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TV Year End Recap

December 26th, 2009 3:00pm EST
TV Year End Recap
Ah, the year has come to an end once more. Well, actually the decade has come to an end. But enough of all that end-of-the-decade nonsense. We still have a year in TV to discuss. A year that finally saw the networks once again deliver us some new shows worth watching, a year when several cable dramas took a massive step forward. A year when Paula Abdul wasn't the worst "Idol" Judge!

Yes, it was a strange year on the small screen, but a good one all the same. Here's the best, and some of the worst, of TV 2009.

Great Performances:

Jane Lynch in "Glee"

Sure, she's been hailed...
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Fashion Police: Chloe Sevigny, What Have Ye Done?

December 22nd, 2009 6:00pm EST
Chloe Sevigny
Chloe Sevigny showed up to the "My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done" Los Angeles premiere over the weekend wearing unflattering, high-waisted leopard print pants. She didn't make the outfit cool by pairing it with a black leather jacket. What do you think? See more photos after the jump.

Chloe stars in the Werner Herzog film, which is loosely based on the true story of a San Diego man whose mystifying experiences lead him to commit a shocking act of matricide.

The actress was just nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance in "Big Love." The HBO series begins its new season ...
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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

December 18th, 2009 9:39am EST
Greatest Entertainers of the Decade
This week, we've brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, Albums and Movies of the Decade. Now it's time to roll it all into one with the Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade.

This was a decade where entertainment became increasingly fractured. With 500 channels 500 bazillion websites and every medium on-demand, bringing together any significant chunk of people to one thing was a true sign of greatness. In an era when nobody had to agree - making them agree took something beyond the level of entertainer we saw in the past.

With that in mind, here are the Ten Greatest Entert...
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'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.

BEST FEATURE - DRAMA
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Jessica Biel, Chloe Sevigny & Others At The Prada Book Launch (Photos)

November 14th, 2009 9:06am EST
Chloe Sevigny
We're not really fond of what Chloe Sevigny is wearing - or why Zoe Saldana has a similar outfit on. On one hand it's matronly, on the other it exposes more than we want to see. Do we really want to look at her bra and stomach? See more photos from the event after the jump.

Raised in the wealthy, conservative suburb of Darien, Connecticut in 1974, Sevigny began hanging out in New York as a teenager. Before she became an actress, she was Jay McInerney's "It" girl. After sighting the young Sevigny on the streets of New York, she repeatedly drew notice for her distinct, idiosyncratic fashio...
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Q&A With Michael Ausiello: TV Fan, Media Journalist, and Neo-Celebrity (But Don't Try To Tell Him That!)

September 30th, 2009 11:15am EDT
Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello, "Entertainment Weekly's" TV writer, is the "outbreak monkey" of his field. There is a new virus that is affecting the field of media journalism, and that plague is celebrity. The new neo-celebrity status of these journalists has a patient zero - the person we see as the beginning of it all - and that is Ausiello himself.

The line between celebrity and non-celebrity has blurred in the past 15 years thanks to a change in how we interpret and apply entertainment and media into our daily lives. This change has created a domino effect that has also hit the field of journ...
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The 61st Emmy Awards: Who Should Win And Who Will Win

September 18th, 2009 3:44pm EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
You may have forgotten since there is about a 47-month lull between the nomination announcements and the actual awards ceremony, but the Primetime Emmy Awards are coming to your living room on Sunday evening with everybody’s favorite human being, Neil Patrick Harris, serving as host for the evening.

Hopefully, the choice of somebody known for being funny and having talents that extend beyond being able to sit still for a perfect haircut and remembering the names of contestants will show a marked improvement in the quality of the ceremony with the return to Emmy ceremonies of yore where b...
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Emmy Nomination Surprises, Snubs And Shouldn't Be Nominated

July 16th, 2009 3:17pm EDT
How I Met Your Mother
To paraphrase Ned Flanders, apparently an Emmy nomination is easier to get than an acceptance letter from Arizona State.

This morning, Emmy tried to one-up Oscar's new rule of ten by including six nominees in the acting categories and a whopping seven in the series categories. Yes, if you made a television series this year, or appeared on one, chances are you heard your name called in North Hollywood this morning.

