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Models stood regally in the Olivia Pope-inspired garb on a raised platform for all to see and take pictures.
“Narrowing (it) down to only 42 pieces for the initial collection was really hard because we just loved (everything) so much. But it was good to have to form the discipline to do that,” Washington said. “We were literally in three different cities. I was in Los Angeles, [Elliot] was in New York and Lyn was in London. So this is a collaboration that could not have happened decades ago. We were literally FedExing »
- Alexa Harrison
Another mob series with a glittering pedigree, including Martin Scorsese, who practically defined post-“The Godfather” crime movies; and “The Sopranos” alums Terence Winter and Steve Buscemi. A barrel full of Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe award quickly followed.
Yet despite early awards heat and critical accolades, the pay-tv paean to Atlantic City didn’t fully cash in. What HBO programming president Michael Lombardo dubbed “one of the most superb ensemble casts of any television show I can think of” nabbed eight Emmys its freshman year (one short of “The West Wing’s” record), but lost best drama to “Mad Men,” produced by Winter’s former “Sopranos” colleague Matthew Weiner.
“Boardwalk” has remained a critical favorite. Yet with the crush of prestigious new programs in the ensuing years, the show slipped off the best-series ballot the past two seasons. »
- Brian Lowry
On Sept. 22, 1999 at 9 pm, The West Wing premiered on NBC. Earlier that Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reviewed the new drama, praising the series as "wonderfully engaging." Read the original review below: Even in a season in which new dramas outnumber comedies, it's not hard to pick the best. In this case, it's The West Wing, a compelling, intelligent and wonderfully engaging drama about the hardball world of national politics. Considering the executive producers, Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme from Sports Night and John Wells from ER, it probably shouldn't be any surprise that this new show
- THR Staff
[This is a review of Madam Secretary season 1, episode 1. There will be Spoilers.]
It’s been more than eight years since The West Wing went off the air. In the intervening years, TV dramas about Washington movers and shakers – House of Cards, Scandal – have often been cynical, soapy and even sinister as they focused their sights on telling stories about power and politics without leaning on the Capra-corniness that sometimes took hold of The West Wing. With Madam Secretary, though, it seems like CBS is trying to blend elements from all of the above mentioned shows, in an effort to present a show that is both idealistic and darkly dramatic.
Starring Téa Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth ...
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- Jason Tabrys
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 »
- Alan Sepinwall
Like most CBS dramas, “Madam Secretary” was clearly developed with a time period in mind — another high-powered, classily cast drama about a woman with ripped-from-the-headlines undertones. Yet this lead-in to “The Good Wife” plays more like a slightly simple-minded return to “The West Wing,” with Tea Leoni as the reluctant Secretary of State, chosen (after her predecessor’s somewhat suspicious death) specifically for her lack of political ambitions. So come for the Hillary factor, and stay for the feel-good foreign policy practiced with courage and intelligence, or at least, so CBS hopes.
A former CIA analyst, Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord is minding her own business in academia when she’s summoned by the president (Keith Carradine, at his avuncular best in what’s described as a recurring role), saying he needs her clear-eyed counsel and refusing to take no for an answer. Not surprisingly, she is not exactly welcomed with »
- Brian Lowry
Minorities and women haven’t achieved significant progress in directing series TV, according to a survey from the Directors Guild of America, with Caucasian directors accounting for 81% of all primetime episodes while female directors were hired on only 14% during the past season.
The DGA survey covers more than 3,500 episodes and includes broadcast, basic cable, premium cable, and high budget original content series made for the Internet.
The report also showed that Caucasian males directed 69% of all episodes; minority males directed 17%; Caucasian females directed 12% and minority females directed 2% of all episodes.
The 14% figure for female directors matches the number for the 2012-13 season.
“Unfortunately, it can be shockingly difficult to convince the people who control hiring to make even small improvements to their hiring practices,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “But the end result is something worth fighting for. This should matter to all of us, as a culture, as an industry, »
- Dave McNary
The lights are about to dim on the HBO’s The Newsroom. The drama, created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and focusing on fictional cable news channel Acn, begins its final season on Nov. 9, and will wrap up its story in a tight six episodes. “It was because of my schedule,” Sorkin says of the shortened season. “But, as it turned out, six was the right number. I don’t know what we would have done with a seventh episode.”
So what’s in these final hours? EW talked to Sorkin about weddings, power plays, and Twitter scandals.
- Tim Stack
Heroes and Horror Story alum Zachary Quinto will deliver the titular, catalytic strike in The Slap, NBC’s eight-episode miniseries about how one man’s punishment of another couple’s child explodes into a complex family drama.
Related Zachary Quinto to Guest-Star on HBO’s Girls
Specifically, Quinto will play Harry, a married father who’s seemingly pleased with his life yet “perennially angry,” always game to pick a fight — but he »
Quinto will play Harry, a mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European automobiles who lives in Brooklyn with his family. He’s married with a 15-year-old son, and is apparently “always trying to a pick a fight.” Problems arise when the mechanic slaps a misbehaving child of another couple, which explodes into a conflict that pulls his family apart, exposes secrets and ignites a lawsuit.
