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'Breaking Bad,' 'The Vampire Diaries' and more: Zap2it's favorite dramatic episodes of 2011

29 December 2011 5:06 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

We've told you about our favorite guilty TV pleasures of 2011, and we've highlighted some of the underrated performances of the year. But what about the the stuff we just flat-out liked?

The episodes on this list -- which encompasses everything from "Breaking Bad" to "The X Factor" -- represent Zap2it's favorite dramatic episodes of 2011. Tell us yours in the comments.

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"The Vampire Diaries" - "Klaus": It took the better part of Season 2 to meet the ultimate bad guy threatening our favorite Mystic Falls residents, but it was so worth the wait. In "Klaus," we finally met the evil half-vampire, half-werewolf hybrid played by sexy Brit Joseph Morgan. And since the introduction happened via flashback, there was plenty of long, luxurious medieval hair to go around. Plus: Clueless Aunt Jenna finally (Finally) found out about the vampires in her midst. Although it wasn't as sensational as some of the series' other episodes, »


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Sos Staff List: The Best TV of 2011

19 December 2011 6:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For the first time ever, we polled the entire Sos staff on their favorite TV of the last 12 months. We knew that, given the fact that our contributors are (principally) spread out across Canada, the Us, and Britain, that the results might well be a mixed bag. What we didn’t necessarily expect was the level of consensus surrounding the upper quartile of the list. There was a clear groundswell of support for our collective #1, but competition was fierce for the spots just behind it. Here are the 20 best TV shows of 2011, according to the staff as a whole; stay tuned for The Televerse’s year-end wrap-up, in which Kate Kulzick and Simon Howell discuss their respecive favorites – and least favorites – in greater detail.

20. The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race continues to be arguably the classiest, most reliably entertaining show the genre has yet to produce. It probably helps that »

- Simon Howell

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Picture Perfect: A conversation with cinematographer John Seale

16 September 2011 9:19 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats to the Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Seale...

“I came out of the Outback using a little 8mm camera to record all of my family activities,” states Australian cinematographer John Seale whose experience in making home movies led him to his calling. “I wanted to get into the ABC because I met a guy there who took me through and was very excited by it all. That’s when the Australian Broadcasting Commission, being a government-run station, had a lot of money. They had the best Steroflex cameras, and the latest of this and the latest of that, whereas the commercial companies were using old Second World War combat cameras.” After 18 months of persistence, the aspiring filmmaker was hired by the public broadcaster; he was mentored by a group of ex-World War II combat cameramen who taught him the fundamentals such as how to “pan and follow [racing horses] right »

- flickeringmyth

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Doctor Who complete reviews: Utopia

15 July 2011 1:56 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Right now, I'm disturbed by a hubbub outside the window. A whopping great tractor is trying and failing to park in a cul-de-sac just over the road. No great surprise about that in theory – except that I've seen bigger cul-de-sacs in Trumpton. Tractor guy's already getting grief from a couple of creaky old codgers waving their fists aloft like he's just threatened to crush their cottages to rubble with his clunky vehicle.

What's this got to do with Doctor Who, I hear you cry. Well now, it just so happens that I've reached the last story of the 2007 season, no less: the equivalent of an old school six-parter. A big finale that brings back The Doctor's wretched nemesis, The Master, who's now wreaking havoc in two forms: an apparently genial old fossil on a futuristic planet and then in a younger version who's evidently been living on a crash diet of chocolates, »

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Spider-Man Producer Laura Ziskin Dead at 61

13 June 2011 3:36 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Laura Ziskin, producer of "Pretty Woman," "What About Bob?" and all four "Spider-Man" films, in addition to being a driving force behind the Stand Up to Cancer research movement and the first woman to produce the Academy Awards telecast alone, has died on Sunday from breast cancer. She was 61 years old. With the "Spider-Man" films, Ziskin has overseen one of the most successful film franchises in history. "Spider-Man" and "Spider-Man 2" have grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide, and "Spider-Man 3" became the highest-grossing film in Sony's history with a worldwide take of more than $890 million. A rebooted "Spider-Man" film, also produced by Ziskin, just wrapped shooting in May for release next year. She also produced such films as "The Doctor," "Hero," "To Die For," "As Good As It Gets" and "Stealth." She was also nominated for three Emmy Awards - for her Oscar shows and for the 2002 HBO telefilm "Dinner With Friends. »

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New TV Season Breakdown: CBS

18 May 2011 10:35 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.

Still faring well, though not as indomitable as it used to be, CBS made headlines more this year for the antics of "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen than any of its other shows. With Ashton Kutcher now replacing Sheen, the new look 'Men' is staying in the same time slot and you can bet the network is desperately hoping it'll perform as well.

