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HBO is Really in Luck

... It's official: HBO is completely out of its slump. The pay cable network has upped the drama Luck to series—but given the show's cast and crew, it was a no-brainer. The series comes from the minds of David Milch (Deadwood) and Michael Mann (Heat) and takes a look at horse racing. Among the A-list cast are Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Farina, and Nick Nolte. This is a show that's not to be missed. [HBO via press release]

... Yeah, Betty White is overexposed at the moment, but I'm okay with this casting. White will drop by the Season 2 premiere of Community as an anthropology professor. Let's hope Pierce gets a piece of that. Streets ahead, yo! [The Live Feed]

... Dolph Lundgren, who was once the topic of an argument I had with my brother over whether he was more famous than Lorenzo Lamas (he is), is coming to NBC's Chuck as a guest star for the Season 4 premiere. It's unclear what role Lundgren will play on the show, but I hope he punches Chuck in the face because that would be funny. [EW]

... True Blood added wolves to this season with its werewolf storyline, and now it looks like they're introducing another wild animal: panthers. The kitties will make their debut in mid-August. For those of you who've read the books, you know what this means. As for me, who didn't read the books but did read the following article, I got slam-banged with a major spoiler. Drats. [TV Guide (spoiler!)]

... My good friend Laura Vandervoort (okay I talked to her once at an event) is coming back to Smallville to reprise her role as Supergirl. Vandervoort is currently TV's hottest alien on V, but will come back to the long-running CW show for one episode during the final season. [EW]

... If you don't like sports, then TV.com's News Briefs with your host Tim Surette is now over. But if you do, then dig this: ABC has announced the latest roster of participants for Shaq Vs.. In the next season, Big Daddy Diesel Superman Socrates will partner up with Justin Bieber (whaaa?), have a cook-off with Rachael Ray, mess with Penn & Teller, chow down with hot-dog-eating champ Joey Chestnut, race Dale Earnhardt, Jr., run against Tyson Gay, golf with Charles Barkley, and box Sugar Shane Mosley. The next season debuts August 3. [Orlando Sentinel]


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Let's see ... Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Luck ... yep, HBO is definitely out of its slump. Add that to the third season of In Treatment, and the also ongoing Treme and True Blood, and it looks like HBO will once again be home to some of the best shows on TV (though AMC is definitely still giving it a run for its money -- besides the always stellar two-best-shows-on-tv Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC will be adding The Walking Dead come October. It WILL be incredible. It must).
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Dolph Lungren on Chuck, that could be very funny indeed.
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First of all I dont think Chuck should be punched in the face and secondly I think it seems the Smallville writers have left important things to enter the show very late, such as Clark flying and becoming superman. I suppose it keeps the fans watching who are waiting for this, but I feel version of superman has taken longer to reach the point. Despite this I still enjoy the show and will watch the final season.
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Horse racing? That sounds... well, I'll just see how it goes. I'm okay with vandervoort returning to Smallville But I think she'll just be there as a deux ex machina to get Clark back or to tell him the same thing they made every other character tell him "Be with Lois and save the world" I'm not looking forward to the mess that I'm going to put myself through once the next season starts.
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ew i didnt like Supergirl she can stay on V.
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Maybe Smallville can get its old charm back. It's weird, you talked about HBO, Dustin Hoffman, Betty White, Community, Chuck, True Blood and Shaq, and all we are talking about is Smallville and Laura.
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Never really cared much for Laura.
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Yes! I love Vandervoot and I also love Betty White in a slightly different way.
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Oh thank god Laura will be back on Smallville, too bad it is only for one episode. ps. Tim, why you list Shaq Vs... as sports is just funny and a little unnerving.
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