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Patrick Stewart Talks About 'Hamlet,' 'Macbeth' and His IT Guy... Wil Wheaton

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 20th 2010 2:02PM
Sir Patrick StewartMost people know the recently-knighted Patrick Stewart from his movie and TV roles, many of which are of the sci fi / fantasy variety. Of course, there's Jean-Luc Picard of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' but there's also Charles Xavier in the 'X-Men' series and the voice of Avery Bullock on 'American Dad.'

But back in his native England, Sir Patrick is just as well known for his Shakespearean work, both on-stage and on the screen. Some of that work will be on display on April 28, when he reprises the role of Claudius (he first played the role on TV 30 years ago) in PBS's production of 'Hamlet' on 'Great Performances.' As Nick mentioned yesterday, the production, with David Tennant in the title role, mixes the classic dialogue with modern dress and settings to give the play a more contemporary feel.

Stewart will also perform in the title role of 'Macbeth' for a similarly-staged production airing on PBS later this year. I sat down with Sir Patrick in January, when he presented at the TCAs; we spoke about the two productions, what his classic training brought to his 'Star Trek' role, his guest turn on 'Extras' and how his first ever IT guy was none other than Wil Wheaton.

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David Tennant and Patrick Stewart In a Classic 'Hamlet'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 19th 2010 9:02AM
David Tennant and Patrick Stewart in 'Hamlet' on PBS's 'Great Performances' If you are going to play Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, you could do a lot worse for practice than playing Doctor Who for five years. Both characters depend on a certain amount of madness, something at which David Tenant is especially adept. And there is, as Shakespeare says of his sweet prince, a certain method to that madness.

That said, the version of 'Hamlet' airing April 28 on PBS's 'Great Performances' (and appearing on DVD May 4) is not the good Doctor as Danish prince. There are flashes of that, especially in Hamlet's early scenes with Polonius (a masterful Oliver Ford Davies) and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. That's where Tennant plays with a pitch-perfect blend of humor and cunning, spinning just short of out of control. And there is a beautiful sense of irony when Hamlet looks into the camera and says that time is out of join and it's his job to fix it.

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What's On Tonight: Sugar Bowl, Scrubs, Iron Chef America

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 1st 2010 12:15PM
Better Off Ted
  • Bravo has Kathy Griffin specials all night.
  • Syfy's Twilight Zone marathon continues all night.
  • BBC America's Doctor Who marathon continues all night.
  • At 8, FOX has the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Cincinnati vs. Florida.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then a new NOW and a new Great Performances.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has 2010.
  • At 8:30, ABC has a new Better Off Ted, followed by a new Scrubs.
  • At 9, HGTV has Dream House 2010.
  • Food Network has a new Iron Chef America at 9.
  • Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Clone Wars at 9.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Soup.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Faith Hill, Great Performances, Meet The Browns

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 23rd 2009 12:01PM
  • Steven SeagalAt 8, CBS has A Home For The Holidays with Faith Hill.
  • TNT has the Patrick Stewart A Christmas Carol at 8.
  • TCM has To Have and Have Not at 8, then The Big Sleep.
  • Lifetime Movie Network has Comfort and Joy at 8, followed by Recipe For a Perfect Christmas.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Great Performances.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 9, followed by a new Steven Seagal: Lawman.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new Inside The NFL.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Jay Leno Show.
  • TLC has the premiere of Accidental Fortune at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Launch My Line at 10.
  • At 10:30, TBS has a new Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Old Christine, Glee, Cougar Town, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 21st 2009 12:19PM
  • CSI: NYAt 8, ABC has a new Hank, followed by new episodes of The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Eastwick.
  • CBS has a new Old Christine at 8, then new episodes of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Mercy, Law and Order: SVU, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8, followed by a new Glee.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • PBS has a new Great Performances at 8.
  • G4 has a new 2 Months $2 Million at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9, then a new Time Warp.
  • IFC has a new Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Nostradamus Effect at 9, followed by a new MysteryQuest.
  • Showtime has a new Inside The NFL at 9.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has a new South Park, then a new Secret Girlfriend.
  • Bravo has a new Top Chef: Las Vegas at 10.
  • FX has a new Nip/Tuck at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible at 10.
  • TCM has The Third Man at 10.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Check out the trailer for Spike Lee's passionate Passing Strange

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 25th 2009 5:33PM
Having trouble staying awake today? This high-spirited trailer for Spike Lee's vibrant documentary/musical, Passing Strange, should help get you going.



We told you about Passing Strange back in May when PBS picked it up as part of its Great Performances series. Lee's doc is a filmed version of the theatrical stage production of the Tony nominated Broadway musical of the same name. It's about a young black man who travels to Europe in the 1970s to become an artist and live a bohemian lifestyle.

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What's On Tonight: I'm A Celebrity, Japanese Game Show, Meet The Browns

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 17th 2009 4:09PM
The Unusuals

  • At 8, ABC has a new Wipeout, then the season premiere of I Survived A Japanese Game Show, and the series finale of The Unusuals.
  • NBC has a new I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here at 8.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour So You Think You Can Dance at 8.
  • PBS has a new Great Performances at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has the series premiere of The Othersiders at 8.
  • At 9, A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter, followed by a new Tattoo Highway.
  • BBC America has the season premiere of Gordon Ramsay's F Word at 9.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • At 10, TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.
  • Bravo has a new Top Chef Masters at 10.
  • There's a new Pitchmen on Discovery at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Reno 911!

