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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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Rashida Jones Says Kissing Zooey Deschanel Was 'Slightly Awkward'

August 26th, 2011 1:53pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones took a break from her day job to appear in the new comedy Our Idiot Brother. In the film, she plays a straight-laced lesbian who has a great job and a hot girlfriend . The actress' new gig showcases her first lesbian kiss, which she admits was slightly awkward to film.

In Our Idiot Brother, Rashida Jones plays a lawyer named Cindy, who's in a relationship with the bisexual Natalie , one of the sisters of the "idiot brother." Cindy is the first lesbian character that Jones has played and she was really nervous about shooting her big kissing scene.

A...
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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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Rashida Jones: 'I Had To Get Mouth-To-Mouth Resuscitation From Rip Torn'

May 22nd, 2011 6:07pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones steams up the June issue of GQ magazine and discusses her hit NBC show and her latest film.

The 35-year-old actress - and daughter of legendary music producer Quincy Jones - speaks highly of her Parks and Recreation castmates, but given the context of a sexy GQ photo shoot, her words don't exactly come out right.

"Every week, someone on that show will tickle me in a new and fun way. Wow, that sounds really bad. Please put that next to a topless picture of me in GQ," she says.

Rashida plays Zooey Deschanel's lesbian girlfriend in the upcoming comedy...
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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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Stephen Colletti Dishes On 'One Tree Hill' And A Televised Youth

May 11th, 2011 12:09pm EDT
Stephen Colletti
After gaining fame as a cast member on the reality series Laguna Beach, Stephen Colletti has segued from MTV to The CW’s One Tree Hill. Recently promoted to the main cast this season after four as a recurring character, Stephen sat down with me recently to talk about Chase’s future, the prospects for the show’s future, and where he himself might head next.

There is only one more episodes left in One Tree Hill‘s eighth season. What’s left in store for Chase?

There’s some decisions to be made. We’ve been teasing them all year. It’s going to come to a resolution with the decisions I’...
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Rob Lowe On Partying Days With Charlie Sheen: "We Competed To See Who Could Play Harder"

March 29th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen | Photo Credits: Chelsea Lauren/FilmMagi
Back in the '80s, Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen competed frequently — but not for movie parts.

"We competed to see who could play harder, then show up for work and still kick a--," Lowe tells Vanity Fair. "The verdict: Charlie by a nose."

Charlie Sheen hopes Rob Lowe replaces him on Two and a Half Men

Lowe, who recently finished his autobiography, shared excerpts with the magazine. In the book, he calls Sheen "one-of-a-kind ... a Polo preppy ...

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Paul Reiser Comedy Replaces 'Perfect Couples'

March 28th, 2011 7:30pm EDT
Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser's NBC comedy project has finally found a home, and a date. His show will premiere April 14, displacing the network's 'Perfect Couples' to bubble show purgatory. With two episodes left to air, its odds for renewal are not good.

Reiser's show, cleverly titled 'The Paul Reiser Show,' will feature him as a guy named Paul Reiser, who lives with his wife and kids and hangs out with other dads. It's a single camera comedy, and the first major TV project for Reiser since 'Mad About You' ended in 1999.

The announcement comes on the heels of NBC's announcement last week that it renew...
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Rashida Jones Wants To Record An Album Someday

March 17th, 2011 10:06pm EDT
Rashida Jones
Quincy Jones' actress daughter Rashida Jones has revealed she was in the running to play the lead in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! - until Nicole Kidman expressed interest in the musical role.

The TV star admits she auditioned for the role of Satine before producers decided to go for a bigger name.

And she wowed movie executives with a routine she worked out with her super-producer dad.

Jones tells Eonline.com, "You had to sing a song and I decided I wanted to sing and play a song. I wanted to play this arrangement of "Somewhere" from West Side Story that my dad had done for Aretha Frankl...
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Steve Carell's 'Office' Farewell Gets An Airdate

March 10th, 2011 1:00pm EST
Steve Carell, The Office | Photo Credits: Dean Hendler/NBC
NBC's Steve Carell exit from The Office promises to be a big one — that's what she said — and it now has an airdate.

The episode, which wrapped production last week, is expected to air on Thursday, April 28. That's the first night of May sweeps, when the networks load up on events and special episodes. And the departure of Carell certainly qualifies.

