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What are you looking forward to catching up with this summer?

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 30th 2009 3:01PM
SkinsIn the DVR era, I have this new problem/blessing that happens to me every year. I jump on board these shows and then just get too busy to keep up with them and they pile up and sit there on my DVR unwatched. As an example, I just finished "Chapter 5" of John Adams last night; damn that's a good mini-series. But now that 99% of the network shows are wrapping up their seasons, I'm looking at three months of solid catch-up time.

I can also use the time to try out series I've always wanted to get into but just haven't for some reason or another; I'll use that "no time" excuse again. With more videos streaming online at Hulu (thanks ABC), seasons coming out ever faster on DVD and more vintage shows coming out the field is wide open. Of course, I'm probably taking on more than I can handle, but dammit I'm excited!

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Here's who won tonight at The Golden Globes

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 11th 2009 11:29PM
Golden Globes

The Golden Globes really is one of the more interesting award shows. Oscar has mostly movie people, Grammy has mostly music people, and Emmy has mostly TV people. It's rather fun and a different dynamic to have the movie and TV people all mixing together on one place. That's how we can have an E! red carpet scene like The Dark Knight's Aaron Eckhart asking Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria if she's been drinking. TV-wise, it was also great to see Miley Cyrus come up to talk to Ryan Seacrest right after that Jonas kid and see them not talk to each other. Funny to see dad Billy Ray talk to him though. I think he said "stay away from my daughter."

The awards show is over. I'm sure the drinking and eating and dancing and fornicating is still going on as I type this, but the show itself is now history. Here's a list of the major TV winners, some notes on who got snubbed, as well as a few observations on what went down tonight.

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Reflecting on the Golden Globe TV noms

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 11th 2008 10:33AM
GlobeOne of the biggest victims in last year's Writers Guild strike was the Golden Globe awards. Fortunately, the SAG threats of a strike remain just that -- threats -- so the Globes are on and the nominations were announced this morning.

Unfortunately, there were few surprises among the TV noms. In fact, it's kind of worrisome that these nominations are way too similar to the Emmy nominations. Among the new network shows from this season, and last, very little.

NBC will broadcast the Golden Globes on January 11. For the complete list of the Globe noms, click here, and for some instant impressions on said noms, read on after the jump:

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TV Squad Live Blogging: The Emmys

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2008 6:00PM
Emmy award11:00: OK, that's it for me tonight. Things have turned bold for some reason and I'm hungry. I haven't eaten since...well, I had a handful of almonds around 5:30, along with a Diet Coke, but that's it. Check out more Emmys on AOL, with a full list of winners, behind the scenes info, interviews, and a ton of pictures.

10:57: Outstanding Drama, Mad Men. Yes!!!!!

10:56:
Tom Selleck delivering the Drama award? Random, but welcome.

10:55:
Two years in a row for 30 Rock. Does this mean great ratings? (Probably not.)

10:54:
Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock.

10:53:
Mary Tyler Moore: attractive woman, really bad dress.

10:50:
...and the Emmy goes to Jeff Probst (Survivor).

10:45:
Outstanding Host, Reality Show is...after this commercial. Kimmel is becoming the MVP of award shows and specials.

10:41:
Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy: Tina Fey (30 Rock).

10:38:
Outstanding Lead Actor, Drama: Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)!

10:36:
The Fey/Scorcese American Express ad is great...but not when you see it 30 times in one night.

10:34:
In case you're wondering, I still haven't eaten anything yet.

10:32:
Impressed they're including some producers and other behind the scenes folks.

10:30:
Ah, the annual "In Memoriam." The time of the show we try to figure out who they'll leave out.

10:28: Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama: Glenn Close (Damages).

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HBO plans Lincoln assassination mini-series

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 18th 2008 1:05PM
logo HBOA week from now, HBO will probably be one of the big stories from the Primetime Emmys thanks to the success of the John Adams mini-series. But it's not sitting on that success, the premium cable net is banking on it. HBO announced today a mini series based on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln called Manhunt. That news would be interesting enough because the series will deal with the 12 days after Lincoln was shot when the assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was on the run. However, the guys that HBO have tapped to work on Manhunt are two of the best in television -- David Simon and Tom Fontana.

HBO knows Simon and Fontana's work really well. Simon was the creator of The Wire and Fontana's brainchild was Oz. This is also not a new collaboration. Fontana turned Simon's book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, into the Homicide: Life on the Streets TV series for NBC.

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TCA Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock and The Wire are big winners - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 19th 2008 11:01PM
TCA logoTonight, the members of the Television Critics Association (including me) gathered at the Beverly Hilton to give out its annual awards. The membership voted on the awards in the month leading up to the press tour; we were given a number of candidates to choose from in various categories. The membership was also asked to choose recipients for an individual Career Achievement award and the Heritage Award, which recognizes a past show that had a big impact artistically and on the industry.

The members didn't reach back too far for the Heritage Award: it was given to The Wire. As for current shows, the members gave Mad Men a bushel of awards: Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, and Outstanding Achievement in Drama. 30 Rock won for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Tina Fey won the Individual Achievement in Comedy award for her performance. John Adams won the mini-series award; its star, Paul Giamatti, won the Individual Achievement in Drama award. Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live received the Career Achievement award.

