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USA Network Orders 'Common Law' to Series, Pia Toscano Signs Record Deal & More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 12:30PM
Michael EalyUSA Network has picked up 'Common Law,' a new buddy cop series starring 'The Good Wife' veteran Michael Ealy.

The new hourlong series will have 11 episodes. 'Common Law' stars Ealy as Travis Marks, partner to Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole), two police officers on the homicide team at the Los Angeles Police Department. In true USA Network format, these two partners have issues, and in effort to solve them, their captain sends the two to couples counseling.

Cormac and Marianne Wibberley of 'National Treasure' fame will serve as executive producers with Jon Turteltaub ('Jericho') and Craig Sweeny ('Medium').

"When CBS Television Studios sent us the script of Common Law, we immediately fell in love with the writing, the characters and the premise," USA co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber said in statement. "We're very lucky to have the Wibberleys, Jon and Craig guiding the process on this show; and with Michael and Warren, we have two stars who bring out the best in each other."

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'30 Rock' 100th Episode Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 22nd 2011 10:45AM
Alec Baldwin, '30 Rock' - '100th Episode'['30 Rock' - '100th Episode']

'30 Rock''s little show-within-a-show is reaching 100 episodes. So's the show about a show, and I've gotta say that I am absolutely exhausted after sitting through that hour of television. Exhausted in a good way.

When '30 Rock' is firing on all cylinders (like on last night's show), it does fast-paced nonsense and throwaway gags at an 'Airplane'-like pace. Add an actual story that made sense, liberally sprinkled with flashbacks and guest stars recalling the past five years, and this is one of the most satisfying 100th episode celebrations of a series I've ever seen.

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YouTube Technology Stumps 'Late Show' When Michael Keaton Visits (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 29th 2010 7:00AM
YouTube Stumps 'Late Show' When Michael Keaton VisitsMichael Keaton is more than an equestrian enthusiast: He has competed in difficult cutting-horse competitions. David Letterman has seen footage of Keaton on ESPN. So when the actor visited the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), the host assumed said video could be shown.

The crew member shook her head. The host remarked, "You don't have it? ... You gotta have it. I can go upstairs to my little room, and I can YouTube the son of a bitch and there it is! I'm so embarrassed, Michael."

Midway through the interview, Letterman was alerted that the crew found the clip. Roll tape. Uh, no. That's a woman.

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Michael Keaton on Playing Ken in 'Toy Story 3' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 17th 2010 12:30PM
Michael Keaton, who provides the voice for Ken in 'Toy Story 3,' talks about wearing the Ken doll's outfit in real life and riffs on a lesser-known doll called "Jihad Ken" on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC).

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Michael Keaton Talks 'Home Alone' Childhood on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 13th 2010 5:00AM
Michael Keaton Talks Childhood on 'Late Show'Being the youngest child of seven has its perils, as Michael Keaton can attest. On the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), he told David Letterman about the time his family claimed he "fell" out of the car.

"We're driving out ... and at some point the door -- I'm going to do air quotes -- 'dislodged.' I'm out -- boom!" said Keaton. "I'm rolling around like in gravel. I looked like I'd been hit by shrapnel."

Here's where kind relatives would pick you up and rescue you from the middle of the road. Not for this little lad.

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AOL readers rate TV talk show hosts

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 27th 2008 11:04AM
Ellen DegeneresSo, AOL TV did a poll about America's favorite talk show hosts and 1.3 million people made their feelings known. Interesting results. I didn't agree with some of them, like who I like waking up with. Diane Sawyer was the top choice, but I'd go for the second place finisher, Matt Lauer. As for whom to go to bed with -- TV talk show wise, that is -- I can't believe most of the people chose Jay Leno. Is he really that popular? I prefer David Letterman; I'm a sucker for the Top Ten lists.

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It's official: Joe Mantegna takes over on Criminal Minds

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2007 12:53PM

Joe MantegnaIt's not going to be Harvey Keitel or Geena Davis or Michael Keaton or even Rosie O'Donnell. The new person in charge on Criminal Minds is Joe Mantegna.

The CBS show hired Mantegna over the weekend, ending speculation over who would replace Mandy Patinkin, who has already left the show and will not be making anymore appearances. Besides classic movies such as House of Games and Bugsy, Mantegna costarred on the USA series The Starter Wife earlier this summer, was on the gone-but-not-forgotten drama Joan of Arcadia, does the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons, and made a poor substitute for Robert Urich when they made those Spenser movies on cable (nothing against Mantegna, he was quite good, it just wasn't Spenser, you know?).

No word yet on how they'll write out Patinkin or how Mantegna's character will join the team, though some episodes are already done and Patinkin's abscence will be explained in the season premiere.

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Chris O'Donnell stars on TNT's The Company with other super-hero grads

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 3rd 2007 9:01PM
Chris O'Donnell Chris O'Donnell's "Robin" was partnered with "Batmen" Val Kilmer and George Clooney in the movies - but he never battled crime alongside Michael Keaton, who brought the Dark Knight to the big screen in 1989, until the two were cast in The Company. The TNT six-hour, three-week mini-series (based on the book by Robert Littell about the early days of the CIA and the Cold War) debuts on Sunday, August 5 at 8 PM.

"Michael wasn't on that long," O'Donnell told TV Squad in a one-on-one interview in a TNT-hosted suite at the Beverly Hilton following a TCA panel for The Company last month. The actor actually shared more screen time with Company co-star Alfred Molina (aka Spider-Man 2's Doctor Octopus). "We all sat around together [at one point] thinking, 'It's two from the 'Justice League' and one [Spider-man] super villain!'"

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The Company -- An early look

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 30th 2007 4:33PM
the company
The Company
is a six-hour movie that will air over three nights, beginning this Sunday at 8 pm on TNT. It stars Chris O'Donnell, Alfred Molina, and Michael Keaton as players in the early days of the CIA. It is based on the highly-acclaimed novel by Robert LIttell.

The story focuses on three Yale friends who join the spy business, two of them go to the CIA and one (the Russian) goes to the KGB. It is set during the beginning of the Cold War, starting with the 1950s and then to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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What happened to Jim Belushi?

by Paul Goebel, posted Jul 12th 2007 11:02AM

What is wrong with this picture?I remember when I was a young man many years ago, watching a short-lived sitcom called Working Stiffs. I was enthralled with a very young and talented comic-turned-actor named Michael Keaton but even more so with the man who played his brother, Jim Belushi.

Since I was really just a kid, I was unable to be a real fan of John Belushi. Sure, I had heard about some of the stuff he did on Saturday Night Live and my parents talked about him a lot, but I was just too young to grasp his genius at the time. Jim, however, was a different story.

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