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The 11 Best Female Cast Members in “SNL” History

30 September 2013 1:32 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Tina Fey was so triumphant as the host of Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season opener, jumping from a dead-on Girls parody to a seriously macabre Model T commercial, that I had no choice but to think about SNL‘s breakout female stars all day. And rank them. I’m sure you’ve had this instinct, no?

So here they are: the 11 greatest female SNL cast members ever. Apologies for not ranking Ellen Cleghorne, who wrote one of my favorite standup jokes of all time. (“My friend bought a dog. I told her, ‘Give me $500 and I’ll sh*t on your carpet.’”)

11. Jan Hooks

The ferocious Jan Hooks gave us arguably the most lachrymose impression of Tammy Faye Bakker ever (a true feat), along with kickass takes on Sinead O’Connor and Kathie Lee Gifford. As one half of the dynamic and fabulous-as-hell Sweeney Sisters, she served as the »

- Louis Virtel

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TV Dramas Packed With Comedy

13 June 2013 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Watching TV is seldom a communal experience. So it’s always interesting in the spring — when networks and studios mount panels to promote their shows for Emmy awards consideration — to hear an unexpected sound during screenings of some of our finest dramas: Laughter.

It’s not new, naturally, but labels can have a way of muddling conversations, so it’s worth noting: Many dramas are flat-out funny. At the same time, a new breed of half-hour has sprung up that is, oftentimes, more dramatic than amusing.

Actually, the abundance of humor in what are generally referred to as “dramas” is a testament to the richness and diversity of the current TV landscape. And while awards like the Emmys can perhaps be forgiven for adhering to old labels, any avid viewer would recognize it’s difficult to neatly categorize such fare into a couple of columns.

Sure, we might lump “Nurse Jackie »

- Brian Lowry

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Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin will star in 'Killing Kennedy'

28 May 2013 11:39 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

National Geographic has scored a pretty good casting coup for its upcoming original movie "Killing Kennedy": Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin will star as John and Jacqueline Kennedy.

The film has also signed Michelle Trachtenberg, late of "Gossip Girl," to play Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald's wife.

"Killing Kennedy" is based on the best-selling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard that chronicles the events leading up to JFK's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963. It focuses on Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald (who has yet to be cast) and key events in their lives that led them both to Dallas that day.

Kelly Masterson ("Before the Devil Knows You're Dead") is writing the script for the movie, which Nelson McCormick ("Touch," "Southland") will direct.

Lowe ("Parks and Recreation," "Behind the Candelabra") joins a long list of actors who have played John F. Kennedy over the years, among them Greg Kinnear »


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2013 Saturn Awards Nominations Announced

20 February 2013 1:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Today the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films announced its nominees for the 2013 Saturn Awards, one of the few awards programs in which a lot of us will recognize nearly every production. The awards have been expanded over recent years, so if you are unclear about just what type of productions are honored by the Academy, an explanation is included in the press release below, although it can really be summarized as “we know it when we see it.”

A few head-scratchers, however, just beg to be called out:

Anna Karenina? Les Miserables? Leverage? Elementary? Really? That is some broad definition. No subgenre categories for television. The Academy proofreader should know by now that it’s “Syfy” and not “SyFy” (don’t worry, I fixed it, and sorry, it’s a pet peeve). Adding in historical fiction somewhere somehow without actually mentioning it. The entire category “Best Youth-Oriented »

- Erin Willard

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2013 Saturn Award Nominees Announced

20 February 2013 10:16 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

This Sunday is Oscar day, but for genre fans it's The Saturn Awards that really matter, and we have the full list of this year's nominees. Although we have to say the horror pickings are rather slim indeed!

From the Press Release:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey received more Saturn Award nominations than any other film released last year, with Life of Pi and Skyfall close behind as the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films today revealed the nominations for the 39th Annual Saturn Awards.

Marvel’s The Avengers, The Dark Knight Returns, Looper, Cloud Atlas, Argo and Les Miserables are among the films that have received multiple Saturn Award nominations, underscoring the ways in which genre filmmaking has expanded beyond its roots as niche entertainment.

The only major awards dedicated to honoring the finest in genre entertainment in film, television and home entertainment, The Saturn Awards will be presented in June, »

- The Woman In Black

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The 39th Saturn Award Nominations Announced

20 February 2013 8:45 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The 39th Annual Saturn Award Nominations have been officially announced and we have the full list of nominees. The Saturn Awards recognizing outstanding Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror releases in the last 12 months, and will announce the winners in June. Included on the list are multiple nominations for American Horror Story and The Walking Dead.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the leading film with nominations for the prestigious Saturn Awards presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.   Peter Jackson’s return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth received 9 nominations.   Other films receiving major nominations include Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (8 nominations), and the 23nd entry in the James Bond franchise, Skyfall (7 nominations).

