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Fox to Count Down ‘TV’s Funniest Animated Stars’ in Paley Center Special

Fox will present a two-hour Paley Center special celebrating television’s most iconic animated stars in December, the network announced Thursday.

The two-hour program, “TV’s Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special,” will count down the 40 greatest and groundbreaking animated characters. It will include interviews with the creators who conceived the characters and the actors who brought them to life for animation fans worldwide.

The special will profile Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Stewie Griffin, Donald Duck, SponeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and many more. Additionally, the following talent will be interviewed during the special: Pamela Adlon (voice of Bobby Hill), Tony Anselmo (voice of Donald Duck), Todd Barbee (voice of Charlie Brown), H. Jon Benjamin (voice of Bob Belcher and Sterling Archer), Alex Borstein (voice of Lois Griffin), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), John Dimaggio (voice of Bender), Seth Green (voice of Christ Griffin
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SundanceTV Renews ‘Behind the Story with the Paley Center’

SundanceTV Renews ‘Behind the Story with the Paley Center’
SundanceTV has renewed interview-style program “Behind the Story with the Paley Center” for a second season, the cable channel announced Thursday.

Season two will consist of six episodes, with each one spotlighting a show such as “The Good Wife,” “Scandal,” “Girls,” “Modern Family,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The series will include in-depth discussions with writers, producers and stars of the shows including Julianna Margulies, Kerry Washington, Lena Dunham, Ty Burrell, Gina Rodriguez and Clark Gregg.

“Behind the Story with the Paley Center” is produced by the Paley Center for Media. Paley Center president and CEO Maureen J. Reidy and exec VP Diane Lewis will serve as executive producers along with Paul Haddad of SundanceTV.

“The Paley Center is committed to producing top-rated programming that educates, excites, and engages the media-interested public, with events such as PaleyFest that give TV fans the ultimate experience,” said Reidy.

“Behind the
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SundanceTV To Examine TV-Show History With Paley Center Series

SundanceTV To Examine TV-Show History With Paley Center Series
Sundance TV will launch “Behind the Story With the Paley Center,” a six-episode series that features in-depth discussions with the stars, writers and producers of some of TV’s most interesting programs. The series will launch Tuesday, April 7, at 8 p.m.

The episodes utilize footage from the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest 2013 and PaleyFest 2014 television festivals, and give viewers the chance to hear personal stories from cast members and creative teams.

“These dynamic conversations are full of the same energy and creative passion that fuel the most exciting television today,” said SundanceTV president Sarah Barnett, in a prepared statement. “We are very happy to partner with the Paley Center for Media to bring viewers an uncensored look into the minds of the best showrunners and actors at work in TV.”

The first season of the series will examine programs including “The Mindy Project,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Parks & Recreation,
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Here's why Ron Swanson is the best character on 'Parks and Recreation'

Here's why Ron Swanson is the best character on 'Parks and Recreation'
It might be hard to remember now, but the fifth season of Parks and Recreation ended with a cliffhanger. Andy (Chris Pratt) found a pregnancy test, and viewers didn’t know who was going to have a baby.

The sixth season started, and the woman in question turned out to be Diane Lewis (Lucy Lawless)—yes, Ron Swanson was going to be a dad.

On a sitcom like Parks and Recreation, there tends to be a clear line between the especially over-the-top minor characters (from Jean-Ralphio to councilman Jamm) and the more stable leads (Leslie Knope, Ben Wyatt). For most of the show’s history,
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Lucy Lawless Joins 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2

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Lucy Lawless Joins 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 2
Former Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless has signed on for a mysterious role in Season 2 of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

No details were given for her character, and it isn't known if she is only appearing in one episode, or if she is taking on a multi-episode arc. Lucy Lawless is the first new character to sign on for Season 2, joining series regulars Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Chloe Bennet (Skye), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons).

We reported earlier this month that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming to Comic-Con 2014, with a panel on Friday, July 25 from 3:00 Pm to 4:00 Pm in Ballroom 20. The show returns for its second season on Tuesday, September 23 in its new time at 9 Pm Et on ABC.

