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Winter Arts Calendar

25 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Our critics pick the season's highlights. From Elisabeth Moss on stage to Adele's new album, these are the dates for your cultural diary


5 Film 127 Hours

Danny Boyle's 10th film tells the story of Aron Ralston, played by James Franco who severed his own arm with a penknife to escape after becoming trapped while hiking in Utah.

7 Film The King's Speech

Colin Firth is introverted monarch George VI, battling a debilitating stutter with the aid of an extroverted therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The ensuing friendship is touching – and, when the second world war breaks out, of national importance.

9 Classical Hollywood Rhapsody

The Bbcso and Chorus celebrate Hollywood's golden age. Composers include Korngold, Waxman, Rózsa; films range from The Wizard of Oz to Gone with the Wind. Barbican, London. 9 Jan only.

11 Theatre Twelfth Night

To mark his 80th birthday, Peter Hall returns to the National theatre, which he ran until 1988. He directs his daughter Rebecca, »

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William H. Macy, Joan Cusack light up Shameless, special preview

8 December 2010 11:42 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

"Shameless" is set to preview the first 20 minutes for a nationwide audience immediately following the season five finale of "Dexter." The show will air Sunday December 12 at 9 p.m. Et/Pt. The Shameless preview will be available to Showtime subscribers on-air and on Showtime On Demand®, and to a nationwide audience online on Sho.com. Due to mature content, the online preview will require age verification. "Shameless" will premiere on Showtime on January 9, 2011 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. The new drama series from Emmy Award winners John Wells and Paul Abbott is based on the long-running hit UK series and stars Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Joan Cusack is »

- April MacIntyre

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Showtime To Preview New Drama 'Shameless' After 'Dexter' Finale

8 December 2010 10:32 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Showtime will use the Dexter finale to get big sampling for new drama Shameless, which is slated to premiere January 9. The pay cable network will preview the first 20 minutes of Shameless following the Dexter season finale this Sunday. Based on the UK series, Shameless, from John Wells and Paul Abbott, stars William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. Macy plays Frank Gallagher, a far-from-stellar working-class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six motley kids whose eldest daughter (Rossum) keeps the home afloat while he’s out drinking and carousing. Joan Cusack recurs as  an agoraphobic Chicago housewife who strikes up a special friendship with Frank. Here is the trailer:



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Exclusive: Early TV Review of Showtime's New 'Shameless'

1 December 2010 3:46 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Exclusive Review Showtime has announced it will preview the first 20 minutes of its highly anticipated new drama series "Shameless" following the season 5 finale of "Dexter" -- but Deal Central has seen a rough cut of the pilot that was dated March 8, 2010, and offers this exclusive review. (It has certainly been altered since, as Joan Cusack has replaced Alison Janney in a supporting role, so keep that in mind.) I knew nothing about the John Wells-produced show besides that it's based on Paul Abbott's long-running British hit and it stars »

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Shonda Rhimes Developing New Show About PR/Crisis Guru

30 November 2010 9:01 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Shonda Rhimes knows a thing or two about dealing with PR landmines. See Washington, Isaiah, and to a lesser extent, Heigl, Katherine. Fittingly, Rhimes is now developing a new series about a crisis manager, based on real-life consultant Judy Smith.

With Bill Clinton, Michael Vick, and New York Governor David Paterson among her scandal-plagued clients, Smith inspired Rhimes' newest, currently-untitled drama.

The project (which some development trackers had been calling In Crisis) will revolve around the life and work of a professional "fixer" and her dysfunctional staff.

Rhimes is writing the script for the pilot and will executive produce with her ABC Studios–based Shondaland production company. Smith is also set to be a producer.

The show is being developed for the 2011–12 TV season, and while it is still in its infancy, the idea sounds like something ABC executives might be rather keen on.

The network has failed to develop »

- steve@iscribelimited.com (Steve Marsi)

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'Shameless' creator wants longer series

29 November 2010 4:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Paul Abbott has revealed that he would love longer series of his show Shameless. The Channel 4 drama will return for a new series in January with 22 episodes instead of 16. The first five instalments will air on consecutive nights. "I was insistent that we didn't corrupt the Shameless format just for the sake of presenting a five-day spectacle," Abbott told The Guardian. "It has to just be Shameless." However, he revealed that he campaigned for longer series, saying: "I suggested 40 per year, so that it mimics the rhythm of soap in the audience's expectation of it being there. Except it's the opposite of a soap because we have finite story concepts and a soap, by definition, is circular. I knew that it had to fake the scent of a soap, (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Shameless creator Paul Abbott talks about his new Channel 4 series

28 November 2010 11:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As the Us version prepares to premiere, he reveals he still has thousands of story ideas he could develop

'There are thousands of episodes left. I've never once felt short of stories to fill a series. Not once," insists Shameless's creator Paul Abbott, as he sits in his office in Hale, Greater Manchester. And Britain is about to get a lot more Shameless when it returns in January. Series eight of Channel 4's longest running returning drama, expanded from 16 to 22 episodes, will begin with the first five stripped over consecutive days, exploring the mystery of Frank Gallagher's disappearance on his stag night. A ninth series has been commissioned for filming in 2011.

