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John Lithgow Gives Dramatic Reading of Newt Gingrich Press Release on 'Colbert' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 20th 2011 3:20AM
John Lithgow, 'The Colbert Report'Newt Gingrich has not yet begun to flail! Still trying to recover politically in the eyes of the right after he called Rep. Paul Ryan's health care proposal "right-wing social engineering," he sent out a dramatic press release as an official response to the pundits trying to write him off as a viable Presidential candidate.

But the gravitas of the statement was too much for Stephen Colbert to handle alone on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), so he had John Lithgow come on and emote as impressively as he possibly could in front of a backdrop of a billowing American flag.

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The Gang Sings the Theme Song on 'How I Met Your Mother' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 19th 2011 11:10AM
singing the theme song on 'How I Met Your Mother'Our own Rich Keller recently spotlighted some of the shows that are hanging onto the tradition of the theme song in their intros. After watching tonight's episode of 'How I Met Your Mother' (Monday, 8PM ET on CBS), we couldn't help but wish this show could have been on that list.

Wanting to impress his real father, Barney concocted a series of lies for his friends to make them appear cooler. Jerry was less than impressed with some of what he was discovering, but Barney didn't let up.

In fact, he upped the ante after the introductions were done and announced, "We're also a band!"

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'How I Met Your Mother' Season 6, Episode 21 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 19th 2011 1:00AM
'HIMYM' - 'Hopeless'['How I Met Your Mother' - 'Hopeless']

John Lithgow spilled the beans to us a few weeks ago that he was going to be back as Jerry, Barney's estranged father. And this week's appearance was, as you might expect for a character who's making a return visit, an improvement over the first appearance. Not that Lithgow was bad the last time; he was just more subdued than what we would have expected.

This time around though, we saw a glimpse of the "Crazy Jerry" that Barney's mom banished in 1983. And, even though this episode had a few glaring flaws, Barney's quest to see the "awesome" side of his dad more than made up for that.

Yes, this episode contained a lot of soul searching for the ol' Barnster, which is a touchy subject amongst fans. Some want Barney to grow and change, and some want him to never change. Still others want him to stay the Barney we love, but not become a one-note caricature. As we found out today, Barney's probably just as confused about what he wants to be as the fans are.

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'How I Met Your Mother' Season 6, Episode 19 Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2011 12:00AM
'How I Met Your Mohter'  'Legendaddy'['How I Met Your Mother' - 'Legendaddy']

You've got to hand it to John Lithgow; not only is the man a great actor, but he speaks truth to power.

When I talked to him last week, after CBS very generously provided us with a clip of tonight's episode, he told me that "Even 10 minutes into the show, he's not the father of Barney that you expect."

And, boy, was he right. The sneaky folks at CBS sent us the scene to make us all believe that Jerry, Barney's long-lost dad, was a senior version of Barney; he ordered the same drink, complimented Barney's skinny tie, and was able to pick up a woman like a champ.

But Jerry wasn't like that at all. In fact, he wasn't even close. And it's the reason why this episode was such a satisfying one to watch.

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John Lithgow on Playing Barney's Dad on 'How I Met Your Mother' -- Plus an Exclusive Clip

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 17th 2011 10:00AM
John Lithgow and Neil Patrick Harris on 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Legendaddy'Monday night is a landmark one for fans of 'How I Met Your Mother,' as Barney Stinson (played by the ever-game Neil Patrick Harris) finally comes face to face with his father.

And, instead of his father being Bob Barker, we get someone even better: John Lithgow.

Lithgow plays "Uncle" Jerry, one of the guys that Barney's promiscuous mother had coming around the Stinson house from time to time when Barney was a kid, and then dropped out of his life completely. What we find out during the episode is that a lot of what makes up Barney comes from Jerry, but as Lithgow told me earlier this week, "Even 10 minutes into the show, he's not the father of Barney that you expect."

After the jump is my talk with Lithgow about the role, how welcoming the 'HIMYM' gang is, if people still yell at him for 'Dexter' and if any offers for roles surprise him these days. There's also an exclusive clip from Monday night's episode, and it's a pretty funny one.

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Geoff Stults Signs for 'Bones' Spinoff, Andy Garica Heads to 'The Simpsons' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 28th 2011 5:50PM
Geoff StultsGeoff Stults has grabbed the lead role in 'The Finder,' the 'Bones' spinoff.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Stults will play Walter Sherman, a former member of the military police who has the ability to find anything. The character is based on 'The Locator' books by Richard Greener.

Michael Clarke Duncan is set to play Stults' partner.

In other casting news ...

Andy Garcia will voice a character on 'The Simpsons.' Garcia will voice a character in a parody episode of 'Ocean's Eleven.' [Entertainment Weekly]

John Lithgow will play Barney's biological dad on 'How I Met Your Mother.' Lithgow, who won an Emmy for his work on 'Dexter,' will appear in a February episode. [Hollywood Reporter]

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TV's Best Utility Players: Five Versatile Actors Who Can Do It All

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 18th 2010 5:00PM
In baseball, a utility player is someone who can play several different positions well. These athletes are not usually the stars of the team, but they do whatever grunt work is necessary for the team to shine. Since that level of versatility is rare, those who can move seamlessly between positions are highly admired by their teammates.

While this same characteristic is valued in film stars -- take chameleons Johnny Depp and Gary Oldman, for example -- TV actors, on the other hand, historically perform best when choosing roles of a similar nature. Not anymore.

A number of today's gifted actors are standing out by proving their versatility, nailing dramatic characters as well as sitcom roles. Of those multifaceted actors, here are the five we think are the best utility players on TV.

