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NBC Hopes More Comedies, Expanded 'Voice' Will Help Turn Around The Network

May 14th, 2012 9:35am EDT
Matthew Perry Go On
Yesterday NBC announced its 2012-13 primetime schedule, which includes several new comedies and a few more dramas.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, explained, "We've taken a few first steps toward a turnaround over this past season and now we're seeing a real opportunity to accelerate that process. We've got a lineup of new shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice.

"And with the Olympics coming this summer and two nights of 'The Voice' in the fall, we've also got the tools we need to give our shows the kind of launch they deserve."

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'30 Rock' To End After Next Season

May 11th, 2012 11:45am EDT
30 Rock
Tina Fey's hit comedy 30 Rock will come to an end after one more season.

The series has been a critical smash since it first aired in 2006, and has won a string of Emmys and Golden Globe awards.

It was reported Fey's co-star Alec Baldwin was leaving the hit show earlier this year, but bosses at NBC have confirmed the main cast will all return for a seventh and final run.

The move comes amid falling ratings for the show, which has attracted star cameos from Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Susan Sarandon, Matt Damon and environment campaigner Al Gore.

When asked by a fan on Twitter.c...
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'Bridesmaids' Dominate The 2012 Comedy Awards

April 30th, 2012 8:33am EDT
Bridesmaids
The stars of hit movie Bridesmaids were the toast of The Comedy Awards in New York City over the weekend as the film landed four of the night's top trophies.

Melissa McCarthy, who won an Oscar nomination for her part in the movie, scooped Best Performance by an Actress during the Comedy Central prize giving at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Saturday night.

The actress' co-star Kristen Wiig shared the Best Comedy Screenplay prize with her co-writer Annie Mumolo, and the pair drew laughs from the audience by pretending to wrestle for the trophy on stage.

Paul Feig won Best Com...
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Q&A: Ashley and David Eckstein Celebrate Fandom With 'Her Universe'

March 21st, 2012 11:15am EDT
Her Universe
One of the joys of fandom is being able to share your passions. And thanks to Ashley and David Eckstein, that just got a lot easier (and cooler) for women.

Representing one's fandoms can be a difficult task for the female gender. I say that from experience; I'm all about showing off my allegiances. One of those happens to be to the San Diego Padres, and I went on a rant when there wasn't a T-shirt for my favorite second baseman, a certain David Eckstein. You can imagine my delight to hear that someone that I am a huge fan of was making it easier for me to represent the things I love.

As...
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'Parks And Recreation' Film Three Different Finales

March 7th, 2012 11:33am EST
Parks and Recreation
The stars of hit TV show Parks And Recreation filmed three versions of the season four finale to make sure fans don't find out the ending.

Filming on the fourth series of the comedy, which stars Amy Poehler as a mid-level bureaucrat, recently came to an end and the producers went to great lengths to keep the storyline under wraps.

The series will finish with Poehler's character facing an election, and co-creator Michael Schur has now revealed the outcome was filmed three times and could change at the last minute.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We shot actually three different endin...
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'Parks And Recreation' - 'Bowling For Votes' Recap

January 27th, 2012 3:46pm EST
Bowling for Votes
This week’s episode of Parks and Recreation brought to mind an interview I read recently with Chris Onstad, the writer-artist behind Achewood, a popular web comic about cats who make fun of The Cure. After nine years of churning out content for Achewood—comics, blog posts, books, t-shirts, mugs—Onstad’s output started to trickle until, suddenly, it stopped. To put it mildly, his fans freaked out. The reason why he stopped doesn’t really matter in this context, but in the interview, Onstad touches on how the small amount of negative feedback he received negated much of the wild praise that h...
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NBC Developing 'The Office' Spin-Off About Dwight Schrute

January 26th, 2012 8:32am EST
Rainn Wilson | Photo Credits: Trae Patton/NBC
NBC is planting the seeds for a spin-off of The Office centered on Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and the Schrute family beet farm, Deadline reports.

The series, which would tentatively launch in early 2013, would follow Dwight's life outside of Dunder Mifflin at his family's beet farm and bed and breakfast. The beet farm has been featured in several episodes stemming back to Season 2, with The Office and Parks and Recreation executive producer Mike Schur playing the role of Dwight's business partner and...

