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Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, And Alexander Skarsgard Discuss 'True Blood' Season 3 In The New EW

6/10/2010 12:50pm EDT
True Blood
Season three of HBO's gothic drama "True Blood" promises sex, danger, violence, scary werewolves, and even scarier new vampires. One of the most buzzed-about series since "The Sopranos" is premiering on June 13 to some hungry fans. Last summer, the show really began to boil, registering with both critics and audiences: At 4.3 million viewers an episode, it doubled its season 1 ratings. "It was a breakthrough season in terms of feeling like it became part of pop culture," says Michael Lombardo, HBO's head of programming. "It was the sort of show I started hearing people talk about on Mon...
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TV's Six Most Satisfying Finales

5/20/2010 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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Evangeline Lilly's Green & Blue Fringed Frock - Hot Or Not?

5/17/2010 9:40am EDT
Evangeline Lilly
"Lost" star Evangeline Lilly wore a blue & green Emilio Pucci dress at the "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger" premiere during the International Cannes Film Festival in France on Saturday. If you look closely, you can see the dress is made up of a lot of fringe. We're on the fence about this look. What do you think?

Evangeline recently talked about the end of her TV series. When asked by David Letterman last week if the show would simply fade to black, as "The Sopranos" did in its final episode, the actress would only reveal that the finale "holds true to our 'Lost' traditions' and 'repre...
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler 'Just Friends' With NY Jets Quarterback

5/7/2010 5:30pm EDT
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Football player Mark Sanchez has played down reports he's dating former Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, insisting the actress "could do much better" than have him as a suitor.

Sigler, who split from her Entourage co-star Jerry Ferrara in December, was alleged to have struck up a relationship with the New York Jets quarterback after meeting at a recent movie event in the Big Apple.

The pair has also been spotted catching Broadway play Race together - but Sanchez is adamant they are just friends.

He says, "I met her at an event at the Tribeca Film Festival and we... both happened to be...
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler Dating New York Jets Quarterback?

4/28/2010 10:16pm EDT
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler has scored a love touchdown - she has reportedly found romance with New York Jets quarterback and model Mark Sanchez after meeting the hunk at a party.

The former "Sopranos" star split from her "Entourage" co-star Jerry Ferrara in December and now she's dating again, according to sources.

The pair made no secret of their feelings for each other at a recent Tribeca Film Festival party in New York City, according to Us Weekly magazine.

A partygoer says, "They met Monday night at the LG Infinia premiere of 'Keep Surfing' for the Tribeca Film Festival and really hit it off....
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TV Shows We Will Miss... And Those We Wish Would Come Back

4/12/2010 10:19am EDT
TV Shows We Will Miss
It’s almost May sweeps time, which means an end to another TV season. Unfortunately, it also means an end to many of our favorite shows forever. Here are five shows that we will say, or have said, farewell to this season, and five shows that we wish would come back.

Lost: Trying to sum up this wonderful piece of small screen enigma is a challenge. But let’s give it a try: Oceanic Flight 815 crashes on a mysterious island, passengers are stranded, passengers deal with unknown creatures and the “Others”, passengers partake in time travelling, somebody gets kidnapped, some passengers are resc...
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TV DVD Spring Cleaning: How Do You Decide What DVDs To Purge?

3/13/2010 9:11am EST
Seinfeld
For those of you too young to remember what it was like to have a video collection in the pre-digital days of VHS, lemme tell ya… It was a pain in the butt. Bulky, inconvenient plastic blocks of ridiculously fragile tape that usually held a mere two hours took up tons of shelf space and took forever to navigate. And if you wanted to own a TV show on video, the few that were commercially available would clear your bank account and fill an entire media room!

And then came DVDs. Squishing all those ones and zeroes into small, manageable, resilient discs made the concept of a video library fa...
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Drea De Matteo No Longer 'Desperate'

3/4/2010 7:00pm EST
Drea DeMatteo
Producers of hit TV drama Desperate Housewives have confirmed actress Drea De Matteo will not be returning to the series - but deny reports she was fired due to falling ratings.

