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Netflix Partners with Weinsteins on New Original Series, Heads for Sundance with Docs in Mind (TRAILERS)

Netflix not only partnered with the Weinstein Co. for their Golden Globe after party but on several new TV series as well. Ted Sarandos has always been close to the indie film community. In fact, he picked up Oscar doc contender "The Square" and plans to make it available for streaming on January 17 and heads for Sundance with opening nighter "Mitt" and plans to buy more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 1:04 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'True Detective' Partners McConaughey & Harrelson Pursue Another Serial Killer

“I get a bad taste in my mouth out here,” says Matthew McConaughey’s gaunt and haunted Rust Cohle, a detective as tightly wound as a cramped muscle who is hunting a ritualistic serial killer in rural Louisiana in the 1980s. “Aluminum, ash. Like you can smell the psychosphere.”
  • By David Chute
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  • January 12, 2014 12:59 PM
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AMC and Sundance Channel Unveil New Drama Series at TV Critics Panel, 'Rectify' and 'Returned' Are Back

With two of its signature shows becoming past tense, AMC is reaching even deeper into the past to stake out its future. Meanwhile, sister network The Sundance Channel revealed a spate of original programming during the 2014 Television Critics Association press tour.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 11, 2014 9:13 PM
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HBO Makes News at TV Critics Panel

HBO brought a raft of star power to the opening day of the winter Television Critics Press Tour (TCA) Thursday afternoon, presenting Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, stars of the brooding Louisiana-set crime series “True Detective,” which premieres Sunday, along with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Taylor Kitsch from the cast of HBO movie “The Normal Heart” and quite a few others.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 9, 2014 10:05 PM
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Larry Kramer's 'A Normal Heart' Will Debut on HBO in May

Ryan Murphy and Larry Kramer's adaptation of his Tony-winning play 'A Normal Heart,' starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, will debut in May for HBO Films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2014 6:56 PM
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Sasheer Zamata Joins SNL as First Black Female Cast Member in Over Six Years (VIDEO)

Comedian Sasheer Zamata has joined "Saturday Night Live" as the variety show's first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left SNL in 2007. Zamata will make her television debut on January 18th, SNL's first show of the new year.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 6, 2014 8:30 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for 'House of Cards' Season Two Arrives in All Its High-Drama Glory

A new trailer has arrived for Netflix's hotly anticipated second season of "House of Cards," which arrives in full on Valentine's Day, ready for binge-watching. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 6, 2014 12:58 PM
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The New Year Starts Off Well for Benedict Cumberbatch

The new year is off to a good start for Benedict Cumberbatch, whose "Sherlock" third season premiere nabbed the highest-ever UK ratings upon its return to the BBC. U.S. audiences will have to wait.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2014 12:18 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Putting 2013 Behind Us

"Orphan Black," Hannibal" and "Masters of Sex" were among our favorite TV shows of 2013. But we remain skeptical of the entire enterprise of compiling lists.
  • By David Chute
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  • December 31, 2013 8:02 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Is Back: A Preview and Review (SEASON FOUR CLIPS)

A guilty pleasure for many of us, frothy Brit soap opera "Downton Abbey" is back stateside January 5 on PBS (months after it's been seen by the lucky folks in the UK). This is the series that left our jaws agape as it killed off in the finale not just one but two key characters. Here's how Julian Fellowes picked up the pieces.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 1:04 PM
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