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The 19 Best Summer Television Shows Ever

May 29th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Mad Men
Summer television has the unfair reputation of being the dumping ground for shows "not ready" for the fall or spring, or where offbeat series never take off or go to die. While shows have certainly been banished to the warmer months, dozens of classic shows either got their start or existed entirely in the summer.

Survivor

Reality TV existed before Survivor, but its success on CBS as a Summer show opened the door to every and any kind of reality TV... for better or worse. It was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and was one of the highest rated shows on television for its first ele...
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Multiple HBO Series, 'Mad Men,' & 'Downton Abbey' Among 2012 Emmy Nominees

July 19th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Mad Men
Early this morning Jimmy Kimmell and Kerry Washington announced the nominees for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards. Multiple nominees include "Mad Men," "Downton Abbey" and "30 Rock."

Battling it out for the Outstanding Drama Series award will be "Mad Men," "Homeland," "Downton Abbey," "Dexter," "Breaking Bad," and "Boardwalk Empire."

Outstanding Comedy Series nods go to "30 Rock," "Girls," "Modern Family," "The Big Bang Theory," "Veep," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Notable nominees include Zooey Deschanel from fledging series "New Girl," Julia Louis-Dreyfus from HBO's "Veep," Claire Danes f...
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Kristen Bell Checked Into Hotel As Co-Star Ted Danson's 'Wife'

February 2nd, 2011 8:30am EST
Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell freaked her acting idol Ted Danson out in the lobby of an Alaska hotel by revealing she'd checked in as his wife.

The star was thrilled to learn she'd be co-starring with Danson in new film "Everybody Loves Whales" - and she couldn't believe her luck when she arrived at her hotel to find the man of her dreams checking in ahead of her.

She says, "I'm obsessed with (TV show) Damages... and when I met him... I said, 'Mr Danson, I am a really big fan.'

"The problem was this - he plays Arthur Frobisher on Damages... and I decided to make my alias Holly Frobisher, his wife. So whe...
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NBC Fall Season Preview: Spies, CIA Plots And Outsourcing

September 20th, 2010 11:45am EDT
NBC Fall Preview
NBC is likely getting tired of being referred to as "fourth place NBC." Last year's Jay Leno experiment was clearly a disaster and served as a boon for TBS, which won the Conan sweepstakes. This fall, NBC has fresher programming. With aging favorites and risky new underdogs, does the network have a shot at moving up the ratings ladder, even to third place? Time will tell. Stranger things have happened. Here's a look at what new shows could make the grade and what's in store for old favorites.

New shows

Chase
September 20 at 10 PM EST
In this gritty crime drama from (you guessed it)...
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2010 Emmys: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

August 28th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
2010 Emmys
It’s a transitional year for the Emmys, meaning this is one of the more exciting races in recent memories. The flood of new nominees (brought on by a stellar development slate) means that we can no longer rely on the predictable Emmy voting to determine winners. Instead, this is a year where we can see many newcomers emerging and starting a whole new slate of predictable nominees.

Yes, that was a little cynical, but it’s the sad truth of the Emmys – habits are hard to break for the voters. Luckily, this year the virgin nominees have afforded them an extensive choice for brand new habits.

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'Glee,' HBO's 'The Pacific' Land Massive Emmy Nominations

July 8th, 2010 10:26am EDT
Glee
Hit TV musical "Glee" is set to be the toast of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards after landing a massive 19 nominations.

The comedy about a group of high school students in a choir club will fight for the Outstanding TV Comedy prize against "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office" and "30 Rock," which has taken home the title for the last three years.

"Glee's" leading stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele have been nominated in the male and female categories for the outstanding comedy actor awards, while their co-star Chris Colfer has received a best supporting...
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Underappreciated TV Stars

March 9th, 2010 10:00am EST
Glenn Close - Damages
They’re talented. They’re loveable. They’re hard-working TV thespians. Yet they don’t always get the credit they deserve. Here are 10 (seven, with three Honorable Mentions) out of the many TV stars that are often underappreciated.

Glenn Close – Alright, Close gets tons of credit for her work, including a string of film roles and awards galore, but she still earns a nod here. With Oscar nominations for The Big Chill, The Natural and Fatal Attraction, Close shines just as bright on the small screen. She currently stars as the lead character Patty Hewes, the ruthless litigator on the FX drama...
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Ted Danson Talks Life, Work & More In GQ Interview

January 21st, 2010 4:41pm EST
Ted Danson in GQ
In the new issue of GQ Ted Danson opens up about his acting style and how at age 62 he still wants to be relevant.

