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Celebrity Birthdays, April 18

4/18/2008 3:00am EDT
Maria Bello
Happy Birthday To "Arrested Development" actress Alia Shawkat (1989), "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (1976), "A History of Violence" actress Maria Bello (1967), late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien (1963), "Will & Grace" actor Eric McCormack (1963), "Frasier" actress Jane Leeves (1961), "Less Than Perfect" star Eric Roberts (1956), "Strange Brew" actor Rick Moranis (1956), prolific actor James Woods (1947), bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and "Fantasia" conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882; d. 1977).

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Starpulse's 2008-09 TV Pilot Forecast

4/9/2008 2:00pm EDT
Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku
The time and financial constraints of the writers' strike are being felt this TV pilot season. The broadcast networks are developing half the number of pilots they usually do, ordering presentations in lieu of pilots for some and giving others the straight to series order.

Aside from NBC, which announced its schedule ahead of the pack last week, the networks have kept their plans for fall shrouded in mystery. We'll learn more during the networks' May upfronts. While we can't make any guarantees about which series will get the vote of confidence, here are some promising players to keep...
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TNT Greenlights 'Truth In Advertising,' Starring Eric McCormack & Tom Cavanagh

4/2/2008 12:00pm EDT
Tom Cavanagh
TNT has greenlit "Truth In Advertising," a new drama series starring Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Tom Cavanagh (Ed) and executive-produced by the creators of ad-supported cable's #1 series of all time, The Closer.

The drama centers on two highly creative ad executives whose professional partnership and friendship are put to the test when one is named creative director of their firm. Monica Potter, Griffin Dunne, Sarah Clarke, Mike Damus and Geoffrey Arend also star in the series, which comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television.
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There May Be Cracks, But The Comedy Glass Ceiling Still Exists For Women

3/14/2008 3:00pm EDT
Parker Posey
In this town (Los Angeles) and this industry (entertainment), there are a handful of strong, intelligent, funny women who - once they finally broke onto the radar - have worked consistently in equally strong, intelligent, funny roles.

After reading this month's "Who Says Women Aren't Funny" issue of Vanity Fair, it is impossible not to notice just how many beyond the current "it" girls of comedy were left off that list (which included funnygirls such as Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler). This is an attempt to rectify that and garner them the recognition they so rightly dese...
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Tune In To Cable TV For Top-Notch, Edgy Shows

2/15/2008 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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'Dancing with the Stars' Fantasy Cast

2/6/2008 9:52am EST
Rosie ODonnell
Do you ever watch "Dancing with the Stars" and find yourself wondering who is more famous - the star or the dancer? For every 90's teen drama star we also get a handful of models and singers who aren't so much "stars" as they are "available marginally talented individuals."

I guess part of the fun is realizing that the musical guests are generally more famous than the actual cast. This is why I've decided to create a dream cast list for "Dancing with the Stars." I tried to include a mix of "talent" just as the real show does, along with one or two obscure choices:

Tyra Banks

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It's Aliiive! Decca Broadway Releases 'Young Frankenstein' Cast Album

1/10/2008 5:00pm EST
Young Frankenstein
Mel Brooks electrifies his latest creation, a musical rendition of his 1974 film classic Young Frankenstein (That's FRON-kehn-shteen) for the Broadway stage.

The production boasts an all-star cast, starring Roger Bart ("Desperate Housewives"/"The Producers"), Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace"), Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster ("Drowsy Chaperone"), Tony Award® winner Shuler Hensley ("Oklahoma"), Tony Award® winner and SCTV's Andrea Martin, Fred Applegate ("The Producers") and Christopher Fitzgerald ("Wicked").

