Entries in Television (12)


Mad Men Season Finale Airs Sunday Night 

Frank Ockenfels/AMC(NEW YORK) -- The sixth-season finale of AMC's popular drama Mad Men airs this Sunday night, and series creator Matthew Weiner promises that the episode will tie up all loose ends.

Throughout the season, Jon Hamm's character, advertising exec Don Draper, has carried on an affair that was recently discovered by his daughter. And there has been much tension at his work, after his agency merged with a competitor to form what is now known as Sterling Cooper & Partners.

Weiner says of the season finale, which he wrote and directed, "I don't believe in cliffhangers. I am burning out the entire story. I have painted myself into a corner. The writers have assured me that we'll be okay and we'll think of something else....I think the finale is very eventful and is the climax of the season."

Weiner is serious when he suggests that he hasn't thought of any ideas for the seventh and final season of the Emmy-winning drama. He says, "I have an image for the very ending of the series, and other than that, I won't start, I'll take six or seven weeks off and try and clear out the cobwebs, and this is going to be a big one. This is the homestretch....I want it to be good."

Mad Men airs Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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"All in the Family" Star Jean Stapleton Dies at 90

Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jean Stapleton, best known for portraying the wife of Archie Bunker on the iconic television show All in the Family, passed away at her New York City home at the age of 90.

Stapleton won three Emmys for her role in All in the Family. The actress, who went on to play a feature role in Damn Yankees and a slew of other stage and film productions, died of natural causes, her son, director John Putch, said. She was surrounded by her family.

Off-screen, Stapleton was married to producer and director William Putch from 1968 until he died of a heart attack in 1993.

Stapleton is survived by her son, her daughter, producer Pamela Putch, and her cousin, musical theater actress Betty Jane Watson.

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"West Wing" Cast Reunites For Walking PSA YORK) -- The West Wing cast has reunited -- for two minutes and 22 seconds at least.

The crew of NBC’s hit presidential drama that went off the air after seven seasons in 2006, banded together for a Public Service Announcement posted on the Internet in which the old crew delivers one last initiative to President Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen.

Written in the same vein as the show, the PSA provides some rapid-fire dialogue and takes a roundabout narrative to promoting the health benefits of walking.

Rushing down the hallway of the West Wing, William Duffy, who played White House staffer Larry, passes out a memo to fellow White House staff walk-and-talkers Allison Janney, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina and Melissa Fitzgerald.

“This initiative cuts the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke,” Duffy says, sounding incredulous at the beginning of the ad.

“It says it does the same for breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer…” says Janney, who played President Bartlett’s Chief of Staff. “We need to talk to the president.”

Bustling into the Oval Office the crew persuades President Bartlett to consider their “initiative.”

“It’s very simple,” Duffy says. “It’s walking.”

The PSA was a joint effort between the comedic video website Funny or Die and the Every Body Walk! Campaign touting the health benefits of walking for 30 minutes per day.

“Walking increases circulation, it generates positive nerochemicals in the brain and this above all to thy known self be true. And more importantly walking is where I get all my best ideas,” Sheen says, in his epically presidential style as the background music reaches a crescendo.

Throwing on a white sweat band and his suit jacket, Sheen concludes, “Come friends, we’re going for a walk.”

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Fox's 'House' Ending Eight-Season Run This Spring

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After eight seasons, the Fox series House will end its run this spring. The show's executive producers, including star Hugh Laurie, said in a statement released Wednesday, "The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party.  How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air."

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said in a separate statement, "While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision [executive producers] Hugh, David [Shore] and Katie [Jacobs] have made....For eight seasons, the entire House team has given us -- and fans around the world -- some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television."

The statements did not disclose the airdate of the House series finale, but they suggested that the show will conclude sometime in April, after 177 episodes.

House premiered in 2004 and turned Hugh Laurie, the British actor who portrays the titular, cantankerous doctor, into a household name in the U.S. The show's cast has included, at one point or another, Lisa Edelstein, Olivia Wilde, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Omar Epps, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Penn and Amber Tamblyn.

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10 Midseason TV Shows Worth Watching

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- For now, it's holiday specials galore, punctuated by re-runs and more stuff you've probably already seen (Christmas with the Kranks? No, thanks.)

Look forward to January and February, when a slew of new series will make their mid-season premieres, or, in some cases, continue after a lengthy hiatus.

Here are some shows to catch up on over the holidays and DVR in the new year.

