Fall season premieres are still under way, but that hasn’t stopped TNT from looking forward to the next round of dates: winter premiere season!
TNT has announced its lineup, and along with four returning shows (Dallas, Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage, and Southland), the network will also premiere a brand new medical drama Monday Mornings from David E. Kelley and Dr. Sanjay Gupta starring Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, and Jamie Bamber, as well as a new unscripted series with unprecedented access to the Boston Police Department called Boston’s Finest from executive producer Donnie Wahlberg.
Check out when the new and returning series come back on your TV:
Nov. 27: Rizzoli & Isles, Leverage
Jan. 28: Dallas
Feb. 4: Monday Mornings
Feb. 13: Southland
Feb. 27: Boston’s Finest
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Our favorite shows feel perfect for their respective networks: The nude-friendly Game of Thrones is a tried-and-true HBO series, the tortoise-slow Mad Men fits AMC’s intelligent and patient viewers, and The Big Bang Theory never met a laugh track CBS didn’t like. But what if those series appeared on different networks? How would the show change? We’re exploring just that in our Network Swap series. Next up: What if Parks and Recreation aired on CNN?
Series: Parks and Recreation
TV Rating: TV-14 for the addressing of issues like government corruption and horse funerals, and for a highly inappropriate glorification of candy and waffles.
Logline: “Together, we can build a better Pawnee.”
Setting: Pawnee’s local television studio (providing Joan Callamezzo does not find out).
Demographic: The citizens of Pawnee, Indiana. And not even all of them — mostly just Mel, Lawrence, and Marcia Langman.
Pilot Plot: On the first episode of the series, Councilwoman Leslie Knope launches an in-depth investigation of the Pawnee-based Sweetums Candy Corporation’s excessive pollution, and the resultant effects on the city’s parks. She debates the issue at hand with costar Ron Swanson (who takes a staunch “anti-everything” position on the matter); field reporter Andrew M. Dwyer goes undercover as a Sweetums employee to get to the bottom of the issue, but gets sidetracked by a conveyer belt of candy bars. Special guest appearance by Jean-Ralphio Saperstein… despite countless attempts to have him removed from the studio.
Cast: Councilwoman Leslie B. Knope, Advocate for the Downfall of Government Ron Swanson, Swag Analyst Tom Haverford, “Numbers Man” Benjamin Wyatt
Breakout Star: Field Reporter/Undercover Investigator/House Bandleader Andrew M. Dwyer
Soundbite: “Counterpoint: No.” – Ron Swanson
Reason People Watch: To find out the latest, most pressing news… exclusively involving public parks in a midsize Indiana suburb.
What the Critics Say: “This is a show that you can watch on television.” – Perd Hapley
Emmy Odds: The awards always favor rival program, Eagleton Today.
Spin-Off Possibilities: Chris Traeger "MD" — Chris Traeger’s Sanjay Gupta-inspied health-oriented news series about the medical dangers of red meat, a sedentary lifestyle, and not smiling ALL THE TIME; April Ludgate 32° — the latest international news stories delivered, analyzed, and critiqued harshly for being stupid and uninteresting by Pawnee Community College graduate April R. Ludgate.
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Last night, Justin Bieber appeared on The Tonight Show to force Jay Leno to try sushi, to explain his "pedestrian road rage," and to describe his romantic date with Selena Gomez in the middle of the Staples Center.
Jesse Eisenberg stopped by The Late Show to talk about how even though he's working with Woody Allen, his relationship with the director wasn't always so positive. He recalls, specifically, a cease and desist letter he got from Allen's lawyers when he was sixteen.
Heidi Klum paid a visit to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to show pictures of and talk about all the amazing Halloween costumes she has worn, including this year's "Bodies" exhibit costume.
Finally, The Office's Mindy Kaling showed up on The Daily Show to discuss with Jon Stewart the wonder that is Sanjay Gupta, and how Kaling's parents thinks Stewart is a troublemaker.
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Contagion a sharp thriller from writer/director/cinematographer/editor/do-all Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11 The Informant!) is like an adaptation of a Michael Crichton novel that never was. The movie quickly sets up its pawns in order to engage you in a game of pandemic chess where the terror comes from science and the humanity comes from your own empathy. Instead of relying on a sci-fi backstory outlandish deaths or large-scale set pieces Soderbergh lets the facts do the talking—and it's scary as hell.
