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HBO Renews for Second Seasons Two Half-Hour Comedies Targeted at Women: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' and Armando Iannucci's 'Veep'

Great news. HBO Entertainment has renewed two half-hour comedies targeted at women for second seasons. The commitment for Lena Dunham's 'Girls' is for ten episodes. The show has a gross audience to date of 3.8 million viewers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2012 3:49 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 7 Review and Recap: 'At the Codfish Ball,' Where the Shirley Temples Are Hard to Swallow

"So, how was the city?" "Dirty."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 30, 2012 5:11 AM
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Trailer Watch: 'Boardwalk Empire' Teases Third Season

The third season of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" won't bow until this fall, but two teasers are now available to whet your appetite.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 4:03 PM
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Robert Redford Presents on the Sundance Channel; Curated Indie Series to Begin with 'The Crucible'

The Sundance Channel will feature a series of indie films curated and introduced by creative director Robert Redford.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 11:49 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 6 Review and Recap: 'Far Away Places' and Wrinkles in Time

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, the blissful promise of escape tempts Don, Peggy and Roger. Yet time is a prison -- and keeps us guessing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 23, 2012 5:42 AM
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'The Walking Dead' Team Talk Zombie Horror at NAB: "I Do Want to Find Out What the Limit Is"

How far can they go with gore and violence? “It’s really awesome that AMC is bold enough to put just about anything up there,” said Kirkman, “But I do want to find out what the limit is.”
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • April 18, 2012 11:40 AM
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Sex & the Gritty: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Pilot is Coarse, Sensitive, and Promising

The most compelling aspect of Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls" is a tone and spirit that balances sincerity and satire. When the goofy protagonist Hannah (Dunham) proclaims in the first scene that she is "busy trying to become who I am," the series arrives with a strong, clear voice.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 16, 2012 8:00 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 5 Review and Recap: In 'Signal 30,' Pete and Lane Throw Feeble Punches at Despair

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, death and despair continue to seep into the big picture. But in the midst of sniper shootings, highway crashes and men who "have nothing," is there a faint signal of hope?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2012 5:22 AM
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'Justified,' and 'Southland' Finales: Meet Hardboiled Director Don Siegel

Watching the final few episodes of "Justified" (which ended its season this week) as well as "Southland" and the more pretentious "The Killing," I found myself thinking about Don Siegel, the mid-century hardboiled director whose films epitomized an unpretentious, corrosive vein of American cinema.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • April 13, 2012 7:11 PM
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HBO Renews 'Game of Thrones': Should You Know What's Going On?

As "Game of Throne" watchers scratch their heads and reach for explanations of who's who, HBO has renewed the popular fantasy epic for a third season. Season Two of the series based on George R.R. Martin's bestsellers premiered April 1 to record ratings for the series--the first episode has already grossed 8.3 million viewers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2012 1:18 PM
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