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The Most Awesome Video You'll See Today (And It Stars Someone From 'Lost')

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2010 12:30PM
I love seeing clips of what stars did before they became big. The first stepping stone to stardom is often TV commercials or plays, but there are other avenues as well, including instructional videos. This one is from 1992. It's a prison training video. Take a look at the counselor who is called in to help one of the inmates. He even had that creepy stare back then (though with more hair, which doesn't quite look right to me). I want to know how this ends.

[via Gawker]

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Did Sonny go too far on General Hospital?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 31st 2010 2:02PM
abc_general_hospital_sonny_carlyIs Sonny going to wind up in prison for his crimes on General Hospital? You have to wonder how he's going to avoid it now. It's not like viewers have every thought of Sonny as innocent, but he's skirted having to pay for his sins via the criminal justice system. There have been other ways he's paid, but prison? So far, Mac and the Port Charles P.D. have yet to get him locked away for long. The Feds have also dropped the ball every time they've tried. But Friday might have been the game changer.

Sonny's portrayer, Maurice Benard, thinks it is. He told Michael Logan, "I truly believe Sonny's done this time. He wants his son to be safe and he sees no other way out. ...He doesn't think he can get away with it this time -- at least that's the way I'm playing it."

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Is the Prison Break spinoff still in the works?

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 13th 2009 2:22PM
Prison BreakBack in October 2007, we learned that FOX was looking into making a Prison Break spin off set in a prison for women. The plan was to introduce the new series as an episode of Prison Break. This way of testing the waters before officially launching a spinoff has been used to introduce series such as NCIS and Private Practice and will be used this spring to launch the planned Gossip Girl and NCIS's spinoffs.

The Prison Break spinoff idea was put on the back burner and most of us thought it would never happen after all. However, a casting call for PB's episode 4.23 makes me think that FOX is going forward with the spinoff set in a prison for women, especially now that Prison Break has been cancelled. Or they at least want to test the idea before making their final decision.

Spoilers for episode 4.23 and potential Prison Break spinoff coming up!

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Moonlight: Out of the Past

by Jen Creer, posted Oct 6th 2007 1:04AM
mick st. john(S01E02) My name is Jen, and I have taken over reviewing Moonlight. If you have read some of the reviews so far, you will know that my colleague Rich Keller hated the show. Most of the commenters hated it too. I seem to have a higher tolerance for it, though, so here goes.

I watched this episode with my best friend, and she said, "If you like vampire smut, you kind of have to like this show." And we both like vampire smut. One other difference between my friend and me and Rich Keller is that we think Mick St. John is good-looking enough to tune to in every Friday night when we have nothing else to do. That might not be the greatest criteria in the world, but I don't understand why people tune in and watch Desperate Housewives week after week, so there you go.

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Letterman kidnap plotter is caught - UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 13th 2007 5:22PM
kelly frankThe man who admitted to plotting to kidnap David Letterman's son, Harry, is back in prison. Montana cops caught up with Kelly A. Frank today in Northwest Montana. Frank escaped from Montana State Prison last Friday with another inmate, who is still on the run has been captured. Frank was arrested in 2005 on charges that he planned to kidnap Harry Letterman and his nanny and hold them for $5 million ransom. He would've been eligible for parole next month. Dumbass.

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Macy is a Family Man

by Adam Finley, posted May 16th 2007 10:02AM

William H MacyWilliam H. Macy is set to star in the TNT series Family Man.

This is the third TNT project Macy has been involved with, having already co-written (with writing partner Steven Schachter) the Emmy-winning Door to Door and The Wool Cap.

Family Man, which Macy also wrote with Schachter, focuses on the life of a man who gives to charity but also steals from major corporations. According to Variety, the series is told in "flash forward" fashion in which we see Macy imprisoned in the future. Sounds like kind of a modern take on the Robin Hood story to me.

There's no word yet on when the series will air.

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A sneak peek at NBC's new shows - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted May 15th 2007 3:02PM

The Bionic Woman

We told you yesterday about the new shows that NBC unveiled at their upfront, and now video previews of the new shows have made their way onto the web.

After the jump are previews for the new shows The Bionic Woman, Journeyman, Life, and Chuck, along with my quick notes on what I think based on these little snippets. Those legs above aren't exactly sexy. Maybe that's just a temporary state.

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My Name is Earl: The Trial (season finale)

by Brad Linder, posted May 10th 2007 9:41PM
Earl the Trial(S02E23) Next season on My Name is Earl: a very special crossover episode starring Prison Break's Wentworth Miller. When Hickey and Scofield find themselves sharing a bunk in a Panamanian prison, Scofield tries to break Earl out, but failing that promises to take over Earl's list.

But seriously, everything that happened in this episode was entirely predictable -- about 10 seconds in advance. Earl hooks up with the deaf lawyer. Saw that coming, a few seconds before it happened. Deaf lawyer dumps Earl after taking a closer look at his list. I needed about 15 seconds for that one. Earl makes a sacrifice to help Joy. Not too surprising.

