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Watch: New Trailers For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' & 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 18, 2012 8:39 AM
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If you’re getting sick of the deluge of studio fare this summer, cable may provide a much needed reprieve, and new teasers from two highly-anticipated shows -- one about the inner-workings of a cable news network and the other following the ongoing adventures of high school teacher turned meth dealer -- have arrived.

Fingers Crossed: A 'Bored To Death' Movie Might Happen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2012 6:36 PM
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While we're generally fans of the kind of programming HBO tends to support, their decision to cancel "Bored To Death" at the end of last year was heartbreaking. While the show was not a huge hit, over three excellent seasons it developed a cult following and was one of the funniest, wittiest shows on television. And the show didn't go quietly into the night either -- a minor online campaign started up to try and persuade HBO to keep the show going. And it looks like they've been listening.

Sam Worthington To Co-Produce & Possibly Star In Miniseries About Battle Of Gallipoli

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 14, 2012 11:39 AM
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Sam Worthington has kinda fallen off the map after breaking out in "Avatar," with a few indies ("The Debt," "Man On A Ledge") and the whole 'Clash Of The Titans' thing not exactly raising his profile -- though the latter probably bought him a new house or two. He does have a '70s surfing-drama, "Drift," on the way, but it looks like he's now getting behind a project closer to home, signing up to co-produce and possibly star in a cable miniseries depicting the WWI Battle Of Gallipoli that teamed Australia, New Zealand and British forces to capture Istanbul.

TV Dial: Portia De Rossi Is Lily Munster; 'Dexter' Puts Yvonne Strahovski On The Block & Joseph Fiennes Joins 'American Horror Story'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 13, 2012 12:47 PM
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Television news is running rampant as networks are locking down their pilot orders and getting their returning series in shape before the fall, so let’s see if we can nail these down, shall we?

Andy Samberg Goes 'Cuckoo' For BBC Plus 6 Clips From 'That's My Boy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2012 5:31 PM
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Yes, Andy Samberg has left "Saturday Night Live" joining Kristen Wiig in waving goodbye to the iconic sketch comedy show, which should make for a radically different program when it returns in September. And while we'll miss the SNL Digital Shorts (though, we guess he'll team up with this Lonely Island boys to do some special ones from time to time) it looks like Samberg is ready to spread his wings a bit. He already hit Sundance in January with "Celeste And Jesse Forever," a relationship dramedy that's a bit different than we're used to seeing from him and now he's crossing the pond for his next television effort.

Showtime Picks Up 'Masters Of Sex' With Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 12, 2012 1:45 PM
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After losing Paul Bettany to his flighty scheduling before replacing him with the equally incredible Michael Sheen, there was little to be heard about Showtime's latest pilot, “The Masters of Sex,” which also starred Lizzy Caplan in a lead role. However, just as one was beginning to believe a “The Corrections”-esque denial had taken place, news comes today that the network has picked the hour-long show up for a full season run, in addition to another family drama with Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan.”

Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Adds Three; Jena Malone Is A 'Go Getter'; Creed From 'The Office' Joins 'Liz & Dick' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 11, 2012 12:20 PM
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With "Young Adult" barely out of our minds, lensing is excitingly already underway on Jason Reitman's next directorial effort, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's coming-of-age story "Labor Day." The project has now added a trio of talent with Alexie Gilmore ("World's Greatest Dad"), Lucas Hedges ("Moonrise Kingdom") and Brooke Smith ("Grey's Anatomy") all joining in unnamed supporting roles. The story centers on an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who is taken in by a depressed single mother (Kate Winslet) and her teen son (Gattlin Griffith) over a Labor Day weekend with Clark Gregg, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Brighid Fleming and James Van Der Beek also co-starring. [Variety]

TV Dial: 'Arrow' Extended Trailer Arrives; NBC Eyes Charlize Theron's 'Hatfield & McCoys,' 'Community' Fan Creates 8-Bit Game & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 8, 2012 3:22 PM
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Though the Green Arrow comic-book character showed up briefly in “Smallville,” fans looking for any story continuation with the CW's newest series adaptation, “Arrow,” will be sorely disappointed. The show is an entirely revamped affair, going for a more down-to-earth aesthetic and characters, but while the show won't appear on the network until fall, those looking for an early peek will get just that if they pack a bag and head to San Diego next month.

TV Dial: Poster For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5; 'Spartacus' Ending After Third Season; 3 Clips From 'True Blood' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 5, 2012 1:38 PM
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One show is ending, two more are coming and other is getting a black-and-white rerun in this round-up of small screen news....

'Friends With Kids' Director Jennifer Westfeldt Developing HBO Series

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 5, 2012 11:45 AM
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While “Kissing Jessica Stein” helmer Jennifer Westfeldt’s recent “Friends With Kids” was more of a “conventional look at unconventional relationships” than we had hoped for according to our review, we can’t deny that the writer-director consistently produces worthwhile adult fare – and certainly has proven to be far more than just “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm’s long-time partner.

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