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Reactions to Ex-NBC Universal Honcho Jeff Zucker as President of CNN

Yes, it's true: CNN Worldwide is finally going to shake things up by hiring former NBC Universal chief executive Jeff Zucker as its new president, succeeding former head Jim Walton. Zucker's takeover will begin in January of 2013.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 29, 2012 1:15 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Renewed for Fourth Season; Boosts Dockery and Stevens Film Careers

Before American audiences have seen even one episode of the much-anticipated "Downton Abbey" Season 3 (finally premiering on PBS on January 6), news comes that the successful show has been renewed for a fourth season on Britain's ITV. Season 3, which recently aired its finale in the UK, averaged a series ratings high there with 9.7 million viewers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 23, 2012 3:20 PM
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HBO Gives Middling to Poor Reviews of 'The Newsroom' a Strange Makeover in Print Ad

Misrepresentative review quotes being used for film or TV show ads is nothing new. HBO is the latest to climb on the bandwagon of strategically placed ellipses with its ads for Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," a show receiving mixed reviews at best.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 24, 2012 4:33 PM
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Amazon Prime Instant Adds 'Fringe' & 'West Wing' to Library for a Supernatural-FBI-Clinton-Administration Summer

Fans of showrunner-creators Aaron Sorkin and J.J. Abrams will find this exciting: Amazon announces today a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. to add both "Fringe" and "The West Wing" to its Prime Instant Video library this summer. Both titles were previously unavailable.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 20, 2012 2:01 PM
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Comic-Con: 'Game of Thrones' Takes Hall H, Talks Sex, Boobies & Violence; Intros New Cast [Video]

They returned to Hall H, but novelist George R.R. Martin and his HBO "Game of Thrones" panel lacked the ebullience of last's year's panel in the smaller Ballroom 20. That one included eventual Emmy winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jason Momoa (who made the fans go gaga).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 14, 2012 12:32 AM
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AMC Offers Dish Subscribers 'Breaking Bad' Premiere Live Stream in Wake of Contract Expiration

Dish recently dropped AMC, and the cable network wants satellite subscribers to know what they're missing: On July 15, the highly anticipated "Breaking Bad" 5th season premiere will stream for Dish customers on AMC's website.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 12, 2012 2:41 PM
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HBO's 'Newsroom' Opens Strong, Pilot Available to Non-Subscribers on Multiple Platforms

Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" debuted to a solid 2.1 million viewers Sunday night, HBO's third best drama premiere in the past four years...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 8:20 PM
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Elisabeth Moss Chats 'Mad Men' Season 6 with GQ: Peggy Stays in the Picture

"Mad Men" fans worried that Peggy Olson's exit from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce signaled her bow from the show can now rest relatively easy. (Though really, would "Mad Men" let go of its MVP? Probably not.)
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2012 2:59 PM
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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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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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