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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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Q&A: Jeff Hephner Talks 'Boss' And His TV Fandom

October 14th, 2011 11:45am EDT
Boss
Something must be going right for Boss: Starz renewed the Kelsey Grammer-led political drama for season two well before next Friday's series premiere. I recently sat down with star Jeff Hephner to find out what's so intriguing about Chicago politics and how his character, Ben Zajac, fits into the picture.

Ben is an idealist, who grew up in Chicago and whose passion for his hometown caused him to leave a lucrative law career for the murky world of public service. His charisma is not scripted; it's courtesy of Hephner, who is as affable and charming as they come. If that's not ende...
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David Chase To Develop Miniseries For HBO

March 16th, 2009 2:20pm EDT
David Chase
David Chase, multi-award-winning creator of "The Sopranos," is returning to HBO to develop a miniseries about the invention of cinema and subsequent growth of the Hollywood film industry.

Entitled "A Ribbon Of Dreams," the miniseries will begin in 1913 and follow two men, one a college-educated mechanical engineer, the other a cowboy with a violent past, who form an unlikely producing partnership and together become pioneers and then powers for a time in motion pictures.

Chase will write and executive produce the miniseries, as well as direct the initial episodes. Paramount Pictur...
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Our Favorite Fictional TV Towns

May 22nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
South Park
Many television series are based in real-life cities (Full House - San Francisco; Family Matters - Chicago; and Beverly Hills, 90210 - Beverly Hills). Even though several TV towns are fictional, TV fans can't help but wonder what it'd be like to live there.

Here's a look at some of our favorite fictional TV towns:

Stars Hollow, Connecticut (Gilmore Girls)

Stars Hollow, which was founded in 1779, is a small town in Connecticut that's home to some very eccentric characters. From Rory and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), to the grouchy Luke Danes and the always stranger Kirk, ther...
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TV Spotlight: 'Brothers & Sisters' Producer Greg Berlanti

February 29th, 2008 1:00pm EST
Brothers & Sisters
Dick Wolf, David E. Kelley, Shonda Rhimes and Joss Whedon have all done it. You may be wondering what IT is exactly. They've all at some time point created a spin-off or expanded their TV show into a franchise (see Law & Order). They've all done crossovers between their shows, if you count the backdoor Private Practice pilot on Grey's Anatomy last season.

But those crossovers would not have been possible if they didn't all share one common trait: all of them are showrunners who have, in recent memory, shepherded multiple television shows, sometimes across different channels.

The ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 6

December 6th, 2007 3:00am EST
Randy Rhoades
Happy Birthday to "Northern Exposure" actress Janine Turner (1962), film and television actor Xander Berkeley (1958), Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoades (1956; d. 1982), R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck (1956), comedian Steven Wright (1955), "Amadeus" actor Tom Hulce (1953), "Poltergeist" actress JoBeth Williams (1948), jazz musician Dave Brubeck (1920), "Cinderella Man" Jim Braddock (1905; d. 1974), baseball player Tony Lazzeri (1903; d. 1946), Bewitched matriarch Agnes Moorehead (1900; d. 1974), and prolific musical lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896; d. 1983).
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New TV On DVD, Nov. 13

November 13th, 2007 8:00am EST
Gilmore Girls
The close bond between a single mother and her teenage daughter is often tested in the dramatic television series Gilmore Girls. Lorelai Gilmore became pregnant at 16, and, against the wishes of her mother and father, chose to keep the child and raise it on her own. The complete series is now on DVD. Also in stores: the complete series of The Addams Family, Miami Vice, and Northern Exposure, as well as season three of Melrose Place.
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New TV on DVD, March 6

March 6th, 2007 8:00am EST
South Park
The complete ninth season of South Park arrives on DVD this week. Episodes include "Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina" in which Mr. Garrison gets a sex-change operation and Kyle attempts to undergo a procedure to turn into an African American to make the basketball team. One of the season's most noted episodes is Tom Cruise parody "Trapped in the Closet." Also on DVD: season 1 of The Loop and Hawaii Five-O, season 2 of Stargate: Atlantis, season 5 of Moonlighting, and season 6 of Northern Exposure.
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 6

December 6th, 2006 3:00am EST
Randy Rhoades
Happy Birthday to "Northern Exposure" actress Janine Turner (1962), film and television actor Xander Berkeley (1958), Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoades (1956; d. 1982), R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck (1956), comedian Steven Wright (1955), "Amadeus" actor Tom Hulce (1953), "Poltergeist" actress JoBeth Williams (1948), jazz musician Dave Brubeck (1920), "Cinderella Man" Jim Braddock (1905; d. 1974), baseball player Tony Lazzeri (1903; d. 1946), Bewitched matriarch Agnes Moorehead (1900; d. 1974), and prolific musical lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896; d. 1983).
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New TV on DVD, Nov. 14

November 14th, 2006 8:00am EST
Friends
Wow, it's a BIG week for television-related DVD releases. Get started on your Christmas shopping early with the entire seasons of Friends, Six Feet Under or Homicide: Life on the Street. Also on DVD: season 2 of NCIS; season 4 of Lois & Clark and Reba; season 5 of Home Improvement, Northern Exposure and Quantum Leap; and season 6 of CSI, 3rd Rock From The Sun, and The Golden Girls.
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New TV on DVD, March 28

March 28th, 2006 7:59am EST
Six Feet Under
If you can't wait to see episodes air on Bravo later this year, check out the fifth season of HBO's critically acclaimed Six Feet Under on DVD. The series takes a darkly comical look at members of a dysfunctional Pasadena, Calif., family that runs an independent funeral home. Also in stores this week: season one of Knots Landing, season three of Degrassi the Next Generation, and seasons four of Quantum Leap and Northern Exposure.
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James Marsters & Nick Lachey Among Guests on WB Shows

January 16th, 2006 3:44pm EST
Nick Lachey
The WB Network welcomes a sexy and intriguing celebrity guest roster to kick-off its midseason, including Nick Lachey, James Denton, Kelly Carlson and James Marsters. The announcement was made today at the network's Winter 2006 Television Critics’ Association Press Tour.

Actor Nick Lachey guest stars on TWINS in an episode entitled "Himbo," which will air February 24 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET). Lachey will play Charlie Solik, a former underwear model and Arnold Undergarments’ new Marketing Director, hired by Farrah (Molly Stanton). This is Lachey's second guest appearance on the network afte...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 6

December 6th, 2005 3:01am EST
Randy Rhoads
Happy Birthday to "Northern Exposure" actress Janine Turner (1962), film and television actor Xander Berkeley (1958), Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads (1956; d. 1982), R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck (1956), comedian Steven Wright (1955), "Amadeus" actor Tom Hulce (1953), "Poltergeist" actress JoBeth Williams (1948), jazz musician Dave Brubeck (1920), "Cinderella Man" Jim Braddock (1905; d. 1974), baseball player Tony Lazzeri (1903; d. 1946), Bewitched matriarch Agnes Moorehead (1900; d. 1974), and prolific musical lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896; d. 1983).
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