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One set, two actors, all dialogue: TV's best 'bottle' episodes

Sunday night’s episode of Masters of Sex, titled “Fight,” was one of the series’ best. It stuck the show’s two main characters, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant/lover Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), in a single hotel room and then let them batter out their anxieties and anger through flirtation, role play, and sex, all while an actual boxing match rages on TV.

In TV parlance, episodes like “Fight,” where characters are restricted to a few sets, are often called “bottle episodes”—they’re cheaper to make (you don’t have to build new sets or cast guest stars) but they succeed or fail depending on the quality of the writing and the actors’ performances. In other terms, “Fight” was also nearly a “two-hander,” a term borrowed from stage performance that refers to a play in which only two actors appear. READ FULL STORY

Recapping five seasons of 'Angel' -- on napkins

It all began on July 5, with a fateful Tweet from Joss Whedon in which he drew Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Buffy on a napkin. Suddenly, it seemed only right to continue recapping Buffy, also on napkins. It happened. It was glorious. Don’t ask questions.

But you can’t recap Buffy without also referencing Angel—the darker, grimmer crossover cousin to Whedon’s first season. It sometimes gets short shrift for having a lead that did more punning with brooding, but Angel had an arguably more insightful take on the world than its mother series. But I’m not here to argue. I’m here to doodle on napkins at work. (Watch out, the recaps have spoilers. And before you begin, here’s the recommended soundtrack.)

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Recapping seven seasons of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' -- on napkins

Joss Whedon has added a new dimension to the Whedonverse, one made of… napkins. In a tweet sent earlier this month, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer offered fans one more glimpse at the life of Buffy Summers:

But like any diehard Buffy fans, we weren’t satisfied with what Joss gave us on Twitter. We needed more. And so, left to our own devices, we made our very own Buffy napkin recaps. (Warning: spoilers, my poor penmanship.)

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Ten reasons why 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' kicks ass

It’s been 10 years since Buffy and the Scooby Gang defeated The First, leaving Sunnydale nothing but an imploded crater. Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Joss Whedon’s cult series about the slayer and her ragtag team of friends — aired its final episode on May 20, 2003. In honor of this anniversary, here are 10 reasons why Buffy kicks ass.

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? The Elite 8

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Ross and Rachel. Buffy and Spike. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings left competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now, the Elite 8 remaining couples battle it out below!

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? The round of 16

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Ross and Rachel. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings left competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now, the 16 remaining couples battle it out below!

ALSO: EW.com’s Greatest TV Romances package

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 2, part 2

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Ross and Rachel. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now, the 8 couples who won their first match-ups in our “Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me” conference.

ALSO: EW.com’s Greatest TV Romances package

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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 1, part 2

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Ross and Rachel. Carrie and Big. Clair and Cliff. Ricky and Lucy. These are just a few of the iconic pairings competing for the chance to be EW’s “Greatest TV Couple of All Time.” Check out our full bracket here and vote in the polls below to determine who will move on to the next round. Now for the 16 couples in our “Pick Me, Choose Me, Love Me” conference. READ FULL STORY

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer': Buffy/Angel vs. Buffy/Spike -- POLL

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In honor of March Madness, EW is launching a tournament to determine the Greatest TV Couple of All Time. But before we can finalize the brackets, we are turning to you, our hopeless TV romantic readers, to decide which couples — all part of a love triangle on their respective shows — make it out of a qualifying round to fill the final slots. Today, we’re debating Buffy/Angel and Buffy/Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

It’s an age old question for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans — the vampire with the soul or the bad-boy bloodsucker with the frosted blond hair?

David Boreanaz’s Angel was the original brooding vampire. (Sorry, Robert Pattinson.) He loved Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) from afar — even before she became the Slayer  — and fought to keep her alive as she fulfilled her duties offing demons in Sunnydale. But when they consummated their relationship on her 17th birthday, Angel experienced a moment of true happiness, thus losing the soul the gypsies had cursed upon him for his past sins. The souless Angelus terrorized Buffy and the Scooby Gang, plotting domination with then-baddie Spike (James Marsters) and Spike’s lady vamp Drusilla (Juliet Landau). In the heartbreaking season 2 finale, Buffy is forced to kill Angel to stop the portal to hell from opening, just as he regains his soul, plunging him into an Acathla, a demon dimension. READ FULL STORY

EW's Entertainers of the Year: Joss Whedon on how 'The Avengers' exposed his angry inner Hulk

There are good years, and then there are great years, and then there are the kinds of years that Joss Whedon had in 2012. In May, Lionsgate released Cabin In The Woods, the long-delayed, widely acclaimed po-mo horror flick, co-written and produced by the cult pop auteur. (Drew Goddard co-wrote and directed the film.) In July, Whedon attended Comic-Con and celebrated the tenth anniversary of his gone-too-soon TV series Firefly at one of the most emotional panels the annual fan-fest has ever seen. In September, Whedon went to the Toronto International Film Festival and premiered Much Ado About Nothing, a micro-budget, literally homemade adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy. ”That was an incredible experience,” recalls Nathan Fillion, who stars in the film (set for release next summer). “The man got three standing ovations before he got on stage. That’s just indicative of the kind of fandom that Joss creates. I have never seen anything like it.” In October, The CW aired – for the first time on television – Whedon’s 2008 Emmy-winning online opus Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Shortly before Halloween, the man who created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dollhouse took to the Web to say a few words about the defining issue of the 2012 presidential campaign – a zombie apocalypse – via a very funny, very personal, very partisan video viewed by over 7 million people.

Oh, and there was Marvel’s The Avengers. Whedon wrote and directed that, too. Grossed $1.5 billion worldwide. Maybe you saw it.

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