'The Killing' final season gets a premiere date on Netflix; 'Sopranos' and more shows coming to Amazon

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- The final season of "The Killing" has a premiere date. The twice-canceled, twice-resurrected series will debut its six-episode fourth season Aug. 1 on Netflix, which revived it after AMC cut ties following Season 3. Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman will return as Seattle detectives Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder.

- HBO has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Amazon to bring older HBO shows to Amazon Prime. Completed shows shows like "The Sopranos," "The Wire," "Six Feet Under," "Eastbound & Down," "Big Love," "Flight of the Conchords," "John Adams," "Band of Brothers," "Enlightened" and "Family Tree," as well as early seasons of "Boardwalk Empire," "True Blood" and "Treme," will be available starting May 21. Past seasons of "The Newsroom," "Veep" and "Girls" will start streaming on Amazon Prime approximately three years after they air on HBO. The network confirms to Zap2it that "Game of Thrones" is not a part of the deal.

- A&E has announced the premiere date of "Longmire." The third season returns Monday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In the Season 3 premiere, Sheriff Walt Longmire deals with the fallout from Henry's arrest and Branch's shooting, which is complicated by Branch's insistence that his shooter is someone known to be dead.

- A new season of "Food Network Star" is headed your way. The 10th installment of the competition series will debut at 9 p.m. ET/PT June 1. Judges Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay will return, as will the companion web show "Star Salvation" and audience voting for the winner.

- MTV's 2014 Video Music Awards are heading back to Southern California. The network announced that the awards show will air live at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Aug. 24. This will be the first major awards show to take place at that venue. The announcement was made with a video unveiling the new location, which can be viewed below.



- The BBC miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" is now becoming an American co-production. HBO has joined as a co-producer for the three-hour series, which will begin shooting in South West England in the summer. This is Rowling's first novel to be adapted since the final "Harry Potter" movie was released. [ Deadline]

- Ellen DeGeneres is making her stamp on HGTV. She is launching a new home-design show called "Ellen's Design Challenge." The reality series will feature six contestants who need to work with designers to create furniture within 24 hours. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, and will be awarded a cash prize. "Ellen's Design Challenge" will premiere in 2015. [ The Hollywood Reporter]

- Bravo is teaming up with Jennifer Garner's production company, Vandalia Films, for a new scripted series called "All the Pretty Faces." The dramedy-mystery from J. Mills Goodloe tells the story of two families from Half Moon Bay, Calif., who have been in a decades-long feud. When one member of their family dies, it "brings both families together in search of the secret to the afflication that has plagued them for generations ... immortality."

- George Stephanopoulos has inked a new longterm deal with ABC that will keep him at "Good Morning America" and "This Week" for "the foreseeable future." Sources say his contract was set to expire at the end of 2014, and he still renewed his deal with ABC for "longer than the standard three-years TV news contract." [ The Hollywood Reporter]
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