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Prison Break actor blamed for fatal accident - UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 1st 2007 8:31AM
lane garrisonPrison Break actor Lane Garrison will likely be charged with felony vehicular manslaughter for an accident that killed a 17-year old girl last month. Beverly Hills police say that Garrison was high on cocaine and drunk when he slammed his SUV into a tree, killing his teen-age passenger. Two other 15-year old girls in the car were injured. Police say Garrison's blood-alcohol level that night was .20 percent, more than twice the legal limit, and they found a number of empty alcohol containers in his SUV.

Garrison, 26, played "Tweener" on Prison Break, but his character was killed off earlier this season. If convicted, he could face up to ten years in actual prison.

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National Geographic goes inside the Aryan Brotherhood

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 30th 2007 1:32PM

prisonThe Aryan Brotherhood is a network of white power groups that began in the California prison system and is now spread throughout several other state prisons. The group consists of men who are trained to kill efficiently and mercilessly and control the drug trade. On March 4 at 8:00pm, Explorer: Aryan Brotherhood will go inside these prisons to give a first-hand look at how the group operates, and also delve into efforts by law enforcement to stop the Brotherhood, which boasts at least one former member who claims to have killed twenty-two of his fellow inmates.

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Woman in reality show scam sent to prison

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 27th 2007 2:48PM

DHSWay back in September of 2005 I mentioned a non-existent reality series created by a Hollywood producer in order to scam investors out of millions of dollars. The alleged reality series, DHS: The Series, was to focus on the Department of Homeland Security. No such series ever existed, and Joseph Medawar, the producer behind the scam, was sentenced last month to one year in prison.

Alison Ann Heruth, who lied in interviews saying she would both act in and co-produce the series, was given five years probation. She was recently sentenced to ten days in jail for violating the terms of her probation, which included paying $250 in retribution once a month.

Any takers on how long until this whole fiasco gets turned into a made-for-TV movie?

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The Office: The Convict

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Nov 30th 2006 10:04PM

(S03E09) After watching Michael Scott "transform" himself into "Prison Mike," I was so enthralled by it that I've decided to rent Scared Straight from Netflix. I remember watching that documentary back in the 70s when I was a teenager, and I thought it was so over the top that I remember laughing all the way through it. Of course, if I was sitting in that room with those convicts in Rahway, I might have gotten smacked around a bit. But the idea of "lifers" telling kids how to not be like them is just too much grist for the comedy mill.

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Richard Hatch really wants out of prison

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 16th 2006 2:31PM
richard hatchRichard Hatch has been corresponding from prison with a Boston gay publication called Edge-- proclaiming his innocence and calling prison "torture" for an innocent man. He's serving four years in prison, remember, for failing to pay income tax on his Survivor winnings and related income.

In his letters, Hatch says that the first six months of incarceration were awful. There were reports he was being held in segregation for his own safety, but what the reports didn't say--and what Hatch claims--is that 51 other rapists, murderers, and pedophiles were segregated along with him from the general prison population. Now Hatch is in a lovely prison compound that kind-of sounds like Martha Stewart's camp cupcake. He's in West Virginia, in a wilderness setting where there is all sorts of wildlife. And he's teaching fellow inmates study skills and helping them search for jobs. Most of all, he's miserable without his spouse, Emiliano Cabral (they were married in Canada before the trial). "Emi", as Hatch calls him, has moved back to his native Argentina because his American visa only allows for six-month stays.

Hatch says he does plan to appeal his conviction and he also says the prosecuting attorneys lied about him on several occasions during the trial. The court is expected to decide whether to hear the case in 2007.

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Funny people go to Prison

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 29th 2006 10:03AM
let's go to prisonDo you enjoy movies? Sure you do. All that sitting still and looking forward, topped off with getting up and leaving after a certain amount of time, it's one of the greatest thrills of the modern age. We usually don't talk much about movies here, but some very funny people from the world of television are involved in the upcoming movie Let's Go to Prison! so I thought I'd mention it here. The movie, which opens on November 17, features Will Arnet from Arrested Development and was penned by Ben Garrant and Tom Lennon of The State and Reno 911! It's loosely based on an actually book called You Are Going to Prison, written by an ex-inmate as a survival guide to anyone about to be incarcerated. It's currently out of print but selling used on Amazon for as high as $338.00. Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show directed the movie and writes about it on BobandDavid.com. It sounds quite hilarious.

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Prison Break: Manhunt (season premiere)

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 21st 2006 10:03PM
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(S02E01) Damn, I love when the fall season starts up again! And what makes it even sweeter is having things start with a show I'm a fan of, regardless of how much I seem to consistently bash it. Case in point -- I was really bothered by how this episode started out. It's as though everything we saw at the end of the first season was forgotten. The escapees were last seen running across an totally open field at night, with helicopters and multitudes of law enforcement hot on their heels. And now we open with the inmates running through the woods, in the daytime, with no choppers in sight. In fact, so few police were chasing the crew that they're able to get away by ducking around a passing train. Grrrr! How I wish to hate thee, Prison Break!

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