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Television Critics Honor 'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' 'Lost,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Good Wife' - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 1st 2010 4:29AM
Ryan Murphy and the cast of 'Glee' accept their TCA award for Program of the Year for 2009-10
The TCA Awards are always a hoot, mainly because the critics put their tape recorders away and just hang out with the folks we're honoring that night. And tonight, there was a pretty good crowd:

-- Ryan Murphy accepted three awards on behalf of 'Glee' (Best New Program, Program of the Year, and Jane Lynch's award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy), he and writer Ian Brennan extolling the importance of public funding for school arts programs,

-- Tom Hanks, accepting the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie award for 'The Pacific' saying 'I'm not f--king dressing up for you guys anymore" after seeing host Dax Shepard's red suit, Murphy's t-shirt-under-tux-jacket look, and the entire cast of 'Yo Gabba Gabba' out to accept the award for Outstanding Youth Programming,

-- Damon Lindelof, accepting the Outstanding Achievement in Drama Award for 'Lost' (which tied with 'Breaking Bad') reading all the nasty tweets he got after the show's epic finale,

-- Steven Levitan, accepting the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award for 'Modern Family,' telling the crowd that he was out of the country and didn't have time to memorize his speech, then talking about just-departed ABC entertainment chief Steve McPherson, quoting him as saying "as long as I'm around, your show is safe."

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'The Pacific' - 'Home' (Mini-Series Finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 17th 2010 11:21AM
'The Pacific' - 'Home'(E10) The war is over. What's left to say? A lot, actually. Just as Eugene Sledge was overwhelmed when he first got into the middle of the Pacific campaign, so was he completely out of sorts when he found himself back in Alabama. How do you take a boy and turn him into a man in the middle of bloodshed and carnage, and expect him to know what to do when he's back among civilized living?

Survivor's guilt, post-traumatic stress and learning how to be a civilian again were the facet of war explored this time around. We also got some familiar faces and names to go with all those veterans who've been sharing their stories in the opening moments of each chapter. One of them was Sledge's best friend, Sidney Phillips.

Somehow, it brought home a little bit more just how real these experiences were to tie those men into the characters we'd been watching for the past ten weeks. I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to follow up with "Snafu," but even that was explained.

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'The Pacific' - 'Okinawa' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 10th 2010 8:40AM
'The Pacific' - 'Okinawa'
(E09)
Another week, another entirely new examination of war. This time we got a double-shot as we examined the notion of the innocents caught in the middle of a battle they didn't necessarily ask for, as well as the hard toll that prolonged warfare can have on the soldier's soul.

We've watched Eugene Sledge go from a frustrated young man, eager to serve his country and rid the world of evil, to the man he was in this ninth hour. A man on the edge of a certain darkness. He could either fall over the edge and be perhaps forever lost, or claw his way back.

Those of us who've never been a part of war have no real appreciation or comprehension of just what it is to survive something like this. This week, 'The Pacific' gave us a pretty clear idea of where post-traumatic stress comes from in veterans.

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'The Pacific' - 'Iwo Jima' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2010 9:04AM
Jon Seda as John Basilone, 'The Pacific'
(E08)
If it seems like forever since 'The Pacific' spent any time with John Basilone, that's because it has been. As Basilone himself said, it's been more than a year since he saw action. Since he couldn't just go back into the heart of the war, he asked for the next best thing: the opportunity to train the next batch of marines who'd be heading out to back up his friends still on the line.

Other than a brief interlude with Sledge, who's back at base camp with a Snafu slipping toward hypochondria, we spent the entire hour with Sgt. Basilone. In doing so, the writers and producers managed to find yet another facet of the war to show us. The emotional struggles of a soldier away from the war, and the conflicting ties that pull him in both directions at once.

