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Written by Scott Katz   
Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:29

NUP_136398_1044-resizeOn Wednesday, December 19, the WWE will air the 10th anniversary edition of its annual special, WWE's Tribute to the Troops, on the USA cable network from 9-11pm Eastern.  A one-hour version will air a few days later on Saturday, December 22 at 10pm on NBC.  This event has some of the biggest names from the WWE putting on a special exhibition for the American troops and their families as a way of honoring them for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan.  This year, the show will take place in the Scopes arena in Norfolk, Virginia, and in addition to WWE stars such as John Cena, Sheamus, The Miz, Big Show, and Dolph Ziggler, the Muppets and musical guests Kid Rock and Flo Rida will appear.



USTH: John, on a personal level, what does it mean for you to be able to perform at this event, and do you consider yourself a very patriotic person?

JOHN CENA: I absolutely do.  This is the proudest day on our touring schedule, I've often said that, a lot of the Superstars have said that.  Almost so much so that it becomes cliché – it is not.  This is a very proud day for me, especially.
I take great pride in being able to be put front and center in front of the people that I admire most, and that's the people that defend our freedom. I adopt a lot of my creed – my personality – from military Code of Conduct.
Simple words like "hustle," "loyalty," "respect" are easily translated to honor code and country. It really is an extra special day for me. I'm glad we continued our relationship. I'm glad the folks at the Naval Station in Norfolk and bases around the country and abroad have opened their arms to give us not only a place to entertain, but the hospitality that they've given us over the years.
Like I said, we do in excess of 300 shows a year, and this is the proudest day on our calendar.


USTH: This next question is for both of you, but we'll start with Sheamus. Can you just tell us a little bit about your participation in the show in terms of matches? Is it going to be one-on-one or tag team?

SHEAMUS: Along with all the live acts we actually have – Kid Rock is there, Flo Rida and the Muppets – it's to show a kickoff for the tag match with myself and Randy Orton taking on The Big Show and Dolph Ziggler.
The show itself as well was packed to the brim.  It was exciting, and we want to make sure that all the Naval Officers, Marines, everyone in the arena, everyone from Norfolk got the best show they possibly could get and that's what we did – went out there and gave them everything we had, as much as they deserve.

JOHN CENA: I'll be competing in a match, and the great thing about our Tribute to the Troops show – there is an extended form on USA or its abbreviated form on NBC– it's a great watch.
It's not something that you necessarily have to be up-to-date on all the WWE storylines or all the plots. It really is just a general entertaining program, which is why we have a guest host and the Muppets – that's why we have musical guests.
I myself am in a singles match against our current United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, but it's one show that for the holiday season you can truly sit down, watch, and enjoy.
You don't have to know who's bad, who's good, who's a champion, who's not.  You can really just take in the show for what it is, and it's an entertaining hour or two hours on either NBC or USA, but I'll be doing what I do best.  I'll be in the ring doing what I do.


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Above: John Cena with American military personnel

[Image credit: NBC, WWE]

Above: Sheamus [Image credit: NBC, WWE]



USTH: Sheamus, do you have any favorite moments from taping this show this past Sunday [December 9]?

SHEAMUS: I think my favorite part of the show – obviously, I don't want too give to much away because of the show itself – but getting to interact with everybody in the Norfolk Scope arena.
I think the most important thing is recognizing all of them. I'll be honest with you, they were probably the best crowd I've ever been in front of and the Officers and the Marines were just off the charts – they were an absolute pleasure to perform in front of.
The interaction and the energy of the fans and the crowd I think makes our job that much easier and that much better.
I think they were the stars tonight, too, because they were into every single minute of it, and they were an absolute joy to perform in front of, and if we could do that every week, that would be awesome.


USTH: John, what are the feelings that you take away from actually meeting the soldiers and their families. You said before that it was sort of backwards that they were happy to meet you. Is it a humbling experience for you?

