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'24' Is TV's Most Addictive Show

July 22nd, 2009 4:00pm EDT
24 Most Addictive
Kiefer Sutherland's TV action/drama 24 is the most addictive series of all time, according to a new online poll.

More than 3,000 film and TV fans have placed 24, which stars Sutherland as federal agent Jack Bauer, at the top of a list of the most compelling shows ever, including Lost and Friends.

The program, which has been running since 2001, took the title of 'Most Addictive' with 19 per cent of the votes in the survey by

The top 10 is as follows:

1. 24 - 19 %

2. Lost - 17 %

3. Friends - 10%

4. Heroes - 9%

5. The Wire - 7%

6. Doctor Who - 6 %

7. CSI - ...

Emmy Voters, Please Recognize These Shows & Stars!

July 13th, 2009 11:49am EDT
Big Love
The 2009 Emmy nominees will be announced Thursday morning and despite recent changes to the voting system, Emmy voters just can't seem to stray away from the same old outcome. Sure, 30 Rock gets showered with love, but how many more times does Mariska Hargitay need to make the cut?

Here are some names we'd like to see on the roster this year (in alphabetical order):

Big Love (HBO) - Ok Emmy voters, it's been three seasons. It's time to get over your aversion to the icky polygamy premise and embrace the TV bliss that is "Big Love." After a two year break (damn writers' strike!) the sh...

James Roday Answers 'Psych' Fan Questions

June 17th, 2009 9:53am EDT
James Roday
James Roday -- who plays Shawn Spencer on "Psych" -- joins us to discuss the upcoming fourth season (premiering August 7 on USA). Every so often we put a request on Twitter for reader questions for upcoming interviews, no one has come close to the amount of responses that James received. So, considering the circumstances, we asked James if he would like to answer a plethora of questions directly from his fans... a request he eagerly accepted where we, among other things, finally get down to what those pineapples are about.

Mike: Hey James.

James Roday: Hey, Mike, what's up, dude!


TV Honorees That Don't Deserve Recognition At The Emmy Awards

June 9th, 2009 10:12am EDT
Emmy Awards
Nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday, July 16. The Emmy Awards are a bit like the Gold Glove Award in baseball: There's no apparent reason behind the process of selecting recipients, and once you make the short list you're virtually guaranteed a spot for life.

Many blame the Television Academy's awkward way of determining television's best for the pallid variance between what's actually good and what the nomination list purports. Academy members (terribly busy producers, writers, directors and actors) are sent scant screeners by agents representin...

Why 'Southland' Is Must-See TV

April 28th, 2009 12:12pm EDT
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...

'Slumdog Millionaire's' Danny Boyle Lands Best Director Prize

February 2nd, 2009 10:11am EST
Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle has scooped the top accolade at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his hit film Slumdog Millionaire.

Boyle beat out competition from Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Gus Van Sant (Milk) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The Best Director nod is a key indicator of possible Oscar success for Boyle later this month, who is up for the same nod, while the movie will compete in nine other categories.

Accepting his award onstage from directors Joel and Ethan Coen,...

Spike Lee And Tyler Perry Land Image Award Nods

January 28th, 2009 9:43am EST
Spike Lee
Spike Lee and Tyler Perry are among the directors nominated at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards. The civil rights organization announced the nominations in three directing categories on Tuesday, with Lee and Tyler leading the pack.

Lee received a nod for best motion picture director with Miracle of St. Anna and will compete against Perry (The Family That Preys), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records), Gina Prince Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) and Patrik Ian Polk (Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom).

In the TV comedy category, Kevin Sullivan was nominated for his work on hit series 30...

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.


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


TV Year In Review: The Best, The Worst & The In Between

December 26th, 2008 7:31am EST
Breaking Bad
In a year that saw the writers strike bring forth more reality TV than we ever thought possible and reduce quality drama to a war of attrition, the boob tube still managed to deliver quality drama series at an impressive clip.


5. "BREAKING BAD" (AMC) - The aforementioned strike meant we only got seven episodes of former "X-Files" writer Vince Gilligan's masterful meth-strewn series, but after enduring its visceral fury, could we have really taken anymore?

Unlike another suburban drug dealing series, the torpid "Weeds", "Breaking Bad" offers a modern-d...

New TV On DVD, Dec. 9

December 9th, 2008 8:00am EST
Among other things, season four of Lost is about who gets off the island and how, and what they're doing in the real world. Also on DVD: Deadwood the complete series, Happy Days season 4, and The Wire the complete series.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama, John Malkovich Among GQ Men Of The Year

November 19th, 2008 2:22pm EST
Lenardo DiCaprio
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and John Malkovich walked away with top awards at this year's GQ Men of the Year ceremony.

