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July 28, 2015


From Jack Bauer to Cylons, How Scripted Television Dealt With Sept. 11

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2011 12:30PM
Given the enormity of what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, it was natural that many television writers would spend the next decade working out what it meant in the stories they told. But the shows that grappled most directly with what it meant to live in a post-9/11 world (and I examine those shows in a bit more depth below) sometimes had a difficult time wrestling with the moral and political complexities of the age while still telling a gripping story. Who knew that a show about killer robots would be one of the most successful shows to combine concerns about terrorism with satisfying character drama?

Of course, in the relatively immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many scripted television shows had episodes or moments that paid tribute to what occurred on Sept. 11, including 'NYPD Blue,' 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing,' among many others (and almost a decade later, 'Fringe' depicted still-standing twin towers in one of its most memorable moments).

Others programs dwelled on our longing for reassurance in a chaotic world in more oblique ways. 'Lost,' after all, depicted a plane crash, a struggle for survival and the difficulty of sustaining relationships in extreme circumstances, and 'Jericho' took our fears about the state of our union and amplified them in a variety of ways.

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Sonya Walger: In the Limelight

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 13th 2008 11:02AM
Sonya Walger
Sonya Walger is a busy actress nowadays. Not only does she guest star from time to time on ABC's Lost as Penelope "Penny" Widmore but she appeared in a few episodes of FOX's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and is starring in HBO's Tell Me You Love Me, show that will return for a second season later this year.

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Drive: The Starting Line/Partners (series premiere)

by Brett Love, posted Apr 16th 2007 6:40AM
The cast of Drive
To be honest, I was sold on this one long before we finally got a look at what the Drive team has been working on all this time. I count myself as a Tim Minear fan, so his involvement was enough to get me interested. Add in a cast including Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Melanie Lynskey (Two And A Half Men), Kevin Alejandro (Sleeper Cell), Kristin Lehman (Tilt), Dylan Baker (The Book Of Daniel), and Taryn Manning (Hustle & Flow), and you really have something.

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 14th 2006 9:48AM
Every Tuesday here on TV Squad , we will highlight the week's TV-on-DVD releases. Some noteworthy releases today, March 14, 2006:

  • sleeper cell All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series - Dogs Undercover; Friends to the Rescue
  • Babylon 5 - The Legend Of The Rangers
  • Columbo - The Complete 4th Season
  • I Dream of Jeannie - The Complete 1st Season: Colorized Edition; The Complete 1st Season: Original Black & White Edition
  • MacGyver - Season 5
  • Multiple Shows - Jimmy Timmy Power Hour 2
  • Murder, She Wrote - The Complete 3rd Season
  • Naked City - Set 3
  • A Perfect Spy (mini-series) - John Le Carre's: A Perfect Spy
  • She Spies: Bad Girls Gone Good - Season 1
  • The Simple Life 3: Interns - Complete Season
  • Sleeper Cell - The Complete 1st Season
  • Speed Racer - Collector's Edition Vol 4
  • V.I.P. - The Complete 1st season

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