Even movie fans would agree some of the best entertainment made during the past two decades has been on premium cable. Whether it’s HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones or Showtime shows like Dexter, Weeds and Homeland, movies are regularaly getting schooled by TV in terms of character, story and scope. Plus, even if you love a movie, it’s only two hours. A great TV show can be hundreds.

And while we’re all very used to seeing art inspired by movies, art inspired by TV always elicits a slightly more excited response which is why the brand new Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY has picked premium TV for its first exhibit. More Than You Imagined: Art Inspired By Premium Cable opens September 7 and features work by Mark Englert, Kevin Ang, Brandon Schaefer, Joshua Budich, Tim Doyle and many others.

After the jump, check out a huge gallery of work from shows like all the ones mentioned above as well as The Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Tales from the Crypt, Boardwalk Empire, Party Down and others, plus find out how you can see it yourself and see how you can buy a print for charity too. Read More »

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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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Today’s TV Bits looks ahead to this fall or later, when we’ll get new episodes of Community, Dexter, Cougar Town, and Fringe. After the jump:

  • Dexter‘s seventh season gets a 15-second teaser
  • Weeds unveils five new posters for Season 8
  • Where — or rather when — will Fringe go for Season 5?
  • Community writer Megan Ganz will stick around
  • Cougar Town gets a new showrunner for its move to TBS

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We’ve got a ton of small screen-centric odds and ends today, and there’s good news for just about everyone. Unless, that is, you’re Mike Tyson, Spike Lee, John Boyega, or Lord Eddard Stark. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg enters talks for Frank Darabont’s L.A. Noir
  • The Killing Season 2 drops a new promo
  • Mad Men unveils Season 5 photos and two new promos
  • Showtime announces return dates for Weeds and Episodes
  • HBO passes on Mike Tyson and Spike Lee’s Da Brick
  • Comedy Central picks up Community reruns
  • The Internet speculates about the Doctor’s next companion
  • Robert Rodriguez talks about his new cable network
  • Game of Thrones gets a gruesome new poster, offers first look at Jaquen H’ghar

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There’s plenty of good stuff in today’s TV Bits, including new trailers for HBO’s Luck and Showtime’s House of Lies, which I’m hoping will help the one bit of really bad news go down a bit easier: NBC’s benching its highly praised but under-watched Community. After the jump:

  • NBC puts Community on hiatus and picks up new show Legends
  • HBO’s Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, gets a trailer
  • Showrunner Matthew Weiner reveals how he wants AMC’s Mad Men to end
  • Showtime renews Weeds and drops a teaser for House of Lies

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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.

After the break, more on Dreamworks’ Dragon series, and the creator of Weeds heads to Las Vegas. Read More »

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The programing schedule for the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con international will begin to be revealed later this week. But for now, we’re starting to get a glimpse at some of the panels and programing to expect at this year’s con. Universal Pictures, Summit Entertainment and Showtime have announced their panels, which will include a presence from movies such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Paul, Red, Drive Angry 3D, and television series such as Dexter, Weeds, Californication and Nurse Jackie. Read the full details, after the jump.
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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know my obsession with minimalistic movie poster design. We’ve featured many of these simple 2-4 color streamlined posters on the site in the past, but never anything having to do with television. Graphic artist Albert Exergian has created a bunch of minimalistic posters for some of television’s most popular shows. And while these aren’t as conceptually clever as what I’m used to, I can still appreciate many of these. I’ve included a sample after the jump. You can buy prints of many of these posters for £50.00 on Blanka.

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