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HBO Renews 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley'

It's a good day for HBO's two strongest comedies, "Veep" and "Silicon Valley." Both got renewed for additional seasons.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 21, 2014 3:01 PM
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Get Ready for Showtime's Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful' with Creepy New Trailer (REVIEW)

Showtime's new smart horror series "Penny Dreadful" debuts May 11. Watch a new trailer here, plus read our SXSW review.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 21, 2014 1:12 PM
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Who Should Play Garbo and Dietrich?

A new project financed by billionaire scion Megan Ellison looks into the love affairs of Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Some have long fantasized that they loved each other, but they claimed never to have met. Who should play them in a new TV series?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 18, 2014 9:11 PM
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WATCH: Trailer for 'Scandal' Star Tony Goldwyn's New Legal Drama 'The Divide'

Tony Goldwyn -- aka POTUS from "Scandal" -- has a new show in the works now that the most recent season of the guilty-pleasure series starring Kerry Washington has wrapped. But he won't be acting. He's writing and producing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 18, 2014 4:40 PM
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Stephen Colbert Inherits the David Letterman Late Show Throne

As younger late night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers have proved, the new world order is less about making people laugh in front of the TV at home than watching individual skits the following day on social media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 10, 2014 12:26 PM
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Baltasar Kormákur Launches 'Trapped,' Icelandic Crime Series

Iceland import Baltasar Kormákur, who the studios value because he can handle global movie stars in action like Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington ("2 Guns"), feels strongly about fostering talent in his home country, where he is a rock star. He's using his Hollywood leverage back home, where he has founded a new production outfit (RVK Studios) and VFX company (Framestore is now called RVX). “I developed 'Trapped' because I was fascinated with the idea of a terrible crime in a small town cut off from the rest of the world.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 8, 2014 1:13 PM
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Weinsteins Take Rights to Italian Crime Series 'Gomorra'

The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2014 11:51 AM
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Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott Team Up for New Historical Thriller BBC Series

Tom Hardy is set to star in a new BBC series, "Taboo," with the prolific Ridley Scott as executive producer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2014 5:29 PM
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Things I Learned at the 'Mad Men' Season Seven Premiere, Review Roundup: "The beginning of the end" (TRAILER)

My favorite moment at the "Mad Men" Season Seven premiere: when AMC president Charles Collier asked the sprawling ensemble to rise from their seats at Hollywood's Arclight Theatre, Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Kevin Rahm (Ted Chaough) caught sight of each other standing in the same row and waved. The Emmy-winning series is being celebrated by Time and Variety cover stories, Diane Sawyer's World News Tonight and Good Morning America before the final season of "Mad Men" debuts on April 13. (Trailer, poster and review round-up are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 3:19 PM
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Seven Shows You May Not Know Are Streaming Exclusively on Amazon

To state the obvious, the world of online episodic streaming is competitive. It's certainly not all about Netflix anymore. But it's crucial to get those exclusive series. Especially if you're Amazon and, as of 2015, the Prime annual fee is making the steep jump from $79 for a one-year subscription to $99.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 1, 2014 2:05 PM
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