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'Breaking Bad,' 'The Vampire Diaries' and more: Zap2it's favorite dramatic episodes of 2011

29 December 2011 5:06 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

We've told you about our favorite guilty TV pleasures of 2011, and we've highlighted some of the underrated performances of the year. But what about the the stuff we just flat-out liked?

The episodes on this list -- which encompasses everything from "Breaking Bad" to "The X Factor" -- represent Zap2it's favorite dramatic episodes of 2011. Tell us yours in the comments.

Jean Bentley

"The Vampire Diaries" - "Klaus": It took the better part of Season 2 to meet the ultimate bad guy threatening our favorite Mystic Falls residents, but it was so worth the wait. In "Klaus," we finally met the evil half-vampire, half-werewolf hybrid played by sexy Brit Joseph Morgan. And since the introduction happened via flashback, there was plenty of long, luxurious medieval hair to go around. Plus: Clueless Aunt Jenna finally (Finally) found out about the vampires in her midst. Although it wasn't as sensational as some of the series' other episodes, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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The arts in 2012: television

29 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard Vine picks his highlights of the year ahead

New Girl

If the words "pixie", "kooky" and "Zooey Deschanel" are a turn-off, then this is not for you. If you're a fan, however, this is a breezy riff on the apartment-sharing sitcom that should sit well on a Friday night. Post-breakup Zooey splits the rent with three guys who don't know what to make of her singing, crying and Dirty Dancing marathons. From 6 January, Channel 4.

Birdsong

Abi "The Hour" Morgan adapts Sebastian Faulks's first world war romance. Eddie Redmayne and Clémence Poésy star as the young lovers. January, BBC2.

Homeland

Claire Danes plays an unreliable CIA agent who doesn't quite believe the official story when marine Damian Lewis turns up after years being held captive by al-Qaida. Is he a hero – or has he been turned? February, More4.

Euro 2012; the Olympics

If you're not a sports fan, you »

- Richard Vine

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The Us television hits of 2011, from Community to Revenge | Sarah Hughes

28 December 2011 12:52 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The new season was weak – but there was plenty of good stuff worth watching in 2011. Here's a pick of the 10 best

It's been a mixed year for Us television, with established hits stumbling (oh Glee, where did it all go wrong?) and one of the weakest new seasons in recent years (farewell, The Playboy Club, Charlie's Angels and Prime Suspect: you won't be missed).

But there were some nice surprises – Revenge provided a welcome return for the primetime soap, while Once Upon A Time demonstrated that Disney and ABC still understand a thing or two about family-centric Sunday night viewing, although I'm less convinced about ABC boss Paul Lee's belief that we're dying to watch men behaving sadly. (If you thought Man Up was bad, wait until Work It airs).

On the cable side, Boardwalk Empire ended the season on a high, Game of Thrones proved that people »

- Sarah Hughes

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The TVLine-Up: Your Guide to 81 Christmas Marathons and Specials

25 December 2011 8:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

This Christmas, Santa isn’t just stuffing stockings, he’s filling DVRs — with more TV specials and marathons than you can shake a candy cane at! Among the offerings you’ll be able to tune into starting Friday are a full dose of Doctor Whos, a plethora of Season 1 catch-ups (Being Human, Awkward, Downton Abbey) and even a Chrismukkah miracle (or two or three or… ). Where should you start? TVLine’s handy roundup may be of some assistance. 

Monday, Dec. 26

Hoarding: Buried Alive (TLC, 6 am – 4 pm) | As if Hoarding wasn’t bad enough, they’ve now added Buried Alive.

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- Vlada Gelman

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Mark Lawson - what TV to watch in 2012

25 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From Julian Fellowes' Titanic to Us import Homeland and a new Sherlock in January, 2012 has treats in store

The TV hits of any year are often unexpected (The Choir, The Great British Bake Off) but in Donald Rumsfeld's category of what we know we know about, I'm most looking forward to a series the former American defence secretary wouldn't like. Homeland, imported by Channel 4 from the Us cable network Showtime, has Claire Danes as an intelligence officer investigating a rumour that a marine (Damian Lewis) is an al-Qaida double agent.

Also intriguing is whether the creators of some of TV's biggest recent hits can make lightning strike a second time. Between series of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes has been working on Titanic (ITV1), another revisiting of a subject much-covered by others, while Ruth Jones goes solo after Gavin & Stacey with Stella (Sky 1), a 10-part comedy-drama about a modern woman. »

- Mark Lawson

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Homeland First Season Report Card: A

23 December 2011 8:42 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Now that many of our favorite shows are either on hiatus or have just finished up a season, TV Fanatic is handing out grades to various shows the way Santa hands out presents to good kids: in bunches.

On the heels of Matt Richenthal's report on The Good Wife's first half of season three, Dan Forcella now steps up to the plate in handing out what might be the easiest grade of the year. It's time for a TV Fanatic Report Card on the first season of Homeland...

