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Ricky Gervais Back as Golden Globes Host, a 'True Blood' Vamp on 'Castle' & More TV News

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 28th 2011 1:30PM
Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais made headlines -- most of them not very positive -- for making some racy jokes when he hosted the Golden Globes back in January. Critics said he'd never be invited back after skewering some of Hollywood's biggest stars and even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association behind the awards.

Now Gervais claims that NBC has asked him to return to host the awards again next year. But looks like the joke's on them now, since he's not sure he even wants to do it again.

As for his critics, Gervais had this to say at the Edinburgh International Television Festival: "Just because you are offended doesn't mean you are right. People fall into this myth that I'm a shock comedian. I've never been that. People say I crossed the line but I didn't draw the f***ing line, you did."

He still maintains that his jokes were for the show's 200 million viewers around the world, not for the 200 "most privileged people on the planet" in attendance.

Gervais isn't above turning down good offers -- he claims he also said no to hosting the Oscars ("It's a thankless task for a comedian. They don't want to hear jokes, they want to hear if they have won the most important award of their career."), and to having his own American talk show ("I have been offered it a few times. I got into this business so I didn't have to put a suit on and sit behind a desk five times a week.").

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TNT Cancels 'Men of a Certain Age' (UPDATE: 'Men' Producer Speaks)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 15th 2011 5:05PM
Update: At the end of this post, there are comments about the cancellation from 'Men of a Certain Age' co-creator and executive producer Mike Royce.

In terrible yet not completely unexpected news, TNT has canceled 'Men of a Certain Age.'

In a statement, the network said: "TNT has been proud to be a part of 'Men of a Certain Age' for two seasons. While the show has featured great storytelling and impeccable performances, the audience simply hasn't built to the point where we can continue the series. This was an extremely difficult decision for us. We wish Ray Romano, Mike Royce and the terrific cast and crew of 'Men of a Certain Age' the very best and look forward to exploring new programming possibilities in the future."

Truth be told, this one really hurts. A lot.

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Save This Show: Why 'Men of a Certain Age' Must Get Another Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 11th 2011 10:00AM
I posted my Emmy prediction story Friday, and you may have been surprised by the amount of attention I gave to 'Men of a Certain Age' in that piece.

The real surprise is this: The TNT show, which concluded its terrific second season last week, is in danger of cancellation. And I'm terrified it could die before it gets a realistic shot making an impression on TV viewers.

Despite recently winning a Peabody Award, 'MOACA' may not return next year, which is why I'm hoping that if the show gets some Emmy nods on Thursday, TNT executives will have one more reason to give the drama a third season.

To say it deserves to stick around is the understatement of the year. 'MOACA' is without question one of the best shows on television, and this lovely, bittersweet drama dying now would be like 'Friday Night Lights' going away after its first season. It's simply unthinkable.

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Ray Romano Knew He Was Old When He 'Had to Take a Knee' During Sex (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 1st 2011 5:26AM
Ray Romano, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'TNT's 'Men of a Certain Age' explores the situations that can arise in men during the middle years. It's an area that's never before been grappled so candidly and openly on television, which must be why Ray Romano decided to bare his soul a bit more than usual on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM on CBS).

First, he admitted to doing Pilates. Although, when Craig Ferguson balked a bit at this, he added that afterwards he and his buddy "go out and we punch a cow right in the face." How's that for manly?

But there was a moment when he realized he was no longer a young man. "It was in the middle of [sex]," he told Ferguson. "I actually had to take a knee ... I had to run the clock out."

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Five Reasons to Watch 'Men of a Certain Age' From Star Ray Romano

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 31st 2011 1:45PM
1. The first reason to watch 'Men of a Certain Age'? Well, if you don't want me hounding you -- yes, you personally -- to check out the show's terrific mix of bittersweet humor and low-key but effective drama, then you had better get with the program when 'Men' returns 10PM ET Wednesday on TNT.

2. The second reason to watch the show, which recently won a Peabody Award: Star Ray Romano says it's not hard to jump right in with the new set of six episodes TNT is airing this summer, even if you've never seen 'Men' before.

"It's not too convoluted," the former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' star said in a recent interview. "It's easily catch-up-able."

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'The Office': Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate All Linked With Manager's Job

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 6th 2011 6:15AM
James SpaderSince Steve Carell announced his departure from 'The Office' the race has been on to find a replacement for his character, Michael Scott, as the manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin.

