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This is Our Design #17: “Oeuf”

26 August 2014 7:44 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We are back! Who are we? What are we back to? Who the heck knows!? But look at this fancy new post that isn’t at all disturbing!

NBC might not have aired it, but we here at This is Our Design were never going to pass up on the chance to talk about “Oeuf,” Hannibal‘s most notorious episode. Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick are joined by David Bax of Battleship Pretension and Hey, Watch This! to break down the episode (and…break…some…eggs!? (it’s a pun on the title (only now do we realize breaking and cracking something are two different processes))). Discussion centers heavily around ideas of family as we lead into some of our best editions of the recurring segments yet: “Kate’s Classical Corner,” “The Devil in the Details,” and “Spoiled Meat,” which has much to do with kitchenware. Have a listen »

- Sean Colletti

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Better Call Saul's First Teaser Trailer Finds Bob Odenkirk Pleading His Case

11 August 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Better Call Saul‘s titular lawyer isn’t just someone you’d want in your corner; he’s someone you’ll need. (Or at least that’s what he wants you to think.)

Related AMC Renews Breaking Bad Prequel, Moves Premiere Date — See First Photo

AMC unveiled its first teaser for the Breaking Bad prequel/sequel/spin-off this weekend, which finds star Bob Odenkirk comparing lawyers to health insurance.

“You hope you never need it,” he tells a potential client. “But man, oh man, not having it? No!“

Related Better Call Saul: AMC Confirms Series Regulars, Teases [Spoiler's] Return

Premiering in February, »

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Comic-Con 2014 Interviews with Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, and Jeremy Carver

31 July 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last weekend at Comic-Con, we joined a small group of journalists for an interview session with the main cast and executive producer of Supernatural. Stars Jared Padalecki (Sam), Jensen Ackles (Dean), Misha Collins (Castiel), and Executive Producer Jeremy Carver provided details on some of Season 9′s big moments and teased what we can expect from Season 10.

Executive Producer Jeremy Carver:

It seems like there are some excellent storytelling opportunities with the introduction of the Men of Letters Bunker. Do you plan on having a continued focus on that in Season 10?

When we introduced the Men of Letters, not just as a location, but one of the final pieces or the Winchester Family Tree, it opened up for the writers and enormous trove of possibilities. Yes, we’re always coming up with fantastic ways of looking at the Men of Letters and it’s become such a part of the »

- Jordan Smith

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Better Call Saul: AMC Confirms Series Regulars, Teases [Spoiler's] Return

11 July 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Team Better Call Saul has officially assembled.

Related AMC Renews Breaking Bad Prequel — See First Photo

At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday, AMC confirmed the full line-up of series regulars joining star Bob Odenkirk.

Michael McKean (Family Tree) will play Saul’s brother Chuck, Jonathan Banks will reprise his Breaking Bad role of Mike Ehrmantraut, Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash) will play Kim, Patrick Fabian (Grey’s Anatomy) will play Hamlin and Michael Mando (Orphan Black) will play Mando.

“The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White,” reads the »

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Is 'True Detective' worthy? 'Modern Family,' again? The critics react to 2014's Emmy nods

10 July 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Melissa Maerz: Jeff,

When the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, I was sitting at my desk, shouting, “Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!” Game of Thrones dominated with 19 nominations! Hot pie for everyone! I’d quibble with the fact that Noah Hawley’s fantastic update of Fargo didn’t get a best drama nod, especially since it was the runner-up with 18 nominations, and The Good Wife was unjustly ignored in that category, coming off its best season ever—it might be the only network drama that I truly loved—but the rest of the list was pretty solid. Among the smartest choices »

- Melissa Maerz

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Starz orders 'The Girlfriend Experience' television series