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What's On Tonight: 'The Simpons,' 'The Pacific,' 'The Tudors' 'TV Land Awards'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 25th 2010 2:40PM
The 8th edition of the 'TV Land Awards' airs tonight at 9:00
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

7:00 to 8:00
ABC: 'Americas' Funniest Home Videos'
CBS: '60 Minutes'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
Animal Planet: 'Wild Kingdom'

8:00 to 9:00

CBS: 'The Amazing Race 16'
FOX: 'The Simpsons'
NBC: 'Minute to Win It'
BBC America: 'James May at the Edge of Space'
Discovery: 'How the Universe Works'
Disney: 'Good Luck Charlie' -- 8:30 start
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
HGTV: 'House Hunters' and 'House Hunters International'
History: 'Pawn Stars' -- Two 30-minute episodes
ION: 'The Emeril Lagasse Show'
Nick: 'Victorious'
Style: 'Ruby'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Desperate Housewives'
CBS: 'When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story' -- Story about the founders of Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous
FOX: 'American Dad' -- 9:30 start
NBC: 'The Celebrity Apprentice' -- Two hours
A&E: 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' -- 9:30 start
Discovery: 'Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking'
ESPN2: 'SportsCenter Special' -- NFL Draft wrap-up. Two hours
Food Network: 'Chef vs. City'
HBO: 'The Pacific'
HGTV: 'Holmes on Homes'
History: 'America the Story of Us' -- Two hours
Showtime: 'The Tudors'
Style: 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane'
TV Land: '8th Annual TV Land Awards' -- 90 minutes

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Brothers & Sisters'
A&E: 'Kristie Alley's Big Life'
AMC: 'Breaking Bad'
Animal Planet: 'River Monsters'
Discovery: 'Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking'
E!: 'Kendra' and 'Pretty Wild'
HBO: 'Treme'
Lifetime: 'Army Wives'
Style: 'Jerseylicious'
TLC: 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

11:00 and Beyond
Cartoon Network: 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' -- Starts at midnight
HGTV: 'Income Property' -- 11:00 Start

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'The Pacific' - 'Peleliu Airfield' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 19th 2010 12:09PM
(E06) Part two of what I'm going to call the 'Peleliu Trilogy' offered more of what we saw with 'Peleliu Landing,' and then some. This extended look at one island campaign is to show us just how intense and long these boys were fighting for this one chunk of land, and how intense the fighting got.

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What's On Tonight: 'Simpsons,' 'Celebrity Apprentice,' 'Army Wives'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 18th 2010 12:30PM
A new 'Kristie Alley's Big Life' airs at 10:00 on A&EHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern). All shows listed are new, unless otherwise noted.

7:00 to 8:00
CBS: '60 Minutes' -- Stories on Al Pacino and con men who tell dying patients they can be cured
FOX: 'Til Death'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
Animal Planet: 'Wild Kingdom'

8:00 to 9:00
CBS: 'The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards' -- Three hours
FOX: 'The Simpsons'
NBC: 'Minute to Win It'
BET: 'Sunday Best'
Discovery: 'Life' -- Plants
Disney: 'Sonny With a Chance' and 'Good Luck Charlie'
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
Nickelodeon: 'Victorious' and 'Nick News Special Edition' -- On 'Nick News', a discussion of safe drinking water
Style: 'Ruby'
TLC: 'Accidental Fortune'
The Weather Channel: 'Storm Stories' -- Two 30-minute episodes

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Desperate Housewives'
FOX: 'American Dad' -- Starts at 9:30
NBC: 'The Celebrity Apprentice' -- Two hours
A&E: 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' -- Starts at 9:30
Discovery: 'Life' -- Primates
Food Network: 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown'
HBO: 'The Pacific'
Showtime: 'The Tudors'
Style: 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane'
Travel: 'David Blaine: What is Magic?'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Brothers & Sisters'
A&E: 'Kirstie Alley's Big Life'
AMC: 'Breaking Bad'
Discovery: 'Life' -- Making of Life
E!: 'Kendra' and 'Pretty Wild'
Food Network: 'Chef vs. City'
HBO: 'Treme'
History: 'Ax Men'
Lifetime: 'Army Wives'
Style: 'Jerseylicious'
TLC: 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

11:00 and Beyond
Cartoon Network (Adult Swim): 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' -- midnight and 12:30

Check your local TV listings for more information.

