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Anne Hathaway and SNL Do Homeland

11 November 2012 8:17 AM, PST

Someone at SNL really likes Homeland (don’t we all?) Last week, in their hurricane press-conference sketch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg explained to Spanish-speaking New Yorkers that white people were cranky because they were missing Homeland. This week, Anne Hathaway was at the center of a sketch that perfectly captured the actors’ quirks, with Hathaway recreating Claire Danes’ constantly quivering chin and Taram Killam capturing Damian Lewis’ teeny tiny mouth. And when you think about it, as Saul (Bill Hader) says about Carrie, why wouldn’t you trust a CIA agent who swills wine while popping pills, and is sexually obsessed with her source? I’m not always Hathaway’s biggest fan, but she is versatile and a natural mimic, one of the SNL’s best hosts.

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- Caryn James

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Patton Oswalt & Rosemarie DeWitt Added To Cast for Season 2 of 'The Newsroom'

9 November 2012 2:29 PM, PST

This summer, Aaron Sorkin dropped his highly anticiapted HBO series "The Newsroom," and to quote Brian Williams: "That happened." Unabashedly and at times embarassingly preachy, it was also tremendously compelling as uneven as it was, becoming the show many loved to hate to watch. But HBO has faith Sorkin and co. can turn it around, renewing it for a second season, and some new faces are coming along to possibly irritate the hell out of you. Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt are joining as recurring characters, with the comic actor playing the VP of Human Resources at Acn, and the actress in the role of a litigator hired to defend the network. We like both of these folks, but let's hope the writing on the show improves overall, with less speechifying and more believable characters. And in particular, we really hope the women get better material because Emily Mortimer, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch Karen Leblanc In Episode 1 Of New SyFy Web Series 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome'

9 November 2012 2:26 PM, PST

It's finally arrived fans of the series! The new chapter in the Battlestar saga - Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, a prequel to the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series, which co-stars Canadian actors Karen Leblanc (Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Defying Gravity, High Chicago) and Adrian Holmes (Frankie & Alice, Red Riding Hood) as Jenna and Lt. Decklan Elias, respectively. As Emmanuel noted about a year ago, the SyFy network eventually settled on releasing Blood and Chrome as a web series, in ten 12-minute acts, instead of as a TV show. However, it's since been revealed that the series will eventually make it to the SyFy channel, in one two-hour uncut broadcast premiere, but not until February 2013. It'll also be released unrated on Blu-ray & DVD also in February, after its TV debut.  Following the release of an official trailer, episode 1 of Battlestar Galactica:...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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'The Newsroom' Adds Rosemarie DeWitt and Patton Oswalt in Recurring Roles

9 November 2012 2:01 PM, PST

Comedian Patton Oswalt, who recently signed on to a recurring role in the new season of "Justified," will also be paying a visit to "The Newsroom" alongside Rosemarie DeWitt. Read More: Patton Oswalt Joins the New Season of 'Justified' As That Guy From High School According to Deadline, both Oswalt and DeWitt have taken recurring roles in the upcoming season of Aaron Sorkin's HBO workplace drama about "News Night," a daily show on the fictional Atlantis Cable News network starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill and others. DeWitt will play a litigator named Rebecca Halliday who’s hired to defend Acn in a wrongful termination suit potentially worth millions of dollars. Oswalt will play Jonas Pfeiffer, Acn's new VP of Human Resources who, we're just going to guess, will be brought in to deal with some misunderstanding that's escalated to an Hr complaint against...

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- Alison Willmore

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Netflix and AMC Are Probably Going to Resurrect 'The Killing' After All

9 November 2012 1:15 PM, PST

Having successfully brought "Arrested Development" back from beyond the grave six years after it was canceled by Fox, Netflix looks like it will actually be going through with another series resurrection. Though the streaming site considered both Oren Peli's found footage horror drama "The River" (canceled by ABC in May) and the lavish sci-fi show "Terra Nova" (canceled by Fox in March), Deadline reports it's "The Killing" that's most likely to be getting a second life on the web, and another run on AMC as well. Read More: AMC Cancels 'The Killing' While FX Orders a Pilot for a Scandinavian Remake of Its Own AMC opted not to renew "The Killing" back in July. The series, adapted from a Danish crime drama of the same name and developed by Veena Sud, was devoted to the solving of a single murder case that lasted the two existing seasons. »


