‘House of Cards’ Renewed for Third Season

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Briefly: The second season of House of Cards won’t hit Netflix for another ten days, but a third season is already a definite. The show has just been renewed by Netflix, so exec producers David Fincher and Beau Willimon have a mandate to go back to work. Not that this is a surprise, given that Netflix execs have pledged to continue the show. But it’s good to know that we’ll have thirteen more hours of Kevin Spacey as power-hungry politician Frank Underwood, and (even more so) Robin Wright as Underwood’s iron-willed wife. [LAT]

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When it comes to HBO’s series The Newsroom, people either love it or hate it. Knowing that, today everyone got some good news. For fans, a third season of the show has officially been announced. That third season will also be the series’ last. The news also came with a postscript: series creator Aaron Sorkin has turned in his long gestating screenplay about Steve JobsRead More »

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While the Golden Globes were going on over at one of the major networks, HBO used this evening to bow its new series True Detective, and for the return of Lena Dunham’s Girls. While the pay cable fave has those big debuts now, the biggest season return won’t take place until the spring, when Game of Thrones returns for its fourth season.

The first full trailer for that new season debuted tonight, and it isn’t a collection of action clips, but a statement of purpose for the many characters as they attempt to consolidate power, or simply stay alive. Check it out below.

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Ends With Fifth Season

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Briefly: If you’d asked the creators of Boardwalk Empire last year about a possible end for the show, you probably wouldn’t have got much out of them. Terence Winter said in one interview “‘Where are we going? Do we see an end in sight here?’ That’s the debate we’re having now every day with each other. It’s let’s tell the best story possible and when we’re done we’ll move on and tell another story.”

But now things have changed, and it looks like that internal debate had a specific conclusion. HBO announced today that the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire will be the show’s last. Winter said in a statement,

We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire. After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.

The show’s final season premiere will take place this fall.

Baz Luhrmann directing The Great Gatsby

One of the greatest films that never was could finally be coming to fruition, and Baz Luhrmann might be the man to make it happen. Steven Spielberg and HBO are reportedly eyeing the Great Gatsby director for Napoleon, a miniseries based on a never-produced script by the great Stanley Kubrick. Hit the jump for more on the project and its epic history.

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And we’re back with another awesome, ominous trailer for the HBO limited series True Detective. This first self-contained season, directed entirely by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), tracks a decades-long murder case that unfolds as the same two detectives, played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, dig into the details in both the mid-’90s and the modern day.

Like the other videos promoting the series, this one goes more for atmosphere, intensity, and a sense of general foreboding than it does story details. Which is just fine; these shots just make the story seem more interesting and odd. Read More »

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Briefly: There’s no confirmation as of yet, but one of the best companies to adapt TV and film properties might be adapting one of HBO’s biggest shows. Telltale Games, who did the popular and critically acclaimed Walking Dead game as well as Back to the Future, Jurassic Park and others, is reportedly developing a video game based on the HBO series, Game of Thrones. The series itself is based on the George R.R. Martin series A Song of Ice and Fire. IGN has more.

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When John Oliver spent the summer filling in for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, it wasn’t the enaction of a ploy to take over the seat of the show that gave Oliver his biggest break. But it did turn out to be an audition for Oliver to anchor a new show.

Unsurprisingly, the new show will be not unlike The Daily Show. It will be a weekly series on HBO, with “a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events,” says Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO. The show will air Sundays starting in 2014.  Read More »

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