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Republicans Hate 'Jersey Shore,' Love 'The Bachelor'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2011 2:30PM
Democrat, Republican TV StudySnooki's poof apparently doesn't work its magic on Republicans.

A new study by Experian-Simmons found conservative-leaning viewers tend to favor reality programming like 'Dancing With the Stars,' 'The Bachelor,' 'The Biggest Loser,' 'MythBusters,' but one exception to that trend was 'Jersey Shore.' Also among GOP favorites is the History Channel's block of programming: 'Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,' 'American Pickers,' and 'Swamp People.'

Two other popular liberal shows, 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' topped the conservative list last year, but are no longer two of the favorite shows among Republican viewers, according to EW. They did, however, still rank high with those on the more liberal end of the political spectrum.

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David Simon Wants 'Treme' To End After Season 4: Report

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 4th 2011 4:15PM
Well here's a treasure trove of news for 'Treme' fans. NOLA.com reported Monday that Season 3 of HBO's post-Katrina New Orleans drama has started filming, is adding two two new characters to the cast, and perhaps most notably, that series creator David Simon has told HBO he's written the show to go through Season 4.

According to the report, Simon recently sent HBO a memo saying that he and his writing team have plotted out the stories they want to tell, and how long it will take them to get there. The report speculates that four seasons may not be enough time to tell the stories of the Saints 2009 Super Bowl win as well as the BP Oil Spill, but with Simon & co., anything is possible.

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'Treme' Actor Michael Showers Found Dead in Mississippi River

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 25th 2011 10:20AM
'Treme' is a show that portrays the struggle and hardship that befell New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Yesterday, a real-life tragedy struck 'Treme.'

Michael Showers, who played New Orleans homicide Captain John Guidry on the HBO drama, was found dead in the Mississippi River Wednesday morning. The actor was 45 years old.

A steamboat captain saw Showers' body floating in the river near New Orleans' French Quarter and called the authorities. The police told the New Orleans Times-Picayune his body had been in the water for nearly two days. No official cause of death has yet been determined.

The death is eerily reminiscent of on-screen suicide that occurred in Season 1 of the show, when John Goodman's character Creighton Bernette killed himself by jumping off a steamboat into the Mississippi.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Kurt Sutter Rails Against Emmy Nominations

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 15th 2011 4:50AM
Kurt Sutter and Katey SagalWhen the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced yesterday there were some surprises and some snubs. And don't say we didn't warn you: One guy who's not taking being snubbed lying down is 'Sons of Anarchy' creator, Kurt Sutter.

He's been letting it rip via a series of potty-mouthed posts on Twitter since the nominations were announced.

Despite predicting on Wednesday that 'Sons of Anarchy' wouldn't be nominated -- "Tomorrow morning I'll be the fat kid who didn't get picked to play" -- the lack of nods still seems to have annoyed Sutter.

He wrote, "Best part of not getting an emmy nod. now i don't have to pretend i give a s**t about the profiteering d*****bag academy ... because you know if we were nominated i'd be all humble and blowing smoke up their asses. now i can stay true to myself and just be a d**k."

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Davis and Antoine Face Reality Checks of Their Musical Dreams on 'Treme' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 5th 2011 6:08AM
'Treme' - 'Do Watcha Wanna' season finaleBeing in a band is never an easy thing. With all those fragile egos and dreams of superstardom, it can be difficult to be on the same page always. On 'Treme' (Mon., 10PM ET on HBO), Davis has always made things even more difficult for himself, but to his credit he tried to roll with the changes and punches in the band.

When he showed up at a gig to see a new guy in the band and find out that other people had made changes to the set-list and set things up to spotlight themselves a bit more, he even rolled with that. Not without a few curse words, but he rolled with it.

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HBO Renews 'Treme' for Third Season

by Alex Moaba, posted May 13th 2011 6:15PM
EW's Inside TV is reporting that HBO has renewed 'Treme' for a third season. Former HBO executive Carolyn Strauss famously said she was "in the David Simon business" when he pitched her 'Treme,' and although she's no longer with the network, it's clear that the game remains the same.

The news is a great sign for fans of the the gritty, post-Katrina New Orleans drama. HBO gave Simon's last show, 'The Wire,' five seasons to grow into a compelling examination of poverty and the drug war in Baltimore, and they appear to be applying that some patience to 'Treme.' Season two has already seen Simon and Eric Overmyer delve further into crime, the police, and reconstruction profiteering in New Orleans; another season will afford them even more opportunity to bring other aspects of the city's machinery to life.

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'Treme' Season 2 Premiere Recap

by Alex Moaba, posted Apr 24th 2011 11:40PM
['Treme' Season 2 Premiere: 'Accentuate the Positive']

The second season of 'Treme' opens on All Saints Day, set to the somber sound of a struggling trumpet being played by a lonely kid trying to teach himself to play. It's fourteen months after Hurricane Katrina, and the show's characters are all at different stages of piecing their lives back together. Some have left New Orleans, chasing opportunity in other cities or chased out by broken roofs, but most are hanging in there, trying to make things work in their struggling hometown.

The direction David Simon may be trying to take the show's second season emerges early on. Sonny's getting a drink at a strip-club when two gunmen walk in and start firing, hitting five people and killing one. It's a scene that could have happened at Avon Barksdale's Orlando's in Baltimore, and offers a clue about where 'Treme' is going: in the vacuum of progress, stability and order, violent crime is spiking in the city, yet another obstacle added to the many already threatening New Orleans' attempt at recovery.

