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The Best TV Episodes of 2014, Part 5

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Boardwalk Empire, “Devil You Know

Written by Howard Korder

Directed by Jeremy Podeswa

Aired October 12, 2014

After four seasons of deliberately paced, character-based storytelling, Boardwalk Empire wasn’t going to change its approach in its final truncated season. Instead of introducing new intrigues or foes, the series used much of its time to reflect on the paths that brought Nucky and the other main characters to this point and to say an extended goodbye to the people and world of the show. With Nucky facing off against well known historical figures, an air of doom pervades much of the final episodes before they reach their poetic, but inevitable conclusion. More intriguing is the antepenultimate episode, “Devil You Know”, which says goodbye to two of the series’ most colorful characters and powerful actors, Michael Shannon’s George Mueller/Nelson Van Alden and Michael K. WilliamsChalky White. Shannon’s intense and frequently »

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Covert Affairs Finale Sneak Peek: Can Calder Keep Auggie Safe?

17 December 2014 11:42 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Auggie may be on his way home, but he’s far from out of danger on Thursday’s season finale of Covert Affairs (USA Network, 10/9c), especially when Calder loses track of one major threat to his safety.

In TVLine’s exclusive video, Calder goes after Langer, the man doing Belenko’s bidding on American soil, but unfortunately, the enemy is one step ahead of the CIA.

Press Play to watch the sneak peek, then hit the comments with your thoughts on Auggie’s well-being.

Related storiesWhite Collar's Matt Bomer & Tim DeKay on Series Finale 'Twists,' Movie »

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White Collar's Matt Bomer & Tim DeKay on Series Finale 'Twists,' Movie Hopes

17 December 2014 7:30 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Thursday’s series finale of White Collar (USA Network, 9/8c) will have you glued to your seat – or at least that’s how star Tim DeKay recommends you watch the farewell hour.

“Do not walk away – and I know you wouldn’t anyway – but do not walk away until the final second of the episode,” the actor warns. “We’ve got some great twists and turns, some wonderful moments between everybody. And I think it fits on all the tones that have made White Collar what it is.”

In addition to a “great familial” sense, the hour includes a “wonderful” heist, »

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Dig Sneak Peek: USA Network Drama Uncovers Israel's 'Darkest Secrets'

17 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

You could classify USA Network’s upcoming drama Dig (March 5, 10/9c) as a murder mystery, but you’d barely be scratching the surface.

TVLine has an exclusive first look at a new promo for the series, which finds FBI agent Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs) stumbling upon “a conspiracy thousands of years in the making that threatens to change the course of history” during an investigation in Jerusalem.

No big, right?

Oh, Dig also stars Anne Heche as Peter’s boss/lover Lynn Monahan, so you can go ahead and add relationship drama to his already-full plate.

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30 Best TV Series of 2014

12 December 2014 9:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. The Leftovers

There have been a number of new and returning shows that have enthralled, horrified, excited, and caused numerous other emotional reactions among the viewing public. However no show, new or old, has left an impression as deep as that of HBO’s The Leftovers. While the series’ 10 episode first season ended its run in early September, its impact has lasted much longer, making it a strong entry in the list of the best shows of 2014.

The key strength of The Leftovers is its seeming disinterest in what caused the event at the center of the show. The series’ decision to focus on the effect rather than the cause not only sets it apart from nearly everything else on television, it also helps develop the show’s wide swath of characters. In addition, putting the disastrous event as the backdrop, rather than at the forefront, allows the audience to »

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USA’s Playing House to return for a second season

9 December 2014 6:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fans of USA Network’s sitcom Playing House, and/or of creators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair can rest easy, as Deadline is reporting that the channel has renewed the show for an 8-episode second season, following six months of speculation about the show’s fate after its first season finale.

This news is particularly heartening, as the show had appeared set for cancellation following USA’s announcement that it would be moving away from half-hour comedies and focus on hour-long dramas going forward. Playing House joins Benched and Sirens as the only three representatives of the genre on the channel.

The show’s seemingly poor ratings were a source of concern for USA. However, the series’ strength lay in its popularity on On-Demand outlets, which will lead to a unique distribution model. When the series returns, it will be premiering on VOD platforms Xfinity, TV Everywhere, and USA »

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Playing House: Season Two Renewal for USA Comedy

9 December 2014 10:57 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

USA Network has renewed their Playing House sitcom for a second season of eight episodes. The renewal comes as a bit of a surprise since the cable channel is reportedly moving away from producing their own comedy series. There were 10 installments in the first season.

