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HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for a Fifth Season

Even though Emmy-winning "Boardwalk Empire" got off to a soft start in its the fourth-season debut on Sept. 8 (TOH review here), HBO has renewed Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese and Tim Van Patten's '20s period gangster series or a fifth season said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 2:17 PM
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Review: 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Demands Inside Marvel Knowledge (TRAILER)

The show assumes a fair amount of inside Marvel knowledge on the part of its viewers, which at this point is not much of a stretch. But all the elaborate backstories being spun out don't always promote comprehension. The target audience, one suspects, will have little trouble keeping up.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 25, 2013 2:47 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: As We Head Toward the 'Breaking Bad' Finale, We Are Jesse (VIDEO)

On Sunday's episode of AMC's self-referential chat show "Talking Bad," actor Matt Jones observed that his character, Badger, a slacker/stoner member of Jesse Pinkman's drug crew, had been kept around on "Breaking Bad," along with his pal Skinny Pete (Charles Baker), mostly to remind us where Jessie came from. "Badger and Skinny Pete," Jones said, "represent what Jesse was. And if Jesse never met Walt and they never cooked together, he'd still be us."
  • By David Chute
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  • September 24, 2013 6:23 PM
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Emmy Wrap Up and Winners

"This just in: no one in America is winning their Emmy office pool," said host Neil Patrick Harris. "Surprises galore."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2013 11:11 PM
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Emmy Video: Neil Patrick Harris Opener and Merritt Wever's Brief Acceptance

Neil Patrick Harris had his past super hosting jobs to top Sunday night. Here's how he handled the 2013 Emmy Awards opener.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 22, 2013 9:11 PM
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'Mad Men' Adds 'Chinatown' Screenwriter Robert Towne to Writing Staff for Two-Part Seventh Season

Along with yesterday's news that the seventh and final season of AMC's "Mad Men" will be broken into two seven-episode batches, to unspool over spring 2014 and spring 2015, showrunner Matthew Weiner also announced that veteran screenwriter Robert Towne ("Chinatown") is one of the new additions to the show's writing staff.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 18, 2013 12:26 PM
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Rotten Tomatoes Launches TV Zone, to Give Fresh or Rotten Ratings to TV Shows

Rotten Tomatoes is now going to expand its "Fresh" or "Rotten" ratings to TV shows. Starting September 17, the critic aggregate site will launch "TV Zone," where Tomatometer scores can be found for television series' seasons (but not by individual episode).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 16, 2013 2:03 PM
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Best of the Week: Buyers Hit Fall Fests, Gandolfini's Farewell Performance, TIFF Reviews and Interviews, and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • September 14, 2013 10:13 AM
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EW Unveils Sprawling Fall TV Preview, From New Shows with Toni Collette and Michael J. Fox to What's Next on 'American Horror Story,' 'Homeland' and More

Just as it does with film, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled its annual Fall TV preview, which hits newsstands Friday less than two weeks before the Primetime Emmys on September 22. Fall television is a whack-a-mole of pilots and new seasons, and according to this issue, there are 119 of those coming at you down the pike.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 12, 2013 4:17 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Premiere, Nussbaum TV Game, Johnson Directs 'Breaking Bad'

The season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" was as lush and well-acted -- and as weirdly uncompelling -- as ever. Perhaps we've watched too many period gangster dramas, at this point, to be easily enthralled by a show that takes a staunchly traditionalist approach to the genre.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 10, 2013 4:32 PM
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