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The Performer | Audra McDonald
The Show | The Sound of Music Live!
The Airdate | December 5, 2013
The Performance | When you think The Sound of Music, you think Maria. You think the Von Trapp kids. You think lonely goatherds, edelweiss and brown paper packages tied up with string. And generally, unless you played her in your high school’s production of the musical, you do not think about the Mother Abbess.
Which may be why McDonald was such a revelation in the role.
The Private Practice alum brought a grounded intensity to the often-overlooked part, »
- Team TVLine
CBS's legal and political saga reached its 100th episode this week with a typically outstanding hour of television. So why isn't it considered one of the greats?
What does quality Us television look like? Typically, any list would include at least one of the following shows: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Homeland, Boardwalk Empire. Before these shows become box-set fodder, or become available for streaming on Netflix and iTunes, they are broadcast on premium cable channels. The idea of paying for "quality" television is entrenched (HBO itself means "Home Box Office", after all) and these shows, with their high production values and often slow-moving plots given space and time to breathe, are the best examples of it. But for the last four years – and five seasons – one of the best dramas on television has been on CBS, a basic network channel with an average viewer age of 57. The show is The Good Wife. »
- Bim Adewunmi
The Good Wife celebrated its 100th episode last night with “The Decision Tree.” (Read the full recap here.) But if you haven’t yet seen the episode, stop reading now. Spoilers ahead! In the case of the week, a former client of Alicia’s (Juliana Margulies) had bequeathed her $12 million. She faced Will (Josh Charles) in court over the validity of the will. Meanwhile, Florrick/Agos prepared for their holiday party. And what started as a feeble gathering turned in to the event of the season—all thanks to Peter’s (Chris Noth) promised attendance. Eli (Alan Cumming) tried to »
- Breia Brissey
"The Good Wife" is arguably the best drama on TV right now, which naturally means it has some famous fans. Case in point -- during Sunday night's (Dec. 1) 100th episode, newsman Piers Morgan was engaging in a funny Twitter exchange with star Josh Charles.
Morgan: "Hate seeing you so sad and tearful @MrJoshCharles - anyone would think Spurs lost 0-6 last week. #TheGoodStrife."
Charles: "Ladies & Gents: Piers Morgan!"
Morgan: " Whooaaaa... @donnabrazile starring in #TheGoodWife - so jealous, and she was so good too. When do I get my shot @MrJoshCharles ?"
Charles: "Piers, the word is you're incredibly difficult to work with and talk way too much about cricket on set."
Donna Brazile, a political analyst and vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, has guest-starred on "The Good Wife" several times as herself. Perhaps some day, Morgan will get his chance as well.
The award-winning CBS drama returns in January 2014 with new episodes, »
Spoiler Alert! We're about to discuss the major happenings from The Good Wife's 100th episode on Sunday night. So if you've yet to watch, be gone with your tardy self! So who else just did a spit take at that spit take that ended the 100th episode of The Good Wife? In tonight's milestone outing, Alicia (Julianna Marguiles) almost found herself with 12 million extra dollars after discovering that a magic-marker written will had been written by a former client (Welcome back, Fringe's John Noble!), and Lockhart-Gardner, her former firm, was desperate to prove it wasn't valid. But it wasn't Alicia who was most affected by the case— it was Will (Josh Charles), who practiced questioning »
The 100th episode of "The Good Wife," titled "The Decision Tree," brought the fall half of the season to a close -- and what a way to go out. This is probably my favorite episode the show has ever done.
Sure, "Hitting the Fan," with Alicia and Cary getting found out and the mad-dash to oust her while the fourth-years desperately tried to take clients with them, was much more high-octane. But this one was so quietly outstanding for many reasons, not the least of which is Josh Charles and guest-star John Noble.
Both men are in love with Alicia and neither can have her and it's heartbreaking to watch.
Of course, Noble's Matthew Ashbaugh couldn't have her years ago, when they were working on a case for him in New York. At that time, Charles' Will Gardner did have her. Will and Alicia were mid-affair at that point -- »
While notable when a show reaches 100 episodes, it's a landmark for it to also be at its finest point, as is "The Good Wife."
CBS' compelling drama marks its 100th episode Sunday, Dec. 1, and its makers allowed Zap2it a rare set visit during that taping. This was just after the series-changing episode when Alicia Florrick and Cary Agos (Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry) were fired.
