<p>Alan Rickman in Die Hard</p>

Alan Rickman in Die Hard

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Alan Rickman, 'Die Hard,' and the commitment of being a classic movie villain

As Hans in 'Die Hard' and Snape in 'Harry Potter,' Rickman brought joy and absolute commitment

"Galaxy Quest" was far from the most famous Alan Rickman movie, but it may feature his most autobiographical role. As Alexander Dane, a classically trained Shakespearean actor (who's constantly boasting of the five curtain calls he received for playing Richard III) forever typecast as the alien warrior he played on a cult classic TV show, Rickman was riffing not only on Leonard Nimoy's difficult relationship with Mr. Spock from "Star Trek," but also on the strange and wonderful nature of his own career.

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<p>Ask Alan</p>

Ask Alan

Credit: HBO

Ask Alan: Will the 'Deadwood' movie ever really happen?

What's the best miniseries of all time? And why would a 'Parks and Rec' fan have a hard time watching 'The Office'?

Happy Thursday, everybody! Due to my TCA travels, Ask Alan is on a slightly odd schedule of late, and you may notice a different background in today's video (which is embedded at the top and bottom of this post), since I recorded it last Friday while ducking away from press tour to visit the HitFix offices. (Now I want more props in my office back home!)

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<p>Billions</p>

Billions

Credit: Showtime

Review: Is Showtime's 'Billions' worth the investment of your time?

HitFix
B-
Readers
n/a
Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti go at it in a slick but superficial new drama

For the longest time, I couldn't figure out what to make of "Billions," the new Showtime drama debuting Sunday at 10, starring Damian Lewis as a shady billionaire hedge fund trader and Paul Giamatti as the U.S. attorney looking to bring him down.

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<p>New Girl</p>

New Girl

Credit: FOX

Review: 'New Girl' - 'What About Fred?': Date the parents?

Taran Killam, Henry Winkler, and Julie Hagerty guest star

A quick review of tonight's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I pretend that I'm about to breakdance...

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<p>Ricky Gervais and David Bowie</p>

Ricky Gervais and David Bowie

Credit: HBO

Why movies and TV could never resist a David Bowie song on the soundtrack

If you couldn't find a Bowie song to make a scene better, you weren't trying

On a cross-country flight yesterday evening, I watched "Sleeping with Other People," a really sharp romantic comedy starring Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis. In one scene, Brie, high on Molly while attending a birthday party, leads a group of kids in a dance to David Bowie's "Modern Love." Across the aisle at the time, another of the passengers was watching "The Martian," and had just gotten up to the montage scored to Bowie's "Starman." I took note of the coincidence, but only long enough to note that Bowie's music had appeared on a whole lot of movie and TV soundtracks over the decades, as you might expect from an artist with a career as long, brilliant, and varied as Bowie's.

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<p>The Muppets</p>

The Muppets

Credit: ABC

How the new 'Muppets' showrunner plans to save Kermit, Miss Piggy, and friends

ABC backs off its original 'not your grandmother's Muppets' approach

Last spring, ABC boss Paul Lee boasted of one of his new comedies, "This is not your grandmother's 'Muppets.'" At press tour this weekend, Lee admitted "The Muppets" needed some creative tweaking, because, "We didn’t quite feel it had the joy, the laughter, and the heart we were looking for."

In other words, they now want something very much like your grandmother's "Muppets," which is as it should be.

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<p>Preacher</p>

Preacher

Credit: Vertigo

Seth Rogen's 'Preacher' will be different from the comics, and that's okay

Seth Rogen and company have no choice but to make changes to the Vertigo classic

Thursday night, AMC screened the first episode of "Preacher," based on the iconic '90s Vertigo comic — a thrilling, disgusting mash-up of action, horror, spirituality, and the films of John Ford — which will debut in late spring. Reviews are embargoed til closer to the premiere, but I can say the following things:

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<p>Deadwood</p>

Deadwood

Credit: HBO

The 'Deadwood' movies are finally happening (maybe)

Can David Milch and HBO make it work after all these years?

The "Deadwood" movie is finally happening!

Unless it doesn't.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

Credit: HBO

Winter is coming (in spring): 'Game of Thrones' gets season 6 premiere date

George R.R. Martin's latest book has been delayed indefinitely, but the new season of "Game of Thrones" now has a premiere date.

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<p>NYPD Blue</p>

NYPD Blue

Credit: ABC

Ask Alan: The TV shows that made me cry

What order should you watch the two 'Fargo' seasons? What shows went from half hour to an hour?

Happy Thursday, and happy New Year, everybody. Our first Ask Alan of 2016 comes a day earlier than usual because I'm otherwise busy heading to LA for the winter TCA press tour. (For those who don't know what that's about, here's my press tour explainer.)

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