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19 items from 2014


Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Castle, Bones, The Leftovers, Vampire Diaries, Once, Newsroom, Good Wife and More

29 October 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: Do you have any scoop on Castle Episode 8? —Jess

Ausiello: Titled “Kill Switch,” the episode revolves around a routine investigation that turns deadly when a gunman takes hostages on a subway car — including one of the 12th’s finest. Bonus Scoop: Married with Children‘s Ted McGinley is set to guest-star in Episode 9’s Expendables riff as Brock Harmon, an aging, larger-than-life B-movie action vet (and the husband of the recently cast Krista Allen). The ep revolves »

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'Madam Secretary' react: The new face in DC and on CBS

21 September 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

CBS’ new drama Madam Secretary can best be described as the D.C. follow-up to The Good Wife. They both feature spectacular-looking actresses in their late 40s playing women essaying roles often depicted on television by men, with a supportive husband (though in this case, for now anyway, hubby keeps it in his pants) and a winsome daughter and bright, could-be-trouble son. And both feature marvelous ensemble casts filled with TV veterans and newbies with their eyes on stardom.

After an opening that nearly tricks you into thinking you’re dipping into the new season of Homeland, Madam Secretary drops us in Syria, »

- Jason Clark

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We might have Robin Williams to thank for Jessica Chastain

12 August 2014 12:21 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

She's a two-time Academy Award nominee who has delivered impressive performances in films such as "The Tree of Life," "The Help," "Take Shelter," "The Debt," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Mama" and the upcoming "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby." She's been called the next Cate Blanchett or Meryl Streep (take your pick). Yes, Jessica Chastain is well on her way to earning the title of America's finest actress, and it turns out we may have Robin Williams to thank for her. Chastain earned her stripes attending the prestigious Juilliard School. She was part of a class that included Michael Urie and Jess Weixler. She was able to attend the program through a scholarship funded by, yes, Robin Williams. With the iconic entertainer's passing on Monday, Chastain thanked Williams for his contribution to her life once more. In a post on her official Facebook page, Chastain remarked: "Robin Williams changed my life. He »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Ugly Betty Alum Michael Urie Fills Us in on His New On-Screen "Gayper"

30 July 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Michael Urie might have won us over as Marc St. James on Ugly Betty, but the multifaceted actor is making us fall in love with him all over again with two new comedic roles. He's currently on tour with the one-man show Buyer & Cellar, in which he plays an employee of Barbra Streisand . . . and Babs herself. Michael's also joining forces with Scott Wolf, Lance Bass, and his Ugly Betty costar Ana Ortiz for Such Good People, a movie that's currently making the film-fest rounds, which he describes as a "gayper." (That's a gay caper, people.) Watch our chat and find out where you can catch Michael on a stage or screen near you at MichaelUrie.net. »

- Lindsay-Miller

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Ugly Betty Alum Michael Urie Fills Us in on His New On-Screen "Gayper"

30 July 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Michael Urie might have won us over as Marc St. James on Ugly Betty, but the multifaceted actor is making us fall in love with him all over again with two new comedic roles. He's currently on tour with the one-man show Buyer & Cellar, in which he plays an employee of Barbra Streisand . . . and Babs herself. Michael's also joining forces with Scott Wolf, Lance Bass, and his Ugly Betty costar Ana Ortiz for Such Good People, a movie that's currently making the film-fest rounds, which he describes as a "gayper." (That's a gay caper, people.) Watch our chat and find out where you can catch Michael on a stage or screen near you at MichaelUrie.net. »

- Lindsay-Miller

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Briefs: Michael Sam In “Out,”, “Glee”‘s Final 13, And Matt Bomer On His Emmy Nomination

10 July 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Adrian Grenier (above), who is 38, Fiona Shaw is 56, Alec Mapa is 49, and Chiwetel Ejiofor is 40.

As expected, Glee‘s final season has been trimmed to 13 episodes, to run in midseason.

Matt Bomer talks about his Emmy nomination. He found out when his husband called him.

Fox News Attempts To Get People Scared About Gender-Neutral Bathrooms, Fails Completely (Autoplay)

Michael Sam and the Draw That Changed American Sports Forever.

It’s official.

It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18 pic.twitter.com/oRCAcxAZE5

The View (@theviewtv) July 10, 2014

Joy Behar reacts to Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s caterwauling.

Such Good People had its world premiere, and the red carper featured some faves.

Michael Urie

Tom Lenk

Jason Shane Scott

Ronnie Kroell

And here’s The Weekly ShoutOUT™. Each week we’re going to focus on one out athlete/performer and »

- snicks

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Watch: Michael Urie and Randy Harrison in the “Such Good People” Trailer

26 June 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Sassy back-talking thieves, faux-new-age witticisms, snarky realty agents, and overly-ambitious homosexual couples: Such Good People has it all.  With an endless list of celebrity guest stars and an adorably spunky main cast, Such Good People is an upcoming comedy about a cat-and-mouse hunt for buttloads of cash.  The indie flick will be debuting at the Majestic Crest in Los Angeles on July 7th.

