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HBO wants George R.R. Martin to 'get busy writing'

HBO wants George R.R. Martin to "get busy writing"
HBO execs addressed the future of "Game of Thrones," saying their fine with the show as long as it has stories to tell. PLUS: "Treme" returns Dec. 1 and "The Newsroom" is on the verge of renewal.

"Eastbound & Down" creators are developing a new series for HBO

"They're going to take a look at high school" is the only thing HBO’s Michael Lombardo would say about the potential Danny McBride/Jody Hill comedy.

Mitch Hurwitz: "Arrested Development" is "definitely" coming back
At the Just For Laughs comedy festival, Hurwitz wouldn't say how "Arrested" would come back -- as a movie or another TV season?

"Burn Notice" may get a spinoff
Coby Bell and Bruce Campbell say there are discussions to spin their characters off on a new show.

"Glee's" Cory Monteith memorial is being held today

Fox said in a statement: "Today, Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele gathered the cast, crew and producers of Glee, along with colleagues from the network and studio, to share memories and music in an emotional celebration of the life of Cory Monteith."

HBO won't show the James Gandolfini "Criminal Justice" pilot shot before his death
HBO CEO Richard Plepler says it hasn't been decided what to do with the project.

Patrick Dempsey is "not necessarily bored" with "Grey's Anatomy"

But the actor, promoting his new TLC series "Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans," made it clear that he did the show to fund his love of racing.

HBO explains "Enlightened's" cancelation
It was a combination of disappointing ratings and the feeling that Laura Dern's character had completed her journey.

HBO isn't interested in working with animals after "Luck"
Asked if he would think twice about using animals again, HBO's Michael Lombardo said, "Yes." Twice.

Sarah Silverman getting an HBO special

"Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles" will air on Nov. 23.

Arrest warrant issued for Dog the Bounty Hunter's wife Beth

She's accused of using "coarse language" in calling somebody a whore and a slut.

Key and Peele are developing an animated series for Comedy Central
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele say their project would be based on their 12-year-old selves.

Esai Morales joins "Criminal Minds"

He'll play Matt Cruz, the new BAU section chief.

"The Challenger Disaster" with William Hurt premieres on Nov. 16

The Science Channel movie follows a scientist who seeks to uncover the truth of the 1986 shuttle disaster.

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<p>Clarke Peters and the gang from &quot;Trem&eacute;&quot;&nbsp;will be back for one last season starting in December.</p>

Clarke Peters and the gang from "Tremé" will be back for one last season starting in December.

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HBO announces final 'Treme' season premiere date

Five-episode farewell season will begin in December after 'Boardwalk Empire' is done

Way back in September, HBO renewed "Tremé" for an abbreviated fourth and final season: five episodes rather than the 10 or 11 that the show made in its first three seasons. (As co-creator David Simon said at the time, they were given enough money to make "half a loaf.") But it wasn't until today that HBO actually said when those five episodes (all of which have been produced) of the drama about life in post-Katrina New Orleans will air.

During a press tour executive session with CEO Richard Plepler and president Michael Lombardo, it was announced (or, rather, stated casually in response to a question) that the five-episode final season will begin airing on December 1 at 9 p.m., the week after "Boardwalk Empire" concludes its latest season.

It's a bit longer to wait for new episodes of a show whose most recent season ended back in November, but it's also nice in one way: because most of the broadcast networks and even most of the cable networks don't do a ton of targeted original programming in December, "Tremé" might get a bit more attention on the way out the door than it has airing in fall and spring.

(Also, for those who wondered if Simon and Eric Overmyer might produce slightly longer episodes to compensate for only having five episodes to play with, I'm told that the only extra-long episode will be, as usual, the finale.)

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Watch: Keith Urban's new video for 'Little Bit of Everything'

Watch: Keith Urban's new video for 'Little Bit of Everything'

What's the latest on his potential return to 'American Idol?'

Keith Urban’s “Little Bit Of Everything” comes with a lot of astroturf.

In the new clip for his country hit, which debuted this A.M. on “Good Morning America,” the guitar slinger seems to be camping out surrounded by nothing but blue skies, but as we quickly see, he’s living in a house with nature facades as the real thing. And, in fact, his house is smack dab in the middle of a football stadium (anyone want to guess which one it is? I would say it’s LP Field in Nashville, home of the Tennessee Titans, but it doesn’t look like it.

[More after the jump...]

 The “American Idol” judge steps into his car to take a drive, but even that’s not what it seems, for reasons we won’t spoil.

The video, which gives new meaning to the term fieldhouse, leaves open the very big question of where does he go to live when it’s football season?

Urban’s Light The Fuse tour kicked off last week in Cincinnati and precedes Urban's new album, “The Fuse,” out Sept. 10. Instead of working with one producer on “The Fuse,” Urban enlisted various producers to “expand the boundaries of my sound, rhythm and melody,” he said in a statement.

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<p>James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Enough&nbsp;Said&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Enough Said"

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said' with James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus set for Sept. release

One of Gandolfini's final roles will be seen at the Toronto Film Festival first

When James Gandolfini suddenly and tragically left us last month, he had a few final films left to be completed. His swan song would appear to be Michaël R. Roskam's "Animal Rescue" from a screenplay by Dennis Lehane starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. But before we get that, we'll have Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" which stars Gandolfini along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette and Catherine Keener.

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<p>Trent Reznor</p>

Trent Reznor

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10 things we learned from Trent Reznor's Times interview on Nine Inch Nails

What did Talking Heads inspire, what will the tour look like and what are his kids' names?

