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5 TV Shows That Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead - And 3 That Left Us Wanting More

July 6th, 2014 10:00am EDT
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The upcoming revival of NBC’s hit series, Community, headed by Joel McHale and Alison Brie makes room for a discussion of what the right time to call it quits for a TV show should be. The question should always be: is there still an audience for this, and has the premise of the show run its course?

There have been several shows in the last 20 years that have towed this line perfectly and ended the show while it was still on top. The hit series Friends from 1994-2004 is one of the perfect examples of this as the characters had all aged to a point that the show was no longer what it starte...
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Kerry Washington Wins Big At NAACP Awards - See Red Carpet Pics!

February 2nd, 2013 9:36am EST
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Kerry Washington took top honors on Friday night at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
 
The actress, 36, won three awards: Best Supporting Actress ("Django Unchained"), Best Actress in a Drama Series ("Scandal") and President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Washington is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in "Julia" over 30 years ago. Carroll gushed: "I think she's enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."...
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'American Idol' Goes Out On Top, 'SYCTYD' Barely Registers

May 31st, 2012 9:33am EDT
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‘American Idol’ went out on top in the ratings in its final week, but final numbers were well below last year. The results show drew 21.5 million viewers – well above Tuesday’s performance show (not quite 15 million) but more than 20 percent below last year.

Comparatively, FOX’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ may have reason to be worried. Already cut to one night a week, Thursday’s edition didn’t even place in the Top 20. With less competition this week and ‘American Idol’’s old time slot, we’ll see if the numbers inch upward this week.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ ended well too – the week’s ...
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$16 Million Contract Puts Britney Spears On TV's Top Paid List - Behind Judge Judy

May 10th, 2012 11:03am EDT
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Britney Spears is reportedly set to rake in $16 million as a judge on The X Factor, but the incredible amount isn't nearly enough to put her on top of TV's best paid list.

Assuming The X Factor has the same amount of episodes this season (26), Spears would pocket a bit over $615,000 an episode. That makes her the second highest paid per episode in primetime currently - Ashton Kutcher makes $700,000 an episode for Two and a Half Men. She is also far behind predecessor Charlie Sheen's whopping $1.2 million an episode. It would put her ahead of William Petersen's previous salary on CSI ($600,...
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Former 'House' Star Lisa Edelstein Goes Nude In Sexy New PETA Ad

April 13th, 2012 12:47am EDT
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Lying naked on a blanket of fresh green vegetables below the words "Eat Green to Go Green," Lisa Edelstein stars in a brand-new pro-vegetarian print ad for PETA. While the ad's message is to "eat your veggies to help stop cruelty to animals and save the environment one bite at a time," the 44-year-old vegetarian star's toned physique speaks for itself. The ad, available here, was shot by top photographer Jack Guy.

"Vegetarianism is a really important part of what we need to do to help the environment," explains Edelstein in an exclusive PETA interview. "The meat industry is really toxic to...
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Lisa Edelstein Wants You To Eat Your Veggies As She Bares All For PETA's Latest Ad

April 12th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
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Former House star Lisa Edelstein bares all for a new PETA ad promoting vegetarianism called "Eat Green To Go Green."

"Eat your veggies to help stop cruelty to animals and save the environment one bite at a time," the ad reads; "For free eco-friendly and cruelty-free recipes, visit PETA.org.

"Vegetarianism is a really important part of what we need to do to help the environment," says Lisa, who lies naked on a bed of delicious-looking fresh greens and vegetables; "The meat industry is really toxic to the environment. The cattle industry—besides the fact that there's a lot of cruel things h...
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'House' Recap: Love Is Blind

March 20th, 2012 9:34pm EDT
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This week’s episode of “House” made it seem like the regular writing staff took some time off. The story was barely existent and the obligatory medical mystery for this episode was in no way thrilling or mysterious. There aren’t many more episodes of “House” left and hopefully none of them are like this.

“Love Is Blind” (even the episode’s title is lazy) opens with a man buying an engagement ring at a jewelry store. Will (Michael B. Jordan) is blind, but appears to be quite capable at getting around by himself with only the aid of his walking stick. As he is waiting to cross the street, su...
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Olivia Wilde: 'I Was Very Sexually Mature At A Very Young Age'

March 14th, 2012 6:24pm EDT
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Olivia Wilde brings out her inner devil on the cover of the April 2012 "Comedy Special" of British GQ magazine.