For a fun, guilty pleasure.

Revenge and Pretty Little Liars. No new drama on broadcast TV has corralled as much of a fan following as Revenge, ABC's show about an innocent-looking schemer trying to avenge her father's tarnished name and death by wiping out just about everyone in the Hamptons. Critics are loving it too -- Madeline Stowe, who plays the nemesis of a bitter Emily Thorne, scored a Golden Globe nomination. They get back to plotting on Jan. 4.

Over on ABC Family, Pretty Little Liars begins the second half of season two on Jan. 2. Part Gossip Girl, part Beverly Hills, 90210, the series about a group of genetically blessed high school girls and the mysterious text messages they receive draws you in but doesn't take itself too seriously. It's frothy fun for the whole family.

For all-out laughs.

30 Rock and Eastbound and Down. After a longer-than-usual break (owing to star, creator and executive producer Tina Fey's new baby), 30 Rock comes back to TV on Jan. 12. The sixth season of the NBC cult favorite features a new boyfriend (James Mardsen) for the unlucky-in-love Liz Lemon and per usual, a roster of A-list guest stars, including Kelsey Grammer and Denise Richards.

Eastbound and Down, the hilariously dark series about a washed-up MLB pitcher and his questionable cast of characters, returns to HBO for its third (and final) season on Feb. 19. Season two saw Danny McBride's Kenny Powers hustling up cockfights for money in Mexico. Expect similar ridiculousness with the upcoming batch of episodes.

For critically acclaimed fare.

Downton Abbey and Justified. The Emmy-winning period drama Downton Abbey is back for its sophomore season. The show takes place in England around the time of the first World War, where matters of the heart, threat of financial ruin and Jane Austen-esque family entanglements dominate. If you like your wit dry and served with a British accent, this one's for you. Season two starts Jan. 8 on PBS.

FX's Justified also scored an Emmy (best supporting actress, Margo Martindale). The updated take on a cops-and-robbers western with Timothy Olyphant as a stone-faced, Southern-bred, sometimes above-the-law enforcer earned a heap of praise last season. The gang comes back for Justified's third installment on Jan. 17.

For a foodie fix.

The Layover and Bizarre Foods America. Gawk at awesome food while actually (gasp) learning something. In the case of Anthony Bourdain's Layover, you'll find answers to questions like, "Where should I grab lunch when I find myself in Miami for three hours?" Each show finds the No Reservations host in a new city for a day or so, and he always manages to have an enviable time while eating some drollworthy local grub. (We cheated a little here -- you can actually see new episodes through the holidays and into the new year, a welcome break from the yule log you're probably watching right now.)

Andrew Zimmern's leaving the exotic insects alone for the latest season of Bizarre Foods and hitting the road in the good old US of A to uncover little known eccentricities of the American diet. We may not eat crickets but we're pretty interesting in our own right. Series premieres Jan. 23.

For a dose of reality TV drama.

"The Bachelor" and "The Jersey Shore." When you want to revel in someone else's drama instead of your own (and who doesn't after the holidays?) tune into these reality TV staples. The 16th season of "The Bachelor" premieres Jan. 2 on ABC. Expect hopeful eyes, glittery dresses, tearful rose ceremonies and maybe, possibly, love.

Love's not likely to be found on MTV's "Jersey Shore," which starts its fifth season on Jan. 5. But glass-throwing, high-pitched shrieking, and GTL-ing? Check, check and check.

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ABC's 'Pan Am' Among This Weekend's Season Premieres

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(NEW YORK) -- Couch potatoes will have all sorts of options on TV to choose from this weekend, with all of the major broadcast networks launching new seasons of popular shows. Here's a closer look. All times Eastern:


* A Gifted Man, 8:00 p.m. -- The new drama centers around a surgeon who begins to learn the meaning of life from his late ex-wife. Patrick Wilson and Julie Benz star.

* CSI: NY, 9:00 p.m. -- In the first episode of season eight, Mac and the team commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

* Blue Bloods, 10:00 p.m. -- The second-season premiere focuses on a supporter of the mayor-elect who's found dead.

* Kitchen Nightmares, 8:00 p.m. -- Gordon Ramsay lends a hand to a New Jersey restaurant.

* Fringe, 9:00 p.m. -- The aftermath of Peter Bishop's disappearance is explored in the fourth-season premiere.