The former Sopranos star joined Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman on the program as the matriarch of an Italian family who moves to Wisteria Lane. Reports surfaced in November suggesting De Matteo had been fired after just five episodes following poor TV ratings.

However, producers insist they've merely granted her request to quit the show to spend more time with her fiancé, singer Sh...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 1

1/1/2010 3:00am EST
Michael Imperioli
"New Year's Babies Edition" - Happy Birthday to:

"Soprano" Michael Imperioli (1966)

"Mini-Me" actor Verne Troyer (1969)

"Thir13en Ghosts" actress Embeth Davidtz (1966)

Actress/model Dedee Pfeiffer (1964)

Rap pioneerGrandmaster Flash (1958)

Prolific Puerto Rican film star Luis Guzman (1957)

Comedian Don Novello a.k.a. "Father Guido Sarducci" (1943)

Woodstock generation performer Country Joe McDonald (1942)

"The Box" actor Frank Langella (1940)

Cuban bandleader Xavier Cugat (1900; d. 1990).

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Ten Greatest Entertainers of the Decade

12/18/2009 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 Songs Of The Decade

12/15/2009 10:03am EST
Ten Greatest Songs of the Decade
Yesterday, we brought you the Ten Greatest TV Shows of the decade. Now it's time to turn up the tunes a bit. During this decade, music kind of went back to the way it was fifty years ago. That is, the single became more important than the album. With the rise of mp3 downloads, and the ultra-convenient iPod for playing them back, singles were now the most common way of buying or listening to music. We're on the verge of again seeing artists simply releasing singles, rather than padding them with an additional ten tracks.

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

12/14/2009 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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'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family' Among Year's Best TV

12/7/2009 1:15pm EST
Modern Family
NEW YORK (AP) - The biggest shows of 2009 couldn't always be contained by the TV screen. There were breakout tabloid scandals with Jon and Kate Gosselin. A wannabe reality TV star crashed the White House. David Letterman's hanky-panky seized headlines. Oprah Winfrey grabbed the nation's attention as she began her long goodbye. This was TV run amok.

But in 2009 other shows proved outstanding on more manageable terms: as excellent TV shows. They include:

- "Breaking Bad" (FX). Here's the cruelest premise on series TV: a high-school teacher with terminal cancer gets into the crystal-meth...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 22

11/22/2009 3:00am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Happy Birthday to:

"Iron Man 2" actress Scarlett Johansson (1984)

Actress Mariel Hemingway (1961)

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis (1958)

Talking Head Tina Weymouth (1950)

E Street native and Soprano "Little" Steven Van Zandt (1950)

Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (1940)

Actor Robert Vaughn (1932)

Actress Geraldine Page (1924)

Least respected comedian Rodney Dangerfield (1921; d. 2004)

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Celebrity Birthdays, September 25

9/25/2009 3:00am EDT
Mark Hamill
Happy Birthday to:

"Star Wars" star Mark Hamill (1951)

Rapper T.I. (1980)

"Queer as Folk" actor Hal Sparks (1971)

Ween guitarist Dean Ween (1970)

"Entrapment" actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969)

"Hancock" star Will Smith (1968)

"The Sopranos" actress Aida Turturro (1962)

"Spin City" actress Heather Locklear (1961)

"Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2" actor Michael Madsen (1958)

"Happy Days" actor Anson Williams (1952)

"Somewhere in Time" actor Christopher Reeve (1952; d. 2004)

English actress Felicity Kendal (1946)

"Romancing the Stone" actor Michael Douglas (1944)
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 18

9/18/2009 3:00am EDT
Fred Willard
Happy Birthday to:

Actor Fred Willard (1939)

"Flicka" actress Alison Lohman (1979)

Rapper Xzibit (1974)

Puffy Amiyumi singer Ami Onuki (1973)

"X-Men" actor James Marsden (1973)

"HawthoRNe" star Jada Pinkett Smith (1971)

Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (1971)

