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‘Walking Dead’ Creator Frank Darabont Files Lawsuit Against AMC

Frank DarabontI'm not sure which was more abrupt: Frank Darabont's departure from The Walking Dead, or his lawsuit against the show's distributor, AMC.

The three-time Oscar nominee developed the comic book series into the hit series that it is today, but he was quietly fired from the production just shortly into the show's second season. Now Darabont is suing the network - which gave TV fans Mad Men and Breaking Bad - for tens of millions of dollars in profit he believes that they owe him due to a sweetheart deal they made in licensing the show to itself.

In Darabont's lawsuit, which he filed yesterday in New York, the director claims that AMC never told him why they dismissed him from the show (something they never discussed publicly, either).

“AMC’s conduct toward Frank to date has been nothing short of atrocious. Unfortunately, the fans of The Walking Dead have suffered as well by being deprived of his creative talent," Darbont's lead lawyer Dale Kinsella said.

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Sneak Peek: Mad Men Season 6 Travels to Hawaii

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Cable, Gossip, Internet,

Jessica Pare and Jon HammWhile November approaches and everyone starts reaching for scarves and hot cocoa, Mr. and Mrs. Draper are showing off their groovy swimwear for the upcoming season premiere of Mad Men.

Jon Hamm and Jessica Pare were photographed in Hawaii filming for the AMC series, but that's unfortunately all that has been revealed for the show's sixth season!

Hamm and Pare's onscreen alter egos seemed to be on the verge of breaking up at the end of last season, but they appear to still be together while vacationing in Hawaii, with Megan sipping some colorful drinks and Don smoking his cigarettes and reading Dante's Inferno.

Mad Men fans can sleep a little easier tonight knowing that the next season should be airing soon, even if the official premiere date hasn't yet been set. Which characters are you most looking forward to catching up with?

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First Look: The Governor and Michonne of The Walking Dead

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Sci-Fi/Horror, Cable, News,

The Governor, played by David Morrissey

AMC's popular zombie drama series The Walking Dead returns this Fall for its third season with new characters whose small screen arrivals have been eagerly anticipated by the comic book's fans since the series first aired.

One of those characters is the Governor (pictured above), played by British actor David Morrissey. A big bad of the upcoming season, executive producer Greg Nicotero reveals that the Governor on the show will still surprise fans of the comic: "It's very different from what you know of the character from the graphic novel, with the long stringy hair."

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Jon Hamm Tells Mad Men Fans to Smoke and Drink

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Features,

Jon Hamm as Don DraperJon Hamm is proud that Mad Men makes people want to booze and smoke. The 41-year-old actor plays hard-drinking and hard-smoking character Don Draper in the 1960s advertising drama and he admits he has to smoke "a lot" of herbal cigarettes for the part.

Jon doesn't care that the show seemingly inspires viewers to live unhealthy lifestyles and he instead encourages it: "Someone actually watched the pilot and counted the number of cigarettes I smoked in that episode and it was something like 74. You can hear it in my voice, it is a debilitating endeavor. But we're being realistic - people did smoke back then. My father smoked everywhere, even in the car, in the summertime, with the windows up - it was part of life. I have read that watching the show makes some people at home want to smoke and drink. I think, well, knock yourself out."

Rather than find it difficult to play someone so different from himself, Jon enjoys it. He says it's particularly fun to shoot womanizer Don's love scenes because he has been in a committed relationship with actress-and-screenwriter Jennifer Westfeldt for 15 years.

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Mad Men hits Netflix streaming tomorrow

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Internet,

Mad Men Netflix

Mad Men fans, you'll be able to relive the first four seasons of the series beginning tomorrow on Netflix Watch Instantly. If you've never seen the show, now's a good time to check it out, as it's one of the most popular shows on cable television. Of course, you'll need a streaming account, which has just recently been made its own product, offered at $7.99 per month.


TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (1/12)

Castle

Here’s an update on the shows you will and won’t be seeing in the months to come:

RENEWALS

  • Castle (ABC) - Season 4
  • Cougar Town (ABC) - Season 3
  • Downsized (WE) - Season 2
  • Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - Season 8
  • Hardcore Pawn (truTV) - Season 3
  • Jerseylicious (Style) - Season 3
  • Judge Karen's Court (Syndicated) - Season 2
  • Mad Men (AMC) - Season 5
  • Man vs. Wild (Discovery) - Season 6

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AFI’s Top TV Programs of 2010

Temple GrandinWe’ve already learned which programs the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has deemed worthy of Golden Globe nominations -- but what does the American Film Institute have to say about 2010?

For AFI's annual list, a group “scholars, film and television artists, critics and AFI Trustees” have selected their top choices of the year. Of the ten titles, three are from AMC alone:

  • 30 Rock
  • The Big C
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Glee
  • Mad Men
  • Modern Family
  • The Pacific
  • Temple Grandin
  • The Walking Dead

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2011 Golden Globe Nominations (TV)

Boardwalk Empire

The Golden Globe contenders for the 2010-11 season were officially announced Tuesday morning in Beverly Hills by Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Blair Underwood.

Last year's Best Comedy Series winner, Glee, lead all television programs with a total of five nominations. Five series -- 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, The Good Wife and Mad Men -- tied for second place with three nods each.

Here are some of the notable omissions/inclusions from this year's list of nominees:

  • The Good Wife was the only non-cable series to be recognized for Best Drama.
  • The Walking Dead replaced that other horror series (True Blood), giving AMC two nominations in the Drama category.
  • The limitations of the Best Supporting Actor category meant only two acting noms for the cast of Modern Family.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt has found herself pitted against Claire Danes ... and Dame Judi Dench.

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- hosted again by Ricky Gervais -- will air Jan. 16 on NBC.

(You can find the full list of nominees after the jump. Click here for the film nominations.)

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TV Talk: No TNT for Eliza Dushku, No DWTS for Portia DeGeneres

Eliza Dushku-Former Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku has already backed out of a pilot for TNT. "Hey guys! News to report~ We have mutually & AMICABLY decided to part ways on Bird Dog due to creative differences. No worries/fears/tears," she wrote on Twitter.

-Portia DeGeneres has officially turned down an opportunity to be on Dancing with the Stars. The actress was reportedly asked to compete with a same-sex partner.

-The season finale of Walking Dead killed in the ratings on Sunday night. The episode -- which attracted 6 million viewers -- had the highest numbers ever for a basic cable series in the 18-49 demo.

-The weekend wasn't so bright for David Hasselhoff. A&E's The Hasselhoffs debuted to 718,000 viewers. In comparison the network's other new program, Storage Wars, recently opened to 2 million viewers.


TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (11/16)

Walking Dead

Here’s an update on the shows you will and won’t be seeing in the months to come:

CANCELLATIONS

  • Dark Blue (TNT)
  • Jonas L.A. (Disney)
  • Rubicon (AMC)

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