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PBS Triumphs at the Emmys With 'Downton Abbey'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 19th 2011 7:00AM
'Gosford Park' Emmy winnersLast night PBS period drama 'Downton Abbey' bagged four Emmy Awards, making it one of the biggest winners of the night, and helping PBS land the coveted spot of top broadcast network at the awards.

Together with the Creative Arts Emmys, which were held last week, PBS scooped 14 Emmys in total, making it the most successful broadcast network. HBO was the top cable network, with 19.

'Downton Abbey' won the Emmy for Outstanding Made For Television Movie/Miniseries, in what creator Julian Fellowes called a David and Goliath story, "except in this case Goliath was wonderful, some wonderful shows that we were up against, and it seems perfectly extraordinary that we've won."

The Masterpiece drama was victorious in a strong field dominated by Emmy powerhouse HBO, which had three nominations -- 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Too Big to Fail' and 'Cinema Verité.'

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HBO Dramatizes the 2008 Financial Crisis And Its Aftermath in 'Too Big to Fail' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 24th 2011 6:14AM
'Too Big to Fail'It was perhaps a project too ambitious to succeed flawlessly, but HBO nevertheless undertook a movie adaptation of 'Too Big to Fail' (Mon., 8PM ET on HBO). It's the story of the 2008 financial crisis that led to the economic downturn that most Americans are still trying to crawl out from under.

That it was a situation so complex, most of us still don't fully understand what happened made it even more daunting for a dramatic interpretation.

Then add to that the fact that the drama mostly happened in board rooms or government facilities where men and women in suits talked, and it's not the kind of thing you imagine appealing to the widest audience.

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Reelz Fudged 'Kennedys' Ratings, Snooki Quits Wrestling and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 5th 2011 6:15PM
The KennedysTurns out, the first two hours of 'The Kennedys' miniseries wasn't the record-breaking success Reelz Channel wanted us to think it was.

Although the network reported an audience of 1.9 million, actual Nielsen numbers put the total at 1.3 million. That's 30 percent lower, Vulture points out.

So, what does Reelz have to say about the conflicting reports? A rep told Vulture, "The numbers we reported yesterday were fast national of average viewers per minute when we add our two showings (8PM East and 8PM West) together, which is the gross audience for an average minute."

Oooookay.

In other TV news ...

The HBO Films movie about the financial collapse, 'Too Big to Fail,' will debut May 23. It stars William Hurt, Paul Giamatti, Cynthia Nixon, Bill Pullman and more. [HBO]

Although Snooki's unexpected gymnastic prowess surprised the world after her appearance on Wrestlemania, she says she's done with wrestling. "I'm pretty busy with 'Jersey Shore,' so I doubt [I'll continue]," she said. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Breaking news: The Science Channel is changing its name ... to plain old Science. In a press release, the network mentioned it wanted to be "the official home of the Thought Provocateur -- the individual who is constantly asking 'What if?' and 'Why not?'" [THR]

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News Roundup: Michelle Trachtenberg, Josh Schwartz Team for Crime Drama at The CW, 'Will and Grace' Star Cast in Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 21st 2010 6:30PM
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg has been many things throughout her extensive Hollywood career.

She's been an elementary school spy, Little Pete's friend, the Key, a nurse, a snarky rich girl and so much more. Now, she's ready to graduate to a criminal profiler. (Well, a criminology student who has a gift for profiling and a dark past.)

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Trachtenberg is teaming up with 'Gossip Girl' honchos Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to produce and star in the project at The CW. The series only has a script order so far.

In other TV news ...

NBC has set a Dec. 6 at 8PM premiere date for 'The Sing-Off.' Nick Lachey will host four two-hour episodes and a live finale on Dec. 20. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Will and Grace' star Eric McCormack has been cast in a pilot for TNT. McCormack is in talks to play a brilliant neuroscientist who works with the FBI. [Deadline Hollywood]

Bill Pullman and Matthew Modine have joined the cast of HBO's 'Too Big to Fail.' Pullman will play Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase and Modine has been tapped to play John Thain, the former chairman and CEO of Merrill Lynch. [Deadline Hollywood]

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News Roundup: James Woods, Paul Giamatti Join HBO's 'Too Big to Fail,' 'Weeds' Creator Tackles Poker Comedy and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 11th 2010 6:50PM
Paul GiamattiHBO has added James Woods and Paul Giamatti to its all-star cast of 'Too Big to Fail,' an original film that chronicles the 2008 financial crisis.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Woods will play Dick Fuld, the last chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers, and Giamatti will play Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Billy Crudup, Ed Asner, Kathy Baker, Cynthia Nixon, Ayad Akhtar, Topher Grace, Dan Hedaya, Michael O'Keefe, Tony Shalhoub and Joey Slotnick round out the all-star cast.

The Curtis Hanson-helmed project is set to being production this month.

In other TV news ...

A&E's 'Breakout Kings' may bring back a beloved 'Prison Break' villain. Producers are in discussions with Robert Knepper to have the actor portray his 'Prison Break' character T-Bag. [Ausiello Files]

'Eureka' and 'Warehouse 13' are getting into the holiday spirit. The Syfy shows will air holiday specials on Dec. 7. [Zap2It]

Ryan Devlin has been cast on 'Brothers & Sisters.' The 'Cougar Town' actor, who is also appearing on 'Grey's Anatomy,' will be around for at least four episodes as a grad student in Kitty's law class. [Ausiello Files]

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