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40 Years of HBO Programming -- Do You Remember '1st and Ten'? 'Dream On'? 'Arliss'?

Check out this Hollywood Reporter photo gallery celebrating 40 years of HBO programming. Everything from the long-running ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and the zeitgeist-setting ("Sex and the City") to the less-than-earth-shattering ("Bored to Death") and recently-acclaimed ("Girls") is in there.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 26, 2012 2:32 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 10: A Finale of Sorts, More Hopeful Than Where the Season Began

HBO renewed "Treme" after the season was in the can and sent off to critics, meaning that it was still in limbo when the last episode (teleplay by David Simon & Eric Overmeyer, story by Simon & Anthony Bourdain) was written.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 26, 2012 1:59 AM
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Review Roundup: 'Inventing David Geffen' Takes a Long, Respectful Look at a Hollywood Mega-Mogul

Susan Lacy's documentary "Inventing David Geffen," which premieres November 20 on PBS as part of the "American Masters" series, is generally sitting well with the critics. The portrait of the intimidating "agent-manager-record-mogul-movie-mogul" is a comprehensive look at Geffen's many achievements, if a fairly rose-colored one...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 20, 2012 1:56 PM
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Sundance Channel's 'Restless' WWII Mini Series Debuts December 7 with Rampling, Dockery, Atwell & More [Trailer]

The Sundance Channel's latest foray into original programming, "Restless," is a two part mini-series about a woman who discovers that her mother was a spy during World War II.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 19, 2012 3:37 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 9 - LaDonna, A Difficult Woman

LaDonna – a “difficult” woman if there ever was one – is hardly someone who can be seen as pure victim...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 19, 2012 1:59 AM
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Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe Together in a Bathtub for UK Miniseries 'Young Doctor's Notebook'

Check out the trailer for UK series "A Young Doctor's Notebook," Sky Arts 1 Channel's new miniseries starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe. The four-part show is based on the short stories of Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov: a doctor (Hamm) struggles through his life and work through exchanges with his younger self (Radcliffe). It debuts December 6 in the UK.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 12, 2012 6:35 PM
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TV Impressions: SNL Host Anne Hathaway Does Katie Holmes, Damian Lewis Does Barack Obama

In her third turn hosting Saturday Night Live for the third time, Anne Hathaway gleamed - first in a (actually gorgeously carried off) "Les Misérables" parody, and then in a completely uncanny turn as Katie Holmes (linked below). "Les Misérables" premieres December 25, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 12, 2012 12:03 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 8 - Juxtaposing Sophia and LaDonna, Police vs. No Police

I’ve left off talking about LaDonna (the luminous Khandi Alexander) so far this season in order to discuss her story in the context that Tom Piazza (teleplay) and Eric Overmeyer (story) create in the current episode.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 12, 2012 1:59 AM
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HBO To Remake French Brothel Series 'Maison Close'; Watch Bonello's 'House of Pleasures' First

HBO has taken North American rights to the 19th century-set French series "Maison Close," with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's banner Leverage set to produce the English-language remake.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 1:06 PM
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'The Hour' Star Romola Garai Strikes Out at Hollywood's Weight Obsession

Remember when Kate Winslet was lambasted by the media for her hourglass figure in "Titanic"? Well, Romola Garai, the gorgeous young star of must-see BBC America series "The Hour," is calling out the American media on airbrushing her lithe size ten figure.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 7, 2012 3:08 PM
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