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Outlander Recap: The Fine Print (Shop)

Outlander Recap: The Fine Print (Shop)
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Talk about performance anxiety.

Both on- and off-screen, this week’s episode of Outlander has a daunting charge: Bring to life the scene fans of Diana Gabaldon’s books have spent years waiting to see — Jamie and Claire’s reunion in Alexander Malcolm’s print shop — and do it perfectly.

The Frasers’ first hours together in decades have to be fraught, but not depressing. They have to be romantic, but not syrupy. And above all, they have to be sexy — Jamie and his Sassenach do, after all, spend a
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‘Wonder Woman’ Writer Allan Heinberg Signs ABC Studios Deal

‘Wonder Woman’ Writer Allan Heinberg Signs ABC Studios Deal
Wonder Woman” screenwriter Allan Heinberg has signed an overall development deal with ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios. The agreement includes a script deal for “Adult Behavior,” a comedic drama based on the 2015 Russell T. Davies British TV series “Cucumber” and “Banana.”

Heinberg developed, wrote, and served as showrunner on ABC’s “The Catch,” starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause. The series, produced by ABC Studios and Shonda RhimesShondaland, was canceled by the network in May after two seasons. The series followed the cat-and-mouse game between L.A.’s top private investigator, Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos), and the man she loves,
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Tea Leoni Signs With Wme (Exclusive)

Tea Leoni has signed with Wme, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. She was previously with UTA.

Leoni stars as the titular top U.S. foreign policy official on Madam Secretary, which CBS has renewed for a fourth season. Her previous series regular role was as star of ABC comedy The Naked Truth.

On the big screen, Leoni’s credits include Bad Boys, Deep Impact, The Family Man, Jurassic Park III, Spanglish, Fun With Dick and Jane and Ghost Town. The actress has been a Unicef ambassador since 2001 and served on the national board for its U.S. Fund since 2006.

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Veteran Comedy Writer Chris Thompson Dies On Eve Of Comeback Bid

Veteran Comedy Writer Chris Thompson Dies On Eve Of Comeback Bid
He was on the verge of closing a deal for a pilot at Amazon that he hoped would be the start of a career turnaround. Just a few days ago, he sent a text message to his daughter Lola asking where she wanted to go to celebrate her birthday.

But on Friday evening, veteran TV comedy writer Chris Thompson, known for his hard-partying lifestyle and professional highs and lows, was found dead at the Toluca Lake home of actor Tim Curry, his longtime friend. He was 63.

Thompson’s death was confirmed by his ex-wife, director-producer Lyndall Hobbs. She said Thompson was discovered unconscious by a caregiver at Curry’s home on Friday night. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death, Hobbs said.

Thompson’s career stretched from the mid-1970s, when he got a break from a producer who admired his improv comedy performance, through series
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Chris Thompson Dies: Writer-Producer Created ‘Shake It Up!’, ‘Bosom Buddies’

Chris Thompson Dies: Writer-Producer Created ‘Shake It Up!’, ‘Bosom Buddies’
Veteran TV writer and producer Chris Thompson, creator of comedy series Shake It Up!, Action, The Naked Truth, Ladies Man and co-creator of Bosom Buddies, died unexpectedly Friday night after a long illness. He was 63. Thompson recently had solidified a deal to create a new comedy series based on a hit Israeli show. Amazon just last week had given the go-ahead for Thompson to produce a pilot. “Chris Thompson was the kind of writer that writers write about,” longtime…
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The Cast of The Wire Was Everywhere This TV Season

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The Cast of The Wire Was Everywhere This TV Season
This month has seen Wire alums Aiden Gillen (Baltimore politico Tommy Carcetti) wrap his fifth season as ever-scheming puppet master Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on Game of Thrones, and Pablo Schreiber (in-over-his-head dockworker Nick Sobotka) return as “Pornstache” on season three of Orange Is the New Black. Schreiber also debuts on HBO’s The Brink as a slightly out-of-his-mind, pill-popping fighter pilot, but he’s just one of a number of stars from The Wire showing up on television this season. With a snazzy new Blu-ray boxed set out to help remind viewers where many of these actors came from, here’s a roundup of where you can find them — cops and gangbangers alike.Amy Ryan (Beadie Russell)Without a doubt the biggest star in a minor role on The Wire, Amy Ryan — whose main claim to fame pre-Wire was playing Téa Leoni’s friend on the unbearable sitcom The Naked Truth
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Berlin Film Festival Reveals International Jury Members, Includes Matthew Weiner

Berlin Film Festival Reveals International Jury Members, Includes Matthew Weiner
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.

The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.

Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer,
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Madam Secretary: Will You Keep the CBS Drama in Office?

Madam Secretary: Will You Keep the CBS Drama in Office?
CBS’ Madam Secretary, which debuted Sunday, isn’t the Hillary Clinton roman à clef it first seems — and that’s probably a good thing.

