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November 25, 2014

Discovery, Sony, IMAX Team to Launch 3D Channel; ESPN 3D Coming in June

Those folks shelling out the bucks for a new 3D TV set this year will soon have several dedicated 3D cable channels to play on it. On Tuesday, in the run-up to the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, several new 3D channels were announced. In June, ESPN will launch a 3D channel around its coverage of World Cup Soccer. The sports cable giant has promised to broadcast 85 live sporting eve...

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NBC Greenlights Adam Carolla Project; Jimmy Kimmel to Produce

NBC has greenlit production on a comedy pilot starring Adam Carolla as a contractor trying to rebuild his life after divorce, the network confirmed Monday. The single-camera show, which was first announced back in October, will be executive produced by Carolla's and his longtime collaborator, Jimmy Kimmel....

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Regis Sets Jan. 4 Return Date

A morning show crisis has officially been averted. Regis Philbin will return to his seat as co-host of 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' on Jan. 4, series distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced Wednesday. Philbin set off a minor panic in late November when he told his viewing audience that he was going in for hip surgery and would be back sometime "next year." The ambiguity of that ...

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Former HBO Chief Albrecht Set to Lead Starz

Chris Albrecht, the programming architect who built HBO into a pay-cable powerhouse with shows like 'The Sopranos' and 'Sex and the City,' has been named president and CEO of Starz Media, a group that includes not only the Starz pay channel, but also Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Film Roman....

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Starz Renews 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' -- Before It Premieres

It hasn't even aired yet, but Starz officials are so bullish on its new gladiator-themed series from 'Xena' creators Sam Raimi and Bob Tapert that they've already re-upped it for a second season. The pay cable channel has ordered 13 additional episodes of 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand,' which premieres on the channel Jan. 22....

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Amanda Seyfried Leaving 'Big Love'

Bill Henrickson's oldest daughter is about to fly the compound. Producers for HBO's 'Big Love' confirmed to TV Guide that Amanda Seyfried will be departing from the series as it enters the late phases of its upcoming fourth season, which is set to debut Sunday, Jan. 10. "She's been exploring her movie career for a couple of years now, and we've been giving her a lot of room to do that,"'Big ...

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Starz Sets Jan. 22 Premiere Date for 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand'

Starz announced Wednesday that its new Sam Raimi/Rob Tapert series 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' will premiere on Friday, Jan. 22 at 10PM. The new hourlong action drama stars Andy Whitfield as the gladiator-hero title character. Former 'Xena: Warrior Princess' star Lucy Lawless is also in the cast, playing the proprietor of a gladiator camp....

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Joe Manganiello Joins 'True Blood'

Vampires aren't enough these days. You need a solidly built werewolf, too. And 'True Blood' creator/exec producer Alan Ball just found one in the form of 'One Tree Hill''s Joe Manganiello. TVGuide.com has confirmed that the actor, who turns 33 on Dec. 28 and enjoys a recurring role on CBS' 'How I Met Your Mother' these days, has been cast Alcide Herveaux, a werewolf who gets, er, close to the t...

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George Stephanopoulos' 'Good Morning America' Debut Trails 'Today'

It looks like the recent shake-ups at 'Good Morning America' haven't done much for its ratings -- at least after one day. According to Nielsen, George Stephanopoulos' debut on Monday yielded about 4.7 million viewers, roughly the same number who tuned in to see Diane Sawyer's last day in the anchor chair on Friday....

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Alfre Woodard to Guest Star on 'True Blood'

The most well-traveled actress in series television is about to visit 'True Blood.' Fresh off the cancellation of her last gig, CBS' 'Three Rivers,' Alfre Woodard is headed to HBO, where she'll play Lafayette's (actess Nelsan Ellis) mom on Alan Ball's hit vampire series, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Woodard, an Oscar nominee for 1982's 'Cross Creek' and an Emmy winner for a guest spo...

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