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HBO's Hung -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 26th 2009 12:02PM

Thomas Jane stars in HBO's new comedy 'Hung.'
Over the span of Hung's first few episodes, Ray Drecker utters a lot of depressing one-liners. Things like "everything's falling apart" and "I used to be a big deal" are common phrases for him. However, as the title of the show suggests, Ray Drecker (played by The Punisher's Thomas Jane) has at least one thing to be very happy about.

The new HBO dramedy is set in Detroit against the backdrop of a financially ruined automotive industry skyline, and as the world crumbles around him, Ray is forced to re-evaluate his life while everything he cares about slowly slips away. It's unsettling and sad, but in some ways, fortuitous ... at least for HBO anyway. Considering the current economic crisis many Americans are experiencing, a lot of people are going to relate to this show. Just probably not to the big penis part.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2009 6:02PM
Andy Richter Controls The UniverseHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Am I a terrible person for not wanting to get Andy Richter Controls The Universe? Not that it was a bad show, it wasn't. It's just not one of those short-lived shows where I say to myself, "boy, I can't wait until that comes out on DVD." I can think of many other short-lived shows on DVD that I would buy before I bought this one. But it's good to see it being released.

I have Room 222 on my shelf but haven't watched it yet.

  • Andy Richter Controls The Universe - Complete Series
  • Charles in Charge - Season 4 (Amazon.com only)
  • The Dog Whisperer - Very Best Of

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Eddie Izzard: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 2nd 2008 11:03AM
Eddie Izzard"Eddie loves doing interviews!" is the bubbly e-mail that came to me as I was trying to arrange a date and time for the following interview with comedian Eddie Izzard. That part didn't surprise me; I've read interviews before where Izzard was engaging and expansive on all sorts of issues. The surprising thing was who the PR person e-mailing me was representing: Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Yes, that's right: Everyone's favorite longshot Presidential candidate has Izzard in his corner as he tries to retain his House seat this week. In fact, this afternoon, Izzard will be interviewing Kucinich at a campaign fundraising event in Cleveland (tickets can still be purchased for the 3 PM ET event). We've heard before that Izzard is interested in politics; but how in the hell did he get involved in Kucinich's congressional campaign? I talk to Izzard about that, and The Riches movie that he seems to think should happen, after the jump.

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FX cancels The Riches

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 8th 2008 9:03AM
The RichesThe Riches was one of those shows that suffered from the p-word: potential. With an interesting story -- a family of Travelers settle into a stolen life as an upper-middle-class suburban family -- and excellent acting performances from Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, the show had the same breakout potential as any of FX's other dramas.

But the show's potential was never realized, either creatively or in the ratings. The show always had trouble balancing dark comedy and intense drama, and it strained to make the audience care about the Malloys, who were dealing with the consequences of stealing the American Dream. At the end of its aborted second season, FX had not committed either way to bringing the show back. Well, now we know: Mike Ausiello of EW confirmed yesterday that The Riches has been cancelled.

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Thomas Jane is Hung

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 1st 2008 2:02PM
Thomas JaneHBO has found the lead for one of their roughly 658 new "Hey, remember how we used to have good TV shows before we started giving you crap like John From Cincinnati? Huh? Do ya?" pilots.Thomas Jane (The Punisher) has been tapped to star in Hung, a one-hour dark comedy about a middle-aged high school basketball coach who figures out a way to use his best asset. Now, I'm no expert, but I'm guessing that the title doesn't mean that his best asset is his ability to tie a wicked hangman's noose.

Hung is a top priority at HBO, as new entertainment president Sue Naegle has made the spec script her first major purchase and first pilot pickup. Written by the creator of The Riches and directed by Oscar winner Alexander Payne (Sideways), Hung marks Jane's first regular TV role. He has, of course, previously made TV appearances, including a stint on wife Patricia Arquette's series, Medium.

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Emmy unveils the Best Drama Actor semifinalists

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2008 5:41PM

Kyle ChandlerAnother day, another list of 10 semifinalists from the Emmys. This time, it's the Best Actor in a Drama.

There are a lot of the usual suspects on the list (which will be knocked down to five nominees in the next round), including actors from Dexter, Mad Men, Grey's Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, and House. One show that's not represented is Lost. I thought Matthew Fox did some great work this season, especially his drunk/screwed-up scenes.

After the jump, the list of the ten semifinalists (also check out those in contention for Best Actress - Comedy, Best Supporting Actor - Drama, Best Comedy, and Best Drama).

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17 comedic actors who moved into dramatic television roles

by Richard Keller, posted May 1st 2008 12:20PM

The comedians who made inwards into drama are featured in this articleAs AOL Television continues their look at the 50 Best TV Comedies -- Ever with their Top 10, we here at TV Squad are also looking at television comedy, but with a slightly skewed difference. Last week, we took a look at the Saturday Night Live cast members from 1996 to 2006 that made it to the big time. This week, we get a bit more serious.

There are those in the industry who say that it is easier to go from acting in a drama to acting in a comedy than it is the other way around. Yet, as you will see from the list we've compiled after the jump, there are plenty of comedic actors who have jumped from the world of comedy films, stand-up comedy, and television sitcoms into the more serious world of drama. In many cases they have had even greater success than they did on the other side of the tracks. There have even been instances where they stayed in the drama genre and never went back to being funny.