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Rob Lowe Won't Be Replacing Charlie Sheen On 'Two And A Half Men'

March 10th, 2011 9:03am EST
ROb Lowe
Michael Schur reveals that Rob Lowe is under a "multiyear contract" and therefore won't be replacing Charlie Sheen on the CBS comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Parks and Recreation executive producer Michael Schur shot down the idea that Rob Lowe would be leaving the NBC comedy to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men.

Lowe, who joined Parks this season, is one of several names -- including John Stamos -- that have surfaced as a possible replacement for Sheen, who was fired from Men on Monday.

At the Parks panel at PaleyFest on Wednesday night, Schur was adamant that Low...
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Rob Lowe In Talks To Replace Charlie Sheen?

March 8th, 2011 3:45pm EST
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe is in talks to replace Charlie Sheen in Two And A Half Men.

Sheen was fired from the sitcom on Monday following a 10-day media blitz, during which he blasted show producers and show creator/writer Chuck Lorre for cancelling the remaining episodes of the current eighth season of the program.

And Lorre is already lining up the star's replacement following speculation TV veteran John Stamos would be the man for the job.

TMZ.com reports Lorre's team has been talking to Lowe, who is currently starring in sitcom Parks & Recreation after stints on dramas Brothers & Sisters and The W...
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Get To Know 'Parks and Recreation's' Aubrey Plaza

January 27th, 2011 11:14am EST
Aubrey Plaza | Photo Credits: Justin Lubin/NBC Universal
She plays: April Ludgate, the Parks and Recreation staffer known as much for her back-and-forth flirtation with dimwit Andy (Chris Pratt) as for her chronically dry wit — something the actress admits to sharing with her alter ego. "Personality-wise, I guess I'm kind of sarcastic," confesses Plaza. "She's a younger, more rebellious, heightened version of me."

Where You've Seen Her
Hanging out with funny people. She played ...

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Returning Mid-Season Shows: What's Worth Watching?

January 4th, 2011 12:00pm EST
The new 'American Idol'
We’ve already been over what new shows are premiering mid-season. There are lots of returning favorites as well, and some promise to be some of this year’s highest-rated programs. Others are sure to be stinkers. Here’s our guide to what’s returning, and what’s worth watching.

‘V’ – ABC, Jan. 4

Starring Elizabeth Mitchell (‘LOST’) as FBI agent Erica Evans and Morena Baccarin as the leader of the visitors, this season kicks off after a long hiatus. ABC calls it “a show we’d like to run as uninterrupted as possible.” Time will tell if the long wait has dented the show’s audience. Anyo...
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2010 Emmys: Who Should Win & Who Will Win

August 28th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
2010 Emmys
It’s a transitional year for the Emmys, meaning this is one of the more exciting races in recent memories. The flood of new nominees (brought on by a stellar development slate) means that we can no longer rely on the predictable Emmy voting to determine winners. Instead, this is a year where we can see many newcomers emerging and starting a whole new slate of predictable nominees.

Yes, that was a little cynical, but it’s the sad truth of the Emmys – habits are hard to break for the voters. Luckily, this year the virgin nominees have afforded them an extensive choice for brand new habits.

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Would You Date 'Scott Pilgrim' Star Aubrey Plaza?

August 11th, 2010 3:16am EDT
Aubrey Plaza
"Parks And Recreation" actress Aubrey Plaza would rather be single. She explained, "I don't date. No, I'm too awkward to date I think."

Aubrey is far from a household name, but she's starting to get noticed. In addition to her show on NBC, she also starred opposite Seth Rogen and Adam Sandler in "Funny People."

She appears in the upcoming film "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" in which a young man (Michael Cera) must fight a girl's (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven sinister ex-boyfriends in order to win her hand. The Universal Pictures film is an adaptation of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Oni Press co...
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'Glee,' HBO's 'The Pacific' Land Massive Emmy Nominations

July 8th, 2010 10:26am EDT
Glee
Hit TV musical "Glee" is set to be the toast of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards after landing a massive 19 nominations.

The comedy about a group of high school students in a choir club will fight for the Outstanding TV Comedy prize against "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office" and "30 Rock," which has taken home the title for the last three years.

