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Discuss: Do You Want Hear Dan Harmon's Thoughts About 'Community' Season 4 On A DVD Commentary?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 12:26 PM
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If you're a "Community" fan, you already know the saga, so we'll keep it brief. Nearing the end of season three, with renewal still a question mark, the show's creator and visionary Dan Harmon got into an ugly spat with Chevy Chase (who hadn't helped himself by repeatedly trashing the show), and thanks to other public comments, was effectively canned from the program. NBC re-upped "Community," and while fans breathed a sigh of relief, the fourth season was mostly perceived to be a disappointment, paling in comparison to Harmon-guided first three seasons. The good news? Harmon is back for season five. And perhaps season four can also be salvaged, albeit in the most curious way possible.

Justin Theroux Joins Damon Lindelof Penned & Produced HBO Series 'The Leftovers'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 5, 2013 11:18 AM
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If movies were stocks, I’d tell you to invest your retirement funds into rapture/end of the world flicks. Coming out on this side of 2012, I would’ve thought that particular genre would be all dried up, but they seem to be in demand. “After Earth” and “Oblivion” explored Earths that were ravaged by disaster and there’s still “The World’s End”, “This is the End," and “Rapture-Palooza” left to go. Now HBO is getting in on the end of world with Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” which just found its lead actor.

Bobby Cannavale Joins Martin Scorsese's HBO Rock ‘N’ Roll Series

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 5, 2013 9:56 AM
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When Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger collaborated on the Rolling Stones documentary “Shine A Light” they conceived an idea for a “Casino”-like movie set in the music biz of the 1970s. That was in 2010. Than in 2011 Scorsese and Jagger took the idea to HBO and brought on “Boardwalk Empire” writer Terence Winter to help develop the idea. Two years later and it finally looks like the project is ready to move forward with a lead actor.

Watch: First Teaser For Will Ferrell's 'Spoils Of Babylon' Promises 93mm Breath-Take-O-Scope

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 9:40 AM
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While the return of "Arrested Development" and the finale of "Breaking Bad" are among the big television events of 2013, one big contender for 2014 has to be "The Spoils Of Babylon." The comedy event series brings together a great cast -- Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins and Haley Joel Osment -- for a comedic take on sprawling family dramas like "The Thorn Birds" and "Winds Of War." And the first teaser is pretty spot on.

Watch: Trailer For Lifetime's 'The Anna Nicole Story' From The Director Of 'American Psycho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2013 12:24 PM
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So, should we give up on Mary Harron ever matching the accomplishment of her first two features, "I Shot Andy Warhol" and "American Psycho"? Because since then, it's been mostly a downward trajectory with lots of TV work, the disappointing "The Notorious Bettie Page" and the forgotten (and not very well received) vampire flick "The Moth Diaries." And now in what must be a career nadir, Harron has retreated to Lifetime to crank out one of their cheapie biopics, "The Anna Nicole Story," ripped from the headlines of six years ago.

Discuss: Better Or Worse? Fans Make Chronological Edit Of The New 'Arrested Development' Season

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 4, 2013 11:39 AM
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Depending on your restraint and interest in the long-awaited return of "Arrested Development," you've likely either zipped through the entire fourth season in one weekend or perhaps only made it halfway into the new 15 episodes. Either way, one thing should be clear: the show is a schizophrenic, unruly beast of varying quality, and if you were among those who found Mitch Hurwitz's fractured narrative a nuisance, fear not -- the Internet has a solution.

Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer & Tim Robbins Join Will Ferrell's Wild IFC Miniseries 'Spoils Of Babylon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 5:31 PM
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Yes, Will Ferrell is doing a miniseries but don't worry, he's not attempting to be a Serious Actor again (though, to be fair, he's pretty good at the more dramatic stuff.) Nope, he's going into the world of overwrought soap operas again (territory he covered with the more Mexican flavored "Case De Mi Padre.") Kristin Wiig and Tobey Maguire are already on board and IFC has announced the rest of the cast. It's promising. Very, very promising.

Mitch Hurwitz Talks Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, The Future Of 'Arrested Development' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 3, 2013 5:05 PM
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Mitch Hurwitz, David Cross, Arrested Development
Since "Arrested Development" was canceled by 20th Century Fox in 2006 series creator Mitch Hurwitz has worked tirelessly to try and configure out a plausible way to continue the story of the beloved Bluth family. Seven years in the making, coming up with the correct formula was never going to be easy. Initially he envisioned a movie trilogy, then simply a movie, then a web series, but it wasn't until conversations began with Netflix -- that series producer/narrator Ron Howard initially turned down -- that the idea of a new series became a reality.

10 Actors Who Could Replace Matt Smith On 'Doctor Who'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 3, 2013 11:01 AM
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For anyone with even a vaguely geeky bone in their body, this weekend brought big news. Yes, Dan Harmon is coming back to "Community," but in perhaps even bigger news, Matt Smith, the eleventh actor to play the seminal time-travelling hero of the BBC's long-running "Doctor Who," which is fifty years old today, will be hanging up his bowtie and tweed jacket, and leaving the series at the end of the year.

Discuss: Is 'The Sopranos' The Best Written Show Of All Time? The WGA Thinks So

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 10:17 AM
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You've heard it time and again over the past few years or so, but we're living in a pretty great time for television. While of course HBO and AMC are leading the charge, with a fantastic slate of original programming, bringing talent and budgets that give big screen movies a run for their money, even network fare is getting more ambitious and daring (see NBC's "Hannibal," recently renewed for a second season). But is this really the best television has had to offer in the history of the medium? Or are we forgetting the decades of great programming that came before?

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