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Kaye Ballard Dies: TV, Film & Stage Veteran Who Starred In ‘The Mothers-In-Law’ Was 93

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Kaye Ballard Dies: TV, Film & Stage Veteran Who Starred In ‘The Mothers-In-Law’ Was 93
Kaye Ballard, a comic actress and singer who was a regular presence on TV for decades and starred in the late-’60s NBC comedy The Mothers-in-Law, has died. Palm Springs-area paper The Desert Sun reported that the star also known for The Girl Most Likely and a half-dozen Broadway musicals died Monday at her home in Rancho Mirage.

Ballard had appeared on a couple of TV programs when she was cast as Marge opposite Jane Powell and Cliff Robertson in the 1958 big-screen musical comedy remake of The Girl Most Likely. She would appear in a handful of movies in the ensuing decades, but TV was her go-to medium.

In 1967 she starred with Eve Arden in The Mothers-in-Law, playing half of an unconventional couple, the Buells, who was best friends with their very-straight suburban neighbors the Hubbards (Arden and Herbert Rudley). The series struggled to lure viewers in its 8:30 Sunday
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Netflix's 'Tales of the City' Welcomes Back Paul Gross, Fills Out Cast

Netflix's revival of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has filled out its cast, and it includes a familiar face from the first installment of the series and a number of Lgbtq actors.

The show is also making a big effort to feature members of the Lgbtq behind the camera.

Paul Gross will return to Tales of the City to reprise his role as Brian Hawkins, the ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton (Laura Linney, also returning) and the father of Shawna Hawkins (Ellen Page). Gross starred on the first Tales of the City in 1994 but was committed to Due South when ...
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15 permissions battles fought by TV shows

Louisa Mellor Feb 22, 2018

Real-world products and locations don’t always welcome association with TV shows. Here are 15 times shows struggled with permissions...

Forget the saying – not all advertising is good advertising. Companies will do almost as much to avoid the wrong use of their brand as they will to get plaster said brand all over our screens.

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Take Tupperware. Instead of thanking Antonio Bandaras for featuring its product in his 1999 directorial debut Crazy In Alabama, they forbade him use of the name. All because they didn’t want it thought that Tupperware was as useful for preserving decapitated human heads as lunchtime leftovers. “We had to call them plastic food containers,” remembers Bandaras.

Here are 15 times TV shows struggled
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Top 5: Heist Movies

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With both The Hatton Garden Job in UK cinemas now, and We Still Steal the Old Way available on DVD from today, I thought i’d take a look at my favourite Top Five Heist/Crime Caper Movies… In order (for a change) they are:

5) In Security

In Security tells the story of best friends Kevin and Bruce, who are co-owners of a failing home security company in a town with no crime. As a last ditch effort to drum up some business, they start robbing the neighbors to instill fear and create a need for their services but bullets fly when they unwittingly rob the wrong guy – a suburban drug lord with a penchant for kitchen gadgets.

It’s fair to say I love a good goofball crime caper, but In Security however has much more than being just a “crime caper” going for it. For one it stars one of my favourite actors,
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Bugs: remembering an ahead-of-its-time tech TV thriller

Alastair Stewart Mar 2, 2017

Arguably, British tech ensemble Bugs paved the way for the likes of Spooks, Sherlock, Torchwood and more...

It feels a long time ago that watching Saturday night TV with the family was the norm, but back in the 1990s, millions crowded around the box for the likes of Noel's House PartyDue SouthThe Generation Game, and of course, Bugs. The latter ran for four series between 1995 and 1999 and arguably holds the distinction of being embryonic of later, more intensive, tech-heavy UK shows including Spooks and Sherlock.

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The general Bugs premise involved a team of crime-fighting gadget experts facing a range of modern (now charmingly redundant), technology-centred threats. The main triptych of regulars included Nick Beckett (Jesse Birdsall), Ros Henderson (Jaye Griffiths) and Ed (Neighbours alumnus Craig McLachlan in series
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Back to Battle: Talking to Paul Gross about Hyena Road

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Looking at Paul Gross’s two most recent films as writer-director, 2008’s World War I drama Passchendaele and this month’s Afghanistan pic Hyena Road, you might think he has a master plan; some reason he’s made two military movies in a row. That’s not the case.

“After doing Passchendaele I had no interest in ever doing another war film because they’re just so phenomenally difficult to execute,” he says over the phone from his Toronto home.

Gross, whose big break as an actor came playing Constable Benton Fraser on TV’s "Due South" in the 1990s, was asked to go to Afghanistan to visit the Canadian troops in 2010. Once there, he realized there was a story he wanted to tell.

