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    Vikings

    Vikings

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    The History Channel
    The History Channel's scripted drama chronicling the adventures of Viking warrior (and supposed descendent of Odin), Ragnar Lothbrok. Curious as to what lies to the West, Ragnar devises a plan to rebel against the long tradition of raiding East. Originally intended as a mini-series, Vikings was renewed for a second and third season.moreless
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    Shameless

    Shameless

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    Showtime
    Set in working-class Chicago, the Gallagher family, a working class family of eight, must survive the ups and downs of today's recession. With a mother who is out of her element and an alcoholic father who usually ends up passed out on the living room floor, 18-year-old daughter Fiona is left with the task of keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow. This series is based on the UK series of the same name.moreless
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    Grimm

    Grimm

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    NBC (Returning Fall 2016)
    A supernatural crime drama involving a police detective (played by David Giuntoli) who can see the dual nature of creatures among us hiding in human form. As the descendant of the Grimms, he can see their inner natures. He also has the responsibility of being judge, jury, and sometimes executioner for crimes among these "others" for which there are no human laws that apply.moreless
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    Smallville

    Smallville

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    The CW (ended 2011)
    Smallville tells the tale of a teenage Clark Kent in the days before he was Superman. It is the town where he came from where very strange things started happening with his arrival in a spaceship in the midst of a meteor storm of green rocks. Clark must deal with a variety of individuals given powers by the green rocks, keep his powers a secret, cope with his friendship with a young Lex Luthor, and balance the two girls in his life, Chloe and Lana. The show also shows us how Lex Luthor develops from a friend of Clark's and kinda-okay guy to (presumably) the villain who will plague Superman in his later years.moreless
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    The Mentalist

    The Mentalist

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    CBS (ended 2015)
    "Mentalist, noun. Someone who uses mental acuity, hypnosis and/or suggestion. A master manipulator of thoughts and behavior." The Mentalist tells the tale of Patrick Jane, who is employed as an independent consultant working with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to solve crimes. He had been making a living as a psychic, and he would assist the police on cases -- until his life changed when he lost the two most important people in his life to one of those serial killers he was helping track. He now uses his refined observation skills to help the CBI solve cases. He works with Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon, Agents Kimball Cho and Wayne Rigsby and the rookie Grace Van Pelt. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television.moreless
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    Breaking Bad

    Breaking Bad

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    AMC (ended 2013)
    Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) stars in this drama focused on a mid-life crisis gone bad for an underachieving high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug dealer after discovering he has lung cancer. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to gain financial security for his family, Walter White joins forces with an old student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), in a quest that follows their entry into a dangerous world of drugs and crime. Breaking Bad is produced by High Bridge Productions, Inc. and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television for AMC Television. Filming takes place in New Mexico. Breaking Bad has won 16 major category Primetime Emmy Awards from 2008-2014, despite not qualifying for awards in 2011. Most notably, Bryan Cranston has won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times (2008-2010, 2014) during the series' run. Aaron Paul won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series three times (2010, 2012, 2014). In 2012, he beat fan favorite Giancarlo Esposito in the same nomination category. Anna Gunn won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series twice (2013, 2014). The show also picked up the Outstanding Drama Series award in 2013 and 2014. The show has 98 critical wins and 168 nominations in total. Critics have largely agreed that Breaking Bad was generally one of the best shows on television, praised for its acting, writing, directing, cinematography, and feature content.


    By the end of the series, the producing team consists of Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Michelle MacLaren, Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett, Bryan Cranston, Diane Mercer and Stewart Lyons.moreless
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    The Haves and the Have Nots

    The Haves and the Have Nots

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    OWN
    The Haves and the Have Nots is a new television drama from the prolific writer, director and producer Tyler Perry. The series follows the complicated dynamic and contrasting lifestyles between three families: the rich and powerful Cryer and Harrington families and the impoverished Young family, as their lives intersect in Savannah, Georgia. On the surface, the Cryers are the enviable face of success and wealth but the family's dysfunction threatens to destroy their world of privilege. Cryer family patriarch, Jim Cryer (John Schneider) is a powerful judge whose penchant for high-priced escorts puts his family and political ambitions at risk. Wife and matriarch Katheryn Cryer (Renee Lawless) portrays the loving and dutiful wife whose willing to do anything to protect her family's status. Their son, Wyatt (Aaron O'Connell) is a troubled, angry jock in and out of rehab. His sister Amanda (Jaclyn Betham) is a struggling law student who tries to live up to her parents' expectations but unwittingly befriends a scurrilous young woman, Candace Young, with the power to ruin the entire family. Hanna Young (Crystal Fox) is the Cryers' maid and matriarch of her family. She prides herself on her dutiful son, Benny (Tyler Lepley) and is anchored by her religious faith. Her one dark secret is her estranged daughter Candace, (Tika Sumpter) a manipulative opportunist who will do anything to get what she wants. In a bizarre twist of fate, Candace is shocked to learn that her new-found friend Amanda's father, is Jim Cryer who has been paying her for sex and who also employs her mother as his family's maid. Armed with this ammunition, the stage is set for what Candace believes is the opportunity of a lifetime. Other characters include: the Cryers' chef Celine (Eva Tamargo), their wealthy friends Veronica (Angela Robinson) and David Harrington (Peter Parros), and Wyatt Cryer's rehabilitation counselor, Jeffery Harrington (Gavin Houston).


