<p>Last Week Tonight with John Oliver</p>

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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'Last Week Tonight' & YouTube: When pay cable content turns free online

Why has HBO been so willing to put large chunks of John Oliver's new show on the Internet?

HBO's "Last Week Tonight" has come into its own in a very short period of time. It helps, of course, that John Oliver isn't doing anything significantly different from when he filled in as "The Daily Show" host last summer, but he and his creative team have taken advantage of the extra lead time that comes with doing only one show a week to really craft each segment and find every single bit of humor and indignation on that week's subject.

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Review: 'Louie' - 'In the Woods'

Lily's indiscretion prompts a long trip back to Louie's adolescence

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I fart for science...

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Credit: FOX

Review: '24: Live Another Day' - '5:00 PM - 6:00 PM'

Jack and Margot race to get to Simone first, and President Heller makes a decision

A quick review of tonight's "24: Live Another Day" coming up just as soon as I put you out into the field...

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<p>Andy Daly in &quot;Review.&quot;</p>

Andy Daly in "Review."

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Comedy Central renews 'Review' for season 2

Comedy Central also renews 'Inside Amy Schumer' and 'TripTank,' orders two new series

I thought the best part of interviewing Andy Daly in Austin over the weekend would be getting a chance to witness the star of Comedy Central's "Review" channeling his fictional alter ego Forrest MacNeil and eating pancakes, as he did in the year's funniest half-hour of television. But though pancakes were, in fact, consumed (in the interests of accuracy, I should say that Daly ordered the short stack — albeit what turned out to be a Texas-sized short stack — and ate much, but not all, of it), the most exciting part of the interview was the news that Comedy Central was days away from announcing that "Review" (which had ended on a brilliant, but seemingly final, note) would return for a second season.

(In that same announcement, Comedy Central also renewed "Inside Amy Schumer" and the animated series "TripTank," as well as greenlighting two new series: "Another Period," starring Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero as rich, vapid sisters circa 1902; and "Idiotsitter," created by and starring Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse as, respectively, a rich woman under house arrest in her daddy's mansion and the woman hired to keep her out of further trouble.)

And now that the renewal is official, here's our entire conversation in Austin, looking back over the brilliance of that first season, and ahead to how the show might work in season 2.

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<p>Murder in the First</p>

Murder in the First

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Review: Steven Bochco goes retro with TNT's 'Murder in the First'

Serialized cop drama would have seemed much bolder 20 years ago, but still works

Earlier this spring, the complete run of "Hill Street Blues" was released on DVD, and it was remarkable to see just how well the groundbreaking cop drama held up three decades later. Some elements of it felt dated, but on the whole, you could find common DNA with many of this century's best dramas.

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<p>Jon Snow in &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;</p>

Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones"

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'The Watchers on the Wall'

Jon Snow, Sam and the rest of the Night's Watch stand against the wildling invaders

A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I promise you I won't die...

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'General Inspection'

Sgt. Major Cody orders the base to work overtime to impress a visiting general

A quick review of tonight's "Enlisted" — and thoughts on the show's panel at the Austin TV Festival — coming up just as soon as my inspiration was a pimp who is a mermaid...

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<p>The Americans</p>

The Americans

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'The Americans' cast & producers talk wigs, romance, combat & more

Full video of the recent TV Academy panel for the FX spy drama

Last week, I came to Los Angeles to moderate a panel featuring "The Americans" producers, stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, and composer Nate Barr before an audience at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It wasn't live-streamed, but FX recorded the whole thing, and now we're happy to present you the video of a lively (and at times silly) chat about the wigs, the intensity, the sex and all the other excellent things about the drama's great second season.

Please note: I regretted the Ukraine joke the second it escaped my lips. I apologize to you, and to all the people of Crimea.

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<p>&quot;Orange Is the New Black.&quot;</p>

"Orange Is the New Black."

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Season premiere review: 'Orange Is the New Black' - 'Thirsty Bird/Looks Blue, Tastes Red'

Piper gets the spotlight in season 2's first hour, and then the ensemble takes over

Netflix released the new season of "Orange Is the New Black" last night, and I offered some early thoughts on the season yesterday. My plan is to review the season two episodes at a time, at a pace that may be weekly or may be more irregular than that, just to see how things go given the collision of the Netflix distribution model with the weekly discussion model. Thoughts on the first two episodes coming up just as soon as my mom tells me my birth story...

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<p>Orange Is the New Black</p>

Orange Is the New Black

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Review: 'Orange Is the New Black' gets even deeper, better in season 2

Netflix women's prison drama takes even better advantage of its great ensemble with these new episodes

"Orange Is the New Black" was my second-favorite television show of 2013 — if you can call a series distributed solely by Netflix" television" — and if the comedy-drama about the inmates at a women's federal prison doesn't wind up quite that high in my 2014 rankings, it'll be through no fault of its own. This has been an absurdly great year for the medium — even deeper than the last one, with incredible new entries like "Fargo" and "True Detective" to go along with long-absent veterans like "Louie," plus the continued excellence of "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones," etc. — and there's going to be a lot of crowding at the top when December arrives and I am legally required to rank things in numerical order based on how they score on Dr. J. Evans Pritchard's scale of poetic greatness.

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