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Television that Home Video Forgot: Cracking Up (2004)

Cracking Up

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Created by Mike White

Produced by 20th Century Fox, Brad Grey Television

Aired on Fox March 9, 2004- April 5, 2004

Series ran 6 (of 12) episodes over one season (6 unaired)

Cast

Jason Schwartzman as Ben Baxter

Jake Sandvig as Preston Shackleton

Molly Shannon as Lesley Shackleton

Christopher McDonald as Ted Shackleton

Caitlin Wachs as Chloe Shackleton

David Walton as Liam Connor

Show Premise

Ben Baxter is a psychology major in college, where he takes on a child client as his term project. As part of the assignment, Ben agrees to move in with the child’s family in order to analyze his psychosis, but he quickly discovers that his patient isn’t really the one that he should be studying—it’s the rest of his family that are the real textbook mental cases. Ben becomes intrigued by the family and all their neurosis until he is overwhelmed by the
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2014 Independent Film Week Includes Latest From Barry Jenkins, Alistair Banks Griffin, Passon, Frammartino & Landes

On the heels of the 39th edition of the Toronto Int. Film Festival (Sept 4-14), Ifp’s Independent Film Week is where a plethora of fiction, non-fiction and new this year, web-based series from the likes of Desiree Akhavan and Calvin Reeder find future coin. Sectioned off as projects at the very beginning of financing to those that are nearing completion, there happens to be tons of Sundance alumni in the names below. Among those that caught our attention we have Medicine for Melancholy‘s Barry Jenkins’ sophomore feature, produced by Bad Milo!‘s Adele Romanski, Moonlight is about “two Miami boys navigate the temptations of the drug trade and their burgeoning sexuality in this triptych drama about black queer youth”. Concussion‘s Stacie Passon digs into the thriller genre with Strange Things Started Happening. Produced by vet Mary Jane Skalski (Mysterious Skin), this is about “a woman who has
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Veronica Mars @ Comic-Con: Movie Sneak Peek Reveals Punchy V and Hot, Wet Logan, Piz & Dick

Veronica Mars @ Comic-Con: Movie Sneak Peek Reveals Punchy V and Hot, Wet Logan, Piz & Dick
As hardcore fans know, the plot of the upcoming Veronica Mars film finds Veronica “getting pulled back into this life that she thought she had left behind,” series creator and movie mastermind Rob Thomas told fans during Friday’s Comic-Con panel, which also featured a sneak peek at the flick.

Related | Veronica Mars Movie Recasts Leighton Meester

But what even the toastiest Marshmallow may not know is that it’s ex-boyfriend Logan who says, “I need your help, Veronica.” Her reply: “I don’t really do that anymore.” Yeah… that’s not going to fly.

LoVe ‘shippers will be happy
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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Recap: Emily Recalls A Dark Secret About Alison

Plus, Spencer finally finds ‘A’ lock for her key — and she doesn’t like what she discovers.

Desperate to shake off those “I feel bad for killing someone” blues, Emily (Shay Mitchell) paid a visit to Dr. Sullivan on the Feb. 5 episode of Pretty Little Liars, but things got a little nutty when Emily went under hypnosis and accidentally remembered the wrong night. Instead of reliving her fatal encounter with Nate, Emily flashed back to the night Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) body was stolden from her grave!

But that’s not all, folks; In Emily’s flashback, she remembered seeing a girl in a red coat — but who was it? Hanna (Ashley Benson) suggested it could have been Alison, but Aria (Lucy Hale) was quick to dismiss that as mere crazy talk. I mean, Alison watching someone dig up her own grave? That couldn’t happen.

…Right?

Spencer’s Revelation

Meanwhile,
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The 23rd GLAAD Media Awards Announced. Are Your Favorites In The Running?

Every year GLAAD gives out awards for outstanding Glbt media representation. This year there are 116 nominees competing in 25 media categories - everything from Outstanding Drama Series to Outstanding Comic Book.

"As media continue to tell new stories about Lgbt people and families, a majority of Americans now support full equality of Lgbt Americans," said Mike Thompson, GLAAD’s Acting President. "This year’s nominees enlighten and entertain, while spotlighting the diversity of our community. Audiences expect to see their own worlds reflected in media, and today more than ever, those include the lives of Lgbt people. Viewers know that Lgbt characters and stories are simply natural extensions of, and glimpses into, their own experiences from across America."

Winners will be announced at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 24, 2012 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square; in Los Angeles on April 21 at the Westin Bonaventure; and in San
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Seven Reasons to Love Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s “The Playboy Club”

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s hour-long drama “The Playboy Club” finally hits the small screen Tonight on NBC at 9pm Central after “The Sing-Off”, and because she loves interacting with you all, Jenna will be live-tweeting the show on her official Twitter!!!

The Playboy Club” is set during the political and moral upheaval of the 1960s and is centered around the voluptuous ladies of the original Chicago Playboy Club.

