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The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Guest Stars Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who has been the best guest star on a scripted show?

Tim Surette (@timsurette), TV.com

Wayne Brady showing up in body armor and riding a horse on Syfy’s post-apocalyptic disaster disaster “Aftermath” needs to be mentioned somewhere in this critics’ roundup, so here it is. But I’ll point out two from intentional comedies that come to mind. Timothy Olyphant’s short run on “The Grinder” as himself was fantastic and if I didn’t mention this my coworker Kaitlin would kill me. But my pick goes to David Duchovny, also as himself, on “The Larry Sanders Show.” We’d largely known Duchovny for
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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television

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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television
If you were a TV critic from 1956 to 1976, you would have witnessed some big changes in the business: the rise and fall of the Western as the dominant primetime genre, or the color TV boom, or CBS' shift from silly rural comedies to socially conscious ones like All in the Family and M*A*S*H. If you covered the beat from 1976 to 1996, you would have written about Hill Street Blues and its many imitators, the classic years of SNL, and the early days of original cable programming. Almost any 20-year span would give you a front row seat to enormous artistic and technological change. As of this week, I've been professionally writing about television for exactly 20 years(*), and it's safe to say that the only two-decade period that featured a more radical transformation in how television was made and consumed would be back when the medium was first introduced into America's living rooms.
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The subversive messages snuck into Melrose Place

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For 2 years in the 1990s, an art group snuck props containing hidden political messages into Fox’s glamorous soap, Melrose Place

When it comes to matters of morality and ethics, Us TV Networks are notoriously strict on what their shows may or may not depict. Remember the episode of Friends in which Rachel and Monica fight over the apartment’s last condom? After the fuss following Seinfeld’s condom episode, NBC stopped the creators from showing an actual condom wrapper, hence the use of a generic box.

The same went for A Different World episode Time Keeps On Slippin, when Producer-Director Debbie Allen was forced to have a character point to a handbag rather than show a packaged condom.

A similar stringent attitude applies to alcohol and drug references. In The Italian Bob episode of The Simpsons when Lisa gets drunk, Fox banned producers from showing her
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Shonda Rhimes Takes Over Thursdays, Anna Gunn Might “Better Call Saul” and That “Modern Family” Wedding

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ABC’s new fall schedule sees the network make Thursday nights an all-Shonda Rhimes line up (the last time a producer was responsible for an entire night of ABC’s programming was when it featured three Aaron Spelling shows on Saturday night).

Shonda Rhimes isn’t just responsible for ABC’s Thursday night line-up, Vulture sees her creative mark all over the network schedule, from the diversity on and off-screen, the big dramatic flourishes of Revenge or the upcoming Secret & Lies. Perhaps they could also pick up more of Rhimes’ tendency to include queer characters as part of the universe?

More Cyrus and James craziness!

Hitfix‘s Daniel Fienberg writes an open letter to ABC, asking them to quit with the ironic sitcom titles. Cougar Town, Trophy Wife* and Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 may have been great shows but people repeatedly said they
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Ranking the TV shows of Jj Abrams

Feature Rob Kemp 15 Nov 2013 - 07:00

With Almost Human arriving soon, Rob compares the merits of ten Jj Abrams-produced TV shows, from Lost, to Alias, Revolution, and more...

Warning: contains spoilers for Revolution, and Lost.

Most would agree, Jj Abrams has had a successful career which has gone from strength to strength. Undoubtedly, Star Wars now offers an opportunity for him to reach a creative zenith, but represents also his largest risk. His stylistic choices may not be to everyone’s tastes and he himself admits that there are elements over which he has an obsession (lens flares & secrecy) but these are still a matter of personal taste (I’m ambivalent over the former, and truly appreciate the latter). All that aside, outside his burgeoning film directing career, as an executive producer Abrams has been responsible for an incredible amount of television in a very small space of time.
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DVD Release: The Mod Squad: Complete Collection

DVD Release Date: Nov. 19, 2013

Price: DVD $269.99

Studio: Vei

Clarence Williams III (l.), Peggy Lipton and Michael Cole are The Mod Squad.

