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Bored of the Holidays Already? Knit Your Own 'The Killing' Sweater!

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 25th 2011 6:50AM
Danish television series 'The Killing' (a.k.a. 'Forbrydelsen') and AMC's remake, also called 'The Killing,' have more than a few things in common apart from the plot: Crabby expressions and those sweaters. In fact, the sweaters are such an integral part of the drama that we think it's about time they got co-starring credits.

Pay attention all you 'Killing' fans who are stuffed to the gills with turkey and want nothing more than to wrap yourself in comfy knitwear and sit sour-faced in front of the TV for the rest of the weekend: You can now do it Sarah Lund/Linden-style.

Whether you want to buy their sweaters from the Faroe Islands, or knit them yourself, we guarantee that all will be revealed after the jump.

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AMC President Charlie Collier Addresses the 'Breaking Bad' & 'Walking Dead' Controversies

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 4th 2011 1:50PM
The Walking Dead The AMC network has followed a trajectory not unlike that of Don Draper, the ad man at the center of 'Mad Men.'

AMC's first two dramas, 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad,' have been showered with acclaim, and the network had a huge hit last fall with the zombie chronicle 'The Walking Dead.' But just as Don Draper's image took a hit in the fourth season of 'Mad Men,' AMC has been enduring its own share of troubles during the past year. A timeline of AMC's ups and downs is here, but suffice to say, controversies over of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Mad Men,' 'The Walking Dead' and 'The Killing' make for a change from a few years of glowing coverage of the network's rapid ascent.

Charlie Collier, AMC's president, has a theory on why some of these things are happening this year. In a Thursday interview, he said it's partly due to the fact that the network has "a higher profile" these days. As he noted, AMC has "been in the business a relatively finite amount of time."

Having a higher profile sometimes makes you a bigger target, a fact that Don Draper and 'Breaking Bad's' Walt White know well. AMC is learning that too. As Collier said. "It's very difficult to live at a time where soundbites are perceived to be facts."

In the interest of not just providing soundbites, I asked Collier an array of questions about challenges facing the network -- and some of those big-picture challenges preceded its recent troubles. In the interview below, Collier addressed the ongoing negotiations over 'Breaking Bad's' final season or seasons, talked about 'The Walking Dead' situation and discussed what the network's goals are in the long term.

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AMC Addresses 'The Killing' Controversy, Plus Five Myths About the Show That Make Me Crazy

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 28th 2011 4:05PM
The big TV story of the week has been Frank Darabont's departure as the showrunner of 'The Walking Dead,' AMC's biggest hit.

But during the AMC panel this morning at the Television Critics Association press tour, which is taking place this week and next in Los Angeles, AMC executive Joel Stillerman also addressed the heated reaction to the network's crime drama, 'The Killing.'

"The major takeaway for us after the finale of 'The Killing' starts with the headline that, for everybody who was frustrated, we hear you," said Stillerman, AMC's senior vice president of original programming.

Stillerman said that the network's mistake with the show was to imply that the mystery would be solved in the first season.

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Emmys 2011: Snubs We're on Board With!

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 14th 2011 12:40PM
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoWhile some of the head-scratching 2011 Emmy nomination snubs are infuriating (no 'Walking Dead'? At ALL?), some we're gleefully happy about.

No offense to Kyra Sedgwick, 'Nurse Jackie' or Lea Michele (plenty of offense to 'The Killing'), but we're kinda glad over here at AOL TV that they didn't waste precious nomination slots. Gotta spread those award accolades around. Share the wealth, people.

Below, a few of the Emmy snubs we can really get behind. Agree? Vehemently oppose? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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TV Shows We Can't Quit, No Matter How Bad They Get

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 12th 2011 12:00PM
'Entourage'Have you ever continued to watch a TV show long after you knew you should've just given up on it? Don't lie. We know we're not alone.

After some particularly lackluster season finales, and a few recent underwhelming season premieres, we thought we'd share our TV grievances with you. (And, yes, they include 'Entourage,' whose final season cannot come and go soon enough for us.)

Here, the list of shows we just can't seem to quit, no matter how bad they get.

Of course, this list contains our own personal opinions about said allegedly bad shows. You might love some (or, god forbid, all) of them, but that's the fun of it. Feel free to defend the honor of any of our borderline shows, and chime in with your own why-can't-I-look-away nominations in the comments.

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Who the (Bleep) Did They Marry? TV Husbands With Double Lives

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 6th 2011 1:00PM
If you've ever wondered about your significant other's side dealings, well, you're not alone. There are plenty of examples of lying, cheating, law-breaking husbands in the news, and there are even more secretive spouses on TV.

'Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?' (Season 2 premieres Wed., July 13, 10PM ET on Investigation Discovery) looks at the very worst kind of misrepresentation: those husbands who do double-duty as thieves, spies and even serial killers.

Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?

We decided to round up some fictional better halves that turn out to be worse -- much worse -- than anyone could've ever imagined. From a meth dealer to a very dirty cop and even a real-life reporter tasked with exposing wrong-doings caught in his own expose, here are just a few TV husbands leading double lives.

