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The Television Academy’s 23rd Hall of Fame class includes actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, writer-producer David E. Kelley, late night host Jay Leno, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and iconic ABC Network executive Brandon Stoddard. Additionally, sound pioneer and innovator Ray Dolby will be inducted posthumously.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on March 11, 2014.
The 2014 honorees join more than 130 individuals previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1984. Recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the medium, candidates are submitted by the Television Academy’s membership and the industry at large to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, chaired by Warner Bros. Television Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth. In addition to Roth, this year’s committee included Emmy Award-winning producer Marcy Carsey; Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group; Rick Rosen, Board Member and Head of Television at Wme; Fred Silverman, »
- Brian Steinberg
December is Top 10 season for TV critics, as we look back on the past year to figure out the best (and sometimes) worst shows we saw. 2013 was an extraordinarily deep year in television, one where I could have easily cooked up 3 or 4 different lists without having a dud among them. Yet as I whittled my list (which you'll see next week) down to 10, I had to keep fighting the temptation to find a very high ranking for a 25-year-old TV show: "China Beach," the Vietnam War drama which finally arrived on DVD earlier this year. Now, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Welcome to the first part of The Stack Holiday Gift Guide! This segment covers books that any self respecting geek would be thrilled to find under the tree. Some of them are art books of the kind that inspire filmmakers and other storytellers and cover topics like the art of Fritz Kahn, the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen and the history of the circus. Some of them explore the minds and history of filmmakers like Ray Harryhausen, Guillermo del Toro and Wes Anderson and franchises like The Terminator. Some of them simply celebrate the end product and the way geeks and other creative types make it their own. Enjoy! The next episode of the Gift Guide will cover older TV series like China Beach, The Mod Squad, Diagnosis...
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April 27, 1988 – July 22, 199, ABC
I never understood why more often than not, on lists of the greatest TV shows, greatest characters, or greatest anything TV connected, poor China Beach seems to get no love. How can a critically acclaimed show about an historic event so unforgettable be so often forgotten? With the cast recently reuniting for the first time in 25 years, there’s no better time to look back at one of my favorite series of all time. Hopefully, I’ll get the recently released box set for Christmas (and be able to finally get rid of that bootleg first season I’ve had for years).
I wasn’t a fan at first. When it originally aired, I was about 14 and initially thought ‘Who wants to watch a show about a war?’ A long, plodding hour-long drama on late night »
“As I initially considered my decision to run, I felt I could strike an acceptable balance between family life and the demands of mounting a first-time political campaign,” he said in a statement. “Of course I knew it would be challenging; life with our five children, ages 6-13, is quite full even in normal circumstances. There are myriad school activities and programs, soccer, baseball and other sports, church activities, community theater, and the list goes on.”
“Well, even though my wife Adelaide is a wonder when it comes to managing our busy family schedule, my early campaign experience »
- Dave McNary
Former ABC exec Chad Hoffman has come aboard to spearhead television strategy for Lakeshore Entertainment as the indie film production, finance, sales, and distribution company moves into the small screen biz. Lakeshore’s TV division launches with a pair of shows. The Sebastian Maniscalo Project, recently sold to NBC through Sony Pictures Television, will be executive produced by Lakeshore. The company is also producing the pilot Blanco for Cinemax in association with Fox TV Studios, which Lakeshore Chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg is also producing. Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi will exec produce. As part of their expansion into TV, Lakeshore will look to solicit and develop new original materials and will tap their own film library for potential series adaptations. While at ABC Hoffman developed Twin Peaks, China Beach, and thirtysomething. He also exec produced Eerie, Indiana for Hearst Entertainment Productions before stints at Sony and start-up Permission TV. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Chicago – Another week of Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming options for you to peruse courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com’s “What to Watch.” Every week, we gather a select few of the most recent Blu-ray & DVD releases, toss in at least one On Demand option we’ve seen, and present them in a checklist order for you to knock out through Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, or good, old-fashioned Blu-ray (yes, that sounds funny to me too). This week’s is the strongest yet by far. Everything in here is worth a look, all the way down to #9. This is just the order you should watch ‘em in more than anything else.
