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Watch: 2 New TV Spots & Poster For Frank Darabont's Event Series 'Mob City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 10:25 AM
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So what do we watch now that "Breaking Bad" is over? Well, the good news is that television is going through a bit of renaissance with new, promising shows continuing to arrive like clockwork. And in a couple of months, Frank Darabont—who helped launch the phenomenon "The Walking Dead"—will try to achieve the same success with the gangster world in his new event series, "Mob City." Two new TV spots have dropped that certainly turn up the heat on our anticipation for this one.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Bids A Wobbly Farewell In Finale Season 5, Episode 16 'Felina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 9:02 AM
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And so "Breaking Bad" ends roughly where the season five began, with Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday and seemingly having all of his wishes come true. To say that excitement has been feverish coming into "Felina" would be an understatement, and expectations have been sky high for creator Vince Gilligan—who wrote and directed the finale—to the give the show a fitting sendoff. But the result is an effort that feels compromised to some degree, leaning a bit too hard toward fan service and winding up feeling thematically empty by time the credits roll. For all the hardship Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has faced in reaching his destiny, he ultimately gets it pretty easy here, with almost every part of his plan coming off perfectly, with the show nearly forgiving the monstrousness he's shown over the last two seasons.

Preview: Stephen Merchant's Uneven, Unfunny HBO Comedy 'Hello Ladies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2013 4:36 PM
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After working together as writers, producers and stars of TV hits "The Office," "Extras," the underrated "Life's Too Short" and "An Idiot Abroad," the undeniably, comedically potent duo of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant has decided to split up for their latest TV ventures. Earlier this month, Netflix debuted "Derek," the latest from Gervais, while this weekend comes "Hello Ladies," produced, written, directed and starring Merchant, with assists in all departments from Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (who helped make the U.S. port of "The Office" a success). Yet, despite a track record of success and the necessary ingredients for another hit, "Hello Ladies" is a surprisingly and disappointingly uneven effort, completely absent of the craft and precision of Merchant's previous efforts.

What Do You Think Will Happen? Market Research Says Fans Believe Walter White Will Survive ‘Breaking Bad’ Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 10:19 AM
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He poisoned a child, murdered Mike, watched Jane die and done shortage of horrible, awful things, and yet Walter White remains one of the most complex characters we've seen on television in quite some time. With "Breaking Bad" set to say goodbye in just over 48 hours, excitement and speculation is running rampant about how it will all end. We've stuck with Walter through five seasons, and while he remains the protagonist of the show, the man trying to fight cancer and provide for his family has morphed into an ego-fuelled, hubris-driven monster, with our sympathies draining along with it. Or have they? According to some timely market research, it seems there are a good chunk of fans who'd like to him live.

Martin Freeman Takes William H. Macy Role In FX's 'Fargo' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 9:43 AM
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Before you say "What they heck d'ya mean?" and stand opposed to this TV version of the Coen Brothers wintry classic "Fargo," you should know that the siblings are actually executive producers of the limited FX series. And if casting continues to draw the names that it has so far, this is one that's going to be high on our DVR list next year.

David S. Goyer Bringing 'Constantine' To NBC, Says Fans Won't Influence 'Batman vs. Superman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 27, 2013 8:57 AM
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In the past few days we've caught a glimpse of producer/screenwriter David S. Goyer's confidence in absorbing source material and tweaking it when needed, as he recently claimed that he schooled Christopher Nolan on the rules of Batman before “The Dark Knight” trilogy, as well as defended the controversial ending of “Man of Steel.” However contentious his accuracy might be, it's undeniably clear that he cherishes an adaptation, and now it seems he's set to bring another to network TV.

Joe Carnahan Bringing Anne Rice To TV, Bryan Singer Goes To Syfy With 'Pacific Rim'-Esque Drama

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • September 26, 2013 10:19 AM
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While Joe Carnahan continues to mull over which one of the many feature film projects he wants to direct next, it looks like he’ll be getting involved in helming another network drama, following the premiere this week of "The Blacklist." CBS has tapped him to direct their drama series project “Angel Time,” which is based on characters from Anne Rice’s “The Songs of the Seraphim” novel series.

Mitch Hurwitz Says A New Season & Movie Are Coming For 'Arrested Development'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 26, 2013 9:19 AM
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Before the long-awaited fourth season of “Arrested Development” hit Netflix this past summer, fans were already wondering what the future held for the cult TV series. Although we’re still far from seeing more of the Bluth family on (any kind of) screen, it looks like a concrete plan is forming.

'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Heads To Network TV Next For 'Battle Creek'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 8:27 PM
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While Vince Gilligan's "Breaking Bad" is at the top tier of programs that are considered part of the new Golden Age of television, it's easy to forget his first major success came on network TV, as a producer and writer on Fox's "The X-Files." And now he's hoping to score some success again without the violence, sex and foul language that cable allows.

Robert De Niro Replaces James Gandolfini In HBO Miniseries 'Criminal Justice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 5:53 PM
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It's been something of an up and down ride for HBO's "Criminal Justice," with the network initially passing on the project earlier this year, only to revive it a few months later, reformatted into a "limited event series" (just call it a miniseries, guys). But with the sudden and sad passing of James Gandolfini this summer, just before production was to begin, it was unclear how this would move on. Well, how about one of Hollywood's most famous acting legends stepping in?

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