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'Parks And Recreation' - 'Campaign Ad' Recap

January 20th, 2012 3:03pm EST
Campaign Ad
I can’t think of another show with actors as skilled at playing stupid as some of the ones on Parks and Recreation. Be it the insane, witless ramblings of the Pawnee general public or Andy’s never-ending parade of catastrophic accidents, it really makes you wonder if Leslie and co. should look into the content of Pawnee’s water supply. Tonight, we meet perhaps the most delightfully dumb specimen to ever cross paths with the Parks department: city council candidate and heir to the Sweetums candy fortune Bobby Newport, played by the wonderful Paul Rudd.

For all of the hubbub around Leslie’s ...
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'Parks And Recreation' - 'The Comeback Kid' Recap

January 13th, 2012 9:31am EST
The Comeback Kid
Hey-Ho Parks and Reckers, it’s been over a month since we last visited our favorite Indiana hamlet, it’s 2012 now, and that’s… something, I guess. In Pawnee, things are mostly as they were in the twilight of 2011. Leslie and her beloved Parks department are plotting to get Leslie’s campaign out of the gutter while Ben, the newly shiftless, unemployed boyfriend, sits at home “finding himself” via his various nerdy hobbies—oh and we have a new cast member! April and Andy’s dog Champion, the three legged champion of all dogs, who can do everything that other dogs do—except dig, he’s terrible a...
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Parks and Recreation - 'Citizen Knope' Recap

December 9th, 2011 2:48pm EST
Citizen Knope
Generally speaking, this season of Parks and Recreation has been strong, but these last couple of episodes have by far been the best. The first half of the season concentrated largely on how splintered the Parks Department had become with the departure of Tom, and Leslie off chasing her dreams of political office while trying to ignore her continued affection for Ben. This led to much of the cast doing their own thing, with the writers throwing them a bone every once in a while in the form of C or D plots that never really amounted to anything. Sometimes these diversions worked—April and An...
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'Parks And Recreation' - 'The Trial Of Leslie Knope' Recap

December 2nd, 2011 3:21pm EST
The Trial of Leslie Knope
Of all of the characters that we’ve seen roaming around the muraled corridors of Pawnee city hall, Chris Traeger is the one that we really know the least about. We know all about his health food kick, his obsession with exercise and being a stickler for the rules—we know all of that… but there’s still something naggingly mysterious about the man. Chris dragging Leslie in front of an ethics committee for her relationship with Ben is a chance to illustrate how little we’ve come to know Chris. The trial forces Chris away from being the affable eccentric we’re familiar with, even when he’s self...
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Parks And Recreation - 'Smallest Park' Recap

November 18th, 2011 2:12pm EST
Smallest Park
Leslie and Ben getting back together was inevitable. The show has jived and feinted well enough over the past few episodes to tease that it might leave the two to smolder apart miserably, but Parks and Rec is, at its core, a feel good show, and the only way this season could go on without wallowing in its characters’ and its viewers’ misery is with Ben and Leslie cutting a slice of happiness out of their sticky situation. In order for this to happen, though, Leslie has a bit of growing up to do.

After city hall rips up a pair of useless phone booths, Leslie and the Parks department decide ...
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TV Book Club Q&A: Danielle Turchiano Talks A 'Pop Culture' Life

November 12th, 2011 11:20am EST
Danielle Turchiano
Danielle Turchiano has a dream job: she turned her love of TV into a career in production and later journalism. Then she decided to share her stories with us.

In her second book, appropriately titled My Life, Made Possible By Pop Culture, Danielle speaks frankly about her passion for the small screen and how it has influenced her relationships over the years.

I've gotten to know Danielle fairly well as our careers have crossed paths, and have found her to be one of the most engaging fellow journalists I've gotten to spend time with. I couldn't resist asking her about her newest book and h...
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'Parks And Recreation' - 'The Treaty' Recap

November 11th, 2011 10:47am EST
The Treaty
Is it just me or was that episode rather light on laughs?

Sure, the concept of Leslie and Ben’s personal trouble causing a model war to break out at Pawnee’s model UN is funny enough in concept—with some effective barbs at the actual UN—but overall, this felt just like a retread of last week’s otherwise great episode when Leslie and Ben decided that they could remain friends after some awkward tension built up when they were forced to work together. This week, I guess, puts that decision to the test when Leslie invites Ben to help her run the model UN for Pawnee’s little Knopes and Bens (y...
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'Parks And Recreation' – 'End of the World' Recap

November 4th, 2011 3:53pm EDT
Parks and Recreation
Fake apocalypse or not, your priorities change on your last day on earth. Long term plans and practicality both go out the window and eking out one last moment of happiness becomes paramount. And even though the Apocalypse that’s bearing down on Pawnee is of the crackpot loon variety, the implications of it have loaded the members of the Parks department with whimsy.

