Helen Mirren and Al Pacino star in the new HBO film Phil Spector, which was written and directed by David Mamet. Phil Caruso/HBO Films hide caption

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Elisabeth Moss (right) and Thomas Wright star in Jane Campion's new series Top of the Lake. The Sundance Channel hide caption

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Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star in the new Netflix original series House of Cards, which premieres Feb. 1. Patrick Harbron/Netflix hide caption

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Jeannane Goossen and Kevin Bacon star as FBI special agents tracing a network of serial killers in Fox's new crime drama The Following. Fox hide caption

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Lena Dunham's series Girls, which follows the lives of a group of young women in New York City, returns to HBO this month. Jessica Miglio/HBO hide caption

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Social changes, romantic intrigues and financial crises grip the English country estate in the third season of Downton Abbey, starting Sunday on PBS. Shirley MacLaine joins the cast as Cora's wealthy American mother, Martha Levinson. Nick Briggs/ Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for Masterpiece hide caption

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The Beatles look out of the Magical Mystery Tour coach skylight, on location in England in September 1967. Apple Films Ltd/Channel Thirteen hide caption

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The new five-DVD, one-CD box set The Incredible Mel Brooks is crammed full with comedy gold — and includes Brooks and Carl Reiner (above) doing their iconic skit "The 2,000-Year-Old Man." William Claxton/Demont Photo Management, LLC hide caption

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A phone call from her former boss, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), delivers Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) back into the action of Homeland's second season. Ronen Akerman/Showtime hide caption

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Mamie Gummer stars as the title character in Emily Owens, M.D., the best new show on broadcast television this fall. Jack Rowand/The CW hide caption

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Fifty years ago, Johnny Carson became the host of The Tonight Show. NBC/Photofest/PBS hide caption

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Patrick Stewart co-starred in the BBC series that spanned the history of the Roman empire from Augustus through Claudius. Acorn Media hide caption

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Girls has been compared to Sex and the City. The characters, played by Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet, navigate the ups and downs of life in New York City. HBO hide caption

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Game of Throne's Peter Dinklage returns to the Lannister kingdom more influential than ever, thanks to a scroll that gives him power by proxy. Paul Schiraldi/Paul Schiraldi Photography hide caption

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Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, celebrates his 40th birthday in the fifth season of Mad Men. Frank Ockenfels/AMC hide caption

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