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New TV Shows Could Break Into Crowded SAG Awards

20 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

One thing you’ve got to hand to the SAG TV voters, they’re loyal to a fault. When it comes to the categories for individual acting, once they find someone they like, they stick with them.

Each year a host of veterans, not to mention a steady stream of series newcomers, is forced into the cold by familiar, entrenched names in comedy and drama alike.

So amidst the universal mourning for the “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” finales, there must have been a certain amount of secret glee among thesps. After all, the spot Bryan Cranston occupied in male actor, drama, for five consecutive years is now open for business, as are Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey’s in the comedy division, where they competed, and usually triumphed, a total of 15 times.

Opening up Cranston’s slot is particularly tantalizing, since the drama field is crowded indeed. Steve Buscemi of »

- Bob Verini

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12 Best Comedic X-Files Episodes

19 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I recently finished watching the entire X-Files series again, and this show seriously never gets old. I always enjoy the time I spend with Mulder and Scully. I know there is a whole generation of younger people out in the world that haven’t experienced The X-Files yet. If you are one of them, the whole series is on Netflix, and I strongly suggest that you take the time to watch it. It’s better than many of the TV shows that are currently airing.

As I was rewatching the series, I kept a list of my favorite episodes. There were a lot of them, but for this list I managed to whittle it down to only twelve by focusing on what I thought were the funniest episodes. So this is my Top 12 list of favorite episodes of The X-Files that had some moments that made me laugh. 

"Arcadia" - Season 6, Episode 15

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- Joey Paur

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Writers Guild Italia & The Black List Pact; Ed Guiney Set For Efa Honor: Global Showbiz Briefs

17 November 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Writers Guild Italia and the Black List have formed a new alliance, paving the way for Wgi members to list their scripts in the Black List database. The Black List has similar partnerships with the WGA West and East, the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the Writers Guild of Canada. However, this is the first time it has partnered with a non-English-speaking guild – a sign that good unproduced ideas come in many forms. An Italian film, The Great Beauty, of course won the Foreign Language Film Oscar last year — returning the statue to the country for the first time in 15 years — and local comedies are consistently hot at the box office. The Black List notes that although most Wgi members write primarily in Italian, many have great facility with the English language. Given the fluid language barriers, plus translation, and the unique point of view, culture, and style »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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CBS Studios Intl. And Fox Intl. Channels Sweden Ink a Multi-Year Content Deal

17 November 2014 4:01 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– Fox International Channels Sweden has signed has signed a multi-year content deal with CBS Studios International., kicking off with “Madam Secretary” and “Scorpion.”

The deal guarantees broadcast and non-linear rights of first-run series, as well as other CBS’s productions to air on the Fox channel in Sweden, which launched in September.

As part of the premium premieres acquired, Fox will exclusively show two of the highest-rated hits of this fall: the drama series “Madam Secretary” with Téa Leoni (set to premiere on Dec. 1), followed by drama “Scorpion” (launching in early 2015).

Both new series have scored solid ratings in the U.S.: “Madam Secretary”‘s premiere garnered 17 million viewers. The premiere of “Scorpion,” meanwhile, attracted  more than 26 million viewers.

Pact also includes broadcast rights to new sitcom “The Odd Couple” with Matthew Perry (“Friends”) and Thomas Lennon. The series will be released in the U.S. in 2015.  and »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Shailene Woodley and Sam Smith Are Clear Frontrunners Among 2015 People's Choice Nominees

4 November 2014 7:39 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The people have spoken and they're loving Sam and Shailene!

After weeks of voting on which celebs should make the cut to be nominees in the 2015 People's Choice Awards, the ballot has been crafted and the nominees have been announced.

Anna Faris and Allison Janney, stars of the CBS sitcom Mom, hosted the grand announcement, held at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. The duo were joined by other TV stars, including Katharine McPhee and Dylan McDermott, to present the long list of categories and nominees.

News: Shailene Defends On-Screen Nudity: 'When I Have Sex, I'm Naked'

In movies, 22-year-old Shailene Woodley is the clear front-runner with four nominations, while Sam Smith is leading the music pack with four nominations of his own. Not to be outdone, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has secured nominations in both TV and music categories.

Now, it's time to vote again, this time for »

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People's Choice Awards nominations: Shailene Woodley, Pharrell lead

4 November 2014 12:31 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The nominations for the People's Choice Awards 2015 have been revealed.

Mom stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney will host the ceremony, which will take place in January 2015.

Shailene Woodley picked up four nominations including Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress and Favourite Action Movie Actress. Her roles in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars also saw her score two nods in the Favourite Movie Duo category.

22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum received the most actor nominations, getting Favourite Movie Actor and Favourite Comedic Movie Actor nods alongside a Favourite Movie Duo nomination with co-star Jonah Hill.

The Favourite Movie Actress category will see Jennifer Lawrence take on Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy. The Hunger Games star also received a Favourite Action Movie Actress nomination.

Meanwhile, the TV awards see Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries receive the most nods, as the latter two battle each other »

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2015 People's Choice Awards: Grey's, Once, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Castle and Bones Among Nominees

4 November 2014 10:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The People have spoken, and they really like Stefan, Damon and Elena and Meredith and Derek.

