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Danny McBride & Jody Hill Reveal Why 'Eastbound & Down' Is Back And What To Expect In Season 4

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2012 6:38 PM
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In case you missed the news last night, HBO has ordered up a fourth season of "Eastbound & Down." That's right, the show that everyone expected was over and done with this spring -- including creators Danny McBride and Jody Hill -- is now back, with eight more episodes to come. The announcement was a surprise for everyone, but according to a very candid McBride, he's just glad to have another shot at the show, which it seems he felt was slightly compromised in the third season, in terms of everything they wanted to delve into with Kenny Fucking Powers.

Clark Duke Headed To 'The Office'; Mark Pellington Directing ABC Pilot 'Red Widow'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2012 5:25 PM
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Is there any show that is more shambled, barely wheezing and in a shell of its former self than "The Office"? After Steve Carell exited the show (which was already wobbling in its last season with him), it seems the writers and showrunners had no idea what to do, flailing about as the comedy got much more broad, and the focus shifted away from the absurd mundane workaday life at Dunder Mifflin, into the corporate shenanigans at Sabre -- and all this while trying to establish Rainn Wilson as the show's next breakout star (plans to spin off Dwight Schrute into his own show, "The Farm," seem ill-advised at best). Anyway, long story short, they need some new life and they are pinning the hopes on some young talent.

Poster & Trailer For Fifth & Final Season Of 'Fringe'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 3, 2012 11:16 AM
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“Fringe” was one of those shows that seemed under threat of cancellation at the end of its fourth season, but it was also one of those shows that had a passionate and vocal fan base who were able to convince Fox to bring it back for a fifth and final season. That final run of 13 episodes will kick off on September 28th and will pick up after the events of the season 4 finale which (SPOILER ALERT) saw the return of Leonard Nimoy’s William Bell, as well as the death and subsequent resurrection of Anna Torv’s Olivia Dunham (SPOILER END). That episode was apparently written as a possible series finale in the event that the show wouldn’t be picked up for a fifth season, but thankfully that wasn’t be the case. We’ve now got a new poster and promo for the final season, which will culminate with the show’s 100th episode.

New Pics From 'The Walking Dead' Season 3

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 3, 2012 9:45 AM
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When it premiered in October 2010, the AMC show “The Walking Dead” was full of so much promise. Gifted filmmaker Frank Darabont was the showrunner for the first season, and turned in one of the best pilots of recent memory, but after clashing with the cable network over the show’s reduced budget, Darabont stepped down as showrunner and the series marched on, never quite matching the quality of its debut.

Extra Innings: HBO Orders Up A Fourth Season Of 'Eastbound & Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 9:56 PM
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"You know when we set this up, it as always going to be as a three season arc and I think we just feel that we’ve been given the opportunity to complete that dream and we do have a great time doing it, so who knows what will happen after this -- if it’s something that maybe we’ll come back to one day or maybe we won't," Danny McBride told us last spring about concluding "Eastbound & Down." But it looks like HBO wants some extra innings of the baseball centered comedy that was expected to be over and finished after the third season wrapped up in April.

He Knows: 2 Minute Clip From First Episode Of 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 6:10 PM
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First up: in case you happen to be dumb enough to even be reading this post without finishing season four yet, **there are spoilers within.** Now, for everybody else, it's just two weeks until we catch up with Walter White again in "Breaking Bad" season five, and holy fucking shit, we're stoked.

HBO Renews 'The Newsroom' So Everyone Can Argue About It Next Year Too; 'True Blood' Draws Fangs For Sixth Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 3:37 PM
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If there has been one thing that has defined HBO shows for the past couple of months, it's that everyone can't shut up stop talking about them. Lena Dunham's "Girls" invoked all kinds of fiery (and kind of half baked) controversy, while the rest of us enjoyed the excellent show for its smart writing and great characters. And in case you haven't been near Twitter or any other kind of social media network in the past few weeks, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has all kinds of people making solemn declarations about it's excellence or lack of excellence after two episodes. But in case you thought you'll run out of things to say, the show will be back next year.

A&E 'Psycho' Prequel Series 'Bates Motel' Will Be A Cross Between 'Twin Peaks' & 'Smallville'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 2:36 PM
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It's a very good time to be an Alfred Hitchcock fan these days (and if you're not a fan, you're doing it wrong). Not only are there two feature films on the way -- the BBC/HBO production "The Girl" with Toby Jones and Sienna Miller and Fox Searchlight's "Hitchcock" with Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel and many many more -- but on September 25th, Universal will be dropping a 15 movie strong boxset "Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection" on Blu-ray. But if all that isn't enough to sate your appetite, Hitch is headed to the small screen as well. Sort of.

Ben Wheatley To Direct Big-Screen Version Of BBC Sitcom 'Ideal'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 2, 2012 10:45 AM
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The BBC’s television channel aimed squarely at 16-34 year olds, BBC Three, is sadly probably better known in the U.K. for its shoddy sitcoms than it is for quality broadcasts. Crude, unsophisticated, and just plain not funny, the channel’s early programming was typified by the awful and long-lived “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.” That’s not to say the channel’s entire comedy output since its 2003 launch has been awful – “Little Britain,” “Being Human” and “Gavin & Stacey” in particular have experienced a great deal of success . One of BBC Three’s strangest and most interesting shows though was a dark comedy called “Ideal” which ran for seven seasons between 2005 and 2011.

Review: Will & Mackenzie Make Up Their Breakup On 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2012 11:00 PM
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We're only at the second episode and it seems everyone already has an opinion on "The Newsroom," and the fully transparent politics that Aaron Sorkin has on display, for better or worse, realistic or not. Yes, that has made the show uneven, but regardless, it's still an engaging (if at times exhausting) hour of television. But in this week's episode, let's credit Sorkin for doing something right: clearing up the source of Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and Mackenzie MacHale's (Emily Mortimer) divorce. In most other shows, this is the kind of thing that would've been talked around for a season, leading up to some kind of dramatic, climatic showdown. But here, it's a comedic moment and emotional release, all at once.

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