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“Breaking Bad’s” racial politics: Walter White, angry white man

“Breaking Bad’s” racial politics: Walter White, angry white man | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Walter's brutal meltdown shows genius way "Breaking Bad" deals with white privilege, and men who can't get enough
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Salon discusses the White Privilege aspects of Breaking Bad: 

 

"Never mind that Walter built an empire worth $80 million. He always wanted more—respect or fear or worship—and he never got it. He could never quite get over the fact that other people weren’t placed on Earth to play supporting characters in his own story, and even in the series’ pilot, he’s bogged down by an overbearing boss and a wife who seems interested in anything but him. Though viewers didn’t know it at the time, this was “Breaking Bad” playing off some very recognizable tropes, well known from movies like “Falling Down,” where the mild-mannered white guy finally has had it and speaks truth to power about his own greatness, usually through violence. But since this is a TV show, the story must continue, and the longer it has gone on, the more the hollowness behind that sense of entitlement has become apparent."

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PAWNEE FOREVER

PAWNEE FOREVER | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
"Parks and Recreation" has been renewed, NBC has confirmed. Long live Pawnee!
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Parks and Rec renewed:  

 

"The comedy, starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, will return for a sixth season. With the series on the bubble, NBC's decision to renew "Parks and Recreation," which is beloved by viewers and critics alike, had the cast celebrating."

 

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Once Upon a Time: Colin O'Donoghue Talks Hook, Bae, Lost Boys & Finale's 'Interesting' Neverland

Once Upon a Time: Colin O'Donoghue Talks Hook, Bae, Lost Boys & Finale's 'Interesting' Neverland | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
This Sunday on Once Upon a Time's Season 2 finale (ABC, 8/7), Tamara and Greg aim to pull the "trigger" and "blow Storybrooke off the map" -- but not if the extraordinary residents of the Maine bur...
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Once Upon a Time Finale preview: 

 

"It’s going to be very interesting for people to see Hook in Neverland and see [cocreators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz's] take on Neverland, because as you can tell from the way they’ve set up the other characters from other stories, everything’s not as it seems. As we know, [today's] Captain Hook is very different than Hook from before. For Hook, going to Neverland — as we saw in the “Crocodile” episode — was very much about being able to take some time to figure out how to get his revenge on Rumpelstiltskin. That’s his reason for being there. But it’ll be interesting to see if and how he will interact with the Lost Boys or whomever in Neverland."

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Neil Patrick Harris to Host the Tony Awards Again

Neil Patrick Harris to Host the Tony Awards Again | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Neil Patrick Harris will return as host for the 2013 Tony Awards.I'm very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall...
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"Neil Patrick Harris will return as host for the 2013 Tony Awards.

"I'm very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. It'll be more impressive than ever - if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year," Harris said in a statement. "Oh, wait. No, that can't... hold on... carry the one... I'm awful at math. But rest assured, the show will rock!"

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Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams on Arya’s Rage, Turning 16, and Taylor Swift

Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams on Arya’s Rage, Turning 16, and Taylor Swift | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Also, could Arya and Gendry get together? “I think it’s possible, definitely.”
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Maisie Williams on Ayra's future (SPOILERS!!!): 

 

"Just because she’s not got Gendry anymore doesn’t mean she’s crumbling or anything. She’s as strong as ever." 

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’24′ Eyes Return As Limited Series On Fox, Howard Gordon To EP, Kiefer Sutherland In Talks To Star

’24′ Eyes Return As Limited Series On Fox, Howard Gordon To EP, Kiefer Sutherland In Talks To Star | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
The clock may start ticking again on Fox. I've learned that the network is looking to bring back its signature real-time drama 24 as a limited series. Kief
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It's the year of TV comebacks- "The clock may start ticking again on Fox. I’ve learned that the network is looking to bring back its signature real-time drama 24 as a limited series. Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to reprise his Emmy-winning role as Agent Jack Bauer." 



