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Twin Peaks to Cracker: your favourite TV episodes of all time

21 September 2016 4:39 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

With seminal moments in everything from ER to Boys from the Blackstuff, our readers nominate their top hours of television drama ever – and most of it was even made before the year 2000

The Game of Thrones episode Battle of the Bastards has won a record seven Emmys, which prompted a Guardian article on six of the best hours of TV drama ever made.

Some of you agreed; quite a lot of you, not so much. Many of you couldn’t even agree on the best episodes of the series listed.

Related: What was the best hour of television ever?

I'm desperate father.

Call me Dan.

I'm Desperate Dan.

Doctor Who's own Heaven Sent - Peter Capaldi's masterful one-hander. Simply sublime.

The last episode of Twin Peaks. Bold, bewildering, brutal, beautiful. Nothing like it before or since.

As I once said, only David Lynch would have his protagonist walk »

- James Walsh

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‘Game of Thrones’: Why Its Emmy Record Will Probably Stand Uncontested for Years

19 September 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Frasier who?

The“Game of Thrones” dominance at this year’s Emmys gave it 38 overall wins, which just gave the drama enough juice to surpass “Frasier’s” 37 and make it the most decorated scripted series of all time. The show had better get used to this moniker, because it’s not going to change for a while.

Game of Thrones” has two more seasons left, which will very likely rack up more wins and allow the show to pull ahead even further. Of the Top 10 most Emmy-winning shows of all time, six — “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Cheers,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Frasier” — have long since been canceled and therefore no longer pose a threat to the title.

Read More: Emmys Winners and Losers: ‘Game of Thrones’ Broke Records & Amazon Is on Fire, But What About ‘Fargo’?

The only other scripted series that’s alive in that Top 10 is “Modern Family, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Emmys Analysis: FX Challenges HBO As ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Veep’ Repeat

18 September 2016 9:52 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

HBO repeated the rare feat it accomplished for the first time last year tonight at the Primetime Emmy Awards, winning both Best Drama Series with Game Of Thrones and Comedy Series with Veep. This is only the fourth time in Emmy history that two shows from the same network have won both categories, with NBC the last to pull it off in 1983 and 1984 with Cheers and Hill Street Blues. And as far as I can tell, this is the first time one network has won for best drama, comedy… »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Reflect on Breaking Emmy Record, Spinoffs and Season 7

18 September 2016 8:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Game of Thrones” ruled the 2016 Emmys with 12 wins, including awards for Best Drama Series, Best Directing (Miguel Sapochnik) and Best Writing (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) for “Battle of the Bastards.” That ties the record it set last year, when it scored the most Emmy wins for a series in a single season. The show now also holds the record as the scripted primetime series with the most wins (38 in total), beating “Frasier,” which had 37.

“We loved ‘Frasier’ and he had a long run,” showrunner David Benioff joked backstage after the show’s Best Drama win. “We’re sure someone will come along and take [the record] from us, but hopefully not until we’re all dead.”

Anticipation is high for Season 7, and when asked what we can expect from the penultimate year of the show, Weiss wryly said, “it will be bigger, and it will be better, and it will also be worse, but »

- Laura Prudom

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Chicago Med: Daniel J. Travanti (Hill Street Blues) to Guest in Season Two

17 September 2016 4:26 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Chicago Med is staging a Hill Street Blues reunion! Daniel J. Travanti is set to guest star on season two of the NBC medical drama, and this reunites him with Dick Wolf – the man that brought Chicago Med to life. One of Wolf’s first jobs was as a writer for Hill Street Blues.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The year rookie cop series Hill Street Blues hijacked the Emmys

17 September 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The gritty show was collapsing in the ratings and the cast were despondent – but one night in 1981 at America’s TV awards show changed everything

The 1981 Emmy awards opened with a horrifyingly cheesy musical number called One Big Happy Family sung by the casts of 16 shows, including CHiPs, Happy Days and The Love Boat. That family excluded a rookie cop series but its big, rowdy cast would hijack the evening, hooting and hollering as the low-rated drama captured a record eight awards on the strength of its unsurpassed 21 nominations. While most Emmy awards telecasts are as instantly forgettable as that opening number, the showing by Hill Street Blues that night helped reshape television history.

Right from the swirling, chaotic opening scene of its pilot, Hill Street Blues was a show apart. “Michael Kozoll and I just didn’t want to do a typical cop show,” recalls co-creator Steven Bochco.

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- Stuart Miller

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2016 Creative Arts Emmys, Night One: The Complete Winners List

11 September 2016 7:47 AM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

And with that, night one of the Creative Arts Emmys has come to a close. It was a big night for Game of Thrones, which set a record for most Emmy wins for a drama series with 35 awards (before the event, Thrones was tied at 26 with Hill Street Blues and The West Wing), Amy Poehler […] »

- Will Reid

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The Emmys Pack Little Punch When It Comes to the Fall TV Schedule

7 September 2016 2:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For viewers tuning in to the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in search of acclaimed series to sample this fall, the constant deluge that is “peak TV” might feel more like a drizzle.