JOHN CENA: It truly is, and the great thing is you get to meet some of these soldiers and families who can follow you throughout your appearance scheduled over the course of three days.
So, you truly get to talk to these families more than we would when we were in the deployed areas where we were in Fort operating bases literally spanning across the war zone.
So, in the past few years [that the show has been filmed in the United States], you get to know some of these folks, and you do see them at the arena, and there is that personal connection that you very rarely get. It's like seeing a friend or a family member in the audience.
You really pay them a little extra attention – certainly go above and beyond, obviously – for the group you perform in front of. It's a really good feeling being able to socialize with these people for three days and then perform in front of them and let them enjoy what you do best.


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Above: The Miz, Kermit the Frog, and Miss Piggy

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Above: Kid Rock perfoms [Image credit: NBC, WWE] Above: Flo Rida perfoms {Image credit: NBC, WWE]


USTH: Sheamus, what was it like for you to come to America in the first place? Was it always your dream to wrestle here in America? What is it like for you to live your dream as a wrestler?

SHEAMUS: From a very early age, I was infatuated by WWE and in ways I was infatuated by America, too. I guess a lot of the American cultures were very apparent in Ireland. Like going to movies, watching American films, and I had a lot of relatives over here in America as well – in Chicago and Florida.
But, it was always my dream to come to this country, and I always knew from an early age what I wanted to do. I was enthralled with WWE ever since I was seven or eight years old and I never lost sight of that. I was always very determined to follow that dream, and it took a lot longer than I thought it would.
But, as I said, I finally made it here five years ago. WWE gave me an opportunity, and I jumped on that opportunity, and for me it's been an incredible journey. I've traveled the whole world. I've entertained and performed in front of fans worldwide.
In the last five years, the United States has become my home, and I'm very proud to go home back to Ireland after everything I have achieved, but this country has given me an opportunity to pursue my dream.
Back in Ireland, I always remembered hearing that [America is] the land of opportunity, and that's exactly what it has been for me. It's just been incredible, and getting to meet all the soldiers and the Officers in the Air Force and the people who protect the country where I live – an opportunity to thank them for helping me and letting me live my dream here without any fear is a fantastic opportunity for me.
And it's just to say thank you to all of them because sometimes there's even some heroes [that] don't get the thank you that they deserve, or sometimes it's just nice to hear the word "thank you."
It's not a very common word, but to say the "thank you" to them is just for me a great opportunity, and for the WWE, it's a great opportunity because they keep us safe, and they let all of us live our dreams and live our lives without fear.


USTH: Our thanks to John Cena and Sheamus from the WWE for speaking with us today.  WWE's Tribute to the Troops airs on NBC on Saturday, December 22 at 10pm Eastern time.  An expanded, two-hour version airs a few days earlier on the USA cable network on Wednesday, December 19 at 9pm Eastern time.


USTownhall RealStories presents HOWIE MANDEL of "TAKE IT ALL"
Written by Scott Katz   
Monday, 10 December 2012 14:36

NUP_152640_0935-resizeOn Monday, December 10, NBC airs a limited run game show hosted by Howie Mandel called Take It All.  In this series, contestants are matched up against each other to win ever more elaborate and expensive prizes and then steal the prizes that other contestants have won.  At the end, the final two contestants have the option of going home with their prizes or trying to win both sets of prizes.  The catch?  If both contestants secretly elect to "take it all," then neither contestant wins anything.  It's a battle of wits, will, and bluffing to see which contestant can outmaneuver and outsmart the rest to go home with the most prizes.



USTH: As a host of game shows and talent shows, are you able to maintain a professional distance from the contestants, or do you find yourself getting emotionally involved in what they're going through and secretly root for them?

HOWIE MANDEL: Well, yes. You know, first and foremost I'm a human being, and I'm a father, and I'm a husband. So yes, the professionalism lies in you.  Well, you can tell that I root for people, and you can tell that I care, and it's really hard. The hardest thing is to maintain – and I guess that's what they pay you for – to maintain my professionalism when I see, in my mind, just like you the viewer.  I can go, "Oh, no, no, no, no, this is bad move. This is a bad move," but I'm not allowed to say that.  I can think it, but I can't tell you I'm thinking it because that may sway you. And then again, I could be wrong.
So yes, I am very involved. I can't totally remove myself from it, but, I hope that I maintain a professional stance as the host.  You know, I've seen some parts of it and I think I do a fantastic job.


