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9/11 Anniversary Programming Schedule: What's On This Weekend

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 9th 2011 9:00AM
Twin Towers, USASunday marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Naturally, TV networks of all sizes have compiled a diverse list of tribute programs, news reports and documentaries to commemorate the occasion.

Highlights include Showtime's documentary 'The Love We Make,' a behind-the-scenes look at Paul McCartney's 2001 Concert For New York, which airs Saturday night; CBS's Robert De Niro-narrated '9/11,' which airs Sunday night; and the Melissa Leo-starring film 'The Space Between,' which airs Sunday night on USA.

Below, take a look at most of this weekend's 9/11 programming.

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Seven Drama Actresses on Why They Love TV (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 31st 2011 12:30PM
Emmy RoundtableJulianna Margulies, Connie Britton, Christina Hendricks, Regina King, Melissa Leo, Katey Sagal and Kelly MacDonald walk into a room ... no, this isn't the setup of a lame joke, it's what happened at the Hollywood Reporter's Emmy Roundtable.

These seven talented ladies -- all of them Emmy contenders -- gathered to discuss all things TV.

In the clip below, the women talk about the difference between film and TV work, and why working in TV is easier when you have a family.

"I like them both," Margulies said. "I don't not want to have my kid and I don't not want to have my job, so you make it work. And you sleep when you're dead."

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Melissa Leo Explains Her Oscars F-Bomb on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 20th 2011 4:55PM
Melissa Leo on 'The View'Melissa Leo was understandably excited when she won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 'The Fighter' in February. So excited, she said on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), that she forgot the rules of network television and dropped an F-bomb in the middle of her acceptance speech. She was steady, she said, until she was announced as the winner and was alone onstage and had to speak.

"Then I was at sea, and I tried to start and I knew I had no idea," she said. "I couldn't get a thought in my head." It just slipped out, she said -- not something she meant to do. She noted she has worked in network television and knows you can't use profanity. "I know those rules," she said. "On purpose, never."

Good thing her day job on 'Treme' is on HBO, where she can drop as many F-bombs as she wants.

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Robin Williams on Winning an Oscar: 'English Becomes a Second Language' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 4th 2011 3:14AM
Robin Williams talks the Oscars, 'Late Show with David Letterman' Academy AwardsRobin Williams understands exactly how Melissa Leo came to inadvertantly drop the f-bomb during the Academy Awards. As he explained it on the 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), "The moment they announce your name, English becomes a second language."

As for the f-bomb? "It's not a bomb. No one got hurt." Certainly Williams has colorful language, though he's more prone to manic outbursts than rampant cursing in his television appearances.

He was a bit more subdued here. He also implied that Oscar winners should enjoy their Oscar noteriety while they can. Williams won for 'Good Will Hunting' in 1998. He says there's "about a week where everybody's like -- Hey, 'Good Will Hunting.' way to go! -- 'Good Will Hunting.' Academy Award, way to go."

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Melissa Leo Blames Kate Winslet for Oscars F-Bomb (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 1st 2011 9:45AM
Melissa Leo Blames Kate Winslet for Oscars F-BombMelissa Leo, the actress who dropped a F-bomb during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards, explained the cause of her live gaffe on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

At the start of the interview, Ellen DeGeneres surprises Leo with a swear jar and a tiny pair of earphones to shield her Oscar from any possible profanity. Then, Leo explains that curse words are simply part of her regular vocabulary. "It's part of my vernacular, part of my upbringing," she said.

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Whoopi Criticizes Oscar Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 28th 2011 3:00PM
Whoopi Critcizes Oscar Hosts James Franco and Anne HathawayOn 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), Whoopi Goldberg criticized James Franco and Anne Hathaway for their job of hosting the 2011 Academy Awards. In particular, Goldberg said they failed to understand the dynamics of a live show and didn't take charge of the event.

Goldberg, who has herself hosted the Oscars four times, specifically pointed to Melissa Leo's F-bomb during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, and said that such a gaffe requires strong hosts to keep the show moving forward.