Cox will play Manolis, the patriarch and peacemaker of the family. He’s described as a “stern yet magnanimous man” with old world values.
Quinto’s last foray into television was his role in the first two seasons of “American Horror Story” — he was nominated for an Emmy for the second season. Cox won an Emmy and was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Nuremberg, »
- Alex Stedman
The show is billed as complex family drama about what happens after a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. Quinto has signed on as Harry, the slapper. From the official description: “Married, with a 15-year-old son, he is a mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European automobiles, and lives with his family in a Brooklyn loft. Perennially angry but seemingly pleased with his life, Harry is a staunch believer in family and loyalty and never shies from picking a fight. »
- James Hibberd
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection for $61.99 (79% off its $299.99 list price). The first four seasons is among the best television ever made. The writing is top-notch, the performances are unforgettable, and it's constantly uplifting. If you bought these seasons individually, you'd be paying over $80, so this box set is already a good deal. Throw in the last three seasons (season 5 is rough, but the show picks back up in seasons 6 and 7), and today's deal is definitely a bargain. Like all Gold Box deals, it’s only good while supplies last or until midnight tonight. Click here to buy. For hundreds of additional DVD and Blu-ray deals, click here. Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank »
- Matt Goldberg
After winning two Emmys last week, Allison Janney said something that should be considered a truism but isn't. Explaining her successful return to TV after a sojourn in movies, the 54-year-old told Variety, "Television is a woman's medium."
Since "The West Wing" went off the air eight years ago, Janney has landed a number of supporting character roles in movies, mostly mom parts. Back on TV, however, she won Emmys this year (her fifth and sixth) for stretching to play two very different parts: a woman trying to salvage a difficult marriage in the premium-cable drama "Masters of Sex," and a recovering alcoholic whose daughter and granddaughter have followed in her reckless footsteps on the network sitcom "Mom."
Janney certainly seems to be an example of how television is friendlier to 54-year-old actresses than film is. But is television really "a woman's medium"?
Actually, you could argue that television has »
- Gary Susman
Today’s Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is The West Wing – The Complete Series Collection for only $61.99, 79% off the $237.99 Msrp. The discount price will disappear at midnight — so act fast! The show is highly acclaimed, winning 26 Emmys, including 4 for Outstanding Drama Series. This complete seven-season DVD set includes all 154 […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Robert and Michelle King are continuing their good relationship with CBS.
The husband and wife team have signed a new three-year deal to continue as executive producers and showrunner on the hit series The Good Wife. In addition, the new agreement has the Kings developing a new comedy-horror series for the studio. CBS has made a put-pilot commitment to Brain Dead, described as an hourlong comedic horror series set in the world of D.C. politics — in other words, “The West Wing meets The Strain.” The series will reunite the entire team of The Good Wife, with the Kings as »
- Jake Perlman
The Good Wife creators are taking politics to a gory new level.
Showrunners Robert and Michelle King have sold a Washington, D.C.-based “comedic horror” pilot to CBS, our sister site Deadline reports.
Brain Dead is part of the Kings’ new three-year deal with CBS TV Studios, which will »
Per THR, Robert and Michelle King, the pair behind critical darling "The Good Wife," have inked a new three-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, under which the husband and wife duo will continue on as showrunners/exec producers on that show as well as develop new projects for the studio, including the aforementioned "Brain Dead."
The Kings have already received a put-pilot commitment for "Brain Dead," a Washington, D.C.-set comedy-horror project hailing from the studio and Scott Free. It's an hour-long show described as "The West Wing" meets "The Strain". The Kings will write and executive produce with Scott Free's Ridley Scott and David Zucker also exec producing.
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- Debi Moore
The husband-and-wife pair have also set a new three-year overall deal that will keep them at the helm of “Good Wife,” and calls for them to develop fresh projects for the studio.
The Kings will remain showrunners on “Good Wife,” which heads into its sixth season next month with strong momentum following a universally-praised fifth season. Star Julianna Margulies last month won her second lead drama actress Emmy for the role of political wife turned star lawyer Alicia Florrick.
The “Good Wife” team has some reinventing to do in the coming season »
- Cynthia Littleton
She worried she would never find another TV series role as powerful as the one she held in the Bartlet administration for seven seasons. She was nervous about being typecast as a specific breed of alpha-female. And she fretted that reality TV was going to take over network TV entirely, turning high-end scripted shows into endangered species.
Boy, was she wrong.
Janney, 54, is the embodiment of the extraordinary range of opportunities available to established actors in television’s ever-widening programming landscape. She took home two Emmys (Nos. 5 and 6 on her mantle) this month for her work in two very different series: the CBS comedy “Mom” and the Showtime period drama “Masters of Sex.”
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- Cynthia Littleton
Stephen Lee, the character actor who hilariously played an overly loquacious cabinet installer on Seinfeld - among dozens of other roles on TV and in the movies - has died at 58. Lee passed away after suffering a heart attack in his Los Angeles apartment on Aug. 14, his actress friend Lisa Pescia told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The Englewood, New Jersey, native began his acting career in the early 1980s on dramas like Hart to Hart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He had a recurring role as Tony B. on Nash Bridges and also appeared on shows including Quantum Leap, »
- Tim Nudd, @nudd
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