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Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti to star in Showtime’s ‘Billions’

Damian Lewis is understandably proud of the work he did with Showtime as Homeland’s Nicholas Brody. He’s making a return to the network as hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod in Billions, a pilot about the inner workings of Wall Street, Deadline reported earlier this week. He’ll clash with Paul Giamatti, who will play U.S. more »

WWE Network removes six-month commitment requirement, gives Survivor Series free

The latest subscriber numbers for WWE Network are still disappointing. Even after expanding into 170 international markets, they added only 31,000 subscribers. WWE is relying heavily on pay-per-views to entice people into subscribing. September’s Night of Champions didn’t help those efforts, earning only 48,000 buys. WWE’s Big Four PPVs, Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam and Survivor more »

Road Trip! Jason Jones and Samantha Bee had their pilot picked up by TBS

Everyone’s favorite married Daily Show correspondents have another little bundle of joy to share with the world: Samantha Bee and Jason Jones are having a pilot! According to Deadline, TBS (home to Conan O’Brien) has given a pilot order for a comedy about family road trips, a comedic premise that is truly a classic that more »

No, Obama has not “lost” ‘Saturday Night Live’

This past weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live featured an opening sketch in which President Obama (Jay Pharaoh) came in for some mockery, over his handling of ebola and other crises. This led to a lot of commentators to conclude that the president has “lost” the venerable comedy program: @TomBevanRCP Obama has lost the NYTimes more »

Taylor Kitsch is committed to True Detective season 2

Tim Riggins/Friday Night Lights fans, get pumped. Taylor Kitsch has signed on for the second season of True Detective, and he told Adweek that he held out for the role, not accepting any work for a whole year as he waited for the call. The actor’s last project was HBO’s so-sad-you’ll-be-infuriated Emmy-nominated The Normal Heart. more »

Fin: The best of Satan, a Nat X suggestion and more sanctioning of buffoonery

Just in time for Halloween: An overview of pop culture’s best Satans. Unforgivably omitted: Pacino in “The Devil’s Advocate” and Jon Lovitz’s “Mr. Mephistopheles,” although the nice-guy gay Satan from South Park is in fact included (iO9) When Chris Rock hosts ‘Saturday Night Live‘ this weekend, all I ask is that two things: That there more »

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NPH on NBC: A TV series of the Neil Patrick Harris variety

The old school song and dance man is a dying breed in Hollywood. The kind of fella who could truly earn the EGOT; Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. By my count, there are two of these fellas currently blazing the trail; Hugh Jackman, and Neil Patrick Harris, who has made it quite clear that he more »

Voltron forms, again, in 30th anniversary book 

Remember Voltron? That ’80s cartoon franchise, which I loved when I was a kid, was giving us giant fighting robots before giant fighting robots were cool. And now, for the 30th anniversary of the debut of the Voltron: Defender of the Universe cartoon series, we’re getting a commemorative book, called ,  featuring interviews with all more »

Downton Abbey FINALLY has a parody show, ‘The Britishes”

They say (who is ‘they’? I have no idea and neither do you) that you don’t truly hit the pop culture sub-conscience until someone makes fun of you. With that in mind, Downton Abbey has finally hit the big time: “After five seasons of melodrama, Downton Abbey often feels like a parody of itself. But now an actual parody more »

DVD Review: Yu-Gi-Oh The Complete Set

If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Yu-Gi-Oh”, then you’ve probably been pretty confused. But when you get behind the whole set–as is done with “Yu-Gi-Oh The Complete Set”, a copy of which our friends out at Cinedigm sent out for review–the whole thing makes much more sense. Sometimes. And provides a fairly exciting experience more »

Pitbull to star in two reality TV shows about his “lyfe”

Right off the bat: Pitbull shall not, will not, go the way of Cee-Lo Green now that he has entered the reality TV show realm. Meaning, his shows will not get cancelled because of an awful thing he might do in the future. This is my sincere hope for anyone who lives their life in more »

After four years, a Conan comeback for Max Weinberg

For 17 years, Max Weinberg was one of the few constants on Conan O’Brien’s Late Night show. He led the show’s house band, the Max Weinberg 7, appeared in sketches and comedy bits- often in a comedic persona as an oft-naked arch-pervert- and served as one of the world’s few drummer/bandleaders. Even when Andy Richter more »