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Allison Janney Discusses Developing Her Mississippi Accent For 'The Help' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 11th 2011 3:20PM
Allison Janney discusses her southern accent for 'The Help' on 'Good Day LA'Dayton, Ohio is about 500 miles from the northern Mississippi boarder. In terms of dialect, it's even further, according to Dayton native Allison Janney. Janney was on 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 7AM PT on FOX) to talk about her new movie 'The Help,' and the Mississippi accent she had to wrangle for the role of Charlotte.

Janney noted she was at least from the southern part of Ohio. "I love working on accents," she said. "We had a great dialect coach who went down ahead of time and recorded like thirty women's voices, and I got to pick. I'd listen to them and go, that sounds like Charlotte."

The voice she wound up choosing was the mother of one of the film's producers. "I loved the way she said, 'Skeetah!'" she said. "I just loved it." Anyone can do a generic southern accent, but there are specific regionalisms, and Janney was sensitive to that. "They don't cotton to bad Hollywood southern accents," she said. Especially if they are your producer's mother.

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Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey Play 'Ghosts of Christmas Past' on 'Watch What Happens Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 5:50PM
Andy Cohen, Allison Janney, and John Benjamin Hickey on 'Watch What Happens Live'Andy Cohen snuck a "Christmas in July" theme in just under the wire Sunday on 'Watch What Happens Live' (Thursdays and Sundays, 11PM on Bravo), decorating the set with a Christmas tree, garlands and a Santa hat on a Snoopy statue. In keeping with the theme, Cohen played a game he called "Ghosts of Christmas Past" with guests Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey, with an assist from Julie Chen.

Chen asked the guests questions, and they had to hold up a paddle showing either "true" or "false." It got personal when Chen asked if Hickey had ever dated Cohen. Hickey stumbled over his answer. "Is there an in between?" he asked, and then held up "false." Chen confirmed it was actually true.

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EXCLUSIVE 'Mr. Sunshine' Clip: Allison Janney Skates With a Smurf (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 9th 2011 2:30PM
Allison Janney skates with a Smurf on 'Mr. Sunshine''Mr. Sunshine' has been struggling to find its footing in the ABC Wednesday comedy lineup, but the young show has had its share of laugh-out-loud moments, mainly courtesy of Allison Janney and her loopy character Crystal.

Crystal owns the Sunshine Center, where Ben Donovan (Matthew Perry) works as the arena manager. In the first handful of episodes, we've seen that Crystal could be out of it in some instances, and completely on top of things the next moment. We've seen Crystal drag her anxiety-paralyzed pup through a dog show, plow through a churro cake made for her by her employees, and use a child as a human shield in defense of what she thought were murderous clowns.

And, in this exclusive clip from tonight's episode, airing at 9:30PM ET, we see Crystal skating with a Smurf. Yep, you read that right.

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Allison Janney Plays a Prank on Ellen's Writer (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 7th 2011 10:30AM
As she's done several times in the past, Ellen DeGeneres' writer, Amy, helps prank a celebrity on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated). But, this time, the tables are turned on the writer since her target, Allison Janney, is in on the gag.

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Matthew Perry Wears Many Hats In 'Mr. Sunshine' - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 1st 2010 7:15PM
Matthew Perry and Allison Janney in the 'Mr. Sunshine' panel at the Summer 2010 TCAsMatthew Perry tried to use his goodwill with critics and his comedy skills to try to sway them into more enthusiasm for his midseason ABC comedy "Mr. Sunshine," but it was telling when the line the gallery laughed at the most was his most self-deprecating: "You can tell how successful my movies were by the fact I'm here."

The pilot ABC sent for 'Mr. Sunshine' wasn't awful by any means; but with the talent behind it -- especially Perry, who's an executive producer and has been involved with the writing on the show -- it probably should have been funnier.

Maybe it's the subject matter. Perry plays Ben, who manages an arena in San Diego. He's about to turn 40 and realizes that he's going to need to start actually relating and caring about people in order to not die lonely and bitter. So not only does Perry start off as semi-unlikable at the start of the show, but the title "arena manager" doesn't exactly elicit gut-clenching laughs.

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Becoming Smokey on 'Lost' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 12th 2010 1:50AM
Becoming Smokey on 'Lost'From light can come darkness. That's the lesson on 'Lost' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC).

[Spoiler alert.]

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'In Plain Sight' - 'When Mary Met Marshall' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 8th 2010 12:32AM
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In its third season, 'In Plain Sight' has become one of the best dramas on cable. In a pool that includes 'Mad Men,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Justified,' to name a few, that's some damn good company.

Granted, 'In Plain Sight' isn't as lofty as some of those others, but the characters are sharp, the writing is excellent for this genre, and it's a show that you can look forward to watching each week. Try saying that about some network dramas. More on tonight's episode and remembering when Hello, Kitty rings were cute, after the jump.

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Preview of 'In Plain Sight's' March 31st Premiere

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2010 2:01PM
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Spring is definitely on the way, and not just because we'll be spring forward with the clocks this weekend. No, it's on TV that spring is busting out all over. 'Army Wives' is returning with a new season, 'Glee' is coming back to finish this season, even 'Friday Night Lights' will finally commence on NBC -- after already having a complete run on DirecTV. One of the premieres that's got me intrigued is the March 31st 'In Plain Sight' on USA Network.

