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'Mad Men' mid-season finale pushes show into the future

AMC

BY MADDIE THOMAS

The first half of “Mad Men” ’s final season wrapped up Don’s work dilemmas neatly and elegantly, and when it returns for its final run next year, there’s nowhere to go but deeper.

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'Hannibal' season two finale is tragic, violent and amazing

NBC

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Hannibal” stretches anticipation to its breaking point. Season two finale “Mizumono” does not disappoint. It’s unflinching tragedy, and arguably the best hour of the series to date.

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Five takeaways from networks' next season plans

BY ALEX INTNER

Each year around this time, the big broadcast networks invite advertising executives to a presentation where they reveal their schedules for the next season.

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'Penny Dreadful' a real-world take on classic horror

Showtime

BY CHLOE GILKE

The cinematography is top-notch, acting excellent, 1890s period set design fittingly elaborate and macabre. But the most impressive aspect of “Penny Dreadful” is that it sidesteps the unbelievable and presents the terror as something straight out of our own world.

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'The Mindy Project' Showcases Romantic Story in Season Two Finale

FOX

BY ALEX INTNER

One could argue that by the end of its second season, Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) and company still haven’t completely developed their supporting cast, but they have found a clear vision for what makes this show funny by embracing its place as a romantic comedy.

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Season Four of 'Louie' Continues Show's Game-Changing Run

FX

BY MADDIE THOMAS

“Louie” is good because it’s a vehicle through which Louis C.K. can inject his unique brand of humor into almost-neurotic musings on human nature. “Louie” is great because Louis C.K. is not afraid to push boundaries and experiment with his work.

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'Years of Living Dangerously' throws reality in our face

Courtesy of James Cameron

BY GRACE HAMILTON

“Years of Living Dangerously,” a nine part Showtime documentary series that premiered on April 14, explores stories like this one across the world from Texas to Syria. The focus is our changing climate; the damage that has already been done and that which is yet to come.

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