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TV on Tap: "Happy Endings" Casts Abby Elliott, Remembering the Inspiration for "The Wire"'s Omar Little and Beth Grant Joins "The Mindy Project"

17 December 2012 5:18 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Aw. Oz is always showing up after Willow's found someone to love.


One of the people who inspired The Wire's Omar Little, Larry "Donnie" Andrews died last week. Andrews went from stealing from drug dealers, to working as a killer for drug kingpins, to being an informant for the police. Much like Omar, he had his own code for who he would refuse to hurt in his crimes. He worked as a consultant on The Wire and eventually appeared on the show as one of Omar's crew. After his release from prison, Andrews worked to help inner-city youth find opportunities out side of gang crime through his Why Murder foundation.

Shameless creator Paul Abbott is bringing another one of his UK shows to the states. He's working with Alex Borstein (who came to fame on Mad TV and also wrote scripts for Shameless) to adapt Linda Green for U. »

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Your Sunday Long Reads: Martin Short and London’s Most Whimsical Concert Venue

16 December 2012 9:47 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It's Sunday afternoon — your last chance to read all that stuff you meant to read last week before Monday brings a new deluge of things you will want to read. Below, some of our recommendations: "The Cat's Meow" by David Kamp (Vanity Fair): Exploring the enduring greatness — and possibly genuine niceness — of Martin Short.  "Twelve Gigs on a Boat" by Laura Barton (Intelligent Life): For the last year, a boat balanced on top of a building has been one of London's premier concert venues, because who wouldn't want to perform on a boat balanced on top of a building? "Inside the Greatest Writers Room You've Never Heard Of" by Nell Scovell (Splitsider): Recalling shortest-lived late-night network show of all time: The Wilton North Report.  "A Soap Opera on the High Seas" by Charles Homans (New York Times Magazine): On the reality TV empire of Thom Beers, »

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