Much like his Oscar-winning film Traffic Soderbergh unfolds the story by weaving in and out between a series of character perspectives: Matt Damon's Mitch who loses his wife to a mysterious virus and strives to protect the rest of his family; Laurence Fishburne and Jennifer Ehle members of the Center for Disease Control racing against the clock to find a cure; Kate Winslet's Erin a field agent tracking down the source of the American outbreak; Jude Law's Alan a high-profile blogger searching for the truth behind the disease; and Marion Cotillard's Dr. Orantes another agent hunting for Patient Zero in Hong Kong. While the drama spans globally each characters' quarrels are playing out in a claustrophobic scenario a world in which any person they meet any object they touch can infect them with the life-threatening disease.
Soderbergh doesn't have much time to dive into his characters' backstories but the film's screenwriter Scott Z. Burns carefully constructs each scene to deliver just the right balance of terrifying scientific babble and revealing personal drama. When the virus starts massacring the world population and vandalism riots and societal unrest emerge the thing that makes Contagion click is our interest in the personal stories. Damon as seems to be the case with everything he touches elevates the material being the perfect everyman and our surrogate for the too-plausible-for-comfort scenario. Fishburne too turns what's normally a plot-forwarding government agent role into a man dealing with the weight of his decisions watching citizens of the country drop like flies from his ivory tower. It's heavy stuff but Burns' playful dialogue helps the cast lighten the harrowing mood—only so the movie can pull the carpet from underneath you over and over again.
But in the end Contagion is Soderbergh's show. The director uses every ounce of cinematic artistry to leave us squirming in our seats with a fetishistic approach to shooting the most mundane of objects. The close-up is Soderbergh's weapon of choice honing in on common day objects that we realize are infested with germs (with the effect amplified by a thousand if you catch the movie in IMAX). A door handle a bathroom drier button the human face—Soderbergh lingers as a reminder of his invisible villain: the virus. That's a compliment: the design and photography is striking the purposefully pristine picture quality fills the characters' quest to stay healthy with tension. Composer Cliff Martinez's electronic score compliments the icky scenario germinating over the picture like audible infection. The world of the film is rich with detail. Just the icky kind.
Contagion isn't flawless. With so much going on things fall to the wayside—Cotillard's plotline specifically gets lost in the shuffle—but the reality keeps us engrossed. The movie plays like an oral history of a horrific event with each detail frighteningly exposed. Except in the case of Contagion it's not an event that has happened so much as one that could happen.
And at any moment.
Filmmaker Michael Moore has ended his feud with CNN after the news network admitted making mistakes in their coverage of his latest movie Sicko.
Moore launched into an 11-minute rant on CNN show The Situation Room after host Wolf Blitzer and chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta highlighted allegedly false information in his documentary.
After the director vowed to CNN to "become your worst nightmare," the network released a statement, answering his accusations and admitting to making two mistakes.
During Gupta's on-air report, he said Moore had inaccurately claimed Cuba spends $25 per person on healthcare. However, they have now admitted that his movie estimates Cuba's spending at $251 per person. CNN said a transcription error had lead to this mistake.
In CNN's statement, a spokesman said, "It's ironic that someone who has made a career out of holding powerful interests accountable is so sensitive to having his own work held up to the light by impartial journalists, as we did in our examination of Sicko."
Following CNN's statement, Moore is now willing to forget the fight and move on.
He says, "I trust the intelligence of the American people. I don't think there's a whole lot more to do with this other than I and others are going to be a lot more skeptical with what I see on CNN.
"In the report they say that I fudged the facts and they didn't find a single fact that I fudged."
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Filmmaker Michael Moore launched into an 11-minute rant on TV on Monday, during which he blasted the media for misrepresenting his new healthcare documentary Sicko.
The controversial director was appearing on CNN show The Situation Room when he blasted both the network and host Wolf Blitzer for having a "poor track record" as journalists.
Moore had been invited onto the program to counter a report made by CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, which pointed out alleged false information and statistics in Sicko, which takes aim at the healthcare system.
Moore blasted, "That report was so biased, I can't imagine which pharmaceutical company ad is coming up right after our break.
"All the statistics show that we have far worse healthcare than these other industrialized countries. We're the only ones that don't have it free and universal."
Moore also accused the network of covering up the truth about the American healthcare system and the country's military involvement in Iraq.
He said, "You're the ones who are fudging the facts. You've fudged the facts to the American people now for I don't know how long about this issue, about the war.
"And I'm just curious, when are you gonna just stand there and apologize to the American people for not bringing the truth to them that isn't sponsored by some major corporation?"
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