Body of Lies star picked up the Leading Man Trophy, while Malkovich was named Mad Genius of the Year at the men's magazine awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

President-elect Barack Obama was given the nod as Game Changer of the Year, actor Jon Hamm was handed the Breakout award and Olympic champion Michael Phelps took home the ultimate accolade for Golden Boy of the Year.

The glittering party attracted some of Hollywood's brightest male stars, including ...

"Heroes: Destiny" Webisodes Premiere

November 14th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Heroes: Destiny, the offshoot series of Heroes available exclusively online which sprang from last year's "Create Your Hero" contest premiered Monday night exclusively online at and on Sprint phones with a new episode to be released every Monday at 9PM ET!

Heroes: Destiny: Columbian-born actor, Roberto Urbina, will bring the character Santiago to life. Urbina stars in a story created by the show's award-winning writers and produced in collaboration with the series creators. Lina Esco ("Cane") and Andrea Thompson ("24") will also star in the innovative micro-series, being film...

Spike Lee's Grueling Shoot Left Actor In Hospital

September 24th, 2008 5:30pm EDT
Spike Lee
Spike Lee forced the cast of his war movie Miracle At St. Anna to suffer so much on set, one actor ended up in the hospital. The movie was shot over a wet and cold Italian winter, after actors had been subjected to a grueling and demeaning boot camp, intended to recreate World War II conditions.

And a combination of Lee's demands, bad eating and the conditions left The Wire actor Michael K. Williams in hospital.

He tells WENN, "My character has a nervous breakdown in the field, and to sustain that constant state of agitation for that many hours it kind of got to me. I had that jet...

Who To Watch: A Look At Some Fresh Faces Of Fall TV

September 3rd, 2008 8:46am EDT
Amanda Righetti
Amanda Righetti has played the bombshell beauty in quite a few style-over-substance programs in television seasons past (The O.C., North Shore, Reunion), but this fall she is finally allowed to smarten up and button up in CBS' The Mentalist, where she will star as an FBI agent alongside Simon Baker. Righetti is just one of the many fresh faces gracing the small screen this fall in our Spotlight on TV Stars.

Tristan Wilds, on the other hand, gets to show off his lighter side after dramatic turns in Half Nelson and The Wire with his role as Dixon Mills, a boy adopted into a privileged f...

New TV On DVD, Aug. 12

August 12th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Tru Calling
There are a bunch of new TV series in stores this week: season one of Caroline In The City and Dave's World, season three of Prison Break, season five of The Wire, season eleven of South Park, and Tru Calling the complete series.

'Mad Men' Wins Television Critics Association's Program Of The Year

July 21st, 2008 10:53am EDT
Mad Men
The Television Critics Association has named New York advertising drama Mad Men its TV program of the year.

The show, set in 1960s Manhattan, landed the coveted prize as well as gongs for outstanding new show and outstanding drama.

Other winners at the awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California on Saturday included Tina Fey's comedy series 30 Rock - which took two awards including a comedy prize for Fey.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Program Of The Year: Mad Men

Outstanding New Program: Mad Men

Outstanding Achievement In Drama: Mad Men

Outstanding Achievem...

Emmy Nominations Reaction: Who Was Snubbed, Who Shouldn't Be A Nominee

July 18th, 2008 9:13am EDT
Neil Patrick Harris
With the writer's strike a distant memory and an exciting new fall season dead ahead, we're finally ready to celebrate TV again. And what better way than with a lavish awards show?

Yes, the Emmy nominations were revealed at dawn in Los Angeles Thursday morning in a delightful little ceremony that saw Neil Patrick Harris and Kristin Chenoweth squeeze about two-dozen jokes in between their reading off the teleprompter.

There were surprises leading to gasps from the press, and plenty of nominations they all saw coming. Newcomer "Mad Men" led the drama category with 16 nominations w...

TV Shows That Deserve An Emmy Nomination On July 17

July 2nd, 2008 8:30am EDT
As TV continues to evolve, so does the Emmy voting process. This year, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences leaked the preliminary results of the voting for Best Comedy and Best Drama Series. In the coming weeks, a blue ribbon panel will narrow the top 10 down to the final five nominees. Their findings will be presented along with the rest of the nominees on the morning of July 17.

In the meantime, their top 10 lists are ripe for debate. Who among the chosen few deserves the honor of an actual nomination? I'm here to help the panel by offering an expert opinion honed over an e...

The Most Underrated And Overrated Things About The 2007-08 TV Season

June 20th, 2008 11:08am EDT
The Emmy ballots are in, which means the 2007-08 TV season is officially over. Actually, the TV season officially lasted from June 1st until May 31st, but it doesn't really seem over until now. Now that we've had a few weeks to reflect, we can begin to formulate our opinions, or leave that up to the professionals, about the best and worst of the season gone by.

