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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 25th 2010 12:05PM

With the Emmy awards just days away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

Yesterday, I discussed the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy category. Today we look at some funny guys in the Best Lead Actor in a Comedy category.

Nominees:
Alec Baldwin, '30 Rock'
Steve Carell, 'The Office'
Larry David, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
Matthew Morrison, 'Glee'
Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Tony Shalhoub, 'Monk'

Who will win:
There are three two previous winners in this category (four, if you count David's Comedy Series win for 'Seinfeld,') so there are lots of places the Academy can go if they want to play it safe. I can see them giving it to Alec Baldwin again, even though '30 Rock' didn't have the strongest season, though Shalhoub might get the votes as a tribute to the end of 'Monk''s long run. But the Academy loves the fact that they can give a comedy award to a guy who is still thought of in some circles as a dramatic actor. So Baldwin will take it.

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How USA Network Found its Groove

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 31st 2010 12:00PM
How did USA become basic cable's most popular channel? They found a formula that works, and they stuck with it.

This week sees the season premieres of USA's 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' (Tuesday's debut, introducing a new detective played by Saffron Burrows, marks the beginning of season 9) and 'In Plain Sight' (starting its third season on Wednesday). Both series feature USA doing what it does best: offering quirky crimefighters who nail bad guys even as their own lives are falling apart.

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New TV on DVD for Mar. 16: 'Monk,' 'South Park' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 16th 2010 10:00AM
With the Academy Awards in the rear view mirror, retailers are finally clearing out all the movie award wannabes from their DVD shelves and making room for a new batch of high profile TV releases instead. Not that you'd know the difference from watching the Oscar broadcast last week; after all, with Alec Baldwin hosting and presenters like Miley Cyrus and Tina Fey, this year's ceremony seemed more like the Emmys (or the Kids' Choice Awards) than the Oscars anyway.

The side effect of the last few weeks of DVD sales being dominated by the movie business, though, is an unusually strong batch of TV shows all arriving at once. So who will come out on top of the TV DVD battle this week? Our money is on 'Monk' to land first prize, especially since 'Monk: Season Eight' marks the final release for the beloved series and includes the all-important finale, which finally wraps up the mystery of who killed Monk's wife.

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2010 6:06PM
South ParkHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

At first I thought 'C.O.P.S' was the long-running FOX show, but then I saw that it was only Vol. 2 and it was spelled, well, 'C.O.P.S' and realized it was another show, an 80s show about cyborg cops in the future. I barely remember it (in fact, I think I remember the logo and the toys that came from it, but that's it).

But there's a new 'MST3K!'

  • 'The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog' - Vol. 3
  • 'Breaking Bad' - Season 1 (Blu-Ray) and Season 2
  • 'C.O.P.S.' - Vol. 2

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Virginia Madsen to Star in ABC's 'Scoundrels'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 2:03PM
Virginia MadsenWhen I first heard about this show, I could have sworn I had heard something about it before, only with another star attached to it and not Virginia Madsen. Turns out there was another version of 'Scoundrels' that ABC attempted, a couple of years ago, only it had Catherine O'Hara in the lead role and it was called 'Good Behavior.'

'Scoundrels' is based on a New Zealand show, 'Outrageous Fortune,' and Madsen will star as the mother/head of a family of crooks who decides that they all need to go straight after the dad is put in prison. I'm going to assume that things don't go smoothly and their criminal pasts will catch up to them in some way. But this sounds like it could be a fun show, sort of like 'The Riches' and maybe a hint of the USA show 'Cover Me' (which I really liked - it was canceled way too early).

This won't be a permanent series though. Right now it's going to be an eight episode summer show.

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Gary Cole to Star in Pilot by 'Monk' Creator

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 11:40AM
Gary ColeUh, yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaah, from this TBS report it looks like Gary Cole is going to be starring in a new hour-long comedy from Andy Breckman, the creator of 'Monk.' It's about a veteran Philadelphia cop who has to train his goofy nephew partner. Maybe it will be a modern 'Andy Griffith Show' (only Barney and Andy were cousins). It's called 'Uncle Nigel,' and Cole will be playing Nigel.

Cole is a really underrated actor. He just seems to bop along over the decades in role after role, but if you look at what he's done it's been pretty fantastic, from his role in the NBC drama 'Midnight Caller' (which I think was a little ahead of its time and would fit in nicely today) to a terrific Robert Reed impression in the 'Brady Bunch' movies to his classic role in 'Office Space' and 'The West Wing' (above).

Yeeeeeeeeaaaaah, if you could get this TBS show on the air as soon as possible, that'd be great. Thanks.

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Best TV of the '00s: Comedic Actor

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 3rd 2010 11:01AM
neil_patrick_harris_cbsMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the funniest actors of the last ten years.

If you want to be a great comedic actor, you can never let on that you know you're being funny. Your character never knows what the joke is. That's why Rodney Dangerfield was a great, legendary stand-up comedian, and a fairly poor comic actor.

Everyone on this list excels at the comedic poker face. Steve Carell and Ricky Gervais, in their Office boss characters, don't know that most of the rest of the office is laughing at them. Or at least they don't understand why. Stephen Colbert, despite all of the attention The Colbert Report have received, may be the most underrated comic actor, because the character is so seamless, sometimes it's hard to tell it's a character. Shatner is a legend for playing campy with a poker face. And Neil Patrick Harris as a cad? A straight cad? Perfect.