A complete list of winners is after the jump.

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My reactions to the Emmy nominations, part two

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 18th 2008 9:03AM
Emmy goldEarlier today I did a first take on the Primetime Emmy nominations, sharing with you my first impressions and noting a few surprises. Now, I'm going to finish what I started. Please, share your comments and your opinions about the nominations.


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2008 Television Critics Association Awards nominees announced

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2008 2:28PM

Baldwin, SeinfeldHey, they're not the TV Squad Awards, but the TCAs are pretty cool too, and the nominees have been announced.

There are a lot of the usual suspects on the list, of course (though that doesn't mean they're not worthy - they are), including 30 Rock, The Office, Friday Night Lights, and The Wire. It's also great to see Mad Men get so many nominations, including Program of the Year, Best Drama, Best New Show, and a Best Individual Achievement nom for star Jon Hamm. It's interesting to see that Mad Men will go up against another AMC show, Breaking Bad, in the Best New Show category.

Lost is well represented, as are John Adams, Flight of the Conchords, and PBS' The War miniseries. As for The Wire, it's not only up for drama and acting awards, it has also been nominated for the Heritage Award, along with M*A*S*H, Saturday Night Live, Sesame Street, and Roots. Interesting to see such a recent show up for a lifetime award next to classics. The awards will be presented on July 19.

Anything missing from these nominations?

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What's On Tonight: Oprah's Big Give, Monk, John Oliver

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 20th 2008 4:02PM

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  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by a new Big Brother and the new movie Sweet Nothing In My Ear.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, then episodes of Monk and Psych.
  • At 8, ABC has the finale of Oprah's Big Give, then new episodes of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8.
  • PBS has a new Nature at 8, followed by a new Masterpiece.
  • VH-1 has a new Celebrity Fit Club at 8, then a new Rock of Love with Bret Michaels reunion show.
  • Also at 8: TCM has The Naked City, followed by Topkapi.
  • At 9, The CW has a new episodes of The Game.
  • There's a new Iron Chef America on Food Network at 9.
  • HBO has the series finale of John Adams at 9.
  • Showtime has a new episode of The Tudors, then a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has standup special John Oliver: Terrifying Times.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Squidbillies.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Night Of Too Many Stars, The Tudors

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 13th 2008 4:15PM

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  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then new episodes of Big Brother and Cold Case, then an episode of Dexter.
  • ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos at 7, followed by new episodes of Oprah's Big Give, Desperate Housewives, and Eli Stone.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, then episodes of Monk and Psych.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, followed by a new King of the Hill.
  • There's a new Everybody Hates Chris on The CW at 8.
  • PBS has a new Nature at 8, then a new Masterpiece.
  • Comedy Central has the live Night of Too Many Stars charity event at 8.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has the Red Sox/Yankees game.
  • At 8:30, Nickelodeon has a new Dance on Sunset.
  • At 9, The CW has a new episode of The Game.
  • HBO has a new John Adams at 9.
  • Showtime has a new episode of The Tudors at 9, then a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • National Geographic has the special Human Footprint at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Dirt.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Squidbillies.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: John Adams, Oprah's Big Give, Dirt

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2008 4:07PM
  • Andy Griffith ShowTV Land continues its Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Big Brother.
  • ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos at 7, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Oprah's Big Give, and Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Dateline at 7.
  • At 8, The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris, then a new Aliens in America.
  • TCM has All About Eve at 8.
  • Also at 8: HBO has the premiere of John Adams.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new King of the Hill.
  • At 9, HGTV announces the winner of the Dream House Giveaway 2008.
  • Showtime has a new L Word at 9.
  • At 9:30, FOX has a new Unhitched.
  • At 10, FX has a new Dirt.
  • CBS has an episode of Dexter at 10.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new Frisky Dingo.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Paul Giamatti to play John Adams in HBO miniseries

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 21st 2006 10:11AM
Paul Giamatti and John AdamsIf you were casting a miniseries about the American Revolution, concentrating on John Adams, who would be the first person you would think of to play the second president? That's right, the name Paul Giamatti doesn't come to mind right away, does it? Well, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman did; they're producting a seven-hour HBO miniseries based on the David McCullough book John Adams, and they cast Giamatti in the title role. He'll play Adams during the revolutionary years, when he stoked the revolt behind-the-scenes. The series is set to start shooting in January and will begin airing in March 2008.

I've got to say, resemblance-wise, it doesn't seem to be a match. Even tempermant-wise, I'm not sure. Adams was more of a low-key guy, while almost every role Giamatti's played has been on the high-strung or emotional side. If anyone's got the acting chops to pull this off, though, it's Giamatti. And he'll be the only actor that can say he played both a Founding Father and Pig Vomit.

(UPDATE: I have been taken to task by the readers for calling Adams "low-key." Apparently, my knowledge of American history needs an update, because Adams was supposedly a big pain in the ass. So Giamatti might be perfect for the role.)

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