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Netflix's critical hit "Orange Is the New Black" picked up four nominations for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards -- where it's entered as a comedy series.
The show (and its cast) is entered in the drama field for some other upcoming awards shows, including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It's a bit of a tweener show, mixing both comedy and drama, but as there are no "dramedy" awards anywhere, it's a comedy for writing purposes.
The full list of series nominees is below. You can go here to see all the WGA TV and radio nominees, including those for news and children's programming. The awards are scheduled for Feb. 1.
"Mad Men »
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- Michael Ausiello
Picking what to watch at Christmas time can be a tricky challenge, so Digital Spy has created a quick handy guide to the biggest shows and movies airing across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Check out the Christmas TV schedules for the big channels below:
EastEnders - 7.30pm
Holby City - 8pm
Last Tango In Halifax - 9pm
Not Going Out Christmas special - 10pm
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - 5pm
Call The Midwife - 6.15pm
Doctor Who: 'The Time Of The Doctor' - 7.30pm
EastEnders - 8.30pm
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special - 9.30pm
Gangsta Granny - 6.05pm
EastEnders - 7.15pm
Still Open All Hours - 7.45pm
Death Comes To Pemberley - 8.15pm
Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas - 8pm
Qi Xl Christmas Special - 9pm
The Awakening - 11.25pm
For years now, TV shows have been spicing up their programming by throwing unexpected plot twists at the viewers. Whether it’s the forbidden love affair of countless soap operas, or the long arm of the law snatching at our favourite anti-hero, writers aren’t the sort to shy away from the controversial to get a response from their audience.
Of course, nothing is more shocking than the sudden death of one of their characters, but then what’s more controversial than that character being one of the main players in the show? The characters we all thought were either too important, untouchable or simply played by someone too high profile to snuff it in a TV show, they’ve all shocked us down the years, but here are what I’d consider some of the most unexpected.
And yes…there are definitely spoilers ahead, so beware.
7. Maude Flanders (The Simpsons »
- Stephen Kennedy
Nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards were announced and "Frozen" and "Monsters University" led the pack with 10 nominations each. "Despicable Me 2" and "The Croods" followed closely with 9 noms each.
I am rooting for "Frozen" to win! It's a return to form to what Disney does best -- affecting fairy tale with memorable musical numbers. "Monsters University," on the other hand, was bland. The film bored me on second viewing.
Steven Spielberg will receive the Winsor McCay Award for career achievement at the awards ceremony happening on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Patrick Warburton will serve as host.
2013 Annie Award Nominations
1 . Best Animated Feature
A Letter to Momo . Gkids
Ernest & Celestine . Gkids
Frozen . Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Wind Rises . The Walt Disney Studios
2 . Annie Award for Best Animated »
Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
The Simpsons: Season Sixteen
Photo credit: Fox
“The Simpsons: Season Sixteen”
While the quality of the show itself has gone down, some would say notably, Fox continues to truly impress with the Blu-ray and DVD releases for the legendary hit. Not only do they include notable bonus material and great transfers but they have commentaries on every single episode. These are still the standard-bearers for television on Blu-ray and DVD. Go ahead, make fun of the quality of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“There’s only one fat guy that brings us presents, and his name isn’t Santa.” – Bart Simpson
1989′s “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” was on many levels a milestone. It was the introduction of the iconic animated family created by Matt Groening to America, it was the introduction of what would be an influential animated sitcom format for over twenty years, and it was introduction of The Simpsons to a chubby six year old boy named Felix, who’d form a twenty four year love for the Simpsons, and their fellow town folks at their town of Springfield. I remember watching “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” the night after I got back from visiting my grandparents for Christmas.
I sat and watched, laughing constantly at the antics of this unusual family, and rooted for their father Homer to succeed at getting his children gifts for Christmas. Sure, »
- Felix Vasquez Jr.
After a couple weeks of monster ratings, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” came down to earth this week, but its New York Giants-Washington Redskins matchup still dominated the primetime ratings race.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was expected to easily rule as the evening’s No. 1 entertainment series, with estimates for the zombie drama expected later today.