Thanks to bankers, the economic crisis and George Osborne's public spending cuts, The Jockey's regulars and their own "big society" of family, love and just getting by can lay claim to being more relevant than ever. »

- Ian Wylie

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Frustrated Ramblings: Rot in Hell Big Brother

25 November 2010 9:13 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

DJ Haza dreams of reality-free TV in more more "Frustrated Ramblings Of An Aspiring Filmmaker"...

After 12 series, various celebrity versions, Big Brother’s Big Mouth, Big Brother’s Little Brother, millions of Facebook status’ and it spanning 70 countries worldwide – it’s finally over. Big Brother finally bit the dust in the UK this year and I say good riddance.

Why anyone would want to watch a group of fame-hungry arseholes, idiots and wannabes talk the most innate and pointless shit to each other all day everyday for months on end is beyond me. With them all sharing a single brain cell and being totally devoid of a personality I’d rather poke the sharp end of a shitty stick repeatedly into my eye in all honesty. Big Brother is the lowest form of entertainment and serves absolutely no point what so ever. If those 15 or so contestants were at least »

- flickeringmyth

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Simm, Broadbent join Paul Abbott drama

17 November 2010 6:26 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Simm and Jim Broadbent have signed up to star in the BBC's new drama Exile. The three-part series has been created by Shameless writer Paul Abbott and is being penned by Danny Brocklehurst, who has previously worked on shows including Shameless and Clocking Off. Simm's character Tom returns home when his life in London falls apart to spend time with his father Sam, who is played by Broadbent. Sam now has Alzheimer's and is being cared for by Tom's sister Nancy, who will be played by Peep Show star Olivia Colman. While he is at home, Tom is determined to find out more about the mystery in his childhood which made him leave but is unaware (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Misfits teens put the Asbo into Superhero

13 November 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It's the surprise cult hit that takes the Us myth of the superpowered and relocates it to underclass Britain. But not everyone loves the show

Welcome to the era of the asbo superstar. Young outcasts, teenagers with no place in respectable society, with no intention of getting on a bike, or even a bus, to look for a job.

Misfits, television's surprise cult hit, has now acquired the status of one of the most talked-about drama series on British television. The violent and foul-mouthed series opener, which went out on Thursday on Channel 4's digital offshoot E4, garnered impressive figures with 1.1 million viewers watching the broadcast at 9pm, giving it the biggest audience on the niche channel this month.

The uncompromising show's influence already goes far beyond these statistics, though. Since it first appeared on screens last year, television reviewers have been quick to spot the clever writing and unusual dynamics of the series, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Eva Pope joins BBC Daytime census drama

11 November 2010 3:01 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

BBC One has announced the cast for its new daytime drama 32 Brinkburn Street. The programme, which will air in March to coincide with the 2011 census, focuses on two generations of a family living in a house in Manchester. Waterloo Road star Eva Pope has signed up to appear in the series along with Jam And Jerusalem's Maggie Steed, Shameless actor Jack Deam and Moses Jones's Wunmi Mosaku. The show will centre on one generation in 1931 and another in 2011 and will examine how the characters deal with similar issues. Each episode in the five-part series will cover 24 hours and topics included are expected to include pregnancy, (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Shameless star attacked outside court

3 November 2010 4:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Shameless' actor Elliott Tittensor was attacked as he left court yesterday (02.11.10). The 20-year-old star was leaving Highbury magistrate's court in London - after being fined £750 for driving without insurance during an incident in which a teenager was run over - when he was puched in the stomach. An onlooker said: ''He walked out of court hand-in-hand with his girlfriend and this guy suddenly came from nowhere, tapped him on the shoulder and belted him in the stomach. ''Police officers pounced on him straight away, pulled him to the ground face down and handcuffed him. They then dragged him off down .. »

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CBS will 'Live to Dance' in January; Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway hosting 'SNL'

28 October 2010 12:42 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Fill up on some delicious (and nutritious!) TV snacks.

CBS has set a premiere date for "Live to Dance," its Paula Abdul-fronted dance competiton. The show will have a two-hour premiere Tuesday, Jan. 4, then slide into the "Survivor" spot at 8 p.m. Wednesdays starting Jan. 5 -- where it will probably oppose Abdul's old show, "American Idol," for at least a few weeks. [CBS]

"Saturday Night Live" will have Scarlett Johansson and Anne Hathaway as hosts for new episodes in Novemer. Johansson will host the Nov. 13 show with musical guest Arcade Fire, and Hathaway will be joined by Florence + The Machine on Nov. 20. [NBC]

Conan O'Brien will give fans a sneak peek of his TBS talk show online a week before its on-air premiere. "Show Zero" of "Conan" will stream live at 11 p.m. Et Monday, Nov. 1. [Team Coco]

FX's "Justified" and Showtime's "Shameless" have each added a recurring actor to their casts. Joseph Lyle Taylor »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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First Look at Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ (Trailer Included)

25 October 2010 1:09 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Showtime has a few new series that they’re developing for 2011.  One of them includes Shameless, which is the Us version of a show of the same name which has been airing in Britain for quite a few years.  The UK version of the show focuses on a single father named Frank, who has 7 children.  The show has won numerous BAFTA awards, including Best Drama Series.