The film stars Michael Urie (of Ugly Betty fame) and Randy Harrison (best known for his role on Queer as Folk) in what is being touted as the first post-marriage-equality comedy.  The veritably endless supporting cast includes: Scott Wolf (Party of Five, Perception), Ana Ortiz (Devious Maids, Ugly Betty), Carrie Wiita (Super Fun Night), Rick Overton (Groundhog Day), Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire SlayerThe Cabin in the Woods), musician and activist Lance Bass, Alec Mapa (Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, Switched at Birth), Drew Droege (Sassy Pants, »

- Eric Shorey

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Sharon Gless Reflects on “Queer As Folk” and… a Reunion Soon?

12 June 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

There was never anything like it and there will never be.

Those are the words of actress Sharon Gless talking about the gone-but-not-forgotten series, Queer As Folk, the Us take on the British hit series which ran on Showtime from December 2000- August 2005.

And while the actors from the show have been busy in multiple projects – Peter Paige (Emmett) is Exec Producing the ABC Family series, The FostersGale Harold (Brian) has been acting in series like Defiance and The Secret Circle and Randy Harrison (Justin) has concentrated mostly onstage though he appears with Michael Urie in Such Good People, which is currently on the film festival circuit – is there a chance we could see them, along with co-stars Hal SparksScott LowellThea GillMichelle Clunie and, of course, multi Emmy-winner Sharon Gless, reprise their roles?

According to Gless, who talked to TheBacklot last week, the answer is yes. »

- Jim Halterman

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Denis Leary’s ‘Sirens’ Renewed for Second Season at USA

11 June 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Continuing its push into the scripted comedy space, USA Network has given a 13-episode second season order to exec producers Denis Leary and Bob Fisher’s “Sirens.”

The half-hour laugher is based on a U.K. series (which, in turn, takes its material from a book) and stars Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Kevin Bigley, Jessica McNamee and Josh Segarra and centers on Chicago EMTs who are aces at their jobs, but fail at their personal lives.

“’Sirens’ resonated with a broad fan base, and we are excited to grow this new audience further, as season two promises a lot more laughs and irreverent humor,” said USA Network prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re pleased to continue our partnership with Denis Leary and Bob Fisher, whose unique brand of witty, off-kilter and laugh-out-loud writing is brought to life by the immensely talented cast.”

Sirens” is produced by Fox Television Studios and Apostle, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taylor Kitsch More to Show Films at Palm Springs ShortFest

5 June 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taylor Kitsch, Rose McGowan, Bebe Neuwirth and Michael Urie are among the list of actor-director who will be showing short films at the 20th annual Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market this month.

The ShortFest will showcase 330 films — including 84 world premieres, 71 North American premieres and 22 U.S. premieres — that together showcase the works of stars like Danny DeVito, Natalie Dormer, Ioan Gruffudd, Jenna Fischer, Ian Hart, Tony Hale, Rutger Hauer, Sally Hawkins, Oscar Isaac, Cheyenne Jackson, Sophia Loren, Nick Offerman, Sarah Paulson and Mark Strong.

“This 20th anniversary edition of Palm Springs ShortFest is the year of ‘more’,” said festival director Kathleen McInnis. “This year we’ve had more films submitted from more countries than ever before. We saw stronger work from all our submissions, as well as a shift in storytelling—away from the angst-ridden drama of the past few years, and more towards hopefulness and sheer fun. »

- Variety Staff

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Is The CW's 'Jane the Virgin' the Next Telenovela Hit?

15 May 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Jane the Virgin" seems like a provocative title for a CW show until you realize it's loosely adapted from a telenovela of the same name. Now it seems kind of tame. The new CW series follows an engaged virgin named Jane (Gina Rodriguez), who becomes pregnant after getting artificially inseminated by accident at a medical clinic. Oh, clinical mishaps! Far too common these days. In this first clip, we see her mother interpret the news of her pregnancy with predictable hysterics. This is a pretty brief preview, but it reminds me why "Ugly Betty" was such a refreshing hit when it first appeared: Though the aesthetics of the show were flashy and bold, it endeared you through deadpan humor. I'm getting some relatable energy from star Rodriguez, but I'm hoping the jokes get better than the "immaculata" gasp we get here. Where's Michael Urie? Just bring in Michael Urie, please. »

- Louis Virtel

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Zombie Drama “In the Flesh” Returns, NBC’s Reboot of “Rosemary’s Baby” and Showtime Does the Monster Mash with “Penny Dreadful”

9 May 2014 5:02 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

News

Yesterday, was a busy day for new series, cancellations and renewals. Buckle up, here we go:

ABC has renewed nine shows, namely Scandal, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Grey’s Anatomy, Resurrection, The Goldbergs, Castle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time and Revenge.

ABC has cancelled Trophy Wife. That’s too bad, Trophy Wife was a fun show that sparkled with plenty of potential. (Being a show about a modern family, perhaps it should have been given a chance to air after Modern Family.)

