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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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Election Video: Colbert and Silver Buck Up Obama Supporters

NY Times blogger Nate Silver was impressive on Charlie Rose and he's hilarious on The Colbert Report. Basically, the author of "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don't" thinks most political pundits are full of hot hair and it's not rocket science to add up the averages on a series of polls and come to the conclusion with 87% certainty that our incumbent president has more than 270 electoral votes in the bag.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 6, 2012 4:11 PM
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National Geographic Channel, with Weinstein Promo Smarts, Scores Ratings Blitz with 'SEAL Team Six'

Chalk up another Harvey Weinstein controversary for effectively turning low-budget fictional programmer "SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" into a pre-election ratings bonanza Sunday night for National Geographic Channel. Even with mixed reviews, the story behind the raid that took down al-Qaeda’s leader is its top-rated show of 2012, pulling 4.7 million viewers, and the sixth highest-rated in NGC history. It encores on Friday, November 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. (Our interview with director John Stockwell is here.) Ratings averaged a 1.4 in the 25–54 demo on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  This ranks as the highest rated telecast on NGC since the premiere of "George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview" in August 2011, and eclipses the previous two-hour special record for 2012 of "Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron," which had a .9 P 25–54 rating in April. “What National Geographic Channel, CEO David Lyle and President Howard Owens did was offer a captivating film of recent American history to as many homes as possible,” said Weinstein. “We expect SEAL Team Six to be a perennial for the National Geographic Channel and hope more people watch it this Friday.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 6:03 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 7: Setting the Table for Things To Come

By episode seven (written by Chris Rose & Micah Kibodeaux, story by David Simon & Chris Rose, directed by Tim Robbins), "Treme" is in the development stage of its dramatic construction. By this I don’t mean that executives are getting their paws all over it – rather...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 5, 2012 1:18 PM
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