But that's easy. What about the far more enticing category of the most overrated and underrated? But we shouldn't limit ourselves to TV shows. Things like news stories, performances, and accepted perceptions are all ripe for...

A Memo To Emmy Voters

June 17th, 2008 10:04am EDT
Big Love
Starpulse writer Andrew Payne is getting sick of the snubs by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. And even though Katherine Heigl doesn't want to be an Emmy contender this year, there are plenty of deserving shows, actors and actresses that should be recognized. Here are Payne's suggestions for those casting their ballots this week:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Emmy Voters:

I am writing because I understand your ballots for this year's nominees are due this week. In the past, you've had quite a difficult time selecting the proper honorees. I'm not blaming you. I completely understa...

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...

The Most Underrated & Overrated TV Shows Of The 90s

May 2nd, 2008 9:43am EDT
The 1990s was the beginning of the end for network television. Program offerings grew rapidly in the last decade of the 20th century. Soon it became commonplace for a person to have 50-60 channels on their home set, paving the way for the present-day satellite and digital cable packages for 1,000 channels or more.

The 90s was the last decade that network bosses could depend on massive ratings from a nearly captive audience bereft of choices. There were certainly plenty of cable shows, but they barely made a dent in the numbers enjoyed by the networks at the time.

It was not unco...

Alicia Keys Gears Up For North American Leg Of 'As I Am' Tour

April 16th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Alicia Keys
After wowing fans during her successful sold-out European tour, MBK/J Records' global superstar Alicia Keys is just days away from bringing that same excitement on the North American leg of her As I Am Tour presented by Lexus.

Joined by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, the As I Am Tour presented by Lexus, kicks off April 19th in Hampton, VA. The tour continues on across the US and Canada, and will conclude on June 18th at Madison Square Garden in Alicia's hometown of New York City. Due to popular demand, new dates have been added ...

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...

Three Of The Coolest Characters On TV

March 25th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Jim from The Office
It appears that television has hit its stride. With a multitude of channels and various formats for presentation, including watching programs on demand or online, shows now have a range and quality that is unmatched in previous times.

In recent years, there have been hour-long dramas such as Lost, 24, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, The Wire, and The Sopranos that captivated audiences and left them wanting more. Furthermore, there are several half-hour sitcoms that are undeniably hilarious. Shows like The Office, 30 Rock, South Park and Scrubs provide many laughs for an eager audience. Even pro...

Greatest TV Crime Fighters Of The Past Decade

March 24th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
The Shield
Shows about the police force or law enforcement in general have become commonplace on television. Over the years shows like Hill Street Blues, Dragnet, and NYPD Blue made an impact on TV audiences. More recently, series like 24, The Shield, CSI and The Wire have focused on the gritty aspects of crime fighting.

What are the top five crime fighters on television in the last 10 years? After conducting a great deal of research and some painful debate, we have compiled the list below, in alphabetical order.

Jack Bauer - 24

The man is a living legend and has saved the United Stat...

Lewis Black Gets Down to 'The Root Of All Evil' In This Exclusive Q & A

March 17th, 2008 11:19am EDT
Lewis Black
Everyday we're bombarded with tons of information and it's getting harder and harder to figure out what's relevant, what matters, or even what's true. Luckily we've got Lewis Black to help weed out some of the fluff. On 'The Root of all Evil', Black takes some of that fluff, like Donald Trump and Viagra, and puts it on trial, exposing their foibles and giving us something to laugh and think about. Starpulse spoke with Lewis to find out what one piece of fluff he best thinks captures the spirit of the times and just where he thinks the fluff is heading.

With your new show, you're putti...

'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 ...

TV On DVD Recommendation: 'Homicide: Life On The Street'

March 7th, 2008 3:19pm EST
Homicide: Life On The Street
"Homicide: Life on the Street" is one of the least-watched long-running police dramas that ever aired. It is superior in every way to its contemporaries "Law & Order" and "NYPD Blue" and the modern "CSI". Picking up the mantle of realism left bare by the departure of "Hill Street Blues", "Homicide" detailed the everyday happenings in Baltimore's Homicide Division.

It was shot mainly using hand-held cameras in a style that would become the norm for gritty realistic crime dramas on both the big and small screen. The series' true ensemble cast prominently featured the excellent Andre...

'The Wire' Recap: Late Editions

March 5th, 2008 10:56am EST
The Wire
For days, those of us who choose to wait until the episode’s actual airdate to enjoy each new edition of ''The Wire'' had heard from those who watch the show a week early on HBO's On Demand Service that ''Late Editions'' is the best episode in the history of the series. It didn’t quite live up to the hype, but was incredibly devastating nonetheless.

The episode starts out in stark contrast to what viewers are used to seeing from this series. In a startlingly jubilant moment, Lester uses Marlo's clock code to learn the location of the gang's drug resupply and manages to get the fall on ...

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