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New AFI Communications Exec Hails from K Street, Helped HBO's 'Veep'

What many in Hollywood don't know about the American Film Institute's new Communications vice-president Jennifer Hoelzer, who is moving from Washington, D.C. to start her new L.A. job on July 16--is that she was a primary source for HBO's comedy series "Veep." No wonder the show rings true.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2012 2:55 PM
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'The Newsroom' Reaction: Early Reviews Are Tough on Aaron Sorkin

The mark of a great writer is that you can recognize their voice. There's no other Charlie Kaufman or Woody Allen or Aaron Sorkin. But what happens to a lauded player at the top of Hollywood's writer pyramid after winning the Oscar for "The Social Network" and sharing a nomination for "Moneyball" and landing his own HBO series? He gets killed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2012 1:40 PM
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'Mad Men' Season 5 Finale Review and Recap: 'The Phantom' of an Old Self Comes to Life

In a weak finale of a strong season of "Mad Men," ghosts haunt the characters and portend something terrifying: There is no escaping the past.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 11, 2012 6:16 AM
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Sorkin Talks Upcoming HBO Series 'The Newsroom,' False 'Barton Fink' Experience, Cliffhanger Pressure, Pedi-Conferencing, Steve Jobs (VIDEO)

Aaron Sorkin's terrific in-depth interview with Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times, which has been published incrementally on the Times' Arts Beat blog, had its final installment today. Sorkin talks "the writer's enemy is fatigue," stressing the cliche of the cliffhanger, and the two on-air shows he's "evangelical" about. Excerpts from the interview below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 8, 2012 6:12 PM
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Why Do We Care Who Killed Rosie Larsen?

In two episodes – as AMC’s trailers insist – we’ll know who killed Rosie Larsen. Given that the show isn’t about Rosie – it’s about Sarah Linden and, to a lesser extent, Stephen Holder and Darren Richmond – why is it so important that Rosie’s killer is revealed?
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 6, 2012 6:08 AM
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Seven Hours of Television Brings Great Writing, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Nurse Jackie'

With the possible exception of baseball playoffs, I’ve never spent an entire day watching television. But family emergencies caused me to lose a week’s viewing, the weather in Brooklyn was miserable, and I found myself in front of the set, desperately trying to catch up with two Sundays worth of drama.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2012 3:17 PM
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Second Broadcast Film Critics Television Awards Nominations Led By NBC and HBO, Olyphant, Dunham, Louie C.K. Get Noms

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association have made their nominations for the 2nd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. Winners will accept their prizes on Monday, June 18th at the BTJA awards dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. NBC led the broadcast network field with 14 nominations, with six for "Community," followed by ABC with 13 and Fox with 12. HBO dominated the cable networks with 12 nominations, followed by AMC and FX with 11 nominations apiece.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2012 1:41 PM
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Watch: 'The Wire: The Musical' with Omar, McNulty, Kima, Stringer Bell & Friends

Miss watching HBO's "The Wire"? The musical is coming courtesy of Funny or Die:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 5, 2012 12:21 PM
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Cannes Winner Mads Mikkelsen To Play Iconic Hannibal Role in NBC Series

Cannes' Best Actor winner Mads Mikkelsen ("The Hunt") will play Hannibal Lecter in NBC's upcoming contemporary-set drama "Hannibal." Hugh Dancy will co-star in the series, which is written by Bryan Fuller, who executive produces with Martha DeLaurentis. Based on Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon," Dancy plays FBI agent Will Graham and Mikkelsen is Dr. Lecter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 4, 2012 5:29 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 12 Review and Recap: When 'Commissions and Fees' Demand the Most Terrible Price

"Please don't stick around to see me when I'm feelin' low. Don't pass the cards to me to deal the crashing blow. I'll leave and close the door so you won't see me go." - The Lovin' Spoonful
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2012 6:23 AM
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