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Spike Lee's Strange heading to PBS

by Mike Moody, posted May 1st 2009 1:07PM
spike lee passing strangeTrailblazing filmmaker Spike Lee has done some great work for TV. One of my favorite Lee TV projects is Sucker Free City, his underappreciated pilot/telemovie for Showtime about San Francisco's criminal underground. And who could forget the Emmy Award-winning Hurricane Katrina doc When the Levees Broke for HBO?

Lee is returning to TV with his latest project, Passing Strange, which has just been picked up by PBS' Great Performances series at the Tribeca Film Festival. Strange is expected to air on PBS next year.

The film is a theatrical stage production of the Tony nominated Broadway musical of the same name. It's about a black man who travels to Europe in the 1970s to find himself. The music is by Mark Stewart, or Stew, an acclaimed L.A. based singer/songwriter.

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What's On Tonight: Scrubs, Ghost Hunters, Damages, Law And Order

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 25th 2009 4:04PM
  • Demetri MartinAt 8, ABC has a new Scrubs, followed by new episodes of Better Off Ted, Lost, and Life on Mars.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of The Chopping Block, Life, and Law and Order.
  • FOX has a new, two-hour American Idol at 8.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8.
  • PBS has a new Great Performances at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Ben 10: Alien Force at 8.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters.
  • At 10, FX has a new Damages.
  • Comedy Central has a new South Park at 10, then the season finale of Important Things with Demetri Martin.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has the season finale of The Real World.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: People's Choice Awards, Meet The Browns, Damages

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2009 4:02PM
  • The Real WorldAt 8, NBC has a new Knight Rider.
  • PBS has a new Great Performances at 8.
  • The CW has the series premiere of 13: Fear Is Real at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new 20/20, followed by Barbara Walters Special: Patrick Swayze.
  • CBS has The People's Choice Awards at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters International at 9.
  • Fine Living has a new Whatever, Martha at 9.
  • Showtime has a new Inside the NFL at 9.
  • Also at 9: Sundance has a new Spectacle.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Law and Order.
  • TBS has the series premiere of Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns at 10 (two episodes).
  • FX has the season premiere of Damages at 10.
  • There's a new Top Chef on Bravo at 10.
  • MTV has the season premiere of Real World: Brooklyn at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Orange Bowl, Iron Chef America, More Marathons

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 1st 2009 4:03PM
  • Howie MandelDiscovery has a Mythbusters marathon all night.
  • Sci-Fi's Twilight Zone marathon continues into the night.
  • Disney has a Wizards of Waverly Place marathon.
  • TV Land is showing The Cosby Show all night.
  • More marathons: G4 is showing Cops.
  • At 8, NBC has a new, two-hour Deal Or No Deal.
  • FOX has the FedEx Orange Bowl at 8.
  • PBS has a new Great Performances at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has King Kong, then Them!
  • At 9, Food Network has a new Iron Chef America.
  • HGTV has HGTV Dream Home 2009 at 9.
  • There's a new TNA Impact on Spike at 9.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: NHL Playoffs, Top Chef, Men In Trees

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2008 4:02PM
  • The Real WorldAt 8, FOX has a new, two hour So You Think You Can Dance.
  • ABC has a new Wife Swap at 8, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and Men In Trees.
  • NBC has the Stanley Cup Finals at 8, the Red Wings vs. the Penguins.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has the NBA Playoffs, Celtics vs. Pistons.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Great Performances.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • At 9:30, HBO Comedy has an old One Night Stand with Bill Hicks.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible.
  • There's a new Top Chef on Bravo at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new episode of The Real World.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Greek, Gossip Girl, Great Performances

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2008 4:03PM
  • How I Met Your MotherAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Samantha Who? and The Bachelor.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • FOX has a new Bones at 8.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Deal Or No Deal and a new Medium.
  • There's a new Gossip Girl on The CW at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • PBS has a new Antiques Roadshow at 8, then new episodes of American Experience and Great Performances.
  • ABC Family has a new Greek at 8, followed by a new America's Prom Queen.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 8.
  • Also at 8: TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a new Heavyweights.
  • At 9, VH-1 has a new Flavor of Love.
  • GSN has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new Unwrapped.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills, then a new episode of The Paper.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Great Performances, Men In Trees, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2008 4:02PM
  • South ParkAt 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap.
  • FOX has a new Moment of Truth at 8, followed by a new American Idol.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8.
  • There's a new Great Performances on PBS at 8, then a new Great Performances at the Met.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model.
  • At 9, HGTV has a new Deserving Design, followed by a new Design on a Dime.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9, then a new Destination Truth.
  • At 9:30, HBO has a new In Treatment.
  • At 9:45, TCM has the 1932 version of The Most Dangerous Game.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Men In Trees.
  • Bravo has a new Top Chef at 10.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Taylor Perry's House of Payne at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new South Park, then a new Lewis Black's Root of All Evil.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Survivor, Lost, American Chopper

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2008 4:02PM
  • TrumpAt 8, CBS has a new Survivor.
  • FOX has a new American Idol at 8, followed by a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
  • At 8:30, HGTV has a new Carter Can, followed by a new Divine Design.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Lost, then a new Eli Stone.
  • NBC has a new Celebrity Apprentice at 9, then a new Lipstick Jungle.
  • There's a new Great Performances on PBS at 9.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • At 9:30, Fox Movie Channel has a new Life After Film School, featuring Doug Liman.
  • HBO has a new In Treatment at 9:30.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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