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Clive James loves to read, but nothing beats a box set binge. He salutes his greatest passions
It seems an age ago now, and it was. Between 1972 and 1982, I wrote a weekly column about television, and by the end of my stint I preened myself as being fairly clued up on the subject. I signed off with a confident prediction that the droll sarcasm of the desk sergeant Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) in Hill Street Blues was about as clever as American television would ever get. For a couple of decades it looked as if I might be right – and then the cable channels, arising out of nowhere, suddenly outflanked the networks, which, in their turn, were obliged to raise their game.
Since my polite but insidious form of leukaemia was diagnosed in early 2010, it has been more often dormant than not. Early on, a programme of chemo sent it »
- Clive James
Last year, Margo Martindale triumphed in this category with her turn on “The Americans,” a show that has been woefully underrepresented at the Emmys. While she could repeat this year, she will have to battle some fierce competitors in the form of previous winners.
Both Allison Janney [“Masters of Sex”] and Carrie Preston [“The Good Wife”] have won for their roles before. And several potential nominees are previous winners. Diana Rigg was previously nominated here for her work on “Game of Thrones”; she scored a win in 1997 for “Rebecca.” Ellen Burstyn [“House of Cards”] is an Emmy winner in this category for “Law & Order: Svu,” and has seven noms and two wins total. [Don’t forget Burstyn is beloved; she was famously nominated for her work in “Mrs. Harris,” which consisted of fewer than 20 seconds of screen time.] Laurie Metcalf has three Emmys from “Roseanne,” but her work as the ex-wife of Louis C.K. in “Horace and Pete” is unlike anything we’ve seen her in before. Stockard Channing has won two Emmys, both in 2002, and could score a third for the final season of “The Good Wife. »
- Jenelle Riley
Do you purchase or rent DVDs movies anymore or just wait for streaming -- however long that takes? If you do the following titles have emerged in the past week on Blu-Ray or DVD: The Finest Hours in which Chris Pine gets a man vs. ocean movie cuz Chris Hemsworth got one; Gods of Egypt which is terrible but in so-bad-it's-great way; How to Be Single which is better than you'd think but way overstuffed but you should probably see it for another great performance variation on "the boyfriend" by Jake Lacy (he's got that market covered but he's so good at it with no two characters feeling like the same guy); Pride & Prejudice & Zombies which is fun for what it is if nothing more; also new are Race, Risen, Triple 9, and Zoolander 2.
But on to the fun part, New to Streaming. Because, to quote the one and »
- NATHANIEL R
It's the final episode as Manuel has worked his way through all the Lgbt-themed HBO productions.
I began this project because, after watching and recapping Looking here, I became fascinated with the idea that, with that Andrew Haigh show, the cable network had somehow reached peak gay TV even as it also managed to alienate the very viewers it was trying to coax. I wanted to, in a way, put Looking in context by watching everything HBO had produced and aired that had tackled Lgbt issues.
This required a lot of scavenging—despite their shiny HBOGo and HBO Now ventures, a lot of the network’s older and more obscure TV movies and shows remain unattainable. And so I reached back and watched a lot of not so great TV movies from the early 80s, caught up with key “very special episodes” of their most well-known dramas and comedies, and »
- Manuel Betancourt
The series finale of The Good Wife is upon us. What's the best way to say goodbye to a show we've loved for seven dramatic, captivating and fantastic seasons? A celebration of our favorite guest stars, to start. This was not an easy task. One of the show's many gifts was the strength of its award-winning, critically acclaimed guest actors and we loved almost all of them (*cough* Kalinda's estranged husband *cough*) but decided to go with our all-time favorites, of which there are 12. Did we mention this list was tough to narrow down? Well, it's even tougher to rank »
- Kara Warner, @karawarner
Drew Hodges is at a loss for words. Asked if he’s surprised at the life he’s leading -- did he imagine he’d grow up to fly around the world orchestrating scenes with great actors and artists for his own wildly influential agency -- he pauses three entire seconds. “I wish I had an answer for you,” he says. “It's like, Come for the veal, stay for the floor show.”
You might not know Drew Hodges’ name, but if you’ve enjoyed some form of popular culture in the past decade, you’re living in a world he helped create. "When I started, the idea of theater was still very much that ‘fabulous invalid’ thing," he says, “sort of dying, old, kind of nostalgic. I was lucky enough to work on a lot of stuff that started to chip away at that."
Twenty years ago, art-directing for his small design firm’s music, »
- Helen Eisenbach
The singing celeb Selena Gomez is taking her creativity to the small screen with “13 Reasons Why.” The former Disney darling will serve as an executive producer on the new Netflix miniseries about a deceased student. Based on a novel by Jay Asher, the plot centers on a student who commits suicide, leaving in her wake a collection of tapes that are passed on to 13 students, explaining how her chosen peers played a role in her death. The project is slated as a 13-episode miniseries to be produced by Anonymous Content. Shooting will begin in late May in Los Angeles. While no cast is currently attached, Gomez looks to be staying behind the camera. Casting on the project is currently underway with Barden/Schnee. The first lady of the Pink Ladies Stockard Channing is searching for the worst thing she could do in her new NBC pilot “Me & Mean Margaret.” The comedy project, »
The San Francisco Film Society has selected Ellen Burstyn as the recipient of its Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting.
The award will be presented at the April 25 awards night for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion.
“Ellen Burstyn’s extraordinary career in film and television has provided some of cinema’s most indelible performances,” said Noah Cowan, the festival’s executive director. “She has collaborated with some of the medium’s finest directors over many years and in a remarkable range of genres. Her recent performance in Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ is perhaps her bravest yet — caustic, sincere and unforgettable.”
