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'Mad Men' Season 5 Starts Shooting August 8 (Thank Goodness)

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 28th 2011 4:30PM
'Mad Men' fans, pour yourselves a scotch and rest easy: The long-delayed Season 5 of the critically acclaimed AMC drama will begin shooting in less than two weeks.

While new episodes of the show may not air until early 2012 thanks to a dispute between AMC and Lionsgate, any movement is good news after an off-season that's dragged on longer than the NFL lockout.

The show's first day of shooting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8, according to a report in EW. Jon Hamm will be directing the Season 5 premiere, making his directorial debut.

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Emmys 2011: Watch Clips of the Best Drama Series Nominees Here (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 14th 2011 11:00AM
The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced today, and that's all anyone in the TV world can talk about.

Of course our readers know how much we love to analyze everything TV (see our Best Comedy Nominees video playlist and critic Mo Ryan's take), but sometimes clips speak louder than words. So we've rounded up the best moments of each of the nominated shows to give you a better idea of the competition's playing field.

Here, a TV Replay clip from each of the 2011 Emmy Best Drama Series nominees.

There's 'Mad Men,' 'Dexter,' 'Boardwalk' Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights,' and 'The Good Wife.' Watch the highlights of the shows right here, then tell us who you think will take home that golden statue come Emmy night.

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AMC Sets 'Mad Men' Sunday Morning Reruns

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 12th 2011 2:30PM
Mad MenSo you never watched 'Mad Men'? Well, here's your chance to start! Since the show is on hiatus until 2012, AMC is re-airing the series from the beginning.

Starting Sun., July 31, the network will air encores at 6AM. Yes, that's 3 hours of slick, 1960s drama at the crack of dawn every Sunday. It might be a little too early for scotch (even for Don Draper), so we recommend getting to know the gang at Sterling Cooper with a bowl of cereal.

Or, you know, just going with it when your well-meaning daughter pours liquor on your pancakes instead of maple syrup.

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The Magic of Hollywood: Where Do Your Favorite Shows Really Take Place?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 30th 2011 3:00PM
'Mad Men' is nowhere near Madison Avenue...Hollywood is a magical place, but probably the most amazing thing about the entertainment industry is that any city can be faked.

Haven't you ever watched a show like 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and wondered where in Philly Paddy's Pub is? Well, don't go searching, because in real life, it's on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, California.

And just a few doors down from the 'Sunny' set is 'How I Met Your Mother,' where the gang gets in trouble on the streets of New York City ... that are actually on a sound stage in L.A.

But there are shows where there's no way the magic of the city can be faked ... right? 'Mad Men' is so completely New York in the 1960s (shoots in L.A., in the present day) and the rainy Seattle backdrop of 'The Killing' had to be 100% authentic (actually it was Vancouver's raindrops you saw all season).

We thought we'd take a look at a few of the other best tricked cities on TV ...

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'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm Signs New Contract, Banana Republic Launches 'MM' Clothing Range

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 22nd 2011 6:15AM
Jon Hamm'Mad Men' fans struggling through the dry spell between Seasons 4 and 5 can rest easy in the knowledge that Don Draper will be on the show until the end.

And, for those fans looking to maintain the 'Mad Men' mood through the long wait, Banana Republic has announced that in August it will launch a range of clothing and accessories inspired by the '60s-set drama.

Deadline.com reports that in the wake of 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner's new three-year deal, star Jon Hamm has renegotiated his contract with Lionsgate-AMC.

He was previously committed to a further two seasons, but that's now been upped to three in exchange for a whopping pay-day -- estimated to be an eight-figure sum -- which makes him one of the highest-paid actors in a cable series.

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Critics' Choice Television Awards 2011 Winners List

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 20th 2011 5:00PM
Mad Men, Jon HammThe first annual Critics' Choice Television Awards honored many Emmy favorites, but gave some love to the underdogs during its June 20 ceremony.

Actors and actresses from 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Cougar Town' were amongst the winners at the inaugural awards ceremony.

