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The Televerse #206- The L Word with Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

11 August 2015 11:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s a summer finale palooza, prompting another lengthy edition of the podcast. First we look at our week in comedy, including the pilots of Significant Mother, Mr. Robinson, and Difficult People, as well as the premiere of Playing House and the finale of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, including a belated look at the finale or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell as well as the finales of UnREAL and Deutschland 83 and another beautiful Rectify. Afterward, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya from The A.V. Club joins us at the DVD Shelf to look at the surprisingly under-discussed and groundbreaking The L Word.

Our Week in Comedy (9:15-38:14): Significant Mother pilot, Mr. Robinson pilot, Difficult People pilot, Playing House premiere, Review, Rick & Morty, Last Week Tonight, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Our Week in Genre and Drama (39: »

- Kate Kulzick

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The Televerse #206- The L Word with Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

10 August 2015 11:25 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s a summer finale palooza, prompting another lengthy edition of the podcast. First we look at our week in comedy, including the pilots of Significant Mother, Mr. Robinson, and Difficult People, as well as the premiere of Playing House and the finale of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Next up are the genre and drama offerings, including a belated look at the finale or Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell as well as the finales of UnREAL and Deutschland 83 and another beautiful Rectify. Afterward, Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya from The A.V. Club joins us at the DVD Shelf to look at the surprisingly under-discussed and groundbreaking The L Word.

Our Week in Comedy (9:15-38:14): Significant Mother pilot, Mr. Robinson pilot, Difficult People pilot, Playing House premiere, Review, Rick & Morty, Last Week Tonight, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Our Week in Genre and Drama (39: »

- Kate Kulzick

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Jennifer Beals Confronted For Leaving Dog In Car, Addresses Criticism

31 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Actress Jennifer Beals was confronted Wednesday when she left her dog in her vehicle while picking up dry cleaning in West Vancouver, B.C. Beals has since released a statement to address the incident. Jennifer Beals Leaves Dog In Parked Car Beals, the Flashdance and The L Word actress, had left her German Shepherd in a dark-colored […]

The post Jennifer Beals Confronted For Leaving Dog In Car, Addresses Criticism appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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How ‘Homeland’ Complicates Showtime’s Transition to Streaming

30 July 2015 6:19 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime’s recent expansion from premium cable channel to streaming service has hit a hitch courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

The studio recently sent a letter questioning whether Showtime was within its rights to make available “Homeland,” a series produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, on the streaming service.

Reps for both Showtime and 20th declined comment on the letter, which came to light via a report on Deadline published Thursday. But sources indicate the bone of contention is whether the contract between the companies regarding “Homeland” entitles Showtime to make current and previous episodes available on a digital outlet that didn’t exist at the time they agreed to partner on the series.

While Showtime doesn’t have subscription VOD rights to “Homeland,” studios that produce series for the cabler are contractually prohibited from licensing them to Svod services like Netflix while they are still on the air; 20th is »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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Party Down: a Us sitcom that richly deserves your time

20 July 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Hollywood-set comedy Party Down ran for two great seasons, with a cast including Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch and more…

David Brent-isms. “The Gareth” (a haircut inversely as popular with the viewing public as “The Rachel”). Making us well up at the mere mention of Only You by Yazoo. Martin Freeman’s face.

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office gave us so much, not least its intermittently excellent Us remake and the many other sitcoms it inspired. Its hand-held single camera style and wryly observed mundanity became so seminal that for a period in 2009, it was technically illegal to launch a new Us sitcom that didn’t emulate them.

Thus arrived Modern Family and Parks And Recreation, two shows filmed in the mockumentary style for no discernible reason besides a love of The Office and its Us remake. (Parks And Rec grew out of NBC originally »

- louisamellor

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Mike Rauch, Former Showtime Executive and Film Producer, Dies at 69

9 July 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Rauch, film producer and longtime Showtime executive, died July 2 at his home in Studio City after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Rauch produced the features “Blue Steel,” “Reversal of Fortune” and “Point Break.”After relocating to Los Angeles from New York in 1992, he produced the television miniseries “Wild Palms.”

The next year Showtime offered Rauch an executive position, in which he supervised production of more than 140 films and numerous series including “Queer as Folk,” “The L Word” and “The Tudors.”

After 15 challenging and successful years, Rauch retired as Showtime’s executive vice president of production in 2008.

Michael Jay (Mike) Rauch was born in Troy, N.Y., and graduated from Nyu with a major in art.

Rauch began his show business career auspiciously, landing a spot in the DGA trainee program, where he learned the ropes on “The French Connection” and “The Godfather.”

He did stints as »

- Carmel Dagan

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Mike Rauch, Former Showtime Executive and Film Producer, Dies at 69

9 July 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mike Rauch, film producer and longtime Showtime executive, died July 2 at his home in Studio City after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

Rauch produced the features “Blue Steel,” “Reversal of Fortune” and “Point Break.”After relocating to Los Angeles from New York in 1992, he produced the television miniseries “Wild Palms.”

