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News Briefs: HBO Sets Premiere Dates for Eastbound & Down and Boardwalk Empire

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... HBO has set premiere dates for a few of its fall series. Boardwalk Empire returns for its fourth season on September 8 at 9pm, and Eastbound & Down starts its fourth and final season on September 29 at 10:30pm. I guess you can say that Eastbound & Down has been canceled, but we pretty much already knew that this would be its final season, seeing as it's the follow-up to the last time the show was supposedly canceled. Other HBO projects getting dates: the comedy movie Clear History, starring Larry David, premieres August 10 at 9pm, and Hello Ladies, starring Stephen Merchant looking for love, gets going September 29 at 10pm. [HBO via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... FX has done the right thing and canceled Brand X With Russell Brand, but it hasn't done away with Russell Brand entirely. After realizing that letting Brand do a live, daily show wasn't working, FX has opted to use him elsewhere and ordered a Brand-starring pilot loosely based on Brand's life, in the vein of Curb Your Enthusiasm. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Game of Thrones is being watched by a lot of people. But how many people? Enough to give it the second-biggest audience among original HBO series, according to a collection of data put together by someone. Across all platforms it's notching about 13.4 million viewers per episode this season, which stands just below the 14.4 million that watched The Sopranos in 2004. [Vulture]

... FXX, the upcoming offshoot of cable network FX, has ordered its first original series in the animated Chozen, from the Eastbound & Down team of Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green. The series follows a white, gay rapper who's just been released from prison. What else would you expect from McBride? [FX via press release]

... Upcoming NBC comedy The Family Guide already has a new name. It's now called Growing Up Fisher, but we can probably also call it Should Be Canceled Any Day Now. [TV Guide]


CASTING NEWS

... Leverage star and internet sensation Christian Kane will guest-star on TNT's upcoming drama King & Maxwell. Kane will play the brother of star Rebecca Romijn's character in Episode 6. [TV Line]

... Ernie Hudson, the black guy from Ghostbusters, is close to joining Frank Darabont's upcoming '50s cop drama Lost Angels. Hudson would play a mobster in the employ of Bugsy Siegel who owns a bunch of clubs. [IndieWire]

... ABC's spouse-switcheroo Celebrity Wife Swap has announced six participants for the upcoming season, debuting June 23. Going through this traumatic experiment will be Bristol Palin and Joan Rivers, the wives of Rowdy Roddy Piper and "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, and former pop stars Nia Peeples and Tiffany. Why is this show not called Take My Wife... Please!? [ABC via press release]

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Very, very excited for "Hello Ladies." If you've never seen Stephen Merchant's standup, do yourself a favor and search it out.
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FXX, the upcoming offshoot of cable network FX, has ordered its first original series in the animated Chozen, from the Eastbound & Down team of Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green. The series follows a white, gay rapper who's just been released from prison. ..

That just sounds really STUPID. But whatever. The mindless drones will watch it..

Wait Ric Flair is having his wife on tv? Wait if that's wife number four spoiler alert. They're divorced now or getting divorced I forget
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brand x was bearable at time if there was nothing else. not sure what happened to the dude, he came off as a total douche on the show and just a few years prior he gave one of the funniest, most brilliant interviews on a late show I had ever seen. thinking he must have relapsed or is other act was just a fluke.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE!!

I knew there was another TNT show (in addition to rizzoli & isles and perception) that had that awfully mediocre vibe, yet somehow managed to forget it was leverage. a testament to the shows mediocrity perhaps. gentleman's bet says king & maxwell will be awfully mediocre as well.
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"Celebrity Wife Swap" sounds like a Hollywood party for swingers.
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Eastbound & Down! It's about f'n time Kenny!
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Correction, Brand X was not a daily show, it was a weekly show.

It's too bad FX tweaked the format over and over on Brand X, the 30 minute one without an interview was very entertaining, and even the pre-taped 1 hour version was ok, but the live format tanked it hard.

Ugh, "Chozen" sounds exceptionally obnoxious from just those 2 pieces of information.

Ha, TNT isn't going to let any contract players go... EVER.

Ernie Hudson was Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters, that's not just "the black guy", c'mon Tim! By that logic he's been "the black guy" in over a hundred movies and tv shows, and probably "the black guy" all his life too.

Because the estate of Henny Youngman would sue ABC into the poor house, that's why.
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Yeah, like everyone knows who Winston Zeddemore is??? (google makes even the biggest dullards seem like they know something). Don't cave in to the PC/looking for a reason to be offended twits, Tim. Function still trumps form any day of the week.
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Thumbs down!

Between 2 fantastic Ghostbusters movies and a popular cartoon series AND an awesome video game, he is memorable enough to be more than just his fucking race. And screw you for assuming I needed to google his character name. "That's a big twinkie." "I've seen shit that would turn you white." "When someone asks you if you're a god, you say... YES!" "If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say." Seriously, "the black guy" has some of the movie's best moments. Why not respond when asked who Bill Murray played that he's "the white guy"?
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Because there is more than one white guy in the movie, genius.
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It's called daily when you sleep the rest of the week.
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Excellent move, FX. Now, keep up the good work by doing the same for/to Charlie, George and Tracy.
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Speaking of midseason NBC shows, when can we expect trailers for shows such as About a Boy, Crisis, and Undateable?
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Guess I should watch the first 3 seasons of E&D...it, like Arrested Development, is one of those shows I didn't watch when it first aired and regretted it.

Also, I'm a jersey collector, and it would be pretty weird to own the Kenny Powers Mermen jersey without having seen the program.
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How does Bristol Palin participate in wife swap, is she even married??
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And Joan Rivers husband passed 36 years ago. Celebrity Singles Swap??
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So I guess ABC is now using very loose definitions of "wives", "celebrity" and "quality television" :/
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It's a reality show! Reality is the furthest thing from their little minds. Why do you even care???
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Really, 36 years? Bummer, I saw her live when he was alive--YIKES!!!
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Well then, 26, you say. Still YIKES...
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Sorry, typo - 26 years. Does that make you feel a little better? :) You're other comment seems a little harsh, tho... couldn't care in the least, just seemed ridiculous is all.
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I honestly didn't think they could give The Family Guide a worse name, but props to them they did it.
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Been a Christian Kane fan since his days on Angel, but I have no idea what this is about him being an "internet sensation". Can someone please fill me in?
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I was wondering, too...I know he released the country album but didn't think it was that big of a hit. Thought maybe there was some CK meme I've never seen. Unless Tim was just being cheeky...
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was wondering the same thing.
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Christian is a rather talented Country Music singer, he even showcased the talent on Leverage and has released an album.
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Is affixing "celebrity" in front of a show title a sign of desperation and/or a sign that the show has jumped the shark? Even worse, like most "celebrity" reality shows, the celebrities in this wife swap show sound more like has-beens and wannabees (looking at you, teen mom Bristol) than actual celebrities, unless a wormhole opened and we're in 1994. Also, I thought Brand X was weekly, not daily.
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