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'The Pacific' - 'Peleliu Landing' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 12th 2010 4:02PM
'The Pacific' - 'Peleliu Landing'
(E05)
Another week and another wholly different experience in the Pacific front of World War II. Whereas Guadalcanal was an island oasis, and eerily quiet when the 1st Marines landed, the island of Peleliu was a far different story. From an ocean of cannon-fire and ships to a sea of the dead, dying and injured on the beach, it was warfare from the word "Go!"

Eugene Sledge finally made it into the war, joining Leckie and company in the 1st Marines Division. He hooked up with them on the island of Pavuvu, where we left them last week. Leckie returned as well from his stay at the hospital, and they got to enjoy some wartime camaraderie before shipping out.

Sledge even got some time with his friend from back home, Sid Phillips. The care in which the producers of 'The Pacific' have given to each of these very different wartime experiences has helped to create one of the most diverse and thorough looks at war that I've ever seen.

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'The Pacific' - 'Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 5th 2010 1:38PM
James Badge Dale, 'The Pacific'(E04) While we were celebrating Easter, the boys in 'The Pacific' were ringing in Christmas and 1944 in somewhat less than optimal conditions. We got a brief glimpse of Eugene Sledge, finally in the marines and screwing up in training. But his story is yet to come.

With Basilone off selling war bonds and banging bar blondes, and Sledge learning the difference between "Bob" and "Tojo," it was Robert Leckie and the 1st Marines tours of duty that took center stage. And through these venues, and this Division, the writers and producers were able to showcase the psychological toll that war can have on battle-beaten soldiers.

Leckie was pretty strained already going into their tour on Gloucester, after his disastrous love affair on Melbourne. He was also on the outs with Lt. Larkin, which certainly didn't help matters on the ground.

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What's On Tonight: '60 Minutes,' 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown,' 'The Pacific'

by TV Squad Editors, posted Apr 4th 2010 12:00PM
ATHFHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 7, CBS has a new '60 Minutes,' followed by new episodes of 'The Amazing Race,' 'Undercover Boss,' and 'Cold Case.'
  • NBC has a new 'Dateline' at 7, then new episodes of 'Minute To Win It' and 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
  • At 7:30, FOX has a new 'Til Death.'
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour 'Extreme Makeover.'
  • PBS has a new 'Nature' at 8, followed by a new 'Masterpiece Classic.'
  • Discovery has two new episodes of 'Life' at 8.
  • Food Network has new episodes of 'Challenge,' 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown,' and 'Iron Chef America.'
  • Also at 8: ESPN2 has the Yankees/Red Sox season opener.
  • At 9, A&E has a new 'Gene Simmons' Family Jewels,' then a new 'Kirstie Alley's Big Life.'
  • At 9:30, FOX has a new 'Sons of Tucson.'
  • At 10, AMC has a new 'Breaking Bad.'
  • HBO has a new episode of 'The Pacific' at 9, followed by a new 'How To Make It In America.'
  • History Channel has a new 'Ax Men' at 10.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force.'
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has a new 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Gone Too Soon: Wonderfalls

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 30th 2010 11:05AM
'Wonderfalls'
After bringing us the quirky death dramedy 'Dead Like Me,' and just before the resurrection dramedy 'Pushing Daisies,' Bryan Fuller co-created, along with Todd Holland ('Sons of Tucson'), another odd little show for FOX. 'Wonderfalls' premiered in March 2004; the tale of a young woman instructed by animal-shaped figurines to help people in need.

Much like his other shows, the whole atmosphere and presentation of 'Wonderfalls' was tailored to create a magical world just outside our own. Gritty realism certainly wasn't the goal.

