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How ‘Modern Family’ Enables Change by First Serving Comedy

30 June 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Christopher Lloyd is a veteran of “Wings” and “Frasier” and, with Steven Levitan, is co-creator of “Modern Family.”

Outside of callow undergraduates and cowering S&M practitioners, nobody likes a lecture.

Which is why, from the outset, we were devoutly apolitical with Mitch and Cam on “Modern Family.” Of course, it was tempting to create some jowly, closed-minded antagonist, a Mr. Fox, say, and have Cam let loose with a pearly diatribe, his colored cuffs flailing. In truth, it was almost equally tempting to go at our pious pro-gay detractors who harangued us weekly for not making Mitch and Cam flawless men who paused only briefly from leading exemplary lives to bend each other over backward in a show of we’re-not-afraid-of-anyone’s-judgment love. Note to that camp: We didn’t do that not because we found it unseemly, but because it would have been unseemly in how unfunny it would have been. »

- Christopher Lloyd

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Could Your Favorite TV Show Become a Broadway Musical?

26 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Given all the musicals we've seen on TV recently -- NBC's live-performance versions of "Peter Pan" and "The Sound of Music," not to mention ABC's "Galavant" and all six seasons of Fox's "Glee" -- it's a wonder that the pipeline hasn't flowed in the opposite direction, from the small screen to Broadway.

That may change with the announcements that a couple of TV-based musicals are in the works. One is "Bombshell," the Marilyn Monroe biographical musical that was created and staged over the course of two seasons on NBC's "Smash." Bringing it to Broadway would seem easy enough -- the songs and choreography already exist; all that's needed is a book.

The other is a stage version of "Downton Abbey," which may launch after the British drama's sixth and final season wraps this winter. John Lunn, who composes the music for the series, says he envisions an international tour, starring »

- Gary Susman

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Patrick Macnee, Star of The Avengers 1960s Spy Series, Dead at 93

25 June 2015 3:48 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

British actor Patrick Macnee, most recognizable to American audiences for playing secret agent John Steed in the 1960s cult-favorite TV series The Avengers, has died of natural causes at age 93.

He briefly reprised his iconic, umbrella sword-wielding role for the short-lived mid-‘70s revival The New Avengers.

Macnee’s post-Avengers TV credits included the title role in ABC’s CIA series Gavilan, the 1989 miniseries Around the World in 80 Days, voicing the opening credits for TV’s original Battlestar Galactica, the CBS drama P.S.I. Luv U, the syndicated action-adventure series Thunder in Paradise and, most recently, a 2001 episode of Frasier. »

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‘Avengers’ TV Show Star Patrick Macnee Dies at 93

25 June 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Patrick Macnee, famous for his role on “The Avengers” British TV series, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 93.

Macnee, who played John Steed in the spy-fi show, died with his family at his bedside.

“Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories,” a statement on the actor’s website read. “Patrick Macnee was a popular figure in the television industry. He was at home wherever in the world he found himself. He had a knack for making friends, and keeping them.”

The Avengers” initially focused on Dr. David Keel (Ian Hendry) and his assistant (Macnee), but Macnee’s famously bowler hat wearing, umbrella-wielding intelligence officer (he never used a gun) became the protagonist when Hendry exited the series. Macnee played the part alongside a succession of strong, female partners, including Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg and Joanna Lumley. The show ran »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Patrick Macnee, Star of 'The Avengers' TV Series, Dies at 93

25 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Patrick Macnee, star of popular 1960s British TV series "The Avengers," died Thursday of natural causes at his home in California, surrounded by his family. He was 93.

Macnee starred on hit spy show "The Avengers," which ran on British television -- and was eventually rebroadcast around the globe -- from 1961 to 1969. The series also staged a short revival in the '70s.

Macnee was cast as assistant John Steed, second billing to Ian Hendry's Dr. David Keel character, but as the show continued, Macnee's quirky, bowler-wearing Steed became more popular, and he took over as the series lead after Hendry departed in 1961. Macnee played across from actresses such as Honor Blackman, Diana Rigg, Linda Thorson, and Joanna Lumley on the progressively feminist series, which was also notable for Macnee's insistence that his character never use a gun.

