<p>Fiona Shaw on &quot;True Blood.&quot;</p>

Fiona Shaw on "True Blood."

Credit: HBO

'True Blood' - 'I'm Alive and on Fire': Tie me up, tie me down

What's with all the bondage storylines this season?

You should know the drill with me and "True Bloodby now: I put up these posts so people can discuss the episode immediately without waiting for Leslie Gornstein's recap at our Monkeys as Critics blog (and/or for people who want to keep all their HitFix TV discussion here), and then I step out of your way, because y'all know how I feel about "True Blood."

One thing I'm slightly curious about this week, though, is where people stand with the show's tradition of storylines involving characters spending an extended period of time as someone else's helpless prisoner (Tara with Franklin, Lafayette in Eric's basement, Jason this year at Hot Shot, etc.), and, at times, rape victim. There seemed to be a lot of pushback against the Jason story last week, while others pointed out how often the show has done similar stories in the past (and will continue to do in the future, as we see here). Is it just that Alan Ball has done it once too many, or is there something people found particularly unpleasant about this one? 

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<p>&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;co-star Betsy Brandt.</p>

"Breaking Bad" co-star Betsy Brandt.

Interview: 'Breaking Bad' co-star Betsy Brandt

It's not easy being Hank's wife

And now we come to the last of the three "Breaking Badinterviews I successfully(*) recorded on a trip to Albuquerque a couple of months ago. (Previously, I spoke with Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, and also posted my review of the new season and photos from a tour of the set.)

(*) Anna Gunn and I had a good conversation about Walt and Skyler's marriage, but technology was not my friend with that one, alas.

Our final subject: Betsy Brandt, whose Marie sometimes can get lost in the shuffle of a very testosterone-fueled show, but who becomes more prominent this season as Marie tries to deal with Hank's attitude post-shooting. We spoke about the evolution of Marie from the selfish klepto of season 1 to who she is now, about Brandt's off-camera friendship with Dean Norris, Marie's relationship with brother-in-law Walt, and more.

As with the previous video interviews, I apologize for the camerawork, and suggest that if it bothers you, just listen and open up a new browser to look at animated "Parks and Recreation" gifs.

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<p>Jack (John Barrowman)&nbsp;and Gwen (Eve Myles)&nbsp;go traveling in &quot;Torchwood:&nbsp;Miracle Day.&quot;</p>

Jack (John Barrowman) and Gwen (Eve Myles) go traveling in "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

Credit: Starz/BBC

'Torchwood: Miracle Day' - 'Rendition': Aches on a plane

Jack and Gwen run into trouble on a long cross-continental voyage

A review of tonight's "Torchwood: Miracle Day" coming up just as soon as I contribute to our cultural hegemony with a nice frosty cola...

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<p>Ray Romano got the &quot;Men of a Certain Age&quot; cancellation news on the golf course.</p>

Ray Romano got the "Men of a Certain Age" cancellation news on the golf course.

Credit: TNT

TNT cancels 'Men of a Certain Age,' take two: Talking with Mike Royce

The show's co-creator is proud of the 22 episodes he and Ray Romano got to make

Just got off the phone with "Men of a Certain Age" co-creator Mike Royce, whose mood was relatively upbeat in spite of TNT canceling the show this afternoon.

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<p>It was hard for &quot;Friday Night Lights&quot; showrunner to say goodbye to characters like Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) and Jason Street (Scott Porter), but the story dictated it.</p>

It was hard for "Friday Night Lights" showrunner to say goodbye to characters like Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) and Jason Street (Scott Porter), but the story dictated it.

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

Interview: 'Friday Night Lights' showrunner Jason Katims post-mortems the series finale

On saying goodbye to a town, a team and a whole lot of great actors
(NOTE: This interview was originally posted when the "FNL" finale aired on DirecTV in February.)
 