USTH: What is it about the game show format or competition format that appeals to you in general? And could you ever be a contestant on a game show, like Celebrity Apprentice or something like that?

HOWIE MANDEL: No, I have no interest in being a contestant on any game shows, I don't play games, and [Take it All] is not even the game show genre. I feel that Take It All is in a world on its own. Just like Deal or No Deal, it wasn't really a game. It's more about humanity, so it's not a game, though there is strategy. There is gamesmanship. There is bluffing. Some people just out-and-out lie. And that's fun to watch, and that's what draws me to that, much more than any game.
I'm offered a lot of games where trivia is involved or stunts are involved or whatever, and I haven't said okay to do those. I have no interest in doing those, but I do have interest in this. I'm telling you that if I wasn't the host of this and somebody else came up with the show and it was on, this is the show I would watch. And I'd be watching it because I'm fascinated by how people react, and how people – even though it's playing, this is how they are in life. This is a great example of who we are and how people play the game of life. And that's basically what you're doing in Take It All.


USTH: As far the audience and the contestants, are we all on the same page or does the audience at home know something that the contestants don't know?

HOWIE MANDEL: We're all on the same page. In fact, not only are we all on the same page, I'm on the same page. Maybe it's not like any other host.  I've never gone into the prize room, so I said, "I want to be blown away by these prizes too," so I don't know what's coming up, number one.

So, as the game goes on and a hovercraft appears, I have no idea. I want to guess. I want to have the fun. Is the hovercraft worth more than the Mercedes? Is it worth more than a jet pack? I don't know, so I'm having fun with that. And the other thing is, I know nothing about the contestants until I ask the questions. So, there is a casting process, as far as people showing up and applying to be on the show, and they fill out applications, [but] I don't know anything about it.

So, you may think you know something. I don't want to know something. I don't want to know what their background is, or how they play or what their strategy is. We learn [during the show], and it unfolds in front of you. But, as an audience member it's fun to find out. At home you go, "You know what, I don't trust this guy, or she's lying, or she's bluffing. She's bluffing. She's going to - ," and that's what's fun about it.


USTH: Regarding one of the technical aspects of the show, let's say somebody wins a lot of prizes, but then after the show is over they realize, well, they don't really need a hovercraft or a jet pack or whatever. Are they allowed to exchange the prize for a cash value, or how does that all work?

HOWIE MANDEL: I don't know how that works. You know, that's not my area of expertise. I don't know. I assume that they have to take the prize.


USTH: You're also the Executive Producer of the show, so what are your duties as Executive Producer? What are you responsible for?

HOWIE MANDEL: Mostly hosting and craft service. No, I helped develop the game and I helped reassemble the group that did Deal or No Deal, because I think that there's nobody better in the business. And, I'm really good at delegating – handing off the duties of whatever other people's expertises are to them.
So, beyond that, I'm not involved in the casting, because I don't want to meet anybody until I'm standing on stage with them. I'm not involved with the prizes because I want to be surprised with the prizes. I put my two cents in on the set. I put my two cents in on our staff. But beyond that, we have the best staff, and I'm just focused on hosting.


USTH: Finally, on another topic, do you know anything about a possibility of a Gremlin's sequel or remake of the original movie? And would you be interested in participating in that?

HOWIE MANDEL: I know nothing about it, but if they do, I hope they give me a call. I would love to be part of it.


USTH: Our thanks to Howie Mandel for speaking with us.  Take It All premieres for a limited run on NBC on Monday, December 11, 2012 and will air each night at 9pm until Friday.  The finale will then air Monday, December 17 at 10pm.  If the ratings are good, expect the series to return for another engagement in the future.



USTownhall RealStories presents author ANDY MANGELS
Written by Scott Katz   
Friday, 07 December 2012 13:45

Lou-Scheimer-Filmation-resize2We recently interviewed USA Today best-selling author and DVD documentary producer Andy Mangels to discuss his latest book, the years-in-the-making Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation.  Weighing in at 288 pages, this book, co-written with Lou Scheimer himself, is part biography and part business history as it chronicles both Lou's life and the life of the Filmation animation studio, one of the preeminent television animation producers for over 25 years.

