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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'Wire' Star Dominic West on the Killer 'Adult' Role That Could Have Wrecked His Career

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 2nd 2011 10:00AM
'Appropriate Adult,' a British film airing Dec. 10 on Sundance Channel, is a fascinating and tremendously well-acted look into the heart of darkness. It features Dominic West and Emily Watson doing some of the best work of their careers, and it was well received when it aired in the U.K. earlier this year (the Guardian called it "mesmerizing").

But for a number of understandable reasons, West, who is best known for his leading roles in 'The Hour' and 'The Wire,' thought the role might capsize his career.

"It was something everybody advised me not to do -- certainly my wife didn't want me to do it," West said in a recent phone interview from his home in London. "It was not a popular decision in the press here until people had seen the film."

In 'Appropriate Adult,' the actor plays notorious serial killer Fred West, who, with his wife, Rosemary, murdered more than a dozen young women, including members of their own family, during the '60s and '70s. Many feared a film about Fred West would somehow glamorize the couple or otherwise minimize the damage they did to the victims and their families.

But West said the script by Neil McKay convinced him that the film offered him "a very well-written, very challenging role that I felt I couldn't give up even if it was to ruin my career, which I don't think it has yet." [See West's performance for yourself in the exclusive clip below.]

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Attorney General Eric Holder Demands 'The Wire' Return for Sixth Season

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 1st 2011 1:15PM
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder took a break from prosecuting terrorists and white collar criminals to plead for more episodes of 'The Wire,' the critically acclaimed Baltimore crime drama from Ed Burns and David Simon. Holder said he'd also settle for a movie.

Speaking at an Interagency Drug Endangered Children Task Force event, Holder made his demands clear, according to the Washington Examiner.

Holder joked: "I want to speak directly to Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon, do another season of 'The Wire.' I want another season, or a movie. I have a lot of power." As cool as more 'Wire' episodes would be, the power of the executive branch is limited. We suggest Mr. Holder get into David Simon's most recent TV work, 'Treme'.

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'House' Faces Budget Cuts, Mark Burnett to Produce Emmys and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted May 5th 2011 2:30PM
HouseWhy is Fox waiting to renew 'House,' its top-rated drama? Well, the show needs to cut its budget by 20 percent.

According to Deadline, Fox is trying to cut the license fee with Universal Media Studios, attempting to bring each episode around the $5 million mark to produce.

However, UMS reportedly cannot produce 'House' in its current incarnation on just $5 million. The network and studio are not budging. 'House' brings in more than $1 billion in syndication, Fox license fees and international rights.

Cast members Lisa Edelstein, Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps are in talks to return for the eighth and possible final season. The trio make around $175,000 per episode and could see that and their episode order reduced. Hugh Laurie's $400,000 per episode salary will not be touched.

In other TV news ...

'The Wire' star Seth Gilliam will stop by 'The Good Wife.' Gilliam will appear in the season 2 finale as a man on trial for murdering a judge. [TVLine]

Mark Burnett will produce the Emmy Award ceremony on Fox. Burnett, who is an Emmy winner himself, has produced the MTV Movie Awards and People's Choice Awards. The ceremony will air on Sept. 18. [LA Times]

Former 'Doctor Who' star Christopher Eccleston will not return for a 50th anniversary special. Graham Norton asked Eccleston if he'd take part in any special, to which he responded "No. Never bathe in the same river twice." [Blastr]

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Mashup: A Salute to Butt-Kicking TV Women (VIDEO)

by Avaryl Halley, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:20PM
Yesterday was the last day of Women's History Month, bringing to an end AOL TV's month-long celebration of Women on TV.

We've had tribute lists and graphics, but we wanted to go out with a bang: a mashup! What better way to salute some of the most iconic and powerful woman in television history than with a video of them in action?

Below you'll find one awesome video -- if we do say so ourselves -- of fierce females in action. There's plenty of canceled Joss Whedon goodness and soapy slaps to satisfy everybody.

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'Eastbound & Down' Will End After Season 3, 'Hawaii Five-0' Cast Safe from Tsunami and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 11th 2011 2:06PM
Danny McBrideLooks like Kenny Powers will be riding into the sunset sooner than we thought.

