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Allison Janney Remembers Her First Mention in Variety

12 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival prides itself on discovering top talent, and in the summer of 1985, a tall, young actress arrived in Massachusetts ready to make her mark. Allison Janney’s roles as “Woman #1” and “Man #3” in the festival’s production of “Citizen Tom Paine” earned her not only her first review in Variety, but also set her on a path that would include her Emmy-winning role as C.J. Cregg on “The West Wing” — as well as her current Emmy-nommed parts on CBS’ “Mom” and Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”

What do you remember about that summer?

I didn’t get paid — you don’t get paid to go to the Williamstown Theatre Festival. I auditioned, and got accepted, and got cast in the first play there. My first official big job! I was thrilled to be in the in crowd. I was finally doing what I wanted to do. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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What's to Become of 'The Big Bang Theory' Now That There Are Contract Disputes?

12 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The eighth season of "The Big Bang Theory" is supposed to premiere on CBS on Sept. 22, but barring some new wrinkle in the space-time continuum, that seems unlikely to happen.

In fact, the new season was supposed to go into production, beginning with a table read, on July 31, but according to Deadline, the production has been shut down indefinitely.

The reason: Five of the seven-star ensemble cast members are still in salary renegotiations, and they're staying home until those negotiations are resolved.

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are all seeking salary hikes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the core trio of Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco all make $325,000 per episode but are seeking up to $1 million each. So: no big bump? No "Big Bang."

These contract negotiations have been a time bomb waiting to go off since September, when the other two stars, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, »

- Gary Susman

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What's To Become of 'The Big Bang Theory' Now That There's Contract Drama?

31 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The eighth season of "The Big Bang Theory" is supposed to premiere on CBS on Sept. 22, but barring some new wrinkle in the space-time continuum, that seems unlikely to happen.

In fact, the new season was supposed to go into production, beginning with a table read, on July 31, but according to Deadline, the production has been shut down indefinitely.

The reason: Five of the seven-star ensemble cast members are still in salary renegotiations, and they're staying home until those negotiations are resolved.

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are all seeking salary hikes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the core trio of Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco all make $325,000 per episode but are seeking up to $1 million each. So: no big bump? No "Big Bang."

These contract negotiations have been a time bomb waiting to go off since September, when the other two stars, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, »

- Gary Susman

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'Royal Pains' Star Mark Feuerstein Shares His Five Favorite TV Medical Dramas

31 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Mark Feuerstein has appeared in dozens of TV projects throughout his career. You can catch him in shows like "The West Wing," "Caroline in the City," or "Once and Again," and he currently stars in the medical series, "Royal Pains."

Since Feuerstein plays a doctor (something he's done in a few past TV roles, as well), we thought we would get his picks for his five favorite medical dramas ever. Just what does he prescribe?

Find out Mark Feuerstein's #5WorthWatching medical dramas, below, and be sure to check out "Royal Pains" Tuesdays on USA. »

- Alana Altmann

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Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme Talk Manhattan, Serializing the Story, Balancing History and Fiction, & Prioritizing Emotional Honesty over Historical Accuracy

30 July 2014 7:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

What happens if you round up the nation's most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project - the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J.  Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.  Manhattan stars John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zukerman, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, and Eddie Shin. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Emmy Supporting Nominees Break Free From Their Best-Known Roles

30 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

No profession is more about reinvention than acting, but this year’s comedy supporting acting nominees are proof that Emmy voters enjoy seeing performers break out of boxes — even if those actors weren’t so sure they were in a box in the first place.

A prime example is Emmy veteran Allison Janney, who has four statuettes for her dramatic acting on NBC’s “The West Wing,” and earned her first comedy nom this year for her work as Bonnie, a recovering alcoholic single mom, on CBS’ freshman sitcom “Mom.” (She’s also nommed for her guest drama role on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.”)

