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Watch: Ricky Gervais Is A David Bowie Impersonator In 1999 Comedy Pilot 'Golden Years'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • July 18, 2013 2:35 PM
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It’s always fascinating to see a famous performer in their more formative years. For Ricky Gervais, his formative years were rather brief, as he had his mainstream television debut in 1999. That’s two years before “The Office” first aired on the BBC, when his career subsequently exploded. Nevertheless, it’s very interesting to see where the comedian got his start. Gervais got his first big break in a one-off for Channel 4’s “Comedy Lab,” which is a program that showcases comedy pilots. Gervais’ show, co-written with Stephen Merchant, was called “Golden Years” and, thankfully for us, the entire episode is available online.

'American Horror Story: Asylum' Dominates Emmy Award Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 9:30 AM
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It looks like we really need to finally catch up with this show. Only two seasons old, "American Horror Story" is becoming a titan. Last year, the show earned 17 Emmy nominations (going on to win 2) and this year, it has matched that figure once again.

HBO Gives Series Order To Duplass Brothers Comedy 'Togetherness'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 17, 2013 7:25 PM
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Back in January, it was reported that indie directing duo, Jay and Mark Duplass (“Jeff, Who Lives At Home”) were working on a half-hour comedy for HBO entitled “Togetherness.” The series details the trials and tribulations of two couples forced to live under the same roof; its humor deriving from the real-life problems within a relationship. News on the series cooled down after that with snippets of casting announcements being the norm. Back in March it was confirmed that Amanda Peet would be playing a lead role next to confirmed stars Melanie Lynskey, and Duplass regular Steve Zissis.

"I Wanna Get Drunk And Dance A Lot": New Clip From 'Burton & Taylor' Starring Helena Bonham-Carter & Dominic West

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 17, 2013 6:17 PM
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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor are screen icons of apparently imperishable importance and fascination, and so the screen keeps coming back to them, making Elizabeth Taylor the only person in history (so far, but we imagine it will stay this way) to be portrayed by both Lindsay Lohan and Helena Bonham-Carter. Lohan's “Liz & Dick” has thankfully been and gone, but behold, a clip from the BBC's upcoming “Burton & Taylor,” following on from the recent trailer.

Watch: 9-Minute Recap Of Everything You Need To Know About 'Breaking Bad' Before The Final Season

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 17, 2013 11:16 AM
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Our long national nightmare is nearly over. The final season “Breaking Bad” is nearly upon us -- less than a month to go, in fact (check out the recent teasers here) -- and soon we’ll see how the journey of Walter White ends. And if you need a little bit of a refresher on where things stand in the series, a cool supercut video “9 Minute Breaking Bad” has landed online for your viewing pleasure. SPOILERS below, obviously.

Watch: Powerful Trailer For Sean Durkin's U.K. Miniseries 'Southcliffe' Starring Kaya Scodelario, Eddie Marsan & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 9:18 AM
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Once again, it looks like we're turning to television to give this kind of rich, layered and complex drama the movies don't always often provide (or not in the abundance we'd like). Earlier this year, many on The Playlist staff sang the praise of Jane Campion's mini-series "Top Of The Lake" (don't be surprised if it crops up on more than one top ten list at the end of the year) and now there's one more mini we have on our eye on, thanks to a powerful new trailer.

Watch: 3 Character Teasers For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5 Zero In On Walter, Hank & Jesse

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 16, 2013 11:02 AM
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With the second half of the fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad" looming, we, along with most of the internet, are waiting with bated breath, grasping at things like a possible Saul Goodman spinoff and Bryan Cranston vs. Samuel L. Jackson "I Am The Danger" speech showdown. For those of you lucky enough to be in New York City, let us also remind you that a free, five-day "Breaking Bad" marathon starts on July 26th if you want to revisit the series before it all ends.

Shocker: Alan Moore Not Thrilled About 'League Of Extraordinary Gentleman' TV Show

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • July 16, 2013 10:43 AM
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Last week, we found out that Fox was going to turn “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” into a TV show. Fox’s 2003 film adaptation of the comic book by Alan Moore was universally panned by critics and made Sean Connery retire from acting. So, one wonders why Fox would go down that path once again. If they’re simply doing it to piss off creator Alan Moore then, well… it might be working.

Watch: Skit From Kanye West's Unaired 2008 HBO Improv Comedy Show Pilot Produced By Larry David

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2013 5:15 PM
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Holy Yeezus. Rapper, producer, fashion design, art enthusiast and more, we actually had no idea that Kanye West had aspirations to be a comedian too, but alas it seems he did. And the evidence, which has been sitting online for nearly three years, is starting to make the rounds, and it's pretty amazing/weird stuff.

Only Kings Understand Each Other: New Trailer For 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2013 4:44 PM
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Are you ready for another ride down to Atlantic City? This fall, "Boardwalk Empire" is back to deliver a fourth season of old school gangsterism, and a brand new trailer is here to stoke that excitement and make the wait until September all the more difficult.

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