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TV's 'Revolution' Reminds Why Networks Aren't Earning Emmy Drama Love

When the lights – and all computers, telephones, car engines, and batteries – go off permanently and seemingly forever during the pilot of “Revolution,” the audience is left in the dark for only one or two minutes. Then, 15 years later, sunlight shines on a rural village, its good guy leader is killed by one of the militias that roam a dystopian America, and a fascinating idea becomes trapped in a mixture of stereotyped characters and stereotyped plot.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • September 23, 2012 12:26 PM
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'Treme' Returns; How It's Not Just 'The Wire' with Music

Now that "Treme" is starting its third season, you would think people would realize this is not "The Wire" with music. Yes, there are a lot of black people in this show, just like in "The Wire." And, as in the earlier show, some of those black people have rich and rewarding friendships with whites...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • September 23, 2012 12:01 PM
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Obama DNC Speech Deemed 'Slow,' But Tweets Set Political Event Record

Even the Canadians were watching the closing night of the Democratic Convention and Barack Obama's speech. Many folks attending the Toronto International Film Festival stayed inside watching television rather than get started on Thursday screenings and parties.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 7, 2012 5:41 PM
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'The Newsroom' Season 1 Finale: 'The Greater Fool' Rushes In, Can't Help Falling in Love

Though not a strong episode, the season finale of "The Newsroom" was weirdly likeable by virtue of its commitment to sheer rom-com craziness. Because that is, for better or worse, what the show boils down to: A large serving of romance, with a side of news.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 2:58 AM
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Zadan and Meron Talk Producing Oscars, Hugh Jackman, 'Smash' Season Two

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have harbored the fantasy of producing the Oscars for a decade. "We've been saying 'one day, please God, let this happen,'" says Meron. "It's a once in a lifetime thing." Finally two days ago new Academy president Hawk Koch, who they got to know at the Producers Guild, called them up and gave them the job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2012 4:24 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 9 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 2' -- Whither the Mock Debate?

Sunday's all-new episode of "The Newsroom" was a moderate letdown from last week's strong episode, with promises of a mock debate barely materializing. But Sloan, the best thing about the Sorkin-scripted show, did get in a great one-liner: "Me? FUCK you."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2012 3:57 AM
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TV: J.J. Abrams' 'Revolution' in NC, Ciaran Hinds Joins 'Game of Thrones' & the Haunting Trailer for 'Homeland' Season 2

J.J. Abrams' latest TV show, "Revolution," has begun location shooting in Wilmington, North Carolina. Set fifteen years in the future, "Revolution" is a dystopian sci-fi drama, with the rural NC location evoking a once civilized landscape that has been taken over by nature...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 17, 2012 3:54 PM
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Life Imitates 'The Newsroom,' as CNN Heads Mainstream

In the last episode of Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom," his fictional news show started to chase tabloid stories in an attempt to stop their ratings plunge. Well, in real life, number three network CNN is hurting for viewers, with its worst ratings in 20 years, and is now looking to go mainstream, according to The New York Post.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2012 5:42 PM
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'The Newsroom' Episode 8 Review and Recap: 'The Blackout Part 1' Lights Up the Season

While the newsroom staffers attempted to stop a ratings plummet, "The Newsroom" halted its season-long plummet with a smart, strong episode. And welcome back, Mackenzie. We like you so much better with a brain.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2012 3:13 AM
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'Game of Thrones' Writer Vanessa Taylor Talks Streep Drama 'Hope Springs'

Vanessa Taylor is enough of a TV whiz--her writing credits include "Alias," "Everwood" and "Tell Me You Love Me"--to land a co-executive producer spot on Seasons Two and Three of "Game of Thrones." But that was after she went off on her own, trying to combat writer's block, to write an original spec screenplay, "Hope Springs."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2012 12:14 PM
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