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Bill Maher Courts Danger by Working Live on HBO

13 April 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Bill Maher takes the stage at the start of his weekly “Real Time” program on HBO, he feels like he was just shot from a cannon.

By the time he opens the program with a monologue, he has spent every waking hour since getting up on Thursday preparing for the show, he said in an interview. He has little choice. Unlike most other talk shows, Maher’s program is live and he must pivot from standup comedy to serious encounters with authors and politicians, and then wrap everything up with the delivery of one of TV’s most barbed commentaries – all without a break.

“Live on tape means ‘not live,’ of course. It was live at some point. The difference with our show is it is ‘live’ live. As I’m saying it, you are seeing it,” he said. “It does add an extra, kind of tightrope element to it, »

- Brian Steinberg

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Amy Poehler, Will Forte turn poetry into slam dunk during Lynch Foundation show

8 April 2015 12:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles - Last night musicians and comedians gathered at the Ace Hotel to honor the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's groundbreaking poem "Howl," in the form of a benefit concert thrown by the David Lynch Foundation. The non-profit centers on spreading the word about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation. Sounds like a laugh riot, right? Actually, everyone fared pretty well... "David Lynch... the man who made me afraid of hallways." Musician Kevin Drew, as an introduction "Live abortions! Raise your hand if you've had an abortion... or you can just slap me five when you leave." Amy Poehler "I love rap music but I despise poetry." Chris Parnell, prior to rapping "The Ballad of the Skeletons" with Amy Poehler "This should go for two or three hours. Let's round it up to six... Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness. You have to if you wanna see Nic Cage. »

- Katie Hasty

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The Good Wife, Ep. 6.13: “Dark Money” plays it safe, familiar, and broad

1 March 2015 10:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Good Wife, Season 6, Episode 13: “Dark Money”

Written by Keith Eisner

Directed by Jim McKay

Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on CBS

After the relative, unexpected disaster that was “The Debate,” in which the Kings bit off way more than they could chew thematically speaking, it makes sense that The Good Wife would return after its brief hiatus with an episode that mostly plays it safe. Accordingly, “Dark Money” is a total comfort-zone hour in theory, replete with the meta-gags the series has grown increasingly in love with, a legendary guest actor playing sharply against (recent) type, and a set of new plots for familiar returning characters. Should be a surefire slam dunk, right?

Not so much. For starters, the principal returning character of the episode – that is, the one we’ve not seen in a while – is Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker), the bourgeois almost-definite-murderer for whom the series »

- Simon Howell

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