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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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Showtime Splashes Down at TV Critics Panel with Climate Change Doc; Star-Studded New Shows Unveiled

Heat, drought and catastrophe conspired to provide a perfect entrance for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he showed up at TCA on Thursday to promote Showtime's epic documentary on climate change, "The Years of Living Dangerously." The pay cabler also unveiled previews of new shows "Penny Dreadful," "The Affair," "Happyish," and the return of "Episodes."
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 17, 2014 1:11 PM
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Netflix Partners with Weinsteins on New Original Series, Heads for Sundance with Docs in Mind (TRAILERS)

Netflix not only partnered with the Weinstein Co. for their Golden Globe after party but on several new TV series as well. Ted Sarandos has always been close to the indie film community. In fact, he picked up Oscar doc contender "The Square" and plans to make it available for streaming on January 17 and heads for Sundance with opening nighter "Mitt" and plans to buy more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 1:04 PM
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AMC and Sundance Channel Unveil New Drama Series at TV Critics Panel, 'Rectify' and 'Returned' Are Back

With two of its signature shows becoming past tense, AMC is reaching even deeper into the past to stake out its future. Meanwhile, sister network The Sundance Channel revealed a spate of original programming during the 2014 Television Critics Association press tour.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 11, 2014 9:13 PM
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