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Netflix Builds a 'House of Cards' That Could Knock Down the Networks

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 18th 2011 3:15PM
Netflix made it official today: The company has ordered its first original television series.

Netflix has commissioned 26 episodes of a television series called 'House of Cards,' which will star Kevin Spacey and be executive produced by director David Fincher. According to a Friday press release, you'll be able to put 'House of Cards' in your Netflix queue in late 2012.

Netflix going from content-delivery system to a content-creation company raises a lot of questions in my mind, but the primary one is this: Won't this lead to a lot of studios taking their shows and movies off Netflix at some point?

I can't imagine they're too happy about facing competition from a company they'd essentially viewed as a pipeline into people's homes.

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Netflix Buys Kevin Spacey / David Fincher Series, 'Joan and Melissa' Renewed and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 15th 2011 7:00PM
NetflixNot content to remain a middle man in the "getting quality television programming directly to consumers" game, Netflix is teaming up with Oscar-snubbed director David Fincher and Kevin Spacey to air the duo's original series 'House of Cards.'

Deadline reports that Neflix outbid premium cable networks for the drama by offering a two-season, 26-episode commitment. The company had previously said it wasn't interested in getting into original programming, but with competitors like Amazon nipping at their heels, it seems like a smart move.

In other TV news ...

Could Ricki Lake return to TV? Depends on what Katie Couric wants to do. If the CBS anchor doesn't renew her contract and heads to daytime instead, Lake's out of luck. [Broadcasting & Cable]

Joan and Melissa will be back for more hijinks in 2012. WE tv renewed the mother-daughter duo's reality show for a second season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Another taxidermy show? As Sarah Palin might say, you betcha! The Discovery Channel announced a new special called 'Taxidermy USA' that's scheduled to air March 31. Do we really need to explain what it's about? [Discovery]

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Magical '17th Precinct' Pilot Lands Another 'BSG' Alum, 'Greek' Vet Books 'Bellevue' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 3rd 2011 6:00PM
James CallisAs if '17th Precinct' didn't sound wonderful enough already, today comes news that yet another 'Battlestar Galactica' veteran has booked a role in the NBC pilot.

James Callis, otherwise known as 'BSG' scientist Gaius Baltar, will work alongside former costar Jamie Bamber in the series, Deadline reports.

The series, headed by 'BSG' mastermind Ron Moore, follows cops in a world where magic is real -- think 'Harry Potter' meets 'Law & Order.' Also on board, according to Deadline: former 'The Deep End' star Matt Long.

Several other stars booked pilots, including 'Greek' star Amber Stevens, who will play a psychiatry intern on 'Weekends at Bellevue,' 'Without a Trace' star Enrique Murciano, who will play a detective alongside Minnie Driver in 'Hail Mary,' and 'Lost' alum Rebecca Mader, who will play a "bitchy" drug rep in 'Work It.'

In other TV news ...

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently filming her third episode of 'Glee.' In next week's episode, the actress gives sex counseling to Emma and her new hubby, played by John Stamos. [Entertainment Weekly]

Kevin Spacey, TV star? It could happen. The actor is reportedly attached to star in a new series being directed by 'The Fighter' director David O. Russell. 'House of Cards' is based on the book and British miniseries of the same name and follows a British politician angling for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's job. [Deadline]

'30 Rock' had presidential aspirations for its 100th episode, which films next week. The production team reportedly wanted Bill Clinton to cameo, but were turned down by the former president. [New York Post]

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Colbert Questions Kevin Spacey on 'American Beauty' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 14th 2011 6:30AM
Kevin Spacey Talks 'American Beauty' on 'Colbert'Stephen Colbert loves the film 'American Beauty.' However, he wants some explanation. Who better to ask than Kevin Spacey, who won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the movie's suburban patriarch Lester Burnham?

"I'm a 46-year-old guy. According to your performance in that movie, I'm supposed to drop out, start smoking dope and work in a Burger King window, and that's beautiful," said the host on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on COM). "We all should just be staring at plastic bags," he added (as do two teenagers in the film).

"Isn't that your day job?" Spacey replied with a smirk. The host countered, "You realize the entire time you're talking to me, I'm just picturing you naked with rose petals all over your body," referring to Lester's fantasies about a high school cheerleader.

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Kevin Spacey Pokes Fun at Regis' Suit on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 5th 2011 12:00PM
Kevin Spacey can't resist the opportunity to poke fun at Regis Philbin's gray, checkered tweed suit on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

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Kevin Spacey Channels Johnny Carson, Interviews Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 5th 2011 5:30AM
Kevin Spacey Imitates Johnny Carson on 'Late Night'Though Kevin Spacey was the 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) guest, Jimmy Fallon seemed more interested in watching the actor be other people -- namely Johnny Carson, and a bit of Jack Lemmon. Well, he is very good at it...

Spacey obliged, swapping seats with the host. "Jimmy, how the hell are ya?" he asked Fallon in pitch-perfect Carson tones. "Do you enjoy doing the show every night, is it fun?" Fallon answered, "We have a lot of fun guests, talented guests, like the great actor Kevin Spacey."

