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A Gifted Man: CBS Orders Three More Episodes

15 November 2011 3:32 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Though it's pulled in less-than-impressive ratings, CBS has ordered three additional episodes of A Gifted Man.

Airing on Friday nights, A Gifted Man revolves around a talented and self-absorbed upscale surgeon (Patrick Wilson) who begins to change his view on life when he's visited by the ghost of his dead ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle). Others in the series include Julie Benz, Liam Aiken, Margo Martindale, Pablo Schreiber, Rachelle Lefevre, Afton Williamson, and Eriq La Salle.

The newbie series has been averaging a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.35 million viewers. It's the lowest-rated show on the network and has been doing worse in the all-important demo than now-cancelled Medium did a year earlier. On the positive side however, Gifted Man typically pulls in twice as many viewers as the show's competitors on any of the other networks.

CBS has ordered three »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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TV Review: Great Cast, Crew Elevate ‘A Gifted Man’ Into Fine Cheese

23 September 2011 9:28 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – CBS’s new Friday night drama “A Gifted Man” has the kind of cheesy plot designed to appeal to fans who miss “Highway to Heaven,” “Touched by an Angel,” or “The Ghost Whisperer”. But it’s produced by such amazingly talented people and features the best new show ensemble of the year, and so what would have been Velveeta in the hands of a different team becomes something much more palatable.

TV Rating: 3.5/5.0

The great Patrick Wilson (“Little Children,” “Watchmen”) stars as Dr. Michael Holt, a surgeon for the spoiled, rich brats of the world. In the pilot, we meet one of Holt’s most prominent clients (in a stellar cameo from Bill Irwin) and he’s a man who has abused his body with increasingly dangerous vices, knowing full well that he has the money to get it fixed. His liver is bad? He’ll buy a new one. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'A Gifted Man' review: It's 'Ghost' meets 'House,' but watch anyway

23 September 2011 8:19 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

There are worse ways to spend a Friday night than watching CBS' new supernatural medical drama, "A Gifted Man." The premise is, we admit, a bit of a stretch (and probably why it ended up stranded on a Friday night) -- but the execution is pitch perfect.

"A Gifted Man" has some unmistakable forebears. Patrick Wilson, in his first TV outing, plays Michael Holt, a super-talented neurosurgeon who also happens to be an unpleasant egomaniac ("House" anyone?).

Then, of course there's the whole matter of Michael's ex-wife who -- Spoiler Alert! -- is a ghost. Yes, really. Though unlike Patrick Swayze (we couldn't help but invoke "Ghost") who hung around to protect Demi Moore, Jennifer Ehle's Anna seems to be tasked with helping Michael to become a better man, perhaps one she wouldn't have divorced.

Those two things are both the show's raison d'etre and its biggest hurdles. The »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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TV Feature: The 10 Most Promising New Shows of Fall 2011

12 September 2011 8:51 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Do you want the good news or the bad news, TV fans? The good news is that the upcoming crop of new Fall programs from the five major networks (totaling 27 new shows) is not as bad as last year’s incredibly-horrible debut slate. The bad news is that it’s still pretty bad. There is no “Lost,” no “Glee,” no “Modern Family,” no instant stand-outs of any kind. There are a few comedies and dramas that could develop their way on to the list of the best shows on TV, but none would make it based solely on their pilot. Even the best need some work.

So how do we judge them? How do we rank them? Honestly, the reason this Fall TV Preview is later in the season than any I’ve done in the decade I’ve been covering television is simple — it’s one of the hardest seasons to rank. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Weeds Season 7 Episode 9 Preview: Shane 180, A New Crime Family Begins

16 August 2011 1:58 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) has officially been caught in a fatal three-way deathmatch. Wait, I think it’s a four-way or is it five way if you count the SEC? There’s a new crime family on Weeds and this one isn’t run by the Mexican cartel. Instead Zoya (Olga Sosnovska) has managed to pimp her way to the top of the Botwin family totem pole. It was a shock to say the least for Silas (Hunder Parrish), Andy (Justin Kirk), Zoya’s brother Demetri (Pablo Schreiber) and Nancy’s CEO Foster Klein (Aidan Quinn). Unfortunately, Zoya is now the head of Nancy’s little drug business. Nancy has also managed to ensnare the affection of Demetri and Foster, much to the chagrin of Zoya. And, guess what? The SEC has all of the shenanigans caught on tape. It seems that the only Botwin staying clear of this tragic »

