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5 TV Actors We're Thankful For In 2013

November 28th, 2013 11:00am EST
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Thanksgiving is upon us and it's time for us to give our thanks - for the acting performances that make doing what we do worthwhile.

There are so many talented actors and actresses out there that we don't possibly have the space to recognize them all, but here are the five gentlemen who made us thankful that we were around to write about them over the past year, in alphabetical order.

1) Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)

There's nothing sweeter to those of us watching an actor we love swing for the fences, and that's exactly what's been happening with Josh Charles this TV season. America...
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'Breaking Bad' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Rule Critics' Choice Television Awards - See Photos & Winners

June 11th, 2013 9:09am EDT
Kaley Cuoco
"Breaking Bad" and "The Big Bang Theory" won big at Monday night's Critics' Choice Television Awards, winning Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series, respectively.  "Game Of Thrones" was also crowned best drama, sharing the title with the AMC series.

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, who plays drug-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White, won the Best Actor in a Drama Series trophy. Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a Drama for her role in BBC's sci-fi hit "Orphan Black."

"Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco (pictured above) won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, sharing the accolade...
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Shawn Hatosy Previews Season 5 of TNT's 'Southland'

February 13th, 2013 9:20am EST
Southland
TNT's Southland is back for its fifth season tonight, delivering more raw, realistic drama centered around its ensemble of LAPD officers. BFTV checked in with Shawn Hatosy, who plays veteran officer Sammy Bryant, to see what's ahead for Sammy and partner Ben Sherman - and discuss what continues to set Southland apart.

In season five, Southland will continue to explore its fantastic ensemble, even as there will still be plenty of action on the streets of Los Angeles. "Driving fast cars and chasing people, that's fun and that's always going to be in our show," said the actor. "The character ...
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'Southland: The Complete Second, Third and Fourth Seasons' Now on DVD

February 7th, 2013 9:20am EST
Southland
Three years after the retail release of Southland's first season, Warner Home Video has brought the series' second, third and fourth seasons to fans in one combined package this week.

This marks the third DVD release for the critically acclaimed TNT series. Season one was followed the next year by season two, which was only available through Warner's manufacture-on-demand program at WBShop.com and Amazon.com. This new set is the first in-store release for season two, and fans' first chance to own seasons three and four. (So far, there is no word on season three or four being released separ...
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Paley Center Unveils 'Television Out of the Box' Exhibit

April 25th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Smallville
Attention TV geeks: the Paley Center for Media has something you're going to want to see.

Long known as a hub for all things small-screen related (dating back to when it used to be called the Museum of Television & Radio), the Beverly Hills museum recently opened "Television Out of the Box," an exhibit devoted to celebrating decades of Warner Bros. television programs.

That includes popular concluded series like ER, The West Wing, Friends, Cold Case, Smallville, Seinfeld, and Deadwood, as well as current series such as Pretty Little Liars and Southland.

On my recent visit, I was able t...
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The 11 Best From 2011

December 31st, 2011 11:00am EST
Southland
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...
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People That Aren't Doing It: Non-Romantic TV Relationships That Work

April 14th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Hawaii Five O
(*Firstly, if you don't get the joke in the title, visit Failblog. I'll wait.)

There's been a tremendous response to my Tuesday article about the reasons why I'm not excited about TV romance. It's been really awesome to hear from fans of various shows and pairings, who wrote in with their own opinions and ideas, and helped create a great discussion of the topic and the issues surrounding it - most importantly, with respect for me and for each other.

As is natural and perfectly fine, there were some people who disagreed with my lack of enthusiasm. One reader suggested that romantic r...
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Michael Cudlitz & Ben McKenzie Talk 'Southland' Finale

March 8th, 2011 4:48pm EST
Southland
As Southland fans anticipate tonight's third-season finale, I sat down with two of the TNT drama's stars, Michael Cudlitz (Officer John Cooper) and Ben McKenzie (Officer Ben Sherman), who rejoined me to discuss how far they'd come since our chats at the beginning of the season (viewable here and here), and the potential for a fourth season. Warning: there are spoilers ahead for tonight's episode.