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Big Name Stars Coming to 'In Plain Sight'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2010 11:01AM
in_plain_sight_mary_mccormack_frederick_wellerLast night during 'Burn Notice,' there were promos for 'In Plain Sight' and it got my heart pumped just to hear Mary McCormack's voice again. Hooray, Mary's back. And so is 'In Plain Sight,' one of the most improved series on cable in its sophomore run last season. The new season kicks off on March 31 on USA Network, and 'In Plain Sight's' lined up some big stars as guests.

The top of the list is Allison Janney. They're not saying if it's more than a single episode -- here's hoping -- but Allison will be a playing a "newly appointed U.S. Marshal who clashes with Mary." If you remember Janney and McCormack in the last couple of seasons of 'The West Wing,' this should be a great reunion.

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'Better Off Ted' and 'Desperate Housewives' Stars Get New Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2010 3:33PM
Andrea AndersABC's 'Mr. Sunshine' is slowly becoming one of those shows where you say "wow, that sounds interesting." We already know that it stars Matthew Perry as a sports arena manager who rethinks his life when he turns 40 and that Allison Janney will costar with Perry. Now there's more casting news, and it involves another person who once costarred with Perry on an NBC show.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Andrea Anders, who now costars in ABC's 'Better Off Ted,' will play Perry's love interest in 'Mr. Sunshine' (sorry 'Better Off Ted' fans, but it doesn't look like that show is going to get renewed). She'll be joined by Nate Torrence, who costarred with Perry in 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' (he played Dylan).

Jesse Metcalfe of 'Desperate Housewives' has a new show too. He'll costar in NBC's Jerry Bruckheimer drama 'Chase,' about a Texas law enforcement team.

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Allison Janney joins Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 31st 2010 1:29PM
allison_janney_smiling_earringsYou could say that most people's interest in a new comedy from Friends' star Matthew Perry called Mr. Sunshine, would be pretty high. He's a popular actor. Friends was a popular show. People reacted favorably to Courteney Cox's new comedy Cougar Town... You see where I'm going here.

Well, the interest meter just moved up considerably because West Wing Emmy-winner Allison Janney will co-star with Matthew in Mr. Sunshine. Mr. Sunshine is an ABC pilot they'll be filming, and it's about a guy who reaches his 40th birthday and wonders if he can continue just getting by on his charm and nonchalant style.

Mr. Sunshine is set in San Diego, where Perry's character manages an aging stadium. Janney is playing Crystal Cohen, the lady in charge of the place. That's right; she's Matthew's boss.

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Best TV of the '00s: Dramatic Actress

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 1st 2010 11:02AM
allison_janney_west_wingMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the best dramatic actresses of the decade.

Television has always been good to the ladies. Actresses have flourished in dramatic series, and in the past decade, we've seen some amazing performances. There have been lawyers, cops, a U.S. president, nurses, doctors, judges, mothers, daughters and even a real housewife from New Jersey whose husband was in the waste disposal business.

Many of these women have already been honored with Emmys and Golden Globes... and now they get the recognition of TV Squad.

Here, then, without further vamping, the best dramatic actresses of the past ten years:

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Emmy Rossum to Star in Showtime's 'Shameless'

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 17th 2009 11:40AM
The cast is quickly coming together for the upcoming Showtime adaptation of 'Shameless.'

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that actress Emmy Rossum will star in the drama series, opposite William H. Macy. She'll play 18-year-old Fiona, who must care for her five younger siblings while her mother is AWOL and her father (Macy) battles alcoholism.

Produced by 'Southland''s John Wells, the series, set in Chicago, is based on the BAFTA-winning U.K. dramedy, and will reportedly revolve around the current economic recession.

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President Bartlet pardons a turkey (and teaches us a little about stuffing)

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 24th 2009 5:02PM
One of favorite aspects of Thanksgiving, besides the turkey and the stuffing and the pie, is that I get to watch the Thanksgiving episodes of The West Wing. Yeah, I guess I could watch the episodes any time of year since I own them on DVD, but that's not how I roll.

Here are two classic scenes from the show. The first is from the episode "Shibboleth" where President Bartlet pardons a turkey, and the second, after the jump, is from "The Indians in the Lobby," the scene where he calls the Butterball hotline.

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Aaron Sorkin Doing Another Show About a Show - Will He Succeed This Time?

by Liane Bonin, posted Nov 18th 2009 10:24PM
Any of you who were slavishly devoted to 'Sports Night' -- the late, great dramedy that exposed the comic timing and acting chops of stars like Felicity Huffman and Peter Krause early in their careers -- good news! Series creator Aaron Sorkin (who also produced a little somethin-somethin called 'The West Wing') tells TV Guide he's coming back to TV with a series that promises to tread the same juicy, fast-paced behind-the-scenes turf as 'Sports Night.'

The catch? That's also the same turf he covered on another series, 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,' which, while also late, is not particularly lamented by anybody.

'It's going to be what turns out to be the third in the trilogy of TV shows that take place behind the scenes of a TV show, but this will be a different kind of TV show,' Sorkin told the site. "That's all I can let out of the bag right now."

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