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12 items from 2014


The curious case of Broadchurch's Us remake Gracepoint: why bother?

2 October 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The American version of the British hit has the same writer, the same director and the same star so what can set it apart?

American versions of British shows have included everything from The Office and American Idol to Sanford and Son, but there is nothing quite like the curious case of Gracepoint.

Gracepoint is a remake of the British smash Broadchurch, which aired on ITV in the UK and BBC America in 2013. Its not the first time a show has been remade with an American cast so soon after being imported on cable (does anyone stateside remember Life on Mars?) Whats curious about Gracepoint is that the premiere has the same writer, the same director, and the same star as Broadchurch though former Doctor Who David Tennant does a growling American accent in the Fox version. American writers Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein replace creator Chris Chibnall for the rest of the series, »

- Brian Moylan

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'Black Jesus' Saves the TV Sitcom

22 August 2014 1:22 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

When I first heard that "The Boondocks" creator Aaron McGruder was creating and writing a series entitled “Black Jesus,” I thought I knew exactly what to expect. Having followed "The Boondocks" so closely, even until its bitter fourth season end, I thought we'd be gearing up for more blunt uncompromising satire with the addition of sharp pokes at contemporary Christianity. As the first episode started and Jesus Christ, played with jovial energy by Slink Johnson, offered a homeless man good will and compassion, instead of that day's lottery numbers, I was pleasantly surprised. “Black Jesus” is a good-hearted sitcom without the sanitizer - “Sanford and Son” with the »

- Dylan Green

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Lee Pace names the sex scene he's rewound... a lot

1 August 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

It’s a good weekend to be Lee Pace: He plays the blue-hued Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy, now in theaters, and his AMC show Halt and Catch Fire airs its season finale Aug. 3 at 10 p.m. Et.

You won’t get spoilers in our Pop Culture Personality Test, but you will learn about the actor’s love for Punky Brewster, Sanford and Son, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, and Team America: World Police. And isn’t that better?

Watch the video and read a full transcript below.

Entertainment Weekly: Who was your first celebrity crush? »

- Mandi Bierly

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Norman Lear Still Seeking Reality and Comedy

8 June 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

All in the Family” met “Modern Family” Sunday at Warner Bros. as Norman Lear and Steve Levitan expounded on the need for mixing reality with comedy in their signature series.

Lear received a standing ovation from the audience of about 400 at the Produced By conference. Producers Guild of America exec Vance Van Petten noted that the guild’s comedy series award is named after Lear and has been awarded to “Modern Family” for the past four years.

Lear and Levitan both explained that they had included themes that had not been previously broadcast (bigotry in “All in the Family,” gay marriage in “Modern Family”) to present an honest portrayal of characters.

“It was the language of our time, the grist of what was going on with the world,” Lear recalled. “I said ‘We’re going to jump in the pool and get wet.’”

The CBS series was so successful that by the mid-1970s, »

- Dave McNary

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Culture Drives Laughs in Today’s TV Comedy

3 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

From “All in the Family” to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “Seinfeld,” comedy has always lived in the zeitgeist of the culture, and if there’s one series that satirizes society’s ever-expanding love-hate relationship with modern technology, it’s HBO’s freshman entry “Silicon Valley.” In one episode, and in quick succession during a disastrous business meeting, a “Star Trek”-esque TeleHuman device bites the dust, a Skype session goes south and, to boot, there’s bad cell phone reception. It’s a scene that aptly mocks our collective frustration with the toys meant to make our lives easier but that ultimately create infuriating stumbling blocks.

It makes you wonder: Weren’t we way better off getting together in person? And that’s the big joke, broadly told but also completely on point and realistic. And that’s why it works.

“I always thought the distance between the »

- Malina Saval

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“For Mature Audiences Only”: treasured TV oldsters of yesteryear

27 May 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Some may say that television hasn’t been too good to senior citizens in terms of their stereotypical depictions. Regardless of the unflattering portrayals there had been some memorable oldsters (in this case over 60) that have given us equal shares of both laughs and cries. In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.