In any case, CBS is actually making some significant changes this year in terms of scheduling. Most notably the new J.J. Abrams series "Person of Interest" is getting the highly coveted Thursday 9pm slot which has been the home of the original "CSI" for the past decade, »

- Garth Franklin

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Fall 2011-12 drama and comedy pilots: What's the next hit (and what's headed to the trash bin)

10 May 2011 2:46 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

After spending untold amounts of cash on hundreds of dramas and comedies — most of which will never make it to your living rooms — the five broadcast networks will begin announcing in New York next week which projects are good enough to earn a coveted fall pickup. (NBC and Fox will present their fall schedule to advertisers on Monday, followed by ABC on Tuesday, CBS on Wednesday and the CW on Thursday).

Buzz is already strong for several projects (for more on the hot ones, click here). But every year, we always wonder what diamond-in-the-rough was left on the cutting room »

- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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Fall 2011-12 pilots: What will make the cut for fall?

23 March 2011 4:15 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

And they’re off! Casting is all but completed and production has already begun on scores of pilots for the five broadcast networks. But not every comedy and drama will go the distance. Which project has the right stuff? What pilot already has you feeling like you popped a Lunesta? Check out the mammoth slate for fall consideration. (And remember, all projects are whittled down in late April/early May before the nets present their fall slates to advertisers in New York):  


The Doctor (Rina Mimoun, David Nutter). A mother (Christine Lahti) reconnects with her adult children when »

- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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Fall TV Pilots: CBS

17 March 2011 8:58 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Here is the full list of the CBS fall pilots. Any new additions/updates are in bold. What looks good? What looks bad? Tell us what you think in the comments below. The Doctor Format: One-Hour Drama Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television Producers: Rina Mimoun, David Nutter Writer: Rina Mimoun Director: David Nutter Logline: A mother reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. Cast: Christine Lahti as “Emily” Eva Amurri as “Natasha” Michael Boatman as “Dr. Brody” Scott Foley as “David” Kyle MacLachlan as “Jason” Hail Mary Format: One-Hour Drama Network: CBS Studio: Warner Bros. Television »

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Foley, Boatman join 'The Doctor' pilot

14 March 2011 3:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scott Foley and Michael Boatman have reportedly landed roles in CBS's pilot The Doctor. The show stars Christine Lahti as a doctor who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. TV Line says that Foley has now signed up to play David, the son of Lahti's character. David is thought to be an arrogant cardiologist. Foley has appeared in this season of Grey's Anatomy as Henry and has previously had roles in shows including Cougar Town, (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Pilot Season: The End Of Ageism?

13 March 2011 7:10 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Part of a series that takes an analytical look at the current broadcast pilot season and some of its trends and heroes. Maybe it's the Tom Selleck/Kathy Bates effect, but the broadcast networks seem more open than ever to shows fronted by older leads this pilot season. Until recently, actors in their 60s and late 50s were relegated to supporting parts as parents or grandparents of TV shows' main characters. Now they're the main attraction. Michael Patrick King's NBC drama pilot A Mann's World stars 62-year-old Don Johnson. CBS' pilot The Doctor is toplined by 61-year-old Christine Lahti. ABC has an untitled comedy pilot written for and starring 57-year-old Tim Allen. And ABC's drama pilot Grace is headlined by 55-year-old Eric Roberts. The trend started last year with several pilots going older with their leads than the characters had been originally written. Blue Bloods (then Reagan's Law) whose »


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Scott Foley, Kyle McLachlan, Michael Boatman join CBS' 'The Doctor' pilot

12 March 2011 1:36 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

CBS' upcoming medical drama "The Doctor" is staffing up. Scott Foley ("Grey's Anatomy," "Felicity"), Kyle MacLachlan ("Desperate Housewives," "Twin Peaks") and Michael Boatman ("Spin City," "Law & Order: Svu") have all been tapped to co-star in the pilot, alongside star Christine Lahti, according to The pilot will be written by Rina Mimoun ("Privileged") and directed by David Nutter -- whose credits include "Entourage," "X-Files" and a number of pilots for hit shows. In "The Doctor," Lahti plays Emily, a woman who joins the family medical practice after her husband's death. There she reconnects with her children, played by Foley and »

- HitFix Staff

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Pilot Scoop: Scott Foley to Play Doctor for CBS

11 March 2011 3:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

This is going to put a serious crimp in Teddy and Henry’s “marriage” on Grey’s Anatomy: Scott Foley is set to play Christine Lahti’s son in the CBS drama pilot The Doctor.

Foley — who is currently recurring as Kim Raver’s spouse of convenience on the ABC hit — will costar on Doctor as David, a cocky cardiologist and the son of Lahti’s lead character.

Doctor, written by Everwood/Privileged vet Rina Mimoun, centers on a mother (Lahti) who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice.

