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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: Betsy Brandt On What Makes 'Breaking Bad' So Good

July 10th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos
When last we left Breaking Bad's Marie Schrader, she had seen her husband, DEA agent Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), shot four times. Accusing his colleagues of not doing enough to protect him, she found help in the person of her sister, Skyler White (Deadwood's Anna Gunn), who offered to pay for Hank's medical expenses...with money that Marie believes came from illegal card counting. Oh, if she only knew. Now as season four of Breaking Bad arrives next week, I sat down with actress Betsy Brandt to discuss Marie's continuing journey and what it's been like to live in her skin for this ...
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Aaron Sorkin Says He's Returning To TV With New Series For HBO

January 26th, 2011 9:36am EST
Sorkin,_Aaron
He's got a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination for The Social Network, but he's not done yet. In a recent interview with BBC Breakfast, Aaron Sorkin revealed details of a project that's sure to sound familiar to any of his fans: a series set behind the scenes in television.

This time - his fourth television series - Sorkin is turning his eye toward cable news for HBO. "I've written the pilot episode and we're casting it right now," he says in the interview, though the premium network has made no official statement regarding a future project. Of course, writing and casting a pil...
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Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer Get Naked For The New Rolling Stone

August 17th, 2010 4:33pm EDT
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"True Blood" Stars Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer reveal plenty of secrets about their hit HBO series in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

Moyer puts in his perspective on his real-life relationship with Paquin: "We pretty much consider ourselves married now, even though we aren't yet."

And Paquin elaborates on what it's like to be bit by a vampire, comparing the feeling to one of the many piercings she's had in the past, including her tongue.

"The bottom barbell kept hitting against my teeth... [a]nd it gave me a lisp," she explains.

Much of the real dirt on the se...
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TV's Six Most Satisfying Finales

May 20th, 2010 11:13am EDT
TVs Six Most Satisfying Finales
While ABC’s claim that Sunday’s LOST finale is “the Television Event of the Decade” may be a bit hyperbolic, there’s no denying the excitement... and anxiety… that surrounds the final episode of a beloved TV show. Rabid fans of any series demand not just closure, but emotional resonance. After all, we’re saying goodbye to good friends here, not just clearing space off the DVR schedule. With that in mind, here’s our list of the Six Most Satisfying TV Finales of All Time.

SEINFELD “The Finale” (1998)

Granted, the much-maligned two-part ending to the legendary show about nothing is not the f...
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Familiar Faces In 'Parenthood' And Other Primetime Series

February 23rd, 2010 4:11pm EST
Parenthood
Throughout the Olympics, NBC has been heavily promoting their new show "Parenthood," which airs its first episode on March 2 at 10/9c. This premiere marks a return to form for the network (filling holes left by the Jay Leno mess) and the return of several familiar faces to primetime.

"Parenthood," based on the 1989 movie of the same name, is an hour-long dramedy featuring an ensemble cast led by Peter Krause of "Six Feet Under" and to a lesser extent "Dirty Sexy Money" fame and Lauren Graham in her first regular TV role since "Gilmore Girls" ended its seven year run in 2007. As fans of...
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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

December 18th, 2009 9:39am EST
Greatest Entertainers of the Decade
This week, we've brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows, Songs, Albums and Movies of the Decade. Now it's time to roll it all into one with the Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade.

This was a decade where entertainment became increasingly fractured. With 500 channels 500 bazillion websites and every medium on-demand, bringing together any significant chunk of people to one thing was a true sign of greatness. In an era when nobody had to agree - making them agree took something beyond the level of entertainer we saw in the past.

With that in mind, here are the Ten Greatest Entert...
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The Ten Greatest Of The Decade: TV Shows

December 14th, 2009 9:30am EST
Best TV Of The Decade
As the decade reaches its conclusion, you'll undoubtedly come across many lists. Lists that purport to tell you the best, the top, the cream of the decade as they relate to pop culture. You're also certain to come across many lists that claim to rank the "greatest" of the ten year period from 2000-2009. But what does that really mean?