“It was just mesmerizing to me, I’ve been in a lot of weird places, but never in an active war zone. It was so complicated and so strange,
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Tiff 2015. Wavelengths, Part Two: The Features

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Going UNDERGROUNDEverybody and their dog, it seems, feels this off imperative to try to identify common themes in the handful of festival films they (we) (I) see in a given year. It's the Ghost of Hegel, I suppose, demanding that we make sense of our times by referring to some Zeitgeist. (Zeitgeist? Isn't this just as likely to Strand the FilmsWeLike in some oh-so-precious Music Box, to be unearthed years later by members of some as-yet-unassembled Cinema Guild? But I digress.) There may or may not be tendencies running through this year's feature selections, and if there are, that could have as much to do with the people who selected them than with any global mood. But there does seem to be a generalized turning-inward, with filmmakers making works about themselves and their immediate lives, the cinematic process, and the very complexities of communicating with other human beings. There are
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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'

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'Show Me a Hero' director Paul Haggis on Oscars, TV, and his love of 'The Wire'
The very first pilot I watched on this job was for a CBS drama called "Ez Streets." Created by Paul Haggis — then best known for creating "Due South," but most commercially successful for having helped develop the "Walker, Texas Ranger" pilot — it was essentially an HBO drama before such a thing existed: dark, dense, ambitious, heartbreaking, and addictive. It even featured Joe Pantoliano playing a sociopath gangster years before he won an Emmy for it on "The Sopranos" (and was, to my mind, better as Jimmy Murtha than as Ralphie Ciffaretto). It was also the first time I got my heart broken in this job. Despite rave reviews from me and my more established colleagues across the country, "Ez Streets" was Doa: CBS pulled it off the air after only two episodes had aired, and though most of the remaining episodes would air the following winter, it was just running out the string.
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Friends Countdown: What Used to Air Opposite Friends?

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Friends Countdown: What Used to Air Opposite Friends?
Friends was a solid ratings performer right out of the gate and went on to be an essential part of NBC's powerhouse Thursday lineups. But other stuff aired on Thursdays, too. Here, a list of all the network shows that were up against Friends on a regular basis:1994–1995 TV season Thursdays, 8:30–9 p.m. (fall); 9:30–10 p.m. (spring)When Friends debuted, it was opposite another beloved classic, My So-Called Life. CBS was airing Due South, a quirky hourlong dramedy about a Canadian mountie who winds up in Chicago, and Fox was airing Living Single. In the second half of the season, Friends was up against ABC's The Commish, CBS's newsmagazine Eye to Eye With Connie Chung, and Fox's solid New York Under Cover. Though they didn't air in the same time slot, this is the year that both Matlock and Friends were on on Thursday nights. Those shows do
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7 Awesome Movies Aboot Canadians That’ll Have You Grabbing Your Two-Fours

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Canada is awesome, eh! Seriously, as an expat living in Canada, I can attest to Canada being one of the greatest countries in the world. While Canada has produced countless wonderful television shows (Kids In the Hall, Road to Avonlea, Due South, Forever Knight, Big Wolf on Campus, etc, etc), sometimes the Canadian entertainment CV […]

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Review: Third Person, Awful People In An Awful World

As amply evidenced by his latest film, Third Person, Paul Haggis is a purveyor of pain, which isn't something I would ever expect from someone who wrote for the 1980s TV sitcom The Facts of Life and created small-screen shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger and Due South. It's possible that Haggis' career since then has been a reaction to those experiences, although the more likely explanation is that he is more willing than most to tap a deep personal reservoir of despair, whether from personality or knowledge, and express dark emotions through his characters, especially in films he has directed, such as Crash and The Next Three Days. The latter, at least, had a strong narrative hook that gave the film a modest impetus....

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Interview: Writer/Director Paul Haggis Creates ‘Third Person’

Chicago – Not many Oscar winning screeenwriters change the course of their professional lives because of a dream (story below), but Paul Haggis is an exceptionally brilliant writer whose credits include “Crash” (2005) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) – which both won Best Picture – and his new film, “Third Person.”

Third Person” is about the life a writer, portrayed by Liam Neeson, and it is about the circumstances surrounding his life. The ensemble cast includes Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Kim Basinger, all surrounding and inspiring Neeson’s character. This is the fourth film Paul Haggis has directed, among his many creations as a TV and film writer.

Paul Haggis directs Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in ‘Third Person

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Paul Haggis was born in London, Ontario, and bounced around in his early years as a artist and photographer, and studied cinematography at Fanshawe College in Canada.
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Almost Human – Geek Girl Navigating the World

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I’ve ended up watching a weirdly large number of cop shows in my lifetime. I don’t know what it is that sucks me in or why I persist in watching so many of them. Most of them have one thing in common, there are a couple of main characters who snap dialog off each other and usually get on each other’s nerves.

I’ve been a fan of shows like “Castle” and “Due South” for a long time. I’ve enjoyed “Psych” probably much more than I should. The shows that interject some humor into the situations the characters are in are the ones that, unfailingly, keep me as a viewer. Without something to break up all that darkness, a cop show just devolves into ever more depressing episodes and eventually, I’m going to go somewhere else and find something that I at least enjoy watching.
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Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan writing new detective drama Battle Creek

As his Emmy-winning series comes to an end, Vince Gilligan recruits David Shore for CBS show expected to air in 2014

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan will team up with David Shore, the writer behind House, for his next project, a detective drama called Battle Creek.

