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IronE Singleton Opens Up About His Exit From 'The Walking Dead'

7 November 2012 1:51 PM, PST

I'm sure by now most of you know that on the last episode of AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead, our man T-Dog (played by IronE Singleton) was essentially zombie lunch. We've heard what the show's creator and producer have had to say about T-Dog's exit (that his was a heroic death); but what about the actor who played the part - IronE Singleton? Speaking with the press, Singleton talked about his character's death, how he feels about it, getting the dreaded phone call from his bosses that his character would be killed off and what that moment was like, and whether we just might see T-Dog again in a future episode, whether alive, or as one of the walking dead - although it looked like the zombies feasted on him, so much that him returning in any form is unlikely. But here's Singleton in his own words:  "I am »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Teaser for FX's Spy Drama 'The Americans,' Starring Keri Russell (Video)

7 November 2012 1:42 PM, PST

FX's new series "The Americans" -- a 1981-set spy series created by former CIA officer-turned-tv writer and producer Joe Weisberg ("Falling Skies") -- is slated to premiere in January. The drama is set in Washington, D.C., where the Jennings pose as a seemingly normal married American couple but in reality are Kgb agents. Read More: FX Orders Up Keri Russell '80s Spy Drama 'The Americans' Created by CIA Officer FX has released a short teaser, below, for the series (via Deadline), which was given a 13-episode order in August. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell play the couple, whose marriage was arranged as a cover. That charade is slowly giving way to genuine feelings, but their relationship's progress is complicated by the missions they're given, their two children (who know nothing about their parents' original identities) and their new neighbor (Noah Emmerich), who happens to work for the. »


- Alison Willmore

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Jennifer Hudson, Octavia Spencer On Board For Lifetime's Anthology Series 'Five 2'

7 November 2012 1:22 PM, PST

Jennifer Hudson and Octavia Spencer are joining Melissa Leo and Sarah Hyland to star in the Lifetime anthology movie Five 2, which chronicles the lives of various characters dealing with breast cancer. Laura Dern is on board to direct one of the segments in the anthology. The first film in the franchise, Five, which Jennifer Aniston exec produced, aired on the network last year. Aniston returns to again in the same position for Five 2, along with Marta Kauffman, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri. Sony TV is producing.

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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'The Hour' Star Romola Garai Strikes Out at Hollywood's Weight Obsession

7 November 2012 12:08 PM, PST

Remember when Kate Winslet was lambasted by the media for her hourglass figure in "Titanic"? Well, Romola Garai, the gorgeous young star of must-see BBC America series "The Hour," is calling out the American media for airbrushing her lithe size ten figure. The 30-year-old said: “My weight was a very big issue when I started. I was then - and am now - a very normal size 10. But that’s not acceptable. Everyone’s aware of it. It’s partly because fashion, film and television have become so interdependent. Increasingly, it’s actresses doing the big fashion advertising campaigns and now there’s no distinction between actresses and models. There’s no way I could ring up a company that was lending me a red carpet dress and say, ‘Do you have it in a 10?’ Because all the press samples are an eight - I would say a small eight. »


- Anne Thompson

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HBO Will Air Comedy Special 'Mel Brooks Strikes Back!' on December 10th

7 November 2012 11:14 AM, PST

In the immortal words of Max Bialystock, "I picked the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did I go right?" A month after Shout! Factory releases its epic "The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy" DVD/CD box set, "Mel Brooks Strikes Back!" will make its debut on HBO on Monday, December 10th at 9pm, a special filmed in front of a live audience at the Geffen Theater in Westwood, CA. The show features Brooks in conversation with Alan Yentob, the BBC's creative director, discussing his career as a writer, director, actor, producer, composer, failed ballet dancer and comedian, and will include clips from "Your Show of Shows," a Brooks and Carl Reiner "2000 Year Old Man" routine, "The Producer," "Blazing Saddles" and "High Anxiety," as well as footage of Brooks performing the song "Retreat" with collaborator Ronny Graham. ...

