<p>Kevin Spacey in &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p>

Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards."

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'House of Cards' star Kevin Spacey on his return to television (sort of)

25 years after 'Wiseguy,' two-time Oscar winner stars in Netflix original drama
It’s been 25 years since Kevin Spacey was last in a weekly role on a television series, when he made CBS viewers sit up, take notice, and ask, “Who the heck is that guy?” with his performance as “Wiseguy” villain Mel Profitt, a charismatic crime boss with an unhealthy relationship with his sister and a drug addiction he hid by shooting up between his toes. (“The toes knows,” he would say while giggling, in a line I can still hear in my head a quarter century later.)
 
Technically, the two-time Oscar winner still hasn’t returned to television, as his newest role — as Francis Underwood, the ruthless, silver-tongued House Majority Whip in the new political drama “House of Cards” — is appearing exclusively as part of Netflix’s streaming video service. (All 13 episodes of the first season will be posted on Friday, Feb. 1.) But the series was made in the style of a premium cable drama, even though Spacey, writer Beau Willimon (adapting the early ‘90s British miniseries of the same name, which starred Ian Richardson as Francis), director David Fincher and much of the cast (notably Robin Wright as Francis’ calculating wife Claire) have little to no experience working in television.
 
I spoke with Spacey about his return to the format that launched his career, the advantage of playing the same character over a long period of time, and more.
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<p>&quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;stars Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams will be back for a third season.</p>

"Girls" stars Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams will be back for a third season.

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HBO renews 'Girls' for season 3

Lena Dunham comedy will get 12 episodes next time around

It's official: HBO has ordered a third season of "Girls."

The comedy's producers have been talking for a while like the third season was already a done deal — earlier this week, star/creator/producer Lena Dunham told Alec Baldwin on a podcast that the third season would film in some of the studio space "30 Rock" was vacating — but the actual announcement didn't come until this afternoon.

By conventional ratings measures, "Girls" doesn't look so spectacular, as the season 2 premiere only drew 866,000 for its first telecast, and only 1.6 million viewers over multiple airings that night. But in total, across many platforms (including HBOGo), more than 3.8 million have watched that episode so far. Besides, HBO doesn't really rely on conventional ratings measures — or on ratings at all — but on things that will drive subscriptions, enhance the company's brand, etc. And "Girls" has been a huge critical success, has won several awards (including a pair of Golden Globes earlier this month) and is a show that people are talking about — whether they like it or hate it.

The third season will consist of 12 episodes, as opposed to the 10 for the first two seasons. The third episode of season 2 airs Sunday night at 9 on HBO.

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<p>Pam (Jenna Fischer)&nbsp;gets upset on &quot;The Office.&quot;</p>

Pam (Jenna Fischer) gets upset on "The Office."

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Review: 'The Office - 'Customer Loyalty'

Jim and Pam's argument leads to a major change for the series

A review of last night's "The Office" coming up just as soon as I crack the Dunder Code...

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<p>Jack McBrayer as Kenneth in &quot;30 Rock.&quot;</p>

Jack McBrayer as Kenneth in "30 Rock."

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Review: '30 Rock' - 'A Goon's Deed in a Weary World'

Jack, Liz and Kenneth get happy endings in the series' penultimate episode

A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I've seen the porn version of "Transformers"...

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<p>Andre Braugher in the &quot;Last Resort&quot;&nbsp;series finale.</p>

Andre Braugher in the "Last Resort" series finale.

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'Last Resort' co-creator Shawn Ryan on the series finale, 'Beverly Hills Cop' and more

Where would the ABC submarine drama have gone if this wasn't the last episode?

"Last Resort" just aired its series finale, and I have a few thoughts on how things ended, and then a long interview with co-creator Shawn Ryan about these 13 episodes — and, at the end, about his "Beverly Hills Cop" pilot for CBS — all coming up just as soon as I ask who Jay-Z is...

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;Andy (Chris Pratt) shows off his basketball skills.</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," Andy (Chris Pratt) shows off his basketball skills.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Women in Garbage'

Leslie battles Pawnee sexism, Ron and Ann babysit Diane's girls, and Tom learns about basketball

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I text you about Michael Stipe...

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<p>Ana Gasteyer rocking out with the &quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;dad band.</p>

Ana Gasteyer rocking out with the "Suburgatory" dad band.

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Review: 'Suburgatory' - 'Chinese Chicken'

Tessa becomes a football girlfriend, while Sheila rocks out with George's dad band

A review of last night's "Suburgatory" coming up just as soon as I all the parks in the miniature city in my basement are clothing-optional...

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<p>Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon in &quot;Ben and Kate.&quot;</p>

Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon in "Ben and Kate."

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FOX pulls 'Ben and Kate,' scraps four-sitcom Tuesday bloc in favor of 'Hell's Kitchen'

'Raising Hope' will pull double duty until March

As recently as two weeks ago, FOX president Kevin Reilly said there was nothing that could be done in-season to fix the flagging fortunes of his Tuesday comedy lineup, and that "we've just gotta play through" from then until May.

But several more weeks of ratings data for the night in general changed that opinion, as today FOX announced that "Ben and Kate" is being pulled from the schedule immediately, and that the four-sitcom bloc will be going away by March, with "Hell's Kitchen" leading into survivors "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project."

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<p>Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson in "New Girl."

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Review: 'New Girl' - 'Pepperwood'

Nick goes undercover in Jess's class, while Winston and Cece have an awkward morning encounter

A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I have a deaf grocer...

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<p>Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler in &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Aubrey Plaza and Amy Poehler in "Parks and Recreation."

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HitFix First Look: 'Parks and Recreation' puts women in garbage

And is trash one subject that brings out April's sincerity?

If there's one thing "Parks and Recreation" has made abundantly clear over five seasons, it's that Leslie Knope can rock any job put in front of her. Tomorrow night's episode, "Women in Garbage," puts that idea to the test as Leslie spends a day (with April) working as a trash collector, all to prove a point to the male-dominated Pawnee government that there should be more civil service jobs open to the women of the town.

In this scene — exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours — we see Leslie and April gearing up for their shift as garbage women, with Leslie approaching the task the way she does everything, and April realizing this is a job she might actually like.

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