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Best TV Shows Of 2014

December 17th, 2014 2:03pm EST
Best TV Shows Of 2014
Last week, we brought you the Best TV Moments Of 2014. But what about the best TV shows - the ones that didn't have just one or two good moments, but that impressed us all year long? What was going to make up for the end of Breaking Bad or the absence of Strike Back?

Here now then, is our list of the Best TV Shows Of 2014. In alphabetical order, we present to you the eight small-screen series that were at the top of their class, that were appointment television in our book and the reasons that lists like these are made.

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'The Newsroom' Series Finale Review And Recap

December 15th, 2014 9:02am EST
'The Newsroom' Series Finale Review: 'What Kind of Day Has It Be
The Newsroom aired its series finale on Sunday night, signing off after three seasons, a mere twenty-five episodes, and a whole lot of debacle. That last episode, "What Kind of Day Has It Been" - yes, the same title used for the first-season finale of the first three Aaron Sorkin television series - probably isn't going to change anyone's opinion about the show. But it was everything to be expected of the last episode, in every sense of that word.

SPOILER ALERT - This review obviously discusses the series finale of The Newsroom. If you have not watched "What Kind Of Day Has It Been," and d...
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What Television Gained From HBO's 'The Newsroom'

December 14th, 2014 12:01pm EST
What Television Gained From 'The Newsroom'
Tonight brings the series finale of HBO's The Newsroom, after three often provocative and always slightly underappreciated seasons. Whether or not you're a fan of the series, Aaron Sorkin and the cast populating the fictional halls of Atlantis Cable News have definitely left their mark on the television landscape.

So as we wait to see how Sorkin will complete the story of his latest show behind the show, now is the time to take a look back at the last two and a half years and twenty-five episodes, and appreciate the eight things that The Newsroom contributed to television and to audiences....
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8 Great TV Moments From 2014

December 10th, 2014 2:04pm EST
Best TV Moments Of 2014: From 'The Good Wife' To 'The Newsroom'
2014 has been another interesting year for television, whether you're talking about the arrival of a new series or the reinvention of an existing hit show. There's been no shortage of buzzworthy happenings on the small screen, across all kinds of channels and genres, and they deserve a little applause.

It's time once again to recognize the best TV moments of the year and the people who made those moments happen. Below, we've selected the eight moments that still have us talking weeks or even months after they aired, in chronological order.

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Which Unpleasant TV Characters Do You Work With?

November 8th, 2014 2:00pm EST
Jan Brady
I worked with quite a number of “characters” when I was on staff as an advertising copywriter. I have to say that my two most memorable ones are “Jan Brady” and “Gregory House, M.D.”

As the youngest of three writers at one of my agencies, Jan was between our senior colleague and myself on the org chart. She was the middle sister in her birth family and recreated her center sibling frustrations and anxieties at work every day. Although I was not the focus of Jan’s resentment, (I was “Cindy” in this scenario), I, along with the rest of our co-workers, got treated to a daily (and draining) do...
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Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV: A User’s Guide

July 28th, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Don’t Move To New York City Based Solely On What You See On TV:
As a born and bred New Yorker, I’m drawn to shows about my city, taking comfort in the familiar sights and settings; yet I often find myself asking, “Did the writers of some of these shows ever step foot in Manhattan?”

I can shake off the inconsistencies, but I sometimes wonder about all the people saving their babysitting and paper route money hoping to someday move to the Big Apple hoping to mirror the glamorous life seen on the small screen.

Hence, a guide to separating fact from fiction:

‘Smash’ only lasted two seasons, but it was long enough to get your hopes up that moving here wo...
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'The Newsroom's' Third Season Will Be Its Last

January 14th, 2014 10:17am EST
The Newsroom
HBO series "The Newsroom" is getting canceled following its third season. According to the network, Aaron Sorkin's drama will begin production on its final season this spring.

HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo said on Monday: "The Newsroom is classic Aaron Sorkin - smart, riveting and thought-provoking. I'm sure this farewell season will be one to remember."

"The Newroom" centers on a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels), his executive producer (Emily Mortimer),
newsroom staff (John Gallagher, Jr., Alison  Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel, Olivia Munn) and their boss (Sam Watersto...
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Thomas Sadoski Guests On Tonight's 'Law & Order: SVU'

November 20th, 2013 2:09pm EST
Thomas Sadoski
You'll want to tune in to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit tonight, as the episode boasts an appearance by The Newsroom's secret weapon, Thomas Sadoski.

In "Rapist Anonymous," the Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner guest stars as Nate Davis, SVU detective Amanda Rollins' (Kelli Giddish) Gamblers Anonymous sponsor. Nate introduces Rollins to Lena Olson (guest star Amy Seimetz, The Killing); he's also Lena's sponsor, but in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Lena later accuses her boyfriend of rape, turning to Rollins for help. The subsequent investigation uncovers a "dangerous love triangle," es...
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'The Newsroom' Season 2 Finale: Love, Triumph, And Wikipedia

September 17th, 2013 9:51am EDT
The Newsroom Season 2 Finale
A rip-rousing conclusion to The Newsroom season 2 last night, as true love triumphs and maybe begins, and the newsroom crew (to no surprise but still satisfying) beats back attempts from various sources, including themselves, to shut them down.

Will and Mac finally kiss, proclaim their love for each other, and - in a move that was a surprise - get engaged. Sloan - after a frustrating evening of not being to say much at the news desk - expresses herself even better by planting a passionate kiss on Don.  Jim and Maggie don't kiss, but at least get to have the beginning of a worthwhile conver...
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'The Newsroom' Review: 2.8: The Course Of True Love

September 11th, 2013 8:53am EDT
The Newsroom
As President Obama prepares the address the American people tonight about what - hopefully - will be the movement towards a peaceful solution to the horror of Syria's chemical weapons, The Newsroom 2.8 brought us back to just this past November and the election of Obama to the Presidency for his second term,

Actually, though, the episode had very little political or even news-coverage content, and instead focused on MacKenzie's attempt to find some closure for the false report that Obama used chemical weapons that she and the ACN staff both above and below her were responsible for airing. ...
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'The Newsroom' 2.7: Autopsy of a Bad Decision

August 27th, 2013 8:10pm EDT
The Newsroom
About as brilliant a piece of television as you can get on The Newsroom 2.7 last night, which completed its careful dissection of the worst decision a news network can possibly make.

That decision, which we've seen both the build-up to and (thanks to flashforwards) some of the consequences of all season, was ACN's going live with a stunning report: the US used sarin gas in Pakistan.   This would have been a provocative story for The Newsroom to probe even were it not for the awful synchrony of nerve gas being used by Syria just last week in our reality.   In the case of The Newsroom, it re...
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Get To Know 'The Newsroom's' Fresh Face Joel Johnstone

August 4th, 2013 2:17pm EDT
Joel Johnstone
When The Newsroom viewers first met Joel Johnstone, his character was keeping Jim Harper from getting on the Romney campaign's media bus. Rest assured, the actor is much nicer, and much more endearing, than the staffer he plays on TV.

For one, he didn't even think he'd make the cut for the hit HBO show. He told BFTV that the first thought that went through his mind when he found out about his Newsroom tryout was, "'I'm never gonna get it.' It was my favorite show before I went and auditioned. I got the email for the audition, and I showed my girlfriend, and I couldn't believe it.

"I've be...
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Emmy Nominations: 'American Horror Story' Gets 17 Noms, Netflix's 'House Of Cards' Also Dominates

July 18th, 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...
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Thomas Sadoski: 'The Newsroom's' Surprise Star Returns For Season 2

July 14th, 2013 10:00am EDT
Thomas Sadoski
There's no shortage of known stars on HBO's The Newsroom. Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer are front and center, deservedly so. Sam Waterston is an acting legend. Jane Fonda has a special guest role.

