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Homes Featured In 'Seinfeld,' 'Rescue Me' Destroyed By Hurricane Sandy

October 30th, 2012 6:37pm EDT
Seinfeld
The homes featured in hit shows "Seinfeld" and "Rescue Me" were destroyed in New York City by Hurricane Sandy on Monday.

The northeast was slammed by winds and torrential rain as the storm, which was later downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, made landfall, causing major flooding and widespread power outages.

Last night, more than 200 firefighters were called to a neighborhood in Rockaway, Queens, to put out a huge blaze that engulfed at least 50 homes by the time it was contained.

Some of the properties devastated include residences featured in Jerry Seinfeld's "Seinfeld," Denis Leary...
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Q&A: Meet 'Gone' Star Sam Upton

February 25th, 2012 10:00am EST
Sam Upton
If you catch the new Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone this weekend, you'll catch another interesting actor: Sam Upton. Who is he? An incredibly versatile player.

In Gone, Upton plays McKay, one of the police officers that Jill (Seyfried) turns to in order to catch the serial killer who once came after her and has now targeted her sister. The flick has a cast of names that TV buffs will adore, from Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter to Justified boss Nick Searcy, but don't overlook the affable Upton, who recently chatted with me about the film and the many other interests he has.

Let's start at t...
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Behind The Wheel Of History's 'Top Gear'

February 14th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Top Gear
"American Top Gear."

It's a phrase that's struck dread in the hearts of many for years. Fans of the hit BBC series - those of us sitting at home with our Jeremy Clarkson books and 'I Am The Stig' T-shirts, and yes, I am one - have heard rumblings about a US import and almost immediately worried one would go south (see: the American adaptation of Coupling, etc.) Yet after a false start (a busted NBC pilot hosted by Adam Carolla), History Channel made the concept a reality two years ago.

And guess what? It's not a nightmare. In fact, it's pretty good.

The cynics - and yes, I was one - are ...
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Q&A: 'Person of Interest' Star Kevin Chapman

January 26th, 2012 11:00am EST
Kevin Chapman
Veteran actor Kevin Chapman is one of the stars of CBS' new hit Person of Interest, but that's just scratching the surface of his lengthy resume.

Chapman plays Detective Lionel Fusco, a corrupt cop who functions as an NYPD source for John Reese (Jim Caviezel). It's a role that has brought Chapman some much-deserved attention. But die-hard TV fans will have seen his face a dozen times before.

It was Chapman who brought real menace (and yet, surprising humanity on at least one occasion) to the role of an Irish mob boss on Showtime's underrated drama series Brotherhood. He's also appeared on...
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TV Goodbye: Shows That Ended & Shows That Were Cancelled In 2011

December 31st, 2011 12:00pm EST
Canceled and Ended Shows in 2011
Ask the typical American to name 20 currently airing primetime television shows and they probably can't without doing some serious thinking. They'd probably even ramble off a few that were cancelled during the year or the year before without even realizing it.

In 2011 a myriad of television shows come to an end with over 80 leaving the airwaves, most of which you probably never even heard of (some were so small we didn't even include them in this year-end roundup).

Some had tearful goodbyes after long runs (Oprah, Big Love, Rescue Me), and others were canceled so fast we hardly even knew ...
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Denis Leary Talks 'Rescue Me' Series Finale & His Role In The New 'Spider-Man'

September 6th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
Denis Leary 'Rescue Me' Series Finale
The tenth anniversary of 9/11 has been something the characters on Rescue Me have anticipated with trepidation. Now that it’s here, the show concludes its final season. Denis Leary met with the Television Critics Association over the summer to discuss the final episode, the real life issues still being addressed, and his role in next summer’s blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man.

Leary began as a ranting stand-up comic with a huge presence on MTV. Now that he’s also had success as a comic and dramatic actor, he hasn’t lost any of his bite. Wrapping up his FX series seems both practical and s...
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Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'American Horror Story,' 'Rescue Me' And 'Always Sunny'

August 8th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Rescue Me
After spending some time with FOX, my TCA (Television Critics Association) blog comes to an end with a look at sister network FX, which brought to Beverly Hills four returning series and a new one. Not to mention one big moment that I may unfortunately never be able to get out of my brain.

