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

16 hours ago | 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

21 hours ago | 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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Rob Lowe to star in Lifetime movie 'Beautiful and Twisted'

14 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Rob Lowe is heading to Lifetime, but his character’s lifetime is literally going to be cut short.

The network announced Monday that Lowe will star in its latest based-on-a-true-story movie, Beautiful and Twisted. Set in the ritzy world of Miami excess, the film from Sony Picture Televisionwill feature Lowe as Ben Novack Jr., a millionaire heir to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune. When he’s found brutally murdered, police work their way through the tangle of intrigue surrounding his marriage to Narcy (Spanish actress Paz Vega), whom they identify as a prime suspect. Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) will portray Ben’s mother, »

- Jackson McHenry

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Review: 'The Leftovers' - 'Two Boats and a Helicopter'

13 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I think I know what happened to your face... "Why do you persist?" -Mary What a bizarre, marvelous, freaky, abrupt left turn is "Two Boats and a Helicopter."(*) After two big, sprawling ensemble pieces to open the series and give us a sense of the Departure's impact on the larger world, this one essentially turns into a solo piece about Reverend Matt — or, rather, into a duet between Matt and the cruel, capricious cosmic force that's brought so much uncertainty into the world, and misery into Matt's life. Kevin and Laurie appear briefly (Laurie, interestingly, watching her husband and daughter's house while they sleep), and we also discover that Matt and Nora Durst are siblings, but the great bulk of this is just Christopher Eccleston running around, chasing signs and wonders sent from a deity whose behavior suggests »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Press tour: 'Constantine' hires Angelica Celaya to replace Lucy Griffiths

13 July 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

TV pilot production is an inexact science. Certain characters or ideas don't quite click, so you change them, or you abandon them, and then you move on. In these days of leaner budgets, though, it's trickier to deal with the changes as thoroughly as might be ideal, which is why much of NBC's press tour session for "Constantine" was devoted to a character who now won't be in the show past the pilot. In the original version of the pilot — based on the John Constantine character from DC Comics, here played by Matt Ryan as an exorcist and "dabbler in the dark arts" — Constantine befriends Liv Aberdine, played by Lucy Griffiths, the daughter of a friend of his, and someone with her own undiscovered connection to the world of the occult. The pilot takes Lucy on an emotional journey from skeptical, to fearful, to believing devoutly in the war against evil that John is fighting, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Rob Lowe Appears in a New ‘Sex Tape’

11 July 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rob Lowe finally has a sex tape he wants you to see.

In Sony Pictures’ July 18 release “Sex Tape,” the 50-year-old actor, known for making his own infamous sex tape in the late 1980s, plays Hank, a buttoned-up CEO at the office with a penchant for decidedly darker things when left home alone.

The casting of Lowe in what amounts to a small part in the film reflects the actor’s good sense of humor about his past bad-boy behavior. Lowe’s career was nearly derailed when a video he made of himself having sex with two women (one underage at the time) surfaced while he was campaigning on behalf of Michael Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta.

Unlike some of his more serious political roles that included playing John F. Kennedy in the TV movie “Killing Kennedy,” a rising senator in “Brothers & Sisters” and the White House communications director in “The West Wing, »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Thomas Schlamme Compares Wgn America’s ‘Manhattan’ to ‘West Wing’

10 July 2014 2:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Creator Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme of Wgn America’s new show “Manhattan” compared their recent work on the 1940s period drama to hit shows “Masters of Sex” and “The West Wing” during Wednesday night’s panel at the Paley Center for Media.

Schlamme said that “Manhattan” shares a lot of the DNA with “The West Wing” by balancing the world of politics with the world of human emotion.

“It was very important in this show that scientists talk like scientists,” he said. “It wasn’t that important that everyone understood everything the scientists were saying. That was the golden rule in ‘West Wing,’ we never had to stop to explain to the audience what these people were talking about because what they would feel is what was the relationship between those people.”

Schlamme added: “That’s how these two shows relate, they are about very large issues, but »

- Nikara Johns

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Sam Waterston will play Martin Sheen's beau in a Netflix comedy

7 July 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Netflix has set out to stage an Aaron Sorkin reunion of sorts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Newsroom’s Sam Waterston has been cast in an upcoming comedy for the streaming giant, alongside Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Lily Tomlin (The West Wing), and Martin Sheen (do I have to say what show Martin Sheen was on? Okay fine, The West Wing).

