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Christopher Meloni Officially Joins 'True Blood'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 13th 2011 7:05PM
Christopher Meloni Joins True BloodIn the criminal justice system, sexually-based vampire attacks are considered especially heinous. (DOINK DOINK)

Yes, that means Christopher Meloni has officially joined HBO's 'True Blood' as a series regular. TVLine reports Meloni will play a very powerful vampire. This vampire just so happens to hold the fate of Bill and Eric in his very undead hands.

News of Meloni's involvement in 'True Blood' first broke in November.

After spending 12 years as Detective Stabler on 'Law & Order: SVU,' Meloni abruptly quit the show prior to Season 13. Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish were brought on as new 'SVU' detectives.

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Amy Wants to Burn Down the Office on 'Enlightened' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 13th 2011 8:30AM
'Enlightened' S01/E10Last week on 'Enlightened' (Mon., 9:30PM ET on HBO), Amy convinced Tyler to give her access to the email accounts of the top bosses at Abbadonn Industries. Now that she's read some of those emails, Amy's horrified.

And she knows what she wants to do: Burn it down.

So she does. After pouring gasoline all over the floor she lights it on fire and watches from her desk as the office ignites.

Thankfully for all concerned, it turns out to have been nothing but a detailed revenge fantasy, which never caught fire outside of Amy's own imagination. Now will she burn her bosses in a less literal way?

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First Look: HBO's 'Veep' With Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Judd Apatow's 'Girls' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 12th 2011 10:45AM
VeepAlong with the preview of 'Luck' -- check out Maureen Ryan's thoughts on that here -- HBO unleashed two very different, yet still amusing, previews for its two new comedies, 'Veep' and 'Girls.'

In 'Veep' (premiering April 2012), Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as the vice president of the United States. As if we should be so lucky. From the ultra short, yet intriguing promo below, it's safe to say we're in for some laughs.

'Girls' comes from 'Tiny Furniture' writer/star Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow. HBO describes the show as a "comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s." Dunham's 'Tiny Furniture' co-star Jemima Kirke, 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams' daughter Allison Williams, stage actor Adam Driver and 'Mad Men's' Zosia Mamet also star. 'Girls' also has an April 2012 premiere date.

Check out both previews below.

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Stannis Baratheon Makes His Debut in New 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 Promo (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 12th 2011 6:45AM
The cold winds are rising, but Stannis Baratheon may be a more pressing problem for the Lanisters in 'Game of Thrones.' In the latest teaser for Season 2, King Robert's brother stakes his claim to the throne currently occupied by young Joffrey.

"My brother left no true-born heirs. By right and birth and blood I do this day lay claim to the iron throne of Westeros. ... The iron throne is mine by right." He follows this with the chilling threat: "They will bend the knee or I will destroy them."

Watch the clip after the jump.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Finale: Nucky's Showdown With Jimmy (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 12th 2011 5:00AM
'Boardwalk Empire' season finaleIt was a showdown two seasons in the making, and finally in this week's season finale, it was Nucky versus Jimmy on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO). After all the damage and ruckus Jimmy has caused Nucky over the past season, it was inevitable that it would come down to the two of them.

Jimmy was once Nucky's right-hand man. He was the heir apparent to Nucky's bootlegging throne in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, but it just wasn't enough for Jimmy. Unfortunately, his ambition was more than his intellect could handle, and he found himself in over his head.

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'Game of Thrones' DVD and Blu-Ray Release Dates Announced

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 5th 2011 7:00AM
'Game of Thrones'Winter can't come fast enough for 'Game of Thrones' fans who are itching to see Season 2. While they wait in anticipation, they'll soon be able to re-watch Season 1 at their leisure. The DVD and Blu-ray versions -- complete with a host of goodies -- will be in stores March 6.

According to 'Entertainment Weekly,' the sets are really, really good: "HBO has pulled out all the stops. Based on the two disks I previewed, 'Thrones' was given a lavish presentation. The sophisticated menu navigation and behind-the-scenes extras that are on par with DVD sets from hit movies rather than what fans typically receive for TV shows."

After the jump watch a new sneak peek of Arya Stark's "rough and tumble" new look for Season 2 and check out the DVD/Blu-ray extras.

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Caught in the Proverbial Crossfire on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 5th 2011 6:00AM
'Boardwalk Empire'It was a week of disturbing revelations and grisly confrontations on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) for Jimmy. It would seem that Gillian has been messing with her boy for longer than we realized, and more intimately than we want to even think about.

When she coolly and coldly talked about how Jimmy and Angela's son Tommy likely won't even remember his mother now that she's dead, that was all Jimmy could take. After a lifetime of manipulation, he finally snapped and went in for the kill.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for December 5-11

by Laura Prudom, posted Dec 4th 2011 2:00PM
Gossip GirlMONDAY, DECEMBER 5

'Gossip Girl' (8PM ET, The CW)
midseason finale
Lily throws Charlie a party to officially introduce her to New York society. Meanwhile, Charlie's ex-boyfriend, Max, throws a wrench into Charlie's future as an Upper East Side princess. Dan decides it may be time to tell Blair the truth about his feelings for her.

'MAD' (8.30PM ET, Cartoon Network)
The satirical cartoon spoofs 'Captain America,' 'Supernatural' and 'My Super Sweet Sixteen.'

