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A review of last night's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as my Spotify playlist's a better option than you... "Draw Back Your Bow" opens with a flashback to the riots from the end of last season, and it was such a relief to see the original Team Arrow together in that van for a minute or two. This season has been going in so many directions, and trying to both introduce major new characters like Ray Palmer and Ted Grant while giving supporting characters like Laurel and Roy more to do, that we haven't gotten a lot of the dynamic that made the show so good in the first place. Once we shifted back into the present, the episode got more complicated (though Laurel at least got the week off), and some of the stories were not great, particularly everything having to do with the introduction of Thea's smug »
- Alan Sepinwall
We asked Den Of Geek’s writers to recommend brilliant comedy shows that deserve to have more of a fuss made about them. Here they are...
Banging a drum about stuff we love is more or less our remit on Den Of Geek - hence what many readers have started referring to as the ‘inexplicably regular' appearance of Statham, squirrels and Harold Bishop from Neighbours on these pages.
To that end then, we asked our writers which comedy shows (past and present, UK or otherwise, on TV, radio, or online…) deserved more praise, and here are the ones they chose. You might already like them too, or you might discover something new to dig out and enjoy. That’s the fun of it.
Please note that this list isn’t ranked in any order, nor is it exhaustive. It’s compiled from the opinions of a group of different people, »
Not everyone knows Aaron Sorkin's name, but they've almost certainly heard his trademark rich and frenetic dialogue. The creator and writer of The West Wing, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom is busy wrapping up the final season of the latter, and once that's done, his television career may fade to black.
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- Tim Surette
The third and final season of HBO's The Newsroom began last night. And according to showrunner Aaron Sorkin, it will likely be the last season of television he ever writes. The creator of The West Wing, SportsNight and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip indicated as much in an interview with the Los Angeles Times this weekend, while leaving open the small possibility that he could be bluffing. »
- Matt Wilstein
Aaron Sorkin has proven to be one of the more distinguished and reputable television scribes in the history of the form, writing for shows like “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” that are as intellectually thrilling as they are occasionally glib. He’s a master of the high art of verbal chicanery, and his barbs and eloquent put-downs are hard to beat. His most recent project, “The Newsroom” (which kicked off its third and final season last night — recap here) has been perhaps his most divisive yet: an unabashedly blunt hour of television that’s been accused of sexism, ludicrous exaggeration and a whole litany of other things. Perhaps weary of fending off his increasingly venomous critics, Sorkin has officially announced his intentions of retiring from television — presumably to focus on more cinematic projects like his Danny Boyle-directed biopic of Steve Jobs. “I know the whole never-say-never stuff, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Aaron Sorkin has always had an obsession with showing the obstacles he must face while trying to make good TV — by creating shows centered on people and the obstacles they must face while trying to make good TV. His three TV-centric shows — Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom (not to be confused with Ken Finkleman’s cult, single-camera comedy The Newsroom, which us TV nerds should talk about more often, by the way) — primarily featured characters striving to make not just the best television broadcast they possibly can, but the best television they possibly can. Unfortunately, a lot of things — ratings-obsessed network suits, corporate overlords, war in the Middle East — get in the way of these noble souls and their mission to entertain/enlighten/change people’s lives.But really, these shows were/are mostly opportunities for Sorkin to vent his own frustrations with making »
- Craig D. Lindsey
“I know the whole ‘Never say never’ stuff,” Sorkin told the Los Angeles Times in an article published Saturday. “But I’m pretty certain I’m about to write my last three episodes of television.”
Sorkin made the declaration in May as he was writing the final season of the HBO drama, but hadn’t changed his mind when the Times checked back in with him in late October.
“All these months later, I still don’t see another series in my near future,” Sorkin said. “But, again, you never know. Maybe I’ll get another idea.”
- Alex Stedman
Early in the third and final season of "The Newsroom" (Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO), TV news producer Maggie (Alison Pill) finds herself explaining to a stranger how her job works... and explaining... and explaining... and explaining some more. "You're giving a monologue," he tells her. "Everyone does where I work," Maggie admits. It's a very meta exchange in a show that's become increasingly self-aware the longer it's been on — and the more it's become clear that "The Newsroom" wouldn't be Aaron Sorkin's triumphant return to television, but a divisive career footnote. Several times in the new season (I've seen three of the final six episodes), Jeff Daniels' anchorman Will McAvoy begins delivering what he and we assume will be a trademark inspiring Sorkin monologue, only to lose the thread partway through and wonder aloud what he thought the point of it was. Sorkin, whose screenwriting career is thriving at the moment, »
- Alan Sepinwall
We’re now in the first sweeps period of the current television season and its fair to say that while several new series are entertaining, few are measuring up to our increased expectations. As a result, it’s refreshing to see that in one week, one of the smartest shows is returning albeit for a truncated final season.
Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom debuted on HBO in June 2012 and was immediately declared better than Studio 60 but still no West Wing. It has remained, though, a riveting series that reminds us that serious journalism remains an elusive ideal on television. The series is set in the immediate past, using real world events so the audience can focus on how the noble, flawed characters react and cover the stories.
The second season, out tomorrow (Election Day appropriately enough) in a three-disc box set from HBO Home Entertainment, has a major arc »
- Robert Greenberger
Lauren Graham is securing her post-Parenthood career, starting with a stint on CBS's The Odd Couple reboot starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. Graham will play Gaby, the ex-wife of Perry's Oscar Madison, which is something of a meta moment, considering Graham and Perry were once an item. (As of right now, Graham is currently dating co-star Peter Krause, he of the "great biceps.") But the two have worked well together, as this marks the third Perry venture she has guest-starred on: The first two were Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Go On. Hopefully, though, this show will see better days than the other two. »
- E. Alex Jung
The actress, whose NBC drama is in the midst of its final, 13-episode season, has landed a guest-starring role on CBS’ upcoming reboot of The Odd Couple, where she’ll play the ex-wife of Matthew Perry’s Oscar, TVLine has confirmed.
