With Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) burning the house down at the end of Season 3, Weeds has made it very clear it's not afraid to throw out the old playbook and to start anew. That's just what the series plans to do again this year, as the Botwin family leaves San Diego's sandy beaches and the seedy politics of Tijuana behind for the open road.
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"You have to reinvent the show. Now we're about to send the characters fleeing on the road so you have the opportunity to make new characters, new personas," executive producer Victoria Morrow said at a Comic-Con panel Thursday. "[It's] basically a decimation of all the Botwins' work and a rebirth."
In Season 6, premiering on Aug. 16 at 10/9c, the Botwin family will ...
Michael C. Hall
After his wife's murder in the Season 4 finale of Dexter, Dexter Morgan starts his new season under suspicion in her death. Fortunately, he has an alibi - but it brings another set of problems: He was busy chopping up the Trinity killer when Rita died.
"The spouse is always the first person that people look to, but he does potentially have another alibi," star and executive producer Michael C. Hall said of the new season at a Comic-Con panel Thursday.
The panel included the first footage from Season 5, which opens...
Matt Smith, Doctor Who
Even for a busy summer, this is one hectic TV weekend. (And that's true even if you're not at Comic-Con.) It kicks off with Starz's The Pillars of the Earth (see review here), a throwback to the classic historical-epic miniseries, and continues Saturday as the latest reboot of BBC America's Doctor Who comes to a spectacular season finish while making room for a new season of the offbeat Being Human. And the jewel in the crown: AMC's Mad Men, returning Sunday for a fourth season in sensational form.
Some thoughts follow...
JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon giveth, and Joss Whedon taketh away.
Good news first: After months of speculation that he would direct the movie about Marvel superteam The Avengers, he confirmed it at a Comic-Con panel hosted by Entertainment Weekly Thursday alongside J.J. Abrams.
"But it's just a gig, you know," Whedon dead-panned.
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"I'm still writing an outline," he added. But how's this for a tease?
"The thing I love about it is how completely counterintuitive it is," he said. "These people should not be on the same team let alone the same room together, and that to me is the very definition of family."
And now for the letdown...
The companies behind Mad Men are already looking ahead to a possible sixth season even before the Emmy-winning drama's much-anticipated fourth season begins Sunday, according to Variety.
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AMC, the network which airs the show, and Lionsgate, the company that produces it, have an agreement for five seasons. But they're already negotiating for a possible sixth season and beyond, according to the report.
The early negotiations could be in response to the fact that Lionsgate only has Mad Men creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner under contract through the end of this season...
Martin Bashir is leaving ABC News' Nightline to anchor an MSNBC show.
Besides anchoring a daily afternoon program on MSNBC starting in September, he'll become a regular contributor to NBC's Dateline.
In a statement Thursday, MSNBC President Phil Griffin called Bashir's work "smart, original and thoughtful," adding that...
Multi-platinum teen sensation Justin Bieber will guest-star in the upcoming 11th season premiere of CSI, CBS announced Thursday.
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Bieber, whose hits include "One Time" and "My World," will make his acting debut as "Jason McCann, a troubled teen who is faced with a terrible decision regarding his only brother—a decision that leads him into an explosive confrontation with the CSIs," the network said. The story will conclude later in the season.
"Every 20 years, a phenomenon like Justin Bieber graces ...
Bruce Campbell, Burn Notice
Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan wasn't there to deliver the news, but Bruce Campbell revealed to eager Comic-Con fans Thursday that his character will soon be stepping out on his own.
Behold: A Burn Notice prequel centered on Sam Axe is on its way.
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Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming for USA, made the news official, and Campbell approved. "I have to say that USA finally got their sh-- together," the actor said.
The prequel, a one-time movie that does not yet have an air date...