The show, which was hosted by 'So You Think You Can Dance''s Cat Deeley, was streamed live on VH1.com, and will air on ReelzChannel Wed., June 22 at 8PM.

Check out a full list of winners below.

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TCA Awards Nominate 'Justified,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:35PM
Critics tend to rave about dramas like 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Good Wife,' 'Mad Men' and 'Justified,' so it was no surprise to learn that all those awards picked up multiple nominations from the Television Critics Association, which announced its TCA Awards nominees Monday.

The Television Critics Association is an organization of more than 200 television critics and journalists, and this year, the group made some pretty unimpeachable choices.

On the comedy side, 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' and 'Community' picked up multiple nominations.

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Christina Hendricks: No One Is Leaving 'Mad Men' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 8th 2011 11:55AM
Christina Hendricks on 'The View' Christina Hendricks cleared up a few questions about the future of 'Mad Men' Wednesday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC). The cast will stay intact for season five, she said, which will come as a relief to the show's legions of fans who may be worried about contract disputes and delays in shooting. They will still get their show, but it will starting later than usual.

"The writers are back right now, no one is leaving the show," said Hendricks. "The actors go back in a month. I don't know the exact time that we'll get back on air. It'll be a little bit later than we normally are, but not too much." Previous reports have pegged the show's return around January of 2012, and also speculated that minor characters might have to be cut due to financial constraints.

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'Lost' Creator Damon Lindelof Rips January Jones' Performance in 'X-Men: First Class'

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 8th 2011 11:20AM
January Jones and Damon Lindelof'Lost' co-creator Damon Lindelof wasn't a fan of 'Mad Men' star January Jones' performance in 'X-Men: First Class' and let all 129,000 of his Twitter followers know about it.

After watching last week's No.1 movie at the Box Office, Lindelof took to his Twitter page to praise the movie and some of the performances, "Dug FIRST CLASS though, especially Fassbender, McAvoy and the best deployment of the PG-13 single-use eff-bomb I have ever seen."

However, he was less than kind to Jones' acting skills.

In the movie, Jones plays the character of 'Emma Frost', and Lindelof talked about Frost's powers in the movie, or lack thereof.

Lindelof tweeted this message, "Emma Frost's THREE mutant powers: Telepathy, Transformation to Solid Diamond and last but not least, Sucking at Acting."

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'Downton Abbey' Loses Out as 'Sherlock' Wins Big at the BAFTAs

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 23rd 2011 6:12AM
Martin FreemanIt was a mixed bag for PBS last night at the BAFTA TV Awards in London as 'Sherlock' took home two trophies, but 'Downton Abbey' left empty-handed.

'Sherlock' won the coveted Best Drama Series Award, and Martin Freeman ('The Hobbit') won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Doctor Watson in the modern take on the 'Sherlock Holmes' mysteries.

However, Freeman's co-star Benedict Cumberbatch lost out in the Best Actor category to Daniel Rigby ('Flyboys') for his role as legendary British comedian Eric Morecambe in 'Eric & Ernie.' Rigby also beat out fan favorite, 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith.

'Downton Abbey' was nominated for three major awards -- Best Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor and The Audience Award -- but failed to win any of them.

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AMC Not Ordering Any Pilots, Likely to Renew 'The Killing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 18th 2011 8:00AM
AMC LogoCable network AMC seems set to continue its successful and conservative approach to ordering pilot episodes: Sources report that it's not proceeding with any of the six dramas it currently has in development. At least, not right now.

AMC recently held its annual pilot script "bake-off," during which writers pitched their creative vision to network execs and outlined where their stories would go over a season-long arc.

According to Variety, two projects, space drama 'Voyage,' and an untitled racing project from exec producer Billy Gerber, are likely to have a second chance after being overhauled, while the other four are most likely dead in the water.

However, it's not all gloom over at AMC: The network is said to be close to renewing murder mystery 'The Killing,' which launched in April to a favorable reception from critics and viewers.