Executive Session

Last time we talked about FX, I mentioned that I have a great deal of respect for network president John Landgraf. I was certainly happy to hear the announcement Saturday morning that Landgraf, who's been with FX for more than seven years, had renewed his contract for three more. He'...
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Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: 'Allen Gregory,' 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' 'Terra Nova,' The Emmys

August 8th, 2011 11:20am EDT
Terra Nova
Following our earlier peeks at New Girl and The X Factor, it's time to talk about two new FOX comedies and one show we've been hearing about for what seems like forever. FOX's TCA (Television Critics Association) presentation continued with looks at Allen Gregory, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Terra Nova, and the network's upcoming presentation of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Allen Gregory

It was a case of deja vu: once again, FOX used a themed lunch to show us a new Sunday animated comedy. Last year, it was Bob's Burgers. This year, it was Allen Gregory. It's always struck me as a bit stra...
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Summer 2011 TV Highlights

May 24th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
True Blood
As much as you should be going to the beach, catching a hot concert or spending time with friends at outdoor barbeques this summer, there is also a lot going on indoors too. We’re talking about what’s going on inside on the television. Summer television shows aren’t always about the addicting and sometimes laughable reality programs since stations like TNT and USA have stepped up their game with shows like The Closer and Burn Notice. As much as we were anticipating the return of Mad Men this summer only to be disappointed by the news that the premiere is delayed until 2012, we found a few m...
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Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: FX - 'Louie,' 'Wilfred' & 'Justified'

January 19th, 2011 11:15am EST
Justified
The last day of the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter/Spring 2011 press tour was the one I'd had circled on my calendar, because it was all about FX. I have really fallen in love with this network and the people behind it over the past year. They gave me the highlight of my trip: a panel devoted to one of my all-time favorite series (Justified), putting me in the same room with one of my all-time favorite actors (Timothy Olyphant). I'll geek out about that later, though. First, let's talk about what else the cable net has up its sleeve...

Executive Session

I gained an enormous a...
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Denis Leary Has Run In With Bear, 'Screams Like Eight-Year-Old Girl'

July 27th, 2010 8:00pm EDT
Denis Leary
Denis Leary is heeding wildlife warnings around his Connecticut home after a surprise run-in with a wild black bear left him "screaming like an eight-year-old girl".

The Rescue Me star lives in rustic Roxbury with his wife Ann and the couple's two kids - but he never took strong warnings from neighbors about local wildlife seriously - until he was scared senseless by a recent encounter.

Leary reveals he had stepped out in his underwear for a morning coffee and a cigarette with his dogs when he saw a giant beast waiting in his driveway.
He says, "5:30 on a Sunday morning about a month ago....
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Maura Tierney Completes Her Cancer Treatment

April 7th, 2010 8:25am EDT
Maura Tierney
Actress Maura Tierney is returning to the small screen after finishing treatment for breast cancer.

The former ER star was forced to walk away from TV drama Rescue Me after she was diagnosed with the disease last year. But, now she's putting her cancer battle behind her as she gets back to work on the show as Denis Leary's love interest.

Her rep tells TVGuide.com, "(Tierney) has finished treatment and is doing very well and is happy to move forward with the next phase of her life."

The actress has already filmed scenes for the program, which will air next year.
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Andrea Roth Welcomes New Daughter

April 2nd, 2010 11:37am EDT
Andrea Roth
TV star Andrea Roth is a new mom after welcoming a baby girl. The Rescue Me actress gave birth to daughter Ava Reese on Monday at Pennsylvania Hospital, according to People.com.

The new arrival, who weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, is the first child for Roth and her fiancé, producer Todd Biermann.

Roth's rep says, "Andrea has never been happier. She waited until she met the perfect man to start her family and it couldn't have turned out better as she and her fiancé are the proud parents of a gorgeous baby girl."

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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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Life After Cable: How To Get By Without Cable TV

June 23rd, 2009 9:26am EDT
South Park
There's a scene in Back to the Future Part II where Marty McFly's future son walks up to his massive 2015 wall mounted television and watches six channels at once ("OK, I want channels 18, 24, 63, 109, 87 and the Weather Channel"). Twenty years ago, with the rise of cable television, this is how we imagined television of the future: all at once with too many channels to choose from. But like most of the future tech in 2015 Hill Valley, real technology didn't quite go in that direction.

Here in 2009, the way we watch television is developing around a collective desire to trim some fat fr...
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Why 'Southland' Is Must-See TV

April 28th, 2009 12:12pm EDT
Southland
In the past few seasons for network TV, there have been a few shows that were destined for greatness from their very first pilot episodes: Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives, Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Lost and The Office.