"Monologues can be tough, though, can't they?" said Spacey/Carson. "I just like sitting here watching you suffer."

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Kevin Spacey Imitates Morgan Freeman on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 15th 2010 5:25AM
Kevin Spacey Imitates Morgan Freeman on 'Kimmel'In 'Casino Jack,' Kevin Spacey plays Jack Abramoff, the former lobbyist/businessman who defrauded Native American tribes affiliated with casinos. Meeting the real Abramoff influenced the actor in an unexpected way, Spacey said on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). The 52-year-old was "suprisingly charming, very funny and does impressions," which explains why Spacey included several in the film.

He then demonstrated his impressionist skills with a spot-on Morgan Freeman imitation: "Morgan Freeman," he began in low, soothing tones, "sounds almost god-like. He can be talking about almost anything. And if he takes just the... right amount of... pauses, it can sound a little like poetry."

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Kevin Spacey Developing a Series for HBO

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 18th 2010 11:40AM
kevin spaceyHBO is joining the cult of Kevin Spacey. The pay cable net has inked a deal with the Oscar winner to develop his new series 'The Crux,' about a charismatic cult leader and his followers.

According to Vulture, Spacey is looking to pull double duty by producing and starring in the series, but his big screen career might keep him behind the camera with another actor possibly taking on the show's lead role.

Co-producer Rod Lurie is clearly hoping that Spacey finds the time to star in the show, telling Variety, "It really is a perfect marriage between an actor and a role."

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Kevin Spacey does Johnny Carson (again)

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2009 12:25PM
Hey, isn't Kevin Spacey supposed to impersonate Johnny Carson only on David Letterman's show? Sure, the Tonight Show is a natural place for Spacey to do it, but I think he's more known for doing it on Dave's show. But he did it last night (and used the desk as a prop). He also got in a rather raunchy joke about Paula Abdul. (Video also here.)

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HBO's Recount: A review

by Allison Waldman, posted May 26th 2008 12:24PM
RecountAfter the first 15 minutes of the HBO movie Recount, I was so upset, so filled with rage that I wondered if I wanted to watch the rest of the movie. Did I want to relive the events of November 7, 2000? Did I want to watch what happened, the craziest election fiasco in the last 25 years? I was compelled to stick with it because I had lived through it and I was dying to know what I didn't know when it unfolded in real time. I thought the HBO movie might teach me something, and, in fact, it did.

For those who don't want to know what happened in Recount, I won't reveal any spoilers until after the jump. Of course, if you don't already know how the election turned out, you've either been in a coma or are woefully out of touch. Suffice to say that Recount doesn't rewrite history. The ending is exactly as it was in 2000.

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The Daily Show: June 29, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 30th 2006 1:44PM
The Daily ShowAfter making a brief joke about how he almost fell down during the pre-show warm-up, Jon Stewart touched on a recent buzz story. He said that he was startled when he saw something strange on Scarborough Country... There was some dude with a crazy-looking head. It looked like it was made out of wax! Oh, and the topic of discussion was something like "Is Jon stewart a Danger?". But, seriously, that guy's head was craaaazy!

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What's on tonight: Cops, Henry Rollins, Batman, Saturday Night Live

by Bob Sassone, posted May 20th 2006 5:58PM
  • Kevin Spacey - Superman ReturnsAt 8, ABC has Remember The Titans.
  • CBS has repeats of CSI: Miami and Without A Trace, then a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • NBC has the disaster flick 10.5 (to warm you up for the sequel coming up, I guess) at 8.
  • Over on FOX, two new episodes of Cops, followed by a new America's Most Wanted.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Zatch Bell at 8, followed by a new Naruto.
  • Also at 8: HBO has Batman Begins, the best one so far.
  • At 10, IFC has a new ep of The Henry Rollins Show.
  • There's a new Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo on Cartoon Network at 10.
  • At 11, FOX has a new Mad TV.
  • NBC has the season finale of Saturday Night Live at 11:30, with Kevin Spacey and Nelly Furtado.
  • Also: TV Land is showing an Andy Griffith Show marathon all weekend.

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Kevin Spacey hosts Saturday Night Live season finale

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 28th 2006 8:47AM

Kevin Spacey, season finale host of SNLIt seems that the big guns are being pulled out for the last few weeks of Saturday Night Live. First, it was announced that Tom Hanks, who will probably be promoting his movie The DaVinci Code, would be hosting the May 6th episode along with musical guest Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now we learn from the fan site drivingmrspacey that actor Kevin Spacey will be hosting the May 20th season finale.

Spacey, who will be starring as Lex Luthor in this summer's Superman Returns, hasn't hosted SNL since 1997 (at least according his IMdb entry). This will place him far down the leader board in a tie with, er, Lindsay Lohan.

If you have been reading Jonathan Toomey's SNL reviews this year (and I know you all have), you know that this season has been a bit of a hit-and-miss, with the highlights being the pre-recorded sketches and the TV Funhouse cartoons. Let's see if the combined power of Hanks and Spacey will get the writers pumped to produce some great comedy.

[Thanks to Anthony for the tip]

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