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Pillars of the Earth: A Towering Achievement

Pillars of the Earth

It wasn't the swords. It wasn't the sandals. For Rufus Sewell, the tough part was all the stinkin' mud. Playing a 12th-century stonemason in mega miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, premiering tonight on Starz at 10/9c, meant maintaining "a level of grime on my neck consistent with that of your typical farm animal," he says.

A small price, indeed, for what's shaping up to be the armor-clanking, leech-sucking, monks-a-poppin' drama of the summer. Pillars, based on Ken Follett's doorstop of a best-seller (all 973 pages of it), about the quest to build a Gothic cathedral in a fictional England of yore, runs eight hours over six Friday nights... read more

Cheers & Jeers: Rescue Me Finds Redemption

Denis Leary

Cheers to Rescue Me for a remarkable run of episodes.

If you've drifted away from Denis Leary's FX firefighting dramedy, make sure to tune back in for the next three episodes (airing July 27, August 3 and August 10). Tellingly entitled "Blackout," "Sanctuary" and "Forgiven," they could just as easily be called "The Last Temptation of Tommy Gavin." The raging alcoholic finally, truly hits rock bottom... read more

Weeds Prepares for Another Reinvention

Mary-Louise Parker

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 ... read more

Dexter Begins Season 5 with World's Worst Alibi

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... read more

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Tie the Knot

Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom

Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom and Australian model Miranda Kerr have married roughly one month after announcing their engagement, their reps told TVGuide.com.

Kerr revealed the news ... read more

Rescue Me's Andrea Roth Joins Blue Bloods

Andrea Roth

Andrea Roth is going from being married to a firefighter to dating the chief of police.

Roth, best known for her role as Janet Gavin on Rescue Me, has been tapped to play Tom Selleck's love interest in the new CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, according to Entertainment Weekly. She will replace Wendy Moniz, who  was dropped for creative reasons, EW reported.

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Roth and Selleck will reshoot... read more

Joss Whedon to Direct Avengers, But Dr. Horrible Sequel "In Turnaround"

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... read more

Report: AMC, Lionsgate Negotiating a New Mad Men Deal

Mad Men

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... read more

Nightline's Martin Bashir Headed to MSNBC, Dateline

Martin Bashir

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... read more

Justin Bieber to Guest-Star on CSI's Season Premiere

Justin Bieber

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 ... read more

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