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Variety reports that Brett Ratner signed a two year contract with 20th Century Fox TV in an effort to increase his presence on the small screen. Ratner has found previous success on television with Prison Break, whose pilot he directed. Upcoming projects under Ratner’s production shingle Rat TV include Chaos, a satirical drama with a CIA setting, The Devil and Daniel Webster, based on the short story of the same name by Stephen Vincent Benét, and The Dead Beat, a police drama.
Ratner had these choice words to say about his affinity for TV, “Storytelling is what my craft is; I don’t care about the medium. Most TV shows now are better than a lot of features. It’s a great medium to explore and experiment. I can try things that I wouldn’t try on a feature.”
Whatever your feelings on Ratner as a director, know that »
- Brendan Bettinger
With Chuck getting the go-ahead/green light from NBC to air at an earlier date than originally planned, it’s looking like the show might be considered a threat to other networks.
Fox has decided to air what they’re calling an original episode of House M.D. a full two weeks earlier than anticipated. To be more specific, Fox will be airing House M.D. at the same time that Chuck’s first episode (not premiere) is slated to air.
Chuck’s premiere is on Sunday January 10th, and then the season kicks in on its regular time slot on Monday.
It seems like Fox is either super insecure about some threat that Chuck represents or just plain old knows that House M.D. is going to trounce it in the ratings.
That kind of sucks for Chuck and its fans. We’ve been struggling with the show getting traction in the »
- Bruce Simmons
Anna Kendrick has really struck the gold with her Natalie Keener role in "Up in the Air". Having won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress and been nominated at the 67th Annual Golden Globes, the actress who plays Jessica Stanley in the "Twilight Saga" series is nominated for another prestigious awards, the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
On Thursday morning, December 17, the 24-year-old has been named among the nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. For the title, she will be competing against fellow "Up in the Air" star Vera Farmiga as well as other
Beside Anna Kendrick, the Screen Actors Guild also put her co-star and leading
man of the drama movie George Clooney for the Best Actor category. »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has finally come up with the full nominees for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards, and among those unraveled as contenders for the Globes was Sandra Bullock. In the wee hours of Tuesday, December 15, the actress who had been nominated for the awards two times before was revealed to have got two nods.
The 45-year-old was given a Best Actress in a Drama nomination for her performance in "The Blind Side". In addition to that, the star of "Crash" also collected Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical nod for portraying an uptight boss in "The Proposal". She has been nominated for the latter nomination twice before for "Miss Congeniality" and for "While You Were Sleeping".
While Bullock stood out in the performers category, "Up in the Air" dominated the nominations in the movie category with six nominations including for Best Motion Picture. It overshadowed "Nine", which collected five, »
Well, not too many surprises here - one of the most buzzed-about films of the season (and on my list of personal favorites), Up in the Air, will be well-represented at the Golden Globe Awards next month. Jason Reitman's film scored 6 nominations, including best director, best actor (yay Clooney!), and not one but two Best Supporting Actress nods for Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. Of course, it also earned a best dramatic film nomination along with Inglourious Basterds, which was right on its heels with 4 nominations of its own. Nine edged out Tarantino's film with 5 nominations, followed by Precious, Invictus, and Avatar. As for the actors, scoring two nods is a big trend this year, as Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, and Matt Damon have all been doubly recognized. On the TV side of things, hold on to your hats: newcomer Glee scored the most nominations (!) with four accolades, followed by Mad Men, »
In this week's Family Guy, Peter assumed control of Pewterschmidt Industries when Carter suffered from a heart attack-induced coma... caused by a belated bachelor party that Peter threw for him.
"Business Guy" certainly had its share of laughs, but our biggest issue was with a major plothole in the story line. Why would Carter not have resumed power at the company once he recovered from the coma?
Would his lawyer have been that terrible to have written a will that gave up power when he was in a coma permanently? For a multi-billionaire, I'd think he could hire better people. Anyways, plot has never really been Family Guy's strong point.
Overall, the episode was decent with only a few cutaways that failed. Some of our favorite jokes from the episode...
Dr. House's appearance actually worked and we loved hm throwing the book of rules out the window. By the same token, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (The Barnacle)
Hugh Laurie is going to step behind the camera to direct one particular episode of "House M.D." According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor who is known as Dr. Gregory House on the drama series will direct the 6th season's 17th episode. The episode itself is scheduled to be aired in March 22, 2010.
