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<p>AMC&nbsp;has canceled &quot;The Killing,&quot;&nbsp;starring Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.</p>

AMC has canceled "The Killing," starring Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos.

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AMC cancels 'The Killing'

Murder mystery series ran two seasons, at least told us who killed Rosie Larsen by the end

AMC has decided not to order a third season of "The Killing," bringing the mystery series to an end.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

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Press Tour 2012: New cast announced for 'Dancing with the Stars: All Stars'

Carson Kressley, Kristie Alley, Pamela Anderson and more return to dance again

At the TCA press tour ABC announced the list of returning celebrity hoofers we'll see on "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" -- Melissa Rycroft, Bristol Palin, Helio Controneves, Pamela Anderson, Drew Lachey, Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Apolo Anton Ohno and Emmitt Smith will make up the first twelve star dancers. Kyle Massey, Carson Kressley and Sabrina Bryan will be fighting for the 13th slot, which will be decided by voters on abc.com. Executive Producer Conrad Green urged the audience to log on after showing a video of Caron Kressley campaigning for votes.

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Watch: The U.S. Olympic swim team's adorable 'Call Me Maybe' video

Watch: The U.S. Olympic swim team's adorable 'Call Me Maybe' video

It's your patriotic duty to watch

The London Olympics officially kick off today and the U.S. Swim Team has delivered the perfect video to get us in the mood. Even if you’ve seen every viral video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” already, it’s your duty as an American to watch this one from the U.S. team.

We know they’re all great swimmers, but they are surprisingly good sports as well, especially the females who, as a group, tend to get way more into the antics than their male counterparts.  Check out the plane sequence to see what we mean. Plus, this one has a surprising number of location shoots. Some time went into making this clip, but before you think this was time they should have been spent practicing, it’s clear that many of the scenes take place on planes and buses while they’re in transit or at autograph sessions.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Billy Magnusson in &quot;Damsels in Distress.&quot;</p>

Billy Magnusson in "Damsels in Distress."

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Calling all original screenplay contenders

As prestige adaptations crowd the fall slate, originals are harder to spot

It's hardly a new complaint that the humble original screenplay is practically an endangered species in the current cinematic landscape. Multiple column inches have been spent bemoaning the dominance of sequels, remakes, reboots, retreads and other means of narrative recycling in our multiplexes: of the top 10 grossers at the US box office this year, a mere two (Seth Macfarlane's "Ted" and Pixar's "Brave") are putatively original creations. Audiences like known quantities, studios like low-risk investments, original screenplays pile up on the back burner. And so on.

But while popular filmmaking routinely takes flak for its lack of initiative, the trend is no less prevalent in prestige cinema. This year alone sees a bevy of high-toned literary adaptations jostling for festival space and/or awards attention come wintertime, many of which have been filmed before. There at least 17 big-screen versions of "Anna Karenina" on record, but Joe Wright is bringing us another; Mike Newell is steering the eighth go-round of "Great Expectations" (not including last year's high-profile TV miniseries); Tom Hooper, the sixteenth of "Les Miserables" (though, to be fair, the first of the beloved stage musical); Baz Luhrmann, the fourth of "The Great Gatsby"; Peter Jackson, the second of "The Hobbit." The characters here may not wear Spandex, but they're as overworked as any Marvel superhero.

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"Nashville"

"Nashville"

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Press Tour 2012: Stars say you'll love 'Nashville' even if you hate country

Hayden Panettiere says her witchy character is 'very different' from Taylor Swift

At the TCA Press Tour panel, the cast and creators of the hotly anticipated ABC drama "Nashville" were quick to assure the audience that the show was not a piece of countrified puffery. With Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and documentarian R.J. Cutler calling the shots, the series already promises much more than fluff. "[Television] is new for me, and I'm actually loving it," said Khouri. "With a feature, you do it and it's over… [With a series], I can plan for characters to do thing long into the future. The writing is at a faster pace than I'm used to, but that's the only problem."

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<p>ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee</p>

ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee

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Press Tour 2012 Live-Blog: ABC Executive Session with Paul Lee

Expect lots and lots of 'Modern Family' questions

BEVERLY HILLS - ABC started its Television Critics Association press tour day with the generally well-received "Nashville" before moving into Paul Lee's executive session. Perhaps the network was hoping to get in an extra 45 minutes of negotiations with the "Modern Family" cast?

Expect lots and lots and lots of questions about the "Modern Family" impasse. Click through to see how many.

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<p>Andre Braugher in ABC's &quot;Last Resort.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Andre Braugher in ABC's "Last Resort." 

