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Box Office: Thor 2 Destroys the Competition

10 November 2013 3:57 PM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Thor: The Dark World hammered the box office this weekend, hauling in $86.1 million — about $20 million better than the first Thor did in its debut weekend, and more than the other movies in this week's Top 10 combined. The sequel had a fairly disappointing 3-D showing though, with only 39 percent of receipts coming from the 3-D version, Box Office Mojo reports.

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'Castle' Episode 6.9 Photos: Is A Serial Killer Targeting Castle and Beckett's Friends?

10 November 2013 3:42 PM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

"Disciple" - Castle and Beckett arrive at a crime scene to discover that the female victim bears a shocking resemblance to Medical Examiner Lanie Parish. As the team tries to make sense of this mystery, they realize the killer may be targeting detectives of the 12th Precinct. Annie Wersching (24) guest stars as Dr. Kelly Nieman, an exclusive Manhattan cosmetic surgeon who draws Castle and Beckett's interest because of her connection to the victim. on Castle, Monday, November 18 (10:01-11:00 p.m., Et) on ABC. »

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'Downton Abbey' renewed for a fifth season

10 November 2013 3:18 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

This comes as no surprise, but it’s now official: Downton Abbey will be back for a fifth season.

Americans have yet to set their eyes on the fourth season of Downton Abbey, which is set to debut on PBS on Jan. 5, but across the pond, the season premiere scored massive numbers — 9.5 million viewers — for its UK network, ITV, back in September.

“We are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a release. “We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played out by some of »

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Downton Abbey Renewed for Season 5

10 November 2013 2:50 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Downton Abbey‘s doors will remain open for another year.

Brit broadcaster ITV has ordered a fifth season of the international phenom, to bow next fall in the UK and (presumably and unfortunately) January 2015 in the Us on PBS.

Video | Downton Abbey Season 4 Trailer: Meet Mary’s New Suitor(s)

Downton Abbey‘s fourth season bows stateside on Jan. 5 at 9/8c.

TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has been updated to reflect the pickup.


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'Downton Abbey' gets Season 5 order from ITV in the U.K.

10 November 2013 2:46 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Looks like everyone's favorite British aristocrats and their servants will be around for another season after the one that is currently airing. "Downton Abbey" has received an order for a fifth season from the United Kingdom network ITV.

Production will begin in 2014 for Season 5, with the season presumably beginning its run in the fall, the same as with each previous season. The U.S. run of Season 5 would then begin in early 2015. Creator Julian Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame will continue to helm the series.

Neame promises of Season 5, "All the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy."

Season 4 of the popular period drama is airing currently in the U.K., with the season finale airing Sunday, Nov. 10 and then the annual holiday special airing Christmas Day. Season 4 begins airing in the U.S. on Jan. 5, 2014. »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Renewed for Fifth Season

10 November 2013 2:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Two months from its season-four premiere in the U.S., “Downton Abbey” earned a renewal for a fifth season on PBS’ “Masterpiece,” the pubcaster announced.

“Like millions of other ‘Downton’ fans, I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Crawley family,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “We’re proud to be the home of this

extraordinarily entertaining series, and, along with our stations, we look forward to sharing season five with U.S. audiences.”

The most-watched drama in PBS history, “Downton” just completed its fourth season in the U.K. and averaged 11.8 million viewers there to become Britain’s highest-rated TV drama of the year.

“We are thrilled to produce a new series of the show next year,” said Gareth Neame, exec producer of “Downton” and managing director of Carnival Films. “We promise all the usual highs and lows, romance, drama and comedy played »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Gets Fifth Season Order

10 November 2013 2:35 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

UK network ITV has commissioned a fifth season of hit period drama Downton Abbey from producer Carnival Films, which also has been picked up by PBS in the U.S. Production on a new set of trials and tribulations for the Crawley family and below stairs staff will begin in 2014 for later air on ITV and PBS’ Masterpiece. Masterpiece is a co-producer with Carnival Films. Season 5 will again be written by Julian Fellowes and exec produced by Carnival chief Gareth Neame, as well as Liz Trubridge and Fellowes. The news comes just as the final episode of the regular fourth season of Downton concluded in the UK tonight (there’s still the Christmas episode to come). Season 4 debuted on ITV this year on September 22nd, and grabbed its best-ever premiere ratings. It went on to average 11.8M viewers making it Britain’s highest-rated TV drama in 2013. The U.S. will »


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'The Good Wife' Recap: The Rat's in the Cradle

10 November 2013 2:04 PM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Given the bitterness behind the creation of Florrick, Agos and Associates, it's probably not too surprising that someone's spying on Alicia's new firm. But it may surprise you who swoops in to (possibly) save the day. 

