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    How HBO Has Stayed on Top of the Game by Embracing Stories With Endings and Making Sunday the Best TV Night of the Week

    HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo talks "True Detective," why the network remains more focused on making series than movies, whether HBO Go will ever be available as an a la carte service and how Sunday night became the most competitive on the TV schedule.

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    Why Showtime Wants Series That Are 'A Little Bit Dangerous,' Even If That Means Moving Away From Big, Serialized Dramas

    In 1976, Showtime became one of the first cable channels to achieve national distribution. The network began producing original programming in the early '80s, but it wasn't until the arrival of "The L Word," "Weeds" and "Dexter" in the mid-2000s that it's identity really came together.

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    One More Reason Why 'Key & Peele' Is So Funny: The Cinematic Vision of Director Peter Atencio

    Traditionally, sketch comedy is not a form that's been overly concerned with how it looks. Jokes and punchlines are the point, not visual flair -- it's rare that you even think of the person directing things from behind the camera.

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    Learning the Language of Reality Shows: The Producers of 'Brick City' Talk Revisiting Newark in 'Docu-Soap' Form for New Series 'Jersey Strong'

    "Jersey Strong," the new unscripted series premiering on Participant Media's recently launched network Pivot tomorrow, September 14, at 10:30pm, is about two Newark-based couples.

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    How Sundance Channel's Indie Film Roots Can Be Felt In Its Original Dramas

    Check out our interview with Sarah Barnett, the President and General Manager of Sundance Channel.

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    'Wonder Showzen' Creators Vernon Chatman and John Lee Talk 'The Heart, She Holler' and Making TV's Strangest Shows

    Under their production company PFFR, Vernon Chatman and John Lee have made some of the most brilliantly and aggressively weird programming to ever air on television.

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    Why Its UK Influence Has Allowed BBC America to Be Ahead of the Curve as a 'Very Auteur-Oriented Channel'

    In the first installment of an ongoing interview series with network heads, Indiewire catches up with BBC America's Perry Simon.

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    Series Producer Lois Vossen Talks The New Season of 'Independent Lens' and the Current Conversation About Donors and Public Broadcasting

    PBS documentary series "Independent Lens" announced its fall line-up today, so Indiewire hopped on the phone with founding and series producer Lois Vossen at ITVS to talk about the new season.

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    The Fine Brothers Just Passed 1 Billion Views On Their Main Channel; What's Up With Their New Series 'MyMusic'?

    Three things do well on YouTube: music, comedy and the Fine brothers.

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    Interview: 'Drinking Buddies' Star Jake Johnson Talks Rules of Improv, Working With Joe Swanberg & Frustrations With Network TV

    Two attractive couples, their difficulties in life, work, and romance, a sly glance toward the other person's partner as a possible solution... It may seem like the rote set-up for your standard romantic comedy but filmmaker Joe Swanberg (“Hannah Takes The Stairs,” “All The Light In The Sky”) knows ...

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