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Thoughts on 'Homeland's' Stellar Sunday Episode and Terrific Debut Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:00PM
My colleague Mike Hogan wrote about last night's 'Homeland' here and I recommend his weekly review, but I couldn't resist adding a few comments about the Showtime drama's outstanding Sunday episode.

If you're not watching 'Homeland,' you really need to catch up on this gripping drama (which I reviewed here). I already thought 'Homeland' was the best new show of the year, but Sunday's hour was in a different league from what came before it.

As I said in last week's Talking TV podcast, I was a little alarmed by a development in last week's episode -- I thought what happened between CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and former prisoner of war Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) might have been the kind of mistake that would force this promising show down cliched or unsatisfying paths.

I couldn't have been more wrong, and Sunday's episode proved that 'Homeland' knows exactly what it's doing. Within the context of a complex tale about the challenges of combating terrorism, 'Homeland' has proven it knows how to tell a rich, emotionally nuanced tale about the dangers of connection and the price of loneliness.

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Carrie May Have Uncovered Evidence Against Brody on 'Homeland' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 3rd 2011 6:15AM
'Homeland' - 'Pilot'After much anticipation, the star-studded 'Homeland' (Sun., 10PM ET on Showtime) finally premiered, and it delivered on every level. Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin are a revelation together, with Danes absolutely smashing a very unpredictable and uncertain role.

Carrie Mathison is already one of the most fascinating lead characters on television. We come out of this premiere with no real grasp on whether she's crazy and grasping at straws, or crazy but on to something really big. Yes, we're pretty sure, she's crazy, but it's the kind of crazy that draws you into her world.

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Review: 'Homeland' Puts Stellar Performances at the Heart of a Compelling Espionage Tale

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 29th 2011 11:00AM
Sometimes an actor takes an average role and, through skill, technique and pure presence, transforms it into something much better. Once in a great while, an actor takes a very good role and produces something extraordinary.

That's what occurs in 'Homeland' (10PM ET Sunday, Showtime), which would be worth watching if all it had going for it were the tremendous work being done by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis. But 'Homeland' also manages to be both an addictive espionage thriller and a compelling character study, as well as a well-constructed exploration of the difficulties and ambiguities of fighting terrorism a decade after Sept. 11. Without a doubt, it is one of the finest new shows of the year.

Danes and Lewis both portray guarded, damaged characters who have trouble knowing whom to trust, and the parallels and contrasts between them are fascinating. Lewis plays Nicholas Brody, a Marine who returns home after eight years as the captive of Islamic radicals, and his wariness may be the result of understandable re-entry difficulties -- or it may indicate something more sinister.

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Jon Cryer, Claire Danes Among Six New Presenters Named for the Emmys

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 14th 2011 7:20AM
Emmys logoThis year's Emmys are just a few days away, and to whet our appetite ahead of Sunday night's ceremony, organizers have announced the names of six new presenters.

'Two and a Half Men' star Jon Cryer, who is up for a Best Supporting Actor award this year, will be joined on the presenting roster by actors from both established shows and upcoming new ones.

The other five presenters announced Wednesday are: Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad'), Scott Caan ('Hawaii Five-0'), Claire Danes ('Homeland'), Kerry Washington ('Scandal') and Jason O'Mara ('Terra Nova').

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Hot on Inside Movies: 'New Moon' Reviews, Werner Herzog, Best '30s Movies

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 19th 2009 5:35PM
It's that time of the day here at Inside TV, when we put down the remote and check in with our silver screen siblings over at Inside Movies.

• You may have heard of a little movie opening up tomorrow: 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.' You can find out what the critics are saying in the film's review roundup.

• My So-Called Dress: Claire Danes arrives at the premiere of her new film 'Me & Orson Welles' and gives the crowd more than just a smile. Check out the NSFW pics.

• With Werner Herzog's remake of cult classic 'Bad Lieutenant' opening up this weekend, Inside Movies cozies up with the acclaimed director to discuss Hurricane Katrina, new-age humbug and why it's OK with him if you laugh at his films.

• From 'Frankenstein' to 'The Wizard of Oz,' take a trip through Hollywood's Golden age in a collection of best '30s movies.

• Looks like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan aren't the only rom-com pair that audiences love. Take a look at some romantic comedy couples that should consider an onscreeen reunion.

• And finally, a linguist in Minnesota actually taught his son to speak Klingon instead of English, and the results just might surprise you!

