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Back in the fall, Adam Scott gave the world "The Greatest Event in Television History" — which turned out to be an Adult Swim special where he and Jon Hamm recreated the opening credits to '80s detective show "Simon & Simon." (The entire special is on YouTube, but you have to pay a small fee to see it now; it's on AdultSwim.com for free.) It was a complete goof — inspired in part by a classic "Late Night with David Letterman" bit I've embedded below, in part by Scott and Hamm's mutual love of classic opening credits sequences — and successful »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has decided to put together a list of 101 best scripted television shows of all time. Members of the WGA took part in an online survey in order to rank the many shows and HBO's "The Sopranos" came out on top, earning the title of WGA best scripted TV series in history. "Seinfeld" took second place, topping the list of the best sitcoms, beating "M*A*S*H" (5th), "Cheers" (8th), and "Friends" (24th). "The Twilight Zone" landed in third place. The show has been around since the 50's and is still on the air today. It's been rebooted twice and Bryan Singer is currently in the works on a fourth version. Check out the full list below and let us know if you believe something is missing or is not properly placed. 1. The Sopranos 2. Seinfeld 3. The Twilight Zone 4. All in the Family 5. M*A »
Last night the Writers Guild of America unveiled a list of what they are calling the 101 "Best Written TV Series of All Time."
The choices are mostly excellent, but like with any list - the ordering is highly debatable. "The Sopranos" and "Seinfeld" took the top two spots whilst current acclaimed shows like "Mad Men," "The Wire," "The Simpsons," "Breaking Bad" mixed with old classics like "The Twilight Zone," "Mas*H," "Cheers" and "Hill Street Blues".
Of course, everyone has their own take. I think some shows should be higher than they are such as "Deadwood," "The X-Files," "Game of Thrones" and "I Claudius". There's also some glaring omissions - the UK "The Office" makes it, but the far superior writing in the likes of Brit comedies like "Black Adder," "Yes Minister" and "The Thick of It" does not?
Here's the complete list, what do you think?
- Garth Franklin
Let the debate begin!
The Writers Guild of America has come out with its 101 Best-Written TV shows of all-time, putting this HBO drama at the very top of the list.
And while plenty of arguments will likely get underway regarding certain slots (The Shield isn't in the Top 10?!?), it will be difficult for anyone to truly take issue with The Sopranos at number-one.
Sit back now and consider the full list:
1. The Sopranos
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Mad Men
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
11. The Simpsons
12. I Love Lucy
13. Breaking Bad
18. Six Feet Under
21. 30 Rock
22. Friday Night Lights
26. The X-Files
29. The Cosby Show
31. The Honeymooners »
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The Writers Guild of America has released its list of the 101 best-written TV shows of all time. Over half the list is from the last decade, which the WGA says is due to the "sharp growth in original programming on bath basic and pay cable television," where writes are "given more latitude to explore the moral complexities of the worlds they created."
However, the WGA also points out that shows from TV's previous great eras are all the more impressive because of the constraints under which these previous generations of TV writers had to work.
Here is the complete list, though check out the WGA post for more details about why each show was included. What do you think got left off that should've been included? Do you take issue with any of the ordering?
1. The Sopranos
6. The »
The Writers Guild of America unveiled its picks for the 101 best-written TV series of all time over the weekend, and The Sopranos whacked the competition.
HBO’s seminal mob drama snagged the top spot on the highly subjective and sure-to-be-picked-apart list (Sex and the City ahead of Game of Thrones? Dexter ahead of The Shield? Bupkis for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?)
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Review the selections below and then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.
1. The Sopranos
5. M*A »
- Michael Ausiello
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
ABC 8:00 Splash (new, season finale) 9:00 Dancing With the Stars (new) 10:00 Body of Proof (new) 11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (new, with guests Robert Downey Jr. and Simon Pegg) 12:37 Nightline (new) CBS 8:00 NCIS (new) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (new) 10:00 Golden Boy (new) 11:35 Late Night With David Letterman (new, with guests Zooey Deschanel and Jim Gaffigan) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Ryan Seacrest and Andrea Osvárt) Fox 8:00 Hell's Kitchen (new) 9:00 New Girl (new) 9:30 The Mindy Project (new) NBC 8:00 The Voice (new) 10:00 Grimm (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Lauren Graham and Ken Jeong) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests John Krasinski and Eli Roth) The CW 8:00 Hart of Dixie (new, season finale) 9:00 America's Next Top Model: College Edition (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. »
- Maggie Pehanick
We take a look at Great Gatsby star Tobey Maguire as he visited Late Night With David Letterman and spoke about his best friend of nearly 25 years, Leonardo DiCaprio, learn to make a watermelon jalapeno margarita just in time for Cinco de Mayo, and hear what Candice Accola, star of The CW series The Vampire Diaries, has to say about tonight's episode! It's all in Thursday's Popsugar Live! »
- Paige Hansen
Selena Gomez is in Oslo, Norway, right now—and so is Justin Bieber! Gomez was spotted getting off a plane at Gardermoen Airport at about 8:30 p.m. local time. She landed at about the same time that her ex-boyfriend was performing a concert in Oslo. No word on why Gomez has jetted to the Norwegian capital, but as far as we can make out she has no official business there. Bieber's next tour stop is in Denmark on Saturday. Gomez has been busy promoting her new single, "Come and Get It." She performed earlier this week at the MTV Movie Awards and Dancing With the Stars. She's scheduled to do the same on Late Night With David Letterman next Wednesday. Bieber and Gomez »
The ‘Glee’ actress shocked everyone when it was announced that she is expecting her first child — but who is the father of her baby? Find out more about Heather’s boyfriend!