That's it, that's the list. And of those six shows, one was cancelled due to low ratings ("Arrested Development"), one is on life-support ("Friday Night Lights"), and two were in danger after having lost their way - no pun intended, but "Lost" managed to find its way back while "Heroes" is struggling. "Housewives" still has its foundation of viewers but is...
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Denis Leary's Goal Is To Leave 'Biggest Carbon Footprint'

March 23rd, 2009 9:01am EDT
Denis Leary
Denis Leary may be best known now as the star of FX's fireman drama Rescue Me, but children of the '90s remember his comedy rants. He's still got it in him, so when reporters ask him how he goes green for their celebrity puff pieces, he rails against it.

"My goal is to leave this planet with the biggest carbon footprint I can possibly leave," Leary said. "First of all, I have to have trucks because I live most of my time on a horse farm, so I've gotta have trucks. It's in the northeast, I've got to have pickup trucks to move snow, number one. Number two, just if I'm driving, I don't ha...
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'Rescue Me' Returns In April On FX

February 13th, 2009 11:18am EST
Rescue Me
Rescue Me, FX's acclaimed series starring Denis Leary, will kick off its 22-episode fifth season on Tuesday, April 7th at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and the network placed an order for an additional season.

The 22-episode fifth season will air on FX over 23 weeks, with the season finale scheduled to air Tuesday, September 8.

"Rescue Me" revolves around the lives of the men in a New York City firehouse, the crew of 62 Truck. Examining the fraternal nature and relationships of firefighters, the series tackles the daily drama of the life-and-death situations associated with being a firefighter,...
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Slideshow: Our Favorite Michaels

July 24th, 2008 8:49am EDT
Michael Clarke Duncan
The name Michael was the second most popular male baby name in 2007 (followed by Jacob), according to the Social Security Administration. It's one of those names that has a timeless quality, and many celebrities are proud to call it their own. Check out our slideshow of our favorite Michaels:

Michael Caine

Latest film: The Dark Knight

Michael Douglas

Upcoming projects: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Michael J. Fox

Upcoming project: Rescue Me

Michael Keaton

Upcoming project: The Merry Gentle...
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TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations On July 17, Part 1

July 8th, 2008 11:55am EDT
Boston Legal
Last week, I helped the Emmy panelists decide upon which series to cast their vote for, and now it's the actors' turn.

The Emmy blue ribbon panel received a group of lists from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last week. These were top ten lists from which they were to select the five nominees for the big Emmy show. They will view select episodes from each nominee and base their decision on what they see.

It's nigh on impossible to glean an accurate impression from a small sample, especially when it comes to acting. Many characters are given complex arcs from which the...
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Denis Leary & 'Rescue Me' Co-Producer Peter Tolan Talk Minisodes, Season 5 Spoilers & More

June 24th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Rescue Me
"Rescue Me" fans eager for the fifth season will have to wait until next spring for new episodes (damn that writers' strike!). However, FX is airing 10 "minisodes" of new, original content on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning June 24.

In anticipation of the new minisodes, Starpulse had the opportunity to chat with co-creators/executive producers Denis Leary (who plays Tommy Gavin) and Peter Tolan about the 5-minute episodes and what fans can expect for season five.

One of the major recurring events in Tommy's life is death. Over the past few seasons he's had to deal with the d...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

June 23rd, 2008 9:11am EDT
Rescue Me
Monday, June 23

The Middleman (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) - Wendy and the Middleman travel to the underworld and, well, it's kind of swanky.

Bones (FOX, 8 p.m.) - Booth and Brennan begin "couples therapy" in this repeat.

Weeds (Showtime, 10 p.m.) - Nancy makes her first drug-related trip over the border.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.) - Going to an exclusive sex party? Just a perk of the job for Belle.

Tuesday, June 24

Hell's Kitchen (FOX, 9 p.m.) - The three remaining chefs must replicate the breakfast dishes Chef Ramsey served them.

Rescue M...
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'Rescue Me' Minisodes Burn Up the Small Screen This Summer

June 3rd, 2008 11:57am EDT
Rescue Me
The writer's strike may have delayed the fifth season return of Rescue Me until next spring, but Sony Pictures Television and FX will deliver ten minisodes of new, original content of the critically acclaimed series from Denis Leary and Peter Tolan, which will air commercial-free on FX, Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT beginning on June 24.

