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'Big Bang Theory' and HBO are big winners at Critics' Choice Television Awards

Two TV juggernauts won extra accolades at last night’s 3rd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday night.

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory — the most-watched comedy both on network TV and on cable — snagged three prizes, including the honors for Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Simon Helberg), and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Kaley Cuoco, who tied with The Middle‘s Eden Sher), making it the awards’ single-most celebrated series.

Cable powerhouse HBO, meanwhile, was cited five times for three different series (Veep, Game of Thrones, and The Newsroom) and one TV movie (Behind the Candelabra), making it the awards’ most celebrated network. With four awards of its own, though, FX is nipping at HBO’s heels. And though Game of Thrones was named Best Drama Series at the awards, it wasn’t the only show to win that title; the fantasy shared the prize with AMC’s Breaking Bad.

A full list of winners — including the BTJA’s picks for this fall’s “most exciting new series” — follows.

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HBO developing sci-fi drama 'The Spark' from 'Last Resort' creator

HBO has conquered the fantasy genre with Game of Thrones, and now the cable network is looking to delve into science fiction with a project called The Spark, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

Now in development (so it’s not guaranteed to be picked up to air), The Spark comes from the mind of Karl Gajdusek, creator of military TV series Last Resort, which premiered last fall but was canceled by ABC mid-season. Gajdusek also co-wrote the recent Tom Cruise sci-fi flick Oblivion.

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New trailer for 'The Newsroom' shows the gang wandering the desert -- VIDEO

If the new trailer for The Newsroom is to be believed, Atlantis Cable News may be temporarily relocating to the middle of a desert. Much more likely, of course, is that this new teaser for season 2 of the drama is simply setting the “us against the world” mood. The dialogue-free spot features Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) wandering the desert and seeing flashes of all the other characters before the whole gang (save for new recurring star Marcia Gay Harden) gather in front of a television set as the tagline appears: “Together they stand alone.”

Important people doing important things! Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Rob Lowe on his crazy transformation for Liberace biopic 'Behind the Candelabra'

Steven Soderbergh’s HBO film Behind the Candelabra is full of WTF moments, but Rob Lowe’s physical transformation as Liberace’s plastic surgeon Dr. Startz might be the most jaw-dropping. Read on for Lowe’s take on his disturbing yet fascinating makeover, the similarities between Dr. Startz and Lowe’s Parks and Recreation character, and what it was like to see “Gordon Gekko banging Jason Bourne.” READ FULL STORY

First Look: Christopher Plummer and Frank Langella star in Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

Don’t let the title fool you — this film is not about Ali taking down Frazier. As it turns out, Muhammad Ali’s greatest fight was not in the ring.

Written by Shawn Slovo and directed by Stephen Frears, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight tells the story of Ali’s famous courtroom battle. After being drafted to the Vietnam War, Ali claimed conscientious objector status on religious grounds, which therefore lead to years of dodging punches from the U.S. judicial system before finally facing the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971.But Frears’ latest film takes the focus away from Ali and puts the camera on the nine Supreme Court justices, lead by Christopher Plummer’s John Harlan and Frank Langella’s Warren Burger, who took on the case. READ FULL STORY

First Look: See Larry David and Jon Hamm in HBO's new film, 'Clear History' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Recognize the guy on the right?

That’s a virtually unrecognizable Larry David in the new HBO movie Clear History (due in August). David stars as Nathan, a hipster marketing exec who sells all his shares at a start-up over a fight with his boss (Jon Hamm, left), only to miss out on billions when the company’s new product—an electric car—becomes a smashing success. READ FULL STORY

HBO orders dramedy starring 'Glee' actor Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff is coming back to TV.

EW has confirmed that HBO has picked up eight episodes of a gay-themed dramedy starring the former Glee actor/Broadway star. The series, set to air in 2014, is not currently untitled.

The show centers on three friends living in San Francisco and explores “the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men.”

The project also stars Frankie J. Alvarez (Smash) and Murray Bartlett (Guiding Light).

Production is expected to start this fall in San Francisco.

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Listen: Michael Douglas tickles the ivories as Liberace -- EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

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HBO’s Liberace biopic arrives draped — as its subject was — in showmanship and song. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Behind the Candelabra stars Michael Douglas as the famously flamboyant Vegas performer alongside Matt Damon as his much-younger lover/lookalike. In this exclusive audio clip of “The Liberace Boogie” from the film’s first scene, take a listen to Douglas-as-Liberace. Does Douglas’ voice match Liberace’s as well as the rest of him?

