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I went on Chinese State TV to sing and dance. The makes me and the Chinese government cringe—for different reasons.

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This weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” was the debut appearance for Sasheer Zamata, the first black cast member since Maya Rudolph’s departure six years ago, and Zamata was excellent: confident without being overstated, handling the pressure of the disproportionate limelight impressively well. The show, on the whole, was one of SNL’s best in awhile—Drake rivals Justin Timberlake in the easy charm of his stage presence and the versatility of his impressions. (His Jay-Z was scarily accurate.) Zamata is clearly a terrific addition to the cast.

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Guess what part of tonight's Girls was inspired by Claire Danes.

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HBO Once Again Has the Best New Show on TV

'True Detective' could be the next 'Breaking Bad'

Is This the Next 'Breaking Bad'?

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Finally, a TV show that insists on making gay life mundane.

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In the season finale of the third season of "Homeland," Carrie Mathison, the bipolar CIA agent played by Claire Danes, is appointed as the Istanbul bureau chief to oversee the agency’s covert Iranian operation—the result of a season-long effort to place a double agent in the upper echelons of Iranian intelligence.

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The best moments from the very meta, very entertaining 2014 Golden Globes.

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Downton Abbey's Cheap Embrace of Rape as a Plot Device

Depictions of violence against women are all over highbrow TV. This was the worst example yet.

 After three years of forgotten plot twists and casually discarded characters, “Downton Abbey” has lost my trust in its ability to treat a storyline like this with anything approaching nuance. 

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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

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

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The new season needs a better villain.

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