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PC Principle Podcast - Pam Douglas

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These are exciting times for not only viewers of television, but for the people behind the scenes who create what we watch each and every week. With subscription services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon entering the television arena with high quality original programming to cable channels AMC, FX and A&E really giving the networks a run for their money, the creative element of television has never been greater.

Today we sit down with award winning writer, professor and author Pam Douglas. Her latest book, Future of Television: Your Guide to Creating TV in the New World is out now and discusses the future of television, encompassing all forms of television from traditional networks to the new media frontier.

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'Game Of Thrones' Most Pirated Show Of 2014

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There are going to be a ton of end of the year lists that will be coming out in the next week or so. Sometimes it's good to be on those list, sometimes not. We are sure that the folks at HBO aren't to crazy about the list that TorrentFreak.com just released.

According to the site, for the third year in a row, HBO's Game of Thrones was the most pirated show of 2014 in the world. Earlier this year, the hit series set an all-time record when more than 254,114 peers shared the same torrent file simultaneously.

Coming in second, yet still far behind, was AMC's The Walking Dead followed by The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and Gotham rounding out the Top 5.

TorrentFreak's data is estimated based on several sources, including download statistics reported by public BitTorrent trackers. Some outlets such as online streaming are difficult to track, so the numbers in the list could actually be much higher.

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PC Principle Podcast - Top Shows Of 2014

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The end of 2014 is almost here and that means it’s time for everyone’s list of top shows. Well, we here at the Pop Culture Principle do not want to disappoint our followers, so we have decided to share our list of Top Shows of 2014. Don’t worry, we aren’t doing this alone, we have a very special guest on our podcast. Carissa Pavlica, who is the Managing Editor at TVFanatic.com will be joining us and sharing her list as well.

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Interview: Eric Ladin

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AMC’s The Killing just recently finished a four season turbulent run. The series premiered to critical acclaim, but didn’t seem to fully connect with viewers. After two seasons, the network cancelled the series. After an outcry from fans, the network decided to bring the series back for a third season. Again, the show was praised by critics, but just reached its core audience. For the second time, AMC decided to cancel the series. In steps Netflix, who picked the series up for a six episode final fourth season to close out the story for its devoted fans. One of the reasons that show received its loyal fanbase was the work of actor Eric Ladin who played the campaign manager of Mayoral candidate Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell) in the first two seasons.

Let’s not throw all of Eric’s eggs in The Killing’s basket as he enjoys a very successful career. He’s played J. Edgar Hoover in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, appeared in multiple episode arcs on series such as Mad Men, Big Love and Surface. He’s also guest starred on shows such as Dexter, Justified and Castle to name a few. On the big screen, he recently appeared in the hit horror film Annabelle as well as the films Cursed and Bar Starz. Next up, Eric will join Jack Black and Tim Robbins in the HBO series The Brink scheduled to premiere in 2015.

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'Banshee' Third Season To Premiere January 9th On Cinemax

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BANSHEE returns for its ten-episode third season FRIDAY, JAN. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on CINEMAX. The Emmy®-winning show is executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes.

The show stars Antony Starr (“Wish You Were Here”) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pa., where he continues his criminal pursuits while enforcing his own code of justice.

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USA Network Announces Series Pick-Up For 'Mr. Robot'

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USA Network announced its first series pick-up from its existing pilot slate for the 2015-2016 season with a 10-episode order for MR. ROBOT (WORKING TITLE). The intense hacker drama from Universal Cable Productions is from writer and executive producer Sam Esmail (“Comet”) and executive producers Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”). The series stars Rami Malek (“24”), Christian Slater (“The Adderall Diaries”), Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallstrom (“Simple Simon”). The pilot was directed by Niels Arden Oplev (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”). The series will shoot in New York.

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Daniel Wu To Star In AMC Martial Arts Series 'Badlands'

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AMC has cast Hong Kong film star Daniel Wu as the lead of the network's martial arts drama “Badlands” (working title). Wu also serves as an executive producer on the series.

“Badlands” is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West.” In a land controlled by feudal barons, “Badlands” tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Wu) and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

“After working together with such a talented team of executive producers, writers and executives at AMC, I am excited for the opportunity to bring this character to life‎," said Wu.

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Hulu Announces Landmark Deal With FX

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Hulu has closed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for the exclusive subscription video on demand rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX primetime comedy, drama and miniseries in a new, multi-year agreement for FX Networks’ series produced or co-produced by FX Productions (FXP).

The deal will make Hulu the subscription video on-demand (SVOD) home to the largest selection of FX Networks content available through tablets, smartphones, gaming platforms and other internet-connected devices. Current season FX Networks series will remain available via the FXNOW app to authenticated subscribers through their MVPD provider.

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Syfy Announces Cast For New Scripted Series 'Dark Matter'

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Syfy today announced casting of the new acquired scripted series Dark Matter, which will feature Melissa O’Neil (Broadway production of Les Miserables), Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Alex Mallari Jr. (Robocop) and Jodelle Ferland (Twilight) with Roger Cross (The Strain) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl).

The series begins production in Toronto on January 7.

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Syfy Promotes Chris Regina To Senior Vice-President Of Program Strategy

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Syfy today announced that Chris Regina, one of the key architects behind Syfy’s successful acquisitions strategy and the pop culture sensation Sharknado, has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Program Strategy, Syfy and Chiller.

Based in the channel’s New York office, Regina will now report directly to Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller.

In making the announcement, Howe said: “Chris has done a remarkable job building a solid primetime schedule with smart, on-the-brand acquisitions and co-productions, along with being the driving force behind the Sharknado global social media phenomenon. We look forward to his many contributions to the growth of Syfy in the years to come.”

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