As in-depth as this interview is, it can give you only a taste of what happened behind the scenes in the often harsh world of television production.  Although shuttered in the late 1980s, Filmation's legacy endures today as many of its classic series are available to own on DVD, and many of today's top animators got their start at this legendary animation studio.

For more, including information on how to order Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation, please visit www.andymangels.com and www.twomorrows.com


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Intro & overview of the Filmation studio and the shows it produced

1:09:40 L'Oreal buys Filmation leading to the demise of the studio
3:25 Filmation's use of licensed properties such as The Archies, Star Trek, etc.; Archie song segments as a precursor to music videos; Fat Albert introduces stories with morals and messages 1:13:00 Lou Scheimer's mood as he realized Filmation was being closed for good
9:30 Lou Scheimer's dedication to shows with a pro-social message & stories that had value in addition to entertainment; Filmation was first animation studio to feature minority characters that weren't racist caricatures 1:16:50 Mr. Mangels' personal appreciation for Filmation's output and innovations in the process of creating the book
12:20 Mr. Mangels discusses how he met Lou Scheimer while creating DVD documentaries for BCIEclipse animated DVD sets 1:20:00 Why is Filmation considered the also-ran when discussing television animated studios?; Stories of how Filmation cartoons have affected its audience
16:10 Interviewing Lou Scheimer for the book and including information that couldn't be included in the DVD documentaries 1:25:50 Lou Scheimer's feelings regarding fan reaction vs. critical reaction
19:35 Mr. Mangels talks about his extensive time interviewing Lou Scheimer and his sense of Mr. Scheimer as a person 1:28:25 Unfair critiques of Filmation by animation historians; Filmation's use of more realistally drawn characters, detailed backgrounds, and rotoscoping
22:40 Animation & special effects legends who got their start at Filmation; Filmation's commitment to keeping all its animation work in the United States 1:34:00 Filmation's going the extra mile in developing their licensed series in terms of hiring DC and Star Trek writers and hiring the original actors to reprise their voices for the animated series
27:35 How Pinky and the Brain was inspired by a Filmation cartoon; Some behind-the-scenes stories about the history of television animation; Filmation creating the weekday syndicated animation boom in the 1980s with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
1:37:10 Did Filmation's having so many licensed properties hurt their standing among animation historians?; Using Laugh-In writers in Filmation shows; Being ahead of the curve regarding diversity in series such as Isis and Fat Albert, among others
34:00 Relationship between Kid Super Power with Shazam and the Archies; Presenting all sides of the story besides Mr. Scheimer's recollections in the book; DC copyright lawsuit regarding Tarzan and the Super 7 characters 1:44:00 Many Hanna-Barbera shows could be traced back to a successful Filmation series
39:30 Filmation being sued by DC at the same time as being in business with DC; Filmation's plans for a new Batman live-action series starring Adam West & Burt Ward in the 1970s; Why Filmation never did a series for Marvel Comics; Batman being used by both Hanna-Barbera and Filmation in the 1970s; Behind the scenes in selling animated series to networks; Being inspired to create animation for weekday syndicated market 1:47:20 Status of Filmation series original materials today
51:50 Did the DC lawsuit hurt the working relationship with DC?; Changes in licensing in the post-Star Wars era; Cartoons based on toys including He-Man and the Masters of the Universe 1:52:00 Status of materials for projects that never made it to series and never seen by the public; Filmation library recently purchased by DreamWorks
56:25 Filmation working with Mattel in creating the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe series 1:55:30 Who has video rights to Filmation's licensed properties?; Why are some series released on DVD, but others are not?; Non-Filmation animated series Time-Life may release in the future
1:00:00 Internal thoughts at Filmation on their big gamble in producing the He-Man series; Increased competition in the wake of He-Man's success 2:00:00 Final notes from Mr. Mangels about his book and what readers can find in the book including the real story of how the Flintstones were created and when Lou Scheimer's father punched out Adolf Hitler!
1:05:00 Filmation's moral-based style suffering in comparison to GI Joe and Transformers; The rise of video games and their impact on animated programming



