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David Simon's Treme gets a teaser trailer and a premiere date

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 11th 2010 2:01PM
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David Simon, creator of The Wire, is shifting his lens from the mean streets of Baltimore to post-Katrina New Orleans with Treme. The HBO series is set in a Crescent City neighborhood rich in Créole and African American history. Unlike The Wire, Treme will tighten its scope to focus on the musicians and working class people living among the city's ongoing reconstruction efforts.

The Wire was a dense and sprawling tale, unearthing corruption and secrets everywhere from grimy back alleys to city hall. Treme's reportedly smaller scope recalls Simon's first series, Homicide: Life on the Street. The pioneering NBC drama centered on the tough and streetwise detectives sweating away at a Baltimore police precinct. Simply put, the show was a masterpiece that offered a rich, compelling and sometimes avant-garde micro-study of overworked cops.

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Best TV of the '00s: News Events

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 3rd 2010 2:03PM

9/11More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. We finish up the series by talking about some of the news events that defined the decade, and how TV covered them.

It seems odd to call the news events of the 00's a "best" list. As we started the 21st century, America seemed to have a different tragedy happening at every twist and turn. There was the Year 2000 bug followed by 9/11 followed by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan followed by Hurricane Katrina followed by the worst recession since the Great Depression. We've also had various celebrity deaths recently including the iconic and controversial Michael Jackson.

The tragedies of the decade were accompanied by revolutionary change. America elected its first African-American President. New forms of media such as social networking arose like a phoenix from the ashes of the old media.

The decade was filled with many ups and downs, possibly more downs. The full repercussions of the events won't likely be acknowledged or analyzed for years or decades to come. Wherever we end up, it will have been one hell of a ride.

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Miami Social: Liar Liar (series premiere) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 15th 2009 8:00AM
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How many reality shows featuring beautiful people going to parties and arguing do we need? How many does Bravo need? I really hate the direction that the cable channel has gone in the past several years. An endless supply of Real Housewives shows, NYC Prep, America's Next Top Model, The Fashion Show, Flipping Out, Make Me A Supermodel, Millionaire Matchmaker, Tabatha's Salon Takeover ... make it stop!

Having said that, did you watch Miami Social? And if so ... why?

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Demme's Katrina documentary to air on PBS starting tonight - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted May 28th 2007 1:04PM

9th ward homeDirector Johnatan Demme obtained over 200 hours of footage of the Katrina aftermath, and the resulting documentary, Right to Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward will air for five consecutive nights on Tavis Smiley's PBS show beginning this evening. You can check for times in your area by clicking here. The series concludes on June 1.

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Paula Abdul to host benefit concert for animal victims of disaster

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Feb 2nd 2007 2:22PM
Paula AbdulAmerican Idol's loopiest and loveliest judge, Paula Abdul, will be hosting a star-studded benefit concert for the organization In Defense of Animals on Saturday, February 17. The event, which will raise money for animals affected by Hurricane Katrina, is scheduled to take place at Historic Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California.

Tickets for the event cost $275 per person. The $1000 "Dinner Package" includes two VIP concert tickets, seating, and VIP Sponsor Celebrity Reception. A list of participating artists can be found here.

If I wasn't 3000 miles away (and if had a butt-load of extra cash lying around), I'd probably check out this event, because A) I do love animals, and B) I really would like to see Paula Abdul live and in person. I'm just as curious as a cat to see how Paula behaves in public, away from the swirling confusion brought on by the taunts of her co-judges, and other "technical difficulties."

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Fox greenlights post-Katrina cop drama

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 24th 2007 1:41PM
foxFox gave the green light to a pilot about cops living and working in post-Katrina New Orleans. It's one of four Katrina-related projects that were being pitched to networks for the next television season, but it's the only one that is moving forward. K-Ville is an hour-long drama that tells the stories of the police officers who stayed behind when the hurricane hit.

Other New Orleans-themed shows include two more cop shows based in the city that ABC passed on, and one called NoLa that NBC passed on even with the possibility that Spike Lee would direct the pilot. It's surprising, really, that K-Ville made the cut because the crisis in New Orleans continues. If nothing else, maybe it will renew the public's interest in that very damaged city.