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HBO Passes on Diane Keaton, Ellen Page Pilot, FX Orders 'Powers' Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:07PM
Diane KeatonIt appears Diane Keaton won't be making her TV series debut this season.

According to Deadline Hollywood, HBO passed on its Keaton-starring comedy series, 'Tilda,' loosely based on Deadline blogger Nikki Finke. The show would've followed a powerful but reclusive writer but fell apart despite high-profile names like Keaton, director Bill Condon and producer Alan Poul aboard.

Ellen Page and Jason Patric were also booked to co-star.

In other TV news ...

The latest in comic-to-TV-show news: FX ordered a pilot of 'Powers.' Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, the show follows "two homicide detectives who investigate cases of people with extraordinary abilities." [Entertainment Weekly]

Melissa Leo has apologized for dropping the F-bomb during her Oscars acceptance speech last night. The Best Supporting Actress's flub was the first F-bomb in the history of the Academy Awards. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Shonda Rhimes' previously untitled P.R. pilot has gotten a name and another lead actor. 'Damage Control,' as it's now called, will star Tony Goldwyn as the president. [THR]

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Kirk Douglas Charms Everyone; Melissa Leo Gets Too Excited and Drops an F-Bomb (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 10:24PM
Melissa Leo drops the f-bomb at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' Oscars 2011The Best Supporting Actress award has become notorious in Oscars history for unexpected moments, and 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC) proved no different. First, they brought out Kirk Douglas to present the award, and he proved that, at 94 years old, he's every bit the charmer he was during his film career.

"She's gorgeous!" he said upon seeing Oscars co-host Anne Hathaway, "Where were you when I was making pictures?"

He then gave Hugh Jackman grief for laughing, saying that everyone in Australia seems to think he's funny. "Colin Firth is not laughing," he told Jackman. "He's British."

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SAG Award Winners: 'King's Speech,' 'Fighter,' 'Modern Family' Among the Honored (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 31st 2011 10:57AM
Christian Bale, Dickie Eklund on 'SAG Awards' 2011Among the '17th Annual SAG Awards' winners, 'The King's Speech' took top honors for outstanding male actor (Colin Firth) and cast performance.

'The Fighter' won two of its four nominations, as Melissa Leo and Christian Bale received statuettes. Dickie Eklund, the man whom Bale played in the biopic, surprised him onstage. "How do you like me now?" Eklund joked.

In television, notable wins included Betty White for female actor in a comedy series ('Hot in Cleveland'), and Alec Baldwin's fifth consecutive SAG victory for '30 Rock.'

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Men's Formal Undies Cause Hijinks on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 14th 2011 1:45PM
On 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated), Billy Bush shows off a pair of underwear meant to be worn with formal attire. The underwear looks almost like a normal pair of briefs, except that it features a satin stripe, a cummerbund-inspired waist band and a pouch to, um, cradle more sensitive areas.

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Melissa Leo Sends Best Wishes to Alice Ward, Real-Life Mother of 'The Fighter,' Who's In Hospital After Heart Attack (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 10th 2011 11:40AM
Melissa Leo on 'Good Morning America' Alice Ward, the real-life mother of boxer Mickey Ward, who actress Melissa Leo played in the film 'The Fighter,' is currently in a hospital in Boston recovering from a heart attack. Today on 'Good Morning America' (Weekdays, 7AM on ABC), Leo told Roberts she would be visiting Ward in the hospital tomorrow, and noted that Ward herself, is "a fighter."

Leo also said she couldn't have played Alice without input from the woman herself. She want so far as to ask Ward's permission to accept the role.

"I could not have played her without the time that I spent with her," said Leo. "First of all, I wanted to make sure it was okay with her. She seemed to be okay with it, and we actually got along quite well."

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'Treme' - 'Do You Know What It Means' Recap (Series Premiere)

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Apr 12th 2010 9:26AM
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(S01E01) The opening title cards of David Simon's new HBO series 'Treme' (pronounced "treh-MAY," not "treem") tells you all you need to know: "New Orleans, Louisiana"/"Three Months After." I suppose Simon is saying that if you need to ask what "After" refers to (Hurricane Katrina, of course), then you shouldn't bother. Simon, the writer-producer-creator of 'The Wire' is back, and there isn't a 'Wire' fan alive who wouldn't want to see what he has up his genius sleeve for us this time.

