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Entertainment Geekly: The myth of Antihero Fatigue and the revisionist/reductionist history of TV's golden age

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

Five important events occurred in the last few months that have radically altered the history of TV’s so-called Golden Age. Going backwards chronologically: Last Sunday, Breaking Bad ended its five-and-a-half-season run with a generally-beloved finale; the Sunday previous, Dexter ended its million-season run with a generally-loathed finale; on Aug. 11, AMC debuted its terrible new show Low Winter Sun and gave everyone the funniest running joke of the year; on June 30, Showtime debuted its terrible new show Ray Donovan and gave everyone fresh opportunity to ponder Jon Voight’s forehead; and on June 25, Brett Martin’s book Difficult Men hit stores, presenting a behind-the-scenes view of the era that transformed television and in some ways providing the blueprint for the conversation taking place now about the overabundance of Antiheroes on television today. READ FULL STORY

Mark Harris: TV's new antiheroes are anti-entertaining

How strange, and yet right, that the defining event of week 1 of the network-TV season happened on cable. Last Sunday, we bid Breaking Bad farewell after six years and 62 episodes of some of the best television ever made. Like The Sopranos, Mad Men, and other cable series that have defined the new golden age of TV drama, Breaking Bad distinguished itself with a large, grand arc of moral complexity and a protagonist inside of whom a man and a monster were at war. We were riveted, and so were the people who program network shows. They were also annoyed (about the media attention), envious (of the awards), and curious (about how to get in on the action). READ FULL STORY

Emmys 2013: Edie Falco pays tribute to James Gandolfini -- VIDEO

In the fifth and final special “In Memoriam” tribute at tonight’s Emmy Awards, four-time Emmy winner Edie Falco delivered an emotional farewell to her longtime colleague and friend James Gandolfini — who died suddenly of a heart attack this past June.

Falco painted a portrait of a gentle, compassionate man who was nothing like the brutal mobster he played on HBO’s The Sopranos. “If you needed anything at all, ever, Jim was there to take care of it before you even had a chance to ask,” Falco said, visibly fighting tears. “You all knew James Gandolfini the actor. I was lucky enough to know Jim the man for 10 years as his close colleague and his pretend life partner, and for many more years as his friend. And it’s Jim the man, the very dear man, that I will miss most of all.”

See Falco’s speech below — but be sure to grab a hanky first.

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James Gandolfini: He did for television what Marlon Brando did for the movies

Gangster movies, I mean the classic ones from the Hollywood studio-system days, now seem (at least to me) rather quaint, the same way that old Westerns do. Guys in fedoras with Tommy guns, snarling threats at the “coppers.” Back in their time, though, movies like Scarface and Little Caesar and White Heat had more than a touch of scandal about them. They were highly controversial, attacked by censors because they were considered dangerous. And the reason they were considered dangerous was basic and primal: They showed really bad guys doing really bad things (stealing, beating up rivals, smacking women around, killing people), but all those activities were staged with so much style and verve and movie-star glamour that they were made to look like things that the audience might want to do too. Sure, a movie like the 1932 Scarface doesn’t come right out and “advocate” crime. Yet Al Capone, or at least a character based on him, is the movie’s hero. And if we’re not rooting for him, who are we rooting for? When James Cagney shoved that grapefruit into Mae Clarke’s face in The Public Enemy, it was brutal, harsh, ugly — but the whole point is that it was Cagney doing it, so the brutality (and, yes, the misogyny) had a certain twisty-lipped 1930s early-rock-star bravado. These are movies that took the last men on earth who should have been role models and, in effect, dared to turn them into role models. READ FULL STORY

Remembering James Gandolfini -- VIDEO

There’s a silver lining when great performers die. Even though, at 51, the world was undoubtedly robbed of James Gandolfini too soon, he is preserved in a very real way in the movies and television shows that endeared us to him.

We’ve written a lot about Gandolfini over the past 20 hours and will continue to do so to remember and honor his life and talents. But, when it comes down to it, Gandolfini can do that himself, too. So, EW created a little video tribute, chronicling some of Gandolfini’s best performances over the years.
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James Gandolfini's best 'Sopranos' lines: The Tao of Tony

While James Gandolfini died Wednesday at the far-too-young age of 51, the actor left behind a body of work that belies his only half-century of life. And nothing stands out in that career quite like Gandolfini’s near-decade embodying Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos.

David Chase’s groundbreaking series about the complicated mob boss was powerful for many reasons, none more so than Gandolfini’s delivery of Chase’s dynamic dialogue. During six seasons and 86 episodes, Gandolfini’s Soprano unspooled a life philosophy through impatient (but ultimately loving) interactions with his family, gruff instructions to his underlings and reluctant therapy sessions with Dr. Melfi.

Here is Life According to Tony Soprano, in his 16 best quotes:
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Love is on the air: Who is the greatest TV couple of all time? Round 1, part 1

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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. First up — the 16 couples in our “Baby, You’re the Greatest” conference.

ALSO: EW.com’s Greatest TV Romances package

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Before tonight's 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' premiere, we pick 5 favorite Garden State characters

Tonight marks the fourth season premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The reality show has introduced us to some of the mid-Atlantic’s most colorful characters, from fiercely protective big sister and mother Caroline Manzo to Fabulicious! table flipper Teresa Giudice (still a contender on this season of The Celebrity Apprentice) and even Cop Without a Badge heroine Danielle Staub. But these ladies aren’t all that Jersey has to offer. The Garden State has been fertile ground for great fictional characters in pop culture. Below, we run down five of our favorite Jersey-born-and-bred characters. (Sorry, Shore fans! Snooki doesn’t technically count as a fictional character.)

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Matthew Weiner knows how 'Mad Men' will end. Hint: It won't be like 'Sopranos'

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We’re closer to the end of Mad Men then we are to the beginning. Ever since creator Matthew Weiner and AMC finally reached a compromise on the Great Showrunner Contract Negotiation of 2011, Weiner has been declaring pretty definitively that the show will run for a total of seven seasons. That’s still a lot of Mad Men — especially if the show keeps taking 18 months between seasons, we’ll be luxuriating in Don Draper’s beautiful melancholy until 2015 — but Weiner already has a sense of how he’s going to end the show. In a freewheeling conversation with Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Jeff Garlin at L.A.’s Largo, Weiner said that he knows how the show will end. “I always felt like it would be the experience of human life. And human life has a destination. It doesn’t mean Don’s gonna die. What I’m looking for, and how I hope to end the show, is like… It’s 2011. Don Draper would be 84 right now. I want to leave the show in a place where you have an idea of what it meant and how it’s related to you.” READ FULL STORY

HBO GO passes 3 million downloads. Is it worth it?

This past weekend, HBO GO, the premium cable channel’s mobile streaming app, surpassed the 3 million download mark after less than two months on iTunes and the Android market, but the app’s features don’t make those numbers all that surprising. HBO GO allows current subscribers full access to its library of original programming. That includes older series, previously available only on pricey DVD collections, like Sex in the City, The Wire, and The Sopranos. But with the Hulus and the Netflixs of the world, can HBO GO bring anything new to the table?

The answer is simple: Yes. READ FULL STORY

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