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TBS renews Conan O'Brien talk show through 2015

'Conan' has drifted into the background of the late night wars, but O'Brien and company get to keep making it

<p>TBS&nbsp;has extended Conan O'Brien's talk show through November 2015.</p>

TBS has extended Conan O'Brien's talk show through November 2015.

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In all the shuffling going on right now in late night talk, Conan O'Brien has become something of a forgotten man. Jon Stewart's taking the summer off to direct a movie. Jimmy Kimmel's in a new timeslot. NBC is preparing to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon, and already speculation has turned to whether CBS will eventually replace David Letterman with Craig Ferguson or try to bring someone in from the outside.

Season finale review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Welcome to the Tombs'

The Governor's forces converge on the prison, while Andrea and Milton get a room

<p>Andrew Lincoln as Rick in &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Andrew Lincoln as Rick in "The Walking Dead." 

Credit: AMC

A review of "The Walking Dead" season finale coming up just as soon as I know how the safety works...

Season premiere review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Valar Dohaeris'

It's back to Westeros... and beyond the Wall... and across the Shivering Sea for season 3

<p>Kit Harington as Jon Snow in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones."

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"Game of Thrones" is back. I offered a general review of the start of the season on Thursday, and I have specific thoughts on the season premiere, "Valar Dohaeris," coming up just as soon as I drink with the harlots...

Review: 'Doctor Who' - 'The Bells of Saint John'

The Doctor meets the 21st version of Clara as Jenna-Louise Coleman joins the cast full-time

<p>Jenna Louise-Coleman as Clara, the new &quot;Doctor Who&quot;&nbsp;companion.</p>

Jenna Louise-Coleman as Clara, the new "Doctor Who" companion.

Credit: BBC

"Doctor Who" is back, and I have some thoughts on tonight's episode, and the current state of the franchise, coming up just as soon as I invent the quadricycle...

HitFix First Look: The 'Strike Back' guys commandeer a boat

An exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the Cinemax action drama's upcoming season

"Strike Back" star Philip Winchester shoots an action sequence on a boat.
"Strike Back" star Philip Winchester shoots an action sequence on a boat.
Credit: Cinemax

Cinemax's "Strike Backwon't be back until the summer — with new castmembers Dougray Scott and Robson Green in tow — but it's always fun to get a look at how at exactly how the mayhem involving Stonebridge, Scott and company comes together.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, star Philip Winchester talks us through a sequence in which our heroes from Section 20 commandeer a boat, using every weapon at their disposal.

Enjoy. Come summer, much ass will be kicked, and deservedly so.

Review: BBC America's 'Orphan Black' has fun with many faces

A petty criminal assumes the identity of her exact lookalike in an entertaining new series

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<p>Tatiana Maslany as Sarah in &quot;Orphan Black.&quot;</p>

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah in "Orphan Black."

Credit: BBC America

There are some weeks so full of premieres that I don't have time to actually write reviews of all the shows I would like to, and then I content myself with the thought that at least I discussed them on the podcast with Dan.

But of course not everybody listens to the podcast, and I wanted to take some of the praise about "Orphan Black" from this week's show and put it into written form. A busy day, so let's go right to the bullet points:

FX to launch FXX spin-off channel with 'It's Always Sunny' & 'The League'

FXX will skew slightly younger and focus more on comedies; 'Legit' and 'Totally Biased' also moving

<p>No, Mac from &quot;It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia&quot;&nbsp;didn't directly address advertisers at FX's upfront, but he'll be a centerpiece of the new FXX channel.</p>

No, Mac from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" didn't directly address advertisers at FX's upfront, but he'll be a centerpiece of the new FXX channel.

Credit: FX

It's official: FX is spinning itself off into a new channel called FXX, which will launch in September with four pre-existing FX series: "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The League," "Legit," and "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."

Review: HBO's 'Game of Thrones' returns for season 3

George R.R. Martin's books give the TV producers too much to deal with a lot of the time

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<p>Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth in "Game of Thrones."

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The George R.R. Martin fantasy novels that "Game of Thrones" is based on are the HBO drama's greatest asset, but also its biggest obstacle.

On the one hand, Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series has given TV producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss a rich world, juicy storylines, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of amazing characters. It's hard to believe, for instance, watching the new season — it begins on Sunday night at 9 — that Gwendoline Christie's amazonian Brienne of Tarth hasn't been around since day one, so indelible has she become. Again and again, Benioff and Weiss seem to find the perfect actor for each role, this year adding, among others, Dame Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Redwyne (sort of the Dowager Countess from “Downton Abbey” if she were a wartime consiglieri) and Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder (pragmatic king of the wild people who live north of the show’s fictional kingdom of Westeros).

FX renews 'Justified' for season 5

Raylan Givens and friends will be back in 2014

<p>FX&nbsp;has ordered another season of &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

FX has ordered another season of "Justified."

Credit: FX

FX has renewed "Justifiedfor a fifth season, to debut in January 2014. 

The renewal was announced at FX's upfront presentations for advertisers this morning in New York.

"It remains one of the most consistently excellent shows on TV," said FX president John Landgraf.

"Justified" remains one of FX's most successful series, but the network has always taken its time with announcing renewals, particularly for older shows where the contracts become more complicated with each passing year. There was never a doubt "Justified" would be back; it was just a question of when the announcement would be.

The fourth season finale airs this Tuesday night at 10.

'Game of Thrones' producers say season 3 'as big as we're going to get'

Also, what if they catch up to the books? Was there almost another Joffrey? And what about sexposition?

<p>&quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff with star Emilia Clarke.</p>

"Game of Thrones" producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff with star Emilia Clarke.

Credit: AP

The third season of "Game of Thrones" is "probably as big as we're going to get," according to co-showrunner David Benioff, who joined partner D.B. Weiss on a press conference call to preview the HBO fantasy epic's return on Sunday night at 9.

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