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John Hawkes Turned Down Role Of The Governor On 'The Walking Dead' Because He Didn't Want To Sell Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 1:04 PM
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You might recall that back in February, it was reported that the folks behind the AMC horror series "The Walking Dead" wanted John Hawkes for the role of the Governor, a tyrant of a survivor town the lead characters stumble across. Well phone calls were made, and maybe a dinner was bought, but Hawkes turned down the role, and he explains that he just couldn't do a show with commercials in it. Or something.

Netflix To Unveil New Episodes Of 'Arrested Development' All At The Same Time In 2013; Bob Loblaw Is Returning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 12:59 PM
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Come on! We could listen to Gob say that all day and after a never ending string of rumors, updates and promises, the fourth season of "Arrested Development" is actually happening and gearing up to shoot this summer. After the news broke that this was indeed in the works last fall, Netflix moved quickly and snapped up the rights to show, a major coup for the rental service who are dipping their toes in the waters of broadcasting. And now, more good news. Instead of parcelling out the ten new episodes in 2013 in a weekly format spreading out over a couple of months -- we're going to be getting them all at once. The plan is drop all the shows on a single day sometime next year. Awesome.

Watch: New Teaser For Season 3 Of 'Louie' Pays Tribute To Woody Allen's 'Manhattan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 11:26 AM
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If cable has proven to be a boon to dramatic storytelling, that is no less true for comedies as well. Shows like "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" or the unjustly cancelled "Bored To Death" deliver the kind of irreverance and wit you're just not going to see on network broadcasting. HBO's newly unveiled "Girls" is a further example of funny material that moves away from standard sitcom tropes and as fans of Louis C.K. already know, he's been delivering the goods with "Louie" for two seasons already.

Take A Look At The Full Cast Of Aaron Sorkin's HBO Series 'The Newsroom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 6:10 PM
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With a slate of programming that already boasts two of the biggest shows on television -- "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" -- HBO is not slowing down for a minute in 2012. This past weekend they finally unveiled the hotly buzzed Lena Dunham series "Girls," and this weekend Armando Iannucci's "Veep" will debut as well. But that's not all. This summer, the network will welcome Aaron Sorkin back to TV, unspooling his latest "The Newsroom," and Vanity Fair has provided the first look at the entire cast photographed by none other than Annie Leibovitz.

Vintage Soundtrack For 'Magic City' Includes Ray Charles, Frankie Avalon, Bo Diddley & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 2:20 PM
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In the wake of the smash success and pop culture phenomenon of AMC's "Mad Men," other networks have been scrambling to develop their own period-based dramas. ABC and NBC each tried with "Pan Am" and "The Playboy Club," respectively, and failed, with both shows already canceled. But Starz has faith in their late '50s-soaked "Magic City," chronicling the glitzy highlife (and lowlife) of Miami of the era. And with the show already renewed for a second season, they are looking to stick around for a while.

Recap: Season Premiere Of 'Girls' A Confident, Funny Start For Lena Dunham's Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2012 11:02 PM
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Update: Viewers on the U.S. can now watch the pilot episode of "Girls" on YouTube without an HBO subscription. Unembeddable, but watch here.

TV Dial: 'The Office' Cast Might Get A Reboot; Donald Glover To Play Tracy Jordan On '30 Rock'; David Tennant Joins 'Spies Of Warsaw' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 4:56 PM
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Let's fave it, "The Office" hasn't been the same since Steve Carell left the show and frankly, it was already on the decline during his last season. James Spader was kind of wasted as the new David Wallace (of sorts) and Ed Helms' position as the new office manager was constantly undermined by tepid writing and a recycling of plotlines and running themes from previous seasons. So perhaps it's no surprise NBC may want to start over. With contracts up at the end of the season for Helms, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak and not yet renewed, executive producer Greg Daniels is pitching a reboot of the show that would keep some key cast members, but essentially start fresh. Hmm. Remember how well that worked out for ABC and "Scrubs"?

5 Things We Learned About 'Freaks & Geeks' From The AV Club's Epic Walkthrough With Paul Feig

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 13, 2012 10:57 AM
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While the show only lasted a season (although ratings were enough that, were it on today, it would be a big hit), so much of what's proved successful in the comedy world in the last decade can be traced back to " Freaks & Geeks." Executive produced by Judd Apatow, who's been behind many of the most successful comedies in recent years, from "Anchorman" to the upcoming "The Five-Year Engagement," and created by Paul Feig, who reunited with Apatow for last year's smash hit "Bridesmaids," it followed a group of nerds and burnouts in a Michigan high school.

Robert Kirkman Develops Own Comic Property 'Thief Of Thieves' With AMC For Series

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 12, 2012 11:56 AM
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With everyone from frat boys to soccer moms clearing their Sunday nights to watch “The Walking Dead," AMC is clearly enjoying their investment in creator/writer Robert Kirkman's zombie hit, and are now seeking to continue that success with an adaptation of another Kirkman comic property.

First Look At Uma Thurman As Marilyn Monroe In 'Smash'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 11:42 AM
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NBC has been pushing hard to make a big hit out of their musical drama "Smash." A soundtrack of the tunes from the show is on the way, it has already been renewed for a second season, and as the first season winds down, a pretty big star has been enlisted to help sweep in ratings.

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