Unfortunately, a serious lack of network patience led to 'Wonderfalls' getting canceled after airing only four critically acclaimed episodes out of thirteen produced. But those four hours left an indelible mark on the loyal viewers who did find it, and the series message of hope resonates as powerfully today as it did then.

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'The Pacific' - 'Melbourne' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 29th 2010 2:31PM
Jon Seda, 'The Pacific' - 'Melbourne'(S03) Wasn't that a stark contrast from the first two episodes. As viewers, we were just as out of sorts watching that arrival in Melbourne, Australia as the marines themselves were. After two weeks of near non-stop warfare and bloodshed, the marines got a chance to get some much needed R & R, as well as the attention of some very appreciative Aussie young women.

The more relaxed pace of the episode allowed us to get to know some of our principal cast members more intimately. Particularly Robert Leckie and John Basilone, who had very different experiences in Melbourne. Basilone was the decorated war hero, given the highest honor he could possibly achieve, while Leckie found something even sweeter: a woman.

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What's On Tonight: 'Cleveland Show,' 'Undercover Boss,' 'Breaking Bad'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 28th 2010 12:01PM
60 Min.Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • Syfy has a 'Merlin' marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new 'America's Funniest Home Videos.'
  • CBS has a new '60 Minutes' at 7, followed by new episodes of 'The Amazing Race,' 'Undercover Boss,' and 'Cold Case.'
  • NBC has a new 'Dateline' at 7, then new episodes of 'Minute To Win It' and 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
  • FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death' at 7, followed by new episodes of 'The Simpsons,' 'The Cleveland Show,' 'Family Guy,' and 'Sons of Tucson.'
  • At 8, Disney has a new 'Sonny with a Chance.'
  • Discovery has two new episodes of 'Life' at 8.
  • BBC America has 'Goldfinger' at 8, followed by 'From Russia With Love.'
  • At 9, PBS has a new 'Masterpiece Classic.'
  • Food Network has a new 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown' at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has a new episode of 'The Pacific,' then a new 'How To Make it in America.'
  • At 10, AMC has a new 'Breaking Bad.
  • A&E has two new episodes of 'Kirstie's Big Life' at 10.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force,' followed by new episodes of 'Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge' and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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'Justified' Creator Also Wrote for Nickelodeon's 'Hey Dude'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 25th 2010 7:30PM
Graham Yost may have brought the noir western back to television with the hit FX series 'Justified,' but it's not his first foray into the wild west. That is if you can actually call his first western "wild."

According to his IMDB page, Yost's first writing job was for the short-lived Nickelodeon series 'Hey Dude' in the late 80s and early 90s, an afternoon sitcom about the day in the life of an Arizona dude ranch. He wrote 13 episodes of the series, the most of any other writer on the staff.

He went on to write a number of screenplays for hit action movies such as 'Speed' and 'Broken Arrow,' and even contributed to critically acclaimed mini-series including 'From the Earth to the Moon' and 'The Pacific.' Still, it just amuses me to know that such a storied and impressive career all started on Mr. Ernst's ranch. It also shames me a little bit to admit that I remember watching that show.

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'The Pacific' - 'Basilone' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 22nd 2010 8:26AM
Jon Seda as John Basilone, 'The Pacific'
(E02)
After watching this second installment of 'The Pacific,' I think I have a feeling why people who've seen further along are talking about how things pick up once we get into the next episode. With these first two parts, we spent virtually the entire time on Guadalcanal, and there was virtually no time for any sort of character connections.

After this, the 1st Marines are finally getting off the island to move onto their next campaign, which means a change of scenery, and a chance for the impact of what they've just gone through to start hitting both the marines themselves, and the audience. Just like them, we've had virtually no time to process all the horror and warfare these men endured on the island.

While last week spotlighted most of the hour on the beauty of the island, this week it was the brutality of war itself that took center stage, with almost constant gunfire from the opening credits to the closing credits.

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