[Via TV Tattle]

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The Daily Show: October 2, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Oct 3rd 2006 6:20PM
Jon Stewart"Foley Erect" (unsurprisingly, that garnered a lot of groans from the audience): Mark Foley's a sick, sick bastard and the media had no trouble thinking up ways to make him seem like a sick, sick, sick bastard. That one-handed typing business was pretty gross. Ugh. I probably would have laughed a little harder at the "Nudge, Nudge" clip (actually, I was wearing my Monty Python t-shirt while watching TDS... yes, I have a Monty Python shirt) if I hadn't been twisting uncomfortably in my seat. Ughh. Foley. Gross. I even made the mistake of reading his instant messaging conversation, out of sheer morbid curiosity. Stupid thing to do. Kind of wanted to throw up afterward.

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What's on tonight: Prison Break, Vanished, Saved, U.S. Open, Kyle XY

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 28th 2006 4:49PM
  • Life on MarsAt 7, USA has U.S. Open coverage, with Andre Agassi playing. USA has coverage for the next two weeks, from 11am to 5pm, then a dinner break, then 7:30pm to late night.
  • At 8pm, FOX has a new Prison Break, followed by a new Vanished.
  • NBC has a new special at 8, Katrina: The Long Road Back.
  • There's a new Kyle XY at 8 on ABC Family.
  • At 9, TNT has a new episode of The Closer, followed by a new episode of Saved.
  • Lifetime has a new mystery movie at 9, Circle of Friends.
  • If you missed the Emmys last night, Bravo reruns it at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Life On Mars at 10.

By the way, if you're wondering when the new season starts for all the shows, check out Rich's list here.

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A star is born on Celebrity Poker Showdown

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2006 10:46AM
Finally, a non-celeb takes down the celebs on Celebrity Poker Showdown.

Ida Siconolfi, who won the Bravo online tournament to get a seat in last night's show, played a fantastic game to beat Fred Savage, Jennifer Tilly, Doug E. Doug, and Brett Butler, and will now go on to the championship match later this season.

When I heard that Bravo was going to pick a regular viewer to get a seat on Celebrity Poker Showdown, I thought it would be some online gaming geek or some really obnoxious person who would try to outdo the celebs when it came to over the top humor.  Not so. Ida proved to be classy, quiet, and one of the top players that has ever been on the show.

I might even have to root for her in the championship game.

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South Park wins a Peabody

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 6th 2006 11:28AM
south parkHell must've frozen over for some people last night when South Park was given its first Peabody award. The Daily Show host, and former Peabody winner, Jon Stewart played emcee at the University of Georgia event in New York. When introducing Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, Stewart complimented them on their "ability to keep the show fresh and hilarious" after 10 seasons. Parker and Stone reportedly kept their acceptance speeches brief. Parker swore when talking about artistic responsibilities and Stone professed his love for fellow winner, Battlestar Galactica.

The University of Georgia gives out the awards for "distinguished acheivement and meritorious service". Also winning Peabodys were The Shield, Boston Legal, and NBC News for its Hurricane Katrina coverage (Brian Williams personally accepted).

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The Daily Show: March 7, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 8th 2006 4:19PM
Jon StewartJon's back on from his Oscars gig. Oh, Jon, how we've missed thee. After putting down his Hollywood sunglasses, cellphone, and Blackberry, Jon talked about the mixed reviews over his performance ("I sucked... and was great!"). He's usually pretty hard on himself (I remember him uttering, "I am a loser" after one of his jokes during the Oscars) so it was good to hear that Jon said that he had a great time. Audience may or may not have enjoyed his performance as host... it all depended on which cutaways you saw (Jamie Foxx laughed it up, Joaquin Phoenix offered nothing but cold stares). Well, for what it's worth, I thought Jon did a fantastic job with what he had. I really loved the "attack ads" that Stephen Colbert voiced. Jon even showed another attack ad that they pulled at the last minute about monkeys in the biz, out of fear of an uprising resulting in a Planet of the Apes world. It's practical thinking.

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Idol lies

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2006 2:00PM

aiDid you enjoy the American Idol auditions last night, from Austin, Texas? Here's some odd news for you:

They weren't filmed in Austin, Texas!

That's right. Seacrest did his intros, etc from Austin, but actual audtions took place in San Francisco, because Hurricane Katrina/Rita evacuees were in Austin at the time. So they flew the contestants to San Francisco and had them audition for the judges there.

Now, this isn't a big deal, but why not say it during the telecast?


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