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Rumors exploded all over the internet Tuesday that the legendary HBO series, The Wire, was being remastered into high definition for an upcoming marathon. Well, sorry to burst the bubble of all you Bubbles fans out there, but the statement is only half true. HBO has confirmed that, yes, the David Simon series – which originally aired and was released on DVD in standard definition, full screen –  is in the process of being remastered for high definition widescreen. Unfortunately, that process is still ongoing and will most certainly not begin airing later this month as rumored. Read More »

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Frozen Once

Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: ABC has released television spots offering us our first teaser of Disney’s Frozen which will be entering the world of ABC’s Once Upon A TimeHit the jump to watch it now.

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new Lars von Trier TV series

How does Lars von Trier follow the Nymphomaniac films? As it turns out, he’ll go back to television. Trier has done TV before, of course, with the very weird and rather excellent Riget. That show, introduced by Trier himself as seen above, was released as two mini-series in 1994 and 1997. (A third part was planned but never shot, thanks to the death of actor Ernst-Hugo Järegård.) Riget was a smash hit in Denmark and made its way around the world, often under the title The Kingdom. Stephen King even produced a US remake, called Kingdom Hospital.

Now there’s a new Lars von Trier TV series in the works, an English-language show called The House That Jack Built. The writer/director isn’t talking about it, but his producers are talking, and one says that it will be “without precedent.” Read More »

The Tick revival

Late on a Friday before a holiday weekend is the worst time to fact-check anything, so we’re in the position of praying this is true. A report says that Fox and Amazon have made a deal for Amazon to do a new live-action series based on Ben Edlund‘s The Tick. The show revolved around a giant, good-natured and bumbling hero played by Patrick Warburton. A spot-on blend of broad comedy and sharp satire, the show originally ran for only nine episodes on Fox from 2001 to 2002. Or, as Edlund once described it: “a superheroic portrait of genuine human lameness.” The best news: Edlund and Warburton will both be part of The Tick revival.

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new Greatest American Hero TV series

In the early ’80s, comic book fans didn’t have a lot of options to see costumed heroes on TV and in movies. Outside of the big-screen Superman films and The Incredible Hulk on TV, the offerings were pretty slim. But William Katt wore a red costume as the title character in The Greatest American Hero, an original TV series that centered around a schoolteacher who acquires a super-powered suit from aliens, but loses the instructions and has to learn the hero game by trial and error. Now Fox is prepping a new Greatest American Hero TV series, with The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller as guiding producers.

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fargo strong women

Ethan and Joel Coen’s film Fargo centered on a sheriff’s deputy played perfectly by Frances McDormand, and the spin-off TV series from Noah Hawley also featured a great female role: Deputy Molly Solverson, played by Allison Tolman. Tolman won’t return for the second season, for reasons we’ll explain below. But that doesn’t mean that the upcoming second season of Fargo will abandon the pattern of having great female characters at the center of the show.

In fact, when asked about the new season at the Emmys earlier this week, Hawley said it would be about strong women. Precisely how that will be the case is something he would elaborate on only slightly. But it’s a good start. Read More »

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American Horror Story: Coven went off the rails somewhat, but the great thing about Ryan Murphy‘s FX anthology horror series is that each season is a fresh start. The next season, American Horror Story: Freak Show, will see many of the same cast and crew heading to 1950s Florida, where a “dark entity” emerges.

While Murphy isn’t as secretive as some of his fellow showrunners, he hasn’t said that much about where the new run of episodes might take us. So it’s exciting to get our first glimpse at the cast in costume, including Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, and so many more. See the new American Horror Story Freak Show poster and teasers after the jump.

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Whit Stillman Cosmopolitans pilot

Amazon’s third pilot season is open for business, and you can now watch new shows from directors such as Whit Stillman, David Gordon Green, and Mark Forster. Stillman’s pilot, The Cosmopolitans, is already getting great buzz; Green’s, Red Oaks, considerably less so. Below, we’ve got info on all five of the new pilots, with behind the scenes videos for each, and a sizzle reel for the whole pilot season.  Read More »

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