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Game of Thrones: Off the Page

I hate to be that "the book is better" guy, but A Clash of Kings, the novel that Game of Thrones' second season is based on, is better than what we've seen on the screen so far. But there's a good reason for that. The book was not meant to be ingested in 10 hours; Game of Thrones Season 2 is. I can almost hear creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss constantly screaming, "WHAT DID WE GET OURSELVES INTO?" as they squish their scripts, slash characters, and take shortcuts.


HBO’s ‘Girls’: Smartly cracking Gen Y’s morose code

“You could not pay me enough to be 24 again,” a free-clinic gynecologist says with a weary sigh while examining the nether regions of Hannah Horvath, the talkative, deeply neurotic central character of HBO’s startlingly original new series, “Girls.”


Fox News fires 'Fox Mole' at Gawker

Fox Mole

Fox News says it has fired an associate producer after learning he was the "Fox Mole" hired by the news blog Gawker. The network said Joe Muto, who worked on "The O'Reilly Factor" and said he had been working at Fox News since 2004, was identified and fired. Fox said it was "continuing to explore legal recourse against Mr. Muto and possibly others."


Current TV countersues Olbermann, seeks damages

Current TV has fired back at Keith Olbermann by countersuing its former host and asking a judge to rule he is not entitled to any more money from the network.


Olbermann sues Current TV for $50M, cites glitches

Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is moving his grievances with his former bosses at Current TV from the airwaves to the courtroom, suing the network for more than $50 million and blasting it for what he claims were shoddy production values.


Exclusive: Low ratings could end cable deal for Gore's Current TV

Current TV

(Reuters) - Al Gore's Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann - namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings.


Oprah Winfrey Network Reaches Deal With Comcast

Oprah Winfrey's cable channel struck a deal with Comcast that will lift the number of homes in which the network can be seen and give it subscriber fees.


Critic’s Notebook: ‘Game of Thrones’ on HBO

Game of Thrones

The new season of the medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” serves up plenty of wartime posturing, a seemingly endless number of would-be rulers and the usual sex and violence.


The ‘Mad Men’ season premiere: We need to talk about Joan

This post-episode mini-analysis of “Mad Men” could have focused on the already dysfunctional marriage between Don and Megan Draper, a relationship that — as Sunday’s season five premiere, “A Little Kiss,” demonstrated — apparently involves Don’s usual callousness, upward career mobility for Megan and your standard make-up sex prompted by half-naked house cleaning.


‘Mad Men’ returns, in living color

The advance copy of the new episode of “Mad Men” — the first in too many moons — arrived the other day. It was handsomely packaged, of course, and closely trailed by an e-mail plea from its meticulously controlling creator, Matthew Weiner, who asked critics not to tell you anything that happens when the show returns for a fifth season, two-hour premiere Sunday night on AMC.


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