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First Look: HBO's 'Looking' goes into the woods for season 2

Looking, HBO’s dramedy about three gay pals (Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) living in San Francisco, returns for its second season on Jan. 11. The boys, in search of some peace, are hitting the great outdoors. READ FULL STORY

Hugh Laurie heading to 'Veep'

Hugh Laurie is White House bound.

The British actor, best known for his two-time, Golden Globe-winning turn as the title character on House, is joining Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, EW has confirmed.

The HBO political comedy left off with vice president Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) ascending to the oval office when POTUS resigned to take care of his wife. The show is now heading into its fourth season.

Details are unknown about Laurie’s role at this time, but with Meyer in charge, at least for the time being, someone might fill the role of vice president. Something to consider…

Natalie Dormer imagines how her character will die on 'Game of Thrones'

No one in Westeros is safe from George R.R. Martin’s keyboard, so it only makes sense for the actors on Game of Thrones to prepare themselves for, if not an inevitable, than a likely death.

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Why I was wrong about 'The Comeback'

As a TV critic, I often feel that good shows don’t have a big effect on me. Obviously, the great ones do. But I also find that the ones that I initially dislike are also the ones that I end up thinking about the most, long after they’re over, wondering why they touched a nerve for me in the first place. How can something that inspires such a strong opinion possibly be all that bad?

I thought about that question a lot while watching the new episodes of The Comeback.

When it first premiered in 2005, I didn’t love The Comeback, which was co-created by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and Lisa Kudrow. The show follows Valerie Cherish (Kudrow), a D-list actress who’s clawing her way back into the spotlight with a reality TV show and a new role on a terrible sitcom called Room and Bored. The show was hard to watch from the start. Shot in a brightly lit, fake-documentary style, like something you’d see on Lifetime, it felt like an all-too-easy joke about how shallow reality TV stars could be, and that punchline already felt dated at a time when reality TV had already reached its apex. Valerie was so desperate to be famous, she was willing to humiliate herself again and again on camera, whether that meant drunk-dialing Room and Bored’s douchebag showrunner, Paulie G (Lance Barber), or vomiting on set while dressed as a cupcake. Her catchphrase on Room and Bored“I don’t want to see that!”was exactly what viewers like me felt about watching Kudrow play this role. It was a little uncomfortable to see the beloved star of Friends acting like a desperate has-been. READ FULL STORY

HBO sets return date for 'Girls,' 'Looking'

HBO has set a premiere date for the return of Girls and Looking, as well as the debut of new series Togetherness from the Duplass brothers.

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'Game of Thrones' fans swarm actors in Spain

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is used to being famous. But not he’s not used to this.

The dashing Game of Thrones star was sitting for an interview in a Seville hotel bar a few weeks ago. Behind him, gaggles of young women took pictures through the window until a server closed the drapes. He had only landed in Spain a few days before, but fans quickly figured out his hotel and mobbed him there more than once. Thrones typically shoots in Northern Ireland and Croatia; this year, the series added Spain for scenes set in the show’s fictional country of Dorne.

“[Fans have] become more intense in Belfast for the first time too, but it’s nothing like Spain,” says Coster-Waldau, who emphasized that while he appreciates the attention, he’s unaccustomed to getting quite so much of it. “They’re really sweet, but some are like, ‘I’ve been looking for you for two days!‘” READ FULL STORY

Watch the trailer for 'The Comeback' season 2

You’ve been patiently awaiting footage from the hotly anticipated second season of The Comeback, and now it’s here: HBO has released the first official extended trailer for the cancelled cult favorite’s return engagement.

The second season of The Comeback finds Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow, also a co-creator) cast in an HBO dramedy about, well, Valerie Cherish. Her old nemesis Paulie G. has written a show about his experience working with Valerie on the 2005 sitcom Room & Bored (the show-within-the-show on the original Comeback), and now Valerie finds herself playing herself in the most challenging role she’s ever taken.

Watch the trailer for season two below, and read EW‘s exclusive report about the return of The Comeback here. READ FULL STORY

'Sonic Highways' premiere react: Foo Fighters dig into musical roots for impressive documentary

Recording an album is tough, but after 20 years of producing music, the most difficult aspect may be keeping the process fresh. The Foo Fighters took that concept to a new level while creating their latest album, due out in November–they toured the United States, recording each song in a different city, hoping that the music scene of the area would influence the track.

But Dave Grohl didn’t just want to record Sonic Highways–he decided to document the experience, interviewing figures important to each city’s musical history for a documentary series that shares the album’s name. In turn, those interviews shaped the album, as Grohl fashioned his lyrics out of the words of his documentary subjects.

So Sonic Highways attempts to be three different things–a history of music in America, the story of what inspired the Foo Fighters, particularly Dave Grohl, and a behind-the-scenes look at the music production process. Having to serve so many masters unfortunately detracts from the ultimate impact of each story thread, but the show’s ambition and actual construction are fascinating enough for anyone interested in American music, Foo Fighters fan or not, that Sonic Highways is still a unique and enjoyable look into the country’s defining musical history.

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Watch Frances McDormand in the trailer for 'Olive Kitteridge'

In the new trailer for HBO’s miniseries Olive Kitteridge, Frances McDormand doles out blunt dialogue as the titular character. READ FULL STORY

'Newsroom' trailer depicts Boston bombing, more legal trouble for ACN

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HBO has only teased the third season of The Newsroom in brief glimpses, offering little actual footage so far. But those wondering about the future of Will McAvoy and his team at News Night need wait no longer, as HBO has debuted the first real look at the show’s final season.

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HBO to adapt Oscar-nominated 2002 film 'In America' into series

The 2002 film In America earned writer-director Jim Sheridan an Oscar nomination for his script, which he co-wrote with his daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan. The film was inspired by Sheridan’s own family. Now Sheridan will now be able to pull even more from his own experiences, as the film will be turned into a series at HBO.

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