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Review: 'The Killing' Is a Gripping Murder Mystery Worth Following

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 1st 2011 10:00AM
It's rare for a new program to demonstrate as much confidence as 'The Killing' (9PM Sunday, AMC) does in its excellent opening hours.

Maybe that's because the show has, in a sense, done this before: The AMC drama is based on a wildly popular Danish murder-mystery titled 'Forbryldelsen.'

But there's more to it than that: 'The Killing' simply trusts its audience to follow along. It trusts that it doesn't need fake melodrama or overheated intrigue to keep its audience's interest.

Like most AMC dramas, this enthralling murder mystery knows that a taciturn lead character and an unfamiliar world can keep viewers' attention if that world and the people in it are created with exceptional attention to detail.

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Billy Campbell Joins AMC's 'The Killing'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 14th 2010 9:30AM

AMCAMC is getting even more serious about original programming, particularly in the wake of the success of 'Breaking Bad' and 'Mad Men.' First the network greenlit a full season for the television adaptation of 'The Walking Dead,' and now they've cast Billy Campbell in the lead of their new series pilot about an investigation into the murder of a young girl titled 'The Killing.'

'The Killing' actually sounds far more interesting than that brief description, as the police end up investigating three interlocking stories that led to the murder. If 'The Killing' ends up becoming a series, it could be about season-long, very complex series of crime investigations, like a really long episode of 'CSI.'

All of this is speculation as the series is currently only slated for a pilot. The possibility of a series is up in the air and if it comes down to either this show or 'The Walking Dead,' I would go with the latter.

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TV Casting: Diane Keaton Eyes HBO Comedy

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 13th 2010 10:12AM
Diane KeatonThe Internet is abuzz with rumors that Diane Keaton ('Annie Hall') will star in HBO's 'Tilda,' a new half-hour comedy from Bill Condon ('Gods and Monsters,' 'Dreamgirls,' Showtime's 'The C Word') and Cynthia Mort ('Tell Me You Love Me'). If cast, the Oscar-winning legend would play a "powerful and much-feared Hollywood blogger." Last summer, Keaton was attached to star in a separate HBO project, about a feminist icon who launches a sexually explicit magazine for women in an attempt to revitalize the movement. [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Spoilers Anonymous: Lost, Melrose Place, The Mentalist and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 23rd 2009 9:00AM

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 90210, Bones, Desperate Housewives, Eastwick, Ghost Whisperer, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Lost, Melrose Place, Smallville, The Mentalist, and Ugly Betty. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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Once and Again's Season 3 on DVD?

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Jul 6th 2007 3:41PM
Once and Again third season dvdWay back on September 30, 2005, the web site TV Shows on DVD announced that the third season of one of my favorite TV shows, Once and Again, would be available for sale in a 19-episode, multi-disc set, complete with actor commentaries and a blooper video. They even released an image of the DVD box.

Then a funny thing happened on the way to the DVD shelves. Disney pulled the plug and indefinitely suspended the release of the award-winning show's (premature) final season.

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The 4400: The Wrath of Graham (season premiere)

by Jen Creer, posted Jun 20th 2007 12:12AM
Tom(S04E01) I heard last year that the reason Jordan Collier wasn't around very much was because actor Billy Campbell was making a movie overseas and couldn't come back for filming. I don't know whether that is true or a rumor, but whatever the reason, I am glad that he is back. I thought last season was a little mixed in terms of quality, but I think this season premiere was strong. I am really looking forward to this season.

Do you think the opening dream sequence was a forecast of abilities to come? Did you see how Tom's keys flew off the counter into his hands, and Diana was able to stop time around her when Tom and Kyle were late? I knew it was a dream sequence, not just because Tom and Kyle were friendly and everybody had new abilities, but also because everyone present at Jordan's rally was wearing black, white, or gray. I love that -- it was subtle, but there if you were looking for it (and I was).

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Shark: Wayne's World 2 (season finale)

by Michael Canfield, posted May 4th 2007 10:01AM
Shark(S01E22) Billy Campbell is back as Wayne the serial-killer, now in the middle of an O.J., If I Did It, -style book tour. Larry King, playing himself for the umpteenth time in a crime drama, interviews Wayne, albeit with eyes glued to cue-cards. Larry asks the kind of pointed challenging questions here that only the fictional Larry King is even know to ask. This cameo affords the most fun moment of the night, however: Stark after arresting Wayne during a commercial break in the interview, and never one to pass by a camera, sits down to join Larry for the final segment.

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