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Listen: Chuck Klosterman Hosted 90-Minute Talk With 'Mad Men' Team Matthew Weiner, Jon Hamm, & More

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It’s a little over a week until the premiere of the final batch of “Mad Men” episodes, and to celebrate the occasion, last week the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted creator Matthew Weiner and some of the cast for a long discussion about the show. Thankfully, for those of us that didn’t have the chance to attend, the Lincoln Center released a podcast version of the discussion. Titled “Mad Men: The End of an Era,” Chuck Klosterman hosts this week’s episode of the Lincoln Center’s long-running “The Close-Up” podcast, which runs just over 90 minutes. The discussion is anchored by clips from the show chosen by Weiner, Jon HammJanuary JonesChristina Hendricks, and John Slattery. The clip-centered structure allows Weiner and the cast to not only talk about the actual filming of the scenes, but about the nature of the characters, the malleability of identity in America, »


- Cain Rodriguez

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Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon's Kidnapping Drama "Stockholm, Pennsylvania" to Air on Lifetime

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In a clear example of how the distribution market is changing everyday, Nikole Beckwith's Sundance drama "Stockholm, Pennsylvania" has been slated for a run on the Lifetime channel.  Starring Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon, writer-director Beckwith's debut will focus on a teenage girl (Ronan) who was kidnapped as a child and the difficulties she and her mother (Nixon) face in adjusting back to "normal" life after her rescue.   In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Beckwith described how she came up with the film's thoughtfully original premise: "I grew up during a time when there were a lot of focal kidnapping cases. I think the sensationalism surrounding them became part of my worldview very early, both in the vulnerability of being a child and the predatory culture which surrounds growing up as or into a woman."  She continued, "Part of that sensationalism and our strange voyeuristic hunger towards...

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- Inkoo Kang

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James Lesure Joins Mike Epps and Nia Long in 'Uncle Buck'

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One of 4 TV sales that super-producer Will Packer made after launching his own production company, and inking a first-look deal with NBC/Universal - although this one is going to ABC - is the comedy pilot "Uncle Buck," which will star Mike Epps in the title role, and Nia Long as his "strong-willed and smart wife." Announced earlier this week, James Lesure has joined the growing cast that also includes Aalyrah Caldwell, Sayeed Shahidi and ImanBenson. A small-screen adaptation of the 1989  John Hughes/John Candy movie of the same name, "Uncle Buck" the TV series will be penned by "MADtv" vets Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, and is described as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way.  Will Packer will exec-produce alongside Cragg and Bradley. If ABC likes the pilot, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Sitcom 'Coach' With Craig T. Nelson Is Coming Back To TV & 'Alien Nation' Is Getting A Reboot

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Maybe it's time to say enough already: "24" got a limited series renewal, "The X-Files" and "Twin Peaks" are both set to return, and now, another show is returning probably for no other reason than the respective rights holders still have this sitting around and it's a bit cheaper than producing something from scratch. And so, over at NBC, they are reviving the '90s sitcom "Coach," and it will actually be a sequel series. Craig T. Nelson is back in the titular role, but there's a bit of a twist. Here's the synopsis from EW: Coach Hayden Fox, in the present day, has retired from coaching. He is called back to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy league school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team. As concepts go, it's not a bad one, but we're »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Scrubs' Creator Bill Lawrence on 'Undateable' and Multi-Cam Sitcoms as 'Comfort Food'

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Read More: 'Key & Peele' On Mastering Cinematic Sketch Comedy, with a Whole Lot of Improv (And Football) When Indiewire sat down with Bill Lawrence, he was clenching a piece of paper with jokes written on it -- because we were backstage at Esther's Follies in Austin, Texas, and he was about to open a stand-up comedy show featuring the cast of "Undateable," the show he now produces for NBC about a group of unlucky-in-love friends living in Detroit. Having created the shows "Scrubs" and "Cougartown," Lawrence has an established track record with single-camera comedy, but the self-professed television nerd is happy to be working again in the multi-camera format. Below, he reveals why they stacked the "Undateable" cast with stand-up comics who were all friends, and what he loves about multi-cam. So, what's really interesting about "Undateable" is how much it's rooted in sitcom tradition. I love sitcoms -- I'm a. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Wanda Sykes’ Long Forgotten Sit-Com ‘Wanda at Large’ Coming Out on DVD in April

