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Quotes of the Week: Liars, Mistresses, Major Crimes, John Oliver and More

21 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Whether or not you’re counting down the hours until Game of Thrones‘ Season 6 finale, one thing’s for sure: You’ve all been waiting with bated breath for TVLine’s Quotes of the Week.

RelatedTVLine’s Performer of the Week: Person of Interest‘s Michael Emerson

This time around, we’ve got a double dose of Kardashian putdowns, Orange Is the New Black‘s Bones confusion and “Brexit” coverage courtesy of John Oliver and Bill Maher. We’ve also got Guilt‘s naughty blackmail, a not-so-sexy Coupled plea and a top-dollar dilemma for one of the Mistresses. 

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Bill Maher ('Real Time With Bill Maher')

24 June 2016 10:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"I still love this life, doing both things," says Bill Maher, the 60-year-old veteran standup comedian and longtime host of HBO's talk show Real Time with Bill Maher, as we sit down in his bungalow at CBS Television City in La (where Real Time shares a set with The Price Is Right), to record an episode of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast. "But I also am aware that, look, the flesh has to be willing. At this moment, it's willing. We'll see what it's like at 70, if I'm still here — if the planet is still here,

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- Scott Feinberg

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‘Any Given Wednesday’ Review Roundup: Critics See Potential in Bill Simmons’ Outspoken Talk Show

23 June 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons” made its debut on Wednesday, June 22 on HBO. The half-hour show covers pop culture, sports and features conversations with special guests, field segments and additional commentary. For its first episode, the sports commentator chatted about the basketball greats with Charles Barkley and had a heated DeflateGate chat with Ben Affleck. Here’s what the critics thought about the first show.

IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller thought the talk show opened with a confident debut. Writing, “Point-of-view is everything now. And that’s something which Bill Simmons does not lack.” Adding, “‘Wednesday’ has no demonstrable difficulties with keeping the show flowing despite the lack of commercial breaks (which offer their own particular rhythm to late night). ‘Wednesday’ is deliberately meant to emulate the podcasting world that helped cement Simmons’ star status, leading to interviews that have the rhythm of conversations.”

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- Liz Calvario

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‘Any Given Wednesday’ Review Roundup: Critics See Potential in Bill Simmons’ Outspoken Talk Show

23 June 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons” made its debut on Wednesday, June 22 on HBO. The half-hour show covers pop culture, sports and features conversations with special guests, field segments and additional commentary. For its first episode, the sports commentator chatted about the basketball greats with Charles Barkley and had a heated DeflateGate chat with Ben Affleck. Here’s what the critics thought about the first show.

IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller thought the talk show opened with a confident debut. Writing, “Point-of-view is everything now. And that’s something which Bill Simmons does not lack.” Adding, “‘Wednesday’ has no demonstrable difficulties with keeping the show flowing despite the lack of commercial breaks (which offer their own particular rhythm to late night). ‘Wednesday’ is deliberately meant to emulate the podcasting world that helped cement Simmons’ star status, leading to interviews that have the rhythm of conversations.”

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- Liz Calvario

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TV Review: ‘Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons’

23 June 2016 8:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Bill Simmons, the former Espn columnist and Grantland editor-in-chief, signed a deal to produce a half-hour talk show with HBO, the story was mostly about what Espn had let slip away. Simmons, with his jocular, off-the-cuff delivery, holds a special place in the heart of the thinking sports fan. To be exact, he’s a fan’s fan, as comfortable rattling off statistics as he is settling into an impassioned defense of his favorite team.

As a professional haver-of-opinions, Simmons was tremendously qualified for his role at Espn — weighing in on not just sports but politics, pop culture, and parenting, whenever and however he felt like it. Ultimately, he was rather too qualified in ruffling feathers for Espn’s taste. After numerous close calls, Simmons criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence video on his podcast, “The B.S. Report.” Espn responded first by suspending him for three weeks and »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Stephen Colbert to Broadcast Live During July's Political Conventions

22 June 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In a move to maximize its timely commentary on the sure-to-be-noisy happenings at the upcoming Republican and Democratic national conventions, CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will broadcast live those two weeks, at 11:35 pm Et.