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'Idol' Falls To Third Place In Reality Ratings War

'Idol' Falls To Third Place In Reality Ratings War | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — Television's champion for nearly a decade, Fox's "American Idol," now isn't even the most popular competition show on the air.
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The end of Idol Dominance:

 

Both editions of "The Voice" on NBC and "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC had larger audiences than "Idol" last week, the Nielsen Co. said. "Idol" has been the most popular entertainment program in prime time for nine years running and appears likely to lose that perch this season.

"The Voice" had 14.2 million viewers last Monday and 12.8 million on Tuesday, Nielsen said. Its showing was more impressive among the 19- to 49-year-old viewers that NBC most actively seeks; the shows ranked No. 1 and 3 on that measurement last week.

"American Idol" had 12.5 million viewers on Wednesday and 11.4 million on Thursday, Nielsen said. Among the younger demographic, "Idol" outpaces "Dancing With the Stars."

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HBO GO Without Cable? Not Yet, Says Time Warner Chief

HBO GO Without Cable? Not Yet, Says Time Warner Chief | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
"We have the rights to do it and we would do it if we thought it was in our economic best interest," Jeff Bewkes says this morning. But the potential marke
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No HBO Go for Now: 


We have the rights to do it and we would do it if we thought it was in our economic best interest,”Jeff Bewkes says this morning. But the potential market for a stand-alone HBO streaming service in the U.S. is “not sufficiently big enough now.” HBO chief Richard Plepler in March raised some consumers’ hopes that they might soon be able to subscribe to HBO without first buying basic cable: He said that it could make sense to package HBO GO with cable or phone company broadband services. 

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John Oliver To Begin Summer Run As ‘Daily Show’ Guest Host On June 10

John Oliver To Begin Summer Run As ‘Daily Show’ Guest Host On June 10 | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
John Oliver begins his stint as guest host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Monday, June 10 at 11 PM. Deadline broke the news in March that Stewart w
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John Oliver begins his stint as guest host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Monday, June 10 at 11 PM. 

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HBO Renews 'Veep' for Third Season

HBO Renews 'Veep' for Third Season | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
HBO has ordered a third season of Veep. The news comes just a day after the network reported near-record ratings highs for the sophomore comedy.
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HBO renews VEEP

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NBC’s “The Voice” is Changing How We Watch TV…With Twitter

NBC’s “The Voice”  is Changing How We Watch TV…With Twitter | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it

It’s become common practice for a show to casually toss a hashtag in the corner of the TV screen, but the tricky part is figuring out what comes next. The Voice and NBC have involved Twitter so heavily in the viewing experience that the end result is a fully integrated, interested, and engaged audience for advertisers and brands to reach.


Via Nicholas Barr
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Agree- The Voice seems to have mastered Twitter and Second Screen: 

 

Not many networks do social media as well as NBC has with The Voice. 

It’s become common practice for a show to casually toss a hashtag in the corner of the TV screen, but the tricky part is figuring out what comes next. The Voice and NBC have involved Twitter so heavily in the viewing experience that the end result is a fully integrated, interested, and engaged audience for advertisers and brands to reach.

 
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Talent shows are made for second screen and Twitter. Let's expect a ton of quiz shows that in the same way engage the audience.

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Maria Shriver returning to NBC News for programming on women

Maria Shriver returning to NBC News for programming on women | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
After nearly a decade away, former California first lady Maria Shriver is returning to NBC News for a job where she will concentrate on the roles of women in American life.
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Maria Shriver back on NBC


After nearly a decade away, former California first lady Maria Shriver is returning to NBC News for a job where she will concentrate on the roles of women in American life.

Shriver on Tuesday was named a "special anchor" who will appear on various NBC programming, including CNBC, MSNBC and NBC Sports, and be an editor at large on women's issues for the network's digital properties. She had worked at NBC from 1986 to 2004, much of it on "Dateline NBC" 


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'RHOBH': Marisa Zanuck Not Asked Back for Season 4

'RHOBH': Marisa Zanuck Not Asked Back for Season 4 | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Marisa Zanuck is the latest among several of the cast members of ...
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Marisa Zanuck is the latest among several of the cast members of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills who will not be returning for season 4. After Adrienne Maloof, Camille Grammer and Faye Resnick claimed that the decision to leave the show was their own, Marisa is quite open about why she won't be back.

