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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in March 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

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1) "Mad Men" Season 7 (available March 22)Why Should I Watch It? "Mad Men" is the best show on TV. I know, I know. Plenty of people like to argue other great shows are the best thing on television, for a variety of inauthentic reasons (clickbait, unawareness, sheer stupidity). But the only show you absolutely should be watching no matter what — assuming you care about silly things like "culture" and "art" — is "Mad Men." No other series provides such depth of context combined with formal beauty. Oh, and Season 7 is a helluva good time thanks to moments like this and this (slight spoilers). But for more on the specifics... Best Episode: Season 7a featured a number of terrific entries to the series' canon, even with significantly fewer episodes than "seasons" past. But one segment reigned supreme. Episode 6, the penultimate episode of the half-season, features theeeeee moment fans have been waiting this whole time to. »

- Ben Travers

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge to Star in Scripted TV Series Based on the Underground Railroad

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Expanding its slate of original programming, Wgn America today announced casting and premiere info for its next straight-to-series order - the scripted drama "Underground," which will follow the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them, and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Christopher Meloni and Jessica De Gouw have all been cast in the series, which is created by Misha Green (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Joe Pokaski (“CSI”), who will also and exec produce with Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures and Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold of Safehouse Pictures. Anthony Hemingway will direct the first two episodes (there will be 10 total), with production set to begin in the spring for a 2016 debut. "Wgn America has made a commitment to quality programming and we are happy that »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Own: Oprah Winfrey Network Orders New Full Seasons (20+ Episodes Each) of All 4 Tyler Perry Series

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Interesting times ahead for the Own network, with 4 Tyler Perry-branded series, and an Ava DuVernay-developed (writer, director, exec producer) drama series based on the acclaimed novel “Queen Sugar," by Natalie Baszile,  But before that period comes... Own: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it is ordering additional episodes of its 4 Tyler Perry scripted series, including 23 one-hour episodes of the drama "The Haves and the Have Nots;" 22 one-hour episodes of the companion drama "If Loving You is Wrong;" 22 half-hour episodes of the comedy "Love Thy Neighbor;" and 20 half-hour episodes of the comedy "For Better or Worse." "Oprah Winfrey's partnership with Tyler Perry has been a tremendous success, garnering millions of viewers for Own and setting ratings records," said Erik Logan, president, Own. "Tyler's original series have quickly become appointment viewing for a passionate audience and...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Eases Up On the Sex, Amps Up the Politics — and Claire

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As a Netflix series, each episode of "House of Cards" opens with the network's logo, reminding you where you happen to be watching the award-winning drama. But Season 3 introduces a fun tweak to that opening card: A sharp "tap-tap," echoing the final seconds of the Season 2 finale, in which Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) leans into his hard-won position of authority by rapping his brand new ring on his brand new desk.  While the show tries to grab your attention right away in this fashion, the third season of the series actually proves to be a slightly quieter affair than the seasons which have come before. And this works both for and against "House of Cards" in its return.  In many instances, the third season of a show offers an opportunity for fans to truly consider a series; to re-evaluate whether or not they're still truly engaged. And a lot of times, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Takes Flight with New Clips & Official Poster

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"Game of Thrones" doesn't mess around when it comes to...well, pretty much anything, but certainly not with their marketing campaign. As the audience grows for HBO's medieval epic, so do the promotional endeavors. This year, we've seen an unprecedented trailer release via the first television series ever to screen in IMAX, clips, obscure online teases and now we've just received the official poster. The image below combines two of the series' biggest draws: dragons and Peter Dinklage. Tyrion looks into the eyes of Daenerys' dragon, and we sure hope he has a plan to get out of this one (not that the poster should be taken as a literal representation of what's to come). It's nevertheless a striking image, and one that many fans will have plastered in their dorm rooms or man caves. In case that wasn't enough for you, HBO also released two new clips from Season »


- Ben Travers

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SyFy to Honor Leonard Nimoy with 5-Hour Marathon of Career Highlights

