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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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WATCH: First Trailer for Cary Fukunaga's HBO Series 'True Detective' Starring McConaughey and Harrelson

The first trailer for "Sin Nombre" and "Jane Eyre" director Cary Fukunaga's HBO drama series "True Detective," starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, has landed.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 9, 2013 12:52 PM
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Best of the Week: Telluride Wraps with 'Salinger' Doc and Tributes, TIFF Kicks Off with Assange Biopic and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • September 8, 2013 7:35 AM
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Welcome Back: 'Foyle's War'

September 15, on Masterpiece Mystery, former Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle will begin a new war. If a television series can win the lottery, “Foyle’s War,” the British series about a policeman solving crimes against the backdrop of the Second World War, has won not once but twice.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • September 8, 2013 6:34 AM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA - Meat & Potatoes

The satisfying contemporary Western procedural "Longmire" (A&E), from the novels of Craig Johnson, managed to squeeze a second season-ending cliffhanger out of the very same underlying mystery it turned to last year, the questions surrounding the death of the title character's beloved wife. If 'hangers are mandatory, you make use of what you've got.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 4, 2013 1:29 PM
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WATCH: 'Downton Abbey' Season 4 Gets a New Trailer

A new trailer for the fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has landed. This spot strikes an upbeat tone with Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess advising grieving widow Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) to choose life over death. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 4, 2013 1:07 AM
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