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Briefly: Darren Aronofsky and New Regency have had a good relationship; the director made The Fountain under an old first-look deal with New Regency, and they worked together to produce Noah, which New Regency financed with Paramount. And while there’s been talk of difficulties with Paramount and Noah, it seems like Aronofsky and New Regency are working together well enough to sign a new deal.

Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures signed a new three-year first-look deal with New Regency for feature development, at the same time as Protozoa has signed a similar deal with HBO to develop shows for Aronofsky to direct for television.

“It is a thrill to be re-teaming with my old friends at New Regency,” Aronofsky said. “Arnon [Milchan] has been a great supporter since we made The Fountain together. It is a golden age for the small screen and moving into that realm with HBO as partners is a dream come true. I am excited to see Protozoa’s output explode over the next few years.” [Deadline]

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Girls

Hannah Hovarth may be kind of a screwup, but the show around her certainly isn’t. HBO confirmed today that it has renewed Girls for a fourth season, three days before the start of its third season. That’s an even faster renewal than it got last year, when HBO announced Season 3 two episodes into Season 2.

Season 4 will shoot this spring, to air sometime in 2015. There’s no official word yet on how many episodes it’ll consist of, but we’re guessing it’ll have 12 like Season 3 did. (Seasons 1 and 2 were ten episodes each.)

In the meantime, Season 3 should have plenty to keep us busy. A just-released clip from the Season 3 premiere, “Females Only,” offers a taste of where the main characters are at this point in their lives. Check it out after the jump.

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‘Game of Thrones’ to Return in April

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Winter has come, as the Starks have long warned us, but it won’t be around forever. And when it leaves, spring will bring a new season of Game of Thrones along with it.

HBO announced today that the fantasy drama would return for its fourth season Sunday, April 6 at 9:00 PM. That’s roughly the same time of year it’s premiered the last three seasons, so no surprises there. The new season will consist of ten episodes and will pick up where Season 3 left off, depicting the second half of Book 3.

Most of the principal cast members are expected to return — or the ones whose characters survived Season 3, anyway. New actors include Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell of Dorne, Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Margaery’s father Mace Tyrell, Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris from the Iron Bank of Braavos.

Additionally, some roles were recast in the interim. Michiel Huisman will replace Ed Skrein in Season 4 as Daario Naharis, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson will take over for Ian Whyte as Ser Gregor Clegane, and Dean-Charles Chapman steps in for Callum Wharry as Joffrey’s brother Tommen.[Variety]

Damon Lindelof

Since Damon Lindelof left Twitter, he’s noticeably less a part of the public dialogue about entertainment. Which was the point after the venom he received for contributions to Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkness. Part of his absence, too, is that he’s working on a brand new show for HBO called The Leftovers. Now he’s ready to share some details about it.

Based on a novel by Tom Perrotta, the show takes place in a New York town three years after 140 million people worldwide mysteriously disappeared. Was the disappearance based in science? Was it religion? How will it change how people live their lives? Lindelof talks about all that and more below, as he describes the show saying “if Lost and Friday Night Lights had a baby and then that baby was severely neglected, that would be The Leftovers.” Read More »

Orphan Black

2013 was a pretty great year for television, and from what we’ve seen 2014 looks plenty promising too. Today, we’ve got trailers for new seasons of two very different critical favorites, BBC America’s Orphan Black and HBO’s Girls, plus a peek at an intriguing new show, AMC’s Revolutionary War drama Turn. Check ‘em all out after the jump.

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Game of Thrones Season 3

Game of Thrones, a show which has never had a reputation for being kind to its characters, completed what may have been its bloodiest season yet this year. So fans were naturally alarmed to hear that Season 4 would contain more deaths than ever. But the first tiny bit of footage, just released as part of a larger promo for HBO, isn’t not so bad. Not a single person gets beheaded or disemboweled or burnt to a crisp by dragon flame.

And if grim medieval fantasy-drama isn’t your thing, don’t worry: Elsewhere in the HBO ad, we also get peeks at new shows Looking, Silicon Valley, The Leftovers, and True Detective; the Ryan Murphy-directed AIDS drama The Normal Heart, the literary miniseries Olive Kitteridge, and much, much more.

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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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Getting On / Ja'mie Private School Girl

Boardwalk Empire, Hello Ladies, and Eastbound and Down are done for the year (or, in the latter’s case, forever), and Girls, Looking, and True Detective don’t premiere until January. So what’s there to see on HBO between now and 2014?

Well, the network is hoping you’ll use that time to check out two of their new shows, the medical comedy Getting On and the Summer Heights High spinoff Ja’mie: Private School Girl. Both series debuted on air last night, and have now released their first episodes online. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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