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AMC plotting a 'Mad Men' send-off to remember

It should come as no surprise that "Mad Men," a drama about a 1960s advertising firm, has designed what it hopes to be an unforgettable send-off campaign.

The pioneering AMC drama will launch its seventh and final season on April 5 — culminating in a swan song that will likely generate the kind of frenzied chatter last seen by its sister drama "Breaking Bad" in 2013.

To rally viewers as the end draws near, the network is promoting the final stretch of the drama with a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign. There's even a black-tie ball at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for its premiere.

"This show changed our network, period," AMC President and General Manager Charlie Collier told The Times. "This show means something as our first, and we wanted the send-off to reflect that."

The drama, created by Matt Weiner and produced by Lionsgate, made its debut in 2007. Despite undersized ratings, it was praised by critics and would go on to ingratiate itself into the zeitgeist — spawning...

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Justified 'The Hunt' recap: A lot more conversation, a little less action

One week after the gunfight that led to Choo-Choo’s last stand, “Justified” chose to slow things dramatically with “The Hunt,” an episode loaded with talking, talking … and more talking … that cements the stakes for the series' final chapter. And it worked, sort of.

We know what Raylan and Boyd are fighting for in the series’ final chapter. The marshal wants to settle in with his daughter, wherever and however that may happen, and Boyd wants Ava and the means to provide for her somewhere outside of Harlan. We haven’t seen Winona all season, and Ava’s loyalties have been far from certain, so we needed an episode like “The Hunt” to let the viewer know Raylan and Boyd were fighting for prizes they can win.

But where the Boyd-Ava scenes crackled with tension, Raylan and Winona’s chatter was warming but ultimately forgettable, out of step with the desperate tenor of the rest of the episode. I’m a big fan of Natalie Zea, and of the larger Raylan-Winona relationship, but the payoff of their...

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TruTV makeover continues with first scripted comedy 'Those Who Can't'

TruTV, once a haven of reality shows and legal-themed programming, is amid an overhaul, and as part of its new "Way More Fun" motto, the channel has greenlighted its first full-length scripted comedy series, "Those Who Can't."

The series was created by and stars Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe the Grawlix. 

It follows dysfunctional high school teachers joined in their immature exploits by the school's new librarian, played by Maria Thayer.

The channel has ordered 10 episodes of the series, set to debut in early 2016.

"Those Who Can't" will join the other comedy series recently launched on the channel, including the sketch comedy series "Friends of the People," "Impractical Jokers" and the musical reality series "Branson Famous."

The pilot for "Those Who Can't" was originally commissioned by Amazon in 2012, but the streaming service declined to pick up the series in 2013. According to the Denver Post, the pilot was reshot in...

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'The Voice' recap: Guess who Adam Levine picked as his own coach?

Well, that was awfully cute. Somewhere in the midst of Monday night’s blind auditions on “The Voice,” Adam Levine grew understandably restless and decided to try his hand at an audition himself.

“I’m so terrified,” he whispered into the mic, before launching into a so-so rendition of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.”

His fellow coaches exchanged a few meaningful looks and then Christina Aguilera tapped her button with a red-patent-leather-shod foot and spun. Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams followed suit.

“Come on, Adam. Don’t be a holdout,” Levine said to the back of his own empty chair, prompting Williams to hit Levine’s button and give his fellow coach a four-chair turn.

“All right, so now I gotta pick a coach,” Levine told the audience. Didn’t take him long. “I gotta go with my gut here,” he said. “I gotta go with, uh … Christina.”

“I think there are some potential things that need a little tweaking and fine-tuning,” Aguilera mused in a voice-over as Levine swaggered back to his seat,...

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'Gotham' recap, 'Everyone has a Cobblepot'

Everyone in Gotham has an albatross around their neck.

Jim has Penguin, Commissioner Loeb literally has a string of starlings to wear around his neck and half of the GCPD has their own Cobblepot, as Harvey and the episode’s title plainly say. (I’ll admit it: I love it when that happens!)

This was one of those rare episodes where every plotline traces back to an earlier episode, rather than the typical introduce-then-forget-new-characters formula the writers are so fond of. “Gotham” should try this method more often.

“Everyone Has a Cobblepot” shows that having the albatross or Cobblepot isn’t the problem; it’s others knowing it, too. The darker and dirtier the secret is, the easier it is for others to exploit you.

This is how Gotham works, Jim discovers, as he storms into Loeb’s office. Jim’s upset this time because the narc cop-turned-drug-kingpin Flass was exonerated of his murder charges.

On top of that, Flass has Loeb’s full endorsement for president of the policeman’s union....

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'The Bachelor' recap, 'The Women Tell All'

Tonight’s episode is the infamous “Women Tell All” reunion, where 17 contestants from this season return to discuss the events to date. Basically, the women argue with one another while Chris Harrison mediates.

Then the most memorable candidates are given time in the “hot seat,” otherwise known as the couch.

After about an hour and a half of this, Bachelor Chris will have to answer a few “tough questions” from the women most recently sent home: Britt, who gives free hugs on Hollywood Boulevard; Kaitlyn, who said Chris could “plow the f--- out of her anytime he wants,” and Jade, the fashion designer with an organic makeup line.

Before the “dramatic confrontations” start, we get to see a few of the “Bachelor viewing parties” that Chris Harrison and Bachelor Chris crash in Los Angeles. Bachelor Chris says that he hopes no one has a gun, and I hope he does decide to stay in Arlington, Iowa, because life in the big city just isn’t for him.

We begin with an introduction to the former...

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