ABC also ordered nine new series. There are a few I think Tbl viewers will find interesting. Selfie is a comedy starring former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan and John Cho about a woman who tries to revamp her life after obtaining the wrong kind of internet fame. Marvel’s Agent Carter is a spin-off of Captain America. Galavant is a “musical fairy tale.” Finally, »

- Lyle Masaki

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USA Network developing projects from 'Lost' creator Carlton Cuse, Jessica Biel

8 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.

An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series.

The network — home to Suits and White Collar — also announced the cast-contingent pilot pick-up of hour-long original drama Stanistan. Set in a fictional Middle Eastern country, the show follows the staff »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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USA Orders ‘Stanistan’ Pilot, Unveils Projects with Jodie Foster, Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan

8 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

USA Network is keeping its foot on the gas when it comes to scripted series development.

The cabler has given a cast-contingent pilot order to drama “Stanistan,” a dramedy about a group of State Department workers, CIA operatives and journalists working in a fictional Middle Eastern country. Project was developed at Fox earlier this year.

USA has also unveiled a slew of drama, comedy and limited-series development prospects from such producers as Jodie Foster (pictured), Carlton Cuse, Peter Tolan, Amy Poehler and Gregory Nava. The development slate reinforces USA’s focus on broadening the scope of its original series, particularly dramas, beyond the blue-sky and action fare that has clicked for the NBCU cabler in the past.

“This slate represents the next generation of originals at USA, with a focus on dramas that are more serialized, provocative and culturally resonant,” said USA prexy Chris McCumber. “We’re very much committed »

- Cynthia Littleton

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New Good Wife Season 5,Episode 18 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By CBS

13 April 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, CBS served up the new,official,synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Good Wife" episode 18 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "All Tapped Out," and it sounds like things will get pretty intriguing as Florrick/Agos and Alicia discover that the Nsa has been monitoring them, and more. In the new,18th episode press release: An Nsa whistleblower is going to lead Florrick/Agos to the source of leaks coming from the firm. Press release number 2: Florrick/Agos will take on the case of an Nsa whistleblower, only to learn that the agency has been monitoring the firm as well as Alicia’s personal life. In the meantime, Diane will face the difficult task of working alongside Louis Canning when he joins Lockhart/Gardner. Also, Alicia will go after the State’s Attorney when he attempts to make Finn a scapegoat in the Jeffrey Grant case. Michael J. Fox »

- Derek

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Meme: Jason Collins Has a Shot At Brooklyn Nets, Michael Urie Taking “Buyer & Cellar” On Tour, Sharknado Without Sharks Is Sad

21 February 2014 4:53 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Pat Robertson says gays can repent like murderers, Oregon Ag won’t defend marriage ban, Calvin Klein launches fan gallery

The NBA draft deadline has passed, and the Brooklyn Nets have two open spots on their roster, and might fill one with openly gay free agent Jason Collins. They stress that they’re also looking at other players, but they’re watched Jason work out, and he’s a strong possibility.

Arizona has officially passed their religious right to discriminate law (Maine shot theirs down yesterday) and it is now headed for Governor Jan Brewer’s desk, and she’s certain to sign this year. As depressing as this is, we had some impassioned supporters in the Arizona House who fought a good fight for us.

Andrew Christian has long had their blog of Famous Fans who submit their pics in the brand’s underwear to post. Now Calvin Klein »

- Ed Kennedy

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This Week on Stage: Hugh Jackman resumes Tony duties, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Andrea Martin score new roles

15 February 2014 6:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Given that the ubiquitous Neil Patrick Harris will be plenty busy in a wig and heels as the lead in the upcoming Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, it was apparent he would not resume his envied tenure as Tony Awards Host Extraordinaire. But no fretting, as megastar Hugh Jackman (due back on Broadway next season in a new Jez Butterworth play) is picking up the baton for his fourth time as host. And it’s quite a year too, as the star quotient for the 2014 show is sky-high (Denzel Washington, Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zach Braff, and »

- Jason Clark

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Watch! Count The Stars In “Russian Broadway Shut Down”

23 January 2014 2:54 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

How many Broadway stars do you recognize in “Russian Broadway Shut Down?” I lost count, seriously, but Andrew Rannells, Michael Urie, and Jonathan Groff are just a few of the familiar faces to lend their talents to this mockery of the Russian propaganda law. And really, who else but Michael Cerveris could play Vladdy Boy.

And Jonathan and Jeremy Jordan? That musical needs to happen.

The post Watch! Count The Stars In “Russian Broadway Shut Down” appeared first on thebacklot.com. »

- snicks

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Andrew Rannells, Jonathan Groff, Laura Benanti, and more star in Russia's fake Broadway musical -- Video

23 January 2014 12:22 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

How does a community band together to protest Russia’s anti-gay legislation? A musical, of course.

Dozens of New York stage stars have produced a fake musical that finds Russia’s fictional Broadway community (“The Great Red Way,” as they say) staging a protest show in response to the Russian government stance on homosexual propaganda via theatrical performance. In the U.S., who better to satirize than a group of musical theater actors?

There’s a little something for everyone here: Jonathan Groff and Jeremy Jordan as two ill-fated Olympians, Laura Benanti and Stephanie J. Block as lesbian astronauts, Michael Cerveris as a soliloquizing Putin, »

- Marc Snetiker

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