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Paul Giamatti Talks Hazards of Playing in NYC's 'Piss and Mud' Snow (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 13th 2011 5:30AM
Paul Giamatti Describes NYC Snow on 'Late Night'For the viewers of 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC), Paul Giamatti succinctly described what a New York City snowfall is really like: "The winter wonderland thing lasts about 10 minutes, and then it's just like dog piss and mud and blood and it's just horrible."

Still, that didn't deter his son from enjoying "a big pile of snow outside our building," the actor said. Giamatti's glee over the youngster's newfound playground was short-lived, however.

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Paul Giamatti Uses an 11-Letter Word for Onion-y Rogue on 'The Daily Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 4th 2011 3:13AM
Paul Giamatti, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart''The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM on COM) is a show that deals with a lot of smart topics and ideas. But tonight we learned that if you're stuck for an answer on a crossword puzzle, it might be a good idea to check in with Paul Giamatti.

It took Jon Stewart and one of his crewmen together to figure out the answer to an audience member's question before the taping. She asked for an 11-letter word for "an onion-y rogue." Sure, they guys were able to come up with it, but only after thinking about it for a moment.

The coincidence of the year -- it's early still so we're going to go ahead and call it -- came later when Giamatti used that very word in everyday conversation.

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Jane Krakowski Spills on Upcoming '30 Rock' Guest Stars (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 7th 2010 3:45PM
Jane Krakowski spilled details on the new season of '30 Rock' on 'The Nate Berkus Show' (weekdays, syndicated), including a range of notable stars who will make guest appearances.

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History Picks Up 'The Kennedys'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 14th 2009 11:02AM
History is about to make, well, history.

The channel, best known for its epic documentaries, will reportedly take a stab at scripted television with an eight-hour miniseries based on the Kennedy family, the Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

'24''s Joel Surnow will helm 'The Kennedys,' with Stephen Kronish set to pen all eight episodes. Currently, the miniseries is set to air in spring 2011, and will pit the events of the early '60s (among them the Bay of Pigs, the Cubin Missile Crisis) as a backdrop to the more private relationships of the former first family.

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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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Things I learned from the press tour - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 25th 2008 7:33PM
Rob McElhenny and Glenn Howerton trying to pukeSo I've been back from LA for a couple of days, watching Rich and Keith file frantic reports from Comic-Con. It just makes me shake my head in sympathy. Though CC is a different animal from the TCAs, in both structure and in sheer volume of people and activities, I still know exactly how they feel. It all starts to feel like a blur after awhile -- panels, reporter scrums, parties, meeting your favorite (and not-so-favorite) TV stars... When you get back to "normal life," it almost feels like it never happened.

Anyway, now that I have a day or two to reflect, I took a cue from our friends at AOL and came up with a list of things I learned on this press tour. But this list will involve both the network-related things I learned with what I learned about celebrities, my fellow critics, and myself.

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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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Amazing Screw-On Head giveaway winners

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 8th 2007 3:21PM
Amazing Screw-On HeadFive new The Amazing Screw-On Head DVDs will soon have a new home, thanks to our latest TV Squad giveaway. Congratulations to Gavin, Chris G., daniel, das_klaun, and schrute to kill. All of you are doing a great service to our country. Oh, and make sure you check out the back of the DVD case for a quote from a familiar source.

Keep an eye on TV Squad for more contests and giveaways!

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TV Squad's The Amazing Screw-On Head giveaway

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 5th 2007 9:00AM
The Amazing Screw-On HeadGather 'round, folks! It's time for a giveaway. This one is all about Sci-Fi's all-new The Amazing Screw-On Head DVD. We've got five (5) copies that need a new home, so come and give it a try.

All you need to do is reply to this post stating your favorite thing about this show. Yessir, it's just as easy as that. But don't forget to check your e-mail to confirm the comment! From the comments, we will randomly select five winners. Be sure to enter by 11:59PM Eastern time, March 5th, 2007, because the drawing will take place tomorrow.

Join quickly! America is depending on you. And by "America", I mean "the world". Godspeed.

Full rules are after the jump.

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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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The Daily Show: July 20, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 21st 2006 7:40AM
The Daily Show"Once You Go Black": So, after five years of turning down invitations, Bush addressed the NAACP at their annual conference. You sure showed Kanye West, Mr. President. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoyed Bush's speech and, three and a half minutes into it, "Sandman" Sims tapped danced him off. Damn you, Apollo!

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The Amazing Screw-On Head brings the funny

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 15th 2006 6:47PM
Amazing Screw-On HeadI've been on a comic-book kick lately, waiting for the next issue of Y: The Last Man (good stuff), so I checked out the online premiere of Sci-Fi's The Amazing Screw-On Head. The 22-minute pilot episode features the voice talents of Paul Giamatti, David Hyde Pierce, Patton Oswalt, and Molly Shannon.

The combination of comedy and adventure reminds me of The Venture Bros., but while VB is an acquired taste for some, Screw-On Head seems like it could easily appeal to a larger audience. A lot of the story is taken straight from the comic, but since it was a one-shot (a stand-alone story) there have been a few well-done changes to allow the show room to grow to a full series. I'd love to see this on a regular basis! I definitely recommend it... Watch the pilot now, or read a little more about the comic and then watch it (seriously, watch it). Remember to fill out the survey after you see it so that SciFi can decide whether or not to pursue the series.

Emperor Zombie: Patience, darling? Do I have the permission to let Head stake you if it means world domination?
Patience, his vampiress: Yes, my love! [whispers to Head] ... Nooooo.

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