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Dame Diana Rigg Joins Season 3 Of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2012 1:26 PM
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The cult of "Game Of Thrones" grows ever stronger. Initially anticipated principally by fans of George R.R. Martin's books, the HBO series has won over more and more viewers since debuting last April, including many who would never have dreamed that they'd become hopelessly addicted to a fantasy series. And in part, it's thanks to the terrific cast, featuring a mix of veteran character actors (including the Emmy-winning Peter Dinklage), and bright new talent; every role has seemingly been cast impeccably, with a depth to its ensemble that few shows since "The Wire" can match.

'Game Change' & 'The Campaign' Director Jay Roach Stays Political, Will Direct HBO's 'K Blows Top' Starring Paul Giamatti

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2012 2:31 PM
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Does the idea of Paul Giamatti playing Nikita Khrushchev sound vaguely familiar? Then you might have a very good memory. First announced way back in 2010, this Cold War drama has been brewing over at HBO and now it looks like it's finally building some steam.

Noah Baumbach Says 'The Corrections' Is Unlikely To See The Light Of Day, 'While We're Young' Won't Be Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 10, 2012 10:03 AM
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HBO might be turning into something of a safe haven for the kind of smart, adult programming that's increasingly rare in theaters, but not everything gets to make the cut. With shows like "True Blood" and "Game Of Thrones" becoming long-running hits, and newcomers like "Girls" and "The Newsroom" getting second season pickups, there's only so much room on the schedule, and it means that even high-profile shows aren't necessarily getting the go-ahead.

Review: 'Hard Times: Lost On Long Island' A Narrow, Insubstantial Look At Unemployment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 10:02 AM
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The latest employment numbers in the United States came out on Friday, and they weren't great. In the month of June, a paltry 80,000 new jobs were created, with the national unemployment figure standing at 8.2%, more or less highlighting an economy that has made uncertainty the only thing you can reliably count on. There is a lot to talk about when it comes to those who are struggling to find work in the current landscape, but as you might tell by the title of Cannes- and Emmy-winning director Marc Levin's "Hard Times: Long On Long Island," his focus is on a very narrow and select group of people looking for work. And while the decision to try and sharpen the narrative makes sense from the perspective of wrangling such a wide-reaching subject, in execution, the documentary winds up touching on a number of relevant issues, but develops very few of them.

Extra Innings: HBO Orders Up A Fourth Season Of 'Eastbound & Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 9:56 PM
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"You know when we set this up, it as always going to be as a three season arc and I think we just feel that we’ve been given the opportunity to complete that dream and we do have a great time doing it, so who knows what will happen after this -- if it’s something that maybe we’ll come back to one day or maybe we won't," Danny McBride told us last spring about concluding "Eastbound & Down." But it looks like HBO wants some extra innings of the baseball centered comedy that was expected to be over and finished after the third season wrapped up in April.

HBO Renews 'The Newsroom' So Everyone Can Argue About It Next Year Too; 'True Blood' Draws Fangs For Sixth Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 3:37 PM
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If there has been one thing that has defined HBO shows for the past couple of months, it's that everyone can't shut up stop talking about them. Lena Dunham's "Girls" invoked all kinds of fiery (and kind of half baked) controversy, while the rest of us enjoyed the excellent show for its smart writing and great characters. And in case you haven't been near Twitter or any other kind of social media network in the past few weeks, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has all kinds of people making solemn declarations about it's excellence or lack of excellence after two episodes. But in case you thought you'll run out of things to say, the show will be back next year.

Damon Lindelof Returns To TV For HBO Adaptation Of 'Election' & 'Little Children' Author Tom Perotta's 'The Leftovers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2012 6:09 PM
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Making his name famously or infamously (depending how you look at it) as a writer and producer on the hit ABC series "Lost," Damon Lindelof's career has moved moved in leaps and bounds. With "Cowboys & Aliens" and "Prometheus" under his belt and "Star Trek 2," "World War Z" and the mysterious "1952" on the horizon, he's a highly sought after name for blockbuster material, and one might think the small screen is just not that interesting of a challenge anymore. Well, guess again.

Review: While Hopelessly Drunk On The Ideals Of Bygone Journalism, ‘The Newsroom’ Is Still An Engaging Broadcast

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 24, 2012 10:48 PM
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The longer Aaron Sorkin’s deeply-nostalgic-for-the-golden-age-of-news show “The Newsroom” goes on for, the more improbable the workplace drama (and dramedy), set at a fictional cable-news show, becomes. A complacent and apathetic news anchor known as the MOR Jay Leno of news anchor suddenly explodes with outrage and opinion. An old school news division president orchestrates a brilliant subterfuge in order get back to “real” journalism and an executive news producer genuinely believes that if you build it will they will come -- that the American public is starved for authenticity and will tune in for honest to goodness reporting instead of sensational TV journalism.

A Batch Of New Pics From Highly Anticipated Summer TV Shows 'Breaking Bad' & 'The Newsroom'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 20, 2012 12:15 PM
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Over the past few weeks, we've had to say goodbye to a slew of our regular TV season favorites, and we've already listed our favorite 10 shows of 2011/2012. But there is still going to be some great stuff to watch over the next couple of months on the small screen. This summer sees the return of one the best shows going around as well as a new show from one of the platform's most talented writers. We're of course talking about "Breaking Bad" and Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" -- both of which have a bunch of new pics to stoke the fires of anticipation.

HBO Orders Pilot For Cold War Spy Drama 'The Missionary' With Aaron Paul; 'Weeds' Finished After Season 8

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2012 4:32 PM
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With the clock now running down on AMC's "Breaking Bad" with two season left to go, the future for actor Aaron Paul is a bit uncertain. Will he make the leap to the big screen? Earlier this year he earned very strong notices for his turn in the alcoholism drama "Smashed" which was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, but aside from that, the actor hasn't been making too many big moves, though he has roles in indies "Decoding Annie Parker" and "Quad" coming up. But HBO is hoping they'll be able to snare him for a new series that will certainly be something a bit different for the actor, who until now we mostly associate with dealing meth and being able to say "bitch" rather colorfully.

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