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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.

Hell Yes: Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson Team For TV Series 'True Detective' With Cary Fukunaga To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 9:15 PM
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Need more evidence that television continues to be the place for smart, inventive and wholly exciting drama? Look no further than "True Detective," which is combining two actors who, right now, are at the top of their game, with a rising director who has knocked out two sensational films. Can you tell we're excited?

HBO Renews 'Game Of Thrones' For Third Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 12:53 PM
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Well, this is hardly a surprise. With critical raves pouring in, coupled with a dedicated and devoted following, HBO has announced that they've gone ahead and renewed "Game Of Thrones" for a third season.

Bryan Cranston Confirms That The Final Season Of 'Breaking Bad' Will Be Cooked Up Into Two Separate Batches

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • April 10, 2012 8:03 AM
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While many fans will probably just exclaim “Why can’t we just watch it already, Yo!,” patience is certainly a virtue when it comes to the highly anticipated return of the Vince Gilligan-created AMC series “Breaking Bad.” A show that actually needs no introduction at this point, it’s long been rumored that the fifth and final season would be split into two separate halves, much like all young adult adaptations do nowadays in an effort to milk fans' anticipation. And well, looks like that will be the case.

TV Dial: 'Blues Brothers' To Become Animated; 'That '70s Show Cast' Reunites & Two Clips From 'The Ricky Gervais Show'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2012 10:27 AM
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Jake and Elwood may have been on a mission from God, but Dan Aykroyd is on a mission to milk anything he's ever been associated with death for cash. Last summer it was reported that Aykroyd and co. were developing a "Glee"-style TV series based on the "The Blues Brothers" but it appears that's just the tip of the iceberg. At MIPTV it has been announced that Blues Brothers Approved Ventures LLC has teamed with Panacea Entertainment in an effort to whore out the fedora wearing duo in a variety of avenues that will include: an animated series, a Broadway show, a Vegas show, a radio network, social networking (?) and more. Comparing the brand to Coca-Cola and Nike (LOL), Panacea hopes to bring the characters to an audience "around the globe." Remember "Blues Brothers 2000"? That's all we're going to say about this....

Interview: 'Tent City USA' Director Steven Cantor Talks His Process, Documentary Storytelling & The Homelessness Issue

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 5, 2012 3:38 PM
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Premiering on OWN on Thursday night, “Tent City USA” documents the lives of a group of homeless people in Nashville and the trials and tribulations they face in their quest to finds homes and a community, no matter how one might conceive of it. Executive producer Gabriel Byrne spearheaded the project, produced exclusively for OWN, who are now branching out into documentary production for the channel in addition to broadcasting festival hits. Byrne brought on noted documentary filmmaker Steven Cantor (“Devil’s Playground,” “loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies”) to bring the story to life.

Watch: First Trailers For Ricky Gervais' New Show 'Derek'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 4, 2012 12:40 PM
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These may just be the opinions of this particular writer, but is Ricky Gervais slowly losing his touch? His third stint as a presenter at the Golden Globes was tepid in comparison to the previous two, his recent sitcom “Life’s Too Short” was extremely weak in comparison to “Extras” and “The Office,” while none of his cinematic efforts have really impressed. But still, he’s probably the most famous comedian in the world right now and he’s not slowing down in terms of creating content.

'Hellraiser' Is Headed To TV

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 4, 2012 10:24 AM
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More and more, it seems like some of the most interesting projects are arriving on television. "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead," for example, have both become critical darlings and ratings hits, but have both had the advantage of being based on a popular series of novels and a long-running comic book, respectively. Branding is still a huge part of selling TV shows, as news from the MipTV market in Cannes has revealed that series based on film franchise "Hellraiser" is in the works.
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TV Dial: Christopher Mintz-Plasse Says 'Friend Me'; 'Angry Birds' Get New Life As Series; Sundance Doc 'The Queen of Versailles' Heads To Bravo

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • April 4, 2012 9:21 AM
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With big screen funny folks like Jason Segel and Kat Dennings scoring big hits on TV with "How I Met Your Mother" and "2 Broke Girls," another comic actor is making the small screen leap. Christopher Mintz-Plasse will take the lead in the new CBS comedy "Friend Me." Penned by Alan Kirschenbaum ("Raising Hope") and Ajay Sahgal, the show will center on two friends, Evan (Mintz-Plasse) and Rob (Nicholas Braun of "Red State" fame), who move from Indiana to L.A. to work for GroupOn. That still doesn't explain why it's called "Friend Me" but maybe Facebook didn't clear their brand for the show. Sounds like it's right in the geeky wheelhouse that has made "The Big Bang Theory" such a smash hit, so this has potential. The series is currently at the pilot stage. [Deadline]

'Smash' Soundtrack Arrives On May 1st With 13 Songs Including 2 Previously Unreleased Covers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 10:39 AM
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Despite the success of "Glee," the musical on the small screen is still untested, but NBC is giving it a shot with their more adult-oriented series "Smash." The show follows the production of a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, and of course, all kinds of drama happens on stage and off. Granted, we've never watched the show, but not only does "Smash" have its fans, it has been picked up for a second season.
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