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The Weekend Playlist: Amazon's Alpha House, Almost Human

Alpha House

There's another serious new player in the ever-expanding universe of online original-content providers (see: Netflix and Hulu) — and happily, Amazon's entry into this suddenly cluttered marketplace is not just seriously funny, but it's as bracingly timely as the latest exasperating political headline.

Alpha House (three episodes bow Friday on amazon.com, with future episodes available to Amazon Prime subscribers) is satire at its most blistering and biting, delivered by a master of the trade: Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau, whose contempt for political cynicism, venality and hypocrisy doesn't keep the jaded protagonists of this bawdy, brazen comedy from being great company. The setting is a Washington, D.C., row house, home away from home for four Republican senators, led by the fearlessly outrageous John Goodman as a good-old-boy/former football star who's outraged to discover he won't be able to coast through his next election. (His new opponent: a legendary Duke coach. As someone observes: "You're like a retired god. He's active.")

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Star Wars: Episode VII Gets Release Date

Star Wars

Mark your calendars! Star Wars: Episode VII will be coming to a galaxy not so far away (aka, a theater near you) on Dec. 18, 2015, Lucasfilm announced Thursday.

"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will... read more

Exclusive: Meet Almost Human's Android

Karl Urban, Michael Ealy

It's almost time for Almost Human, Fox's new crime drama set in the year 2048 from J.J. Abrams and Fringe-meister Joel Wyman. Pushed back from its planned Nov. 4 premiere, the effects-filled tale of a prickly cop (Karl Urban) and his new bionic partner (Michael Ealy) will now launch as a splashy, two-night event on Nov. 17—18.. But for those of you who just can't wait to feast your eyes on what the future of crime fighting looks like, here's a video profile of Ealy's android, Dorian. 

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New Star Wars Film Changes Writers

J.J. Abrams

Star Wars: Episode VII has seemingly hit a bump in the road.

Director J.J. Abrams and... read more

Exclusive: NBC's Believe Snags Without a Trace's Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

NBC's midseason drama Believe has enlisted Without a Trace alum Marianne Jean-Baptiste for a recurring role, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

In Believe, an unlikely relationship develops between a young girl named Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and her father Tate (Jake McLaughlin) when he's sprung from prison and tasked with protecting her from the evildoers who covet her power.

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The Oscar-nominated British actress will play... read more

Fox Delays Almost Human to Launch with Two Night Event

Karl Urban

Fox is giving Almost Human a special two-night launch!

Originally slated to premiere on Monday, Nov. 4, the futuristic procedural will now debut on... read more

Exclusive! Check Out Almost Human's Promo Before Its Family Guy Debut

Karl Urban

Get ready for your new sci-fi obsession, kids! Here's your first look at the extended promo for Almost Human, which Fox will debut Sunday's Family Guy premiere (9/8c).

The buddy-cop-with-a-twist series is the brainchild of J.J. Abrams and Fringe vet Joel Wyman. Starring Star Trek's Karl Urban and Common Law 's Michael Ealy, and set in the year 2048, Human tells the story of John Kennex (Urban), a human detective who's paired with a synthetic sidekick named Dorian (Ealy) after an ambush kills his entire crew. read more

HBO Orders Lost Co-Creator Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers

Damon Lindelof

HBO has given a series order to Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers, TVGuide.com has learned.

The 10-episode series is based on Tom Perrotta's book, which follows... read more

HBO Developing TV Adaption of Michael Crichton's Westworld

Yul Brynner

J.J. Abrams is helping bring a big screen sci-fi classic to the small screen.

The Star Trek director is teaming up with Lost executive producer Bryan Burk and... read more

J.J. Abrams Developing Event Series Based on Twilight Zone Creator's Script

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams is developing an event series based on the final screenplay from Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling, Deadline reports.

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