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HollywoodNews.com: The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2010 season to be honored at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards on February 5, 2011, in Los Angeles and New York.
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- Linny Lum
Today the Writer’s Guild of America kept the spirit of awards season happy by revealing their nominations for achievements in writing for television. Plenty of our favorite shows got some love from WGA members including like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Modern Family while plenty of new series like Boardwalk Empire, Justified and The Walking Dead also got some praise. Even the finale episode of Lost is in the mix of episodic nominees. Aside from the narrative dramas and comedies, other staple series like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report get their due diligence as well. Check out the full list of nominees, complete with all the writing talents behind them, after the jump.
- Ethan Anderton
The two shows, along with the movie "Precious" and fellow series "The Good Wife" and "Nurse Jackie," were named winners of the 2010 Humanitas Prize on Thursday (Sept. 16). The award honors films and TV show that "explore the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way."
The pilot episodes of "Modern Family" (written by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd) and "Nurse Jackie" (Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky) shared the award for TV half-hours. "Glee's" "Wheels" episode, written by Ryan Murphy, and the pilot of "The Good Wife" by Michelle and Robert King each won in the 60-minute category.
HBO's movie "Temple Grandin" (written by Christopher Monger and William Merritt Johnson) won the award for long-form TV, and "Precious," adapted by Geoffrey Fletcher from the novel "Push" by Sapphire, »
Feature Precious, series Glee, Modern Family, The Good Wife and Nurse Jackie and movie Temple Grandin were among the winners at the 36th Humanitas Prizes awarded today at a luncheon in Beverly Hills. The monetary prizes recognize writers whose work "entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public." Geoffrey Fletcher won the feature film category for Precious, competing in a field that included Oscar winner The Hurt Locker. There were double winners in both the 30-minute and 60-minute categories. Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd won in the half-hour category for the Modern Family pilot that also earned them an Emmy, along with Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem and Evan Dunsky for the pilot of Nurse Jackie. There was one pretty surprising nominee in the category, TBS' lowbrow sitcom Meet the Browns. Once again, Levitan accepted solo, thanking his "attention-averse" partner Lloyd, who also didn't attend the Emmys. At the Humanitas, Glee is considered in the drama category, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The executive producer of Nurse Jackie has promised that there will be surprises in the show's third season. Speaking at Comic-Con, Linda Wallem explained that Jackie (Edie Falco) will continue to struggle with her drug addiction. According to E! Online, she said: "We're not interested in seeing Jackie in rehab. She's dug herself a little bit of a hole, so it's really fun to start in that place." Wallem added that the show will (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Updated: Showtime’s set-in-New York and filmed-in-New York dark comedy series Nurse Jackie will now also be written in New York. I hear that the writers' room of the show, which recently landed 8 Emmy nominations in its first year of eligibility, is being relocated from Los Angeles to New York with the idea that a team of New York-based writers would better reflect the city and its storylines on the show. Co-creators/showrunners Liz Brixius and Linda Wallem will continue to run the writers' room, joined by one of the 5 writers (3 writers and one writing team) that were on [...] »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Play Dexter Game On at Comic-Con 2010 As part of a multi-tiered programming, digital and marketing campaign custom-designed for the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, Showtime announced the launch of Dexter Game On (DexterGameOn.com), an interactive promotional game that will take place simultaneously at San Diego Comic-Con and in five other major cities across the U.S. from Wednesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 25. Showtime has worked with Scvngr - an iPhone and Android-based application that is all about going places, doing challenges and earning points - to build Dexter-themed challenges for the game. The collaboration marks the first time that a television network has teamed up with Scvngr.
Players of Dexter Game On are asked to step into Dexter's mind to unlock exclusive content from the series' upcoming fifth season and for a chance to pick up Dexter-themed merchandise, including Season Four DVD's. Devoted fans of the series know »
Showtime has announced that it will hold an "anti-heroes" panel at this year's Comic-Con. The guests at the San Diego event will include Dexter's Michael C. Hall, Californication star David Duchovny, and Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds. The executive producers of the three shows will also become panelists alongside Linda Wallem, one of the creators of Nurse Jackie. The network also announced details of its Dexter panel, which will star Hall, (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Yep, it's that time of year again! Plans are slowly being unfurled for what the masses will be checking out at this year's mega event -- the San Diego Comic-Con 2010! One of the first out the gate? Showtime's dark avenger himself -- "Dexter"!
