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Layoffs Hit Huffington Post Entertainment as Part of Restructuring

  • The Wrap
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' Secrets Revealed

'Breaking Bad' Secrets Revealed
You don't have to be an art history major to know that "Breaking Bad" looks like nothing else on television. It's shot on film, in New Mexico, at a pace that would never fly on broadcast TV, and every episode seems to include at least one sequence filmed from the perspective of a sink drain, or the bottom of a skateboard, or the inside of a meth-cooking cauldron.

As the director of photography for Breaking Bad since its second season, Michael Slovis is the man responsible for setting up those shots. He also works very closely with series creator Vince Gilligan and the rest of the crew to choose locations, design sets, and determine the overall look of the show. Slovis has directed four episodes of the series, including last weekend's riveting "Confessions," and he shared a few behind-the-scenes secrets with HuffPost TV in a phone interview this week.

Caution: Spoilers Ahead!
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Mash-up: 'Breaking Bad' Loves 'Lost'

Mash-up: 'Breaking Bad' Loves 'Lost'
We adore "Breaking Bad," and the show's recent nods to "Lost" -- intentional or not -- are beyond amazing.

With the final season of "Breaking Bad" (Sundays at 9 p.m. Et on AMC) already featuring some flash-forwards to future Walt, this week's episode, "Buried," included a hatch, mysterious numbers and a lottery ticket. It was basically a dream come true for anyone who loves both shows. And that's not even mentioning the obvious Walt connection. (Waaaaaaalt!)

We loved it all so much, we mashed the moments up to see them side-by-side. Watch the video, above, to see for yourself.

Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan joked about the many nods in her weekly recap, saying:

This episode featured both a hatch and a sequence of numbers. "Breaking Lost," anyone? (Maybe they've all been dead the whole time?)

And "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse tweeted his appreciation as well:

Watch our "Lost" and "Breaking Bad" mash-up,
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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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One Last Word On 'Happy Endings'

One Last Word On 'Happy Endings'
"Happy Endings" is officially canceled, but ABC is still getting heat for it. At his executive session, ABC president Paul Lee discussed the series and the struggles it had on the network.

"Happy Endings" got its highest ratings airing after "Modern Family," and according to Lee, the series couldn't find its "sea legs" away from the popular series. Lee said any show "has to sort of earn its right" to stay after the Emmy-winning comedy and has to "attract an audience on its own," something "Happy Endings" didn't do.

Paul Lee says #HappyEndings was canceled because "it couldn't find its sea legs away from a strong lead in" #TCAs13

— TV Guide Magazine (@TVGuideMagazine) August 4, 2013

"Obviously we were thrilled with #HappyEndings behind #Modern Family but a show has to earn its right to attract audience on its own," Lee

Danielle Turchiano (@danielletbd) August 4, 2013

Launching the new season in the fall of
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'Breaking Bad' Takes TCAs

'Breaking Bad' Takes TCAs
The final season of "Breaking Bad" is upon us and the stars and creator of the AMC drama took the stage Friday at the Television Critics Association Summer 2013 press tour. Series creator Vince Gilligan, and stars Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, and Betsy Brandt took questions from the media and talked about the meth drama's highly-anticipated final eight episodes.

Follow along with HuffPost TV's Maureen Ryan here.
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The Surprising 'Orange Is The New Black' & 'Doug' Connection

The Surprising 'Orange Is The New Black' & 'Doug' Connection
Patti Mayonnaise is in jail. Sort of ...

"Orange is the New Black" star Constance Shulman -- Erica "Yoga" Jones to fans of the Netflix series -- voiced Patti Mayonnaise on the '90s cartoon series "Doug," Twitter user Pat Sandora pointed out.

"Doug" ran on Nickelodeon from 1991-1994 before moving to Disney and airing from 1996-1999. Shulman also voiced Patti in the 1999 feature film, "Doug's First Movie."

Shulman's other credits include "The Faculty," "He Said, She Said," "Weekend at Bernie's II" and "Fried Green Tomatoes."

"Orange is the New Black," a Netflix original series from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan, follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) after she's sent to prison.