Right away, the shots are close-ups of various jazz musicians, residents and cops preparing for a brass-band parade. There's a funny conversation with a musician negotiating his fee for participating in the main line, and then the parade starts, with its accompanying crowd of reveling second liners.

Late to the parade, because he can't afford the cab fare (a running gag throughout the episode), is perpetually broke trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce, a New Orleans native), who starts playing with a cry of "Play for that money boys, play for that motherf---ing money."

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Melissa Leo Talks 'Treme,' New Orleans and 'Mildred Pierce'

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 9th 2010 5:30PM
Melissa LeoIt can't be easy to be part of the follow-up to what many consider the best show on television ever.

Oscar-nominated actress Melissa Leo could avoid the comparisons, though, since she didn't start watching 'The Wire' until she joined David Simon's new HBO show, 'Treme' (premiering Sun., 10PM ET).

'Treme,' much like 'The Wire,' is the story of a city -- New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina. But unlike 'The Wire,' Simon's new show doesn't focus on the failure of institutions; 'Treme' is the story of characters, many of them musicians, struggling to rebuild their lives. Leo plays attorney Toni Bernette, who is tracking down a missing man, while her professor husband Creighton (John Goodman) rails about the government to anyone who'll listen. The cast also includes 'Wire' veterans Wendall Pierce and Clarke Peters, as well as 'Deadwood' star Kim Dickens, 'CSI: Miami' alum Khandi Alexander and Steve Zahn.

Leo spoke to AOL TV by phone from New Orleans about the great expectations, her bursting movie schedule and the passing of producer David Mills.

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'Treme' Gets Up Close and Personal

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 9th 2010 1:36PM


When dealing with serious and potentially flammable subject matter, especially something as cataclysmic as 2005's Hurricane Katrina, a TV show has to tread carefully. 'Treme', a 10-episode HBO miniseries focusing on post-Katrina New Orleans, does not tread at all. Instead, it dives deep under the floodwaters and resurfaces with the corpses of those dead and gone -- lest we forget the immense tragedy that unfolded there.

Where most shows would exploit the exploitable (the riots, the pillaging, images of dying or dead people, the Dome), 'Treme' takes a raw look at the aftermath through a series of vignettes. The viewer follows different families and individuals as they try to put the pieces back together. Sometimes those pieces are tangible, like the rotting structure of a flood-damaged home, and sometimes they're purely emotional, like the trauma caused by a relative missing for months.

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'Treme' Reviews

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 8th 2010 8:00PM
Set three months after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, HBO's new series 'Treme' follows, quite simply, a loosely-connected network of New Orleans residents as they struggle to pick up their lives in the wake of the disaster.

But given that this is the latest effort from David Simon -- the much-heralded creator of the seminal HBO series 'The Wire' -- this drama proves to be so much more than just that.

Those expecting a Big Easy version of 'The Wire,' however, are out of luck. This is no police drama, and the city's politics are largely unexplored. The series takes its title from Faubourg Tremé, the historic New Orleans neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter thought to be the birthplace of jazz. And the music from this multi-cultural, multi-storied, proud yet battered city pulses like a heartbeat throughout.

There's been no shortage of talent gracing this drama. The ensemble cast includes 'Wire' vets Wendell Pierce (a New Orleans native) and Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Steve Zahn, in his first regular TV series role. Guest appearances from musicians such as Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and Kermit Ruffins lend authenticity.

Nor has there been a shortage of media coverage leading up to 'Treme's April 11 premiere. Sadly, part of that has been due to the unexpected death of one of the team's writers, David Mills. But 'Treme' is also being hailed as more than just another television program: It's an event. While some have noted the series' meandering pace, many critics have been praising Simon and co-creator Eric Overmyer's new series for its ability to immediately transport viewers on a musical journey into the heartbeat and the heartbreak of this weird and wonderful city.

Read what the critics had to say after the jump.

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