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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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John Oliver's Rallying Cry Over Net Neutrality Buries FCC In Public Comments (VIDEO)

Net neutrality: it's the issue that just won't go away, and for good reason, since it has the capacity to completely transform the way the Internet works. John Oliver supports the cause for an open Internet in the video below.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 11:48 AM
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