Three stories of mismatched duos add up to a funny half-hour
Marcus's island gets its first visitors, while Sam's wife faces interrogation
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright drama is highest-profile streaming series to date
Netflix is trying to present an alternative to the TV production model, and now it's working on an alternative to the TV scheduling model, as well.
Netflix today announced that "House of Cards," its new political drama series produced by David Fincher, adapted from the U.K. series of the same name, and starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as the House Majority Whip and his wife, will debut on February 1, 2013 — and that all 13 episodes of the first season will be available to watch at the same time.
Action drama will begin its third U.S. season next year
"Strike Back" has been renewed for another season.
The action drama about a British special forces unit will return next year for its third season on Cinemax, and its fourth season overall, produced in a partnership between Cinemax/HBO in America and Left Bank and Sky in the UK. Many of the show's writers, directors and producers will return, but the press release says that "due to plot spoilers in upcoming episodes of season two, the cast of season three will be announced at a later date as well." (Could be that somebody major dies in the last two episodes, or that nobody else dies but they don't want us to be reassured of that yet.)
I'm a couple of episodes behind on the current season, but have been enjoying it immensely so far, and am glad the show will be continuing.
Jess uses Nick as an emotional surrogate, and Schmidt impersonates a Romney
Some unheralded members of the ensemble get their turn at bat in a terrific episode
One of FOX's new Tuesday sitcoms shows signs of improvement, the other stays the same
Sports documentary series resumes with stories of bankrupt athletes and doping sprinters
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It never made sense to me that ESPN decided to ditch the "30 for 30" documentary name. Yes, Bill Simmons had come up with the idea to celebrate the network's 30th anniversary. But the original run of "30 for 30" films ran well into ESPN's 31st anniversary year, and sometimes, a brand name transcends its literal meaning. (20th Century Fox didn't suddenly change to 21st Century Fox, for instance.) When "30 for 30" ended, ESPN continued to put out some good documentaries under the "ESPN Films Presents" banner, but they appeared irregularly, you couldn't set a DVR season pass for them, and it didn't have that same cumulative feeling that the original series had. I made a point to watch nearly all the "30 for 30" docs (skipping the Red Sox one for partisan reasons and missing one or two others due to scheduling), and that same completist's impulse simply wasn't there for the "ESPN Films Presents" movies that followed.
1920s gangster drama recently won another directing Emmy
HBO has renewed "Boardwalk Empire" for a fourth season.
The Prohibition era gangster drama hasn't been the awards juggernaut HBO might have hoped for (though it was a surprise winner for the Emmy drama directing award this year, even without Martin Scorsese behind the camera), but it's been a solid hit, with the pay cable channel estimating that 7.2 million people have watched the third season premiere on various platforms.
“Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their outstanding team continue to produce a stunning show thatnever fails to surprise and entertain,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “We are excited to bring this unique series back for a fourth season.”
Miles and Charlie run afoul of the militia and the resistance