Speculation's rife about who will step up to the plate, and just about every guest star in the current season has been linked with the top job. Most recently, we reported that 'Office' creator Ricky Gervais could be taking over from Carell, but now even more names have been added to the ever-expanding list of nominees.

The upcoming Season 7 finale was already set to be a star-studded affair, with Gervais, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell all having booked guest slots. However, according to TVLine.com, yet another comedic trio has signed on for the episode -- Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate -- and now they're all being linked with the top job.

Is there a grain of truth in the rumors, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

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Joe, Terry Join Owen in Barroom Brawl on 'Men of a Certain Age' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 11th 2011 9:00AM
Men of a 'Certain Age' Have Barroom BrawlIn the mid-season finale of 'Men of a Certain Age' (Mon., 10PM ET on TNT), a stranger at a bar wants the seat next to Owen. He explains calmly that he's holding it for his friend. But the guy sits there anyway.

Owen shoves the stranger from the chair. "Seriously?!" he asks. Owen counters: "Yeah, that's my buddy's seat!" The two start grappling, and when Terry sees them, he joins in. Patrons scatter to the corners, leaving them to throw each other against the tables.

Joe enters the establishment and helpfully gives the guy a running elbow to the chest. Finally the three cronies are kicked out. "We got reservations!" shouts Owen. Joe admits, "I don't even know what happened."

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'Men of a Certain Age': Becoming Invisible to Women (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 28th 2010 8:01AM
'Men of a Certain Age':  Becoming Invisible to Women'Men of a Certain Age' (Mon., 10PM ET on TNT) follows the lives of three men who are experiencing, well, a mid-life crisis. Middle age can be a tough time for everyone involved, men and women both. But on the new episode, Owen (Andre Braugher) encounters a uniquely guy-ish problem. Young ladies no longer see him; rather, they see through him.

Yes, Owen has become invisible to the opposite sex. As he enters the guys' local breakfast joint, two women look right past him -- even as he holds the door open for them. But if Owen is expecting sympathy from fellow middle-agers Joe and Terry (Ray Romano and Scott Bakula), then he's come to the wrong place.

"You guys see that?!" Owen says. No, dude; whether your friends saw it is unimportant. The main thing is that the ladies didn't see you. Owen quickly protests that he used to be hot; girls used to check him out. "No," says Terry. "No," says Joe. " ... No," Terry adds, just to make things even clearer.

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Oscar-Winning Composer Alan Menken Developing Musical Series for ABC, 'Men of a Certain Age' Ratings Slump and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2010 11:30AM
Alan MenkenAlan Menken, the Oscar-winning composer of Disney hits such as 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Little Mermaid,' is at work on a musical series for ABC. This is the third musical show in development at the network.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Menken is teaming with Oscar-nominated lyricist David Zippel and comedy writer Marco Pennette for the new project described as a mix between 'Rent' and 'St. Elmo's Fire.'

The project could feature two or three original songs per episode. It's set to follow a young musician who lives with other artists as the try to make it big.

In other TV news ...

Adrienne Barbeau will guest star on 'CSI: NY.' The former 'Maude' star will play a clinic manager who plays a key role in an investigation. [Entertainment Weekly]

'The Fugitive' producer Alan A. Armer has died. The Emmy winner lost his battle to colon cancer on Dec. 5 at the age of 88. [Hollywood Reporter]

Starz has bought a comedy script from nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse. The project follows a group of people who cross paths during a Los Angeles night. Bolthouse co-created and developed the project with 'Weeds' writer Vanessa Riesen. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Owen Gets Tough with Employees on 'Men of a Certain Age' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 7th 2010 8:35AM
Owen Gets Tough on 'Men of a Certain Age'On the second-season premiere of 'Men of a Certain Age' (Tue., 10PM ET on TNT), Owen attempts to reign over a staff meeting at the dealership, with mixed results.

Marcus, a prize car salesman, gets a phone call and leaves the meeting to take it. Another employee starts texting. Owen tells him, "You put that damn thing away before you're fired." The suddenly hard-ass boss explains the favoritism this way: "You got 30 sales? Because last time I checked, he does 30 sales a month."

Terry watches from the back row, smirking. Owen turns to his friend, points at him and demands, "Lose the bike." Terry's grin disappears.

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Aged to (Near) Perfection: 'Men of a Certain Age' Hit Their Prime

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 6th 2010 4:40PM
I apologize for posting this review of the second season of 'Men of a Certain Age' (10PM ET Monday, TNT) later than I'd planned. The cancellation of 'Terriers' threw a monkey wrench into the middle of my day.