'Neverland' (9PM ET, SyFy) miniseries finale
This new prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic, 'Peter Pan,' comes to a close. Starring Rhys Ifans as James Hook, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg's feature 'Hook'), and Charlie Rowe as one of literature's most cherished characters, Peter Pan.

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'Law & Order: SVU' Star Christopher Meloni to Join 'True Blood'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 30th 2011 7:30AM
If you've been wanting to see more of Christopher Meloni on your television screens, congratulations: You could soon be seeing a lot more of him. According to TVLine, Meloni's eyeing a major role in the upcoming fifth season of HBO's 'True Blood.' How great is that?!

If Meloni does join 'True Blood' it would the first foray into television work for the 'Oz' veteran since he abruptly quit 'Law & Order: SVU' earlier this year. He's reportedly currently filming his role as Colonel Hardy in the Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan 'Superman' movie reboot, 'Man of Steel.'

It's thought that Meloni is pondering a role as an "incredibly powerful vampire." But who? The 'True Blood' fan sites and Twitter have exploded with speculation, so check out some theories after the jump. But be warned, there may be SPOILERS ahead ...

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'Eastbound & Down,' 'Life's Too Short' Get February Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 29th 2011 5:00PM
Eastbound and Down Season 3 PremiereKenny Powers is coming back for some new misadventures this February.

'Eastbound and Down' Season 3 will kick off Sun., Feb. 19 at 10PM ET. The eight-episode season will be paired with Ricky Gervais' new comedy 'Life's Too Short.'

Veteran film actor Warwick Davis headlines the fake documentary series as a fictionalized version of himself. The 'Life's Too Short' version of Davis is a down-and-out little person who is trying to get back in the spotlight.

'Life's Too Short' premieres Sun., Feb. 19 at 10:30PM ET.

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Jonathan Emerges a Genuine Hero in 'Bored to Death' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2011 6:00AM
'Bored to Death' - 'Nothing I Can't Handle by Running Away'It was the season finale of 'Bored to Death' (Mon., 9PM ET on HBO), and if ratings are any indication, it may well be the last we ever see of Jonathan, Ray and George. Ratings have dropped from nearly a million viewers each week to less than a quarter of that.

Over three seasons, we've seen each of them grow as men and as strong individuals. Perhaps most shockingly of all, Jonathan has grown so much that he was able to emerge as a bona fide hero in this finale. After deciding to help his father with a $10,000 debt he owed a baseball grounds crew, Jonathan found himself held hostage instead.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 10: Jimmy Pays His Debts

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 28th 2011 12:00PM
Jimmy Darmody may possess the keys to Atlantic City, but in 'Georgia Peaches,' he found out the hard way that Nucky Thompson's old job isn't so easy after all. With his latest shipment of whiskey collecting dust in a distillery after Nucky flooded the town with Irish stock, Jimmy's partners and creditors rapidly lost patience with 'Boardwalk''s prodigal son, and his wife Angela payed a dire price for his hubris.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is continuing our 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

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Coming Soon: The 'Flight of the Conchords' Movie?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 28th 2011 7:00AM
Time for 'Flight of the Conchords' fans to break out the animal sweaters and do the happy dance: Bret and Jemaine are headed to the big screen! Maybe. Star Bret McKenzie told 'The Hollywood Reporter' that "We're gonna try and do a movie. We just need a story."

McKenzie joked, "I'm gonna go back to New Zealand tomorrow, maybe film it next week. And then edit it the week after. I don't know how familiar you are with movies, but there's a lot of behind the scenes stuff that could take one or two weeks. And then, probably in about a month we'll have a premiere."

'Conchords' co-creator James Bobin, who's fresh off directing the new 'Muppets' movie, told StarPulse that he's game: "I'd love to do it. It's just a question of what it would be and when we would do it, but I'm sure because that's what I want to make happen at some point."

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'Game of Turkeys': Thanksgiving Twitter Fun for 'Game of Thrones' Fans

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 8:45AM
'Game of Thrones' logo"Thanksgiving is coming" ... 'Game of Thrones' fans have been getting into the Thanksgiving spirit on Twitter this week by creating a world of puns known as 'Game of Turkeys.'

Sadly, 'Game of Thrones' creator George R.R. Martin hasn't joined the fun as he is rather Twitter-averse, but his original words have given rise to some truly hilarious, clever and, at times, just plain weird word play.

From Ned Stark's "If you would take a turkey's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words," through Tyrion Lanister's "A Butterball ALWAYS pays his debts," to Jon Snow's "You baste them with the pointy end," homage is paid to all the classic 'Game of Thrones' lines. Enjoy!

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Ewan McGregor Heading to TV for HBO's 'The Corrections'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2011 2:00PM
Ewan McGregor The CorrectionsEwan McGregor on TV? Weekly? Yes, please! The film star is set to co-star in HBO's 'The Corrections' pilot.

According to Deadline, McGregor will play Chip, the middle child of a elderly Midwestern couple (played by Chris Cooper and Diane Wiest). Based on the Jonathan Frazen book, the show follows the troubles of Cooper and Wiest's characters and their three adult children throughout time as they age. McGregor's character is an academic who becomes an employee of a crime boss after he loses his tenure-track position following an affair with a student.

Frazen co-wrote the script with Baumbach. Baumbach is attached to direct the pilot.

Cooper recently told Moviefone he's looking forward to the project.

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