TV Finally Takes Some Risks at Midseason

Television is about to engage in risky behavior. After a fall that spawned a few ratings successes but no cultural phenomena, midseason may offer some shows that get viewers talking, guessing, and obsessing — like only the best television shows can do. Among the gambles: “Smash,” a musical drama with complicated characters and Broadway insider […]

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What To Watch: This Week’s DVR Picks

Monday January 2: ‘The Bachelor‘ (8pm ET on ABC) **Season Premiere** Record Now Millions of viewers were shocked, along with Ben Flajnik, 29, the handsome winemaker from Sonoma, when, after summoning the courage to get down on one knee and offer his heartfelt proposal to Bachelorette Ashley Hebert, she rejected him, sending him off heartbroken […]

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Watch: Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’ Debuts Online

After finding success online before launching “Homeland,” Showtime is counting on a build up of buzz to deliver the channel with another hit. The network is giving viewers a surprise sneak peek at the upcoming Kristen Bell/Don Cheadle series “House of Lies,” not on TV but online. According to Showtime, the series features Cheadle as […]

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Showtime Picks Up ‘Homeland,’ and ‘House of Lies’

Showtime subscribers, get ready to welcome Don Cheadle and Claire Danes into your homes each week. The network has picked up the Danes-starring thriller “Homeland,” and the Cheadle-toplined comedy “House of Lies.” Both received a 12-episode order, and will start production this summer. “’Homeland’ and ‘House of Lies’ are audacious in both their concept and […]

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Bell Joins Cheadle in Showtime’s ‘House of Lies’

Kristen Bell has joined the cast of Showtime’s new half-hour comedy “House of Lies,” Showtime announced Tuesday. Bell joins leading man Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2“) in the dark comedy about a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm. The series, which begins production this month in New York and Los Angeles, is based on […]

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