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This Sunday, SyFy will be honoring sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy by airing quite the sampler of some of his most well-loved appearances.  SyFy will kick off the morning with Nimoy's pre-"Star Trek" appearance in "A Quality of Mercy" (a popular, World War II-set episode of "The Twilight Zone"), before moving on to showcase his two-episode crossover stint on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," and then wrapping up the proceedings with "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," a fitting end for the celebration of Nimoy's sci-fi career as it's the last "Star Trek" film to feature the original cast. The airing schedule for Sunday's five-hour tribute is as follows: 9am - "The Twilight Zone" - A Quality of Mercy 9:30am - "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - Unification: Part I 10:30am - "Star Trek: The Next Generation" - Unification: Part 2 11:30am - "Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country" Read. »


- Rosie Narasaki

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Phylicia Rashad Cast in CBS's 'For Justice' Pilot; DuVernay Will Direct

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The matriarch of the Huxtable family is coming back to weekly TV. Variety reports that Phylicia Rashad, best known for her role as Clair Hanks Huxtable in "The Cosby Show," has been cast as a series regular in "For Justice," a civil-rights drama from CBS. Ava DuVernay is set to direct the pilot and will serve as an exec producer on the series.  Rashad will play Georgina Howe, a lesbian who is described by Variety as "a savvy Washington player who has faced discrimination for her race and sexual orientation and fights to protect the independence and integrity of her high-profile Civil Rights Division."  "For Justice" will focus on a female FBI agent working in the Development of Justice's Civil Rights Division who is torn between two families: her radical family at home and her law-enforcing family at work. No word yet on who will play the lead.  Rashad's recent »


- Laura Berger

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Watch: Russell T Davies' Dramas 'Cucumber'/'Banana' to Premiere After 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

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"Queer as Folk" fans, you're in luck -- Russell T Davies' ("Doctor Who") highly anticipated new interconnected dramas "Cucumber" and "Banana" will premiere March 2 on Logo, following the premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race." The two interwoven drama series will explore the lives of 21st century gay life in Manchester, England. The hour long "Cucumber" follows Henry Best (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan (Cyril Nri), while the half-hour long "Banana" follows the lives of the younger characters in Henry's world. In this clip from "Banana," we see one of the characters, Dean (Fisayo Akinade), experience something we've all done, whether we care to admit it or not: seeing an attractive stranger on public transport and promptly fantasizing about a life together. "Cucumber" and "Banana" also stars Julie Hesmondhalgh ("Coronation Street"), Freddie Fox...

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- Jena Keahon

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Limited Series Retells 'Star Wars' Episodes 1-6 Chronologically Through C-3Po & R2-D2's Eyes, With Lego

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Let's make one thing clear: while Disney is restarting a franchise with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," they are also using the Force to make mega money from merchandising. In 2010, a year in which no "Star Wars" movie was released and the sequels were a distant thought, Lucasfilm earned $510 million — half a billion — in revenue from "Star Wars" related sales. Now all that cheddar is coming to the House of Mouse, and you can bet accountants are having wet dreams about the kind of moola that will roll in for "Star Wars" branded stuff when 'The Force Awakens' arrives. But it's not just the movie that's gonna move product. Disney Xd and Lego will drop "Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales," a limited series of five, 22-minute episodes that will retell the first six "Star Wars" episodes through the eyes of C-3Po and R2-D2. And oh yeah, it will be done with Lego, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Two New Clips From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 With Brienne, Podrick, Jon Snow And Mance

21 hours ago

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who watch "Game Of Thrones," and those who don't. I actually haven't watched the series, for no reason other than I just never hopped on the wagon and now four seasons deep, it's a big chunk to catch up with. I will at some point, but probably not before season five starts. But for the rest of you, a couple of new clips have arrived. Granted, they are quite brief, with HBO keeping things secret as long as they can. But you can catch up with Brienne, Podrick, Jon Snow and Mance with the scenes told through the perspective of The Sight (see, I've done some reading up, at least), which is basically a prophetic ability some children in the world of the show have. So there you go.  "Game Of Thrones" returns on April 12th.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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CBS Unveils Summer Lineup - Details on Season 2 of Halle Berry's 'Extant' + 'Zoo' Featuring Nonzo Anozie

