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Bringing the pain: Top TV dramas have a blood thing going on

A savage scene in "Breaking Bad"

Many of TV's most popular series, such as "The Walking Dead," "True Blood" and "Dexter," are known for high drama and high body counts. Spatter and gore are essential — and expected — parts of their DNA.

But extreme, sometimes unflinching acts of graphic, stomach-churning violence have also been spilling over into an unexpected arena: TV's elite dramas. "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and other shows praised for their complex plots and high production values have lately displayed a new level of savagery.

For more on this trend, read this feature and let us know what you think.

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Photo: Gustavo Fring (GIancarlo Esposito) dons plastic overalls as he prepares to slash the throat of an accomplice with a box cutter on AMC's "Breaking Bad." Credit: Ursula Coyote/AMC.

 

 

 

Tweeters Digest: The week in tweets -- a royal wedding and retwitterment

Wendell In Tweeters Digest, we round up some of the events of the week as seen through the Twitter feeds of TV personalities. In previous editions, celebs have come together over some major issues -- Charlie Sheen and star feuds as well as April fools.

This week, stars deployed their 140-character tweets on subjects as varied as Passover, Donald Trump's political posturing and the impending royal wedding of William and Kate.

Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) continued to make his presence known. Anthony Bourdain (@NoReservations) got giddy with the cast of "The Wire" (including @WendellPierce), Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) rubbed elbows with Gene Simmons (@Genesimmons), and Paul Reiser (@paulreiser) expressed dismay at the swift cancellation of his show.

And Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton)? She went to Disneyland.

-- Joy Press
twitter.com/joypress

More tweets after the jump.

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Michael Kenneth Williams' jump from Omar on 'The Wire' to 'Boardwalk Empire'

ChalkieMichael Kenneth Williams broke out as one of TV's most noteworthy and charismatic antiheroes with his portrayal of the shotgun-toting gangster Omar Little on HBO's "The Wire."

Now he's taken on another dark character -- ruthless businessman Chalky White on "Boardwalk Empire," just finishing its first season on HBO.

Williams loves embracing the dark side on screen, saying years of struggle have helped him connect with his fictional personas.

"The most challenging thing right now for me is showing that there's a difference between Omar and Chalky," he says. "There's no Omar in Chalky. They are driven by different things, different moral codes. Omar was driven by the hunt, while Chalky is a straight-up-and-down businessman."

For more on White,  check out this interview with him.

 
-- Greg Braxton  

Photo: Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White in "Boardwalk Empire" Credit: Craig Blankenhorn / HBO

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