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Bob Odenkirk Joins 'Fargo' Ensemble; BBC's 'Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell' Starts Casting & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 4:58 PM
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2013 will close out nicely for Bob Odenkirk, with the actor saying farewell to "Breaking Bad" and soon to be seen in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." And while he waits for things to get moving on that Saul Goodman spinoff, he's joining another TV show that is already getting all sorts of attention. FX's Coen Brothers produced "Fargo" series has finalized its cast with Odenkirk, Kate Walsh, Joey King and Oliver Platt joining Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Billy Bob Thornton in the show. Plot details thus far are being kept under wraps, but it's another "true crime" story with a Minnesota nice vibe. Production on the 10-episode series gets underway next month, and it will air in the spring.

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Co-Produce CBS Sitcom, Ruben Fleischer Revives 'Remington Steele' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 11, 2013 11:37 AM
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The new shows this television season may have been a weak slate — Joss Whedon's “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs to up its freshly-renewed game, while the less said about Seth McFarlane's “Dads” the better — but as always in Hollywood, there are plenty of potential replacements waiting in development, and now a massive batch of new comedy projects with promising talent has been announced.

Watch: 5 Eerie, Chilling Teasers For HBO's 'True Detective' With Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 10:05 AM
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We're living in a time where there are some TV shows that we're looking forward to as much, and perhaps more, than many movies. And considering the talent that's crossing over to the small screen, and the freedom to tell provocative, rich stories that wouldn't work or be given the space to breathe in the studio system, perhaps it's not such a surprise. And certainly, "True Detective" is one show that's high on our Must Watch list for 2014 (and perhaps it'll take the place of "Breaking Bad" for addictive viewing).

Watch: Wonderfully Weird Trailer For Will Ferrell's IFC Comedy Series 'The Spoils Of Babylon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 6:59 PM
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So, you know in "Rushmore" how Max Fisher puts on those ambitious, yet awesomely amateur plays, clearly based on '70s cinema? What if there was a whole comedy series that essentially took that approach and boosted it a few notches? That seems to be the only way to begin describing "The Spoils Of Babylon," Will Ferrell's outrageously over-the-top IFC series that riffs awesomely hard on the sweeping soap operas and dramas of the yore.

Recap: Things Get Witchy In First Episode Of 'American Horror Story: Coven'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 10, 2013 11:01 AM
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One of the things that has made the entire "American Horror Story" enterprise so exciting has been the promise of seemingly endless variety. Not only is each season in the spook-filled series a different beast altogether (supposedly one of the ways that co-creator Ryan Murphy got the series greenlit was his pitch to FX that promised at the conclusion of the first season's haunted house arc, "the house wins"), but each moment can play like its own self-contained genre exercise.

'Dallas Buyers Club' Director Jean-Marc Vallée, Len Wiseman & Ruben Fleischer Line Up New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 4:36 PM
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It's look like Jean-Marc Vallée's time is coming. Ever since breaking out with "C.R.A.Z.Y." in 2005, the Canadian filmmaker has been edging his way into Hollywood, helming the somewhat underrated "The Young Victoria" and of course, this fall's awards season contender "The Dallas Buyers Club" starring Matthew McConaughey. Next up, he'll be behind the camera for another true story tale in "Wild," with Reese Witherspoon slated to lead, and he's already lining up his next gig after that.

How Much Would You Pay? Jeffrey Katzenberg Offered $75 Million For 3 More 'Breaking Bad' Episodes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 2:02 PM
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Last Sunday, a strange thing happened. Between 9 and 10 PM in living rooms all over the nation, people didn't know what to do. For the last eight weeks, folks had been hitting AMC for their weekly fix of "Breaking Bad" as it wound down its last season, right up to the finale and now....people are looking for the next show to get hooked on. But until the eventual Saul Goodman spinoff, fans of the world created by Vince Gilligan will have to fill the void in some other way, but not for lack of trying on the part of Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Oliver Stone Says 'Breaking Bad' Finale Was Too Violent & "Ridiculous"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 9:04 AM
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Oliver Stone has been no stranger to scenes of explicit violence. To call "Natural Born Killers" controversial would be an understatement, while Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (which he wrote) basks in its own gratuitous glory. And Stone's last feature, "Savages," featured attractive young people having sex and killing people. So it's safe to say the director has a wide measure of tolerance for onscreen violence, but it seems "Breaking Bad" (of all things) pushed his buttons too far.

Producer Says Showtime Wouldn't Let Writers Kill 'Dexter,' Hannah Gets A Grandma On 'Girls' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 1:33 PM
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As widely derided as the "Breaking Bad" finale was praised, Showtime's "Dexter" serial killer drama also came to an end recently, and many fans were not happy. While we're still a season behind, even someone not following the show only had to turn to social media over the run of its final episodes, to see the criticism flying left and right, and producer John Goldwyn puts the blame squarely on the network.

Cliff Martinez To Score Steven Soderbergh's 'The Knick' & Alberto Iglesias Tuning Up 'Two Faces Of January'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 8, 2013 9:41 AM
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With Steven Soderbergh’s TV series project “The Knick” getting closer to production, music composer Cliff Martinez has recently revealed in an interview with Lost in the Multiplex that he’s been tapped to score the upcoming Cinemax show. Martinez has been a frequent collaborator of Soderbergh’s, tuning up ten movies to date (they last worked together on 2011’s “Contagion”). This would actually wind up being the second time Cliff Martinez provided a score for a TV show, the first being an episode of "Pee Wee’s Playhouse" over 25 years ago.

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