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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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Kayla Upadhyaya: The finale

BY KAYLA UPADHYAYA

I’ve never done too well with goodbyes. And as with most things in my life, I think that probably has something to do with my love of television. You see, us TV obsessers never do too well with closure.

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Don’t reduce death to a plot device

BY DREW MARON

We often turn to stories to cope with the harsh truths of reality, death being a big one. Yet, there are so many shows, movies, video games and books out there that use death cheaply, as a way to raise the stakes or to push the characters into a direction desired for reasons outside of coherent storytelling.

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AMC to 'Turn' Revolutionary War into thrilling drama

AMC

BY JOE REINHARD

The show opts for a slow-burn approach, and that isn’t to say there’s nothing to enjoy here, but it’s clear it’ll take some time before there’s any real payoff. Luckily for “Turn,” its first episode helps it along in proving itself as a worthwhile investment.

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HBO sets up for success in 'Silicon Valley'

HBO

BY EMILY BODDEN

While not HBO’s best premiere, “Silicon Valley” has plenty of room to grow. The characters, evoking those of shows past, are solid, and the writers have set themselves up for potential greatness as the season progresses.

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'Fargo' proves limited series are here to stay

FX

BY ALEX INTNER

It seems like the “limited series” genre is here to stay. As long as we get shows like “Fargo,” with its brilliant performances and fantastic sense of place, it’s a great thing for the future of FX and television in general.

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