In November, ABC Television’s wildly popular action crime drama series The Mod Squad, which ran for five seasons from 1968 through 1973, will be issued in a 39-disc, complete series DVD collection for the first time ever.

The show revolved around three youthful and very cool investigators – Julie (Peggy Lipton), Pete (Michael Cole) and Linc (Clarence Williams III) – who solved crimes, apprehended heinous criminals and addressed social injustice. Being products of the flower-child era, they didn’t carry guns (or make the ultimate arrests), but instead wore beads and mod clothing, peppering their dialogue with slang of the day – like “groovy,” “keep the faith” and “solid” – all backed by a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack.

Led by the straight-laced, frequently perturbed Captain Adam Greer (Tige Andrews), the show portrayed a multi-cultural society,
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Oscar Hosts: From Worst To Best, Rating 60 Years Of Academy Awards Emcees (Photos)

They've tried everything. One host. Two hosts. Four hosts. 32 hosts. Comic hosts. Serious-thespian hosts. Hollywood-legend hosts. Young hosts. Old hosts. Hip hosts. Square hosts. Singing-and-dancing hosts. Every year, it seems, the Academy Awards goes back to the drawing board to figure out what sort of emcee will keep the show lively, attract viewers (especially younger viewers) and keep them from flipping channels during the slow parts. It's a thankless gig; no wonder Billy Crystal, who's done it eight times, decided to sit out for eight years before agreeing to return to host this year's Academy Awards on Sunday night. The job requires a difficult and rare set of skills: a host must entertain both the Hollywood big-shots in the auditorium and regular folks at home. They can poke fun at the huge egos in the room, but can't deflate them with too much snark, and they can't be too inside-baseball.
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The TV Addict’s Top 10 TV Shows of 2011

While they may not have been the year’s most critically acclaimed or the country’s most popular, each the following shows made this TV Addict’s Top 10 of ’11 for the simple reason that each week, they left us jonesing another fix. You know those people who say “less is more?” Yeah, they’re totally wrong. As the following programs prove, too much is never enough.

The Good Wife (CBS)

Since previous “Best Ofs” have already seen us shine the spotlight on the crackling chemistry that comes hand-in-hand with The Good Wife’s all-star ensemble and roster of guest stars that reads like a “Who’s Who” of Broadway, we thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight something slightly less sexy about the show that good doesn’t even begin to describe. Once thought of as the show’s achilles heel, this year saw the legal drama raise the
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DC Releases Complete #1 Solicits, Shows a Lot of Promise But Wastes a Little Space

Here it is. The full 52 titles that DC Will debut at the end of the summer. There are a lot of exciting new beginnings for old favorites like Swamp Thing and Sgt. Rock, and the whole lineup is chock full of some of the greatest names in the business. I’m a little disappointed that DC burned 11 of its new titles on the Bat-family alone. That seems a little bit of a waste. Especially since 4 of those titles actually feature Bruce Wayne/Batman in them. I love Bats as much as the next guy, but 4 titles? Really? I thought the whole renumbering was supposed to fix things like that.

In any event, here are the 52. I’m pretty excited all around. Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Justice League #1

Written by Geoff Johns

Art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

1:25 Variant cover by David Finch

On sale August 31 • 40 pg,
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DC’s Official #1 Solicitations For September 2011

Making it all official, here are all 52 of the #1 solicits from DC Comics for September.

Justice League #1

Written by Geoff Johns

Art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

1:25 Variant cover by David Finch

Retrosolicited • On sale August 31 • 40 pg, Fc, $3.99 Us Rated T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 Us

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!

This spectacular debut issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.