The House star shows some skin in a pair of blue jeans and a sexy red Victoria's Secret bra with a white bow on the cover, shot by Gavin Bond; and talks about everything from her love of comedy to her sexuality.

"I wanted to be on 'Saturday Night Live' since I was 10," she says. "My father took me to a live taping on my birthday. Chris Farley was still in the cast and at the after party he had a brownie-eating contest. It became, like, a very valuable, powerful moment in my chil...
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Olivia Wilde Says She Was 'Too Sexy' For 'Lovelace' Role

March 2nd, 2012 1:45pm EST
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Hollywood beauty Olivia Wilde pulled out of the biopic of porn icon Linda Lovelace because she's too sexy for the role.

Amanda Seyfried plays the adult movie star in the upcoming film, titled simply Lovelace, opposite Peter Sarsgaard and Sarah Jessica Parker.

House actress Wilde was originally in the running for the title role but she pulled out, insisting her established status as a screen sex symbol was at odds with the real Lovelace's innocence.

Wilde tells British GQ magazine, "I pulled out of the Linda Lovelace biopic. I decided that it should go to someone who is not already sex...
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'House' Recap: Man Of The House

February 21st, 2012 10:21am EST
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Last week FOX officially announced that “House” would end at the end of this season. After eight brilliant seasons, the staff of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital will finally be hanging up the doctors’ coats. Most speculation assumes that Hugh Laurie, who has created one of television’s most memorable characters, is ready to move on. He may be right as the last several seasons of the series have been much less exciting than the early seasons, relying mostly on the “House” formula each week.

Last night’s episode, “Man of the House,” begins laying the groundwork for the series’ inevit...
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Hugh Laurie Slams Journalists For Claiming He's 'Sick' Of 'House'

February 15th, 2012 8:48am EST
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Hugh Laurie has fired back at reports he's to blame for the end of hit medical drama "House" because he's tired of playing limping grouch Dr. Gregory House on the show.

The British actor released a statement last week confirming reports the current season of "House" will be the last - but he insists it has nothing to do with the fact he's had enough of his TV character.

In a statement he sent to TV Guide magazine, Laurie writes, "For anyone who's interested, I'd like to correct some naughty misrepresentations of the circumstances surrounding the end of the TV show House.

"Some newspapers...
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Hugh Laurie Confirms 'House' Will End After This Season

February 8th, 2012 11:24pm EST
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Hugh Laurie will hang up his cane as cranky doctor Gregory House in May after confirming hit medical drama House will end this season.

In a joint statement from Laurie and executive producers of the show David Shore and Katie Jacobs, released to the media on Wednesday, the trio announced House will not be back for a ninth season.

The press release reads, "The decision to end the show now, or ever, is a painful one, as it risks putting asunder hundreds of close friendships that have developed over the last eight years - but also because the show itself has been a source of great pride to e...
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'House' Recap: Nobody’s Fault

February 6th, 2012 9:51pm EST
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This week’s episode of “House,” entitled “Nobody’s Fault,” is the most engaging and stylized episode of this season. It reminds viewers that though the show can occasionally fall into a formulaic rut, show creator David Shore and his brilliant writers will never leave fans dangling for long.

Directed by Greg Yaitanes, a veteran director of not just “House” but a slew of television dramas including “Lost” and “Heroes,” this week’s episode is filmed in a “Rashomon” style of storytelling, a method most recently co-opted by David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” Like Akira Kurosawa’s classic fi...
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Olivia Wilde: 'People Think I'm Stupid For Taking Small Roles'

February 5th, 2012 6:00pm EST
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Olivia Wilde has no problem taking on supporting roles in films in addition to being the leading lady - in fact she lives for the experience.

The 27-year-old actress, born Olivia Cockburn, explains that her humble Hollywood career began years ago when she was a child, when she would play by herself for hours, imagining vivid fantasy worlds.

"I lived in my head. I had a very active imagination. I could play alone in my room for hours and see whole movies in my head," the blue-eyed beauty tells the February issue of Angeleno Magazine.

"This blurring of the line between reality and fantasy ...
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'House' Recap: Better Half

January 25th, 2012 12:13pm EST
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After a long winter break, “House” is back with one of the best episodes of this season. Season 8 of Fox’s once great medical drama has been decent overall, but not nearly as exciting as earlier seasons. “Better Half,” though, is a perfect example of why loyal fans continue to watch House’s antics week after week, year after year.

