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AMC Reaches Deal with 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 31st 2011 7:58PM
Don Draper fans, you can heave a sigh of relief.

After what felt like a very long wait, Matthew Weiner has signed a new deal with AMC, which airs 'Mad Men,' and with Lionsgate, the production company that makes the acclaimed drama.

The show still won't return until early 2012 -- probably in March, according to various reports -- but when it does, Weiner will be at the helm of 'Mad Men.' Weiner's deal calls for him to serve as showrunner of the drama for its fifth and sixth season, and a for a possible seventh season if the show runs that long.

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Who's Your Favorite Female TV Character?

by Michael Wandling, posted Mar 31st 2011 3:15PM
TV WomenBehind almost every great TV show, there's a great woman.

Over the last month we've been celebrating the many wonderful women who have graced our TV sets over the years. Whether they starred in comedies, soaps, dramas, reality shows or brought us the best in talk shows and news, these women have been a vital part of not only the TV landscape, but our lives.

But everybody has his or her own favorites and takes on what makes a TV character superior to another. That's why we want to hear from you. We know not all of you agreed with our choices or the order we put them in, so now's your chance to share your thoughts by voting in the poll below.

With that said, we couldn't help but wonder what it'd be like to gather the ladies who topped our Top 100 Most Memorable Women list for a dinner. The conversations they'd have, the insight these characters could share with one another. Yes, if you couldn't tell, we love TV.

Check out the graphic representation of our TV women dinner along with the poll and links to our various salutes to TV women lists.

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10 Most Stylish Female Characters in TV History

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 31st 2011 9:00AM
Mary Tyler MoorePeople watch TV for entertainment, escapism and stories that can keep them tuning in season after season.

But let's face it: for a lot of people, it's also about the sexy celebs in fabulous clothes. When it comes to women on TV, wardrobe may not make the character, but it does make her more interesting. It doesn't matter if the lady never wears the same thing twice or never changes clothes -- we've got both represented here -- it's the style that adds substance.

From hip-hugging chic to hippie chic, eclectic couture and housewives demure, we came up with a definitive list of some of our favorite fashionable ladies in TV history.

Did yours make the cut, or was she out-dressed? Sound off in the comments.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'The Killing,' 'The Borgias,' 'Camelot' and 'Mad Men'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 30th 2011 3:15PM
Spring is bringing us a lot of new programs, and in this week's Talking TV podcast, we shared our thoughts on several of them, and we also took on the ongoing 'Mad Men' kerfuffle (or brouhaha, if you will).

In our discussion of 'The Killing,' Ryan McGee and I shared some thoughts on AMC's emerging house style, and in our conversation about 'The Borgias,' we talked about how Showtime is in need of some fresh energy. Other shows discussed in this week's podcast include 'Body of Proof' and 'Camelot.'

For a breakdown of the topics in this week's conversation, see below.

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Matthew Weiner Speaks Out on 'Mad Men' Drama: 'I Am Fighting for the Show'

by Zach Dionne, posted Mar 30th 2011 1:30PM
mad men matthew weinerWhen news hit that 'Mad Men' wouldn't return until 2012, fans of AMC's juggernaut sighed. When that news spiraled into the notion that creator Matthew Weiner may leave the series, fans wept.

Now Weiner is clearing a few things up. "There's been a lot of speculation and misinformation in the press about what is going on," he tells 'Mad Men' blog Basket of Kisses. "I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans."

The AMC/Weiner negotiations have been rumored to be in progress for months. "We didn't have an actual conversation until three weeks ago," Weiner clarifies.

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'Mad Men' to Return in 2012, But Will Matthew Weiner Be on Board?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 29th 2011 12:15PM
'Mad Men' is coming back to AMC, but not until early 2012.

"AMC has officially authorized production of season 5 of 'Mad Men,' triggering our option with Lionsgate ('Mad Men''s production company)," the network said in a statement Monday. "While we are getting a later start than in years past due to ongoing, key non-cast negotiations, 'Mad Men' will be back for a fifth season in early 2012."

Those key negotiations involves creator Matthew Weiner. His 'Mad Men' contract ran out at the end of season 4, and he has been in talks with AMC and Lionsgate for several months.

Will 'Mad Men''s creator be the one overseeing the fifth season of the critically acclaimed drama? According to Deadline, negotiations have hit a particularly rough patch in recent days.

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Rosie O'Donnell Takes Over Oprah's Studio, 'Mad Men' Return Pushed to 2012 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 29th 2011 11:30AM
Rosie O'Donnell, Oprah WinfreyRosie O'Donnell is taking over Oprah Winfrey's stomping grounds. O'Donnell will tape her new OWN daytime talk show on Winfrey's sound stage when the daytime queen ends her reign on May 25.

Yes, O'Donnell is heading to Chicago. "There is an enormous personal respect and value to that little bit of real estate to Oprah," Sheri Salata, president of Harpo Studios, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I think it's safe to say they have an excellent relationship."

O'Donnell made the announcement to Harpo staffers via video.

The new series will be less celebrity-driven than O'Donnell's previous daytime gig. Instead, the series will tackle real issues that affect everyday people.

In other TV news ...

'Mad Men' won't be on TV until early 2012. Contract negotiations between AMC and creator Matt Weiner have broken down, forcing the delay in premiere. [Deadline]

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will take on 'Vietnam' in a new documentary. 'Vietnam' will be between 10 and 12 hours and broadcast in 2016. [Deadline]

David O'Russell will guest star on 'Gossip Girl.' What will 'The 'Fighter' director be doing? Nobody knows ... yet. [Vulture]

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Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: 'Mad Men' Production May Be Delayed Until 2012

by Elena Cox, posted Mar 22nd 2011 5:30PM
Mad Men, Don Draper, Jon Hamm'Mad Men' fans are reeling today after Brian Stelter of the New York Times reported that infighting between AMC and Lionsgate may delay production of the show's fifth season until 2012.

