How ‘The West Wing’ solved its government shutdown

10.03.13 4 years ago


How “The West Wing” solved its government shutdown

Can President Obama learn from President Bartlet?


Samuel L. Jackson wanted to make a  “S.H.I.E.L.D.” cameo

“I’m still playing the same guy, it’s the same process,” he says. “I just show up and they turn the cameras on and we do it.”


“Orange is the New Black” creator quickly corrects herself after calling it a “TV show”

“It’s not a TV show – it’s a streaming show,” Jenji Kohan said at NY Paleyfest. PLUS: Taylor Schilling poses with her real-life counterpart, Piper Kerman.

Is “Lucky 7” about to be canceled?
The 2nd episode logged very, very low numbers this week.


We are living in the golden age of TV Theme Songs

As the Wall Street Journal notes, “In the age of binge-viewing, it’s more important than ever that a theme song be catchy. Now that viewers can watch any show at any time, a familiar song can provide an anchor for a series and preserve the sense of ritual attached to following it.”


How “Breaking Bad” filmed Walter White’s final scene

Walter White in the lab was filmed first, as makeup artists were “uglying” up Aaron Paul. “I’m looking at the lab equipment as if I’m inspecting the troops. One last nod. One last look at the world of chemistry,” Bryan Cranston tells Entertainment Weekly, which witnessed the death of Walter White. PLUS: New Mexico rejected giving “Breaking Bad” a loan in 2008, cast reveal which scenes they always wanted to shoot, 3 lessons from the finale, will “Breaking Bad” change the way TV shows end?, and can Aaron Paul become a movie star?.

Johnny Lewis may have fathered a child with a “Sons of Anarchy” guest actress
The court is trying to figure out how to split Lewis’ $41,000 estate, and documents reveal that one possible beneficiary is the daughter of an actress who appeared on the FX series.

How “SVU” came up with its Paula Deen/Trayvon Martin mashup
Producers wanted to do a story about racial profiling in New York City, but the episode had to have a sex crime component.


“Heroes” creator Tim Kring to produce a high school drug use drama for CW

“Exp” would explore what happens when a foreign designer drug becomes prevalent in American high schools.

Howard Stern agrees to do Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”
The shock jock said he’ll be taping with Seinfeld today.

Academics delve into “SNL”
A new media studies book on “Saturday Night Live” tries to examine the NBC show via academics essays.


“The Bridge” is watched by more DVR viewers than live viewers

It’s the most time-shifted show in FX history.

Did Fox make a mistake picking David Tennant for the American “Broadchurch” remake?
The former “Doctor Who” star’s American accent has been criticized.


Check out “Game of Thrones” set photos

Emilia Clarke was spotted filming Season 4. PLUS: Sansa and Arya are BFFs in real life.

See Emily Deschanel in her “Bones” wedding dress
Deschanel says she picked the most “flattering” wedding dress, a $4,800 off-white gown by Romona Keveza.

Listen to “Real Housewives” stars sing without autotune
No, they cannot sing.

Is “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” the successor to “30 Rock”?
The heavy use of flashcuts is reminiscent of Tina Fey’s NBC comedy.

How “Team Clinton” shut down CNN and NBC’s Hillary Clinton projects
This is not the first time Bill and Hillary have wielded their clout against a media organization.

Spike TV greenlights “Frankenfood”
Contestants will compete to create great tasting flavor combinations.

“Cop Rock” is still considered a weird idea 23 years later
What was Steven Bochco thinking?


Tyler Labine headed to Hulu

The “Reaper” alum will star in a supernatural series called “Deadbeat.”

“Step by Step” cast: Where are they now?
What is the cast of the ’90s TGIF comedy up to these days?

“Super Fun Night” wants to be the “Freaks and Geeks” of sitcom hangout shows
Unfortunately for Rebel Wilson, her sitcom doesn’t work and feels like the network is throwing a bunch of ideas at the wall. PLUS: It came out of the oven half-baked.


NBC’s “Ironside” is weak, confusing, simpleminded

Blair Underwood’s new detective show looks like a pointless remake. PLUS: It’s no worse than your average cop show.

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