Before shooting Damages, Danson went to see a drama coach whom he credits with opening up his looser, darker sides: "We read some lines together, and he told me basically: 'You're a nice actor; you know where this is supposed to go, and you're going to take me there. But you're playing an arrogant billionaire who could give a rat's ass about anybody else. Maybe you'll say one line and you wont' say the next. Fuck 'em.' There's an arrogance and entitlement to my acting st...
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2010 Midseason TV: New Shows & Returning Favorites

January 5th, 2010 2:40pm EST
Big Love
January and the coming months are full of returning TV favorites and a few new series worth checking out. The new season of "The Bachelor" premiered last night, "American Idol" arrives next week, and the last season of "Lost" kicks off in February. Check out our guide of what's what in the next few months:

REALITY TV

The Bachelor: On The Wings Of Love Jan. 5 ABC

Pilot Jake Pavelka seeks his soulmate.

The Biggest Loser Jan. 6 NBC

Season nine is a couple's season, and teams are made up of moms and daughters, husbands and wives, best friends and more. The shocker for the prem...
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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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Ricky Gervais Talks About Hosting The Golden Globes, Who He Hopes Will Win

December 12th, 2009 4:40pm EST
Ricky Gervais
Actor/comedian Ricky Gervais promises to keep his Golden Globes monologue tasteful but won't be afraid of a little "gentle ribbing" at the expense of other major names.

"Any one who's younger and thinner and richer and more attractive than me; that's the ones I'm going for," he told reporters during a conference call interview Tuesday.

Gervais will host the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 17, 2010. The show will air on NBC, and Gervais, who doesn't currently use Twitter, is considering setting up an account specifically to connect with fans during the show.

"Maybe I'll...
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'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' Among Year's Best TV

December 7th, 2009 1:15pm EST
Modern Family
NEW YORK (AP) - The biggest shows of 2009 couldn't always be contained by the TV screen. There were breakout tabloid scandals with Jon and Kate Gosselin. A wannabe reality TV star crashed the White House. David Letterman's hanky-panky seized headlines. Oprah Winfrey grabbed the nation's attention as she began her long goodbye. This was TV run amok.

But in 2009 other shows proved outstanding on more manageable terms: as excellent TV shows. They include:

- "Breaking Bad" (FX). Here's the cruelest premise on series TV: a high-school teacher with terminal cancer gets into the crystal-meth...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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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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Meat Loaf Hopes He Won't Get Noticed On 'House' Tonight

April 6th, 2009 10:03am EDT
Meat Loaf
Performing artist Meat Loaf guest stars on tonight's episode of House. He was such a fan of the show that he got over his nerves for the grind of television. As his song said, he'd do anything for love, but he won't do that. Perhaps "that" in the case of House is taking any of Dr. House's abuse.

"I kind of fought back at him a bit," Meat Loaf said in a conference call. "We never had a fight. I was a little stern with him, I think. I remember one particular scene, the way I had intended to play it, it didn't turn out that way. It was that I was going to get into it, and we didn't do it ...
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Fashion Star Of The Week: Rose Byrne

March 13th, 2009 9:33am EDT
Rose Byrne
Australian native Rose Byrne, one of the stars of the FX network television series "Damages," surely gave new meaning to the phrase, 'birds of a feather flock together' when she attended the New York premiere of the movie "Knowing" on March 9th in a bold, but darling little frock.

The Outfit: A Christian Cota strapless feathered dark pink dress.

Sassy Factor: This outfit may be a bit over the top, but that's what makes it the perfect

girly fairytale red carpet item to don.

Accessories: Byrne keeps her look clean by sporting simple nude colored leather pumps with a...
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Spotlight On 10 Top Basic Cable Shows

December 26th, 2008 10:12am EST
Mad Men
Last September marked a new era when AMC's Mad Men became the first basic cable show to win the best drama award at the Emmys. For the last several years, the original programming on basic cable has been catching up to the broadcast networks, and now it has arguably surpassed it.

Check out our list of top 10 cable shows, which contains some old favorites, some obscure cult hits, and a couple new arrivals.

10. Burn Notice returns to USA this January 22 at 10/9c for a third season. Burn Notice offers up a unique brand of action and spy thrills.

