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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- One of summer's best comedy treats hasn't yet premiered so viewers can still look forward to IFC's "Documentary Now!" (10 p.m. Aug. 20).

Starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader and exeuctive produced by Seth Meyers, "Documentary Now!" parodies a different style of documentary each week.

From "Grey Gardens" to "Vice," the show does a great job spoofing its subjects. But will it make sense if you haven't seen the movie that inspired each episode?

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PRESS TOUR: Patrick Stewart stars in 'Blunt Talk'

Friday, 31 July 2015 03:05 PM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy") executive produces the upcoming Starz comedy "Blunt Talk" (9 p.m. Aug. 22) starring Patrick Stewart as a Piers Morgan-like, unhinged cable news anchor named Walter Blunt who is followed around by his trusty steward (Adrian Scarborough).

MacFarlane said he was eager to cast Stewart in a comedy.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- For its second season, HBO's "The Leftovers" (9 p.m. Oct. 4) is pulling up stakes from its original location in New York and moving its returning characters to Teaxs.

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PRESS TOUR: 'From Dusk Till Dawn' returns for season two

Thursday, 30 July 2015 05:39 PM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- El Rey's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" (9 p.m. Aug. 25) returns for another season of stylish violence and gore.

Executive producer Robert Rodriguez said season one re-told the story of the original 1996 film that the TV is based on and laid the groundwork for a new start in season two. 

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Discovery Family Channel tries to find its niche

Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:48 PM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Since its re-branding as Discovery Family Channel, formerly The Hub, Discovery Family has been trying to find its place among tough competition from Disney's channels, Nickelodeon's networks and Sprout.

DF general manager Tom Cosgrove said the strategy is to appeal to kids in daytime, adults in prime time.

"We know families still want to spend time gathering around the TV," he said, noting DF's success with co-viewing, drawing parents who watch with their children. "We're the No. 1 co-viewed network in 2015 to date. There's a void to be filled and we're here to fill it."

That includes a larger roster of family-friendly movies airing in prime time ("Muppets Take Manhattan" and "The Mighty Ducks" in September; the "Back to the Futue" trilogy in October and "Newsies" in November).

The network will devote August to pets with paws as part of its Pawgust programming stunt.

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Post-Gazette media writer Maria Sciullo and online features editor Sharon Eberson join me to discuss "Sharknado 3" and summer series, including "Wayward Pines," "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell," "Unreal" and "Another Period."

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PRESS TOUR: 'Manhattan' season two brews at WGN America

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 05:08 PM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- For its second season, WGN America's "Manhattan" (9 p.m. Oct. 13) will advance its story beyond the theoretical development of the first atomic weapon.

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