"I wasn't asked back," Marisa told Celebuzz. "It's as simple as that and I'm okay with it."

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HBO Entertainment President Sue Naegle To Step Down, Ink First-Look Deal With HBO

HBO Entertainment President Sue Naegle To Step Down, Ink First-Look Deal With HBO | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Sue Naegle is stepping down from her post as president of HBO Entertainment. I've learned that she is segueing into producing with the launch of her own co
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According to Deadline "Sue Naegle is stepping down from her post as president of HBO Entertainment. I’ve learned that she is segueing into producing with the launch of her own company which will have a three-year first-look deal with HBO. (The network declined comment)."

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Whitney Canceled, Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. Nears Series Order, 24 Might Return

Whitney Canceled, Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. Nears Series Order, 24 Might Return | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
NBC also gave three other shows the axe.
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Cancellations and series pickup news: 

 

"Firstly, Joss Whedon's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is reportedly close to getting a series order. Meanwhile at NBC, Whitney, Up All Night, 1600 Penn, and Guys with Kids have all been canceled. Also in the cancellation department, Fox has nixed Kiefer Sutherland's Touch after two seasons, although there's now a rumor about 24 returning as a limited series. The CW has renewed The Carrie Diaries for a second season and Nikita for a fourth, also giving the green light to Reign (about Mary Queen of Scots at age fifteen), The 100 (a batch of juvenile delinquents are deployed to see if a post-apocalypse Earth can be re-inhabited), Tomorrow People (a teen boy has psychic powers; presented by The Vampire Diaries and Arrow folk), and Star-Crossed (formerly titledOxygen, about an alien boy in an American high school."

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10 Things to Know About Arrested Development Season 4

10 Things to Know About Arrested Development Season 4 | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Get ready to blue yourself. Arrested Development's long-awaited fourth season is almost here.
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TVGuide gives Arrested Development fans some insight into the shows relaunch:  

 

"But when it comes to the Arrested story-telling you've come to know and love, get ready to say goodbye to these! Each episode of the fourth season — all of which will be available May 26 on Netflix —will follow a different member of the Bluth family over the same time period, with some scenes repeated from different perspectives."

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Does Anyone Even Want Another Season of Community?

Does Anyone Even Want Another Season of Community? | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
As a twentysomething liberal arts grad, it's pretty much a pre-requisite to love post-modernism. The more meta something is, the better.
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TVGuide ask is Community worth saving: 

 

But nothing did because this is a TV show, not spaghetti, and it requires a bit more forethought. There was simply too much happening this season that went nowhere and ultimately, it lent an air of meaninglessness (and not in a cool "show about nothing" way like Seinfeld). Jeff's relationship with his dad, Abed's Manic Pixie love interest, Annie's infatuation with Jeff — did we get any closure to these issues? Did it affect the larger narrative or our characters' dispositions at all? Or were they simply empty plot devices to distract us from realizing that Community is now only a simulacrum of the show we once loved. (I'm leaning towards the latter.)

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Ratings: Scandal Surges to Series High, The Office Rises, Community Ticks Up With Finale

Ratings: Scandal Surges to Series High, The Office Rises, Community Ticks Up With Finale | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
In what can best be called a "Hail Mary," NBC's yet-to-be-renewed Community delivered a ratings uptick with its Thursday night finale, rising one single tenth to a 1.3, while rising to 3.1 million ...
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Community rises and Scandal beats out Idol: 

 

"ABC’s Scandal (8.9 mil/3.2) rose 23 percent week-to-week to hit an all-time high demo rating, building on itsGrey’s Anatomy lead-in (8.6 mil/2.9, down a tenth) and besting a Thursday American Idol for the first time ever."

