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Layoffs Hit Huffington Post Entertainment as Part of Restructuring

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Huffington Post laid off three of its television section reporters on Wednesday as part of its restructuring plans for its entertainment coverage. Maggie Furlong, Laura Prudom and Alex Moaba were laid off on Wednesday, their co-worker Maureen Ryan tweeted. “It’s been my great honor & privilege to work with @MaggieFurlong, @LauInLA & @AlexMoaba. If you’re hiring, hire them fast. They’re awesome,” Ryan wrote. Update 10:29 Pst: A senior executive with Huffington Post told TheWrap that the TV layoffs were in no way a part of a downsizing. Said Jimmy Soni, managing editor: “We’re expanding Entertainment; we added one full-time person to it.
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Is Horror Too Extreme on TV? Shock Weighs in On Huffington Post Live...

I was asked recently to hop on Huffington Post Live to discuss the rise in horror fare on television.  Shock readers know, of course, that horror is huge with The Walking Dead drawing huge ratings and Hannibal pushing the limits of what's acceptable for "gore on TV."

That discussion happened this morning and, after the jump, you can watch the segment which includes critic Maureen Ryan, Professor of Psychology Frank Farley Ph.D. and author Stephen Graham Jones.

What begins as a timid chat turns into a thoughtful clash about horror entertainment's impact on society.  Basically, I found myself in the same old arguments that I used to read about growing up as a horror fan in the '80s.  Fun!

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Breaking Bad season 5 Blood Money review round-up

News Louisa Mellor 12 Aug 2013 - 07:40

Here's what Us critics are saying about last night's brand new episode of Breaking Bad: Blood Money...

We'll be bringing you our own extensive thoughts on Breaking Bad's season five part two premiere, Blood Money, tomorrow morning, but in the meantime, here's what stateside critics have to say about last night's triumphant return of Walt and Jesse...

"What makes the episode — directed, like the season two and three premieres, by Bryan Cranston himself — so impressive is that it never feels like it's racing to catch up. An awful lot of things happen, but they happen at the same measured pace that makes Breaking Bad great." - Alan Sepinwall, Hitfix.

"If you were worried that the final run of Breaking Bad episodes would be lackadaisical in ramping up the drama and advancing the story as the finale approached: well, you can stop worrying.
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TCA: TCA Awards Stick with Sex Mix

TCA: TCA Awards Stick with Sex Mix
Meet your equal-opportunity awards-giver, the Television Critics Assn.

In an approach that can be both inspiring and frustrating, the TCA combines men and women into its individual achievement categories for comedy and drama, setting up perhaps the most interesting awards races in TV but also slashing the potential for celebration.

While there seems to be no movement to divide the comedy and drama awards by gender, there is friendly debate over whether combining is a good idea.

“I’m definitely in the camp of thinking it would be preferable to split them up, and I say that knowing the reasons historically and logistically why it’s the case,” says Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan. “I understand that it makes for a longer awards show, more people to award.”

The TCA definitely places a premium on running a tight kudos ship. The org didn’t even approve giving individual trophies until the 1996-97 season,
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San Diego Comic Con: Thursday And Friday Line Up

In just over a weeks time Thn is venturing to sweltering climbs of San Diego, California to the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. We have tons of plans for our week out there, and we’ll be able to share some of those with you very soon. Over the past four days, the organisers have been drip feeding us the full line-up for the show, and here’s some of our highlights from days one and two.

Thursday 18th July

Intelligence

Stars Josh Holloway (Lost), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and executive producers Michael Seitzman (North Country), René Echevarria (Terra Nova, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Tripp Vinson discuss the new CBS dramatic thriller. Holloway plays Gabriel, a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a supercomputer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide
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San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Day Two (July 19th) Horror Highlights - Riddick, The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, RoboCop, Wolves, and More!

Sdcc's Day 2 horror panels kick off at 10am and end after 8pm. From TV we have "The Walking Dead," "The Following," "Orphan Black," and "Sleepy Hollow"; from the big screen come Riddick and RoboCop.