- Alison Willmore

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David Simon on the Re-Election of Barack Obama: 'There is no normal'

9 November 2012 12:17 PM, PST

David Simon is television's foremost chronicler of diverse communities and how different groups interact and coexist -- not just in terms of race but in terms of class, economic status and lifestyle choices. It's evidenced in the shifting focus of "The Wire" from Baltimore's low-rise projects to its schools and newspaper and the halls of its government, in the way that "Treme" encompasses lawyers, fishermen, famous chefs and musicians with barely enough money to pay for cab rides in its fond, prickly vision of a New Orleans in recovery. Simon was a journalist before he became a TV writer and producer, working for years at the Baltimore Sun's City Desk. The essay he recently posted at his blog about the re-election of President Obama has nothing directly to do with his small screen work, but it does reflect the vision of the world that work presents, an eloquent laying out »


- Alison Willmore

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HBO To Remake French Brothel Series 'Maison Close'; Watch Bonello's 'House of Pleasures' First

9 November 2012 10:06 AM, PST

HBO has taken North American rights to the 19th century-set French series "Maison Close," with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's banner Leverage set to produce the English-language remake, reports Variety. Elizabeth Sarnoff ("Deadwood," "Lost") will pen the pilot script for the show, which follows three Parisian prostitues trying to extricate themselves from a high-end brothel. The French "Maison Close," now in production on its second season, is a hit on Canal Plus, and producer Jacques Ouaniche will serve as an advisor and co-executive producer on the new HBO version. Ouaniche says that the English-language reboot will still be set in Paris, but will star American actors. A teaser trailer for the original series is below. The bodice-ripping drama, which would "make fans of '50 Shades of Grey' blush," looks like it would be right at home on HBO. For a big screen French brothel drama, check out...

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- Beth Hanna

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HBO Remaking Racy French Brothel Costume Drama 'Maison Close'

9 November 2012 9:17 AM, PST

French TV series "Maison Close" is getting an HBO remake. The ongoing Canal Plus drama, which premiered in 2010, is set in a Parisian brothel in 1871 and follows three women who work there and are trying to free themselves from prostitution. According to Variety, HBO has picked up remake rights to the series. Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson's production company Leverage Management, also responsible for fellow HBO shows "Entourage," "How to Make It In America" and "Boardwalk Empire,' will produce the English-language pilot. "Alcatraz" co-creator Elizabeth Sarnoff, who wrote multiple episodes of "Lost" and "Deadwood" (among others), will pen the pilot. The HBO remake will be co-executive produced by Jacques Ouaniche ("Games of Love and Chance"), who's the creator of and a producer on the original series, and will star American actors despite being set in Paris. Ouaniche...

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- Alison Willmore

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Jonathan Banks Brings a Touch of Mike Ehrmantraut to 'Parks and Recreation'

9 November 2012 9:08 AM, PST

Mike Ehrmantraut, Gus Fring's sardonic and terribly competent ex-cop turned fixer, may have departed from "Breaking Bad," but Jonathan Banks brought a touch of the tough character to a very different scenario in "Ben's Parents," Thursday's episode of "Parks and Recreation." The casting worked so entertainingly well not because the grizzled Banks makes a completely incongruous parental figure -- his devotion to his granddaughter in "Breaking Bad" was his character's only real soft spot -- but because he approached the engagement party of his son Ben (Adam Scott) and his new fiancée Leslie (Amy Poehler) with the signaturely gruff, "I'm not going to play along" aspect. Banks brought a lot of excellence to his "Parks and Rec" appearance from the moment he arrived as Steve, toting his equally surly Hawaiian girlfriend Ulani (Kulap Vilaysack) -- whose name, she notes with no irony, means...

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- Alison Willmore

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Sudz Sutherland Helms Made-For-tv Movie 'The Phantoms' For CBC, Canada; Debuts 11/18

9 November 2012 8:51 AM, PST

Premiering Sunday, November 18, on CBC Television in Canada is the made-for-television movie inspired by the heart-warming, real-life events surrounding the 2009 New Brunswick provincial championship victory of the Bathurst High School (Bhs Phantoms) boys varsity basketball team.  The film, titled The Phantoms,  is directed by Sudz Sutherland (above, left) - director of films previously covered on this site like, Love, Sex & Eating The Bones, and his most recent, Home Again, which premiered at Tiff in September. Tyler Johnston, Kyle Mac, Holly Deveaux, Wesley MacInnes, Jacob Neayem, Greg Byrk, Wendel Meldrum, Joy Tanner, Tammy Isbell, William MacDonald, and Wally MacKinnon all star in The Phantoms, which Sutherland directed from a script penned by Andrew Wreggitt. It'll debut on CBC on Sunday, November 18 at 8:00 Pm/8:30 Nt. Watch the trailer below (and underneath that, you'll find a clip of Sutherland talking about the...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Kandyse McClure Will Co-Star In New Netflix Original Horror Series 'Hemlock Grove'

