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The Best TV Episodes of 2014, Part 5

26 December 2014 11:10 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Boardwalk Empire, “Devil You Know

Written by Howard Korder

Directed by Jeremy Podeswa

Aired October 12, 2014

After four seasons of deliberately paced, character-based storytelling, Boardwalk Empire wasn’t going to change its approach in its final truncated season. Instead of introducing new intrigues or foes, the series used much of its time to reflect on the paths that brought Nucky and the other main characters to this point and to say an extended goodbye to the people and world of the show. With Nucky facing off against well known historical figures, an air of doom pervades much of the final episodes before they reach their poetic, but inevitable conclusion. More intriguing is the antepenultimate episode, “Devil You Know”, which says goodbye to two of the series’ most colorful characters and powerful actors, Michael Shannon’s George Mueller/Nelson Van Alden and Michael K. WilliamsChalky White. Shannon’s intense and frequently »

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2014, the Original Soundtrack: The Year in Music

21 December 2014 9:32 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For the last few years, I’ve taken it upon myself in my capacity as Sos co-founder and eternal DJ to gather up some of my favorite tracks of the year, along with excerpts of dialogue and scoring from some of my favorite films (and, this year, TV series!) of the year, and cram it into a mix that could fit onto a hypothetical CD-r. But since this has been the year of the mixtape (hello Guardians of the Galaxy, Mommy, and Boyhood), and since there’s been such an overwhelming bounty of great music to choose from, I opted for a “C120″ format – two “sides,” one hour each. Since non-film music is the one area of pop culture Sound on Sight will (hopefully) never devote a subsection to, it’s the one instance I allow myself every year to flex my geekery in this area.

Lots of really great »

- Simon Howell

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USA’s Playing House to return for a second season

9 December 2014 6:28 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Fans of USA Network’s sitcom Playing House, and/or of creators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair can rest easy, as Deadline is reporting that the channel has renewed the show for an 8-episode second season, following six months of speculation about the show’s fate after its first season finale.

This news is particularly heartening, as the show had appeared set for cancellation following USA’s announcement that it would be moving away from half-hour comedies and focus on hour-long dramas going forward. Playing House joins Benched and Sirens as the only three representatives of the genre on the channel.

The show’s seemingly poor ratings were a source of concern for USA. However, the series’ strength lay in its popularity on On-Demand outlets, which will lead to a unique distribution model. When the series returns, it will be premiering on VOD platforms Xfinity, TV Everywhere, and USA »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Playing House: Season Two Renewal for USA Comedy

9 December 2014 10:57 AM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

USA Network has renewed their Playing House sitcom for a second season of eight episodes. The renewal comes as a bit of a surprise since the cable channel is reportedly moving away from producing their own comedy series. There were 10 installments in the first season.

Playing House revolves around childhood best friends Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair). The pair shared many adventures growing up together and as adults they work together to raise Maggie's baby. The rest of the cast includes Keegan-Michael Key, Zach Woods, Brad Morris, and Jane Kaczmarek.

USA Network And Universal Cable Productions Develop New Model To Bring Back Critically-acclaimed Comedy ‘Playing House' For Season Two In 2015

Unique VOD Windowing Strategy Creates New Marketing Opportunities For Select Advertisers and Unique Ability to Grow Audience

Series to be Distributed Across »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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USA's 'Playing House' saved by On Demand experiment

9 December 2014 7:47 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The way we watch TV is changing far more quickly than the way that TV is made. I get asked all the time how much networks take into account streaming viewership, On Demand viewing, iTunes download, delayed DVR viewing, etc., when they have to make decisions on what shows to renew or cancel. For the most part, though, judgments are still made on the old metrics — because those are the primary ways the networks still make money — but every now and then you'll see an exception. Once upon a time, NBC stuck with the modestly-rated "The Office" because the network was intrigued by how well the show was doing in the new world of iTunes downloads, and a few years later, "Chuck" survived in large part through product integration deals. Now we have a really interesting case study for the tail wagging the dog with USA's much-delayed renewal of "Playing House. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Playing House Renewed For Season 2

9 December 2014 6:47 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Playing House fans, USA Network has finally given you us an answer on the fate of the series, and it’s a good one. According to The Wall Street Journal, USA has decided to renew the comedy, created by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham for a second season. “We are over the moon to be back in action for another season of Playing House on USA! We owe a huge thanks to the network and Universal Cable Productions for their support and we are excited about our new opportunities with on-demand,” St. Clair and Parham said in a joint statement. “But we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our die-hard fans and their overwhelming love for our show. Every tweet, article, drawing, Facebook post made this next season a reality (especially the pics of tiny hedgehogs and babies dressed up as Bosephus!) The ladies are back! »

- Chris King

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USA Network Experiments with Ad Sales, VOD in ‘Playing House’ Renewal

9 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

USA Network has renewed comedy “Playing House” for a second season, turning the show into an experiment for new windowing and ad sales strategies.