23 June 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Is "The Girlfriend Experience" about to become the new "Fargo"? Starz announced on Monday (June 23) that it has ordered a somewhat fascinating -- in concept, if Tbd in terms of execution -- 13-part anthology series based on Steven Soderbergh's 2009 indie. "The Girlfriend Experience," if you've somehow forgotten, featured adult actress Sasha Grey as a high-end Manhattan escort offering Gfe, Girlfriend Experiences meant to simulate the intimacies of actual marriages or relationships. A 2009 Sundance premiere, "The Girlfriend Experience" wouldn't immediately seem to be the most likely movie-to-tv transfer. It grossed under $700,000 at the domestic box office and reviews were more "curious" than positive/negative for the drama, which had a running time of under 80 minutes. "The Girlfriend Experience" is probably thought of among Soderbergh's digital experiments, projects like "Full Frontal" or "Bubble," rather than positioned among the Oscar and Emmy winner's bigger critical or popular successes. It appears that the »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Starz Orders ‘Girlfriend Experience’ Series From Steven Soderbergh

23 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Starz has ordered 13 half-hour episodes of the television series “The Girlfriend Experience” from Transactional Pictures and executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman. Based on Soderbergh's 2009 film of the same name, “The Girlfriend Experience” will be a 13-part anthology written and directed by independent filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan, who has directed episodes of “The Killing,” “The Americans,” and “Bates Motel,” among others, and Amy Seimetz, a writer, producer and actress best known for being a series regular on “The Killing” and her recurring role on HBO's “Family Tree.” Kerrigan and Seimetz will also serve as executive producers. The series will »

- Jethro Nededog

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We’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News About ‘Better Call Saul’

19 June 2014 8:50 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

You might feel some apprehension about the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, but you know you’re going to watch it. When it finally arrives, that is. The show, which is to star Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as lawyer Saul Goodman, was supposed to debut on AMC this November. The bad news is that it’s been pushed back until early next year. The good news, though, is that the cable network is excited about what they’ve seen so far and have already renewed the series for a second season. The first will be 10 episodes, and the second, arriving early 2016, will add another 13. Vince Gilligan is directing the pilot and will share showrunning duties with Peter Gould, who created Goodman as a Breaking Bad writer in season 2 (the character’s debut episode was also called “Better Caul Saul”). Michael McKean, who was so great recently on HBO’s canceled Family Tree is also in »

- Christopher Campbell

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If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

13 June 2014 8:59 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. Now that the ballots are out, it's time for our annual two-pronged experiment, in which Dan tries to predict the likeliest nominees in each major category, while I pretend that I'm an actually TV Academy member and pick the six nominees that would make me the happiest. We are, as always, playing by the Emmy rules, which means we can't argue for someone who didn't submit themselves (say, Alan Cumming for "The Good Wife"), can't move someone from lead to supporting or vice versa, and can't declare that "True Detective" is a miniseries and therefore clear more room in the drama categories. I'm also obviously limited by what I watched and what I haven't. I've only seen a couple of "Nurse Jackie" episodes so far this season, for instance, and the sample size wasn't enough for me »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'American Idol' 2014: Jena and Caleb relive their rock 'n roll road to the finale -- Videos

20 May 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

It’ll be an absolute powerhouse rock-off between Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson tonight in the first part of American Idol’s season 13 finale (8 p.m. Et on Fox).

From the beginning of the competition, both finalists have been commended for their big performances and even bigger vocal power and range. Now that they are the last man and woman standing, you can expect the finale to be a “big, over-the-top rock ‘n roll extravaganza,” according to Johnson. But just how did a teenager from Michigan and a guy who auditioned two times already for the show make it to the finale? »

- Jake Perlman

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Let's peek inside HBO's Emmy Fyc box

9 May 2014 6:08 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Over the past week, Emmy voters received the HBO Fyc box. Inside were two booklets containing these DVDs below. Check out their contents and compare to our detailed report on what HBO is campaigning in the chief races.   Fyc Book 1: TV Series (Sample episodes) "Boardwalk Empire" – "Erikonig," "Farewell Daddy Blues" "Eastboard & Down" – "Chapter 23," "Chapter 27," "Chapter 29" "Family Tree" – "Treading the Boards," "Civil Wars," "Cowboys" "Game of Thrones" – "The Lion and the Rose," "Breaker of Chains" "Getting On" – "If You're Going to San Francisco," "Dumped," "Nightshift" "Girls" – "Beach House," "Flo," "Two Place Rides" "Hello Ladies" – "The Dinner," "The Wedding,..."' »

