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HBO's 'Show Me a Hero' goes down to 'The Wire' in flavor, urban angst

"The Wire" was never a big hit when it first aired on HBO. But since it ended its five-season run in 2008, the series, which explored the urban and governmental battles surrounding the drug scene in Baltimore,  has won widespread acclaim from viewers who watched it on DVD. Many Hollywood insiders have declared it one of the best series of the modern TV era.

David Simon, a former journalist who was...

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'America's Best Dance Crew': 'Road to the VMAs' starts, and one crew hits bottom quick

"America's Best Dance Crew" is finally back, and this "Road to the VMAs" special promises to answer the question once and for all: Who is "America's Best Dance Crew"?

Yes, there are some great crews from past seasons not here -- Mos Wanted Crew,  Beat Freaks, 8 Flavahz -- but they didn't win. Even Season 5 winner Poreotix wasn't able to bring its storytelling style to this season -- but despite all...

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HBO programming chief talks 'True Detective' haters, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm's' fate

Is the second season of "True Detective" the cycle only its network programming chief could love?

OK. We're exaggerating. There are plenty that love/like it. But the latest installment of the HBO limited series hasn't quite reached the same acclaim as the original. It seemed to have all the makings to carry on the allure of its Woody Harrelson/Matthew McConaughey-led predecessor -- it boasted an all-star...

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Jon Snow is dead, and 'Game of Thrones' will have 8th season, HBO exec says

Winter might be coming far beyond a seventh season.

Someone might want to tell “Game of Thrones” show runners David Benioff and Dan Weiss that HBO programming president Michael Lombardo let the dragon out of the bag: The fantasy drama will last at least eight seasons — despite frequent declarations by its Benioff and Weiss that they were only interested in making seven.

“'Seven seasons and out' has...

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Friday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Descendants' on Disney

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Masters of Illusion Host Dean Cain's featured magicians include Tommy Wind, Jason Andrews, Mark Bennick, Barry and Stuart, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon and Jonathan Pendragon. 8 p.m. KTLA

Defiance In the aftermath...

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Mindy Lahiri is 'opposite of barefoot and pregnant' (but still very pregnant) in 'Mindy Project' teasers

Mindy Lahiri is pregnant and totally showing, and "The Mindy Project" star Mindy Kaling is showing off the progression of her character's pregnancy on social media.

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