Over the course of the show, and this season in particular, we've really seen your characters' partnership evolve. How has your relationship as actors evolved as your characters have grown?
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Outstanding Supporting Actress Winner Sofia Vergara Looked Gorgeous on the NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet

March 6th, 2011 1:12pm EST
Sofia Vergara
Colombian actress Sofia Vergara wore a sexy beaded strapless dress to the NAACP Awards Friday night at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium. The actress won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in hit ABC show Modern Family.

But the big winner of the night was Tyler Perry, whose latest film, For Colored Girls, took prizes for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Kimberly Elise). Perry's TV show Tyler Perry's House of Payne won awards for Outstanding Comedy Series; and David Mann, star of Perry's Meet The Browns, was awarded Outstanding Actor in a Com...
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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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'Southland' 3.01 'Let It Snow' Advance Review

January 3rd, 2011 4:47pm EST
Southland
Here's a way to start off a new year of TV viewing: TNT brings back the acclaimed cop drama Southland for its third season tomorrow night at 10 PM. Season three is the longest that the show has seen yet (ten episodes, up from seven in season one and eight in season two), and it's been highly anticipated (not to mention heavily promoted). Is it worth it?

You bet.

The characters haven't gone stagnant in the time between seasons; in fact, they've all got new problems to deal with. Lydia (Regina King, still criminally underrated) has a new and somewhat reckless partner, Josie Ochoa (gue...
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Interview: Michael Cudlitz Returns To 'Southland'

December 15th, 2010 3:10pm EST
Southland
Michael Cudlitz may be television's most recognized law enforcement official. He's played cops, sheriffs, FBI agents, and even done voice work for the popular Call of Duty video game series. Currently, he's polishing up his LAPD badge for another tour of duty as Officer John Cooper on Southland, the gritty cop drama rescued from NBC and moving to TNT for its third season. Before Southland returns on January 4, Michael sat down with me to talk about coming back to the series and his long history behind a badge.

These last few months must have been a real roller-coaster ride for you, to b...
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What To Watch: Summer 2010 TV

May 14th, 2010 10:44am EDT
Summer TV 2010
There used to be a time when summer television was all reruns and special events, like baseball games and the occasional Olympics. Then it became a reality television zone, giving life to such mind-numbingness as CBS’ Big Brother, a show about thirteen insipid individuals put in a house and made to play inane games and “back door” each other for a chance at a half a million dollars. More and more, though, networks are scheduling new shows for the summer block that are quirkier, non-formulaic, and even character driven. What was once a wasteland is fast becoming a haven for smaller, niche sh...
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TNT Renews 'Southland' For Third Season

April 27th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Southland
TNT has booked a third season of its critically acclaimed drama "Southland." The network has ordered 10 episodes for the third season, which is slated to begin airing in January 2011.

Created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies), "Southland" takes a raw, authentic look at police work in Los Angeles. The series focuses on officers, detectives and members of a gang unit as they endure the triumphs and tragedies that populate their lives both on and off the job. The series is shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

"Southland's" ensemble cast incl...
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What Celebrities Should Give Up For Lent

February 17th, 2010 1:28pm EST
Ashton Kutcher
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. In modern terms, this means many Christians will be giving up meat and one other thing they enjoy. So we came up with some things that celebrities should give up for forty days - even if they don't practice Christianity.

Ashton Kutcher: Twitter

Hopefully, Ashton owns a percentage of Twitter, because few have done more to promote the social website. However, he should probably take an extended break and remember what life was like before he was snapping pictures just for Twitter or letting us in on his everyday activities and thoughts.