Although this week's episode is titled "The Next Week," it's actually been three weeks since the newbies set up shop in Alicia's living room. They may still have enthusiasm, but they're sorely lacking in new clients and cold, hard cash.


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'The Bachelor' Roundup: Sean and Cathrine's Save-the-Date Card Revealed, Plus Updates on 'Bachelorette' Runner-Up Drew Kenney

10 November 2013 1:30 PM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Now that Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici have finally set a date for their wedding, which will be televised on ABC on January 26, 2014, it's only fitting that the Bachelor couple send out their save-the-date announcements to family and friends. And just like their love story, which unfolded on the season 17 of the ABC reality dating series, their save-the-date card is anything but conventional.


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Jimmy Kimmel’s Chinese Remarks Spark Protests in Multiple Cities

10 November 2013 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jimmy Kimmel and ABC have apologized, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering outside ABC’s Burbank headquarters on Saturday to protest the recent comments about killing Chinese people on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last month.

Kimmel has apologized on-air and yanked the Oct. 16 segment in which he and a group of young children jokingly discuss killing Chinese people as a means of dealing with the U.S. debt crisis. The incident has spurred the Roundtable of Chinese-American Organizations, a small Rosemead, Calif.-based outfit, to organize protests in numerous cities, including Raleigh, North Carolina,  Phoenix and Boston.

The backlash to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was swift enough after the segment aired to quickly gather 100,000 signatures needed for an online petition to qualify for a White House response as part of the Obama administration’s We the People initiative. The response is pending.

ABC had no comment on Saturday’s protests. »

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Britannia Awards 2013: Benedict Cumberbatch's breakthrough year celebrated

10 November 2013 12:26 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Academy Award winner George Clooney and rising star Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") are among the honorees as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles pays tribute to some of the biggest names in show business during the Britannia Awards 2013, airing Sunday, Nov. 10, on BBC America.

British actor Rob Brydon, best known to BBC America audiences for his role as the heroine's eccentric Welsh uncle in the long-running Britcom hit "Gavin and Stacey," hosts the two-hour special, which was recorded Nov. 9 in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

In addition to Clooney and Cumberbatch, also due for recognition during the program are Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley, controversial comic and actor Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat"), and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba from the BBC America detective drama "Luther."

Unlike many other honors, the Britannia Awards are not presented in competition, »

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'The Amazing Race' Recap: Driving and Dating Challenges

10 November 2013 12:04 PM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Last week, the remaining teams on The Amazing Race arrived in Vienna, Austria. The teams had to sing with the Vienna Boys Choir, which was probably as excruciating to attempt as it was to watch.

There was also a major disagreement between Jason and Amy and Timothy and Marie (Reebs) as to whether Jason and Amy's taxi was taken by the other couple. Although Jason and Amy's bags were taken out of the cab by their driver, they still maintained that they would not have taken the cab if the same thing had happened to Timothy and Reebs. So much for friendship on The Amazing Race!

Nicole and Travis were the first couple to reach the Pit Stop. The final team to arrive, Tim and Danny, were eliminated. So who will take the lead on this leg of The Amazing Race? Let's find out! »

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'Killing Kennedy': Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin bring Bill O' Reilly's JFK docudrama to life

10 November 2013 11:32 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

On Nov. 22, America and the world mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most momentous events of the 20th century, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

As it did last year with "Killing Lincoln," National Geographic Channel has turned to another best-seller by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard to dramatize the occasion.

Premiering Sunday, Nov. 10, the docudrama version of "Killing Kennedy" follows the twin trajectories of JFK and Lee Harvey Oswald until they meet on that fateful day in Dallas' Dealey Plaza.

Directed by Nelson McCormick from a script by Kelly Masterson, "Killing Kennedy" stars Rob Lowe as JFK, Ginnifer Goodwin as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Will Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald, Michelle Trachtenberg as Marina Oswald, Jack Noseworthy as Bobby Kennedy, Casey Siemaszko as Jack Ruby, Francis Guinan as Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Flood as Kennedy insider Kenneth O'Donnell.

On this bright mid-June day in Richmond, »

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Time Lords Unite! Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor Trailers Bring Together Fan Faves

10 November 2013 11:21 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Doctor(s) are back in business.

BBC One has unveiled two official trailers for Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor, the cult hit’s upcoming 50th anniversary special — and as expected, it is action-packed and cameo-filled.