Photo credit: Lionsgate
I argued with a few people who saw Sofia Coppola’s wildly entertaining dissection of celebutante youth culture as too shallow and my counter is that most of those people don’t know »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Marg Helgenberger, whose CSI and China Beach characters were both mothers to a daughter, is being given her third TV daughter. In her midseason CBS drama Intelligence, Helgenberger's Lillian will try to connect with her child, Rebecca, played by Shameless actress Laura Wiggins. (Wiggins plays Karen, the sexually adventurous daughter of Joan Cusack's Sheila, on the Showtime series).
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- William Keck
The Simpsons is set to bump off another major character this season, the first since Maude Flanders was murdered by flying t-shirts over a decade ago. Who do you think it will be?
Anderson Cooper shares stories of life and career with UK students
Michelle Rodriguez has come out as bisexual.
Brant Daugherty: I Was Mugged at Gunpoint Following Dancing with the Stars. The thief got away with a pair of workout pants, two T-shirts, dance shoes, a toothbrush and his cell phone. “Somewhere out there there’s a dancing thief with great teeth. We like to joke that we changed his life. When he got my dance shoes he swore away his life of crime and he’s going to start doing the salsa now. »
Okay, I’ve struggled to get into Hr, the Lifetime pilot that has Alicia Silverstone as a Human Resources manager whose personality changes after a head injury. They’ve got my attention by adding Maulik Pancholy to the cast as a Middle Eastern employee who works in the I.T. department who might not be who he initially appears to be.
I’m going to need some help from anyone who understands British television on this story. Apparently, Catherine Tate is planning on reviving Nan, her curmudgeonly old lady character for a “TV recording” for the BBC. I’m guessing a “TV recording” is a live stage performance recorded for TV? Either way, it’ll be great to see Tate play one of her iconic characters again.
In Breaking Bad easter egg news, Sunday’s episode showed a real phone number. The number shown for the vacuum »
- Lyle Masaki
The ground-breaking television series “China Beach” was released on DVD with nearly all of its original soundtrack 25 years after the ABC drama’s debut. John Sacret Young, who created the series along with William F. Broyles Jr., said the collection of 21 DVDs has “95.7% of the original music intact.” He spoke during a 25th anniversary reunion of the cast at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. »
- Kathy Shwiff
Not a day goes by where we aren’t dying to know how Miranda Kerr manages to look so beautiful. This supermodel has got it all: the looks, the man, the kid–she even has the perfect red lipstick! Miranda reveals her go-to red lipstick. We’ve got everything you need to know about Miranda’s favorite product!
Miranda Kerr, 30, may be just about the most beautiful supermodel on earth, but she’s willing to share the wealth! Miranda shares her red lip secret and explained that throughout her modeling career, she has discovered the red lipstick that always works perfectly for her. Now, she’s sharing with everyone!
Miranda Kerr’s Lipstick — Get Her Sexy Red Lips
Miranda has certainly been known to rock the red lips before, but has now revealed her favorite go-to lipstick!
“I find a red lip just lifts my face, like Le Métier de »
- HL Intern
Vaughn, whose acting credits date back to “China Beach” and “The Hunt for Red October,” was first elected to SAG’s Hollywood Division Board in 2008 and became SAG 1st National VP in 2010. He was a leader of the moderate Unite for Strength faction — headed by SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard — that has come to dominate the board room during the past four years via a strategy of stressing the need for merger.
Members of SAG and AFTRA voted overwhelmingly to merge the unions in March, 2012. In addition to Howard and AFTRA’s then-president Roberta Reardon, Vaughn was often the public voice for the pro-merger side.
Vaughn opted not to seek office in the first SAG-AFTRA elections, which concluded last week, »
- Dave McNary
What had ETonline readers buzzing this week?
1. Prince William & Kate Name the Royal Baby
The news came Wednesday in an official statement from Kensington Palace: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."
The royal baby was born Monday afternoon and introduced to the world on Tuesday when William and Kate emerged from London's St. Mary's Hospital carrying their son, who was swaddled in a white blanket.
