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'Mad Men' Adds 'Chinatown' Screenwriter Robert Towne to Writing Staff for Two-Part Seventh Season

Along with yesterday's news that the seventh and final season of AMC's "Mad Men" will be broken into two seven-episode batches, to unspool over spring 2014 and spring 2015, showrunner Matthew Weiner also announced that veteran screenwriter Robert Towne ("Chinatown") is one of the new additions to the show's writing staff.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 18, 2013 12:26 PM
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Rotten Tomatoes Launches TV Zone, to Give Fresh or Rotten Ratings to TV Shows

Rotten Tomatoes is now going to expand its "Fresh" or "Rotten" ratings to TV shows. Starting September 17, the critic aggregate site will launch "TV Zone," where Tomatometer scores can be found for television series' seasons (but not by individual episode).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 16, 2013 2:03 PM
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EW Unveils Sprawling Fall TV Preview, From New Shows with Toni Collette and Michael J. Fox to What's Next on 'American Horror Story,' 'Homeland' and More

Just as it does with film, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled its annual Fall TV preview, which hits newsstands Friday less than two weeks before the Primetime Emmys on September 22. Fall television is a whack-a-mole of pilots and new seasons, and according to this issue, there are 119 of those coming at you down the pike.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 12, 2013 4:17 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season Premiere, Nussbaum TV Game, Johnson Directs 'Breaking Bad'

The season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire" was as lush and well-acted -- and as weirdly uncompelling -- as ever. Perhaps we've watched too many period gangster dramas, at this point, to be easily enthralled by a show that takes a staunchly traditionalist approach to the genre.
  • By David Chute
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  • September 10, 2013 4:32 PM
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Danny Boyle to Direct Pilot of Brit Police Series 'Babylon'

Danny Boyle is set to direct the pilot for a new comedy-drama, "Babylon," which will air next year on the UK's Channel 4. Written by BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong ("Four Lions"), the would-be series takes place in the world of modern-day policing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 23, 2013 1:30 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Next Time, Larry David Should Play the Cop

The new Larry David comedy "Clear History," a feature-length one-off that he wrote and stars in, settles into an amiable groove early on and is consistently enjoyable. Which is not to say that it breaks any new ground. It's firmly in the reliable comic sub-genre of the know-it-all who is his own worst enemy, a format perfected by David over many episodes of "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." That we can clearly see the moving parts clicking into place is actually part of the fun.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 13, 2013 3:13 PM
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Roundup: Time Warner Cable vs. CBS, and the 3 Million Blacked-Out Viewers Caught in the Middle

Time Warner Cable customers can forget seeing Stephen King's "Under the Dome" or "60 Minutes" on CBS or Showtime's "Ray Donovan" for the foreseeable future. In the latest round in their Battle of the Titans, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt has sent a letter to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves to resume negotiations immediately with the network and to cease blocking CBS.com content -- a move that CBS calls a "sham."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 6, 2013 1:26 PM
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Peter "Who"? Meet Peter Capaldi, the 12th Doctor (UPDATE)

The producers of "Doctor Who" announced their choice of Peter Capaldi Sunday on a live TV special on BBC One and BBC America -- the 12th actor to portray the Time Lord with two hearts in the world's longest-running scripted television series. But London's bookies already knew.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 4, 2013 2:38 PM
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TV Mavens, Check Out 'The Writers' Room,' Hosted by Jim Rash (VIDEO PREVIEW)

This is my idea of a good time: a smart TV series about my fave TV shows and the writers who write them. So far I've seen three half-hour episodes (presented by The Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly). Each show features Oscar-winning screenwriter Jim Rash ("The Descendants")-- who also acts on "Community" and wrote, directed and stars in summer hit "The Way, Way Back"-- gently interviewing the showrunner and various writers and usually one star of a hit show. They talk shop, and luckily Rash--who is sharp, funny and curious--has a good sense of how to get entertaining intel out of these gifted people.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2013 9:35 PM
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'Breaking Bad' Creator Gilligan Claims “Most folks will dig the ending;” AMC Unveils Two New Series

AMC is ramping up production of original series, ordering two new shows in one cycle for the first time in its history, even as it bids goodbye to “Breaking Bad,” the series that followed “Mad Men” to help launch its remarkable run of acclaimed cable hits.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • July 26, 2013 8:53 PM
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