Justice League International #1

Written by Dan Jurgens

Art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan

Cover by Aaron Lopresti

On sale September 7 • 32 pg, Fc, $2.99 Us • Rated T
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American 'Being Human' Strives for Individuality, Retains Humor

Remaking recent, popular and well-produced British series for American audiences can be a gamble but in the case of Syfy’s new offering, Being Human, the bottom line is: it works.

I’m still a little hesitant on the entire series, but the first hour of the much-touted, highly controversial American remake of the hit UK supernatural drama (and it is a drama) was well-paced, well-written and engaging, with a cracker of a cliffhanger. For those of you keeping track at home. Here’s a quick reference guide to the trans-Atlantic conversion:

Title: Being Human (Us)

Setting: Boston

Vampire: Aiden (Sam Witwer)

Werewolf: Josh (Sam Huntington)

Ghost: Sally (Meaghan Rath)

Nasty Vamp Leader: Bishop (Mark Pellegrino)

Other Girl: Emily (Josh’s sister)

Title: Being Human (UK)

Setting: Bristol

Vampire: Mitchell (Aidan Turner)

Werewolf: George (Russell Tovey)

Ghost: Annie (Lenora Crichlow)

Nasty Vamp Leader: Herrick (Jason Watkins)

Other Girl: Lucy (George
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New On Blu-ray and DVD This Week

This week sees the release of several new movies and TV shows, some for the first time ever on Blu-ray. Of the ones coming out this week, we’re excited for a few of them in particular.

These esteemed examples of entertainment include A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pirate Radio, the debut of Voltron Beast King Golion, the thirteenth season of Dallas, the DVD release of the very funny Defendor and the 15th Anniversary Blu-ray of Apollo 13 (pictured above with Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise and Kevin Bacon).

Check them out:

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A Nightmare on Elm Street ~ Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon (Blu-ray)

Apollo 13 (15th Anniversary Edition) ~ Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise (Blu-ray)

Creature of Darkness ~ Devon Sawa, Sanoe Lake, Matthew Lawrence (Blu-ray and DVD)

Defendor ~ Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh, Elias Koteas (DVD)

Final Storm ~ Luke Perry, Lauren Holly
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Gold Derby nuggets: Colin Firth lauded for 'A Single Man' | Mark Burnett tops with PGA | Lisa Kudrow & Courteney Cox TV 'friends' again

• In September, Colin Firth started the long trek to the Oscars by winning best actor at the Venice filmfest. Today the Santa Barbara filmfest announced it will fete Firth with the outstanding performance prize on Feb. 13. That is just three days after AMPAS mails out the final Oscar ballot. Said fest exec Roger Durling, "Colin Firth grabs on to the best role of his career in 'A Single Man' forcing us to have another look at his incredible list of films up to this point. He's one of the most enduring performers working in cinema today, and we're so thrilled that we're honoring this most deserving actor at the peak of his game." Previous recipients include Penelope Cruz (2009), Angelina Jolie (2008), Helen Mirren (2007), Heath Ledger (2006), Kate Winslet (2005) and Charlize Theron (2004). Sbiff

Mark Burnett is the first reality producer to win the Producer Guild of America's Norman Lear Award. The exec of "Survivor,
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Aaron Sorkin: Talker, walk with me

This week, EW University takes a look at the people who helped shape the modern TV landscape. Today’s TV auteur is Aaron Sorkin, whose distinct voice pushed network comedies out of the ‘90s and network dramas into the White House. Class is now in session! When Sports Night premiered in 1998, it was met with critical praise, fanatical devotion on the part of its 10 million or so viewers (which at the time made it the 45th most-watched show), and a revived conversation about the future of the laughtrack for network comedies. Sports Night debuted with canned laughs, but it was so out of place that ABC couldn’t help but eventually side with Sorkin and the show’s fans. Out went the laughtrack, and in came an era where the differences between multicamera and single-camera comedies became normal TV fan knowledge, not just inside-baseball musings. Sports Night’s contemporaries were
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