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    HBO Picks Up Stephen Merchant Comedy 'Hello Ladies'

    Is it just us, or does HBO seem to be becoming a lot more auteur-driven as of late? Their three big commissions for 2012 were Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” Armando Iannucci’s “Veep,” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom,” and then they co-produced Ricky Ger...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Halts Its Death Plunge With Its Least Terrible Episode Since The Pilot

    So far "The Newsroom" has had two major problems, sitting on top of a whole bunch of minor ones. Firstly, Aaron Sorkin's often-questionable approach to female characters has reached something of a zenith here. His shows have often featured strong powerful women undone by their love lives, but the le...

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    THE NEWSROOM RECAP 5: AMEN

    It’s amazing that a man, and the show that celebrates him, can recognize any news when they spot it, given how much time Will and "The Newsroom" spend in a self-regarding set of funhouse mirrors that seem to reflect only the most flattering version of Will back to him.

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    'The Newsroom' Dumps Most of Its Non-Sorkin Writing Staff

    HBO has renewed "The Newsroom" for a second season, but that doesn't mean that everyone involved in the making of the divisive drama will be coming back. The Daily reports that Sorkin has laid off most if not all of his writing staff:

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    Berlinger & Sinofsky's HBO Doc 'Paradise Lost: Purgatory' on DVD August 14; Collector's Edition Trilogy Lands November 6

    Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s "Paradise Lost: Purgatory," the third of their West Memphis Three trilogy, will be released on DVD August 14 and a collector's edition of the complete HBO trilogy will be available November 6...

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    HBO Dominates Emmy Nominations with 81, Led by 'Hemingway & Gelhorn' with 15; 'Killing' Shut Out UPDATED

    As expected, HBO, which is challenging the Hollywood studios with its smart programming, luring away both talent and audiences from the big screen, dominated the 64th Emmy nominations, for the 12th year in a row. This time they nabbed 81, led by movie star two-hander "Hemingway & Gelhorn," starring ...

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    Watch: A Jazzy Teaser for 'Treme' Season Three

    "I'm thinking about doing something different this year -- I mean, really different."

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    Birdwatching in Central Park with Jonathan Franzen and HBO Docs

    On June 26th, HBO gave a group of journalists binoculars and snacks and took them to Central Park for a birding walk through The Rambles with filmmaker Jeffrey Kimball, longtime birdwatching tour guide Starr Saphir and novelist Jonathan Franzen. Though it was charmingly oddball, It wasn't a rand...

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    5 Best Things to Watch on TV This Week: 'Portlandia' and Carol Channing

    Sure, Sunday is overcrowded with high-end TV like "True Blood," "The Newsroom," "Weeds," the just-returned "Breaking Bad" and "Political Animals," but what to watch the rest of the time? Each Monday, we bring you this guide to five noteworthy highlig...

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    TRUE BLOOD RECAP 6: HOPELESS

    Tonight’s meh "True Blood" was proof double-O positive of the Law of Fives. Seriously, if physicists applied themselves, I trust they’d find the Law of Fives almost as immutable as the Law of Gravity, and not nearly as funny.

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