Jason Katims has had a lot longer to say goodbye to "Friday Night Lights" than the rest of us. The series' longtime showrunner already wrote or co-wrote two previous episodes - season 1's "State" and season 3's "Tomorrow Blues" - that might have had to serve as series finales if not for 11th-hour renewals from NBC and/or DirecTV, and he wrote the series finale, "Always," which wrapped production back in the summer and just finished airing on DirecTV's The 101 Network. (You can read my "Always" review here.)
 
The day before the finale aired, I spoke with Katims about letting go of these characters he's shepherded for five years, about opportunities missed, about the controversial season 2 murder plot, and about the many things that made "Friday Night Lights" so damn great.
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<p>Coach (Kyle Chandler)&nbsp;and Mrs. Coach (Connie Britton)&nbsp;share a tender moment in the &quot;Friday Night Lights&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Coach (Kyle Chandler) and Mrs. Coach (Connie Britton) share a tender moment in the "Friday Night Lights" series finale.

Credit: NBC/DirecTV

'Friday Night Lights' - 'Always': Texas forever?

Say goodbye to Dillon in the beautiful series finale

Well, damn it. "Friday Night Lights" is over. Earlier today I posted my breakdown of my favorite moments of the series, and you can also read my interview with showrunner Jason Katims about the ups and downs of the series, and Fienberg and I also recorded a podcast looking back over the whole series. And my review of the series finale coming up just as soon as I make it clear that it's not incest...  

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<p>TNT has canceled &quot;Men of a Certain Age.&quot;</p>

TNT has canceled "Men of a Certain Age."

Credit: TNT

TNT cancels 'Men of a Certain Age'

Emmy nominated drama is done after two seasons

TNT has canceled "Men of a Certain Age," the low-rated critical darling starring Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula as the three titular men.

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Aldis Hodge and Beth Riesgraf took a trip back to World War II on tonight's "Leverage."
Aldis Hodge and Beth Riesgraf took a trip back to World War II on tonight's "Leverage."
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'Leverage' travels back to WWII for 'The Van Gogh Job'

A fun flashback episode and showcase for Aldis Hodge

I write about a lot of TV shows, but there are many more that I watch but don't write about, either due to lack of time, bulk viewing (I tended to marathon "The Good Wife" a lot in season 1, for instance) or simply because there's just not enough meat there to justify episode-by-episode analysis. ("Burn Notice" is a show that I think has slipped into that territory, even though I still enjoy it.)

One of those often-watched, rarely-reviewed shows is "Leverage," and for once I'm a bit ahead of the game, having seen a screener of Sunday night's episode, titled "The Van Gogh Job." It's a notable episode for a few reasons.

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<p>Lots of scary chemical barrels abound on the &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;Super Lab set.</p>

Lots of scary chemical barrels abound on the "Breaking Bad" Super Lab set.

'Breaking Bad': Picture perfect

Your humble writer turns photographer on the AMC drama's set

"Breaking Bad" preview week is almost at an end. As mentioned ad nauseum already, I went to the show's set in Albuquerque a few months ago to conduct some interviews, and also got an opportunity to tour the show's set and snap some pictures along the way. We have a whole gallery of them up, so go look and enjoy, and I can't wait to talk about the premiere with y'all on Sunday night.

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<p>&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;star Bryan Cranston.</p>

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston.

Interview: 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston

How much monster is there inside Walter White?

Here's the second of my video interviews from when I visited the "Breaking Badset a few months ago, this time with star Bryan Cranston. (Previously, I posted my Aaron Paul interview and my review of the new season, which is fantastic.) 

Cranston and I had a nice little chat about the ins and outs of Walter White, starting off with me bouncing my interpretation of the character off him and Cranston politely disagreeing. It's a good conversation, but as I said with the Paul interview, my cinematography left something to be desired. (I tried to hire Michael Slovis, but he was outside my budget.) So if the shaky-cam bothers you, by all means just listen while opening a second browser window to look at pictures of dogs using computers.

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