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Thursday Review: SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman and Rectify

Maggie Gyllenhaal

If SundanceTV's The Honorable Woman were any timelier in its geopolitical drama, most specifically of the Israeli-Palestinian variety, it would bleed newsprint. But it's the emotional intricacies of this rewardingly complex and brilliantly acted eight-part miniseries (Thursdays, 10/9c) that resonate timelessly, grounded by Maggie Gyllenhaal's impassioned, extraordinary performance as the title character, idealistic Anglo-Israeli philanthropist and newly appointed Baroness Nessa Stein.

Gyllenhaal brings layers upon layers of crisp elegance, prideful steel, profound sorrow and ultimately an aching vulnerability to Nessa. We share her angry despair as her lofty goals — most notably, wiring the West Bank in a lucrative but controversial contract for high-speed Internet as part of her family foundation's crusade for reconciliation — are steadily shattered by shady compromises and sinister secrets stemming from her mysterious abduction in Gaza eight years earlier.

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Ask Matt: Dramedies, Arrested, Nurse Jackie, H50, Hannibal

Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Why don't the broadcast networks produce comedy-dramas anymore? It was not more than 10 years ago when the networks were full of successful long-running dramedies like Ally McBeal, The West Wing and Gilmore Girls. But now all those dramedy show-runners have moved over to the cable networks: David E. Kelley has just produced Monday Mornings for TNT, Aaron Sorkin is with The Newsroom on HBO, and Amy Sherman-Palladino had (the great) Bunheads on ABC Family. And lots of successful ...
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Keck's Exclusives: Up All Night Casts Nurse Jackie Fave and Gay Neighbors

Eve Best

Complications are coming up for Christina Applegate's Reagan Brinkley both at work and home on NBC's Up All Night. Actress Eve Best, who steals every scene she's in as Nurse Jackie's Dr. Eleanor O'Hara, has landed a role equivalent to Alec Baldwin's bossy ...
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Nurse Jackie Finale Postmortem: Executive Producer Liz Brixius on Luck, Lies and Season 4

Edie Falco

[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Nurse Jackie. Read at your own risk.]

Somehow, Jackie continues to avoid rock bottom. During this season of Nurse Jackie, she got around a surprise intervention and then flirted with sobriety, though not by choice — her drug dealer died, Eddie cut her off and her kid's plea for prescription drugs forced her into temporary withdrawal.

But by the end of Monday's Season 3 finale, Jackie's stars had realigned once more: She was still using, yes, but O'Hara was back on her side, she had moved into the power position with Kevin and her all-important career remained intact. Could Jackie be the world's — or just TV's -- luckiest drug addict?

Executive producer Liz Brixius says yes and no: read more

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