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Emmy Hopeful Tatiana Maslany Returns in 'Orphan Black' Season Two (TRAILER)

Last year, an awards-season backlash seemed to be developing against the underdog BBC America clone conspiracy drama "Orphan Black," even though the frontlash for this absorbing Canadian production, which kicked off its second season over the weekend, continues to gather steam. Could Golden Globe-nominated chameleon Tatiana Maslany pull off an Emmy nod this year when nominees are announced on July 10?
  • By David Chute
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  • April 22, 2014 3:11 PM
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Get Ready for Showtime's Supernatural Chiller 'Penny Dreadful' with Creepy New Trailer (REVIEW)

Showtime's new smart horror series "Penny Dreadful" debuts May 11. Watch a new trailer here, plus read our SXSW review.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 21, 2014 1:12 PM
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Yah, That's a Good One: 'Fargo' Premiere Lands More Than Four Million Viewers UPDATED

UPDATE: The premiere of "Fargo," FX's new take on the Coens' 1996 classic (the brothers are exec producing the series), landed good ratings on its April 15 debut, averaging 2.65 million viewers in its initial airing, with 4.15 million total tuning in throughout the first and repeat airings.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2014 4:52 PM
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Watch: Highlights from Seth Rogen's Leisurely SNL

Seth Rogen hosted a comfortably funny episode of SNL this week, with short and sweet cameos from Zooey Deschanel, Taylor Swift, and James Franco.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 14, 2014 2:40 AM
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Why the Penultimate Season of 'Justified' Was One of the Show's Best

Parental and family issues were everywhere this season, as they were built into the premise of FX's "Justified." As mainstays of the hillbilly Crowe crime family, Alicia Witt and Michael Rapaport did great work.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 10, 2014 12:09 PM
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The Top Ten 'Mad Men' Episodes (So Far)

"Mad Men" is a series with relatively little interest in picking up exactly where we left off last week. Indeed, AMC's flagship drama, which begins its seventh and final season on Sunday, delights in the episode as an art form unto itself. Here, with the requisite caveat that rankings are silly and subjective as well as good fun, are the ten best:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 9, 2014 1:20 PM
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'Game of Thrones' Renewed for Fifth and Sixth Seasons UPDATED

UPDATE: "Game of Thrones" is a major ratings coup for HBO (see Season Four premiere numbers below). So it's a no-brainer that the premium cabler would renew the series for a fifth and sixth season, which it announced today.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 8, 2014 2:19 PM
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VIDEO: Anna Kendrick Hosts a Sweet SNL

Anna Kendrick, with her shy yet spunky charm, did not shine as brightly as expected hosting Saturday Night Life this week.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 6, 2014 5:24 PM
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'Veep' Season 3 Review: Selena Meyer Is Back and More Politically Incorrect Than Ever

America needs Vice President Selena Meyer. As played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, she's the flustered, flitting quipper-snapper of the West Wing, and the acridly hilarious center of HBO's "Veep," back on HBO April 6. And while she sincerely believes that the political universe revolves around her and only her, Selena is wisely attuned to the ridiculousness of it all.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 3:54 PM
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Things I Learned at the 'Mad Men' Season Seven Premiere, Review Roundup: "The beginning of the end" (TRAILER)

My favorite moment at the "Mad Men" Season Seven premiere: when AMC president Charles Collier asked the sprawling ensemble to rise from their seats at Hollywood's Arclight Theatre, Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Kevin Rahm (Ted Chaough) caught sight of each other standing in the same row and waved. The Emmy-winning series is being celebrated by Time and Variety cover stories, Diane Sawyer's World News Tonight and Good Morning America before the final season of "Mad Men" debuts on April 13. (Trailer, poster and review round-up are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 3:19 PM
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