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Gone Too Soon: My So-Called Life

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 31st 2009 2:40PM
My So-Called Life
With the news coming down this week that MTV is adapting the UK's teen sensation Skins for American audiences, it became obvious which show I was going to do next for this column. The thing about Skins that works so well is that it rings of authenticity, which is rare in teen programming. It also features teenagers who are truly acting their age; no old dudes with male pattern baldness pretending to be high school sophomores.

We've seen all this before. A long time ago, before The WB and UPN built programming models for teen audiences, there was a little show on ABC that nobody really knew what to do with. My So-Called Life tackled teen issues, not in "a very special episode" way, but in a raw, unfiltered way. It was wonderful.

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Stop, Drop and Watch: 'My So-Called Life' Full Episodes

by Kelly Woo, posted Aug 13th 2009 5:00PM
Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano in My So Called LifeIf this blog grinds to a complete halt, here's why: Hulu has made all 19 episodes of 'My So-Called Life' available for streaming. You can now look at Jordan Catalano on your computer every day. Dreams do come true.

Some of you may be saying, "What is this 'My So-Called Life' you speak of?" To which we reply with a sad face': 'MSCL' was an acclaimed but short-lived series that aired in 1994-95 and starred Claire Danes and Jared Leto. The coming-of-age story focused on sensitive teen Angela Chase and the people in her orbit: her parents, her crush (Jordan), friends and neighbors. It was amazing. We're still mourning the show's untimely death.

But why read about it when you can watch it? Right now! Here are some of the staff's favorite episodes:

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My So-Called Life lands on Hulu

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 12th 2009 6:30PM
my so-called lifeToday I don't feel like Brian Krakow standing sad and alone in the street holding my bike. Nope, today it feels like the Internet is giving me a big warm hug thanks to the debut of My So-Called Life on Hulu. The site is now streaming every episode of ABC's pioneering but short-lived series about a teenage girl growing up in the '90s.

For the uninitiated, My So-Called Life stars Claire Danes as Angela Chase, a teen desperately searching for meaning in her life and balancing new friends, the wild Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer) and gay 15-year-old Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz), with old ones, nerdy Brian (Devon Gummersall) and cheerleader Sharon Cherski (Devon Odessa). The show also chronicles Angela's parents' (Bess Armstrong and Tom Irwin) rocky relationship and her obsession with the broody Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto).

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My So-Called Life, Complete Series - DVD review

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 16th 2007 3:01PM
MSCL cast"This life has been a test. If this had been an actual life, you would have received instructions on where to go and what to do."-- Angela Chase

Say what you will about My So-Called Life: It was a pivotal show in American TV History. Although it was canceled after only two years and 19 episodes, when MTV picked it up and began showing it round the clock, it acquired a cult following that keeps it resonant even today.

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Giveaway Tuesday (yes, Tuesday): My So-Called Life complete series DVDs

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 30th 2007 8:58AM
my so-called life dvd coverAs if we didn't already have some incredible things to giveaway here already, here's one that just passed over the TV Squad desk late last night, and it couldn't possibly wait until next week. We've got three copies of My So-Called Life - the complete series on DVD, which is already available in stores today (review of the set coming here soon). All you've got to do is submit a comment below before 5PM Eastern, November 5, and mention why you'd like to own the series. We'll randomly choose three winners to receive the DVDs!

Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own the My So-Called Life series on DVD.
  • The comment must be left before Monday, November 5, 2007 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Three winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Three winners will receive a copy of My So-Called Life complete series DVDs (valued at $69.99).
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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The Daily Show: June 28, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 29th 2007 9:45AM
Claire Danes"You Don't Know Dick": Wow, TDS is just full of Dick Cheney fun facts. This one was also a good one... Cheney invented his own secret classification "TREATED AS SECRET/SCI", which is so much better than "TOP SECRET" or "CLASSIFIED". He likes to use it on things that aren't really secret, like press talking points.

"Mexican Standoff": Resident Expert John Hodgman, author of My Grandparents Were Slov or Something (heh), talked about how illegal aliens are bringing over scary diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy. Beautiful choices of footage! I especially liked the Leprechaun goodness from Ellis Island.

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Talk Talk: Robin Williams, George Foreman, Dr. Phil

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 28th 2007 5:58PM
  • Don CheadleCharlie Rose: Paul Simon
  • The Daily Show: Claire Danes
  • The Colbert Report: Doug Bailey
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Robin Williams and Julie Chen
  • Jay Leno: Dr. Phil and Velvet Revolver
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: George Foreman, Jennifer Esposito, and Tiger Army
  • Tavis Smiley: Michael Moore and Don Cheadle
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Jake Gyllenhaal, Lance Armstrong, and Bayside (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Ludacris, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Bobby Valentino
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Cheryl Hines and Midnight Movies (repeat)

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