VideosStephen Colbert Blasts Senate’s Gun Vote in Wake of Orlando Massacre

The Late Show will air live Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 21 (during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland), and then return with another run of live shows Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28 (during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia).

The late-night talker usually tapes each night’s show at 5:30/4:30c, »

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Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Will Broadcast Live During Political Conventions

22 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will turn into “The Live Late Show with Stephen Colbert” when the Democratic and Republican conventions come around in July.

The CBS late-night show will broadcast two weeks of live shows on the East Coast during the July political conventions. Colbert and crew will hold forth without the benefit of the editing room from Monday, July 18 through Thursday July 21 for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, and Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Colbert will be based at the show’s traditional roost, the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, where he and his guests will react to the goings-on at both political events. The program expects to have a presence at both conventions, and will unveil more details as the seminal political spectacles loom closer.

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- Brian Steinberg

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Bill Maher Will Keep Gop and Dem Conventions ‘Real’ With Four Live Specials

16 June 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

If you love presidential nominating convention coverage but think it's disappointingly lacking in profanity, then you're in luck. Real Time with Bill Maher host Bill Maher will be hosting live coverage of both the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer with all the Real Time goodies you won't ever see on C-Span. »

- Tommy Christopher

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TV News Roundup: Bill Maher Hosting Specials on Democratic, Republican Conventions; Nick Zano Cast in ‘Legends of Tomorrow’

15 June 2016 2:23 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bill Maher will host special live shows around the Republican and Democratic conventions; Nick Zano joins “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “MADtv” returns with a new slate of comics in Wednesday’s TV round-up.

Casting

Nick Zano has been cast as a series regular in Season 2 of The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Variety has confirmed. He’ll play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes a hero in his own right and takes the name Citizen Steel, paying homage to his grandfather’s legacy by becoming a member of the Jsa. The news was first reported by Variety’s sister site Deadline.

Courtney B. VanceToby Jones, and Bradley Whitford have joined the cast of TNT drama pilot “Civil.” Directed by Allen Coulter and written and executive-produced by Scott Smith, “Civil“ takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James will guest-star in the pilot, which also stars Enrique Murciano in a lead role.

Anna Gunn is joining season 2 of “Shades of Blue” as a dirty cop-turned-Machiavellian politician. The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the ranks of the NYPD to Captain and then launched a political career fueled by her charisma and the fact that she is as comfortable at a blue-collar bar as she is at the Governor’s mansion.”

Amazon has cast multi-platinum recording artist Dwight Yoakam in its original series “Goliath” (formerly known as “Trial”). Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, who heads the giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. “Goliath” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall, and stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello and Molly Parker. The series is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.

Dates

Real Time with Bill Maher” will cover the Republican and Democratic conventions with four live half-hour editions, HBO announced Wednesday. Maher’s special shows will report on the Republican convention on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, and the Democratic convention on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 11 p.m. each night. Maher will be giving a rapid response to that evening’s events, and each show will also feature three in-studio panel guests. The show will also air its regularly scheduled programming on Friday of both weeks at 10 p.m. on HBO.

MADtv” returns to television with an all-new cast of comedians Tuesday, July 29 from 9-10 p.m. on The CW. New comics will include Carlie CraigChelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir KLyric LewisPiotr MichaelMichelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.

Bravo peers into the looking glass in the new special “Before They Were Housewives” to explore the inside story of Luann de Lesseps on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. Tracing Lesseps’ long rise from humble beginnings to the “Real Housewives,” the show takes viewers deeper than ever before into the Countess’s past. The special airs after an all-new episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

USA Network will premiere “Mr. Robot Decoded,” a one-hour special that explores the authenticity and societal impact of “Mr. Robot,” on Monday, June 20 at 11:05 p.m. The special features commentary and interviews with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, along with cast members Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, and Carly Chaikin, along with journalists, filmmakers and tech experts.

Acquisitions 

Rlj Entertainment’s Athena brand has acquired the electronic-sell-through (Est), subscription video on demand (Svod), and home video rights in North America to the new music documentary Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music from Higher Ground LLC.

Produced in association with the late music producer Sir George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the eight-part series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck and RZA.

