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'Downton Abbey' Hired For Season 4, 'Boss' Fired After Two Seasons

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 26, 2012 9:45 AM
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This morning we have some news about everyone’s favorite soap opera, the cancellation of another cable drama series, and a pirate show.

Nucky Thompson Finds Out Who His Real Friends Are In Boardwalk Empire's Best Episode This Season [Episode #11, 'Two Imposters']

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 25, 2012 10:41 PM
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We won’t look this gift horse in the mouth too much, but “Boardwalk Empire” Season 3 went from a passive slow walk to a mild trot, then finally to an explosive gallop late in the game. Patient and sometimes meandering, the first half of the season took a while to get cooking, but the gloves are now fully off. Episode #11, “Two Imposters” is positively detonating, even compared to “The Pony,” the episode where a bomb killed Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) mistress Billie Kent (Meg Steedle) in a failed assassination attempt on the Atlantic City kingpin. The nearly unhinged and sociopathic mobster Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) has the blessing of Joe Masseria (Ivo Nandi), and he’s out for blood.

Shocker? Chevy Chase Exits 'Community'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2012 5:32 PM
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How do you let a piece of unsavory news fly as far under the radar as possible? Announce it late in the afternoon the day before a major holiday. It's hardly a surprise at this point, given how much he's trashed the show, but Chevy Chase is officially leaving "Community." Bet you didn't see that coming.

Review: 'My Brother The Serial Killer' Offers Thin Alternate Theory About The O.J. Simpson/Nicole Brown Murder

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2012 3:02 PM
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Few court cases captured the public imagination in recent memory quite like the O.J. Simpson trial. An American football hero, part-time movie star and color commentator, a whole different side to his public persona came through when he was charged with murdering his ex-wife. And when the not guilty verdict reverberated throughout the nation, it hardly put an end to the story. Some folks said it was an example of the justice system's failings, others pointed the finger to the ineffectual prosecution, while others declared that Simpson was innocent all along. And now the waters get muddier with "My Brother the Serial Killer," which is arriving on screens and heated up by the news that its titular subject is linked to the slaying of Nicole Brown Simpson. Does it let O.J. off the hook? Not exactly, but it also doesn't make much sense either.

Plot Details For Judd Apatow's 20 Year Old 'The Simpsons' Spec Script That's Finally Getting Made

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 5:43 PM
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It seems Judd Apatow is revisting his past this fall. His upcoming "This Is 40" plucks two characters from 2007's "Knocked Up" and refreshes them with a new tale, and it looks like something he wrote two decades ago is getting a fresh coat of paint.

Norman & Norma Bates Visit The Set Of 'Days Of Heaven' In First Image From 'Bates Motel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2012 5:05 PM
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There's so much Hitchock this fall anywhere you turn, but we guess we can't complain about having an overabundance of one of the greatest directors of all time. Universal's recent Blu-ray box prompted us to do a 2-part retrospective of his films, while on the small screen we saw Toby Jones take on the titan in "The Girl," while Anthony Hopkins gears up to do the same at a cinema near you this weekend in "Hitchcock." And yes, there's even more coming. A&E is gearing up to take you back to "Bates Motel" next spring and the first look at the film is positively psyc--- calm....

Review: 'Inventing David Geffen' Is Wildly Entertaining, But Never As Insightful As It Should Be

  • By Christopher Schobert
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  • November 20, 2012 9:56 AM
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David Geffen is so powerful, wealthy and connected that he could probably kill this review right now were he so inclined. He is a show business titan; a controversial figure who is revered—and feared—by equal measure. He is perhaps the closest thing we have to the kingpins of old, the Selznicks, the Zanucks. (How fitting that Geffen now lives in Jack Warner’s stunning old mansion.) But like Harvey Weinstein, what most differentiates Geffen from the other powers-that-be in his ranks is an ability to spot talent. As “American Masters: Inventing David Geffen” reveals, he helped break artists as far reaching as Laura Nyro, Jackson Browne, and even Guns N’ Roses.

Watch: Who Is Narrating The 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Teaser?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2012 9:17 AM
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We're now a bit more than four months before TV audiences will be returning to Westeros for the third season of "Game Of Thrones," and HBO is very slowly beginning to get the word out, the first teaser arriving last night and serving up more questions than answers.

What’s In The Box? ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Takes A Page From The ‘Se7en’ Playbook In Episode #10, ‘A Man, A Plan...’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 19, 2012 12:21 AM
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Bookended by images of whiskey bottles washing up on the shoreline like dead soldiers, perhaps this poetic image was fitting for the antepenultimate episode of “Boardwalk Empire” number ten, “A Man, A Plan...” where all contrivances went astray.

'American Horror Story' Gets Third Season, Jessica Lange To Return; 'Game Of Thrones' Premiere Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 3:21 PM
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Good things come in threes so, uh, here's two updates on a couple of fan favorite shows returning in 2013 with a bite.

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