Burstyn will also be publicly honored at An Afternoon with Ellen Burstyn at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from Burstyn’s notable acting career will be followed by a screening of »
- Dave McNary
Sarah Paulson has been nominated at the Emmys the last four years in a row, and 2016 is likely to bring her bids #5 and #6. According to Gold Derby's Emmy predictions, Paulson will be nominated for both "The People v. O.J. Simpson" (in which she plays embattled prosecutor Marcia Clark) and "American Horror Story: Hotel" (as Hypodermic Sally, a ghost who haunts the Hotel Cortez). When I asked her about this possibility last week at the Paley Festival, Paulson joked, "That seems really crazy and like I'm a greedy, greedy person!" (Watch our red carpet chat below.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Emmy Predictions Paulson would hardly be the first performer to earn two nominations in the same year. In fact, she would join an illustrious group that includes Stockard Channing, Jon Hamm, Idris Elba, Kathy Bates and Allison Janney, to name just a handful. Here is a. »
Allegiance star Gavin Stenhouse is returning to NBC as the male lead opposite Stockard Channing in the network’s multi-camera comedy pilot Me & Mean Margaret, from producer Peter Chernin. Written by veteran comedy writer Adam Barr and directed by top multi-camera director Jimmy Burrows, Me & Mean Margaret is an unlikely buddy comedy that follows Margaret (Channing), a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress, and Ben (Stenhouse), the ambitious 27-year-old… »
Can Alicia Florrick get some in peace? That's all she wanted. Peace and sex. After such a streak of quality The Good Wife episodes, "Hearing" stumbled. Sure, it was fun to see guest stars Stockard Channing and Dallas Roberts again as Alicia's family, but they were wasted on a B-story. Why have them on the show if they're not going to have significant interaction with Alicia? The show missed a chance to really delve into what Alicia is doing with Jason by not depicting more of the familial interaction passed the sex interruption. Anyway, Alicia finally got subpoenaed for the grand jury proceedings with Matthew Morrison leading the charge against Peter. Alicia, Eli and Mike Tascioni (who just makes »
TV Land will soon be casting three women who A) look great in white and B) can slay a karaoke performance of “You Don’t Own Me.”
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In TV Land’s contemporary take, »
Stockard Channing has been cast in the Me & Mean Margaret TV series pilot at NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this unlikely buddy comedy features Channing as the "fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress," Margaret. The young lawyer tasked with keeping an eye on her has yet to be cast.
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In Sebastian, which is inspired by Maniscalco’s life and is being exec-produced by Greg Garcia’s (My Name Is Earl) shingle, the Who’s the Boss? alum will play the opinionated, old-school Italian father of the title character.
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Stockard Channing is returning to television in the NBC multi-cam series "Me & Mean Margaret." Channing will play the nasty diva of the title, a legendary actress who's as famous for her work as she is for her offensively honest opinions. The show's buddy-comedy format will find her character baby-sat by an ambitious, 20-something lawyer. In recent years, Channing has had recurring roles on "The Good Wife" and "The Mysteries of Laura." [via THR]
- Inkoo Kang
The night is dark and full of terrors, especially when Game of Thrones‘ Melisandre attends your baby shower.
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There was no heaven, only hell on Late Night Thursday when the red priestess showed up to the gathering for Seth Meyers‘ wife, Alexi. Unfortunately, a suggestion to appear more fun and natural prompted her to share the horrifying details of a certain demon birth.
Later, in an attempt to find common ground with fellow baby-shower guests, Melisandre hinted at the fate of a certain guy she likes, who may or may not be dead. »
Wanted: one babysitter for veteran actress Stockard Channing.
The West Wing star-turned-Good Wife scene-stealer has been cast in the title role of NBC’s multi-cam comedy pilot Me & Mean Margaret, our sister site Deadline reports. Channing’s character is described as a “fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress” who isn’t exactly thrilled to have a 27-year-old lawyer tasked with keeping an eye on her.
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Stockard Channing has landed the lead role in NBC comedy pilot “Me & Mean Margaret,” Variety has learned.
The pilot is described as an unlikely buddy comedy that follows a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress (Channing) and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her.
The multi-cam comedy is written by Adam Barr (“Will & Grace,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine”), and hails from Universal Television and Chernin Entertainment. Barr and Peter Chernin will executive produce.
Channing, who famously played Rizzo in the original “Grease” film, most recently had small-screen roles including a guest spot on NBC’s “Mysteries of Laura” and a recurring role on CBS’ “Good Wife” as the mother of Julianna Margulies’ titular character. She’ll next appear as Elizabeth Taylor in UK broadcaster Sky Arts’ comedic telepic “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon” alongside Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson — a casting »
- Laura Prudom
The West Wing alumna Stockard Channing is back at NBC, toplining the network’s multi-camera comedy pilot Me & Mean Margaret, from producer Peter Chernin. Written by veteran comedy writer Adam Barr and directed by top multi-camera director Jimmy Burrows, Me & Mean Margaret is described as an unlikely buddy comedy that follows Margaret (Channing), a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress, and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her. Barr and… »
Corny Collins has just under 10 months to get his studio up to code.
NBC on Thursday announced that its next live musical — a production of Hairspray — will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8/7c.
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Additionally, Harvey Fierstein — who won a Tony Award in 2003 for playing the role of Edna Turnblad — has joined the team to write the teleplay, along with director Kenny Leon and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Fierstein previously wrote the teleplay for NBC’s The Wiz Live.
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