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2012-2013 TV Season Cancellations
Written by USTownhall staff   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:24

Below is the listing of the broadcast network television series from the 2012-2013 season that are ending or have officially been canceled and will not return next season:


"1600 Penn" (NBC)
"30 Rock" (NBC)
"666 Park Avenue" (ABC)
"90210″ (CW)
"Animal Practice" (NBC)
"Ben & Kate" (FOX)
"Body of Proof" (ABC)
"The Cleveland Show" (FOX)
"Cult" (CW)
"Deception" (NBC)
"Do No Harm" (NBC)
"Don't Trust the B-- In Apartment 23″ (ABC)
"Emily Owens, MD" (CW)
"Go On" (NBC)
"Guys with Kids" (NBC)
"Family Tools" (ABC)
'Fringe" (FOX)
"Golden Boy" (CBS)
"Gossip Girl" (CW)
"Happy Endings" (ABC)
"How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" (ABC)
"Last Resort" (ABC)
"Made In Jersey" (CBS)
"Malibu Country" (ABC)
"The Mob Doctor" (FOX)
"Monday Mornings" (TNT)
"The New Normal" (NBC)
"The Office" (NBC)
"Private Practice" (ABC)
"Partners" (CBS)
"Red Widow" (ABC)
"Rock Center With Brian Williams" (NBC)
"Rules of Engagement" (CBS)
"Smash" (NBC)
"Southland" (TNT)
"Touch" (FOX)
"Up All Night" (NBC)
"Vegas" (CBS)
"Whitney" (NBC)
"Zero Hour" (ABC)



USTownhall RealStories presents DAVID GIUNTOLI of GRIMM
Written by Scott Katz   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 13:40

NUP_136398_0072-resizeNBC has given its cult favorite series Grimm two votes of confidence recently.  On April 26, it was announced that Grimm has already been renewed for a third season, and beginning tonight, Grimm moves from its traditional Friday night timeslot to a prime spot on Tuesday nights after ratings juggernaut The Voice.  We spoke to Grimm's star David Giuntoli about the series and what we can expect for the remaining episodes of the season.  Grimm's second season finale will air on May 21.




USTownhall RealStories speaks with David Giuntoli of Grimm:

USTH: Can you tell us, in broad strokes, about some of the plot lines for the remainder of this season?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: Absolutely. Nick and Juliette start patching things up. And it's looking very hopeful for us come the end of the season. Two: a level 10 – as I like to call it – Wesen comes to Portland who is pulling the strings controlling a lot of other types of Wesen. We can call them the undead.
And he has an army of people under his control that wreak havoc. And this is a longer story arc. We'll be visited by an actor named Reg E. Cathey. He's a wonderful actor who's just been in House of Cards, and he's been in everything. And he's great. And he plays this kind of powerful Wesen that we will be introduced to in the next couple of episodes.
The Royals get closer and closer to me. They come to Portland, and they want the key. And I learn much more about why it is they want the key. The Captain and I start working together.
Let's see... Zombies are entering Portland. And also as far as Adalind goes – the Adalind storyline is insane. And that's all I'll say about that.


USTH: Looking to season three, what would you like to see happen with your character in both his professional and personal lives?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: Well, I'd like to see some resolve – some real closure – to the Juliette storyline. I love working with Bitsie Tulloch [who portrays Juliette Silverton], and it'd be nice to be just a couple again.
I want to get Sergeant Wu into the fray of the knowing. That would be really fun to work with him in the way that now Russell, Hank, and I can work together and Bree and Silas and the Captain. I would love to get Sergeant Wu into the fray.


USTH: Now that you've completed two seasons, what has this whole experience meant for you as an actor?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: I look back at the beginning of season one, and I'm like, "Who is that kid, that supple little kid?" It has been just an absolute gift to me and a blessing. And I've learned so much. I feel like I get paid to learn every day.
And I've become very good friends with a lot of my cast. And, you know, we live in Portland together. And they're my group now. It's been so lovely. And there's the producers and the writers and my bosses are also giving. They leave us alone. They give support. You never feel criticized. It's a very healthy place to be. So I'm very grateful.


USTH: You're on Tuesday nights for the rest of the season. Do you know if you're going to be on Tuesday nights in season three?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: I don't know if we'll be on Tuesday nights in season three. I guess we'll all kind of figure that out together based upon how we fit on Tuesday night for the rest of the season. I'd be really –I have had that thought myself. I do not know the answer.