9 November 2012 8:31 AM, PST

A little late on this announcement... South Africa/Canadian actress Kandyse McClure (probably best known for her work as Anastasia Dualla on the classic Sci-Fi hit military drama series Battlestar Gallactica) has joined that cast of Netflix’s new horror thriller original series Hemlock Grove. Yes, in case you missed the memo, Netflix is a content creator now; not just a distributor/exhibitor. Hemlock Grove comes from executive producer Eli Roth and is based on Brian McGreevy's novel of the same name. McClure joins a cast that includes Bill Skarsgard, Famke Janssen, Lili Taylor, and Dougray Scott. Hemlock Grove revolves around the murder of a young girl found close to the former Godfrey steel mill. The suspects in her killing include a 17-year-old Gypsy kid from the wrong side of the tracks, and the arrogant Godfrey scion, whose sister is disturbingly deformed, and whose mother is the beautiful and controlling grand dame of. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Director and Star of 'Brooklyn Castle' Promote Indie Doc on 'The Daily Show'

9 November 2012 8:25 AM, PST

"Brooklyn Castle," the acclaimed documentary revolving around how chess acts as an unlikely inspiration for an inner-city school, found a way to expand on the already positive word of mouth garnered following its October 19th release. Last night the film's director, Katie Dellamaggiore, and one of its stars, Pobo Efekoro, sat down on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to discuss the film. The appearance of a relatively small documentary on ratings and popularity giant Stewart should go a long way to expanding interest in the film. "Brooklyn Castle," currently in theaters, holds a B+ average on Criticwire. The full interview with Dellamaggiore and Efekoro is below.

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- Eric Mattina

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'The Killing' Season 3 Looking Likely Thanks To Netflix

9 November 2012 6:16 AM, PST

With their moves to not only bring back “Arrested Development” but to also debut David Fincher's "House Of Cards," there should be no doubt that Netflix wants to take on the television industry at large and position themselves as a viable alternative to the networks. The streaming company is reportedly nearing a deal with AMC to bring back the much-maligned “The Killing” for a third-season. The deal (which has been rumored since the summer), should it go through, would split the costs between the two companies with AMC getting the right to air the season first before it appears on the streaming service. While it isn’t an outright coup by Netflix, it may open the doors for future collaborations with AMC (or even other networks). And in case you're wondering, both Joel Kinnaman and Mirielle Enos had been signed up by producers Fox TV for a third season, »


- Cain Rodriguez

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Braxton Family Pitching Daytime Talk Show; Report Calls It "'The View' But w/ A Lot Of Sass"

8 November 2012 4:11 PM, PST

Their Braxton Family Values reality TV show is a hit for We-tv, and the Braxtons now want to take that success into the world of daytime talk shows, So says The Huffington Post. "Think 'The View' but with a lot of sass! There will be the Braxton sisters' version of 'Hot Topics,' called 'Spill the T,' plus gossip, relationships, fashion, makeover segments and celebrity guests. They have even gotten their mom to do an 'Ask Mommy' advice segment. A fun, fun show." The HuffPo report says that the Braxton have secured exec producer Rob Dauber (The Rosie Show, Oprah and The Wendy Williams Show), to executive produce their proposed daytime hit. On what network, the report doesn't say. But one thing is clear, if they're able to sell the idea to whomever they're pitching to, they'd be joining an already crowded market of existing new talk shows, »


- Courtney

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Are You Watching Warner Premiere's New Sci-Fi Web Series 'H+' Produced By Bryan Singer?