Early birds get a special look at The World's End; artist Gris Grimly and others discuss the latest trends in Ya graphic novels; Syfy brings "Defiance" and "Helix"; and along with the aforementioned RoboCop, Sony's showing off The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Special screenings are taking place for "The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad," "The 100," and "Almost Human"; Warner Archive and Scream Factory will be talking up their awesome B-movie releases and incredible Blu-ray/DVD collector's editions, respectively; TV Guide holds its popular "Fan Favorites" panel, and one nice surprise on the schedule is a sneak peek of a film we've been talking about for a while now - David Hayter's Wolves.

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Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Friday, July 19th

Comic-Con International has announced the schedule for the second day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Friday, July 18. You can clickHere to check out the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels right here. Take a look at what this day has to offer.

10:00 Am - 11:00 Am Cartoon Network: Regular Show

Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of over the top regular? Yeeeeeeeeuh you do! Check out exclusive content and get the inside scoop on your favorite slackers and some of their closest friends. The panel features: Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel (voice of Mordecai), William Salyers (voice of Rigby), Sam Marin (voice of Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man), Sean Szeles (supervising director), Matt Price (writer), and storyboard artists Toby Jones and Calvin Wong. Part of the back-to-back Regular Show/Adventure Time Panel Extravaganza,
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The Televerse #96- Rectify s1, The Fall s1, Top of the Lake, and B-Movie TV with Mo Ryan

We’re light on new TV on the podcast this week, so we decided it was time to take a look back at a few of the series that stood out earlier in the year. After talking through the week’s comedies, some genre fare, and checking in with Sytycd, we welcome Maureen Ryan from the Huffington Post and Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan to the DVD Shelf to discuss Rectify season 1, The Fall season 1, and Top of the Lake, as well as the recent wave of what we’re calling B-Movie TV.

Our Week in Comedy (12:56-21:23): Family Tree, The Venture Bros., Wilfred, Gravity Falls

Our Week in Genre (21:56-40:16): Under the Dome, Siberia pilot, Make Kate Watch: Cult, Sytycd

DVD Shelf (42:17-end): Rectify s1, The Fall s1, Top of the Lake, and B-Movie TV with Mo Ryan

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Syfy's 2013 Comic Con schedule

The following is Syfy.s schedule of panels and press opportunities at Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego. Friday, July 19: Defiance Panel: 10:30Am-11:30Am Room 6A Press Room: 12:15Pm-1:15Pm Hilton Bayfront Hotel, Aqua Room 310 Earth has changed, and entertainment will never be the same. Join Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Jesse Rath (Alak Tarr), Executive Producer Kevin Murphy and more from Syfy's groundbreaking multi-platform series as they discuss the overwhelming success of Defiance (the show and game) and share exclusive details from the second season. Moderated by Maureen Ryan, TV Critic for Huffington Post. Helix Panel: 11:45Am-12:45Pm Room 6A Press
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The Televerse #96- Rectify s1, The Fall s1, Top of the Lake, and B-Movie TV with Mo Ryan

We’re light on new TV on the podcast this week, so we decided it was time to take a look back at a few of the series that stood out earlier in the year. After talking through the week’s comedies, some genre fare, and checking in with Sytycd, we welcome Maureen Ryan from the Huffington Post and Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan to the DVD Shelf to discuss Rectify season 1, The Fall season 1, and Top of the Lake, as well as the recent wave of what we’re calling B-Movie TV.

Our Week in Comedy (12:56-21:23): Family Tree, The Venture Bros., Wilfred, Gravity Falls

Our Week in Genre (21:56-40:16): Under the Dome, Siberia pilot, Make Kate Watch: Cult, Sytycd

DVD Shelf (42:17-end): Rectify s1, The Fall s1, Top of the Lake, and B-Movie TV with Mo Ryan

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Comic-Con: Ronald D. Moore’s “Helix,” “Being Human,” And “Warehouse 13″ Join The Fun

Comic-Con: Ronald D. Moore’s “Helix,” “Being Human,” And “Warehouse 13″ Join The Fun
SyFy has announced the cadre of TV shows and guests that they’re bringing to Comic-Con this year. It includes the folks from Defiance, including Julie Benz and Jaime Murray (who I somehow thought was Bill Murray’s daughter until recently), Helix and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) discusses what to expect with his new series, the cast of Being Human will tease next season, while Warehouse 13′s crew will bid farewell and pimp what’s in store for its highly anticipated final season. Read on for dates, times and places, and more of the stars!

