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'Daredevil' Episode 9 review: 'Speak of the Devil' -- It's a trap!

Through nine episodes of Netflix's new "Daredevil" series, Matt Murdock has been outmaneuvered and easily manipulated. Our hero is playing checkers while Wilson Fisk is playing chess.

But for all the public relations victories Fisk has won since he first spoke to Matt on that walkie-talkie back in "Condemned," we could always take solace in one fact: When Matt gets through the hurdles and gets his hands on a bad guy, they're going to pay.

"Speak of the Devil" soundly shatters that illusion.

From the opening shot of Murdock bleeding and struggling to stay alive in a fight with a blade-wielding ninja, we know something terrible is going to happen. Doom pervades "Speak of the Devil," from Elena's refusal to give up her apartment to Matt's constant talk of an all-or-nothing battle with Fisk.

We know things will end badly. We know there will be a cost, but the episode does such a good job of drawing out that tension that the viewer spends most of this 50-minute episode feeling like they're...

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Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Orphan Black'

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Good Witch In the two-hour season finale, Cassie (Catherine Bell) is worried that Ryan (Anthony Lemke) may be to blame for some devastating news she receives about Bell, Book and Candle. Next door, Sam (James Denton) clashes with his ex-wife (Gabrielle Miller), who threatens to sue him for custody of Nick (Rhys Matthew Bond). 8 p.m. Hallmark

Orphan Black In the third season premiere of the cult science fiction thriller — anchored by a tour-de-force performance by Tatiana Maslany in multiple roles — Sarah is forced to use her wiles to deter an investigator (James Frain) who poses a threat to the sister clones. Kristian Bruun and Ari Millen also star. 9 p.m. BBC America; IFC; Sundance; WE

Outlander Claire and Geillis (Caitriona Balfe, Lotte Verbeek) stand trial on charges of witchcraft, while Jamie (Sam...

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TV Picks: Tig Notaro, Amy Schumer, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Hubble

"Knock, Knock, It's Tig Notaro" (Showtime, premieres Friday). A beautifully made documentary road picture, codirected by Michael LaHaie and Christopher Wilcha, that accompanies comedian Tig Notaro and opening act/driver John Dore, on a 2013 summer house-concert tour (a house, field, pop-up venue tour, to be precise).

Notaro fans applied to be her hosts. "Are you at all scared of these people?" asks Nick Kroll, to whom Notaro is showing videos from some of them, before leaving. "Absolutely," she replies. (Kroll: "Have you performed in a barn?" Notaro: "Yeah. I've been doing this 17 years." Kroll: "Have you ever performed for a swamp full of alligators?" Notaro: "No, I've only been doing stand-up for 17 years.") She had done this sort of performance before, as "an experiment in seeing if I could do comedy in a nontraditional venue," frames the present trip, which followed a well-publicized series of health crises and the death of her mother, as a way to get to know her audience.

Slight but...

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Experts want Dr. Oz fired from teaching post

A group of physicians has a prescription for Dr. Oz: Get out of the classroom, stat.

Ten doctors last week sent a letter to the dean of the medical school at Columbia University, where Harvard-educated surgeon Mehmet Oz — better-known as "Dr. Oz," the name of his syndicated health show — serves on the faculty.

These colleagues say Dr. Oz — whose path to TV stardom was blazed through frequent guest spots on Oprah Winfrey's show — has no business teaching medicine.

"[H]e has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain," the letter states. The doctors called his employment at Columbia "unacceptable." 

The critics slam Dr. Oz for "outrageous conflicts of interest" and "flawed judgments" and suggest his shortcomings are because of his own "pathology," without specifying what that pathology might be.

Dr. Oz has decided to use his program to respond to the critics. Thursday's show will be titled "Dr. Oz Fights Back"...

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HBO gives series order to 'Divorce' with Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is headed for splitsville — the fictional kind, that is. 

On Friday HBO announced a series order for "Divorce," a half-hour comedy about the protracted dissolution of a marriage. 

The actress who played dating columnist and clotheshorse Carrie Bradshaw for six seasons on the groundbreaking series "Sex and the City" is set to return to the network as the executive producer and star of another New York-set half-hour comedy about relationships.

Created by Irish actress, comedian and writer Sharon Horgan, "Divorce" centers on Frances (Parker), "a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought." The comedy will be Parker's first regular series role more than a decade after the end of "Sex and the City."

Thomas Haden Church ("Sideways") plays Frances' not-so-soon-to-be-ex-husband, who is "surprised to learn that his wife’s perspective on their marriage is different from his."

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'Sábado Gigante' is not just an enduring TV show, but a world of its own

A moment of silence, un minuto de silencio, for "Sábado Gigante," the Spanish-language variety show that, it has just been announced, will end its 53-year run this September.

Let me take that back. It would be more appropriate to the raucous spirit of the show, with its unique, durably antique mix of games, sketches, audience participation, celebrity interviews and scantily clad young women, to strike up the band, to cue applause, klaxons, gongs, crazy laughter, screams, cheers, balloons and confetti. And it is leaving not on its hands and knees, but while still champ -- not kicked from the air after a long diminishing slide, but as a still-conquering force in its Saturday-night three-hour time slot.

RELATED: Spanish TV staple 'Sábado Gigante' to end run after 53 years on the air

The longest-running variety show on television, it has been run and hosted from the beginning by Mario Kreutzberger, called Don Francisco, the Chilean son of German Jewish immigrants who fled the Nazis -- a historical...

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