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Hey do you remember Wanda Sykes’ hit sit-com “Wanda at Large”? Yeah, me neither. In the show, produced by Warner Bros Television, premiered on the Fox Network 12 years ago in March 2003 after American Idol, Sykes basically played a variation of herself, a standup comic who is gets a job as a correspondent on a Washington, D.C. political talk show. Needless to say, Wanda's unique outspoken approach turns her bosses and the anchors crazy. Meanwhile on the homefront, Sykes has to deal with her sister-in-law who is living with her while raising two children, one of them played by a very young Jurnee Smollett. And I wasn’t being frivolous when I said it was a hit. It really was. The show premiered to Empire-type numbers pulling in just over 14 million viewers when it began. Though the numbers decreased somewhat during its run, it was still averaging some 12 million »


- Sergio

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Watch: U.S. Trailer For J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' Spirals Out Of Control

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The more closely knit the town, the less it takes to rattle it. J.K. Rowling takes this idea and runs with it in her book for grown-ups, "The Casual Vacancy." And if you read it and wanted to see it come life (or didn't have time for it, but were curious), a new miniseries adaptation is on the way, and first U.S. trailer has arrived. Starring Rory Kinnear, Simon McBurney, and Michael Gambon, the show will take viewers to the English village of Pagford, where a death sets off a chain of events. Secrets and skeletons in the closet come out in the open, and everyone tries to stay ahead of the revelations before they happen. It looks like a blend of drama and black comedy, and director Johnny Campbell ("Shameless," "Doctor Who") seems to have gotten the mix right. "The Casual Vacancy" hits HBO on April 29th and 30th. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Disney Junior Options Nyt Bestseller "Fancy Nancy" For TV Movie and Series Development

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Fancy Nancy, the New York Times bestselling book series by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated TV movie and series, as well as for related role-play items and other consumer products licensed by Disney Consumer Products.  In addition, HarperCollins and Disney Publishing will collaborate on book editions based on the television series. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, and Susan Katz, President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children's Books.   Kanter said, "Children have been captivated by Fancy Nancy's wit and irrepressible spirit for a decade and we are very eager to give her an even bigger stage on which to perform." Preiss Glasser said, "After the thrill of seeing my two-dimensional drawings of Nancy and her 'world' come alive in spin-off musicals and...

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- Jerry Beck

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Watch: Why the Colors of 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Are So Important

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On what level do we notice the colors a director of a film or TV show chooses? When we watch, we're noticing all kinds of other things: the dialogue, the intrigues, the humor, the suspense. We don't necessarily always consciously notice the way directors help these things work together; we don't necessarily instantly analyze what's happening on screen; we don't necessarily think of film as a visual phenomenon first. And why should we? Why should we view these works with special technique-detecting goggles on? We shouldn't, but, as Todd VanDerWerff points out in this excellent Vox video essay, there may be a reason for our positive response to a show or film, and that reason may lie with the director's ingenuity, rather than the twistings and turnings of individual taste. It's a simple point, possibly, and almost tautological, but one worth making, lest we see ourselves as mindless amoebae, wondering »

- Max Winter

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Review: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 11, 'Drastic Voyage: Part 1,' Is All Set-Up & No Payoff

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Previously: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 11 'Achub Y Morfilod' Finds Maturity (And Matthew Rhys) "I swear to God I had something for this." (Episode Summary)The CIA hires the entire office — because, by now, everyone knows Pam, Cyril and Cheryl will get involved anyway — to go inside a doctor's brain in order to save his life. No, they're not training to be doctors (not even Krieger, who never went to medical school). They're getting shrunk down by an amazing new procedure to fit inside a needle and be injected into the comatose doctor's bloodstream.  As the gang gears up for the dangerous task, Lana prods Archer about his mortality now that there's a baby in the picture (not to mention Lana, who is now officially romantically attached). He doesn't seem to think any differently, but whether that bodes well for the mission is yet to be seen. Before they could get into the nitty gritty of things, »