Comic book icons-turned-cinematic spectacles, Marvel’s The Avengers and Christopher Nolan’s triumphant conclusion to his Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, followed closely behind with 6 nominations each, along with the epic »

- Jonathan James

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The Cast of Fringe Bids the Fans Farewell

31 January 2013 12:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

When it came to Fringe, the fans won. We united forces and kept our voices of support loud. And boy did it end in the best way possible. I really thought that final episode was a love letter to fans, and it wrapped up the series wonderfully for me. It’s easy to say that the fans had an effect on the cast. In this video we hear all that gratitude from the cast themselves.

Heartfelt sentiments from Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop), Blair Brown (Nina Sharp), Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles), Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth), Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham and John Nobel (Walter Bishop) are all here. Maybe I’m glad I didn’t watch this before or during the last episode. I was enough of a blubbery mess.

Featurettes: Fringe – Thank You

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Fringe will be missed, but not forgotten. Consecutive rebroadcasts of Fringe, »

- Jess Orso

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Fringe: The Complete Fifth and Final Season Blu-ray and DVD Arrive May 7th

28 January 2013 12:34 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The battle to save our world reaches a climactic conclusion as the Fringe team makes its final stand in the release of Fringe: The Complete Fifth and Final Season from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. The critically acclaimed fifth season of television's most thrilling sci-fi series features 13 mindbending episodes with over 90 minutes of special features, including an exclusive featurette, coverage of the Fringe cast at Comic-Con 2012, producer commentary, and a gag reel. Warner Bros Home Entertainment Group (Wbheg) is releasing Fringe: The Complete Fifth and Final Season and Fringe: The Complete Series on DVD and Blu-ray May 7, 2013 with SRPs of $39.98 / $49.99 and $159.96 / $197.50, respectively. Order due date is April 2, 2013.

Season 5 picks up from events depicted in Season 4's flash-forward episode "Letters in Transit", wherein the once seemingly peaceful Observers have seized control of our universe. Now, in 2036, they have become ruthless rulers who stand unopposed, and the Fringe Team »

- MovieWeb

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Fringe Complete Series

23 January 2013 2:34 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013

Price: DVD $159.96, Blu-ray $197.50

Studio: Warner Home Video

While fans mourn the end of their favorite science-fiction television show, Fringe: The Complete Series can be brought home and watched over and over again.

Created by J.J. Abrams (TV’s Lost), Fringe is a little like The X-Files, but with alternate universes and time travel instead of aliens.

The loved TV series, which was nominated for two Emmy Awards, follows FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, The Secret Life of Us) who must work with institutionalized scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) to investigate a storm of unexplained phenomena. Along with Bishop’s son Peter (Joshua Jackson, One Week) and a patient science assistant (Jasika Nicole, She’s Out of My League), the team gets caught up in experiments, time travel and alternate universes.

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- Sam

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Fringe: Season Five Ratings

23 January 2013 12:24 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The fans of Fringe don't have to watch the ratings and worry that their show will be cancelled this season. Fox has already announced that the show is ending after 13 episodes. Still, it's fun to track how well the final episodes and series finale perform.

The fifth season of Fringe typically airs Friday nights at 9pm on the Fox network. There are just 13 episodes. The cast includes Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, and Lance Reddick.

Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, ordinarily the best way to tell if Fringe would be cancelled or renewed for another season.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic »


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19 January 2013 12:26 AM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Fox

Episodes: 100 (hour)

Seasons: Five

TV show dates: September 9, 2008 -- January 18, 2013

Series status: Ended

Performers include: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole, Mark Valley, John Noble, and Michael Cerveris.

TV show description:

This sci-fi drama, created by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, Felicity), begins at Logan Airport in Boston. Flight 627 from Hamburg, Germany, has just arrived after having flown through an electrical storm. When FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and her partner John Smith (Mark Valley) are summoned to the airport, co-worker Charlie Francis (Kirk Acevedo) informs them that the flight has landed via autopilot. Everyone onboard is dead and their organs seem to have melted.

Homeland Security Chief Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick) immediately suspects »


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Fringe: The Big Guide to Series Finale Coverage

18 January 2013 10:18 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

After five seasons and 100 episodes, it's time to say goodbye to Fringe, Fox's beloved but low-rated sci-fi TV series. The audience may be small but it's certainly a devoted one.

