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Amazon's First Two Original Series, 'Alpha House' and 'Betas,' to Premiere in November (TRAILERS)

Amazon is officially entering the original content ring this month, with its first two series landing November premiere dates. "Alpha House," starring John Goodman, Cynthia Nixon, Amy Sedaris and Wanda Sykes, among others, premieres November 15; "Betas," starring Joe Dinicol, Karan Soni, Jon Daly, Charlie Saxton and Maya Erskine, premieres November 22. Trailers below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 4, 2013 1:40 PM
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In the Works: '12 Years a Slave' Director Steve McQueen Developing Series at HBO

"12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen has lined up his next project, and it will be at HBO. The Brit director is developing a New York-set drama series for the cable network.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 29, 2013 1:12 PM
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In the Works: 'Philip Marlowe' Series by 'Castle' Creators and Michael De Luca, Inspired by Raymond Chandler's Famed Private Eye

Raymond Chandler fans, take note. Michael De Luca, Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller have sold a one-hour drama inspired by Chandler's famed detective Philip Marlowe to ABC.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 18, 2013 4:00 PM
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Weinstein Company Partners with BBC for Six-Hour 'War and Peace' Mini-Series

International TV co-productions are on the rise. The Weinstein Company has made a "major deal" to partner on the BBC's upcoming mini-series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 12:33 PM
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Meet the Real Siri

This Thursday the Queen Latifah Show will introduce the world to Susan Bennett, the woman who claims to be behind Apple iPhone's original Siri. Bennett revealed herself last week in order to set the record straight after a tech news site gave another voiceover actress credit for Siri.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 2:29 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Brody Still AWOL on 'Homeland,' 'Ironside' Surprises (VIDEOS)

Two episodes into Homeland (Showtime) and still no sign of Brody. Which means that this show about the eruptive intersection of the personal and political is still not quite itself yet as it continues its third season.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 8, 2013 5:22 PM
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Amazon Greenlights Three New TV Pilots from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Jill Soloway and More

Amazon Prime Instant has greenlit three enticing comedy pilots. Oscar nominee Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Emmy nominee and Sundance winner Jill Soloway and more are cooking up some potential new series.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 3, 2013 12:38 PM
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Top Five Cable and Broadcast Finales of All Time: Who's Number One?

The water cooler lives. For all the hoopla surrounding the "Breaking Bad" finale, it was neither the most-watched cable finale, nor did it come near the sheer numbers generated by the top broadcast finales. (Our analysis here, roundup here.) Variety helpfully put together a list of the top TV finale performers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2013 2:00 PM
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Oprah Winfrey Network Takes TV Rights to 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

The Oprah Winfrey Network has secured TV rights to "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which had a boffo theatrical release in August via the Weinstein Company, and recently passed the $100 million mark. The film stars Forest Whitaker as longtime White House butler Cecil Gaines, and Winfrey as his wife. Both have generated Oscar buzz for their performances.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 26, 2013 2:57 PM
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HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' for a Fifth Season

Even though Emmy-winning "Boardwalk Empire" got off to a soft start in its the fourth-season debut on Sept. 8 (TOH review here), HBO has renewed Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese and Tim Van Patten's '20s period gangster series or a fifth season said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 26, 2013 2:17 PM
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