On April 3, Us Weekly revealed that Glee star Heather Morris, 26, is expecting a baby with her boyfriend, Taylor Hubbell! The actress’ high school sweetheart, who played baseball at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, prefers to stay out of the spotlight.
After Taylor graduated college in early 2012, he moved to L.A. to live with Heather. ”He just finished school. He’s moving in with me,” the Glee star revealed on Late Night with David Letterman in January 2012.
“I want to marry him so bad,” Heather admitted to Fitness in 2011. ”That’s what I really care about. I want to marry Taylor and have kids with him. I love acting, but if it affects my relationship, then I won’t continue doing it. »
- HL Intern
Shia Labeouf has entered the second act of his firing from the Broadway play "Orphans," directly addressing his issues with Alec Baldwin. Appearing on Late Night with David Letterman Monday night, the "Company You Keep" star called Baldwin "a good guy" and added, "the play is terrific -- I got nothing bad to say." After Labeouf was fired from "Orphans" in February -- just weeks before the play was to begin previews -- he launched a Twitter tirade, posting »
- Lisa Fung
Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens have been busy making the late night talk-show rounds in support of their new racy film ‘Spring Breakers.’ Chelsea Handler didn’t hold back when asking the girls some ultra personal and embarrassing questions. Read on for all the details.
Selena and Vanessa revealed that they both had to audition for their roles in Spring Breakers.
Chelsea then asked Selena why she was such a Hooters fan–a restaurant Selena and Justin used to go to together all the time–and Selena replied, “My dad wanted me to be a boy!”
When asked if she was enjoying being single, Selena replied, “I really am!” Is that a major diss to Justin, or what? »
- Sandra Clark
Who didn’t find Selena Gomez‘s joke about Justin Bieber very funny? Which hot fantasy babe is officially back on the market? And just how many hotly anticipated films can Shailene Woodley plant herself in? All this in today’s Last Lap. Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser is engaged to Gilmore Girls actress Alexis Bledel. The two met while pretending to have an extra-marital affair together on AMC’s Mad Men. Hope life doesn’t imitate art for the happy couple. [People] Did you see Selena Gomez’s amazing Bieber diss on Late Night with David Letterman on Monday night? Apparently, lots of people did and her joke about making Bieber “cry” has set off a firestorm on twitter. For a round up of tweets, check out MTV.com. The Khaleesi is single! Game of Thrones starlet Emilia Clarke had been linked to Family Guy showrunner Seth MacFarlane since last September, »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Buenos Aires' Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is now Pope Francis. The papal conclave elected a new pope on Day 2, the first full day of deliberations in Vatican City. White smoke poured out of the chimney at the Sistine Chapel Wednesday (March 13) to signal the successor to Pope Benedict XVI was chosen.
The bells of St. Peter's Basilica rang out to accompany the smoke signal. One day prior, the 115 senior cardinals of the conclave failed to come to agreement on the new pontiff, a decision that would require a two-thirds majority in the secret ballot process. On Tuesday night, black smoke poured from the chimney of the Sistine, indicating no new pope yet.
The new head of the Roman Catholic church will lead 1.2 billion worldwide members. The church is not without controversy, and at 85-years-old, Pope Benedict indicated he was no longer physically up to the burden. He announced his resignation in February. »
Michelle Williams has us style stumped. The Oz the Great and Powerful actress arrived for her Late Night with David Letterman appearance in what is either a very short coat or a very formal mini dress. We hear that this is a version of the Christian Dior double-breasted tuxedo dress that was debuted on the runway recently, but Michelle's choice of long-sleeved navy wool really blurs the line between outerwear and formal wear. Bottom line, with legs like those, the former My Week With Marilyn star can call it whatever she wants. »
No bones about it: Jimmy Kimmel's still no fan of Jay Leno. And likely never will be. In a sit-down with Playboy for its March issue, the JImmy Kimmel Live host was asked what the long-jawed funnyman meant to him, especially after he ripped Leno big-time two years ago after the latter reclaimed The Tonight Show from Conan O'Brien without so much as an apology. Needless to say, Kimmel remains unsparing in his criticism of Jay while heaping praise on the latter's rival, David Letterman. After acknowledging that he "loved" Leno from his early appearances on Late Night With David Letterman, even receiving a pizza box with the comedian's autograph at one point as a gift from friends, Jimmy »
RadarOnline reports that the Brooklyn Nets forward is planning on suing Kayla Goldberg, the woman who claimed he gave her herpes, for defamation and libel.
Goldberg filed a sexual battery lawsuit against the 27-year-old basketball player in August 2012, claiming she had unprotected sex with the athlete and a week later was diagnosed with herpes. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, she alleged that Humphries knew he had herpes when they were intimate and didn't tell her.
Goldberg was suing for an unspecified amount and during a status hearing in Los Angeles on Jan. 17, the athlete's lawyer told the judge his client denies having herpes and will be filing a counterclaim against the plaintiff, and maintains she filed the lawsuit to make money off of him.
According to the website, Goldberg wants the »
- Stephanie Marcus
Alicia took to the stage on Jan. 9 to perform ‘Girl On Fire’ and her son right there watching with his daddy Swizz Beatz, it was adorable. Isn’t Alicia such a cool mom?
Alicia Keys is such a rock star! The gorgeous Grammy winner performed at the 2013 People’s Choice Awards on Jan. 9 and she was awesome! But the best moment was when the camera panned over to her three-year-old son Egypt.
The woman has won 14 Grammys and she continues to impress every single day. But the best past was when she song turned into “New Day” and it was an awesome choreographed dance routine!
Alicia Is An Awesome Mom!
Alicia is always with her son with hubby Swizz Beatz. Whether overseas or out and about in NYC, she’s always doting on her precious boy. The Empire State of Mind even is a great mom to her six-year-old stepson Kasseem David Dean Jr. »
- Chloe Melas
19 items from 2013
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