Quick Out of the Gate: Critics and fans alike noted early and often that the Homeland pilot was the most promising of the fall. The compelling story of a prisoner of war returning home, and the CIA agent tasked with finding proof that he had been turned by terrorists, made that evident from the start. The Showtime drama became appointment viewing from the word go. »

- d4cella@gmail.com (Dan Forcella)

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BuzzFocus: Best of TV 2011 Nominations

22 December 2011 7:44 AM, PST | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

We salute the best in television for the year 2011. Vote on your selections for Reader’s choice now!

Best Anti-Hero

Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones (HBO) — Peter Dinklage

Detective Chief Inspector John Luther – Luther (BBC) — Idris Elba

Jesse Pinkman – Breaking Bad (AMC) — Aaron Paul

Damon Salvatore – The Vampire Diaries (CW) — Ian Somerhalder

Jackson TellerSons of Anarchy (FX) — Charlie Hunnam

Nucky Thompson – Boardwalk Empire (HBO) — Steve Buscemi

Walter White – Breaking Bad (AMC) — Bryan Cranston

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Best Sidekick

Harold FinchPerson of Interest (CBS) — Michael Emerson

Richard HarrowBoardwalk Empire (HBO) — Jack Huston

Stephen Holder – The Killing (AMC) — Joel Kinnamen

Mozzie – White Collar (USA Network) — Willie Garson

Bobby Singer – Supernatural (CW) — Jim Beaver

WilfredWilfred (FX) — Jason Gann

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- Editorials

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TV Bits: ‘Bored to Death’ Cancelled, ‘Enlightened’ Renewed; Plus: ‘Shameless’, ‘Dexter’, ‘Homeland’, ‘Terra Nova’, and More

20 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Plenty of offices around the country have already begun winding down for the holidays, but apparently Showtime and HBO had a few things to get out of the way first. Meanwhile, Fox is still holding out on a decision on Terra Nova til the new year -- though the producers are apparently feeling optimistic. After the jump: HBO renews Enlightened, axes Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It in America Showtime drops a trailer for Shameless Season 2 Dexter showrunner Scott Buck talks about the finale's climactic moments Homeland exec producers discuss the tense first season finale Terra Nova producers are "guardedly optimistic" about the show's chances for a second season Though I couldn't be more excited about HBO's promising crop of upcoming series -- which includes Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow's Girls, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starrer Veep, Ricky Gervais' Life's Too Short, and Chris Lilley's »

- Angie Han

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‘Homeland’ Producers Spill a Few Secrets From the Second Season

20 December 2011 1:10 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Showtime A scene from Showtime’s “Homeland.”

Homeland” is about secrets, so it’s about time for the people behind the show to start spilling some.

The acclaimed series starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, and Mandy Patinkin wrapped up its first season this week with a finale that scored record ratings for Showtime. According to the cable network, the finale drew 1.71 million viewers at 10 p.m. and 2.03 million viewers for the night, making it the highest-rated finale for »

- Christopher John Farley

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Gay Girl's Goggles: "Homeland" SnapCap (1.12)

20 December 2011 6:17 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

The Homeland producers promised us two things for the season finale: that we would have a sense of resolution and that new developments would leave us chomping at the bit for Season 2. Mission accomplished.

Afterellen Bait

If good acting is as sexy to you as it is to me, you needed to sit on a towel by the end of Homeland Season 1. I’m still in shock that the Screen Actors Guild failed to recognize Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. At least the foreign press watched the show and came through with Golden Globe nominations. I hope that’s enough to get the Academy’s attention.

The only nominally lesbian thing I can pull out this week (dirty!) is that the smartest, most intuitive person on the show next to Carrie is Dana Brody, who a few weeks ago said she thinks she’s a lesbian because boys disgust her. »

- the linster

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The Iron Lady gets 2 more movie clips and interview videos

19 December 2011 10:32 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Interview videos and clips from The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep. The Weinstein Co biopic on the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom, opens December 30th. 2 clips have been added, which are also available in high definition, for the Phyllida Lloyd film, as well as interviews with Meryl Streep (2-part), Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Alexandra Roach, Nicholas Farrell, screenwriter Abi Morgan, producer Damian Lewis and a 2-parter with Phyllida Lloyd. The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), one of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women who came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world »

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The Iron Lady gets 2 more movie clips and interview videos

19 December 2011 10:32 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Interview videos and clips from The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep. The Weinstein Co biopic on the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom, opens December 30th. 2 clips have been added, which are also available in high definition, for the Phyllida Lloyd film, as well as interviews with Meryl Streep (2-part), Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Alexandra Roach, Nicholas Farrell, screenwriter Abi Morgan, producer Damian Lewis and a 2-parter with Phyllida Lloyd. The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), one of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women who came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world »

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The Iron Lady gets 2 more movie clips and interview videos

19 December 2011 10:32 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Interview videos and clips from The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep. The Weinstein Co biopic on the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom, opens December 30th. 2 clips have been added, which are also available in high definition, for the Phyllida Lloyd film, as well as interviews with Meryl Streep (2-part), Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Alexandra Roach, Nicholas Farrell, screenwriter Abi Morgan, producer Damian Lewis and a 2-parter with Phyllida Lloyd. The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), one of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women who came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world »

