Netflix

If, like mine, your Netflix queue is loaded with classic movies you’ve been meaning to see for months, you may want to set aside some time tonight to finally get through them. May 1 — tomorrow — marks the day that hundreds of older titles drop from Netflix’s streaming library as they become exclusive to Warner Archive Instant. InstantWatcher has a comprehensive list of titles, but if you don’t have time to go through them all Slate has a few recommendations.

After the jump, Netflix irritates customers by getting rid of the queue for some, and also sets a premiere date for its new drama Orange Is the New Black.

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Lots to get through in TV news today, so let’s dive right in. After the jump:

  • Aaron Paul is ready for the last stretch of Breaking Bad
  • Taryn Manning will recur on Orange is the New Black
  • Rider Strong hasn’t joined Girl Meets World… yet
  • Angus T. Jones is not leaving Two and a Half Men
  • Donal Logue misses Terriers as much as you do
  • Syfy is launching three new reality shows in early 2013
  • AMC orders dramas from the 1980s and the 1770s
  • The Blues Brothers is inching toward television
  • Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes is coming to NBC
  • Starz considers a Caesar-centric Spartacus spinoff
  • Emily Owens, M.D. will end after 13 episodes
  • Fox sets Mob Doctor‘s end date, moves Touch‘s return
  • FX gives premiere dates to Justified, Archer, and more
  • Comedy Central picks up Key & Peele for Season 3

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Showtime Ending ‘Weeds’ After Season 8

Enjoy the Weeds season premiere when it rolls around in a couple of weeks, because it’ll be the show’s last. Showtime has just announced that the Mary-Louise Parker-starring pot comedy will end for good after its upcoming eighth season.

The news doesn’t come entirely as a surprise. While it continues to pull decent ratings, its viewership has been declining and fans have long complained about the creative decline of the series. Moreover, some of the key figures involved with Weeds have already begun moving on to other projects. Read more after the jump.

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It’s only been a few days since the debut of Lilyhammer, Netflix’s first foray into scripted original programming, but it seems the company is already eager for more. Reports have surfaced that Netflix has ordered a thirteen-episode season of its second original series, Orange is the New Black, from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. Although the deal has not yet been formally announced — confirmation so far has come from an anonymous source “with knowledge of the situation” — it backs up stories dating back to late last year that Netflix was negotiating a deal for the series. More details after the jump.

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Just in time for the film’s October 15 DVD release, Dreamworks is taking major steps to ensure How to Train Your Dragon‘s franchise longevity. Earlier this week they announced plans for the as-of-yet-untitled sequel, and now comes word of a weekly animated series that will air on Cartoon Network. Expect to see the series, along with the sequel, in 2012.

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WEEDS (season 5)

Have you recovered from the shocking last scene of Weeds‘ season finale yet? In what appeared to us to be a grisly hat tip to Heathers, the show’s entire family/criminal dynamic changed in a flash. It was a series-altering event that positions a certain character front-and-center for the sixth season. After the jump, we’ll discuss the spoiler, thus concluding the last installment of our Weeds Sessions for the year. Let us know what you think in the comments. Moreover, what is your opinion on the character’s action: justified, sick, or both?

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WEEDS (season 5)

At the end of our previous Weeds Session, we pondered why the Botwin clan, and specifically Nancy, were not taking day offs from their, um, non-jobs to patron a shooting range. The stakes in season five more than necessitate practicing self-defense across the board. And, c’mon, surely, Cesar has a few pistolas or an AK-47 laying around and directions to a desolate, empty field. (Yeah. He probably has a couple hundred of them X’d on a blood-stained map.)

And of course, it turns out we were right. Spoiler Alert: The episode that followed, number nine, “Suck ‘N’ Spit,” saw bullets fly and connect. But rather than pop off return shots, the following episodes have seen the Botwins pop pills, pop bottles of beer in the pool…and pop up in Guillermo‘s cell to order a hit. After the jump, we’ll discuss the latest developments from last Monday’s ep, “Ducks and Tigers.” With the season five finale only two episodes away, chime in with your opinions and predictions in the comments.

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WEEDS (season 5)

How long has it been since the last Weeds Session? Six months? Full Disclosure: We’ve been hesitant to turn on our television for fear of the sixth season of Entourage; seriously, that is the most dreadful show of the year. Doug Ellin might as well DM Tommy Wiseau to write and direct the next planned 10 seasons. Back to Weeds, a far better series that remains impossible to peg like a bi-polar, medium infatuation. Over the last three eps (and yes: half a year later) Nancy Botwin, her ever-independent sons (Silas and Yung Perv Eyes), and the slimy Esteban have struggled with myriad crises. This season’s earlier, recurring and grisly theme that life-is-cheap below the border has been replaced by the soap-operatic lightness displayed in the first seasons.

#SpoilerAlert: The stakes in Nancy’s life, though still perma-dire, seem to have cooled. New additions tend to do that. And sure, the current tone is unrealistic, given that she’s in-and-out of bed and hot water with a politician aka a corrupt jackass and control-freak. But Single Mom and Slacker-in-Law vs. Mexico? Fuck it. It’s summer and we’re digging it. You? And Andy. Andy! The guy who inexplicably transformed for two eps into the would-be hirsute Billy Mitchell of Cali; at one point we anticipated him parading around and waking-and-baking in Daisy Dukes. But wait. Is that all $100K buys in this shite economy? Really? It doesn’t even buy a Comic-Con hotel cosplay orgy? (Nevertheless, nice shout out and timing, Stephen Falk and Co.)

After the jump, the latest developments from the preceding eps and last Monday’s “A Distinctive Horn.” Be sure to ready your angriest, limpest /TV comments trolls, so the /Interns can zap ‘em and stay busy!

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