September 23, 2013 |
In an Emmy night marked by both jaw-dropping upsets and predictably safe choices, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan summed up the wild mood swings at TV's top awards ceremony this year. "I thought this was gonna be [for] 'House of Cards,'" Gilligan said with a smile as his series about a chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer took the prize for best drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Indeed, some observers wondered whether the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which organizes the Emmys, might honor Netflix's acclaimed tale of political intrigue starring Kevin Spacey as a corrupt member of Congress as the first Internet-distributed series to attain TV's top echelon.
September 17, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing how the debut of "Sleepy Hollow" did. The Skinny: I finally finished the season finale of "Newsroom" last night. That was some serious torture, particularly the last few minutes thanks to that butchering of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door. " Tuesday's roundup includes a look at Queen Latifah as she tries another daytime show. Also, fears of a ratings falloff in the new TV season has executives nervous. Daily Dose: HBO usually makes its own TV shows.
September 16, 2013 |
“The Newsroom” Season 2 finale tied up so many loose ends, it looked like there wasn't going to be a Season 3. But fortunately for fans of the HBO political drama, the show will return next year, Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels (who plays news anchor Will McAvoy) recently announced on Twitter . Here's what happened on Episode 19 (“Election Night, Part 2”), the event-packed season finale: No one else at Atlantis Cable News got fired for airing the libelous “Operation Genoa” nerve gas story.
September 10, 2013 |
Alison Pill is finding herself in the dark these days -- for play rehearsals, anyway. Pill, who plays eager TV news staffer Maggie Jordan on HBO's “The Newsroom,” is to star in a new adaptation of Frederick Knott's thriller “Wait Until Dark” opening at the Geffen Playhouse next month. Pill will be filling the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman being manipulated by con men in Greenwich Village. The final scene immerses the audience in the perspective of Pill's character -- it's staged entirely in the dark.
September 9, 2013 |
With the 2012 presidential election reaching a climax, it's the busiest night of the year for the ACN cable network. Complicating matters, the news team is still in turmoil after reporting a libelous story alleging the use of sarin nerve gas by U.S. Special Forces in the “Operation Genoa” rescue mission. That's the setup for “Election Night, Part I,” the penultimate episode of Season 2 on HBO's “The Newsroom.” “It's critically important that we not make any mistakes tonight,” news executive Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston)
September 2, 2013 |
NEW YORK - John Gallagher Jr. was at a media screening of his new movie "Short Term 12" a few weeks ago when a man came up to him with a critique of his series TV character, journalist Jim Harper of "The Newsroom. " "You know, you're a terrible embed," the man told him, going on to list the ways Harper bungled his job as a reporter traveling with the Mitt Romney campaign in the second season of the HBO show. It was hardly a comment from some idle observer: the naysayer was NBC News anchor Brian Williams.