“I love comedy so much, and I’ve always been a very physical person,” she says. “It’s always been part of my repertoire. ‘Mom’ is a traditionally comic (show), but as far as I’m concerned, we could put ‘Mom’ in the drama category. »

- Christy Grosz

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Allison Janney on possible double Emmy wins for 'Mom' and 'Masters of Sex' [Exclusive Video]

29 July 2014 5:25 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Allison Janney has a strong chance of winning two acting Emmy Awards in the same year. She leads our Gold Derby odds for both Best Comedy Supporting Actress for "Mom" and Best Drama Guest Actress for "Masters of Sex." As she revealed in our recent webcam chat (watch below), "I am very thankful that they are so completely different. It would be impossible if the characters were close in characteristics." -Break- Janney is already an Emmy favorite, having earned four trophies out of six nominations for her role as C.J. Cregg on the NBC awards darling "The West Wing." She prevailed as Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2000 and 2001. She then changed over to Best Drama Actress and won that category in 2002 and 2004. Her co-star Stockard Channing was the last woman to pick up two acting Emmys in the same cycle. She won for her supporting work on "The West Wing »

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Join our live Emmy chat with Allison Janney ('Mom' & 'Masters of Sex') this Monday

27 July 2014 6:34 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Allison Janney has a strong chance of doing something that rarely happens -- winning two acting Emmy Awards in the same year. We will ask Janney about her nominations for "Mom" and "Masters of Sex" when she joins us for a live chat this Monday, July 28, at 6:00 p.m. Pt; 9:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Janney is already an Emmy favorite, having earned four trophies out of six nominations for her role as C.J. Cregg on the NBC awards darling "The West Wing." She prevailed as Best Drama Supporting Actress in 2000 and 2001. She then changed over to Best Drama Actress and won in that category in 2002 and 2004. Her co-star Stockard Channing was the last woman to pick up two acting Emmys in the same cycle. She won for her supporting work on "The West Wing" and for the telefilm "The Matthew Shepard Story »

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[Comic-Con 2014] Bates Motel Mock Audition Tape Unveiled

26 July 2014 4:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of A&E’s Bates Motel have seen the dark sides of Norman Bates and his mother, Norma Louise, but the new comedically staged auditions of actors Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, and others reveal the funnier side of the people who play the motel operators and the surrounding townsfolk of White Pine Bay. We have the mock audition video that was revealed at Comic-Con.

Entertainment Weekly unveiled the mock Bates Motel audition tape online that features Freddie Highmore doing a Spider-Man impression, Vera Farmiga busting out some Ukrainian folk dance moves, Olivia Cooke walking with an oxygen tank and trying to get a light for her cigarette, and Nestor Carbonell innocently sporting an “I Was On Lost” T-shirt and pointing out how similar he looks to Anthony Perkins. The complete second season of Bates Motel hits home media on October 7th.

“In season two of “Bates Motel,” executive producers »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch: Extended Trailer for Wgn America Drama ‘Manhattan’

24 July 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Wgn America has released an extended trailer for the first season of its upcoming drama series “Manhattan.”

Set in the 1940s, “Manhattan” follows the events of a small New Mexico town filled with scientists recruited to work on the Manhattan Project, the development of the first nuclear bombs. John Benjamin Hickey stars as lead scientist Frank Winter, who, along with his wife Liza (Olivia Williams) and daughter Callie (Alexia Fast), must work through the danger and deceit occurring in the highly secure outpost.

Daniel Stern, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Katja Herbers, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus and Eddie Shin also star. Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios are producing.

In his review, Variety’s Brian Lowry spoke positively about the show’s premise, saying, “‘Manhattan’ earns points for being serious and ambitious, while creating a strong sense of atmosphere and place in the isolation — and paranoia — in which the families must exist, »

- Sebastian Torrelio

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TV Review: ‘Manhattan’

24 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Like a lot of networks as they move into original series, Tribune’s Wgn America doesn’t yet seem to know what it wants to be when it grows up. So the channel is following the witchy (but not terribly bewitching) “Salem” with “Manhattan,” a dense ensemble drama devoted to the scientists involved in the Manhattan Project, which devised the first nuclear bombs. Opening, as the on-air script informs us, “766 days before Hiroshima,” the show establishes plenty of room to operate. But the program’s dense, grim nature augurs a rather narrow appeal, leaving a different sort of cloud hanging over its prospects.

