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Asked about the trend toward “reprehensible protagonists” — a la “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White, “Boardwalk Empire’s” Nucky Thompson or “Dexter’s” serial killer — Showtime Entertainment chief David Nevins offered a surprisingly frank answer.
“It’s license,” he told reporters at the TV Critics Assn. tour in July. “Pay cable, you take license. Your licenses are sex, violence and bad behavior.”
Nevins omitted the other obvious one — salty language, and those few words (thank you, George Carlin) that still can’t be uttered on most of TV — but otherwise, he was right. There are several less-ostentatious attributes that differentiate pay cable in particular and to some extent basic’s raciest hours from broadcast TV, including the expanded running time of episodes, and nonexistent (or diminished) advertiser scrutiny. But it’s sex, for better or worse, that frequently generates headlines or provokes controversy.
Granted, part of that may have to do »
- Brian Lowry
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Premiering next Monday at 10/9c, The Blacklist stars Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, a Most Wanted criminal mastermind who surrenders himself to »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
From saying “I do” to taking on Washington D.C. to adoring Game of Thrones above (almost) all else, Parks and Recreation‘s Ben Wyatt did it all in Season 5. And it was his portrayer Adam Scott who brought to life all those moments with an impressive seamlessness.
Since joining the acclaimed NBC comedy at the end of its second season, the actor — whose lengthy list of previous credits includes TV’s Party Down and Tell Me You Love Me, as well as big-screen offerings Step Brothers and Piranha — has stood out among one of television’s most talented ensembles »
- Megan Masters
Ian Somerhalder and Luke Hemsworth topline the cast of The Anomaly, a highly original action thriller exploring the issue of global terriorism. Noel Clarke's UK production company Unstoppable Entertainment announced that principal photography commenced on new sci-fi thriller last week.
The Anomaly's original screenplay was written by Simon Lewis and will be directed by Noel Clarke (220.127.116.11., Adulthood). Lewis' screenplay follows the travails of a traumatized ex-soldier who wakes up in the back of a van, alongside a kidnapped boy, to find that he only has only nine minutes and 37 seconds of consciousness to work out why and how he got there. The film is produced by James Harris and Mark Lane of The Tea Shop & Film Company (Cockneys Vs. Zombies, Tower Block). The film will be shooting on location across London. Ian Somerhalder and Luke Hemsworth join Noel Clarke, Brian Cox (The Bourne Ultimatum, Rise of the Planet of the Apes »
ABC announced its fall schedule. With slipping ratings Dancing with the Stars is losing its results show to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Meanwhile, the Once Upon a Time spin-off is getting the deadly Thursday night time slot that killed Last Resort, Charlie’s Angels and My Generation among many more. Oddly, after sending Happy Endings on a suicide mission to stop New Girl‘s momentum, ABC plans on airing two new comedies in the same time slot.
ABC also plans on attempting to treat its shows more like cable channels next season. Instead of keeping one show in a time slot through the whole season, it plans on splitting the season for its scripted serialized shows in half, with each »
- Lyle Masaki
From the sound of things, you should plan ahead and arrange for a group hug to be waiting for you
after watching tonight's Glee.
Syfy released a lot of news yesterday and probably the biggest revelation is that it ordered a fourth season of Being Human.
The channel also ordered a bunch of series and pilots. That included a pilot of High Moon from "television icon" (I'm going to use that title in the future, I sound too much like a fanboy when I call him a "god of teleplays") Bryan Fuller, and developing seven other dramas set in space. Every so often I'll see a complaint about how Syfy doesn't have any shows set in space (a big part of science fiction, admittedly), clearly they're trying to address that.
Syfy also ordered a few series including a horror anthology series from Jamie Foxx to air as part of Syfy's Halloween programming. »
By Carson Blackwelder
Everyone has his or her favorite actor on TV, but what about the more obscure entertainers out there?
Amid the slew of popular TV performers that dominate the headlines lies an undercurrent of cult favorites, made iconic by uber-fans and bloggers — we’re talking the people that inspire beautiful, beautiful fan fiction and subreddits.
These actors may not earn millions or attend award shows, but they garner a small fan base that makes up for its size in devotion. No matter where this entertainer goes, for better or for worse, fans are sure to follow.
Here are the top 10 cult actors and actresses of all time:
10. Donal Logue
Logue, who made an appearance on a 1993 episode of Fox’s The X-Files »
- Carson Blackwelder
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