Starting their own firm revitalized the show. Though set in Chicago, it's created in an industrial section of Brooklyn, where quiet efficiency prevails. However at Florrick/Agos, which resembles a forgotten municipal department, there's the frantic chatter of worry.
In the 100th episode, Alicia expects to meet with the acerbic David Lee (Zach Grenier). Instead, Colin (Jason O'Mara) arrives, explaining Alicia's former partner "would rather negotiate with the devil. Me? I don't care who I negotiate with."
Colin foolishly expects her to sign without reading her exit contract, »
We've seen the 100th episode of "The Good Wife," titled "The Decision Tree," and while we can't give too much away, here are a few slightly spoiler-y tidbits to tide you over until Sunday.
If you thought "Hitting the Fan" was good, the show outdoes itself with "Decision Tree." It's not as high octane, necessarily, but it's got more of those quiet moments where we think this show really shines. The show also spared no expense in bringing back a cavalcade of guest stars for the big 1-0-0. Familiar faces Mary Beth Peil. Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Kurt Fuller, Donna Brazile and Mike Colter are back, plus new face Jordana Spiro in what we hope becomes a recurring guest role because she's quite an interesting character. Special mention must be made of John Noble. He was perfection as Matthew Ashbaugh in last March's "Death of a Client" and he »
The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 8, “The Next Month”
Written by Ted Humphrey
Directed by Josh Charles
Airs Sundays at 9pm Est on CBS
Since “Hitting the Fan”, The Good Wife’s approach has been a slow, steady, calculated examination of the days, weeks, and now month following the Florrick/Agos defection and the beginning of their rivalry with Lockhart/Gardner (which will never be referred to as “LG” in this space, lest the review be paused for a period of retching). We have watched “The Next Day”, then “The Next Week”, and now “The Next Month” as the characters adjust to their new positions, their new alignments towards former allies, and a whole new game they’re playing. The departure of Alicia in particular from Lockhart/Gardner is a massive event in this show’s history, and it is playing out as such. Things have changed for everyone. Forever. Now »
- Jordan Ferguson
Sandy Cohen previews this weekend's Governors Awards from the motion picture academy. Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins will be among the presenters for a private, untelevised dinner. Oscar winner Angelina Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, following in the footsteps of Quincy Jones, Jerry Lewis, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Oprah Winfrey. Three-time acting nominee Angela Lansbury, frequent ceremony host Steve Martin, and five-time nominated costume designer Piero Tosi will each receive an honorary statuette. Huffington Post. Robert Bianco compares the recent rise in quality for "The Good Wife" with the decline of "Homeland". He refers to the CBS legal show starring Julianna Margulies and Josh Charles as "the best drama on television at the moment, bar none." He calls the Showtime thriller with Claire Danes and Damian Lewis "simpler and less intriguing" in its third season. USA Today. John Oliver jumps ship »
The moment I finally became a fan of The Good Wife occurred just about three weeks ago. It came in the current season’s widely praised fifth episode, “Hitting The Fan.” This was the one where Will (Josh Charles) and Diane (Christine Baranski) fired Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) for plotting to start their own firm. As Will progressed from betrayal (his reaction, a symphonically-performed shock-face culminating in a downbeat “what?!”, was priceless) to “commando mode” (rallying emergency quorums; hustling clients to keep them from bolting), and as Alicia progressed from resolute yet regretful to full-on “Oh, it’s so on! »
- Jeff Jensen
Last season, The Good Wife saw a big drop in the ratings but CBS renewed it anyway, most likely because of syndication profits. Will the numbers rise this season? Will the show be renewed for a sixth season or will it be cancelled instead? We shall see.
On The Good Wife, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) continues to work out her tricky personal life while trying to win cases for her firm's clients. Others in the cast include Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Matt Czuchry, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Alan Cumming, and Zach Grenier.
The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. New ratings data will be added as it becomes available -- typically around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest.