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The Magic of Hollywood: Where Do Your Favorite Shows Really Take Place?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 30th 2011 3:00PM
'Mad Men' is nowhere near Madison Avenue...Hollywood is a magical place, but probably the most amazing thing about the entertainment industry is that any city can be faked.

Haven't you ever watched a show like 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and wondered where in Philly Paddy's Pub is? Well, don't go searching, because in real life, it's on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, California.

And just a few doors down from the 'Sunny' set is 'How I Met Your Mother,' where the gang gets in trouble on the streets of New York City ... that are actually on a sound stage in L.A.

But there are shows where there's no way the magic of the city can be faked ... right? 'Mad Men' is so completely New York in the 1960s (shoots in L.A., in the present day) and the rainy Seattle backdrop of 'The Killing' had to be 100% authentic (actually it was Vancouver's raindrops you saw all season).

We thought we'd take a look at a few of the other best tricked cities on TV ...

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NBC Downplays Trump Salary Reports, Sydney Penny Joins 'Days of Our Lives' & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 3:00PM
Donald TrumpReports of Donald Trump getting millions of dollars from NBC for two more years of 'Celebrity Apprentice' are "inaccurate," according to NBC.

The New York Post reported Trump got a raise from NBC, bringing his and producer Mark Burnett's earnings to a staggering $160 million. Trump would reportedly pocket $65 million a year.

However, NBC is firing back at the report.

"The financial information reported today in regards to 'The Celebrity Apprentice' is grossly inaccurate and has been significantly overstated," the network said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. "While it is our policy to keep financial information strictly confidential, neither the production costs of the show nor what Mr. Trump makes personally is in the realm of reality. Donald Trump and 'The Apprentice' franchise remain a key part of the NBC primetime lineup and we are looking forward to another compelling cycle next season."

In other TV news ...

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'The Killing' Season 1 Finale Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 19th 2011 11:00PM
['The Killing' - 'Orpheus Descending']

Below are my thoughts on the Season 1 finale of 'The Killing.' You might say that I have many thoughts about it.

But don't read on unless you've seen the final episode of the season.

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A Video Peek at the Season Finale of 'The Killing'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 17th 2011 2:45PM
Given how many ups and downs there have been this season on 'The Killing' (more downs than ups, in my humble opinion), the season finale of the show is likely to be the focus of many Monday morning conversations.

Will the AMC murder mystery stick the landing? Check back here after midnight ET Sunday to find out what I thought of 'The Killing's' season finale -- I'll try to get that recap posted as quickly as I can after the final episode of Season 1 airs.

Until then, we've got a clip from 'The Killing''s Season 1 swan song:

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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'The Killing' Gets a Second Season from AMC

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 3:45PM
AMC has renewed 'The Killing,' which is something of a surprise.

The Deadline post that broke the news takes note of the critical acclaim the drama has received, but in recent weeks that initially positive critical reception has largely drained away as the show has squandered its momentum and meandered through a series of hit-or-miss subplots.

However 'The Killing' had one thing going for it that the late, lamented 'Rubicon' did not -- a fairly steady audience that stuck with the show.

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'The Killing' Season 1, Episode 12 Recap

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 12th 2011 11:00PM
['The Killing' - 'Beau Soleil']

You have to appreciate the title of this episode, which is also the name of Seattle's finest high-end escort service.

'Beautiful Sun'? That's a good one, considering the entire series has been drenched in rain from day one.

This week, it was back to police work after last week's segue. There was solid progress in the Rosie Larsen murder case -- to the point where I'm wondering where things will go next week.

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The Talking TV Podcast takes on Summer TV

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 9th 2011 3:00PM
In this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, we take on a bunch of summer shows we haven't discussed yet.

But why the 'Game of Thrones' podcast logo? Well, that's here because I never got around to posting links to the the two epic 'GoT' podcasts we did with TV critics James Poniewozik and Myles McNutt last week.

Below you'll find links to those podcasts, plus running times for this week's discussion of 'White Collar,' 'Covert Affairs,' 'Franklin & Bash,' 'The Killing,' 'Camelot' and BBC America's re-airing of 'Battlestar Galactica.'

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'Modern Family,' 'The Good Wife' Top Critic's Choice Awards Nominees

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 6th 2011 10:35AM
The Good Wife, Modern FamilyABC's 'Modern Family' tops the nominees of the first inaugural Critic's Choice Awards. The awards show, which features nominees selected by TV critics, could be a good indication of how this year's Emmys race will shape up.

Aside from 'Modern Family' and its six nominations, NBC's '30 Rock' is represented in the Best Comedy Series category, Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Over in the drama department, AMC's 'The Killing' has picked up nominations for Best Drama Series, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. CBS's 'The Good Wife' picked up four nominations including Best Drama Series, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Submissions are still being accepted for Most Exciting New Series category.

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

Check out the full list of nominees below.

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