A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on t...
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New TV On DVD, Dec. 4

12/4/2007 8:00am EST
24
The sixth season of 24 picks up 20 months after the previous season’s shocking season finale and features even more unthinkable and shocking plotlines. Also on DVD: season one of House of Payne, season three of Diagnosis Murder, season four of Law & Order: SVU and The Wire, season five of Seventh Heaven, and season seven of Will & Grace.
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 12

11/12/2007 3:00am EST
Neil Young
Happy Birthday to B2K member Omarion (1985), actress Anne Hathaway (1982), actor Ryan Gosling (1980), baseball slugger Sammy Sosa (1968), Friends' David Schwimmer (1966), Will & Grace star Megan Mullally (1958), Canadian rocker Neil Young (1945), and Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco (1929; d. 1982).
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 15

8/15/2007 3:00am EDT
Debra Messing
Happy Birthday to Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman (1978), actress Nicole Paggi (1977), "Species" actress Natasha Henstridge (1974), "Gigli" star Ben Affleck (1972), "Will And Grace" star Debra Messing (1968), musician Jimmy Webb (1946), pop singer Bobby Helms (1933; d. 1997), jazz pianist Oscar Peterson (1925), cooking aficionado Julia Child (1912; d. 2004), actress Ethel Barrymore (1879; d. 1959), and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769; d. 1821).
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Newcomers N.L.T. To Release 'Not Like Them' June 26

5/8/2007 7:00pm EDT
NLT
The members of NLT aren't pretending to be anything they're not. They love pop music, have been born and bred on pop music, and have manicured their pop music to a brilliant, effervescent sheen on their self-titled debut, Not Like Them.

"It's pop… True pop," says JJ. "We are influenced by everything we love. From Coldplay and The Beatles, to Lauryn Hill and Justin Timberlake, to John Mayer, and literally everything in between," adds Kevin, who along with JJ, V and Travis have been defining their vocal stylings and refining their dance moves throughout their early teen years.

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New TV on DVD, May 1

5/1/2007 8:00am EDT
Beverly Hills 90210
Beverly Hills 90210 focuses on the lives of high school students living in Beverly Hills, California. The series also follows the friends as they go to college and beyond. Season two is now on DVD. Also in stores: season two of The Girls Next Door and Melrose Place, season one of What I Like About You, season six of Will & Grace, and season eight of The King Of Queens.
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 18

4/18/2007 3:00am EDT
Maria Bello
Happy Birthday To "Arrested Development" actress Alia Shawkat (1989), "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (1976), "A History of Violence" actress Maria Bello (1967), late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien (1963), "Will & Grace" actor Eric McCormack (1963), "Frasier" actress Jane Leeves (1961), "Less Than Perfect" star Eric Roberts (1956), "Strange Brew" actor Rick Moranis (1956), prolific actor James Woods (1947), bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and "Fantasia" conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882; d. 1977).
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'Babel,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Little Miss Sunshine' & 'Sopranos' Earn 3 SAG Nominations

1/4/2007 11:23am EST
Little Miss Sunshine
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) just announced the nominations for its 13th Annual Awards ceremony. The ensemble drama Babel, the musical Dreamgirls and the comedy Little Miss Sunshine each earned three nominations, as did the TV mob drama The Sopranos.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio / Blood Diamond – Archer - Warner Bros. Pictures

Ryan Gosling / Half Nelson – Dan Dunne - THINKFilm

Peter O’Toole / Venus – Maurice - Miramax Films

Will Smith / The Pursuit Of Happyness – Chris Gardner - Sony Pictures

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The Top 10 TV Moments of 2006, According to TiVo

12/14/2006 12:37pm EST
Katie Couric
As the year draws to a close, American TV viewers reveal their top picks for the most memorable TV moments of 2006 in a poll conducted by TiVo Inc. These are the moments that got America talking, from the shocking to the hilarious, and stopped viewers in their tracks, becoming the subject of water-cooler conversations, website and blog chatter, and, in some cases, pop culture phenomena in their own right.

Top TV Moments of 2006 Survey Results

1 Katie Couric's last day on "Today"

2 Mel Gibson's interview with Diane Sawyer after his DWI arrest

3 Oprah tells autho...
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K.T. Tunstall Joins The Hitmakers Of 2006 In Grammy Nominations Announcement

11/14/2006 12:41pm EST
KT Tunstall
Taking a well-deserved place alongside the artists who most defined the music of 2006, Virgin Records singer-songwriter KT Tunstall will be among the announcers of the 49th Annual Grammy Awards nominations. The nomination announcements will take place in Los Angeles on Dec. 7, 2006. Among Tunstall's scheduled fellow announcers are Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, Rascal Flatts, and Justin Timberlake. Winners will be awarded at Grammy ceremonies at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 11, 2007, to be televised on CBS.

