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Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas throw punches in new 'Kingdom' trailer

If Warrior were made into a TV show, swapping Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton for Matt Lauria and Nick Jonas, you’d have Kingdom, a new series from DirecTV.

In the first trailer for Kingdom, we’re introduced to a family drama set in the world of mixed martial arts. At the center of it all is Warrior star Frank Grillo, who once again plays a trainer and the owner of a gym. Jonas stars as Grillo’s prize-fighting son, while Jonathan Tucker plays Jonas’ older, slightly darker brother. Friday Night Light‘s Matt Lauria also comes into play as a fighter recently released on parole and trying to come back into their world.

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The Weather Channel returning to DirecTV

DirecTV customers will have The Weather Channel back on their lineup starting Wednesday.

The move comes nearly three months after the TV distributor dropped the channel after the two parties failed to reach a carrier agreement. The financial terms of their new contract were not disclosed, but in a release, The Weather Channel said they had “agreed to reduce reality programming by half” on weekdays.  READ FULL STORY

DirecTV orders Neil LaBute's 'Full Circle' to series

DirecTV is doubling down on scripted television: The satellite service provider announced today that it has ordered 10 episodes of Full Circle from filmmaker and playwright Neil LaBute, making his TV debut. The series “examines the human condition and relationships through a series of conversations between 11 people whose lives, unbeknownst to them, are intertwined,” according to a press release. It continues: “Full Circle is a modern day La Ronde meets My Dinner with Andre as it explores the nature of human contact and true togetherness in our current technology-driven world.”

LaBute will serve as writer and co-exec producer on the series. Nick Hamm, the producer/director behind DirecTV’s Rogue, will exec-produce/direct Full Circle.

“In dissecting how closely connected we all are, Full Circle will take viewers on a journey that will traverse the full range of human emotion. I know the series will flourish under the stewardship of Neil and Nick Hamm,” said DirecTV Senior VP Chris Long.

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DirecTV orders first original series, 'Rogue,' starring Thandie Newton

DirecTV has become the latest entertainment outlet to offer original scripted programming, announcing today that it has ordered 10 episodes of its first-ever original series Rogue, starring Thandie Newton (Crash).

According to a press release, the suspense-drama “revolves around a morally and emotionally conflicted cop, Grace (Newton), who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Grace’s search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime.” The series, created by Matthew Parkhill and exec produced by Nick Hamm, Steven Marrs, John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg, will debut in summer 2013.

DirecTV’s first foray into original programming is just one in a recent trend of non-traditional media companies commissioning original content. Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu are diving into first-run scripted content, as are E! and Yahoo!.

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The Next Phase for Netflix
Hulu launches original scripted programming with political drama ‘Battleground’
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