The Vampire Diaries and Grey’s Anatomy garnered the most nods as The People’s Choice Awards nominations were announced Tuesday. Each series nabbed six noms, with Once Upon a Time, Supernatural, Castle and Bones clocking in close with five nominations apiece.

Other popular series named included Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory (four nominations each) and The Mentalist (three nods).

Mom stars Allison Janney and Anna Faris will host the live awards ceremony, which will air on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 9/8c. »

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Announcing the 2015 People's Choice Award Nominees

4 November 2014 9:36 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The People's Choice Awards nominations are here! The categories for movies, TV, and music have lots of fan favorites in them, like Shailene Woodley and The Fault in Our Stars from the big screen, series like Supernatural and Once Upon a Time on the small screen, and musicians like Taylor Swift. There was even room for newbies, like new Fall shows and artists like Meghan Trainor. The People's Choice Awards will air on Jan. 7, 2015, on CBS, so check out the full list now! Movies Favorite Movie 22 Jump Street Captain America: The Winter Soldier Guardians of the Galaxy Maleficent X-Men: Days of Future Past Favorite Movie Actor Brad Pitt Channing Tatum Hugh Jackman Mark Wahlberg Robert Downey Jr. Favorite Movie Actress Angelina Jolie Emma Stone Jennifer Lawrence Melissa McCarthy Scarlett Johansson Favorite Movie Duo Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Madam Secretary is a well crafted and entertaining political procedural drama

2 November 2014 2:46 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Madam Secretary, Season 1, Episodes 2-7

Airs Sundays at 8pm Et on CBS

Madam Secretary has progressed impressively within its first handful of episodes, continuing to display a great lead character along with a supporting cast that has slowly, but increasingly, shown interesting development. The pilot set the stage with its strong writing and talented cast, yet also underwhelmed with its political drama and generic production values. But the series has continued to build on its strengths and has improved enough that it’s no longer marred by its pilot’s weaknesses. The lead character is well crafted and so are her relationships with the supporting cast, which makes for greater clarity between the character’s main narrative and the political drama, with a better integrated story and more development. The only potential faults of these early episodes is that at times, the writers sacrifice narrative complexity for optimistic and comprehensive storytelling, »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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CBS Gives Full Season Orders To NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary And Stalker

28 October 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The first casualty of the fall television season came last week when ABC axed low-rated freshman comedy Manhattan Love Story, but today finds the small screen world in better spirits. CBS, currently the top-rated major cable network, has committed to all four of its new drama series, picking up back-nine orders for NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary and Stalker.

That brings each show to a full 22 episode first season. Out of the series, spinoff NCIS: New Orleans and genius-crisis-solvers drama Scorpion rank as the first and second most-watched new broadcast dramas of the fall season, making their increased episode orders absolute no-brainers.

NCIS: New Orleans, which is led by Scott Bakula and follows behind only NCIS (which it leads out on Tuesdays) in terms of ratings, has been raking in a jaw-dropping 18.6 million viewers, as well as a 2.8 in the key 18-to-49 demographic. The spinoff has been met with »

- Isaac Feldberg

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CBS Renews All 4 of Its New Dramas: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker

28 October 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

While most networks stumble to find at least one new show that can survive in the ratings, CBS has picked up all four of its new drama series: NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, and Stalker.  For CBS, this news isn't all that surprising.  The network's formula for the least-offensive programming possible is perfectly suited to an older generation that still holds to Nielsen boxes even though the way we watch television has changed drastically.  That's not to say these shows are bad (I haven't watched them), but I can't think of a single CBS drama other than The Good Wife that gets people talking and has fans encouraging others to watch. Hit the jump for the press release. From the press release: "These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up, »

- Matt Goldberg

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CBS Orders Full Seasons of Scorpion, Stalker, NCIS: New Orleans & Madam Secretary

28 October 2014 4:49 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

When CBS began the fall, it premiered four new dramas, and now all four of those shows will be continuing for the rest of the TV season. The network has picked up the Katharine McPhee-led ScorpionKevin Williamson’s highly controversial new show Stalker, spin-off series NCIS: New Orleans, and Madam Secretary, which stars Tea Leoni, for full seasons. “These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime lineup,” said CBS’ Entertainment Chairman, Nina Tassler, in a statement. According to CBS, NCIS: New Orleans is this fall’s number one new series, as it averages 18 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo per week, while Scorpion sits as the number two new series on television with 15 million viewers and a  3.6 demo dating. Furthermore, Madam Secretary is Sunday’s top scripted drama among total viewers, »

- Chris King

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CBS Orders Full Seasons of 'Scorpion,' 'Madam Secretary,' and More

28 October 2014 3:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

CBS is doubling down on its fall TV bets.

The network has given full season orders for all four of its new dramas - "Madam Secretary," "NCIS: New Orleans," "Scorpion," and "Stalker."

"These four shows have had an immediate impact on our schedule by improving nights, winning time periods and adding more hours of success across our primetime line up," said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler.

