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Masters of Sex Turns Up the Heat in Season 2: Where We Left Off and What's Next

Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan

Masters of Sex is back to give you satisfaction.

After last season's finale interruptus, Showtime's period drama returnsSunday at 10/9c to finish what Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) started. The doctor had just declared to his sex research partner Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) that she is the one thing he cannot live without. 

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How will this revelation play out in Season 2? Read on to see what Masters, Johnson and the rest are up to:
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Thursday TV: The Red Road, Vikings, Portlandia Join TV's Busiest Night

Julianne Nicholson and Martin Henderson

The road of great expectations invariably contains its share of potholes. So it is with SundanceTV's The Red Road (Thursday, 9/8c), a lugubrious six-episode drama that's as overwrought as it is underwhelming, representing a rare misfire for the channel that brought us such outstanding originals as Top of the Lake and Rectify last year.

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The Weekend Playlist: Walking Dead Is Back, and So Is Homeland's Brody

Andrew Lincoln

It's raining zombies, quite literally, by the end of the first hour of The Walking Dead's fourth harrowing season (Sunday, 9/8c, AMC). And when it rains, it pours blood. Just how fans like it.

But it's in the pauses between the gruesome action, those eerie and unsettling silences, when we're reminded there's no rest for the living in a treacherous world where swarming walkers are constantly pressing against the prison-shelter gates, insatiable and relentless. In these quieter moments, Dead reinforces its claim as TV's greatest horror drama by making us care so desperately about the characters' humanity.

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Boardwalk Empire Postmortem: So, What Kind of Gangster Is Nucky Now?

Steve Buscemi

[WARNING: The following story reveals major details about the Season 3 finale of Boardwalk Empire. Read at your own risk.]

"You can't be half a gangster."

Jimmy Darmody's haunting words to Nucky Thompson have loomed large this season on Boardwalk Empire. But on Sunday's finale, Nucky proved he's not doing anything halfway anymore.

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To bring an end to his ongoing war with hothead Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale), Nucky (Steve Buscemi) promised ... read more

The Good Wife: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Willicia and Love the Bad Husband

Chris Noth and Julianna Margulies

Lois and Clark. Felicity and Ben. Sydney and Vaughn. It is a sad fact, but I've been an avid TV "shipper" pretty much since I learned how to wield the remote control. That includes childhood favorites and also my current "adult" mainstays. So as an avid Good Wife viewer from Day One, I have always naturally been Team Will (Josh Charles), or "Willicia" if you will, 100 percent. He's loved Alicia (Julianne Margulies) for 15 years! Her husband cheated on her with a prostitute! That deleted voicemail! And, most importantly, that kiss! The "Willicia" argument seemed pretty cut and dried. But a funny thing happened on the way to Alicia and Will's destined-happily-ever-after — I switched sides. After Sunday's episode, in which a young beautiful campaign worker lied about having had an affair with Peter, I realized that four seasons has turned this Will fan into a surprisingly strong Team Florrick supporter. So what changed? Here's five reasons my vote is for Peter (Chris Noth)... read more

Report: Saffron Burrows Will Replace Julianne Nicholson on Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Saffron Burrows, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe

Will Saffron Burrows replace Julianne Nicholson on Law & Order: Criminal Intent next season?

USA is in final talks to green-light the show for a ninth season, but... read more

Mega Buzz on Lost, Law & Order: CI, Sex & More!

Harold Perrineau by Bob D'Amico/ABC, Chris Noth by Eric Ogden/USA Network Photo, Grant Show by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Was Lost hasty in giving Michael the hook? Which of the Law & Orders has bid adieu to some fans' favorite? Is ABC's Life on Mars already on a shaky mission? In this launch of Mega Buzz, a new weekly column, I'll field your questions about your favorite shows. If there is a topic you want to see covered or a question you'd like to ask, this e-mail is the place to do it.Since we're just starting out here, I'll have to settle for answering my own questions. Hope I'm not a smart-ass to myself.Question: What's your take on Harold Perrineau's Lost exit Q&A?Mitovich: It's an incendiary topic, but I hear where Perrineau is coming from, on Michael's too-short return. Sure, it (partially) explained what became of the Dawson men after their Season 2 sail-away. But to leave Walt fatherless — and in doing so rob the series of its second barely-used African American character (Mr. Eko, we barely knew ye) — was a questionable move. This country now has its first for-real African-... read more

Criminal Intent Fills Regular's Pregnant Pause

Alicia Witt courtesy NBC Photo

Its berth on USA Network isn't the only change in store for Law & Order: Criminal Intent this season. Alicia Witt (The Upside of Anger, Cybill) has been tapped to join the crime drama as Det. Nola Falacci, a new partner for Chris Noth's Mike Logan. Witt is subbing, at least temporarily, for Julianne Nicholson, who will miss a string of episodes this season due to maternity leave.L&O: CI returns Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10 pm/ET on USA. (Don't make me remind you again.) read more

May 21, 2007: Renewal

Well, it’s late, so I’ll just come right out and say it: For a finale, this was a big disappointment. While last week’s trailer made this ep look like a killer-hunting-cops thriller, it turned out to be a standard-issue case with a side of sentimentality.To its credit, this episode remained interesting throughout, probably because of the unusual decision to follow two separate cases. But the problem, at least for me, was that we’ve been so well-trained by Law & Order to try to put the pieces together that I kept searching for a nonexistent connection between the cases. Definitely a missed opportunity for a nice twist and a satisfying resolution.Of the two story lines, I preferred Logan’s, mainly because it was so personal and character-driven. This was the first chance we’ve really had to connect with the Noth since he joined CI, and I was so impressed with his performance, which relied on genuine emotion and subtlety rather than sarcastic quips. I ... read more

March 27, 2007: Players

Here’s the thing about giving your detectives more backstories: They can’t come at the expense of interesting cases, which are always the driving force behind every Law & Order incarnation. But that’s exactly what’s been happening on Criminal Intent lately. Surrounding nearly every emotional glimpse into Det. Bobby’s troubled family life, there has been a by-the-numbers case that wouldn’t have stood so well on its own, but was buoyed by the “behind-the-scenes” drama. And tonight’s episode was the best (or worst) example of this problematic duality I've seen yet. On the one hand, we had a whole bunch of clichés: another semi-rapper-related killing, more spoiled rich kids turned criminals, and such a convoluted web of motives and machinations, it was hard to keep all the “players” straight, let alone care. And that rapper’s name was Apocalypto? Seriously? Of course, it’s a well-known fact that nothing gets you m... read more

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