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'Real Housewives of New York' Star Sonja Morgan May Lose House, 'Hung' Experiments and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 5th 2011 12:00PM
Sonja MorganSonja Morgan's life (and financial woes) have been splashed on the front pages of tabloids and TV screens thanks to her role on 'Real Housewives of New York City,' but now the reality star is speaking out about her messy divorce and money troubles.

According to the New York Post, Morgan may lose her Upper East Side town house.

"I'm sure the world thinks, 'Sonja doesn't have to worry, she's got that husband there for her.' But I'm on my own," Sonja said.

Sonja claims in court papers that John Adams Morgan, her 80-year-old ex-husband, is refusing to pay her a $3 million divorce judgment and $300,000 in back alimony. Sonja also claims he has barred her from selling and visiting properties she co-owns with him in Colorado and France.

Last fall, Sonja filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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First Look: HBO's 'Luck,' New Seasons of 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Hung' & 'How to Make It In America'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 27th 2011 1:00PM
Dustin Hoffman, LuckWhat can you expect from HBO's new horse-racing drama, 'Luck'? Well, from the looks of this teaser, lots of horses (duh!), Dustin Hoffman being kind of scary and old dudes with gambling drama.

The new series is still in production, but we're ready to see more!

HBO has also unveiled new teasers for 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Hung' and 'How to Make It In America.' Warning, there's lots of nudity in the 'Hung' trailer. There's also a lot of 'Justified' MVP Margo Martindale, but those two things aren't necessarily related. The 'Boardwalk' trailer is packed with drama, naturally, and a new threat: the KKK.

Premiere dates for all four shows have not been set. Check out the videos below.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Gossip Girl,' 'How I Met Your Mother' & More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 24th 2011 2:30PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' 'Entourage,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Hung,' 'Nikita,' and 'Psych.'

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Jamie Pressly Lands 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' Pilot Lead, 'Law & Order: SVU' ADA Returns and More Casting News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 1st 2011 4:00PM
Jaime PresslyJaime Pressly is set to guest star on 'Raising Hope' later this season, but the actress could return to TV full-time if her new pilot gets picked up.

According to Deadline, the former 'My Name Is Earl' star has landed the lead alongside Katie Finneran in the Fox comedy pilot 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter.' The show focuses on two women who come to realize their daughters have grown to become the same type of mean girls who tortured them in high school.

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'Hung' is adding new blood in the form of two recurring characters for next season. Leven Rambin, who's currently guesting on 'One Tree Hill,' will play a love interest for Ray, while Stephen Amell will play a rival gigolo. [TV Line]

A slew of actors have signed on to broadcast pilots, including Ellen Woglom and Ravi Patel as the leads in the ABC comedy 'My Freakin' Family.' Also nabbing pilot roles are Janet McTeer in 'Weekends at Bellevue,' Zoe Lister in NBC's Whitney Cummings comedy, Wes Ramsey in 'Playboy' and Lana Parrilla in 'Once Upon a Time.' [Deadline]

A familiar face is returning to 'Law & Order: SVU.' Diane Neal will reprise her role as ADA Casey Novak for one episode in the spring. [TV Line]

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'Hung' Season 2, Episode 10 (Season Finale) Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Sep 13th 2010 5:35AM
Ray and Tanya in 'Hung'['Hung' - 'Even Steven or Luckiest Kid in Detroit']

All good things must come to an end and unfortunately, so must all hit-and-miss HBO shows about male prostitutes. The season two finale made all the people who complain that nothing ever happens, look like geniuses, and left those of us still caring about the show limp with disappointment.

As HBO wrapped everything up nice and tight for the winter, one can't help but feel like it's going to be full of rat droppings when they pull it out of storage in the spring.

The episode laid out a road map for a possible season three, and that's what season finales are supposed to do: Give you a look at what's to come, and make you care enough to want to go to there. But this map that started at a show with promise, a show with an exclusive look into the day-to-day operations of a sex worker, seems to lead to another in a long line of cheesy, formulaic, weekly agonies.

