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Critics' Choice Awards Honors New Shows, 'Deadwood' Star Heads to 'Dexter' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 10th 2011 1:30PM
Smash'Smash,' 'Ringer,' 'Apartment 23,' and 'Terra Nova.' Are these among the best shows of the fall?

According to Deadline, the critics behind the Critics' Choice Awards have nominated eight new fall shows for the Most Exciting New Series:

• 'Smash'
• 'Ringer'
• 'Terra Nova'
• 'Awake'
• 'Apartment 23'
• 'Alcatraz'
• 'Falling Skies'
• 'New Girl'

Cat Deeley will host the awards ceremony on June 20, VH1.com will live stream the show. ReelzChannel will air the ceremony at 8PM on June 22.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Mildred Pierce,' Netflix and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 22nd 2011 11:00AM
The Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast took a week off last week, but Ryan McGee and I are back with a new edition of our small-screen gabfest.

There are three topics in this week's podcast: HBO's 'Mildred Pierce,' which stars Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood and debuts Sunday; Netflix's entry into the scripted-content arena with 'House of Cards'; and a couple of recent 'Chuck' and 'Supernatural' panels that were moderated by some mutant redheaded TV critic.

Running times for each part of the discussion are below.

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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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David Fincher Builds 'House of Cards' for Media Rights Capital

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Oct 22nd 2009 6:28PM
David FincherHot off the film success of 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' director David Fincher is teaming up with Media Rights Capital in developing a series entitled 'House of Cards,' according to the Hollywood Reporter.

No networks have signed on yet, but with Fincher's proven track record, that could change pretty quickly. The show is an adaptation of a British book and miniseries of the same name, depicting a lead character with strong political ambitions at the end of Margaret Thatcher's tenure as prime minister. This version will be set in the U.S. with a focus on "issues of political ambition and blackmail."

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Ian Richardson dead at 72

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2007 3:14PM

Ian RichardsonSometimes I wonder if what we remember a deceased actor for is the thing that actor would want to be remembered for the most.

British actor Ian Richardson played corrupt politician Francis Urquhart in three mini-series: House of Cards, To Play The King, and The Final Cut, and had a long career starring in such movies as Brazil, The Winslow Boy, Dark City, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Canterbuy Tales, and The Fourth Protocol, but TV audiences might know him best as the guy who pulls up in the limo and asks "Do you have any Grey Poupon?"

Richardson was also an acclaimed stage actor and appeared on other TV shows, including the miniseries Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Ike, and the series Highlander. He died in England on Friday.

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