There have been six previous reigning British monarchs with the traditional name George -- which was the sovereign name of Queen Elizabeth II's father, George VI, and is also a middle name of William's father, Prince Charles.
Alexander is a popular name in Scotland -- where »
Et confirms that versatile film and television actor Dennis Farina passed away this morning from a reported blood clot in his lung while in Scottsdale, Az. He was 69.
Pics: Double-Take Celeb Lookalikes
With a plethora of cop and gangster roles to his credit, Farina was known for his tough-guy persona but capable of displaying the heart and soul of his characters. Some of his well-known projects included the films Midnight Run and Get Shorty and TV's Law & Order, in which he played Detective Joe Fontana.
Related: Dennis Farina Sentenced to 24 Months Probation on Gun Charge
Born in Chicago to Sicilian-American parents, Farina served for close to two decades in the Chicago Police Department's burglary division before turning to acting. Working as an advisor to director Michael Mann on the 1981 James Caan drama Thief, Farina was cast in a small role in the film and caught the acting bug. He did the stage rounds and bit TV parts »
Audio horror is making a bit of a comeback, and two people who are helping with the resurgence - Jim O'Rear and Kevin Herren - have a new project heading our way called Tales from Beyond. On the CD you'll hear the familiar voices of Daniel Roebuck, Robert Picardo, and many more.
From the Press Release:
Tales From Beyond, a new paranormal audio drama series, is coming to audio CD from producers Jim O’Rear and Kevin Herren. Hosted/narrated (in "The Twilight Zone" style) by beloved actor Daniel Roebuck ("Lost") and featuring an all-star cast including Robert Picardo ("China Beach," The Howling), Jim O’Rear (The Dead Matter, Star Trek 4), Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Resident Evil), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Blade, X-Men, Naruto), and Betsy Rue (Halloween II, My Bloody Valentine).
In addition to the audio CD, a feature-length documentary will be released later this year on DVD featuring »
- The Woman In Black
As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.
The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.
Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes »
- Terek Puckett
It's hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the debut of China Beach, in which Emmy winner Dana Delany made a huge impact on the small screen as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, a complicated character experiencing the physical and emotional horrors of the Vietnam War firsthand and elbow deep. With the complete series now available in a DVD box set just in time for its silver anniversary, Dana takes a stroll down memory lane with ETonline to talk about the show's impact, how the defining role that initially daunted her eventually changed her life -- and how she almost lost the part to Helen Hunt.
Pics: Star Sightings
"The part was originally written [as a] Midwestern girl and she had blonde hair – I think 'the color of wheat' was the description of it, because she was from Kansas -- and I didn’t look like that," says Dana. "I certainly looked wholesome, and I think »
With Smash done, it’s time for the backwards glances. First EW talks with showrunner Josh Safran who discusses the plan for season three, which would have followed the creation of a movie musical with Patrick (Luke MacFarlane) producing.
Meanwhile, composer Marc Shaiman comments on the showtunes he helped compose for the drama. Even he doesn’t sound happy, “the greatest frustration Scott (Whitman) & I felt were how the actual moments in Marilyn Monroe’s life that led us to write our songs were almost never explained in the episodes, which was a shame for it would have enriched the storylines of Tom & Julia and made many of our choices clearer and maybe made our songs more meaningful.”
- Lyle Masaki
ABC's "China Beach," nearly forgotten today, was an incredibly ambitious show for its time. It aired from 1988-1991, long before our current "golden age" of dramas, and is tends to be brought up in context of the longer running series writer/producer John Wells served as showrunner on in its wake -- "E.R." A network drama set in the Vietnam War with a large, strong cast, a big set and a budget that covered helicopters and a prodigious amount of period music, "China Beach" was most celebrated for an ensemble led by strong women characters at a time when this was still a rare thing indeed. The series holds up very well on DVD -- and thanks to box set released last month by Warner Brothers, StarVista Entertainment and Time Life, that's where it can finally be revisited and reevaluated."China Beach" is about the Army's 510th Evac. Center (the »
- Richard Burst-Lazarus
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