"Greatest" should be something entirely different from what we usually associate with these lists. Mostly, these lists claim to rank the best - something that is only truly possible were a listmaker to, say, see every single movie in a given decade. If...
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Behind-The-Scenes Look At 'Law & Order' With The Stars Of The 20-Year-Old Series

November 5th, 2009 10:14am EST
Law & Order
"Law & Order" is about to break a record as the longest-running primetime drama in American television history. The current record holder is "Gunsmoke," which ran for 20 seasons as well, and since "Law & Order" is about to hit that benchmark it is only a matter of time before they break it altogether. It is most certainly the longest lasting show currently on TV, with one of the most consistent fan bases that follows it and the two spin-off series. Honestly, over the years it seems like the show can do not wrong, taking on serious and controversial cases on a regular basis and commenting re...
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Slideshow: Meet The Cast of FOX's Critically Acclaimed 'Glee'

November 4th, 2009 10:00am EST
The Cast of Glee
Have you met the cast of Glee yet? This diverse group of oddballs is not only fun and entertaining but completely contagious. The shows rabid base of viewers has also taken to downloading their songs. Recently their rendition of 'Don't Stop Believin' went gold with over 500,000 downloads for that song alone and now an album "Glee: The Music, Volume 1" is available as well.

Take a minute to meet the cast and tune into FOX Wednesdays 8/7c.

Jessalyn Gilsig as Terri:

Jessalyn Gilsig had the distinction of simultaneously starring in two of television’s most acclaimed drama series: Golde...
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Spotlight On Michael C. Hall

September 4th, 2009 1:42pm EDT
Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall stars as Ken Castle in the eerie, action filled thriller Gamer, opening today. Michael takes us back to his southern roots playing a billionaire who creates the video game "Slayers" which allows players to use real prisoners as avatars to fight in a live combat game. Gamer, which also stars Gerard Butler, Amber Valletta, John Leguizamo and Kyra Sedgwick, is set in the future where video games and high tech entertainment have taken high priority in the world.

Michael C. Hall may be fairly new to the movie scene, but he is one of the most talented actors in the business. B...
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Mindy Smith Returns With 'Stupid Love' On August 11

May 24th, 2009 9:30am EDT
Mindy Smith
With an angelic voice and songs full of faith, grace and vulnerability, Mindy Smith has been embraced by critics and fans alike with each recording she unveils. With her fourth release, Stupid Love on Vanguard Records, Mindy takes another step forward both lyrically and musically.

Stupid Love finds Mindy co-producing along with Ian Fitchuk and Justin Loucks. The three explore and expand with different sounds making an impressive backdrop to the thirteen tracks on the record. Written over a two year period, each song delves into the various stages of relationships; the highs, the ...
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2008 Overrated/Underrated Awards

January 16th, 2009 12:55pm EST
Katy Perry
All this year we've used this space to chronicle the annals of pop culture. Specifically, whether or not certain members of this all-encompassing umbrella term are overrated or underrated.

The time has come to focus our microscope a little more sharply and turn our critical eye on the year that was.

So, here they are, the first annual All Overrated/Underrated Awards in the fields of music, television and film.

MUSIC

The "'Everywhere' by Michelle Branch" Award for Most Underrated Record of the Year:

The Winner is: "Run (I'm a Natural Disaster) by Gnarls Barkley

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Interview: Sprague Grayden Talks of New '24' Role And More

November 18th, 2008 10:12am EST
Sprague Grayden
Sprague Grayden is a pleasure to talk to about almost anything and everything, which it seems we did. She talked to us about her new role on Fox's "24" as well as previous shows like "Jericho," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Six Feet Under." We also discussed her love of sci-fi and Pez.

We should get this out of the way, since it is probably the first question everyone asks. Your first name is your mom's maiden name, correct? It's very cool.

Yes. Thanks!

So if you have a child, will you maybe name him/her Grayden?

Grayden is a pretty cool first name for a child but I'm going to ...
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'Dirty Sexy Money' Returns

October 2nd, 2008 10:13am EDT
Dirty Sexy Money
ABC's Dirty Sexy Money returned for its first episode since the writers' strike halted production last winter. The show features a star-studded cast. Peter Krause, best known for his role as Nate Fisher on Six Feet Under, stars as Nick George. Nick is the family lawyer for the richest family in New York, the Darlings. Nick helps the patriarch, Tripp Darling, played by Donald Sutherland, keep his family out of trouble, but his underlying motive is to find out who killed his father, a former employee of the Darlings.

