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2.10 The Fall
A moment’s silence please, to mark the passing of Phil Bushey, whose leap of faith landed him not on the soft rubber of the Zenith children’s playground but on the sharp end of a massive pointy rock. Rest in peace Phil - you may have spent your final days creeping about Chester’s Mill like the most arbitrary of arbitrary Scooby Doo villains but we’ll always remember you as the gambling addict, town sheriff, Skeeter Davis-loving DJ that none of the writers knew what to do with that you really were.
Morris will play Ryan, the teacher who replaces Jess in the classroom now that she’s vice principal of her school. Ryan is “distractingly handsome” and has a confidence and swagger that irks Jess… until — per EW.com, which first reported the casting — she starts to fall for him. »
The intriguing new show tells the tale of an extramarital affair from two different perspectives, that of West and Wilson’s characters. How their memories of past events differ serves as the framework of the series, which can drastically help it stand apart from more conventional dramas on television.
While the new trailer doesn’t offer up many details about the show’s plot, it does illustrate how the perspectives of the leads will be communicated to the audience and effectively piques our interest.
West and Wilson are joined by ER actress Maura Tierney and Fringe alum Joshua Jackson, who play their respective wronged spouses. Created by Hagai Levi (In Treatment) and Sarah Treem (House of Cards), The Affair debuts on October 12th, »
- James Garcia
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
What do you suppose Sarah Silverman meant by the bizarre remark in her Emmy acceptance speech Sunday night that we're all made of molecules hurtling through space? Maybe it was an oblique reference to television itself, which is now less a medium than a disembodied signal that we watch at a time and place of our own choosing. On some level, the creators of TV seem to realize that their medium is heading into a future that's even less shackled to the living room screen and the three hours after dinner than ever. And yet, watching last night's 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, one felt a sense of déjà vu, of watching a medium celebrate its ties to its own past. We'd seen many of the honorees picking up trophies before, and maybe we'd even heard the same jokes and patter before.
Seth Meyers could win the Emmy for Best Awards »
- Gary Susman
For the second year running and for its final season, Breaking Bad won Outstanding Drama Series at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards. It virtually swept the awards in an especially stacked year, also picking up awards for Best Actor Bryan Cranston, Best Supporting Actress Anna Gunn, Best Supporting Actor Aaron Paul, and Best Writing for Moira Walley-Becket for the episode “Ozymandias”.
Only new HBO drama True Detective swiped a major award away from the AMC smash, when Cary Joji Fukunaga (also of films Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre) picked up the award for Best Directing. The other major award went to Julianna Marguiles for Best Actress in a Drama for her show The Good Wife, making this her second Emmy for The Good Wife and third overall (ER).
- Brian Welk
“NBC decided to hold the Emmys a month earlier, in August,” began host Seth Meyers, about a third of the way through his opening monologue, “to avoid conflicting with Sunday Night Football. Which is keeping with the actors’ tradition of running away from jocks.”
Then he continued, aptly considering the muted response, “Jokes are like nominees: They can’t all be winners.”
That’s certainly true, though Meyers had a decent enough success rate during the evening. These were the best lines of the lot.
• “This year we’re doing the Emmys on a Monday night in August—which, if I understand television, »
- Neil Janowitz
Never again, TV Academy. Never again. I don't care if NBC has to do the Emmys in August because of football and if NBC is scared of going head-to-head with a competing award show. Doing the Emmys on Monday is just wrong. But we shall trudge on! Seth Meyers is hosting. Some fantastic TV shows and actors are nominated. Follow along. Comment below. Join the fun. Make the fun. 8:00 p.m. Et. That was some of the worst Red Carpet pre-show I've ever watched between E! and NBC. I never thought I'd miss Ryan Seacrest, but there ya go! 8:00 p.m. Seth Meyers was just outside being interviewed by Billy Bush just two minutes ago. How will he make it inside? How?!?!? 8:00 p.m. A countdown! 20 seconds to go. 8:00 p.m. And now Seth is inside on-stage. How Is That Possible, Billy Bush?!? 8:01 p.m. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Twenty years has passed since we were first introduced to the characters of My So-Called Life, twenty years! Where has the time gone? And more importantly when did I get so old?
While most of you won’t really care too much what I’ve been up to since the show finished, let’s take a look at what the actors have been up to in the years since the cancellation of what is frankly the greatest teen TV drama ever.
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)
After breaking out in My So-Called Life, Danes focused on her film career first with a leading role in 1995’s Little Women and then supporting roles in smaller but interesting films like Home For The Holidays, How to Make An American Quilt and »
One person who is super happy for George Clooney's engagement and upcoming wedding to fiancée Amal Alamuddin? His pal and former ER co-star Julianna Margulies! The 48-year-old Good Wife star says she couldn't be more excited for Clooney and his soon-to-be wife. "I'm thrilled!" Margulies told E! last night at Variety and Women in Film's Emmys party at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood. "She's a great girl." While Margulies stayed tight-lipped on Clooney's upcoming wedding, she was all smiles while talking about her longtime friend. As E! News reported last week, the 53-year-old actor and Alamuddin will likely marry next month at his Lake Como home »
The Emmy Awards aren’t till Monday, Aug. 25, but the celebrations start early. Variety will be on hand inside the best parties around Hollywood as the stars mingle, nibble and toast to TV’s finest. Here’s our party report for Friday, Aug. 22:
6:35 p.m. “Classy” is a good word to describe “The Good Wife,” and it’s the perfect adjective to describe the early evening reception that CBS threw at Il Cielo to toast the show and its nommed stars: Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles and Christine Baranski. The gathering on the private patio next to the restaurant was intimate and relaxed. And the Burton Way eatery lived up to its reputation for incredible pasta dishes.
