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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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Ho ho ho! Behold Our List of December TV Treats

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 1st 2011 10:30AM
community christmas episode If you wanted to give your DVR a break during the holiday season, it'll have to wait.

The first few weeks of December are jam-packed with finales, specials and mid-season cliffhangers, and there's even a bow-tie clad treat on Christmas Day. In an effort to help you keep track of what's to come and shine a light on some hidden gems, I've come up with a list of notable December TV events.

So grab your eggnog and peruse the following roster, which features appearances from Dominic West, James McAvoy, Emily Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Anna Friel, Pierce Brosnan as well as the 'Sons of Anarchy' crew, the former Saul Tigh and the 'Revenge' divas. It's quite an array of stocking stuffers, no?

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Who Should Replace Christopher Meloni on 'Law & Order: SVU'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 22nd 2011 8:00AM
Chris Meloni, 'Law & Order: SVU'Christopher Meloni will leave a Stabler-shaped hole in the hearts of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' fans this fall.

We don't yet know how he'll say goodbye to 'SVU' after 12 seasons on the job, but it's never too early to start preparing ourselves for someone else taking over the sex crimes beat.

While rumors have been swirling about who will replace Mariska Hargitay -- she's only coming back for 13 episodes next season as Olivia Benson before departing herself -- not much has popped up in the way of recasting the role Meloni made famous.

Assuming they'll keep a man on the job to maintain that same partner dynamic, we've come up with a few great options (casting agents, take note!) to spar with Hargitay and her eventual successor, including two 'L&O' franchise alums and two stars from opposing sides on 'The Wire.'

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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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'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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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season five (part two)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 16th 2009 9:02AM
The Wire: Season Five - Omar
And so Jane After Dark has come to the end of The Wire. I need to watch it again to catch more than the one-eighth I caught the first time around. But after watching all five seasons, spanned over most of this year, the thing that keeps popping into my head is that the bureaucratic end of things is really no better than the drug dealer end of things.

In some ways, the drug dealers have more ethics than the suits. At least when a druggie does something that wrongs others in the system, there's no messing around. They're shot. They know they have it coming, and they step up and take it, just like Snoop did, asking if her hair looked ok before being gunned down. Just like Proposition Joe did when he closed his eyes and waited for the inevitable bullet to the head.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season five (part one)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 2nd 2009 8:03PM
The Wire, season five, Not For Attribution
Ah, how good it is to get back to The Wire. I've been steered off track by other DVDs landing on my doorstep for Jane After Dark, so season five of The Wire has been a while coming. One again, the show blows me away with the writing, characters, cinematography and realism. I'm just part-way into season one, but I love all of the references to everything that's happened thus far in the series, and the crew's continued attempts to bring down Marlo's organization. And, apparently, Omar is still in the game ...

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Jane After Dark: The Wire - season four ends, alliances shift

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 26th 2009 6:00PM
The Wire, Season 4, Final Grades, Bodie

Well, well, well. How interesting to see the purchase of the nail gun we saw in the first episode of season four of The Wire come back around to bring everything together. "It's a tomb," says Freamon in "A New Day," and it all makes sense to me. Well, some of it makes sense anyway.

And then there's the teetering decision of whether Freamon will keep getting crap from the higher-ups about going out and looking for Marlo's bodies, using up manpower, and upping the murder rate of the city, or whether they'll do the right thing and actually do their jobs. Oh, the bodies that rolled in.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season 4 - The kids are not alright

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 19th 2009 1:01PM
The Wire - Season 4
I'm well into season four of The Wire (just finished "Margin of Error"; read my other Jane After Dark installments), and getting into the guts of the Baltimore political scene and how it's all interwoven with the cops and drug business.

Oh, those kids! It really makes you see how they've gotta be extremely driven to get out of that life, because a lot of the adults are just priming them to continue the drug business into the next generation. Not only their parents -- which is really sad -- but people like Marlo, who has his minions handing out back-to-school cash to build goodwill with the kids. At that rate, those kids don't have a shot of clawing their way out of a life of crime.

It will take me another run-through or two to really fit all the pieces together, but I'm digging how all of the characters have evolved ... or not ...

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season three - Oh, Stringer!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 12th 2009 10:03AM
The Wire - Middle Ground

Well, holy cow. I did not see that coming, although from what you've all said, I was prepared for just about anything to happen on The Wire. Except that!

