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'Talking TV' Podcast with 'Men of a Certain Age' Co-creator Mike Royce

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 6th 2010 11:15AM
A little later today, I'll be posting a review of the fine second season of 'Men of a Certain Age,' which returns to TNT 10PM ET Monday.

If you need some 'MOACA' goodness before then, the Talking TV podcast has an interview with executive producer Mike Royce, who created the series along with one of its stars, 'Everybody Loves Raymond's' Ray Romano. In 'MOACA,' Romano plays Joe, a recently divorced party-store owner who is navigating the tricky waters of middle age with the help of his good friends Terry (Scott Bakula), an aging actor, and Owen (Andre Braugher), the manager of a car dealership.

Royce talked about the evolution of the show from season 1 to season 2 and how 'MOACA' calibrates its finely observed mixture of comedy and drama. (In season 2, the show's combination of those elements feels just right, and there's also a bit more narrative momentum.)

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TV Land Awards to Honor 'Glee,' Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 16th 2010 10:02PM
carl_reiner_mel_brooks_1963TV Land will be honoring some of the greats of television, some from the golden age of TV, some from just a few years back, and even the greats of tomorrow? How's that? Well, look at the line up: Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, the creators of 'The 2000 Year Old Man' among other comic gems, the cast of 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' a salute to Farrah Fawcett by the other 'Charlie's Angel' stars, and with a wink toward the future, a celebration of 'Glee.'

The Annual TV Land Awards will be taped in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 17, for broadcast the following Sunday, April 25 at 9 PM ET on TV Land. Scheduled to appear are the 'Raymond' gang -- Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts; two of the 'Angels' -- Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith; and 'Glee' cast members Jane Lynch, Dianna Agron, Jayma Mays, Jessalyn Gilsig and Kevin McHale.

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'Men of a Certain Age' - 'Back in the S#!t' Recap (Season Finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 23rd 2010 2:25AM
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A lot of things have changed for our favorite trio of men over the past nine episodes, and yet this tenth and final episode of the season managed to push each of them boldly into even bigger moments in their lives. For one, the change is definitely good. For another, it certainly has the potential for greatness. The third is completely up in the air.

Everything that's great about this show was on display in this installment. There is not a member of this cast who isn't knocking their performances out of the park on this show. Just as I was about to write that Scott Bakula was particularly impressive this week, I remembered a couple of scenes between Andre Braugher and Richard Gant (as his father) that were simply awe-inspiring. And then there's Ray Romano in the car with his son Albert, played by Braeden Lemasters. With very little dialogue, that moment was just oozing with emotion.

In a word (and I'll use it to sum up this entire season): amazing!

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'Men of a Certain Age' - 'How To Be An All-Star' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 16th 2010 12:25AM
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There's nothing particularly unique or extraordinary about the lives of Joe and Terry and Owen, the guys of 'Men of a Certain Age.' But the very fact that the situations and circumstances are normal makes how their characters react all the more interesting.

A lot happened in this episode, even though it wasn't big, dramatic stuff like you might expect. No, it was small moments, little things that didn't seem like much, but oh, what a blast in the storytelling. With the last episode of the season airing next week, this was one hell of a lead up to the big finish.

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Review: 'Men of a Certain Age' - 'You Gonna Do That the Rest of Your Life'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 2nd 2010 3:02AM
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Things are rarely as we think they are in life and on this show. Each guy has an idea about the other, but it's never as simple as they think it is. So this week we learned that Joe's bookie is a sore loser and perhaps a catalyst. We also learned that everything doesn't always go Terry's way, no matter how often he seems to luck into things. And Owen's diabetes is conflicting with his appetite.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Father's Fraternity

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 26th 2010 4:00AM
Men of a Certain Age(S01E07) One of the many things I love about Men of a Certain Age is the wonderful marriage shown between Owen and Melissa. She is such a wonderful counterpart to all of his insecurities and frustrations, and yet knows when to stand up and let her own voice be heard. I thought the relationship was on wonderful display when Owen came home complaining about being forced to do the commercial, and she was able to quickly get to the root of the matter: his stagefright.

The series continues to add layers to the characters, even giving Owen's father a hint of sympathy this week. Don't get me wrong, the guy's still a complete and total hardass, but he was willing to do the right thing, and seemed genuinely confused by the misunderstandings people were having about the intention of his commercial.

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Men of a Certain Age renewed for a second season

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 14th 2010 2:55PM
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There seems to be just an onslaught of TV news coming out these days, eh? Even if you don't count any of the Leno/Conan/Tonight Show stuff.

