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HBO Prepares Pacific Invasion

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When I want to take a break and drive myself crazy, I look over my year-end best-TV-list candidates and try to whittle them down to 10. I didn’t realize until this year—with a surfeit of shows that could arguably land in a top 10—what a blessing the writers’ strike of 2008 was.

And next year could be even tougher. I haven’t seen any new series debuting for 2010 yet, but FX’s Lawman looks impressive; AMC Rubicon is at least a promising premise; and HBO has a whole train of new shows barreling down the track, including David Simon’s Treme and  Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire. (In case Game of Thrones fans are wondering, I’d be surprised, should the series get picked up, if it lands on air before 2011.) And oh yeah, here’s a trailer for a little Band of Brothers sequel called The Pacific:

Could be a long year.