Here are a few of our favorite comedic actors from the past decade, and may their characters never realize the joke's on them.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Series finales

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 23rd 2009 4:03PM
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I don't think anyone cried over the cancellation of According to Jim, which managed to stay on the air seemingly due to some kind of deal with the devil, for eight cruel seasons. But 2009 also saw the end of some of our favorite shows here at TV Squad.

Some of these series finales left us in tears, some of them sparked debate, and a few even left us wondering, "what did I just watch?"

After the jump you'll find a list of six notable series finales for 2009. Feel free to share your thoughts about the finales in the comments, and don't forget to tell us about your favorites that didn't make the list. (And needless to say, there be spoilers below!)

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Eight stars a shinin'

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 16th 2009 10:02AM
jane_lynch_gleeOn the eighth day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... eight stars a shinin'!

There are a lot more than eight wonderful stars shining in the TV pantheon for 2009, but these eight are a remarkable bunch who have been exemplary this past year. They've left us with memories that'll last long after this Festivus has ended. So, in no special order, here are the eight stars a shining from the year gone by.

1. Jane Lynch. If the Emmy doesn't already have Jane Lynch's name engraved in a statuette for Glee, it will by the time the awards are handed out. Lynch has been the perfect villain, the villain you love to hate. But if she were just a one-note nasty, it wouldn't work. Lynch has shown the other side of Sue Sylvester. Her "swing" date showed Sue in love, and her visit to her sister Jean was a soft earthquake emotion. Jane delivers week in and week out. Her star is glowing.

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Tony Shalhoub talks post-Monk

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 9th 2009 7:02PM
If I were in Tony Shalhoub's shoes right now and I was facing the end of a long-running show that helped make me a star, I would spend just about everyday sitting in a corner in the fetal position, rocking back and forth and mumbling to myself.

But that's not Tony. The Monk star had a nice, candid chat with the folks from Sling about Monk's past impact on television and the future of his career, which includes a few films and some interesting choices for producing. As for another Monk reunion, well, Tony says "never say never."

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'Monk' Series Finale Earns 9.4 Million Viewers

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 7th 2009 11:47AM
The case of the highest-rated cable show in history has finally been solved, and the perpetrator was a familiar figure: 'Monk.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Monk,' which aired it's series finale last Friday, went out with a bang, bringing in a whopping 9.4 million viewers, including an impressive 3.2 million in the key 18-49 demographic. Those numbers make the 'Monk' finale the highest-rated scripted drama in the history of cable television, besting the previous high-water mark of 9.2 million viewers set by TNT's 'The Closer.'

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Who Killed Trudy? (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 7th 2009 11:15AM
The truth behind wife Trudy's death is finally revealed and her killer is brought to justice on the terrifically satisfying 'Monk' series finale.

Fearing his time is short due to a mysterious case of slow poisoning, Monk feels compelled to open a Christmas gift given to him by Trudy. The package, which has been sitting on his mantle since his wife's death, contains a videotaped confession revealing an illicit affair with a judge, and the birth of a baby girl.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Mr. Monk and the series ending ratings record

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 7th 2009 10:28AM
monk_natalie_usaTelevision history will show that when USA's obsessive-compulsive detective series Monk ended its eight-season, it went out in a dramatic way. I won't tell you what happened on screen in case it's still in your DVR and you haven't watched it yet. But off screen, Mr. Monk had a happy ending.

The final episode of Monk was seen by approximately 9.4 million total viewers, nearly a third in the all-important 18-49 adult demographic. Obviously, a lot of people cared about how Adrian Monk would say goodbye.

The ratings were not only impressive, there were legendary. The largest number of viewers and demo of any drama series ever on cable. It surpassed TNT's The Closer.

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Psych does Private Eyes like Hall and Oates

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 6th 2009 4:00PM
psych_james_brolin_westThey're at it again! This time instead of Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney doing "Ebony and Ivory," Shawn and Gus are re-creating Hall and Oates doing "Private Eyes." And this time, the rest of the cast are included as private eyes, too.

The Psych team is nothing if not original when it comes to their promotions. The only thing missing in this one is a pineapple.

Before taking a look at the video, just a reminder that Psych is coming back on Wednesday, January 27 at 10 p.m.

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Seven questions about the Monk finale

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 5th 2009 7:05PM
monk_team_copsA few more questions about the Monk finale before it disappears into TV immortality. Just some niggling thoughts that weren't really addressed in the two-part wrap up.

1. Why did Joey Kazarinski choose to kill Monk with poison?
Joey was a killer for hire. He used a bomb to kill Trudy, but shot Dr. Nash. They never said how Wendy Stroud was killed, just that she was buried under the sundial at the judge's house. So, when the judge offered Joey another payday -- killing Monk -- why didn't Joey choose a direct approach and shoot Adrian? Or he could have blown up Monk's apartment. There were any number of ways to kill him, but poisoning the wipes was perhaps the most complicated. And a ricin derivative? How did he manage to acquire that? If it had been arsenic or something, that could have been bought at a hardware store. They never really explained the poison or the reason for that method of murder.

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