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Ho ho ho! Behold Our List of December TV Treats

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 1st 2011 10:30AM
community christmas episode If you wanted to give your DVR a break during the holiday season, it'll have to wait.

The first few weeks of December are jam-packed with finales, specials and mid-season cliffhangers, and there's even a bow-tie clad treat on Christmas Day. In an effort to help you keep track of what's to come and shine a light on some hidden gems, I've come up with a list of notable December TV events.

So grab your eggnog and peruse the following roster, which features appearances from Dominic West, James McAvoy, Emily Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Anna Friel, Pierce Brosnan as well as the 'Sons of Anarchy' crew, the former Saul Tigh and the 'Revenge' divas. It's quite an array of stocking stuffers, no?

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Quirky.com Founder Ben Kaufman Talks Making Invention Accessible & His New Show

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 30th 2011 11:00AM
Ben Kaufman, Quirky.comHave you ever had an idea for something so smart and clever, so useful, that you can't believe it hasn't been invented yet?

Well, it's Quirky's mission to make those ideas a reality, thanks to inventor-turned-entrepreneur Ben Kaufman.

After launching a successful product while still in high school (his retractable lanyard headphones, Song Sling, got made and sold thanks to his parents re-mortgaging their home), Kaufman decided to give other people a place to brainstorm ideas and support inventions: Quirky.com.

Now TV viewers will get to see what happens behind-the-scenes on 'Quirky' (premieres Tues., Aug. 30, 10PM ET on Sundance Channel), a six-episode docu-series following Kaufman and his team as they develop two new ideas each episode, from inception through production and marketing.

I caught up with Kaufman to hear about the smart products we'll see on the show and his favorite Quirky success story.

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Angela Chase of 'My So-Called Life' and 5 Other Deep TV Teens

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2011 11:00AM
my so-called lifeWith Snooki, Paris and those glitzy 'Gossip Girls' skankin' up the tube, it's nice to know that 'My So-Called Life''s sensitive and smart grunge girl, Angela Chase, has returned to TV.

What's that? You have no idea who Angela Chase is? And you've never heard of 'My So Called Life,' which began airing on the Sundance Channel last night and will continue every Tuesday at 9PM. Well, stop texting for two seconds you pretty young thing and I'll tell ya all about it ...

'My So-Called Life' was a beloved and acclaimed TV drama from a strange and wonderful time called "the '90s." You might have heard of the '90s; it was a time when we had to watch our favorite shows when they were on (because who wanted to program the VCR, really?), people could actually see Nirvana perform live, and people still wanted to see Metallica perform live. It was a joyous time, but being a teen in the '90s could be rough, what with everyone using their parachute pants to smuggle guns and Walkmans into school every day. Luckily, Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes, was there to share our pain.

Angela was smart, introspective and sensitive, and she helped pave the way for a number of deep and clever young TV ladies that followed. In celebration of Angela's return to the small screen, here's a list of five smart young female characters from the past several years of TV history.

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Fox Renews 'Bob's Burgers,' Robert Sean Leonard Might Leave 'House' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 7th 2011 6:00PM
Bob's BurgersFox has ordered a new batch of 'Bob's Burgers.'

(Listen, people, the pun writes itself.)

The network announced today that its freshman animated series will return for a second season in the fall.

"'Bob's Burgers' has proved to be a perfect neighbor to our slate of fan-favorite animated families this year," said Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly. "The series has found its own really unique, irreverent voice and is doing consistent business for us on Sundays, so we're excited to serve up another season to the fans."

The show follows a family-run burger joint.

In other TV news ...

'House' star Robert Sean Leonard says this could be his last season on the Fox show. The star's contract is up at the end of the current season, and he might want to spend his time on Broadway and with his family instead. [TV Line]

'My So-Called Life' will start airing on the Sundance Channel on April 25. Could Sundance, which also airs 'The Comeback,' become the new home to beloved-but-canceled series? [THR]

Collette Wolfe, who plays Travis's girlfriend on 'Cougar Town,' has joined a new pilot. The actress will co-star alongside Ryan Hansen on ABC's 'Lovelines.' She replaces Amanda Loncar in the comedy. [TV Line]

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Sneak Peek of the Acclaimed Miniseries 'Carlos'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2010 2:45PM
Carlos'Carlos' is the kind of thought-provoking, timely miniseries that the broadcast networks just don't make anymore.

The three-part miniseries, which debuts on Sundance Channel Oct. 11, follows the infamous career of the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal. "Behind every bullet is an idea," Carlos tells an associate early on, and for two decades, the murderous 'ideas' of the former Ilich Ramirez Sanchez made him one of the most wanted men in the world.

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New Iconoclasts include Bill Maher, Venus Williams, Tony Hawk

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2008 2:03PM
Bill MaherIconoclasts is one of those shows where I always say, "hey, that sounds kinda cool, I gotta watch that...when is it on again?" and then I promptly forget to watch it or even set my TiVo. But this year's lineup sounds like something that will make me remember.

The Sundance Channel show returns in October with these episodes: Bill Maher and Clive Davis; Jon Favreau and Tony Hawk; Venus Williams and Wyclef Jean; Stella McCartney and artist Edward Ruscha; Cameron Diaz and architect Cameron Sinclair; and Richard Branson and Desmond Tutu.

