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'Years of Living Dangerously' throws reality in our face

Courtesy of James Cameron

BY GRACE HAMILTON

“Years of Living Dangerously,” a nine part Showtime documentary series that premiered on April 14, explores stories like this one across the world from Texas to Syria. The focus is our changing climate; the damage that has already been done and that which is yet to come.

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TV Picks: Most anticipated summer shows

Netflix

BY DAILY TV/NEW MEDIA WRITERS

As we prepare to say goodbye for the summer vacation, The Daily TV/New Media staff is offering up a master list of the TV shows — old and new — that we’re most looking forward to in the coming months.

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'Parenthood' finishes strong despite unsure future

NBC

BY ALEX INTNER

However, “Parenthood” isn’t necessarily about the overarching stories. It’s about the little moments in life. The montage that closed the show, set to a beautiful cover of "The Times They Are a-Changin'," conveyed the emotions purely off the strength of the cast.

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'Orphan Black' straddles several genres, and succeeds

BBC America

BY CHLOE GILKE

“Orphan Black” is an unpredictable amalgam of genres, managing to simultaneously be a cop drama, a Shakespearean tragedy, a crime caper and an involved (and often confusing) sci-fi mystery.

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'Scandal' draws to an inconclusive conclusion

ABC

BY JORDYN KAY

For some shows a circular plot works; Rhimes uses it on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and viewers are still responding after ten seasons. With "Scandal" though, it was time to move forward, questions needed to be answered and certain plot lines needed to be closed.

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What is happening on 'Scandal?'

ABC

BY ALEC STERN

“Scandal” needs fixing, but it’s not up to Olivia Pope to solve every problem. Shonda Rhimes is going to have to handle this one.

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'Mad Men' marks the beginning of the end

AMC

BY MADDIE THOMAS

As a stand-alone episode, this installment of “Mad Men” is middling at best. But that’s exactly the game Weiner likes to play. It’s all about the build-up from here on out, and “Time Zones” does its job of laying the groundwork for the coming episodes quite well.

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