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Chris O'Dowd To Star In TV Series 'Family Tree' From Christopher Guest, Planning To Write A Film For Judd Apatow

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 1:13 PM
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Chris O'Dowd is, quite frankly, a man to watch at the moment. The Irish actor first came to notice alongside Richard Ayoade on British TV show "The I.T. Crowd," which brought him to the attention of Hollywood. And while his early film roles went off a little half-cocked -- "Dinner For Schmucks," "Gulliver's Travels," "The Boat That Rocked" -- he's had an enormous amount of success in the last twelve months or so, led by being the romantic lead in monster comedy hit "Bridesmaids."

'Breaking Bad' To Return To AMC July 15th, Donald Glover Will Appear In Season Two Of 'Girls'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 22, 2012 6:20 PM
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If the final season of “Breaking Bad” airs in two halves, does that mean there’s actually two seasons left? In the end, it doesn’t matter – AMC has confirmed the show’s return on July 15th, and that should be enough cause for celebration. Eight episodes will air over the summer, then leave our fall and winter without resolution, before coming back in the summer of 2013. Star Bryan Cranston essentially confirmed all this back in March, but apparently the man is not yet verified as an official news source, sadly. [AV Club]

Charlie Kaufman To Write & Direct HBO Series Starring Catherine Keener

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 8:36 PM
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Charlie Kaufman's been a very busy bee recently. It's almost exactly four years since "Synecdoche, New York" premiered at Cannes, and for a long time, there was little-to-no news as to what the writer-director, who made his name penning the screenplays for "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," was up to. But the news that he'd done a polish on the script for "Kung Fu Panda 2" (which ultimately showed little evidence of the Kaufman touch) kicked off a run of activity.

Recap: Episode Eight Of 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2 Is More Filler Than Killer, But Has Its Moments

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 8:00 AM
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As was the case last season, episode eight of season two of "Game of Thrones," "The Prince of Winterfell" was all about the calm before the storm. A chance to catch the breath, and flesh out some of the characters before things kick off. Stannis Barratheon closes in on King's Landing, Theon Greyjoy clings to Winterfell as repercussions get nearer, Jon Snow is in the hands of the wildlings, Arya Stark is escaping from Casterley Rock, and Jamie Lannister is on his way to be exchanged for the Stark girls. That's the plan, anyway. Not a lot actually happened this time around -- this was one of the shuffle-the-pieces around episodes. Which is fine, but it did feel a little like filler in places.

Review: You Can't Go Home Again In Maybe The Best Episode Yet Of 'Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 21, 2012 4:30 AM
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Over the last couple of episodes we've lamented that Lena Dunham's "Girls" has taken a turn towards the sitcom, with episodes that have favored wacky shenanigans over the humanity and heart -- and the humor that followed -- that opened the season on such a strong footing. Well, we're happy to report that "The Return" harkens back to those initial shows, and marks easily one of the best episodes this season so far. While we've been critical of the softball, superfluous subplots given to Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), it's a bit revealing that with the story centering strictly on Hannah (Dunham), it allows for some of the most focused and observant writing we've seen yet on the show.

The Darkest Timeline: Sony TV Fire Dan Harmon As Showrunner Of 'Community'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2012 10:28 AM
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The writing's been on the wall for a while, but late last night, only 24 hours after the third season of NBC's beloved, if poorly-rated sitcom "Community" came to a close, Sony Pictures Television decided to break the hearts of the show's devoted fanbase, by announcing (per the AV Club, among others) that Dan Harmon, creator of the comedy, wouldn't be returning as showrunner for the recently-recommissioned fourth season of the show, and that he would be replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port, who've most recently looked after ABC's show "Happy Endings."

ESPN Orders Up Second Batch Of '30 For 30' Documentaries, Will Start Airing In October

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 10:57 AM
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Whether you're a sports nut or not, some of the finest documentaries of the past few years have been found on ESPN's "30 For 30" series. Kicking off in October 2009 and ending in December 2010 (which about a dozen more films added in 2011), the endeavor gave feature filmmakers creative control to helm docs about any sports subject that they were interested in, and the tactic resulted in some very strong work. Some of the highlights that premiered on the channel included "The Two Escobars" by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist; "Catching Hell" by Alex Gibney; "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks" by Dan Klores and much more. In short, the series has spawned some utterly fascinating stories, and the good news is, there's more on the way.

Rob Riggle To Lead '80s Set Wall Street Comedy On HBO With Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg & Adam McKay Producing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 5:05 PM
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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have long recognized just how funny Rob Riggle is, casting him in their projects like "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby," "Step Brothers" and "The Other Guys." Now, they are rallying behind the actor to give him the lead role he's so long deserved on a pretty amazing sounding comedy project.

'The Carrie Diaries' & 'Arrow' Lead New Series Pickups At CW

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 14, 2012 1:42 PM
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Long a go-to place to reach teen-aged viewers, The CW (formerly known as The WB for you old timers) has made an impressive pick-up of five new drama pilots to turn to series for its forthcoming slate of shows. While the network that’s become commonly associated with “Gossip Girl” and the revamped “90210” regularly adds a few new teen-friendly scripted series every year, the addition of these five new shows is a new record for the network.

Watch: Christopher Meloni Is The Authority In Trailer For 'True Blood' Season 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2012 12:56 PM
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For all the high falutin', critically acclaimed shows on HBO, the network isn't above shoveling out lesser fare, and "True Blood" continues to be the odd man out in their lineup. For this writer, it's a pure guilty, trashy pleasure, but even that wasn't enough to make sitting through season 4 worth it. Dreadfully awful on nearly every level, the big mistake was turning Alexander Skarsgard's Eric into simpering, emotional mess for the majority of the season and everything else followed from there, with none of the cast able to fill out the humorous, wicked void his character left behind.

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