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FX Presents American Horror Story!

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FX’s new family drama [as in a drama about a family, as opposed to a drama the whole family can watch], American Horror Story – starring Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Jessica Lange – has an official trailer and an official poster – both odd and disturbing.

Check them out following the jump.

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Fright Night is Fast Paced, Funny and Creepy!

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Every time I see a remake that makes me cringe, I remember that Hollywood needed three tries to get it right with The Maltese Falcon. Then, when I see a good remake, like Fright Night, I feel ever so slightly vindicated for not giving up hope.

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Mary Steenburgen Guest Stars This Week on Wilfred!

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Academy Award® winner Mary Steenburgen will make a guest starring appearance in “Compassion,” the first of two back-to-back episodes of WILFRED airing this Thursday night at 10/9C PM and 10:30/9:30 on FX. Mary stars as Catherine, Ryan’s (Elijah Wood) free-spirited and frequently absent mother. When Catherine approaches Ryan for emotional support, he realizes that mother and son are much more alike than he imagined. The blurbs for Thursday’s episodes follow the jump.

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United States of Tara: Season Three – Left Hanging, But on a Hopeful Note!

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Showtime canceled United States of Tara – the series about the dysfunctional family with the matriarch who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder – after seeing its third season ratings plummet. This is a shame because the series was far better than the inexplicably more popular Nurse Jackie. Thus, all though it doesn’t get a proper finale, the show’s third season maintained its high quality and came to a conclusion that had a genuinely hopeful note.

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Warehouse 13 Goes High Fantasy Inside a Video Game!

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Warehouse 13 [Syfy, Mondays, 9/8C] uses a loose format – agents must track down and neutralize a variety of dangerous artifacts – to go places that most television series would avoid at all costs. This week’s episode, for example, is a high fantasy parody of video games, their programmers, and the show itself.

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Warehouse 13’s Allison Scagliotti on Playing a Video Game From The Inside!

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Allison Scagliotti is best known for playing Warehouse Agent-in-Training, Claudia Donovan on Syfy’s hit series, Warehouse 13 [Mondays, 9/8C]. As the Warehouse’s resident tech wizard, she has only added to her geek cred – having played one of the Wonder Twins on Smallville – but that’s small potatoes compared with her dual role in this week’s episode of Warehouse 13, in which Claudia and Agent Pete Lattimer [Eddie McClintock] have to enter a virtual world inside a computer game to save the life of Douglas Fargo [Neil Greyston, crossing over Eureka]. Because of the unique nature of the episode – and her dual role, Syfy arranged a conference call Q&A session with Scagliotti.

This call took place before the series was picked up for a fourth season, but just after news of Syfy’s cancelation of Eureka – both of which topics came up in the course of the call.

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The Help Is an Unexpected – If Wonderful – Summer Surprise!

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In the early ‘60s, when the Deep South was segregated, yet many rich white families had ‘help’ to cook, clean and raise their children, the inequality of ‘separate but equal’ was being seriously challenged for the first time, there were as many unsung idealists who helped pave the way for the civil rights movement to succeed. The Help is based on a novel about one such idealistic person – Skeeter, a young, college educated woman who persuades ‘the help’ to tell their stories for publication – and the two maids, Aibileen and Minny, who risk everything to share their stories with her.

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Cinemax Changes Focus with Strike Back!

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With Strike Back, HBO’s racier cable outlet steps away from its ‘Skinema’ nickname and moves into the realm of hard-edged action-adventure. The premise of new series [which premieres on Friday, August 12th at 10/9C] is as follows: when a resourceful international terrorist group plots an attack, a charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative joins forces with a stealth British military unit to stop them.

Further details – including the blurb for the series premiere, cast and production details, the official trailer and two clips follow the jump.

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