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    Masters of Sex Ep. 2.11: “One for the Money, Two for the Show” prepares us for the finale

    Even to someone who’s bad at taking notice of a lot of production design in film and TV, Bill Masters looks wrong with a regular tie instead of a bow tie. Of course, when he’s put in front of a camera, everything about him feels off. The man’s already extremely uncomfortable in his own skin, and the task of explaining his work to an audience of millions is daunting, to say the least. And that’s before the considerations of national television come into play — censorship (and lots of it), having to “dumb down” his talk without sounding prurient, and most troubling, having to use “creative reenactment” to fill out the story. Bill is obsessed with even the most minute details of how the study is perceived, to the point where even the slightest chance that the public could be misled about it sets him off. More

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    Masters of Sex Ep. 2.07 “Asterion” pulls the series out of the ’50s

    It seems this is the year creative time skips became an unexpected fashion in television. Both True Detective and Fargo pulled off the unprecedented move of jumping forward in time in the middle of an episode, and now Masters of Sex has one-upped them both by performing several jumps in the same episode! My knowledge of TV history is far from comprehensive, but I can’t think of any other show that’s done something like this before (except for a few episodes of The Simpsons, in which time is a… malleable concept, to say the least). Of course, multiple series have ended on greatest hits montages in their final episodes (Six Feet Under, for instance), but to my knowledge, no one has plopped an episode like this into the middle of a season. More

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    First look at ‘Homeland’ Season 4

    Showtime has just released the first commercial for the latest season of their hit drama Homeland. Both Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin are nominated for Emmys as the show returns for its fourth year starting October 5, and this latest trailer reveals Carrie on an excursion through Pakistan. Homeland airs Sundays at 9 PM ET […] More

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    Masters of Sex, Ep. 2.02: “Kyrie Eleison” continues to shift the show’s gears

    In case you haven’t already scuttered over to Google for quickie research, “Kyrie Eleison” means “Lord have mercy” in Greek. A bit of an on-the-nose name for an episode about people having to put up with all manner of off-kilter bullplop, but it works. While steeped in an unfortunate sophomore episode downturn after the premiere, this was still a good week. The show is still shifting gears as it maneuvers the leads into the place they’ll need to be to re-start the sex study. More

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    Masters of Sex, Ep. 2.01: “Parallax” deals with characters’ self-deception

    “Parallax” is the difference in an object’s appearance, depending on the position from which one observes it. One thing won’t look the same from the points of view of two people looking at it from different angles. The season premiere of Masters of Sex showcases this phenomenon with a scene that directly follows the end of last season’s finale. After Bill makes his anguished declaration that he “needs” Gini, they go inside, have sex, and then she breaks things off with Ethan over the phone. We see it first from Bill’s perspective, and then from Gini’s, which reveals that it’s their work she’s choosing, not Bill, over Ethan. Later, Bill claims that he too considers their sexual relationship “part of the work” and not an affair. Which does not dovetail at all with the emotions he displayed when he said he needed her, nor their closeness in bed. More

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    Awesome First Full Trailer for Showtime’s Psychosexual Horror Series ‘Penny Dreadful’

    Showtime has released the first full trailer for Sam Mendes and John Logan’s Penny Dreadful, the upcoming psychosexual horror series which weaves together the classic origin stories of icons like Dr. Frankenstein, his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from Dracula. Juan Antonio Bayona, who directed the Spanish thriller The Orphanage, helmed the first two […] More

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    New Trailer for Showtime Horror Series ‘Penny Dreadful’

    Showtime has released a new trailer for Sam Mendes and John Logan’s Penny Dreadful, the upcoming psychosexual horror series which weaves together the classic origin stories of icons like Dr. Frankenstein, his creature, Dorian Grey, and several characters from Dracula. Juan Antonio Bayona, who directed the Spanish thriller The Orphanage, helmed the first two episodes, […] More

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    25 Best TV Shows of 2013 (Part One)

    Once upon a time, it may very well have been possible to see all of the great television that aired in North America in a calendar year. For most of us, that time is over. From the ever-growing list of networks supplying quality programming to the advent of digital content providers smuggling in new and […] More

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    Masters of Sex, Ep. 1.12: “Manhigh” wraps up a patchy but still-promising first season

    Masters of Sex, Season 1, Episode 12: “Manhigh” Written by Michelle Ashford Directed by Michael Dinner Airs Sundays at 10pm ET on Showtime – Project Manhigh was a primitive pre-astronaut experiment that sent men into the stratosphere in balloons; it’s all kinds of appropriate that this tentative step towards full-blown space exploration in a principal […] More

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