The CW
* Nikita, 8:00 p.m. -- Maggie Q's title character plots against Division and Oversight in the second-season premiere.

* Supernatural, 9:00 p.m. -- Castiel takes over as God as the seventh season begins.


* Saturday Night Live, 11:30 p.m. -- Season 37 kicks off with Alec Baldwin as the host and Radiohead as the musical guest.


* Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 7:00 p.m. -- First Lady Michelle Obama makes an appearance as the crew builds a home for a woman and her son, who help homeless female veterans.

* Desperate Housewives, 9:00 p.m. -- The eighth and final season starts with the ladies of Wisteria Lane feeling guilty after they helped Carlos conceal his crime.

* Pan Am, 10:00 p.m. -- Set in the 1960s, the new drama focuses on a flight crew working for Pan Am. Christina Ricci stars.

* The Amazing Race, 8:00 p.m. -- Eleven new teams compete for the one-million-dollar grand prize.

* The Good Wife, 9:00 p.m. -- Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies' character, Alicia, defends a Muslim student who's accused of murdering a Jewish classmate in the third-season debut.

* CSI: Miami, 10:00 p.m. -- The crew chases after an escaped murderer as season 10 begins.

* The Simpsons, 8:00 p.m. -- Kiefer Sutherland and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio lends their voices to the 23rd-season premiere.

* The Cleveland Show, 8:30 p.m. -- Cleveland goes on a camping trip hosted by real-life wrestling legend Ric Flair.

* Family Guy, 9:00 p.m. -- Peter Griffin strikes it rich in the lottery to kick off season 11.

* American Dad, 9:30 p.m. -- Cee Lo Green guest stars as the voice of a hot tub purchased by Stan.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Top 15 TV Shows to Watch for Fall 2011

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- As Hollywood makes fewer films, the migration of top talent from movies to television continues.

This fall, look for a number of A-list stars on the small screen, including first-timers Patrick Wilson, Zooey Deschanel, Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern and Christina Ricci.

Fall 2011 also marks the return of several stars who made their mark in television before jumping to Hollywood big screens. Claire Danes, Sarah Michelle Geller and Tim Allen are all back with new series.

Then, of course, there are all the returning shows, some of which will be missing our favorite cast members. What will the job be like for Detective Benson without her longtime partner Stabler on Law & Order: SVU?

With so many choices and so little time to watch, we thought we’d sort through and give you the Top 15 shows you won’t want to miss this fall.

Pan Am (ABC)

If you don’t remember when flying was actually fun and people got dressed up to board an airplane, then you’ll want to watch this new ABC series set in the 1960s and starring Christina Ricci as a rebellious bohemian who becomes a Pan Am stewardess in order to see the world. Rounding out the crew are Karine Vanasse, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Jonah Lotan as a cocky and charismatic new pilot. Premieres Sept. 25.

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Goodbye Charlie Sheen, hello Ashton Kutcher. After much ado, Kutcher will make his debut this Fall as Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire with a broken heart. How he’s related to Sheen’s character Charlie Harper and what’s become of Charlie is unknown. If rumors are true, creator Chuck Lorre, no fan of Sheen anymore, will kill off the character. Premieres Sept. 19.

The X Factor (FOX)

Simon Cowell is back and hopefully badder than ever in the show he left American Idol to bring to America. He’s got his (sometimes) favorite sidekick, Paula Abdul, with him along with Nicole Scherzinger and LA Reid. Premieres Sept. 21.
Ringer (CW)

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who broke out with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, is back on the small screen. In CW’s new mystery thriller Ringer, Gellar plays twin sisters trying to escape their dangerous and complicated lives. Premieres Sept. 13.

Playboy Club (NBC)

Not surprisingly, this show about Hugh Hefner’s original club, set in 1960s Chicago, has already drawn protests from anti-porn groups. It stars Eddie Cibrian and Amber Heard, who have colorful personal lives of their own. Premieres Sept. 25.

Dexter (Showtime)

That gritty cable drama with Michael C. Hall as a moonlighting serial killer is back for another season. This time, Hall is grappling with his faith. Enter Edward James Olmos as a theology professor. Premieres Oct. 2.

New Girl (FOX)

With New Girl, Zooey Deschanel makes it a family affair at Fox, joining big sister Emily Deschanel (Bones) to play Jess, a socially awkward gal who moves in with three bachelors after her boyfriend dumps her. The guys try to help her re-enter the dating scene while getting close to her model BFF, played by Hannah Simone. Premieres Sept. 20.