"Glee's" leading stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele have been nominated in the male and female categories for the outstanding comedy actor awards, while their co-star Chris Colfer has received a best supporting...
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Amy Poehler's Baby Bump & Bellybutton

July 5th, 2010 8:20am EDT
Amy Poehler
A pregnant Amy Poehler attended a special screening of "The Kids Are Alright" at New York's Landmark Sunshine Cinemas.

Amy, wife of Will Arnett, is expecting the couple's second child in autumn. The baby will join big brother Archie, 19 months. Poehler, 38, married Arnett, 39, in August 2003.

The "Parks and Recreation" star has two films projects in production, "Lunch Lady" and "Groupies."

See more photos of Amy here!
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Check Out 'Pretty Bird' On DVD June 29

June 27th, 2010 6:56am EDT
Pretty Bird
At once a humorous look at the folly of human ambition and a parable about the dark side of the American Dream, the wildly entertaining independent film "Pretty Bird" makes its DVD debut on June 29 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast including Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Kristen Wiig, David Hornsby and Anna Camp, "Pretty Bird" is based on the outrageous true story of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent and market a personal rocket belt.

As personalities clash and individual agendas emerge, the partnership begins to unravel in shoc...
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Deborah Puette Takes the Lead In A New Indie Short, 'Nuture'

June 15th, 2010 7:00am EDT
Deborah Puette
You may not realize that you know versatile actress, Deborah Puette, but chances are you do. Puette has been in everything from NBC’s hit comedy ‘The Office’ to the Pulitzer Prize nominated play ‘The Glory of Living’ in which she plays a pregnant teenager turned serial killer. Along with wrapping a staring role in an upcoming Independent short film, ‘Nuture’ the actress took on three roles in this year’s May sweeps including; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Criminal Minds’, and ‘Parks and Recreation’.

Yeah, we said she was versatile.

We were lucky to get the opportunity to interrupt Puette’s busy sche...
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Tracy Morgan And Betty White Get Playful In New York Magazine (Video)

May 18th, 2010 2:54pm EDT
Tracey Morgan and Betty White
Tracy Morgan and Betty White got a little playful for their New York Magazine photo shoot, including a role-reversal that had Tracey in a dress and Betty in a gangster outfit.

A behind-the-scenes video captured the duo as they posed in serious and playful shots for the magazine. Things got a little silly when Betty groped at Tracy's chest before saying "Just so you know, this is a one-sided game." Tracey then took off his shirt for the next photo.

It's part of a "Televisionaries" issue that also includes Modern Family, Dexter, The Good Wife, Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad and Party Do...
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Amy Poehler & Will Arnett Expecting Their Second Child

March 17th, 2010 12:48pm EDT
Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are expanding their brood. A rep for the "Parks and Recreation" comedienne confirms exclusively to UsMagazine.com that the couple is expecting their second child. No due date has been released.

The baby will join big brother Archie, 16 months. Poehler, 38, married Arnett, 39, in August 2003. Read more about the news here at Usmagazine.com.

See more photos of Amy here!
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Underappreciated TV Stars

March 9th, 2010 10:00am EST
Glenn Close - Damages
They’re talented. They’re loveable. They’re hard-working TV thespians. Yet they don’t always get the credit they deserve. Here are 10 (seven, with three Honorable Mentions) out of the many TV stars that are often underappreciated.

Glenn Close – Alright, Close gets tons of credit for her work, including a string of film roles and awards galore, but she still earns a nod here. With Oscar nominations for The Big Chill, The Natural and Fatal Attraction, Close shines just as bright on the small screen. She currently stars as the lead character Patty Hewes, the ruthless litigator on the FX drama...
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TV Year End Recap

December 26th, 2009 3:00pm EST
TV Year End Recap
Ah, the year has come to an end once more. Well, actually the decade has come to an end. But enough of all that end-of-the-decade nonsense. We still have a year in TV to discuss. A year that finally saw the networks once again deliver us some new shows worth watching, a year when several cable dramas took a massive step forward. A year when Paula Abdul wasn't the worst "Idol" Judge!

Yes, it was a strange year on the small screen, but a good one all the same. Here's the best, and some of the worst, of TV 2009.

Great Performances:

Jane Lynch in "Glee"

Sure, she's been hailed...
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