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TV Dial: Andy Samberg Sets Up TV Cop Comedy; Bette Midler Heads To 'Glee' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 19, 2012 12:21 PM
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Well folks, in today’s edition of TV Dial we have news concerning guests stars in two very different shows and two new pilots for next year.

HBO Considering A Third 'Band Of Brothers,' Signs Deal With David Fincher

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2012 9:02 AM
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Of all the success HBO has had in recent years, particularly by drawing Hollywood stars and auteurs into their fold, one could arguably trace their new network dominance back to 2001's "Band Of Brothers." The acclaimed ten-part, eleven-hour miniseries from producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks picked up six Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Peabody and many more honors, and was a big audience draw in addition to being a massive critical success. It spawned a side-series, "The Pacific," and overall continues to be one of HBO's crown jewels. So is it any surprise they want more?

Review: 'Ethel' Is A Powerful Personal Portrait Of Love & Liberalism

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 18, 2012 5:00 PM
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Few American dynasties hold the same mystique as the Kennedy clan. Defined largely by professional triumph and personal heartache, the Kennedys are the closest thing the United States has to royalty, and as the years go by, the amount of historical miscellanea that is produced or unearthed about the family seems to grow exponentially. Even as the kings and queens of the dynasty grow old and die, which is a far less tragic exit than many members of the family, our nation's collective fascination deepens and intensifies. One of the latest pieces about the Kennedy empire is "Ethel," a film by Rory Kennedy, about her mother, Ethel Kennedy, wife of slain senator and presidential nominee Robert F. Kennedy.

R. Kelly Says 20 More Chapters Of 'Trapped In The Closet' Coming For Thanksgiving; Watch New Episode Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 4:13 PM
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In case you missed it back in March, R. Kelly's glorious, insane, amazeballs "Trapped in the Closet" is coming back, this time courtesty of IFC. If you haven't seen it -- and by God, do everything in your power to catch up -- the original genius musical/drama/hip hopera was conceived, performed, sung, narrated and acted by Kelly (and a number of guest stars) and centered on a one-night stand gone horribly, strangely and surreally wrong. The good news for fans was that the R&B singer promised even more to come, and then word went quiet. Well, it appears it's coming very soon, and just time for a weekend when we'll be wanting to stretch out with the extra loose pants on.

First Pic From Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir,' TNT Orders Up Six Episodes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 3:41 PM
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It was back in May when we last heard about Frank Darabont's brewing "L.A. Noir," and its status was uncertain. The pilot episode had wrapped, but a decision was still pending from TNT as to whether or not they would be pushing forward with it. Now, fourth months later, not only do we have our first moody image, it comes with the news that the network has ordered up a six-episode first season of the show. A nice rebound for Darabont after an acrimonious exit from "The Walking Dead."

Diego Luna To Direct, Produce & Star In 26-Hour Mini-Series 'La Niña Mala'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2012 12:24 PM
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In addition to being an excellent actor, Diego Luna has quietly been carving out a directorial career as well, with one feature film under his belt ("Abel") and another on the way (the biopic "Chavez"). However, his next move might his most ambitious yet.

Fox Builds 'The George Clooney Manifesto' For Comedy Series & Bets On Contemporary 'Bonnie and Clyde' TV Update

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 15, 2012 6:03 PM
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If a personal philosophy leads to a star persona, actor George Clooney remains not the worst choice among many as the main figurehead around which to base a story. Or at least that's the thinking behind Mark Waters' (“Mean Girls,” “Freaky Friday”) newest TV comedy in development, while elsewhere the Bonnie and Clyde legend gets a series update from Fox.

Watch: Jon Hamm & Adam Scott Star In 'The Greatest Event In Television History' With Paul Rudd, Gus Van Sant & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 10:24 AM
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Maybe we should watch Adult Swim more often instead of going to bed early, but thankfully we live in the wonderful world of YouTube. Late last Thursday night, the network aired "The Greatest Even In Television History" and featuring a gallery of our favorite people, and while it's a pretty awesome concept, it's even better because it lives up to the promise.

'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Series Re-Enlists Clark Gregg, Agent Coulson Lives!

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 14, 2012 12:51 PM
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We suppose it was inevitable. No other medium loves to resurrect its characters as much as the comic. While killing characters makes for great drama, the nature of the soap-opera-esque form and the kowtowing to fans generally means if anyone "dies," sit tight, they're coming back to life in the near-future once the sturm-und-drang and consequences of a death have been throughly milked.

Bryan Singer-Directed 'Mockingbird Lane' Pilot To Air In Time For Halloween, Plus First Pics From The Show

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 12, 2012 5:44 PM
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Is this good news or bad news for the Bryan Singer reboot of “The Munsters”? His pilot for “Mockingbird Lane” is coming to NBC earlier than expected – the hour-long show will air as a Halloween special on Friday, October 26th at 8 p.m. before “Grimm.” For those keeping track, that’s the slot that was recently vacated by “Community” and “Whitney.”

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