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'Girls' Has Grown Up—And Isn't As Funny
How Lena Dunham's show went from a coming-of-age story to a comedy of manners
January 09, 2014

This season of "Girls" can feel less Lena Dunham than Larry David.

The Veep Is More Popular Than the President
How the worst job in Washington became television's favorite role
October 27, 2013

If Joe Biden really wants to get the most out of his time as vice president, he should sign a development deal instead of forming an exploratory committee.

Larry David Keeps Playing Himself, and It's Getting Old
August 12, 2013

Larry David might look like a new agey Moses in his HBO movie Clear History, which premiered Saturday night, but somehow the wild facial hair and flowing pants only serve to make him seem more like Larry David.

Love and Hatewatching
A defense of Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'
July 12, 2013

In defense of 'The Newsroom.'

Gandolfini as Robert Moses? The Dream Role He Never Got to Play
The actor hoped to direct and star in an adaption of my book
June 21, 2013

James Gandolfini acted in and considered many roles in his distinguished career, but there was one man who fascinated him, whom he never got to play: New York’s powerful master builder, Robert Moses.

Christopher Guest Was Not Made for TV
What makes his films so good is what hurts 'Family Tree'
May 10, 2013

Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries are small, perceptive oddities, so unblinkingly committed to the worlds they investigate that the comedy can seem almost accidental.

Journalism As Extreme Sport
HBO's "Vice" goes from Brooklyn to Afghanistan, ironic distance intact
April 05, 2013

HBO's "Vice" goes from Brooklyn to Afghanistan, ironic distance intact.

The Man Behind Game of Thrones's Murky Moral Worldview
George R.R. Martin and the genesis of a fantasy world
March 29, 2013

George R.R. Martin on writing Game of Thrones, dreaming of Staten Island, and his beef with Tolkien.

Pacino as Phil Spector, Power Player Extraordinaire
March 23, 2013

The HBO biopic Phil Spector isn't a truthful work—but it gets some things very right.

An "Enlightened" Mike White Wants to Change TV
January 17, 2013

The show's creator, like its main character, was born anew after a breakdown.

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