The episode surrounded a fancy birthday party for Nick, and the t...
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'Sons Of Anarchy' Continues The Dysfunctional Family Drama

September 18th, 2008 10:12am EDT
Sons of Anarchy
Cable programming seems to have a trend other than sex going on. Yes, cable dramas are more violent and vulgar than anything that's found on the standard network lineup. However, cable also seem to love the dynamics that center on families.

The newest offering from the desperately controversial FX is Sons of Anarchy, a show about a biker gang in Charming, California. The series follows Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the future leader of the biker gang and stepson to the current leader Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman).

Jax is still close to his mother Gemma (Katey Sagal) and try...
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HBO Renews 'True Blood' For Second Season

September 18th, 2008 9:24am EDT
True Blood
HBO has renewed the new drama series True Blood for a second season. Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes early next year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2009.

The Sept. 7 debut episode is proving to be a hit with HBO audiences, attracting more than four million viewers to date, while the debut of the second episode on Sept. 14 posted an unprecedented 24% gain in viewers over the first week's debut.

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, "True Blood" takes place in the not-too-distant future, when vampires have come out of the coff...
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'True Blood' Creator Alan Ball Discusses Vampire Sex Appeal & More

September 2nd, 2008 9:30am EDT
True Blood
Vampires are the "it" supernatural species of the moment. When the CBS series "Moonlight" was canceled earlier this year, fans were devastated. Readers of the popular "Twilight" series attended midnight release parties across the country this month to get their hands on the final book. And on Sept. 7 "True Blood" will premiere on HBO.

Adapted from the Charlaine Harris novels, "True Blood" follows the romance between telepathic Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and a civil war-era vampire named Bill (Stephen Moyer).

There's something very sexy about vampires, ...
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The Most Underrated & Overrated Influential TV Shows

August 22nd, 2008 9:28am EDT
Miami Vice
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and on television it often appears to be the only form of creativity. Yes, ever since Milton Berle first stole a joke for "Texaco Star Theatre", TV has been a wild west of borrowing material and copying good ideas until they've become completely stale. Many of these ideas were so good, in fact, that their resonance is still felt today, and that's when a show crosses over from being copied to being influential.

Over the years, many shows have been considered influential. From "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first showing both the home and office l...
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Carrie Preston Discusses Her 'True Blood' Role And More

August 21st, 2008 9:26am EDT
Carrie Preston
Carrie Preston is not only an actor, she has her own production company. So although she is featured in the new HBO series "True Blood" and has a cameo in Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," she is also currently making the indie movie tour with her latest release, "Ready? OK!" We caught up with the classically trained actor in transit and found her to be bright, charming, and a woman of many talents.

Hey Carrie, what's going on?

I'm going to a film festival in North Carolina with a movie that I produced and was in with my husband Michael Emerson ("Lost.")

Tell us about...
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Jem Comes 'Down To Earth' On September 16 With New Album

August 15th, 2008 8:12am EDT
Jem
Welsh recording artist Jem will release her sophomore album, Down To Earth, on September 16 on ATO Records. The follow-up to her acclaimed 2004 debut, Down To Earth is a collection of twelve infectious new songs that feature Jem's ethereal vocals, hip-shaking beats, bright melodies and introspective lyrics. "It's Amazing," the first single off the album, is featured on the original soundtrack to the highly anticipated feature film version of the beloved HBO television series Sex And The City.

Jem co-wrote Down To Earth with cohorts old and new including hip-hop producer Jeff Bass, one...
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Anna Paquin Talks About New HBO Series 'True Blood'

August 11th, 2008 1:31pm EDT
True Blood
Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the new HBO series True Blood kicks off its 12-episode season Sunday, Sept. 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). Starring Academy Award® winner Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, the series is createdand executive produced by Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”), who also wrote the first three episodes and directs two episodes of the show, which is based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels of Charlaine Harris.