Playing House revolves around childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair). The pair shared many adventures growing up together and as adults they work together to raise Maggie's baby. The rest of the cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, Zach Woods, Brad Morris, and Jane Kaczmarek.

USA Network And Universal Cable Productions Develop New Model To Bring Back Critically-acclaimed Comedy ‘Playing House' For Season Two In 2015

Unique VOD Windowing Strategy Creates New Marketing Opportunities For Select Advertisers and Unique Ability to Grow Audience

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USA's 'Playing House' saved by On Demand experiment

9 December 2014 7:47 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The way we watch TV is changing far more quickly than the way that TV is made. I get asked all the time how much networks take into account streaming viewership, On Demand viewing, iTunes download, delayed DVR viewing, etc., when they have to make decisions on what shows to renew or cancel. For the most part, though, judgments are still made on the old metrics — because those are the primary ways the networks still make money — but every now and then you'll see an exception. Once upon a time, NBC stuck with the modestly-rated "The Office" because the network was intrigued by how well the show was doing in the new world of iTunes downloads, and a few years later, "Chuck" survived in large part through product integration deals. Now we have a really interesting case study for the tail wagging the dog with USA's much-delayed renewal of "Playing House. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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USA Announces “Playing House” Season 2

9 December 2014 7:20 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Break out the hedgehog cupcakes and unwrap your wheel of Spanish Manchego, the gods have heard our prayers. Playing House will return for Season 2! The announcement just came to me a few minutes ago and after I ran around the office, doing a jig and high-fiving myself, I wanted to spread the word: TV’s funniest comedy is returning to TV. (watch Lennon and Jessica’s Lol season 2 announcement here) I know that I bitched and whined a lot (and may have called the people who make programming decisions at USA Network bad names), but now we can rejoice and … Continue reading →

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- Kellie Freeze

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Playing House Renewed For Season 2

9 December 2014 6:47 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Playing House fans, USA Network has finally given you us an answer on the fate of the series, and it’s a good one. According to The Wall Street Journal, USA has decided to renew the comedy, created by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham for a second season. “We are over the moon to be back in action for another season of Playing House on USA! We owe a huge thanks to the network and Universal Cable Productions for their support and we are excited about our new opportunities with on-demand,” St. Clair and Parham said in a joint statement. “But we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our die-hard fans and their overwhelming love for our show. Every tweet, article, drawing, Facebook post made this next season a reality (especially the pics of tiny hedgehogs and babies dressed up as Bosephus!) The ladies are back! »

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USA Network Experiments with Ad Sales, VOD in ‘Playing House’ Renewal

9 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

USA Network has renewed comedy “Playing House” for a second season, turning the show into an experiment for new windowing and ad sales strategies.

USA said that episodes of “Playing House” would be available via cable VOD and authenticated on-demand platforms before they air on USA’s linear network. NBCUniversal ad sales chief Linda Yaccarino said the network would experiment with premium ad placements spread across those services to harness the small but passionate fan base for the femme buddy comedy written by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.

Playing House” had a modestly-rated run of 10 episodes this past spring. USA’s decision to renew “Playing House” is a sign that networks are trying to find ways to capitalize on shows that generate outsize traction in social media. St. Clair and Parham have developed a following among alternative comedy fans for their past TV and improv efforts. But »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Playing House Renewed For Season 2—Rejoice With 4 Pounds of Artisanal Cheese!

9 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Your best TV friends are coming back! USA Network has renewed Playing House, created by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham for a second season. Bosephus and Jandana forever! "We are over the moon to be back in action for another season of Playing House on USA! We owe a huge thanks to the network and Universal Cable Productions for their support and we are excited about our new opportunities with on-demand," St. Clair and Parham said in a joint statement. "But we wouldn't be here if it weren't for our die-hard fans and their overwhelming love for our show. Every tweet, article, drawing, Facebook post made this next season a reality (especially the pics of tiny hedgehogs and babies »

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Playing House Renewed for Season 2, Will Be Part of On Demand Experiment

9 December 2014 4:52 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Round up Bosephus and get the raccoons out of your shed, Jammers! The beloved USA comedy Playing House has been renewed for a second season. The show's female duo Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair took to social media on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to announce the news in a quirky video. Read the exclusive interview with Lennon and Jess!  The pair have been anxiously awaiting the fate of their passion project in the six months since the first season finale aired. Though the 30-minute program about two best [...] »

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Playing House Renewed for Season 2

8 December 2014 10:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Who’s up for some totes kewl Playing House news?

USA Network is bringing the comedy back for an eight-episode second season in 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Related USA Network Sets Suits, Sirens Returns

The Connecticut-set series finished airing its first season almost six months ago, leading some fans — including one who could be typing at this very moment — to wonder if this day would ever come.

