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The Daily Beast: "15 Reasons to Watch TV This Spring"

Looking for something to watch this spring? Head over to The Daily Beast, where you can read my latest piece, "15 Reasons to Watch TV This Spring," where I round up fifteen new and returning series airing this spring--from Doctor Who , V, Nurse Jackie , and Fringe to Treme, Peep Show, and Top Chef Masters , among others--as well as some major events like the end of ABC's Lost in May. What are you most looking forward to this spring and what's caught your fancy as your latest television obsession? Head to the comments section to discuss.

2010 William S. Paley Television Festival Lineup Announced

The Paley Center for Media has announced the lineup for the the 27th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival (known affectionately to its attendees as PaleyFest). Critical darling Modern Family will kick off the festival on February 26th. Other series getting individual sessions include ABC's Lost , CW's The Vampire Diaries , FOX's Glee , NBC's Community , ABC's Cougar Town ABC's FlashForward , TNT's Men of a Certain Age , CBS' NCIS , Showtime's Dexter , AMC's Breaking Bad , and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm , the latter of which will be the festival's final offering this year. Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for Seth MacFarlane and Friends, an evening celebrating McFarlane's animated comedies Family Guy, American Dad , and The Cleveland Show . The day-by-day breakdown of the festival can be found below. (All panels begin at 7 pm.) Feb. 26th: Modern Family Feb. 27th : Lost March 1st: NCIS March 3rd: Community March 4t

AMC Announces Season Three Start for "Breaking Bad"

Time to take another walk on the dark side. AMC has finally announced a launch date for Season Three of critically-acclaimed drama series Breaking Bad . The cabler will launch the third season on Sunday, March 21st at 10 pm ET/PT and will offer a "best of Breaking Bad " marathon on Friday, March 19th. The full press release from AMC can be found below. AMC ANNOUNCES “BREAKING BAD” SEASON THREE PREMIERE SUNDAY, MARCH 21 AT 10PM ET/PT Back-to-Back Emmy® Winner Bryan Cranston Directs Season Premiere “The Best of Breaking Bad” Marathon Begins Friday, March 19 at 8pm “Top 10 Baddest Moments” and Other Exclusive Content on AMCTV.com New York, NY – January 11, 2010 – AMC will premiere the highly anticipated third season of “Breaking Bad” on Sunday, March 21 at 10pm ET/PT. Back-to-back Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston will serve double duty as director of the premiere episode, “No Mas.” Leading up to the highly-anticipated new season will be a “Best of Breaking Bad” Marathon

Channel Surfing: Showtime Passes on "L Word" Spin-off, Peter Gallagher to Raise Eyebrows on "Californication," Anna Torv Talks "Fringe," and More

Welcome to your Friday morning television briefing. Showtime has apparently passed on The L Word spin-off entitled The Farm , starring Leisha Hailey, and the Matthew Perry-led comedy The End of Steve . Neither pilot will be picked up to series, though the pay cabler has indicated that it is currently weighing fellow pilots Possible Side Effects , about a family-run pharmaceutical company from writer/executive producer Tim Robbins, and comedy Ronna and Beverly , from Jessica Chaffin, Jamie Denbo, and Jenji Kohan ( Weeds ). It's worth noting that Showtime has a whole slew of returning series including Californication, Dexter, The Tudors, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, United States of Tara, Weeds , and Secret Diary of a Call , the latter two of which have already been renewed for two additional seasons, and is about to launch Edie Falco comedy Nurse Jackie . ( Hollywood Reporter ) Peter Gallagher ( The O.C. ) has been cast in a multiple-episode story arc in Season Three o

Channel Surfing: AMC Renews "Breaking Bad" for Third Season, Lifetime Struts on "Project Runway," CBS Shuts Off "Guiding Light," and More

Welcome to your Thursday morning television briefing. AMC has renewed drama Breaking Bad for a third season, only four episodes into the series' sophomore season, which launched with 1.7 million viewers, a 21 percent increase over the series premiere episode. Series, which stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, and Betsy Brandt, will join the ranks of AMC drama Mad Men , also renewed for a third year. ( Hollywood Reporter ) The battle over Project Runway has finally ended and now that the dust has cleared, it's Lifetime who will air the sixth season of the reality series this summer. "I couldn’t be more excited that Lifetime will bring its viewers an amazing, all-new season of Project Runway this summer," said Lifetime president/CEO Andrea Wong in a statement. "As the highest-rated cable network for women, Lifetime is the perfect home for this outstanding program as well as its companion series Models of the Runway . All of us at

Bit By A Dead Bee: Sneak Peek at This Week's Episode of AMC's "Breaking Bad"

Can't get enough Breaking Bad ? Check out a sneak peek at this week's episode of Breaking Bad ("Bit By a Dead Bee"), in which Jesse (Aaron Paul) tries to get rid of any incriminating evidence following his agreement with Walt (Bryan Cranston). Want a little more info? You can read my advance review of the first three episodes of Season Two of Breaking Bad here . Breaking Bad airs Sunday at 10 pm ET/PT on AMC.

Rage Against the Dying of the Light: An Advance Review of Season Two of AMC's "Breaking Bad"

Would you go gentle into that good night? To answer Dylan Thomas' eternal question, Walt White (Bryan Cranston ) offered a resounding negative on Breaking Bad 's first season, which saw the painfully overqualified high school chemistry teacher start cooking meth with his burn-out former student Jesse (Aaron Paul) in an effort to provide for his family after his rather imminent death. Season Two of the harrowing and engaging Breaking Bad , which launches this weekend on AMC , doesn't change Walt's outlook: if anything--and in spite of the increasingly more dangerous waters in which he finds himself--Walter doesn't correct his path. However, in the three episodes of Breaking Bad provided to press for review, Walt does find himself increasingly at odds with both his moral compass and his body as his lung cancer continues to eat away at him. And there's the matter of his family--his loving wife Skylar (Anna Gunn ), his cerebral palsy-afflicted teenage son Walt

Break in to AMC's "Breaking Bad"

Just in time for the launch of the series' sophomore season next month, Breaking Bad: Season One is available in stores today as a DVD box set. The three-disc set features all seven episodes from Breaking Bad 's award-winning first season, along with a slew of bonus material, including a making of feature, fourteen Inside Breaking Bad featurettes, deleted scenes, commentary on select episodes, screen tests, and an episode of AMC Shootout featuring creator Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. In the meantime, below is one of five Breaking Bad minisodes, entitled "The Break-In," to tide you over until Season Two launches in about a week and a half. And be sure to also check out Walt's Warning , a first-person customized viral video starring Bryan Cranston that allows viewers choose their own Breaking Bad -driven adventure. Season Two of Breaking Bad launches Sunday, March 8th at 10 pm ET/PT on AMC.