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'The Walking Dead' subverts the norm in solid mid-season finale

AMC

BY MATTHEW BARNAUSKAS

Rather than constant escalation, the episode saw most characters intentionally avoid killing, only to see their efforts tragically fail. “Coda” wasn’t the strongest episode of this half-season, but it was an intriguing change of pace that put previous episodes into perspective.

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Dystopian 'One Child' critiques government corruption

SundanceTV

BY CATHERINE SULPIZIO

“One Child” typifies the high-caliber content migrating to television. It’s skillfully paced and harrowing, composed with judicious doses of both psychodrama and political commentary.

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'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce' brings scripted reality to Bravo

Bravo

BY KAREN HUA

“Girlfriends’ Guide” may be a scripted show of fiction, but it is one that feels “realer" than any of Bravo’s “reality” shows. Though it bears a flippant title, the show aims to be emotionally complex with a bit of social commentary.

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'Peter Pan Live!' improves on last year's 'Sound of Music'

NBC

BY ALEX INTNER

Yes, “Peter Pan Live!” was not perfect. However, by the time Williams was asking us to clap if we believed in fairies and the last chords of the wistful “Never Never Land” played, I was filled with a childlike sense of wonder and happiness.

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An ode to YouTube

BY KAREN HUA

After years of watching the same YouTube characters, they have simply become friends I have never met. In my bedroom, I sit alone with my laptop, with voices seemingly aimed solely toward me – I feel a connection even with a lacking physical aspect.

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'Faking It' mid-season finale forgoes subtlety for drama

MTV

BY SOPHIA KAUFMAN

For a half hour MTV series, "Faking It" has enough legitimate social commentary thrown in among the hit-or-miss jokes and cheap one-liners to work, and keep people invested in the only slightly farcical lives of “Karmy” and co.

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'Horrible Bosses 2' stars discuss the making of a sequel

Warner Bros.

BY REBECCA LERNER

In a recent conference call, at which The Michigan Daily was in attendance, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis talked about their anticipation for the sequel to their wildly successful “Horrible Bosses.”

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