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Michael C. Hall, Mad Men score Golden Globe awards

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 18th 2010 2:00AM
Mad Men, Golden Globes 2010
Did your favorite actors and TV shows score Golden Globe awards tonight? Let's take a look at how things shook out in the TV categories at the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Mad Men, Best Television Series - Drama.
With competition from Big Love, Dexter, House, and True Blood, I'm really glad I wasn't picking the winner here. They're all fantastic. I wouldn't say that True Blood delivered its best episodes last season, so I don't have a problem with that one not winning (though I'm a big fan of the show). Mad Men is definitely deserving (especially the "lawn mower" episode), although Dexter and Big Love both had great seasons.

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Glee and Breaking Bad top the Satellite Awards

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 22nd 2009 9:01AM
breaking_bad_desertThe winners of 2009 Satellite Awards were announced on Sunday in Los Angeles, and when you look at the winners on the television side, you have to like the choices. Most of these shows and actors have been on our year-end "best" lists, and if I were to guess, I think you'll see many of these names on the Prime time Emmy nomination roster.

The first thing that jumped out to me was Glee. The Fox musical dramedy was a winner in five different categories, including actors Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth -- for her guest role -- recognized. And the show was named Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Seven shows a-thrivin'

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 17th 2009 11:03AM
john lithgowOn the seventh day of Festivus, TV gave to me... Seven shows a-thrivin'.

The 2009-2010 season is a great one to be on TV-- especially for returning dramas and new comedies. If we had 20 days of Christmas, I probably could have filled the list with shows that were either thriving right out of the gate or making a resurgence after being on the air for several years. As it is, we just have seven slots, so here are some noteworthy series that are thriving this year.

I've always liked Dexter, but it's never been appointment TV for me. I've generally been content to wait until the season came out on DVD and knock all of the episodes out in a weekend. However, after a creative dip in season 3, I've found myself positively glued to my television every Sunday night that season 4 has aired. John Lithgow absolutely made the season as the creepy Arthur Mitchell. Plus the finale? I know some of you saw the big twist coming at the end, but I certainly did not. Who doesn't like to end a season with their jaw on the floor?

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Glee, Big Love, Dexter, Modern Family nominated for Golden Globes

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:46AM
Edie FalcoThe Golden Globe Award nominations were announced this morning, and now we can begin all of the "how could they forget my favorite show!" talk. Here are the TV nominees.

Best Drama: Mad Men, Dexter, House, Big Love, True Blood

Best Comedy/Musical: 30 Rock, Modern Family, Entourage, Glee, The Office

Best Actor, Drama: Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Bill Paxton (Big Love), Hugh Laurie (House)

Best Actress, Drama: Glenn Close (Damages), January Jones (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Juliana Margulies (The Good Wife)

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'Dexter' Scores Another Ratings Record

by Daniel Frankel, posted Dec 14th 2009 9:05PM
If John Lithgow can pull it off as a pot-dealing single dad, or a philandering book author, Showtime should definitely consider him for other guest gigs.

The former '3rd Rock From the Sun' star pulled off what has to be one of the more successful series guest turns in modern TV history, with his final appearance as the Trinity Killer on 'Dexter' yielding Showtime's best ratings ever for an original show.

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'Dexter' Stars on Working With Lithgow and What's Ahead in Season 5

by Anna Dimond, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:50PM
As fans reel from 'Dexter''s season 4 finale shocker, several of the show's stars are still savoring their experiences shooting it, and particularly the addition of guest star John Lithgow. The Oscar-nominated actor (and '3rd Rock from the Sun' alum) played this past season's resident baddie, the Trinity Killer -- a religious family man whose charitable works belied his dark side.

"It's been fantastic," said C.S. Lee, who plays show's geeky forensics expert, Vince Masuka. Lee and fellow stars spoke with Aol TV at Sunday's 'Dexter' finale party in Los Angeles. "I knew right from the first three or four episodes in [that] it was going to be great. Having John Lithgow with us -- he's an amazing actor, an amazing guy. And he's so nice in person, that when you see him play this serial killer, it's that much more creepy -- because you're drawn to him, and next thing you know, he's going to chop you on the head with a hammer."

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Celebs who use Twitter

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2009 9:02AM
TwitterI'll admit that I wasn't swayed by the allure of Twitter at first. As someone who tried Facebook for three weeks a couple of years ago and then quickly canceled the account, I didn't want to get on a social networking site that was like Facebook but only had status updates. Why would I want to do that? But then I started using Twitter and then I got it. I got why it's so great (note: I'm on Facebook again, but only because Facebook is the new phone book - even if you don't use it that much, it's good to be listed).

Twitter haters always say the same thing when they explain why they're not on it: "Why would I care when someone's eating a sandwich?" It's so much more than that. I even think it has evolved into something the creators of Twitter could never have imagined. Sure, it's social networking, but not social networking in the sense that Facebook is. It's a whole different thing. It's like getting a stream of e-mails or IMs or breaking news posts throughout the day from people you're actually interested in hearing from.

And that list of people just might include TV personalities.

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'Dexter' Season 4 Episode 12 'The Getaway' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:44AM
Dexter: The GetawayWhat happened on this week's 'Dexter' season 4 episode 12, 'The Getaway' -- in 100 words or less.

'Dexter' ends with a bang ... and a whimper. After an awkward meeting at the station, Dexter pursues Arthur, but a fender bender sidelines him, allowing Arthur to flee.

Debra and crew storm Arthur's house, only to find a bewildered family. Debra learns that Laura Moser was Dexter's biological mother, and Brian -- the Ice Truck Killer -- his brother.

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