Executives Ryan Pinette has been elevated to Svp, production and operations, Bravo & Oxygen Media. Pinette will continue to oversee all aspects related to the production of original series and specials for Bravo and expands his role to Oxygen’s growing slate of original programming including the recently announced series “Strut,” “Last Squad Standing,” “The Battle of the Ex Besties,” and “Unprotected.” Sports Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will serve as hosts for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They join Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host for the 11th time, and Ryan Seacrest, who will host NBC’s late night show from Rio. Michaels will serve as a host during NBC’s daytime coverage on weekdays and weekends.  Patrick and Lowe will work across both NBC and Nbcsn.  McHugh and Manno will handle Nbcsn hosting duties. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, August 5 on NBC. »

- Lamarco McClendon

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Barbara Boxer Tells Bill Maher She’s ‘Leaning’ Toward Legalizing Weed (Video)

11 June 2016 8:11 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Real Time With Bill Maher” welcomed California Senator Barbara Boxer to his show on Friday night and the weed enthusiast immediately called her out for not defending Prop 19, a failed California state ballot initiative in 2010 that would have legalized marijuana-related activities in the state. Maher then nudged Boxer on the issue, saying it’s been six years. “Well, I’m actually going to surprise you. I’m leaning in favor . Leaning,” Boxer said before explaining that she’s concerned about one particular issue. Also Read: Michael Moore, Bill Maher Vow to 'Take Down' Donald Trump (Video) “From Colorado and Washington State, »

- Brian Flood

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15 Stars You Probably Didn’t Know Were Muslim (Photos)

9 June 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

June 7 marked the start of Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, where Muslims around the world are required to fast from sun up to sun down. During Ramadan, Muslims are not only to refrain from food or drink but from any sinful acts. Here are ten celebrities that are Muslim and may be partaking in Ramadan.   Zayn Malik: The former One Direction star hasn’t been too vocal about his religion. He garnered a worldwide trending topic #respectforZayn when Bill Maher compared him to the Boston Marathon bomber. DJ Khaled:  In an interview with Larry King, »

- Rasha Ali

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How Morgan Neville Kept Chelsea Handler Honest (Emmy Watch)

1 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville is hard to pin down. While he made his name with music docs, from Oscar-winner “20 Feet from Stardom” to Yo-Yo Ma concert film “The Music of Strangers” (HBO/The Orchard), he’s moving away from music subjects. “There are a handful of music docs I’d love to do, including David Bowie,” he said in a phone interview. “But at the moment I’m interested in stretching myself on projects on design, food, and art.”

Over the last year, Neville jumped into the debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley for “Best of Enemies,”  (Participant/Magnolia) and took an unexpected ride with Chelsea Handler on Netflix documentary series “Chelsea Does.”

Netflix approached Neville after working with him on “Keith Richards: Under the Influence.” Said Neville, “I’d worked on music docs for years. It felt like writing a novel. By the time I got to Keith Richards, »

- Anne Thompson

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Bernie Sanders Says He ‘Would’ve Loved’ to Debate ‘Real Tough Guy’ Donald Trump (Video)

28 May 2016 8:31 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bernie Sanders called out Donald Trump last night over the Republican’s recent debate waffling. On HBO’s “Real Time,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said he “would’ve loved” to have debated the presumptive Gop nominee — and he’s still holding out hope that such a TV event happens. “If he’s changed his mind four times in two days, change it a fifth time,” Sanders said to Bill Maher. After a such a change of heart, Trump squashed the possible event yesterday, calling it “inappropriate.” Sanders seems to think the decision was one of pure cowardice, however. Also Read: »

- Tony Maglio

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Bill Maher Gives Best Commencement Speech of 2041 in Futuristic ‘New Rules’ (Video)

28 May 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“I’d love to tell you kids that the world is your oyster, but all the oysters are dead.” That’s some of the great advice doled out by sad sack graduation speaker Bill Maher, addressing the “University of California Goldman Sachs” Class of 2014. The futuristic “New Rules” segment from Friday’s “Real Time” included some even scarier notions, like the two worst words ever pieced together in the English language: “President Kardashian.” She apparently ruled “back before Canada built a wall to keep us out,” Maher claimed. Smart Canucks. “The leading cause of death in our country is going outside, »

- Tony Maglio

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Weiner – Review

26 May 2016 6:21 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

It’s no surprise Weiner is such an entertaining documentary. How could an account of sleazy ex-congressman Anthony Weiner’s failed NYC Mayoral 2013 bid be anything but awesome? Weiner was a colorful pol even before his unfortunate “habit” of texting photos of his genitals to college-age girls was exposed. Put a creep like that on camera 24/7 amidst an against-the-odds shot at returning to political fame, toss in a new sexting scandal, and you’re destined for one of the most gripping political freak-show chronicles ever, which is exactly what first time documentarians Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg have delivered.

