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Casting the Inevitable Charlie Sheen / 'Two and a Half Men' TV Movie

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 12th 2011 2:00PM
Charlie Sheen on his uStream videoBetween the nonstop interviews and webcasts, Tweets, celebrity reactions and online parodies, the seemingly neverending Charlie Sheen saga is rife with material for a dramatic made-for-TV movie.

Clearly this whole 'Two and a Half Men' tragedy (I mean the fallout from Sheen's departure, not the actual show) is bound to get a seedy tell-all deal when the dust settles and a rehab doctor finally gets all of the tiger blood out of Sheen's system. See: the TV movies surrounding the 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Dynasty' scandals.

Because we're here to help, here are TV Squad's casting picks for the sure-to-be "winning" movie.

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Heather Locklear on Her New Lifetime Movie and Making Mistakes in the Public Eye

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 4th 2011 1:00PM
Heather Locklear in 'He Loves Me' on Lifetime
In her new Lifetime movie, 'He Loves Me,' Heather Locklear plays a successful Seattle real estate agent who seems to be having a problem: She's devoted to her husband but can't seem to separate herself from the passionate affair she's having with another man.

But something about Laura seems a bit... off. And in a movie that takes a lot of twists in turns, it's up to Locklear to let viewers in on Laura's very complicated psyche.

Locklear is used to playing complicated characters, not the least of which was Amanda Woodward of 'Melrose Place,' number 37 on our list of the 100 most memorable female characters in TV history.

I spoke to Locklear earlier this week about the movie, what's so juicy about playing bad characters, and if she's been able to take any cues from some of the very public problems she's gone through in recent years. Oh, and I also asked her about Charlie Sheen; her response to that question was posted on Monday.

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Garth Brooks' 'Unanswered Prayers': How the Song Became a Movie

by Pat Gallagher, posted Nov 29th 2010 1:05PM
Unanswered PrayersWhen Garth Brooks co-wrote the song 'Unanswered Prayers' 20 years ago, little did he know the song would make its way to the small screen.

The ballad about infidelity has been adapted by Lifetime in a new made-for-TV-movie 'Unanswered Prayers' (airing tonight at 9PM ET). Ben Beck (Eric Close) and wife Lorrie (Samantha Mathis) find their marriage test when he runs into his old high school flame Ava Andersson (Madchen Amick).

TV Squad spoke to Brooks and Close about turning a song into a movie and how infidelity is a bitch.

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Shannen Doherty on Being a Bad Girl and Her New Hallmark Channel Movie

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Oct 22nd 2010 12:00PM
Growing the Big OneShannen Doherty is used to playing the "bad girl."

But in her new movie, 'Growing the Big One' which premieres at 9PM ET, Oct. 23 on The Hallmark Channel, Doherty tackles a different kind of role, "the city girl who moves to the country."

She plays Emma, a young woman who inherits her deeply-in-debt family farm and decides to enter a pumpkin-growing contest in hopes of saving it with the winnings.

"I liked it because it's a lighter role for me," she told TV Squad. "I'm usually playing these darker roles, but I liked this one because it's lighter and fluffier. I'm an aunt and it's nice to finally do something that my brother's whole family can sit around and watch their aunt."

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'Temple Grandin' Wins Big at Emmys 2010

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2010 9:45AM
Temple Grandin, Claire Danes
Temple Grandin was a big winner at last night's Emmy Awards. Yep, both the woman and the film of the same name took home top honors and brought autism awareness to the biggest night in television.

Claire Danes won an Emmy for portraying the well-known autistic professor in the HBO film 'Temple Grandin.' The film itself was nominated for 15 awards and won seven, including the Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

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Jason Priestley, Luke Perry Partner Up for TV Western

by Gary Susman, posted Jul 27th 2010 11:40AM
Luke Perry and Jason PriestlyIt's a mini-'Beverly Hills, 90210' reunion, but it's taking place in the old West. According to Deadline Hollywood, the '90s teen drama's two chief heartthrobs, Luke Perry and Jason Priestley, are reuniting to make a TV western.

The two pardners will team up for 'Goodnight for Justice,' to be made for the Hallmark Movie Channel. Perry, who came up with the idea, will star in and executive produce the TV movie, which Priestley will direct.

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'Sharktopus' Trailer: Part Shark, Part Octopus, All Awesome

by Chris Jordan, posted Jul 16th 2010 6:00PM
He's big and bad and he like pretty girls in bikinis on the beach.

No, we're not talking about Charles Atlas. It's 'Sharktopus,' and the trailer for the upcoming Syfy movie has been posted on the Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed. Sharktopus is part shark, part octopus, and darn it, he has a heart.

In the beginning of the trailer he saves a girl from being eaten by a real shark. Then some one in a laboratory flips a switch and Sharktopus is off on a rampage for the rest of trailer. Blame the Navy and the requisite evil scientist (Eric Roberts, how about that) who either created Sharktopus from scratch or tamed him -- we can't tell.

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Walmart Gets a TV Movie on NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 12th 2010 1:34PM
WalmartNBC continues to think of different ways to bring different programming to their schedule, for better or worse. The latest: The Live Feed reports that the network is giving a Friday night in April to Walmart, who will produce (with Procter & Gamble) a movie titled 'Secrets of the Mountain,' to tie in with a store promotion that they're doing called "Family Moments."

