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TV Bits: ‘Bored to Death’ Cancelled, ‘Enlightened’ Renewed; Plus: ‘Shameless’, ‘Dexter’, ‘Homeland’, ‘Terra Nova’, and More

20 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Plenty of offices around the country have already begun winding down for the holidays, but apparently Showtime and HBO had a few things to get out of the way first. Meanwhile, Fox is still holding out on a decision on Terra Nova til the new year -- though the producers are apparently feeling optimistic. After the jump: HBO renews Enlightened, axes Bored to Death, Hung, and How to Make It in America Showtime drops a trailer for Shameless Season 2 Dexter showrunner Scott Buck talks about the finale's climactic moments Homeland exec producers discuss the tense first season finale Terra Nova producers are "guardedly optimistic" about the show's chances for a second season Though I couldn't be more excited about HBO's promising crop of upcoming series -- which includes Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow's Girls, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-starrer Veep, Ricky Gervais' Life's Too Short, and Chris Lilley's »

- Angie Han

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HBO Cancels Three Series

20 December 2011 11:39 AM, PST | x17online.com | See recent x17online news »

Los Angeles, California (X17online) - HBO has announced plans to cancel three series. Hung, Bored to Death, and How to Make It In America will be axed after this season. Critically acclaimed series Enlightened, on the other hand, has been renewed, and new series Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Life's Too Short, starring Ricky Gervais; Angry Boys and Girls will be added to HBO's roster next season. »

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HBO Cancels Three Shows, Renews One

20 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO seems to be clearing house before the new year with word that they've cancelled three of its comedic dramas while giving a renewal to another.

The Laura Dern-led "Enlightened", which earned two Golden Globe nominations last week for best comedy series and best actress, has been renewed for a second season. Reviews have been strong but ratings have been rather dire, however the cabler is a network where ratings are rarely a deciding factor.

Still the network has decided to swing the axe on three others. Both "Hung" starring Thomas Jane, and "Bored To Death" with Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis, have been given the chop after three seasons.

The network has also nixed the NY fashion scene-set "How To Make It In America" after two seasons. "Hung" was the highest rater of the four and Thomas Jane scored a second Golden Globe nomination last week for his work in it. »

- Garth Franklin

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HBO Cancels Three Shows, Renews One

20 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

HBO seems to be clearing house before the new year with word that they've cancelled three of its comedic dramas while giving a renewal to another.

The Laura Dern-led "Enlightened", which earned two Golden Globe nominations last week for best comedy series and best actress, has been renewed for a second season. Reviews have been strong but ratings have been rather dire, however the cabler is a network where ratings are rarely a deciding factor.

Still the network has decided to swing the axe on three others. Both "Hung" starring Thomas Jane, and "Bored To Death" with Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis, have been given the chop after three seasons.

The network has also nixed the NY fashion scene-set "How To Make It In America" after two seasons. "Hung" was the highest rater of the four and Thomas Jane scored a second Golden Globe nomination last week for his work in it. »

- Garth Franklin

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HBO yanks 'Hung' and 'Bored to Death,' picks up 'Enlightened'

20 December 2011 10:30 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

So long Hung, Bored to Death, and How To Make It in America!

HBO has canceled the sleeper comedies to make way for more fresh programming coming down the pipeline. Hung and Bored each ran for three seasons, and America ran for two.

In the meantime, the pay cabler ordered a second season of Enlightened, the Laura Dern starrer that just earned Golden Globe nods for best TV series (comedy/musical) and for best actress.

In 2012, HBO will roll out Luck, a new drama from Michael Mann and David Milch that stars Dustin Hoffman; as well as Aaron Sorkin’s »

- Lynette Rice

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TV Bits: Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill Leaving ‘Doctor Who’, Plus: ‘Animal Kingdom’, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, and More

19 December 2011 3:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] It's a sad day for Whovians as news breaks that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will be leaving Doctor Who in the next series, with a "heartbreaking end" planned for the couple. Thankfully, we've got some other bits that should help cheer everyone up, including a longer preview for 30 Rock and a peek at HBO's new comedy Veep. After the jump: Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill -- a.k.a. Amy and Rory -- will depart Doctor Who Showtime develops a drama based on David Michôd's Animal Kingdom NBC offers up a hilarious 5-minute preview of the Season 6 of 30 Rock HBO plans Leonardo DiCaprio-produced criminal/medical thriller Beat the Reaper Jane Fonda signs on for a recurring role on Aaron Sorkin's HBO series Newsroom HBO unveils a trailer for the Julia Louis-Dreyfus Vice President comedy Veep Doctor Who executive producer and head writer Steven Moffat announced this »

- Angie Han

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HBO Teases New Comedies with ‘Girls’ & ‘Veep’ Trailers

15 December 2011 7:43 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This spring, winter won’t be the only thing coming to HBO. In addition to season 2 of Game of Thrones, the network will debut the vice presidential comedy Veep, from the creator of In the Loop, as well as a new take on the single-girl-in-the-city story with Girls, which is being described as the anti-Sex and the City.

