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The 19 Best Summer Television Shows Ever

5/29/2014 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.


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...

Emmy Nominations: 'American Horror Story' Gets 17 Noms, Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Also Dominates

7/18/2013 10:01am EDT
House of Cards
After picking up nine nominations, Kevin Spacey's Netflix series "House Of Cards" will be a big contender at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. The political thriller was recognized in the Outstanding Drama Series category and picked up dramatic acting nominations for its leads, Spacey and Robin Wright. It received a total of nine nominations.

The Netflix series will be facing stiff competition from last year's big winners "Homeland" and "Breaking Bad" as well as "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."

In the lead actor category, Spacey will face off against "Homeland's" Damian Lew...

'Breaking Bad' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Rule Critics' Choice Television Awards - See Photos & Winners

6/11/2013 9:09am EDT
Kaley Cuoco
"Breaking Bad" and "The Big Bang Theory" won big at Monday night's Critics' Choice Television Awards, winning Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series, respectively.  "Game Of Thrones" was also crowned best drama, sharing the title with the AMC series.

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, who plays drug-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White, won the Best Actor in a Drama Series trophy. Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a Drama for her role in BBC's sci-fi hit "Orphan Black."

"Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco (pictured above) won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, sharing the accolade...

Louis C.K. Delays Next Season Of 'Louie'

10/10/2012 9:04am EDT
Louis C.K.
Louis C.K. is taking an extended break to recharge his batteries before returning to his hit show Louie.

The comedian, who won two Emmy Awards for the sitcom last month, was due to have season four of his comedy air next summer, but the premiere will now come in spring 2014.

Louis C.K. requested the hiatus to allow him to continue his stand-up tour for the remainder of 2012 before writing new scripts in early 2013.

He says, "It's a luxury I asked for. The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories and it's been great, but I want the show to keep getting better...

'Game Of Thrones' Wins Big At TCA Awards

7/30/2012 8:53am EDT
Game of Thrones
While many people were watching Olympics coverage, there was another notable happening in the television industry over the weekend.

"Game Of Thrones" won the coveted Program of the Year prize at the 2012 Television Critics Association Awards on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Other big show winners included "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey." "Homeland" actress Claire Danes and comedian Louis C.K. won the top acting awards.

David Letterman was honored with the Career Achievement Award, and the TCA paid homage to "Cheers" by presenting the beloved series with the Heritage Award.

The winne...

Multiple HBO Series, 'Mad Men,' & 'Downton Abbey' Among 2012 Emmy Nominees

7/19/2012 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...

'Louie' Scores With Season 3 Premiere, Season 2 DVD Release

6/28/2012 1:10pm EDT
It's another bad day for Louis C.K. and we're better off for it, as Louie returns for its third season tonight at 10:30 PM ET/PT on FX.

While his stand-up material is still too vulgar for this reviewer's taste (the opening bit of the premiere so much so that I fast-forwarded through half of it), within the show itself, Louie is still getting plenty of mileage out of being the most downtrodden person alive, and still has plenty of dead-on observations about life.

In tonight's "Everything Is Wrong," for example, he and another motorist park in front of not one, not two, but four street si...

'Drive' And 'War Horse' Lead 2011 Satellite Awards Nominations

12/2/2011 9:18am EST
Drive Movie
Action thriller Drive and Steven Spielberg's latest epic War Horse lead the International Press Academy's nominations for the 2011 Satellite Awards with eight nods apiece.

Both movies are up for Best Film, alongside The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy while Drive's Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks are among the nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Competing with Gosling for the Best Actor trophy will be George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Michael Fassbender (Sh...

'Louie' Blu-Ray Delivers And Then Some

7/7/2011 4:18pm EDT
To coincide with the second season of the eclectic FX comedy starring Louis C.K., 20th Century FOX recently released Louie: The Complete First Season in a two-disc, thirteen-episode collection. Here's my review of the Blu-Ray/DVD combo set.

The Show

Louie is most definitely an acquired taste. (I'm not complaining; so was Archer and now I can't get enough of that show.) One-part stand-up, one-part awkward comedy, it's basically Louis C.K. playing himself - without the laugh track or sitcom feel that accompanies most shows where comedians try to play versions of themselves. It reminds ...

Louis C.K. Talks About Joys, Challenges Filming Season Two of ‘Louie’

7/7/2011 1:00pm EDT
Louis C.K.
If you’ve seen actor/comedian Louis C.K.’s absurdist comedy “Louie” on FX, chances are you either love it or don’t get it at all. The show is unique for a variety of reasons, most notably the fact that C.K. not only stars in the show, but also writes, directs and edits every episode himself. He is also one of the producers and has a contract with FX Networks that gives him complete freedom in terms of story and production, something that is unheard of in the television industry. There is no question that “Louie” really is his show.

“The writing is the most difficult because that’s where it...