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Nominees for the Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards Announced

6 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nominees for the 35th annual Banff World Media Festival Rockie Awards were announced today, honoring excellence in television and media content from around the globe. Nominees in the Serial Drama category, which is currently a shortlist of 25 entries, will be notified in the next two weeks. Winners in each category will be announced during an awards ceremony at the festival, which takes place June 8-11 in the resort mountain town of Banff, Alberta.

Animation

“Legend of Korra”

Produced By: Nickelodeon

Network: Nickelodeon

Country: United States of America

“Plankton Invasion – Operation Total Block”

Produced By: TeamTO

In Association With: Tinkertree, Vivi Film

Network: Canal+ Family

Country: France

“Robocar Poli the Second Season”

Produced By: Roi Visual Co., Ltd

Network: Ebs

Country: South Korea

“The Awesomes”

Produced By: Hulu / Broadway Video

Network: Hulu

Country: United States of America

To This Day

Produced By: Giant Ant

In Association With: Shane Koyczan

Network: Youtube »

- Malina Saval

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Michael McKean Joins Better Call Saul

1 May 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Spending time on stage with the man who was Walter White was not nearly enough Breaking Bad-adjacent action for Michael McKean. He’s just signed on for a co-starring role in the show’s spin-off, Better Call Saul.The series, created and run by Bad boss Vince Gilligan and Saul creative parent Peter Gould, looks to follow the wise-cracking, money-grabbing lawyer as played by Bob Odenkirk. It’ll serve as a prequel, showing what he got up to before (and potentially during) the time that Walter White entered his life.McKean is apparently playing a character called Dr. Thurber, a formerly brilliant lawyer now troubled by a strange affliction. He’s joining Jonathan Banks, who will be breathing new life into grumpy fixer Mike Ehrmantraut in the show, which is scheduled to air in the Us from this November.Aside from theatre duties, where he’s appearing alongside Bryan Cranston in All The Way, »

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'Breaking Bad' spin-off casts Michael McKean

30 April 2014 7:37 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Better Call Saul has dialed up a third cast member.

Michael McKean has signed on to Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, EW has confirmed. The Laverne & Shirley/This is Spinal Tap vet will co-star as a gifted lawyer named Dr. Thurber who is hampered by a strange affliction on AMC’s meth drama prequel, which follows the exploits of oily lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) before hooking up with Walter White (Bryan Cranston). The show, which is slated to hit the air in November, also features another Bad alum, Saul’s stone-faced Pi Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).

McKean starred »

- Dan Snierson

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Full list of titles for Free Comic Book Day

23 April 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It’s almost time for the most anticipated event in the comic book industry as stores across the U.S., Canada, U.K. and the world celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 3rd, with 60 free comics available for fans, including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, DC’s The New 52: Futures End, Spongebob, Archie, Hello Kitty, Power Rangers, Transformers vs. G.I. Joe and more! In fact, here’s a full list of all of the Gold and Silver titles available…

Free Comic Book Day 2014: Gold Comics

Archie Comics| Archie Comic Digest Fcbd 2014 Edition Archie Comics

Bongo Comics| Bongo Comics Free-for-all! Fcbd 2014 Edition

Boom! Studios| Kaboom! Summer Blast 2014 Fcbd Edition

Dark Horse Comics| Avatar/ Itty Bitty Hellboy/Juice Squeezers Fcbd 2014 Edition

DC Entertainment| DC Comics- The New 52: Futures End Fcbd Special Edition

Fantagraphics Books| Uncle Scrooge: A Matter Of Some Gravity Fcbd 2014 Edition

Idw Publishing| Transformers Vs. »