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News Roundup: Cybill Shepherd to Guest on 'No Ordinary Family,' TNT Renews 'Memphis Beat' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2010 6:00PM
Cybill ShepherdJulie Benz, meet your new TV mom: Cybill Shepherd!

That's right, the veteran TV actress is heading to ABC's new superhero show 'No Ordinary Family.' According to TV Guide, Shepherd will play Barbara Crane, mom to super speedster scientist Stephanie. Look for Stephanie's parents to not have warm feelings towards Michael Chiklis' Jim.

"They don't know yet about what's happened to the family," Benz told TV Guide. "So we have to decide if it's best to clue them in or keep them in the dark."

In other TV news ...

TNT has renewed freshman drama 'Memphis Beat.' The series starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard has averaged 4.5 million viewers over its 10-episode season. [Live Feed]

HBO is bringing 'Hung' back for a third season. The show about Thomas Jane as a downtrodden high school teacher/male prostitute drew 2.5 million viewers last week. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Heroes' star Jack Coleman is headed to 'The Mentalist' on Oct. 14. Coleman will play Max Armstrong, a wealthy and arrogant man who just so happens to catch Patrick Jane's eye and becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. [TV Guide]

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Ray and Jess Kiss During Late-Night Swim on 'Hung' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Aug 30th 2010 4:15PM
Ronnie humiliates Jess at an awards banquet for dermatologists after discovering she visited another doctor for her rash. This drives Jess to visit ex-husband Ray and seduce him on 'Hung' (Sun, 10PM ET on HBO).

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'Hung' Season 2, Episode 9 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Aug 30th 2010 2:00AM
Hung('Hung' - 'Fat Off My Love') After last weeks episode of 'Hung' a former student of mine left me this message on Facebook: "Vaughan, on Sunday we were over at a friend's house to watch 'Entourage.' Of course the topic of 'Hung' and it's terrific crappyness came up, but we all realized that collectively we hadn't watched enough to really judge. So we decided to break the mold and actually watch it, just to laugh at the lack of humor. Experiment failed after mayyybe seven minutes, it was too excruciatingly trite to even mock."

I chuckled, and realized that the show has been treading water for most of this season, and this week I think they tried to address that issue with some major blow-outs.

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'Hung' - 'Third Base' Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Aug 23rd 2010 1:30PM
Hung on HBO(Season 2, Episode 8)

The second season of 'Hung' treads onward, as we are left to ponder why there aren't more good shows about male prostitutes. The series thus far has been a great platform for addressing many social and psychological issues reaching far beyond the skin business, and this week sees new ground being covered, and a crock pot full of slow-cooked story lines starting to bubble over.

This week's episode centers on the big annual alumni baseball game, and Mike is urging Ray to play (he hasn't in nine years) in order to raise much needed funds for the team.

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'Hung' Spoilers: What's in Store for Ray and Tanya?

by Gary Susman, posted Aug 20th 2010 5:30PM
Jane Adams, Thomas Jane, and Rebecca Creskoff on 'Hung'
Including this Sunday's installment, there are only three episodes of 'Hung' left this season. Which means major, life-changing events seem to be coming for Ray, Tanya and the rest of the characters on the HBO comedy.

Series co-creator Colette Burson spoke to TV Squad today and offered some spoilers about what to expect for the rest of this season (including an important, funny and painful moment coming this Sunday). She also spoke about changes 'Hung' fans can expect to see if, as seems likely, HBO renews 'Hung' for a third season.

Spoilers ahead!

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'Hung' - 'The Middle East Is Complicated' Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Aug 16th 2010 10:00AM
Thomas Jane and Jane Adams in 'Hung' on HBO(Season 2, Episode 7) Well, so much for 'Hung' taking the high road and not making their show about sex, and boobs and vulgarity! This week has more nudity, more f-blasts and more gratuitous shots of Lenore's nether-regions to keep even the most insatiable, gutter-mouthed pervert content. It's amazing what writers and producer types will pull out of the bag of tricks when their show is getting stale. All this episode needed was a murder to complete the final leg of the cliche relay.

