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Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 8 ‘The Old Ship Of Zion’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 27, 2013 10:19 PM
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Boardwalk Empire, Season 4
Yes, “Boardwalk Empire” takes a long time to coalesce, but we’ll admit, when its early chess piece moves begin to fall into place, and you can see the forest for the trees on the board, boy does it get good. In tonight’s absorbing episode, Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) latest booze shipment from Florida arrives with some unexpected cargo. It’s Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette), Nucky’s lady in the Sunshine State who is overseeing the business. She's the mercurial firecracker who got into a fistfight with Nuck and then made love to him in the season's sixth episode, “North Star.” Arriving unannounced, she throws Nucky for a bit of a loop. And what’s more, she’s hard to pin down and seems to be in no mood to pick up where Nucky and her last left off. In fact, Atlantic City underling gangster Mickey Doyle (Paul Sparks) appears to be taking a shine to her, and she doesn’t seem to mind the attention. Nucky doesn’t really know where he stands and he doesn’t like it. Several threads simmering all season come to a boil tonight.

Octavia Spencer Is The New Jessica Fletcher In 'Murder, She Wrote' Reboot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 1:51 PM
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Murder She Wrote Octavia Spencer
It seems these days, any onscreen cop or investigator is afflicted with some kind of problem. Whether it's a troubled marriage, various anxieties, clinically recognized illnesses—the breed of crimesolvers on the small screen have issues. Which is why we're not entirely against the idea of a "Murder, She Wrote" reboot. Granted, whoever steps into the massive shoes left behind by Angela Lansbury has a big role to fill, but damn if CBS hasn't made a pretty great choice.

42-Track 'Arrested Development' Soundtrack Details Revealed, Mitch Hurwitz Eyes 'AD' Film On Netflix

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 24, 2013 12:34 PM
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Arrested Development, Netflix series
Embedded within its many in-jokes, visual cues, and constantly shifting timeline, the fourth season of “Arrested Development” firmly carried on the series' excellent use of original songs and score composed by David Schwartz (“Deadwood”, “Northern Exposure”). Songs like “It Ain't Easy Being White” and this latest season's “Fantastic Four Medley” and “Get Away” have had fans clamoring for an official soundtrack for years, and now a release date has been announced, along with a possible distribution option for the “Arrested Development” film.

Jessica Lange Talks Retirement, Says She'll Only Do One More Season Of 'American Horror Story'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 10:29 AM
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With two Oscars, two Emmys, five Golden Globes and countless other accolades crowding her mantle, it's safe to say that there isn't much left that veteran Jessica Lange has to conquer. And while most actresses her age would kill to have the kind of exposure and acclaim she's received thanks to her meaty role in the FX series "American Horror Story," for Lange it seems it's just one stop on a gradual slowdown, with retirement looming not to far on the horizon.

Watch: Trailer For J.J. Abrams-Produced "Ro-Bromance" Series 'Almost Human' Starring Karl Urban

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 1:44 PM
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Almost Human Karl Urban
Named as one of our 10 Most Promising Network Shows For Fall 2013, we have to admit a certain curiosity about the J.J. Abrams-produced "Almost Human" based on the premise alone. That, and it has the potential to give us a weekly serving of Karl Urban in full on snark mode, which we wouldn't complain about either.

Tom Tykwer Directing His First TV Series, Channing Tatum Brings Sitcom To CBS & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 22, 2013 9:03 AM
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After the massive undertaking that was "Cloud Atlas," what's next for Tom Tykwer? Well, first he'll shoot "A Hologram For A King" with Tom Hanks, and once that's done, he'll tackle a 12-part, German language TV series entitled "Babylon Berlin." Screendaily reveals it will based on the books of Volker Kutscher, and focus "on the figure of Inspector Gereon Rath who hails from Cologne and arrives in the Berlin of 1920s, the epicentre of political and social changes of those years." The initial batch of episodes will focus on Kutscher's first two books, with Tykwer adapting them alongside screenwriters Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten, with producers hoping it the final result will sit along TV greats like "The Wire," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire."

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4, Episode 7 ‘William Wilson’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 21, 2013 10:35 AM
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There are traitors in our midst and they are myriad. Named after the Edgar Allen Poe poem that appears in William Thompson’s (Ben Rosenfield) college lecture, “Boardwalk Empire” episode “William Wilson” centers thematically on duplicity, doppelgangers, and those who are not what they appear to be.

Watch: Trailer For Spike Lee-Directed Doc 'Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2013 11:08 AM
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Pals for a while now, Mike Tyson and Spike Lee have been trying to find a way to work together. They were initially going to collaborate on the HBO series "Da Brick," with Tyson serving as an executive producer on the series Lee was developing, but the network wound up passing on the project. However, they quickly found another way to come together at HBO. The result is "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth" and it's coming to a small screen near you very soon.

What Season Should He Start With? Idris Elba Admits He Hasn't Watched 'The Wire' Yet

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 18, 2013 10:20 AM
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The success of “Luther” and numerous other film roles have allowed a bevy of reference points for fans of Idris Elba, but none has risen quite so high in people's minds as the actor's role of Stringer Bell on HBO's “The Wire.” You'd have been hard-pressed to find someone who actually thought Elba was British, so spot-on was Elba's American accent in the Baltimore-set show, but while it exists for many in their top few slots of the greatest shows ever, one person behind on the whole phenomenon has turned out to be Elba himself.

Recap: Things Get Stitched Together In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 2, 'Boy Parts'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 17, 2013 12:08 PM
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American Horror Story: Coven
If there's a downside to the spin-the-wheel, anything goes anthologized approach Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have taken with "American Horror Story," it's that the first episode of each new season has to cover serious ground. That initial episode has to act as a pilot of sorts to the whole new show that will unfold over the course of the season, burdened by lots of exposition and the introduction of a whole host of characters both human and supernatural. Last week's premiere of "American Horror Story: Coven," the show's new iteration, gave us witches, voodoo priestesses, murderous New Orleans socialites, rape, and a young girl who kills people with her vagina. Now that all of that is out of the way, on episode two, things are allowed to get really weird.

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