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A short while back I rewatched the first four seasons of "The West Wing" and mentioned it in my weekly "What I Watched" columns and I got the impression it got a lot of you to watch the series for the first time. I also got the impression a lot of you liked it as much as I do. Well, now is your chance to own all seven seasons for a deeply discounted price. Amazon has got "The West Wing: The Complete Series Collection" on sale today for $79.99 in a nice, little faux-leather case. Personally I wish I owned this rather than all seven individual seasons, largely because it would take up less room on my DVD case, but such is life. You can buy the set right here and I feel comfortable suggesting this as a worthy purchase. The show was created by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and »
- Brad Brevet
We were so disappointed that Zero Hour wasn’t given more time to gain an audience, but at least were pleased when ABC announced that the entire first season would air this summer, including the first three episodes that aired in the winter.
Happily, ABC has now paired those episodes with unaired episodes from another gone-too-soon show from earlier this season, 666 Park Avenue, according to Deadline. As you know from the SciFiMafia.com Spring and Summer Primetime TV Schedule and the SciFiMafia.com Calendar, Zero Hour premieres Saturday, June 15 at 8/7c. 666 Park Avenue will join Zero Hour on June 22, following it at 9/8c and continuing weekly for three more weeks.
Excellent news, I’m So looking forward to summer Saturdays, these were great shows; thanks to ABC for airing the rest of the episodes.
As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, »
- Erin Willard
Cinema has historically considered itself superior to television, with executives and critics frequently sneering that a movie or documentary has a "made-for-tv" feel. But a number of significant Hollywood film-makers – including David Lynch, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone – have moved to the junior medium for mini-series or documentaries and now Steven Soderbergh has paid a compliment, if a slightly qualified one, to home entertainment. "In terms of cultural real estate," Soderbergh said at the Cannes film festival, "TV has really taken control of the conversation that used to be the reserve of movies. It's sort of a second golden age of television, which is great for the viewers. … If you like your stories to go narrow and deep, TV is exciting. »
- Mark Lawson
With less than four weeks to go until the release of Man of Steel, Warner Bros.' marketing machine is moving faster than a speeding bullet at the moment and today the studio has released the first character poster for the Zack Snyder-directed reboot, which features Russell Crowe (Les Miserables) as Superman's Kryptonian daddy, Jor-El...
And if that's not enough to give you your daily Superman fix, a batch of official stills have also arrived online, giving us fresh looks at many of the cast, including Henry Cavill (Immortals) as Clark Kent, Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys) as Jonathan Kent, Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons) as Lara Lor-Van, Harry Lennix (Dollhouse) as General Swanwick, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Perry White, Richard Schiff (The West Wing) as Dr. Emil Hamilton, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, Antje Traue (Pandorum) as Faora and Michael Shannon (The Iceman) as General Zod. Oh, and »
- Flickering Myth
An insider's look into La's notorious police department, the Peabody Award-winning Southland follows the complex lives of the dedicated patrol officers and detectives as they struggle to protect the innocent and remain righteous amid the iniquities of the criminals around them. Marshaling felons, victims and a city seething with corruption and danger, Southland presents a glimpse into the professional and private lives of the Lapd unlike any other. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release Southland: The Complete Fifth & Final Season on DVD August 13, 2013. This 2-disc DVD release contains all 10 explosive episodes from Season 5 and behind-the-scenes bonus content. The DVD is available to own for $39.98 Srp.
In the fifth and final season of this critically acclaimed series, Officers Cooper, Sherman and Bryant, as well as Detective Adams, face some of their toughest personal and professional challenges yet. A dominatrix in overdrive. A case of infanticide. A Robin Hood bank robber. »
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
At one critical point in Fast & Furious 6, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, caught in a kind of bizarro world walk and talk (think The West Wing) and discussing the movie’s criminal syndicate, tells Mma fighter Gina Carano: “I want to come down on them like the walls of Jericho.” If the idea of that moment occurring prompts a slight grin to form on your face, chances are that the sixth entry in this newly revitalised car crash franchise will bring you a relative amount of joy. Just make sure you leave your Iq at the door.
Fast & Furious 6 is, without a doubt, one of the dumbest movies I’ve ever seen. The set-pieces, straight from a comic book, are absurd in every conceivable way: loud, rendered with (sometimes incomprehensible) CGI, they crash all over the screen in explosions of sparks and scratched metallic paint-jobs. The jokes, »
- T.J. Barnard
"666 Park Avenue" was one of the biggest disappointments of the last TV season - both for viewers story-wise and for ABC ratings-wise. But fans of the show will finally have some closure when the network begins airing the remaining four episodes on Saturday, June 22nd.
