Taylor Kitsch in Lone Survivor

Several weeks after Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn were announced as two of the four leads for True Detective Season 2, the other two main cast members have been finally been confirmed.

Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams will play detectives Paul Woodrugh and Ani Bezzerides, while Kelly Reilly joins the cast as Jordan, wife of Frank Semyon (Vaughn). Get the latest True Detective Season 2 cast info, including new plot details, after the jump.

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Togetherness

Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass have been apart more than not lately, with Jay killing it on Amazon’s Transparent and Mark doing the same on FXX’s The League. But come January, they’ll be re-teaming for a brand-new show on HBO called Togetherness.

The half-hour series centers around four people in their late 30s who all live under one roof. Mark Duplass and Melanie Lynskey play Brett and Michelle, a married couple struggling with parenthood, Steve Zissis is Brett’s underemployed best friend Alex, and Amanda Peet is Michelle’s free-spirited sister Tina. Watch the first Togetherness trailer after the jump.

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‘Girls’ Season 4 Preview: Marnie Threatens to Rap

Girls Season 4 First Look

You can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but you can’t take the Brooklyn out of the girl. As revealed in HBO’s new Girls Season 4 preview, Hannah (Lena Dunham) is now a student in Iowa — but she’s still the same old Hannah, endlessly impressed with her own progress toward maturity.

Meanwhile, the girls back in New York haven’t changed a lot either. Marnie (Allison Williams), for example, continues to believe in her musical career no matter how obvious it is to everyone else that it’s a terrible idea. Check in with Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), and the rest of the gang in the Girls Season 4 preview after the jump.

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Abigail Spencer Rectify

Now that Nic Pizzolatto‘s True Detective has more or less locked in its Season 2 leads, it’s filling out the supporting cast. The HBO drama has set Michael Irby, Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer, and Leven Rambin for heavily recurring roles in the next run of episodes.

As previously reported, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, and (probably) Rachel McAdams are playing the main characters. Hit the jump for the latest on True Detective Season 2 casting.

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Aidan Gillen as Tommy Carcetti on The Wire

HBO’s The Wire ended its run in 2008 after 60 episodes across five acclaimed seasons. But if creator David Simon had had his way, he might have stuck around that universe a little bit longer. In a recent interview, he talked about his discarded plans for a The Wire spinoff centered on Tommy Carcetti, the Baltimore politician played by Aidan Gillen.

Hit the jump for more details about The Wire spinoff that never was, including Simon’s explanation of why it never was.

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The Comeback

HBO’s The Comeback is preparing to come back. The brilliant-but-cancelled TV series returns for its second season in just a few weeks, nine years after it was originally cancelled.

Lisa Kudrow returns as Valerie Cherish, the former star of a ’90s sitcom. In Season 1, she staged a comeback with a supoprting role in a network sitcom called Room and Bored, where she was routinely tormented by a writer named Paulie G. (Lance Barber). In Season 2, she comes to HBO to star in Paulie G.’s new show Seeing Red, about his time on Room and Bored.

Essentially, this means Valerie Cherish is starring as herself — which means Kudrow is now a sitcom actress playing a sitcom actress playing a sitcom actress. The layers of meta, they are thick. Watch The Comeback Season 2 trailer after the jump.

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Top of the Lake

Last year’s Top of the Lake was Jane Campion’s first TV project since An Angel at My Table in 1990. However, she’s not waiting quite so long to return to the small screen next time. She’s currently developing a second season of Top of the Lake with Gerard Lee, who co-wrote the original.

The first season centered on Robin (Elisabeth Moss), a New Zealand detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old in a small town. It’s unclear whether Moss or any of her co-stars will return, as very few details have been revealed so far about Season 2. But the first season was excellent, and I for one am eager to go wherever Campion wants to take me next. [Screen Daily]

After the jump, get details on the Monster-in-Law and In Good Company TV series, plus Steve McQueen’s new star.

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Olive Kitteridge

Mainstream cinema isn’t exactly brimming over with meaty leading roles for women over 40, but we’ve seen a lot of fine actresses find exciting work on TV. Add to that list Frances McDormand, who appears to deliver another stunning turn in the upcoming HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.

Directed by Lisa Cholodenko and based on the novel by Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge centers on an abrasive teacher living in a small New England town. Okay, so that’s not the most exciting premise on paper — but strong reviews out of Venice and a top-notch supporting cast that also includes Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins suggest it’ll be worth a look.

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