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David O. Russell To Direct Pilot For CBS Legal Drama Produced By Robert De Niro

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2012 3:17 PM
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David O. Russell isn't always known for having the healthiest relationships with the stars in his films, but it seems he and Robert De Niro got along just fine on the set of the upcoming "Silver Linings Playbook." And the two will collaborate on a new project that will take them to the small screen.

Watch: Trailer For Season 3 Of 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 2:30 PM
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This writer has yet to experience the phenomenon that is "Downton Abbey," but knows enough to realize that the trailer for season 3 is kind of like a big deal. With Shirley MacLaine now on board, another interesting ingredient has be added to the show, and if you want to see where it goes next, well just read on.

HBO Remaking Brit Medical Comedy 'Getting On'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 15, 2012 11:21 AM
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Not terribly well-known even in its native UK, “Getting On” has certainly been a hit with British critics. Airing on niche channel BBC4 (that’s why it's little seen and little known) the sitcom has aired for two seasons and a total of nine episodes since 2009 and follows the medical staff on a women’s geriatric extended care wing at a run-down hospital. Created by and starring Jo Brand (who won a BAFTA for her performance), Joanna Scanlon and Vicki Pepperdine, the Peter Capaldi (“In The Loop”)-directed show has a third season in the works.

Jodie Foster Heads To Showtime To Direct Mob Drama 'Angie's Body'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 2:42 PM
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"I think I may spend some time on cable," Jodie Foster told the Oregon Herald at Comic-Con last month, about where she might be going next. "I think it's a good outlet for what I do. What I do are personal stories and, in some ways, usually involve family and they have equal amounts of comedy and drama, sometimes an absurdist twist, and they're very verbal. And I like constructing complex characters and hopefully seeing this sort of tapestry of how they interact with each other over time evolve. Well, TV's the place for that." And it looks like those words are coming true.

Watch: New Trailers For Season 3 Of 'Treme' & 'Boardwalk Empire' With First Footage Of Bobby Cannavale

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 13, 2012 11:28 AM
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As “Veep” and “Girls” led successful seasons this past summer with their well-drawn characters and storylines, HBO is ready to plunge viewers back into pure atmosphere with the third seasons of its reliable recent shows, and we've got two new trailers for you to whet your appetite as the fall TV season beckons in the distance.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Episode 5 'Dead Freight' Will Leave You Speechless

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 13, 2012 11:05 AM
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The opening teaser on “Breaking Bad” has proved to be one of the most elastic and effective storytelling devices used on the show. First utilized in the pilot, the opening plunged viewers into what appeared to be Walter White’s desperate final moments before spending the rest of the episode going backward to find out exactly how we got there. During the second season, the show used the opening minutes to tease out a season long mystery and most recently, the Season 5 premiere introduced "Walt 52," perhaps the most intriguing glimpse into the future thus far. But there is something special about this week’s enigmatic opening, seemingly unconnected to anything else on the show, where you keep waiting for something to happen and it never does.

Recap: 'The Newsroom' Blends The Sublime & The Ridiculous As It Tackles Casey Anthony & Anthony Weiner

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 13, 2012 10:03 AM
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Not to get too Will McAvoy about it, but one of the things we lament about the level of discourse on the internet is the way in which people seem to be more and more allergic to the very idea of nuance. We seem to live in a world where things can only ever be awesome or sucky, rotten or fresh. Certainly the reactions to "The Newsroom" have fallen along these lines. The comments on these recaps to date have, for the most part, either told us that the show is the worst thing ever, and that we're crazy for praising it, or that it's the best thing on TV, and that we're biased and stupid for criticizing it.

Watch: Chris Vance Is The New Jason Statham In Trailer For 'The Transporter' TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 9:41 AM
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"The Transporter" films were never the most highly accomplished of cinematic endeavors, but they cruised along on the charm of Jason Statham and a basic respect for cutting decent action sequences. However, as the movie now makes the transition to television, even those two factors -- a compelling lead and engaging action -- seem to be missing in what looks like an amateur hour show judging by the first trailer.

Recap: 'Louie' Finds Its Funny Bone Again With Help From Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman & Marc Maron

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 10, 2012 9:59 AM
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We've talked about this before, but one of the things that makes "Louie" so unique is that it's a half-hour comedy (from a stand-up comedian, no less) that's quite happy to go an episode without making you laugh. Sometimes the stand-up inserts will add a few gags, but some of the most memorable episodes have been closer to drama than straight-up sitcom (a description which barely ever fits the show). And certainly, this season, from Louie's trip to Miami to his date with Parker Posey's character, Louis C.K. hasn't been shy of just letting his stories play out organically without forcing jokes in.

Watch: Trailer For 'Homeland' Season 2 Starring Claire Danes

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 9, 2012 2:10 PM
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For many viewers out there in TV land, “Homeland” is the series they often refer to as the quintessential example of how television is currently offering a more nuanced, mature, and satisfying entertainment diversion than what’s being shown at your local multiplex this weekend. The Claire Daines and Damian Lewis-starring series recently had its sweep of Awards season, picking up nods and wins at everything from the Golden Globes to Writers Guild of America statues, and now season 2 is looking ready to bring all that drama and suspense back to your television sets.

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