Per TVLine the ill-fated spooker, which ABC pulled from the schedule following its December 2, 2012 broadcast, will reward loyal viewers with a finale on July 13. Speaking with the site recently, series star Rachael Taylor gave the final episode two very enthusiastic thumbs up, saying, “I love the ending. Everything gets completely flipped on its head, and it was very fun for me to play. My character is very different in the last episode. I’m really looking forward to people seeing the end, because shit gets crazy.”
At the ominous address of 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours. Everyone has needs, desires, and ambition. »
- The Woman In Black
The new sitcom from Chuck Lorre stars Faris as Christy, a newly sober single mom. This is Faris' first regular TV gig and "The House Bunny" actress said a combination of things drew her to the project.
"The script was so strong and so funny, the character was so complicated and dimensional and then obviously Chuck Lorre and CBS. You couldn't be in better hands." Faris told The Huffington Post on the red carpet of CBS's upfront presentation. "Then Allison came on ... it sounds like one of these actor soundbites that I'm about to tell you, but ... I would wake up and be really excited to go to work. Even though we have our dream jobs, basically it doesn't always happen."
Janney plays Bonnie, Christy's passive-aggressive mother who is also struggling with her own addictions. To say the relationship is complicated is an understatement. »
- Chris Harnick
Bradley Cooper is in talks to lead John Wells’ (August: Osage County) Chef, which is one of two projects going by the same name, currently being developed by different studios. The other Chef belongs to Jon Favreau.
The former comes from screenwriter Steven Knight. It tells the story of rock star chef who, after losing his prized restaurant in Paris, attempts to make a comeback with a new place in London.
The latter follows a chef who, after losing his job, decides to open a food truck business. Aside from Favreau, the cast also includes Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale.
Source: Deadline »
- Laura Frances
Tune in alert for one of the better TV dramas ever made: For the first time on Kcet, Southern California viewers can witness the intrigue and excitement of the internationally acclaimed Danish series, Borgen, a political drama hailed by The New York Times as .one of the best shows.on American television." Described as "The Killing" meets "The West Wing"...Borgen premieres on Kcet on Friday, May 17 at 10 p.m. and repeats every Monday at 10 p.m. From Kcet Quickly gaining an ardent following and high critical praise during its year-long run on Link TV, the Danish drama sensation from the producers of the acclaimed series 'The Killing,' uncovers a world of political gamesmanship, the intricate public and private lives »
- April Neale
Kevin Tsujihara made his first major move at Warner Bros. on Wednesday, realigning the TV division in the wake of Bruce Rosenblum’s pending departure and promoting execs in the home entertainment and digital wing that he previously ran.
Here’s his letter to Warner Bros. staff:
In his 25 years at Warner Bros., as all of you know, Bruce helped build one of the world’s most successful global television production and distribution operations. With his great energy, skill, creativity and vision, Bruce – and the strong team he has built around him – was responsible for some of the most popular and successful television series of all time, including “Friends,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Two Broke Girls,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Bachelor. »
- Variety Staff
Deadline’s Nikki Finke broke the story over the weekend that Bruce Rosenblum was leaving his post as head of Warner Bros Television. Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed Saturday night and made it official today with a release and a memo to staff from he and Warners chairman Barry Meyer. The restructuring (see below) at the TV division, as expected, includes expanded duties for Peter Roth who is now president and COO. Here’s the memo that went around: Dear Colleagues, We wanted to let you know that our valued colleague Bruce Rosenblum, President of the Warner Bros. Television Group, has decided to leave the Studio. In his 25 years at Warner Bros., as all of you know, Bruce helped build one of the world’s most successful global television production and distribution operations. With his great energy, skill, creativity and vision, Bruce – and the strong team he has built »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
With a sweeping reorganization of exec responsibilities in TV and home entertainment, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has taken a big first step toward making the studio more attuned to the demands of new and globally oriented distribution platforms.
An overhaul of these key units has been among the top priorities for Tsujihara since he took the reins as CEO on March 1. The TV management situation demanded attention because the longtime group leader, Bruce Rosenblum, let it be known he intended to move on after being passed over for the job that went to Tsujihara. In home entertainment, Tsujihara had to fill the void left by his own ascent.
Read: Kevin Tsujihara’s internal memo to WB staff
But the timing of the opportunity to overhaul the leadership of those two key areas was opportune for Tsujihara, who got the job because of his vision for how Hollywood’s largest »
- Cynthia Littleton
Acclaimed actor Martin Sheen dished out some jokes when he gave the commencement address at La Roche College in Pennsylvania on May 4, but he didn't shy away from politics either.