- Ben Travers

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First Lady Michelle Obama Will Make 1st Appearance on 'Black Girls Rock!' Televised Awards Special

26 March 2015 4:39 PM, PDT

Bet Networks and Black Girls Rock! Inc. have announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will make her first appearance on the “Black Girls Rock!” Show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, during which Cicely Tyson (Living Legend Award), Ava DuVernay (Shot Caller Award), Dr. Helene D. Gayle (Social Humanitarian Award), Erykah Badu (Rock Star Award), Nadia Lopez (Change Agent Award) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Star Power Award) will all be honored.  The televised special celebrates its fifth year honoring the triumphs of inspirational African American women who are trailblazers in the areas of art, philanthropy, sports, and community service.  Included in Mrs Obama's appearance will be a speech on the value of education, which is part of the the First Lady’s “Reach Higher” initiative. Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King will return to the stage as co-hosts of “Black Girls Rock!” for the fourth time - the televised primetime. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Final Season of 'Downton Abbey': Why Deciding to End Well Is So Important

26 March 2015 2:14 PM, PDT

Read More: Review: 'Downton Abbey' Season 5 Episode 9 Celebrates Christmas With Booze and Intrigue For those who follow such things, today's formal announcement that the sixth season of "Downton Abbey" would be its last was not a huge surprise. Rumors of the news have been building for weeks now, initially kicked off by comments from Dame Maggie Smith earlier this year, and given the lack of Season 7 contracts and the other projects creator Julian Fellows has in place. But it's still an important announcement, because now that the speculation is over, "Downton" can devote itself fully to ending well. And these days, that's the most important and valuable thing in determining a show's legacy. Whether you interpret the news as "Downton" going out at the top of its game, or a sign that it's overstayed its welcome, determining an ending in advance is one of the strongest moves this »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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New Comedy Series w/ Black Casts - 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' - Will Shake Up NBC's Wednesday Nights

26 March 2015 1:58 PM, PDT

NBC has set Wednesday, August 5, for a new hour-long block of comedies with "Mr. Robinson" premiering at 9 pm, immediately followed by "The Carmichael Show" at 9:30 pm. The network has also released official synopses for both new series. First, "Mr Robinson" follows the lead singer and keyboardist of the funk band Nasty Delicious, Craig (played by Craig Robinson) who knows a thing or two about working the crowd, but his day job is where he really makes his money, while he waits for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute high school music teacher. The school principal (played by Peri Gilpin) believes that rules were made to be strictly upheld. She’s none too fond of Craig’s unorthodox teaching style, or his crush on the pretty English teacher (played by Meagan Good). It’s a constant struggle for Craig, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Vice To Expand HBO's News Coverage With Four-Year Partnership

26 March 2015 11:46 AM, PDT

Read More: Vice Media Reveals Plans to Launch Female-Focused Online Vertical It's official: HBO is digging even more into the news business, with the help of Vice. In a press release issued today, HBO revealed that they will be partnering with Vice in order to expand the scope of their news coverage beyond its current Emmy-winning weekly series. The deal, which is for four years, includes the launch of a daily, half-hour newscast and a Vice branded channel on the HBO Now streaming service. The newscast will be slated to run 48 weeks out of the year. Furthermore, the current weekly "Vice" documentary series has been renewed through 2018, with the number of episodes having been increased from 14 episodes to 35 per year. Vice will also be developing 32 long-form specials for HBO over the course of the four-year period. The news partnership comes on the heals of last month's announcement that Vice plans »

- Shipra Gupta

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Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 8, 'Chapter 34,' Makes the Possible Impossible

26 March 2015 10:21 AM, PDT

Episode 7 Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 7 'Chapter 33' Starts Over Morning Briefing: Framed by two writers creating opposing stories about our not-so-dear President Underwood, "Chapter 34" attempted to dig into two of the season's most compelling new characters. Thomas Yates proved he's willing to play along with Frank's version of his life story by including the too-good-to-be-true swimming story as the book's preface. Reporter Kate Baldwin, meanwhile, was ready to give up her journalistic integrity to cast Underwood in a dark shadow of his own creation. She was talked out if it, but couldn't turn down a man whose writing she adores — and he couldn't turn down a powerful, righteous and much more morally sound woman in a bar.  In addition to the intriguing coupling — though its function has yet to be proven — Frank abandoned his AmWorks program in order to prevent a political (and actual) disaster. With »


