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Get To Know The 14 New Additions To The Cast Of Season Three Of 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 15, 2012 11:16 AM
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"Game Of Thrones" already has one of the most expansive and impressive casts in the history of television. Essentially picking up the slack that "Harry Potter" left in terms of propping up the British acting industry, the show hasn't just made stars (with names like Richard Madden, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke coming to serious Hollywood attention), but also given great showcases to veteran character actors -- people like Donald Sumpter, Stephen Dillane and Liam Cunningham have given show-stealing turns over the last two seasons.

Dame Diana Rigg Joins Season 3 Of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2012 1:26 PM
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The cult of "Game Of Thrones" grows ever stronger. Initially anticipated principally by fans of George R.R. Martin's books, the HBO series has won over more and more viewers since debuting last April, including many who would never have dreamed that they'd become hopelessly addicted to a fantasy series. And in part, it's thanks to the terrific cast, featuring a mix of veteran character actors (including the Emmy-winning Peter Dinklage), and bright new talent; every role has seemingly been cast impeccably, with a depth to its ensemble that few shows since "The Wire" can match.

Recap: 'Louie' Has A Brief Encounter In Miami In A Gentle, Slight Episode

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 13, 2012 10:56 AM
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"Louie" does something that really no other comedy show on TV would, or could do -- it's not afraid to not be funny. While loosely fitting into the half-hour sitcom format, Louis C.K.'s long since thrown off those shackles, both formally and in terms of the need to actually make you laugh. After all, he's one of the most critically acclaimed and successful stand-ups of his generation, and as such, doesn't exactly need that simple, immediate validation, and some of the best episodes of the show to date -- last season's sublime "Duckling," for instance -- had barely a chuckle to be found, without feeling lacking. This week's installment, "Miami," wasn't quite in that top tier, but was another demonstration that he's trying things that no one else is coming close to.

Johnny Depp To Reprise 'Edward Scissorhands' For 'Family Guy' Appearance

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 12, 2012 1:41 PM
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While he's been one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood over the past decade or so, when Johnny Depp commits to a role -- he really goes all in. Sure he probably took his paycheck for "The Tourist" with shame, but he's capable of standing out within the blockbuster fluff of films like the recent "Dark Shadows" and pretty much all of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, and is even up for some righteous self parody on shows like Ricky Gervais' "Life's Too Short" and a particularly violent homage wink to the show that helped garner him his initial notoriety in this year's "21 Jump Street." Though for those who long for the early days of Depp -- especially when his work with director Tim Burton was of the more satisfying variety -- then you're in for a treat.

'Game Change' & 'The Campaign' Director Jay Roach Stays Political, Will Direct HBO's 'K Blows Top' Starring Paul Giamatti

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2012 2:31 PM
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Does the idea of Paul Giamatti playing Nikita Khrushchev sound vaguely familiar? Then you might have a very good memory. First announced way back in 2010, this Cold War drama has been brewing over at HBO and now it looks like it's finally building some steam.

Watch: Teaser Trailers For 'Sons Of Anarchy' Season 5 & 'Dexter' Season 7

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • July 10, 2012 9:43 AM
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With the fifth and final season of "Breaking Bad" nearing its premiere next week, FX and Showtime don't want anyone to forget about September, when they will be releasing the fifth and seventh season of "Sons of Anarchy" and "Dexter," respectively. New teasers for both shows have just been released.

Because I Say So: Another Great Trailer For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 10, 2012 9:01 AM
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This Sunday sees the premiere of the first half of the final season of “Breaking Bad,” and we’re fucking stoked. AMC has released a new promo that has small spoilers, especially if you haven’t caught up on the fourth season -- and if you haven’t, why are you reading this?

Third Seasons Of 'Boardwalk Empire' & 'Treme' Set September Premiere Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 4:19 PM
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So you might be in the midst of "The Newsroom" and preparing yourself for "Breaking Bad" this weekend, but if you're worried about the lack of anything to watch on the small screen once those shows wrap up this summer, HBO has got you covered, with the third seasons of two acclaimed shows guaranteed to make sure that imprint on your couch doesn't lose its shape.

Heisenberg Is Back: 3 Minute Behind-The-Scenes Preview For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 12:54 PM
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Is there any duo on a television drama right now as electrifying and compelling as Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul)? With "Breaking Bad" heading into the first half of its final, fifth season -- with the first episode to premiere to at Comic-Con on Saturday -- what the future holds for both of them is anybody's guess. But it's going to be hella entertaining to find out. And duh, there are spoilers below.

10 TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations (But Probably Won't Get Them)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2012 12:02 PM
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We're still months and months away from the Oscars, but the other awards ceremony of the moving image is starting to sneak up; two weeks from today, the nominations for the Primetime Emmys, the biggest awards honoring television comedies, dramas, miniseries and movies, will be announced, ahead of the ceremony itself in September. Given the stars that the small screen attracts these days, it's just as glitzy as the Academy Awards, and given that we're living in what's generally deemed to be something of a golden age of television, there are more good shows on the air than could possibly be honored in a single ceremony. Someone's going to miss out.

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