NUP_145984_0073-resizeUSTH: Regarding working with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Can you tell us a little bit about what it's like to have her on the show? And who is on your personal wish list for potential guest stars in the future that you would like to work with?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: Oh gosh. I can't say that just because there's so many. I wouldn't want to offend the people, you know?  Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was wonderful to work with. And the episodes that she's been in have been so work intensive, and she has such a wonderful work ethic. And she's so fury, and working with her I get caught watching her all of the time and almost forget that I'm in the scene. Because she's so captivating and compelling and beautiful and just makes wonderful choices. And, you know, that's what I think about her.
I've really enjoyed the guest actors we've had thus far. And anybody's who's decided to come who can swing it we'll love to have.


USTH: Is there like a specific type of actor that you think fits well into the Grimm family?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: Sure, character actors.

USTH: Does it help to be a theater actor?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: You don't have to be like a theater actor per se. I mean, most actors have done some theater. I love the local guys getting some jobs – guys and girls getting some jobs because these are people who have dedicated to theater and they live in Portland. So there're not a ton of gigs that show up there. So I love when we get a really great new talent.
But also it's fun to expose viewers to people who you have not seen much. We had an actor named Brian Finney who is a very well respected actor in Los Angeles. He works with the Robbins Theater – the Actors' Gang. And he played the Ziegevolk in the episode where he was a lawyer who charmed the jury. And, it was great getting to have him. So, you know, that's the type of actor.


USTH: As far as you personally are concerned, what do you like to do during your down time? Are you an actor who seeks other projects like theater or movies? Or do you just like to take it easy until the season begins again?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: I like to seek other jobs that I think will push me and do something that I'm not currently doing.

USTH: Okay, do you have anything in the pipeline that you want to talk about?

DAVID GIUNTOLI: I do, but I can't talk about it because it's not a solidified yes. But I appreciate the question.

Our thanks to David Giuntoli for speaking with us today.  Grimm now airs on Tuesday nights at 10pm on NBC for the remainder of the season.


USTownhall RealStories presents BRYAN FULLER of HANNIBAL
Written by Scott Katz   
Monday, 01 April 2013 12:48

NUP_152907_0513-resizeOn Thursday, April 4, one of the most anticipated new television series of the year premieres on NBC.  Hannibal brings the iconic Dr. Hannibal Lecter to the small screen and into your living rooms as the cannibalistic serial killer serves up weekly helpings of his own peculiar brand of justice.

Mads Mikkelsen sinks his teeth into the title role, while Hugh Dancy functions as his bromantic foil, the troubled and tortured Will Graham, Special Agent for the FBI.  Rounding out the talented cast is veteran actor Laurence Fishburne as Graham's boss, Special Agent Jack Crawford.

Hannibal introduces us to these characters at a time that is years before the events of Thomas Harris' seminal novel, Red Dragon.  In the premiere of the series' first season of 13 episodes, Jack Crawford seeks Hannibal Lecter's help in assisting Will Graham in profiling the most dangerous serial killers stalking society.  Over the course of the first season, the relationship between Lecter and Graham is explored with an ever-present undercurrent of tension. Will Graham discover that his partner is a serial killer more dangerous and cunning than any he has ever encounted?  What will happen to him if he does?

We spoke with Bryan Fuller, the creator and Executive Producer of Hannibal about the series, its storylines, and the actors who make up the cast.  How are Hannibal and Will Graham similar?  What drives Hannibal to do the monstrous things that he does?  Does Hannibal see himself as a villain?  Will characters from Bryan Fuller's previous series such as Pushing Dasies, Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me appear?  How far do the depictions of gore and violence go?  Which of the four Hannibal novels will be used to form the basis of the series' stories?  What was it like working with Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, and Laurence Fishburne?  The answers to all that and more are in the podcast below.


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Our thanks to Bryan Fuller for speaking with us today.  Hannibal airs Thursday nights at 10pm on NBC beginning April 4.


USTownhall RealStories presents DONALD TRUMP, BRET MICHAELS, LA TOYA JACKSON of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Written by Scott Katz   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:00

NUP_136398_1032-resize2Donald Trump's hit reality competition series returns for an all-new season.  The Celebrity Apprentice airs is sixth season (thirteenth overall for The Apprentice franchise) beginning Sunday, March 3.  This latest edition is an All-Star version with fourteen celebrities who have all appeared on previous installments of the series.

The participating celebrities are as follows: from Celebrity Apprentice 1: Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Marilu Henner, and Omarosa; from Celebrity Apprentice 2: Claudia Jordan, Brande Roderick, and Dennis Rodman; from Celebrity Apprentice 3: winner Bret Michaels; from Celebrity Apprentice 4: Gary Busey, La Toya Jackson, Lil Jon, and Lisa Rinna; from Celebrity Apprentice 5: Penn Jillette and Dee Snider.  Past winners Piers Morgan, Arsenio Hall, John Rich, and Joan Rivers will appear as judges in the boardroom alongside Mr. Trump and one of his children.