Friday, July 19:

Defiance

Panel: 10:30Am-11:30Am Room 6A

Earth has changed, and entertainment will never be the same. Join Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Jesse Rath (Alak Tarr), Executive Producer Kevin Murphy and more from Syfy‘s
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The Harbinger of Hope: Enlightened’s Amy Jellicoe on Change

Enlightened (2011-2013)

Network: HBO

Creators: Mike White, Laura Dern

Enlightened’s central character, Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), finds her tranquility through the image of a sea turtle floating calmly above her. It is an image that exists in a sphere that will not sustain human life. To see this fading moment we must hold our breath and look up. This soothing assurance is what made Enlightened the most optimistic show on television. It’s departure, a small drought in the media’s willingness to recognize thoughtfulness in it’s viewers. But, this isn’t a piece about the untimely end to the series. This is a piece about what it means to be alone and operating under the pretense of doing good. About what it means for a character like Amy to have such a relentless need to improved her world. This is about the mucilaginous paste of pain and
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Criticwire TV: 'Mad Men' Disappoints, 'Game of Thrones' Delivers & More

Criticwire TV: 'Mad Men' Disappoints, 'Game of Thrones' Delivers & More
With "Mad Men" airing its second episode last Sunday, the psychologizing of Don Draper continues, although this week's episode ("The Collaborators") made that task a bit easier than usual -- at least according to the consternation of some critics. A flashback of Don watching his widowed stepmother sleep with Mack (Morgan Rusler) has been interpreted in several reviews as an answer to Don's business-like approach to relationships. "But there's more than affairs — or perhaps less — going on in 'The Collaborators,'" writes Alan Sepinwall at Hitfix. "We get another flashback to Dick Whitman's childhood relationship with prostitution — here finally explaining previous references he's made to having been raised in a whorehouse." Maureen Ryan at The Huffington Post took issue the framing device. "At what point does Dick Whitman's life story become so utterly filled with horror and tragedy that it tips into some kind of parody?" she wrote. "His life
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TV on Tap: Spartacus' Final Stand, Patrick Duffy Wants a "Step By Step" Reunion and "Copper" Gets Alfre Woodard

Da Vinci's Demons spreads its wings tonight.

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Patrick Duffy says he'd like to participate in a Step by Step reunion movie and that it would be interesting to see how the Lambert family grew up. I just hope such a series spawns a serious topical drama that desperately adds a laugh track when ratings tank, giving the Tgif generation a The Bradys of their own.

You've seen me complain that the dark side of a golden age of television is a too-full DVR that make it challenging to keep up with all the good shows (as well as the guilty pleasures and hate watching) available. It also means that shows like Southland and Switched at Birth don't quite get the attention they deserve. I'm still looking for time to get caught up on Game of Thrones, much less time to get to that third episode of Top of the Lake.
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TV on Tap: Jimmy Fallon Will Take Over "The Tonight Show," "The Walking Dead" Promotes Three and the Wait for "Hannibal" Is Over

The cast of Hannibalhopes you don't ahve dinner plans and are open to new experiences.

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NBC finally made it official that Jimmy Fallon will become host of The Tonight Show in 2014, settling weeks of rumor saying this was about to happen. Now there's the question of the new Late Night host.

The Walking Dead has promoted three cast members to regulars — Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emmily Kinney (that's Tyreese, Sasha and Beth)

Syfy has ordered a new competition series, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Exit is based on a Japanese show and follows four teams trying to make it out of a series of four rooms, facing a variety of puzzles.

I may love watching Mad Men but covering it in the listings is a pain thanks to generic episode teasers like (I kid you not) "Don launches a new campaign," "Peggy ponders taking a trip" or "Pete encounters an interesting stranger.
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Reviews Are In for Ring of Fire Starring Lost’s Terry O’Quinn

The reviews are in for the Reelz mini-series event Ring of Fire, starring Terry O'Quinn, Michael Vartan, Lauren Lee Smith and Agam Darshi. From the sound of it, critics agree that our own disaster epic has the edge when it comes to end-of-the-world scenarios.