Sheen is well-known for playing President Josiah Bartlet on television show "The West Wing," but during his acting career he was in feature films "The Departed," "Wall Street" and "Apocalypse Now," and voiced a character on the television show "Captain Planet," to name a few.
Sheen, 72, has a history of activism too, supporting the 1960s farm worker movement, supporting environmental causes and openly opposing the Iraq war, which he discussed in the speech.
"In the days and weeks leading up to the invasion, I spoke out repeatedly against that war at a series of nonviolent demonstrations, peace rallies and press conferences, all of which only served to isolate me to a small minority of fellow Americans," Sheen said. "Then on the feast of St. »
- The Huffington Post
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ABC's really hoping that you like to laugh at families this fall, as nearly all of their comedy programming revolves around some sort of family unit. Take "Trophy Wife," for example: The comedy finds star and producer Malin Akerman playing reformed party girl Kate, who's just become Pete's (Bradley Whitford, "The West Wing") third wife.
On top of adjusting to married life, Kate's got to deal with Pete's three children and two ex-wives, played by Marcia Gay Harden ("Damages") and Michaela Watkins ("Saturday Night Live"). Flighty and inexperience as she is, no one in Pete's life quite likes Kate much.
Based on the trailer, the success of this show depends on how much you like and root for Akerman as an actress, as it seems the series is going to play around with the idea that she much win everyone over, all the time. It's »
Sunday was the twentieth anniversary of the "Donna Martin graduates!" episode of 90210. Next week marks the tenth anniversary of Rory Gilmore's high-school graduation. And today's another important graduation anniversary: Zoey Bartlet graduated from college ten years ago on The West Wing. And then she got kidnapped! And then Aaron Sorkin left the show, and nothing was ever quite the same."Commencement," the penultimate episode of Ww's fourth season, aired May 7 — and that's the one that ends with Molly the Secret Service agent getting shot and Ron Butterfield racing to tell Leo that Zoey had been abducted. But "Twenty-Five," which aired May 14, 2003, is the one that begins with Leo telling the president and First Lady. It's also the one with Toby where Toby finds out babies come with hats. Sigh. The episode ends with President Bartlet invoking the 25th Amendment and temporarily handing over power to Southern John »
- Margaret Lyons
Chicago – ABC announced their 2013-14 schedule this morning and revealed an aggressive slate of new programming, including four new comedies and four new dramas. Tuesday nights will be entirely new, anchored by “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Their hit shows aren’t really moving other than “The Neighbors” slidng to Friday nights and “Dancing with the Stars” downsized to one night. They also revealed that they will air a special based on the hit Pixar trilogy, “Toy Story of Terror,” in October 2013.
Full schedule below with an asterisk for new show. New show descriptions below that. “Suburgatory” is being held for mid-season.
7pm “Dancing with the Stars”
7pm “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”*
8pm “The Goldbergs”*
8:30pm “Trophy Wife”*
9pm “Lucky 7”*
7pm “The Middle”
7:30pm “Back in the Game”*
8pm “Modern Family”
8:30pm “Super Fun Night”*
7pm “Once »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Last night's Mad Men was all about repeating the same mistakes over and over, about the patterns our lives cycle through whether we want them to or not. Is there anything new in this life? Or are we always going to be pitching Mohawk Airlines, hating our wives, resenting our mothers, mourning a Kennedy, and carrying cardboard boxes as Joan shows us to our desks? Weirdly, the clearest repetition in "Man With a Plan" wasn't from the characters themselves or even from Mad Men. It was an echo of The West Wing. While Ted Chaough pilots his own little plane, he tells Don a symbolism-laden factoid about how pilots often find themselves accidentally upside down; sometimes if you can't see where you're going, things get all mixed up, if you know what he means. And, in fact, we do know what he means because in the fourth-season West Wing episode »
- Margaret Lyons
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
The "Office" alum and longtime "Boston Legal" star returns to the spotlight on the Peacock network and this time, instead of upholding the law (albeit via blackmail, bribery and the like), he's breaking it. In NBC's upcoming series "The Blacklist," Spader stars as Raymond “Red” Reddington, the most wanted man in the world.
Check out Spader and his devilish ways below in NBC's new four-minute trailer for "The Blacklist", as well as two new preview clips, and scroll down for more previews and official descriptions of the new series on NBC's 2013-2014 schedule: the “Ironside" remake starring Blair Underwood, the new Mike O'Malley comedy "Welcome To The Family," Sean Hayes' return to sitcoms with "Sean Saves The World," and, of course, the highly-anticipated "Michael J. Fox Show."
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For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, »
- Jaimie Etkin
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