With her concerns about her political future put on hold for an evening, Leslie’s thoughts go right back to Ben. The pair of them are assigned to stand watch over park as Pawnee's favorite cult, The Reasonablists, pow-wow arou...
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Madonna, Jay-Z & Other Celebs To Create YouTube Channels

October 31st, 2011 9:47am EDT
Madonna
Madonna and Jay-Z are to create their own video channels on YouTube.com as part of a new business venture to expand the website.

Bosses at the video-sharing site have shelled out over $100 million to dozens of producers to create fresh new content, and as part of the deal, both superstars have signed up to lend their support.

Other participants include actor Ashton Kutcher, "Modern Family" beauty Sofia Vergara, "The Office" star Rainn Wilson, "Parks and Recreation" actress Amy Poehler, former basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.

Not much information ...
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'Parks And Recreation' - 'Meet N Greet' Recap

October 29th, 2011 8:39am EDT
Ron at Lowes
Man, oh, man another "Parks and Rec" Halloween episode. Some people get excited about Christmas specials, I get excited about Halloween episodes. While "Meet N Greet" has some pretty fun moments, it's bogged down by a weak A story, which is fine, it's still a fun episode, just not as epic as Season 2’s Halloween episode “Greg Pikitis,” which I see as being the episode where Parks first hit its stride.

First, let’s get the wet blanket, non-festive stuff out of the way, with the Knope campaign hosting Pawnee’s small business leaders for a meet ‘n greet. Leslie hopes to make nice with the hea...
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Kelly Clarkson Wants Guest Role On 'Parks And Recreation'

October 18th, 2011 8:10am EDT
Kelly Clarkson
Pop star Kelly Clarkson has launched an online bid to land a guest role on hit TV sitcom Parks And Recreation, despite confessing she's "a bad actress."

The Since U Been Gone hit-maker is a big fan of funnywoman Amy Poehler's show and has called on her Twitter.com followers to help bombard program bosses and anyone involved in the comedy to give her a small role alongside her favorite character Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman.

In a post on the social networking site, she writes, "Here's the deal ....I really want to be on 'Parks and Recreation'. It's hilarious! I am a bad actress b...
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Q&A: 'Hung' Star Charlie Saxton

October 16th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Charlie Saxton
HBO's Hung has just started its third season - and before tonight's new episode (10 PM ET/PT), I caught up with star Charlie Saxton! Read on for Charlie's thoughts on his character Damon, his time in theatre, and the movie role he'd love to have...

We're two episodes into the third season of Hung. What can you say about what we can expect for Damon in season three?

Damon's kind of stepping out of the spotlight, if you will, because he's been getting himself into too many crazy situations. He's re-evaluating himself and figuring out what makes him happy. He and his sister [Darby] deci...
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'Parks And Recreation' - 'Pawnee Rangers' Recap

October 14th, 2011 4:18pm EDT
Pawnee Rangers
This week we mainly follow the conflict between Pawnee’s two competing youth groups: the bleak, all boys survivalist group the Pawnee Rangers, led by Ron Swanson, and its all-girl antithesis the Pawnee Goddesses, created by Leslie Knope, who never met a gender role she couldn’t break. Like when he coached basketball last year, Ron becomes even more rigid when children are in his tutaliage. His single rule for his Rangers? Be a man. Other than that, he gives them a box and a piece of canvas and sets out to teach his boys the virtue of solitude, contemplation and surviving the wild.

To Ron t...
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'Parks And Recreation' – 'Born And Raised' Recap

October 7th, 2011 4:20pm EDT
Gotcha Girls
Now that Tammy 1 has been sent back to Hell or… wherever she’s from (Indianapolis?), "Parks and Rec" is back on the Knope 2012 campaign. Like every single other politician in the world, Leslie has written a book. Rather than write about what a wonderful visionary she is (again, like every single other politican in the world), Leslie has written a comprehensive history of Pawnee… with her picture on the cover for some reason.

To promote the book, Leslie is making the Pawnee media rounds—apparently opting out of her favorite radio show Crazy Ira and The Douche for classier pastures, a goofba...
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'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ron & Tammys' Recap

September 30th, 2011 10:25am EDT
Ron and Tammys
I think Parks and Recreation handles comedic drunkenness better than any show on television right now. Last season, there was the snake juice dance off, with "Ron & Tammys" we see a good old fashioned prairie drink off between Leslie, Tammy 1 and Tammy Prime—Ron’s mother—with Ron’s soul riding on the outcome. It’s awesome.

