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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Arrow gets a trailer hyping its sixth season
  • The creator of Veep is heading to space in a brand new HBO series
  • The CBS prequel Young Sheldon has, regrettably, earned a full series order
  • Watch the first six minutes of Fox’s new X-Men TV series The Gifted
  • Zachary Levi still wants to make a Chuck movie
  • And more!

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The Death of Stalin trailer

Anyone who’s seen HBO’s Veep, the 2009 film In The Loop, or the British TV series The Thick of It knows that writer/director Armando Iannucci has a biting and unique take on political comedy. His characters have a way of speaking that could be referred to as melodiously offensive, and it looks like he’s done it again with The Death of Stalin, which is only his second feature film. The movie earned rave reviews earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now a new trailer has arrived to show us his caustic imagining of the fall of one of the world’s most brutal dictatorships.
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The Death of Stalin Review

“I wanted to get away from American politics,” joked Veep creator Armando Iannucci at the world premiere of his new film The Death of Stalin during the Toronto International Film Festival. “So what better way than to make a film about a narcissist who terrifies his own country?”

It’s hard not to see parallels to the current American political climate and that of the chaotic days following the demise of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as depicted in The Death of Stalin. Of course, The Death of Stalin manages to make its events much funnier. Much, much funnier. With this film, an adaptation of a graphic novel, Iannucci, who helmed the acerbic In The Loop, has made his masterpiece, a pitch-black comedy of terrors that might be one of the most hilarious films of the 21st century.
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HBO’s ‘Veep’ to Step Down After 7 Seasons

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Selina Meyers is finally conceding, and Veep is ending after seven seasons on the air on HBO.

The sardonic Emmy Award-winning comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the foul-mouthed presidential hopeful, which just finished airing its sixth season this June, will resign after season 7 airs in 2018.

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the death of stalin trailer

If you’ve ever watched Veep or The Thick of It and wished you could see them done in a post-World War II Soviet Union, you’re in luck. Armando Iannucci, creator of the above foul-mouthed political comedies and director of The Thick of It’s film spin-off In the Loop, is bringing that same brand of crass comedy to Russia, with love.

The Death of Stalin follows what happens after, well, the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953 and the havoc it wreaks upon his hapless generals and advisers. It has Jeffrey Tambor bumbling around in a bad dark wig. What else do you need?

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The Death of Stalin

If you’re not watching the HBO series Veep, you’re missing out on some of the best-written comedy on television right now. The series from In the Loop and Alan Partridge creator and writer Armando Iannucci is hilarious, smart and fires jokes off one right after the other. Therefore, it’ll be interesting to see how he tackles The Death of Stalin, an adaptation of Fabien Nury’s graphic novel of the same name. Read more about the project after the jump! Read More »

Veep Season 4

Selina Meyer’s presidency and Pied Piper may be in pretty precarious situations at the moment, but the shows about them are doing just fine. HBO has renewed both Veep and Silicon Valley, following their season premieres last night.

That’s the good news. The disappointing caveat is that when Veep returns next year, it’ll be without series creator Armando Iannucci. More details on the Veep and Silicon Valley renewals, and Iannucci’s departure, after the jump.  Read More »

WGA Rewards ‘Her’ and ‘Captain Phillips’

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By this point in the awards race, it’s usually pretty clear who the frontrunners are. Most of the guilds have already thrown their support behind a few favorite films, which typically then go on to fare well at the Academy Awards. Nevertheless, there were a couple of mild surprises when the WGA announced its 2014 Writers Guild Award winners this weekend.

In the original screenplay category, Spike Jonze beat out the likes of David O. Russell and Woody Allen to pick up a prize for Her. That bodes well for Jonze on Oscar night, as the list of Oscar nominees perfectly matched the list of WGA nominees this year. A more unexpected result is Billy Ray‘s adapted screenplay win for Captain Phillips, but that doesn’t really make him the Oscar favorite. He didn’t have to compete against 12 Years a Slave or Philomena, both of which were deemed ineligible for the WGAs. Hit the jump to see who else won in the film and TV categories.

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Between the second season of Game of Thrones and the premieres of buzzed-about comedies Girls and Veep, April 2012 seems like an especially great time to have an HBO subscription — or, HBO hopes, to sign up for one if you haven’t already. The premium cable network has announced a plan to offer the first episodes of the two new shows for free online, starting the day after their debuts. Curious TV watchers will be able to check out the episodes via HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com, and various Free On Demand platforms. More details after the jump.

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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

If I asked you to guess what Robogeddon was, would you surmise that it was a new TV project by James Cameron? Also after the jump:

  • The final season of Breaking Bad will be split in two
  • Glee, New Girl, and Raising Hope get renewals
  • Southland will probably be back for a fifth season
  • Another, longer behind-the-scenes Veep featurette
  • Lauren Cohan is now a regular on The Walking Dead
  • Kristen Wiig still deciding about Saturday Night Live
  • Of course Game of Thrones will be back for Season 3

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