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CBS has announced premiere dates for its lineup of original summer programming that includes returning event series "Extant," which stars Halle Berry, for a second season run. The serialized thriller will make its sophomore debut on Wednesday, July 1 at 10pm.  This season, astronaut Molly Woods (Berry) discovers she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction, and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival.  In its first season, "Extant" was the most-watched new scripted program of the summer, winning its Wednesday 10-11pm time period in viewers, with an 8.65 million average. This summer will also see the premiere of "Zoo," which is based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, with a cast that includes Brit Nonso Anozie, who will be joined by James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Billy Burke, and Nora Arnezeder.  In the series, a wave. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Rip Leonard Nimoy, Who Became 'Star Trek''s Iconic Spock and Created the Vulcan Salute (Clips)

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Actor Leonard Nimoy will always be known for creating the mixed race alien and human outsider Spock on "Star Trek"--the three-year TV series launched in 1966 that many Baby Boomers watched in syndication, as well as five feature films. At age 83, Nimoy died February 27 of complications from pulmonary disease, decades after he gave up smoking. But Nimoy's Spock will never be forgotten. He has entered the culture in countless ways, from his split-fingered Vulcan salute, a gesture Nimoy created from arcane Jewish rituals, to his signature Vulcan motto "Live Long and Prosper," which he used as a sign-off on Twitter (Llap). Read: The Washington Post obit.  Yes, I am a Trekkie. Like George Lucas, who was inspired by "Star Trek" when he created "Star Wars," I loved the bromance between William Shatner's volatile Captain Kirk and Spock, his stalwart and logical first mate. Nimoy understood his...

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- Anne Thompson

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Leonard Nimoy, 'Star Trek' Legend, Passes Away at 83

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Leonard Nimoy, who helped us understand that logic did not run counter-intuitive to humanity, passed away today at 83. He played many roles and left many legacies, but we'll never stop thinking of him as Spock from "Star Trek."  Nimoy has been a nerd icon since the premiere of "Star Trek" in 1966, where he became a breakout star as the first officer of the USS Enterprise. His contributions to the role, and the "Star Trek" universe, were in part rooted in his faith -- including the "Vulcan salute," which was based on gestures he'd witnessed in shul.  Nimoy returned to the role of Spock several times since the original cancelation of "Star Trek," including in J.J. Abrams' reboot of the franchise in 2009. His interests beyond acting included art, photography and music -- he was also the director of many classic films, including "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and "Three Men and a Baby. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Last Man on Earth' Reviews: Will Forte Stands Alone

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Even in the Golden Age of Television™, it's hard to think of a premise more distinctive than the one underlying Fox's "The Last Man on Earth," which airs its first two episodes back to back on Sunday. Created by and starring Will Forte, the show follows Phil Miller through a world devastated by an unspecified virus that seems to have wiped every member of humanity but one. After criss-crossing the country in a quick opening montage, Forte's Phil Miller settles in Tucson, decorating a McMansion with treasures ransacked from a depopulated nation — a couple of Oscars, a Van Gogh or two, and so on. He uncorks a $10,000 bottle of wine and mixes it with spray cheese, because who's around to judge?? As a performer, Forte has often been at his best when he's the strangest person in the room. (Think his unforgettably odd Tim Calhoun from "Saturday Night Live.") But in "Last Man, »


- Sam Adams

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Watch: 2 Trailers & Featurette For Neil Labute's Incestuous DirecTV Series 'Billy & Billie' With Adam Brody

27 February 2015 8:42 AM, PST

While he might not be as much a part of the cultural conversation now as he was circa his breakout films "In The Company Of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbours," Neil Labute is still pushing buttons. His latest effort to shock viewers is his DirecTV series "Billy & Billie," and a few promos have arrived. Adam Brody and Lisa Joyce star in the series following two step-siblings who fall in love. As you might expect, this news doesn't get the best reception, and the whole thing is told in a jaunty sitcom vibe. It's not clear just how deep the show will get into certain issues, but the teasers clarify that the lead characters are step-siblings. After that, you can check out a featurette detailing the creation of the show. "Billy & Billie" arrives on March 3rd. Watch below.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' and Inimitable Tina Fey

