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FRINGE on Fox
After a midseason hiatus, the sci-fi series is back with more wickedly smart and darkly humorous plots, including the spooky parallel universe and Peter and Olivia's ongoing will-they-or-won't-they relationship.
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I LEARNED THE HARD WAY, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
They don't make quality soul music like this anymore. Well, actually they do. And by ''they,'' we mean Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. On this new album, Jones and her brassy backing band take us on a trip to the grooviest parts of the '70s.
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EVE BEST on Nurse Jackie
The perfect combination of compassion and snark, Best's Dr. O'Hara is a good part of Jackie's life. And this season, she's a good part of ours, too.
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SAWYER'S ''SON OF A BITCH'' Video
Lost's bad boy has one of the most versatile catchphrases on TV. This Web clip helpfully collects six seasons' worth of Sawyer swearing in wonder, confusion, joy, and, of course, all-out murderous rage.
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Italian director Marco Bellocchio's moving film (not rated) about the fate of Mussolini's first wife combines painful history with raw emotions, and ends up with a tale as dark as the Blackshirts. (Available in theaters and via on demand.)
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NIGHT OF THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY, by Tariq Ali
In the elegant final novel of his lauded Islam quintet, Ali concludes his historical epic — which began in 15th-century Spain — in the present day, with a global tale about families and religion.
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THE PACIFIC on HBO
The 10-hour WWII miniseries — from exec producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg — makes the small screen feel bigger than ever, shocking you with its carnage and then leaving you in awe of its humanity. This week follows the 1st Marine Division as they land on the fortified island of Peleliu.
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IPAD APPS: Our First Faves
There are lots of new goodies, like ABC's video player (free); a nifty new Scrabble version ($9.99) that even turns your iPhone into a tile rack; and the arresting animated periodic table Elements ($13.99). Who knew bismuth was so pretty?