The episode focuses on a thirty-something man named Andres (Ivo Nandi) who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Suffering with him is his loving and devoted wife, Natalie (Melanie Lynskey), who must constantly inform Andres of where they are and wh...
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Ratings: 'Downton Abbey' Debuts Strong; 'The Bachelor' Down Again

January 10th, 2012 4:28pm EST
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What's this?!? There is some accounting for taste?!? Downton Abbey's Season 2 premiere averaged 4.2 million viewers.

Nielsen data on Tuesday showed that the Emmy-winning series' return Sunday night doubled the average PBS prime-time rating, and marked an 18 percent jump over the show's first-season average — which made PBS ecstatic.

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'House' Recap: Perils Of Paranoia

November 29th, 2011 10:50am EST
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“House” has definitely kept audiences guessing this season, alternating between mediocre episodes that seem beneath the long-running show and solidly clever episodes like last night’s “Perils of Paranoia.”

The episode focuses on a criminal prosecutor, Tommy (Vincent Spano), who collapses during a trial with symptoms of a heart attack. When he gets to Princeton-Plainsboro, the ER doctors determine it wasn’t a heart attack and Foreman determines it wasn’t a panic attack. The mysterious cause is right up House’s alley so he takes the case, intrigued by Foreman’s willingness to lie to a patie...
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Hugh Laurie To Retire From Small Screen After 'House'

November 24th, 2011 6:30pm EST
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Hugh Laurie is ready to retire from starring on the small screen when his hit show House ends, insisting he wants to concentrate on writing and producing.

The Brit has won huge acclaim for his role as grumpy doctor Gregory House on the U.S. drama, which is currently on its eighth season.

The show has made Laurie one of the richest actors on American TV, reportedly pulling in $250,000 -per-episode.

But the star is adamant he's been lucky to have one run of major success on the small screen, and will head behind the TV cameras once House comes to a close.

He tells Britain's Daily Record, ...
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'House' Recap: Dead & Buried

November 23rd, 2011 9:53am EST
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This week’s episode of “House” was a bit of an oddity for the series. For starters, the episode did not open with the typical prologue involving the medical mystery House and his team would have to solve. Instead, it gets right to the crux of the story or, more precisely, stories.

House tells his team that their new case involves the death of a four-year-old boy due to kidney failure, something that should never happen to a child that young. At the same time, Foreman informs House that he and his team have a new case of a teenage girl, Iris (Madison Davenport), who is having inexplicable ...
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TV on DVD: 'Case Histories' & 'Fortysomething'

November 10th, 2011 1:12pm EST
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Here's the latest in TV on DVD: Acorn Media brings us the fantastic Case Histories, and revisits the Hugh Laurie comedy Fortysomething via Acorn TV.

I haven't read the Kate Atkinson novels that Case Histories is based on, but thanks to the series, now I'm going to. As recently seen on PBS' vaunted Masterpiece Mystery! series, this is a cracking six-episode set. That's largely because it stars the very talented Jason Isaacs (of Brotherhood and The State Within fame), who has never given a bad performance in my book. He has an intensity about him coupled with physical presence that just m...
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'House' Recap: The Confession

November 8th, 2011 4:10pm EST
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They’re back! Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Dr. Taub (Peter Jacobson) return to Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital on this week’s episode of “House” and they are a welcome addition to the anemic team of Park and Adams. And, just as before, House continues to relentlessly harass/torment Taub about his romantic past through trickery and mind games.

“The Confession” focuses on a man named Bob (Jamie Bamber) who is the pillar of his one gas station community. At a fair, he is being honored for his philanthropic efforts, all around good natured personality and personification of dedicated ...
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‘House’ Recap: Risky Business

November 2nd, 2011 9:52am EDT
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Because of the nature of television and the tradition of filming episodes sometimes months before they air, shows are rarely able to comment on events that are happening in the present. This week’s episode of “House,” though, echoes many of the protests that are happening with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Even though the country’s economy wasn’t doing well when the episode was filmed in the spring or summer, it is surprising how timely “Risky Business” really is.

The episode opens with a very wealthy middle-aged man, Thad (Michael Nouri), coming out of his mansion to find his trees cov...
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Top 10 Creepiest Film & TV Serial Killers

October 29th, 2011 8:00am EDT
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Factual serial killers are scary. The idea that someone might be out there, on a deserted road or lurking in an alleyway, waiting to murder you is a horrible, horrible thought. But let’s face it: most of the time it’s the serial killers who keep you up at night are the ones that live on your television screen.

We’ve all been there: A Criminal Minds marathon on A&E, a Law and Order binge on Netflix instant... sometimes fictional serial killers are the creepiest ones of all. As Halloween approaches, I’d like to catalogue the 10 creepiest fictional serial killers.