From what we can see in the trailer of the Showtime version below, the American version look remarkably similar to the British version.  William H. Macy is set to play the father, Frank.  According to the network:

Production has started on Shameless, a new series tracing the lives of a very unconventional family, starring Emmy® Award winner and Oscar® nominee William H. Macy (Door to Door, Fargo, Pleasantville, The Cooler), and Golden Globe® nominee Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera).

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- Clarissa

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'Shameless': Watch the trailer for Showtime's new series

24 October 2010 6:53 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

We'll admit up front that we don't know a ton about the British series "Shameless." We know it's been around a while and that it's won a number of awards in the U.K.

And, based on the trailer below, we have reasonable confidence that Showtime's adaptation of it might do the very well-liked original the proper justice.

The show, which has series creator Paul Abbott and "ER" mastermind John Wells as executive producers, stars William H. Macy as the alcoholic patriarch of a working-class Chicago family and Emmy Rossum as his eldest daughter, who tries to keep her family together.

Based on the three-plus minutes of the trailer, we think we're going to like the tone of the show. Take a look and judge for yourself; "Shameless" premieres in January.

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Tittensor Charged With Driving Without Insurance

22 October 2010 1:01 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

British TV star Elliott Tittensor has been charged with driving without insurance following a car accident this summer.

The 20 year old, famous for his role in hit British TV series Shameless, was accused of hitting teenager Oliver Flint with his car in London in August.

The 18 year old was left fighting for his life in hospital and reportedly suffered permanent damage to one of his eyes.

Tittensor handed himself in to police after the incident and was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later bailed.

Now cops have officially charged the actor - but only for driving his BMW without compulsory car insurance.

He will appear in court in November. »

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‘Shameless’ Trailer Mixes Dark Comedy With Family Drama

21 October 2010 10:56 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Acclaimed character actor William H. Macy – who received an Oscar nomination for his performance as the hapless Jerry Lundegaard in the Coen Brothers’ Fargo – is the unshaven, unemployed, and often unconscious (from drinking) patriarch of the family in Showtime’s new TV series, Shameless.

A trailer is now out for the first season of Shameless, which was originally a successful British comedy show before it got the American makeover from producer powerhouse John Wells (ER, The West Wing).

Macy stars in Shameless as Frank Gallagher, an alcoholic single father who lives with his six children in working-class Chicago and struggles to make ends meet in the wake of the U.S. economic recession. The cast of the show is otherwise populated by unknowns, with the exceptions of Emmy Rossum (Christine Daaé in Phantom…

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- Sandy Schaefer

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Export of British television shows overseas rises by 9%

3 October 2010 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Survey for Pact reveals that sales of TV hits earned a record £1.34bn for the UK economy last year

The appetite for British television shows overseas defied the recession last year with export sales up 9% year on year to smash the £1bn mark. Sales of hit UK series, such as Strictly Come Dancing, Wife Swap, Come Dine With Me, Spooks and MasterChef, to foreign broadcasters earned a record £1.34bn for the UK economy in 2009.

The annual UK TV Exports Survey, collated independently by Trp for the independent producers' trade body Pact, reveals that the biggest growth area for British programmes and formats was Australia and New Zealand for the second year – up 32% year on year to £170m.

Localised versions of shows such as Top Gear and MasterChef have proved popular down under; and MasterChef, made by Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine, set a record last year for Australia's most watched non-sport show ever. »

- Mark Sweney

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Ken Loach's son directs film about UK child migration scandal

20 September 2010 11:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oranges and Sunshine focuses on social worker who found 130,000 children in care had been deported

One of the most shameful episodes in British social history has inspired a major feature film with a cast of leading actors.

Oranges and Sunshine portrays the story of the former Nottinghamshire social worker who, in the 1980s, discovered the scandal of 130,000 children in care deported to Australia and other Commonwealth countries.

Emily Watson, the Oscar-nominated British actor, plays Margaret Humphreys, who singlehandedly shamed authorities and children's charities by exposing the British government's secret programme of child migration. From the 19th century until 1970, children as young as three were falsely told that their parents were dead.

Promised a better life with "oranges and sunshine", they were shipped down under, where many encountered appalling abuse – physical or sexual – in church or other institutions, or as cheap labour. All suffered psychologically.

Although Humphreys exposed the brutal treatment, »

- Dalya Alberge

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What to Watch: September 20 - 26

19 September 2010 4:38 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

Our pick of the best shows on Aussie screens this week.


New series. Paul Abbott's critically acclaimed, offbeat drama about the dysfunctional Gallagher family is back. Expect more sex, violence and mayhem as it unleashes more stories with reckless, vibrant comedy in Britain's working class suburbs. Today is Frank's (David Threlfall) 50th birthday, which also happens to be the 11th birthday for young Liam (More >> »

- David Knox

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