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'The Killing' Season 3 Looking Likely Thanks To Netflix

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 9, 2012 9:16 AM
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With their moves to not only bring back “Arrested Development” but to also debut David Fincher's "House Of Cards," there should be no doubt that Netflix wants to take on the television industry at large and position themselves as a viable alternative to the networks. The streaming company is reportedly nearing a deal with AMC to bring back the much-maligned “The Killing” for a third-season.

Review: David Frankham & Michael Mann's 'Witness' A Raw & Powerful Look At The Front Lines Of Photojournalism

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2012 11:05 AM
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The news media hasn't been in good shape in the past few years, particularly when it comes to on the ground, investigative journalism. Dwindling budgets, an audience shift from newspapers and television to the internet, and some would argue a lack of drive from the media themselves to do hard reporting, has made it a grim time to be involved in the industry. But as producer and director David Frankham told us recently, he hopes that the HBO series "Witness" (also produced by Michael Mann), is able to enact the kind of change that the classic reportage of "60 Minutes" managed to achieve. And while it doesn't quite go that far, "Witness" is an eye-opening, riveting look at conflicts raging around the world, and the complex and mostly ignored narratives that are unfolding.

Aaron Paul Out, Benjamin Walker In For HBO's Spy Series 'The Missionary'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2012 10:45 AM
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"I'm a movie star now, bitch," "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul said into his cellphone to HBO, before driving his Ferarri into the Malibu sunset. Okay, that probably didn't happen, but with the actor now toplining the franchise ready "Need For Speed," it seems the allure of the television -- no matter how strong the quality of the project -- is perhaps losing its sheen. Even though it was reported to have a pilot order this summer, it seems HBO's "The Missionary" has had to find a new lead, and indeed they have.

Diablo Cody Sells 'Alex + Amy' Sitcom To ABC; 'Boy Meets World' Sequel Series In The Works With Original Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2012 1:16 PM
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A couple of small-screen updates, with some news from someone who has already had success on TV, and the return of a sitcom that was a favorite of a certain genration.

The Marvel Universe Will Start Expanding Soon, 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Series Reportedly Starts Filming In January

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2012 10:16 AM
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The way things are shaping up, Disney is looking like they will have their fingers in the pie of two the biggest franchises on the planet for the foreseeable future. Of course, there is "Star Wars" which is now gearing up to be a major property for the studio, and then there's Marvel, whose record smashing "The Avengers" proved the brand's global viability on a scale no one could have predicted. And while we wait for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo to return (or whatever), Marvel is continuing to branch out, hoping they can find the same success on the small screen.

Coldplay Drummer Will Champion To Appear In 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 4:16 PM
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Time to break out those drummer jokes! It seems even one of HBO's most celebrated and cherised series deigns itself to the celebrity cameo, and now one of the biggest bands of the world will quietly muscle their presence onto cable TV.

Christopher Lloyd Returns As Doc Brown In 'Back To The Future' Themed 'Raising Hope' Episode

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 3:24 PM
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As every indie band who is reuniting for a tour right now will tell you: nostalgia sells. And as executives at Disney who are bringing 3D upgrades of their catalog titles to theaters will tell you: nostalgia sells. And now, one of the biggest franchises that geeks still love to talk about is getting a bit of new life.

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Builds Up To An Explosive Finale In Episode #8, 'The Pony'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 5, 2012 12:07 PM
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"Jimmy deserved better than this," Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) says with disgust. The "funeral" for Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is equal parts sham, disgrace and an utter joke. Shockingly killed off at the end of season 2 by his mentor and only real father figure Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) as vengeance for an earlier betrayal, Jimmy's mother Gillian (Gretchen Mol) has spent the last few months in delusional mourning, claiming Jimmy was off on one of his "adventures" rather than acknowledging his death. But when faced with practical matters -- her brothel business is failing, the house being in Jimmy's name stopping her from acquiring a loan -- Gillian proves her head's not entirely in the clouds and she can be sinisterly lethal. Buried in lieu of Jimmy is the dead-ringer Roger McAllister (Billy Magnussen), a handsome bumpkin Gillian lured into her web for the specific purposes of having a surrogate body to bury. It's ruthless stuff and it makes Harrow, Jimmy's dear friend, ill and sickened by the charade Gillian puts on.

Michael Mann & David Frankham Talk HBO's 'Witness,' The Influence Of '60 Minutes,' Filming War Zones & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 9:56 AM
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Everyday, from the around the world, we receive images in our newspapers, magazines, inboxes and online articles dispatched from some of the most dangerous places on Earth. Usually accompanied by an article or text giving an overview of the situation from whatever far flung place the pictures are coming from, we're usually on to the rest of our day before that image has a chance to linger. And given that the media tends to work in cycles, while situations in places that made headlines months ago may still be evolving, reporters in general are on to the next thing. But that's where "Witness" comes in.

'Skyfall' Pair Sam Mendes & John Logan Reteaming For 1800s Vampire Hunting TV Series

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 5, 2012 9:18 AM
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Despite not yet opening in North America, “Skyfall” is already racking up impressive box office grosses, and with the number one spot all but guaranteed this weekend, you can bet director Sam Mendes and writer John Logan will soon have their pick of projects. While Mendes has already ruled out a return to Bond, he’s re-teaming with Logan to hopefully work some more magic on the small screen.

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