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    24

    24

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    FOX (ended 2010)
    With the finale of 8th season, 24 is still one of the most innovative, addictive and acclaimed dramas on television. In its first seven seasons, the suspenseful series was nominated for a total of 68 Emmy awards, winning of 20 for Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series - 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M., Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - 12:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M., Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) - 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M., Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - 5:00 A.M. - 6:00 A.M., Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series - 5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M., Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., Outstanding Stunt Coordination - 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series - 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., Outstanding Stunt Coordination - 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M, Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series - 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M., Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M., Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) - 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M., Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M., Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Kiefer Sutherland, Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series - 10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M., Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Cherry Jones, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series - 4:00 A.M. - 5:00 A.M. and Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) - 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.. moreless
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    Days of our Lives

    Days of our Lives

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    NBC
    Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of our Lives...

    For over forty years, those words, spoken by the late Macdonald Carey, have introduced and underscored one of daytime drama's rare mainstays. NBC's Days of our Lives, will celebrate its 48th anniversary on November 8, 2013. It first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour ten years later. Today, it remains a consistent favorite among viewers of daytime television serials. It is the powerhouse of NBC's soap opera lineup and demonstrates its staying power in television history.

    In its lifetime years, Days of our Lives has garnered numerous Emmy Awards, Soap Opera Digest Awards and People's Choice Awards. The show's success derives from its consistent commitment to excellence in writing and storytelling, supported by an ensemble of performers, and an uncanny knack for anticipating viewer interests. From demonic possessions and baby switches to exciting teen stories and love triangles, Days of our Lives remains a perennial favorite among viewers of all ages.

    Filmed in Burbank, California, Days of our Lives is set in the fictitious midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Hortons and the Bradys, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama. Original cast member Frances Reid continues to star as Alice Horton.

    Days of our Lives is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Sony Pictures Television. Executive producer, Ken Corday, is following in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created Days of our Lives and helmed the series for many years.moreless
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    UnReal

    UnReal

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    Lifetime
    UnReal is an American comedy/drama television series that premiers on Lifetime on June 1, 2015. It stars Shiri Appleby (as Rachel Goldberg) as a young reality television producer pushed by her unscrupulous boss (played by Constance Zimmer) to swallow her integrity and do anything it takes to drum up salacious show content.moreless
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    The Originals

    The Originals

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    The CW
    The Originals is a spin-off series originating from The Vampire Diaries. A thousand years ago the Original Vampire family swore to each other that family is power and they pledged to remain together forever. Centuries have passed and the family bonds are broken. Klaus Mikaelson heads to the French Quarter of New Orleans, a city his family helped build. His former protégé, Marcel, is now in control. Elijah follows Klaus to New Orleans where they discover werewolf Haley and a powerful witch named Sophie. Klaus has no intention of answering to his now powerful protégé and is determined to reclaim the city and the power along with reuniting his family. While waiting for Rebekah to join them, Klaus, Elijah and the witches form an uneasy alliance to make sure THE ORIGINALS once again rule New Orleans.moreless
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    Fringe

    Fringe

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    FOX (ended 2013)
    This sci-fi drama follows the exploits of FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv,The Secret Life of Us), jack-of-all-trades Peter Bishop (Dawson's Creek's Joshua Jackson)and institutionalized scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble,Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as they work the cases of the Fringe Division, a task force focused on fringe science and paranormal events. They face a rapidly spreading series of unexplained phenomena of the threatening kind, leading to unimaginable discoveries and events. Also cast in the series areThe Black Donnelly's Kirk Acevedo andBoston Legal's Mark Valley as FBI agents andThe Wire's Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles, a special agent for Homeland Security and head of the Fringe division. Alongside them are veteran actress Blair Brown andTake the Leadactress Jasika Nicole. Brown plays Nina Sharp, a veteran Chief Operating Officer of Massive Dynamic, a cutting-edge research company, while Nicole plays Astrid Farnsworth, a federal assistant. This highly anticipated sci-fi drama was created byTransformers / Star Trek / Mission: Impossible III's J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Fringe's pilot was directed by Emmy Award-winning Alex Graves (The West Wing) and produced by Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions and Fringe Element Films. The show was nominated for Emmys for special effects and sound editing, and has won several Saturn awards including Best Network Television Series and Best Actress on Television (Anna Torv).moreless
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    One Tree Hill