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HitFix Interview: Showrunner Alex Gansa discusses the 'Homeland' finale

19 December 2011 2:05 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Showtime's "Homeland" wrapped up its acclaimed first season on Sunday (December 18) night, just days after snagging a slew of Golden Globe nominations, including Best Drama Series and nods for stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.    Of course, it's become the de rigueur rite of passage that any and all drama finales must instigate blog wars over whether or not they went far enough or delivered closure enough. You can follow that heated discussion over on Sepinwall's recap.   On Monday, I got on the phone with "Homeland" showrunner Alex Gansa, who co-created the drama (based on an Israeli format) »

- Daniel Fienberg

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TV Ratings: 'Homeland' Finale Sets Record for Showtime

19 December 2011 1:17 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sunday was a big night for Showtime, with season finales of both Homeland and Dexter delivering big ratings for the premium cable network. The season finale of terrorism dramaHomeland, starring Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, registered 1.71 million viewers at 10 p.m., with 2.03 million viewers watching the episode that featured the outcome of Brody's planned attack on U.S. soil. Story: 'Homeland' Finale: It's a Battle of Wills for Carrie and Brody The 90-minute finale was up 58 percent compared with the series premiere, which drew 1.08 million viewers, and marked a series best.

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Homeland Boss Reveals What's Next After Last Night's Omg Finale

19 December 2011 12:50 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

"Why kill a man when you can kill an idea?" Just when we were ordering a funeral wreath for Sgt. Nick Brody, Homeland star Damian Lewis uttered these beautiful words (unless, you know, you have a problem with villainizing the USA in the eyes of the world) in last night's incredible finale. So is the Golden Globe nominee—and his amazeballs costars Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin & Co.—definitely returning for season two? Showrunner Alex Gansa gave us the answer to that question—and so many more—about the critically acclaimed series... Are all the actors returning for the second season? Alex Gansa: Right now I think everybody's coming back. We've dodged »

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'Homeland' Season Finale Reaction: Really? A Memory Loss?!

19 December 2011 11:59 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Right up front, the majority of viewers seems to be happy "Homeland," the Showtime drama that earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama Series and Best Actor and Actress, will return for a second season. And it's equally good, storyline-wise, that Damian Lewis' Brody did not succeed in blowing up a roomful of high-ranking U.S. officials, as he'd planned to, in the finale. But the self-elected shock therapy for Claire Danes' Carrie? And her last-second remembrance that one-time lover Brody was connected to terrorist Nazir? Viewers had mixed reactions to the »

- Kimberly Potts

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'Homeland' Ep Alex Gansa: No endgame in sight

19 December 2011 11:19 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

A day after "Homeland's" 90-minute season finale aired on Showtime, Zap2it talked to executive producer Alex Gansa about a lot of interesting stuff -- including the explosive (in some ways) season one climax, where the story is headed in season two (yes, they already know) and how he and fellow Ep Howard Gordon (both "24" alums) managed to keep a show about politically-charged issues like terrorism and shadowy government operations without getting partisan.

We liked the entire conversation so much, we've included it uncut below. We wish we could have talked longer, but Gansa was headed out the door to buy a tuxedo to wear to Jan 15's Golden Globes -- "Homeland" is nominated for three awards, including best drama series and best actor (Damian Lewis) and best actress (Claire Danes) in a drama series.

Read on to find out why Carrie isn't totally out of the game, why »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Our Own Worst Enemy is Ourselves: Quick Thoughts on the Homeland Season Finale

19 December 2011 8:36 AM, PST | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

I'm puzzled by how polarizing the season finale ("Marine One") of Showtime's Homeland ended up being, with viewers on one side or the other about just how effective--and believable--the climax of the espionage drama was last night. Personally, I thought it was powerful, heartbreaking, and superlative, filled with emotional resonance and an aura of tragedy hovering uneasily over everyone, particularly the now-tragic figure of Cassandra-like Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), whose portents of doom fell onto deaf ears. It's Carrie who saves the lives of the Vice President and his cabinet as well as that of Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), but her instability is used as a weapon against her. In essence, she saves the world, but is denied the knowledge that she's done so. Her breakdown in the final third of the episode isn't just a mental one, but that of communication as well as self-worth. Carrie's entire persona is »

- Jace

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'Homeland' execs talk season two: 'We're going to change the tenor'

19 December 2011 6:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Homeland's exec producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon have described the Showtime drama's second season as having a change of "tenor", and claimed that Sunday night's finale signalled a significant change for Damian Lewis's character Nicholas Brody. Gansa said that the first season finale had taken Claire Danes's Carrie Mathison character "back to square one", telling TV Line viewers will be "waiting for the moment where she begins to resuspect Brody" during the show's second run. "Her logically going back and putting the pieces together is definitely going to be a part of season two," said Gansa. Speaking about the relationship between Mathison and Brody, he added: "Clearly there is now an established relationship between Carrie and Brody that is going to have to be resolved (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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