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Celebrate National Receptionists Day With Our Five Favorite TV Receptionists

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 9:00AM
Erin, The OfficeThe National Receptionists Association has declared today National Receptionists Day, a holiday to show our appreciation for the "front line personnel responsible for making a positive first impression for the company. Receptionists are also the person at the front desk, information desk, concierge, telephone operators, maitre d', and many others who are the first to greet and welcome customers, clients and the public to the company."

In honor of the holiday, here's a list of AOL TV's five favorite TV receptionists. Did your favorite make the list? Any egregious snubs? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Erin, 'The Office'
Like Pam before her, Erin is Dunder Mifflin's loyal receptionist and number one Michael Scott confidant. She might not be the brightest bulb, but she's willing to learn.

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Helping Others Gets Contestant Eliminated on 'Top Chef Masters' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 14th 2011 6:00AM
Sue, Suvir, Alex on 'Top Chef Masters'On 'Top Chef Masters' (Wed., 10PM ET on BRAVO), the cheftestants learned that sometimes, timing is everything.

The challenge was to take some classic dishes from the 1960s, give them a modern twist and serve them as appetizers to 'Mad Men's' Christina Hendricks and husband Geoffrey Arend (who both admitted to hating '60s food).

Everyone crowded into the kitchen. There were some successful efforts, but some big flops too. In the bottom three, Alex Stratta was told, "Your bread puddings were quite disappointing and very undelicious." And Suvir Saran's unintentional deep-fried veal was "too tough for words."

But in the end, it was the fact that Sue Zemanick helped other contestants that sent her packing her knives. She didn't have enough time to finish her own dish. "I'm disappointed and sad, but I didn't get my food on the plate in time so I think it was a fair decision," she said.

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15 Shows That Still Have Theme Songs

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 9th 2011 12:30PM
'Psych' not only has a theme song, but it also changes it up every once in awhile.In a recent TV 101 column, TV Squad writer Dr. Ryan Vaughan lamented the loss of the television theme song. Briefly summarizing its apparent demise, Ryan said, "Now it seems 'theme songs' are actually just titular lines blurted out between commercials by some singing robot. Why would you throw away something so unabashedly awesome?"

Well, they haven't thrown out every theme. Just take shows like 'The Big Bang Theory, 'Psych' and the cartoon dynasty of Seth MacFarlane, for example. And that's not including the shows with memorable theme music, like 'Bones' or 'Mad Men.'

Want proof? After the jump, check out our list of 15 current shows that still have a theme song or theme music.

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'Jersey Shore' Italy Production Delayed, Bravo Adds Seven New Shows and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 6th 2011 5:30PM
Jersey ShoreItaly might be safe from a 'Jersey Shore' invasion after all.

According to E! Online, production troubles might cause the MTV series' planned season abroad to turn into a short-term vacation. Though E! reports there have been difficulties getting the proper filming permits, an Italian Film Commission rep said nobody from MTV has applied for any yet.

The real delay? Probably contract negotiations, as several cast members have not yet signed deals for the new season.

In other TV news ...

'Desperate Housewives' star Brenda Strong will play Ann Ewing, wife to Patrick Duffy's Bobby, on TNT's 'Dallas' reboot. The show will start shooting in Texas next month. [TV Guide]

'Mad Men' might be on hiatus until 2012, but we'll still be able to see the show this summer. Netflix announced that the show will be available to stream on its Watch Instantly service starting July 27. [Variety]

Eleven new shows apparently weren't enough for Bravo. The network is developing two scripted and five new reality series, including 'Women of Wall Street' (about, well, the women of Wall Street), 'Gallery Girls' (about 20-something art gallery workers), 'The Annabel Tollman Project' (about a fashion editor–turned–celebrity stylist), 'Jason of Beverly Hills' (about a jeweler), 'The Kristoffer Winters Project' (about a house-flipper) and 'Face Down' (about a makeup artist). [THR]

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