    One Tree Hill

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    The CW (ended 2012)
    Set in the fictional small town of Tree Hill, NC, this teen-driven drama tells the story of two half brothers, who share a last name and nothing else. Brooding, blue-collar Lucas is a talented street-side basketball player, but his skills are appreciated only by his friends at the river court. Popular, affluent Nathan basks in the hero-worship of the town, as the star of his high school team. And both boys are the son of former college ball player, Dan Scott, whose long ago choice to abandon Lucas and his mother Karen, will haunt him long into his life with wife Deb, and their son Nathan. Until now, Dan has managed to keep his two sons far from each other. But the past and present collide sharply when Tree Hill's basketball coach recruits Lucas for his team, much to the chagrin of Nathan and Daddy Dan. And the siblings natural rivalry only intensifies when they set their sights on the same girl, Peyton Sawyer. The residue of the past lingers far into the future for the residents of Tree Hill, even as a new generation is rising. Tree Hill follows the lives and loves of these two brothers, their friends and their family as they navigate high school, marriage, and finally...adulthood. One Tree Hill theme song: I don't want to be by Gavin DeGraw I don't want to be Anything other than what I've been trying to be lately All I have to do Is think of me and I have peace of mind I'm tired of looking 'round rooms Wondering what I've got to do Or who I'm supposed to be I don't want to be anything other than memoreless
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    Ray Donovan

    Ray Donovan

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    Showtime
    Ray Donovan is a fixer for the rich and famous in Los Angeles. Ray, though, is a fixer who is broken with a troubled Irish family he can't quite escape.
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    Major Crimes

    Major Crimes

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    TNT
    Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. In the series, Mary McDonnell stars as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, who heads up a special squad within the LAPD that deals with high-profile or particularly sensitive crimes.moreless
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    Lost

    Lost

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    ABC (ended 2010)
    After Oceanic Air Flight 815 tears apart in mid-air and crashes on a Pacific island on September 22nd 2004, its survivors are forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discover that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, housing with electricity and hot & cold running water, a group of island residents known as "The Others," and a mysterious man named Jacob. The survivors also find signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock and the ruins of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the DHARMA Initiative -- a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past. Lost has won a Golden Globe, 10 Saturn Awards and 10 Emmy Awards.moreless
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    Outlander

    Outlander

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    Starz
    Ronald D. Moore's "Outlander" is based on the bestseller book series by Diana Gabaldon. The show follows the story of World War II nurse, Claire Randall who inadvertently time travels to 18th century war-torn Scotland. There she meets young Jamie Fraser, a man who will change her life forever.moreless
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    The Good Wife

    The Good Wife

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    CBS (ended 2016)
    The Good Wife is a female-driven drama about a politician's wife who pursues her own career as a defense attorney after her husband is sent to jail on charges of political corruption. Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) will not only have to deal with her career but also with keeping her family together by providing a stable home for her two children. The Good Wife returns for a 7th season on October 4, 2015.moreless
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    The Bill

    The Bill

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    ITV (ended 2010)
    Welcome to The Bill guide at TV.com. The Bill recounts the goings-on within and around Sun Hill, a Metropolitan Police Station located in the fictional Borough of Canley, in east London. Running for over 25 years, The Bill was Britain's longest running police drama series, finally outstripping Dixon of Dock Green on 10 August 2005. It adapted to meet the challenges of the highly competitive world of independent television, evolving from a standard post-watershed police procedural drama, through a period as a twice- and, later, thrice-weekly early evening ratings grabber with stand-alone plots, then as a twice-weekly one-hour drama with ongoing soap-style exploration of the troubled personal lives of its police officers. The Bill reverted to a once a week, post-watershed drama on 23 July 2009, but ITV decided not to renew the show when the contract came up for renewal the following year. The Bill is not your average cop show, but rather an extraordinary police drama that brings each episode to the audience through the eyes of the characters. An excellent cast, supported by some of the country's leading writers and directors and some innovative camera work gives an incredible sense of realism. Other police dramas have been created in an attempt to mirror its conventions and match its success, but none has lasted. The Bill truly deserves its accolade as Britain's most successful police drama.moreless
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    Murdoch Mysteries

    Murdoch Mysteries

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    CBC
    A Victorian-era Toronto detective uses then-cutting edge forensic techniques to solve crimes, with the assistance of a female coroner who is also struggling for recognition in the face of tradition. The characters are adapted from the Detective Murdoch novels by Maureen Jennings.moreless
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