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Mitch Hurwitz Says Each Episode Of 'Arrested Development' Season 4 Picks Up After Season 3 Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 11:50 AM
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Perhaps second only to the finale of "Breaking Bad," the big TV event of 2013 right now is the return of "Arrested Development." Due later this spring from Netflix, fans have been taking any morsel of info they can get as exact plot details remain under wraps. There hasn't been a trailer yet, though the DVD/streaming company did tease fans around Christmas by putting up artwork for the numerous fake shows that have appeared in "Arrested Development" to date. But creator Mitch Hurwitz has offered up a few more bits and bobs about what the show will deliver, and why we're not going to see every character in every episode.

New Images Of Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter & More In Jane Campion's Miniseries 'Top Of The Lake'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 9:25 AM
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One of the most interesting projects unspooling at the Sundance Film Festival isn't an indie film, a foreign movie or a documentary -- it's a TV miniseries, from an acclaimed auteur. Jane Campion will be in Park City to present -- in full, in one sitting -- her seven-part, six-hour "Top Of The Lake." And if you can't be there, a handful of new images have arrived to give you a sneak peek at the show.

Ricky Gervais' 'Life's Too Short' Will Wrap Up With A Final Special

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 7, 2013 6:18 PM
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On the small screen at least, Ricky Gervais has seldom encountered anything short of enormous success since “The Office” (in this writer’s opinion the finest sitcom of the last two decades) first aired in July 2001. That show went on for two seasons (plus a Christmas special), as did the inferior but still undeniably brilliant “Extras.” The animated version of his podcast with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, “The Ricky Gervais Show,” went on for three seasons and found far more success than the format reasonably had any right to, and similarly “An Idiot Abroad” (in which he sends Karl Pilkington around the globe) has been a huge success in the UK, and has just concluded after adding Warwick Davis to the mix for its final run this Christmas.

Anna Faris To Star In 'Mom' The Latest Comedy From 'Two And A Half Men' & 'Big Bang Theory' Creator Chuck Lorre

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 7, 2013 5:29 PM
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Whatever four-part offense the “Scary Movie” franchise has brought upon Anna Faris, thankfully a considerable defense -- in the form of “Observe and Report” and Gregg Araki's “Smiley Face” -- is present there as well. The actress holds an irreverent comedic approach that has elevated each film in which she features, and now the creator of TV's most successful sitcom has tapped her in hopes of replicating that charm on the smaller screen.

Watch: Trailer For David Goyer-Penned Starz Series 'Da Vinci's Demons'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 7, 2013 5:20 PM
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If you follow these sorts of things, you're well aware that the TCA Winter Press Tour is in full swing at the moment. If you don’t, well, the TCA are the Television Critics Association, and the twice-yearly press tour consists of the networks and cable channels bulling themselves and their upcoming content up to the press. Over the weekend Starz got the opportunity to do just that for the shows on their upcoming slate, and perhaps the most interesting project they’re banging the drum for is the David Goyer (“The Dark Knight” trilogy) -penned “Da Vinci’s Demons.”

James Caan & Rick Ross Hit Miami In Trailer For Season 2 Of Starz Drama 'Magic City'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 7, 2013 2:18 PM
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Having navigated a mid-season slump to slide out from underneath the shadow of “Mad Men,” Starz period drama “Magic City” has been gearing up for a second outing of shady hotel dealings and the glossy veneer just above, and now an extended trailer has made its way online to tease the latest developments at the Miami Miramar Playa, as well as a new historical element overall.

Watch: Deleted Scenes From Joss Whedon's 'Firefly' Featuring Nathan Fillion, Christina Hendricks & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 7, 2013 11:39 AM
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Though he may be the toast of Hollywood now, there was a time when Joss Whedon’s projects were met by shrugs or outright disdain from studios. In 2002, Whedon’s space-western series “Firefly” was cancelled by Fox with only 2 episodes left to air. In the years since, the cult show has developed a large following thanks to its home video success, which in turn led to the release of “Serenity,” which takes place after events of the series. And last year saw a 10th anniversary reunion show, “Firefly: Browncoats Unite,” air on the Science Channel. Now, three deleted scenes from the series that appeared in 'Browncoats Unite' have found their way online.

Oscars Eye Ceremony Date As Early As January 12th In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 11:18 AM
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Each year, filmmakers and studios race toward an end-of-December deadline, not only to get their Oscar-contending films into theaters to qualify, but to ensure Academy voters are able to see them in time to vote. But in 2014, a move to shift the broadcast of the ceremony from February to January could have massive repercussions.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'Parade's End' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2013 5:29 PM
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Well, that was fast. Just a few hours after HBO announced that they'll be bringing the U.K. miniseries "Parade's End" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall to American shores next month, they've gone ahead and dropped the first teaser trailer. And yes, it's look pretty damn good.

Ryan Murphy's 'The Normal Heart' With Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo Heads To HBO, Will Air In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2013 5:14 PM
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Perhaps further evidence that big studios are staying away from dramas like the plague, "The Normal Heart" has been kicking around for the past few years in slow development. At one point, Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle was involved, and almost exactly one year ago, the cast -- which has long had Mark Ruffalo attached to lead -- was rounded out by Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer and then...nothing. But now the project has a new home and a firm start date.

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