2 Broke Girls (CBS)

Call it a modern day Laverne and Shirley. Kat Dennings, who displayed her dry wit in Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, stars as a smart-mouthed Brooklyn waitress who moonlights as a nanny and ends up moving in with her new co-worker (played by Beth Behrs), an heiress who has to make her own living after her Bernie Madoff-like dad is locked up. Premieres Sept. 19.

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

The award-winning HBO drama led by Steve Buscemi is back and will no doubt get a boost at this year’s Emmy Awards. This season, Buscemi’s Nucky is fighting to hold to his Atlantic City turf from rival Jimmy, played by Michael Pitt, but he may be distracted by the appearance of his dead -- or is she? -- wife. Premieres Sept. 25.

The Office (NBC)

Who will fill Steve Carell’s shoes now that Michael Scott has left Dunder Mifflin? James Spader has been hired, but he will replace Kathy Bates as CEO of Sabre. Meanwhile, Jim and Pam are expecting their second baby. Premieres Sept. 22.

Charlie’s Angels (ABC)

Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh may be hoping this Miami-based reboot does the same for their careers as it did for Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. The series is set to premiere on the anniversary of the day the original show debuted 35 years ago. Premieres Sept. 22.

A Gifted Man (CBS)

This new CBS drama starring Patrick Wilson as a hot-shot surgeon whose recently deceased ex-wife (Jennifer Ehle) begins appearing to teach him lessons from the hereafter has some serious Hollywood muscle behind it. Besides Wilson, the show’s creator is Oscar-nominated screenwriter Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helmed the pilot. Premieres Sept. 23.

Glee (FOX)

It’s graduation year for three of the show’s biggest stars -- Lea Michele,Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer. Executive producer Ryan Murphy said the full roster of who’s graduating and who’s staying will be revealed in the Sept. 20 season premiere.

Last Man Standing (ABC)

Coming off his latest box office success in Toy Story 3, Tim Allen returns to TV. In Home Improvement, it was Allen and the boys against mom. In his new series Last Man Standing, Allen is outnumbered by his wife (Nancy Travis) and three girls and finds his masculinity tested when he has to stay home while his wife rejoins the workforce. Premieres Oct. 11.

Terra Nova (FOX)

This new series long in the making also has a Hollywood heavyweight behind it. Steven Spielberg is the producer of this dinosaur drama about the Shannon family, who must travel back to prehistoric Earth to save the human race. Yes, there will be plenty of dinosaurs. Premieres Sept. 26.

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ABC's 'Secret Millionaire' Premieres Sunday Night

George Doyle/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) -- The secret's out – ABC's new series Secret Millionaire debuts Sunday night.

Based on a hit British program that previously inspired a Fox series, Secret Millionaire follows some wealthy people as they go undercover in impoverished neighborhoods in order to meet people in need. The millionaires eventually reveal their true identities and donate money to their new friends.

Secret Millionaire airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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CBS President 'Concerned' for Charlie Sheen

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Vespa/WireImage/Getty Images(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Charlie Sheen's personal problems are no laughing matter.  That's what CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler says.  Speaking to reporters Friday at the TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Tassler said, "We have a high level of concern.  How could we not?  The man is a father; he has a family."

Tassler says she can't just wave her hands and magically make the Two and a Half Men star get his life in order. 

"You can't look at it simplistically," Tassler said.  "Charlie is a professional.  He comes to work.  He does his job very well...On a personal level, I'm very concerned.  On a professional level...the show's a hit."

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'The King's Speech' Leads 68th Annual Golden Globes Nominations

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company/Momentum PicturesThe King's Speech, a movie based on the life of on England's King George VI starring Colin Firth, leads the nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe nominations, which will air Jan. 16 on NBC.  The film got seven nods.

Here's a partial list of the nominees:


Best Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network

Best Comedy/Musical

Alice in Wonderland
The Kids are Alright
The Tourist

Best Actor/Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 177 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress/Drama
Halle Berry, Frankie & Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor/Musical or Comedy
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress/Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, The Kids are Alright
Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids are Alright
Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Director of a Motion Picture
Darren Aronovsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Animated Feature Film
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3


Best Musical/Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Best Actor/Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Laurie, House
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Best Actress/Drama Series
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor/Musical or Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carrell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress/Musical or Comedy Series
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lea Michele, Glee
Laura Linney, The Big C

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