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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

HBO Delivers Another Hit With 'Extras'

Ricky Gervais, creator of the original British series The Office, is back with the second season of his latest series, Extras (Sundays 10 p.m. on HBO). Gervais is joined by the marvelous supporting cast of Andy Jenson (Ugly Betty) as his best-friend Maggie, Stephen Merchant (Co-creator) as his clueless agent, Darren Lamb and various celebrity guests.

The first season followed Gervais' character Andy and his life as an extra. From the verbal abuse piled upon him by big name stars to his futile attempts to become a real actor, Andy went through the humiliating journey of being little more than scene dressing.

The second season begins as Andy stumbles upon the opportunity of a lifetime, earning his own show on The BBC titled 'When the Whistle Blows'. The honeymoon is short lived, however, as success proves to be no easier for the tormented star.

Much to his dismay, pressure from the studio forces Andy to compromise his artistic vision in order to attract a broader audience. When the show receives terrific ratings but a dreadful critical response Andy is horrified to learn that his big chance has earned him little respect as an actor. To make matters worse, Andy is thrust into a spotlight he is ill-equipped to handle, discovering that life as a celebrity is not at all suited to his personality.

Andy’s professional triumph also does little to improve his personal failures as Extras provides side-splitting scenes of the same cringe inducing awkwardness that’s become a trademark of Gervais’ work. Benefiting from an amazing group of guest appearances, which include Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McKellen, Robert De Niro, David Bowie and many more; Extras thrives in its portrayal of the struggle and humiliation that face up and coming actors.

The cameos themselves delight as each of the stars portray themselves in a horribly unflattering light. In the first episode, an extremely vein version of Orlando Bloom spends his time reminding everyone on the set how good looking he is. When Maggie suggests that she is far more enamored with Johnny Depp, Bloom unleashes a torrent of insults upon his Pirates co-star, at one point going so far as to finding a magazine naming himself the best looking actor in Hollywood.

Two weeks later, in the best episode of the season, Daniel Radcliffe is fabulous in his portrayal of a very un-Harry Potter-like persona. Now 18 years old, Radcliffe attempts to prove his masculinity, hitting on Maggie, at one point unwrapping a condom and debating whether it's big enough.

However great the appeal of the cameos, Andy and Maggie remain the cogs that make Extras go. Maggie’s kind and dimwitted nature is the perfect compliment to Andy’s callous and self centered personality. Andy’s schemes are consistently foiled by Maggie’s lack of common sense, resulting in the painfully embarrassing situations that make up the bulk of the show.

As Maggie bungles his personal life, Darren, Andy’s lazy and incompetent agent does equal damage to his career. Given increased screen time in season two, Darren’s inept handling of Andy’s professional life is priceless. Merchant’s performance is absolutely fantastic, making Darren a bonafide threat to steal every scene.

Extras' truly brilliant quality is that in much the same way you squirm at their horrifying behavior (ala Seinfeld), you grow attached, even sympathetic as the characters prove themselves immoral and selfish. That Andy remains lovable, despite he telling a mother to keep her child quiet in a restaurant, only to learn the child has Down syndrome, speaks to the fine line the actors navigate with ease.

In a day and age where only NBC seems willing to abandon the formulaic sitcom, HBO provides yet another breath of fresh air. A far cry from the standard fare of laugh tracks and happy endings, for audiences in want of solid writing, brilliant performances and painful comedy, Extras is without peer.

Keywords: HBO, Extras, Ricky Gervais, The Office

F/X Pilot Adds Danson

The still untitled F/X drama, starring Glenn Close, whose previous work with F/X included a year on The Shield, has added Ted Danson to the cast. The show which has yet to shoot its pilot, will focus on a powerful attorney played by Close who is involved in a class-action lawsuit against Danson's corporation. Zeljko Ivanek (Oz, 24), Tate Donavon (The OC) and Rose Byrne (Wicker Park) round out the cast.

The show will be produced by Todd A. Kessler and Glen Kessler, both of whom have worked on The Sopranos.

Keywords: FX, F/X, Damages, Glenn Close, Ted Danson, Oz, 24, The O.C., The Sopranos

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Off Target: Screen Actors Guild Awards

As the award season continues, the Screen Actor’s Guild awards came and went this past Sunday. Despite a few hits, if the results were any indication of things to come, television viewers ought ready themselves for another year of head scratching results.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Who Won: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Should Have Won: Steve Carrell (The Office)

The nominations were largely on point with the only real slight being Zach Braff of Scrubs, but that Carrell lost to Alec Baldwin is a bigger laugh than anything on 30 Rock.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Who Won: Hugh Laurie (House)
Should Have Won: Ian McShane (Deadwood)

Simply put, no category came even close to this hatchet job. The inclusion of James Spader (Boston Legal) and Kiefer Sutherland (24) is a mystery, given the absence of Dennis Leary (Rescue Me) and Ian McShane (Deadwood). McShane's portrayal of Al Swearengen is one of the greatest in television history, yet alone the last year. Of the actual nominees Michael C. Hall (Dexter) was the most worthy of a victory with James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) coming in a distant second.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Who Won: America Ferrera (Ugly Betty)
Should Have Won: America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) or Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds)

The best category of the night where all the nominees were deserving and the winner was the best among them. Choosing between Parker (Weeds) and Ferrera (Ugly Betty) was a tough call that couldn't have gone wrong either way. Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) and Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) also had great performances and it was nice to see them recognized.

