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'Justified' 'Fugitive Number One' recap: blood and betrayal

"Justified" has been moving at a blistering pace in recent weeks, and "Fugitive Number One" is no exception, as a number of key players meet grisly ends, betrayal is the order of the day and the rules of Harlan County as we know it end up flipped on their head.

Because by that closing scene, Raylan Givens is essentially one of the most wanted fugitives of the marshal's office that gave him his star.

I'll get back to that plot point and my concerns with it a little later, because I'd be remiss if I didn't spend most of this review praising "Fugitive Number One" for what it was, another arresting stanza in what's proving to be a masterful sendoff for "Justified."

This show has always been in love with the idea of failing to outrun your past and the dangers of investing trust poorly, and while those ideas have hung over Raylan and Boyd for the series' duration, those same concepts have put bullet holes in several characters in recent weeks.

Carl and Mike (he said not to call him Mikey)...

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'iZombie' recap: It's double trouble for Liv in 'The Exterminator'

The heroine of “iZombie” doesn’t expect the brains she eats to give her daydreams of the hearts, flowers and unicorns variety. What she sees are more akin to nightmares, with her single-course meals conjuring reenactments of the violent deaths that have befallen these poor slobs who end up on her slab at the city morgue.

Even so, this week’s noggin throws her for a loop.

In the episode dubbed “The Exterminator,” Liv Moore (Rose McIver) gets a bird’s-eye view of two grisly murders instead of the usual one. The first is a high-tech entrepreneur with a gambling addiction (shot in the head, execution-style) and the second is his killer (run over by an unknown driver in a classic pimp car).

When Liv chows down on the gray matter of the hit-and-run victim, a pest control expert by day, she learns he moonlighted as a hit man. She inherits his reptilian cold-bloodedness, his narcissistic tendencies and his trivia obsession.

Liv, who’s just begun to thaw from her post-traumatic zombie disorder,...

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Fox renews 'New Girl' for a fifth season

"New Girl" will be back on Fox for a fifth season.

Despite so-so ratings in its fourth season, the Zooey Deschanel-fronted comedy is still one of the network's key assets on the live-action comedy front.

Production on season 4 wrapped a few weeks ago, and production has now begun on season 5 to bank some episodes before Deschanel's maternity leave kicks in.

Deschanel's pregnancy, which was announced in January, will not be incorporated into the series.

“Four seasons in, 'New Girl' continues to be one of the smartest and most relatable comedies on television,” said Fox Entertainment President David Madden. “The writing is razor-sharp, the ensemble is consistently hilarious, and we couldn’t be more proud of Liz [Meriwether], Brett [Baer], Dave [Finkel] and the entire 'New Girl' team. We absolutely love this show and we’re so excited to bring it back for season Five.”

And there will be more for the show to celebrate: The comedy will log its 100th episode during the 2015-2016 season.


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Daytime Emmy Awards nominations: Netflix, Amazon muscle in

The Daytime Emmy Award nominations landed Tuesday, with usual suspects such as Ellen DeGeneres and "General Hospital" getting plenty of attention.

But there were also quite a few nods for Amazon and Netflix, in yet another sign of the growing clout of digital purveyors of programming.

The most-nominated programs were soaps: ABC's "General Hospital" (28) and CBS' "The Young and the Restless" (25) and "The Bold and the Beautiful" (19). They will face off in the outstanding drama series category.

In the entertainment talk show category, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (10 nominations total) will compete against CBS' "The Talk" (seven).

Especially in the kids' categories, Amazon and Netflix are beginning to make a real impact.

Amazon netted five nominations for its stop-motion animated series "Tumble Leaf," which premiered last May.

Netflix also drew five nods for "All Hail King Julien," the spinoff of the "Madagascar" feature film franchise.

You can see the entire Daytime Emmy list here. The...

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'The Voice' recap: The knockouts reach their end

“The Voice” brought us its final knockouts of the season on Monday -- and in terms of outcome, on the whole, they may have been the least surprising of all. In many cases, the winner seemed clear from the get-go, leaving coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams to work to manufacture the requisite element of suspense.

They worked to find equally complimentary things to say about each contestant and bemoaned the difficulty of making a decision. They called it a toss-up when we knew it was not, though presumably the reluctance to break hearts -- especially of teen contestants -- was sincere. And when it was finally time to drop the drama and declare a winner, they dutifully paused and struggled to keep their facial expressions somewhere on the spectrum between pained and neutral before uttering the name of the person who we knew all along would win.

Still, as it separated the polished from the petrified and culminated in each coach boasting about the...

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Trevor Noah's tweets could be serious threat to future of Comedy Central

In a culture where we whip ourselves into instant media frenzies and then move on forgetting only days later what it was that so upset us, maybe Trevor Noah’s tweets won’t be such a big deal by the weekend.

But the offensive tweets that surfaced within a day of the 31-year-old South African comedian being named Monday as Jon Stewart’s replacement on "The Daily Show" make me think Comedy Central might have made a very bad choice in filling one of the most important chairs in popular culture.

And if that turns out to be true, the channel’s earnings are going to plummet. Before Stewart and the recently departed Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central felt like a tin-can cable channel to me. Those two are the Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig who built that franchise into a TV powerhouse, and to replace one of them with a guy who makes these kind of jokes could be deadly.

I love stand-up comedy. I love the fearlessness of comedians like Mort Sahl, Richard Pryor and, yes, let me put Amy Schumer on that list...

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