January 16, 2014 |
The third-season finale of "Homeland," Showtime's popular and controversial series about a troubled CIA agent played by Claire Danes, was one of the most debated episodes of last year, with the death of POW turned possible terrorist Nicholas Brody. When the series returns for its fourth season, it will have "a big reset," said Showtime's President of Entertainment David Nevins. "This is a show fundamentally about a field operative," said Nevins, noting that the show has not often shown Danes' character, Carrie Mathison, working as a spy. "The plan now of the new season is to show her on the ground in the capital of a foreign country, doing her job ... it's going to be different.
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January 6, 2014
Larry D. Mann Canadian character actor, TV announcer Larry D. Mann, 91, a veteran actor who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," died of age-related causes Monday in Los Angeles, said his son, Richard Mann. Mann, a Canadian-born actor and TV announcer, played the role of the hearty prospector in the Christmas TV special first broadcast in 1964. Since the 1950s, Mann did voice work for other animated shows, had small roles in movies, including "The Sting" and "In the Heat of the Night," and appeared in dozens of TV series including "Gunsmoke," "Bewitched" and "Hill Street Blues.
January 2, 2014 |
For Showtime, landing Michael Sheen as the lead in "Masters of Sex," the drama about William Masters and Virginia Johnson and their groundbreaking midcentury research into human sexuality, meant agreeing to film the series in Los Angeles, where Sheen could be close to his teenage daughter - and thereby giving up the sizable tax break dangled by the state of New York. So it must have come as some relief that, along with its critical accolades, the first-season show has been recognized with two Golden Globe nominations: one for best drama and one for Sheen's performance.
December 16, 2013 |
"Homeland" wrapped up Season 3 with a series record. Sunday's season finale of the espionage thriller delivered 2.4-million total viewers at 9 p.m., according to Nielsen. Throw in an encore and the total rises to 2.9 million. That makes it the series' highest-rated episode and night ever. Showtime's drama with Claire Danes as troubled CIA analyst Carrie Mathison may have recovered from a second season that many critics found wobbly. The finale was up considerably from the 1.9 million who turned up for the Season 3 premiere, when the show was still trying to shake criticisms that it had lost its way creatively.
December 16, 2013 |
"Homeland," which wrapped its third season Sunday, has had its share of parodies. "Saturday Night Live" did a bit with Anne Hathway as a frantic Carrie Mathison. And then the Web series "Above Average" debuted a musical spoof with frothy, Broadway-style numbers like "Smile for me, Dana. " But the cutest parody of Showtime's award-winning drama might be from pet product retailer Barkbox, which cast canine equivalents as Carrie and crew. 'Homeland' recap: Season 3 ends in tragedy, redemption "Boneland" starts with a Scottie dog Saul Berenson making sure Carrie Mathison (a yellow Labrador)
December 4, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Beibut Shumenov might be the most interesting man in the world who doesn't have a TV commercial to tout that. He is a boxer, the light-heavyweight champion of the world in two sanctioning bodies. He is 30 and won his first pro title in just his eighth fight, a near-record pace. But Shumenov is a man in an even bigger hurry, not only to improve on his 13-1 record, but to emerge from the shadows of the sport. Ask American boxing fans about Shumenov and the response will be the same.