Terry O’Quinn (Lost) does nicely restrained work as the main villain.

Neil Genzlinger - New York Times It's a far superior piece of filmmaking, impressive in its special effects... dramatic displays of technical know-how in the face of unthinkable catastrophe”

Dorothy Ravinowitz – Wall Street Journal [Terry O’Quinn] does a really good ambiguously evil CEO type.

Maureen Ryan - Huffington Post Terry O'Quinn (Lost), Michael Vartan (Alias) and Agam Darshi (Sanctuary) give the miniseries some heft

Chicago Tribune Red Eye I cannot wait to see this.

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The wait is nearly over. Catch the premiere of Ring of Fire tonight with three chances to watch starting at 8p Et/ 5p Pt.
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Critics' Roundtable: "Girls"

In so many ways, HBO’s series Girls is like nothing else on television. Made up of parts that are terrific and groundbreaking while also frustrating and challenging, the Lena Dunham-created series is one that we can’t stop talking about. And with the recent episodes stepping even further outside of the boundaries of traditional TV comedy, we thought it was the perfect time to bring together a group of top TV Critics to discuss what’s working, what’s not and, of course, whether Dunham’s frequent nudity on the show is a good or bad thing...or is that not even the point?

Our TV Critics this time out are: Maureen Ryan (Television Critic, Huffington Post), Trish Bendix (Managing Editor, AfterEllen.com), Damian Holbrook (Senior Writer, TV Guide Magazine), Shaunna Murphy (TV editor, Hollywood.com) and our own Jim Halterman.

In the "Bad Friend" episode, Hannah says
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Arrow Review: “Burned” (Season 1, Episode 10)

Time off is important. Whatever it is that makes up your day-to-day life, whether it’s work, school, or a hobby, nothing is better for letting you get a new perspective on your routines than just stopping them completely for a while. It’s why many first year series come back over the midseason break with a renewed sense of energy and focus. Television (in particular, network television) runs on a very rigid schedule, so when everyone’s immediate goal is to just make sure next week’s episode isn’t actively on fire, it’s sometimes easiest to just put your head down, and power through till vacation time.

Coming back from the winter holidays as well rested as I hope you all are, Arrow’s latest episode is by no means a radical departure from everything that’s come before it. It’s only been a month mind you,
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Critics' Roundtable: "The Walking Dead"

The Walking Dead is AMC's greatest ratings succes by far and one of the biggest in cable, often beating the offerings on the broadcast networks. But is everything about the series working or are there still areas that need fine-tuning? In the wake of losing regular cast members Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) and IronE Singleton (T-Dog) in last Sunday's gut-wrenching episode, how will their deaths impact the other characters and the show?

AfterElton gathered together a group of top TV critics to get their two cents on The Walking Dead. Included in this roundtable: Maureen Ryan (Television Critic, Huffington Post), Rob Moynihan (La Correspondant, TV Guide Magazine), Reg Seeton (Editor-in-Chief, The Deadbolt.com) Trish Bendix (Managing Editor, AfterEllen.com) and our own Jim Halterman.

Overall, how do you think Season 3 is going compared to past seasons? Best season ever... or not living up to its potential?

Rob Moynihan: I think
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Aaron Sorkin's Female Trouble: The Women of 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin's Female Trouble: The Women of 'The Newsroom'
Aaron Sorkin is once again under fire for his writing of female characters. Following the blowback surrounding his portrayal of women in his script for "The Social Network" (one I didn't actually agree with), he's back attracting talk of sexism thanks to his new (and recently renewed) HBO drama "The Newsroom" as well as a cringe-worthy interview with Sarah Nicole Prickett at the Globe and Mail which starts with him asking the young reporter if she watched his series pilot twice "because you liked it so much the first time, or because you didn't understand it the first time?" It goes downhill from there. The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan and The Daily Beast's Jace Lacob delve into "The Newsroom" and its problematic female characters in a long, funny discussion that's well worth a read. Ryan makes a particularly noteworthy point here: The twin foundations of the series are that men commit acts of brave.
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