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Hopefully you have your DVRs set to record Showtime’s The Years of Living Dangerously which premieres this Sunday. Many celebrities have contributed to bring attention to the global warming crisis that conservatives continue to deny.  Jim Cameron, who really does put his money where his mouth is, and Harrison Ford are at the forefront but many famous faces dot the series. Showtime is hoping for a Season 2.  Can celebrities change the minds of people who have bought and sold by corporations to doubt what they see happening before their eyes? Who can say.  Does anything surprise us anymore about Big Money in America and what it can buy? Hm.  Either way, supporting this show isn’t the worst idea.

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It’s the heat of Oscar season and all anyone can talk about is House of Cards and True Detective. When did it become all about TV? It’s hard to say when but television has provided a global community in ways that film can’t quite match.  David Fincher’s Netflix series House of Cards has revolutionized how production companies roll out TV shows but it has done more than that.  Not only does House of Cards offer a seamless array of diverse cast members – women, African Americans, Asians – it does this without breaking a sweat, proving that it really is about how minds open and close that determines casting, not a white-centric ticket-buying audience or television viewership.  Moreover, two of the episodes from House of Cards Season 2, are directed by women – Jodie Foster and Robin Wright.  The strongest characters on the show are easily the women. Anyone who binge-watched the show recognizes this – and not girly women, straight up, strong, adult women.

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Guillermo del Toro spins The Simpsons couch opening into a montage of madness for Treehouse of Horror XXIV.

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From the WGA/TV Guide via Deadline

1. The Sopranos – HBO – Created by David Chase
2. Seinfeld – NBC – Created by Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
3. The Twilight Zone (1959) – CBS – Season One writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr., Rod Serling
4. All in the Family – CBS – Developed for Television by Norman Lear, Based on Till Death Do Us Part, Created by Johnny Speight
5. M*A*S*H – CBS – Developed for Television by Larry Gelbart
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show – CBS – Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
7. Mad Men – AMC – Created by Matthew Weiner
8. Cheers – NBC – Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles and James Burrows
9. The Wire – HBO – Created by David Simon
10. The West Wing – NBC – Created by Aaron Sorkin

Read and comment on the full list at Awards Daily TV

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NBC premiered Hannibal last night and today makes a replay available for anyone who missed it. We’re hosting the complete pilot episode at AwardsDaily/TV. Feast your eyes. It’s quite tasty.

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Television development news continue to be the greatest source of excitement in the off-season.

(via THR) FX is moving forward with a Fargo adaptation. Network president John Landgraf announced during his first upfront presentation Thursday that it will launch a 10-episode adaptation of the 1996 best picture Oscar nominee as a limited series during spring 2014.

The move comes as the network looks to push into limited series and mini-series fare, a bid to compete with premiere channel HBO and to fill a void left by the increasingly tentpole-focused film industry. To hear Landgraf tell it, there is a “huge opportunity” for content that falls between between those feature films and FX’s long-running series, or “90-hour movies” as he often dubs them.

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Norman Bates’ origin story is revealed in the Bates Motel, premiering on A&E March 18.

Season 6 kicks off with a 2-hour season premiere, April 7. Promo for Season 5, after the cut.

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In an interview with French TV network Canal+, Steven Spielberg spoke about producing a Napoleon miniseries based on Stanley Kubrick’s script written 40 years ago.

(NYTimes) While another collaboration between Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg would seem to require a time machine, a Ouija board or some sort of interdimensional extraterrestrial monolith, plans are nonetheless underway for these two celebrated filmmakers to work together again…

“I’ve been developing Stanley Kubrick’s screenplay for a miniseries, not for a motion picture, about the life of Napoleon,” Mr. Spielberg said in the interview. “Kubrick wrote the script in 1961, long time ago, and the Kubrick family — because we made ‘A.I.’ together — the Kubrick family and I, and the next project we’re working on is a miniseries, is going to be ‘Napoleon.’”

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