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Ken Burns Is Turning His PBS Doc 'Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson' Into An HBO Miniseries

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 1:54 PM
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You can't really talk about American documentary filmmakers without mentioning Ken Burns. Practically an institution at PBS, Ken Burns has created sprawling, research heavy, detailed documentaries about monumental moments in the country's history, including "The Civil War," "Jazz" and "Prohibition" (he's not one for fancy titles). He's also turned his eye from time to time to sports, with "Baseball" and "Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson." And some stories it seems are worth telling again with a bit of cinematic flair, as the latter is headed for the miniseries treatment.

HBO Orders Jay & Mark Duplass Comedy Pilot ‘Togetherness’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 25, 2013 1:29 PM
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HBO has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot entitled “Togetherness,” to be written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. The concept is two couples living together under one roof and struggling to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. Sounds like the Duplass brothers are sticking to what works with more reality-based relationship humor.

Amazon Angling For 'Zombieland' Series, 'Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil' Helmer Eli Craig To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 4:26 PM
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Welcome to the future of programming. 2013 is marking perhaps the biggest gear change in how we watch television, as traditional network and cable outlets are going to be getting a serious run for their money from streaming services. Netflix drops "House Of Cards" next week and "Arrested Development" in the spring, and not to be outmatched, Amazon is right on their heels. And they're hoping a zombie comedy series can get them off and running.

Lena Dunham Says Work On Season 3 Of 'Girls' Will Start In March

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2013 12:59 PM
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Well, this isn't exactly new, and HBO has yet to officially announce anything, but it looks like a third season of "Girls" is on the way, and once again, it's coming fast. And why not? The show just picked up two Golden Globe awards for Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy and Best Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy, it's becoming a branding phenomenon with numerous tie-ins, and simply put, everyone is talking about it. So why wait? 

'21 Jump Street' Helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller To Direct Andy Samberg Cop Comedy Pilot; Terry Crews Joins Cast

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 24, 2013 10:25 AM
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Pilot season is moving right along, and the still-untitled cop comedy pilot starring Andy Samberg that was set up last fall has some new blood. Directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to be at the helm, while Terry Crews will costar. The project is one of six comedy pilots to be picked up by Fox so far, and comes from Mike Schur and Dan Goor, the creators of “Parks and Recreation,” so it’s shaping up to be a powerhouse team.

'Mad Men' Returns April 7th, Creator Matthew Weiner Confirms It Will Be The Second To Last Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2013 9:19 AM
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You have to wonder if AMC might be getting slightly worried. This summer will see "Breaking Bad" say goodbye as the second half of the final season airs bringing a conclusion to the adventures of Walt and Jesse, and in the spring "Mad Men" beings to roll to its finale too. Creator Matthew Weiner has confirmed that season six will be the penultimate batch of episodes until he wraps things up with season seven. As devoted fans of the show know, intense negotiations took place between Weiner, AMC and Lionsgate to get him back for season five, and it was already rumored the show was headed to a conclusion, and indeed our time with Don Draper is now nearing an end. But don't think that Weiner is going to hold all the good stuff until season seven.

'Bored To Death' Movie Is Officially In Development At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 4:58 PM
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While everyone is deservedly excited for the return of "Arrested Development," this writer may be equally if not more stoked that the long rumored plans for HBO's movie revivial of the canceled-too-soon "Bored To Death" is very real, and very much in development. After bits and bobs through 2012 that this was happening, formal word has now arrived.

Watch: New Trailer For HBO Miniseries 'Parade's End' With Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 22, 2013 10:39 AM
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Two weeks after announcing that they would be airing the popular U.K. miniseries “Parade’s End” and releasing an impressive teaser trailer, HBO is letting viewers have a longer peak at the imported literary adaptation with a new full-length promo. It similarly highlights the devastating pseudo-love triangle between Christoper Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), his adulterous wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) and the alluring young suffragette Valentine Wannop (Adelaide Clemens), but this extended version gives a better feel of what looks like a chilling performance by Cumberbatch, whose character is crippled by allegiance to an outdated moral code.

Recap: Minor Key 'Girls' Finds Hannah & Marnie Getting Some New Ideas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2013 10:00 AM
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If the season premiere was a bit of shakeup to reorient the gang in "Girls" for wherever the new season will take them, the second episode almost seems like an addendum. It's as if Lena Dunham and company decided they needed to make yet another shift to get the show in the direction they needed, and a couple of characters who we figured might be in play a bit longer definitely get sidelined. So yeah, spoilers ahead.

Kevin Spacey Conspires In New Images From David Fincher's Political Drama 'House Of Cards'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 21, 2013 9:45 AM
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Since March of 2011, Netflix has been slowly dipping its toes into original TV programming, starting off with the underwhelming (“Lilyhammer”) and moving on to the guaranteed triumph (“Arrested Development”). One of the more curious offerings, however, is "House of Cards," David Fincher's exec-produced political series starring Kevin Spacey. Some new images and a few choice quotes have surfaced to shed light on the drama.

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