With album sales and public demand driven by continuing radio and tel...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 12

11/12/2006 3:00am EST
Neil Young
Happy Birthday to B2K member Omarion (1985), actress Anne Hathaway (1982), actor Ryan Gosling (1980), baseball slugger Sammy Sosa (1968), Friends' David Schwimmer (1966), Will & Grace star Megan Mullally (1958), Canadian rocker Neil Young (1945), and Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco (1929; d. 1982).
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K.T. Tunstall Takes Biofuel Tour Bus To The Road

9/14/2006 5:27pm EDT
KT Tunstall
When Virgin Records singer/songwriter K.T. Tunstall criss-crosses the U.S. on a month-long headline tour, it will be in a bus that runs on environmentally-friendly biodiesel fuel.

Tunstall, whose Eye to the Telescope album is certified gold in the US and triple-platinum in her native U.K., says that making the effort to use a bus modified for biodiesel was a gesture of respect to the environment, the country, and her American fans. "It seems unacceptable to tour using non-environmentally friendly fuel when there's an alternative available," Tunstall comments. "I’m very excited about ve...
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'The Megan Mullally Show' Kicks off Monday, Sept. 18

9/14/2006 2:00pm EDT
Megan Mullally
"The Megan Mullally Show" is set to launch in national syndication on Monday, September 18, on NBC. Inspired by classic talk and variety shows, but with a distinctly modern-day sensibility, Megan Mullally will tip her hat to cross-generational audiences this season.

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Megan Mullally, coming off eight seasons as wisecracking socialite Karen Walker on NBC's Will & Grace, moves into the driver's seat as host for this daytime talk show.

Among those already booked for the show's opening first weeks include Will Ferrell, Felicity Huffman, Jenny McCarthy, Patric...
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New TV on DVD, August 29

8/29/2006 8:00am EDT
Desperate Housewives
The second season of Desperate Housewives arrives in stores this week. This season focused on new neighbors the Applewhites, Bree battles alcoholism, Lynette's husband harbors a secret love child, Susan still struggles with her relationships, and Gabrielle decides she wants a baby. Also on DVD: season three of Arrested Development and Nip/Tuck, season five of Will & Grace, season seven of The Andy Griffith Show, and season eight of South Park.
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Not Many Gay Characters in Upcoming TV Season

8/21/2006 4:00pm EDT
Showtime
The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) scripted representations on the six major broadcast networks will comprise only 1.3% of all series regular characters on the networks' 2006-07 schedule, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

After a landmark year of audience, according to an analysis conducted by GLAAD.

"In the last year, we've seen a tremendous amount of visibility on the big screen, reaching a large audience anxious to see our stories," says GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "The networks, though, are not tapping into this...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 15

8/15/2006 3:00am EDT
Debra Messing
Happy Birthday to Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman (1978), actress Nicole Paggi (1977), "Species" actress Natasha Henstridge (1974), "Gigli" star Ben Affleck (1972), "Will And Grace" star Debra Messing (1968), musician Jimmy Webb (1946), pop singer Bobby Helms (1933; d. 1997), jazz pianist Oscar Peterson (1925), cooking aficionado Julia Child (1912; d. 2004), actress Ethel Barrymore (1879; d. 1959), and French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769; d. 1821).
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'24' Gets 12 Emmy Nods, 'Grey's Anatomy' Receives 11

7/6/2006 10:36am EDT
24
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced the complete list of nominations for the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. The TNT miniseries Into The West garnered the most nominations (16), followed by Elizabeth I (13), Mrs. Harris and 24 (12), Grey's Anatomy (11), and Bleak House and Will & Grace (10).