How are your shows doing? Check the season rankings: ABC | CBS »
New Good Wife season 5,episode 8 spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night, CBS released the new spoilers and sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 8 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Ice, Ice, Baby," and it appears to be pretty interesting as Alicia and the crew celebrate landing their first client, Will keeps up his troublesome ways, and more. In the new "Ice, Ice, Baby" episode, As Florrick/Agos move into their new offices, Alicia is going to attempt to block the deportation of an undocumented immigrant before he is sent to Mexico, where a cartel has threatened to take his life. Also, Marilyn is going to be concerned about the ethical ramifications when Eli reconnects with Natalie Flores. Robyn will attempt to be more like Kalinda. America Ferrera is going to return as Natalie Flores. Guest stars will include: Johnny Garcia as Tomas, Adyana De La Torre as Elena, »
The first week of November sweeps saw writers on our favorite shows raising their game. Zap2it collected some of the best line of the TV week of Nov. 3 for your viewing pleasure, including quotes from the likes of "The Good Wife," "New Girl" and "The Big Bang Theory." Enjoy!
"You don't realize how overused the word 'breathtaking' is until something actually takes your breath away." -- Scott Pelley, on driving a Lamborghini, on "60 Minutes"
"I am so upset! I'm stuck in a lie." -- Han (Matthew Moy), on "2 Broke Girls"
"Well, it's better than the »
New Good Wife season 5,episode 8 official spoilers,plotline revealed by CBS. Recently, CBS released the new,official, synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 8 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Ice, Ice, Baby," and it sounds very interesting as Alicia and Cary finally land their first,new client. However, his life hangs in their hands, and more! In the new,8th episode press release: Florrick/Agos will get their first,new client, but failure could lead to his death. Press release number 2: As Florrick/Agos move into their new offices, Alicia is going to attempt to block the deportation of an undocumented immigrant before he is sent to Mexico, where a cartel has threatened his life. Also, Marilyn is going to be concerned about the ethical ramifications when Eli reconnects with Natalie Flores. Then Robyn will try to be more like Kalinda. America Ferrera is going to return as Natalie Flores. »
We stand here today to pay our respects to the former TV coupling known as "Willicia." After four years of riveting will-they-or-won't-they tension on The Good Wife, any possibility of a romantic future for Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will (Josh Charles) faded — at least for the foreseeable future — the minute he found out she was planning to leave the firm with Cary (Matt Czuchry) and take all of their top clients with her. But don't worry, fans! Chicago's 16th most eligible bachelor did not walk away from that stinging betrayal empty-handed. These days, Will is sporting a...
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- Kate Stanhope
Because the nominees for the 40th Annual People's Choice Awards are so all-encompassing, that means some of the categories are filled with very interesting pairings: "Pretty Little Liars" facing off against "Sons of Anarchy"? Yep, that's happening!
Favorite Network TV Comedy
"2 Broke Girls"
Favorite Comedic TV Actor
Favorite Comedic TV Actress
Favorite Network TV Drama
Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
Digital Spy presents a full list of nominees for the 2014 People's Choice Awards, airing on January 8, 2014 on CBS.
Fast & Furious 6
Favourite Movie Actor
Favourite Movie Actress
Favourite Movie Duo
Favourite Action Movie
Fast & Furious 6
Favourite Action Movie Star
Favourite Comedic Movie
The 2014 People’s Choice Awards nominations were announced Nov. 5, and with fan-favorites like Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Lucy Hale & Lea Michele all racking up nominations, our heads are spinning!
The People’s Choice Awards has always been one of the stand-out fun awards show offerings, but this year’s ceremony is looking to be a bloodbath. Jared Padalecki vs. Jensen Ackles vs. Stephen Amell vs. Ian Somerhalder vs. Andrew Lincoln? Pretty Little Liars vs. The Walking Dead? (How does one even vote on that?) At least no matter who wins, it’s somebody we like, right? (Wrong. So wrong. This is huge!)
Vampires, Liars, Doctors, and Walkers: The TV Noms
With plenty of viable candidates, the TV nominations are as brutally difficult as ever this year. Some of our favorite categories include “Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show,” which has Beauty and the Beast, Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, »
- HL Intern
Glee may not be the phenomenon it once was, but it’s still a hit with The People.
Nominations for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards were announced Tuesday, and the Fox musical scored a leading eight nods. The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy followed with five noms a piece, while How I Met Your Mother, Castle, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and Walking Dead each scored four.
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See below for a complete rundown of the TV nominations…
Favorite Network TV Comedy
2 Broke Girls
- Michael Ausiello
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