- Terry Boyden

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‘Weeds’ Season 7 Episode 8 Preview: Synthetics

9 August 2011 1:36 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Would you feel uncomfortable if your boss at work sparked a conversation about “rashes” with you? That’s what we can expect in the upcoming episode of Weeds, “Synthetics”. Nancy may have forced her way into a secretary job through Doug and then flirted her way into a weed-selling pass at the job through Doug’s CEO, but that doesn’t mean she’s sitting pretty. In this latest preview, we see just how sticky a situation Nancy has stepped into. She’s involved in a love triangle with brother and sister Demetri (Pablo Schreiber) and Zoya (Olga Sosnovska). And, now she’s got to worry about obtaining information on her CEO’s illicit activities for the SEC. Unfortunately, after last episodes flirtatious acts, the CEO isn’t letting Nancy slip away so easily to do perform her treacherous acts. Does anybody think this story line is reminiscent of Nancy »

- Bags H.

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‘Weeds’ Season 7 Episode 7 Review: Nancy the Flirt Lands More Victims in her Web

9 August 2011 9:22 AM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

Let it be known that Weeds Season 8 is now the season of the flirt or the season where Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) starts to seriously get her groove on. The season premiere began with Nancy walking out of her cell on her last day in prison. Before she left, she kissed her cellmate Zoya (Olga Sosnovska) goodbye. Shortly after, Nancy decided to become bed friends with her cellmate’s brother Demetri (Pablo Schreiber). Although she’s digging Demetri, that hasn’t stopped Ms. Botwin from garnering the attention and potential affection (I felt I had to rhyme given the addition of the new rhyming half-way house character played by Gary Anthony Williams) of the CEO (Aidan Quinn) of Doug’s (Kevin Nealon) new company. In “Vehement v. Vigorous”, Nancy begins to flirt with the CEO in one of the most seductive Parker scenes to date and she did it on »

- Bags H.

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TCA: 'Gifted Man' Showrunner Addresses Post-Pilot Tweaks

3 August 2011 5:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline's coverage of TCA. There have been some changes on CBS' A Gifted Man, starring Patrick Wilson as an ultra-competitive surgeon whose dead ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) begins appearing to him, since the pilot for the supernatural medical drama written by Susannah Grant and directed by Jonathan Demme was shot. ER and Law & Order: Svu veteran Neal Baer was brought in as showrunner; actress Rachelle Lefevre was cast as a new regular, as a doctor, in as part of the effort to beef up the medical procedural element of the show; Pablo Schreiber was upped from guest star to regular; and Julie Benz, who plays Wilson's sister, renegotiated her deal to change her status from regular to recurring. Despite all the changes, "we didn't retool," Baer, who is a licensed pediatrician, said at the show's TCA panel this afternoon. "It's the same show, the same characters. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Stars Line Up For 9/11 Tenth Anniversary

25 July 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

To commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, a highly distinguished cast of film, TV & stage actors will gather for a benefit reading of Sarah Tuft’s “110 Stories” on September 8th & 9th at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.

The illustrious cast – including, subject to availability, Lauren Ambrose, Andre Braugher, Billy Crudup, Edie Falco, Melissa Leo, Aasif Mandvi, Chris Noth, Vincent Piazza, Andre Royo, Susan Sarandon, Stelio Savante, Pablo Schreiber, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kathleen Turner, Merrit Wever & others Tba – will share first person accounts of the tragedy.

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Stars Turn Out For 9/11 Reading

22 July 2011 7:20 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

To commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, a highly distinguished cast of film, TV & stage actors will gather for a benefit reading of Sarah Tuft’s “110 Stories” on September 8th & 9th at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts i n Manhattan. The illustrious cast – including, subject to availability: Lauren Ambrose, Andre Braugher, Billy Crudup, Edie Falco, Melissa Leo, Aasif Mandvi, Chris Noth, Vincent Piazza, Andre Royo, Susan Sarandon, Stelio Savante, Pablo Schreiber, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kathleen Turner, Merritt Wever & others Tba - will share first person accounts of the tragedy. According to 110 Stories’ Playwright/Creative Producer Sarah Tuft, "It's the human side of history, without politics & agenda, giving voice to those who experienced 9.11 directly.” A love letter to New York City, the play was most recently performed by an esteemed cast at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2010 with proceeds going to La Red Cross for Haiti relief. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Weeds Lands Michelle Trachtenberg as Guest Star

