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PGA Awards: Showtime Leads With Noms for 'Dexter,' 'Weeds'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Nov 30th 2009 6:02PM
Showtime got the most love today from the Producers Guild of America (PGA), as the guild announced nominations for television series (scripted and non-fiction). Showtime leads with four nominations ('Dexter,' 'Californication,' 'Weeds,' and the non-fiction 'This American Life.' AMC, Bravo, CBS, NBC and HBO each netted two nominations.

The nominated shows are listed below in alphabetical order by category:

Danny Thomas Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Comedy
'30 Rock' (NBC)
'Californication' (Showtime)
'Entourage' (HBO)
'The Office' (NBC)
'Weeds' (Showtime)

Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award in Episodic Television - Drama
'Breaking Bad' (AMC)
'Dexter' (Showtime)
'Lost' (ABC)
'Mad Men' (AMC)
'True Blood' (HBO)

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Reminder - Joss Whedon is coming to a theater near you in April

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 30th 2009 1:38PM
joss whedon this amrican lifeNo, you didn't miss a scoop about a Serenity sequel or that long-rumored Buffy movie finally getting made. Mr. Whedon will appear in a special live simulcast performance of Chicago Public Radio's This American Life on April 23.

The program will beam into 400 movie screens nationwide and will feature TAL host, and Buffy fan, Ira Glass and guests sharing stories connected by a central theme, "Return to the Scene of the Crime." The simulcast will feature show regulars Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, Mike Birbiglia, David Rakoff and Dave Hill along with Dollhouse producer Whedon who will deliver a "special musical performance."

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This American Life now on iTunes

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 3rd 2007 6:20PM

this american lifeSome very cool news for fans of This American Life, the Showtime version of the long-running public radio mainstay. The first season of the series is now available on iTunes for $1.99 per episode (six episodes total) or $10.99 for the whole season. You can also download the radio version for free, just in case you didn't know.

I'll admit I didn't get into This American Life, the radio series or the TV program, until recently after hearing for many years how compelling and well-made it is. Those people were right, and it's become a permanent fixture on both my Tivo and my iPod. If they made a This American Life pamphlet, I would subscribe to that, too.

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This American Life -- an early look

by Kevin Kelly, posted Feb 23rd 2007 11:03AM
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As we've previously reported, This American Life is coming to Showtime, and we were lucky enough to get a look at the first four episodes. It's no secret that I had high hopes for this show, and was all set to have them crushed, trampled, and stomped upon. However, I'm happy to report that that my hopes are still intact, at least after having seen four episodes. There's still room for my hopes to be smashed into a million crystalline fragments down the road.

First off, if you've never heard an episode of This American Life, it's high time that you head to iTunes and subscribe to their podcast. It's one of the best radio shows I've ever heard, and presents stories from Americans that you'll never hear anywhere else. It's pure documentary work where the hosts and interviewers don't overshadow the subjects, and features as much humor as it does touching drama. A real gem on the radio dial, and it's a labor of love on Public Radio International, which is more famous for its content, and not for the fortunes they pay their hosts.

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This American Life TV show trailer - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 22nd 2007 9:26AM
this american lifeI am getting Showtime.

When I read that This American Life was coming to television, I was cautiously optimistic. Ira Glass and crew do such a terrific job telling stories with audio that I admit I was worried about video taking away some of the intimacy. After watching this trailer (it's also embedded after the jump) I was blown away. It looks as beautiful as This American Life sounds. Apparently the producers of the television show found photographers and editors who think the way This American Life is produced. Just like the radio broadcast, the camera shots are from unusual angles. It's pretty much the opposite of anything you'd see on MTV.

This American Life premieres on Showtime on March 22.

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