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Cowboys and Gangsters: Konrad Hits Network Television with 60s Procedural 'Vegas,' Starring Dennis Quaid

Like many other Hollywood heavyweights these days, producer Cathy Konrad ("Girl Interrupted," "Walk the Line," "3:10 to Yuma") has turned from movies to television. It's instructive how her new well-reviewed series "Vegas," which debuts at 10 PM Tuesday September 25, wound up on CBS.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2012 2:46 PM
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Confessions of an Emmy Virgin

Sunday marked my first night at the Emmys. The theme of the night, for me as an awards telecast virgin, was a lifting of the veil. I saw things no man should see—unless that man wants his illusions shattered.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 24, 2012 4:29 PM
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Emmy Wrap: 'Homeland,' 'Modern Family' Clean Up During Dull Evening Capped by Star-Packed HBO Party (Video)

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, proved to be a gratifying night for big winners "Homeland," "Modern Family" and "Game Change"— "and no one watching at home," reports Salon.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • September 24, 2012 1:37 PM
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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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