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'Nurse Jackie' Ends As TV's Most Honest Depiction Of Addiction

Showtime's dramedy Nurse Jackie begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.
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'American Odyssey': Three Ordinary People, One Thrill-Filled Plot

The show is about a government conspiracy. But co-creator Peter Horton says beneath the action, human stories drive the show. "That's the little dirty secret," he says. "This is a character piece."
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'Born With Teeth,' Actress Kate Mulgrew On A Life Lived With Abandon

Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and is a formidable kitchen manager on Orange Is the New Black. But her personal story is more dramatic than any she's ever played on screen.
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'Game Of Thrones' And 'Veep' Anchor HBO's Killer Sunday Lineup

HBO's Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on television this spring.
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'Louie' Hits Its Mark While 'The Comedians' Hasn't Yet Fully Succeeded

Louis C.K.'s comedy and the new mockumentary The Comedians start Thursday on the FX cable network. Both are unusual and ambitious, says critic David Bianculli, but only one hits the ground running.
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Watch Jon Stewart Defend Trevor Noah On 'The Daily Show'

Stewart, the show's host, called Noah, the man named to succeed him, "incredibly thoughtful and ... funny." Noah had been criticized for the tone and content of some of his tweets.
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Drinking With 'Mad Men:' Cocktail Culture And The Myth Of Don Draper

The culture of retro cocktails that the show helped reignite is intriguing, considering how much of Mad Men is actually about excessive — even abusive — drinking.

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'So That Happened:' Confessions Of A Duck-Man

Actor Jon Cryer's new memoir details his life in show business, including, of course, co-star Charlie Sheen's meltdown. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Cryer's a smart guy who's often been overlooked.
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The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

The show, based on Hilary Mantel's acclaimed novel, stars Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII's chief minister. Critic John Powers says it's darkly lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling.
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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same As 'Mad Men' Winds Down

AMC's award-winning drama Mad Men returns for its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these last seven installments explore how little people change, even in tumultuous times.

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