And then there's Thomas Sadoski. Much like his character, news producer Don Keefer, is out of sight when there's a broadcast on the air, he's been quietly doing some of the show's best work. As he's peeled back the layers on Don to reveal more than just the guy that bailed on Will McAvoy, Sadoski has become one of the top five reasons to watch The Newsroom. He's delivering top-shelf performance...
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'Breaking Bad' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Rule Critics' Choice Television Awards - See Photos & Winners

June 11th, 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...
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'The Newsroom' At PaleyFest: The Cast On Season 2 And The Show's Success

March 5th, 2013 2:20pm EST
The Newsroom
HBO's The Newsroom is fantastic. Shows like it are the reason we have TV in the first place. But what exactly makes the show such a phenomenon? At Sunday's Paley Center for Media evening celebrating the series, I spoke with several members of the cast to find out what they think makes it great - and learned a few things about what's coming up in Season 2.

For John Gallagher, Jr., who plays the ever so endearing Jim Harper, he knew the show was something special "When I read the pilot. I'd been an Aaron Sorkin fan for years but I thought when I read the first episode, I thought he'd complet...
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Best of 2012 - Brittany's Top 10 in TV, Film, Music and Other Entertainment

December 23rd, 2012 12:15pm EST
The Voice
It's that time of year again: time to look back on the things we enjoyed the most in television, film, music and other entertainment. For your reading pleasure, here are my '10 in 2012' - ten categories of awards handed out to my personal favorite things and people from the last year.

- Brittany Frederick's 10 in 2012 -

Best Unscripted Entertainment: There was a lot of fun to be had in the world of unscripted TV this year. NBC ran not one, but two seasons of The Voice this time around, and for the most part, the network's gamble paid off. We were introduced to plenty more great talents...
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What's the Final Headline for 'The Newsroom'?

August 26th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
The Newsroom was easily the most talked-about new series of 2012. Between the hype and the alleged backlash and the real backlash, everyone seemed to have their two cents about HBO's newest original series. Yet now as we approach tonight's first-season finale, what have we learned from it all?

There will be no hand-wringing or teeth-grinding about its fate: we learned long ago that the show has been renewed for a second season. So, that's the usual burning question out of the way.

We've seen that after the short-lived Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Aaron Sorkin has returned to televisio...
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Brittany's Blog: Things 'The Newsroom' Taught Me

August 5th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week I want to discuss a little show called The Newsroom, and all the things I've learned from it. Not only is it one of the best shows you're not watching, it's a series that - love it or hate it - has almost become bigger than the show itself. There's enough to talk about that..well, it unintentionally took over this entire blog. So, in no particular order, here are seven things that I've taken away from The Newsroom.

1. The TV Main Title Sequence Is Not Dead

The television main title sequence seems to be on its way to bei...
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Aaron Sorkin Denies Firing 'Newsroom' Writers, Defends Series At Summer Press Tour

August 2nd, 2012 8:23am EDT
Aaron Sorkin
"The Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin has come under fire over allegations he fired his writing team. Sorkin says the rumors are "completely untrue," even though it's common procedure for writers to be shuffled around at the end of a season that has been widely criticized.

During the Television Critics Association press tour Sorkin said the firing rumors are "scaring the hell out of the writing staff." He added that the writers are "acting very, very strange," "coming to work early" and "being polite to me." He also joked, "I want the old gang back."

Sorkin also denied that the HBO series ...
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10 Great TV Shows You're Not Watching

July 29th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Suits
This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...and this week Starpulse has asked me to give you 10 outstanding TV shows that you're not yet loving, but you will.

With so many channels it's no wonder that a lot of great shows either slip through the cracks or don't get as much attention as they deserve. To help you find the series you might not know, I've compiled this handy list of programs you can check out right now.

