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Watch: 2 New Trailers From The Final Season Of 'Fringe' Materialize From A Parallel World

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 10:42 AM
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If you haven't been watching "Fringe," the admirably madcap Fox sci-fi series co-created by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, well, you have a few weeks to catch up before the fifth and final season (and we suggest you do). Originally a kind of gooier version of "The X-Files," with a liberal dose of Cronenbergian scientific weirdness thrown in, the show has evolved into one of the most imaginative and surprising dramatic hour-longs on television, each season deepening its mythology while raising both the stakes and the emotional content. Not even a move to the Friday night death slot could slow it down creatively. And by the looks of two new trailers released for the new season, it's going to end on a high note.

Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Documentary 'Bad 25' Airs On ABC On Thanksgiving

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 29, 2012 9:17 AM
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Despite having a creative misstep with 2008’s “Miracle At St. Anna,” Spike Lee remains a vibrant voice and has estabalished himself as a top tier documentary filmmaker, with numerous projects over the past decade. And the Brooklyn auteur's next documentary “Bad 25,” which chronicles the creation and impact of Michael Jackson’s seminal 1987 album, has been acquired by the television network ABC for a Thanksgiving airing.

Eddie Murphy's 'Beverly Hills Cop' TV Series Moves Forward As Networks Circle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 8:56 AM
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While once much talked about, possibly-Brett Ratner-directed "Beverly Hills Cop 4" is, for all intents and purposes, dead. However Axel Foley is still kicking around and is now headed to the small screen. "What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there," Eddie Murphy said about the TV concept last fall, and indeed, things are rolling right along as networks are now taking a hard look at the show.

'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV Series Moves Ahead, Joss Whedon To Write & Possibly Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 9:59 PM
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Well, that didn't take long. Mere weeks after inking a 3 year deal with Marvel, parent company Disney has put Joss Whedon to work, and it will find him expanding the comic brand to the small screen.

'Fame' Getting Rebooted (Again) As A TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2012 4:22 PM
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It's basic economics -- it's cheaper to use a pre-existing property instead of developing something original. When the original "Fame" movie came out in 1980, it was a hit, winning two Academy Awards (it was nominated for six) for Best Score and Best Original Song. It also spawned a successful TV series, which ran for five seasons and earned a decent following. Since then, the brand actually has a bit of life to it as well. While the 2009 reboot only took in a paltry $22 million domestically, overseas it did more than double that number and wound up hauling in over $75 million worldwide. And with dance reality shows still doing quite well for some bizarre reason and with "Footloose" also doing relatively decent numbers, it seems that once again, folks are gonna live forever.

4 Freaky New Posters Debut For 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 28, 2012 11:16 AM
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Whether you think it's lovably ludicrous or ludicrously lovable, there's something undeniably compelling about Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's "American Horror Story." It's first season, which just racked up a whopping seventeen Primetime Emmy nominations, was a rocket-powered fear coaster full of S&M ghouls, marital distrust, and Jessica Lange. Season 2, subtitled "Asylum," is supposed to take a more grounded approach, but by the looks of four new posters, it's still going to be freaky as all get-out.

Vera Farmiga Is Norma Bates In TV Series 'Psycho' Prequel 'Bates Motel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 2:45 PM
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One of the most tantalizing projects headed to the small screen, but also one of the riskiest, is A&E's "Bates Motel." Earlier this summer, the network skipped the whole pilot episode thing and ordered up ten episodes of the show for a 2013 premiere, and it seems the wheels are beginning to turn now. And this first bit of casting puts on face on a famed movie character that only existed as voice in Alfred Hitchock's "Psycho," which this series will serve as a prequel to.

Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore Are 'Family Guy' Valentines; Terrence Howard & T.I. Book Trips To 'Hawaii Five-O' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 27, 2012 10:43 AM
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In today’s TV roundup, we have casting news regarding a spin-off that no one is asking for, a CBS reboot, and one of Fox’s most successful shows.

"How Many People Have You Killed?": New Trailer For 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3 Promises A High Number For Many

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2012 9:19 AM
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Losing one of the series' most well-drawn characters alongside one of the least, season three of “Boardwalk Empire” has wasted no time in teasing the repercussions caused by the former's occurrence (sorry, Paz de la Huerta fans), and now a just-released teaser is here to continues that building tension.

David Fincher Says He's Still Figuring Out 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel; Reveals Other Directors On 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 9:11 AM
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With Sony confirming last week that "The Girl Who Played With Fire" would not be hitting screens in 2013 (hardly a shock considering no casting or greenlight or any other movement had happened on "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" followup), speculation brewed as to whether or not David Fincher would return. While "The Social Network" was pretty much smooth sailing, his relationship with Sony grew fractious during 'Dragon Tattoo,' with heads butting from the start over casting and more bumps along the way. "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" was expected to be his next film, but we'd wager Disney might be re-considering the expensive 3D and CGI-heavy movie in the wake of the belly flop "John Carter," and particularly with "The Lone Ranger" reportedly already going over budget. Whatever might be going on behind the scenes, it seems Fincher still has Lisbeth Salander on the brain.

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