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PBS Triumphs at the Emmys With 'Downton Abbey'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 19th 2011 7:00AM
'Gosford Park' Emmy winnersLast night PBS period drama 'Downton Abbey' bagged four Emmy Awards, making it one of the biggest winners of the night, and helping PBS land the coveted spot of top broadcast network at the awards.

Together with the Creative Arts Emmys, which were held last week, PBS scooped 14 Emmys in total, making it the most successful broadcast network. HBO was the top cable network, with 19.

'Downton Abbey' won the Emmy for Outstanding Made For Television Movie/Miniseries, in what creator Julian Fellowes called a David and Goliath story, "except in this case Goliath was wonderful, some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it seems perfectly extraordinary that we've won."

The Masterpiece drama was victorious in a strong field dominated by Emmy powerhouse HBO, which had three nominations -- 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Too Big to Fail' and 'Cinema Verité.'

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Diane Lane on Playing Pat Loud in 'Cinema Verite' ... and Why She's Off the Pop Culture Grid

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 22nd 2011 10:05AM
James Gandolfini, Diane Lane and Tim Robbins in 'Cinema Verite' on HBO
Even though she plays one of the first big reality stars in her new HBO movie, 'Cinema Verite.' Diane Lane is not a big fan of reality TV.

"I've seen probably one episode of maybe five different shows, and that's about it," she told me last week. "I don't even watch 'American Idol' or 'Dancing With the Stars.' I just... I'm not American... I don't know what my problem is."

In 'Verite,' Lane plays Pat Loud, whose family was depicted in the landmark 1973 PBS documentary 'An American Family' The movie is told from Pat's perspective, how she deals with her philandering husband Bill (Tim Robbins) while not-so-subtly being influenced by the miniseries' producer Craig Gilbert (James Gandolfini). Meanwhile, the seemingly All-American family from Santa Barbara has to deal with their son Lance (Thomas Dekker) coming out of the closet and living the bohemian's life in New York.

Lane and I spoke last week about the movie, which premieres Saturday April 23 at 9PM ET, what Pat Loud's impression of it was (the family was not involved in the production) and if she related some of what the Loud kids went through to her rise to fame as a teenager.

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Christina Applegate Lands NBC Role, USA Announces 'White Collar,' 'Covert Affairs' Premiere Dates and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 18th 2011 3:00PM
Christina ApplegateChristina Applegate is eying a return to TV in Lorne Michaels' new NBC pilot.

The 'Samantha Who?' star fielded many pilot offers, including ABC's 'Good Christian Bitches,' before taking the role of a working mom in NBC's untitled comedy.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Applegate will star as a working mom who has a stay-at-home husband and pretty opinionated parents. The project comes from 'Parks and Recreation' writer Emily Spivey.

In other TV news ...

USA Network will roll out new seasons of hit shows 'White Collar' and 'Covert Affairs' June 7. Although 'White Collar' just finished airing its second season last week, production begins on season 3 in the next few days. [Variety]

'90210' showrunner Rebecca Sinclair is stepping down from her post. Sinclair's contract was up, and she decided not to renew. The show finished filming its third season last week. Sinclair took over showrunner duties after the end of the critically panned first season, and has largely been credited for instilling a renewed energy into the rebooted series. No word on her replacement yet. [TV Line]

Two 'Real World: Back to New Orleans' cast members are wanted by police after failing to show up for their Wednesday court date in Florida. Jemmye Carroll and Ryan Knight were arrested for disorderly conduct on Saturday. According to the police report, Carroll blamed a black eye on a security guard but a witness saw her repeatedly punching herself in the face. [RadarOnline]

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HBO's 'Cinema Verite' Signs Diane Lane

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 9th 2010 11:00AM
Over the years, HBO has earned a reputation as the television destination for Hollywood's biggest names and brightest talents. The latest star to accept an invitation form the network? Diane Lane.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lane has agreed to star in the upcoming original film 'Cinema Verite.' The role marks Lane's first television work in eight years and her first appearance on HBO since 'Descending Angel' two decades ago. She previously earned an Emmy nomination for the miniseries 'Lonesome Dove.'

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Diane Lane to Star in HBO's 'Cinema Verite'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 9th 2010 10:30AM
Diane LaneDiane Lane has been cast as the lead role in HBO's new film 'Cinema Verite.' She'll be playing Pat Loud, the mother and main character of the ground-breaking 1973 PBS documentary 'An American Family.' When the documentary was first released, it stunned viewers with its frank discussion on issues such as divorce and sexual identity. Pat even historically asked her husband for a divorce on camera.

In short, this is to be a scripted movie about a documentary behind the filming of a documentary. With such convolution, it's sure to cause some sort of rupture in the space-time continuum. Doc Brown is probably having a conniption as this is being written.

It does sounds like a pretty good movie, though. In 30 years or so, we'll be seeing television movies about the backstage antics in shows like 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' or 'The Simple Life.' It's likely that whomever they cast as Paris Hilton will be more convincing in the role than Paris Hilton.

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HBO Revisits 'American Family'

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 23rd 2010 11:30AM
HBOMove over, Kate Gosselin and step aside, Kim Kardashian, because the original 'American Family' is about to return to television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO is preparing a film based on the landmark PBS series 'American Family,' which introduced reality television to the world in 1973 with an uncensored look at middle class family life that shocked the nation. Based on a script by David Seltzer ('The Omen'), the film, titled 'Cinema Verite,' is set to be directed by the 'American Splendor' team of Bob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman.

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