USA said that episodes of “Playing House” would be available via cable VOD and authenticated on-demand platforms before they air on USA’s linear network. NBCUniversal ad sales chief Linda Yaccarino said the network would experiment with premium ad placements spread across those services to harness the small but passionate fan base for the femme buddy comedy written by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.

Playing House” had a modestly-rated run of 10 episodes this past spring. USA’s decision to renew “Playing House” is a sign that networks are trying to find ways to capitalize on shows that generate outsize traction in social media. St. Clair and Parham have developed a following among alternative comedy fans for their past TV and improv efforts. But »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Playing House Renewed For Season 2—Rejoice With 4 Pounds of Artisanal Cheese!

9 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Your best TV friends are coming back! USA Network has renewed Playing House, created by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham for a second season. Bosephus and Jandana forever! "We are over the moon to be back in action for another season of Playing House on USA! We owe a huge thanks to the network and Universal Cable Productions for their support and we are excited about our new opportunities with on-demand," St. Clair and Parham said in a joint statement. "But we wouldn't be here if it weren't for our die-hard fans and their overwhelming love for our show. Every tweet, article, drawing, Facebook post made this next season a reality (especially the pics of tiny hedgehogs and babies »

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Playing House Renewed for Season 2, Will Be Part of On Demand Experiment

9 December 2014 4:52 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Round up Bosephus and get the raccoons out of your shed, Jammers! The beloved USA comedy Playing House has been renewed for a second season. The show's female duo Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair took to social media on Tuesday, Dec. 9, to announce the news in a quirky video. Read the exclusive interview with Lennon and Jess!  The pair have been anxiously awaiting the fate of their passion project in the six months since the first season finale aired. Though the 30-minute program about two best [...] »

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Will Playing House Ever Get A Second Season?

5 December 2014 3:54 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Playing House‘s terrific two-part season finale aired on June 17th on USA, and since then… crickets. No noise of cancellation, no excited tweets from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair announcing a renewal… not even a mention from USA in June when they announced a renewal for Sirens – or later, when debuting Benched‘s first season. So why hasn’t USA said anything about their well-received, little-watched comedy? Despite a strong outcry from fans of Playing House the last few months (including myself), USA’s been tight-lipped on their plans, if any, for one of 2014’s pleasantly surprising comedies. Centered around mother-to-be Maggie (Parham) enlisting the help of her best friend Emma (St. Clair) after dumping her husband, Playing House surprised critics and audiences with a surprising amount of heart behind its slapstick – not to mention the all-rare combination of a show created by women, written by women – and starring said women creators. »

- Randy Dankievitch

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USA's 'Playing House' Renewed, Nabs Early VOD Deal

3 December 2014 1:06 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

USA Network is ready to play house again. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has renewed comedy series Playing House for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The comedy will return in the second half of 2015 with eight episodes (down two from its freshman order). As part of the pact, the comedy exec produced by and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham will receive an early video on demand window, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new window structure will allow viewers to watch the following week's episode on VOD before it airs on USA. The approach comes as USA is looking to lure select advertisers with

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Rizzoli & Isles named Best Besties in Viewer’s Voice Awards

10 November 2014 5:00 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Who’s the best of the Besties? In a crushing landslide, Jane and Maura from TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles even defeated real life best friends Morgan and Dorothy and Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair who play Maggie and Emma on Playing House, in Channel Guide’s 2014 Viewers Voice Awards. With casting chemistry like that, (and a fan base who loves to vote,) Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander are TV’s perfect odd couple. Jane and Maura, Rizzoli & Isles 83.6% Maggie and Emma, Playing House 15.6% Troy and Abed, Community 0.2% Leslie and Ann, Parks and Recreation 0.2% Aria, Spencer, Emily and … Continue reading →

The post Rizzoli & Isles named Best Besties in Viewer’s Voice Awards appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

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Marry Me Halloween Sneak Peek: Annie and Jake Plan a Graveyard Smash

27 October 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC’s Marry Me has tricks and treats planned for its Halloween episode (Tuesday, 9/8c), and TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek at what’s in store.

In the clip below, Annie and Jake (well, mostly an overzealous Annie) turn their apartment into a haunted house for the kids in their building — and also to stick it to annoying mom Julie (Playing House‘s Jessica St. Clair).

As for Gil and Kay, they’re busy devising the perfect trick-or-treat route: one that includes — wait for it — full-size candy bars. Happy Halloween, indeed!

