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Walter’s brutal meltdown shows genius way “Breaking Bad” deals with white privilege, and men who can’t get enough

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Salon discusses the White Privilege aspects of Breaking Bad: 

"Never mind that Walter built an empire worth $80 million. He always wanted more—respect or fear or worship—and he never got it. He could never quite get over the fact that other people weren’t placed on Earth to play supporting characters in his own story, and even in the series’ pilot, he’s bogged down by an overbearing boss and a wife who seems interested in anything but him. Though viewers didn’t know it at the time, this was “Breaking Bad” playing off some very recognizable tropes, well known from movies like “Falling Down,” where the mild-mannered white guy finally has had it and speaks truth to power about his own greatness, usually through violence. But since this is a TV show, the story must continue, and the longer it has gone on, the more the hollowness behind that sense of entitlement has become apparent."


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Sue Naegle is stepping down from her post as president of HBO Entertainment. I’ve learned that she is segueing into producing with the launch of her own co

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According to Deadline “Sue Naegle is stepping down from her post as president of HBO Entertainment. I’ve learned that she is segueing into producing with the launch of her own company which will have a three-year first-look deal with HBO. (The network declined comment).”


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“Parks and Recreation” has been renewed, NBC has confirmed. Long live Pawnee!

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Parks and Rec renewed:  

"The comedy, starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, will return for a sixth season. With the series on the bubble, NBC’s decision to renew "Parks and Recreation," which is beloved by viewers and critics alike, had the cast celebrating."


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NBC also gave three other shows the axe.

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Cancellations and series pickup news: 

"Firstly, Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is reportedly close to getting a series order. Meanwhile at NBC, Whitney, Up All Night, 1600 Penn, and Guys with Kids have all been canceled. Also in the cancellation department, Fox has nixed Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch after two seasons, although there’s now a rumor about 24 returning as a limited series. The CW has renewed The Carrie Diaries for a second season and Nikita for a fourth, also giving the green light to Reign (about Mary Queen of Scots at age fifteen), The 100 (a batch of juvenile delinquents are deployed to see if a post-apocalypse Earth can be re-inhabited), Tomorrow People (a teen boy has psychic powers; presented by The Vampire Diaries and Arrow folk), and Star-Crossed (formerly titledOxygen, about an alien boy in an American high school."


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This Sunday on Once Upon a Time’s Season 2 finale (ABC, 8/7), Tamara and Greg aim to pull the “trigger” and “blow Storybrooke off the map” — but not if the extraordinary residents of the Maine bur…

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Once Upon a Time Finale preview: 

"It’s going to be very interesting for people to see Hook in Neverland and see [cocreators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz’s] take on Neverland, because as you can tell from the way they’ve set up the other characters from other stories, everything’s not as it seems. As we know, [today’s] Captain Hook is very different than Hook from before. For Hook, going to Neverland — as we saw in the “Crocodile” episode — was very much about being able to take some time to figure out how to get his revenge on Rumpelstiltskin. That’s his reason for being there. But it’ll be interesting to see if and how he will interact with the Lost Boys or whomever in Neverland."


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Get ready to blue yourself. Arrested Development’s long-awaited fourth season is almost here.

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TVGuide gives Arrested Development fans some insight into the shows relaunch:  

"But when it comes to the Arrested story-telling you’ve come to know and love, get ready to say goodbye to these! Each episode of the fourth season — all of which will be available May 26 on Netflix —will follow a different member of the Bluth family over the same time period, with some scenes repeated from different perspectives."


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Neil Patrick Harris will return as host for the 2013 Tony Awards.I’m very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall…

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"Neil Patrick Harris will return as host for the 2013 Tony Awards.

"I’m very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. It’ll be more impressive than ever - if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year," Harris said in a statement. "Oh, wait. No, that can’t… hold on… carry the one… I’m awful at math. But rest assured, the show will rock!"


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As a twentysomething liberal arts grad, it’s pretty much a pre-requisite to love post-modernism. The more meta something is, the better.

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TVGuide ask is Community worth saving: 

But nothing did because this is a TV show, not spaghetti, and it requires a bit more forethought. There was simply too much happening this season that went nowhere and ultimately, it lent an air of meaninglessness (and not in a cool “show about nothing” way like Seinfeld). Jeff’s relationship with his dad, Abed’s Manic Pixie love interest, Annie’s infatuation with Jeff — did we get any closure to these issues? Did it affect the larger narrative or our characters’ dispositions at all? Or were they simply empty plot devices to distract us from realizing that Community is now only a simulacrum of the show we once loved. (I’m leaning towards the latter.)


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Also, could Arya and Gendry get together? “I think it’s possible, definitely.”

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Maisie Williams on Ayra’s future (SPOILERS!!!): 

"Just because she’s not got Gendry anymore doesn’t mean she’s crumbling or anything. She’s as strong as ever." 


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In what can best be called a “Hail Mary,” NBC’s yet-to-be-renewed Community delivered a ratings uptick with its Thursday night finale, rising one single tenth to a 1.3, while rising to 3.1 million …

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Community rises and Scandal beats out Idol: 

"ABC’s Scandal (8.9 mil/3.2) rose 23 percent week-to-week to hit an all-time high demo rating, building on itsGrey’s Anatomy lead-in (8.6 mil/2.9, down a tenth) and besting a Thursday American Idol for the first time ever."


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