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As More Networks Develop Series, Is There Too Much TV?

Kevin Spacey

TV viewers have never had it so good — or maybe they have it too good. There's never been more original programming to navigate than at this very moment. Take Sunday nights: Even with the NFL season over, viewing options include The Good Wife (CBS), The Walking Dead (back Feb. 10 on AMC), Girls (HBO), Shameless (Showtime), Downton Abbey (PBS), Family Guy (Fox), Revenge (ABC) and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (E!). And that's just in one timeslot: 9/8c.

That's a lot of DVR space being filled up week in and week out with must-see shows. "There's definitely more programming that I'm interested in watching than I can actually consume," says Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins.

According to FX Networks president John Landgraf, there were just 35 scripted shows on cable when The Shield premiered 11 years ago; now that number is up to... read more

Top Videos: Jennifer Aniston Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Haircut, James Franco Imitates Justin Bieber

Anderson Cooper

This week, Jimmy Kimmel made an impressive debut in his new 11:35 p.m. timeslot (despite the fact that Jennifer Aniston destroyed his set), James Franco lips-ynced to Justin Bieber and filmed it, celebrities read mean tweets about themselves, and Al Roker admitted to pooping his pants. In non-celebrity news, a soldier dressed up like Spider-man to surprise his son, an amateur duo performed a rap medley in their underwear, and a bunch of fast food workers were scared out of their wits by what appeared to be an in invisible driver. Check out these clips and more in this week's Top Videos.

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Watch My Show: Portlandia's Fred Armisen Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Fred Armisen

The dream of the '90s continues to thrive on Portlandia, the sketch comedy series from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein that's back for a third season on IFC (Fridays 10/9c). Armisen has spent the past 11 years as a member of the Saturday Night Live ensemble, while Brownstein is best known as a member of indie rock groups Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag. But during their off months, the comedy partners have created a whole new world of quirky characters, from militant bike messengers to feminist bookstore owners. Armisen answered our showrunner survey to explain why you should make a visit to Portlandia.

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Weekend Playlist: Downton Abbey, Lifetime's Amish Murder, Portlandia, and More

Shirley Maclaine, Maggie Smith

Downton Abbey survived World War I. But can the country manor weather the latest skirmish, a below-stairs battle between those scheming servants O'Brien and Thomas?

That's just one of the many entertaining questions and diverting dilemmas presented by the long-awaited — and well worth the wait — third season of this Masterpiece Classic addiction, which returns like a delicious if bittersweet bonbon. (And how I hope you've kept the blinders on regarding the many spoilers issuing from across the pond during the recent U.K. telecast.)

"No family is ever what it seems from the outside," muses the formidable Dowager Countess (the peerless Maggie Smith) during one of the many crises that beset the Crawleys and their loyal servants over the next seven Sundays (PBS, check tvguide.com listings). read more

Top Videos of the Week: "One Pound Fish," Portlandia Spoilers, Betty White's "Gangnam Style"

Betty White, Psy

This week, Betty White did "Gangnam Style" and a Pakistani man turned selling fish in a London market into a YouTube pop sensation. Plus, check out a spoiler-filled sneak peek at the upcoming season of Portlandia, as well as a montage of the Worst Movies of 2012 reviewing themselves.

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Portlandia Announces Season 3 Guest Stars

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen

Portlandia is quickly becoming to go-to spot for Hollywood stars.

Joining Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in IFC's off-beat sketch comedy for Season 3 season are... read more

The Good Wife Books Kyle MacLachlan for Multiple Episodes

Kyle MacLachlan

Talk about a fast recovery!

After co-starring on the first casualty of the fall season — RIP Made in Jersey!Kyle MacLachlan has rebounded with a multi-episode arc on CBS' other legal drama... read more

Chloe Sevigny to Star in A&E Pilot

Chloe Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny has landed a starring role on the A&E pilot Those Who Kill, Deadline reports.

The project is based on a Danish TV series adapted from a series of crime novels by Elsebeth Egholm. The books are about a detective and a forensic profiler who "possess a deep understanding of the serial killers they hunt," according to Deadline.

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Arrested Development's David Cross Marries Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn and David Cross

David Cross and Amber Tamblyn wed Saturday, Us Weekly reports.

The Arrested Development star, 48, and the... read more

Chloe Sevigny Joins Portlandia

Chloe Sevigny

If you thought Chloe Sevigny's living situation on Big Love was weird, just imagine living with Portlandia's Fred and Carrie!

Entertainment Weekly reports that Sevigny will join Portlandia's third season playing Amanda, a new roommate of Fred and Carrie (played by stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein). read more

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Premiered: January 21, 2011, on IFC
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