The movie is described this way: "a drama/adventure that focuses on Dana James, a public defender and single mother who takes her family to a mountain cabin they inherited from their eccentric uncle, only to find themselves embarking on the adventure of a lifetime."

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Ron Moore's Virtuality heading to DVD in May

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 29th 2010 2:02PM
virtuality dvdBattlestar Galactica creator Ron Moore's doomed Fox sci-fi pilot Virtuality is finally getting a DVD release. The pilot, billed as a TV movie when it premiered last year, is heading to DVD on May 4.

Fox showed little faith in the intriguing drama that followed a crew of astronauts haunted by a malfunctioning VR system and a bit of space madness. After ordering several changes to the show in order to make it more "mainstream," the network scrapped plans for a full series and dumped the premiere on a random Friday night last June with little promotion.

Needless to say, nobody watched.

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New trailer for Battlestar Galactica: The Plan

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 22nd 2009 1:13PM

"Let's get this genocide started!"

That Cavil is one evil bucket of bolts.

Sci Fi's new trailer for Battlestar Galactica: The Plan is making the rounds and drumming up anticipation for the TV movie, which premieres this fall. The Plan will portray the events of the Cylon attack on the twelve colonies through the perspective of the Cylons. It's directed by Admiral Adama himself, Edward James Olmos, and written by BSG and Warehouse 13 scribe Jane Espenson, who also helped craft the BSG Web series the Face of the Enemy.

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Here's who won tonight at The Golden Globes

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 11th 2009 11:29PM
Golden Globes

The Golden Globes really is one of the more interesting award shows. Oscar has mostly movie people, Grammy has mostly music people, and Emmy has mostly TV people. It's rather fun and a different dynamic to have the movie and TV people all mixing together on one place. That's how we can have an E! red carpet scene like The Dark Knight's Aaron Eckhart asking Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria if she's been drinking. TV-wise, it was also great to see Miley Cyrus come up to talk to Ryan Seacrest right after that Jonas kid and see them not talk to each other. Funny to see dad Billy Ray talk to him though. I think he said "stay away from my daughter."

The awards show is over. I'm sure the drinking and eating and dancing and fornicating is still going on as I type this, but the show itself is now history. Here's a list of the major TV winners, some notes on who got snubbed, as well as a few observations on what went down tonight.

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Why do we need a Doomsday TV movie?

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 1st 2009 5:29PM
doomsday universalReason #1: Because the Sci Fi Channel wouldn't be the Sci Fi Channel without those craptastic movies-of-the-week.

Reason #2: Because it might star Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: TNG's Counselor Troi) and Luke Goss (the pastey prince from Hellboy II).

Reason #3: Because TV could use more evil mohawk-sporting, Fine Young Cannibal-rockin' punks and medieval mad scientists.

Am I wrong?

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Tom Selleck returns as Jesse Stone

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 5th 2008 2:23PM
T SelleckThe other day, Les Moonves said that CBS is a network where the good guys win. That's part of the reason for the Tiffany net's success, even if their programming is sometimes deemed too traditional. Well, a great CBS star is coming back to the fold to play a good guy in a movie series that fans embrace. Tom Selleck will returns as Jesse Stone in his sixth TV movie based on the Robert B. Parker character.

The new TV movie is called Jesse Stone: No Remorse. Stone, a small-town cop with a checkered past and a troubled personal life, hits a major roadblock in his career when the town council suspends him. He takes a job for an old friend, going to Boston to investigate a series of murders in Boston.

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MTV plans remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 15th 2008 12:01PM
Tim Curry Rocky HorrorGenerally speaking, I'm not an anti-remake person. There are times when a remake is perfectly acceptable and oftentimes can improve upon the best of the original, like Battlestar Galactica, for instance. However -- you knew that was coming, didn't you? -- this remake just sounds like a disaster in the making. MTV is going to turn The Rocky Horror Picture Show into a TV movie. They will take the 1975 cult classic sci-fi, horror musical spoof and give it a 2008 spin.

Oh, please! You cannot strike lightning twice. Rocky Horror was a phenomenon. It was a cult classic because the people who found and supported the movie in all those midnight movie showings felt like they were part of a "with it" crowd. It was like we had all found a diamond in the rough, a film that Hollywood just didn't get. How can MTV possibly think they'll recapture that zeitgeist in a TV movie?

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Contrary to rumors, 24 will be 24 episodes next season

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 26th 2008 8:21AM
Keifer Sutherland with a 45There's been some scuttlebutt stirred up to suggest that next season's two-hour 24 prequel TV movie will be considered part of the 24 hours in Day 7, therefore leading some to think that there'll only be 22 episodes. But how could there only be 22 hours in a day, right? Well, TV being what it is, I'm sure they'd find a way to do two hours in one -- other shows do! -- but that won't be the case. There will be 24 hours, 24 episodes in the 2009 season of 24.

Part of the reason for all this confusion is an interview that actor Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty) gave to Premiere.com. Carlyle, who will be playing someone who'd been a mentor to Jack, said that the 24 TV movie, which is meant to cover what's happened since the end of Day 6 with the new Day 7, would apply to the Fox episode commitment. He told Premiere.com, "This is two hours in real time, and there'll then be 22 episodes."

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