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Paul Giamatti Heads To 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2013 8:57 AM
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While fans of "Downton Abbey" were left a bit bummed out after Dan Stevens' exit from the show last season, leaving a rather significant absence among the Crawley family, it looks like everyone's favorite PBS drama has rebounded with a bit of casting that will certainly light up message boards and Twitter all over again.

Juan Antonio Bayona To Direct Mendes/Logan Produced 'Penny Dreadful,' Liv Tyler Joins 'The Leftovers' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 3:17 PM
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A bunch of small screen news cropped up over the past week, so let's just take a little breather on the first day of summer to round it all up...

Watch: Teaser For Showtime's 'Masters Of Sex' & Full First Episode Of New Series 'Ray Donovan'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 20, 2013 10:42 AM
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Showtime has two new television dramas premiering this year. The first is “Masters of Sex,” which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, and a new teaser trailer has recently dropped. “Masters of Sex” is based on the real-life stories of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, who were researchers in the nature of human sexual response. The trailer showcases a playful, provocative tone, it should be fun watching Caplan and Sheen play off each other. “Masters of Sex” will premiere on September 29th, after the third season premiere of “Homeland.”

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Digs Into John Hillcoat's 'Quarry' For Cinemax

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 5:54 PM
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Look out HBO, AMC and Netflix, here comes...Cinemax? Yep ,that would appear to be the case as the cable company are now swinging the auteur stick around, recently bagging Steven Sodebergh's period medical drama "The Knick" and now bagging another high profile filmmaker for an equally compelling new show.

Netflix Inks Deal With DreamWorks For New Animated Shows Including 'Turbo,' 'Shrek' & 'The Croods' Spin Offs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 3:11 PM
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Day by day, Netflix continues to movie away from content provider to full on broadcast company, and they show no signs of slowing down. With "House Of Cards," "Hemlock Grove" and "Arrested Development" already out of their original programming gate in 2013, with "Orange Is The New Black" coming next month, the company has now inked another deal that will find even more exclusive shows on their site. We hope your local internet provider is ordering up some new servers.

Watch: Trailer For Steven Spielberg Produced JFK TV Doc 'Letters To Jackie' Featuring All-Star Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 2:26 PM
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This fall will mark fifty years since November 22, 1963 -- a date that continues to haunt American history. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, it seemed to mark an undeniable shift in the country, away from the positivity and hope that followed War War II, into a more fraught and frightened era with more wars overseas, social and political upheaval and much more. To mark the anniversary, there will undoubtedly be a ton of programming and films to choose from, and this is one of them.

Joss Whedon Says Loki Won't Be Back For 'Avengers 2,' Explains How 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Show Fits Into Marvel-Verse

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Though he’s busy doing press for the micro-budget Shakespeare adaptation “Much Ado About Nothing,” current King of the World Joss Whedon hasn’t taken his mind off the unenviable task of following up the mega-hit that was “The Avengers.” And while we already know about some of the characters that will appear in the sequel -- Thanos, Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch -- Whedon has let us know who we shouldn’t expect to see in “The Avengers 2.”

'Family Guy' Shoots A Load On 'Girls' In For Your Consideration Poster Parody For Emmy Campaign

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 3:50 PM
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Of course, nothing has been sacred when it comes to "Family Guy" and making jokes. No subject, person, historical event or [insert whatever] has been out of bounds for the creators, so as the four-time Emmy winning show gears up for another campaign, they've put last year's breakout show firmly on their radar.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Was Almost An HBO Project, Warns Of Film Industry "Implosion"

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • June 13, 2013 9:37 AM
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It’s becoming pretty obvious what the trend of 2013 is, at least in the film world. That trend would be filmmakers sharing their opinions on the current state of cinema and their predictions for what the future of cinema could entail. This time around, it’s George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. They recently visited the USC School of Cinematic Arts to help tout the opening of their new Interactive Media Building. While there, they spoke of the current state of cinema, with Spielberg predicting that a sea of change in the film industry is simply inevitable... we’re sure the film students in the audience were just thrilled to hear that. Sorry kids.

Watch: 55-Minute Talk With Matthew Weiner, Aaron Sorkin & More Showrunners About Violence, Their Hit Shows & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2013 10:37 AM
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With the surplus of quality series currently on cable television, there are also the notable names and personalities behind them -- “Mad Men” and Matthew Weiner, D.B. Weiss and “Game of Thrones,” Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom.” All are articulate, enjoyable, and insightful, and thanks to the coming Emmy season, a roundtable with them and others has hit the web.

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