I feel like season three ended on a high note. Well, sort of ... at least for McNulty, now walking the beat in the Western Division. Even though he's wearing a uniform, which is just weird for him, he's talking and laughing with the residents, and that's really what it's all about. And Rhonda and Cedric are together (oh, that chiseled butt of his!).

Even with all the busts, though, the drug business sails onward, with Marlo moving up in the hierarchy and Dennis' boxing gym virtually deserted, all the kids lured back into the streets. But mostly, season three was all about Episode 11, "Middle Ground"; in particular, a few penultimate scenes...

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Jane After Dark: The Wire, season 3 - Stringer wears a suit, Omar gets rash

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 5th 2009 2:05PM
The Wire, season 3 - Omar and Bunk
After a brief break to watch season four of Weeds last week, Jane After Dark is back with The Wire. I'm half-way into season three, and while there are definitely parts of this show that put me to sleep (ducking and running for cover), it's still a brilliant drama. My teenage son popped in for part of an episode, decided it was too "real," and promptly lost interest.

To help me organize my thoughts, let's take a look at a few characters:

Stringer Bell.
I'm really digging Idris Elba dressed up in his fancy suit, running the real estate company, working with government officials, and holding drug meetings using Robert's Rules of Order. It's fascinating that there's this whole hierarchy within the gangs that most of them respect and follow.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire - Season two ends, the Sobotka clan crumbles

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 20th 2009 3:16PM
Chris Bauer as Frank Sobotka on HBO's The Wire
As John Howard noted in the comments in last week's Jane After Dark column, I really haven't talked much about Omar yet. I just finished season two of The Wire, and to be honest, most of my thoughts right now revolve around the Sobotka clan.

First of all, how stupid was Ziggy? The guy's always been a live wire, and you could see the bad karma building throughout this season, with him flashing money around, showing off his Italian leather coat, and going a little bonkers with the stolen Mercedes. Things were bound to go bad for him, and they did just that when his deal with Double-G went oh so wrong.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire season two - on the waterfront with Amy Ryan

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 13th 2009 2:06PM
Amy Ryan in The Wire
I'm three episodes into season two of The Wire. I tried watching it online as Usama suggested in last week's Jane After Dark comments (thank you for that awesome site!), but decided to just buy the DVDs, because I stop and start a lot and need easy access to it. So I looked around town and found a fairly reasonably priced season two at FYE. It's new; no one seems to have any used sets, which makes me think - as you all have suggested - that no one ever gets rid of their DVDs of The Wire. They keep them around to watch again and again. I'll probably just buy each season as I work my way through the series.

And speaking of starting and stopping, The Wire does not get any easier to watch while doing something else at the same time. Whenever I try to do that, I end up replaying those parts again, because there's way too many subtleties to be only half-paying attention.

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Jane After Dark: I'm still watching The Wire

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 7th 2009 3:31PM
The Wire - Season OneI just watched the last episode of season one of The Wire. You guys are right. It's good stuff. Most of season one was pretty slow-going, but things started to kick in during the last few episodes, about the time Greggs got shot.

As in last week's Jane After Dark column, I'm still a bit lost on exactly what's happening, but that doesn't seem to really matter. The characters are so interesting to watch. It's almost like you're watching a documentary about the real thing, rather than a scripted TV show. I took the suggestion of some of you and started watching with the subtitles on. It really does help!

I noticed that Alan Sepinwall is also blogging on The Wire -- and writing a masters thesis on each episode. He even has two different versions -- one for newbies and one for veterans. I'm the anti-Sepinwall, just trying to grasp the storyline and get the basic gist. But I did read his newbie editions and found them helpful.

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Jane After Dark: The Wire

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 1st 2009 11:00AM
The Wire - Jane After Dark
I never intended to watch The Wire next in my Jane After Dark pursuits. In fact, I planned on watching Veronica Mars, as many of you suggested. But a good number of you also recommended The Wire, and I had season one sitting here, so I popped it in one night.

I'm not gonna lie to you. It's been slow going. Here's how it went down:

Episode 1: I was completely lost, so I watched it twice to see if I could grasp it the second time around. Then I read the detailed synopsis on The Wire's official HBO site. Clearly, this show is not meant to be watched while you're doing something else. You need to sit down and focus on what's going on.

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