New Edition singer Ricky Bell (1967)

"21 Jump Street" actress Holly Robinson (1964)

"The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini (1961)

Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952; d. 2002)

Kansas singer Kerry Livgren (1949)

Singer Frankie Avalon (1939)

"Baretta" star Robert Blake (1933)

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M.C. Gainey Chats About Sandra Bullock, A Satisfying 'Lost' Ending & Being Naked

9/2/2009 9:47am EDT
M.C. Gainey
M.C. Gainey has made a career out of being the tough guy that you don't want to mess with. His voice is unmistakable, and his face tends to scream danger. You may know him for playing Tom (Mr. Friendly) on Lost or as the crazed naked man who chased after Paul Giamatti's character Miles in Sideways.

We recently sat down with M.C. and talked about his roles in the new film All About Steve, Lost, Sideways and his upcoming series Happy Town - due out mid-season on ABC.

Eric Stromsvold: I'd like to talk to you about the new film "All About Steve." I heard that you're playing a trucker...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 29

7/29/2009 3:00am EDT
Geddy Lee
Happy Birthday to "Blade" actor Stephen Dorff (1973), "Stand By Me" actor Wil Wheaton (1972), country singer Martina McBride (1966), Rush bassist/singer Geddy Lee (1953), documentary producer Ken Burns (1953), "The Sopranos" mobster Tony Sirico (1942), Canadian actor David Warner (1941), jazz soloist Charlie Christian (1916), silver screen actress Thelma Todd (1905; d. 1935), actress Clara Bow (1905; d. 1965), and "The Thin Man" star William Powell (1892; d. 1984).

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Celebrity Birthdays, June 19

6/19/2009 3:00am EDT
Paula Abdul
Happy Birthday to "Without a Trace" actress Poppy Montgomery (1972), Korn guitarist-turned-holy-man Brian "Head" Welch (1970), "American Idol" jugde and singer Paula Abdul (1962), "Romancing The Stone" actress Kathleen Turner (1954), Heart singer Ann Wilson (1951), British guitarist Nick Drake (1948), "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (1948), Italian actress Pier Angeli (1932; d. 1972), "The Notebook" actress Gena Rowlands (1930), "The Sopranos" matriarch Nancy Marchand (1928; d. 2000), and Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo (1902; 1977).

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'True Blood' Gives HBO Best Ratings In Two Years

6/16/2009 4:11pm EDT
True Blood
True Blood's second season premiere on Sunday saw excellent ratings. According to HBO, 3.7 million viewers tuned in, up some 157 percent over the season 1 premiere and 51 percent over last year's finale. Those numbers don't suck (sorry had to do it). These numbers make it the most watch series since "The Sopranos" finale two years ago.

Get set for some adventure in this second season, Alan Ball, "True Blood" creator, gave us a few hints on what to expect this season as well as commenting on Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer real-life relationship and how it enhances their on-screen love affai...
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Edie Falco Tackles Healthcare, Prescription Drug Addiction In 'Nurse Jackie'

6/5/2009 10:00am EDT
Edie Falco
Edie Falco is much more than her role as Carmela on "The Sopranos." She's a cancer survivor, a single mom, and the star of the new Showtime series "Nurse Jackie."

A native of Brookyn, New York, Falco started her television career with appearances on "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz" and "Law & Order." She has also starred in films such as "Freedomland," "The Quiet" and "Sunshine State."

In her latest project, Falco plays Jackie, a nurse battling the insanity of everyday life in the American health care system. Jackie is great at her job, but she's also a deeply troubled woman,...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 15

5/15/2009 3:00am EDT
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Happy Birthday to "The Sopranos" actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler (1981), musician Ahmet Zappa (1974), French actor David Charvet (1972), Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith (1969), rap/hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Melle Mel (1962), English composer Mike Oldfield (1953), "Analyze This" actor Chazz Palminteri (1951), producer/Roxy Music member Brian Eno (1948), country singer K.T. Oslin (1941), Latin rock pioneer Trini Lopez (1937), country legend Eddy Arnold (1918), and "The Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum.