"Orange is the New Black," which HuffPost TV critic Maureen Ryan called it one of the best new shows of the year, has already been renewed for a second season and you can expect to see more Yoga Jones. "I
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'The Newsroom' Shows Growth

Say what you will about "The Newsroom," but the HBO media-centric drama showed ratings growth in its Season 2 premiere.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Newsroom's" sophomore season debut on Sunday brought in 2.2 million viewers, up four percent from the series premiere, which had 2.1 million viewers. The Season 2 premiere was also just shy of the show's highest ratings ever -- the Season 1 finale, which brought in 2.3 million viewers.

However, "The Newsroom" only held about half of its lead-in's audience: "True Blood" boasted 4.5 million viewers on Sunday night, making it the HBO mainstay's most-watched episode of the season. The impressive ratings garnered "True Blood" a seventh season, which was announced earlier on Monday.

Reviews of "The Newsroom" Season 2 have also slightly improved. "The tone has been moderated and the some of its excesses have been turned down a few notches. But for me, the fact that we know all about the
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Michael Cera 'Wasn't Surprised' By Mixed Reaction To New 'Arrested'

Michael Cera 'Wasn't Surprised' By Mixed Reaction To New 'Arrested'
There was perhaps no more exciting TV event this year than the return of "Arrested Development."

But when the previously canceled Fox series came back from the TV graveyard more than seven years later for a fourth season on Netflix, the fan and critical response was mixed, to say the least.

HuffPost TV critic Maureen Ryan, for example, noted that "most of the season reeks of flop sweat." She added that "watching Season 4 of 'Arrested Development' is like meeting a friend after you've spent a decade apart ... Something that once felt effortless now reeks of frantic, misdirected effort, and all the flailing attempts to connect the dots of the story mainly serve as a reminder of how little structural complexity matters if the characters, the tone and ultimately the magic get lost in the shuffle."

When HuffPost Live asked Michael Cera, who plays George-Michael Bluth on "Arrested Development,
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Elisabeth Moss' 'Mad Men' Admission

Elisabeth Moss' 'Mad Men' Admission
Elisabeth Moss has been playing Peggy Olson on "Mad Men" for nearly a decade and despite the immense precision with which the AMC drama tells its '60s-set stories, she has a confession to make.

When asked on NPR's "Fresh Air" if she studied old ads from the '60s to get a feel for the environment at the time, Moss said, "No, not at all. I’ve done absolutely no research involving 'Mad Men' whatsoever. Let me be very clear. Everything that I’ve learned about advertising in that time period is from the show. You know, my interest has been so much more about Peggy as woman, her emotional life and who she is as a person."

Moss has previously said that the time period was never what mattered most to her about playing Peggy. "From the very beginning, from the pilot, I didn't care that it was the '60s.
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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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Comic-Con 2013 - Full Schedule for Friday July 19th

Comic-Con released their full schedule of events and panels for for Friday, July 19th! It looks like another great day at the event, and we're excited to be there to cover as much as we can for you!

Friday will include panels for The World's End, Kick-Ass 2, Riddick, The Walking Dead, "DC Comics Justice League: Trinity War", Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Game of Thrones, "Marvel: Cup O' Joe," Robocop, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Veronica Mars, Robot Chicken, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and more!

To see the full panel and event line-up, click here. Below you'll find a few noteworthy panels. Stay tuned for all your Comic-Con awesomeness!

Friday, July 19

Star Wars Comics: Here and Now

What is the current state of Star Wars comics? Join Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley and Star Wars creators Carlos D'Anda, Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Doug Wheatley,
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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: See what's happening Friday

Comic-Con 2013 schedule: See what's happening Friday
Friday’s Comic-Con schedule has landed! And it’s totally packed with action, from Simon Pegg’s latest The World’s End panel to a special Veronica Mars presentation.

In case you missed it, click here to see Thursday’s schedule and below you’ll see Friday’s TV and movie highlights. For more info and the complete schedule head over to the official Comic-Con site.

10:00am-11:00am, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Cartoon Network: Regular Show: Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of over the top regular?
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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

Download the
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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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