Press Play on the video below for a sneak peek at the episode, »

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Supernatural, Once, Fosters, Chi Fire, Reign, Shameless, Gotham and More

3 October 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Will a magical hat put a lid on a Once Upon a Time romance? Who is Supernatural‘s supervillain? What is in Arrow‘s arsenal? How will The Fosters celebrate Christmas? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Do you have any scoop on Once Upon a Time‘s Belle? The appearance of what appears to be The Sorcerer’s Hat from Fantasia has some worried that Rumplestiltskin may again keep secrets from her. –Natalie

Those “some” would be wise to worry. “Rumple certainly seemed to recognize the hat when he saw it. And he »

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TVLine Items: Leftovers Star Visits Hawaii, Scrubs Reunion and More

11 September 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Charlie Carver has been left behind — in Hawaii.

The Leftovers actor (and Teen Wolf/Desperate Housewives alum) will guest-star on Season 5 of Hawaii Five-0, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop and Photos From 42 Returning Favorites, Including Hawaii Five-0

Carver will play Travis, an attractive young man who is devastated by a crushing recent loss, but finds comfort from an unusual source. His episode is slated to air Nov. 21.

Hawaii Five-0 returns Friday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will welcome Barbra Streisand as its only guest on Sept. »

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CBS's ‘McCarthys’ Casts ‘Playing House’ Star Jessica St. Clair as Joey McIntyre's Girlfriend (Exclusive)

10 September 2014 3:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Joey McIntyre has a new squeeze on upcoming CBS multi-cam comedy, “The McCarthys.” TheWrap has learned that Jessica St. Clair will join the cast in a recurring role playing Katrina, the girlfriend to McIntyre's character, Gerard. She's described as a tacky loose cannon with no filter who's oblivious to how judgmental and insulting she can be. Look for St. Clair's run on the show to begin on Episode 104. Also read: CBS's ‘McCarthys’ Is Keeping the Gay Stuff Upbeat — at Least for Season 1 St. Clair recently starred on USA Network's “Playing House,” which she also co-created. Her other television credits include HBO's. »

- Jethro Nededog

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, ‘Game of Thrones,’ Comcast Among Interactive Media Emmy Winners

13 August 2014 10:09 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Television Academy announced Wednesday the six juried award winners for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media. The winners will receive their Emmy statuettes at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Also read: No Joke – Comedy Central Hosting ‘Schmemmy’ Emmy After-Party Winners were announced at the Interactive Media Peer Group's Emmy nominee reception in the NoHo Arts District. “Playing House” stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham presided over the evening, with assists by Nice Peter & EpicLLOYD of “Epic Rap Battles of History” fame, as well as Harley Morenstein (“Epic Meal Time”) and Yael Stone (“Orange »

- Jason Hughes

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TV Academy Awards Six Interactive Media Emmys

13 August 2014 9:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The interactive media wing of the Television Academy handed out six juried awards for the 66th annual Emmy Awards at an event Wednesday at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.

Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media is divided into four categories, two of which yielded more than one winner this year. The Interactive Media Peer Group recognizes excellence in innovation across TV and digital platforms.

Discovery Channel’s Skywire Live with NikWallenda” took home the top prize for multiplatform storytelling.

Two winners were named in the user experience and visual design category: HBO was recognized for its “Game of Thrones Viewer Guide” but shared the winner’s circle with Comcast for its Xfinity platform on the distributor’s X1 set-top box.

The social TV experience category also yielded two winners: Pivot’s “Hit Record on TV” and National Geographic Channel’s “Live From Space.”

The only winner of the night that »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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Halfway Mark: The Best TV Episodes of 2014 (So Far), Part 1

12 July 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

2013 was an absolutely amazing year for television, with shows like Breaking Bad and Spartacus going out with some of their best episodes yet and new series like Hannibal and Orphan Black bursting onto the scene. While the jury’s still out on how this year will compare to last, at the halfway point, 2014 is shaping up to be pretty darn great year as well. Continuing favorites have come back stronger than ever and just like last year, a few new series have quickly made strong names for themselves as well; the variety of truly great television, from comedy to drama to the many series that don’t so easily fit either description, has never been so pronounced.

However, with so much TV out there, some of the best episodes (and series in general) of the year have flown under the radar, so a handful of Sound on Sight’s podcasters »

- Kate Kulzick

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7 potentially awesome shows canceled before they premiered

1 July 2014 11:38 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

You know how sometimes you go to Chipotle and you’re midway through having the guy build your burrito—then you realize you’ve made a terrible mistake? Maybe you should have gone for the chicken instead of the beef, or a wheat tortilla instead of white, or perhaps you finally decide you don’t even like Chipotle in the first place. This also happens to TV executives when ordering shows.

Sometimes, even after slogging through months of development, script revisions, a pilot order, a series order, and even announcing a premiere date, executives will still stop and go: Wait, »

- James Hibberd

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