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Today's clump of television news includes bits from “Sons of Anarchy,” a Syfy new series, True Blood, “treme,” “Law & Order: UK,” "Ripper Street,” “Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, ” “Orphan Black,” “In the Flesh,” “Burton and Taylor,” “Atlantis,” and “An Adventure in Space and Time.”

We also touch on "Black Sails,” new shows “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Turn.” And some Hell on Wheels bits.


via bunches of press releases:

Sons of Anarchy returns for it's season 6 90-minute premiere on Tuesday, September 10 at 10 p.m.

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Syfy Greenlights a new series, called Dominion

NEW YORK – The future of humanity hangs in the balance as the ultimate celestial battle descends to Earth in Syfy's compelling new series Dominion, which has been greenlit to pilot by Syfy. Universal Cable Productions and BOLD Films are producing.

Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years in the future after a war between an army of angels and mankind has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity.

Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed Legion, is back to direct the pilot, and is one of the project’s executive producers. Michel Litvak and David Lancaster of BOLD Films are also Executive Producers. Vaun Wilmott, who is also writing the Syfy miniseries development project Ringworld, is writer and co-executive producer.

Bruce OP: I have to say, when Syfy started changing itself to keep up with the Jones's, or, more the point, financially survive as a TV network, many folks got upset as they programming started to change. But I had latched on the statement they made, that more or less said that first, they have to make enough money as a network to consider a good base of sci-fi programming.

Several years and a few quesionable, but successful years later, they are doing just that.

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HBO picked up True Blood for its seventh season.

“treme” returns for its fourth (final) season on Sunday, Dec. 1.

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BBC America TV News

BBC America announced several new and returning TV show dates.

Drama “Law & Order: UK” returns on Wednesday, August 7.

“Ripper Street” returns on Sunday, December 1

“Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond” (January 2014)

“Orphan Black” and “In the Flesh” return during the spring of 2014.

Series Debuts

“Burton and Taylor” on Sunday, Oct. 20;

“Atlantis” on Saturday, November 23;

“An Adventure in Space and Time” in November.

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"Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht announced that the network has picked up a second season of the original series, “Black Sails” from executive producer Michael Bay in advance of its first season premiere."

This is how they mess with TV and movie fans... sequels and early season orders to make something look worth checking out. And who knows, maybe it is. We'll see if this really pans out.

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AMC announced today series orders for the scripted dramas “Halt and Catch Fire” and “Turn.”

Set in the early 1980s, “Halt and Catch Fire” dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.

The series stars Lee Pace (Lincoln, “Pushing Daisies”) as Joe McMillan, Scoot McNairy (Argo) as Gordan Clark, Mackenzie Rio Davis (Smashed) as Cameron Howe, Kerry Bishe (Argo, Red State) as Donna Clark, Toby Huss (Cowboys & Aliens) as John Bosworth and David Wilson Barnes (The Bourne Legacy, “You Don’t Know Jack”) as Dave Butler.


Based on the book “Washington’s Spies,” written by Alexander Rose, “Turn” is set in the summer of 1778 and tells the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.

The series stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, King Kong, The Adventures of Tintin) as Abraham Woodhull, Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Judge Richard Woodhull, Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises) as Major Hewlett, Daniel Henshall (The Snowtown Murders) as Caleb, Seth Numrich (“The Good Wife”) as Ben Talmadge, Angus MacFadyen (Braveheart) as Robert Rogers, JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) as Major John Andre, Meegan Warner as Mary Woodhull and Heather Lind (“Boardwalk Empire”) as Anna Strong.

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AMC is hosting all the episodes from season two if you need to play catch up in time for the August 10th season three premiere of Hell on Wheels.

Yes... that's Saturday, August 10th. Either the show isn't pulling as much weight as they'd like but are somehow, politically committed or... they have an abundant amount of faith on Video on Demand viewers.

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