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POSTED: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 12:40 PM
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Maggie Siff and Charlie Hunnam in "Sons of Anarchy" Credit: Prashant Gupta/FX

What if, instead of five acts, William Shakespeare had had an undetermined number of TV seasons to devote to “Hamlet”?

Well, unless he’d also had access to the future mysteries of the internal combustion engine, chances are his version still wouldn’t have looked much like “Sons of Anarchy,” which wraps up its fourth season tonight (10 p.m., FX) in an episode titled “To Be, Act 2.”

But I’m guessing his melancholy prince would’ve found a way to keep on avoiding that poisoned sword for at least as long as the ratings stayed good.

POSTED: Monday, October 3, 2011, 4:16 PM
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Mercedes (Amber Riley) has a moment/Fox/Mike Yarish

Where have all the Gleeks gone?

That’s the question they might be asking at Fox, where “Glee” (8 p.m. Tuesdays, Fox 29) returned two weeks ago for Season 3 to a considerably smaller audience than it had a year ago.

The slide in the Nielsens for live and same-day viewing continued last week, when the show drew just 8.6 million viewers and failed to win its time slot among advertiser-targeted 18- to 49-year-olds.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 8:30 AM
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Gellar's a ringer for herself in CW's "Ringer"/CW

So if you're one of the people who've been eagerly awaiting Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to TV tonight in the CW's "Ringer" (9 p.m., PHL17), it's  time to ask yourself: Was it SMG I've missed, or "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"?

Gellar gets to play not one, but two characters in "Ringer," a soapy, slightly noir-ish mystery whose basic premise mirrors ABC's "The Lying Game" -- twins switch places, then one disappears before they can switch back -- yet neither of these very attractive women has the power to permanently dispatch the undead.

If that's a deal-breaker for you, it's best to know now.

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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting. Reach Ellen at

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