In addition to Jenna, the show also stars Laura Benanti, Amber Heard, Leah Renee Cudmore, Naturi Naughton, Eddie Cibrian, David Krumholtz, Jenifer Lewis, Wes Ramsey, Cassidy Freeman and Sean Maher.

The show has received great reviews from the New York Times to Us Magazine (who gives the drama 3.5 out of 4 stars) and the Wall Street Journal who says…

“The life and feel of an earlier age that comes roaring out of the action so successfully here derives from the writing—from story
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'Gossip Girl' Star Sebastian Stan Buddies Up To Ashton Kutcher In 'Spread'

'We kind of have that Vince Vaughn/ Jon Favreau relationship,' actor says.

By Jocelyn Vena

Sebastian Stan

Photo: MTV News

Fans of "Gossip Girl" may know Sebastian Stan as Carter Baizen, the globe-trekking troublemaker who spiced up Blair's love life for a bit last season and may be hooking up with Serena this fall. But in the meantime, Leighton Meester's real-life boyfriend is also starring alongside Ashton Kutcher, who spices up various women's love lives in the new movie "Spread," out Friday (August 14).

Stan plays Harry, pal to Kutcher's Nikki, a relationship he likens to another onscreen bromance.

"We kind of have that Vince Vaughn/ Jon Favreau relationship," he told MTV News. "We sort of nag each other. We need each other to be in each other's lives."

Much like Vaughn and Favreau in "Swingers," Harry and Nikki are definitely yin and yang. "I kind of balance him out,
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Where Are They Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for November 19, 2008

Some of our best TV shows may be dead and gone but the actors who played the great characters are still around. They're popping up in feature films as well as TV shows like Medium, Burn Notice, Valentine, Grey's Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives.

We're keeping tabs on talented TV show veterans like Julie Benz (Hi Honey, I'm Home!, Dexter), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), Billy Connolly (Head of the Class), Judd Nelson (Suddenly Susan), Lauren Hutton (Falcon Crest), Glenne Headly (Monk), Gary Cole (The West Wing, Family Affair), David Duchovny (The X-Files), Tracy Pollan (Family Ties), Joshua Malina (Big Shots), Kevin McKidd (Journeyman), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Amanda Seyfried (Veronica Mars), Leslea Fisher (Surface), Todd Grinnell (Four Kings), J.D. Walsh (Dharma & Greg), Vince Vieluf (Love, Inc.), Laura Allen (Dirt), Dean Cain (Clubhouse), James Tupper (Men in Trees), and Allison Hossack (Falcon Beach).

To start, Julie Benz (Hi Honey,
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Decent start for 'Mullets,' 'Big Time'

Decent start for 'Mullets,' 'Big Time'
The WB Network scored some demo gains with the debut of its new Thursday lineup, while UPN got a decent sampling for its new comedy The Mullets. Meanwhile, the premiere episode of NBC's new comedy Whoopi delivered a second impressive showing. The encore presentation of the Tuesday sitcom's pilot episode drew 9.6 million viewers and a 4.7 rating/13 share among adults 18-49 at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, holding onto 92% of its Will & Grace 18-49 lead-in, the best retention in the time period with a show other than Will & Grace since March. The one-hour premiere of the WB's Steve Harvey's Big Time (3.6 million, 1.4/5) at 8 p.m. came short of the big premiere of Family Affair (4.6 million, 1.6/5) in the same slot last year but was up in such key WB demos as persons 12-34 (1.6/6, up 7%), adults 18-34 (1.5/5, up 15%) and female teens (2.4/12, up 14%), according to Nielsen Media Research data.

'Blue' collared for 2003-04

'Blue' collared for 2003-04
As the networks dig into the business of series pickups and cancellations, full-season pickups were handed out Tuesday to one of primetime's longest-running series and two new entrants. ABC gave the veteran cop drama NYPD Blue an early pickup for the 2003-04 season, which will be the show's 11th. And the WB Network gave a full-season order to its rookie comedies What I Like About You, from Tollin/Robbins Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, and Family Affair, from Pariah TV and Turner TV. With the two orders, the WB has now picked up for a full season all of its new shows except the drama Birds of Prey, which premiered last week to strong numbers. UPN last week gave a full-season nod to its new Monday comedy Half and Half. Meanwhile, CBS, NBC and Fox have yet to formally announce pickups of any of their new series.

WB commits to 'Do Over,' 'Tucson'

WB commits to 'Do Over,' 'Tucson'
The WB Network has given full-season pickups to two of its four new comedies, Do Over and Greetings From Tucson, while canceling the sophomore sitcom Off Centre. The WB is on track to go four for four on its new comedies, with back-nine orders said to be imminent for What I Like About You and Family Affair. The network already picked up its new family drama Everwood, and prospects are good for Birds of Prey. "In Greetings from Tucson and Do Over, we see two shows that have enormous potential, that have shown nothing but a strong learning curve as far as the kind of stories they want to tell," said Mike Clements, the WB's co-senior vp comedy development. For both comedies, the full-season pickup came after four airings.

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