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The CW Renews Nikita and The Carrie Diaries

The CW Renews Nikita and The Carrie Diaries | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Division may be dead, but Nikita is not: The CW has renewed the spy thriller for a shortened fourth (and likely final) season. The Carrie Diaries, meanwhile, has been greenlit for a second season. ...
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Nikita and Carrie Diaries renewed:  

 

"Division may be dead, but Nikita is not: The CW has renewed the spy thriller for a shortened fourth (and likely final) season. The Carrie Diaries, meanwhile, has been greenlit for a second season."

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Sundance renews 'Rectify' for season 2

Sundance renews 'Rectify' for season 2 | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
HitFixs Alan Sepinwall writes about Sundance Channels renewal of Rectify, the terrific new drama about a former Death Row inmate.
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Rectified renewed:

 

"Sundance Channel has renewed "Rectify," its great new drama about a Death Row inmate (Aden Young) unexpectedly released into a world he never expected to see again, for a second season, with 10 new episodes set to debut sometime in 2014. "

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CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Gets Second Season

CNN’s ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Gets Second Season | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
After just three shows in its first run, CNN announced today that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown will be back for a second season to bow September 15. Vi
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CNN announced today that Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown will be back for a second season to bow September 15.

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Gary Carr cast - News - Downton Abbey - ITV Drama

Gary Carr cast - News - Downton Abbey - ITV Drama | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
We're delighted to announce that Gary Carr has joined the cast as jazz singer Jack Ross.
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Downton Abbey will become more diverse in season 4:  

 

"Carr will play a jazz singer called Jack Ross, a charming and charismatic young man. He joins new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter who are all set to star in the fourth series."

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Netflix Just Lost Almost 2,000 Streaming Videos

Netflix Just Lost Almost 2,000 Streaming Videos | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
No more content from MGM, Universal, and Warner Bros.
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Netflix losing titltes rappedly and possibly more to come:

 

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Last month, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he was considering not renewing a deal with Viacom Networks, which includes shows from MTV, VH1, and BET. If that deal runs out we could see more streaming videos disappearing by the end of May."

 



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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Tyler Blackburn Joins Spinoff Series ‘Ravenswood’

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Tyler Blackburn Joins Spinoff Series ‘Ravenswood’ | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
The first confirmed resident of ABC Family's Ravenswood is bad boy Caleb Rivers. Pretty Little Liars co-star Tyler Blackburn will be joining the series' up
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Pretty Little Liar fan favorite Tyler Blackburn leaving Rosewood for Ravenswood (Pretty Little Liar Spinoff):

 

The new series takes place in Ravenswood, a town near Liars‘ hometown of Rosewood PA, and revolves around five strangers who are connected by the curse that has plagued Ravenswood for generations. Caleb (Blackburn) will travel to Ravenswood in the third annual Liars Halloween special in October, which will be used to introduce Ravenswood and its inhabitants and launch the new series. Blackburn, repped by Gersh and James Feldman & Cynthia Farrelly Gesner, has been a PLL fan favorite. He has been on the hit drama since the end of the first season, upped to a regular after Season 2. He will appear in every episode of PLL‘s upcoming fourth season this summer before segueing to Ravenswood.

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'Teen Mom' Star Satisfied With Receiving $1 Million For Several Minutes Of Sex

'Teen Mom' Star Satisfied With Receiving $1 Million For Several Minutes Of Sex | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
'Teen Mom' star Farrah Abraham is expressing her joy after receiving $1 million from Vivid Entertainment for simply having a few minutes of intercourse in different positions in the forthcoming adult movie 'Backdoor Teen Mom.'...
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Farrah Abraham becomes a millionaire with her sex tape: 

 

"I am happy with the seven figure settlement I have reached, with who I feel to be the best adult entertainment company in the industry, Vivid," Abraham said in a statement on Tuesday, showing her elation for making more than 22 times the U.S. yearly median income for less than 30 minutes of inane chatter with a camera man, a little run of the mill oral foreplay and the act that was ultimately responsible for making her famous in the first place. "

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