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The League Returns and It’s Time for The 2010 Draft!

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The League [FX, Thursdays, 10:30/9:30C] is a show about six members of a fantasy football league – in the same sense that a hurricane is about wind. These people are dedicated to winning – and not particularly scrupulous about how they do so.

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The League – Series Creators Jeff and Jackie Schaffer Talk Season Two!

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It’s that time of the year once again – that time when every self-described expert tries to put together a winning fantasy football league team. Fantasy league participants range from the casual [select the players, deal with the results] to the extreme [preparing for the draft means ignoring friends and family and doing as little at work as is required to not get fired].

FX’s The League [Thursdays, 10:30 /9:30C] is built around a league composed of the latter – and extreme members even for the latter. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to take part in a teleconference Q&A session with the show’s creators: Jeff and Jackie Schaffer. What transpired follows the jump.

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Michael Raymond-James Talks About Playing Britt – A Low-Rent PI on FX’s Terriers!

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Michael Raymond-James co-stars in FX’s Terriers [Wednesdays, 10/9C] as half of a team of low-rent PIs who frequently get in over their heads. The series, which looks to be garnering the kind of acclaim that other FX shows – like Justified and Rescue Me – have gotten, but hasn’t generated the kind of ratings of those shows. After you’ve read the Q&As with Mr. Raymond-James and Donal Logue [posted earlier], give the show a chance. You’ll be amply rewarded for your time.

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Terriers Star Donal Logue Talks About Joining the Series, Cast Chemistry and… Comic Book Movies?

TERRIERS: Donal Logue as Hank Dolworth in TERRIERS premiering on FX. CR: Mike Muller / FX

Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in a conference call Q&A session with Donal Logue, star of the new FX series, Terriers [Wednesdays, 10/9C]. The series is about an odd couple pair of C-grade detectives [totally unlicensed] are just trying to get by when they wind up in over their heads.

Logue proved loquacious, knowledgeable and completely willing to talk about Terriers and a few other interesting things. He came across as someone you could just hang with – and that always makes for a good interview.

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Summer’s Done; Fall’s Begun! The Best TV of Summer 2010; A Look at the First of Fall!

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What an interesting and entertaining summer it’s been for television. New Shows like Covert Affairs and Pretty Little Liars seemed to come out of nowhere to become hits, while reliable standbys like The Closer, Breaking Bad and Mad Men maintained their positions and won big at the Emmys. And for off the charts nasty fun, there was, once again, True Blood.

With the fall season getting underway [The CW and FX have already introduced new shows and the big guys are following over the next couple weeks], it’s definitely time to take a look at the best of this past summer and offer a couple of comments on the few new shows that we’ve seen debut over the last week.

Note that I have not included Mad Men in my summer list because I simply did not have time to include it in my schedule. A separate overview for MM will appear once the new fall season premieres have appeared.

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Coming Soon: The Elia Kazan Collection – Selected by Martin Scorsese!

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Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers of all time, and yet very few people are aware that as influential as he is, he was influenced to the same kind of degree by Elia Kazan [On the Waterfront, Splendor in the Grass]. Scorsese’s documentary, A Letter to Elia, will run alongside Kazan’s America, America on September 27th at the New York Film Festival, and will be broadcast on PBS on October 4th.

Fox Home Entertainment’s The Elia Kazan Collection – Selected by Martin Scorsese will be released on November 9th and will include A Letter to Elia along with fifteen of Kazan’s films [including the three mentioned above].

Details follow the jump.

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Mark Twain Checks Into NBC’s Conspiracy Series The Event!

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Hal Holbrook, best known for his one-man show, Mark Twain Tonight, has joined the cast of recurring actors on NBC’s The Event – the sprawling conspiracy series that the network hopes will generate the kind of buzz and loyalty achieved by ABC’s Lost.

Details follow the jump.

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TNT & TBS Order Four Pilots – Three Cop-Driven Mysteries and a Dallas Reboot!

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TNT [We Know Drama] and TBS [Very Funny] have announced their orders for four pilots: Perception, Untitled Allan Loeb Project and Dallas from TNT; Brain Trust from TNS. Perception, Untitled Allan Loeb Project and Brain Trust are being described as procedurals, while Dallas updates the soap opera travails of the Ewing family to the 21st century.

Details from the press release follow the jump.

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