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- Alison Willmore

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Mila Kunis to Executive Produce Feminist TV Drama for The CW

7 November 2012 10:15 AM, PST

Mila Kunis will be executive producing a drama for The CW on feminism!  The headline from the Hollywood Reporter "Mila Kunis to Exec Produce Women's Lib Drama for CW" piqued our interest since most TV shows are not so blatantly feminist. Meridian Hills will look at a midwestern country club during the the begining of the women's movement in the 70s.  A newly married woman joins the Junior League at the country club and meets a group of women who want to shake things up. Sydney Sidner will write the script as well as executive produce. Also executive producing are Lisa Sterbakov, Cami Curtis and Susan Curtis. As of now, Kunis is not attached to appear in the project. We'll be watching this one. Mila Kunis to Exec Produce Women's Lib Drama for CW (Hr)

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- Kerensa Cadenas

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Sundance Channel Developing Scripted Series from Ira Glass, Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci

7 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

"Rectify," the Sundance Channel's first original scripted series all its own, will premiere next year, marking a shift the network's been making into the kind of high-end scripted show territory for which its sister channel AMC is best known. Sundance's dramas have until this point been acquisitions or coproductions like Olivier Assayas' "Carlos," the British spy miniseries "Restless" and Jane Campion's crime saga "Top Of The Lake" (the latter two are upcoming), but with "Rectify" and the slate of scripted series the network announced as in development in the Hollywood Reporter today, it's clear that the channel wants to establish itself as a place for quality original dramas. Read More: Sundance Channel Sets a Premiere Date For Its British Spy Miniseries 'Restless' Sundance has five scripted shows in the development, dealing with topics ranging from surfing to sex reassignment. ...

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- Alison Willmore

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Watch Episode 1 Of New Web Series 'Crumbs In The Bed' About Newly-Married Couple

7 November 2012 8:58 AM, PST

Long-time regular S&A commenter, Adam Scott Thompson has launched a new web series titled Crumbs In The Bed, which centers on... ... a young married couple with a new home who laugh, bicker and negotiate while in bed together. Created by Mr Thompson, the series is directed by Solomon Onita, Jr., and producer by Stephanie Hall & Rusty Hall. Episode 1 debuted online a few days ago, and is embedded below. You can stay connected via the usual social networking sites: www.facebook.com/crumbsinthebed; www.pinterest.com/crumbsinthebed; and @crumbsintheweb on Twitter. Watch episode 1 below, titled Oh Crumby Night, in which the couple argue over the husband's decision to have his cookies... in bed.

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Starz Sets a Premiere Date for the Final Season of 'Spartacus: War of the Damned'

7 November 2012 7:44 AM, PST

The "Spartacus" series has been a significant success for Starz, even with the tragic loss of lead actor Andy Whitfield to cancer after the first season. Heavy with sex, violence and historical intrigue, the Steven S. DeKnight-created sword-and-sandals saga will come to an end in its upcoming third season "Spartacus: War of the Damned." Starz has now set a return date for that final season -- Friday, January 25, 2013 at 9pm. "War of the Damned" will take place after the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Following the Battle of Vesuvius, Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and his men have amassed victories against the Romans that have made the man a legend and increased the ranks of the slave rebellion. Manu Bennett, Dustin Clare, Dan Feuerriegel, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Ellen Hollman will be back for this final season, with Todd Lasance (Gaius Julius Caesar), Simon Merrells and Anna Hutchison joining the cast. »


- Alison Willmore

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Alimi Ballard Will Partnet Up With Mira Sorvino In New Jerry Bruckheimer Drama 'Trooper'

7 November 2012 7:25 AM, PST

Alimi Ballard has joined Mira Sorvino in TNT’s new Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama pilot Trooper, which centers on a recently divorced female state trooper who is as unconventional at work as she is at home raising her three kids. Her partner on the job is a widowed father who has a much more by-the-book approach to policing. Ballard will play her partner, Lt. Hollis Figgins. Ballard's resume is chock-full of TV work, once a regular on Numb3rs, would also feature in other series like NCIS, Rizzoli & Isles, and others. He aso co-stars in a few upcoming feature films.