My only criteria? They must be currently airing and able for you to tune into right now, be it first-run or repeats. (Therefore, cancelled shows are not eliglible, a...
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Aaron Sorkin Hits Back At 'Newsroom' Critics

July 18th, 2012 11:28am EDT
Aaron Sorkin
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has jumped to the defense of his show The Newsroom after the series was disparaged by real-life journalists.

Sorkin's program about a TV newsroom debuted to mixed reviews last month and came under fire from some reporters who claimed it's an unrealistic portrayal of the industry.

Now Sorkin, who created huge hit The West Wing, has hit back at his detractors, insisting all his projects are fantasy-based and should not be taken too seriously.

He tells Fresh Air radio show, "I like writing about heroes that don't wear capes and disguises. It's inspirational. 'Gee...
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Reading 'The Newsroom': 'I'll Try To Fix You'

July 15th, 2012 11:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
The fourth episode of The Newsroom takes on a story that captivated the nation, while everyone's love lives get needlessly meddled in, and Don finally stops being a jerk. While the show struggles with its subplots, there's no denying that it knows how to do the news, even if it's news from two years ago.

The Top Story

While The Newsroom has been grounded in real-life personalities and events from the start, "I'll Try To Fix You" is the first episode where it tackles head-on a real news story that we also all know well: the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While the BP oil s...
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Reading 'The Newsroom': 'The 112th Congress'

July 8th, 2012 11:00pm EDT
The Newsroom
In the third episode of HBO's The Newsroom, Will picks a fight with the Tea Party, Charlie gets called to the principal's office, and Aaron Sorkin revisits the second episode of Sports Night. It's messy and more than a little familiar, but it's still an impressive addition to the summer TV landscape.

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"The 112th Congress" opens with something that should be very familiar to fans of Sorkin's previous show about a TV show: an on-air apology. Will opens News Night with an editorial comment about how sorry he is for the program's past mistakes and flaws. "I'm a leader in an ind...
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HBO Renews 'The Newsroom' & 'True Blood'

July 2nd, 2012 3:46pm EDT
The Newsroom
Although critics were on the fence about "The Newsroom," HBO has ordered a second season of the drama about a cable news anchor.

In June, 2.1 million people tuned in to the series premiere, which is a solid debut compared to "Girls," which drew just 1.1 million in its premiere. "The Newsroom" is among the network's most-watched recent premieres, including "Game of Thrones" (2.2 million) in April 2011 and "True Blood" (1.4 million) in 2008.

"The Newsroom" still has time to gain momentum. The "Game Of Thrones" season two premiere increased to 3.9 million, and the "True Blood" season five...
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'The Newsroom' And Five Other TV Shows That Are About TV Shows

June 25th, 2012 10:51am EDT
The Newsroom
Aaron Sorkin’s new show, The Newsroom, certainly isn’t the first show to be made about the behind-the-scenes working of a TV show. In fact, it’s the third time Sorkin has done it himself!

The Newsroom premiered last night on HBO, so we thought we'd take a look back at five of our favorite TV shows that are about TV shows. The following are our favorites… what are yours? Leave them in the comments.

1. 30 Rock (2006 - present)

It’s hard to imagine that when 30 Rock premiered, it actually went up against Studio 60 from the Sunset Strip, which was from Sorkin. TV critics knew only one could...
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Aaron Sorkin Strikes Again With 'The Newsroom'

June 24th, 2012 10:00am EDT
The Newsroom
The Newsroom is pure Aaron Sorkin. The fingerprints of his creative vision are obvious and numerous throughout HBO's newest original series. And damned if that isn't a sight to behold.

Sorkin has a unique and very specific voice, one that television has missed. This isn't to detract from his successes with Moneyball and The Social Network, or at the beginning of his career with The American President and A Few Good Men. But Sorkin on the small screen is something different. Sports Night, The West Wing and even the lesser-regarded Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip gave us the chance to savor ...
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