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The Riches: The Lying King (season finale)

by Brett Love, posted Apr 30th 2008 8:22AM

Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard - The Riches(S02E07) I debated whether or not I should follow that post title up with a "kind of" or an "unfortunately." Because really, it is unfortunate that season two was cut short by the strike. If we were gearing up to watch the next six episodes of season two, this would have been a pivotal episode.

With Dahlia's breakdown, Didi rebelling against her father, and the growing tension between Wayne and Quinn, things are building nicely. As a season finale though, I'm left feeling disappointed. Still, "The Lying King" did offer up some good bits to the story. More on that, after the jump.
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HBO gets well-endowed with Hung

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 25th 2008 3:01PM
Colette BursonIt seems that everything comes to HBO eventually, and now they're proving once and for all that size really does matter.

In development is Hung, a series revolving around a well-endowed guy who figures out a way to use his sizable assets. A former high school sports legend, now he's slogging through middle age as a dad and high school basketball coach. Things start looking, uh, up when he creates a scheme to add some zest into his life.

Although further details are sketchy at this point, I keep thinking about Weeds, only in this case, maybe it's about a dad who ventures into adult-oriented territory to keep food on the table and pay the bills. Anyone have further intel? It's HBO, so anything is possible.

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The Riches: Dead Caelm

by Brett Love, posted Apr 23rd 2008 8:43AM

Minnie Driver and Eddie Ezzard(S02E06) Here we are, with the next to last episode of the season, and I found it just a little strange. Perhaps I was reading too much into the fact that there is only one more episode to go. Or, perhaps the strike just did more damage to the flow of the season than I am giving credit for. But this didn't feel like an episode setting us up for a big conclusion/cliff hanger. I'm left thinking there are a whole lot of irons in that fire that need to be dealt with next week. While it wasn't what I expected, there were some very interesting developments in Eden Falls this week.
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What's On Tonight: NCIS, Deadliest Catch, Reaper

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2008 4:05PM
  • Boston LegalAt 8, ABC has a new According To Jim.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then a new Big Brother.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Hell's Kitchen.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek at 8, followed by a new Reaper.
  • There's a new Nova on PBS at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then a new Boston Legal.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9.
  • Lifetime has the new movie Queen Sized at 9.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of New York City at 9, followed by the season premiere of Work Out.
  • Sundance has Big Ideas For A Small Planet at 9.
  • MTV has the season premiere of Tila Tequila: A Shot At Love 2 at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Last Restaurant Standing.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • FX has a new episode of The Riches at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Eddie Izzard: Cross-dresser, Traveler... politician?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 21st 2008 10:43AM
Eddie IzzardI guess in a world where a wrestler and an action hero can both be a governors, anything is possible. Eddie Izzard, cross-dressing stand-up comedian who's currently playing Traveler Wayne Malloy on The Riches, is thinking that in ten years or so, he might want to go into politics. Yes, you heard me.

In an interview with Newsweek.com, Izzard feels that he might want to participate in European Union politics. What's his big issue? "People are very worried about sovereignty and the loss of sovereignty. I think the stakes are if we don't make the European Union work, then the world is screwed. End of story."

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The Riches: Trust Never Sleeps

by Brett Love, posted Apr 16th 2008 8:39AM

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(S02E05) Right about now, some of the Malloys should probably be having some second thoughts about returning to Eden Falls. The lure of big money is hard to resist, but it's certainly not going to be easy money. The dark turn to their adventure continues in episode five as we find Dahlia continuing to struggle with her new triple life, Pete causing more trouble for Wayne, and young Cael striking out and getting some story all his own.
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What's On Tonight: According To Jim, Biggest Loser, The Riches

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 15th 2008 4:05PM
  • NCISAt 8, ABC has a new According To Jim.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by new episodes of Big Brother and 48 Hours Mystery.
  • NBC has the two hour season finale of The Biggest Loser at 8, then a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Hell's Kitchen.
  • There's a new Beauty and the Geek at 8 on The CW.
  • TCM has the premiere of Role Model at 8, with Alec Baldwin interviewing Gene Wilder. It's followed by The Producers.
  • Discovery has a Best Of Deadliest Catch Season 3 special at 8, followed by two new episodes.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then a new Boston Legal.
  • PBS has a new Frontline at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Last Restaurant Standing at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new episode of The Riches.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of New York City at 10.
  • HBO has a new Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel at 10.
  • Also at 10: Sci-Fi has a new ECW.
  • At 10:30, A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The Riches: Slums of Bayou Hills

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 8th 2008 11:03PM
The Riches(S02E04) Use any cliché you want: this is the episode where the chickens come home to roost, the shit hits the fan, the bill comes due, the Malloys have to pay the piper, etc. etc. What we do know at the end of this episode is that Wayne is starting to get in over his head, and even he knows that his conning skills are only going to get him so far. He's been able to dig himself and his family out of the messes they've created to this point, but this one is a doozy. Not only is he going up against a guy that's probably an even bigger con artist than he is, but also this guy doesn't have any semblance of a conscience. Talk about a deadly combination.

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