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EMMY WATCH: 'Mad Men' Creator Weiner Talks Emotionally Turbulent Season Six Finale

"Mad Men" capped off its sixth and perhaps most divisive season Sunday evening on a surprisingly uplifting note given the wringer of hell the AMC series has put Don Draper, and us, through. After the finale aired last night, press interviews with show runner Weiner regarding "In Care Of" were published en masse. The series creator talked about the Don Draper of now and yesteryear, and where the series might be headed as the "Mad Men" gears up for the seventh and final season. SPOILERS AHEAD.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 24, 2013 2:41 PM
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Paul Giamatti Joins 'Downton Abbey' Season 4

The upcoming fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has an exciting new addition to its cast: Paul Giamatti.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 11:53 AM
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DGA Elects First African American President: TV Director Paris Barclay

As television becomes more prominent and significant in the entertainment world, so the new head of the DGA comes from that medium. TV producer and director Paris Barclay ("Sons of Anarchy," "In Treatment") was elected President of the Directors Guild of America at the Guild's National Biennial Convention on Saturday at the DGA national headquarters in Los Angeles. Replacing outgoing President Taylor Hackford, Barclay is the first African American to head the DGA. Steven Soderbergh, in seconding past-president Michael Apted's nomination stated, "This is a great moment for our Guild; Paris will be a phenomenal leader as we move into the future."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2013 10:30 PM
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WATCH: Uproarious Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd and a Fly (CLIP)

An enormous housefly becomes the star of the BBC's The Graham Norton Show as it buzzes about Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Chris O'Dowd. The three comedians derail the interview to plot the insect's death and discuss their fly hunting skills, when suddenly, the fly meets its end in a most unpredictable fashion. It's a wonderful spontaneous moment--be sure to watch through till the end.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 22, 2013 9:28 PM
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For Don Draper's Backstory, 'Mad Men' Creator Weiner Researched Captains of Industry

The latest episode of "Mad Men" ("The Quality of Mercy") is all about alpha males protecting their territory--in this case, the ad execs in the newly merged agency Sterling Cooper & Partners. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is undermining and challenging new partner Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm), who is clearly infatuated with Draper's blossoming one-time protege Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), while Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) is trying to dominate upstart Bob Benson (James Wolk).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2013 3:45 PM
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Emmy Watch: Noah Emmerich Talks TV vs. Movies, 'The Americans'

Actor Noah Emmerich is best-known for his serious film work, from Todd Field's "Little Children" and Peter Weir's "The Truman Show" to Gavin O'Connor's "Pride and Glory." Perhaps because of that film he keeps getting calls to play Irish cops, even though he's a New York Jew, he told me. (His brother Toby Emmerich runs New Line Cinema.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2013 3:37 PM
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Watch: First Full Episode of Showtime's New Series 'Ray Donovan,' Starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight

Showtime's new original series, "Ray Donovan," debuts on June 30 following the series finale of "Dexter." But the cabler is giving you the option of watching the first episode right now. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for L.A.'s upper class whose life is thrown into turmoil when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 18, 2013 12:29 PM
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Critics' Choice Television Award Winners Include 'Game of Thrones,' 'Behind the Candelabra,' Michael Douglas, Elisabeth Moss and More

The winners of the third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards have been announced, following a star-studded gala on June 10. AMC's "Breaking Bad" and HBO's "Game of Thrones" tied for Best Drama Series, while "The Big Bang Theory" won for Best Comedy Series. Elizabeth Moss won a deserved Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series award for "Top of the Lake"; Michael Douglas took the Actor award in that category for Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra" (which also took Best Movie or Mini-series). Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2013 12:02 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Season Three Finale Nabs Series' Second-Highest Ratings; Surpasses Viewership of 'True Blood'

Fans weren't scared off after last week's bloody "Red Wedding" episode. HBO's "Game of Thrones" scored its second-highest viewership to date for the June 9 finale episode of the series' third season. An estimated 5.4 million GOT fans tuned in for the first telecast, which is up a whopping 30% from last year's finale.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 3:14 PM
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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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