The cause of the delays, simply put, is money. In January, 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner described the disagreement in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

"They are fighting over a very lucrative property... It's one of the biggest perils of success - everyone wants a piece of it now, and they are fighting over who is gonna get the biggest chunk."

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January Jones Embraces Betty Draper's Mean Side (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 18th 2011 11:45AM
January Jones Likes Being Mean, Regis Tries a Scottish Accent (Again)January Jones says she's come to enjoy playing mean characters like 'Mad Men's' Betty Draper, and Regis Philbin is inspired by Jones' 'Unknown' co-star Liam Neeson to try out his Scottish accent again on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

"Now that [Betty Draper has] become stronger and more independent and, sort of, mean, I guess, I'm getting more offers to play mean people," Jones said, adding that it's much more fun to play unkind characters. "I don't want to be sweet and nice."

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11 Great '[TV Show] in 60 Seconds' Videos

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 29th 2011 2:00PM
Watching Landline TV's 'Dexter' in 60 Seconds' video reminded us how much we enjoy the 'In 60 Seconds' format.

The phenomenon really took off on YouTube with a number of movie plots edited down to one minute. Full television series aren't as simple to cut down with so many characters and story arcs each season. However, there are some excellent ones out there and we unearthed 11 of the best.

The tone of the videos vary greatly -- some are meant to be informative, others humorous. They are created from actual clips, or re-enactments, or animation, or even feline theatre. A few focus on a specific character, or season, and some portray the show's broader themes. You'll enjoy all of them, and leave a little more educated.

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Six Other TV Prequels We'd Like to See

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 18th 2011 5:30PM
DynastyIf you haven't heard, they're making a big-screen prequel to the classic '80s primetime soap 'Dynasty' (which debuted 30 years ago last week). It will be set in the 1960s -- probably an excuse to get some of that 'Mad Men' feel -- and will show how Blake Carrington came to power and met Alexis.

It's hard to say how many people will actually go to a theater to see a movie based on a 25 year-old nighttime soap. Are even 'Dynasty' fans waiting for a prequel? Maybe if they cast Jon Hamm and Angelina Jolie to play Blake and Alexis (or they keep it on the small screen, which makes more sense).

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Larry King Returns to TV, Mischa Barton Wants On 'DWTS' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 12th 2011 1:00PM
Larry KingWell, that didn't take long. Weeks after ending his long-running CNN show, Larry King has booked another TV gig.

It's not what you'd expect, though. According to TV Guide, the newsman has booked a cameo as himself on the ABC sitcom 'Better With You.'

King will shoot the guest spot next week, and the episode is scheduled to air in March.

In other TV news ...

The latest on board the 'Dancing With the Stars' rumor train: Mischa Barton. According to a source, "Mischa watches the show religiously, and she thinks she can hold her own and maybe even win it. She likes the idea of being on a top-rated show, too." [Perez Hilton]

Former 'Deep End' star Ben Lawson will play one of the leads in the USA pilot 'Wild Card.' His character is a successful attorney who has a life-changing night in Las Vegas. [Entertainment Weekly]

Justin Long and his newly formed production company sold a half-hour script to CBS. The comedy is about two polar opposite high school science teacher roommates. [Deadline]

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'Mad Men' Gets Fifth Season, Networks Announce Spring Premiere Dates and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 7th 2011 6:00PM
Mad Men, Don Draper, Jon HammRest easy, AMC fans -- your favorite quality cable programming is definitely coming back in 2011.

The network announced today that 'Mad Men' has been renewed for a fifth season, though there's no official premiere date. Same with 'Breaking Bad,' according to The Hollywood Reporter -- no official premiere date other than "summer 2011," but the show will begin filming season TK next week.

AMC also set a date for its new series 'The Killing,' about the investigation surrounding a teenager's murder. The show will debut on Sun., April 3 at 10PM.

In other TV news ...

A&E's 'Breakout Kings' has a premiere date too. The new series, about a group of convicts who partner with a U.S. Marshal office, will bow on March 13 at 10PM. [Deadline]

'Spartacus' fans, you might have a new lead actor soon. Sources say Aussie actor Liam McIntyre is the frontronner for the role, and will be made official soon. Meanwhile, the show is definitely getting a second season. [TVLine]

Emeril Lagasse is returning to the TV kitchen. The chef just signed a new deal with the Hallmark Channel to star in a daily cooking show. It is scheduled to premiere in late 2011. [Hallmark]

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The TV Squad Team Gives TV Some New Year's Resolutions

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 30th 2010 2:00PM
Idris ElbaWe've reached the time of year when people talk about all the ways they're going to change in the new year. They want to lose weight, swear less, spend more time with friends, etc. But we all know what happens to New Year's resolutions... they're usually broken or discarded by the time you trudge to work after the holidays are over.

So the folks here at TV Squad decided to do something a little bit different; for the most part, instead of giving ourselves resolutions to follow, we've decided give the powers that be running the various networks our wish list of what we're looking to see on TV in 2011. We're very generously giving our resolutions over to the TV folks, hoping to benefit the greater good of TV fans anywhere. If any of these come to pass, you'll know who you can thank.

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The 10 Greatest TV Characters of 2010

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2010 10:00AM
RubiconThere are a lot of characters on television, but there are only a handful that can be considered "great."

They're the ones that add a lot to the show they're on. The characters we can't imagine not existing in their show's universe. The characters that stand out because of that magical combo of good writing and a unique performance by the actor playing the character.

This is a list of the greatest characters from the tube in 2010. They're probably not the only great characters on their shows, but these are the ones that made the most memorable impact.

Note: you will not find Snooki on this list.

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