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Celebrate The Ten-Year Anniversary: Watch 'The Wire: The Musical'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 5, 2012 12:18 PM
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Ten years ago this month, "The Wire" premiered on HBO. While the show was mostly met with indifference at first, was routinely ignored by the Emmys and almost always faced cancellation from season to season, the show has obviously posthumusly grown in stature and is now well-regarded as one of the greatest shows to ever appear on television. Created by ex- Baltimore police reporter David Simon with the assistance of former Baltimore police detective Ed Burns, in many ways, 'The Wire" changed the game of TV with its scope of vision and longtail patience.

'Friends With Kids' Director Jennifer Westfeldt Developing HBO Series

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 5, 2012 11:45 AM
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While “Kissing Jessica Stein” helmer Jennifer Westfeldt’s recent “Friends With Kids” was more of a “conventional look at unconventional relationships” than we had hoped for according to our review, we can’t deny that the writer-director consistently produces worthwhile adult fare – and certainly has proven to be far more than just “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm’s long-time partner.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Thrillingly Closes Out Season 2 With Songs Of Ice & Fire

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 9:56 AM
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While the series has kept the "Game Of Thrones" title from the first novel, George R. R. Martin's book series are collectively known as "A Song Of Ice & Fire," and while hints of the relevance of that have been contained throughout the show so far, that title has never been so front & center than in "Valar Morghulis," the superb season two finale, which managed to give satisfying climaxes to most of the ongoing stories that have run throughout the last nine episodes, including those that have been rather less developed.

Recap: Neil Marshall Finally Brings The Battle To 'Game Of Thrones' In 'Blackwater,' The Best Episode To Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 28, 2012 10:23 AM
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Given that, while it's on the expensive side as far as TV goes, "Game of Thrones" is still operating on a television budget, and as such, it's become a running joke the extent to which the show doesn't show its battles. We get a few brawls, well-choreographed and shot, and full of gore, but while there have been big battles on the show, we usually get the build up, or the aftermath, or sometimes both. It's understandable, of course, but given that the second season has revolved around a giant multi-front war, it can be a little frustrating.

Poster For Aaron Sorkin's Highly Anticipated 'The Newsroom' Plus A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Show

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 12:39 PM
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To say we're excited for Aaron Sorkin's return to television with "The Newsroom" would be an understatement. Having been fans of all his previous small screen ventures -- "Sports Night," "The West Wing" and even "Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip" -- we can't wait to see what he cooks up here.

Charlie Kaufman To Write & Direct HBO Series Starring Catherine Keener

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 8:36 PM
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Charlie Kaufman's been a very busy bee recently. It's almost exactly four years since "Synecdoche, New York" premiered at Cannes, and for a long time, there was little-to-no news as to what the writer-director, who made his name penning the screenplays for "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," was up to. But the news that he'd done a polish on the script for "Kung Fu Panda 2" (which ultimately showed little evidence of the Kaufman touch) kicked off a run of activity.

Recap: Episode Eight Of 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2 Is More Filler Than Killer, But Has Its Moments

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 8:00 AM
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As was the case last season, episode eight of season two of "Game of Thrones," "The Prince of Winterfell" was all about the calm before the storm. A chance to catch the breath, and flesh out some of the characters before things kick off. Stannis Barratheon closes in on King's Landing, Theon Greyjoy clings to Winterfell as repercussions get nearer, Jon Snow is in the hands of the wildlings, Arya Stark is escaping from Casterley Rock, and Jamie Lannister is on his way to be exchanged for the Stark girls. That's the plan, anyway. Not a lot actually happened this time around -- this was one of the shuffle-the-pieces around episodes. Which is fine, but it did feel a little like filler in places.

Recap; 'Game Of Thrones' Episode 7 Tries To Redeem The Lannisters, But Drops The Ball With Some Sorcery

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 14, 2012 10:05 AM
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If there's anything that unites the golden age of cable drama in the last decade or so, it's the way that their characters -- often the ones you're meant to be rooting for -- are responsible for some truly terrible, terrible things. On even the best network dramas -- "The Good Wife," to name probably the top of the tree right now -- the characters are fundamentally good people, who occasionally make mistakes. On cable, it tends to be a question of watching people we like slowly lose their souls via abominable acts, from Tony Soprano and Al Swearengen to Walter White and even Jimmy McNulty.

Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Episodes 5 & 6 See Season Two Somehow Get Bloodier & Grimmer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 8, 2012 9:58 AM
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Due to popular demand, and the increasing addiction of the entire staff to the show, we're going to be covering HBO's fantasy epic "Game Of Thrones" episode-by-episode for the rest of the season. You can find our verdict on the first four episodes here, and below is our take on episode five, "The Ghost Of Harrenhal" and episode six, "The Old Gods And The New." Look for recaps of new episodes on Monday morning from now on. Oh, and we haven't read the books, so please, no spoilers in the comments, thanks.

Were They Killing Horses Or Something? HBO Passes On Noah Baumbach's 'The Corrections'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2012 4:51 PM
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Well, call it karma or something. While we were thrilled that HBO picked up "True Detective" a new crime series that will star Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, with Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre," "Sin Nombre") directing, it looks like another starry project unfortunately won't be going forward.

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