In addition to his work on that seminal show, Macnee was also a World War II veteran, »

- Katie Roberts

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'Modern Family' co-creator Steven Levitan on possibility of setting Emmy record [Exclusive Video]

16 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"We are just so ridiculously grateful, and I really do feel like our cup has runneth over," says "Modern Family" co-creator Steven Levitan about the possibility of setting a record at this year's Emmys with a sixth Best Comedy Series trophy. In our recent webcam chat (watch below), he adds, "If it happens, it will be amazing for us but I certainly have no expectations." Last year, the show tied "Frasier" with five victories in this top category. No other comedy or drama series can claim more than four wins. It was a particularly special moment for Levitan, who also worked on that classic series for two years, while current producing partner Christopher Lloyd was the showrunner on the series for eight years. Levitan won one Emmy on "Frasier" while Lloyd earned five trophies. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders In this sixth season of the hit ABC. »

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The definitive Top 25 TV kisses of all time from Ross and Rachel to Sheldon and Amy: 25-11

11 June 2015 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

A hallmark of a great TV series, whether it's a drama, comedy, soap or even sci-fi, is an epic romantic journey between two characters.

We at Digital Spy HQ are die-hard romantics, and so we've compiled a definitive Top 25 of the best TV kisses of all time (it included a whole voting process and spreadsheet and everything).

Check out the first part below, and make sure to come back tomorrow (June 13) for the final Top 10.

25. Piper and Alex in Orange is the New Black

There's nothing quite like being locked up in jail with your ex-lover to build up sexual tension, but this climactic make-out session in Litchfield's chapel pays off more than just Piper and Alex's relationship.

Piper's just returned from a terrifying spell in solitary confinement, where she was sent by Healy in a fit of homophobic rage after he saw her dancing with Alex, so Piper »

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So Sideshow Bob gets to kill Bart Simpson? It’s a lesson in hate we could all learn from | Joel Golby

10 June 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As The Simpsons’ baddy finally gets closure, it’s time to embrace the dark side of being human and develop a nemesis to crush

The Simpsons producer Al Jean has confirmed that Sideshow Bob will finally kill Bart Simpson in this year’s Treehouse of Horror episode, so that’ll be good, won’t it? I’ve always dreamt of seeing the beloved characters of my past slaughtered by a Kelsey Grammer-voiced bad guy. What next? Tinky Winky chucked off the Space Needle by Frasier Crane? Bodger from Bodger and Badger torn to mince by the Beast? Please, producers. Murder my childhood for clicks.

As an adult human who enjoys laughing, it’s hard to know what to make of this news, because The Simpsons isn’t for me any more. On one hand, it’s nice that people still care enough about the show that when, say, one »

- Joel Golby

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Colleges Ramp Up TV Writing, Production Courses

9 June 2015 4:21 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s spring semester 1996, and a small group of graduate screenwriting students at USC School of Cinematic Arts (then called USC School of Cinema-Television) sit in a dimly lit classroom listening as associate professor Pamela Douglas, their instructor for writing episodic television, espouses the benefits of forging a career in television. It’s the only TV course offered by USC at the time.

“You’ll have more creative control,” Douglas says. “There’s more consistency, more jobs, more money. TV is the future.”

But the majority of those students don’t buy it. They’re focused on film, selling their thesis screenplays and vying for a chance at becoming the next Steven Spielberg or, at the very least, Cameron Crowe. Like the rest of the industry back then, they consider TV a second-rate medium, insipid fluff at which to turn up your nose.

Douglas, author of “Writing the TV Drama »

- Malina Saval

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Moving Supporting TV Characters to Lead Roles is a Delicate Balance

9 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Earlier this year, Bob Odenkirk pulled off what many actors before him could not, transitioning his supporting character Saul Goodman from “Breaking Bad” into the lead of its spinoff show, “Better Call Saul.”

