The Playlist

Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' Gets A Writing Staff Shakeup

  • By Joe Cunningham
  • |
  • July 20, 2012 2:52 PM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
It was little over a year ago that Aaron Sorkin was celebrating an honor that (arguably) represents the pinnacle of his craft – an Academy Award – but after airing just four episodes of his new show “The Newsroom” things are looking considerably less rosy. Sorkin hasn’t had the easiest time on television before, but the likes of “Sports Night” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” at least had the backing of the critics even when they struggled to find an audience to sate their networks. But while anticipation was high for Sorkin’s return to the small screen, by an large critics don’t seem to have warmed to his recent work as they have in the past and some have really given "The Newsroom" a kicking.

Recap: Freshly Minted Seven-Time Emmy Nominee 'Louie' Courts Parker Posey In Hilarious, Romantic Episode

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
  • |
  • July 20, 2012 10:03 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
More than ever, Louis C.K is the man of the moment. He's had a hell of a year already, pioneering new ways of selling tickets and his stand-up special direct to the fans, and yesterday saw him make history by winning seven Emmy nominations -- for acting, writing and directing in his FX show "Louie," and for producing, writing, directing and editing his special "Live At The Beacon Theater." No single person has ever had more nominations in a single year (the previous record holder? David Lynch, of all people, for "Twin Peaks"), but he's being typically modest about it, telling the New York Times, "It feels selfish, because I was really rooting for everybody on my show, so I feel a little selfish."

John Cusack & Matthew Broderick Could've Been Walter White & What 'Breaking Bad' Looks Like As A Kickstarter Campaign

  • By Joe Cunningham
  • |
  • July 19, 2012 11:43 AM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
If you’re a fan of “Breaking Bad,” chances are you probably couldn’t imagine anyone other than Bryan Cranston in the role of Walter White. But it should come as no surprise that back in 2008 he wasn’t AMC’s first choice to lead their new series. After all, would the Dad from “Malcolm in the Middle” be the first person you’d have in mind when trying to cast a terminally ill school teacher who turns to producing and selling meth? Casting Cranston was ultimately a very brave and very wise choice…but it almost wasn’t to be.

'Downton Abbey,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Girls,' 'Modern Family' Top 2012 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
  • |
  • July 19, 2012 9:01 AM
  • |
  • 11 Comments
So 5:30 (PST) this morning saw Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry Washington announce the 2012 Emmy nominations, and it served as a good lesson in why not to not give the organization too much credit. Yesterday we'd suggested that shows like "Parks and Recreation" and "Louie" were starting to make major inroads, giving us a little reason for optimism. And there were certainly things to be celebrated in this morning's nominees: actress and comedy nominations for "Girls," typically good showings for "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," and well-deserved nods for two actors we thought were unlikely, Jared Harris and Idris Elba.

'Breaking Bad' Creator Vince Gilligan Says He's Thinking About A Saul Goodman Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • July 18, 2012 5:01 PM
  • |
  • 6 Comments
"The Dark Knight Rises" isn't the only bit of popular entertainment out there that is causing those who have yet to see it -- which is most of us -- to keep their Facebook page closed, and Twitter feed turned off for fear of spoilers. "Breaking Bad" is back with the first eight of the final sixteen episode season airing this summer, with the show off and running this past weekend, and if you're not caught up, you may want to avoid as much chatter about the series as possible. But once the show ends, is that it for Walter White and rest of the characters? Perhaps not. Bryan Cranston has already teased about the possibility of movie followup once the show is done, and it looks like another character might be getting their own vehicle.

The Playlist Predicts The 2012 Emmy Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
  • |
  • July 18, 2012 1:16 PM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
Yeah, yeah, yeah, "The Dark Knight Rises", blah blah blah. Friday might be the day that many movie-watchers have been waiting for for four years, but tomorrow sees one of the biggest points of the year for watchers of the small screen; namely, the announcement of the Emmy nominations.

'How I Met Your Mother' Eyes 9th Season; Showrunner Kurt Sutter Wants 'Sons of Anarchy' Prequel

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
  • |
  • July 17, 2012 2:29 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Sitcoms are a notoriously tricky beast to handle in terms of success, simply because if a show grows enormously in popularity and critical regard, so will the cast members who feature prominently in it, therefore leading to tempting offers for them from higher-profile projects. “How I Met Your Mother” is a sterling example of such a conflict, with a breakout cast including Jason Segel, Neil Patrick Harris, and Josh Radnor, who have established major careers outside of the show, but nevertheless CBS are still confidently pushing for a new season.

Richard Jenkins To Play The Speaker Of The House In 'White House Down,' Diane Kruger Joins 'Me Myself & Mum' & More

  • By Simon Dang
  • |
  • July 17, 2012 9:18 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Establishing himself as one of the most popular and reliable character actors around, with a schedule that doesn't seem to quit, Richard Jenkins has now lined up a key role in Roland Emmerich's upcoming action drama "White House Down." He'll join an ensemble cast led by Channing Tatum as a Secret Service agent defending the president from a terrorist attack (with Jamie Foxx as the Commander In Chief himself), with Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods as fellow high-ranking Secret Service agents. Jenkins, meanwhile, will play the Speaker of the House, who trails the VP in the line of succession. The script comes by way of "Zodiac" scribe James Vanderbilt who sold his screenplay for $3 million to Sony earlier this year. [Variety]

John Noble Teases Possible 'Fringe' Film

  • By Joe Cunningham
  • |
  • July 16, 2012 7:18 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
“Fringe” is fast approaching the premiere of its fifth and final 13-episode season on September 28th, and you’d have to realistically expect that knowing the end is nigh that the show will be doing its best to give the fans the satisfactory denouement that they’re craving. Another J.J. Abrams created show, “Lost,” was in a similar situation to "Fringe" a few years back and Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof went to Comic-Con promising their fans the final season their dedication deserved...and we’ll leave you to decide whether they pulled that off or not. But one thing they were also extremely adamant about was that after the finale they were done with "Lost" for good. That doesn’t seem to be the same for "Fringe" with the cast talking up a potential continuation of the show in Hall H this weekend.

Watch: Trailers For 'Treme' Season 3 & Second Half Of 'True Blood' Season 5

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • July 16, 2012 7:11 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Whether you want to return to The Big Easy or are up for some blood-sucking fun in Bon Temps, over the next few months, HBO has got you covered, and they've unveiled a couple new trailers to let you know that if "The Dark Knight Rises" is sold out this weekend, the television will comfort you.,

Email Updates

Recent Comments