The site additionally informed that Hugh will start shooting for the episode in January 2010. Giving confirmation about the news was the show's executive producer Katie Jacobs, who said, "He starts prep when we get back [from the holiday break]." Though the plot of the episode has yet to be disclosed, Katie hinted that "it's not a traditional episode."
The directing duty won't be the first time for the 40-year-old, but it will mark his debut in helming the hit Fox show. Of the reason why the show chose Hugh to helm the episode, Katie revealed, "Hugh has been there since day one through every single episode, »
Unlike the Emmys, you can always count on the Golden Globes to nominate the hottest new TV series. That means "FlashForward" and "The Good Wife" are a cinch to get in next Tuesday morning when bids are unveiled. But what else? Here's our handicapping. * = nominated last year ** = won last year Best Drama Series Front-runners "Breaking Bad" "Damages" * "Dexter" "FlashForward" "The Good Wife" ** "Mad Men" * "House M.D." * "In Treatment" "Sons of Anarchy" * "True Blood" "The Mentalist" Spotlight: "True Blood" almost won last year. It was nominated, and Anna Paquin won best actress. Now can the vampire-mania whipped up by "Twilight: New Moon" help it to swoop in »
Hugh Laurie and cranky doctoring is apparently a winning combination, no matter what the genre or screen size. Need proof? Dr. House's alter ego is up for a 'toon-honoring Annie Award this year, for voicing Dr. Cockroach in DreamWorks' Monsters vs. Aliens. He'll be facing off with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur's John Leguizamo, Coraline comic Dawn French (both up for their voice talents), Fantastic Mr. Fox's Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach (nominated together for their writing skills; Anderson scored a solo nod for Directing), and, it seems, anyone who had anything even remotely to do with The Princess and the Frog. The Disney flick, set in New Orleans and featuring the Mouse House's first »
This season's House has offered up character-centric episodes focusing on Dr. House and individual members of his team. In Monday's episode, titled "Wilson," House's best bud gets his turn.
"You see my assistant [whom] you've never met. You see the oncology floor. You see where I work," Robert Sean Leonard said of the upcoming episode revolving around his character. "I have ...
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- Gina DiNunno
Chicago – Robert Sean Leonard, who plays Dr. James Wilson on “House M.D.” (and the best friend of Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House), describes himself as less than ambitious with his career and even “lazy” in an interview with HollywoodChicago.com’s presence. He’s also remembered for his role on “Dead Poet’s Society”.
Tonight’s self-titled episode “Wilson,” which is episode nine of season six, puts Robert Sean Leonard more in the spotlight than fans are used to seeing him. The episode, which airs on Nov. 30, 2009 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on Fox, is an intense examination into Wilson’s world when it’s not involving House.
“House M.D.” stars Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer and Olivia Wilde from creator David Shore. Tonight’s episode synopsis follows and then the Robert Sean Leonard interview follows thereafter.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
For the first time in the network's history, Fox is projected to win the November sweeps -- and win big.
Thanks to a suspenseful World Series and the network's most stable fall lineup ever, Fox is currently averaging a 3.6 adult demo rating for the month.
Not only is the network expected to retain its led, but Fox projects it will close the deal by the largest November sweep victory margin in five years.
Fox is also up 20% from its November sweep period last year and is the only network to post a gain. ABC is in second place with 3.1. CBS is a close third with 3.0. NBC is fourth with 2.6, and the CW has a 1.2. ABC is expected to come out on top if you exclude sports programming.
Aside from baseball, Fox's other sweep strengths include Sunday nights, where the network's animated lineup has been bolstered by the top-rated new scripted »
- By James Hibberd
The decisions are part of Fox's midseason schedule which lays out the network's lineup through April.
Tuesdays have "American Idol" kicking off Jan. 12. "Idol" will be used to introduce viewers to Mark Burnett's new family friendly game show, "Our Little Genius," on Wednesday, Jan. 13, before the show shifts to Tuesdays (also paired with "Idol") beginning Jan. 19.
"Glee" will return to take over for "Genius" on Tuesdays starting April 13 -- meaning the musical comedy is taking a whopping four-month hiatus after its mid-December fall finale. The move likely accommodates showrunner Ryan Murphy's shooting schedule for his adaptation of "Eat, Pray, Love." Also, given that »
- By James Hibberd
If you recently missed an episode of your favorite show, don't sweat it. TV Daily has you covered. Every day, we will be updating you with the funniest, most exciting series out there. Finally, you can catch all of these water cooler conversation starters in one convenient place. Today, we have brand new episodes of Castle, Glee, House M.D., and Lie to Me.
