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'True Detective' Director Cary Fukunaga Lines Up War Project At Fox

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 25, 2014 9:05 AM
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As you may have noticed, the arrival of HBO’s “True Detective” onto the TV landscape has attracted widespread attention for reasons both headline-grabbing (Episode Four’s six-minute long take) and dense (the many literary influences). The quality of the Nic Pizzolatto-penned show has also led to a debate about what new cast will take center stage once Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey depart, but as its director Cary Fukunaga has displayed in his career thus far, he’s already swiftly moved on and set up another unique project.

Suggestions? 'True Detective' Writer Nic Pizzolatto Teases Female Detectives For Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 4:30 PM
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True Detective
By now, you've likely seen the pretty excellent #TrueDetectiveSeason2 trend on Twitter, with folks offering up their (funny) suggestions (here's ours) for who should take over the lead roles when the second season of "True Detective" moves ahead at HBO. (It's not officially confirmed, but seems inevitable at this point.) But in all seriousness, as the first season highlighted, writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto's pen is capable of crafting truly memorable, complex parts for whoever takes the creative reins, and in an intriguing little twist he suggested on Twitter that women may get the central focus next time.

Watch: Find Out Why Steve Jobs Was A Poseur In New Trailer For HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 12:31 PM
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Silicon Valley
Earlier today it was revealed that producer Scott Rudin was bringing the nerd battle between Sega and Nintendo to the big screen with "Console Wars," roping in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to write and direct. If you want your fill of nerds and technology a little bit quicker, Rudin and HBO have a fix on the way with "Silicon Valley," but the most important name behind it is this one: Mike Judge.

Recap: 'Girls' Season 3, Episode 8 Handles The 'Incidentals'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2014 10:30 PM
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Girls
After last week's excursion to North Fork in "Beach House," a welcome one-off that focused on the "Girls" and not on pushing the plot around, the show returns with the slightly more conventional "Incidentals." But don't let the title of the episode fool you, or even the packaging it arrives in as a standard entry for "Girls." Riding underneath it all is something about the dreams and aspirations of these characters, both as they are fulfilled and disappointed.

Recap: 'True Detective' Visits 'Haunted Houses' In Season 1, Episode 6

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2014 10:00 PM
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True Detective
Nic Pizzolatto has entertainingly, wickedly and delightfully done what "Lost" attempted but could pull off: referencing literary and ideological touchstones that have actual bearing on the narrative and characters of the show. But it does mean that any viewer will watch "True Detective" so closely that they may be seeing things that aren't there. So forgive me if I go down a rabbit hole (or two) tying together thematic threads that may not be there. With Robert W. Chambers' 1895 book "The King In Yellow" a clear reference point in "True Detective" (and now a surprise best seller), please indulge me for a moment as I chase down a couple other things that I couldn't shake after this week's "Haunted Houses."

Are You Part Of The 2% That Watched 'House Of Cards' Season 2 In One Weekend? Netflix Watches You Watch

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 21, 2014 9:39 AM
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House Of Cards, Season 2
The premiere of the second season of the Netflix series “House Of Cards” was kind of a big deal. How big, you ask? No less than President Obama tweeted a plea for no spoilers. And now there are newly some released details from the streaming giant on how the show did on its return.

Terrence Howard Reteams With Lee Daniels For 'Empire', Jada Pinkett Smith Is Fish Mooney In 'Gotham' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 20, 2014 5:41 PM
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Fox Television has managed to find a great deal of success with a couple of their new shows this past year. “Sleepy Hollow” has been a solid hit, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” recently won two Golden Globes, and even “Almost Human” has been scoring some solid ratings (though a possible second season is still up in the air). Now, Fox hopes to keep the ball rolling by ordering three new TV pilots with notable stars attached to each one.

'The Simpsons' Get Lego Episode, David Michod To Direct Ballet Drama Pilot 'Flesh And Bone' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 20, 2014 12:44 PM
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The Simpsons Lego
With "The Rover," his follow-up to the highly lauded “Animal Kingdom” set for release this summer, David Michôd has free time on his schedule and decided to head to the small screen. Per Deadline, Michôd will helm the pilot episode for the Starz series “Flesh And Bone” from “Breaking Bad” staff writer Moira Walley-Beckett. The series follows “a young ballet dancer, Claire, who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York.” Sounds like "Black Swan: The Series." Michôd previously helmed an episode of the now-cancelled Mike White HBO comedy “Enlightened.”

How Do You Think 'True Detective' Will End? Logline For Season Finale Episode 'Form And Void' Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 4:34 PM
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True Detective
While we've lived through "The Sopranos" and "Breaking Bad" becoming pop culture phenomena as the world wondered about the fates of Tony Soprano and Walter White in the lead up the finales of both shows, when was the last time such buzz has centered around how the first season of series will end? Indeed, "True Detective" has been surprising not just how for incredibly rich, accomplished and literary the show has been, but for presenting a truly haunting, gripping mystery—across three beautifully managed timelines—that is seared with tension, atmosphere and a genuine whodunit problem to solve. And with the finale fast approaching, a morsel of a clue has arrived.

Watch: First 12 Minutes From Debut Episode Of 'The Red Road' Directed By James Gray

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 19, 2014 10:18 AM
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The Red Road
Up on our list of TV to be excited for in 2014 is Sundance Channel's “The Red Road,” a six-part drama that'll be premiering next Thursday, with the first episode directed by none other than James Gray, making his small screen debut. Now, thanks to the folks at Buzzfeed, you can watch the first 12 minutes of that very episode, which sets up the show and introduces the main players.

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