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Talking in Circles is a pop culture talk show/podcast where hosts Dan, Greg, and Chuck wax poetic about comic books, movies, television shows, and pretty much anything else in geek culture. Come for the witty banter stay for the exciting games, hilarious skits, and “crazy but true” news stories.
On this week’s episode of Tic we are debuting a brand new game, which has mixed results. We also get into some talk about the British version of Top Gear and how Chernobyl is not That bad. This is also a show of new beginnings as Greg has finally started Game of Thrones and Dan has gotten into the Star Wars expanded universe with the Darth Bane saga. They both share their thoughts.
Also this week is episode four of Unknown: Master and Servant.
Check out previous editions of Talking in Circles right here »
- Phil Wheat
Hey, you! Feeling down? Got deep-set psychological problems? Why not get the Speakmans to handcuff you to a baby gate. That might work!
What you Guardian readers dont know, with your jobs and brains is just how squalid daytime TV is. Never mind racist jokes on Top Gear, its those innocuous hours of pastel broadcasting that are the real evil. A conveyor belt of miscreants flogging their nans china for an Adriatic cruise, or getting rich buying-to-let repossessed houses, or yielding to the prescriptive totalitarian nightmare of This Morning. And thats before the Dark Lord himself crawls from his murky puddle to host the Jeremy Kyle double bill. How totally absolutely brilliant, then, that the air-punching positivity of Nik and Eva Speakman is about to beam on to our screens like a nuclear sunrise.
The Speakmans (Monday, 2pm, ITV) are a wide-eyed, dramatically haired husband-and-wife team whose self-developed form of »
- Filipa Jodelka
Morrison has been deputy chair for the past year, and her tenure as chair will run for the next two years. Willis will be deputy chair for one year.
Morrison, who is the second woman to become chair in the history of BAFTA, has been closely involved with the organisation for six years as a member of the television committee, chair of the learning and events committee, and member of the board of trustees. Hilary Bevan Jones was BAFTA’s first female chair in 2006.
Morrison’s background is principally in television production, starting as a producer/director, and rising to become controller of documentaries and contemporary factual at the BBC, responsible for 1,000 staff and more than £100 million ($171 million) in program budgets. »
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Academy director succeeds John Willis, who continues as deputy chair, and becomes second woman to become chair in BAFTA history.
Morrison had been deputy chair for the last year and her tenure as chair will run for the next two years. John will be deputy chair for one year.
Morrison, who is the second woman to become chair in the history of BAFTA, has been closely involved with the organisation for six years as a member of the Television Committee, chair of the Learning & Events Committee and member of the Board of Trustees. Hilary Bevan Jones was BAFTA’s first female chair in 2006.
Morrison said: “I am delighted and deeply honoured to become chair of BAFTA. Over the next two years I want to build on everything BAFTA has already achieved, from the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Cool cars for grownups? Yes, they do exist - and the "Top Gear" team is setting out to find which of these "family friendly super cars" is the best. Tanner and The Stig push two such vehicles to "their speed and maneuverability limits" on the racetrack in this exclusive clip from tonight's episode, which will culminate in a final race up Colorado's legendary Pikes Peak. Check out the clip above. "Top Gear" airs tonight at 9 Pm on History. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman may have called it a light-hearted wordplay joke referencing both the build quality of the bridge and the local Asian man who was crossing it, but Jeremy Clarksons controversial slope reference in Top Gears Burma special was missing when the show was repeated on satellite channel Dave on Wednesday night. A formal complaint was made by actor Somi Guha after Clarkson made his comment as an Asian man was seen walking along a bridge the Top Gear team had built. Wilman said back in April if the team had known that at the time the word slope was considered by some to be offensive, we would not have broadcast the word in this context and regret any offence caused. Hence why, presumably, the scene was missing from the repeat. That and the little old fact that Ofcom is investigating the episode with a verdict due this month Monkey hears. »
The first major awards ceremony honoring this past year’s accomplishments on the small screen took place last night as Cedric the Entertainer hosted the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards from the Beverly Hilton. I’ve always preferred the Critics’ Choice Awards to the Emmys, just because my views tend to line up more with the members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. This year was no different, as a number of highly deserving actors, actresses and shows were honored.