On the broadcast side, “Sunday Night Football” averaged a 5.4 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 15.4 million viewers overall on NBC’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by about 10% in the nationals. Sunday’s game, a matchup of teams with losing records, came in well below the two most recent “Snf” games (both featuring the Denver Broncos), which topped 26 million viewers — the best numbers for a November primetime game in 17 years.
Elsewhere, numbers for CBS are approximate as its football coverage didn’t wrap until about 7:45 p. »
- Rick Kissell
Fast National ratings for Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013
CBS had a big night Sunday, aided by the NFL runover of the Broncos-Chiefs nail-biter, the 100th episode of "The Good Wife" and the follow-up episode to "The Mentalist's" Red John reveal.
The Eye won the evening with an average of 15.97 million viewers and a 9.7 rating/15 share in households. The Peacock was second with 12.6 million and a 7.7/12. ABC trailed with 6.6 million and a 4.1/6 and Fox was last with 3.35 million and a 2.0/3.
The 18-49 demo was reversed for the top spots and bottom two spots -- NBC won with 4.4, CBS was second with 3.7. Fox was third with 1.5 and ABC was last with 1.3.
Sunday hour by hour:
CBS: NFL runover/"60 Minutes" (27.2 million viewers, »
The final day of Amazon.com's holiday sales, and arguably the biggest after Black Friday, is here. Cyber Monday offers the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
As usual the 'Hot Daily Deals' section points out the must-see biggest bargains to be had today - the kind that sell out quickly so keep an eye on it. This is your last chance to nab a bargain, it all goes back to normal prices tomorrow.
Please note that Dark Horizons will earn a very small referral fee when readers purchase something on Amazon through one of the links below. Said fee helps contribute towards the site's running costs, so if you do grab something - thank you. In terms of personal recommendations for titles and bargains below:
Hot Daily »
- Garth Franklin
Well folks, the last chance to get major deals during Amazon's 2013 Black Friday deals week has led to this, today is Cyber Monday 2013 and I have the schedule of DVD and Blu-ray deals that will be going live throughout the day below along with the other deals that have been featured throughout the week. The deals today include some James Bond Blu-rays in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, a Blu-ray of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and the deals close out with the Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set Blu-ray collection. Other than that there are some television items, such as "The Tudors" complete series set, "Sherlock Holmes" complete collection, "Twin Peaks", "The Good Wife" and "Rome". Outside of what's below I am constantly updating my main page with the week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals right here, and it will continue to update until the deals are done. Otherwise, start shopping. »
- Brad Brevet
Kim Kardashian did not have Thanksgiving with the Kardashians this year. Instead, she dined with Kanye West, Scottie Pippen and other friends in Miami for the Yeezus tour. [Us Magazine] Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada has announced that she is six months pregnant. However, she’s keeping the identity of the father secret for now. [People] A familiar face is returning to The Simpsons. Kelsey Grammer confirmed that Sideshow Bob would be making an appearance soon. [TMZ] The Hunger Games: Catching Fire might be full of flamboyant costumes, but the upcoming Mockingjay films won’t be so fashion-obsessed. Apparently the rebels in District 13 are more interested in fighting wars than looking good. [MTV News]
[Photo Credit: Getty Images] »
- Meghan O'Keefe
It's always darkest before the dawn -- "Family Guy" might have taken away our beloved Brian Griffin ... but Kelsey Grammer tells TMZ, Sideshow Bob Will be making a triumphant return to "The Simpsons."Kg was out in L.A. this week when we got to chatting about Brian's death ... and conspiracy theories about the dog's return ... and Kelsey says Sideshow Bob Always comes back. "They've already killed him 20 times. He comes back a lot."So »
- TMZ Staff
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
James Bond and the Doctor don’t have very much in common. Bond is a violent British superspy. The Doctor is a pacifist alien traveler. Bond jets around to exotic locations and uses expensive gadgets; the Doctor spends a curious amount of time in Wales and uses semi-abstract technology that makes funny noises. Weirdly, if the two characters ever met, they would probably be enemies. Bond is the kind of guns-blazing loose »
