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Kristen Wiig, Penny Marshall and More Book 'Portlandia' Roles

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 28th 2011 4:30PM
Kristen WiigKristen Wiig is moving to 'Portlandia.' The 'Saturday Night Live' actress will guest star in Season 2 of Fred Armisen's IFC comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wiig will be joined by a bevy of other funny folk including Andy Samberg, Penny Marshall, and '30 Rock' star Jack McBrayer.

Tim Robbins and Amber Tamblyn will also show up this year.

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It's the 'Last Temptation' of Amber Tamblyn's Masters on 'House' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 19th 2011 1:18AM
'House' - 'Last Temptation'Masters finally reached her breaking point on 'House' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX). Ironically, or perhaps not considering the arc of the character, it came when she'd finally completed her reluctant transformation into a House-like doctor.

Lying and manipulating in order to save a patient's life has been a staple of Dr. House's methodology for so long, we almost take it for granted. But for Masters, it's something she has pretty openly wanted nothing to do with.

After saving her patient's life, but at the cost of her own moral code, Masters reached a crossroads. She needed to either embrace the "dark side," as it were, or forge her own path.

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Amber Tamblyn, 'House' Crew Team for New Project, Changes at 'NCIS: LA' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 11th 2011 12:10PM
Amber TamblynAmber Tamblyn may be checking out of 'House,' but the young starlet isn't preparing to leave the Fox family just yet.

According to Deadline, Tamblyn is teaming with 'House' executive producer Katie Jacobs and 'The Wire' co-creartor Ed Burns for a project about a young public school teacher. The drama project has a script commitment from the network.

Jacbos and Tamblyn came up with the idea together while working on 'House,' and the duo brought in Burns to further develop the project together. Burns will write and Jacobs is set to direct.

In other TV news ...

Adult Swim has ordered a pilot from Bob Odenkirk. The 'Breaking Bad' star will direct and produce 'Regal Productions,' a series that follows a low-budget production studio based out of a strip mall. [Deadline]

Is 'NCIS: LA' getting a new operations manager? Claire Forlani has joined the cast on a recurring basis as Lauren Hunter, the team's new manager. What about Hetty? You'll have to watch and see. [Entertainment Weekly]

Danny Glover has booked a guest role on 'Leverage.' Glover will guest as a retired war veteran who comes across a piece of art that has some mystery surrounding it. Glover will also narrate the majority of his episode. [TVLine]

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'House' Scoop: Olivia Wilde In, Amber Tamblyn Out

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 20th 2011 8:10AM
Hugh Laurie and Amber Tamblyn in 'House'It's all change at Princeton-Plainsboro this season as 'House' gets ready to welcome back a familiar face and say farewell to a newer one.

According to TVLine.com, Olivia Wilde's return to 'House' later this season will coincide with the departure of Amber Tamblyn's character, Martha Masters. Tamblyn was brought in temporarily to fill the hole left by Wilde's character Thirteen when Wilde took time off to make movies.

Its rumored that the two characters will briefly cross paths this spring, and 'House' creator David Shore said he's sad to see Tamblyn go. "I wish she was sticking around, because she's wonderful ... But she's not going to be with us for [much longer]."

Shore also said that rumors of Thirteen's demise may have been premature. Discussing whether Wilde will be back in the fall for another season he said, "It would be a crying shame for us to let her get away at this point. We've been very good to her and we'd like a little bit of it back."

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Sneak Peek at Amber Tamblyn on 'House'

by Kelly Woo, posted Nov 3rd 2010 11:00AM
Amber Tamblyn HouseAmber Tamblyn, welcome to the mad 'House.'

The actress joins the Fox medical drama for a guest-starring stint, beginning Mon., Nov. 8. Her character -- a brilliant med student named Martha Masters -- is hired by Cuddy to replace the MIA Thirteen (Olivia Wilde is taking a break from the show to film the movie 'Cowboys and Aliens'), and House is not happy about it. At all.

House's testerone-heavy team give the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed newbie a good hazing, calling her "the Internet with breasts," "the love child of Einstein and Mary Poppins" and "Pippy Long Division" among other nicknames.

Watch what the cast has to say about Tamblyn's debut in our sneak peek.

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'Arrested Development's' David Cross Returns on the Premiere of 'Todd Margaret' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 4th 2010 1:15AM
'Arrested Development's' David Cross Returns on the Premiere of 'Todd Margaret'Fans of the cult sitcom 'Arrested Development' have been waiting years for a long-rumored film version of the show. But until that movie happens (if it ever does), 'AD' lovers will have to content themselves with the new series 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret' (Fri., 10PM ET on IFC).

The new comedy reunites David Cross and Will Arnett -- also known as Tobias Fünke and Gob Bluth on the late, lamented 'Arrested Development.' But 'Todd Margaret' shows off Cross as an entirely different character. (Arnett, on the other hand, acts like the same dude that he always plays -- not that there's anything wrong with that.)

Now, we'll have to see if the pair can resurrect their old comedy magic.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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Amber Tamblyn Checks Into 'House' This Fall

by Rich Keller, posted Jul 15th 2010 10:40AM
Amber TamblynFor several seasons, actress Amber Tamblyn had numerous conversations with God on the CBS series 'Joan of Arcadia.' Come September, she'll be interacting with one Dr. Gregory House, who is as far from godliness as possible.