It will be Gilligan's second series post-Breaking Bad; he is also working on spin-off series Better Call Saul, featuring the show's sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman.

Battle Creek was first developed by The X Files veteran Gilligan a decade ago, before Breaking Bad elevated him to the Hollywood top table.

He is making a 13-part series for CBS, the network for whom he previously developed it in 2002. It is expected to broadcast in 2014.

Battle Creek tells the story of two detectives in the Michigan town of the same name who have contrasting approaches to law enforcement – to do it by the book, or by whatever means necessary.
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Briefs: The Bradley Manning Verdict, Josh Hartnett in Something Dreadful, and Looking Back 42 Years Later at the First Legal Same-Sex Marriage In The U.S.

Simon Baker (above), who is 44, Delta Burke is 57, Hilary Swank is 39, Lisa Kudrow is 50, and Kate Bush is 55. And a Birthday shoutout to Tbl reader OmViRa.

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On Thursday, Minnesota will become the 12th state to recognize same-sex marriages, but 42 years ago in the same state, Jack Baker and Michael McConnell became what is believed to be the first gay couple to legally wed in the U.
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Geek Girl Navigating the World – There’s Nothing Wrong with a Humorous Cop

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There’s been a lot of doom and gloom in the Geek Girl columns of late. I blame some of that on winter TV. Networks seem to run shows that are darker and more depressing during the winter. This isn’t to say that I couldn’t find some happier fare if I just set my mind to looking for it, but so much of it seems so inane that I end up losing interest pretty easily.

One of the things that I do seem to end up watching frequently are cop shows and procedural dramas. That’s no surprise, given the columns about “Castle” and “Elementary” earlier. It’s not a preference that I trouble myself over too much. I’ve also established that I am a fan of the genre blender. Mash-ups, especially those that seem unlikely but still manage to work have a way of drawing me in like nothing else.
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David Shore Legal Drama Gets ABC Pilot Pickup

No doubt here — House creator David Shore is on his way back to primetime. ABC has handed a pilot order to Doubt, a legal drama written and executive produced by Shore. The project, from Sony TV where Shore is under a deal, centers on a former cop who’s now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. Related: Dramas From Kyle Killen, Sofia Vergara & Ben Silverman Get ABC Pilot Pickups Doubt originally landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment after heated bidding between ABC and CBS. It marks Shore’s return to his legal roots. He is a lawyer by trade and former partner at a boutique law firm in Toronto. A legal drama script, an L.A. Law spec, landed him his first writing job on Paul HaggisDue South.
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Legal Drama From ‘House’ Creator David Shore Lands At ABC With Pilot Production Commitment At ABC

Exclusive: In his follow-up to House, David Shore is returning to his legal roots. After heated bidding between ABC and CBS, a legal drama from the House creator/executive producer has landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment. Shore will write and executive produce the untitled drama, described as a high-end, character-driven procedural about a former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. This marks the first project Shore has set up since the end of House‘s eight-season run, which he shepherded. It was the first pitch he took out with Sony Pictures TV, where he signed a three-year overall deal in July after eight years at NBCUniversal. For ABC, the aggressive pursuit of a character procedural indicates a desire to balance the network’s drama portfolio,
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‘House’ Creator David Shore Signs Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

Exclusive: After eight years at NBCUniversal, House creator/executive producer David Shore is moving to Sony Pictures TV with a three-year overall deal to develop new projects. Under the eight-figure deal, Shore will build up his banner Shore Z Prods. into a full-fledged production company. He is expected to hire a development executive, and along with his own projects, will also develop shows with other writers. Shore, a former partner at a boutique law firm in Toronto, originally planned to pursue a career as a comedy writer but his legal background helped him break into the drama field with an L.A. Law spec script, which landed him his first writing job on Paul HaggisDue South. In 1996, David E. Kelley picked Shore as one of the three original writers on The Practice. After stints on several drama series, including Law & Order and Family Law, Shore wrote the pilot script for
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Classic British TV Series Being Streamed By Acorn TV

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The leading ‘Best British TV’ streaming service Acorn TV is now streaming full seasons of several popular British mystery and drama series, along with two critically acclaimed Canadian series. This week Acorn TV also has a special Memorial Day Weekend Midsomer Marathon with the first 22 episodes of its best-selling series,Midsomer Murders, and the U.S. debut of John Nettles final episodes.

Acorn TV is currently streaming a full season of Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect; the final seasons of the universally acclaimed Canadian dramedy Slings & ARROWSand Derek Jacobi’s mystery series Cadfael; the U.S. debut of the newest season of Murdoch Mysteries; Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution; John Mortimer’s Under The Hammer; the final episodes of WWII drama Wish Me Luck; Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter) in Pie In The Sky; and John Nettles final episodes with Midsomer Murders,
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