But things are going to be done a little differently the second time around: After each Season 2 episode airs, the following week’s episode will be available to watch on-demand as »

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Cancelled or Renewed? Status of Syfy, TBS, TNT, TV Land, USA, VH1, We tv, Wgn, and Yahoo TV Shows

8 December 2014 12:32 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Below, you'll find the status of the recent/current/upcoming scripted TV shows on Syfy, TBS, TNT, TV Land, USA, VH1, We tv, Wgn America, and Yahoo. To see a series' ratings (if available), click the links in the middle column.

Shows include Agent X, Angie Tribeca, Being Human, Benched, Bitten, Burn Notice, Buzzy's, Community, Complications, Continuum, Cougar Town, Covert Affairs, Dallas, Defiance, Dig, Dominion, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, The Gaffigan Show, Graceland, Ground Floor, Haven, Helix, Hindsight, Hit the Floor, Hot in Cleveland, Impastor, In Plain Sight, Jennifer Falls, Killjoys, King & Maxwell, Kirstie, Legends, Lost Girl, Manhattan, Major Crimes, Men at Work, Murder in the First, Necessary Roughness, Perception, Playing House, Proof, Psych, Public Morals, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Rush, Salem, Satisfaction, Sirens, Suits, Sullivan & Son, The Divide, The Exes, The Last Ship, The Librarians, Public Morals, The Soul Man, South of Hell, Teachers, Transporter: »

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Will Playing House Ever Get A Second Season?

5 December 2014 3:54 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Playing House‘s terrific two-part season finale aired on June 17th on USA, and since then… crickets. No noise of cancellation, no excited tweets from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair announcing a renewal… not even a mention from USA in June when they announced a renewal for Sirens – or later, when debuting Benched‘s first season. So why hasn’t USA said anything about their well-received, little-watched comedy? Despite a strong outcry from fans of Playing House the last few months (including myself), USA’s been tight-lipped on their plans, if any, for one of 2014’s pleasantly surprising comedies. Centered around mother-to-be Maggie (Parham) enlisting the help of her best friend Emma (St. Clair) after dumping her husband, Playing House surprised critics and audiences with a surprising amount of heart behind its slapstick – not to mention the all-rare combination of a show created by women, written by women – and starring said women creators. »

- Randy Dankievitch

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USA's 'Playing House' Renewed, Nabs Early VOD Deal

3 December 2014 1:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

USA Network is ready to play house again. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has renewed comedy series Playing House for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The comedy will return in the second half of 2015 with eight episodes (down two from its freshman order). As part of the pact, the comedy exec produced by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham will receive an early video on demand window, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new window structure will allow viewers to watch the following week's episode on VOD before it airs on USA. The approach comes as USA is looking to lure select advertisers with

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Hulu picks up Billy Eichner’s ‘Difficult People’

19 November 2014 6:37 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I have a medical condition called caring too much about TV. Amy Poehler’s sitcom Difficult People just got a straight-to-series order from Hulu. Originally USA produced the pilot, but then the network decided to move away from developing comedies. USA’s loss is Hulu’s gain. The comedy stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner, who have worked together in the Emmy-nominated Billy on the Street.

According to Beatrice Springborn, head of Hulu Originals, the series “follows Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as best friends and struggling comedians in New York City who can’t figure out why they aren’t likeable.  Klausner wrote the pilot and will also serve as an executive producer for the series alongside Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Dave Becky (Louie).”

Production will start early next year. Perhaps they will run down the streets screaming about Meryl Streep.

While on the USA comedy front: »

- Michelle Leibowitz

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Amazon Announces 7 Pilots For 2015

12 November 2014 7:57 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.

Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (LostThe Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Amazon Studios announces it pilot season line-up for 2015

11 November 2014 8:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).

The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details

Cocked

Cocked stars Sam Trammell (True Blood) as Richard Paxson, »

- Gary Collinson

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