8 November 2012 11:13 AM, PST

If you're not, maybe you should take a peek at it. I say that because, I only just started watching it myself, so I'm not that far into what seems like a sprawling, international series, with lots of different characters; and I was kind of surprised to learn that there are a few black actors in it (I've counted 3 so far), and that there's a storyline that takes place in the Republic of Congo, which was more surprising. I'll reserve comment until I'm caught up with the series, which is currently on episode 32, which is plenty, but thankfully each episode is only about 6-minutes long. In short, the Warner Premiere, Bryan Singer collab is titled H+, and is a future-set story in which a virus has wiped out most of the human race, and those still alive have their minds linked to the Internet 24 hours a day. But when a »


- Courtney

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Robert Bailey Jr. Joins Cast Of NBC Medical Drama Pilot 'After Hours'

8 November 2012 10:34 AM, PST

Robert Bailey Jr. has joined the cast of NBC’s hour-long medical drama pilot, After Hours, which follows the lives of workers during the graveyard shift at the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. Bailey Jr. will play a character named Paul, described as a young, eager but squeamish resident at the hospital. He joins Brendan Fehr, Freddy Rodriguez, Jeananne Goossen, Eoin Macken and Ken Leung. The Pilot will be written and executive produced by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah with Pierre Morel directing the pilot. If the series goes to order, it looks to be the first regular role for the youngster who's been featured in episodes of shows like Detroit 1-8-7, Memphis Beat, CSI: Miami and Raising the Bar.

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- Courtney

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Watch: Fall In Love Across a Meditation Chamber With This Sneak Peek From The New Season of 'Portlandia'

8 November 2012 9:58 AM, PST

"Portlandia," IFC's cult favorite sketch comedy series about the particular culture of Portland, Oregon, kicks off its third season on Friday, January 4th at 10pm with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein offering more gentle jabs at hipster/hippie lifestyle choices. The network's offered up an early look at the new season with the sketch below, entitled "Meditation Crush," which provides a reminder and warning that it's easier to fantasize about someone when you're communing across a silent room rather than actually listening to him or her talk.

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- Alison Willmore

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Lesbians, Jews and Promiscuous Women: The Oppressed Inmates of 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

8 November 2012 9:48 AM, PST

This article contains spoilers for "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)," the November 7th episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum." In only four episodes, FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum" has already presented aliens and demons, multiple limbs forcibly amputated or torn off, Nazi doctors, deranged serial killers and mutants living out in the woods. It feels like literally anything could happen on the show, between the genuine frights and the campily over-the-top ones, and anyone could be sane or insane. But in Wednesday's episode "I Am Anne Frank (Part 1)," in which Franka Potente turned up as Briarcliff Manor's newest inmate and the show's most recent wild twist, claiming to be the famous diarist all grown up, a theme has started to emerge from the madness. "American Horror Story: Asylum" may be, as a series, nuts, but it also seems to have an overarching vision in mind about how victims...

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- Alison Willmore

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Review: David Frankham & Michael Mann's 'Witness' A Raw & Powerful Look At The Front Lines Of Photojournalism

8 November 2012 8:05 AM, PST

The news media hasn't been in good shape in the past few years, particularly when it comes to on the ground, investigative journalism. Dwindling budgets, an audience shift from newspapers and television to the internet, and some would argue a lack of drive from the media themselves to do hard reporting, has made it a grim time to be involved in the industry. But as producer and director David Frankham told us recently, he hopes that the HBO series "Witness" (also produced by Michael Mann), is able to enact the kind of change that the classic reportage of "60 Minutes" managed to achieve. And while it doesn't quite go that far, "Witness" is an eye-opening, riveting look at conflicts raging around the world, and the complex and mostly ignored narratives that are unfolding. Airing this past Monday, "Juarez" was essentially the test model for the series, and it shows. It runs »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Aaron Paul Out, Benjamin Walker In For HBO's Spy Series 'The Missionary'

8 November 2012 7:45 AM, PST

"I'm a movie star now, bitch," "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul said into his cellphone to HBO, before driving his Ferarri into the Malibu sunset. Okay, that probably didn't happen, but with the actor now toplining the franchise ready "Need For Speed," it seems the allure of the television -- no matter how strong the quality of the project -- is perhaps losing its sheen. Even though it was reported to have a pilot order this summer, it seems HBO's "The Missionary" has had to find a new lead, and indeed they have. This year's other Abe Lincoln, Benjamin Walker, is now slotted to take on the series, and it's certainly another chance for the actor to break out. Penned by Charles Randolph ("The Interpreter," "Love And Other Drugs"), the 1960s-set, Cold War drama will center on an American missionary who gets involved with the CIA, and helps as young woman escape Berlin. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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