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M. Night Shyamalan Producing 'Twin Peaks'-Esque Miniseries 'Wayward Pines' For Fox

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 10, 2013 5:51 PM
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We’ve recently had (sadly false) rumors of a “Twin Peaks” return, and Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove” (trailer here) looks like it has a very "Twin Peaks"-y vibe to accompany those genre elements too, and now Fox has a show that's said to be “evocative of 'Twin Peaks'” from the twistmeister general himself, M. Night Shyamalan. “Wayward Pines” (even the name screams “Twin Peaks”) will apparently be a 10-12 part event series that the network anticipates getting on the air within the next 12-24 months.

Exclusive: Jason Schwartzman Writing Music For Roman Coppola's 'Bugsy Malone'-Styled Musical For Kids

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 10, 2013 1:56 PM
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Jason Schwartzman has already collaborated with his cousin Roman Coppola several times, more recently in the upcoming comedy “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III.” But while Schwartzman plays supporting roles in Coppola's latest feature-length film as well as his previous one, “CQ,” the actor would be taking on more central responsibilities in two of Coppola’s prospective upcoming projects.

Watch: Trailer For Eli Roth's Netflix Series 'Hemlock Grove' Roars To Life

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 10, 2013 1:38 PM
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Anyone who read Brian McCreevy's monstrously clever horror novel "Hemlock Grove" knows what viewers are in for when the Eli Roth-produced Netflix series is unleashed in April. For everyone else, you're going to get a pretty good idea, thanks to a brand new trailer for the series that just debuted online. Television is having something of a horror moment, between "The Walking Dead," "True Blood" and "American Horror Story," and it looks like those viewers who still have a thirst for blood will have something to look forward to.

2 New Images From Season 4 Of 'Arrested Development'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 10, 2013 10:53 AM
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Well, "Arrested Development" fans, you haven’t been dreaming this entire time. We now have a couple of images from the highly anticipated fourth season, and while it’s only two spoiler-free images, it still serves as a reminder that we are merely months away from getting the chance to sit down, relax, and soak in all fourteen episodes in one sitting. That is, if you have that kind of attention span.

DGA Award TV Nominees Include Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Philip Kaufman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 3:19 PM
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Perhaps as further evidence that great storytelling is happening just as often on the small screen as it is in the multiplex, this year's DGA nominees for televison feature more than a few names who are seasoned in the feature film world, so let's get right to it.

Mitch Hurwitz Says Each Episode Of 'Arrested Development' Season 4 Picks Up After Season 3 Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 11:50 AM
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Perhaps second only to the finale of "Breaking Bad," the big TV event of 2013 right now is the return of "Arrested Development." Due later this spring from Netflix, fans have been taking any morsel of info they can get as exact plot details remain under wraps. There hasn't been a trailer yet, though the DVD/streaming company did tease fans around Christmas by putting up artwork for the numerous fake shows that have appeared in "Arrested Development" to date. But creator Mitch Hurwitz has offered up a few more bits and bobs about what the show will deliver, and why we're not going to see every character in every episode.

New Images Of Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter & More In Jane Campion's Miniseries 'Top Of The Lake'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 9:25 AM
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One of the most interesting projects unspooling at the Sundance Film Festival isn't an indie film, a foreign movie or a documentary -- it's a TV miniseries, from an acclaimed auteur. Jane Campion will be in Park City to present -- in full, in one sitting -- her seven-part, six-hour "Top Of The Lake." And if you can't be there, a handful of new images have arrived to give you a sneak peek at the show.

Ricky Gervais' 'Life's Too Short' Will Wrap Up With A Final Special

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 7, 2013 6:18 PM
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On the small screen at least, Ricky Gervais has seldom encountered anything short of enormous success since “The Office” (in this writer’s opinion the finest sitcom of the last two decades) first aired in July 2001. That show went on for two seasons (plus a Christmas special), as did the inferior but still undeniably brilliant “Extras.” The animated version of his podcast with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, “The Ricky Gervais Show,” went on for three seasons and found far more success than the format reasonably had any right to, and similarly “An Idiot Abroad” (in which he sends Karl Pilkington around the globe) has been a huge success in the UK, and has just concluded after adding Warwick Davis to the mix for its final run this Christmas.

Anna Faris To Star In 'Mom' The Latest Comedy From 'Two And A Half Men' & 'Big Bang Theory' Creator Chuck Lorre

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 7, 2013 5:29 PM
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Whatever four-part offense the “Scary Movie” franchise has brought upon Anna Faris, thankfully a considerable defense -- in the form of “Observe and Report” and Gregg Araki's “Smiley Face” -- is present there as well. The actress holds an irreverent comedic approach that has elevated each film in which she features, and now the creator of TV's most successful sitcom has tapped her in hopes of replicating that charm on the smaller screen.

Watch: Trailer For David Goyer-Penned Starz Series 'Da Vinci's Demons'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 7, 2013 5:20 PM
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If you follow these sorts of things, you're well aware that the TCA Winter Press Tour is in full swing at the moment. If you don’t, well, the TCA are the Television Critics Association, and the twice-yearly press tour consists of the networks and cable channels bulling themselves and their upcoming content up to the press. Over the weekend Starz got the opportunity to do just that for the shows on their upcoming slate, and perhaps the most interesting project they’re banging the drum for is the David Goyer (“The Dark Knight” trilogy) -penned “Da Vinci’s Demons.”

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