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Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25' Airs On ABC On Thanksgiving

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 29, 2012 9:17 AM
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Despite having a creative misstep with 2008’s “Miracle At St. Anna,” Spike Lee remains a vibrant voice and has estabalished himself as a top tier documentary filmmaker, with numerous projects over the past decade. And the Brooklyn auteur's next documentary “Bad 25,” which chronicles the creation and impact of Michael Jackson’s seminal 1987 album, has been acquired by the television network ABC for a Thanksgiving airing.

Eddie Murphy's 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Series Moves Forward As Networks Circle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 8:56 AM
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While once much talked about, possibly-Brett Ratner-directed "Beverly Hills Cop 4" is, for all intents and purposes, dead. However Axel Foley is still kicking around and is now headed to the small screen. "What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there," Eddie Murphy said about the TV concept last fall, and indeed, things are rolling right along as networks are now taking a hard look at the show.

'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Series Moves Ahead, Joss Whedon To Write & Possibly Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 9:59 PM
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Well, that didn't take long. Mere weeks after inking a 3 year deal with Marvel, parent company Disney has put Joss Whedon to work, and it will find him expanding the comic brand to the small screen.

'Fame' Getting Rebooted (Again) As A TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 4:22 PM
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It's basic economics -- it's cheaper to use a pre-existing property instead of developing something original. When the original "Fame" movie came out in 1980, it was a hit, winning two Academy Awards (it was nominated for six) for Best Score and Best Original Song. It also spawned a successful TV series, which ran for five seasons and earned a decent following. Since then, the brand actually has a bit of life to it as well. While the 2009 reboot only took in a paltry $22 million domestically, overseas it did more than double that number and wound up hauling in over $75 million worldwide. And with dance reality shows still doing quite well for some bizarre reason and with "Footloose" also doing relatively decent numbers, it seems that once again, folks are gonna live forever.

4 Freaky New Posters Debut For 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 28, 2012 11:16 AM
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Whether you think it's lovably ludicrous or ludicrously lovable, there's something undeniably compelling about Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's "American Horror Story." It's first season, which just racked up a whopping seventeen Primetime Emmy nominations, was a rocket-powered fear coaster full of S&M ghouls, marital distrust, and Jessica Lange. Season 2, subtitled "Asylum," is supposed to take a more grounded approach, but by the looks of four new posters, it's still going to be freaky as all get-out.

Vera Farmiga Is Norma Bates In TV Series 'Psycho' Prequel 'Bates Motel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 2:45 PM
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One of the most tantalizing projects headed to the small screen, but also one of the riskiest, is A&E's "Bates Motel." Earlier this summer, the network skipped the whole pilot episode thing and ordered up ten episodes of the show for a 2013 premiere, and it seems the wheels are beginning to turn now. And this first bit of casting puts on face on a famed movie character that only existed as voice in Alfred Hitchock's "Psycho," which this series will serve as a prequel to.

Recap: 'Breaking Bad' Begins Its March Towards The Inevitable In Penultimate 'Say My Name'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 27, 2012 11:23 AM
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Almost as quickly as it started, we’re almost through with the first batch of episodes from the final season of "Breaking Bad." This year started off with at an accelerated pace but has so far neglected to produce the level of collateral damage the audience was probably anticipating. With fewer than a dozen episodes left of the series, no one is safe. Walt’s family, his friends or Walt himself could all meet their end before the credits roll on the final episode next year. A kid on a dirtbike is a tragedy sure, but it doesn’t hit as close to home as one of the central players. This week, things really began closing in on Walt and his “brain trust” (as Saul hilariously describes them) and we get a taste of the carnage to come.

Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore Are 'Family Guy' Valentines; Terrence Howard & T.I. Book Trips To 'Hawaii Five-O' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 27, 2012 10:43 AM
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In today’s TV roundup, we have casting news regarding a spin-off that no one is asking for, a CBS reboot, and one of Fox’s most successful shows.

Morgan Spurlock Is The 'Inside Man' At CNN

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 27, 2012 10:21 AM
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Since his debut with 2004’s “Super Size Me,” Morgan Spurlock has become a fixture in the documentary scene. Despite having a busy year -- “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” officially saw release this past spring and “Mansome” premiered at Tribeca -- Spurlock is already at work on his next effort, and is set to return to the small screen with a “non-fiction original series” for the cable news network CNN.

Recap: 'The Newsroom' Closes Up Its First Season With An Underwhelming Season Finale

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2012 10:01 AM
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And so here we come to the end. "The Newsroom" arrived nine weeks ago with high expectations -- the return to TV of Aaron Sorkin, the man behind one of the best network TV series ever, "The West Wing," and a fairly fresh-minted Oscar winner for his screenplay for "The Social Network." The pilot was problematic, but not without promise, but over the run of the series, Sorkin's indulged many of his worst instincts for a show that's been frustrating, and borderline terrible. Every so often, it feels like it might recover with a better episode, before plummeting back down again (with last week's episode something of a nadir for the series).

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