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Sarah Paulson Tweet-Shares Her Two-Headed 'American Horror Story' Character

Sarah Paulson's new "American Horror Story" character will pose twice the challenge than previous three characters on the show have.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 13, 2014 12:21 PM
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One Astonishing Chart Shows Just How Much Network TV Is Faltering

Woe is network TV. As the 2013-2014 season comes to an end, the numbers are in and they do not tell a pretty story: viewership is down, and networks are not having much success at launching new hits.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 13, 2014 12:18 PM
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'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto: Casting Rumors Are Bunk, Third Season Might be the Last

The rumors are false, says "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto: there's no confirmed casting for the film's second season. Oh, and he doesn't see the show going for more than three seasons.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:22 PM
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As TV Consumption Changes, Everyone Wants a Piece of a Very Messy Pie

It was only a matter of time before some disruptor found a way to let viewers watch live TV on their computers. That service is Aereo (backed by digital entrepreneur Barry Diller), which is currently at the center of a huge legal battle that has everyone from networks to broadcasters to Internet companies to cable providers biting their nails, wondering how the chips will fall.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 7:15 AM
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Oprah Winfrey's OWN to Simulcast Maya Angelou's June 7 Memorial Service, Michelle Obama to Speak

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will simulcast Dr. Maya Angelou’s private memorial service at Wake Forest University, North Carolina this Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2014 12:48 PM
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Stephen Colbert Rips Amazon Over Hachette Dispute, Sells More Books (VIDEO)

America's late-night comedy hosts are now, it would seem, the country's new defenders against corporate overreach.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 6, 2014 12:03 PM
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Say Awwww: 'Edge of Tomorrow' Star Blunt is Adorable on Graham Norton, So's Her Baby (VIDEO)

Watch Graham Norton's TV audience let out a collective "awww" as he shows them a picture of "Edge of Tomorrow" star Emily Blunt's new baby. Turns out she was pregnant during late "Edge of Tomorrow" reshoots.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2014 2:38 PM
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Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here's How

Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different outlets means that one-size no longer fits all. Each type of network behaves differently. What follows is a taxonomy of the four major kinds of networks and how their shows differ from those on other kinds of networks.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2014 6:30 AM
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'Breaking Bad': Six Must-Watch, Shocking & Never-Before-Seen Highlights from the Epic New Blu-ray Set

The equivalent of tomes have already been written on the virtues of AMC’s "Breaking Bad," so with the June 3 release of the new Blu-ray box set of the entire series, it seems appropriate to focus less on what we already know -- that, duh, the show’s good -- and more on what goodies can be plundered in the set’s extensive special features.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2014 1:24 PM
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Showtime Renews Mendes and Logan's Horror Lit Series 'Penny Dreadful' (TRAILER, REVIEW)

Midway through the show’s first eight-episode run, Showtime is renewing the horrific “Penny Dreadful” for a second season. Sam Mendes and John Logan's series featuring horror lit all-stars such as Frankenstein and Dorian Gray has drawn solid ratings especially with the prized 18-34 demo on Showtime’s on-demand digital platforms. Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton star.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2014 12:38 PM
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