The next year Showtime offered Rauch an executive position, in which he supervised production of more than 140 films and numerous series including “Queer as Folk,” “The L Word” and “The Tudors.”

After 15 challenging and successful years, Rauch retired as Showtime’s executive vice president of production in 2008.

Michael Jay (Mike) Rauch was born in Troy, N.Y., and graduated from Nyu with a major in art.

Rauch began his show business career auspiciously, landing a spot in the DGA trainee program, where he learned the ropes on “The French Connection” and “The Godfather.”

He did stints as »

- Carmel Dagan

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Showtime's Stand-Alone Service Now Live

7 July 2015 6:18 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following in the wake of HBO Now in April, the second of the three major U.S. premium cable networks - Showtime - has followed suit.

The CBS-owned premium network has premiered its cable and satellite subscription-free stand-alone service on Apple TV, Roku and Sony PlayStation Vue for $10.99 per month. Those who already have Hulu Plus subscriptions though can add the $2 cheaper option of adding Showtime as part of that service for a further $8.99 per month.

The service has gone online ahead of the premieres of the new seasons of "Ray Donovan" and "Masters Of Sex" which kick off on Sunday. Showtime is likely hoping that the new service will push the network's number of subscribers - 22.8 million as of March this year - back up and past rival Starz which has 23.3 million. Both sit behind HBO though with 31.4 million.

Online subscribers can access on demand every season of the channel’s original series, »

- Garth Franklin

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How Premium Cable Led the Charge for Realistic Gay Characters

30 June 2015 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If cultural progress for gay rights has tilted toward mainstreaming of characters via network television — with gradual acceptance reflected by a surplus of gay best friends, usually devoid of any onscreen love lives — pay cable emerged as the arena where gays could go for honest and open depictions of their experiences.

HBO, not surprisingly, was a trailblazer in this area, both in the movie and documentary arena. “And the Band Played On,” in 1993, explored the sad history of indifference toward AIDS, becoming the first prong of what amounted to a trilogy, each spaced by roughly a decade: “Angels in America” in 2003, and “The Normal Heart” last year. Many of the best pay-tv movies devoted to the topic were true stories, telling tales of pain and tragedy, a la Showtime’s “Soldier’s Girl.”

The most memorable series — a form where the audience has more time to bond with characters — generally arrived only this century, »

- Brian Lowry

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What You Missed at the 2015 Bet Awards

29 June 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sunday night, Bet held its annual celebration of everything you love and hate about black celebrity culture — the 15th year of monotonous Debra Lee state-of-the-black-union addresses, awkwardly placed gospel medleys, never-ending tributes, and the occasional award. This year, Black-ish's Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson played hosts, while Rihanna and Diddy played the night's best entertainment — whenever Bet could take the camera off Chris Brown. (By my watch, he accounted for about 95 percent of the broadcast.) In case you were watching True Detective, or your nearest gay bar was showing The L Word reruns instead, we've got all the night's highs and lows — from Janet Jackson to Nicki Minaj, and much more — in way under four hours. Thank us later. Highs Jussie Smollett: During a medley of Empire's hits (yes, "Drip Drop" happened!) and on the weekend of Gay Pride, Jussie Smollett interrupted his own »

- Dee Lockett

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt Celebrates ‘Courageous’ Writers, Producers Displaying Gay Storylines

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Milestones only feel monumental when you get some perspective, and you look back and see some of the tremors that started to pave the way for a seismic shift. The Supreme Court decision is a stunning victory for human rights and equality, but the big shift happened with the American people over the past few years, and there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.

I feel privileged to work in a business where we can advance the political agenda just because we tell stories. No soapbox, no demonstrations, no voting. If a story moves you, the message gets sent, and the consciousness changes. Sometimes slowly, but it happens.

Over the past 40 years, the Lgbt social and political agenda has been moving forward in our pop culture in many ways, especially on good old-fashioned broadcast television, which reaches everybody, everywhere. Back in the ’70s, I remember Archie Bunker »

- Bob Greenblatt

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Love Island's Hannah reflects on night with Jon: "We did end up having sex"

17 June 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Love Island's Hannah Elizabeth has finally confirmed what we all suspected... she and official boyfriend Jon Clark got down to the nitty gritty in the secret hideaway on last night's steamy show (June 16).

Shortly after announcing to the fellow islanders that they were an official couple, the lovestruck pair - who have been coupled-up since day one - celebrated their new status in the secret bedroom.

Reflecting on their night of passion on tonight's episode (June 17), Jon declares to Hannah: "I had the best night of my life. We christened this house now."

Clearly elated that the pair have taken their new relationship to the next level, Jon continues to enthuse in the Beach Hut: "I couldn't be in a better place if I tried. Can't stop smiling."

Hannah also visits the Beach Hut and coyly confirms: "Last night one thing led to another and we did end up having sex. »

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TNT's Proof: Is There Life After... the Premiere?

16 June 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Although she has experienced great tragedy in her life, Proof‘s Dr. Carolyn Tyler has also witnessed miracles. Not only did she survive a near-drowning experience herself, but five minutes into Tuesday’s premiere, she watches a teenager come back to life after flatlining in surgery.