The Anti-heroes Of Showtime – Thursday, July 22 from 4:45 Pm - 5:45 Pm in Ballroom 20
The 21st century anti-hero has become one of the driving forces in recent pop culture, and when it comes to the television anti-heroes, Showtime has the winning formula with subversive characters that connect with the viewing audience. Hear first hand from some of the showrunners, creators and actors who have helped define this phenomenon. Los Angeles Times Pop Culture writer Geoff Boucher will moderate this panel you won't want to miss. Featured panelists will include Michael C. Hall and new showrunner Chip Johannessen of Dexter, David Duchovny and executive producer and creator Tom Kapinos of Californication, »
- Uncle Creepy
Showtime is stepping it up from last year’s Dexter-only panel at Comic-Con to promote the majority of their programming line-up.
Along with the not-to-be-missed Dexter panel (where those in attendance will get the first glimpse at the new season), Showtime has added a new “anti-hero panel.” Included on the panel will be the network’s most notorious anti-heroes: Michael C. Hall (Dexter), David Duchovny (Californication) and Mary-Louis Parker (Weeds). Missing will be Edie Falco from Nurse Jackie, but series creator Linda Wallem will be in attendance at the panel along with the executive producers and creators from the other aforementioned series.
Accompanying the two panels will be a huge marketing push by Showtime as they aim to take over Comic-Con, both inside and out. Not only will the official lanyards feature the Showtime anti-hero message, but every shuttle bus at…
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- Anthony Ocasio
Showtime announces their 2010 Comic-Con Line-Up Showtime has announced its panel line-up for the 2010 Comic-Con which will feature stars from some of the network's biggest original series. This year's panels will include the Emmy®-nominated series Dexter, as well as a special Showtime Anti-Hero panel featuring Dexter's Michael C. Hall, Californication's David Duchovny and Weeds' Mary-Louise Parker. Both panels will be presented on the first day of the world-famous gathering in San Diego on Thursday, July 22. Additionally, the panels will feature producers and writers from Dexter, Weeds, Californication and Nurse Jackie. The panel schedule and descriptions are as follows:
The Anti-heroes Of Showtime - Thursday, July, 22 from 4:45 Pm - 5:45 Pm in Ballroom 20
The 21st century anti-hero has become one of the driving forces in recent pop culture and when it comes to the television anti-heroes, Showtime has the winning formula, with subversive characters that connect with the viewing audience. »
Attention All Saints residents and patients, we have a stalker on the loose. Proceed to the nearest exit and don’t forget to take your Weeds before you go to sleep. Nurse Jackie Season 2 has exploded with a waterfall of dark humor, medical indiscretions and shit ton of WTFs. Eddie Walzer (Paul Schulze) may have been given the boot from Jackie’s love life, but that hasn’t stopped him from weaseling his way into the Peyton household. Eddie has strategically paid his way into Kevin’s (Dominic Fumusa) good graces to become Mr. Peyton’s Bff (best-friend forever). It seems, Eddie is fine with being the proverbial third wheel as long as Jackie (Edie Falco) gives him what he wants, sex. But, Ms. Peyton is just not having it. Episode 4, “Apple Bong,” showed that Showtime isn’t afraid of becoming the Weeds-first network. Nurse Jackie creators Liz Brixius, Evan Dunsky »
If a single entrance can make a television career, then Stephen Wallem of Nurse Jackie has his mother to thank for his hilarious debut. It occurred during the first season of the hit Showtime dramedy when Jackie, threatened by a patient, calls on the burly Thor to deal with him. The patient takes one look at the physically intimidating Thor and runs for cover. Then Thor opens his mouth and it quickly becomes clear he’s just a giant gay teddy bear.
AfterElton.com recently chatted with Wallem about how that scene came to be, being a favorite of the bear community, his wish for Meryl Streep to play his mother and what happened to Nurse Jackie’s other gay nurse Mo-Mo who abruptly disappeared from the show.