- Darren Franich
A Broadway revival set in the circus. A re-imagined Tennessee Williams classic. A Shakespeare musical. A post-apocalyptic play about “The Simpsons.” A comedy about being Jewish. Whatever the source material or the subject matter, what do all of these shows have in common? They feature some of the best ensemble acting seen on New York stages this year. This year is impossible to discuss without mentioning “Pippin.” Even those who dislike the Stephen Schwartz musical can’t dismiss this spellbinding version, transformed by director Diane Paulus into a circus of delights. Featuring an impeccable leading cast—including Tony winners Patina Miller and Andrea Martin—alongside professional acrobats, the production highlights diverse talents that complement each other, making the entire show literally soar. Like “Pippin,” the John Tiffany–helmed “The Glass Menagerie” transferred from American Repertory Theater this season, with arguably the Williams play’s most original concept. On a set floating in black goo, »
On Thanksgiving Day, Glee will join an elite squad of network TV series: the few, the proud, the ones with puppet episodes. Not episodes that revolve around inevitably creepy marionettes — like Buffy’s “The Puppet Show” or Criminal Minds’ “The Lesson” — but ones that instead feature cute, colorful felt facsimiles of one or more main characters. (It’s important to note that these facsimiles are generally not Muppets. To quote an earlier episode of one Puppet Brotherhood member: “Shh! You wanna get sued?”)
Though puppet episodes are a nascent genre, they still generally conform to a certain set of rules. »
- Hillary Busis
"...'Springfield' is inundated with holiday revelers after the nuclear power plant springs a radiation leak, causing snow to fall all over town.
"Then when tourists drive up Christmas shopping prices, 'Marge' (Julie Kavner) opens up the Simpsons' house to boarders..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Simpsons"...
- Michael Stevens
The crude, almost unrecognisable drawings we saw almost 24 years ago have gone on to become television’s most popular and instantly-recognisable characters.
Spanning an unprecedented 25 series, the Matt Groening-created animation is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running American animated program and the longest-running American primetime, scripted TV series in history.
Winner of 27 Primetime Emmy Awards, 30 Annie Awards and a Peabody Award, its main character, Homer, and his exclamatory “D’oh!” catchphrase, has won the show a legion of fans.
But of course, it isn’t just Homer who makes the Simpsons such a smash-hit – it’s the litany of co-workers, teachers, family friends, extended relatives, townspeople, fictional characters and even celebrities that lend to its charm.
There are an innumerable amount of supporting characters that make up the show, »
- Joseph Dempsey
“Sunday Night Football,” “The Voice” and the season’s hottest new show — “The Blacklist” — have boosted NBC to its second straight November sweep victory in young adults.
CBS, meanwhile, finished was runner-up in demos and on top in total viewers. ABC was third, and Fox finished fourth.
Sweeps aren’t as closely followed as in years past, but the November ratings period offers a good snapshot of how the nets are faring in the fall.
According to Nielsen live-plus-same-day averages through Sunday (25 of 28 nights), NBC led in adults 18-49 with a 2.6 rating, followed by CBS (2.2), ABC (2.0) and Fox (1.7). NBC was slightly ahead of CBS in adults 25-54 (3.3 to 3.2), while the Eye’s overall audience of 10.3 million put it well ahead of ABC and NBC (both 7.9 million).
Collectively, the Big Four and CW averaged a 9.2 Live+Same Day rating in adults 18-49 — down 11% from last year. That’s not bad, though, »
- Rick Kissell
Don't fall victim to another Black Friday massacre! Going out the day after Thanksgiving might yield some amazing deals for your pocket book. But you can likely find similar items online for the same price. Is getting your old Aunt Joyce the last crumpled copy of 2 Broke Girls: The Complete Second Season DVD really worth having your kidneys stomped past your teeth and out of your mouth, where they will become a permanent part of the local Wal-Mart floor? You don't need that hassle. We understand you have a lot of folks to shop for, and everyone loves a movie! So, check out our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for 2013, where we're sure to end the pain and suffering of figuring out what to get that extended family member or friend. We've thought of everyone! Be sure to browse through our extensive list, and we guarantee you'll find something for »
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