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Sundance Sundays star Saunders

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 11th 2008 5:41PM
The Life and Times of Vivienne VyleIt looks like The Sundance Channel is turning to BBC America to anchor its Sunday night comedy block. The show is The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle and stars Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous fame.

The show revolves around a fictional TV personality named Vivienne Vyle (who hosts a Jerry Springer-like program) and her on-screen and off-screen life. The series is a black comedy (much like AbFab) and a study in pop psychology. It was co-created by Saunders with psychologist Tanya Byron.

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Spike Lee and Elvis Costello talk new projects - TCA Report

by Kristin Sample, posted Jul 11th 2008 4:23PM
Spike LeeAt TCA yesterday, two very big stars were on hand to discuss their new shows. Spike Lee attended the ESPN Films panel to promote his documentary Game Day with Kobe Bryant. And Elvis Costello was on hand at the Sundance Channel panel to talk about Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..., his new talk show.

ESPN announced several film projects, both documentary and theatrical. The network will be presenting four documentaries this fall, one of which is by acclaimed director Spike Lee. On the surface the film seems pretty bland; it's just cameras following Kobe Bryant around on game day. But I'm sure you want to hear what Lee said about his film.

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Sundance Channel reality show to dispel American Arab Myths

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 4th 2008 8:04PM

The Sundance ChannelLeave it to the Sundance Channel to broadcast a reality television program that may actually benefit world society. The show is called On The Road In America and is about four Arabs in their 20's on a road trip across America, seeing different aspects of American culture.

The show is backed by Layalina Productions, a Washington nonprofit group that wants to use television to foster better understanding between the two worlds. When the series was shown in the Middle East, it attracted 4.5 million viewers per episode from countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Algeria.

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Cablevision buys Sundance Channel

by Brad Trechak, posted May 7th 2008 5:42PM

Sundance ChannelIt looks like there has been yet another step in the independent movie industry going corporate as Cablevision has purchased the Sundance Channel. The sale set Cablevision back about $500 million and the channel is expected to join Cablevision's Rainbow Media programming along with IFC, AMC and WE tv.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 26th 2008 10:02AM

Gary ColemanWhat's happening on other blogs via the interweb.

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Virgin America and Sundance Channel make a deal

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 29th 2007 10:31AM

The Sundance Channel is coming to a Virgin America flight near youVirgin America, the newest start-up airline in these United States, has inked a deal with Sundance Channel to create a customer in-flight channel for it's passengers.

The new channel, Sundance Channel for Virgin America (catchy, ain't it?) will feature a collection of the cable network's feature films and documentaries as well as original programming such as Iconoclasts and Kath and Kim. In addition, Sunny Virgin (which I think is a much better name for the in-flight network) will air original episodes of the new documentary series Nimrod Nation three weeks before they air on the cable network. Nation, which will focus on the town of Watersmeet, Michigan and their obsession with their high school basketball team (the Nimrods) will air on the in-flight channel on November 1st, while it will air on the Sundance Channel on November 26th.

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Robert Redford launches eco-community through Sundance Channel

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 17th 2007 3:20PM
the greenThere's a new series of environmental programming on Sundance Channel called The Green, and it's all about ways that people can reduce their impact on the earth. I caught a preview of one show, called Big Ideas for a Small Planet last weekend on Discovery Channel and found it to be interesting stuff. The episode I saw focused on modular homes that take fewer resources to build than on-site homes. They look pretty rad, too, and kind-of break the mold of the old trailer park home that is not sustainable.

The approach that the producers seem to be taking in this series is not at all preachy or meant to cause you to feel guilt. I was very impressed by the way it focused more on the innovative technology and out-of-the-box thinking by the designers of the eco-friendly modular homes, rather than hammering me with statistics about how many resources our homes consume.

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Office producer remakes Aussie comedy hit

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 1st 2006 6:03PM
Kath and KimThis morning's Very Short List has a story about the Australian TV comedy Kath & Kim. The producers who oversaw the transformation of the UK Office into the stateside Dunder-Mifflin team are busy recreating Kath & Kim for American audiences.

The Aussie half-hour is a faux reality show about suburban mom Kath and her self-involved, lay-about adult daughter Kim. The show's been called "Absolutely Fabulous without the fabulous." The Sundance Channel will be playing a 90-minute Kath & Kim made-for-TV movie on December 24th and plans to air the Aussie version's third season. The American take is set to debut in 2007. If The Office's translation is any indication, this could be good news for comedy fans. Anyone other there familiar with the show? Personally, I'm happy to get behind any series that smacks of Ab Fab.

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Sundance on iTunes

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 8th 2006 1:28PM

ipodSo I was poking around the ol' iTunes yesterday, and what do you know, they had just added shows from the Sundance Channel.

"Hey, ma!" I yelled, "we done got ourselves some Sundance programming on the iTunes!"

"Yee ha!" she screamed, tossing off her bonnet and almost knocking over her butter churner. As soon as Bessie Ellie Mary Ellen May gets back from the Maple Syrup and Baptism Festival we'll download ourselves some episodes!"

"If only pa were alive to see this," I sighed. "Why did he have to taunt that rabid goat with a stick?"

At any rate, you can now find a few Sundance shows on iTunes. The shows are all of the "reality" variety, including documentaries The Hill and One Punk Under God, and investigations into real-life dramas such as The Staircase and The First Amendment Project.

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