But perhaps that sad news gives me a chance to tell keenly disappointed 'Terriers' fans that there's another show out there that is quite good at examining the lives of men past the first flush of youth, a show that spends quality time on the ins and outs of real friendship.

Even if you've never seen 'Terriers,' or indeed the first season of 'Men of a Certain Age,' you're likely to find something to enjoy in the second season of 'MOACA,' which expertly mines both comedy and drama from life's awkward transitional passages.

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'Talking TV' Podcast with 'Men of a Certain Age' Co-creator Mike Royce

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 6th 2010 11:15AM
A little later today, I'll be posting a review of the fine second season of 'Men of a Certain Age,' which returns to TNT 10PM ET Monday.

If you need some 'MOACA' goodness before then, the Talking TV podcast has an interview with executive producer Mike Royce, who created the series along with one of its stars, 'Everybody Loves Raymond's' Ray Romano. In 'MOACA,' Romano plays Joe, a recently divorced party-store owner who is navigating the tricky waters of middle age with the help of his good friends Terry (Scott Bakula), an aging actor, and Owen (Andre Braugher), the manager of a car dealership.

Royce talked about the evolution of the show from season 1 to season 2 and how 'MOACA' calibrates its finely observed mixture of comedy and drama. (In season 2, the show's combination of those elements feels just right, and there's also a bit more narrative momentum.)

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Casting News: 'Dexter' Actress Joins 'True Blood,' Ray Romano Gets a Girlfriend on 'Men of a Certain Age' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 12th 2010 11:00AM
Courtney FordIt appears the taste of blood Courtney Ford got when she guested on 'The Vampire Diaries' this season whet her appetite for more -- the actress just booked a recurring role on 'True Blood.'

According to Deadline, Ford will play Southern belle Portia Bellefleur, a lawyer who runs her own practice. She also happens to bethe sister of Bon Temps policeman Andy.

Season 4 of the HBO series is scheduled to begin shooting this month, and last week added actress Fiona Shaw to the cast as a medium who is possessed by a witch.

In other casting news ...

Newcomer China McClain will star in the Disney Channel's new live-action comedy series. 'A.N.T. Farm' follows Chyna Sparks, a preteen music prodigy who gets accepted to a special high school music program. [TV Guide]

Benita Robledo will star in the MTV pilot 'Patito Feo,' about a Mexican girl who moves to Florida with her mother. She'll have a run-in with the high school queen bee, setting off an in-school war. [Deadline]

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News Roundup: 'Men of a Certain Age' to Host 'Quantum Leap' Reunion, Ratings Report and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 15th 2010 7:00PM
Scott Bakula'Quantum Leap' fans might want to check out Scott Bakula's 'Men of a Certain Age' when it returns for season 2 this winter. Why? Well, Bakula's 'Quantum' brother David Newsom will guest star on the Jan. 3 episode of the TNT series.

Newsom will play Mark, the brother to Bakula's Terry. According to TV Guide, Mark runs a home systems integration business and is a happily married father of two. Look for Terry to try and reconnect with his brother at his nephew's birthday party.

In other TV news ...

John Larroquette will appear on CBS' 'CSI: NY.' Larroquette has booked a multi-episode arc as Deputy Chief of Manhattan Borough Detectives Ted Carver. Look for Carver to clash with Mac Taylor. [Ausiello Files]

Mare Winningham and Sterling Beaumon, known to many as the young Ben Linus on 'Lost,' will guest star on CBS's 'Criminal Minds.' Beaumon's character, a 15-year-old boy suspected of killing families, is taken in by Winningham's character. The episode is slated to air in October. [TV Guide]

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Emmy Picks: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 21st 2010 4:00PM

For the next few days, I'll be listing the Emmy nominees in the major categories and giving you picks and possible dark horses. Feel free to agree, disagree, and make your own picks in the comments.

Yesterday, I made my pick in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category. Today, I look at their male counterparts in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama category.

Andre Braugher, 'Men of a Certain Age'
Michael Emerson, 'Lost'
Terry O'Quinn, 'Lost'
Aaron Paul, 'Breaking Bad'
Martin Short, 'Damages'
John Slattery, 'Mad Men'

Who will win: As good a year as Aaron Paul had (more on that in a second), I can't see the Academy denying 'Lost' a statue in this category. Both Emerson and O'Quinn did excellent jobs in the series' last season, with its sideways time flashes and seeming parallel universes. And both have won in the past. So this is pretty much a toss-up; I'll give the nod to Emerson because of Dr. Linus' inherent creepiness.

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