Instead of doing a typical top ten or top twenty listing let’s go in between with a top fifteen selection, shall we? The “For Mature Audiences Only” choices are not necessarily a tasting that everyone will agree on. Perhaps you have your own preferences that were omitted or something that you feel should be added? Anyway, here are the candidates in alphabetical order…

Now for our pop cultural Pepto Bismol personalities:

1.) Doc Galen Adams, »

- Frank Ochieng

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GLAAD Media Awards Winners: Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox and Norman Lear Honored (Video)

13 April 2014 12:17 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

E! personality Ross Mathews hosted the first of two ceremonies for the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which took place on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. GLAAD national spokesman Wilson Cruz awarded television writer and producer Norman Lear with the Pioneer Award. Lear produced iconic sitcoms “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “One Day at a Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” and “Maude.” His activist work includes the founding of advocacy organization People For the American Way, and the championing of First Amendment rights and progressive causes. Also read: ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis-glaad Release New Apology for Anti-Gay Statements Additionally, »

- Jethro Nededog

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‘The Fosters,’ ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Winners

12 April 2014 10:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The groundbreaking ABC family drama “The Fosters” and Emmy-winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra” were among the big winners Saturday at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognizes accurate representations of the Lgbt community.

Honorees for 12 of this year’s 29 media categories were feted at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Iconic TV writer Norman Lear, who produced the hit 1970s sitcoms “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons,” received the Pioneer Award. Jennifer Lopez picked up the coveted Vanguard Award while “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox was presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actress Ellen Page.

Meanwhile, NBC’s longrunning soap “Days of Our Lives” took home the prize for daily drama. The soap recently made television history by airing the first-ever male same-sex wedding in daytime.

Additional awards, including those in movie and TV comedy series categories, will be presented at »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘The Fosters,’ ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Among GLAAD Media Awards Winners

12 April 2014 10:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The groundbreaking ABC family drama “The Fosters” and Emmy-winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra” were among the big winners Saturday at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards, which recognizes accurate representations of the Lgbt community.

Honorees for 12 of this year’s 29 media categories were feted at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Iconic TV writer Norman Lear, who produced the hit 1970s sitcoms “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons,” received the Pioneer Award. Jennifer Lopez picked up the coveted Vanguard Award while “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox was presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award by actress Ellen Page.

Meanwhile, NBC’s longrunning soap “Days of Our Lives” took home the prize for daily drama. The soap recently made television history by airing the first-ever male same-sex wedding in daytime.

Additional awards, including those in movie and TV comedy series categories, will be presented at »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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'Silicon Valley' recap: Is it better to dream big or sell out?

6 April 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Let no one say Mike Judge doesn't have it in for The Man. As in "Office Space," the new HBO series "Silicon Valley" follows the trials of a group of under-appreciated ham-and-eggers hoping to break free of the bottom rung. Unlike "Office Space," the plan here is to do it honestly.  Initially it looks like programmer Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) has big dreams but little to back them up. By day he works as a grunt for a thoroughly ridiculous (and Google-riffic) megacompany called Hooli. Some of the best jokes in the pilot come at Hooli's expense, and while a lot of the humor is tech company-specific, anyone who has worked for a massive corporate entity will feel a queasy sense of recognition. When Richard takes the cushy, company-run bus into work (a real-life perk for Google employees), riders must suffer through an annoyingly slick video plug for the company from ego-bloated founder Gavin Belson. »

- Liane Bonin Starr

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U.S. TV Producers in Bigger Hunt for Overseas Series to Remake

4 April 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Turn on the TV on any given day and you’re likely to be watching a scripted series borne of a foreign country and reformatted for an American audience. From Showtime’s “Shameless” — a revamp of a British series — and “Homeland” — which originated as the popular Israeli skein “Prisoners of War” — to Fox’s recent reconditioning of Peter Duncan’s Aussie legal drama “Rake,” American programming is truly the product of a global show swap. And while influential remakes of British hits “Sanford and Son” and “All in the Family” were breaking down smallscreen barriers long before “The Office” landed on American soil, today’s ever-expanding TV industry is on a fiendish hunt for overseas series in a way it never has before.

“The appetite for American broadcasters to develop reformats is great,” says Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide Prods., whose half-hour laffer “Getting On” was picked up for »

- Malina Saval

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Henry Rieger, Former TV Academy President, Dies at 95

7 March 2014 2:40 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Henry “Hank” Rieger, former prexy of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, died of natural causes in Oceanside, Calif., on March 5. He was 95.

In his 40 years with the TV Academy, Rieger served as prexy of the Hollywood chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was later named TV Academy president. He also worked as editor and publisher of Emmy magazine, which he created for the org.

“Hank Rieger worked tirelessly for many years on behalf of the television academy,” TV Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum said in as statement. “He believed in the Academy’s ability to have a positive impact on the entire entertainment industry, and we are deeply grateful for all he contributed.”

Rieger served as bureau chief for United Press Intl. (Upi) for more than 20 years beginning in the 1940s. He took a leave of absence from Upi to serve as press attaché for the U. »

- Andrea Seikaly

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