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Archer returns tonight and in my house

so does the question, "They've got cell phones and Soviets? What year is this?"

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Vampire Diaries producer Julie Plec tells EW that spin-off series The Originals has been discussed for about two years, which I guess explains why the Originals stuck around long past their expiration date. Plec also says that Daniel Gillies would always be welcome on the spin-off, but that's up to Gillies.

This is turning out to be a week of the axe falling on cable shows. Yesterday it was bad news for Drop Dead Diva now, Syfy has cancelled Alphas.

Taking a cue from The Killing, TNT has ordered a pilot from Steven Bochco that will follow a murder investigation over a season. This isn't the first time Bochco has tried to tell a season-long story, in 1995 critics tried to convince viewers to pick up Murder One, which »

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