Debi Mazar
“Glamorous” and “gritty” may not go together naturally, but they seem like perfectly paired adjectives when it comes to describing actress, mother, wife, chef and all-around workaholic Debi Mazar (below) , who turned 50 in August.
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Many know him as Walter White - the high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin of Breaking Bad - but actor Bryan Cranston will be making his way back to television as President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new HBO TV movie.
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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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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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There was a moment in last season's finale of HBO's The Newsroom when Will McAvoy, the bombastic TV anchorman played by Jeff Daniels, shot forward on his hospital bed and bellowed to a co-worker "I don't think I'm coming back!" He was talking about his return from a drug-induced bleeding ulcer to the cable newscast over which he presides, but weary viewers, impatient with the preachy prattle that passed for the first season of Aaron Sorkin's Treatise on the State of the American News Media, could have been forgiven if they hoped he was musing about the fate of the show itself.
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For a murderous thug who made his living through extortion, theft and corruption, Tony Soprano was a remarkably easy guy to sympathize with. We felt the pain of his unhappy upbringing, of his frustrations with his coworkers, of the continual pressure to keep earning enough to afford the affluent suburban lifestyle to which his family had become accustomed. We were touched by his affection for the wild ducks that congregated in his swimming pool. When he went to a psychiatrist in the pilot episode and was forced to confront his struggle with depression, it felt painfully real to us.
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"The Ancient Greeks had Oedipus. We have Marilyn."
Michael Douglas
At last - Michael Douglas as Liberace, on HBO. The highly touted, much-anticipated Behind the Candelabra, from filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, with Matt Damon as Liberace's 40-years-younger lover, Scott Thorson, is clearly the TV event of the week.  In fact, it will air for weeks and be available on demand. Here are 10 points to enhance your viewing experience.
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