The series finale has inspired a lot of great online coverage about the series and the last episode. Rather than recreate the wheel, I've tried to find the best and aggregate it below.

TV Guide: An oral history of Fringe with John Noble (Dr. Walter Bishop), Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop), Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham), Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth), Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles), Blair Brown (Nina Sharp), Seth Gabel (Lincoln Lee), series co-creator J.J. Abrams, executive producers J.H Wyman and Bryan Burk, Warner Bros. President Peter Roth and Fox's Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly.

Part one: Building the World of "Science Fact"

Part two: Dual Universes Open Up a New »


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Finale Poster For “Fringe”

15 January 2013 3:18 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The final episode of Fringe is coming out this Friday. Can you believe it? After five glorious seasons, the funky sci-fi series is coming to an end, and with it, the Observer-geddon. Hopefully.

To tease the finale, Fox has released a new poster for the show.  Check it below. Tune in Friday, January 18th, to see what happens. I know I will be.

The series stars Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, Jasika Nicole, Blair Brown, and Lance Reddick. I’m sure Shaun Smyth’s Anil will appear too, just in the nick of time. Or Leonard Nimoy’s William Bell. »

- Andy Greene

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New Poster & Promo For Fringe Series Finale

14 January 2013 4:40 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

The acclaimed series that has explored the human condition through the prism of parallel universes, unexplainable phenomena and unimaginable threats, reaches a milestone 100th episode and comes to an epic and climatic conclusion. First, the Fringe team engages a desperate plan as Olivia embarks on a dangerous and otherworldly journey into the unknown. Then, Peter, Olivia, Walter, Astrid and Broyles face off against the Observers in one final and extraordinary battle for the fate of mankind. The five-season saga comes to an epic and emotional end in the special two-hour "Liberty/An Enemy of Fate" series finale episode of Fringe airing Friday, January 18th on Fox. Cast: Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham; Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop; John Noble as Walter Bishop; Lance Reddick as Phillip Broyles; Blair Brown as Nina Sharp; Jasika Nicole as Astrid Farnsworth. Be sure to tune in for the series finale this Friday! »

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Finally Fringe Friday Means Spoiler Free Featurettes and More

11 January 2013 7:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Yes it’s finally Fringe Friday and unfortunately, it’s the second to last one. Do Not make the mistake of thinking that Three More Episodes means three more Fridays. Next Friday is the two hour (aka two episode) Fringe series finale. Too soon, too soon.

First up for everyone, spoilerphobes and spoiler hounds, we have three great featurettes. The first is a “Noble Intentions,” about the last episode we had before the holiday break; the second is Blair Brown talking about Nina and, well, you know. The third is from Joshua Jackson, talking about the twists and turns of the storyline over the years.

Featurette: Fringe – Noble Intentions: Anomaly Xb-6783746

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Featurette: Fringe – The Sacrifice

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Featurette: Fringe – A Fringe Progression

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Okay, now for the more spoilery bits. They aren’t long clips, »

- Erin Willard

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Fringe, Ep. 5.09-10: Character, in very different ways, remains paramount in strong eps

10 January 2013 1:02 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fringe Review, Season 5, Episode 9: “Black Blotter”

Written by Kristin Cantrell

Directed by Tommy Gormley

Fringe Review, Season 5, Episode 10: “Anomaly Xb-6783746”

Written by David Fury

Directed by Jeffrey Hunt

Fringe has a tradition of doing at least one surrealist episode per season and this year, that episode is “Black Blotter”. As in “Brown Betty”, the noir-inspired musical episode from season two, Walter gets high and the episode around him reflects his mental state. Then it was with a potent strain of marijuana, here he’s on acid. Walter hopes his trip will help him recover the memories he needs to complete his plan against the Observers (so he’ll be able to have Nina remove the pieces of his brain turning him back into his older, crueler self) and, though he’s faced with visions of the lab assistant who burned to death years ago, causing his initial incarceration at St. »

- Kate Kulzick

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What Did Fringe Stars Hope to Steal from the Set?

3 January 2013 10:08 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Someone on the Fringe cast has sticky fingers.

At the party celebrating the Fox series’ 100th and final episode (airing Jan. 18 as the back end of a double-header), TVLine asked Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, John Noble, Blair Brown and Jasika Nicole what keepsake they would like to “grab” from the set before wrapping their final scene.

Among those questioned, one reveals that he/she already pinched a memento to remember the series by. A few others, meanwhile, share their perhaps-unfulfillable wishes, while Jackson names the »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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