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HBO Makes News at TV Critics Panel

HBO brought a raft of star power to the opening day of the winter Television Critics Press Tour (TCA) Thursday afternoon, presenting Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, stars of the brooding Louisiana-set crime series “True Detective,” which premieres Sunday, along with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Taylor Kitsch from the cast of HBO movie “The Normal Heart” and quite a few others.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • January 9, 2014 10:05 PM
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The New Year Starts Off Well for Benedict Cumberbatch

The new year is off to a good start for Benedict Cumberbatch, whose "Sherlock" third season premiere nabbed the highest-ever UK ratings upon its return to the BBC. U.S. audiences will have to wait.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2014 12:18 PM
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'Downton Abbey' Is Back: A Preview and Review (SEASON FOUR CLIPS)

A guilty pleasure for many of us, frothy Brit soap opera "Downton Abbey" is back stateside January 5 on PBS (months after it's been seen by the lucky folks in the UK). This is the series that left our jaws agape as it killed off in the finale not just one but two key characters. Here's how Julian Fellowes picked up the pieces.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 31, 2013 1:04 PM
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Peter Capaldi: "His Name is the Doctor"

During a global simulcast on Christmas day, an understandably flustered-looking Peter Capaldi (potty-mouthed Malcolm Tucker from "The Thick of It") took over what can no longer be righteously referred to as the "title role" on the long-running BBC series "Doctor Who."
  • By David Chute
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  • December 26, 2013 1:57 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Shocking 'Homeland' Season Three Finale Admits Failure (SPOILERS)

The shocking "Homeland" season three finale was an admission of failure. They couldn't make it work so they're tossing it out and starting over.
  • By David Chute
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  • December 16, 2013 4:11 PM
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WATCH: Highlights from Paul Rudd vs. One Direction SNL Showdown; Wiig Steals Show (VIDEO)

Paul Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live this week for the third time, doing battle with musical guest One Direction, posing for Michelangelo, and playing a mid-life crisis Santa.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 8, 2013 2:17 PM
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Funny or Die Spoofs Nikki Finke

Funny Or Die Spoofs Nikki Finke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 17, 2013 5:00 PM
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Tim Gunn Lands His Own Fashion Competition Reality Series, Harvey Weinstein Executive Producing

"Make it work!" maestro and dubious-glare expert Tim Gunn (of "Project Runway" fame) has landed his own fashion competition reality series on Lifetime, appropriately titled "Under the Gunn." And Harvey Weinstein is executive producing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2013 1:58 PM
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Black List Expands to Television and Web Series, Now Welcomes Series Pilots

The Black List has launched its expansion into television and episodic scripted content. Beginning November 13, writers worldwide can upload their original pilot scripts (and, optionally, their series bibles) to the script database, request evaluations by professional script readers, and make their scripts available to the Black List's membership of 2,000-plus industry professionals.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 13, 2013 1:31 PM
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Media Make Moves: NYT Loses Stelter to CNN, Adds Hoberman, Deadline Adapts to Finke's Departure

There's lots of movement in the media ranks. And the trend of star brands leaving their established digs to become bigger stars for someone else continues apace. The New York Times has lost another media star. Following the departure of online-brands Nate Silver to ESPN and tech columnist David Pogue to Yahoo, now blogger-turned-NYT newsman Brian Stelter is heading to CNN.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 12, 2013 1:29 PM
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