This episode sees the full-fledged debut of Tammy 1, Ron's first wife, who blows into the parks department like an Antarctic wind, demoralizing everyone she comes across—weirdly, except April, who sees the skeletal woman as “the cold, distant mother she never had.” Last ...
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'Parks And Recreation' - 'I'm Leslie Knope' Recap

September 23rd, 2011 9:23am EDT
I'm Leslie Knope
Hello fellow Pawneeians! I’ll be guiding you through this fourth (fourth!) season of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”. So let’s get kicking.

The end of last season saw most of the parks department moving towards brighter futures, making their lives about a million times more complicated than they were before. Leslie and Ben decided to keep their forbidden romance from the rest of the office, which makes for a potential scandal when Leslie’s political career suddenly sprouts legs. Tom resigned so he can follow his dreams of being—well Jay-Z, I guess. Even Andy is looking to moving on from his s...
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'Up All Night' Recap: Pilot

September 15th, 2011 9:17am EDT
Ah, the fall TV season is upon us. If you're anything like me, you're rejoicing at the return of current favorites and contemplating whether you have room in your already embarrassingly jam-packed viewing schedule for one or more new series. These decisions are never easy for me because I don't believe in one-night stands. If I decide to give a new show a shot, I'm fully aware that the first date will probably be average at best, and that it may take a few weeks to really get into a groove. There's a certain level of commitment there. And I always worry that I'm going to commit to the wrong...
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Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

September 6th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...
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Live Talks Los Angeles Announces Second Season

August 31st, 2011 3:19pm EDT
Live Talks LA
Having brought fantastic celebrity pairings together to help support worthy causes in Los Angeles, Live Talks Los Angeles has recently announced the lineup for their noteworthy second season.

Live Talks LA has embarked on a mission to "bring great speakers to Los Angeles — authors, artists, leaders, musicians, scientists — and present them in some of the city’s wonderful venues."

In doing so, they support various arts, literacy and educational causes, donating the net proceeds from their events to organizations like First Book (providing access to new books for children in need), the ...
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Early 2011 Emmy Predictions: Here's Who Will Win

August 20th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Mad Men
It may be a little early to predict the Emmy winners, but unlike the Oscars, not much changes in the Emmy Awards season once the nominations are out.

The Emmys can be very tough to predict, but we'll take our best shot. Here's who we think will go home with the gold on Sept. 18th. Do you agree?

Outstanding Drama Series
'Boardwalk Empire'
'Dexter'
'Friday Night Lights'
'Game of Thrones'
'The Good Wife'
'Mad Men'

After yet another outstanding season, it looks like 'Mad Men' may make it four in a row. Its only real competition is 'Boardwalk Empire,' which took the Golden Globe, and...
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'Friday Night Lights' Wins 'Program Of The Year' At TCA Awards

August 8th, 2011 10:04am EDT
Friday  Night Lights
Critically acclaimed sports drama "Friday Night Lights" triumphed at the 2011 Television Critics Association Awards on Saturday night by landing the coveted Program of the Year prize.

The drama joined "Game of Thrones," "Modern Family," "Sesame Street" and "Mad Men" among the big award winners in Beverly Hills, while Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Ty Burrell picked up the top acting statuettes.

Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey was honored with the Career Achievement Award and the TCA also paid homage to The Dick Van Dyke Show by presenting the beloved series with the Heritage Award.

The list of win...
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'Mad Men' And 'Mildred Pierce' Lead 2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations (See List)

July 14th, 2011 10:19am EDT
Mad Men
Hit drama Mad Men looks set to dominate the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards after scoring 19 nominations, including Best Drama.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Laurie (House) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law).

The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a closely-fought affair - Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Friday Night Ligh...
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'Parks And Recreation' Star Nick Offerman Grows A Beard For The Environment

May 29th, 2011 4:53pm EDT
Nick Offerman
His character on NBC's "Parks and Recreation" may shy away from large acts of altruism, but actor Nick Offerman is doing his part to help spread the word about how easy it is to conserve water. Offerman, who plays grouchy boss Ron Swanson on the hit show, has teamed up with Anheuser-Busch for the Budweiser "Grow One. Save a Million" campaign.

The goal is to get men to take a pledge to stop shaving in the days leading up to World Environment Day, which is on June 5. The average man will waste 3-10 gallons of water each time they shave, and, through this campaign, Anheuser-Busc...
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