Prior to the show’s February premiere, there were doubts. Saul was a fun ancillary character, but could he carry a show on his own? Were people really interested in the backstory of a cheesy billboard attorney?

Judging by the ratings — the premiere set a record for the highest-rated scripted series premiere in cable history — the answer was a resounding yes.  But even more than eyeballs, the response from critics and “Breaking Bad” fans was overwhelmingly positive. People were interested, intrigued and, perhaps above all, relieved.

Saul isn’t the first character to do well striking out on his own; Kelsey Grammer was maybe sixth on the call sheet on “Cheers,” but as the star of “Frasier” walked away with five Emmys. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Christine Baranski On Her First Emmy Win, Why It’s More Fun to Lose

8 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Christine Baranski has earned five consecutive Emmy noms as legal eagle Diane Lockhart on CBS’ “The Good Wife.” But before she joined the drama, she was better known to smallscreen auds as a crack comedienne. She had already scored Emmy attention for guest turns on “The Big Bang Theory” and “Frasier,” and garnered her first four noms for the breakout role of wisecracking socialite Maryann Thorpe on “Cybill.” Variety spoke with Baranski about that first win, the subsequent losses and why the reliably excellent “Good Wife” doesn’t get more Emmy love.

Cybill” was your first TV series. Were you surprised to win the Emmy right away?

We were a midseason replacement. After 13 weeks, I didn’t know from Emmy nominations. I had just come in from a vacation and was jet-lagged and getting some sleep when I got a call about having gotten an Emmy nomination. That was like wow. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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2015 Tony Awards: The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments

7 June 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

While the Tonys were being handed out Sunday night, TVLine wasn’t just watching the awards, we were deciding the winners — or, in some cases, “winners” — in a few categories of our own invention. So which performers and performances from the black-tie back-slap made the cut — and which should have been cut? Read on, find out and — best of all — hit the comments to weigh in yourself!

PhotosCritics’ Choice Television Awards 2015: Allison Janney’s Big Kiss, Taraji’s Cookie Moment and More in Photos

Cutest Couple | Leggy Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth were the hosts with the most… chemistry. »

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'Cheers' Stage Show Being Developed By CBS

5 June 2015 2:15 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Let's all buy a round for Norm: Sitcom classic Cheers is being developed into a live theater version by CBS, with shows – under the straightforward name Cheers Live on Stage – expected to debut in 2016. The production will "showcase classic moments" from the series, Radio Times reports (via A.V. Club), though the company hasn't confirmed if any original cast members will be involved. 

The original Cheers premiered in 1982 and ran for 11 seasons on NBC, overcoming low ratings in its first season to become one of the decade's most popular programs. »

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First Wet Hot American Summer Photos: The Camp Firewood Gang Reunites

22 May 2015 7:54 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Are you ready to return to Camp Firewood? Netflix has released the first photos from its upcoming Wet Hot American Summer series, which is officially titled Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and will serve as a prequel to David Wain’s cult classic movie. The series will take place on the first day of camp in 1981 and reunite the majority of the film’s cast, while also bringing in a lot of new faces as well. Members of the film’s original cast that are returning for the limited series include Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games films), Michael Ian Black (The State), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), PJaneane Garofalo (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Jo Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ken Marino (Marry Me), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Svu), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Paul Rudd (Knocked Up), and Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live). Additionally, newbies »

- Chris King

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Coming Soon to "Best Shot"

19 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Why not join the merriest movie club? You only have to 1) watch the movie, 2) take a screengrab of your favorite image and 3) post it somewhere online saying why you chose it. It's that easy! 

Here's what's coming right up...

Wed, April 22nd 9 To 5 (1981)

With the new series Grace and Frankie premiering in May on Netflix, let's revisit the first comic pairing of the legendary Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, this time as an Unofficial Office Manager and Mousy New Secretary who have the world's worst boss. Also starring Dolly Parton and one of the great movie theme songs. The one thing we've never really considered about this movie is how it looks. So let's look. Invite a friend to play because who doesn't love this movie?

