<p>Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.</p>

Liam McIntyre as Spartacus.

Credit: Starz

Starz will end 'Spartacus' with season 3

'Spartacus: War of the Damned' to bring the saga to an early conclusion

 The business model in American television dictates that most shows run for as long as they continue to be profitable. Even a place like HBO isn't immune to that way of thinking, as then-network boss Chris Albrecht kept backing up dump trucks full of money to David Chase's house for more "Sopranos" episodes when even Chase wasn't sure how long he wanted the show to continue.

 
Albrecht now runs Starz, and was among the men responsible for a decision you don't see every day, as everyone involved with the "Spartacus" franchise — the channel's biggest hit by far — has decided to end the series after the upcoming third season, "Spartacus: War of the Damned," which will premiere next January.
 
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<p>Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy in "Game of Thrones." 

Credit: HBO

Season finale review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Valar Morghulis'

Many lies are told, and roads are not taken, as the second season ends

A review of last night's "Game of Thrones" season finale coming up just as soon as I have questions for wise men with skinny arms...

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<p>Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'Commissions and Fees'

Lane gets bad news, Sally entertains a guest and the agency is rocked

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I wait 20 minutes for an unspecified meeting with my boss...

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<p>Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Adam Driver in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Girls' - 'Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too'

Hannah and Marnie switch roles, and Adam's mood shifts rapidly

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as we skip to the canoe part...

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<p>Olga Kurylenko as Vera in &quot;Magic City.&quot;</p>

Olga Kurylenko as Vera in "Magic City."

Credit: Starz

Season finale review: 'Magic City' - 'Time and Tide'

The noose tightens around Ike, while the Butcher takes a peek

A quick review of the "Magic City" season finale coming up just as soon as I fight a flashbulb with a flashbulb...

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<p>In the &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere, Bullock (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;is tended to by his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).</p>
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In the "Deadwood" season 2 premiere, Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) is tended to by his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).


Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 1 & 2: 'A Lie Agreed Upon' (Veterans edition)

Seth and Al come to blows, and trouble arrives on the morning stagecoach

Well here we are again, folks, going back to "Deadwood" to revisit season 2 of David Milch's epic revisionist Western. Just as we did last summer (and as I did for the three seasons of "The Wire" I reviewed after the fact), we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

Though future reviews will be done one episode at a time, we're opening up with a combined review of the season's first two hours, "A Lie Agreed Upon" parts 1 & 2, coming up just as soon as I would settle for a vigorous hand-holding...

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<p>In the &quot;Deadwood&quot;&nbsp;season 2 premiere, Bullock (Timothy Olyphant)&nbsp;is tended to by his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).</p>

In the "Deadwood" season 2 premiere, Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) is tended to by his wife Martha (Anna Gunn).

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 1 & 2: 'A Lie Agreed Upon' (Newbies edition)

Seth and Al come to blows, and trouble arrives on the morning stagecoach

Well here we are again, folks, going back to "Deadwood" to revisit season 2 of David Milch's epic revisionist Western. Just as we did last summer (and as I did for the three seasons of "The Wire" I reviewed after the fact), we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

Though future reviews will be done one episode at a time, we're opening up with a combined review of the season's first two hours, "A Lie Agreed Upon" parts 1 & 2, coming up just as soon as I would settle for a vigorous hand-holding...

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<p>Edie Falco and the rest of the &quot;Nurse Jackie&quot;&nbsp;gang will be back for a fifth season, with former &quot;Dexter&quot;&nbsp;showrunner Clyde Phillips as the new boss.</p>

Edie Falco and the rest of the "Nurse Jackie" gang will be back for a fifth season, with former "Dexter" showrunner Clyde Phillips as the new boss.

Credit: Showtime

Showtime renews 'Nurse Jackie' for season 5, hires ex-'Dexter' showrunner

Clyde Phillips will be in charge of Emmy-winning dramedy

Showtime has renewed "Nurse Jackie" for a fifth season, and has hired former "Dexter" showrunner Clyde Phillips to take over as the new boss.

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<p>Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor in &quot;Longmire.&quot;</p>

Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor in "Longmire."

Credit: A&E

Review: Mystery goes to Wyoming in A&E's 'Longmire'

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Laconic lawman series features interesting performances from Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips

CBS recently decided that its latest Jesse Stone movie with Tom Selleck would be the series' last, because even though the films still pull in a healthy viewership total, the viewers are virtually all over 50, and therefore unfortunately viewed as worthless by the advertisers who pay the freight at CBS.

The math is a little different when you get to cable, though. History Channel has been crowing, with justification, about the huge ratings for its "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries, which debuted with close to 14 million viewers, but far more modest numbers among adults 18-49.

I doubt that A&E will get ratings comparable to either the Jesse Stone films or "Hatfields" for its new mystery series "Longmire" (Sunday at 10 p.m.), but it doesn't need to in order to be a successful companion piece to "The Glades." And Jesse Stone fans may find a lot that feels familiar, and appealing, in the new series.

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<p>&quot;Seinfeld&quot;&nbsp;was one of the biggest hits of the Warren Littlefield era at NBC.</p>

"Seinfeld" was one of the biggest hits of the Warren Littlefield era at NBC.

Credit: NBC

Book review: Warren Littlefield's 'Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV'

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Former NBC president dishes entertainingly on the era of 'Seinfeld,' 'Friends,' 'ER' and more

Warren Littlefield was the first NBC president I knew as a TV critic, but not the first NBC president I knew as a TV viewer, and that unfortunately meant he was always playing catch-up in my eyes.

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