that happens in that little room. And, it's those moments that made the experience worth the 3 hour wait.

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Appealing 'Outlander' follows time-traveling romance

Starz

BY CHLOE GILKE

The Starz network doesn’t have a built-in following like HBO or FX, but its newest offering, “Outlander,” will surely bring new fans and acclaim. Like that other popular cable show, “Outlander” is a vaguely historical drama punctuated by spilled guts and unbuttoned pants, and is based off a beloved series of novels.

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'Matador' a bit too campy for its own good

El Rey

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

The question is whether self-awareness of all the campy clichés “Matador” revels in is enough. Just because the writers invite the meta-references doesn’t mean they belie any value.

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