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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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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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