Tellingly, the cast of “Manhattan” is listed in alphabetical order, suggesting a level of equality that’s both accurate and somewhat confining. Despite boasting some fine actors, without a central lead, the project tends to careen around like loose ions, lacking a stabilizing core.

The driving focus, »

- Brian Lowry

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Review: Wgn takes a big step forward with its 'Manhattan' project

23 July 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Salem," Wgn's first original scripted drama, is an unapologetic piece of trash, perhaps best summed up by the scene in the pilot where a naked Janet Montgomery — playing an actual Salem witch in a way that weirdly justifies all of the religion-fueled paranoia of the period — lets a toad suckle at a nipple on her thigh. While a channel's first scripted show isn't always representative of what follows, they tend to create expectations for what's to come, and it would have been easy to assume that Wgn's plan was to lean heavily on campy genre fare. But "Manhattan," Wgn's second original drama (it debuts Sunday night at 9), is as far in tone and ambition and quality from "Salem" as the New Mexico desert of 1943 is from 17th century Massachusetts. At a minimum, it suggests you shouldn't assume anything about whatever the channel's going to do next. Created Sam Shaw and »

- Alan Sepinwall

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15 Years Later: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Drop Dead Gorgeous

23 July 2014 6:53 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

The year was 1999 and by the summer, teen films were all the rage. The year kicked off with two unexpected box office successes, Varsity Blues and She’s All That, before studios started pumping out hit after hit. In the same year, Drop Dead Gorgeous, a dark comedy about teenage girls competing in a local Minnesota beauty pageant, bombed at the box office. Unable to capture the same excitement as American Pie or 10 Things I Hate About You, the film quickly disappeared from theaters after earning a dismal $10.5 million at the box office.

It was only later, when released on DVD and VHS, did the movie become a cult classic. Similarly to Jawbreaker, which also came out in 1999, Drop Dead Gorgeous proved to be a pivotal film — introducing audiences to Amy Adams, making use of the mockumentary style — even if it was overlooked at the time.

On the 15th anniversary of the theatrical release, »

- Stacy Lambe

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Daniel Stern and Christopher Denham Talk Manhattan, Sam Shaw’s Excellent Script, the Moral Ambiguity of their Characters, and More

22 July 2014 3:37 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

What happens if you round up the nation's most brilliant scientific minds, seclude them in a makeshift city in the middle of the desert, and drown their lives in secrecy?  These are the questions addressed in Manhattan, the new historical drama from creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and director Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing).  Manhattan offers a semi-fictionalized version of the infamous Manhattan Project - the clandestine research and development project that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb.  While the events of the show are based on history, Manhattan largely steers clear of iconic figures like J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves, and focuses instead on the interpersonal drama between fictitious characters as they contend with the costs of secrecy and isolation.  Manhattan stars John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Rachel Brosnahan, Ashley Zuckerman, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham, Katja Herbers, Alexia Fast, and Eddie Shin. »

- Haleigh Foutch

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CBS Shows United Front at Summer TCA Party

18 July 2014 1:58 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS partnered with sister channels the CW and Showtime for a blowout party Thursday at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

Stars of new shows like Grant Gustin of CW’s “The Flash” and Mariana Klaveno of CBS’ “Stalker” hobnobbed with press, while a mini reunion of “The Wire” actors Wendell Pierce, who joins Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” this year, and Dominic West of new Showtime drama “The Affair,” excited those within Instagram distance. Elsewhere, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler insisted her chill, old school demeanor would not allow for such things as sending an underling to get her food so she wouldn’t wait in line, CW prexy Mark Pedowitz debated which he enjoys more: Upfronts or TCA.

McNulty & Bunk together again (on Showtime) #theaffair #RayDonovan #TCA14 http://t.co/AvQdVotdIg—

  (@SHO_PR) July 18, 2014

Meanwhile, returning champs bonded with each other over snacks provided by Coolhaus, Umami Burger and Olive Wood food trucks. »

- Whitney Friedlander

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TCA Awards mystery solved: What will win Program of the Year?