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Michael Cudlitz Fuming Over 'Southland' Axe

February 15th, 2010 5:00pm EST
Michael Cudlitz Fuming Over
Actor Michael Cudlitz is convinced bosses at NBC were wrong to cancel cop drama Southland - because the show has a lot of potential. Production was shut down in September just six episodes into the second series, and the 45 year old feels sad for the cast and crew who worked so hard on the series.

He says, "I used to work on the crews. That's what (angered) me the most, and (angers) me off to this day. I paid my way through college working on crews. That's what touched me the most."

Southland has since been picked up by rival network TNT - and Cudlitz has promised fans a thrilling n...
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Check Out 'Southland: The Complete First Season Uncensored' On DVD Jan. 26

January 23rd, 2010 7:56am EST
Southland
"Southland" is a gritty, fast-paced police drama that takes viewers into the lives of cops, criminals, their victims, and their families.

Veteran Los Angeles cop John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz) has been assigned the task of training ambitious rookie Ben Sherman (Ben McKenzie), who isn't sure he has what it takes to become a police officer after witnessing his superior's no-nonsense approach to the job.

Meanwhile, Detective Lydia Adams (Regina King) takes care of her elderly mother while she's not patrolling the streets with her unhappily married partner Detective Russell Clarke (Tom E...
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TNT Greenlights Sci-Fi & Crime Series Starring Noah Wyle, Angie Harmon & More

January 22nd, 2010 4:00pm EST
Noah Wyle
TNT has given the greenlight to three new original series: a bold alien-invasion series from DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg that stars Noah Wyle; "Delta Blues" (working title), an offbeat series starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard; and "Rizzoli & Isles" (working title), a crime drama starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, based on Tess Gerritsen's popular mystery novels.

Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), explained: "These three series ranging from science-fiction to a quirky drama to a gripping cri...
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'Law And Order: Los Angeles' Could Come This Fall

January 13th, 2010 10:00am EST
Law And Order
There's the "mothership" Law & Order. There's Law and Order SVU and Law and Order Criminal Intent. Now there could be Law & Order: Los Angeles. NBC president of primetime entertainment Angela Bromstad told reporters that she's "talking about writers" for a new spin-off series.

The franchise has been a staple for New York City cops and lawyers. It's about time the west coast's finest got their due. "First of all, this is a conversation that we've been having and it's a very fluid conversation," Bromstad said. "If, for instance, Law & Order the mothership didn't go beyond a couple more yea...
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Tom Everett Scott Talks 'Southland,' Its Move To TNT

January 9th, 2010 11:08am EST
Southland
On Tuesday, January 12, Southland will begin airing the original 13 episodes on TNT after its premiere on NBC last April. The show's producers are delighted

with the move to TNT and released a statement to the press: "This is a great win for fans of 'Southland' and a perfect opportunity to introduce the series to new viewers, and it's also another outstanding example of how TNT has established itself as the go-to place for the best dramas on television."

Created by Emmy-winning writer Ann Biderman and produced by Emmy-winning John Wells, "Southland" follows the lives of Los Angeles pol...
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TV Wishlist For 2010

January 5th, 2010 9:30am EST
TV Wishlist for 2010
2009 is officially ending and 2010 is beginning. What this year means for the entertainment world is anyone's guess, but there will probably be some blockbusters, some brilliant indie films, a few surprises and disappointments, and then excitement for the following year. On television there have been some great new shows, such as "Glee" and "Modern Family," and some older shows that are going strong, like "24" and "Criminal Minds." But every once and awhile fans have to think about what little things they'd change in their favorite shows, and here's a look at a TV Wishlist for 2010.

1. ...
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Which New TV Shows Should Be Saved?

October 28th, 2009 1:41pm EDT
Eastwick
The television networks are axing shows that aren't performing or haven't had a chance to perform (The Beautiful Life: TBL, Southland) and are giving full-season orders to those that are meeting expectations (Glee, FlashForward, etc.).

There are several new shows this year that are currently on the fence - and they could be either canceled or given a chance to find the necessary audience to keep them alive.