Q: How did you get involved with 'True Blood?' Had you been considering getting into television?

Anna Paqu...
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Spotlight On Australian Entertainers

July 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
What is it about Aussies that Americans find so fascinating? Is it the cute accents? The laid-back attitudes? The "party animal" reputations? It could be a mix of all of these traits. It could also be because, although we speak the same language and our cultures have many similarities, many of us know very little about Australia. That strange yet familiar vibe makes those down under denizens appear exciting and mysterious - an irresistible combo!

Since Americans are also fascinated with celebrities, it's no surprise that so many awesome Aussie entertainers have found fame in the U.S. ...
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Vampire Series 'True Blood' Debuts Sept. 7 On HBO

July 7th, 2008 4:43pm EDT
True Blood
In the not-too-distant future, vampires have come out of the coffin. Thanks to the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood, vampires no longer need humans for their fix and can walk freely, if not yet comfortably, among their living counterparts – though they can still come out only at night.

Meanwhile, in the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps, Sookie Stackhouse works as a waitress at the down-home bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly normal, she has unusual qualities of her own: Sookie can read minds, which complicates her world in endless ways. But Sookie's life gets a lot more in...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...
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Three Best & Worst TV Shows Turned Into Big-Screen Films

May 28th, 2008 8:38am EDT
The Dukes of Hazzard
With so many long-running series coming to an end lately, it hasn't taken long for message boards and fansites to buzz with ideas for big-screen reunions. There are a ton of television shows already green lit and in various stages of development (The A-Team, Dallas, and I Dream of Jeannie to name a few). It doesn't seem too farfetched to assume even more producers are awaiting the opening numbers from this Friday's release of Sex and the City: The Movie before they offer a firm stance one way or the other.

If it's a hit, even four years after the show went off the air, the wheels will...
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Most Underrated & Overrated HBO Shows

May 23rd, 2008 10:17am EDT
Big Love
For the last two decades, HBO has been considered the gold standard for television quality. The network routinely receives more Emmy nominations than any of its competitors, despite fielding a drastically smaller roster of programming.

HBO practically reinvented what could be done on the small screen. Each episode now had the same production values as a feature film, and the way the pay network could deal with risqué content led to a wide array of groundbreaking programming.

A quick glance at the roster of original shows produced by HBO over its first 25 years is almost like look...
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'The Visitor' Works Out America's Demons Following Sept. 11, 2001

April 21st, 2008 4:11pm EDT
The Visitor
(Hollywoodchicago.com) – “The Visitor” is a subtle film. Created by the unique talent of writer and director Thomas McCarthy – who also generated the equally subtle world of “The Station Agent” – this new work explores the nature of who belongs where.

It’s outside the artificial borders of countries and city states and more toward the intuitive virtues of the emotional state that bonds us to each other.

Richard Jenkins – best known as the recurring dead father on “Six Feet Under” – plays the role of a lifetime as Walter Vale: a burnt-out professor of economics at a Connecticut uni...
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Is HBO Losing Its Edge?

April 14th, 2008 10:57am EDT
The Sopranos
Remember the slogan, "It's not TV, It's HBO?" Well, up until a couple months ago this marketing ploy actually rang true. HBO has long been the trendsetter of original series that break all boundaries and push audiences' perception of what television is and should be.

Unfortunately, thanks to the culminations of the network's most beloved quartet of series - Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, and most recently The Wire - the Crown Royal of premium cable programming is in threat of losing its edge over the best of the rest.

There was a time when HBO stood for first-run...
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'The Wire' Series Finale: Characters Move On But Urban Decay Lingers

March 11th, 2008 1:13pm EDT
The Wire
"The Wire" ended its acclaimed run on Sunday in a manner that was classy, moving and brought closure to each of its beloved main characters.

Before the series could end, however, the show's creators first needed to tie up the loose ends remaining on the final season's storylines. This meant dealing with the fates of Marlo's crew members and learning the result of McNulty and Lester's phony serial killer along with Scott Templeton's fabricated stories on the subject.

Justice appeared served for the most part in the case of the Stanfield crew. Chris Partlow will spend the rest of ...
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