Related | Doctor Who Casts Peter Capaldi as Twelfth Doctor

Boasting appearances by Who vets Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, David Tennant, Billie Piper and John Hurt, among others, the following promos finally give fans a glimpse at what to expect from The Day of the Doctor, which will be simultcast worldwide on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2:50 Et.


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Mea Culpa? Charlie Sheen Tweets Olive Branch To Chuck Lorre

10 November 2013 11:09 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Now that he could be facing jail time for his Friday Twitter rampage, is Anger Management‘s Charlie Sheen looking to make some amends today? Two days after violating a gag order issued during his ongoing child custody case with a string of erratic Tweets attacking both the presiding judge and ex-wife Brooke Mueller, Sheen Tweeted to his former Two and a Half Men Ep Chuck Lorre promising an apology – and more. Sheen’s string of Lorre insults during the actor’s very public meltdown in early 2011 led to his dismissal from the long-runing comedy series. “Hey Chuck,” Sheen wrote this morning. “I have an idea that u need to hear after I make amends to you and yours. Which I will do in person,” he posted, along with a photo of their 2007 People’s Choice Award for Men. Legit apologia, soul searching in the face of jail time or »


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'Once Upon a Time' Recap: Dark Hollow Meets Deadly Deal

10 November 2013 11:03 AM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Once Upon a Time will include Storybrooke for the first time this season. With Ariel's mission taking place in Maine, we can't forget the declaration of war on Pan in Neverland. This episode appears to start preparing us for an epic battle for the mid-season finale. it's about four weeks away with a hiatus after that -- boo, hiss! ABC, you are not Bbca! »

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Quotes of the Week: Best Zingers From The Originals, S.H.I.E.L.D., SNL, Broke Girls and More

10 November 2013 11:01 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Wait a second! How’d it get to be Nov. 10 already?

Actually, don’t answer that question. Let’s instead distract ourselves with our regular Sunday feature, Quotes of the Week, packed with the best one-liners from the small screen over the last eight days.

Related | Who Is TVLine’s Performer of the Week?

This time around, we’ve got a zany Saturday Night Live catchphrase, a racy Bones observation, a literary reference from The Originals, a musical interlude from Mom and so much more. So click through the gallery below for our latest batch of honorees, then hit the »

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'Doctor Who': 'Day of the Doctor' BBC America trailer has more David Tennant and Matt Smith

10 November 2013 10:48 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Was the first trailer for "Doctor Who's" 50th anniversary special just not enough for you? If that's the case, BBC America has given their own spin on the "Day of the Doctor" preview and included some new footage.

Most of the 30-second clip if footage re-purposed from the first trailer, but there is a bit more of David Tennant and Matt Smith being great together. In one scene they compare sonic screwdrivers (Smith's is bigger), while another finds Tennant telling the newer Doctor that he's not pleased with how the Tardis is looking these days.

"The Day of the Doctor" airs November 23 on BBC America. »

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Ratings Rat Race: Miss Universe Down In Saturday Move, College Football Tops Night

10 November 2013 10:34 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

In Europe, Saturday is arguably the biggest night for television viewing. So it is no surprise that this year’s pageant host, Russia, picked Saturday for the global telecast. In the U.S., where Saturday is the least watched night of the week, last night’s Miss Universe 2013 special drew 3.8 million viewers and a 0.9 in adults 18-49, about half of the 6.1 million, 1.8 in 18-49 who tuned in last year when Miss Universe aired from 8-10 Pm on Wednesday, originating from Las Vegas with Miss USA as the winner. This year, Venezuela, where pageants are matter of national pride, landed another Miss Universe. Despite the controversy leading to the pageant, stemming from Russia’s anti-gay laws, there was no mention of the issue on the telecast. CBS won Saturday night with Ncaa football (11.5 million, 3.9/13 in the fast nationals). »


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TV Review: ‘JFK,’ ‘Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy’

10 November 2013 7:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There’s a noise-canceling quality of the programming tidal wave tied to the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, which doesn’t make the milestone any less historically significant, or selected programs any less worthwhile. So somewhat arbitrarily, here’s an endorsement of two: “JFK,” a comprehensive four-hour “American Experience” documentary; and the more purely emotional “Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy,” an artful and poetic vision of Camelot through the grief of ordinary citizens, lovingly assembled by documentarian Bill Couturie. Each has merit, taking the measure of the man and what he did, as opposed to dwelling on the semi-centennial of how he died.

Featuring a who’s who of historians and biographers (among them Robert Caro and Robert Dallek) as well as lone surviving sibling Jean Kennedy Smith, “JFK” begins with the Cuban Missile Crisis, establishing the young president as a man with “an unshakable sense of his own skills. »

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