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  1. For Nucky, El Dorado would remain a dream

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    No Sopranos-style ambiguity here: Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) didn't survive Boardwalk Empire's series finale on HBO Sunday night. The disgraced Atlantic City mob boss was gunned down by Tommy Darmody, son of Jimmy (Michael Pitt), whom Nucky had shot dead, and grandson of Jillian (Gretchen Mol), whom …

    Steve Buscemi takes a final stroll on the boardwalk.
  2. Top TV week of Oct. 27: 'The McCarthys,' 'Great Pumpkin,' Taylor Swift on 'The Voice'

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    MONDAY

    Halloween, 7 p.m., AMC

    Start the week off in the right spooky spirit with John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis, infamous villain Michael Myers, and Carpenter's chilling score.

    The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC

    Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift
  3. Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls after Florida mom's petition (w/video)

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    NEW YORK — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on the characters of AMC's hit series Breaking Bad after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

    Some parents are incensed over the new "Breaking Bad" action figures now being sold at Toys "R" Us, including a Florida mom. [McClatchy-Tribune]
  4. Cord cutters: Is a la carte streaming a better deal than cable?

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    Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be …

    A silhouetted coaxial cable. Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. But cutting the cord won’t mean cutting out your cable provider, and some would-be customers may balk when they see just how much paying a la carte actually costs. [Associated Press]
  5. Top TV week of Oct. 20: 'Parenthood,' 'Gracepoint,' 'The Blacklist'

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    MONDAY

    SEASON PREMIERE The Millers, 8:30 p.m., CBS

    Casey Wilson, right, and Ken Marino in Marry Me.
  6. Top TV week of Oct. 13: 'The Voice,' 'Marry Me,' 'Jane the Virgin'

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    MONDAY

    The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC

    The battle rounds start this week! At which point the niceties of the blind auditions end and things get real between the competitive coaches (looking at you, Levine!). Plus, they each bring on a music adviser to help with the contestants: Gwen Stefani chose her …

    Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton head to the battle rounds this week.
  7. Review: NBC's 'Marry Me' is funny enough to overcome gimmick

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    NBC's new sitcom Marry Me starts full-throttle funny and doesn't let up. Starring Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) and Ken Marino (Childrens Hospital) as a longtime couple on the verge of getting engaged, the show premiering Tuesday from Happy Endings creator David Caspe opens on Jake's (Marino) …

    Casey Wilson as Annie and Ken Marino as Jake in 'Marry Me.'
  8. Jan Hooks joins a sad roster of fallen 'SNL' alum (w/photo gallery)

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    During its four decades, Saturday Night Live has been populated by nearly 150 cast members. A number of them left the NBC comedy show for even greater stardom. Others faded into obscurity.

    The original cast members of "Saturday Night Live" are from left :  Garrett Morris, Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin and John Belushi. In back are Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. [Associated Press]
  9. Review: 'Walking Dead' premiere is jarring, relentless (no spoilers!)

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    The Walking Dead stumbles into its fifth season Sunday with all the imbalance of its star flesh-eaters. The fourth campaign was wildly uneven, lurching from inspired installments involving that one-eyed governor and those two dead girls to frustrating go-nowhere episodes on the slow crawl to Terminus, a hoped-for …

    Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead 

  10. Review: 'The Affair' lures you in with fresh take on a tired topic

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    Stories about people having affairs in pop culture have become frustratingly rote.

    Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Maura Tierney in Showtime’s new drama.