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American Film Institute Names its Top TV Shows of 2010

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 13th 2010 8:10AM
'The Walking Dead''The Walking Dead,' 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Glee' are among the TV series honored by the American Film Insitute (AFI) yesterday.

According to the AFI, honorees are selected "based on works which best advance the art of the moving image; enhance the rich cultural heritage of America's art form; inspire audiences and artists alike; and/or make a mark on American society."

Judges for the TV category included producer/writer Steven Bochco, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt and our very own Maureen Ryan.

Unlike other awards-givers, the AFI does not rank its selections, or pick one show as "the best." Cable dramas made a big impression this year, including AMC's 'Mad Men,' which made the list for the fourth year running, but network comedies were also strongly represented.

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Jack Nicholson Makes a Weird Speech at 'The AFI Life Achievement Award' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 27th 2010 11:45PM
Jack Nicholson Makes a Weird Speech at 'The AFI Life Achievement Award'The stars came out to honor a great director at 'The AFI Life Achievement Award 2010: Mike Nichols' (Sat., 9PM ET on TV Land). Famed director Mike Nichols has been making films for more than five decades now, and during that time, he's made a lot of friends in the industry. Among the celebs in attendance were Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.

It was a night of praise for the creator of such classic films as 'The Graduate,' 'Working Girl' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' "You're more than a great director," Dustin Hoffman said to his friend. "You're a real artist down to your toes."

The one puzzling speech of the night came from Jack Nicholson -- who arrived late to the ceremony to begin with. "This is so wonderful what everyone is saying about you," Jack told the director. But the actor then continued with this head-scratching comment: "I have to say, remember, Mike: even oysters have enemies."

Huh? Say what now? "Even oysters have enemies?" If anyone figures out exactly what that means, please do let us know.

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10 X 10 = the next AFI 100 Special

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 18th 2008 6:02PM
AFI's 100 Years 100 MoviesIn a departure from past CBS specials, which spotlighted the Top 100 movies either of all time or in some specific category, the AFI has decided that this summer's special would be ten different Top 10 lists. We've already seen 100 Years ... 100 Movies, 100 Stars, Laughs, Thrills, Passions, Heroes & Villains, Songs, Movie Quotes, Cheers and 100 Years ... 100 Movies--10th Anniversary Edition. I guess it gets harder and harder to find 100 worthy entries in specific categories, so this is the compromise.

Yesterday, AFI sent out the ballots with 50 selections in the 10 categories to a pool of 1,500 industry leaders. These categories are animation, courtroom dramas, epic films, fantasy, gangster, mystery, romantic comedy, science fiction, sports and western. I think they made the right call, because if some of those specials had struggled a bit in the ratings already, that's nothing to what 100 Sports Movies or 100 Gangster Movies would do.

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What's On Tonight: Last Comic Standing, Hidden Palms, Cash Cab

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 20th 2007 5:02PM
  • At 8, ABC has a new The Next Best Thing, followed by new episodes of American Inventor and Traveler.
  • CBS has the new special AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies at 8.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Last Comic Standing starting at 8, then a new Dateline.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance at 8.
  • There's a new Hidden Palms on The CW at 8, then another new episode.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters, followed by two new episodes of Cash Cab.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 10, The History Channel has a new Modern Marvels.
  • On Food Network at 10, a new Good Eats has Alton Brown looking at the world of pretzels.
  • Also at 10: FX has a new Rescue Me.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Saturday Night Live: Jeremy Piven/AFI - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 21st 2007 11:37AM
Jeremy Piven and AFI(S32E11) I'm familiar with very few of Jeremy Piven's projects, but, from what I've seen, he's a great comedic actor. Unfortunately, sometimes even the great funnymen of television and film can really -- for lack of a better phrase -- totally suck it hard when it comes to live television. In Piven's case, before the monologue was even half-way over, I knew he was going to do fine. Aside from a few very minor reading flubs (I think he said "contact" instead of "connect" in the monologue, and stumbled over some lines in various skits), Piven did a flawless job. All in all, I thought this was a fairly strong episode.

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