In the trailer entitled ‘A Different Spin’ we are introduced to the second most powerful person in the world – and apparently it’s not exactly a thrill-a-minute position. Veep comes from Armando Iannucci, the creator of the hit BBC comedy The Thick of It and its pseudo follow-up, the 2009 theatrical release In the Loop.

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- Kevin Yeoman

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TV News: Spartacus, Hemlock, Kavalier, HBO

13 December 2011 10:25 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Spartacus: Vengeance

Starz has revealed a bunch of promotional artwork and new stills, a high-profile new Facebook app, and a four-minute clip showing off the opening scene from their upcoming second season of the network's biggest series - the blood and sex-fueled "Spartacus".

Liam McIntyre takes over from the late Andy Whitfield in the titular role, while various other regulars including Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett and Dustin Clare returning. The season premiere is set for Friday, January 27th 2012 at 10/9c.

Hemlock Grove

Netflix has given a thirteen episode order for the new Eli Roth-produced horror series "Hemlock Grove," based on an upcoming Brian McGreevy novel. The series "re-imagines everything it means to be a monster as reflected in the struggle to be human".

This marks the fourth series the streaming giant is exclusively producing, following on from David Fincher's "House of Cards," Jenji Kohan's "Orange is the »

- Garth Franklin

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'Veep' and 'Girls': HBO teases two new comedies for spring

12 December 2011 11:26 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In addition to "Game of Thrones," which HBO has already started previewing, the cable channel will roll out two more new series in the spring. HBO unveiled the first looks at its comedies "Veep" and "Girls" over the weekend.

"Veep" stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the vice president of the United States, who's a mere heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world. As the wordless promo for the series shows, however, it's not always a thrill a minute in the VP's office.

"Veep" was created by Armando Ianucci, who also created the brilliant BBC political comedy "The Thick of It." Here's hoping his humor translates to the American political system.

"Girls" comes from creator/star Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture") and is executive produced by Judd Apatow. It's about four young women (Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams), but if the trailer is anything to go on »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Veep': HBO releases teaser trailer - Watch

12 December 2011 1:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

HBO has released a short teaser trailer for its upcoming show Veep. The comedy series has been created by Armando Iannucci, whose previous credits include The Thick of It and the movie In The Loop. The show features Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a woman who has just become vice-president. Other stars taking part in the comedy include Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky. Louis-Dreyfus recently insisted that the series is not intended (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 'Veep isn't a Sarah Palin parody'

9 December 2011 8:43 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has dismissed speculation that her character in Veep is a parody of Sarah Palin. The Seinfeld actress plays Selina Meyer in the HBO show, a senator from Maryland-turned-vice president. "This is in no way a parody of [Sarah Palin] or any other female politician," Louis-Dreyfus told Capitol File. "You will never know what party she's in. There's talk of the opposition and that party and this party, but it is never identified. So this is not a partisan politics show in any way. "What it is, though, is a show about political behaviour. And that is where the comedy comes from. The right thing happens for the (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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The return of 'Arrested Development': Tony Hale talks Lucille 2 and hopes for an iPad hand -- Exclusive

22 November 2011 10:23 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Since news broke last week that Netflix officially picked up Arrested Development for a 2013 run, fans have been taking a victory lap around the Internet that the five-year will-they-or-won’t-they revival roller coaster appears to be finished once and for all. EW landed an exclusive chat with Buster Bluth himself, a.k.a. Tony Hale. Of the long wait for Arrested’s return, Hale laughed, “In this situation, Buster would have been in the hospital medicated.” What else did Hale have to say about everyone’s favorite seal-phobic, over-educated MotherBoy? Will Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli) return? And what was Hale’s favorite Buster moment so far? »

- Lanford Beard

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Chris Addison: 'We're planning to film The Thick of It in spring'

10 November 2011 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Chris Addison has revealed that there are plans to film a new series of The Thick Of It next spring. Addison, who plays Ollie in the comedy, told Digital Spy that writer Armando Iannucci has been busy working on his new HBO show Veep. However, he explained that the current plan is to film more episodes of The Thick of It in April or May. Watch Chris Addison chatting about Skins and The Thick Of It below:

Addison admitted that he has no idea what will happen in the new series of The Thick Of It but joked that he is "very strongly advocating a (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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HBO Show 'Veep' Is Filming In D.C. Today

25 October 2011 10:16 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Veep, the upcoming HBO comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is shooting in the District today and Saturday, the District's Film Office writes in a press release. The series filmed parts of its pilot in D.C. this March, but the production has been spending most of its time in Baltimore, thanks to a very generous package of tax breaks and credits from the state of Maryland. »

- Washington City Paper

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UK’s Top TV Talent Agent: ‘We’re Failing To Make Enough TV That Really Matters’