Of the 14 nominees for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Comedy Series, only three—”Modern Family” (ABC), “Black-ish” (ABC) and “Transparent” (Amazon)—are slated to air new episodes before the beginning of 2017. As recently as 2011, eight of the 12 nominated series returned from the summer hiatus within two weeks of the Emmy telecast, while a ninth, “Breaking Bad,” wrapped up its fourth season in the same span.

With so few nominated series in originals this fall, have the Emmys lost their promotional punch?

Though Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara recently called the Emmys “the last traditional, tangible mark of success” in the medium’s fast-changing landscape, it’s clear that the timing of the TV Academy’s annual honors »

- Matt Brennan

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‘Twin Peaks’ Audiobook Reunites Kyle MacLachlan And More Key Cast To Narrate New Tale

18 August 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The highly-anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival series will hit television sometime next year. Director and co-creator David Lynch is currently editing the series and it will feature many of the original cast members, including star Kyle MacLachlan. But before then, co-creator Mark Frost will release a novel entitled “The Secret History of Twin Peaks,” which will reveal what the series’ characters have been up to since the 1991 finale. EW reports that Kyle MacLachlan and several of the original cast will reunite for the novel’s audiobook. Other actor set to take part include Russ Tamblyn, Michael Horse, Chris Mulkey, David Patrick Kelly, Amy Shiels, James Morrison, Robert Knepper, Annie Wersching, and Len Cariou.

Read More: ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’ Trailer: Mark Frost’s Upcoming Book Is…a Novel?

“I am thrilled that both original cast members and new actors will be coming together on this project to bring this »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Twin Peaks’ Audiobook Reunites Kyle MacLachlan And More Key Cast To Narrate New Tale

18 August 2016 11:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The highly-anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival series will hit television sometime next year. Director and co-creator David Lynch is currently editing the series and it will feature many of the original cast members, including star Kyle MacLachlan. But before then, co-creator Mark Frost will release a novel entitled “The Secret History of Twin Peaks,” which will reveal what the series’ characters have been up to since the 1991 finale. EW reports that Kyle MacLachlan and several of the original cast will reunite for the novel’s audiobook. Other actor set to take part include Russ Tamblyn, Michael Horse, Chris Mulkey, David Patrick Kelly, Amy Shiels, James Morrison, Robert Knepper, Annie Wersching, and Len Cariou.

Read More: ‘The Secret History of Twin Peaks’ Trailer: Mark Frost’s Upcoming Book Is…a Novel?

“I am thrilled that both original cast members and new actors will be coming together on this project to bring this »

- Vikram Murthi

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Clive James: adventures in box sets, from The West Wing to Weeds

6 August 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Clive James loves to read, but nothing beats a box set binge. He salutes his greatest passions

It seems an age ago now, and it was. Between 1972 and 1982, I wrote a weekly column about television, and by the end of my stint I preened myself as being fairly clued up on the subject. I signed off with a confident prediction that the droll sarcasm of the desk sergeant Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) in Hill Street Blues was about as clever as American television would ever get. For a couple of decades it looked as if I might be right – and then the cable channels, arising out of nowhere, suddenly outflanked the networks, which, in their turn, were obliged to raise their game.

Since my polite but insidious form of leukaemia was diagnosed in early 2010, it has been more often dormant than not. Early on, a programme of chemo sent it »

- Clive James

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‘L.A. Law’ Reboot In The Works From Co-Creator Steve Bochco & 20th TV

1 August 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Are they about to take new clients at McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak? L.A. Law co-creator Steven Bochco said this morning that he and 20th Television are developing a new take on the Emmy-winning legal drama that aired from 1986-94 on NBC. Bochco spilled the news on The Rich Eisen Show. “Over the years we’ve been asked to redo L.A. Law, but I’ve always said, ‘No, I’m  not interested,'” said the 10-time Emmy winner, who also co-created Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue… »

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The best TV police procedurals ever

18 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HBO's The Night Of is basically two familiar TV genres in one: a police procedural that overlaps with a courtroom procedural. It's far from the first to try that (Law & Order) waves hi, but the two halves got me thinking about some of the classics of each genre. I started off with the best police procedurals of all time, making judgment calls about what exactly qualified. The Wire, for instance, has lots of cops in it and deals a lot with how they do their jobs, but it's ultimately about so much more that I put it to the side. Hill Street Blues is one of the two most influential cop shows ever made (the other ranks #5 on the final list), but was only vaguely interested in the actual mechanics of how the cops and detectives went about their business. The Shield had procedural cases every week, but the series' »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Crime Dramas to Watch if You Like ‘The Night Of’

13 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Night Of” is one of the most well-reviewed TV series of the year, and it’s not difficult to see why. I’ve seen seven of its eight parts, and I won’t spoil anything, but it continues to be a highly watchable murder mystery and a generally excellent vehicle for capable actors like Bill Camp, John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, among others.

