Over the past few seasons, <em>Breaking Bad'</em>s Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has changed from meek hero to forceful villain. TV critic David Bianculli says he isn't just breaking bad anymore — he's entirely broken.
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<p>In Showtime's <em>Homeland</em>, Claire Danes plays a CIA agent who suspects a heroic American POW is actually a double agent for al-Qaida<em>.</em></p>
Timothy Olyphant plays Raylan Givens, a present-day U.S. marshal with Wild West inclinations, on the FX series <em>Justified</em>.
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Larry David returned for an eighth season of <em>Curb Your Enthusiasm</em> this year.
Filmmaker Woody Allen was given the <em>American Masters</em> treatment this year on PBS.
Fresh Air's TV critic David Bianculli liked so many shows this year that he says he couldn't pick just 10 favorites. Instead, he split his favorites into several lists, including best documentaries and best scripted comedies/dramas.
Bianculli also highlights some of the worst shows to hit TV screens this year — including not one but two shows featuring Snooki.
Despite his Snooki misgivings, Bianculli says it was a banner year for TV.
"There is more good television on a weekly basis than there has ever been," Bianculli says. "I am absolutely certain of it."
New polls — both in Iowa and nationwide — show front-running GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich losing his edge. Over at the New York Times' blog FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver's latest forecast shows Ron Paul taking the lead in Iowa.