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After suffering the slings, arrows, barbs and -- worse -- dismissal of the critical horde and that horde that hands out awards (though in the case of the Golden Globes, forget about seeking rhyme or reason), "Homeland" ended the third season Sunday night proving all of them wrong. Moving ...and provocative -- or provoking at least this question: Where now? -- the finale was a classic reset.
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"Family Guy's" Brian Griffin died three weeks ago, but thanks to the miracle of modern animation he lives yet again.
That's right: Millions of fans who actually took seriously the idea that one of the most popular cartoon characters on TV was actually dead can now take solace in the fact that they were ... suckered.
Here's what Seth MacFarlane tweeted after the miraculous resurrection:
“And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash.”
But really, how easy was this? So easy that all it took was a warp in the space time continuum that allowed Stewie to rescue Brian before he was run over. Watch and weep with happiness -- or at least weep for those gullible enough to believe Brian really was gone for good.
Great actors - like Peter O'Toole, who died over the weekend at age 81 - rarely confine their work to the stage or screen, and O'Toole was certainly no exception. He eschewed series TV, with one exception - Showtime's "The Tudors" - but not miniseries. There was a recent starring role on the BBC ("Casanova," with David Tennant) but U.S. viewers probably best remember "Masada,"...Read more »
No one needs to be reminded what happened exactly one year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School; certainly no one in Newtown, Conn., where no memorials are planned Saturday, and no TV cameras are welcome. As the snow piles up — 7 to 12 inches expected to cover this town of nearly 30,000 by Sunday morning — TV news will have no familiar easy hooks for anniversary stories; no ceremonies, no reflections,...Read more »
"House of Cards" returns Feb. 14, and in its wake, will bring not only fans but maybe even a Golden Globe or two (the Netflix series got a best drama nomination yesterday.) But what of this mysterious second season? A few hints in this second season trailer, just released...
Newsday app readers can see it all right here, at Newsday.com/tvzone...
"Masters of Sex" -- the Showtime freshman based on Newsday reporter Tom Maier's biography of William Masters and Virginia Johnson -- scored a nomination for best drama in the just-announced Golden Globes. In addition, Michael Sheen earned a nod for the best actor in a drama category.
Meanwhile, on the downside, what happened to HBO Thursday morning? A not great day for TV's king...Read more »
"Glee" star Lea Michele -- in what's being called her first TV interview since the death of fiance Cory Monteith in July -- will appear on "Ellen" Thursday. (She has a forthcoming album.)
Per the transcript:
"I really feel like I'm still trying to figure out all of this. It's been only a few months, but my mom has experienced a lot of loss in her life and she told me at one point she said there is an empowerment that comes with grief at some point you find it. It's very hard but you will find it and I think at a certain point you can choose to sort of fall from this or you can choose to rise. And that’s what I'm just trying to do my best for him because I know that that's what he would have wanted and to just do my best and to you know, hopefully make something positive for where I go in the rest of my life."
And a clip: Newsday app readers please head to newsday.com/tvzone for this...
A day ahead of the Golden Globes nominations, the Screen Actors Guild has announced its nominations for best of the year. The SAG Awaards (which now have a TV venue) have grown in prestige in recent years - notably because they do tend anticipate the rest of the awards season, and they do tend to get the nominees right (which always helps.) That said, they do tend to also reinforce the Emmys choices of a few months earlier, and as such tend to a little predicatable. Ye who seek surprises will find none here. And without further comment, the (worthy) TV nominees are...
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) BREAKING BAD DOWNTON GAME OF THRONES HOMELAND
...in a comedy series: 30 ROCK ARRESTED DEVELOPM,ENT THE BIG BANG MODERN FAMILY VEEP
Outsanding performance by a male Actor in a Drama Series STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO) BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC) JEFF DANIELS / Will McAvoy – “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO) PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO) KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime) ANNA GUNN / Skyler White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC) JESSICA LANGE / Fiona Goode – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN” (FX) MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS) KERRY WASHINGTON / Olivia Pope – “SCANDAL” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK” (NBC) JASON BATEMAN / Michael Bluth – “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” (Netflix) TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) DON CHEADLE / Martin “Marty” Kaan – “HOUSE OF LIES” (Showtime) JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS) JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime) TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK” (NBC) JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
'The Sound of Music Live !," NBC's unexpected little stocking stuffer to itself, will get a curtain call on Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m.
Last Thursday's three-hour telecast was watched by 18.6 million viewers who marveled at Carrie Underwood's thespian skills, but that number grew to 21.3 million when NBC factored in the so-called live-plus-three figure, which included those who watched via DVR. So the news gets better for the network. NBC had planned to air "It's a Wonderful Life," but that will now be telecast on Friday, Dec. 20.
"Tosh.O' -- which you have probably never heard of unless you are a guy somewhere past puberty up to the age when you are about to be engaged (forget about watching after you get married) -- just got a three-year pickup.
For "Toshies," great news. Even better for host Daniel Tosh. Everyone else beware. This series has, after all, contributed to the diminution of the mental capacity of millions of males between the ages of 15 and 30, for whom it is a major attraction -- arguably THE biggest hit among them on Tuesdays. (It wraps the fifth season in a few hours.) The sixth season will do even more damage -- thirty episodes will air.
Press release quotes:
Said CC chief of original content Kent Alterman, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, "We believe ‘Tosh.0’ has the potential to resonate with our audience, and we want to give it time to connect.” Said Tosh, “I am extremely fortunate and very grateful that I can continue to work with such fun and talented people on a very supportive network. Sorry for the lack of snark – I will leave that open for the comments section.”