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Patton Oswalt Puts On A Badge For 'Justified' & Olivia Munn Set For Stint On 'New Girl'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • October 3, 2012 9:23 AM
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With the fall TV season upon us, shows are either preparing for their mid-season or late-season arrivals, or adding guest stars to boost ratings. Two such guest stars are Patton Oswalt and Olivia Munn, both of whom will be appearing on the small screen this upcoming TV season.

The Wachowskis & 'Babylon 5' Creator J. Michael Straczynski Shopping Secretive TV Series 'Sense8'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 5:57 PM
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"Cloud Atlas" is coming, and buzz is building and if that translates into box office success, it will find the The Wachowski Starship back on top again after flopping with "Speed Racer." They've already got "Jupiter Ascending" brewing with Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, with a February start on the horizon, and now it looks like the siblings are set to tackle TV, and as usual, they are operating in secret.

HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' For A Fourth Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 1:12 PM
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Nucky Thompson will still be watching Atlantic City like a hawk next year, for yet another installment. The critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning show (which recently picked up 4 statues for Directing, Art Direction, Cinematography and Special Visual Effects; in 2011, the show won 8 trophies) has been renewed for a fourth season. This is hardly a surprise as the show continues to do what it does best, with the slow-burning drama building up to a boil that is often compelling and unforgettable. "Boardwalk Empire" is only three episodes into its current ten-episode season three, but with more breathing room confirmed, we'll be eager to see where Terrence Winter and hiswriting team take their characters next.

Eddie Marsan, Shirley Henderson, Sean Harris, Kaya Scodelario & More To Star In Sean Durkin's 'Southcliffe'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 2, 2012 11:22 AM
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Thanks to the jaw-droppingly good “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Sean Durkin has established himself as one of the most promising directors around. We’re going to be all kinds of excited about any project he announces, and on his slate at the moment is the Janis Joplin biopic “Janis” (presumably not starring Jenna Maroney) and the four-part TV drama “Southcliffe” for British network Channel 4. The latter is penned by “Red Riding” scribe Tony Grisoni, and it looks like Durkin is starting to assemble a strong British cast for the project.

These Are The Agents Being Cast In Marvel & Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 9:39 AM
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When it was revealed in August that Marvel was taking the comic book powerhouse to the small screen with "S.H.I.E.L.D.," and that ABC had already ordered up a pilot, it was clear this was no mere idea they were just kicking around. Now that they have Joss Whedon on retainer through 2015, Marvel isn't wasting a moment, and casting is now starting on the show that they hope will expand their reach into every home across the country.

Holy Tea & Crumpets! Julian Fellowes Considering A 'Downton Abbey' Prequel

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 1, 2012 10:19 AM
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When he’s not busy writing reports to assist David Cameron in his attempts to balls up the UK film industry by only supporting “mainstream films,” Julian Fellowes is quietly going about penning one of the most successful dramas on television right now. “Downton Abbey” is now in its third season and its popularity shows no signs of waning (last night’s episode pulling in nearly 10m live viewers in the U.K.) – so appropriately BAFTA selected the Oscar-winning writer Fellowes (“Gosford Park”) to kick off their 2012 series of annual screenwriters lectures.

Miley Cyrus To Play Bonnie In 'Bonnie & Clyde' Miniseries For Lifetime & History Channel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2012 5:22 PM
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When Hilary Duff was dumped from the brewing "The Story Of Bonnie & Clyde" last year, we dodged one bullet of having the Arthur Penn classic starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway dumped on by a cheapie production leveraging a former child star into the lead for their first "adult role." Well leave it to the Lifetime and History channels to pick up where that left off with their own movie, which once again will use some stunt casting to get some attention.

'About A Boy' The Latest Movie Being Developed Into A TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 28, 2012 4:25 PM
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While much has been made of feature filmmakers transitioning to cable, where there are more opportunities to tell original stories, it's not like networks don't like to have their own share of easy-sell properties. And one of the biggest trends to emerge in the past year is the sheer number of movies being developed into TV shows. In the past month we've seen news on "Fargo," "A Knight's Tale," and "The Good Shepherd" all headed to the small screen, and now another feature is joining their ranks.

Baz Luhrmann Heads To TV In 2-Year Deal With Sony Pictures Television

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 27, 2012 12:25 PM
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It was set to be a Leonardo DiCaprio showdown come Christmas Day 2012, only a few short months ago. That was before Warner Bros. pushed the DiCaprio-starring adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” back to May 10, 2013. While DiCaprio may still be weeping over the loss of that potentially magnificent double feature, as he's set to star in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" as well, director Baz Luhrmann appears to be handling it all quite well.

Fred Willard, Michael McKean & Ed Begley Jr. Climb Christopher Guest's 'Family Tree'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2012 2:03 PM
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Christopher Guest is finally coming back with his first project since 2006's "For Your Consideration." And intriguingly, it's another stab at the small screen (in 2007 he helmed the pilot of the U.S. version of Armando Ianucci's "The Thick Of It," which didn't go anywhere) but one that is bringing with it a host of familiar faces.

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