10. Nicole Wallace (Law ...
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BBC's 'Spooks' Signs Off After Nearly A Decade

October 23rd, 2011 3:26am EDT
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Today sees the final hour of Spooks, the BBC's long-running and critically acclaimed espionage drama. After ten series and almost a decade on the air, the show signs off after its 85th episode on BBC One at 9 PM tonight.

The show first aired on May 13, 2002, telling the stories of a crack team of agents for Britain's elite spy agency MI5. It rose to become an institution of British TV, its ten series (seasons) virtually unheard of for a serial drama and more than that of other feted shows like Waking The Dead and Wire In The Blood.

Along the way, it showcased a number of talented actors...
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'House' Recap: Charity Case

October 19th, 2011 10:55am EDT
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This week’s episode of “House” brings the show’s formula back to center stage, starting with the mystery medical condition/prologue. “Charity Case” opens up with Benjamin (Wentworth Miller) being given a tour of an urban career center by a young social worker named Amy (Jaclyn Jonet). After answering all of Benjamin’s questions about job placement, tutoring, childcare, etc., he tells her he’ll be back in a few days. On his way out, he drops an envelope that contains a check for $1 million made out to the career center. When Amy chases after him for an explanation, Benjamin collapses for no ...
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Jobless Charlie Sheen Is The Highest Paid Man On TV (See Who Else Made Big Bucks)

October 14th, 2011 10:00am EDT
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Charlie Sheen has been named the highest paid actor on TV, despite losing his job on "Two And A Half Men."

The star had a public fall-out with the show's creator Chuck Lorre earlier this year following months of bizarre behavior and he was eventually fired in March.

Ashton Kutcher took over the lead role in the hit show, but Sheen still managed to top Forbes.com's recent rich list.

Sheen pulled in earnings of $40 million, making him the highest paid TV actor between May, 2010, and May, 2011.

He is followed by Ray Romano, who earned $20 million for his now axed "Men of A Certain Age."

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‘House’ Recap: 'Transplant'

October 12th, 2011 10:50am EDT
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“Transplant,” the second episode of the new season of “House,” is definitely less exciting than the season opener. The main reason for this sudden shift is that in this episode the stakes for House are so much lower than when he was in prison and trying to survive the last five days of his sentence. In “Transplant,” the games aren’t nearly as thrilling because there is really nothing to lose.

The episode opens with House still in prison. He has a surprise visitor: the Dean of Medicine from his hospital. No, it’s not Cuddy. She left Princeton-Plainsboro after House ran a car through her din...
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‘House’ Recap: Twenty Vicodin

October 5th, 2011 7:43am EDT
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Season Eight begins with an episode that, while not as ambitious or nail-biting as some of the earlier shows, is a solid setup for a season that might be one of the best. Fans of the show will remember that Season Seven ended with House (Hugh Laurie) driving his car through the dining room of his ex-girlfriend/boss Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). He then fled the country to parts unknown.

The show opens with House in front of a parole board after having served several months in prison. The scene is very reminiscent of “Ocean’s 11” and, like George Clooney as Danny Ocean, we can tell pretty qui...
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Kal Penn Works On Robin's Issues In New 'HIMYM' - 'The Stinson Missle Crisis'

October 4th, 2011 9:27am EDT
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HIMYM returned last night with “The Stinson Missle Crisis.” The fourth episode of the new season pulled out some big name guest stars and cameos, but did not meet the intensity and hilarity of the first three.

Kal Penn made his first appearance on television since leaving his role of Kutner on House to work for the Obama administration. He appeared as Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) court appointed therapist. It turns out that Robin had assaulted a woman. In typical HIMYM fashion, we find out what happened first and then are told the story of all of the events that led up to that point.

Rob...
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Lisa Edelstein: 'I Wasn't Fired From 'House!''

September 29th, 2011 4:30pm EDT
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Former House star Lisa Edelstein has hit back at reports she was fired from the hit medical drama for refusing to take a pay cut, but she doubts she'll be welcomed back for the show's final episodes next year.

The pretty brunette played Hugh Laurie's boss and lover in House and she left unexpectedly this summer amid claims she'd fallen out with TV bosses.

And although her character, Dr. Lisa Cuddy, wasn't properly written out of the show, Edelstein feels sure she won't be invited back.

She tells TV Guide magazine, "Leaving was not something I planned on doing... (but) I was definitely...
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