But suggest the idea of life after death to Carolyn — a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon — and you might as well have recommended she start DVRing Long Island Medium.

And yet, Carolyn (played by The L Word‘s Jennifer Beals) is asked not only to consider the possibility of an afterlife in TNT’s new medical drama, »

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Mad Men Creator: Finale Coke Ad Came From Don's 'Enlightened State'

20 May 2015 5:42 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

For those of you who need to hear it straight from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner‘s mouth: Don (and not Peggy) wrote the Coke ad.

“The idea that some enlightened state, and not just co-option, might’ve created something that is very pure” was an attractive way to end the series, Weiner said. “To me, it’s the best ad ever made, and it comes from a very good place.”

The assertion was one of the highlights of a public conversation Weiner had with A.M. Holmes (The L Word) at the New York Public Library on Wednesday evening, »

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‘Empire’ Showrunner Ilene Chaiken On Channeling Lee Daniels & Season 2

12 May 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Joining Lee Daniels' and Danny Strong's Empire last year after the pilot was shot, Ilene Chaiken brought a wealth of TV series expertise to what became a blockbuster season for all concerned. As showrunner, The L Word creator and Black Box Ep watched with everyone as the Fox soap about a hip-hop family dynasty—led by stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard—came to a temporary but glorious end on March 18. An admirable 16.7 million viewers watched the two-hour finale… »

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Are Streaming Shows Really That Different From Network and Cable Shows?

8 May 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

To many viewers, streaming is just TV on a different screen. After all, you can watch "Seinfeld" reruns as easily on Netflix as you can on TBS. But what if the relatively new medium of streaming TV means a different kind of show?

We're already starting to see something like that in the way that streaming picks up TV's cast-offs. Netflix resurrected "Arrested Development" after its three cultish but low-rated seasons on Fox. Yahoo did the same for NBC's cancelled "Community." And now, it looks like Hulu may be doing the same for "The Mindy Project," another cultish Fox comedy that held out against the Nielsen ratings for three seasons before getting the ax.

What do these shows have in common, besides not drawing enough viewers to stay on network TV? They're all the creations of idiosyncratic TV auteurs, writers who put their own offbeat, recognizable, personal stamp on the material. »

- Gary Susman

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Fall TV: Shonda Rhimes' The Catch Among 6 New Dramas Ordered at ABC

7 May 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.

The network on Thursday ordered to series the thriller The Catch, from the prolific producer and Betsy Beers and starring Mireille Enos (The Killing).

PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows and Stars

Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map Ep Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl Ep Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (Fka L.A. Crime).

The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (Fka Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, »

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‘Empire’ Showrunner Ilene Chaiken Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

7 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ilene Chaiken has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, Variety has learned.

Under the multiyear pact, worth seven figures, the “Empire” showrunner will stay at the helm of the Fox hit, and she’ll be able to develop her own projects for the studio.

“Ilene is about as gifted a showrunner as there is in this business, and we could not be happier that she has made this studio her home,” said Jonnie Davis, president of creative affairs at 20th. “This deal not only keeps her at the helm of the monster hit ‘Empire,’ on which she has done extraordinary work delivering episode after brilliant episode, but also allows us to develop future projects with her.”

“Empire,” which was renewed for a second season earlier this year, is the season’s top broadcast series in the coveted 18-49 adult demo, according to Live +7 ratings. Throughout its first season, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Interview: Cobie Smulders of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ at 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival

4 May 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Where did one of the most prominently featured actresses in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” decide to spend the Saturday night of the film’s release? It was attending the Chicago Critics Film Festival, greeting admirers and participating in Q&As – after her two new films, “Results” and “Unexpected.”

The popular actress, best known for her nine year run on the TV series, “How I Met Your Mother,” was born in Canada, like her character Robin Scherbatsky on the show. She began her career as a model, but soon shifted to acting. She had a recurring role in Showtime network’s “The L Word,” before landing “How I Met Your Mother” in 2005. While she was working on the sitcom, she became part of the Marvel film universe with her role as Maria Hill in “The Avengers” (2012). She has since appeared in “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New Schedule – Qfest St. Louis – Now Runs April 22-28 at The Tivoli Theatre

20 April 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A water main break at a movie theater can wreak havoc on a film festival! 

The Eighth Annual QFest St. Louis, presented by Cinema St. Louis, was supposed to start Sunday April 19th at the Tivoli Theatre. But the organizers had to reschedule when the Tivoli had to shut down because of the water disaster. The show will go on, but the schedule has been changed.

The St. Louis-based Lgbtq film festival, QFest will present an eclectic slate of 23 films – 11 features (six narratives and five documentaries) and 12 short subjects. The participating filmmakers represent a wide variety of voices in contemporary queer world cinema. The mission of the film festival is to use the art of contemporary gay cinema to illustrate the diversity of the Lgbtq community and to explore the complexities of living an alternative lifestyle.

Highlights include the St. Louis premieres of two biographical documentaries on Olympic diver Greg Louganis »

- Tom Stockman

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