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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 »
"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 »
Say, how did HBO's "Eastbound & Down" -- starring Danny McBride as ex-ball player Kenny Powers and starring for a few moments last night, Lindsay Lohan -- wrap after four seasons?
Oddly! As appropriate for this series. Here's a clip -- some violence, but best I can tell no vulgarity, or -- warning -- possibly a quick utterance at the very end (so tune out by that moment). Proceed with caution nevertheless. Meanwhile, it features Lindsay, as Kenny's new daughter-in-law.
Blockbuster, which only "yesterday" commanded the attention of anyone who had something called a VCR and who didn't want to spend one more night watching a rerun of "Murder, She Wrote," is closing down.
Dish Network Corp., which owns the rental chain, announced the news Wednesday. Most of the remaining stores, 300 total, will be shuttered by early January, with about 50 franchises around the country remaining open.
A number of locations around Long Island have already closed down over the past few years though the Coram and Elmont locations are still around. Even in recent years they seemed to be everywhere - Smithtown, Ronkonkoma, Patchogue, Selden, Merrick - and the stores were vast... Now, gone.
It's a sad announcement certainly -- except, I suppose, to customers who still have huge outstanding late fee penalties (remember those?) or the dozens, hundreds, thousands of mom-and-pop video stores put down by the advent of 'buster -- but inevitable given everything that's happened to "home entertainment" over the last 12 to 16 months. The revolution swept over -- then swept aside -- Blockbuster, which tried to get into streaming, but too-little-too-late. The chain's streaming service will shut down in December.
"This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment," Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton said in a statement Wednesday.
Dish Network is trying to keep the Blockbuster brand alive through an Internet video-streaming service that rents movies and TV shows by title, for a set viewing time.
Meanwhile, for a trip down Blockbuster Nostalgia Lane - and a strange lane and trip they are - check out this excellent post from "Entertainment Weekly's" James Hibberd who cites the ten-things-we-won't-miss.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
In this great precooked world of celebrity chatter, in which famous people are carefully coached by their well-paid team of publicists about what to say and how to say it, candid commentary — particularly about Oprah Winfrey, the most powerful woman in television — is absolutely unheard of. That's why Jenny McCarthy's comments on "Watch What Happens" the other day are — if not "significant"...Read more »
We have arrived, friends, at the final Emmys 2013 pick/guesses -- the last entry in my weeklong series telling you who should win (but alas probably won't).
Good thing about this year's nominees? Not a piker in the bunch. They are all outstanding, and so if any of the following wins, no one should be surprised. With that, to our nominees ...
COMEDY SERIES: "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; "Girls," HBO; "Louie," FX; "Modern Family," ABC; "30 Rock," NBC; "Veep," HBO
Who will win: The past six years have been dominated by just two comedies, but even dominance eventually cracks, and for "Modern Family," this could well be that year. The winner is "The Big Bang Theory."
Who should win: "Louie," without question. But dark comedies -- and "Louie" is hardly always comic -- don't fare well here. Couple of "Girls" episodes merit a win, too, but like, "Louie" -- also produced in NYC, where there are fewer Academy voters -- this is a tough sale.
DRAMA SERIES: "Breaking Bad," AMC; "Downton Abbey," PBS; "Homeland," Showtime; "Game of Thrones," HBO; "House of Cards," Netflix; "Mad Men," AMC.
Who will win: "Homeland" had a so-so sophomore season, but voters hate to disawow their judgment, especially after crowning this with such gusto after its freshman season. Could be guilt over snubbing "Bad" for so long, but I fully believe it will prevail at the 66th Emmys, if not Sunday night. That's why the edge goes to ... "Homeland."
Who should win: "Game of Thrones." "Thrones" had a remarkable season (another one), but fantasy fiction is a tough sell to voters. I wouldn't mind seeing that long-overdue nod to "Bad," either -- and what a nice achievement to be awarded on the night your penultimate episode airs.
Now we're getting to where the rubber meets the road in our weeklong Emmy predictions series (word to the wise - do not bet the kids' milk money on these guesses): Best actor and actress!
Let's get straight to it, shall we?
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO Jon Hamm, Mad Men,...Read more »
This week, I'll be handicapping the 2013 Emmy nominations -- who/what/why could win, all accompanied by my usual caveat emptor: Don't place bets on these picks, as I reserve the right to be wrong and often am.
Ah, but that's the Emmys for you -- the dear maddening Emmys, which only yesterday managed to give Bob Newhart his first little statue for a guest appearance in "The Big Bang Theory."...Read more »
"Downton Abbey," back Jan. 5, cracked open the door for a brief glimpse of season 4 on Saturday. For those who may have missed:
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