USTownhall RealStories speaks with Donald Trump, Bret Michaels, and La Toya Jackson of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice:


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USTH: Mr. Trump since this is an all star version of the show and everybody has been on it before, in your estimation did everybody perform better than they did the first time? And if you had to award a prize or a ribbon for most improved celebrity from the first time to this time who would it be?

DONALD TRUMP: Well I would say, I can't give names obviously, Scott, because it would be inappropriate, but a number of people really were different and performed better. Some didn't perform as well, I would say, but a number of people really performed better than they did in the first show. And some are just smart people that, you know, they do well including the two people that you're talking to. I mean, they're very smart people, and they do well.
You know, I said great things about Bret, [but] I always say people don't get La Toya. She is sharp and tough as can be. She dealt with Omarosa so incredibly. I mean, what she had to go through -- that was not easy. I have great respect for La Toya Jackson. So yes, I think everybody really performed very well to be honest with you.

LA TOYA JACKSON: Thank you Mr. Trump.


USTH: And also Mr. Trump, how is this season divided? Was it male celebrities versus female celebrities or is it a mix?

DONALD TRUMP: Generally, we find that male versus female is the best and that's generally what we do. And we do a lot of that here. It just seems to work the best. I mean, there's no great secret. We could come up with 15 different formulas, but generally speaking, we find that's the best way of going about it. People like it. We don't want to change a formula that works too much.

USTH: That's good business. I agree with you there.

DONALD TRUMP: Yes, it doesn't get any better than male versus female.

USTH: It's time tested.

DONALD TRUMP: Yes it's time tested.

[Note that when the series premiered, the initial teams were not male vs. female, but rather a mix of celebrities chosen by either Trace Adkins or Bret Michaels.  Notice the wiggle room in Mr. Trump's answer above.  It remains to be seen whether there will be opportunities this season for the men and the women to compete against each other.]


USTH: Onto the two celebrities -- since you are playing for charity, I'd like to give you the opportunity to promote your charity a little bit and tell us what is the name of your charity, what does it do, and why is that charity important to you personally. We'll start with La Toya.

LA TOYA JACKSON: Well, my charity that I was playing for was National Network to End Domestic Violence.  As you all know, domestic violence occurs all over the world, and as we're speaking now, there are women, and, of course men, that are just going through abuse at this very single moment. And they have no shelter, they feel that they have no lobby, they have nowhere to go.
So, I'm here to let them know that we are doing something about it and there are shelters; there is an 800 number that's right there for you to call and get help.
This charity that I'm playing for, National Network to End Domestic Violence, was actually formed by the people themselves. So, they went out, and they got together and said we need a charity; we need a place to stay, something to do and have people come and donate for us.
So, I thought that was very commendable of these little kids and women who were basically really suffering to get together and do something and say this is what our charity is going to be about, and this is what it is.
And it needs awareness. And people are just watching and just donating, and I'm so happy. You can never, ever, ever have enough. And I truly believe that no one charity is better than the other, but just bringing awareness to it is what I'm here for, and I am very proud and pleased to be happy working with Mr. Trump to bring that awareness to it.

USTH: Okay, and Bret?

BRET MICHAELS: Yes my charity is simply called Life Rocks Foundation, and I've had it for a really long time and, being a lifelong diabetic myself, obviously a big part of it goes to diabetes. A big huge part of it which works also with ETF is St. Jude's and childhood cancer and in Wounded Warriors and pet adoption. It's got a variety of different things that we work.
But it's called Life Rocks Foundation Faces and Places and you just go to bretmichaels.com and you see the thousands of faces and the money, every penny, has been donated over the years.


USTH: Well that's really great. Let me ask another question for Bret and La Toya. Since you had met a bunch of new celebrities this time, is there anyone that you were sort of intrigued to meet before you met them, and is there anyone you bonded with during the show and kept in touch with after the show? And we'll start with Bret this time.

BRET MICHAELS: Yes, you know what, when I went in there I was very excited and, you know, extremely passionate -- my passion is both my blessing and my curse. But I went in there and everyone was in there, La Toya was great, she's -- honestly she's fantastic. She is a unique person because she has a heart of gold and fiercely competitive. We kind of share that same thing. You've got a good heart but you also want to be very competitive.
But everyone on the show, you know, I've known Trace for a while. Penn -- all these people, very, very competitive people. And, you know, each of them brought a different winning quality to the table. And I've got to be honest with you, very, very, very dramatic season.

USTH: Okay. And for La Toya, what about you? Any celebrity that you were happy to meet and maybe kept in touch with afterwards?