- Ben Travers

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In a Gruesome Season of 'The Americans,' a Bloodless Death Is the Most Disturbing of All

26 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

For a show about sexy spies doing sexy things, "The Americans" can be awfully tough to recommend. As Emily Nussbaum wrote in the New Yorker, "Dread is its specialty and also its curse; it’s what makes 'The Americans' at once a must-watch and a hard-sell." In its third season, the show's lingering sense of doom — we know that Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, Soviet sleeper agents working in the U.S., will eventually fail, and that everything they believe in will cease to exist — has taken often gruesome corporeal form. In the season's second episode, the Jennings cracked a dead woman's bones and stuffed her into a suitcase; in the third, Philip yanked out Elizabeth's broken tooth with a pair of household pliers. Last week, a South African agent working to destabilize the anti-apartheid movement was burned alive; this week, the dead man's accomplice was shot in the eye and then strangled to death. »

- Sam Adams

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'Downton Abbey' Announces Final Season, and Possible Movie

26 March 2015 9:55 AM, PDT

Updated: On the heels of announcing the final season today, "Downton Abbey" producers are contemplating a movie. Gareth Neame nixed hopes for a spinoff but did say in the press conference: “We would be very interested in [a movie]... it's definitely something we’re contemplating, it would be great fun to do.” (Entertainment Weekly reports.) Earlier: The rumors are true. "Downton Abbey"'s sixth season will be its last, said Executive Producer Gareth Neame on Thursday morning. "We wanted to close the doors of 'Downton Abbey' when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up," said Neame in today's press conference. Writer/creator Julian Fellowes' »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Downton Abbey' Will End After Season 6, Final Episode To Air Christmas Day

26 March 2015 8:44 AM, PDT

The rumors have been kicking around for the past week, but today it's been made official: "Downton Abbey" will wrap things up after season six. So if you haven't kept up with the drama surrounding the Crawleys, now's the time to catch up with a furious, tea-fuelled binge watch. ITV made the announcement today so you have plenty of time to prepare yourself. Of course, they aren't letting a peep out about what we'll see develop in the final run of shows, but for those of you in the U.K., this year's holidays are going to be extra special: the last episode will air on Christmas Day. "We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up...," teased executive producer Gareth Neame. So we'll put it you: what do you want to see happen? »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sutton and the City in 'Younger'

26 March 2015 8:36 AM, PDT

I didn’t stick with "Bunheads" -- credit my inability to accept moving on from the loss of "Gilmore Girls" -- but man, is that Sutton Foster likable. So is her new TV Land show "Younger" worthy of her? Yes and no. I like the basic existence of a show whose premise is, "How is it that the older and more experienced you are, the less desirable you become?" This is the lament of Foster's 40-year-old character, Liza, back in the workforce after taking more than a decade off to raise her daughter. A newly single empty-nester, she passes herself off as 26 to re-start a career in publishing -- as assistant to a Miranda Priestly-ish boss, Diana Trout (Miriam Shor, of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch!"). As Foster put it in a recent interview, "It's like 'Tootsie,' but with age." Adding to the credentials of "Younger" -- based on »


- Sara Stewart

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Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?)

26 March 2015 7:18 AM, PDT

Riding probably higher than she's even been since entering the business many years ago, on the groundbreaking success of Fox's hit series "Empire," Taraji P. Henson will make her "Saturday Night Live" hosting debut on April 11, 2015! Mumford & Sons will be the show's musical guest - their second time.  One can only assume that there'll be an "Empire" sketch during the episode, with Henson playing the character she plays on the show - the inimitable, always quotable Cookie Lyon; a role that's pushed Henson into a spotlight she really hasn't enjoyed until now. We can only hope it leads to even more work down the road for her - preferably diverse roles, and that she doesn't get boxed into playing Cookie in everything she's cast in from here on.  I'll have to research, but it's a very rare occurrence when a black woman has hosted "Saturday Night Live." Since the show began in the mid-1970's, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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