27 June 2011 3:12 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg, who plays the devious, pot-stirring "Georgina Sparks" on the hit CW series Gossip Girl, is coming to Showtime's hit comedy Weeds as a guest star this season. Trachtenberg will play "Emma," a sexy, intelligent, low-level, pot-dealing rival to Nancy (series star Mary-Louise Parker) who catches Silas' (Hunter Parrish) eye in two episodes of the series, which debuts its 7th season tonight, June 27th at 10p Et/Pt. Weeds is produced by Lionsgate and executive produced by creator Jenji Kohan, Roberto Benabib, Matthew Salsberg and Mark A. Burley.

Trachtenberg has been acting consistently since she was a child. She has earned recognition for her memorable starring roles and guest arcs on television shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, Mercy, Robot Chicken and Love Bites. On the big screen, she's been featured in Harriet the Spy, Black Christmas and 17 Again. Trachtenberg joins fellow Weeds season 7 guest stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, »

- MovieWeb

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Michelle Trachtenberg rolls up to 'Weeds' role

27 June 2011 2:33 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Weeds" premieres its 7th season on Showtime on Monday (June 27) night, but the long-running comedy is still filling out the cast for its late-season episodes.   Showtime has revealed that Michelle Trachtenberg is set to guest star in two "Weeds" episodes later this season. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" veteran will play Emma, described as "a sexy, intelligent, low-level, pot-dealing rival to Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker)."    Other actors guesting on "Weeds" this season include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Martin Short, Aidan Quinn, Lindsay Sloane, Pablo Schreiber and David Clennon.   Trachtenberg was most recently seen guesting on NBC's "Love Bites" and »

- Daniel Fienberg

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"happythankyoumoreplease" - Get Yourself Loved

26 June 2011 6:28 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

"happythankyoumoreplease", the 2010 comedy-drama feature, written, directed by Josh Radnor, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD, starring Radnor, Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri, Pablo Schreiber and Tony Hale :

"...the film tells the story of a group of young New Yorkers, struggling to balance love, friendship and their approaching adulthoods..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "happymorethankyouplease"...

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- Michael Stevens

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Weeds Season 7 Returns Andy Milder

24 June 2011 6:53 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Weeds fans will find our behind the scenes look at season 7 to be priceless for sure, but today the interwebs are a-buzz with casting news regarding Marie-Louise Parker’s Showtime drama.

Pablo Schreiber “is currently filming a five-episode arc” for the show, according to Deadline. His television work doesn’t end there. He graduated to becoming a series regular for A Gifted Man, too. That’s the Patrick Wilson starrer and Schreiber portrays New Age spiritual shaman.

But, drum roll please, Andy Milder, the regular from Weeds season 3, who only showed up for a single episode of season 6, is making his come back. The actor will return in his role as Dean Hodes in a recurring type fashion.

Aidan Quinn and Martin Short are two well known actors about to debut on season 7, which begins June 27th. We have a season teaser and some bold promo art. Weeds fans may also like The Big C, »

- Sasha Nova

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TV Castings: Actors Join 'A Gifted Man', 'Outaw Country' & 'Weeds'

23 June 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Pablo Schreiber has joined the cast of CBS' new drama A Gifted Man as a series regular. He plays Anton, a shaman and New Age spiritual healer to Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson). Schreiber was a guest star in the Jonathan Demme-directed pilot and is now being upped to regular. Schreiber, repped by ICM and D/F Management, is currently filming a five-episode arc on Weeds and also stars in the upcoming feature Recalled. Stephen Root has been cast as a new regular in the FX drama pilot Outlaw Country, which is undergoing tweaking and some reshoots directed by Adam Arkin. The crime thriller/family drama, set against the backdrop of Southern organized crime and Nashville royalty, stars Luke Grimes as twentysomething Eli Larkin, who tries to leave a life of crime; John Hawkes as Eli's uncle Tarzen Larkin, a big-time player in the Southern crime world; Haley Bennett as »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Exclusive: Happythankyoumoreplease Blu-ray Clip

22 June 2011 12:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We have a brand new exclusive clip from the upcoming home video release Happythankyoumoreplease, which hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 21. Click on the video player below to watch a scene with Josh Radnor telling Michael Algieri why it's wrong to hit people.