27 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST

Anyone still mourning the loss of "30 Rock" -- I imagine that’s a fair amount of people -- will find a lot to love in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." The new Netflix show from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, debuting Mar. 6, is in many ways Fey’s old show dressed up in a new outfit. That outfit -- brightly colored and styled from the mid 90s, normcore at its finest -- is sported by Ellie Kemper's wide-eyed Kimmy, a 29-year-old Indiana woman rescued after 15 years in an underground apocalypse cult. She comes to New York to start her life over, and her outsider-looking-in perspective, though radically different in backstory, frequently echoes that of perennial nerd Liz Lemon, while corresponding more straightforwardly to the "funny foreigner" trope. One of my favorite bits, which you can see at the end of this trailer, is Kimmy's reaction to being catcalled by a construction worker. »


- Sara Stewart

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Watch: Paul Rudd Gets Called Out for His Career Failures on 'The Jack and Triumph Show'

27 February 2015 7:51 AM, PST

By all accounts, Paul Rudd has had a pretty successful career. After achieving cult icon status early on with "Wet Hot American Summer" and "Clueless," the likable Average Joe-type moved up to comedy hits like "The 40 Year Old Virgin," "I Love You, Man," "Role Models" and "Knocked Up" (not to mention his unforgettable roles on "Friends" and "Parks and Recreation").  But that's not what Triumph remembers. In the exclusive clip below, Triumph — a former '70s & '80s TV star who's fallen on hard times — makes a mess of things for his ex-co-star Jack, who's finally gotten back on the right track after being sucked down an ugly wormhole with Triumph. The two run into Paul Rudd at a coffee shop, and one of them (hint: the talking puppet) can't let bygones be bygones, calling out Rudd's movie star status after flops like "Wanderlust," "This is 40" and "Admission. »


- Ben Travers

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ABC Teases Season 2 Renewal for 'How to Get Away With Murder' (But Of Course...)

27 February 2015 7:29 AM, PST

The network hasn't officially renewed the hit Shondaland series yet (although we can assume an official announcement will probably come shortly), but the below promo pretty much seals the deal, doesn't it?  If you watched last night's season finale, you probably saw it, as I'm told that it ran during the broadcast. If not, watch it below. But a renewal really shouldn't be a surprise, and should in fact be expected (even though ABC hasn't announced one yet), given that the series averaged about 9.5 million viewers per episode all season. It's certainly not doing as well as Fox's "Empire," which has only gained strength as the season has progressed. But 9.5 million on average is a strong number in what is a very competitive, not only television, but overall entertainment landscape. Unfortunately, it's a series that I watched the first 3 episodes of, and then moved on, because it just didn't hook me. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Empire' Officially Makes Television History... Again

27 February 2015 7:13 AM, PST

It’s one of the great unsolved mysteries of the ages. Why is this damn show so popular? But "Empire" has now officially made television history once again.. For the 7th consecutive week, the series has seen its audience numbers and ratings increase from the previous week. No other show in the history of television has had its ratings and audience numbers rise with each following week. That is, according to Variety, “unprecedented.” This week's episode attracted some 13.9 million viewers, with a 15 Share Nielsen rating, which is up 3% from last week’s ratings, and up 7% from the number of people watching the show. Last week's episode was also number one show among Xfinity cable On Demand TV shows. And that’s not including DVR viewers, which could add another few million viewers to that number. However, it’s not the most watched show on television. That honor still goes to CBS’ "NCIS" which, »

- Sergio

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Casting: Jack Huston Flying Toward 'The Crow,' Blake Lively & Jason Clarke Join Marc Forster's ‘All I See Is You’ And More

27 February 2015 7:01 AM, PST

The long developing "The Crow" reboot that no one really wants may have found a new lead after Luke Evans decided he had better things to do. "Boardwalk Empire" star Jack Huston is in early talks to play the goth title role. Corin Hardy ("The Woods") is slated to direct if/when this thing actually gets moving. [Deadline] Nick Nolte is bringing his growl to the Epix series "Graves," a half hour comedy in which he'll play a former President of the United States "who has an epiphany, realizing that some of his policies have brought damage to the country. He embarks on a quest to right the wrongs while his wife is pursuing a career in politics." I dunno, sounds more like a fantasy to me. [Deadline] Rosamund Pike is joining Christian Bale in "The Deep Blue Good-by." James Mangold will direct the flick about "a self-described salvage consultant who recovers »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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