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Greg Kinnear Heading to 'Modern Family,' 'SNL' Books Steve Buscemi & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 17th 2011 6:30PM
Greg Kinnear Modern FamilyGreg Kinnear is going to spend some time with the Dunphys. According to EW, Kinnear will guest star as Tad, Phil's new business partner.

In his first sitcom gig since 'Friends,' Kinnear's Tad is described as a "successful" and "athletic" real estate broker. Phil is impressed by his new friend, but Claire is ... well, Claire.

No airdate has been set.

In other casting news ...

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Jon Cassar Sets the Record Straight About 'The Kennedys'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 12th 2011 1:00PM


Jon Cassar, director and producer of seasons 1–7 of '24,' took on a new beast when he wrangled the miniseries 'The Kennedys' onto prime time as director. Inherently contentious and polarizing, documenting the Kennedy family for TV was bound to be a button-pusher and divider of critics. 'The Kennedys' did just that; TV pundits fall on one side of the fence or the other, and viewers either love it or hate it.

AOL Television caught up with Cassar to set the record straight about numerous rumors dogging the production and presentation of 'The Kennedys,' from the allegedly doctored viewer numbers to why the History Channel pulled out at the last minute.

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'The Kennedys': The Accent Strikes Back

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 4th 2011 8:30PM


By now, you've probably heard a lot of things about the miniseries 'The Kennedys.' You've likely heard that's it's wildly inaccurate and that's why History Channel dropped it. Or maybe you've heard it spun the other way -- that it's too close to the bone, and the remaining Kennedys fought the production. You're probably aware that Katie Holmes plays the legendary Jackie O. and does a terrible job. If you've been following it very closely, you may also be aware that the series was produced by a conservative (Joel Surnow, '24') and a whole bunch of spin has been applied to that angle too.

All of these things are true, but none of them get the heart of what makes 'The Kennedys' so deliciously bad.

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'The Kennedys' Miniseries Premiere Recap

by Alex Moaba, posted Apr 4th 2011 11:40AM
The long-awaited, much-buzzed-about-for-all-the-wrong-reasons miniseries 'The Kennedys' premiered Sunday night against a backdrop of thematically similar programming: 'The Borgias,' another story about a family's ruthless and debauched political dynasty, and next week's British royal wedding, which will undoubtedly prove our enduring obsession with real-life kings and queens.

But unfortunately for the 'The Kennedys,' and the suddenly upstart Reelz Channel, this miniseries may end up having more in common with Charlie Sheen's 'Torpedo of Truth' tour, another easily predictable disaster that somehow drew audiences in despite their better instincts.

The first two hours of the series, which rotated between the 1960 presidential election and various stages of World War II, served as an introduction to this interpretation of the Kennedy clan. The narrative covers a lot of ground, usually in three- or six-month intervals. We see major events in the family's history, like the sudden demise of Joseph Kennedy's presidential ambitions, eldest son Joe's death in WWII, many walks on the beach at the family compound in Cape Cod, and the launch of Jack's political career.

But much of 'The Kennedys' is like walking around a wax museum animated by low-grade robotics. Thanks to strong casting, the characters look remarkably like the the historical figures they're playing; it's only once you see them up close that it becomes clear how stiff and vacuous many of them are.

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'The Kennedys' Update: Did Caroline Get the Miniseries Pulled?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 10th 2011 1:40PM
The KennedysDid Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver influence the History Channel in its shelving of the controversial 'The Kennedys' miniseries? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two may have been instrumental in getting the Katie Holmes/Greg Kinnear miniseries off History's schedule.

Caroline Kennedy reportedly personally lobbied Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. Sweeney sits on the board of A&E Television Networks, the parent company of History.

Kennedy has a book deal with Disney's Hyperion publishing house and is editing a collection of unpublished interviews with her mother, Jackie Kennedy Onasis. She agreed to promote the collection on 'Good Morning America' and other media outlets. However, if AETN had gone through with the project, it's been suggested Kennedy would not have been as cooperative in promoting the Hyperion book.

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History Channel Cancels 'The Kennedys' Miniseries -- Before It Even Airs

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 7th 2011 11:00PM
The Kennedys promotional posterThe much-anticipated 'Kennedys' miniseries was set to air this spring. That is, until History Channel abruptly canceled it today.

"Upon completion of the production of 'The Kennedys,' History has decided not to air the 8-part miniseries," a rep for the network told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "After viewing the final product in its totality, we have concluded that although the film is produced and acted with the highest quality auspices, the dramatic license the series takes is not suitable for the History brand."

That "dramatic license" didn't deter big-name talent from the multi-million dollar production: Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy; Katie Holmes as Jackie Kennedy; Barry Pepper as Robert F. Kennedy; and Tom Wilkinson as Joe Kennedy. The actors and producer Joel Surnow ('24') were told this afternoon of the cancellation.

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Katie Holmes to Play Jacqueline Kennedy in New Miniseries

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 28th 2010 5:14PM
Katie HolmesKatie Holmes will return to the small screen to portray one of the most iconic women in American history.

According to Variety, Holmes, who rose to fame on the WB teen drama 'Dawson's Creek,' has been cast as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 'The Kennedys,' an eight-hour miniseries set to air on History in 2011.

Also joining the cast: Greg Kinnear ('As Good as it Gets,' 'Little Miss Sunshine'), as President John F. Kennedy, Barry Pepper, as Senator Robert Kennedy, and two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson ('In the Bedroom,' "Michael Clayton'), who will play their father, Joe Kennedy Sr.

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Greg Kinnear on Romance Between Miley Cyrus and Co-Star

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 23rd 2010 2:30PM
At first, Greg Kinnear had difficulty believing he was old enough to play Miley Cyrus' father in the film 'The Last Song.' But, once he got over the shock, he became a first-hand witness to the budding real-life romance between Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who plays her love interest in the movie, he said on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated).

According to Kinnear, Cyrus texted Hemsworth so often on the movie set that "there was a little smoke coming out of [her] Blackberry." And, later, he became privy to a convoluted plan by Cyrus to get back at Hemsworth for failing to call her.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Parks and Recreation - The Camel

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 13th 2009 10:23AM
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(S02E09) It's nice to see an episode where everybody in the office (and Ann) is working together. They're usually broken up into their own smaller storylines, so people like Donna often get shoved into the background, if we see her at all. This time, she was front and center, along with Jesus Greg Kinnear, and Indiana's pride, Michael Jackson. Speaking of which-- American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was born in Indianapolis, so he totally could have helped round out the table.

Jerry, another mainly background character, generally serves as the show's whipping boy, which I find really funny -- especially in the episode where they were all trying to dig up dirt on each other, and he found out he was adopted. Granted, that's pretty bad, but I still laughed. This time though, where they ridiculed him and dismissed his mural, it didn't really work for me.

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Graham Norton gets in trouble for making gay joke

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 30th 2009 8:00PM
This may sound like an odd headline, since Norton is gay himself, so let's be specific: Graham Norton made a joke about lesbians and got in trouble for it.

He made the joke on his show recently (clip below, with guests Greg Kinnear and Ruth Jones), showing a picture from a web site that he said depicted "strange lesbians" with "bad haircuts." The BBC has told him and the show to stop endorsing stereotypes. You be the judge.

[via TV Tattle]

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