Lucy Lawless most recently starred in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation,
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TV highlights 18/09/2013

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Snooker: Shanghai Masters | The House That £100K Built | The Three Day Nanny | Science Britannica | Fabric Of Britain: Knitting's Golden Age | Boom Town | Mountain Men | Father Figure

Snooker: Shanghai Masters

8am, British Eurosport

Live coverage from the Shanghai Grand Stage in China of the Shanghai Masters, with a freshly stuffed prize pot offering £80,000 to the victor. Reigning champion John Higgins aims to become the first to retain the trophy, kicking off his defence against Redcar's Mike Dunn. Fellow favourites Mark Selby and Neil Robertson must wait for the wildcard round to take place before they discover their opponents, while former world No 1 Judd Trump takes on Nottingham's Michael Holt. Mark Jones

The House That £100K Built

8pm, BBC2

With house prices continuing their march towards the stratosphere, some prospective homebuyers now consider building their own property to be a more agreeable option. In the first episode of this series, owing something to Grand Designs,
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NBC To Air Paley Center TV Comedy Countdown Special

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Countdown one-off TV’s Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special will air September 1 from 9-11 Pm Et on NBC, highlighting the top 30 funniest moments in television from the last 60 years. Programs including Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, Friends, Will & Grace, Everybody Loves Raymond, Cheers, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, The Cosby Show, Modern Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, The Carol Burnett Show, and All in the Family made the cut. The Paley Center will be live tweeting during the special at @paleycenter. TV’s Funniest of the Funniest is produced by Brad Lachman Productions and Ep’ed by Pat Mitchell, Diane Lewis and Brad Lachman.
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Paley Center Announces Trio of Exec Appointments

The Paley Center for Media has upped Diane Lewis to exec veep of programming, and hired Maureen Reidy as chief marketing officer, and Maxim Thorne as exec vice prez of development.

“I am very pleased to welcome Maureen Reidy and Maxim Thorne to The Paley Center for Media and to recognize the role Diane Lewis has played in bringing our programming to international prominence,” said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the Paley Center. “As the media landscape continues to change at a lightening pace, the Paley Center, which provides insight and context for both the media industry and media consumers, has never been more vital. The combined expertise of these three executives will be a tremendous asset to our organization and bring the Paley Center to even greater levels of success.”

Lewis has logged over 25 years at the media institution, most recently serving as vice president of public affairs and programs.
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TV Review: Parks and Recreation 5.9, “Ron and Diane”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

As the title cleverly suggests as a parody of the past “Tammy” episodes, and as the plot goes on to confirm, Diane Lewis has become Ron Swanson’s main lady – after steak, scotch, and sweet, sweet jazz, of course. “Ron and Diane” actually had two separate settings for its plots, the Indiana Fine Woodworking Association Awards (the IFWAAs) and Jerry Gergich’s swanky Christmas party. While Leslie and Ron battle Tammy II and fight for Diane’s trust, Tom, April, and Andy fight to get into Jerry’s party. Each story in “Ron and Diane” explores fairly deep elements of the series’ mythos and one focuses on the women in Ron’s life while another the women in Jerry’s.

I’ve previously written on how well Parks and Recreation tends to avoid spinning its wheels by directly confronting issues which can’t help but to
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'Parks and Recreation': Lucy Lawless on playing Ron Swanson's new love interest -- First Look

'Parks and Recreation': Lucy Lawless on playing Ron Swanson's new love interest -- First Look
Good news: Ron Swanson is ready to love again! Better news: Her name is not Tammy 3! Lucy Lawless will guest-star in multiple episodes of NBC’s Parks and Recreation as Diane Lewis, a middle school vice principal who becomes the object of Ron’s affection (he’d probably hate that expression), and you can get your first look at this coupling in the photos below. When the city starts a 311-type community hotline, “Diane is ringing up about a pothole in her driveway, and Ron (Nick Offerman) finally takes it upon himself to go and fix the hole because of
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Fox, Paley Center team for holiday special

Fox, Paley Center team for holiday special
Fox is teaming with the Paley Center for Media for a holiday special.

"TV's Greatest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special" on Friday, Nov. 26 will count down the top 40 holiday moments culled from dramas, comedies, variety shows and late-night.

The two-hour program represents the latest Paley effort to expand the TV museum and cultural center into the national consumer media space. Most notably, Paley plans a TV awards show that will launch in May, though the project has yet to find a network distributor. Paley also is unveiling an interview series, "At the Paley Center," which will air on two New York stations.

The series will be produced in association with the Paley Center for Media. Executive producers are Pat Mitchell, Diane Lewis, John Wolters and Brad Lachman.
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