LA TOYA JACKSON: Yes, I have to say that I was really, really thrilled and I do mean thrilled, and I'm not saying this Bret because you're on the phone. I just -- he's a big rock star. And I thought he had already won, and he's wonderful, and I just could not wait to meet him. And I never really expressed that to you because like Bret said, once you get there you get in work mode immediately because you know that competition is there.
But I was truly looking forward to meeting him and he's such a wonderful person. And I will always, always adore Bret as well as Penn Jillette who is such a sweetheart, isn't he guys?

BRET MICHAELS: He's great.

LA TOYA JACKSON: Yes he really is.

BRET MICHAELS: Very intelligent and pretty to the point.

LA TOYA JACKSON: Yes, but he has a heart of gold as well just like you Bret.



USTH: Our thanks to Donald Trump, Bret Michaels, and La Toya Jackson for taking the time to speak with us.  All-Star Celebrity Apprentice airs Sunday nights on NBC at 9pm Eastern beginning March 3, 2013 in two-hour installments.  Beginning March 31, the show becomes an hour version airing at 10pm for a few weeks before returning to its two hour format.


Written by USTownhall staff   
Saturday, 12 January 2013 16:00

Below is a preliminary listing of the Hollywood releases for 2013 grouped by month.  Release dates are subject to change.  Keep checking back for updates and trailers as they become available.



Jan 11

• Gangster Squad

Jan 18

• Broken City

• Guillermo del Toro Presents Mama

• The Last Stand

Jan 25

• Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters


Feb 1

• Bullet to the Head

Feb 8

• Identity Thief

• Top Gun (3D reissue)

Feb 14

• Beautiful Creatures

• A Good Day to Die Hard

Feb 22

• Dark Skies

• Snitch


Mar 1

• The Last Exorcism, Part II

• Jack the Giant Slayer

Mar 8

• Admission

• Oz the Great and Powerful

Mar 15

• The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Mar 22

• The Croods

Mar 29

• GI Joe: Retaliation

• Tyler Perry's Temptation


Apr 5

• Evil Dead

• Jurassic Park (3D reissue)

Apr 12

• 42

• Scary Movie 5

Apr 19

• Oblivion

Apr 26

• The Big Wedding

• Pain and Gain


May 3

• Iron Man 3

May 10

• The Great Gatsby

• Tyler Perry Presents Peeples

May 17

• Star Trek: Into Darkness

May 24

• Epic

• Fast & Furious 6

• The Hangover Part III

May 31

• Now You See Me

• The Purge


Jun 7

• After Earth

• The Internship

Jun 14

• Man of Steel

• This is the End (Jun 12)

Jun 21

• Monsters University

• World War Z

Jun 28

• The Heat

• White House Down


Jul 3

• Despicable Me 2

• The Lone Ranger

Jul 12

• Grown Ups 2

• Pacific Rim

Jul 19

• The Conjuring


• Red 2

• Turbo (Jul 17)

Jul 26

• The Wolverine

Jul 31

• The Smurfs 2


Aug 2

• 2 Guns

• 300: Rise of an Empire

Aug 9

• Disney's Planes

• Elysium

• Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Aug 7)

• We're the Millers

Aug 16

• Kick-Ass 2

• The To-Do List

Aug 23

• Grandmasters

• The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

• The World's End

• You're Next

Aug 30

• Closed Circuit

• Getaway

• One Direction: This is Us

• Satanic


Sep 6

• Riddick

Sep 13

• Battle of the Year

• Escape Plan

• Insidious Chapter 2

• Machete Kills

Sep 20

• Malavita

• Prisoners

• Rush

• Walk of Shame

Sep 27

• Baggage Claim

• Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

• Runner, Runner


Oct 4

• The Delivery Man

• Gravity

• Paranoia

• Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Oct 11

• Captain Phillips

• Haunts

• Old Boy

Oct 18

• The Butler

• Carrie

• Don Jon

• Seventh Son

Oct 25

• Paranormal Activity 5


Nov 1

• Ender's Game

• Freebirds

• Last Vegas

Nov 8

• Thor: The Dark World

Nov 15

• Best Man 2

• The Counselor

• The Fifth Estate

• The Wolf of Wall Street

Nov 22

• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Nov 27

• Black Nativity

• Frozen


Dec 13

• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

• Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

Dec 20

• Anchorman: The Legend Continues

• The Monuments Men (Dec 18)

• Saving Mr. Banks

• Walking with Dinosaurs

Dec 25

• 47 Ronin

• Jack Ryan

• The Secret Life of Walter Mitty



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Ian Anthony Dale, Nick Wauters

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Polly and Her Pals

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