6:40 p.m. “Good Wife” creators/showrunners Robert and Michelle King are too classy to dwell on the fact that the show was not nominated in the top drama series despite universal accolades for its fifth season. »
- Cynthia Littleton, Jordyn Holman and Shelli Weinstein
Before he saved lives as John Carter in “ER,” and saved the world as Tom Mason in “Falling Skies,” Noah Wyle was a struggling actor in L.A. But when times were toughest, he was sustained by “Blind Faith” — the 1990 NBC TV movie, that is. The one that earned him his first mention in Variety.
Do you recall seeing your name in the publication?
I do, because my mother framed it. It was pretty huge. Variety looms large in my house.
What do you remember about the role?
To quote my grandfather, who sat through three hours of that movie, “I had to watch a lot of ‘Blind Faith’ to watch a little bit of Noah.” It was not a big coup, but it was my SAG card. Somebody told me you had to say seven words to get into SAG. My line was, “What’s going on down there? »
- Whitney Friedlander
Alright, alright, alright! Matthew McConaughey earned his first Emmy nomination this year along with Taylor Schilling, Lizzy Caplan and many more. But 2014's crop of honorees is also full of veterans. Many of the performers nominated are already known for bringing one if not multiple classic small-screen characters to life. Julia Louis-Dreyfus alone has graciously given us Elaine Benes, Selina Meyer and Christine Campbell. This left us wondering, what would happen if each 2014 Emmy nominee could only have one memorable character live on in TV history? We struggled through some true TV "Sophie's Choices" to pick the characters we believe pop culture needs to survive. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbenderNYC
Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” has tapped Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub for a recurring role in season seven, the cabler announced Wednesday. Shalhoub will play Dr. Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has a great bedside manner, a special touch with his boss, Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), and who offers Jackie something she desperately needs — a friend.
The series stars Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Dominic Fumusa, Paul Schulze, Betty Gilpin, Ruby Jerins, Stephen Wallem, Mackenzie Aladjem and Peter Facinelli. Clyde Phillips is showrunner and executive producer. Tom Straw, Richie Jackson, Liz Flahive and Caryn Mandabach also serve as executive producers. “Nurse Jackie” is a co-production between Showtime and Lionsgate.
Shalhoub is best known as the titular character in USA’s “Monk,” a role that earned him three Emmys. He was most recently seen on the big screen in the Michael Bay-produced “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot.
- Laura Prudom
Having just voiced Splinter in Paramount Pictures' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Emmy Award-winner Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") is set to join Emmy-winning actress Edie Falco on "Nurse Jackie," the Showtime comedy about a flawed emergency room nurse. Shalhoub will play the recurring role of Dr. Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has a great bedside manner, a special touch with his boss, Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), and who offers Jackie something she desperately needs . a friend. »
I don't know about you, but I loved The Devil's Advocate. Despite Keanu Reeves awful accent, Taylor Hackford's horror/legal thriller gave us one of the last great performances from Al Pacino who chews each scene as the perfect big screen Satan. Plus, we got a sexy Charlize Theron and a buck naked Connie Nielsen in one of the most awkward sex scenes in movie history. Well, it looks like we may get a new take on The Devil's Advocate as ER creator John Wells has a pilot commitment from NBC. »
- Alex Maidy
ABC’s Castle has tapped a face familiar to fans of Monday-night crime procedurals to appear in Season 7.
Video Castle Season 7 First Look: Kate Searches for Rick in Fiery Teaser
Gina Ravera, who for four seasons played Detective Irene Daniels on TNT’s The Closer, will guest-star in the coming season’s second episode as Marsha Stoller, the vice president of a successful toy company.
The 12th precinct finds itself playing in the toy biz when company founder Wally Williger turns up d-e-a-d. Now, before you go ahead and finger Marsha for the murder, know that the episode also features Wally’s wife, »
In a few short hours, one of six housemates will go down in the Big Brother history books as the 15th winner of the show (alright, so it's not like they'll be studied in schools or anything, but it's something, right?). But where will they fit in the record? Will they be a worthy winner, or a disappointment? Will they be looked back on with glee or with grimaces?
That remains to be seen, but in the meantime we have 14 winners to rank. Who is the best? Who is the worst? We're not going to claim this is definitive - we switched our own minds around about 27 times just while compiling our running order - but take to the comments to give us your views. And so, in order from worst to best, here we go...
14. Nadia Almada
Oh dear. Well, someone had to be at the bottom of the list, »
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce is hooking Lisa Edelstein up with a new Bff.
Alanna Ubach (Hung, Men of a Certain Age) is joining Bravo’s first-ever scripted drama in the series-regular role of Jo, a blunt, brassy New Yorker and Abby’s best friend from college who comes to La to help her through her divorce.
Ubach’s character will fill the void left by Janeane Garofalo, who, as TVLine first reported, is exiting the show.
Related Girlfriends’ Guide Casting Scoop: Look Who’s Playing Lisa Edelstein’s TV Mom
The cast of HBO and Bad Robot.s .Westworld. continues to grow this week as The Hollywood Reporter now brings word that "Rogue" and "ER" star Thandie Newton has signed on to appear opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, Eddie Rouse, Kyle Bornheimer, Simon Quarterman and Ed Harris. »
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