With so many nominess, it seems impossible that any deserving performances or series were left out. Right? Sadly, no. And, of course, there are plenty of nominees who sh...
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Emmy Nominations Announced: '30 Rock' & 'Mad Men' Lead The Pack

July 16th, 2009 9:45am EDT
30 Rock
Tina Fey's "30 Rock" led the pack this morning with 22 Emmy nominations, while "Mad Men" tops the drama pack with 16 nominations. TV movie "Grey Gardens" garnered 17 nominations, and "Into the Storm" received 14 nominations.

Check out the nominees in major categories for the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards:

COMEDY SERIES

"Entourage"

"Family Guy

"Flight of the Conchords"

"How I Met Your Mother"

"The Office"

"30 Rock"

"Weeds"

DRAMA SERIES

"Big Love"

"Breaking Bad"

"Damages"

"Dexter"

"House"

"Lost"

"Mad Men"

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bryan Cr...
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Emmy Voters, Please Recognize These Shows & Stars!

July 13th, 2009 11:49am EDT
Big Love
The 2009 Emmy nominees will be announced Thursday morning and despite recent changes to the voting system, Emmy voters just can't seem to stray away from the same old outcome. Sure, 30 Rock gets showered with love, but how many more times does Mariska Hargitay need to make the cut?

Here are some names we'd like to see on the roster this year (in alphabetical order):

Big Love (HBO) - Ok Emmy voters, it's been three seasons. It's time to get over your aversion to the icky polygamy premise and embrace the TV bliss that is "Big Love." After a two year break (damn writers' strike!) the sh...
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TV Honorees That Should Get Their First Shot At Emmy Nominations

June 10th, 2009 12:02pm EDT
Aaron Paul
Yesterday, we went over the Emmy nominees who have overstayed their welcome. Those perennial TV honorees that simply don't deserve the recognition they once did or, in some cases, never did at all.

So if they're out, who's in? Surely, there can't be too many nominees waiting in the wings. After all, television professionals choose these awards; they can't possibly leave out any substantial number of qualified candidates in favor of perennial duds.

Unfortunately, that's the way it is. Voters simply don't like to change their ways with regards to voting. It almost seems that a ...
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What's Hot In Baby Names?

May 12th, 2009 11:21am EDT
Emma Watson
Every year around Mother's Day, the Social Security Administration releases the latest baby name popularity information. Check out the most interesting trends for 2008 that columnist and "Baby Name Guru" Bruce Lansky spotted:

THE TOP 10 NAMES

Girls:

After being stuck behind Emily for years, Emma became the most popular name for girls. Emily dropped two places to #3 while Isabella remained at #2.

Chloe jumped six spots to #10—easily the biggest move in the top 10.

Madison rose from #5 to #4, while Addison fell from #11 to #12. In 2007, Madison slipped from #3 to #5 ...
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David Byrne's New Album Features Music From HBO's 'Big Love'

April 10th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
David Byrne
Scored by David Byrne, Big Love: Hymnal, Music Written for the HBO Series Plus Other Recent Compositions is out now on Todomundo. A selection of Byrne's music from all 12 episodes of the second season of the HBO series Big Love, the disc also features as yet unheard tracks written for and inspired by the series.

Big Love, which follows the polygamist family of fundamentalist Mormon Bill Hendrickson (played by Bill Paxton), takes a decidedly dark turn during the second season. What begins as a study in juggling three wives in an orderly and disciplined manner devolves into a morass of ...
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An Insider's Look At 'SNL' Behind The Scenes

April 1st, 2009 10:53am EDT
SNL
I am a Saturday Night Live junkie - so much so that at times I have trouble hiding how big of a fan when that little thing called professionalism may be at stake. It was so apparent in the interview I conducted with current featured player Bobby Moynihan - a self-described "SNL" nerd himself - that he casually mentioned the prospect of me attending a show.

Now I could tell Bobby was a really nice guy, but I thought he was just trying to be polite. I was pleasantly surprised (read: screamed like a 12 year old girl!) when a week later he followed up on that invitation and asked if I wan...
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'Big Love' Is Big On Multiple Wives - Are You?

February 19th, 2009 10:11am EST
Big Love
The men here at Starpulse just got caught up on HBO's Big Love, and we were saddened by one simple fact: polygamy does not appear to be all it's cracked up to be. Just to be sure, we weighed out the pros and the cons.

Let us know in the comment section if you still think polygamy is for you...