Each of the five-minute minisodes will feature Denis Leary and the rest of the show's ensemble cast in weekly comedic, standalone episodes, and will be available the day following the FX telecast on Crackle.com (http://www.crackle.com/rescueme) and via SPT's...
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Tune In To Cable TV For Top-Notch, Edgy Shows

February 15th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Showtime's Dexter
There's plenty to watch on network television, but we have long been living in the Golden Age of Cable. Ever since HBO told us, "It's not TV. It's HBO," we've been hooked. Ponying up the money for cable can be difficult, but these channels make it worth the price.

The Veterans:

HBO has lost many of the signature shows that made it a household name. The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under - they were all instrumental in defining HBO as the channel for daring, intelligent and mature programming. But don't write off the channel just yet. While its new series don't quite match the ...
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Gina Gershon Showcases Music From Her New Album With NYC Stage Act

October 11th, 2007 12:13pm EDT
Gina Gershon
Gina Gershon, widely recognized and beloved for her Broadway and film acting career, will debut music from her new recording "In Search Of Cleo" this month at “The Box” in New York City and continuing every Sunday and Monday for the remainder of October.

Anointed an “indie movie stalwart” by The Los Angeles Times, Ms. Gershon, together with a band of five and a dancing cast of three, will introduce the audiences at “The Box” to the true and unique story revealed in her songs.

"In Search Of Cleo" recalls the true story of the search and recovery of Gershon’s lost cat Cleo. Gershon...
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Winners At Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards

September 17th, 2007 8:29am EDT
The Sopranos
Winners in major categories for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (in bold):

Drama Series: ''Boston Legal,'' ABC; ''Grey's Anatomy,'' ABC; ''Heroes,'' NBC; ''House,'' Fox; ''The Sopranos,'' HBO.

Comedy Series: ''Entourage,'' HBO; ''The Office,'' NBC; ''30 Rock, NBC; ''Two and a Half Men,'' CBS; ''Ugly Betty,'' ABC.

Miniseries: ''Broken Trail,'' AMC; ''Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; ''The Starter Wife,'' USA.

Made-for-TV Movie: ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,'' HBO; ''Inside the Twin Tow...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 18

August 18th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Denis Leary
Happy Birthday to Relient K musician Jonathan Schneck (1981), "The Cosby Show" actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1970), "Pump Up The Volume" star Christian Slater (1969), "American History X" star Edward Norton (1969), rap/hip hop artist Everlast (1969), actress Madeleine Stowe (1958), "Rescue Me" star Denis Leary (1957), "Road House" star Patrick Swayze (1952), comedic actor Martin Mull (1943), prolific actor/director Robert Redford (1936), baseball legend Roberto Clemente (1934; d. 1972), controversial director Roman Polanski (1933), actress Shelley Winters (1920; d. 2006), deadball-era basebal...
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Andrea Roth Of 'Rescue Me' Talks About Her Controversial Sex Scene, Upcoming Season

June 18th, 2007 7:00am EDT
Rescue Me
There will be "tons of fireworks this year" on Rescue Me, promises Andrea Roth, who plays Tommy Gavin's (Denis Leary) wife Janet on the hit FX show. The series just began its fourth season and promises to keep viewers hooked with its emotional and tense storylines. In an exclusive interview with Roth, Starpulse.com uncovered some of what goes on behind the scenes and what's coming up on the firefighter drama.

In a show that thrives on character chemistry, Roth says the fun keeps going when the cameras stop rolling. "We hate each other," she jokes about her cast mates. Roth recently ...
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New Season Of 'Rescue Me' Starts Tonight

June 13th, 2007 11:10am EDT
Rescue Me
The fourth season of Rescue Me kicks off tonight at 10 p.m. on FX. Tommy (Denis Leary) comes under suspicion when he can't piece together the events that led to Sheila's beach house fire, which nearly killed him. The entire fire crew also finds themselves trapped during an unusual rescue.

Janet begins to worry that her newborn son prefers Tommy to her, while Tommy starts believing the baby may in fact be his dead brother's son. Meanwhile, Franco learns what it's like to be in a steady relationship, Sean agrees to take part in Maggie's private hobby, Lou tries to revitalize the fire...
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New TV on DVD, June 5

June 5th, 2007 8:00am EDT
CHiPs
Where the rubber meets the road and the bad guys meet the badge -- that's where you'll find California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon and Ponch. Set in the sun-drenched sprawl of Los Angeles, CHiPs combines action, heroics and fun in 22 season-one episodes. Also on DVD: season 1 of The Fall Guy, seasons 3 of Rescue Me, seasons 3 and 4 of The Cosby Show, season 5 of Dead Zone, season 6 of Hogan's Heroes, and season 8 of Seinfeld.
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