Despite the fact that the union between Oscar and Graham’s character, Gaby, was a stormy, the couple will nevertheless exhibit warm chemistry as divorcées.
The Odd Couple is borrowing from Matthew Perry's real life and casting Lauren Graham as Oscar's ex-wife. E! News can confirm the Parenthood star will pop up on the midseason CBS sitcom as the former Mrs. Madison. Perry and Graham dated off camera and have costarred opposite each other in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and recently on NBC's now-canceled Go On. Graham played a love interest on Go On as well. On CBS's The Odd Couple, Graham will play Gaby, Oscar's ex. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two still care for one another despite a rocky marriage. The midseason comedy is based on the Neil Simon hit about two radically different roommates, Oscar Madison (Perry) and Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon). »
Lauren Graham and Matthew Perry will reunite on his new CBS comedy The Odd Couple, EW has learned. In this modern-day take on Neil Simon’s 1965 Broadway play, Perry stars as the easygoing Oscar Madison opposite Thomas Lennon as uptight neat freak Felix Unger. The Parenthood and Gilmore Girls actress will guest-star as Oscar’s ex-wife Gaby, who lived through a contentious marriage and an even more contentious divorce. But beneath all the bickering, there remains a deep connection and affection between them. Graham and Perry, who previously dated in real life, worked together on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Go On. »
- Natalie Abrams
Season 2 of the sci-fi drama finds Billy Campbell’s Dr. Alan Farragut and his Cdc team, still haunted by the Narvik crisis at Arctic Biosystems, investigating the outbreak of a new disease on a Windjammer. Clues lead them to an island inhabited by a cult that is dead-set on creating a utopian society.
In a bit of meta casting, Graham will be playing Perry’s character Oscar Madison’s ex-wife in the modern retelling of Neil Simon’s 1965 play, reported Entertainment Weekly. As the story goes, Oscar and Gaby go through a rough divorce, but find a deep friendship and affection for one another following the end of their marriage. After the divorce, the laidback Oscar moves in with the ever-uptight Felix Unger, who will be played by Thomas Lennon (Night at the Museum, Reno 911!).
Graham and Perry, who dated after meeting in 2002, have previously worked together on Perry’s other sitcom efforts Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Go On. Graham, who is best known for playing single mom Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, currently stars on Parenthood, »
Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact email@example.com. Hughley’s new home Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley has signed with Gersh. He was previously with ICM. The stand-up comic created and starred in the sitcom The Hughleys, which ran for four seasons on ABC and then Upn. During that span, he also starred alongside Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac in the 2000 docufilm The Original Kings of Comedy. His other TV credits include Scrubs, Studio 60
- Rebecca Sun
So as we anticipate what Brent has been up to since the end of the BBC hit comedy, here's what the cast have done since:
Ricky Gervais played the lead role as David Brent - the embarrassing, toe-curling and cringeworthy boss of company Wernham Hogg, devoid of self-awareness but poised with an unwavering love for the paper merchants he manages.
Gervais went on to create comedy Extras with Stephen Merchant, which was co-produced by the BBC and HBO and aired between 2005 and 2007. Gervais played ambitious actor Andy Millman, afflicted with a useless agent played by Merchant. Guest stars have included Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.
In 2009, Gervais starred in, wrote and directed his feature comedy debut The Invention of Lying. »
Veteran Hollywood actor Eli Wallach has died, aged 98.
One of the stars of The Magnificent Seven and The Good The Bad And The Ugly (quite possibly The star of that movie), his death was confirmed by his daughter Katherine in the NY Times.
His character in the movie was the bandit leader Calvera, the nemesis of the eponymous ‘seven’ gunslingers, who were led by Yul Brynner. The movie was a western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, regarded by many as one of the most influential films of all time.
Wallach was never nominated for an Oscar but received an honourary statue in 2011 for, “effortlessly inhabiting a wide range of characters, while putting his inimitable stamp on every role”.
His other iconic role was as Tuco, »
- Mark Worgan
Eli Wallach, the actor best known for his roles in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Godfather franchise, has died. He was 98.
Wallach’s daughter Katherine confirmed his death to the New York Times.
The New York City-born actor appeared in scores of films over his 60-plus year career alongside the likes of Clark Gable (The Misfits), Omar Sharif (Ghenghis Khan), Dean Martin (How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life), Yul Brunner (The Magnificent Seven) and Robert Shaw (The Deep).
Wallach’s storied run in Hollywood also extended into TV, where he had roles in Playhouse 90, »
- Lynette Rice
The legendary character actor passed away after a career spanning six decades.
Eli Wallach, arguably one of the world's greatest character actors whose career spanned over 60 years, has passed away at the age of 98.
Wallach, best known for his iconic roles as the villainous gunslinger in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and as the even-more villainous bandit in The Magnificent Seven, acted even in his final years, appearing most recently in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in 2010.
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Wallach was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1915, and went to the University Of Austin, Texas where he got his bachelor's degree in history in 1936. It was in college that Wallach began acting in plays. He made his Broadway debut in 1945 and six years later won a Tony Award for his role in The Rose Tattoo, a play by Tennessee Williams.
Wallach's feature film debut came in 1956 in the Elia Kazan-directed [link=tt »
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