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Review: 'Treme' Paints a Compelling Portrait of New Orleans in Season 2

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 21st 2011 1:00PM
The first season of 'Treme' (10PM ET Sunday, HBO) was a mixed bag, to put it mildly. Some story lines, most notably one featuring Khandi Alexander and Melissa Leo, were terrific. Others, especially a story line involving a druggie street musician named Sonny, made me want to put a fork in someone's eye.

Though some of the show's more annoying aspects, including its tendency toward lecturing and hectoring, were toned down as the first season wound down, I still approached the season 2 DVDs with a degree of wariness. Which side of 'Treme' would be more in evidence this year? Would we get a pedantic, condescending show obsessed with its own narrow definition of "the real New Orleans," or an emotionally nuanced, subtle portrait of complicated people trying to piece together their post-Katrina lives?

The good news is, this season, the latter aspect of 'Treme' is definitely winning this season. Some aspects of this show work better than others, but, in its generally excellent second season, the drama has cohered into a compelling, if sprawling, portrait of the Crescent City.

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Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Treme,' 'Archer,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Doctor Who' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 20th 2011 1:00PM
Ryan McGee and I planned to do a 45-minute podcast last night. Whoops!

We ended up with an 80-minute Talking TV podcast, and part of the reason the discussion lasted so long is because many of the same themes came up throughout the podcast. Plus there were just a lot of news items and new programs to get through.

This week on the podcast, we talked about 'Doctor Who,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Archer' (which has its season finale Thursday), the 'Game of Thrones' renewal and the various critical and fan responses to that drama, and also 'Treme,' which returns on HBO Sunday. Running times are below.

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Ke$ha Books Nickelodeon Guest Role, 'Idol' Castoffs Head to Leno and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:00PM
Ke$haKe$ha is heading to ... Nickelodeon? The not-quite-family-friendly 'Tik Tok' singer will guest star and perform on episode of 'Victorious.'

In the episode, Victoria and her friends try to win a private Ke$ha concert by piecing together the singer's name from items found at the bottom of ice cream containers.

"It's a private concert, and yeah, I will say that the costumes are awesome and there's definitely lots of glitter," Victoria Justice told Entertainment Weekly.

"It was really fun to film," she said. "It's the first time on my show that we've had a successful radio artist perform on the show. Ke$ha's kind of edgier, and I think that it's cool to bring that element to the show."

In other TV news ...

When the 'American Idol' contestants get the boot, they won't be go to visit David Letterman anymore. 'Idol' castoffs will now appear on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' on Fridays. [NBC]

Ready to head back to 'Treme'? The HBO series' 11-episode second season premiere is scheduled for April 24. [HBO]

The 'Top Chef All-Stars' finale was seen by 2.77 million viewers. It was a season high for the cooking competition series. [Bravo]

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Swords, Doctors and Sam Axe: 19 Spring Shows You Need to Know About

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 15th 2011 12:20PM
Fall is always crazy in the TV realm, but the middle of the current season has been just as bananas.

As soon as 2011 rolled around, the networks unleashed a bumper crop of new and returning shows, and only in the past couple of weeks did the relentless pace of premieres and returns simmer down to a manageable level.

We can't get complacent, however, because in the next few weeks, cable and broadcast networks will release yet another barrage of notable new shows, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'The Killing' to 'The Borgias.'

To make sure you don't miss anything, here's a handy list of 19 notable March and April programs. I've put a * next to new programs I've seen at least one episode of. Look for full reviews of most of these programs on TV Squad in coming weeks.

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Mark Burnett 'Had No Idea' About Russell Hantz 'Survivor' Leak, TLC Launches 'N.Y. Ink' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 10th 2011 5:30PM
Mark BurnettApparently 'Survivor' honcho Mark Burnett didn't have any idea about the accusations against castaway Russell Hantz until the rest of us saw them.

According to TV Guide, Burnett told reporters on a conference call that he was unaware there was a problem until he read last week's Daily Beast article that alleged Hantz was leaking 'Survivor' spoilers to fan message boards. "I found out the same time you found out. I read it online," Burnett said on a conference call today. "I had no idea about it."

Hantz could face a $5 million penalty if he really is behind the leaks. "I still have not had a conversation with CBS or anyone about it," Burnett said, including 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst.

In other TV news ...

TLC is launching a new tattoo reality series called 'N.Y. Ink.' It'll follow 'Miami Ink' star Ami James as he opens a new shop in Soho. The eight-episode first season will premiere in June. [THR]

AMC has announced the premiere date for its new series, 'The Killing.' The show, about the police investigation of a teenage girl's murder, will air its two-hour first episode on April 3, then move to its regular Sunday at 10PM time slot the following week. [Deadline]

Another cable show has announced a premiere date: 'Treme' comes back to HBO on April 24. The drama, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, welcomes new cast member Jon Seda for season 2. [TV Guide]

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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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Taking Back the 'Treme' Love

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 6th 2010 2:00AM
I think of myself as a writer who happens to specialize in TV, but I wouldn't say that I'm a TV critic. The way I wound up writing about TV is somewhat circuitous and accidental, but make no mistake, I do love my topic. But when people talk about TV critics, I don't tend to include myself in that group, which is why I have to apologize for something. A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about 'Treme', the HBO show from David Simon of 'The Wire' and I went on and on about how awesome it is. I based this off the three episodes that had aired at the time.

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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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