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Michael Apted's '56 Up' Has Its Broadcast Premiere on PBS October 14

Michael Apted’s “56 Up,” the most recent installment in his groundbreaking series of documentaries checking in with a number of Brits every seven years over the course of their very divergent lives, will have its national broadcast premiere on PBS October 14, as part of the award-winning POV (Point of View) series, and the new PBS Indies Showcase.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 11, 2013 2:03 PM
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Meet the Real Siri

This Thursday the Queen Latifah Show will introduce the world to Susan Bennett, the woman who claims to be behind Apple iPhone's original Siri. Bennett revealed herself last week in order to set the record straight after a tech news site gave another voiceover actress credit for Siri.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 2:29 PM
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Why Oliver Stone Let Loose on the 'Breaking Bad' Finale: "The Most Ridiculous 15 Minutes... It Would Be Laughed Off the Screen"

While the much discussed "Breaking Bad" finale had plenty of supporters, director Oliver Stone was not one of them. He told Forbes that he "happened to tune in and saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie -- it would be laughed off the screen."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 1:42 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Brody Still AWOL on 'Homeland,' 'Ironside' Surprises (VIDEOS)

Two episodes into Homeland (Showtime) and still no sign of Brody. Which means that this show about the eruptive intersection of the personal and political is still not quite itself yet as it continues its third season.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 8, 2013 5:22 PM
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WATCH: Five Best Sketches from Miley Cyrus' Self-Deprecating SNL Episode

This week Miley Cyrus capably handled double-duty as musical guest and host of Saturday Night Live's second episode of the season. We expected Cyrus' monologue to address her VMA performance, which she did with humor, confidence, and winking sass. Watch the highlights from Cyrus' turn hosting SNL here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 6, 2013 11:12 AM
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Best of the Week: Cuaron Talks 'Gravity,' Focus Drops Schamus, 'Breaking Bad' Goes Out in Glory and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • October 5, 2013 3:53 PM
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Review: 'Borgen,' in All Its Political and Psychological Glory, Is Back for Season 3

Politics is the art of the impossible in America this week, but, in a fictional Denmark, it is still, thankfully, the art of the possible. “Borgen,” which Newsweek once called “The best TV show you’ve never seen” and the Los Angeles Times has labeled ”compelling,” starts its third season on KCET at 10pm tonight.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • October 4, 2013 11:44 AM
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Amazon Greenlights Three New TV Pilots from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Jill Soloway and More

Amazon Prime Instant has greenlit three enticing comedy pilots. Oscar nominee Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Emmy nominee and Sundance winner Jill Soloway and more are cooking up some potential new series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 12:38 PM
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Q & A: Indie Hit 'Enough Said' Is Oscar Race Dark Horse

Nicole Holofcener is one of those respected specialty players who has never crossed over to the mainstream. Now may be her time. With rave reviews and strong box office and an awards push from Fox Searchlight (which developed the project from a pitch), "Enough Said" could wind up a strong contender in the Oscar race in multiple categories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2013 3:04 PM
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Top Five Cable and Broadcast Finales of All Time: Who's Number One?

The water cooler lives. For all the hoopla surrounding the "Breaking Bad" finale, it was neither the most-watched cable finale, nor did it come near the sheer numbers generated by the top broadcast finales. (Our analysis here, roundup here.) Variety helpfully put together a list of the top TV finale performers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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