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POSTED: Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:55 PM
Stephen Colbert (left) with David Letterman on "The Late Show" last year

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.:

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 8, CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler announced Monday.

Given that David Letterman will be exiting the show he created on May 20 -- no doubt with considerable fanfare -- what's CBS going to be doing with that real estate over the summer, you might ask?

POSTED: Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:01 PM
Michael McKean co-stars in AMC's upcoming "Breaking Bad" spinoff, "Better Call Saul."

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.; 

Many actors, confronted with a reporter from a city not their own, will try to connect: They have an aunt/second cousin in Philly, once played a club there or passed through on their way to somewhere else.

Michael McKean, who starting Feb. 8 will be co-starring with Bob Odenkirk in AMC's "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul," can top that.

POSTED: Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2:04 PM
Gina Rodriguez stars in the newly renewed CW series "Jane the Virgin" (Tyler Golden/The CW)

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.:

The CW Sunday renewed all eight scripted series from its fall 2014 schedule for the 2015-16 season.

That includes: "Arrow," "Jane the Virgin," "Reign," "Supernatural" -- which will be in Season 11 -- "The 100," "The Flash," "The Originals" and "The Vampire Diaries."

POSTED: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:21 PM
"Broadchurch" is a new eight-part drama series by Kudos Film and Television for ITV.

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.:

BBC America released an explosive clip from Season 2 of its much-acclaimed "Broadchurch." And this one gave me chills.

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POSTED: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 12:49 PM
Jonathan Banks (left) and Bob Odenkirk in AMC's "Better Call Saul"

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif:

It would have been easy for the producers of "Better Call Saul" -- AMC's upcoming prequel to "Breaking Bad" -- to draw viewers with the possibility of glimpsing Walter White (Bryan Cranston) or Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), but they're not playing that game.

"Walt and Jesse will not show up in Season 1," executive producer Peter Gould told reporters Saturday. Which doesn't mean you won't see familiar faces beyond that of star Bob Odenkirk, the ethically challenged lawyer at the new show's center. For instance, Jonathan Banks, whose  Mike Ehrmantraut met a "Bad" end, will show up in "Saul" in an unexpected way (and that's all I'm saying about that).

POSTED: Thursday, January 8, 2015, 3:58 PM
Director Angela Bassett on the set of Lifetime's "Whitney"

From the Television Critics Association's winter meetings in Pasadena, Calif.:

What's love got to do with telling Whitney Houston's story?

Everything, says Angela Bassett. The actress, whose directorial debut, "Whitney," premieres on Lifetime Jan. 17, on Thursday defended the film's focus on a five-year period that encompassed the late singer's relationship with husband Bobby Brown.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 9:11 PM

Free-flowing alcohol may have helped make the Golden Globes one of Hollywood's livelier awards shows, but co-hosting them with Amy Poehler for three years running hasn't yet driven Upper Darby's Tina Fey to drink.

Not that some haven't tried.

The first year she and Poehler hosted, she said, someone wanted the pair to hold glasses of Scotch, possibly not realizing that Fey's not much of a drinker.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:38 PM

FX is taking us back to "Fargo." And to 1979.

The Emmy-nominated miniseries is now officially an example of TV's newest genre -- what some are calling the "renewable serial" -- with a second, 10-episode season in the works featuring a new cast and a story set in a new time period, the network announced Monday during its portion of the Television Critics Association's summer meetings.

"Fargo" executive producer Noah Hawley, who adapted the TV version from the Coen brothers' movie, will also return. And it will still be set in and around Minnesota. And though it will be filmed again in and around Calgary, Hawley's hoping for better weather, or at least not another blizzard episode.

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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting. Reach Ellen at graye@phillynews.com.

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