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Why 'Southland' Is Must-See TV

4/28/2009 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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A Conversation With Aasif Mandvi From 'The Daily Show'

4/14/2009 10:22am EDT
Aasif Mandvi
It's one thing to be hired, right there, on the spot for a job. A strange combination of joy for getting the position and fear because, well, they want you to start right now. Now, imagine the same scenario but it involved going on television in front of a live studio audience and millions of people at home. This is what happened to current Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi the day he auditioned for his job. Aasif discusses in depth his experience on The Daily Show and why he is such a supporter of Kal Penn's recent career change.

Mike: You were born in Bombay, now Mumbai, right?

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How Would You Like 'Lost' To End?

4/3/2009 2:14pm EDT
Lost
For the past four and a half years Lost has been one of the most popular shows on television, and with its popularity comes some of the most fanatic and diehard fans around.

Diehard "Lost" fans watch episodes repeatedly with an attention span that is far more captive than what most other television shows receive from viewers. These fans are always on the prowl trying to catch each and every little clue that the writers give about what is going on.

"Lost" viewers - the obsessed, the green-behind-the-ear fans, and everyone in between - are all alike. Nobody is certain what is go...
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David Chase To Develop Miniseries For HBO

3/16/2009 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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New Medical Drama 'Mental' To Air On Fox This Summer

3/12/2009 9:01am EDT
Annabella Sciorra
Fox Broadcasting Company has picked up "Mental," a new one-hour medical-mystery drama. The first of three Fox TV Studios international co-productions, "Mental" stars Chris Vance (Prison Break) and Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos).

"Mental" follows the story of Dr. Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance), a dynamic, young psychiatrist who becomes Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital. There he must reconcile his effective, yet highly unorthodox treatment methods with his conservative boss, hospital administrator Nora Skoff (Annabella Sciorra), a woman with whom he shares a ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 2

3/2/2009 3:00am EST
Ben Roethlisberger
Happy Birthday to "A.J. Soprano" Robert Iler (1985), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1982), Lady in the Water star Bryce Dallas Howard (1981), actress Heather McComb (1977), Coldplay singer Chris Martin (1977), new James Bond actor Daniel Craig (1968), rocker Jon Bon Jovi (1962), SNL alum Laraine Newman (1952), singer Karen Carpenter (1950; d. 1983), Star Trek doctor Gates McFadden (1949), singer Eddie Money (1949), Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher (1948), Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed (1942), authors John Irving (1942) and Tom Wolfe (1931), former Soviet Union presid...
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Celebrity Birthdays, February 24

2/24/2009 3:00am EST
Edward James Olmos
Happy Birthday to late comedian Mitch Hedberg (1968; d. 2005), "Titanic" actor Billy Zane (1966), singer Michelle Shocked (1962), musician Sammy Kershaw (1958), "Battlestar Galactica" commander Edward James Olmos (1947), English musician Rupert Holmes (1947), "Spin City" actor Barry Bostwick (1945), "Uncle" Junior Soprano Dominic Chianese (1931), "Animal House" dean John Vernon (1932; d. 2005), "Law & Order" actor Steven Hill (1922), 'living' actor Abe Vigoda (1921), screen actor Zachary Scott (1914; d. 1965), and 'Ma Kettle' actress Marjorie Main (1890; d. 1975).

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Rhys Darby, From 'Flight Of The Conchords', Prepares For Take-Off

2/10/2009 9:42am EST
Rhys Darby
On June 10, 2007, "Made in America," the final episode of The Sopranos, aired on HBO. The proverbial darkness of our television screens was not just because of that half-genius, half-absurd last scene of the Sopranos' finale. Wading through the mire of summer programming -- a hodgepodge of re-runs and reality programming -- I returned to HBO the following Sunday. I returned to find the premiere of one the oddest, weirdest, quirkiest, fun, clever, intelligent examples of television comedy that I have ever seen; while watching, my opinion of the show changed, in order, over those 23 minutes, ...
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