The soundtrack includes both Liberace’s recordings and original pieces and is available digitally on May 21; the film premieres on HBO on May 26. READ FULL STORY

'Girls' beats 'Game of Thrones' at BAFTA TV awards

It’s not just New York City twenty-somethings who can’t stop watching Hannah Horvath and Co.

The British Academy Television Awards were held last night and the award  for International Program went to Girls, beating out Game of Thrones, Homeland, and The Bridge. But Game of Thrones didn’t go home empty handed — the HBO drama did win the Audience award (which Girls was not nominated for).

Elsewhere, fans looking for their next option to binge-watch should consider the Olympic-themed Twenty Twelve. The U.K. sitcom, starring Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville, won Olivia Colman the BAFTA for Situation Comedy and Performance in a Comedy Programme. On the more serious side, Last Tango in Halifax won for Drama Series. Last Tango in Halifax follows two teenage sweethearts who are reunited 60 years later courtesy of Facebook.

Shocking losses included The Girl, starring nominees Toby Jones, Sienna Miller, and Imelda Staunton, as well as Parade’s End, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which just concluded an HBO run in the United States.

A full list of winners can be found on the BBC’s site.

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'Family Tree' review: Christopher Guest's HBO mockumentary smart despite genre's staleness

Tom Chadwick is an affable British-Irish chap stuck in a bad patch. He’s reeling from a breakup, and he’s just been made redundant at his job. His longtime best friend keeps setting him up on disastrous dates with dim-witted women. Tom needs to Move Along, Please!, to borrow the title from his father’s favorite sitcom. Into Tom’s stultifying life drops a box of heirlooms bequeathed by a dead great-aunt. He begins investigating the knotty roots of his screwy family history, which takes this hangdog Homer on an absurdly funny odyssey into oddball quarters and pastimes (pantomime horse racing, anyone?). Tom, a product of his reality TV/self-documenting generation, allows a film crew to record his journey of discovery. Look, everybody! I’m interesting!

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Chris O'Dowd has a very odd date in new HBO comedy 'Family Tree' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Family Tree, a new faux documentary series on HBO, chronicles one man’s attempts to discover his lineage.

After losing his job and his girlfriend, Tom Chadwick (played by Chris O’Dowd) receives a box of things belonging to a great aunt he never knew. This prompts him to begin investigating his past.

The show, created by Christopher Guest (Best in Show) and Jim Piddock (The Five-Year Engagement), features a lot of improvised dialogue by veteran actors — many of whom have worked with Guest in the past. Familiar faces Ed Begley, Jr., Fred Willard, Michael McKean, Nina Conti, and Bob Balaban will all make appearances in the new series, which premieres on Sunday, May 12.

In this exclusive clip, Tom is back in the dating scene, having dinner with a woman who has an … interesting hobby.

Check out the exclusive clip below:
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'The Newsroom' season two takes us way back in time to 2012 -- VIDEO

Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) and MacKenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer) continue working together despite their history and tense romantic future? In the promo below, Mac reminds Will: “For just a minute, you forgot that you were mad at me.”

We also get a look at Marcia Gay Harden’s character, a key element in the new season-long arc, which includes a deposition about a wrongful termination suit. And Neal (Dev Patel), who was so brash as to be a proponent of blogs last season, this time around latches on to another story his bosses are reluctant to go along with — the Occupy Movement.

Maggie (Alison Pill) “is going to lose everything,” which hopefully includes frumpy sweaters — but not a place in the delightfully frustrating love quadrangle with Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), Don (Thomas Sadoski),  Sloan (Olivia Munn), and the Romney campaign.

Watch the promo below:
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Full-length 'True Blood' trailer: Summer is coming -- VIDEO

HBO has released a full-length trailer for the new season of True Blood premiering June 16. While the war between humans and vampires reaches new levels thanks to Billith, some things remain the same — such as Eric having multiple reasons to be shirtless, Jason being at his comedic best when he’s in Rambo mode, and Sookie’s couch seeing some serious action. Watch it below. We get glimpses of everyone.  READ FULL STORY

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