The Ausiello Files
is reporting that Tamblyn, who recently portrayed a New York police detective on ABC's 'The Unusuals,' will be joining the cast of 'House' for a seven-episode stint. The actress will appear as a highly intelligent med student that House recruits for his diagnostic team. This, despite the fact that she isn't fully qualified to treat patients, let alone adjust to the unique mentoring style of Dr. House.

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Give These TV Stars A Show Already!

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 12th 2009 5:00PM
Scott FoleyNews broke that Scott Foley of 'The Unit,' which was axed last May, will guest on an upcoming episode of 'Law & Order: SVU.'

It's a shame, though, that Foley isn't moving to a new show full-time, because we think he deserves another chance.

That got us thinking: What are some other TV stars in need of a comeback?

We took a look at some of the best canceled shows from last season ('Privileged!' 'Pushing Daisies!') and selected six stars we'd love to see land on new series. Check out our picks below.

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The Unusuals: The E.I.D. (series finale) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2009 9:04AM
The Unusuals

Remember when The Unusuals premiered? At first it looked like one of those shows that didn't get gangbuster ratings or critical acclaim, but you sensed that it would be a show ABC would get behind and renew for a second season. Well, that renewal went to Castle. But a lot of people are really going to miss this show.

What did you think of the series finale?

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The Unusuals: 42 - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 30th 2009 10:08AM
The UnusualsI watched the first ten minutes of this episode last night and that's it, so I'm not sure what the 42 in the episode title refers to. I know that it has something to do with weird happenings/coincidences that happen to Harold Perrineau's character. Can I also assume it's a reference to Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy?

Fox Mulder's apartment number was 42, if I remember correctly ...

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The Unusuals: One Man Band - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2009 9:03AM
The Unusuals

So, are you into The Unusuals? Or are you avoiding this show because you're still ticked that ABC canceled Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, and/or Life on Mars? Discuss last night's bonus episode or the show, in general, starting ... now! (Note: there's another new episode tonight in its regular time slot.)

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The Unusuals: Pilot (series premiere)

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 9th 2009 11:38AM
the unusuals pilot abc
(S01E01) ABC's quirky new crime procedural is not the brilliant blend of drama and absurd comedy the network might want it to be, but it does have a few good things going for it. First, there's the great cast. It's hard to pick a favorite among these talented TV vets, but series star Amber Tamblyn is genuine and beleiveable as Casey Shraeger, a detective working to weed out corruption in a kooky NYPD homicide unit, one of her first grown-up roles. Jeremy Renner, adding some Nathan Fillion-esque goofiness to his all-around good guy persona, is a good fit for Detective Jason Walsh, Tamblyn's possibly duplicitous partner.

I'm convinced that Lost's Harold Perrineau can do almost anything, even turn a one-note character like Detective Leo Banks, who's obsessed with the idea that he'll die at the age of 42, into something special. Perrineau didn't exactly get the best material here, but he and partner Adam Goldberg, playing a nervous depressive who is actually dying, managed to elevate their short scenes together.

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On the Set: 'The Unusuals'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 8th 2009 6:00AM
The Unusuals Amber TamblynABC is about to reveal one of its biggest secret weapons -- the premiere of the new cop drama series 'The Unusuals,' airing tonight at 10PM.

The show stars Amber Tamblyn as Casey Shraeger, a young detective who enters the NYPD Homicide unit with her fair share of mystery. There, she's joined by fellow TV vets like Adam Goldberg, 'Oz''s Terry Kinney, 'Lost''s Harold Perrineau and others -- all of whom carry their own intriguing back stories.

AOL TV recently visited the set of 'The Unusuals' to dig up dirt on the show. So what unusual things did we discover? Read through our gallery to find out what to expect from the show, why Perrineau's character is so paranoid and uncover Amber Tamblyn's true identity (or maybe not).


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Why I'm looking forward to The Unusuals - VIDEO

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Mar 20th 2009 9:29AM
Adam Goldberg stars in The UnusualsWith the exception of promo clips and my own personal high expectations, I haven't seen a ton of material about the new show The Unusuals. It will make its debut on April 8, 10 PM ET/PT. In this day of so many shows canceled way too early before they can get a steady audience, I'm hoping this one makes it.

Why, might you ask? After all, most of my posts are about the reality television genre. But I'm a cop show buff at heart. I expect a lot out of my cop shows. Some I watch just because -- you know, the Law and Order franchise kind of dealings. Some I watch for the amazing storytelling. The Wire comes to mind as not just a cop show, but stellar storytelling. I don't expect either the straight crime drama, nor the intensity of The Wire.

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TV Squad Ten: Primetime stars who started in soaps

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 2nd 2009 2:04PM
MKDid you know that double Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro acted in soap operas? It's true. Many of today's biggest stars honed their craft by doing New York soaps like As the World Turns and Another World. Before she was Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar was Susan Lucci's daughter on All My Children.

Hollywood soaps like Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless also produced stars. Tom Selleck, for instance, was a Y&R hunk before becoming Magnum, P.I. There are a lot of current stars right now on hit shows who were daytime characters just a few years ago. After the jump, we count down the top ten primetime stars who started in soaps.

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