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Watch: Dad Is A Woman In Trailer For Jill Soloway's Amazon Series 'Transparent'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • August 28, 2014 1:04 PM
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Transparent
Amazon has released the trailer for its new dramedy “Transparent,” about an L.A. family dealing with the late-in-life decision of their father (Jeffrey Tambor) to live as a woman. Could this be the show that will catapult Amazon into the Netflix-sphere, where original online content like “Orange Is The New Black” and “House of Cards” wins awards and better yet subscribers? With a fresh and exciting cast including Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, and Amy Landecker as the couple's children, Judith Light as Tambor’s ex-wife, and Carrie Brownstein in a small role, it very well could.

Watch: First Clip & Behind-The-Scenes Look At David Gordon Green's Amazon Pilot 'Red Oaks'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 9:17 AM
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Paul Reiser in "Red Oaks"
Wondering what to watch this Labor Day weekend? You might want to fire up your Amazon account and check out the five new pilots the online behemoth is rolling out. Unlike their competitors at other streaming services, the company is taking a unique approach to programming. Today they're launching the new shows, but the catch is that user comments and ratings will determine which ones get ordered to series...and which don't. Among the competing shows is "Red Oaks," from director David Gordon Green.

Casting: Chris Hemsworth Goes On 'Vacation,' Steve Carell Joins 'Looney Tunes' & 'Freeheld' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2014 5:32 PM
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Thor: The Dark World
Well, here's a name we didn't expect to see in the "Vacation" reboot: Chris Hemsworth. Yep, Thor is throwing down the hammer, joining the comedy that stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, along with Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins, who were also recently added.

David Chase Finally Reveals Whether Or Not Tony Dies At The End Of 'The Sopranos'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2014 11:42 AM
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When "The Sopranos" came to a close after six seasons in the summer of 2006, it was a major television event. HBO's groundbreaking drama —voted by the Writer's Guild of America as the Best Written TV Series Of All Time— had over 11 million people watching the finale, which is still one of the most talked about moments in television history. With Tony Soprano seemingly surviving the chaos around him, he meets his family for dinner at a diner. Each member of the family arrives separately, while peripherally, potentially dangerous figures hang around. And just when Tony Soprano's daughter Meadow is about to walk in, the scene cuts to black. It was an ending that angered many fans, confused others, and led many to discuss what it meant. Was Tony killed by one of those creepy guys in the diner? What was the significance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" playing over the sequence? Was the show's creator David Chase just fucking with everybody? For years, Chase has refused to elaborate on the fate of Tony Soprano. Until now. Sort of.

Time To Catch Up Before It Ends: Watch 7-Minute Recap Of 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 27, 2014 9:19 AM
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Boardwalk Empire, Season 4
HBO may not have had the Emmy night it wanted on Monday, but the network is still the high watermark for television. Would “Breaking Bad” have won if “The Sopranos” had never aired and changed the game for what cable dramas could be? While you mull over the implications of David Chase’s landmark TV show never having existed, why not refresh your memory on what exactly went down last season on another mobster show, “Boardwalk Empire”?

'Full House' Might Be Returning With The Original Cast (Except The Olsens)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2014 4:59 PM
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Full House
Okay, this nostalgia train has got to stop. When it was announced that "Boy Meets World" was returning, but this time spun as "Girl Meets World," it was sort of amusing and cute and fine. No harm done. But is the world really hankering for the further adventures of Danny (Bob Saget), Joey (Dave Coulier), Uncle Jesse (John Stamos), D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) in "Full House"? Warner Bros. thinks there might be interest.

Netflix Chief Says 'Defenders' Could Meet Up With Marvel's Big Screen Heroes; Shows Will Follow 'Avengers' Template

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 26, 2014 11:40 AM
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Luke Cage Daredevil
When Marvel's Netflix shows were first announced last year, it was quickly became clear what their model would be. The shows would focus on smaller scale heroes —Daredevil, Powerman, Iron Fist, etc.— before culminating with a Defenders team-up mini-series. If that plan sounded a lot like the template Marvel used to get marquee characters into "The Avengers" film, that's because it was meant to. If you had any doubts that Marvel wouldn't fix what wasn't broke, an interview with Netflix honcho Ted Sarandos in Empire (via Latino Review),confirmed that his company's plan will follow the mould of the feature films.

The Snubs & Surprises Of the 2014 Emmy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 26, 2014 11:02 AM
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The Snubs & Surprises Of the 2014 Emmy Awards
Don't expect a swift response to any communication sent to someone who works in the TV industry: last night was the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (see the list of winners here), and the parties were going on long into the night. As we said this morning, "Breaking Bad," "Modern Family" and "Sherlock" were the big winners, with Bryan Cranston, Julianna Marguiles, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Parsons, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Lange taking the leading actor trophies, and Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Ty Burrell, Allison Janney, Martin Freeman and Kathy Bates winning prizes for supporting roles.

Watch: Weird Al Yankovic Sings The Theme Songs To Your Favorite TV Shows In Emmy Awards Medley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2014 9:22 AM
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Weird Al Yankovic Emmy Awards
It's heartening that in a pop culture world where Nicki Minaj gets millions upon millions of views mostly with respect to her ample posterior, there's still room for Weird Al Yankovic (and we hope he eventually does a cover of "Anaconda"). The premiere song parodist dropped his latest album Mandatory Fun a few months back, and for the first time in his career, it reached number one on the charts. People still love Weird Al, and last night he did his thing at the Emmy Awards.

Watch: Billy Crystal's Heartfelt Emmy Awards Tribute To Robin Williams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2014 9:05 AM
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Billy Crystal Emmys
Last night, the TV world's finest put on their best suits and nicest dresses for the the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. "Breaking Bad" won big, and there was much laughter and celebration, but there was one person whose presence was deeply missed: Robin Williams. The late comedian and actor was incandescent on every stage, and his death continues to be mourned in Hollywood. Last night, Williams received a lovely tribute from a longtime friend.

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