Yes, new series follows the appointment and first days in office of a female U.S. Secretary of State (played by Téa Leoni, The Naked Truth). And yes, Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord does, before the hour is up, earn more media attention for her wardrobe choices than for her diplomacy — just like Hil. But that’s where the similarities between the two women end, and what’s left is an intriguing, D.C.-set drama.

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TV Review: CBS’s Madam Secretary Can’t Decide Whether It Wants to Be The West Wing or Scandal

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TV Review: CBS’s Madam Secretary Can’t Decide Whether It Wants to Be The West Wing or Scandal
In the not great but likable and intelligent Madam Secretary, Téa Leoni’s talent gets a deserving showcase. Throughout the early part of her career, the actress had a knack for playing kooks, and did so brilliantly, most notably on the 1995–98 NBC sitcom The Naked Truth, her most recent starring TV role. This CBS drama about Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA agent and college professor tapped to be secretary of state, gives her a vehicle comparable to Julianna Margulies’s in The Good Wife (only in the sense that she’s asked to act as the calm eye at the center of a storm of more colorful supporting players). Here, Leoni is mostly called on to project empathy, experience, and tactical smarts: to go full Margulies, as it were.A good part of the pilot is about watching Elizabeth learning to function in the West Wing of the White House,
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Review: CBS' 'Madam Secretary' a work in progress

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Review: CBS' 'Madam Secretary' a work in progress
CBS has scheduled its new drama "Madam Secretary" to air on Sunday nights before "The Good Wife," which means two things: 1)You should expect its start time to often be interfered with by football (though its regular timeslot is 8 p.m. Eastern, it's tentatively set to debut this weekend at 8:30), and 2)CBS hopes that Téa Leoni and friends can do for political drama what Julianna Margulies and company have done for the law genre: find a way to juggle the formulaic procedural qualities of a broadcast network drama with the narrative and moral complexities of what you can find on cable. "Madam Secretary" — which stars Leoni as Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, a former CIA analyst and college professor appointed to be Secretary of State after her predecessor dies in a plane crash — doesn't lack for talent on either side of the camera. The show was created by Barbara Hall, the
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Madam Secretary on CBS: Tea Leoni returns to TV!

Madam Secretary CBS Premieres: Sept. 21 Airs: Sundays at 8pm Who’s In It? Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth The Naked Truth’s Leoni returns to series television after a 16-year absence, playing Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst turned college professor (and a married mom) who unexpectedly rises to the role of U.S. secretary of state, in this drama co-executive produced by Morgan Freeman and Judging Amy’s Barbara Hall. “I’ve always really enjoyed a fish out of water — a lively fish out of water — and by about page 2 of the script, I knew that’s what this was going … Continue reading →

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Fall TV First Impression: CBS' Madam Secretary

Fall TV First Impression: CBS' Madam Secretary
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including a new Shondaland drama, and a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!

The Show | CBS’ Madam Secretary (Sundays at 8/7c, premiering Sept. 21)

The Competition | NBC’s Sunday Night Football, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and Fox’s The Simpsons/Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The Cast | Tea Leoni (The Naked Truth), Tim Daly
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'Are You Here' Trailer: Can Matthew Weiner Do Comedy?

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'Are You Here' Trailer: Can Matthew Weiner Do Comedy?
It may seem strange that Matthew Weiner's new movie is a comedy, but let's not forget that before "Mad Men" and even "The Sopranos," the king of AMC worked as a writer on "The Naked Truth" and "Becker." Even Betty Draper would have a visibly emotional response to that revelation. But I think you'd be hard-pressed to find traces of any of those shows in the new trailer for "Are You Here," the Weiner-written family-oriented comedy that premiered at Tiff last year to mixed reviews. Costarring Zach Galifiankis, Owen Wilson, and Amy Poehler, the comedy has apparently gone under some renovation since its festival debut. Wilson plays a womanizing weatherman who comforts his best friend (Galifiankis) after his father dies; Poehler plays Galifianakis' weary sister.  "Are You Here," which used to be called "You Are Here," is in theaters and on demand August 22. Here's hoping Poehler gets as much
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Téa Leoni on Her Return to TV: I Want to Be Madam Secretary

Téa Leoni on Her Return to TV: I Want to Be Madam Secretary
Welcome back to TV, Téa Leoni! The Naked Truth star is headlining CBS' new drama Madam Secretary where she plays the newly appointed secretary of state. In the drama, Leoni plays Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst-turned-college professor who gets an offer from the president that she can't refuse. "There was something—I adored her. I adored her by page two, there's no sarcasm to her. Sarcasm is too slow," Leoni told E! News' Kristin Dos Santos about her character. "I want to wake up and be her every day." The show, which hails from Barbara Hall of Judging Amy fame and Morgan Freeman, follows the character as she battles office politics, international...
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5 reasons why Tea Leoni looks perfect for 'Madam Secretary' in the new trailer