The show, titled Grace and Frankie, follows two rivals—Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin)—who make amends after they discover that their husbands—Sheen and Waterston, respectively—have been keeping up an affair with each other since 1994 and now plan to legally marry. »

- Jackson McHenry

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Nurse Jackie Season 5 Blu-Ray Review

7 July 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Nurse Jackie Season 5 Blu-Ray Review

The fifth season of Nurse Jackie is a somewhat unique spin in the world of TV series, because the premise of the show is turned upside-down. While Edie Falco has spent four seasons winning critical acclaim as titular, drug-addicted nurse who has to find a way to make all the facets of her life work, the writers correctly determined that it was time that the gimmick made some new movies. Thus, the fifth season has Jackie sober, and quickly approaching the one-year anniversary of her sobriety.

With her marriage falling apart, her job resting on a very precarious perch, and her ability to effectively don a parental role, Jackie has an entirely new set of problems to manage, and coping isn’t necessarily something she’s great at… depending on how you mean that.

Of course, when your personal life is in a shambles, your »

- Marc Eastman

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Rob Lowe Recalls Talking With Monica Lewinsky About The West Wing After Her Scandal With Bill Clinton

3 July 2014 2:32 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Only in the '90s! Rob Lowe isn't just the narrator of National Geographic's The '90s: The Last Great Decade? special—he's also one of its interviewees. Entertainment Weekly shared a clip from the upcoming miniseries on Tuesday, July 1, in which the Parks and Recreation actor recounts a truly original 1990s moment—meeting Monica Lewinsky on a plane as he was getting ready to star in Aaron Sorkin's White House drama The West Wing. The West Wing, about a fictional U.S. President (Martin Sheen) and his senior staff, premiered [...] »

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19 Times Life and The West Wing Imitated Each Other

2 July 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

At times, the modern political climate may seem stranger than fiction, so it may be comforting (or disconcerting) to know that several recent political events initially took place years prior, on NBC's beloved series The West Wing, which aired from 1999 to 2006. While some of its more prescient episodes tackle obvious issues (i.e. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), other coincidences are downright bizarre (i.e. characters who bear striking similarities to Barack Obama and John McCain squaring off in a...

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- Liz Raftery

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Who are Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Drama Supporting Actress: Anna Gunn, Emilia Clarke ...?

2 July 2014 3:25 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

All of last year's Emmy nominees for Best Drama Supporting Actress are back in contention, including the last two winners: "Downton Abbey" scene stealer Maggie Smith (2012) and "Breaking Bad" reigning champ Anna Gunn. Are they leading the pack again? -Break- Watch our exclusive video interviews with Emmy contenders Anna Gunn, Bellamy Young, Michelle Monaghan, and more! After reading our overview, be sure to check out the photo gallery at the bottom of this post, which previews the top contenders and gets you ready to make your own Emmy predictions before nominations are announced on July 10. Frontrunners Based on the combined predictions of our Experts, Editors, and Users, Gunn is favored to repeat, with leading odds of 2/1. She would be the third woman since 2000 to claim consecutive Emmys in this category, following Allison Janney ("The West Wing," 2000-2001) and Blythe Danner ("Huff," 200...' »

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TV Review: ‘The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?’

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

The question built into “The ‘90s: The Last Great Decade?” — National Geographic Channel’s three-night, six-hour documentary undertaking — is an inherently interesting one, hung on the simple idea that the prosperous decade fell between the end of the Cold War and the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Yet if that made the ’90s an era where fluff seemed to hold inordinate sway, such material also largely dominates this fast-moving production, which tilts toward pop culture and the salacious (O.J.! Monica!) at every turn. That said, it’s still a fun trip down memory lane and, with the Clintons in the headlines, perhaps a timely one.

Obviously, even over three nights there’s a staggering amount of material to cover, requiring tough choices. So while “Roseanne” gets its share of time — reflecting the economic struggles that helped sink President George H.W. Bush — “Murphy Brown’s” skirmish with Vice President Dan Quayle over single motherhood goes unnoticed. »

- Brian Lowry

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