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The Shield gets the big ol' cold shoulder from the Emmy collective

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 17th 2009 12:02PM
Michael Chiklis and David Rees Snell from The Shield
Television is a vast alien landscape of shows, programs and other watchables. So the odds of a really good show not getting special recognition are about as good as Michael Chiklis' chances of his noggin being mistaken for a shiny, beige Brunswick in a bowling alley.

The Emmys also tend to favor younger shows rather than the oldies that have had their chance to win some awards because the best stuff on television is always fresher out of the gate. It's just the beast of the cycle. Great movies age like a fine cheese. Great TV shows age like spray cheese.

The Shield, however, got totally snubbed from this year's nomination list. And is that something the Academy really wants to do to a guy with a hair trigger anger who considers a Smith and Wesson as his "backup piece"? (I should ask myself the same thing after that bowling ball noggin joke.)

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On behalf of Battlestar Galactica, you suck, Emmy!

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 17th 2009 10:02AM
Battlestar Galactica's Mary McDonnell and Edward James OlmosEvery year I foolishly get excited that maybe this year the Emmys will reach out and nominate something different. But then it's the same old nominees from the previous year. Even if a show has an off year, Emmy just goes ahead and nominates it again.

Of last year's six nominees for Drama Series, only one didn't make the cut this year. Lead Actor kept five of their six nominees as well, and Lead Actress kept all five nominees from last year. That's fifteen of 17 repeat contenders from last year in three categories. If Emmy hadn't added a slot each to Series and Actress it might have been a virtual rerun.

With all those repeats, there's no room to honor the final season of Battlestar Galactica. Maybe Emmy voters look at the shows they picked last year and say "That's still on, right? Let's go with that." And they're done picking their nominees in less than ten minutes.

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Seven greatest hand cannons in TV history

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 4th 2009 3:10PM
Remote Control GunThere are a lot of really horrible things that have put America on the map: Jerry Springer, our ability to infuse anything edible with cheese, the fact that we're probably working on infusing something inedible with cheese.

Guns, however, shouldn't be one of them. The Second Amendment stands as one of many great testaments to the idea of freedom that our forefathers envisioned for their people. They felt a government should trust their people with great responsibility if they truly believed in the concept of freedom and democracy.

Sure, if they came to the present and saw that we primarily use that responsibility for hunting moose from helicopters and negotiating with the Domino's guy they might take it right back, but the idea is what's important.

So to celebrate one of America's latest of many birthday to come because fireworks are technically illegal in my neck of the woods, here are your TV's seven greatest guns.

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Burn Notice: End Run

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 19th 2009 9:24AM
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It seems as though everyone wants to be Michael's boss. Everyone but the CIA or the NSA or some other international spy agency, including whatever organization burned him in the first place. But characters like Carla last season or the rogue Management group at the start of this season, as well as Brennen, tonight's guest handler, they're all for Michael.

Seth Peterson was back as Nate, Michael's brother with a propensity for great-rich-quick schemes and getting into trouble. This time, though, he was a pawn in Brennen's game to get Michael to do his bidding.

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FX greenlights Terriers from The Shield's Shawn Ryan

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 10th 2009 5:34PM
Shawn RyanThe Shield may have wrapped its run this past year, but that doesn't mean creator Shawn Ryan is done with FX. The network did let his vision run its course to completion, so I'm sure he's quite comfortable there. I know I am. This time, he's executive producing with Ocean's Eleven scribe Ted Griffin on the new dramedy Terriers, about a detective who teams up with a young hot-shot. FX has already greenlit Terriers, and Griffin has turned in the scripts so it's down to casting.

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TV on DVD: Week of June 9

by Katy Kroll, posted Jun 9th 2009 5:00PM
Here's a taste of what's coming out on DVD this week:

'The Shield' (Season 7, The Final Act)

What the Season's About: The final season of this gritty cop show follows Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) as he battles with former teammate Shane (Walton Goggins) and faces off against the Armenian mob. As if that's not enough, Vic's ex-wife plots against him to expose all the crimes the Strike Team has committed, and he faces losing his job or landing in jail.

Special Features: Episode commentaries, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette about the series finale and a season retrospective.


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Fun Finds: June 6

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 6th 2009 12:00PM
True Blood

-- Bloodthirsty for next week's 'True Blood' premiere? Check out Gawker's fake 'True Blood' blog [Gawker]

-- May sweeps is officially over, but the TV season is only heating up. Read 10 reasons why you should keep your TV on this summer [BuzzSugar]

-- We won't know who's nominated for an Emmy until July 16. But we do know who should be nominated (FYC: 'Mad Men''s January Jones and 'Gossip Girl''s Ed Westwick) [TWOP]

-- Speaking of 'Mad Men,' see the exclusive promo for season 3, premiering this August [AMC]

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Holy Shield! Don't do it!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 5th 2009 4:29PM
The Shield's final season posterDid you ever get news that both enthralled and worried you all at the same time? Like remember when you were a kid and you heard you were going to Disney World but first you would have to drop off your sick puppy at the vet for a little nap?