The Night Of” joins a long list of recent crime dramas that have garnered a ton of critical acclaim and sometimes the avid interest of the public as well; a few recommendations for things to watch after (or between episodes of) the HBO drama follow. But first, it’s worth noting how crime, one of TV’s sturdiest genres, has adapted so capably to the storytelling possibilities of the Peak TV era.

It’s not as if the crime drama ever went away, of course. But what’s generally true of this new »

- Maureen Ryan

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Cop Rock: Remembering the ABC Police Musical's Cancellation

9 July 2016 3:36 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Welcome to your weekend flashback! In case you blocked it out, The Cop Rock TV show premiered on ABC on Wednesday, September 26, 1990. A police procedural TV series musical drama created by Steven Bochco and William M. Finkelstein, Cop Rock was cancelled by ABC after 11 episodes -- of the 13 ordered -- had been produced. ABC famously gave sponsors free ad time on the experimental hybrid project. The Cop Rock TV series finale, "Bang the Potts Slowly," aired Wednesday, December 26, 1990.The Cop Rock TV series cast includes: Anne Bobby, Barbara Bosson, Ronny Cox, Vondie Curtis-Hall, David Gianopoulos, Larry Joshua, Paul McCrane, James McDaniel, Ron McLarty, Mick Murray, and Peter Onorati. Terri Austin, Dennis Lipscomb, William Thomas, Jr., and Kathleen Wilhoite recurred.Actors from Bochco's other series were featured in crossovers: James B. Sikking from Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law's Jimmy »

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Louis C.K., Damon Lindelof, Peter Gould Talk TV’s New Era of Dark Drama

6 June 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Darkness has been a core facet of storytelling in television’s prestige dramas since long before even “Hill Street Blues” premiered in 1981, but today’s television leans into the darkness in ways ’80s audiences never would’ve imagined.

From the graphic violence and rape in Westeros on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” to the constant (and frequently unsuccessful) battle to survive on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” TV’s biggest hits are more brutal than ever. And even a series as heavily comedic as Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” is classified as a drama by the TV Academy surely due in no small part to the way it touches on harsh realities in America’s prison system.

Talk to some of today’s top showrunners and you’ll hear why it seems that today’s dramas are darker than ever before. Hint: the emergence of digital outlets to »

- Brandon Shaw

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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television

2 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you were a TV critic from 1956 to 1976, you would have witnessed some big changes in the business: the rise and fall of the Western as the dominant primetime genre, or the color TV boom, or CBS' shift from silly rural comedies to socially conscious ones like All in the Family and M*A*S*H. If you covered the beat from 1976 to 1996, you would have written about Hill Street Blues and its many imitators, the classic years of SNL, and the early days of original cable programming. Almost any 20-year span would give you a front row seat to enormous artistic and technological change. As of this week, I've been professionally writing about television for exactly 20 years(*), and it's safe to say that the only two-decade period that featured a more radical transformation in how television was made and consumed would be back when the medium was first introduced into America's living rooms. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Acclaimed TV Producer Steven Bochco Meets the Man Who Saved His Life Through a Bone Marrow Transplant

12 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For 19 months, TV producer Steven Bochco wondered about the stranger who saved his life through a stem cell donation. "I spent a year and a half hoping to meet this person," the 10-time Emmy winner tells People. "You wonder what they're going to look like, where they're from, and more than anything, why they did it." On Friday, Bochco finally had the chance to get his questions answered when he came face-to-face with his donor, 25-year-old Jon Kayne, for the first time. The pair met as part of City of Hope's 40th Annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion - an »

- Tiare Dunlap, @tiaredunlap

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Acclaimed TV Producer Steven Bochco Meets the Man Who Saved His Life Through a Bone Marrow Transplant

12 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For 19 months, TV producer Steven Bochco wondered about the stranger who saved his life through a stem cell donation. "I spent a year and a half hoping to meet this person," the 10-time Emmy winner tells People. "You wonder what they're going to look like, where they're from, and more than anything, why they did it." On Friday, Bochco finally had the chance to get his questions answered when he came face-to-face with his donor, 25-year-old Jon Kayne, for the first time. The pair met as part of City of Hope's 40th Annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion - an »

- Tiare Dunlap, @tiaredunlap

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‘Man Plus #4′ Review

26 April 2016 5:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Written by Andre Lima Araujo | Art by Andre Lima Araujo | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 32pp

As I’ve pointed out in my reviews of the previous issues, this is on the surface a very derivative series, mixing up a wide variety of genres but also managing to blend them together into a nice, cohesive story. Anyway, one man’s imitation is another man’s homage, is it not. What makes this melting pot of genres work is to a degree the strong, though obviously still establishing themselves, cast of characters and the living, breathing city of Olissipo City. You always get the impression that a lot is going on in that city in the background, though we are only following the main storyline ourselves. It reminds me of that classic TV show intro,  ‘There’s a million stories in the Naked City. This is just one of them’.

A lot happened last issue. »

- Phil Wheat

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