Brooklyn native Anthony Weiner, an effective spokesman for liberal positions, served 12 years in Congress, and was once taken seriously as a candidate for higher office. Weiner is married to key Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and was a popular guest on cable news. Weiner opens with footage of Weiner’s  loud, »

- Tom Stockman

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Ed Catto: Geek Culture Wins with an Intramural Pickup Game

16 May 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It’s been a month of big wins for Geek Culture, both domestically and internationally. Last weekend, we celebrated the 15th Year of Free Comic Book Day. Fcbd was sparked by Joe Field’s sweet tooth and love of Free Ice Cream Cone Day and has now grown into a worldwide phenomenon. In anticipation of it all, there were articles like this from the Guardian helping Brits find the best Free Comic Book Day Comic Shops in the UK. And you might have read my column last week. I covered the enthusiasm of thousands of Fcbd fans in metro NYC.

The other big news was the astounding box office results for the new movie, Captain America: Civil War. This picture’s opening weekend was $181.8 million, making it the best debut of any movie this year, and ensuring it will be one of 2016’s biggest successes. Worldwide, it’s a similar story, »

- Ed Catto

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Michael Moore, Bill Maher Vow to ‘Take Down’ Donald Trump (Video)

14 May 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michael Moore and Bill Maher have pledged to take down Donald Trump before he reaches the White House in November. “You and I are going to take him down. You and I,” Moore told Maher on Friday’s episode of “Real Time” on HBO. “No, seriously. This is the end of Donald Trump. He is not going to the White House. You tell me where to show up, I’ll be there.” Moore’s vow stemmed from Maher asking the “Where to Invade Next” director how we can stop Donald Trump from becoming president because “no one seems to have a strategy. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Megyn Kelly Smacks Down Reporter for Quoting Bill Maher, ‘Who Refers to Women as the C-Word’

13 May 2016 6:01 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Despite the possibility that Megyn Kelly may exit Fox News, the network's star anchor still has a fierce protective streak where her colleagues are concerned. In an interview with Time magazine, Kelly delivered a fairly stern smackdown to reporter Phillip Elliott when he shopped a quote from comedian and commentator Bill Maher that took aim at her Fox News stablemates. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Bill Maher Urges Donald Trump to ‘Stop Whining Like a Little Bitch’ (Video)

7 May 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bill Maher called out Donald Trump during the “New Rule” segment on HBO’s “Real Time” Friday night, comparing the presumptive Gop nominee to the perception that men had of women back in the 1950s. “Donald Trump, who says if Hillary Clinton were a man she wouldn’t get 5 percent of the vote,” Maher said. “If Trump was a man he’d stop whining like a little bitch.” Maher continued, “This is a guy who actually brags about his prowess at whining.” Also Read: Donald Trump Nicknames Elizabeth Warren, Sparking Goofy Twitter Beef The “Real Time” host made his case that nobody fits the stereotypically. »

- Brian Flood

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3-Day Ratings: ‘Empire’ Tops Week; ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Down, Still Potent

29 April 2016 3:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The return of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” sent AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” to lower ratings Sunday night, but the zombie drama held up pretty well and finished among the week’s top five programs — broadcast and cable — in 3-day ratings for adults under 50. The Sunday-at-9 hour is shaping up as one of the most interesting across the week, as it also includes the soon-to-depart “The Good Wife” on CBS and the gradually improving “The Family” on ABC.

Overall for the week of April 18-24, Fox’s “Empire” was the No. 1 program in adults 18-49 in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, which include three-day DVR playback and VOD where available. It did a 5.2 rating in the demo in three days, jumping 1.5 points (or 41%) from its “live plus same-day” average and off a tick from the previous week.

CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” ranked second with a 4.8 in the »

- Rick Kissell

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