Nominations in the lead categories are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The Sopranos

24

The West Wing

House

Outstanding Miniser...
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'Will & Grace' Series Finale To Promptly Hit DVD Shelves

5/9/2006 1:27pm EDT
Will & Grace
NBC's hit comedy series Will & Grace may be coming to an end in May, but fans of the critically-acclaimed TV show will soon be able to own the final episode. Lionsgate and NBC Universal Television Distribution are following the releases of the first four seasons of this innovative series on DVD by releasing the series finale just 12 days after its premiere on television. Lionsgate will soon follow with the fifth season on DVD, to be released later this year.

This 45-minute, unforgettable episode that brings the multiple storylines to a close will have viewers laughing and crying along ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 18

4/18/2006 3:00am EDT
Maria Bello
Happy Birthday To "Arrested Development" actress Alia Shawkat (1989), "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart (1976), "A History of Violence" actress Maria Bello (1967), late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien (1963), "Will & Grace" actor Eric McCormack (1963), "Frasier" actress Jane Leeves (1961), "Less Than Perfect" star Eric Roberts (1956), "Strange Brew" actor Rick Moranis (1956), prolific actor James Woods (1947), bluesman Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and "Fantasia" conductor Leopold Stokowski (1882; d. 1977).
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Britney Spears Wants To Become A TV Star

4/11/2006 9:55am EDT
Britney Spears
Britney Spears (Ringtones) wants to focus on her acting career. The pop babe - who put her music career on hold after marrying Kevin Federline and having baby son Sean Preston - is said to be desperate to become a TV star. The 24-year-old - who received mixed reviews for her performance in 2002 movie Crossroads - caught the acting bug after guest-starring in Will and Grace earlier this year.

A source told America's In Touch Weekly magazine show bosses were "pleasantly surprised" by the singer's acting talents. The insider also claims the program's co-creator, Max Mutchnick, is now plan...
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Bernadette Peters & Josh Lucas To Appear on 'Will & Grace'

4/6/2006 11:29am EDT
Bernadette Peters
Tony winner Bernadette Peters and Josh Lucas will guest-star on NBC's Will & Grace in the series' next-to-last episode on May 11. Peters will portray Karen's (Megan Mullally) sister while Lucas offers Jack sympathy after an embarrassing professional setback.

In the episode - "Whatever Happened to Baby Gin? -- Grace (Debra Messing) and Will (Eric McCormack) are excited about becoming parents to her baby. While Vince (guest star Bobby Cannavale) finds a beautiful brownstone that he and Will can live in, he doesn't see Grace as part of the plan.

In the meantime, Grace learns some s...
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TV Land Pays Tribute to 'Cheers,' 'Good Times' & Other Shows

2/22/2006 3:07pm EST
Cheers
TV Land announced today that Cheers, Batman, Good Times and Dallas are among the shows that will be honored at the fourth annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV. The two-hour special will premiere on TV Land and Nick at Nite on Wednesday, March 22. The annual celebration recognizes shows and stars from television's rich history and is hosted by Will and Grace's Megan Mullally.

Several awards will be bestowed upon some of television's legendary series' and stars. The cast and crew of Cheers will be recognized with the Legend Award, Batman will be honored in celebration of it...
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Drunks at Bachelor Party Accost Britney Spears

2/7/2006 10:21am EST
Britney Spears
Britney Spears was attacked by a drunk stag party in LA. The star had to be rescued by her husband, Kevin Federline, as the couple headed home after a night out. One onlooker told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "It turned nasty when Kevin went to look for their car. That's when the stag party spotted Britney. They started saying they were her homies and at first Britney was really sweet and said, 'Wow, they're saying they're from Kentwood.'"

The witness added: "They were obviously very drunk and jealous of her success and it got frightening real quick. They were yelling, 'Give us some...
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SNL Weekend Update Quotes (Feb. 4)

2/6/2006 2:43pm EST
Amy Poehler
"Britney Spears will guest star on an upcoming episode of 'Will & Grace' as a Christian conservative who appears on Jack's talk show. Also, Kevin Federline will appear as a janitor, but not on a show."

A collection of quotes from this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" Weekend Update with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler...

"Weekend Update" co-anchor TINA FEY -- "During Tuesday's State of the Union Address, President Bush outlined his foreign policy plan for the next three years, saying this: [TAPE OF STATE OF THE UNION: "Our nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal, we seek the...
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