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5 reasons why Tea Leoni looks perfect for 'Madam Secretary' in the new trailer
When I first saw the trailer for CBS' new fall show "Madam Secretary," my first thought was, hey, Tea Leoni! I love Tea Leoni! My second thought was, man, have not been seeing much of her in recent years. Sure, she was just in "Tower Heist" in 2011, but no one saw that, and it's been a whole lotta years since "Flirting with Disaster." There have been many projects in between, but not enough of them have been ideal showcases for Leoni's talent, plus movies like "Jurassic Park III" and "Deep Impact" weren't really about the actors, and plenty of other stars dominated hits like "A League of Their Own." Here are five reasons why I'm really hoping this is the hit Leoni has long deserved.  1) She's smart by any standard Yes, she dropped out of Sarah Lawrence, but let's remember that she got into Sarah Lawrence. Watching her on screen in any role,
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Mip TV Briefs: ‘House of Cards’ To Go Out To Southeast Auds Via Rtl CBS Asian Joint Venture

Mip TV Briefs: ‘House of Cards’ To Go Out To Southeast Auds Via Rtl CBS Asian Joint Venture
Rtl CBS Asia Entertainment Network and Sony Pictures Television have announced a deal that will bring “House of Cards” to Southeast Asia on May 1 exclusively on the new Rtl CBS Asia Entertainment channel.

Rtl CBS Asia Entertainment Network is a joint-venture formed in August 2013 between German powerhouse Rtl Group and CBS Studios International. Its two new channels, Rtl CBS Entertainment HD and Rtl CBS Extreme HD, will be distributed in more than 20 Asian markets.

Rtl CBS Entertainment HD is currently available in Malaysia on HyppTV, in the Philippines on SKYcable and Cablelink; in Singapore on mio TV and in Thailand on TrueVisions. Other shows they air include “Under the Dome,” “Beauty and the Beast,” The X Factor USA,” and “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Danish Social Experiment Format ‘Married At First Sight’ Goes To Russia

Danish hit format “Married at First Sight” will be adapted for Russia by top Russian
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CBS Show ‘Madam Secretary’ Casts ‘Private Practice’ Alum Tim Daly

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CBS Show ‘Madam Secretary’ Casts ‘Private Practice’ Alum Tim Daly
Tim Daly has been cast in the upcoming CBS series “Madam Secretary,” from “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall. Daly will play Henry, the wife of Leoni’s Secretary of State Elizabeth McGill and the father of their two children. Henry is described as a professor who’s something of a tweedy academic and an expert on and college professor of medieval religious history. He can talk about St. Thomas Aquinas for hours without repeating himself. The former “Private Practice” actor joins a cast that includes “The Naked Truth” actress Tea Leoni. Also read: Janet McTeer Cast in Vince Gilligan,
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'Banshee' renewed for Season 3; Jimmy Fallon books final 'Late Night' guests

News and notes from all over TV:

- Cinemax's crime drama "Banshee" has been renewed for a third season, the network announced Thursday (Jan. 30). The show is currently airing Season 2 Friday nights at 10 p.m. Et/Pt, as the net grows ever tighter around the man pretending to be Banshee Sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr). Season 3 is scheduled for a 2015 release.

- Jimmy Fallon has lined up his final guests for his tenure on "Late Night." Following three "Best Of" compilations from Feb. 3-5, on Feb. 6 Fallon will welcome Colin Farrell, Chris Pratt and 2 Chainz performing with The Roots. Fallon's last "Late Night" on Feb. 7 will feature Andy Samberg and The Muppets.

- The finale of "American Horror Story: Coven" earned the best Live+Sameday ratings for a finale in the franchise's history, earning 4.2 million total viewers, which is up 85 percent over last year's "Asylum" finale. It also ranked third
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TV: Tea Leoni Cast as Star of Madam Secretary

TV: Tea Leoni Cast as Star of Madam Secretary
Earlier this week, we reported that Homeland writer Barbara Hall was developing a political drama for CBS called Madam Secretary that would center on an "maverick" Secretary of State.  The Hollywood Reporter announced that Tea Leoni has been cast in the role. With her sporty, no-nonsense appearance and intelligent demeanor, Leoni is a great choice, even though the actress is primarily known as a comedy performer (Spanglish, TV's The Naked Truth).  The character has now been given a name (Elizabeth Faulkner McGill) and a brief background sketch (teacher turned national politician). The premise of the show -- a woman balancing high-stakes issues at work and a complicated family back home -- makes it a worthy complement to The Good Wife, another show about an ordinary woman who becomes extraordinary. 

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Tea Leoni Tapped to Star in CBS Pilot ‘Madam Secretary’

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Tea Leoni Tapped to Star in CBS Pilot ‘Madam Secretary’
Tea Leoni has found two new gigs at once — one as an an actress, and one as the U.S. Secretary of State. “The Naked Truth” actress Leoni has been cast to star in the drama “Madam Secretary,” which earlier this week received a pilot order from CBS. Also read: CBS Orders Dating Comedy Pilot ‘Save the Date’ The drama will revolve around the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall is writing and executive producing the project.
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