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A Woody Allen TV Show? What It Means

Big things for streaming TV—and likely controversy: James Poniewozik

(Newser) - Woody Allen is set to write and direct a TV series on Amazon Prime , and the news has big ramifications for the filmmaker, the company, and the TV industry, writes James Poniewozik in Time . First of all, the legendary director's willingness to make a TV show proves that "... More »

Amazon Scores Woody Allen's First TV Series

He'll write and direct half-hour episodes on Prime

(Newser) - Woody Allen is getting ready to make his first-ever TV series, though in a press release, he doesn't quite sound prepared: "I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas and I’m not sure where to begin." The filmmaker will write and... More »

Real Jim Halpert 'Nothing Like' His Office Counterpart

Actual Jim is a lawyer and friend of show's developer

(Newser) - On The Office, Jim Halpert is a likable slacker who sells paper and plays pranks. In real life, Jim Halpert is a corporate lawyer who's never lacked motivation, though he admits to not being "as tall or good-looking" as his TV counterpart. The real Halpert, 51, is a... More »

TV Host Wears Same Suit All Year, Makes Point

Karl Stefanovic says men aren't judged as harshly as women

(Newser) - An Aussie TV personality has worn the same suit on-air for a full year, and not because he likes the smell. Karl Stefanovic, a presenter on Australia's morning news show Today, says he kept wearing the blue Burberry knock-off to make a point: "No one has noticed; no... More »

TV Icon Behind Magnum, PI, Knight Rider, Galactica Dies

Writer-producer Glen Larson was vastly prolific

(Newser) - Glen A. Larson, the writer and producer behind well-loved TV series such as the original Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., and Quincy, M.E., has died. He was 77. Larson died at the UCLA Medical Center on Friday night of complications from esophageal cancer, his son, James Larson,... More »

Norway's New Viewing Sensation: Rocks

But it's more exciting than the knitting show, because these rocks might fall

(Newser) - State broadcaster NRK in Norway has made a name for itself in the genre of "slow TV," with hugely successful broadcasts of knitting , a fire burning itself out, and a long, long ferry ride . Now: rocks. But as the AP explains, these rocks might involve some excitement, eventually,... More »

5 Actors Whose TV Debuts Were Awful

Including Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, and more

(Newser) - These 10 actors rounded up by The Stir may have gone on to become big names, but their TV debuts were less than stellar:
  • Jim Carrey: Nope, he didn't get his start on In Living Color, he got it on The Duck Factory, a show about a young animator
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Transparent Is 'Best Show of the Year'

Jeffrey Tambor stars in Jill Soloway's new series

(Newser) - Critics are applauding Transparent, the new 10-episode series that's putting Amazon Prime in the spotlight. Multiple reviews call the show, which tells the story of a family whose patriarch has begun living as a woman, "transcendent": It's touching, believable, and extremely funny. Among the comments:
  • "Start
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Friends Was Silly, Fluffy, and ... Superb

This week marks 20th anniversary of its premiere

(Newser) - As if news that Party of Five debuted 20 years ago this month doesn't make you feel old enough, Friends is this week hitting the same milestone. And as Willa Paskin writes for Slate , the anniversary is being "greeted with untempered enthusiasm, even for this era of rampant... More »

Emmy Winner Polly Bergen Dead at 84

Appeared in Cape Fear , Desperate Housewives

(Newser) - Actress and singer Polly Bergen, known for roles in productions ranging from Cape Fear to Desperate Housewives, has died at 84 of natural causes, reports say. Bergen won an Emmy for her role as Helen Morgan in the series Playhouse 90 in the late 1950s, the AP reports. She also... More »

This Exists: 66-Pound Hot Dog Sundae

FYI's Epic Meal Time guys' creation has 66 ingredients

(Newser) - Well, this sounds ... yummy? The guys of Epic Meal Time have created a 66-pound Hot Dog Sundae. They plan to air their consumption of the feast on their FYI show Epic Meal Empire this fall, reports Thrilist . A partial list of the sundae's 66 ingredients: Bacon chili, pad Thai,... More »

'Friends' Stage Mini-Reunion on Kimmel

Also, 'Central Perk' is coming to Manhattan

(Newser) - Here's a question for Friends fans: Have you ever wanted to hang out at "Central Perk"? If so, you’re in luck. A replica of the series' iconic coffee shop—dubbed "The One With the Free Coffee"—will be open in Manhattan from Sept. 17... More »

Voice of Saturday Night Live Dead at 96

Don Pardo lent voice to Jeopardy! , Today show, and more

(Newser) - One of television's most enduring presences has passed away at the age of 96. Announcer Don Pardo, known for introducing Saturday Night Live for decades, died at his home in Arizona yesterday, the AP reports; the cause hasn't been revealed, though the Los Angeles Times notes that he... More »

Injured Tracy Morgan 'Still Struggling': Lawyer

Attorney explains lawsuit against Walmart

(Newser) - Tracy Morgan is home from rehab , but that doesn't mean he's recovered from a June car accident. "He's still struggling, but he's a fighter and he's had issues before that he's fought through," his lawyer, Benedict Morelli, told the Today show. Matt... More »

Binge-Watching TV Could Lead to Early Death: Study

Sitting in front of the tube for hours really not good for you: researchers

(Newser) - So, if you didn't already know—sitting around for hours at a time to binge-watch season two of Orange Is the New Black isn't exactly good for your health. A new study shows couch potatoes could be increasing their risk for an early death, and there are two... More »

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

And rules that police need a warrant to search your phone

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today delivered a major victory for broadcasters by ruling 6-3 that Aereo violated their copyright. Aereo uses thousands of TV antennas to stream content that's freely broadcast over the airwaves to users, who can also choose to record shows to watch later. The ruling may effectively... More »

Here's a Guide for Discussing Spoilers

Wired offers a guide

(Newser) - Spoilers are a scourge of the Internet age: Between social media and entertainment sites, it can be tough to avoid learning what happened in the latest Game of Thrones before you watch it. Making things even more complicated, a Wired survey finds that people have very different views of proper... More »

'Real' Springfield Getting a Taste of the Simpsons

In the form of a mural; creator Groening approves the idea

(Newser) - A new mural featuring The Simpsons is coming to Springfield. The real Springfield. Series creator Matt Groening, who grew up in Portland, Oregon, told the Smithsonian two years ago he named Springfield after the real one in his home state. The mural, expected to be completed in mid-September, follows several... More »

Americans Get 189 Channels, Watch 17

More choices doesn't translate into more clicking, says Nielsen

(Newser) - Americans keep getting more and more channels to choose from, but they seem to have maxed out on watching "only" 17 of them, reports Nielsen . Its new survey finds that US households get an average of 189 channels, up from 129 in 2008. But most people watch no more... More »

Meg Ryan to Narrate How I Met Your Dad

She'll have the same role Bob Saget did in 'Mother'

(Newser) - Looks like Meg Ryan's TV-based comeback is in full swing: She's set to narrate How I Met Your Dad, the Greta Gerwig-starring How I Met Your Mother spin-off that could be coming to CBS (if the network orders the pilot to series). Ryan would essentially have the same... More »

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