Episode six ended with Lenore on Ray's doorstep. Well, she went from there to walking around nude in his half-built house talking way too nonchalantly about coffee. It was apparent from the first sight of her breast that this episode was going to take everything up a notch. Watching naked people who aren't doing naked things (sex, shower, yard work) is off-putting after a couple minutes -- I don't care how perky Lenore's breasts are. I have been calling for more Lenore, however, so I suppose beggars can't be choosers.

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'Hung' - 'Beaverland' Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Aug 9th 2010 7:00AM
Hung(S02E06) You know a show is caught in a lull when they resort to the classic "beaver in the basement" bit. No, that's not some euphemism or some industry term like "jumping the shark." It's as literal as it can get, and this week's 'Hung' is all about beavers, of both the buck-toothed and sexy bit variety.

The show opens with Jess and Ron asleep, when Jess is woken up by strange noises. When she follows them to the basement, she sees a beaver scurrying into the shadows ... and what follows is a string of metaphors and double entendre that would make whoever writes Britney Spears songs blush. I'd like to think that the show initiated Operation Beaver to tap into some of that 'Sopranos' mojo, using the beaver like Tony's ducks (among other animals) to represent something bigger, something thematic, but my gut tells me they just did it for the cheap, easy giggle of the "beaver means vagina" realization.

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'Hung' - 'A Man, A Plan; Thank You, Jimmy Carter' Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Aug 2nd 2010 6:00AM
Ray and Tanya(S02E05) The latest episode of 'Hung' is all about self-affirmation. Like the old Al Franken 'Stuart Smalley' sketch, only without having to listen to Al Franken. The show seems to suggest that the true key to happiness is companionship in some form or another, and how we find that companionship is anybody's guess. It can come from your Dad's pimp, or your replacement gigolo. You just never know.

Episode five opens with Mike (Ray's teaching colleague and assistant coach) having a meltdown. He's convinced he has nothing to live for and Ray talks him out of his funk as if he just drank an entire bottle of liquid Tony Robbins (which has a nasty aftertaste, if you were wondering ... kind of uriney). What we're starting to see from Ray is that his lifestyle changes have arguably made him a better, more complete person. He's constantly picking people up around him, despite his less-than-ideal life.

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'Hung' - 'Sing It Again, Ray' Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Jul 26th 2010 4:00AM
Ray and Tanya(S02E04) As the sophomore season of 'Hung' moves along, HBO continues to flaunt its refusal to stoop to pure sex to carry a show that is so much more than that. It's kind of noble, if you think about it. The knock on the network has always been its supposed reliance on sex, violence and vulgarity, and a show like 'Hung' could easily slip into that formula. The show has much more to offer, however, and it's showcased every week.

Damon, Ray's wayward teenage son, begins the episode with a midnight stroll around the baseball field, caressing and sucking on a Big Gulp like it was Blake Lively's big toe. The scene ends with the troubled youth taking a seemingly defiant whiz on home plate: A big ole "F-U" to Ray and his meat-headed minions, and it links a lot of the story together.

Turns out, Damon was caught by a security guard and when Ray finds out, he furthers his attempts to understand rather than chastise his son: Through his own experiences, and the help of his eccentric, equally wayward pimp, Tanya.

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'Hung' Goes to the Movies

by Gary Susman, posted Jul 19th 2010 5:30PM
'Battleship Potemkin'In a key scene in last night's episode of 'Hung,' Ray tries to transcend the thoughtless-jock image his kids have of him by taking them to see a movie that "interesting" people would like, and he lets poet/pimp Tanya pick the movie and come along. Big mistake, since the movie ends up being some weird Russian silent art film. Neither Ray nor his teen twins seem to realize that Tanya (and the writers of 'Hung') have tried to expose them to a monumental classic in the history of cinema.

Though no one mentions it, it's clear from the scene they watch that the film is Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 masterpiece 'Battleship Potemkin,' one of the most important and influential films in movie history. It's one of the most famous as well; the sequence of the massacre on the Odessa steps (complete with runaway baby carriage) is so iconic that it's been copied all over the place, from 'The Untouchables' to 'The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult' to 'Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith' to last year's 'Inglourious Basterds.'

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