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A day in the life of press tour '12: ABC

Andre Braugher, Connie Britton and friends stop by for the critics

After a couple of light days at the tour involving channels I don't usually write about or set visits to shows I don't watch, press tour gets back into full swing today with a visit from ABC. As I like to do on certain tour days, here's a run-down of who and what will be here so you have some sense of what the day is like, and also on what may be appearing on HitFix today and tomorrow.

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<p>William and Martha bring Mr. Bullock some lunch on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

William and Martha bring Mr. Bullock some lunch on "Deadwood."

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'Deadwood' Rewind scheduling update

We'll be reviewing the next 2 episodes together next week

Hey all you "Deadwoodrewinders, be you veterans or newbies(*), I have a quick scheduling update: there won't be a review of "Amalgamation and Capital" today, but I'll be reviewing both it and "Advances None Miraculous" together next Friday.

This is less a matter of scheduling than my realization that, as with "A Lie Agreed Upon," parts 1 and 2, these episodes are better off being discussed as a whole, rather than as separate pieces. They take place on the same day and largely tell the same handful of stories. So we'll be back next week, and hopefully with a bunch of our friends. (I ran into Garret Dillahunt at FOX's press tour party and am hopeful he'll be contributing again before season's end.) 

That is all.

(*) Well, except for this question: are the newbie reviews still serving a purpose for this project? With "The Wire," I wrote slightly expanded reviews for the veterans, and those posts generated their own healthy comments section. We got some newbie comments for "Deadwood" last summer, but have gotten a grand total of 3 newbie comments (spread over 2 reviews) this time around. Since all the newbies have to do to avoid being spoiled is to stop before they get to the comments, would anyone object strongly to me ditching that version of the review? Just curious.

 

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<p>Richard Ayoade, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill blow some stuff up in 'The Watch'</p>

Richard Ayoade, Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill blow some stuff up in 'The Watch'

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Review: Stiller, Hill, and Vaughn earn real laughs in 'The Watch' but the film falls short

A good cast goes a long way in uneven science-fiction comedy

There is a particular type of comedy film that seems to be best represented by "Ghostbusters," the special-effect high-concept comedy.  And aside from "Ghostbusters," there are very few of these films which manage to find the perfect balance between the various elements at work in them.  Even Ivan Reitman tried to do it again with "Evolution" and fell short, so it seems like a tough challenge to take on for any filmmaker.

Even so, Akiva Schaffer's new movie "The Watch" makes a valiant run at it, and for a little while, the film coasts on the charms of the central quartet of actors who come together around Evan (Ben Stiller), a Costco manager who has an unnerving amount of community spirit.  When he founds a neighborhood watch group to help solve the murder of a security guard at his store, he ends up with three eccentric new friends.  Bob is a perfect Vince Vaughn role, a sweetheart of a guy who has a strained relationship with his teenage daughter because of his overprotective nature.  Franklin (Jonah Hill) is a way-too-intense twenty-something who tried to become a cop but was rejected.  Finally, there's Jamarcus, played by Richard Ayoade, best known to American audiences from his role in "The IT Crowd."  Together, they spend a fair amount of the film screwing around and bonding over nonsense.  They are a joke to everyone else in the neighborhood, and for a while, the film just sort of ambles along, shaggy and silly and fun.

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<p>&quot;Rise of the Planet of the Apes&quot;</p>

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

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'Apes,' 'Harry Potter,' 'Ghost Protocol' and 'Dragon Tattoo' win at the Saturn Awards

'Super 8' takes Best Director

The 38th annual Saturn Awards, recognizing achievement in genre filmmaking, were held this evening. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, " "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" won across the organization's three Best Film categories. "Super 8" also picked up a pair of statues, including Best Director. Check out the full set of winners below and look back on all the action of the film awards season at The Circuit.

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"Project Runway"

"Project Runway"

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'Project Runway' recap: 'Candy Couture'

It's a candy challenge -- but some designs are downright distasteful

Time for the unconventional challenge! And possibly some drama. And some crying. But that's only if we believe the promo from last week, though I don't think all of that cray-cray will be coming at us right away. Still, I'd welcome some tears and hysteria, only because the unconventional challenge is so often miserable. We've gotten some miraculous outfits out of this one (I recall a pretty stunning plastic cup dress a while back), but mostly it's just torture -- for the designers as well as us. But let the week of stiff, weird, unwearable designs begin!

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<p>Parker Posey and Louis C.K. in &quot;Louie.&quot;</p>

Parker Posey and Louis C.K. in "Louie."

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 2'

It's a Parker Posey tour de force, as Louie's date doesn't go remotely as planned

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I pine for North Dakota...

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