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Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan Talk 'Masters of Sex,' Plus What's Coming Up in Season Two

He was doing “Hamlet” while she was doing “Hot Tub Time Machine,” but Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan proved they are equally endowed with wit and comic timing in a delightful panel appearance at Paley Fest Monday night to promote “Masters of Sex.” The pair plays pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in Showtime’s sharp freshman drama, which unfolds in the same era as “Mad Men.”
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • March 25, 2014 1:12 PM
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Sundance Introduces Its First Episodic Story Lab, Set for Fall 2014

To state the obvious, the world of episodic content is trending in a major way. Following on the heels of SXSW showcasing its first Episodic program, the Sundance Institute has unveiled an expansion in its Labs program to include the first Episodic Story Lab, set to be held in Fall 2014 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2014 2:28 PM
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WATCH: 'True Detective' Deleted Scene Where Rust Cohle Breaks Up with His Girlfriend

Matthew McConaughey's Rust Cohle on "True Detective" is a complex man. Maybe not too easy to be in a relationship with. A deleted scene has arrived from the series, which wrapped this past Sunday, of Rust and his one-time girlfriend Lori (Elizabeth Reaser) breaking up. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 13, 2014 2:21 PM
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Seth Meyers Has Solid 'Late Night' Debut, Ronan Farrow Misfires on MSNBC -- Critics Weigh In

Two entertainment shows debuted this week with high-profile hosts. Seth Meyers took the reins from Jimmy Fallon as the new "Late Night" host, while Ronan Farrow kicked off his daytime news show on MSNBC, "Ronan Farrow Daily." Meyers has fared generally fine with reviewers, if some have the same criticism for him as they did new "Tonight Show" heir Fallon -- he's playing it too safe. But Farrow's getting less praise.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2014 2:19 PM
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'Network' Meets the Future, as Olbermann Takes on Itzkoff

On Sunday, New York Times culture writer Dave Itzkoff will be interviewed at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image about his hot-off-the-presses (-and-tablet-download) “Mad As Hell: The Making of ‘Network’ and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies,” about the baroque construction project that was the Sidney Lumet classic of 1976, based on Paddy Chayefsky’s dystopian vision of what the TV news business was going to become, and largely has.
  • By John Anderson
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  • February 20, 2014 3:44 PM
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'House of Cards' UPDATE: 2% of Netflix Subscribers Watched Entire New Season Over First Weekend

UPDATE: "House of Cards" seems to have had a rise to power that even Frank Underwood would envy. The second season of the hot Netflix original series hooked 2% of Netflix subscribers into binge-watching the entire series over its February 14 opening weekend. Per Variety, this could be as many as 634,000 viewers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 3:04 PM
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Oscar-Nominated 'Gravity' Composer Steven Price Also Scoring Alfonso Cuaron's NBC Series 'Believe'

Oscar nominated "Gravity" composer Steven Price has reteamed with Best Director nominee Alfonso Cuaron for NBC's "Believe," the supernatural show Cuaron created and is exec producing, and for which he helmed and wrote the pilot.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 2:18 PM
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Did Jimmy Fallon Play It Too Safe with 'Tonight Show' Debut? Critics Weigh In

Jimmy Fallon had his debut episode of the "Tonight Show" February 17 (with Seth Meyers in turn taking over Fallon's old post at "Late Night" next Monday). Critics are weighing in this morning, and running the gamut: the Daily Beast calls the episode "brilliant," while the LA Times was less impressed, saying the show was "strangely muted."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 1:55 PM
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'Twilight' Director Catherine Hardwicke Makes the Film-to-Cable Move

Art director-turned-director Catherine Hardwicke hit 'Twilight' out of the park, but was not given time by Summit Entertainment to continue with the series. Follow-up "Red Riding Hood" was a rushed and misguided effort, and now like many women helmers, Hardwicke has done the sane and rational thing--moved to cable television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 11, 2014 12:44 PM
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Music Box Picks Up First Two Seasons of French Bordello Series 'Maison Close'

Music Box Films has scooped up US and Canadian rights to the first two seasons of sumptuous bodice-ripping drama "Maison Close," the French TV series set in a 19th century Parisian bordello, created by Jacques Ouaniche.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2014 2:00 PM
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