That's the feeling my gut got when series creator Shawn Ryan said Fox might make a Shield movie if demand called for it.

The question actually sparked an interesting and light-hearted war of friendly curses between the cast and Sons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman who was also on the dais to grub for Emmy nods. Walter Walton Goggins, the actor who brilliantly played the daft and overly cocky Shane Vendrell, uttered "That is bull#*$&!" since his character killed his family and then shot himself in the final episode just as the Barn closed in on him. That's not a direct quote, by the way. He may have used different punctuation marks.

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Chiklis hints at return of Vic Mackey and The Shield on big screen

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 5th 2009 12:02PM
Michael Chiklis hopes Vik Mackey will live again in a big screen version of The Shield.Michael Chiklis is regularly hinting that a feature film version of The Shield is in the offing, while official news of any such production is still under wraps.

With posts like,"Vic Mackey lives!" and others, Chiklis is using his Facebook page to hype the Shield movie rumor. He linked to an E! article on the possible film no less than three times.

The problem is it's difficult to find any other media coverage on the possibility of The Shield heading to theaters. In fact, Chiklis' favorite article above is pretty much it. So, is Chiklis leaking something producers would just as soon keep quiet for now?

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Jane After Dark: What should Jane watch next?

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 14th 2009 5:02PM
Firefly DVDIf you've been following my Jane After Dark adventures, you know it's all about the DVDs I watch into the wee hours while I'm covering the TV Squad queue and everyone else (at least in my house) is sleeping.

I've finished Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I'm nearly done with Angel. I'll post this weekend about season five of Angel. You guys are absolutely right. It's awesome TV.

After that, I need you to help me choose my next Jane After Dark series. There are so many great TV shows on DVD, and frankly, I'm stumped at what to watch next. So please vote in my poll below, and tell me what to do! And if you don't see your series listed, tell me in the comments, and I'll add it to the list next time.

Which DVD series should Jane watch next?
Firefly867 (43.1%)
Roswell76 (3.8%)
Veronica Mars385 (19.2%)
The Wire260 (12.9%)
The Shield123 (6.1%)
Dexter299 (14.9%)

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TV Squad Ten: Signs your show has made it

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 20th 2009 2:05PM
classic looking tvThe TV is a weird beast. Your show can have ridiculously high ratings, receive greater critical claim than the Mona Lisa and achieve a cult following not seen since the People's Temple, and the network can still pull the plug on you.

TV Land doesn't work like Reality Land, if the Reality Land is in fact reality and not some bizarre reality land where meat-hungry producers are the gods of fate. TV has a different equation for success.

Here are the ten telltale signs that your new show will spend eternity shining in the pantheon of the cosmos and the rest of its life on Best Buy's DVD shelves.

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50 Best TV Dramas Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 11th 2009 6:00AM
CSIIt's not easy winnowing more than 50 years of small-screen gems into a list of 50.

But AOL TV's picks of the top TV dramas include the most brilliant doctors and lawyers, the angst-iest teens, sci-fi series that transcend their genre molds, family dramas that both warm and break your heart, terrorist- and mobster-fighting heroes ... and a show that combined the best of family and gangster drama into one unforgettable series.

Click through to see all 50 of the best TV dramas of all time.

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Maria Bello gets an HBO show

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 23rd 2008 8:34AM
Maria BelloIt's about time Maria Bello got her own series, because it seems like she's always playing the wife of someone. She hasn't done a lot of TV lately, not since ER in the 1990s. But at the movies, she's played the wife of Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Nicolas Cage (World Trade Center), Tim McGraw (Flicka), and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), to name a few.

Maybe Bello finally realized that in order to front a series, she'd have to do it herself! She's signed a deal with HBO to executive produce and star in a new series, according to Variety.

The untitled hour-long project follows a woman who's forced into a life of crime to support her three teenage sons after her husband is killed (so, no husband whatsoever in this series).

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Chiklis developing drama based on financial crisis

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 19th 2008 10:02AM
Has the sour economy got your down? Does the threat of impending financial collapse keep you from getting your eight hours each night? Do you constantly worry about having to give up your home, your children to slave traders and your wife to a wealthy sheik who was willing to buy her because she has "good strong feet"?

Don't worry. Television is on the way.

Shield star Michael Chiklis is developing a dramatic series set in the ever-so-slowly collapsing financial world.

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There is no Noloxone for Shield junkies

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 11th 2008 10:03AM
It's been more than three weeks since The Shield ended its seven-year run, and I still find myself wanting more. Not just wanting it. Craving it, needing it, willing to do anything for it -- the way one of Vic's CI junkies would gather intel on the One-Niners in the hopes he'll get to trade it for a taste of the sweet liquid heaven of Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

The ending isn't my problem. In fact, it's one of the better series endings I've seen in my lifetime. The show didn't go out all guns a blazin' in a fiery final showdown, with Shane or Vic waking up next to Suzanne Pleshette and realizing the entire season was just a dream that took place in an autistic child's snow globe.

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