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Watch: HBO Perfectly Captures Awkwardness Of Watching Sex Scenes With Your Parents In Series Of HBO Go Ads

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 4:22 PM
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True Detective
There you are, watching "True Detective" when a pair of handcuffs comes out, as you turn in horror and realize your parents are sitting next to you. The room becomes deathly, uncomfortably silent as Woody Harrelson and Alexandra Daddario indulge in their various kinks, while you pray for the scene to end. Yes, watching sex scenes with your parents is hugely awkward, and odds are if you're watching any of the hit HBO shows—"Game Of Thrones" and "Girls" particularly—the risk of nudity, groaning and lots of skin runs pretty high. But the cable network has a solution for you.

Watch: Secrets, Fear, Darkness, Dreams & Hunger Emerge In New Trailer For 'Penny Dreadful' Starring Eva Green

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 7:00 PM
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Penny Dreadful
Dear cable networks, we know you want to schedule all your hot new shows in the spring because you want to keep them in the brains of Emmy voters, but there are only so many hours in a day, and lord knows we don't have time to pick up on a new series each week. So, good luck to Showtime with putting "Penny Dreadful" on the same night as "Game Of Thrones," "Mad Men, "Turn," "Silicon Valley" and "Veep." Our DVRs are crying.

John Turturro Takes James Gandolfini Role In 'Criminal Justice' After Robert De Niro Exits

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 6:20 PM
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Fading Gigolo
When James Gandolofini suddenly and sadly passed away last year, a project that was unfortunately left in the lurch was HBO's "Criminal Justice." The show had already been through some development hurdles, with the network originally passing on the project, but later coming back on board when it was retooled as a limited series. And then things looked even better when Robert De Niro signed up to replace Gandolfini in the fall, but it looks like there's another casting switcheroo happening.

Watch: There's No One Left In First Teaser Trailer For Final Season Of 'True Blood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 5:08 PM
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True Blood
Full disclosure: I used to watch "True Blood," and it first, it wasn't so bad. It was trash, but knowing trash, and it had some fun with vampire lore, its deep South setting and Alexander Skarsgard alone made it worth tuning in. He bit into the role of the ancient vampire Erik with real relish, and even found some emotional notes too, particularly at the loss of his maker Godric. But as the seasons wore on, the mythology kept expanding and the show went from trash to camp without realizing it and became something of a chore. And then I bailed. But maybe it's time to catch up the the final season on the way.

Watch: Boston Bruins Playoff Ad Narrated By The Yellow King From 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 4:09 PM
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As HBO gears up for an Emmy run for "True Detective" — controversially, not submitting the show in the Miniseries categories — here's a new way to get creeped out by The Yellow King.

Watch: New Trailer For HBO's 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo & Julia Roberts Battles The Establishment

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 1:16 PM
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The Normal Heart
Okay, so "The Normal Heart" didn't make the Cannes Film Festival lineup like I figured it would, but that doesn't mean we're not putting this one on our watch list for next month. A new trailer is here to remind you why you might want to tune into HBO in May to watch something other than "Game Of Thrones."

Watch: 10-Minute Featurette Goes Behind Royal Wedding On 'Game Of Thrones' Plus Clips, Tribute & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2014 3:19 PM
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Game Of Thrones
SPOILERS AHEAD. Ding dong, the witch king is dead. Last Sunday's episode of "Game Of Thrones" (recap here) turned everything on its head by killing off Joffrey, one of the most shocking moments the show has seen since, well, The Red Wedding. It was so surprising in fact, that HBO waited until mid-week to drop their usual array of behind-the-scenes material for the episode. They don't disappoint.

Watch: More Michael Caine Impressions In 2 Clips From 'The Trip To Italy' With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 15, 2014 3:52 PM
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The Trip to Italy
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's “The Trip” was a hard thing to pin down: it was a BBC TV series that was recut into a movie, and a travel documentary that didn't really document anything much, in which the two British comedians played some indeterminately exaggerated/scripted/improvised versions of themselves. But despite nobody quite knowing what it was, a lot of people liked its meandering, mild comedy style and the interactions of the two master comedians: hence the similarly imprecise sequel, “The Trip To Italy,” now playing on BBC and to be released by IFC Films (in a shorter movie format) in the U.S. sometime later in the year.

Vince Gilligan Reveals Abandoned, Bloodbath 'Wild Bunch'-Esque Finale To 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 3:38 PM
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Walter White may be dead, but it seems we can't stop talking about the finale to "Breaking Bad" even as we approach a year since it first aired. The meth dealer left for dead, it was a fitting ending to the character whose initial attempt to pay for cancer treatment turned into a new, illegal profession that turned him into a monster. And while we've known that the writers batted around many ideas when it came to how to close off the show, creator/writer/director Vince Gilligan reveals another version that would've seen a bigger body count. But he first lays out how tricky it was to put anything in place at all.

Watch: Tribute To [Redacted] From 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 15, 2014 10:38 AM
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Game Of Thrones
Have you recovered from Sunday night’s episode of “Game Of Thrones” yet? If you still need help coming to terms with what happened in “The Lion and the Rose," perhaps our recap and a lovely tribute to one of Westeros’ finest citizens can ease your pain. And duh, SPOILERS AHEAD.

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