Allison Janney was the clear winner last night, taking home two Critics’ Choice TV Awards. The actress won Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her devastating work on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and also tied with Orange is the New Black actress Kate Mulgrew for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as the title character on CBS’s Mom.
FX’s Fargo also had a great night, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Some of the biggest shows on television went head to head. Here's who came out on top.
All the hottest names in TV turned out for the 2014 Critics Choice Television Awards on June 19, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cedric the Entertainer hosted the gala event presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, and the night was really a battle between two cable channels.
Premiere pay-cable network HBO had a whopping 18 nominations, but in a show of strength for a smaller cable channel, FX topped that with 19. Meanwhile, the big contenders for individual shows were the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, the CBS drama The Good Wife, FX's crime dramedy Fargo, Showtime's drama series Masters Of Sex and HBO's The Normal Heart, all getting five noms each.
Also, Netflix struck a blow against the traditional television hierarchy with their original series Orange Is The New Black competing in several key categories.
So, with all »
At the Critics’ Choice Television Awards on Thursday, Allison Janney nabbed two prizes — but she had to share one.
The veteran actress won for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her work on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, and she split Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series with Kate Mulgrew (Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black) for her work in CBS’ Mom. Other big winners included FX’s Fargo, which won for Best Mini-Series, Best Actor in a Movie or Mini-Series (Billy Bob Thornton), and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series (newcomer Allison Tolman »
- Katie Atkinson
The race between FX’s “Fargo” and HBO’s “The Normal Heart” is heating up thanks to each production nabbing key awards Thursday night during the kudofest at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. “Fargo” and “Oitnb” lead the field overall with three wins apiece. FX grabbed a total of five trophies, followed by HBO with four.
Matthew McConaughey (pictured below) won the competitive lead drama actor heat for HBO’s “True Detective,” giving him momentum going into the Emmy race. The actor, who nabbed the Oscar in March for “Dallas Buyers Club,” was effusive in praising the quality of television and its advantages for actors. “Television is raising the bar for character-driven drama,” he said.
- Laura Prudom and Cynthia Littleton
The Broadcast Television Journalists Association’s fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were held Thursday night at the Beverly Hills Hilton, and FX’s Fargo and Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black did best, you betcha, winning three times each.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Best Drama Series
Winner – Breaking Bad
Best Actor In A Drama Series
Hollywood's brightest small screen stars stepped out on Thursday night to honor TV's finest at the Critics' Choice Television Awards. The ceremony, an important precursor to the Emmys, awarded trophies to a mix of newcomers on the rise and past winners, and was not without a few surprises (there was even a tie!).
FX was the one to beat -- the network took home five wins. HBO followed by receiving four awards, even though "True Detective" was taken out in the Best Drama Series category by "Breaking Bad." "Orange Is the New Black" won Best Comedy Series, and its cast members Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew both walked away with trophies.
Here is the full list of nominees and winners:
Best Drama Series
"Breaking Bad" (AMC) *Winner
'"The Americans" (FX)
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
"'The Good Wife" (CBS)
"Masters of Sex" (Showtime)
"True Detective" (HBO)
Best Actor In A Drama Series
- Alana Altmann
Michael Brooks, previously Svp Entertainment Programming & Development at BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions, has been tapped as Svp Unscripted Programming at Shine America. Part of the 21st Century Fox-owned Shine Group, Shine America’s current shows include MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Riot, The Biggest Loser, The Face and the upcoming Restaurant Startup and Fake Off. Brooks will manage current production on many of the company’s unscripted series. “With numerous new series in development and the overall growth of our unscripted slate, Michael is a timely and crucial addition to the Shine America team,” said Paul Franklin, Evp Unscripted, to whom Brooks will report. The exec joined BBC Worldwide Productions in 2010 and developed and produced various titles including Top Gear, Breaking Pointe, Mud, Sweat & Gears and Lives On Fire. Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, Brooks produced five seasons of hit reality-competition series Dancing With The Stars and was part of »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Summer is here! Here’s the lowdown on when you can expect your favorite shows to return (or your soon-to-be favorite shows to premiere) this year. Schedule your DVR accordingly with our handy calendar below:
New Undateable (NBC)
New Crossbones (NBC)
Mystery Millionaire (WeTV)
New Sing Your Face Off (ABC)
Bet On Your Baby (ABC)
New Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
New Return to Amish (TLC)
New Last Seen Alive (Investigation Discovery)
Food Network Star (Food Network)
Mountain Men (History)
New Ladies of London (Bravo)
New Copycat »
- Marc Snetiker
It’s that time of year again, and as the networks try to get everyone as riled as possible for the upcoming fall shows, critics everywhere weigh in on the best shows from the previous year. The Broadcast Television Journalist Association (yes, that’s me) have announced the nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
I was honored to again serve on one of the nominating committees, and if you think it’s easy to make decisions about such things, you have to really try to imagine a bunch of critics going back and forth about what is, and is not, great television.