- Gary Collinson

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Amazon Prime Makes Exclusive Multi-Year Deal to Stream HBO Classic Series

23 April 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Amazon and Netflix are in an intense race for premium content. Now Amazon.com Inc. has nabbed HBO.  People have speculated about when and how HBO would make its wealth of programming available to consumers on a wider basis separate from its bundled arrangement with the cable companies. They charge consumers high prices for loads of monthly programming that is not premium in addition to high-priced Premium Channels such as HBO and Showtime. This is the first step. Of course, Amazon and HBO are starting out with older content that is no longer fresh.  For the first time, canceled classic HBO series including "The Sopranos," "Rome," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire," "Deadwood," "Big Love," "Eastbound & Down," "Family Tree," "Enlightened," "Treme," and "Oz" plus mini-series "Band of Brothers" and "John Adams" will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers via Amazon's content licensing agreement with HBO. Prime »

- Anne Thompson

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HBO, Amazon Prime team up to stream 'The Sopranos,' 'The Wire' & more

23 April 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For cord-cutters who aim to watch the best of television without a cable box (or, in some cases, even a television), HBO has long been the big missing piece of the puzzle. HBO has its own streaming video service, HBO Go, but you can only access it if you already have a cable subscription (or if you have a friend or relative with a subscription who will share their password with you). Cord-cutters ask all the time about the possibility of HBO Go being offered independently, but it would completely undermine HBO's very lucrative business model to do so, and it hasn't happened yet, and likely won't anytime soon. But today in a very big deal for the future of streaming TV — and for the ongoing war for streaming supremacy between Netflix and Amazon (a rare battlefield where Amazon is an underdog) — HBO and Amazon announced an agreement to, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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HBO Shows Will Stream on Amazon Prime

23 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Amazon announced today that it will be the exclusive streaming home for HBO shows, and that HBO Go will be available on Fire TV, Amazon's recently released set-top box. Starting May 21, Amazon Prime will be streaming The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Rome, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound & Down, Family Tree, Enlightened, Treme, Flight of the Conchords, plus some seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, HBO original movies, HBO comedy specials, miniseries including Band of Brothers and Angels in America, and several documentaries. Girls, The Newsroom, and Veep will eventually make their way to Amazon, too. (The announcement does not mention two of HBO's notable series: Sex and the City and Game of Thrones. Hm.) "Suck on that, Netflix," the press release might as well have included. Netflix has made no secret of its desire to be the new HBO; CEO Reed Hastings told GQ last year that "The »

- Margaret Lyons

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HBO Cuts Exclusive Licensing Deal with Amazon

23 April 2014 6:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has entered into a multiyear pact with Amazon.com that makes the e-commerce company’s Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-based subscription VOD service to offer past seasons of the premium cabler’s originals like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed; it covers only the U.S. Under the agreement, Amazon has exclusive Svod rights for select HBO programming. That includes full seasons of “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Deadwood,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Family Tree,” “Enlightened,” “Treme,” early seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood,” as well as miniseries like “Band of Brothers” and “John Adams.”

Deal marks the first time HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription streaming service — and it’s a big win for Amazon in its rivalry with Netflix, the Svod category leader. All the programming covered under the licensing deal with Amazon will remain on all HBO platforms, »

- Todd Spangler

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Amazon Becomes Exclusive Online Home of Select HBO Shows

23 April 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Amazon and HBO announced a content licensing agreement that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. Starting May 21, Amazon Prime members will have unlimited streaming access to “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Deadwood,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Family Tree,” “Enlightened,” “Treme,” early seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood,” and the miniseries “Band of Brothers,” “John Adams,” and more. Seasons of “Girls,” “The Newsroom” and “Veep” will also become available throughout the multiyear deal. In addition, HBO Go will soon become available on Fire TV, Amazon's streaming TV device. Also read:. »

- Tim Molloy

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