TNT has just announced that they have given a green light to a second season of Men of a Certain Age. The exact order is for 10 episodes, though I guess that could be increased at some point. The show has been getting good ratings (averaging 4.5 million viewers a week) and it's a genuinely good show. More serious than you thought it was going to be but also with some humor. Maybe it's because I'm in my mid-40s too but I find the show quite different than anything else on TV right now, and I'm happy to see a second season.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Go With the Flow

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 12th 2010 4:15AM
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Who knew Men of a Certain Age had a lighter side? In a rather dramatic -- or actually not so dramatic -- departure from the previous five episodes, "Go With the Flow" showcased a lighter side, and it was much appreciated. As much as I love the series, it's nice to know that these guys aren't just suffering constantly with their various issues and phobias.

Actually, Joe's issues were front and center in this story of his blind date with Sarah Clarke (Nina from 24), but that's a lot of what made it so fun. Actually, the fallout from Joe's issues impacted not only that first date, but also a span of days at work, when an online chat with Dory (Clarke) prior to the date went somehow very wrong for Joe.

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Subtle Subtitles: Men of a Certain Age

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2010 4:00PM
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If you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption!

Last week's winner is Xolus with this: "So Turk...how many surgeons does it take to change a light bulb?"

This week's picture is from a recent episode of Men of a Certain Age:

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Powerless

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 5th 2010 9:27AM
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As the title of this episode suggests, the guys were all feeling a big powerless and it looked for a time that it was a position overwhelming to each of them. What was reassuring, then, was to realize that with age comes experience and wisdom and a way to figure out how to deal with just these kinds of issues. Each of our men of a certain age were powerless in some way for a time, but not by the end of the hour. That's one for the old guys, if you're keeping score.

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Terry Meets Old Flame at School Fundraiser on 'Men of a Certain Age' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 29th 2009 10:45AM
While at a fundraiser for a local school, ladies man Terry meets a woman he had a fling with in the past on 'Men of a Certain Age.'

Terry approaches the woman and discovers that, although she's now engaged, she's receptive to the idea of a romp with the confirmed bachelor for old times' sake. Terry suffers an uncharacteristic pang of conscience, though, and decides against acting as a potential homewrecker.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - The New Guy

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 28th 2009 11:40PM
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(S01E04) As Men of a Certain Age progresses, it's becoming clear that things aren't as black and white as we might have thought they were. There are many more shades of gray among these three men, and I don't mean in the salt and pepper in their hair. For a while in this episode, it looked like nothing much was happening. There wasn't a lot of action. But like that whiskey sour that Owen probably shouldn't have drank, the impact hit later on. For more on that and which direction Terry took after the party, follow me after the jump.

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Scott Bakula on 'Men of a Certain Age,' Cable TV and Sci Fi

by Jenna Busch, posted Dec 28th 2009 4:20PM
Scott Bakula is making weekly visits to our living rooms again in the new TNT original series 'Men of a Certain Age.' Also starring Ray Romano (who is writing and producing, along with Emmy winner Mike Royce) and Andre Braugher, this surprisingly dark show explores the lives of three college buddies as they navigate their forties and the challenges of mid-life.

Bakula plays Terry, a not-quite-as-successful-as-he-planned actor working at a temp job and dealing with the dating scene. Romano's character is a compulsive gambler, while Braugher's battles diabetes and the disappointment of his father.

We got a chance to chat with Bakula, who gave us a peek at the even darker tone of the original pilot, the freedom of working on a cable network and the indie film style of the show. We also talked about his work on 'Chuck,' how disappointed his fans were to hear that he won't be back this season, and how Steven Soderbergh told him not to research his character in 'The Informant!'

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Review: Men of a Certain Age - Mind's Eye

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 22nd 2009 12:43PM
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If there was any doubt that this show's goal was too be completely authentic and realistic, I think a discussion about how many creams Owen uses on his ass just about seals the deal. I can only imagine what the waitress thinks of the bits and pieces she overhears of the boys' various conversations. But it does make it perfectly clear why that diner table has become the symbol of the show.

These boys have been a part of each other's lives for so long now that they're family. The fact that they're able to have conversations like we see each week, that certainly go deeper and more intimate than most "guy" friendships would ever be allowed, is a testament to that.

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Men of a Certain Age is kind of depressing

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 17th 2009 10:02AM
Men of a Certain AgeI've been hearing good things about Men of a Certain Age, the new TNT series starring Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher as three best friends in their 40s dealing with middle age. With those guys in the lead, I was thinking it would be funny, but it's really not. In his review of the pilot, Jason mentioned that it was "painting a pretty bleak picture of middle age," although both Jason and Allison have liked it in their reviews. I dunno. It might be a little too depressing for me.

I'm not sure I want to watch guys dealing with real-life stuff like the rest of us -- divorce, illness, family issues and the like. I can just look around me for that. After pondering the question, I decided that I watch TV to escape from the day to day realities of life. A lot of times life, you know, sucks. And it seems to suck especially bad for the three guys on Men of a Certain Age.

I'll watch a few more eps before I throw in the towel (or decide I really like it). What about you? Are you watching and liking Men of a Certain Age?

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