<p>Paul Giamatti and Alex Shaffer in &quot;Win Win.&quot;</p>

Paul Giamatti and Alex Shaffer in "Win Win."

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At the movies: Reviewing 'Win Win'

Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and company are terrific in another Jersey underdog story from Tom McCarthy

Because I spend so much time covering TV, and because I'm father to two young kids, I don't get to see movies in theaters very often anymore. Some movies, though, I make the extra effort for, and "Win Win" was kind of a perfect storm to get me out of the house and into a cramped seat at the local art house theater.

Among other reasons: 1)It's the third film by actor-turned-director Tom McCarthy, whose first two films ("The Station Agent" and "The Visitor" were both fantastic). 2)Its cast features a bunch of actors whom I find can generally do no wrong in my eyes, including Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale and (in a small but pivotal role) current "Justified" villainess Margo Martindale. 3)It's set in New Jersey (though most of it shot on Long Island for tax reasons). 4)While the film tackles many subjects and tones, among the many genres it encompasses is the underdog sports movie, and if you don't know what a sucker I am for those, you haven't been reading me for too long.

So I was hyped to see "Win Win" (which my HitFix colleague Greg Ellwood really enjoyed when it played at Sundance) going in, and the movie absolutely lived up to my expectations. In some ways, it surpassed them. If you happen to be heading to the cinema sometime soon and it's playing in your area, I highly, highly recommend it. But if you want to know a little more than that blanket endorsement, I'm going to write a bit more about the film and why I loved it - with some minimal premise-establishing spoilers (the kind you'd read in your average pre-release review, not the kind I'd put in my after-the-fact review of an episode of TV), though those of you who have seen the movie should feel free to discuss it in detail in the comments - just as soon as you slap me in the head...

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<p>&quot;Chuck&quot; swept through most of its Hulu competition the way the Giant Blonde She-Male swept through Thailand.</p>

"Chuck" swept through most of its Hulu competition the way the Giant Blonde She-Male swept through Thailand.

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And the winner of Hulu's Best in Show is... 'Chuck'

Nerd spy-fi series crushes 'Dexter' in contest's final round

And so we've come to the end of Hulu's Best in Show contest, and the winner is a show that's near and dear to many (but not all) of you around these parts: "Chuck." 

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<p>Brent Sexton and Michelle Forbes in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Brent Sexton and Michelle Forbes in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

'The Killing' - 'Pilot/The Cage': Trunk music

A 13-episode murder mystery airs its opening chapters

I offered up my review of "The Killing" on Friday. Now I have a few specific thoughts on the series' first two episodes, coming up just as soon as I raise my kid on vending machines...

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<p>Jeremy Irons in &quot;The Borgias.&quot;</p>

Jeremy Irons in "The Borgias."

Credit: Showtime

'The Borgias' - 'The Poisoned Chalice/The Assassin': Pope floats

What did everybody think of the new Showtime drama?

I posted my review of  "The Borgias" on Thursday. As with "Camelot," it's not my kinda show, and not something that's going to be in the rotation going forward, but as I often do with new series premieres, I'm curious for outside reactions. What did everybody else think? Was there enough there for you to stick around? 

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<p>Eva Green as Morgan in &quot;Camelot.&quot;</p>

Eva Green as Morgan in "Camelot."

Credit: Starz

'Camelot': I have to push the pram a lot

What did everybody think of the new King Arthur drama?

I posted my review of  "Camelotyesterday. Not my kinda show, and not something that's going to be in the rotation going forward, but as I often do with new series premieres, I'm curious for outside reactions. What did everybody else think? Was there enough there for you to stick around? 

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<p>Rick (Freddy Rodriguez)&nbsp;proves his mettle in the &quot;Chaos&quot;&nbsp;pilot.</p>

Rick (Freddy Rodriguez) proves his mettle in the "Chaos" pilot.

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'Chaos' - 'Pilot': Spies like us

What did everybody think of the new spy dramedy?

I reviewed CBS' new "Chaos" on Wednesday. Now it's your turn. For those who watched the pilot episode, what did you think?

Though I'm going to watch for a while to see if the show can get command of its tones, Friday shows are all but impossible for me to review regularly these days unless I've seen them in advance, because weekends are for my family. So if I write it up in the future, it likely won't be until several days later.

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<p>Sara Ramirez in the &quot;Grey's Anatomy&quot;&nbsp;musical.</p>

Sara Ramirez in the "Grey's Anatomy" musical.

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'Grey's Anatomy' - 'The Song Beneath the Song': How to save a life

The 'Grey's' musial was equal parts silly and impressive

Haven't written about "Grey's Anatomy" in a while, but last night's "musical event" (as opposed to the just-plain "musical" that other shows like "Buffy" and "Chicago Hope" have done in the past) seems eminently discuss-able. A review coming up just as soon as I buckle my seat belt...

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in "The Killing."

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Review: AMC's 'The Killing' has strong atmosphere, performances

But can the show tell a satisfying 13-episode murder mystery?

Time is the greatest asset that AMC's "The Killing" has, but it also could be its greatest enemy.

The new crime drama, which debuts on Sunday at 9 p.m., tracks a single murder investigation over an entire season. The format, adapted from a Danish series (albeit with some major plot details changed so viewers can't spoil themselves with Google) allows the series to adopt the same measured pace that's typified most of AMC's post-"Mad Men" output, and to differentiate itself from the kind of standalone, interchangeable police procedurals that are so abundant in primetime. It's more televised crime novel than traditional TV cop show.

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<p>Don't worry, &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;fans:&nbsp;the cast will continue to include more than Don, Peggy and Joan going forward.</p>

Don't worry, "Mad Men" fans: the cast will continue to include more than Don, Peggy and Joan going forward.

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AMC renews 'Mad Men' for 2 more seasons

No mandated cast reductions, but a shorter running time for many episodes

So remember when I said the other day that all this drama about the "Mad Men" renewal negotiations between AMC, Lionsgate and Matt Weiner would only worry me once a deal officially was or wasn't closed, and that everything else was just negotiating through the media? Well, the deal has been closed, and it sounds like there's not a ton to worry about in the short term, at the very least.

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<p>Billy Campbell plays a prime suspect in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Billy Campbell plays a prime suspect in "The Killing."

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Interview: 'The Killing' co-star Billy Campbell

When you're playing a prime suspect, should you want to know if you did it?

In AMC's new long-form murder mystery series "The Killing," the eternally boyish Billy Campbell plays an idealistic local politician who becomes one of the many suspects in the murder of a teenage girl. At a "Killing" press conference in January, Campbell said he told the producers that he didn't want to know whether or not his character was the killer until they got to the point in the series where the audience would find out the truth. That notion of playing a character on a show like this - or on "24," where at any moment you could find out that you're playing the new CTU mole - without knowing that character's full intentions has always interested me, so - after doing interviews with producer Veena Sud and star Mireille Enos - I spent a few minutes chatting with Campbell about why he wanted to do things that way.

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