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David Chase Finally Reveals Whether Or Not Tony Dies At The End Of 'The Sopranos'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2014 11:42 AM
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When "The Sopranos" came to a close after six seasons in the summer of 2006, it was a major television event. HBO's groundbreaking drama —voted by the Writer's Guild of America as the Best Written TV Series Of All Time— had over 11 million people watching the finale, which is still one of the most talked about moments in television history. With Tony Soprano seemingly surviving the chaos around him, he meets his family for dinner at a diner. Each member of the family arrives separately, while peripherally, potentially dangerous figures hang around. And just when Tony Soprano's daughter Meadow is about to walk in, the scene cuts to black. It was an ending that angered many fans, confused others, and led many to discuss what it meant. Was Tony killed by one of those creepy guys in the diner? What was the significance of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" playing over the sequence? Was the show's creator David Chase just fucking with everybody? For years, Chase has refused to elaborate on the fate of Tony Soprano. Until now. Sort of.

Time To Catch Up Before It Ends: Watch 7-Minute Recap Of 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 27, 2014 9:19 AM
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Boardwalk Empire, Season 4
HBO may not have had the Emmy night it wanted on Monday, but the network is still the high watermark for television. Would “Breaking Bad” have won if “The Sopranos” had never aired and changed the game for what cable dramas could be? While you mull over the implications of David Chase’s landmark TV show never having existed, why not refresh your memory on what exactly went down last season on another mobster show, “Boardwalk Empire”?

'Full House' Might Be Returning With The Original Cast (Except The Olsens)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2014 4:59 PM
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Full House
Okay, this nostalgia train has got to stop. When it was announced that "Boy Meets World" was returning, but this time spun as "Girl Meets World," it was sort of amusing and cute and fine. No harm done. But is the world really hankering for the further adventures of Danny (Bob Saget), Joey (Dave Coulier), Uncle Jesse (John Stamos), D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber) in "Full House"? Warner Bros. thinks there might be interest.

Netflix Chief Says 'Defenders' Could Meet Up With Marvel's Big Screen Heroes; Shows Will Follow 'Avengers' Template

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 26, 2014 11:40 AM
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Luke Cage Daredevil
When Marvel's Netflix shows were first announced last year, it was quickly became clear what their model would be. The shows would focus on smaller scale heroes —Daredevil, Powerman, Iron Fist, etc.— before culminating with a Defenders team-up mini-series. If that plan sounded a lot like the template Marvel used to get marquee characters into "The Avengers" film, that's because it was meant to. If you had any doubts that Marvel wouldn't fix what wasn't broke, an interview with Netflix honcho Ted Sarandos in Empire (via Latino Review),confirmed that his company's plan will follow the mould of the feature films.

Watch: Weird Al Yankovic Sings The Theme Songs To Your Favorite TV Shows In Emmy Awards Medley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2014 9:22 AM
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Weird Al Yankovic Emmy Awards
It's heartening that in a pop culture world where Nicki Minaj gets millions upon millions of views mostly with respect to her ample posterior, there's still room for Weird Al Yankovic (and we hope he eventually does a cover of "Anaconda"). The premiere song parodist dropped his latest album Mandatory Fun a few months back, and for the first time in his career, it reached number one on the charts. People still love Weird Al, and last night he did his thing at the Emmy Awards.

Watch: Billy Crystal's Heartfelt Emmy Awards Tribute To Robin Williams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2014 9:05 AM
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Billy Crystal Emmys
Last night, the TV world's finest put on their best suits and nicest dresses for the the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. "Breaking Bad" won big, and there was much laughter and celebration, but there was one person whose presence was deeply missed: Robin Williams. The late comedian and actor was incandescent on every stage, and his death continues to be mourned in Hollywood. Last night, Williams received a lovely tribute from a longtime friend.

Exclusive: Hear John Debney’s "Houdini Suite" From History Channel's 'Houdini' Starring Adrien Brody

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 5:07 PM
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Houdini
There will be many reasons to watch History Channel's "Houdini," starting with Adrien Brody role as the famed illusionist/escapist. Another is down to Oscar nominated composer John Debney's score for the miniseries, his first work for director Uli Edel ("The Baader Meinhof Complex").

Casting: 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield To Play Snoop Dogg In 'Straight Outta Compton' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 4:40 PM
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Short Term 12
West Coast rap is coming back next summer with N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton." And the cast for the F. Gary Gray movie just keeps getting bigger. "Short Term 12" star Keith Stanfield (who showed off his rap skills in the indie flick) has joined the movie, taking on the role of hip hop titan Snoop Dogg. Those are some big shoes to fill.

Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' Will Become A TV Series On HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 3:30 PM
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Because television shows are being treated with the same artistic reverence as movies now (just look at the Sundance Film Festival screening Jane Campion's "Top Of The Lake," or the upcoming Venice Film Festival unspooling "Olive Kitteridge"), big studio TV shows are desperately trying to keep up. With "Fargo" in particular showing that movie properties can become TV shows and find an audience with critics and the public, the race is on. And Paramount is going hard.

Watch: Will McAvoy Is Wanted By U.S. Marshals In Teaser Trailer For 'The Newsroom' Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 11:52 AM
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Over the course of two seasons, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" has provided some of the best hate-watching on TV. At its the finest, the show has been absolutely compelling, sharp, funny and even moving with Jeff Daniels doing some great work as newscaster Will McAvoy. But at it's worst, is has been clichéd, tone deaf and frustrating, particularly when it comes to the relationships between characters. Sorkin has a chance to go out on high note with the third an final season of "The Newsroom," and the first teaser trailer has now arrived.

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