It’s going to be an interesting show, and there are some very solid categories.
I’ll give you a little rundown, and you let me know what you think about the nominations and who should win, and especially if you think people or shows were left »
- Marc Eastman
The fourth annual awards, held by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer at the Beverly Hilton Hotel June 19. The ceremony will air on the CW at 8 p.m. Et that night.
Check out the nominees below:
Best comedy series
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Best actor in a comedy series
Louis Ck, »
- Ariana Bacle
FX’s “Fargo,” Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and HBO’s “Silicon Valley” are among the newbies gaining kudos traction after landing multiple nominations for the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards.
Martin Freeman, Walton Goggins and Allison Janney proved to be overachievers in scoring two noms apiece: “Fargo” and PBS’ “Sherlock: His Last Vow” for Freeman; “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy” for Goggins; “Mom” and “Masters of Sex” for Janney.
The haul of five noms for “Fargo” (pictured) — including thesp bids for Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Allison Tolman and Freeman — helped FX lead the network pack with a total of 19 bids, followed by HBO with 18. “Masters of Sex,” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory »
- Cynthia Littleton
The 2014 British Soap Awards appealed to over 5 million viewers on Sunday night, overnight data reveals.
The annual ceremony attracted 5.15m (24.7%) at 8.15pm on ITV - down around 250,000 viewers from last year. A further 363,700 (2.0%) tuned in on +1.
The final Britain's Got Talent before this series' live shows topped the evening's ratings with 7.76m (38.9%) at 7pm (666k/3.2%), while Perspectives pulled in 1.44m (9.5%) for ITV later on (69.2k/0.7%).
BBC One's new Gabriel Byrne series Quirke was watched by 4.18m (20.2%) at 9pm, while Sunday evening stalwarts Countryfile and Antiques Roadshow interested 4.80m (24.4%) and 4.82m (23.3%) respectively.
BBC Two spoof Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos amused 1.26m (5.9%) at 9pm, followed by an Absolutely Fabulous repeat an hour later with 1.29m (6.7%). Tropic of Cancer had earlier amassed 0.49m (2.5%) at 7pm, and Top Gear 0.91m (4.4%) at 8pm.
Are BBC bosses taking a leaf out of Top Gear's book and driving flashier motors? Monkey only asks as it has emerged that last year car allowances for senior managers dropped 12.7% to £2.3m. But before the Beeb breaks out the champagne or Prosecco to keep Tony "austerity button" Hall happy closer analysis of the Freedom of Information request revealed by WhatDoTheyKnow reveals that the average allowance per manager has gone up. In 2011/12 £2.64m, was paid to 531 people, an average of £4,984 per person. In 2012/13, £2.3m was paid to 441 people, an average of £5,240 per person. The Foi also reveals that managers in BBC News were given £513,928 worth of car allowances. As Jeremy Clarkson would say actually no, Monkey had better not go there.
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Alastair wonders whether a hiatus would be beneficial to the much-loved Doctor Who...
Right, let’s get it out the way: I love Doctor Who. But is it becoming jaded?
Revived in 2005, the show has become a globetrotting ratings hit for the BBC and a (restored) staple of Saturday night television. The affection is not ironic, and only partially sentimental, for the writing and the budget reflect a drama fit for the modern audience. Older aficionados may tune in to contrast old and new but, ultimately, a new generation of fans have become smitten. Gone is the singular memory of scarves and tawdry sets. Meet The Doctor with more awards than regenerations.
The success is largely owed to the show’s necromancer, former Executive Producer Russell T. Davies and the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. Never before in the show's history have two men invested as much of themselves in their role and character. »
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