20 September 2011 9:15 AM, PDT | Deadline London | See recent Deadline London news »

One of the UK’s most powerful talent agents has blasted British TV as an institution that’s run by “clever people making clever rubbish.” Peter Bennett-Jones, founder of Endemol-owned Tiger Aspect (Mr Bean, Billy Elliot), said last night at the annual BAFTA TV Lecture in London that “shaking things up needs to be a higher priority.” He added: “Original and polemical programming is in the casualty ward … My plea to writers is to pursue your passion, agitate away. We should be out there provoking and causing offence.” Bennett-Jones said that he disagrees with the priorities that Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and News Corp Deputy COO James Murdoch laid out in their recent Edinburgh TV Festival speeches. Schmidt said that programming decisions should be based on statistical analysis of viewing habits and data while Murdoch said they should be based on profitability. “I’m not saying ignore the data, »

- TIM ADLER in London

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HBO Winter Season Promo: The Return of Game of Thrones and More!

18 September 2011 6:45 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her return to television. And, of course, season two of Game of Thrones.

HBO has released a new promo, teasing its slate for the upcoming fall/winter season. Aside from the movie Game Change and the series Veep, look for Nick Nolte and Dustin Hoffman to star in Luck, while Kenny Powers and his absurd antics anchor another run of Eastbound & Down.

Check out the trailer now and, remember: it's not TV. It's HBO.

HBO Fall Season Preview »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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Execs Talk Future Of 3D, Distribution And Technology In Entertainment

14 September 2011 1:17 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Irish Technology Leadership Group launched its Hollywood chapter tonight with an event at Sony Pictures Studios that included a panel discussion among execs from companies such as HBO, Warner Bros and BBC Worldwide. Panelists at Innovation in Entertainment, as the evening was billed, discussed the new ways people consume entertainment, how much they’re willing to pay for it (increasingly, that amount is nothing, one said), and whether they’ve even caught up to all the technology out there. The future is in knowing how to pitch and make the right product at the right time and place, said Jay Roewe, HBO’s Svp West Coast production. “Computer programmers that understand the film biz — that’s the kind of people I want to work with because I know I’m going to adapt to the future in a very big way,” Roewe said. One example of HBO embracing technology »

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Interview: Armando Iannucci on moving beyond the BBC

4 July 2011 4:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The creator of The Thick of It tells Dan Sabbagh how being online has boosted his credibility and why he's gone beyond the BBC – despite being ready to man the barricades to save its digital channels

Armando Iannucci, comedy all-rounder, is pretty clear what he thinks about the BBC – saying that he will "man the barricades" in support of a corporation that has commissioned so many of his programmes, from I'm Alan Partridge to The Thick of It.

Yet, curiously, after several years embedded in a comedy unit inside the corporation, and a shorter spell as a freelance while his Anglo-American film In the Loop was coming together, Iannucci has moved beyond the BBC's orbit. He has a new job, working for an independent producer, Baby Cow, as chief creative officer, and reckons that when it comes to comedy at least "the ecology is healthy", or to put it another way, »

- Dan Sabbagh

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'Dark Knight Rises' Casting, 'Terminator' Skynet and Olivia Wilde Love Scenes in Today's Twitter-Wood

20 April 2011 10:27 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

We reported on it weeks ago, but it was made official yesterday: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotilliard will be joining the cast of "The Dark Knight Rises." And if it wasn't for Twitter, we'd have no idea how meta this casting really was.

According to the James Cameron blockbuster "The Terminator," the artificial intelligence in the Skynet program went live yesterday, which means that our inevitable destruction is just hours away! Since we're all about to die, you might as well read a few predictions for what might be in store for the robot apocalypse.

And a beautiful actress talks about filming love scenes! We won't give it away, but it involves lots and lots of high fives.

I'm @TravisHelwig and this Twitter-Wood for April 20th, 2011.

@OliviaWilde best part about filming a love scene? the high fives from the crew after each take. don't wish that happened in real life? »

- Travis Helwig

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Seinfeld Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus To Play Vice President

19 April 2011 8:15 AM, PDT | I Am Entertainment Magazine | See recent I Am Entertainment Magazine news »

The New York Times reports that former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been attached to play the U.S. Vice President in a new HBO comedy series that is expected to debut in the fall of 2012, titled Veep.

The show's creator, Oscar nominated writer Armando Iannucci, said that Dreyfus' character, 'Selina Meyer', a U.S. senator who gets elected to the office of the Vice President of the United States, was not based on anyone who has ever held a White House position. "I wanted to precisely say that this person isn't an existing person in high office. It's not a satire on Biden. It's not a satire on Cheney. When people talk about who are the presidential contenders for two years' time, there are so many female politicians there, that actually nobody bats an eyelid about it now..." Iannucci said.

Dreyfus who has a well established track record in »

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