Outstanding Female Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Who Won: Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy)
Should have Won: Ali Larter (Heroes)

No character this season has polarized the fan base of a show more than Niki of Heroes, with some hating the slow developing storyline and others loving it. Either way, Larter's performance has been an unexpected treat and while it's a long shot she'll receive any nominations this season, it would have been nice to see her get recognition. Wilson's (Grey's Anatomy) nomination was a stretch and her victory a slight to yet another wonderful performance by Edie Falco (The Sopranos).

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Who Won: The Office
Should Have Won: The Office

By far the best of the nominations and the obvious winner of the season, The Office’s victory only made Carrell's loss all the more vexing as its his charisma gives the cast such great chemistry. The biggest snub was It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia not receiving a nomination. The second best comedy of the season, its ensemble cast is brilliant, especially with the addition of Danny Devito in season two. It was nice, however, to see the supporting cast of Weeds and Entourage get the respect they deserve.

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Who Won: Grey's Anatomy
Should Have Won: The Wire

Yet another category that defies explanation. While Deadwood's cast is absolutely brilliant, it relies far more on its star, Ian McShane than any other show on television and somehow was nominated. Meanwhile The Wire' cast, by far the largest in the history of television, is brilliant to the last man and doesn’t get a hint of acknowledgement. In a category that should have included Heroes, Rescue Me, Brotherhood, Dexter and Friday Night Lights the SAG left yet another riddle. Of the flawed group of nominees, Deadwood should have walked away with the victory.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

AFI Television Programs Of The Year Selections

The American Film Institute released their 2006 Television Awards for 2006. TV Source was pleased to see the inclusion of many favorites.



BATTLESTAR GALACTICA shines bright among the stars of television's sci-fi classics. The show is a profound parable for our times, and in the grand tradition of science fiction, the farther it rockets into outer space, the deeper it probes the inner workings of our humanity. In 2006, the show dramatically changed course from its initial premise - a true act of creative courage - and its continuing ability to fuse gripping drama and thoughtful allegory heralds BATTLESTAR GALACTICA as one of the triumphs of television.


DEXTER is a killer show about a serial killer. Wildly audacious and original, the show is an incisive new take on several television staples - the medical mystery, vigilante justice and even romantic comedy - mashed together in the bloody grip of a self-doubting sociopath. Both creepy and compelling, DEXTER is the most morally complex show on television, and with that distinction, a true catalyst for a discussion of ethics around the living room.


ELIZABETH I shines bright among the crown jewels of television long form. The film is a majestic reminder of the art form's ability to capture a time so rich in detail that it transports its audience to a world they would have never known. ELIZABETH I is high IQ entertainment at its most engaging, and Helen Mirren's towering performance will have audiences genuflecting for generations.


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is a celebration of America - its hopes and dreams, its heart and its heartland. Rare is the show that presents family and faith in such an authentic way - rich with emotion and illuminated by the pulse-quickening thrill of football. Peter Berg's small town tale is one with community at its core, but universal in scope - the struggle of winning and losing, the drive to reach for more and the challenge of seeing a future beyond the glare of Friday night's lights.


HEROES is a force for good in American television. Tim Kring's ambitious comic book drama not only entertains with super-human abilities, but it speaks to an audience that yearns for hope in a world where cynicism abounds. The show marks an evolution in the serialized drama; its separate story lines do not immediately connect, but they share a message for the global community - within each of us is a stronger, better self with special abilities beyond what we can even imagine.


THE OFFICE is an outrageous ode to the obvious and the oblivious. Each week, this clever comedy celebrates the trivial pursuits of colleagues we all know and love - the deluded, the ignorant, and the trapped, but talented. Steve Carell continues to define himself as a leading man of laughs, here a player within the funniest creative ensemble on television. Together, they make THE OFFICE a place you want to spend your nights.


SOUTH PARK holds a mirror up to American society, then smashes it and demands audiences take another look. Sweet and simple on the surface, the show remains the most subversive comedy on television as creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone continue to slaughter sacred cows into the show's 10th season. SOUTH PARK's achievement is more than just pushing boundaries; it's an insightful comment on America, told with equal parts philosophy and flatulence.


24 clocks into its fifth season firing on all cylinders - demanding that audiences fasten their seatbelts and hang on for the most thrilling ride in television. From season to season - and from second to second - 24's strong, cinematic narrative is enriched by a vast and varied acting ensemble that in 2006 was gloriously enhanced by the show's President and First Lady - Gregory Itzin and Jean Smart. Explosive and emotional, 24 is a show that sets hearts racing as it defines heroism in modern day.


