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TV Blog Buzz: Knives come out for Louis C.K.; How 'Catfish' liars get caught

Is this the beginning of the Louis C.K. backlash?

The stand-up comic has been riding high these days on the strength of his unconventional Emmy Award-winning FX Networks series "Louie."

But lately, critics have begun lining up to take shots at the comedian.

Salon has dished out a stinging rebuke of the edgy comic's professional evolution, arguing he's become the "Oprah of comedy."

Referencing a bit about fatherhood, the site argues Louis C.K. has gone soft and preachy.

"It's this kind of pontification that occasionally turns C.K. from a comedian into a kind of self-help guru, peddling pat life advice vaguely dressed up as jokes — a male comic's version of Oprah," the article asserts.

"C.K. does the same thing for Oprah-style morality with a comic voice that oscillates between the surreal, the absurd, the hilarious and the sincerely sentimental. 'I have a list of beliefs,' he once said, 'and I live by none of them.' But that doesn't mean, he seems to be saying, that you shouldn't."

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The comedian is also taking heat for a key moment from last week's episode, which the Internet has nicknamed the "Fat Girl Rant." A character played by actress Sarah Baker lays into Louie for refusing to acknowledge that he'd never date an overweight woman, even though he's a self-professed schlub.

Some viewers and critics applauded him for the serious, poignant scene but a piece in Time questions whether the comedian should be speaking on behalf of women in his material.

"(He) frequently deals with gender inequality in his work in a way that is hailed as unprecedented — particularly his take on women's vulnerability to sexual assault. While I've seen many women talk about the issues Louie covers onstage, few have been able to achieve mainstream success, and even fewer have been lauded for their incisive social commentary. Why is that?" writes Kath Barbadoro, a fellow comedian.

"I don't want someone else to have to mediate that understanding for me."

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New York magazine's Vulture blog takes a revealing look at the TV series "Catfish" and how the producers piece together episodes of the Internet-scam docudrama.

If you're new to "Catfish," check out the eye-opening documentary that started it all (it's available to stream on Netflix in Canada). It follows Yaniv (Nev) Schulman as he begins to come to the realization that the Internet relationship that he thought was leading to love might actually be a big fraud.

The concept has been turned into a TV series for MTV, which helps Internet users track down the people who have been lying about their identity online. The show can be streamed at MTV.ca.

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It's looking like the next big Netflix-original hit like "House of Cards" or "Orange is the New Black" — or bust like "Lilyhammer" — will be a story about the Queen.

The Hollywood Reporter says Netflix has almost nailed down the rights to "The Audience," a play about meetings Queen Elizabeth II had with British prime ministers from 1952 to recent times.

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Meanwhile, Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry") and Steven Pasquale ("Rescue Me") have been added to the cast of a confirmed but still untitled new Netflix-original series.

The drama from the creators of "Damages" will also star Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Ben Mendelsohn ("The Dark Knight Rises") and Linda Cardellini ("Mad Men").

No word yet on when it might be available to stream.

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