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Wed, April 29th Bright Star (2009)

We're joining Anne Marie's "Women's Pictures" series for a Jane Campion (she's the topic this month). Drown in the »


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Kelsey Grammer Opens Up About the Guilt He Felt After His Sister's Murder: "I Could Not Forgive Myself"

17 April 2015 2:01 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Kelsey Grammer struggled with forgiveness after his sister's tragic murder 40 years ago, not just for her killer but also for himself. The Frasier star, 60, wasn't even in the same state when Freddie Glenn took 18-year-old Karen Grammer's life, but as he told Vanity Fair in a new interview, he felt guilty nonetheless for not protecting her.  Asked about his history with substance abuse — he checked into rehab in 1996 — Grammer was frank. "I'll speak to the straight of it," he told Vf. "That [...] »

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‘The Goldbergs’ Actor Joins Dan O’Shannon CBS Comedy Pilot

15 April 2015 6:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jacob Hopkins, who is currently recurring on ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” will appear in CBS’ Dan O’Shannon comedy project, Variety has learned.

The pilot from scribes O’Shannon (“Modern Family,” “Frasier,” “Cheers”) and Peter Warren follows a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives.

Hopkins will guest star as Phil, a popular childhood acquaintance to Andrew (played by Adam Brody), Chris (Tyler Labine) and Holly (Tracy Spiridakos) who was always a jerk to Andrew and Chris growing up. His character will appear in the early phase of the group’s lives.

O’Shannon will serve as an exec producer on the CBS TV Studios project with Clark Peterson, Dennis Erdman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. Pam Fryman (“How I Met Your Mother”) directed the pilot. Kelly O’Sullivan co-star with Brody, Labine and Spiridakos.

Hopkins has also appeared in “About a Boy,” “True Blood,” “How I Met Your Mother »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Killing Jesus Video: Kelsey Grammer's King Herod Meets His Maker

27 March 2015 2:25 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Despite the title of National Geographic’s Killing Jesus, the TV movie will explore much more than the Son of God’s final hours.

PhotosKilling Jesus First Look: Jesus’ Crucifixion Recreated for NatGeo

The three-hour event, which debuts this Sunday at 8/7c, charts the political and historical conflicts that led to Jesus’ execution. Haaz Sleiman (Covert Affairs, Nurse Jackie) stars as the titular Savior, with other cast members including True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer (as Pontius Pilate) and Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer (as King Herod).

In the exclusive sneak peek above, Grammer’s king — unwilling to lose his throne to baby Jesus, »

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NBC Sets Summer Premiere Dates for New Comedies, Reality Shows

26 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

NBC announced Thursday premiere dates for its summer slate of programming, including the debut of two new comedies and two new reality series.

Freshmen sitcoms "Mr. Robinson" and "The Carmichael Show" will anchor a new comedy block beginning on Wednesday, August 5. "Robinson" stars "The Office" alum Craig Robinson as a professional musician turned substitute high school music teacher, and features a supporting cast including Peri Gilpin ("Frasier") and Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man"). "Carmichael" focuses on the life of comedian Jerrod Carmichael ("Neighbors") and his relationships with his larger-than-life family, including his contrarian father (played by David Allen Grier) and religious mother (played by Loretta Devine).

Returning comedy "Welcome to Sweden" kicks off its second season this summer beginning July 19. The show will pick up after the engagement of Bruce (Greg Poehler, brother of Amy Poehler, who also produces the show) and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and their transitioning careers. »

- Katie Roberts

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First Look: See Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer Take On Peter Pan in Broadway's Finding Neverland

18 March 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Broadway version of Finding Neverland is finally taking flight. The new musical, which is based on the 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, began previews Sunday in New York City - and People got an exclusive sneak peek at photos from the show. The Harvey Weinstein-produced adaption of the Peter Pan backstory stars Tony nominees Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer. The Glee actor, 36, stars in the leading role as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, while the Frasier alum, 60, plays famed stage producer Charles Frohman. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the show tells the story of »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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