CONS:

1. It's Illegal

Because of this, Bill Paxton's character on the show, Bill Henrickson, has to keep his family a secret and stay one step ahead of the law. To this end, he has to buy all the wives their own houses, all next door to one another. Which leads us to our next m...
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Writer's Pick: 'He's Just Not That Into You'

February 9th, 2009 11:27am EST
He
"He's Just Not That Into You" premiered on Friday, February 6, and to no surprise it was number-one at the weekend box office. The long-awaited, star-studded film is based on the 2004 New York Times Best Selling self-improvement book, "He's Just Not That Into You: the No Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys" by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo. The book was a cult phenomenon, and buzz of a film had been circulating since day one.

The movie stars Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Justin Long, Scarlett Johansson and Bradl...
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'American Idol': Week 3 Recap

January 30th, 2009 4:15pm EST
American Idol
"American Idol" maniacs had their fill this week with not two but three(!) audition episodes. Mercifully, each episode was only an hour long, so viewers didn't have to put their lives on hold to tune in.

The week started in Jacksonville, but the real auditions started the next night in Salt Lake City, where at least four contestants left huge impressions on the "Idol" judges. And that's not including the large man dressed in a pink bunny suit, who capped his appearance by giving Simon a big hug.

Leading off the Salt Lake City Quartet was David Osmond (yes, a part of the Osmond fam...
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TV Shows I've Been Missing Out On

December 26th, 2008 9:40am EST
Mad Men
Some people's lives are filled with regret-the lost love in high school, not being ambitious enough at work, never seeing Fido again after forgetting to close the gate, eating that third helping of chili cheese fries. I try not to think of things like that, but missing out on popular television shows? That's when I start losing sleep. Enough already!

To help fill the gaping void, I've compiled what I hope will be a cathartic list of my biggest TV-watching regrets. Maybe that'll stop all the tossing and turning at night.

GOSSIP GIRL

As a mid-20s guy, I can't help feeling old once...
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Winter TV Watch: Catch Up On Some Current Favorites

December 22nd, 2008 9:18am EST
Big Love
Television networks are so fixated on ratings that there is usually a dead period through the holiday season up to mid-January. Now is the perfect time to try something new that you may have skipped out on in the past.

In spite of airing on the CW, Supernatural has more in common with long-gone shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer than the network's current rich girl programming. In the beginning of "Supernatural" Sam and Dean Winchester were searching for their missing father and the demon that killed their mom. Like Prison Break, the major arc was laid out from the start. But the s...
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'Mamma Mia!' The Movie Comes To DVD And Blu-ray Dec. 16; Win A Copy!

November 27th, 2008 10:00am EST
Mamma Mia!
Two-time Oscar® winner Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day) lead an all-star cast in the most infectiously fun movie of the year, Mamma Mia! The Movie, coming to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 16, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. For a limited time only, the worldwide movie phenomenon is available in 2-disc Special Edition widescreen DVD and 2-Disc Blu-ray Hi-Def with digital copy. Both versions are packed with bonus materials including a deleted musical number and a bonus feature which provides onscreen lyrics so that viewers can sing...
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'Sons Of Anarchy' Continues The Dysfunctional Family Drama

September 18th, 2008 10:12am EDT
Sons of Anarchy
Cable programming seems to have a trend other than sex going on. Yes, cable dramas are more violent and vulgar than anything that's found on the standard network lineup. However, cable also seem to love the dynamics that center on families.

The newest offering from the desperately controversial FX is Sons of Anarchy, a show about a biker gang in Charming, California. The series follows Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the future leader of the biker gang and stepson to the current leader Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman).

Jax is still close to his mother Gemma (Katey Sagal) and try...
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HBO Vs. Showtime

August 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Big Love
An average TV viewer has hundreds of options to watch on any given time slot, so if he or she chooses to pay extra money for a special channel, it better deliver on what it promises. HBO and Showtime are two channels that offer movies - both new and old - and quality television programming. Usually the shows are inappropriate for regular cable, and they are given more freedom to be daring, innovative, and crude.

HBO has been showing new movies and producing popular television since 1977, while Showtime focused more on boxing championships and premiering impressive short independent fi...
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Slideshow: Cute As A Button

August 1st, 2008 8:28am EDT
Renee Zellweger
Some stars are drop dead gorgeous, while others swing high on the cute scale. These stars may not be Hollywood's most glamorous, but they certainly score a perfect 10 for their cute factor.