Click to watch Exclusive: Deleted Scene - I Trust You!

On his way to meeting his publisher, aspiring novelist Sam Wexler (Josh Radnor) meets Rasheen, a young boy separated from his family on the subway. When Rasheen refuses to be left alone with social services, Sam learns the boy has already been in six previous homes and impulsively agrees to let the boy stay with him for a couple days. Dropped into Sam's chaotic, bachelor lifestyle, Rasheen is introduced to Sam's circle of friends: Annie (Malin Akerman, The Proposal) who has a habit of dating the wrong men, but finds a promising new suitor (Tony Hale, Arrested Development), Mary-Catherine (Zoe Kazan, »

- MovieWeb

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'happythankyoumoreplease' Satisfies on DVD and Blu-ray

21 June 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

TV funny guy Josh Radnor (CBS's "Hot I Met Your Mother") wrote, directed and stars in this indie romantic dramedy that charmed the pants off of moviegoers at last year's Sundance Film Festival, nabbing the festival's Audience Award.

It's not hard to see why.

Set in New York, "happythankyoumoreplease" boats a quirky title that rings off the tip of the tongue; a hip, talented cast (fronted by Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber and Radnor himself); an indie-centric soundtrack; sex (natch); and a storyline revolving around hot twentysomethings trying to find love in all the wrong places.

Radnor stars as Sam, a struggling writer who can't seem to find a break. On the way to an important interview, he comes across a young boy who gets separated from his family on the subway. Things grow complicated when Sam decides to bring the boy back to his apartment after »

- Nigel Smith

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Weeds Season 7 Adds Martin Short and Aidan Quinn

27 May 2011 5:40 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Get your pen and paper out; we’re adding more people to the guest star list for Weeds Season 7. We already know that Lindsay Sloane will be gracing us with her appearance, and The Hollywood Reporter says we’ll also be seeing the likes of Martin Short and Aidan Quinn for a few episodes a piece.

Short (Damages) will play an eccentric attorney for at least three episodes, while Quinn (Prime Suspect) has been cast in four episodes as a charismatic investment firm CEO. Sloane (Grosse Pointe) will appear in six episodes as Maxeen, an artist.

Sounds very business-like. With the new setting of New York City, we’ll of course be seeing more roles like this, but I’m thinking Quinn will be the Botwin’s attorney more than anything. But wait, I’m not done listing names quite yet. Returning for four episodes is Jennifer Jason Leigh as Nancy’s sister. »

- Brody Gibson

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The Latest Weeds Buzz: Martin Short! Aidan Quinn! Details on the Time Jump and Big Move!

26 May 2011 10:36 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Martin Short and Aidan Quinn are the latest additions to the seventh season of Showtime’s Weeds, which will is now confirmed to pack the one-two punch of a time jump and a major change in location.

As the season picks up starting Monday, June 27, Nancy will have just completed a three-year stint in prison, after surrendering to the Feds for the murder of Pilar Zuazo. Nancy is now on probation, and in of all places, opportunity-rich New York City. There, she’ll live out of a strictly monitored halfway house while attempting to restart the “family business” from scratch — as Andy, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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happythankyoumoreplease

15 April 2011 11:14 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

happythankyoumoreplease

Directed by Josh Radnor

Screenplay by Josh Radnor

United States, 2010

If mumblecore has a name then why isn’t there a name for films directed by actors-turned directors in their late 20s, featuring a young but recognizable cast and a soundtrack ripped from college radio? If there was such a niche, then Josh Radnor’s happythankyoumoreplease would fit comfortably in there alongside films such as Zach Braff’s directorial debut, Garden State.

Early on in Radnor’s annoyingly named film Sam Wexler (Radnor), the aimless aspiring novelist who has accidentally kidnapped/extendedly-babysat a young boy he found alone on the subway spills his writer’s frustration: “My great shame as a writer [is that] I’m a suburban kid with rich parents.” A funny line in the decidedly uninteresting fictional settings and characters that such an upbringing would yield, the irony is that this extends to the whole of happythankyoumoreplease, a »

- Neal Dhand

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