The Pacific

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From Masters of Sex to Boardwalk Empire: How Accurate Are Fact-Based Dramas?

Lizzy Caplan, Steve Buscemi

Halfway through the pilot episode of the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which is based on the story of real-life sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters leaves his wife, Libby, in the care of another doctor as she undergoes infertility treatments so he can slip into a neighboring examination room and watch a prostitute masturbate... It's an amazingly rich six minutes of television that manages not only to set up most of the first season's major plotlines and underlying emotional tensions, but also to explain the story's historical import. In a strictly factual sense, it's also mostly made up.

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M. Night Shyamalan Developing Event Thriller for Fox

M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan is developing a new event series for Fox, the network announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter TV previews.

The drama, Wayward Pines, is inspired by Blake Crouch's bestselling novel Pines and follows Secret Service agent Ethan Burke as he tracks down two missing agents in a rural Idaho town. But as Ethan becomes more involved in the mysteries of Wayward Pines, Idaho, he moves farther away from everything he once knew. read more

Showtime Orders Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex to Series

Liev Schreiber

Showtime has ordered dramas Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex to series, the network announced Monday.

Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as Los Angeles' best professional troubleshooter who can make anyone anyone's problems disappear, except those ...
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Pilot Season: Justified's Margo Martindale Lands Roles in Two Different Pilots

Margo Martindale

Emmy winner Margo Martindale has been courted by not one, but two pilots.

Martindale, who won the Emmy for her role as Mags Bennett on Justified, has landed a leading role on... read more

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan to Star in Showtime's Masters of Sex

Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan will play the leads in Masters of Sex, Showtime announced Thursday.
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Critic's Guide to Tuesday TV: Absolute Anarchy, Glee (Bed)Side Story, and More!

Ron Perlman

The timing couldn't be better for this week's announcement by FX that the current — and best to date — season of Sons of Anarchy is being expanded by an extra episode (No. 14 will now air Dec. 6). read more

Tom Hanks Reunites with HBO for New Comedy

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is developing a comedy about the lives of college athletes for HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Titled Players, the half-hour series reunites Hanks and his long-time producing partner Gary Goetzman with the network, with which they made Big Love and the Emmy-winning miniseries John Adams, The Pacific and Band of Brothers.

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First Look: Check Out the Key Art for AMC's Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

"Blood will be spilled."

So promises the poster for AMC's latest period drama Hell on Wheels.

Fall TV: Get the lowdown on this season's must-see new shows

Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, the series tells the story of Confederate veteran Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), whose quest to avenge his wife's death at the hands of Union soldiers takes him west to work on building the transcontinental railroad.

The drama also explores... read more

Emmy Analysis: Is HBO Losing Its Touch?

Boardwalk Empire

HBO continues to dominate the Emmys, beating all other outlets this year with 19 total wins. But is the pay cable network's Emmy stranglehold on the wane?

HBO's tally was down from last year's 25 wins, and represented the channel's smallest Emmy haul since 2003 (when it won 18). And HBO won just four awards during the Primetime Emmys telecast on Sunday night, compared to eight on last year's broadcast. (It's been more than 15 years since HBO won so few during the telecast.)

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Showtime Green-Lights Three New Projects

Showtime Logo

Showtime has picked up three pilots, including a docu-comedy, a book adaptation and a drama from Southland creator Ann Biderman, Deadline reports.

Gurland On Gurland documents filmmaker Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism) as he pursues the next phase of his career. He will also write and direct the project.

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Premiered: March 14, 2010, on HBO
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Premise: A 10-part miniseries about U.S. Marines fighting the Japanese in the Pacific in World War II begins in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor and ends with their return home in 1945. Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman are the executive producers.

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