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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AT&T Introducing $39 HBO Go/Amazon Prime Broadband Bundle

AT&T HBO Go

Every single day, more TV fans are cutting the cord. Which means they cancel their overpriced, underperforming cable in exchange for only the Internet. With services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and numerous others, there’s almost nothing you can’t stream over the Internet without a cable subscription. One notable exception being HBO.

HBO does have their HBO Go service available with select devices, but up until now you’ve had to subscribe to their cable service to get a log in. Or use your friends. Now AT&T U-Verse is moving ahead with a $39 per month bundle that would get you not only a year of Internet, but HBO Go and Amazon Prime as well. Deals like this AT&T HBO Go bundle are most likely the way of the future. Read More »

Colin Farrell Confirms ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Role

colin farrell confirms true detective

After a lengthy casting process that had rumors flying left and right, True Detective Season 2 has finally set its first star. Colin Farrell has confirmed that he will star in the HBO mystery series, which is expected to air next year.

Farrell also mentions that the rest of the cast has not been “locked down” yet, though Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch have been reported as likely stars. Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams are among those said to be vying for the female lead. Read the Colin Farrell True Detective casting comments after the jump.

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Rachel McAdams in Passion

Elisabeth Moss seemed pretty well suited to that True Detective Season 2 gig, not least because she pulled off a similar-sounding role to great acclaim in Top of the Lake. But just because she’s qualified doesn’t mean no one else is, and now it seems she has a little competition.

According to a new report, Rachel McAdams is in the running for the same True Detective Season 2 part that Moss has been circling for the past few weeks. Meanwhile, the other three leads — Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn — seem all but set. Get character details and more after the jump.

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Girls Season 4 teaser

HBO’s Girls has been off the air for about five months now, and it won’t be back on for another five months or so. So HBO just wants to make sure you don’t forget about it in the meantime.

With production now underway, the network has revealed the first Girls Season 4 teaser, which shows Hannah Hovarth (Lena Dunham) headed for a big fall. Hit the jump to check it out.

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