Also joining the cast is The Good Wife‘s Michael Boatman. »

- Michael Ausiello

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Scott Foley, Kyle MacLachlan & Michael Boatman Cast In CBS Pilot 'The Doctor'

11 March 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Scott Foley, Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Boatman are set to co-star opposite Christine Lahti in CBS' medical-family drama pilot The Doctor. Written by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun and directed by David Nutter, the project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on Emily (Lahti) a mother who reconnects with her two adult children - son David (Foley) and daughter Natasha (Eva Amurri) when she joins the family medical practice after the death of her husband Ben. Emily is taking over Ben's third of the practice, which he ran with his friend Jason (MacLachlan), a sympathetic pediatrician who has always harbored feelings for Emily, and David. Spin City alum Boatman will play the chief of staff at the hospital where Emily is doing her residency who becomes her mentor. Both Foley, repped by Paradigm, and MacLachlan, repped by Gersh and Management 360, recently did stints on hit ABC series: Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, »


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Scott Foley cast in CBS medical drama pilot

11 March 2011 3:00 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

He’s spent some time in Seattle Grace on Grey’s Anatomy, and he’s walked the streets of Cougar Town, now Scott Foley has been cast in medical drama pilot The Doctor.

Christine Lahti is the star of the show, playing mom who reconnects with her grown-up kids when she joins the family’s medical practice. Lahti’s fellow Law & Order: Svu veteran Michael Boatman is also on board. Foley will play Lahti’s character’s son, a talented surgeon who may not be the perfect man Emily thought she’d raised. Also just cast: Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, »

- James Hibberd

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'Californication' star joins CBS pilot

21 February 2011 4:45 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Eva Amurri has reportedly signed up for a role in a new CBS pilot. The Doctor stars Christine Lahti as a doctor who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice. Deadline says that Amurri has joined the show as Natasha, one of Lahti's character's children. Amurri previously played Jackie in Californication and has also (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Five Broadcast Pilots Add To Casts

18 February 2011 5:41 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Eva Amurri (Californication) is set to star opposite Christine Lahti in CBS' medical-family drama pilot The Doctor, written by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun and directed by David Nutter. The project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a mother (Lahti) who reconnects with her two adult children - son David  and daughter Natasha (Amurri) when she joins the family medical practice. Judy Marte, Tom Reed and Stark Sands have joined Leelee Sobieski in the CBS' drama pilot Rookies, an ensemble cop show from writer Richard Price, which is  executive produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. In the James Mangold-directed pilot, about six NYPD rookies who balance their personal lives with learning the beat on the streets of Manhattan, Marte, Reed, Sands and Sobieski play 4 of the rookies. Marte (Raising Victor Vargas) is with Greene & Assoc. and managers Eunice Lee & Tim Jordan. Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Leah Renee have joined NBC's drama pilot Playboy. »


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'Lone Star's James Wolk moves to 'Georgetown'; Tim Allen returns to ABC

18 February 2011 4:24 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

James Wolk, the star of Fox's short-lived "Lone Star," is moving to Washington.

Wolk has landed a lead role in "Georgetown," an ABC drama pilot from executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("Gossip Girl," "The O.C."). He'll play a presidential speechwriter who's starting to become disillusioned with his job, Deadline reports.

"Georgetown" will also focus on the friends and colleagues of Wolk's character. Will Fetters ("Remember Me") wrote the script and is a co-exec producer.

Wolk's "Lone Star" co-star, Eloise Mumford, has also joined an ABC pilot: "The River," a drama about a group of people who go searching for a famed adventurer who has disappeared in the Amazon basin. She'll play a helicopter pilot who's also searching for her dad, a TV cameraman who went missing along with the adventurer.

Other casting news:

More than a decade after "Home Improvement" ended, Tim Allen is returning to ABC in »


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TVLine Items: Lux Star Joins The CW's Circle, Fringe Fan Alert, and Other TV News to Know

18 February 2011 11:14 AM, PST | | See recent news »

One way or another, we’ll get our Britt Robertson fix come fall.

Life Unexpected’s breakout star has been cast in The CW’s much-talked about pilot The Secret Circle. Robertson’s new gig is theoretically in second position to Lux, of course, should it receive that long shot of a third season order. The buzz surrounding Circle has increased over the past few weeks due in large part to the addition of Vampire Diaries boss Kevin Williamson as executive producer, per

Ready to know what else is happening in TV today? Well…

Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson »

- Megan Masters

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Christine Lahti and Maria Bello Book Pilots

18 February 2011 8:20 AM, PST | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Not only are Hollywood directors booking pilot gigs, but TV has become the place for female actresses over 40 whose names are not Meryl Streep or Helen Mirren to get substantive gigs. Christine Lahti and Maria Bello are the latest to book pilot gigs. Bello will star in the Us version of Prime Suspect which made Helen Mirren a household name, and Lahti will play star in The Doctor "who reconnects with her adult children when she joins the family medical practice." If I am not mistaken Lahti was also in a film called The Doctor in the early 90s… »

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