Which shows do you think deserve to stay on air? Vote in the poll, and let us know in the comments!

See more photos of Melrose Place here!

Image © The CW Network, LLC. Al...
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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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NBC Fall TV Catch Up

September 12th, 2009 11:04am EDT
30 Rock
Viewers are eager to see what will happen next on their favorite NBC shows, and fortunately the new season starts soon. Before you sit down with snacks and remote in hand, take a look back at where NBC's favorite shows stopped last season:

The Office - Premieres Thursday, September 17

Season five of "The Office" ended with romantic tension, missed moments, a volleyball death match and the announcement of a future paper salesperson on the way.

The Dunder Mifflin gang headed to their annual company picnic. Michael and Holly put on a "When Dunder Met Mifflin" skit that didn't go ove...
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'Melrose Place' Hotties

September 4th, 2009 11:44am EDT
Melrose Place
Calling all those who miss the mid '90s! The Melrose Place remake is almost here, and you are not going to want to miss it! The new "Melrose Place" is said to be hotter, sexier, darker and much more dramatic, and it all starts with a dead body found in the pool.

Original "Melrose Place" alums Thomas Calabro and Laura Leighton will reprise their roles of Dr. Michael Mancini and Sydney Andrews, but it is the newcomers that everyone is anxious to see. Will they live up to the high standards of the cult classic? Find out on the premiere, Tuesday, September 8, 2009 on the CW.

"MELROSE PL...
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Fall 2009 TV Premiere Dates

July 1st, 2009 10:21am EDT
Two And A Half Men
Even though summer has just begun, many TV addicts are itching to know when their favorite shows will be returning and new ones will be premiering. ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW & Fox recently released their schedules, and we have compiled them in one convenient list.

As often is the case, networks revise or tweak their schedules over the summer. So check back often for updates!

New series are in bold. Click on the show's name for photos, cast lists and more!

Tuesday, September 8

8 pm 90210 (The CW)

9 pm Melrose Place (NEW! The CW)

10 pm Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Wednesday, September 9

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Michael Cudlitz Discusses Tonight's 'Southland' Season Finale

May 21st, 2009 10:21am EDT
Michael Cudlitz Discusses Tonight's 'Southland' Season Finale
When Michael Cudlitz and I last spoke, back in April, I used some, well, (ahem) colorful language during an interview junket --

a junket that everyone but me thought was on live local television -- to describe his character on Southland, Officer John Cooper. We finally get a chance to go one-on-one and clear the air over that moment and, more importantly, discuss tonight's season finale of Southland (airing at 10 pm ET on NBC) along with his experience on Band of Brothers and working with John Cusack in Grosse Point Blank.

Michael Cudlitz: You're the guy who said, "You're a dick."

Mike...
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NBC Announces 2009-10 Primetime Schedule; Renews 'Chuck,' Others

May 19th, 2009 1:32pm EDT
Chuck
NBC announced today its 2009-2010 schedule featuring more original programming than ever before and a shared time-period strategy around NBC's Olympics platform that, along with "The Jay Leno Show" (Mondays-Fridays 10-11 p.m. ET), allows the network to broadcast all-new content year-round.

In addition, NBC issued renewals to "Law & Order" and "Chuck" as part of its strong slate of new and returning shows announced recently at the network's highly successful Infront.

NBC's shared time period strategy will kick off this fall on Mondays with the premiere of "Heroess" (8-9 p.m. ET) co...
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NBC Announces New Scripted Series For 2009-2010 Season

May 4th, 2009 12:42pm EDT
Joel McHale
NBC has announced the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas: "Trauma," "Parenthood," "Mercy" and the event series "Day One," as well as two new comedies including "Community" and "100 Questions."

Four returning series pickups were also announced today including "Heroes," "Southland," "Parks and Recreation" and the addition of six new episodes of "Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday" skewering today's top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series "Day One" is slated to premiere ou...
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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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