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Pirates Meet Spies in NBC's New Swashbuckling Thriller Crossbones

John Malkovich

The dreaded pirate Blackbeard has a terrible weakness. The outlaw, who reached mythical status robbing and murdering on the high seas almost 300 years ago, suffers from migraines. "I can't say if they are psychological or truly physical," star John Malkovich says about his character's tension headaches. "But they feel very real."

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With Cable and Digital Entering the Fray, Pilot Season Hits a Casting Crunch

John Goodman

Imagine a world in which the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball all decided to move their seasons to the same time of year. It would be chaos, for fans and the professional sports business alike. And yet, in television, that's essentially what happens during pilot season.

The broadcast networks traditionally order pilots during the first few months of the year. From there, it's a race to find the best actors, hire a crew, build sets and produce a show before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced. The field has always been crowded, but this spring, several cable networks and online retailer-turned-programmer Amazon are also developing new shows that they hope will go to series (cable networks typically produce pilots throughout the year, usually avoiding the spring).

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John Malkovich to Star as Blackbeard on NBC's Crossbones

John Malkovich

John Malkovich has been tapped to star as Blackbeard on NBC's upcoming pirate series Crossbones, the network announced Monday.

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Why Foreign Actors Are Taking Over American TV

Damian Lewis

Talk about outsourcing! An increasing number of TV's all-American cops, firefighters and doctors are being played by actors not from the U.S. of A.

Of course, foreign actors have been hiding their accents to play Americans for years. House's Hugh Laurie was so skilled at trading in his upper-crust Cambridge lilt to play the titular grumpy doctor that many viewers were shocked to find out he was British when he spoke with his real voice on an awards show or during interviews... read more

2013 Golden Globes Predictions: Who Will Win?

Claire Danes, Damian Lewis

It's that time of the year again: awards season! The fete-ing all kicks off Sunday with the 70th Golden Globe Awards (8 ET/5 PT on NBC). Will Homeland continue its awards show winning streak? Is Lincoln the film to beat? Check out our predictions below and tell us your picks for the big prizes.
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How Networks Are Breaking the Period-Piece Curse

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey transformed PBS from a sometimes stodgy channel into a destination network, drawing 5.4 million viewers for its second-season finale (doubling PBS' primetime average). Now, Downton creator Julian Fellowes has signed with NBC to create The Gilded Age, his first series for American broadcast TV. NBC is betting that the drama will attract the same audience for its depiction of New York's moguls of... read more

House’s Hugh Laurie May Set Sail with NBC's Pirate Drama Crossbones

Hugh Laurie

Arrrrr you ready to see Hugh Laurie as a pirate?

The House star is in negotiations to star as the legendary Blackbeard in NBC's pirate series Crossbones, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Who's the Highest-Paid Actor on TV?

Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen

Forbes has released its list of the highest-paid actors on television this year. The countdown features a variety of stars from Patrick Dempsey to Jim Parsons, but the real questions is whether 2011's highest-paid actor Charlie Sheen reigned supreme again in 2012?

He... read more

Critic's Notebook: The Emmy Nominations

Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle

According to this year's Emmy nominations, which contained some pleasant surprises among the usual annoying snubs and omissions, there's two sure-fire methods to scoring an Emmy nod: Do a costume/period drama, or be on HBO.

As expected, PBS' Downton Abbey (relocated from the world of miniseries) shook up the drama field, while the Western miniseries blockbuster Hatfields & McCoys blazed new trails for History. And after being justifiably shut out last year, HBO (as usual the nomination leader among all networks) reclaimed half the slots in the best-comedy category, for better or worse. read more

Emmys: TVGuide.com's Picks for Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Hugh Laurie

Emmy season is in full swing! Voters will be checking off names and shows this week they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 19. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
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