Austin O'Connor

Austin O'Connor covered television, film, gaming, gadgets and all kinds of entertainment for AARP.org. Follow him on twitter: @austinjoconnor
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Who needs Matthew Crawley?
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Getting On, HBO's off-kilter new comedy series, is about nurses and doctors working in a female geriatric care unit at a California hospital - not exactly the sort of setting that would seem to inspire humor. Still, the show has genuinely funny moments, even while it remains realistic about its environment.
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Alpha House is a very funny show, certainly the best of this fall's new TV comedies.
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The Counselor is a mess of a  movie. That's surprising, given the talent in this modern noir -  Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and  Brad Pitt - and a screenplay (his first) by Cormac McCarthy, the esteemed author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist.
Edythe Kirchmaier posts to Facebook a few times each week. Her "Likes" include Prince William and The Cheesecake Factory, and most of her comments are about her family; others concern her charity work for nonprofit Direct Relief, which delivers medical supplies to disaster sites around the globe.
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It's the jazz that pulls you in to the mystery at the center of  Dancing on the Edge, the new Starz miniseries that begins Saturday night at 10 before settling into the 9 p.m. timeslot on the pay-cable network for a five-week run. Set in London in the early 1930s, DOTE follows a group of black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame playing for the city's upper crust.
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Wedding episodes are one of TV's most reliable tropes. Fans love them because they bring together characters they adore, often after much will-they-or-won't they drama. Networks love them because they often deliver big ratings and weeks of promotional build-up to the Big Day.
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The rekindling of long-lost love is at the center of Last Tango in Halifax, the sterling new drama premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS stations (check local listings). Already a hit in the U.K. - it won Best Drama Series at this year's British Academy Television Awards - it arrives in the U.S. just a few weeks before the start of a new network-TV season. It's easily the fall's best new series, albeit a short one: just six episodes.
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If you've been watching The Newsroom on HBO this season, you may have noticed something familiar about the young actress who plays Hallie Shea, one of the reporters following Mitt Romney through the Republican primaries of 2012.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm fans, take note: Larry David's hysterical HBO improvised comedy is back, only - and try to follow me here - it's got a different name, and now it's a movie.
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