'Eastbound & Down' star Danny McBride and co-creator Jody Hill told the audience at the show's PaleyFest 2011 panel yesterday that they don't foresee anything past a third season for the show, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"We never really had an interest in turning the show into anything traditional," McBride said. "We approach each season like it's one long movie."

Season 3, which McBride and Hill are writing right now, will most likely air in 2012.

In other TV news ...

The 'Hawaii Five-0' cast is safe and sound on high ground in Hawaii following the major earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Also reportedly safe: '90210' stars Jessica Stroup and Shenae Grimes, who are in Japan, and Jimmy Kimmel, who is vacationing in French Polynesia. [EW]

TNT announced the summer premiere dates for its original shows. Mon., July 11 will see the seventh season of 'The Closer' and the second of 'Rizzoli & Isles.' 'Memphis Beat' and 'HawthoRNe' will premiere on Tues., June 14, and 'Leverage' will bow on Sun., June 26. 'Men of a Certain Age' and the debut of 'Franklin & Bash' will air on Wed., June 1. Finally, the two-hour premiere of 'Falling Skies' will occur on Sun., June 19. [TV Guide]

Steve Carrell's impending departure from 'The Office' is becoming all the more real now that NBC has set his exit date. Carrell's last episode will air April 28. [EW]

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'The Office' Adds New Characters, Lee Majors to Guest on '$#*! My Dad Says' and More

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 18th 2011 8:30AM
Lee MajorsLast week we reported that Steve Carell will be leaving 'The Office' early. Now we hear that execs are looking to add some new characters to the cast later this season. And the search is on for an actress to play Stanley's previously unseen adult daughter.

According to TVLine.com, exec producer Greg Daniels has confirmed that casting is underway for the recurring role, which may be expanded to a regular spot. "We're trying to take Steve's departure as an opportunity to shake things up and add some new characters," said Daniels.

He added that Carell's exit will give the supporting cast a chance to shine. "For Michael not to take up the A story in every episode means that a lot of them are getting the A stories now."

More casting news, including Lee Majors on '$#*! My Dad Says' and 'Lost' alum Michael Emerson on 'Parenthood' after the jump ...

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Michael B. Jordan on Final Season of 'Friday Night Lights,' What's in Store for Vince and the Legacy of Wallace

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Oct 26th 2010 2:30PM
Every now and again, TV is blessed with an actor that possesses an indisputable charisma. Whether he's playing a young boy (Wallace) caught up in the drug trade on 'The Wire' or struggling to survive as a Texas high school quarterback on 'Friday Night Lights,' Michael B. Jordan is absolutely electric onscreen.

Now 23, Jordan has grown into a mature young man, and he has laid the groundwork for future roles with his sincere portrayal of the troubled East Dillon QB, Vince. TV Squad had the chance to chat with Jordan about his stint on 'The Wire,' this final season of 'Friday Night Lights,' and why we should all keep some tissues handy.

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'The Wire' Would Make An Awesome Comic Book

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 15th 2010 4:30PM
Comic artist Dennis Culver has been drawing one character a day from 'The Wire' and now has an impressive collection on his Flickr stream and Tumblr.

He's smart to pull from perhaps the best group hard-nosed characters ever assembled. Almost three years after its final season, 'The Wire' continues to make our headlines. More and more people are casually referencing the show's memorable scenes and lines. Its endurance in pop culture proves its worth as a drama series.

That is why 'The Wire' should live on in other forms. After seeing Culver's illustrations, a graphic novel or comic book series seems like a perfect way for these characters to live on. It would be too difficult to reassemble the cast for a movie, plus the story lines are too complex.

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The Wire' Monopoly Game: Still Just in Fans' Dreams

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 7th 2010 5:50PM
It's all in the game, yo. The Monopoly game.

When we read on The Poke that the epic crime drama 'The Wire' had been immortalized in a Monopoly game, it was a dream come true. Imagine rolling the dice, buying "The Pit," landing on Avon Barksdale's corner.

Unfortunately, The Poke is England's version of The Onion, and this 'Wire' Monopoly game doesn't exist.

As Clay Davis would say ... uh, "$#iiiiiieeeeeeet!"

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'The Wire' and 'Treme' Creator, David Simon, Awarded "Genius" Grant

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 28th 2010 9:15AM
David SimonFans of 'The Wire' have hailed him as a genius for years, but now it's official. It was announced Tuesday that David Simon is among 23 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation $500,000 "Genius" Grants.

