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August 21, 2014

'The Buried Life' Preview: Authenticity, Optimism -- and a Run-in with Robert Pattinson

Fresh-faced, optimistic, and totally earnest, the four twentysomethings who created and star on MTV's 'The Buried Life' have a lot of things going for them: Hunky, all-American good looks (although they're actually Canadian). More than half a million "friends" on Facebook. And a successful show on MTV which relies entirely on their personalities, on-camera chemistry, and real-deal authenticity. ...

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Andrew Jenks' World: Total Immersion, With a Big Heart

"Always be prepared for the unexpected." In his July 2008 commencement speech at his alma mater, Andrew Jenks pointed to his own experience as a filmmaker as a model for following one's dreams, taking risks, and turning failure into success. But his words of wisdom, directed at a roomful of graduates-to-be at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, N.Y., also serve as a logline for his...

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MTV Video Music Awards' It-Girl: How Does Chelsea Handler Stack Up?

Between performances by chart-topping pop artists and obligatory reaction shots of famous people in the audience, MTV's Video Music Awards might not seem like it's taking any risks when it airs live on Sept. 12 (9PM ET). The music won't be making a radical shift: Billboard staples like Kanye West, Eminem and Justin Bieber are all slated to rap, sweat and make teenage girls swoon. The location...

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'I Do & I Don't': Jane Lynch on Marriage, Singing and Life with 'Glee'

These days, Jane Lynch may be synonymous with Sue Sylvester, 'Glee''s resident tough-talking cheerleading coach (and soon also with 'Saturday Night Live'), but before the Emmy-nominated actress donned her track suit, she starred in 'I Do & I Don't', an indie comedy about the the meaning of marriage. As the DVD of 'I Do & I Don't' arrives on DVD, Lynch spoke with TV Squad about the film,...

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Neil Patrick Harris Gets Belated Emmy Nomination

Neil Patrick Harris can add one more Emmy nomination to his list this year: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has acknowledged that it neglected to mention Harris in the special-class program category for his hosting gig at the Tonys. While award show hosts once had their own category (Hugh Jackman, for example, won for his performance as the Tonys host in 2005), the hosts are now...

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Forget Parties in 'The Hills,' MTV Features Real Teens, Real Problems in New Series

Forget 'The Hills,' leave 'The Real World' and get ready for real teens with real problems. Each episode of MTV's new docu-series, 'If You Really Knew Me' (Tuesdays, 11PM ET), visits a different high school across the country, and follows a few students for 24 hours while they participate in an event called Challenge Day. Part group therapy and part team building, Challenge Days bring together...

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'Survivor: Nicaragua' News: Cast Leak, Tribes to be Divided by Age

This fall, a new set of masochists will descend upon the jungle to compete on the 21st season of CBS's 'Survivor.' This year, however, it won't just be a match of wits that will weed them out. CBS announced Wednesday that the show will divide the contestants by age, creating one tribe of competitors over age 40, and another tribe of those under age 30 for a face-off called 'Young vs. Old.' "The...

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'Mad Men' Got Ad Age All Wrong, Says Exec

Don Draper may be be the big man on campus at Sterling Cooper, but he and his 'Mad Men' crew are coming under fire -- first from from veteran ad executive George Lois, and now from Ad Age editor-in-chief Rance Crain. In a Monday editorial, Crain criticizes the show for its handling of a cameo from a faux-Ad Age reporter on Sunday's show. In the premiere, which aired July 25, Draper (Jon Hamm)...

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Shoshannah Stern Goes from 'Jericho' to 'Lie to Me'

Dr. Lightman is getting a new assistant, straight off the boat from Jericho and Agrestic. Shoshannah Stern will be joining 'Lie to Me' this season as a grad student whom the doc (Tim Roth) hires to help him with his new book. The Fox show (Mondays at 8PM ET) follows the investigations of Dr. Cal Lightman, the world's top expert on detecting deception. He and his firm, The Lightman Group, aid...

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MTV Pulls Controversial Episode of 'The Dudesons'

MTV's knack for elevating puerile stunts to an art form has apparently gone a few steps too far. The network known for bringing 'Jackass' to the world has pulled a controversial episode of 'The Dudesons in America' after the American Indian Movement of Santa Barbara called for a boycott. The episode in question features the series' four Finnish cast members decked out in wild costumes, and...

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