AfterElton.com: Thor had one of the best gay reveals I have ever seen. »
Nurse Jackie is a go for season 3 On the heels of record ratings for their second season debuts, two of Showtime's critically and audience acclaimed original comedy series Nurse Jackie and the Emmy winning The United States Of Tara, have both been renewed for a third season. Both half-hour comedy series have received 12 episode orders and will go into production later in the year. The announcement was made today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
"Showtime is enormously proud of these two series starring two of the best actresses working today," said Greenblatt. "Both are iconic shows for our brand and our thanks to the dedicated producers, cast, and crews who work so hard to make them so great. Edie Falco's portrayal of the fierce 'Jackie' is another extraordinary example of her range and brilliance, and recent Emmy and Golden Globe wins for Toni Collette »
How do you kick off the start of another season of Nurse Jackie? You do it by bypassing the cliché bells and whistles lofty premiere, and instead hosting a charity event for the real nurses. On Thursday, March 18, Showtime tucked away the red carpet and decided to hold a very unorthodox event to promote Nurse Jackie Season 2 – celebrating the many unsung heroes of the medical field. Edie Falco, Peter Facinelli, Merritt Wever, Dominic Fumusa, Stephen Wallem, and Arjun Gupta were on hand for the festivities. They were joined by series creators Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius. 12 nursing teams, including the Urinators and Fox News, gathered at Gotham Hall on 36th and Broadway in New York City to compete in an American Gladiator style competition called the Rx games. Activities included the Sympathy Wall, where competitors scaled a giant 20ft picture of Edie Falco. The second event was »
"Why [do] the things that are so bad for you make you feel the best?" Season Two of Showtime's deliciously dark comedy Nurse Jackie begins tonight and the series, which launched last year, hasn't lost any of its sparkle, wit, or biting charm during its time off. This is after all a series that featured its hero--the overworked and underpaid Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco), a woman willing to cross several lines to save lives and score a fix--flushing a severed human ear down a toilet in its very first episode. Since then, the series' diverse cast of characters has deepened and grown as we've seen the staff of All Saints Hospital struggle with medical, moral, and marital issues and blossom into appealingly flawed individuals. None more so than Jackie herself, a woman devoted to the profession of nursing who is so caring towards her patients and her family and yet so entirely self-destructive, »
Chicago – After years without many strong roles for women, 2009 saw the debut of at least three in the great turn by Juliana Margulies on “The Good Wife,” the lead performance by Toni Collette in “United States of Tara” and, the best of them all, Edie Falco in the great “Nurse Jackie,” which returns tonight on March 22, 2010 on Showtime. The second season starts on slightly shaky ground but this is still one of the better shows on television.
Television Rating: 4.0/5.0
Last season ended with Jackie (Edie Falco) in a more disastrous state than usual. After Eddie (Paul Schulze), her pharmacist hook-up who fed both her pill-popping habit and her infidelity, was replaced by a machine, Jackie struggled to get the drugs she needed to keep her balance on the tightrope of her life. When Eddie came to the bar owned by Jackie’s husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), the double life she »
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In the mid-90s, Viacom majority owner Sumner Redstone coined the phrase “Content is king.” Though his commitment to this ideal is questionable in some arenas (*ahem* Jersey Shore), when it comes to Viacom’s pay channel Showtime, Redstone’s absolutely correct. Nurse Jackie is Showtime’s crack at the medical drama genre, but this ain’t no Grey’s Anatomy. Jackie (Edie Falco) is a fast-talking, drug snorting, adulterous nurse who you can’t help but fall in love with. Find out why this show deserves your attention after the jump.
As in any good character-driven piece, Jackie, our protagonist, engages in a sort of juggling act. She is a lover both to her husband and to her hospital’s pharmacist (her dealer). She is a role model both for her daughters and for Zoey (Merritt Wever), the nurse-in-training beneath her. And she is a friend and confident both »
- Michael Sullivan
The 2010 Writers Guild of America Awards Winners The Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) and the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) tonight announced the winners of the 2010 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, and videogame writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Susie Essman of Curb Your Enthusiasm hosted the East Coast show, which was executive produced by Craig Shemin, who was also the head writer. Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) hosted the West Coast show, which was executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr.
The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: Alan Zweibel - Ian McLellan Hunter Lifetime Achievement Award; Gary David Goldberg - Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence; Edward Albee - Evelyn F. Burkey Award for contributions »
With speculation gearing up about a lesbian romance in Season 2 of Nurse Jackie, waiting until March 22 is getting harder and harder. And we've just received a tidbit from showrunner Linda Wallem that has only heightened our anticipation.
Coincidentally, the promised gay love triangle also lasts three episodes. Hmm.
We asked Wallem about this little "coincidence," and she confirmed that Julia Ormond's character will indeed be in a lesbian relationship in the new season. It's not like we really needed another to reason to watch, but we'll take it!
Showtime has released an extended promotional video for the upcoming season to tide us over. But first, let’s review where we last saw Jackie (Edie Falco) via an interview »
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