As reported by Reuters, Chicago's John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation unveiled its annual list of scientists, scholars, artists and musicians surprised with the no-strings-attached stipends to be paid over five years. Simon's fellow recipients this year include a high school science teacher, a marble sculptor, a marine biologist and a calligrapher.

In a statement, Daniel Socolow, Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, said that, "These are women and men improving, protecting, and making our world a better place for us all. This program was designed for such people -- designed to provide an extra measure of freedom, visibility, and opportunity,"

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'Treme' - 'I'll Fly Away' Recap (Season Finale)

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Jun 21st 2010 6:20AM
Treme season finale (S01E10) The season finale of 'Treme' certainly had a good bit of "daddy" issues infused into it, so it's fitting that it aired on Father's Day.

As with 'The Wire,' David Simon finished the season with a fantastic episode that wrapped up continuing story lines and started entirely new ones. I laughed (at Davis and Antoine), I cried (for Toni and LaDonna), and I heard some amazing music from the New Orleans greats we've met during the past nine episodes.

I know a few of you wondered whether Creighton really died after his mysterious "now you see him, now you don't" moment on the ferry. But now we know for sure, and what an emotional, well-executed scene it was when the detectives tell Toni his body was found in the river. The way we hear Sofia's screams as the detectives leave the Bernette house is heartbreaking and raw, and provides a perfect contrast to Toni's controlled, understated response.

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10 TV Characters Who Need a Spin-off Series

by Ryan McKee, posted Jun 13th 2010 5:00PM

This summer's return of 'True Blood', 'Entourage' , 'Rescue Me', 'Mad Men' and 'Weeds' has us excited, but worried. Some of these series are winding down and some kill off characters without warning. What will become of our favorite characters? We've recently lost so many and we still haven't gotten over some losses from the past.

If 'Family Guy' can spin off 'The Cleveland Show' and 'Battlestar Galactica' can birth 'Caprica,' then these 10 (or 11) characters deserve their own spin off series.

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Want to Play Paintball With the Cast of 'The Wire'? Here's How

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 9th 2010 3:00PM
The WireInstead of popping in your DVDs and fondly remembering HBO's 'The Wire,' why not go bond with the cast during a game of paintball?

Yep, it's true. The cast of 'The Wire' is reuniting in New York for 'The Wire: Paintball Edition' for actor Jamie Hector's (Marlo on the acclaimed series) non-profit youth organization Moving Mountains.

The tournament will pit cast members against each other as The Streets Vs. The Law. Players include but are not limited to Michael K. Williams (Omar), Sonja Sohn (Kima), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), Anwan Glover (Slim Charles).

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'Treme' - 'At the Foot of Canal Street' Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted May 3rd 2010 8:03AM
John Boutte in HBO's Treme
(S01E04) Antoine perfectly captures the theme of tonight's 'Treme' episode (and, OK, the entire series so far) when he sings the line "I have roamed this whole wide world over, but New Orleans is still my home" while waiting at the E.R. It's the first post-Katrina Christmastime in New Orleans, and everyone is far from jolly: Albert is denied his insurance claim; Davis's car gets busted into; Creighton gives the entire country a "F--k you"; Ladonna still doesn't know where her brother is; and Janette is screwed by the utility company.

What was most compelling about tonight's story was the three men -- Delmond, Sonny, and Antoine -- who find themselves away from New Orleans for very different reasons. While Delmond lives it up in New York City with his girlfriend Jill (how funny that both he and his father were chatting up ladies in this episode) and has no intention of returning home, Antoine, the native son, and Sonny, the Amsterdam expat, are desperate to make a living in the city they call home but venture to Baton Rouge and Houston, respectively.

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'Treme' Some Tough TV to Watch

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:31AM


I am one of those people you meet at parties who tries to convince you to rent 'The Wire', and may even offer to loan you my DVD sets if you seem interested. I might not know your name, but give me your address and I'll drop them by, possibly with some handwritten notes about my favourite moments.

You've met people like me, I'm sure. And right now, people like me are trying to figure out if the new show from the creator of 'The Wire' is going to be as important to us. In case you missed the hype, it's called 'Treme' (pronounced 'Tray-may') and it's set in New Orleans about three months after Hurricane Katrina.

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