THE WEST WING is a landmark in American television. Its heart filled with hope, the show is unmatched in its ideal and its execution. The term "degree of difficulty" was redefined by THE WEST WING years ago, but in 2006, it reached even further - including a live presidential debate that reminded audiences of the power of substantive discussion in the highest offices of our land. Hail to the show's chiefs, Aaron Sorkin and John Wells, and their extraordinary creative ensemble, who gave the world seven remarkable seasons of THE WEST WING along with a graceful and memorable bow.


THE WIRE is the great American novel produced for television. Rich in detail and engrossing in depth of character, the show is a moving document about the failure of American social institutions - from the family to schools to the justice system and beyond. David Simon and his talented writing team have created a window on our world - one complicated by motives, illuminated by nuance, and ultimately, heartbreaking in its humanity. THE WIRE is a show that you do not simply watch; it's one you live.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Season Six of 'The Shield' Back in April

Season six of the F/X police drama The Shield will premiere on April 3rd, following the end of the first season of Dirt. Season seven, which will be The Shield's last is projected to air in early 2008.

Keywords: FX, F/X, The Shield

Monday, January 22, 2007

The CW Doesn't Hate 'Chris'

The CW gave its critically acclaimed sitcom Everybody Hates Chris a full season order for 2007-2008.

Keywords: CW, Everybody Hates Chris, Chris Rock

'Deadwood' Films Not Forgotten, says Milch

David Milch announced that the two planned Deadwood films were indeed moving forward and could possibly start shooting as early as this summer. He also pleaded with Deadwood fans that planned to boycott his new HBO show, John From Cincinnati for forgiveness:

"You know, the big thing to keep in mind when you hear those sorts of statements that I had planned on a fourth season on this -- I'm a sociopath... We're going to put 'John From Cincinnati' on, and it's my deepest hope that, in the scheme of things, enough forgiveness is available from those viewers to just give it a chance. And if I'm given strength and time, we're definitely going to do more 'Deadwoods.'"
Keywords: HBO, Deadwood, John From Cincinnati, David Milch, Deadwood Film

TCA Top 25

The Television Critics Association released the results for its semi-annual poll. NBC led all networks with six shows placing, four of which were in the Top 10. Despite earning the #1 spot with its critical hit The Wire, HBO had only one other show on the list (Deadwood) while Showtime showed it may be catching up to the pay cable powerhouse with three shows (Dexter, Weeds, Brotherhood).

1. The Wire (HBO)
2. Heroes (NBC)
3. The Office (NBC)
4. Grey's Anatomy (ABC) /Ugly Betty (ABC)
6. Lost (ABC)
7. Friday Night Lights (NBC)
8. Dexter (Showtime)
9. Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi)
10. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (NBC)
11. House (FOX)
12. Rescue Me (F/X)
13. 30 Rock (NBC)
14. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
15. Project Runway (Bravo)
16. Deadwood (HBO) /Weeds (Showtime)
18. The Closer (TNT)
19. The Nine (ABC)
20. My Name is Earl (NBC)
21. Veronica Mars (CW)
22. 24 (FOX) /Brotherhood (Showtime)
24. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) /Brothers & Sisters (ABC) /South Park (Comedy Central)

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Old Friends to Reunite on 'Dirt'

Courtney Cox, who stars as the obsessive tabloid editor in the F/X drama Dirt, will be pitted against her former Friend's co-star Jennifer Aniston who will play a rival tabloid editor in their first on-screen reunion.

Keywords: FX, F/X, Dirt, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Friends

NBC Shows Heroic Dedication

NBC gave early full season renewals to three of its most critically acclaimed series for the 2007-2008 season. That ratings hit Heroes will be back next season should come as no surprise. Two shows that likely benefited more from critical response and awards than ratings The Office and My Name Is Earl will also be back next year. Law and Order: SVU will also be back next year.

NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly gave the shows ringing endorsements,

"These four series represent some of the best of what we consider to be the NBC brand of quality shows. It's a pleasure to give them an early renewal to develop more stories for next year, since we know they will remain both critical and commercial successes for a long time to come."
Keywords: NBC, Heroes, The Office, My Name is Earl, Law and Order

Saturday, January 13, 2007

'Rome' Returns With Something 'Extra'...

The HBO series Rome will return for its second and final season this Sunday at 9:00 P.M. It will be followed by the critically acclaimed comedy starring The Office creator Ricky Gervais, Extras.

Keywords: HBO, Rome, Extras, The Office, Ricky Gervais

HBO talks 'Sopranos', 'Entourage' and 'John'

Coming off its strong ratings performance on A&E;, HBO announced that the final season of The Sopranos will begin airing on April 8th. The final and truncated season will be comprised of 9 episodes.

Meanwhile HBO also announced that Entourage would be teaming up with The Sopranos to finish out its third season (call it season 3.5) with 8 more episodes.

Deadwood creator David Milch's new series, John From Cincinnati is set to take over the Sunday spot from The Sopranos once it finishes its run in the summer of 2007.

Keywords: HBO, A&E;, The Sopranos, Entourage, John From Cincinnati, Deadwood, David Milch, David Chase


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