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'Game of Thrones' 3.10 Recap and Review - 'Mhysa'

No more shrieking reaction videos on YouTube until at least 2014, as "Game of Thrones" ends season three on a forward-looking note.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 10, 2013 2:18 PM
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Trailer Watch: Netflix's Summer Series 'Orange Is the New Black'

Check out the first trailer for Netflix's newest original programming foray, "Orange is the New Black." The series stars Taylor Schilling ("The Lucky One") as a Brooklynite whose life of yuppie perfection gets a serious wakeup call when she has to do time in a women's federal prison. Watch below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 6, 2013 1:58 PM
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J.J. Abrams to Develop 'Twilight Zone' Maestro Rod Serling's Final Screenplay

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot banner has finalized a deal with the estate of Rod Serling, sci-fi screenwriter and "Twilight Zone" host, to develop a series based on Serling's unproduced screenplay, "The Stops Along the Way." The script is reportedly the writer's final completed work before his death in 1975. The few bits of gleaned information on it, via Serling's widow, describe it as "a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination... [it] takes place over a long period of time."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 3:35 PM
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HBO's Summer Documentary Series Kicks Off June 10, Includes 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,' 'Love, Marilyn' and More

Starting June 10, HBO kicks off its summer documentary series, where ten weeks of non-fiction films air on Monday nights. Included in the program are buzzy festival titles like Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," Liz Garbus' "Love Marilyn" and Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel." Full list below, with summaries of each film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 12:21 PM
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Settling the Myth that Women Don't Like 'Game of Thrones'

Wired's out to settle a myth about HBO's "Game of Thrones": That women don't like the show. This assumption by some reviewers has now been debunked by statistical data. Women actually make up about 42% of the show's audience.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 2:43 PM
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No Surprise: New Nielsen Report Shows Young Americans Not Paying for Cable

Check out this Nielsen chart from Business Insider, which hammers home an increasingly present trend: young Americans aren't paying for traditional TV. According to the Nielsen Report, US households with "Zero-TV" (defined below) are now counting five million, a three million increase since 2007.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 1:21 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Episode 9 Reaction Video

A number of knowing videographers knew what was coming and taped their pals watching "Game of Thrones" Episode 9, with dramatic results, especially among the women. Don't watch if you haven't seen it yet.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2013 8:26 PM
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Ridley Scott's 'Crimes of the Century' Docu-Series Comes to CNN

Taking a tip from Nat Geo, CNN has added Ridley Scott to its summer schedule. The writer-director's tantalizing new series "Crimes of the Century," set to premiere on June 23, will focus each week during its eight-episode run on a shocking historical event with far-reaching repercussions. Subjects include the assassination of John Lennon, the Amanda Knox murder trial and the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 3, 2013 4:21 PM
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'Game of Thrones' 3.9: 'The Rains of Castamere' - No Recap = No Spoilers

No spoilers of any kind in this small contribution on the single most significant "Game of Thrones" episode to date. Recap write-ups from the East Coast were posted hours ago, and HBO has been sending out screener discs not in advance but days or even weeks after episodes are shown, which makes it tough for Westies to compete. We're operating on the premise that a good review is worth waiting for.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 3, 2013 12:15 PM
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Netflix's Revived Cult Favorite 'Arrested Development' Brings Baggage

"Arrested Development" is not a sitcom that suits TV-love-at-first-sight. Like many of the better television shows, it's based on layers. Any series that rewards serious, devoted, eagle-eyed fans would bring an onslaught of criticism upon its return. Is the wrath that has met Netflix's revival of the canceled series simply a product of viewer investment in the initial iteration of the series? Or does it hold merit as a valid criticism of this installment?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 1, 2013 4:29 PM
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