Christina Ricci

-Christina Ricci Pictures

Reese Witherspoon

-Reese Witherspoon Pictures

Renee Zellwegger

-Renee Zellwegger Pictures

ER doc Parminder Nagra

-Parminder Nagra Pictures

Big Love wife Ginnifer Goodwin

-Ginnifer Goodwin Pictures

Maggie Gyllenhaa...
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Emmy Nominations Reaction: Who Was Snubbed, Who Shouldn't Be A Nominee

July 18th, 2008 9:13am EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
With the writer's strike a distant memory and an exciting new fall season dead ahead, we're finally ready to celebrate TV again. And what better way than with a lavish awards show?

Yes, the Emmy nominations were revealed at dawn in Los Angeles Thursday morning in a delightful little ceremony that saw Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth squeeze about two-dozen jokes in between their reading off the teleprompter.

There were surprises leading to gasps from the press, and plenty of nominations they all saw coming. Newcomer "Mad Men" led the drama category with 16 nominations w...
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TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations On July 17, Part 1

July 8th, 2008 11:55am EDT
Boston Legal
Last week, I helped the Emmy panelists decide upon which series to cast their vote for, and now it's the actors' turn.

The Emmy blue ribbon panel received a group of lists from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last week. These were top ten lists from which they were to select the five nominees for the big Emmy show. They will view select episodes from each nominee and base their decision on what they see.

It's nigh on impossible to glean an accurate impression from a small sample, especially when it comes to acting. Many characters are given complex arcs from which the...
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A Memo To Emmy Voters

June 17th, 2008 10:04am EDT
Big Love
Starpulse writer Andrew Payne is getting sick of the snubs by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. And even though Katherine Heigl doesn't want to be an Emmy contender this year, there are plenty of deserving shows, actors and actresses that should be recognized. Here are Payne's suggestions for those casting their ballots this week:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Emmy Voters:

I am writing because I understand your ballots for this year's nominees are due this week. In the past, you've had quite a difficult time selecting the proper honorees. I'm not blaming you. I completely understa...
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Most Underrated & Overrated HBO Shows

May 23rd, 2008 10:17am EDT
Big Love
For the last two decades, HBO has been considered the gold standard for television quality. The network routinely receives more Emmy nominations than any of its competitors, despite fielding a drastically smaller roster of programming.

HBO practically reinvented what could be done on the small screen. Each episode now had the same production values as a feature film, and the way the pay network could deal with risqué content led to a wide array of groundbreaking programming.

A quick glance at the roster of original shows produced by HBO over its first 25 years is almost like look...
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Is HBO Losing Its Edge?

April 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
The Sopranos
Remember the slogan, "It's not TV, It's HBO?" Well, up until a couple months ago this marketing ploy actually rang true. HBO has long been the trendsetter of original series that break all boundaries and push audiences' perception of what television is and should be.

Unfortunately, thanks to the culminations of the network's most beloved quartet of series - Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and most recently The Wire - the Crown Royal of premium cable programming is in threat of losing its edge over the best of the rest.

There was a time when HBO stood for first-run...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

April 7th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Samantha Who?
Monday, April 7

Samantha Who? (ABC, 9:31 p.m.) - The charming Christina Applegate sitcom is back and Sam's moving in with ex Todd and his new girlfriend. Welcome back, TV-manufactured awkwardness!

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Patricia Arquette's real-life sister, Rosanna Arquette, guest stars as a cougar with an appetite for seducing and killing men.

Tuesday, April 8

American Idol (FOX, 8 p.m.) - The final 8 take the stage.

Beauty and the Geek (The CW, 8 p.m.) - The geeks get transformed after tonight's makeovers. There is sure to be a couple of swans in the bunch.

...
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Tune In To Cable TV For Top-Notch, Edgy Shows

February 15th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Showtime's Dexter
There's plenty to watch on network television, but we have long been living in the Golden Age of Cable. Ever since HBO told us, "It's not TV. It's HBO," we've been hooked. Ponying up the money for cable can be difficult, but these channels make it worth the price.

The Veterans:

HBO has lost many of the signature shows that made it a household name. The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under - they were all instrumental in defining HBO as the channel for daring, intelligent and mature programming. But don't write off the channel just yet. While its new series don't quite match the ...
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