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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TV Ratings: Winners ("The Voice," ABC Fridays) and Losers (The CMAs, Halloween Night)

7 November 2012 7:22 AM, PST

The 2012-13 television season just finished up week six, with NBC and CBS stealing back the 18-49 and overall viewers crowns after Fox's World Series-propelled wins in both last week. But ABC -- third in both regards -- offered up two of the most interesting ratings stories last week, both good and bad. More on those, as well as other winners and losers from the week, as Indiewire offers up highlights from the just-in ratings: Winner: "Last Man Standing" and "Malibu County" Tgif is back! ABC's attempt at making family friendly sitcoms work on Friday night (which they haven't really since the network's 1990s lineup featuring the likes of "Full House" and "Family Matters") has so far paid off. The series premiere of the Reba McEntire-Lily Tomlin comedy "Malibu County" and the second season premiere of Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" helped ABC take last Friday in the 18-49 demographic. »


- Peter Knegt

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Creator, Star Talk New South African Paranormal Detective Series 'Room 9' + Title Sequence

7 November 2012 7:02 AM, PST

An upcoming new 13-part television series set in an alternate "Pan-African universe," where all sorts of unexplainable, paranormal dark threats rule. Here, a specialized Police Occult Unit led by ambitious young detective Alice Kunene, together with seasoned veteran Harkness, and their high-tech detective team, situated in a cavernous, dingy basement, called Room 9 (other teams disparagingly refer to this team as “Zombie Cops”), hunt down the "perpetrators of evil," both in the world of the living and of the dead. Welcome to the playground of the Devil, where Satanic cults, Muti murders, the Tokoloshe, Demons, Poltergeists, Zombies, Werewolves, Aliens, Vampires, and even a Mermaid, are all on the menu. Zethu Dlomo, David Butler, Anthony Oseyemi, Angela Ludek, and Elné Pretorius make up the starring cast. Some of the creators behind the new series should be names you recognize, like Charlie Vundla (he directed...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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ABC Family Begins Production on Drama Pilot The Fosters' (Sherri Saum, Teri Polo)

7 November 2012 6:39 AM, PST

This is the previously-announced hour-long drama that Jennifer Lopez sold to ABC Family that will center on a lesbian couple who suddenly have their already child-heavy multi-ethnic household turned upside down when a wayward teenage girl moves in. The lesbian couple will be played by Teri Polo (The West Wing) and Sherri Saum (Rescue Me). ABC Family picked up the pilot for a potential series that will be titled The Fosters. The rest of the cast - notably the children - follow via press release from ABC Family below; and based on what I see, it's not all that much of a multi-ethnic family, given that all but one of the 5 kids is white. ABC Family Begins Production On Drama Pilot "The Fosters" Starring Teri Polo And Sherri Saum From Executive Producer Jennifer Lopez Burbank, CA (November 6, 2012) - ABC Family begins production this week on the drama series pilot "The Fosters, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Gbenga Akinnagbe Will Be A Nigerian Crime Lord In 'Graceland'

7 November 2012 6:22 AM, PST

Gbenga Akinnagbe has booked what is being described as a major recurring role on USA's new drama Graceland, joining stars Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Brandon Jay McLaren and Manny Montana, in a series that centers on a motley crew of government agents (DEA, FBI, Customs) whose lives collide when they end up living together in an undercover beach house in Southern California.  Akinnagbe will play a character named Bello, a Nigerian crime boss, with unconventional leadership methods with regards to how he operates his street business.  A longer description of Bello courtesy of HuffPo: Having lived his adolescence on the run from vicious warlords in Africa, Akinnagbe's Bello witnessed many displays of soulless torture and violence. He escaped that world, but he took its lessons to heart. He values power and influence, but knows that it can lead to loneliness. And he knows that ego can be a »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Flashback To When David Milch Didn't Think Black Writers Could Write For Mainstream Audiences

6 November 2012 1:13 PM, PST

It's a slow news day today, and with good reason - it's Election Day. And I'm manning (or womanning in my case) the site in the meantime, while others handle their civic duties, and other matters. Very loooong lines at polling statings I hear. Anyway, here's something that I dug up that I thought was worth sharing to get some conversation going. Some of you will probably remember this story; I actually only heard about it for the first time recently. At a writer's conference in 1994, David Milch, creator of hit TV shows like NYPD Blue, stated the following: "In the area of drama, it [is] difficult for black American writers to write successfully for a mass audience." I was shocked to read that knowing that Milch made those very bold claims in a public space. It seemed like the kind of thing you only hear about happening behind closed doors, »