18 July 2014 5:52 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

What really confuses people about the awards that will be given out by the Television Critics Assn. on Saturday is the Program of the Year prize. The obvious assumption is that it is an award honoring the best TV show of the year regardless of genre. However, since this award was first handed out in 1985, only seven winners were also feted for their Outstanding Achievement in Drama. And no such comedy champ has also been named Program of the Year.  -Break- Join in the fierce debate about the TCA Awards going on right now in our fiery forums The seven Drama winners to also take this top honor were: 1985: "The Jewel in the Crown" 1986: "Death of a Salesman"; shared with "Crisis in Black America”  1996: “Homicide: Life on the Street”  1999: “The Sopranos”  2000: “The West Wing” 2001: “The Sopranos”; shared Drama with "The West Wing" 2008: &..." »

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Bates Motel Season 2 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

17 July 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Bates Motel Season 2 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in October.

“In season two of “Bates Motel,” executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”) dig deeper into the twisted world of the Bates family. Picking up from last season, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is fixating on Miss Watson’s death while Norma’s mysterious past starts to haunt the family with the introduction of her brother. Meanwhile, Norman’s brother Dylan, (Max Thieriot), gets more entrenched in the familial drug war that fuels White Pine Bay and finds himself right in the middle of the danger as Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who remains on the hunt to uncover her father’s killer, is driven to precarious extremes. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), is caught up on all fronts as everything in town escalates and Emma (Olivia Cooke) complicates her relationship with »

- Jonathan James

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Cahn To Pen Coronado High For George Clooney And Columbia

15 July 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The name Debora Cahn is not one that enjoys instant recognition among audiences, but she has been working steadily and with impressive results since her days as an award-winning writer on The West Wing. Eventually rising to the ranks of producer on that show, she went on to replicate the same success on Grey’s Anatomy. With a feature script having ranked highly on the 2013 Black List (The Special Program), her work has drawn attention from notable places – including Smokehouse Productions and Columbia Pictures, who have recruited her to write Coronado High.

Based on an article by Joshua Bearman, the story will focus on a laid-back teacher in Coronado, California in 1969, who collaborated with some local high school students to smuggle pot from Mexico, using swimming and paddle surfboards. From this supposedly simple idea rose a sizable 1970s criminal empire, which was ultimately taken down by the Drug Enforcement Agency. »

- Sarah Myles

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George Clooney teaming up with Grey’s Anatomy writer for drug smuggling film Coronado High

15 July 2014 1:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to THR, George Clooney has set his sights on his next project, a drug smuggling film called Coronado High.

Clooney will produce the film along with Grant Heslov (The Monuments Men) and David Klawans (Argo). Grey’s Anatomy and The West Wing writer Debora Cahn will pen the screenplay, which is an adaptation of a Atavist article by Joshua Bearman. The piece told of a hippie teacher who teamed up with high school students in the beach town of Coronado, California in 1969 to smuggle pot from Mexico to the Us by swimming and paddling surfboards. They successfully created a criminal empire that stretched into the 1970s, before being taken down by the DEA.

This isn’t the first of Bearman’s articles to get the Hollywood treatment. He wrote a story for Wired that became the basis for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award winning film Argo. Cahn, on the other hand, »

- James Garcia

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George Clooney's 'Coronado High' Brings on 'Grey's Anatomy' Writer

14 July 2014 8:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Debora Cahn, a longtime writer and producer on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, has signed on to pen the screenplay for George Clooney's Coronado High.

Based on an Atavist article by Joshuah Bearman, the plot tells the true story of a hippie teacher and his students in the sleepy town of Coronado, California, who, in 1969, came up with the idea of smuggling marijuana in from Mexico by swimming and paddling surfboards. The notion turned into a criminal empire, which was eventually taken down by the DEA in the 1970s.

George Clooney is producing alongside his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov and David Klawans. Joshuah Bearman wrote the Wired Magazine article that eventually became Best Picture winner Argo, which both George Clooney and Grant Heslov produced.

Debora Cahn got her start on the writing staff of The West Wing before moving on to Grey's Anatomy. She also landed on The Blacklist last »

- MovieWeb

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