Trent Reznor sounds very Trent Reznor in the latest profile of him and his band Nine Inch Nails. The New York Times features some in-depth talk about the group's festival outing, their tour plans, their recording process for "Hesitation Marks" and some personal details on 48-year-old Reznor's mid-life.

Here are 10 things that stood out to us in the reading of the article, penned by the excellent Jon Pareles. Follow me down the spiral...

1. For the band's 14 festival dates (including Made In America, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands), there will be "a few new songs" from "Hesitation Marks" to be previewed before that album's Sept. 3 drop date.

2. "Hesitation Marks" is described as "electronic," veering toward "pointillistic," revealing "its anxieties and longings more subtly than much of the Nine Inch Nails catalog."

3. This upcoming festival run features a full choreography of lights and videos screens, to be pushed around the stage by NIN's crew. And they plan an "entirely different production" for the group's late 2013/early 2014 arena tour.

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<p>Michael Lombardo</p>

Michael Lombardo

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Press Tour Live-Blog: HBO's Richard Plepler & Michael Lombardo

What's new in HBO-dom? Find out!

It's time for my first Television Critics Association press tour live-blog of Summer 2013.

We've got an HBO executive session with Richard Plepler, CEO, and Michael Lombardo, President, HBO Programming.

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Jim James, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Dylan combine for 'The Weight' live: Watch

Jim James, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Dylan combine for 'The Weight' live: Watch

Let nostalgia wash over you

With My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Bob Dylan touring together -- under the name AmericanaramA Festival, no less -- you didn't think they WOULDN'T cover The Band's "The Weight" together, did you?

Now there's video and audio proof: listen to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Jim James of MMJ and Dylan all take their turns on putting the load right on themselves. I'm sure Levon Helm is somewhere, nodding, like "Of course."

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Watch Franz Ferdinand's trippy new 'Love Illumination' video

Watch Franz Ferdinand's trippy new 'Love Illumination' video

Look! It's more topless women

Fall down the rabbit hole in Franz Ferdinand’s very strange Timothy Saccetti-directed video for “Love Illumination.”

The band plays inside a slightly too small black and white box, while a kaleidoscope of seeming disparate images go by, from people in animal masks, men in drag, robotic modern dancers,  assorted geometric images and topless women (man, it is really open season on them now, isn’t it, between Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Justin Timberlake’s “Tunnel Vision,” and now this). We’re especially partial to the two people dressed as a horse.

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 It’s an acid flashback of a video that fits the new wave, hypnotic rock song, the new single from “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action” the Scottish group’s fourth studio album, out Aug. 27.  See Franz Ferdinand's “Right Action” video here.

The new album is the quartet’s follow up to 2009’s “Tonight.”


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Charisma Carpenter

 Charisma Carpenter

Credit: I.D.

Press Tour: 'Buffy' star Charisma Carpenter talks 'Surviving Evil'

Real-life survivors talk about 'keeping evidence'

The I.D. Network's new show "Surviving Evil" brought some sad reality to press tour. Focused on people who survived encounters with would-be killers, actual survivors came to the panel -- including host Charisma Carpenter ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"). 

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<p>Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"

Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson cast Disney shadows in the 'Saving Mr. Banks' poster

The story of bringing 'Mary Poppins' to the screen arrives in time for Christmas

It seemed like the trailer for John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" turned a number of people around on the project, at least judging by comments I've seen here and there. And make no mistake, it will have a presence in the awards season; Disney is circling its wagons, has brought on a key Oscar strategist and will probably be all in on this one.

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'Game of Thrones' adds an actress from 'Rome'

"Game of Thrones" adds an actress from "Rome"
Indira Varma will play Ellaria Sand.

How did ex-"Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky end up opposite Alec Baldwin in a Woody Allen movie?
Turns out it was not "The Bachelorette" that got Ali a brief role in "Blue Jasmine." It was her current gig as host of NBC's "1st Look" that first got her noticed by Allen's casting director, who saw her on a NYC taxi TV. Ali, though, has no plans to pursue an acting career -- and she thinks nobody on set knew of her "Bachelorette" past.

"The Talk" is soaring

The CBS talk show hit an all-time ratings high last week and matched the demo of the show that was its inspiration, "The View."

Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters argue on "The View" over the Royal Baby

Goldberg isn't happy with all the fuss over the Royal Baby, yet her boss ran a special on Prince George on "20/20." PLUS: Stephen Colbert also makes "Seinfeld" connection.

Discovery Channel will host an underwater Google hangout for Shark Week

It will be part of the talk show "Shark After Dark."

Lady Gaga will perform at the VMAs
It'll be her first live performance since undergoing hip surgery.

"Downton Abbey": See images from Season 4
The first pics of the season come from the show's official calendar.

Matt Smith: Leaving "Doctor Who" was a "hard choice"
He told critics today, "I'll ponder it and sometimes think, 'I've made a huge mistake. What am I doing?'" PLUS: "Doctor Who" was almost killed off when it debuted, and BBC America prepping a "Who" special.

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<p>Cate Blanchett at the&nbsp;Los Angeles premiere of &quot;Blue Jasmine&quot;</p>

Cate Blanchett at the Los Angeles premiere of "Blue Jasmine"

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Cate Blanchett talks about working with Malick and the tone of 'Monuments Men'

The 'Blue Jasmine' star has a couple of other projects piquing our interest

Cate Blanchett has been making the rounds on behalf of Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" this week, which premiered in Los Angeles last night. And again, we'll be talking about that performance quite a bit over the next few months, but when I got her on the phone recently to discuss the film, I also took a few choice moments at the end to talk about two other projects that have me intrigued.

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