- Courtney

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Election Video: Colbert and Silver Buck Up Obama Supporters

6 November 2012 1:11 PM, PST

NY Times blogger Nate Silver was impressive on Charlie Rose and he's hilarious on The Colbert Report. Basically, the author of  "The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--But Some Don't" thinks most political pundits are full of hot hair and it's not rocket science to add up the averages on a series of polls--which are trending even more toward Obama in the last 48 hours-- and come to the conclusion with 87% certainty that our incumbent president has more than 270 electoral votes in the bag. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

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- Anne Thompson

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The Five Best Opening Credits Sequences From 2012's New Shows

6 November 2012 10:32 AM, PST

A quick survey of this fall's (and the past summer's) new shows suggests that whatever other trends you may spot -- apocalyptic settings, single leading ladies, atypical families -- TV definitely seems to be moving away from the traditional opening credits sequence to a more straightforward title card. While cable channels still lean toward longer openings, with HBO generally leading the pack (the back-patting opening for "The Newsroom" aside), the networks seem to be favoring either briefer title displays that don't eat quite so much into episode runtimes, or "Revolution"-style expository intros that explain high-concept premises. In appreciation of well-edited montages and catchy theme songs, no matter how tired they can get when binge watching a full season of a show on Netflix, here's a look at the five best opening credit sequences from the narrowing selection of 2012's new series. "Ben and Kate" Fox's comedy about an...

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- Alison Willmore

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Diablo Cody Sells 'Alex + Amy' Sitcom To ABC; 'Boy Meets World' Sequel Series In The Works With Original Cast

6 November 2012 10:16 AM, PST

A couple of small-screen updates, with some news from someone who has already had success on TV, and the return of a sitcom that was a favorite of a certain genration. First up, even as she works in post on her directorial debut, Diablo Cody is multitasking, selling a pilot script for "Alex + Amy" to ABC. The concept? The story centers on the relationship between a 22 year-old Millenial and a 32 year-old Gen X woman. Hijinks! We really hope this doesn't mean a show where the jokes are centered around one person liking the vinyl and the other preferring an iPad, but we presume that'll be the general tone and that it will show the difference between growing up the '80s and '90. Shrug for now, but then again, these things never appear all that promising on paper. Who would've though that Cody's pal Liz Meriweather's adorkable "The New Girl »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Janine Sherman Barrois Sells Twisted Murder Procedural To CBS; Could Become Showrunner

6 November 2012 9:54 AM, PST

Janine Sherman Barrois (above), executive producer, and writer on CBS hit series Criminal Minds, is one-third of a trio who've sold a new hour-long murder procedural to CBS titled, Darkness Falls, a show that will explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders. The other 2 names in the trio are The Mark Gordon Company and Barrois partner at Criminal Minds Erica Messer. Both Barrois and Messer will write and executive produce Darkness Falls. And if the project gets ordered to series, Barrois will serve as showrunner for it, which would be awesome for her! There certainly aren't many black women showrunners. Barrois began her television career working as a writer on The Jamie Foxx Show. She went on to become a co-producer of The PJs and then was hired »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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With No Pick-Up From Syfy, 'Battlestar Galactica' Prequel 'Blood & Chrome' Heads to YouTube

6 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Created and written by Michael Taylor ("Star Trek: Voyager") and David Eick ("Caprica"), "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" was conceived as another prequel to Syfy's acclaimed and critically adored "Battlestar Galactica" reimagining. While "Caprica," which ran for one intriguing, frustrating season on the network in 2010, was set decades before the events in the first series, "Blood & Chrome" takes place closer in the original's timeline, following William Adama -- the character played by Edward James Olmos in "Battlestar Galactica" -- as a young man (played by Luke Pasqualino) who's just been assigned to the Galactica, the newest battlestar in the fleet, in the tenth year of the First Cylon War. Syfy ended up passing on the series back in March, while confirming plans to eventually broadcast the 90-minute pilot as a stand-alone movie. But "Blood &...

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- Alison Willmore

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