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Amazon Develops First Drama Series, Police Procedural 'Bosch,' Based on Michael Connelly Novels

Amazon remains gung-ho on the original content business. Amazon Studios is developing its first drama series, "Bosch," a police procedural based on Michael Connelly's Detective Harry Bosch novels. Per Deadline, the pilot is written by Connelly and "Treme" co-creator Eric Overmeyer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2013 12:49 PM
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Paul Giamatti Joins 'Downton Abbey' Season 4

The upcoming fourth season of "Downton Abbey" has an exciting new addition to its cast: Paul Giamatti.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 11:53 AM
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DGA Elects First African American President: TV Director Paris Barclay

As television becomes more prominent and significant in the entertainment world, so the new head of the DGA comes from that medium. TV producer and director Paris Barclay ("Sons of Anarchy," "In Treatment") was elected President of the Directors Guild of America at the Guild's National Biennial Convention on Saturday at the DGA national headquarters in Los Angeles. Replacing outgoing President Taylor Hackford, Barclay is the first African American to head the DGA. Steven Soderbergh, in seconding past-president Michael Apted's nomination stated, "This is a great moment for our Guild; Paris will be a phenomenal leader as we move into the future."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 22, 2013 10:30 PM
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For Don Draper's Backstory, 'Mad Men' Creator Weiner Researched Captains of Industry

The latest episode of "Mad Men" ("The Quality of Mercy") is all about alpha males protecting their territory--in this case, the ad execs in the newly merged agency Sterling Cooper & Partners. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is undermining and challenging new partner Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm), who is clearly infatuated with Draper's blossoming one-time protege Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), while Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) is trying to dominate upstart Bob Benson (James Wolk).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2013 3:45 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Season Three Finale Nabs Series' Second-Highest Ratings; Surpasses Viewership of 'True Blood'

Fans weren't scared off after last week's bloody "Red Wedding" episode. HBO's "Game of Thrones" scored its second-highest viewership to date for the June 9 finale episode of the series' third season. An estimated 5.4 million GOT fans tuned in for the first telecast, which is up a whopping 30% from last year's finale.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 3:14 PM
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J.J. Abrams to Develop 'Twilight Zone' Maestro Rod Serling's Final Screenplay

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot banner has finalized a deal with the estate of Rod Serling, sci-fi screenwriter and "Twilight Zone" host, to develop a series based on Serling's unproduced screenplay, "The Stops Along the Way." The script is reportedly the writer's final completed work before his death in 1975. The few bits of gleaned information on it, via Serling's widow, describe it as "a little bit of fantasy, a little bit of imagination... [it] takes place over a long period of time."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 3:35 PM
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HBO's Summer Documentary Series Kicks Off June 10, Includes 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,' 'Love, Marilyn' and More

Starting June 10, HBO kicks off its summer documentary series, where ten weeks of non-fiction films air on Monday nights. Included in the program are buzzy festival titles like Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," Liz Garbus' "Love Marilyn" and Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel." Full list below, with summaries of each film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 12:21 PM
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No Surprise: New Nielsen Report Shows Young Americans Not Paying for Cable

Check out this Nielsen chart from Business Insider, which hammers home an increasingly present trend: young Americans aren't paying for traditional TV. According to the Nielsen Report, US households with "Zero-TV" (defined below) are now counting five million, a three million increase since 2007.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 1:21 PM
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Ridley Scott's 'Crimes of the Century' Docu-Series Comes to CNN

Taking a tip from Nat Geo, CNN has added Ridley Scott to its summer schedule. The writer-director's tantalizing new series "Crimes of the Century," set to premiere on June 23, will focus each week during its eight-episode run on a shocking historical event with far-reaching repercussions. Subjects include the assassination of John Lennon, the Amanda Knox murder trial and the Oklahoma City bombing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 3, 2013 4:21 PM
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'Game of Thrones' 3.9: 'The Rains of Castamere' - No Recap = No Spoilers

No spoilers of any kind in this small contribution on the single most significant "Game of Thrones" episode to date. Recap write-ups from the East Coast were posted hours ago, and HBO has been sending out screener discs not in advance but days or even weeks after episodes are shown, which makes it tough for Westies to compete. We're operating on the premise that a good review is worth waiting for.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 3, 2013 12:15 PM
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