All four shows have varying levels of success. "NCIS: New Orleans" is, unsurprisingly, a blockbuster in the ratings, averaging above 18 million viewers. "Scorpion" is drawing about 15 million, thanks largely to "The Big Bang Theory" fueling big Monday night numbers (the hit comedy returns to Thursdays this week).

"Madam Secretary" has a respectable audience (around 13 million) but skews to an older crowd. Still, the Tea Leoni drama has earned some good reviews and pairs well with "The Good Wife." And while "Stalker" is the least-watched of the new dramas, »

- Kelly Woo

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CBS Hands Full Season Orders to All 4 New Dramas

27 October 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS has given full season orders to all four of its new dramas: “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Madam Secretary” and “Stalker.” The pickups include three of the four most-watched new shows launched on television this season, and three series that rank among the top 15 of all primetime programs. The odd man out there is “Stalker.” See photos: The Most and Least Liked Fall TV Actresses: Kerry Washington, Mariska Hargitay to Rachel Bilson, Tea Leoni Thanks in part to the freshman dramas — and in perhaps larger part to “Thursday Night Football” — CBS has won the first four weeks of the fall season. »

- Tony Maglio

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‘Madam Secretary’ Coming To U.K. On Sky Living; NBCUniversal International Television Production Pacts With TV3 Group Ireland: Global Briefs

23 October 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

CBS Studios International and Sky have inked a deal for the exclusive U.K. broadcast rights to the new drama series Madam Secretary, which will premiere in the coming months on Sky Living. Téa Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, the shrewd, determined, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home. Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen, Željko Ivanek and Tim Daly co-star. “I knew as soon as I saw Madam Secretary at this year’s L.A. Screenings it was perfect for Sky Living,” said Channel Director Antonia Hurford-Jones. “It’s a smart, pacy quality drama which has you hooked from the start. I feel confident our customers are going to love it.”

NBCUniversal International Television Production and TV3 Group Ireland are partnering to »

- The Deadline Team

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U.K. Pay TV Service BSkyB Recruits ‘Madam Secretary’

23 October 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London – U.S. drama “Madam Secretary” will air exclusively in the U.K. on pay TV operator BSkyB’s Sky Living channel early next year following a deal with CBS Studios Intl.

Series, which stars Tea Leoni, premiered recently in the U.S. It is executive produced by Morgan Freeman, Barbara Hall and Lori McCreary.

Antonia Hurford-Jones, Sky Living channel director, commented: “It’s a smart, pacy quality drama that has you hooked from the start. I feel confident our customers are going to love it.”

The deal was closed by Sky’s senior acquisitions manager Julia Stuart and Stephen Tague, senior VP, Europe for CBS Studios Intl.

The series will sit alongside Sky Living’s line-up of U.S. drama, including “Elementary,” “Stalker,” “Scandal,” “The Blacklist,” “Hannibal,” “Bones,” “Criminal Minds” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”


- Leo Barraclough

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BSkyB's Sky Living to Air 'Madam Secretary' in U.K.

23 October 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB has licensed new CBS drama Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni and Morgan Freeman, for its Sky Living network. CBS Studios International and BSkyB announced the deal for the exclusive U.K. TV rights on Thursday without disclosing financial details. The show will premiere on Sky Living in the coming months. Read more Fall TV: 14 Showrunners Reveal How They Named Their New Series   The show is Sunday’s most-watched scripted show on U.S. broadcast TV. It premiered to more than 17 million viewers, making it one of the top-rated new fall

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- Georg Szalai

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Tea Leoni “Diva” On Madam Secretary?

22 October 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

Tea Leoni is a "diva" on the set of "Madam Secretary," claims Star in yet another false story from the same outlet that fabricated similar rumors about Zooey Deschanel, Shailene Woodley, Lucy Hale, and virtually every other perfectly nice actress working in Hollywood. According to the magazine, Leoni's "ego needs some checks and balances." A so-called "set source" tells Star, "Tea told producers that she wants final approval over her costars -- she doesn't want anyone who's a bigger name on the show. She has a fear of being outshone or outperformed." »

- Daniel Gates

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From Veep to 24: Pop Culture's Female Politicians Ranked

12 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Last week, CBS premiered the new political drama Madam Secretary, which stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, the U.S. Secretary of State. It's hardly a far-fetched concept, as we've seen three female secretaries of state since 1997: Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. But it's nonetheless rare to see a fictional universe with a woman in one of the nation's top three positions of political power. (Yep, even in fake realities, politics is a man's game.) And historically speaking, Hollywood has played it as a joke more often than not. So which fictional female presidents, vice presidents »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Madam Secretary Hubby Tim Daly: Henry Is a 'Great Role Model' for Men

5 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

If Madam Secretary‘s Henry McCord can be cool with his wife holding some of the greatest power in the free world, portrayer Tim Daly says, regular dudes need to fall into line.

“Here’s a guy who’s got his own thing going, and he’s completely supportive and unintimidated by his wife being in a position of power,” Daly tells TVLine. “I think the fact that he’s unintimidated by a woman in power is a great message for men: Guys, it’s Ok. Your girlfriend or your wife can be big, and you can still be confident. »

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