9. Raising the Bar had an exc...
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Thirteen Is The New Main Character On 'House'

December 1st, 2008 8:00am EST
House
The most recent episode of "House" was a special one because FOX allowed it to go eight minutes over its usual running time. Usually longer episodes mean something very important happens. Perhaps Huddy was finally going to get together, or someone was going to die, but nope, neither of those things happened. Sigh.

Instead it revolved around a sick man who is so desperate to find out his illness, he takes everyone hostage and makes peace with going to jail. He is right at home with the obsessive Gregory House, so they might just become BFF's for life. Right after he takes the gun out o...
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Complete List Of Emmy Winners

September 22nd, 2008 9:33am EDT
30 Rock
Complete list of winners at Sunday's 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

— Drama Series: "Mad Men," AMC.

— Comedy Series: "30 Rock," NBC.

— Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

— Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX.

— Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.

— Actress, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC.

— Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race."

— Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jeff Probst - "Survivor."

— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Z...
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Who Will & Who Should Win An Emmy

September 18th, 2008 9:22am EDT
30 Rock
Ah, the Emmys, the most entertaining awards show and often the most frustrating. Why is it so frustrating? Because the voters get it wrong. They get the winners wrong more often than casual sports bettors. In fact, they get it so wrong that predicting the winners is often a fool's errand since it's impossible to determine what will strike the Academy's fancy as the reasons for their choices are as mystifying as the results.

Luckily, Starpulse.com has one such fool. So it's time for a round of everybody's favorite game: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

Best Comedy Series Nomine...
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Slideshow: Whatever Happened To These TV Stars?

August 14th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Matt LeBlanc
There are some TV stars that keep acting. Take Ted Danson, for example. Since "Cheers" ended in 1993 he has starred in several series, including his latest (for which he garnered an Emmy nomination), "Damages." But there are some TV stars that disappeared from our beloved TV screens. Click through our slideshow to see which ones we're talking about:

Party of Five star Neve Campbell

More Neve Campbell Pictures

Campbell has appeared in films here and there and had a three-episode arc on Medium.

Lost star Maggie Grace

More Maggie Grace Pictures
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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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TV Shows That Deserve An Emmy Nomination On July 17

July 2nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
House
As TV continues to evolve, so does the Emmy voting process. This year, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences leaked the preliminary results of the voting for Best Comedy and Best Drama Series. In the coming weeks, a blue ribbon panel will narrow the top 10 down to the final five nominees. Their findings will be presented along with the rest of the nominees on the morning of July 17.

In the meantime, their top 10 lists are ripe for debate. Who among the chosen few deserves the honor of an actual nomination? I'm here to help the panel by offering an expert opinion honed over an e...
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TV Update: 'Damages,' 'Ghost Whisperer' & 'NCIS' Casting

June 17th, 2008 10:39am EDT
William Hurt
William Hurt will join the cast of FX's Damages for its second season, which is scheduled to return to the network in early 2009. Production of season two starts on June 24 in New York.

Hurt joins "Damages" for a season-long arc as a new client of Patty Hewes (Glenn Close). Details of Hurt's character are being kept under wraps, but insiders have intimated that Hurt's character will not only share a professional past with Hewes, but a personal one as well.

Jamie Kennedy will join the cast of Ghost Whisperer as a series regular, starring as "Eli," a graduate student in psychology a...
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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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'Damages' The Complete First Season Available On DVD And Blu-ray

February 1st, 2008 10:06am EST
Damages
Damages: The Complete First Season, with all 13 episodes of FX's engrossing legal thriller, debuted on DVD January 29 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (101 Dalmatians, Dangerous Liaisons) stars in the compelling drama, along with Ted Danson (TV's "Becker"), Rose Byrne (Marie Antoinette) and Tate Donovan (Good Night & Good Luck). Having just been picked up by FX for two more seasons, Damages now arrives on a three-disc DVD and Blu-ray™ High-Def disc, both with exclusive bonus content, including behind the scenes featurettes.

Set in New Yor...
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New TV On DVD, Jan. 29

January 29th, 2008 8:00am EST
Damages
In Damages, Glenn Close plays barracuda-like Manhattan power attorney Patty Hewes. As ruthless and calculating as the high-profile criminals that she goes after in court, Patty spends most of the series' first season pursuing a class-action suit against billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson, a shady Ken Lay-style corporate CEO). Also on DVD: season six of Curb Your Enthusiasm, season five of JAG, and season four of Emergency!
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