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Castle: S02E09: "Love Me Dead"
Castle and Beckett are thrust into the world of ex-cons and escorts.
Glee: S01E09: "Wheels"
The Glee Club rallies behind Artie.
House M.D.: S06E06: "Known Unknown"
A patient is unable to distinguish fact from fiction.
Lie to Me: S02E07: "Black Friday"
A troubled teen tries to uncover his past.
Television sweeps are the best; the writers save up all the juicy storylines and make them explode during the pivotal time for networks. Sweeps Week is so important because the data that is collected by the Nielsen Rating is used by networks to set advertising costs based on their results. Because of this, many networks pull out all the stops and this year is absolutely no different. Many of the sweeps episodes have aired and later this week we will see what else the networks have in store for us, but we want to know what you think so far! CSI Trilogy: CBS took three of their most popular shows and brought fans a multiple night CSI event spanning CSI: Miami (TV), CSI: NY (TV) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV). The teams from each city work together to help bring down one of the largest prostitute rings and by »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Colleen Joyce)
On the Monday, November 16 episode of "House M.D.", Jennifer Morrison's Allison Cameron was seen walking out on her love interest, Jesse Spencer's Robert Chase as well as her job at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital. Having said her goodbye to the show earlier, the actress talked to E! Online recently about possibility her character returning to the series.
Asked whether or not she will make guest starring appearance on the show in the future, the 30-year-old said, "I really don't know." She added, "All I know is that I don't know. And they keep making it very clear to me that I don't know. I feel bad [because I wish] that I had an answer for people. But, uh, anything could happen I guess. I'm still a series regular, technically."
Morrison, moreover, confessed that she doesn't know what story will follow her character's sudden departure. "I don't think anyone really knows ... they're always just a couple of episodes ahead, »
The people have spoken and the nominees are in. The 36th annual People’s Choice Awards are the only award show in which the fans are able to choose the top five nominees in each category. Queen Latifah will be hosting this year’s show which will broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. This year, for the first time ever, the voters were also able to vote on the new design for the trophy. There were three designs that the fans could choose from and the new trophy was revealed on November 10th. The trophy will be created by Waterford Crystal in Ireland and they will also create special wine flutes for the celebrities to toast each other. This year appears to be the year of the vampires. With Twilight (2008), The Vampire Diaries (TV), and True Blood (TV) nominated in several categories there is sure to be »
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Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org Question: Is Izzie really pregnant on Grey's Anatomy? —Elle Ausiello: I'll say this: ABC's promo gurus are very sneaky! While we're on the subject of Katherine Heigl, sources confirm to me exclusively that she's taking another leave of absence from Grey's — but this time her reasons are personal, not professional. Heigl will be going on a belated maternity leave to spend some Qt with new daughter Naleigh. As a result, Izzie »
- Michael Ausiello
The nominees for the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards has been unveiled Tuesday, November 10, and country singer Taylor Swift has received three nominations. The "You Belong with Me" hitmaker thus leads the pack in the music field, collecting more nods than fellow singers Carrie Underwood, Beyonce Knowles and Lady GaGa.
Through the announcement made at the Sls Hotel in Beverly Hills, it is uncovered that 19-year-old Swift will be competing against last year's favorite Underwood in two categories, Favorite Female Artist, for which she will be up against Beyonce as well, and Favorite Country Artist. She, moreover, vies for Favorite Pop Artist and is in competition with GaGa, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas for the title.
Beside Swift, other young Hollywoods collecting nominations for the awards are "Twilight" trio, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. In addition to the nod for Favorite On-Screen Team, Pattinson, Stewart »
For the most part, medical dramas tend to come and go pretty regularly on network TV. Some stick around and have a pretty successful run, such as E.R. or Chicago Hope, and some are long gone before you can even remember the show’s name, like Heartland starring Treat Williams. Thankfully, Fox’s House falls under the former category.
Now in it’s sixth season, House is picking up steam like never before, and we’ve got some brand new clips from tonight’s episode, “Known Unknowns.” In the episode, House must deal with the perils of the office while away at a medical conference, while Foreman (Omar Epps) treats a returning patient.
In the first clip, the sardonic Hugh Laurie as House discusses his distaste for the returning trend of the 1980s. In the second, Foreman checks out a former patient who goes through some hallucinations that could prove deadly. »
- Matt Raub
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