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Louie Season Five: Louis CK's Show Has Become Less Ambitious

newrepublic.com — Last October, shortly after an expletive-laden rant against ISIS fighters ("Oh, fuck you, ISIS. Sincerely please fuck each other in the mouth with forks"), Louis C.K. deleted his Twitter account. He hasn't publicly discussed why; he was an intermittent Twitter user to begin with and some of his most praised comedy routines are about the pernicious effects of technology and social media.

Mad Men Final Season Preview

newrepublic.com — The first half of the final season of "Mad Men" ended last May in a rare moment of triumph: Peggy delivered a heartwarming sales pitch, Roger-once again-saved the company, and man walked on the moon. After selling their shares of the firm to advertising conglomerate McCann-Erickson, Roger, Joan, Don, and Pete became millionaires.

Why outsiders like John Oliver and Trevor Noah are taking over American late night TV

newstatesman.com — The internet exploded on Monday morning with explainers of everything you - yes, you - need to know about Trevor Noah, the 31-year-old South African comic newly anointed as Jon Stewart's successor. Considering that the focus of Noah's three Daily Show appearances so far, where he played the part of the cosmopolitan mocking American ignorance of everything outside of our own borders, this is somewhat fitting.

Trevor Noah is New Daily Show Host> What Should We Expect?

newrepublic.com — The internet exploded Monday morning with explainers of everything you-yes, you- need to know about Trevor Noah, the 31-year-old South African comic newly anointed as Jon Stewart's successor. Considering that the focus of Noah's three "Daily Show" appearances so far, where he played the part of the cosmopolitan mocking American ignorance of everything outside of our own borders, this is somewhat fitting.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Review: Netflix Sitcom Is Instant Classic

newrepublic.com — "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the Tina Fey-produced sitcom released on Netflix this weekend, has an almost unbearably dark premise: Girl spends half her life trapped in an underground bunker by a cult leader; girl is rescued from bunker; girl moves to New York City to try to live a normal life.

The Disappearance of the Curly-Haired TV Heroine

newrepublic.com — The best actress Emmys last August were won by Julianna Margulies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, two women who could be mirror images if you looked out of the corner of your eye-slender, polished actresses of a certain age.

'Better Call Saul' Review: 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff Stands On Its Own

newrepublic.com — Saul Goodman burst into "Breaking Bad"'s second season fully formed, a sweaty shyster in a strip mall, a criminal lawyer with a motor-mouth that could save his life and a conscience up for sale.

Serial TV: Mad Men, True Detective, and the Miseducation of the TV Fan

newrepublic.com — "Mad Men" begins airing the second half of its final season in April, and chances are you are due to be disappointed. Maybe Don Draper will topple out the window of a Manhattan skyscraper like the shadowy figure in the show's opening credits, or maybe he will perish by more prosaic means.

Parenthood Series Finale Review

newrepublic.com — It's hard to talk about "Parenthood," the NBC drama that just ended its six-season run, without bringing up kleenex, ugly-crying, and tsunamis of tears. So let me lay all my cards out on the table: I may have been the sole stone-hearted viewer in America who watched all of last night's series finale with dry eyes.

The Americans on FX: Season 3 Review

newrepublic.com — "The Americans" begins its third season this Wednesday night, and I'm happy to say it's as impossibly good as it was last year. Sleek but not slick, more elegant and sexy and confident than anything else on television, the show finds a happy medium between the quick thrills and breakneck plotting of shows like "Scandal" and "Homeland," and the slow, deliberate pace of "Rectify" and "The Leftovers."
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Apr 27, 2015

RT @rembert: they broke his spine. still haven't made it past that.

Apr 27, 2015

@HillaryKelly Michael Chabon did this in the NYT mag a few years ago with Gentleman of the Road (also: hi! great piece!)

Apr 27, 2015

RT @HillaryKelly: If you are a woman or know a woman, you need to read this wonderful piece by @NCaplanBricker. So, that's all of you. nationaljournal.com/magazine/the-i…

Apr 26, 2015

I'm going to miss "On the Next Mad Men..." most of all

Apr 26, 2015

Problem with #Happyish isn't its subject (Rich White Dude Problems), but its attitude; smug, where "Togetherness" was warm, empathetic

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