Written by USTownhall staff   
Sunday, 23 September 2012 23:43

2012-Emmys-resizeThe 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23, 2012 and broadcast on ABC.  The list of nominees and winners are as follows:



Other nominees: The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO; Girls, HBO; 30 Rock, NBC; Veep, HBO


Other nominees: Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Breaking Bad, AMC; Downton Abbey, PBS; Game of Thrones, HBO; Mad Men, AMC

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Other nominees: Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly, CBS; Zooey Deschanel, New Girl, FOX; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie," Showtime; Amy Poehler, "Parks And Recreation," NBC; Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, "Two And A Half Men," CBS

Other nominees: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO; Don Cheadle, "House Of Lies," Showtime; Louis C.K. , "Louie," FX Networks; Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series: Claire Danes, "Homeland," Showtime

Other nominees: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey," PBS; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife," CBS; Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law," NBC; Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men," AMC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series: Damian Lewis, "Homeland," Showtime

Other nominees: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire," HBO; Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Michael C. Hall, "Dexter," Showtime; Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey" PBS; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men," AMC

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, "Modern Family," ABC

Other nominees: Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS; Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives," ABC; Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family," ABC; Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie," Showtime; Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live," NBC

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family," ABC

Other nominees: Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family," ABC; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family," ABC; Ty Burrell, "Modern Family," ABC; Max Greenfield, "New Girl," FOX; Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live," NBC

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey," PBS

Other nominees: Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Joanne Froggatt, "Downton Abbey," PBS; Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife," CBS; Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife," CBS; Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men," AMC

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series: Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad," AMC

Other nominees: Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad," AMC; Brendan Coyle, "Downton Abbey," PBS; Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey," PBS; Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones," HBO; Jared Harris, "Mad Men," AMC

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: Game Change, HBO

Other nominees: "American Horror Story," FX; "Hatfields & McCoys," HISTORY; "Hemingway & Gellhorn," HBO; "Luther," BBC America; "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)," PBS

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Julianne Moore, "Game Change," HBO

Other nominees: Connie Britton, "American Horror Story," FX; Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn," HBO; Ashley Judd, "Missing," ABC; Emma Thompson, "The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece)," PBS

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys," HISTORY

Other nominees: Woody Harrelson, "Game Change," HBO; Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys," HISTORY; Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn," HBO; Idris Elba, "Luther," BBC America; Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)," PBS

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie: Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story," FX

Other nominees: Frances Conroy, "American Horror Story," FX; Sarah Paulson, "Game Change," HBO; Mare Winningham, "Hatfields & McCoys," HISTORY; Judy Davis, "Page Eight (Masterpiece)" PBS

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie: Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys," HISTORY

Other nominees: Denis O'Hare, "American Horror Story," FX; Ed Harris, "Game Change," HBO; David Strathairn, "Hemingway & Gellhorn," HBO; Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)," PBS

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race, CBS

Other nominees: "Dancing With The Stars," ABC; "Project Runway," Lifetime; "So You Think You Can Dance," FOX; "The Voice," NBC

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With The Stars," ABC

Other nominees: Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race," CBS; Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol," FOX; Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers," NBC; Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance," FOX

Outstanding Variety Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

Other nominees: "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central; "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC; "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," NBC; "Real Time With Bill Maher," HBO; "Saturday Night Live," NBC

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, "Modern Family," Baby On Board, ABC

Other nominees: Robert B. Weide, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Palestinian Chicken, HBO; Lena Dunham, "Girls," She Did, HBO; Louis C.K. "Louie," Duckling, FX; Jason Winer, "Modern Family," Virgin Territory, ABC; Jake Kasdan, "New Girl," Pilot, FOX

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis C.K., "Louie," Pregnant, FX

Other nominees: Chris McKenna,"Community," Remedial Chaos Theory," NBC; Lena Dunham, "Girls," Pilot, HBO; Amy Poehler, "Parks And Recreation," The Debate, NBC; Michael Shur, "Parks And Recreation, "Win, Lose, Or Draw," NBC

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, "Homeland," Pilot, Showtime

Other nominees: Julian Fellowes, "Downton Abbey," Episode 7, PBS; Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, "Mad Men," The Other Woman, AMC; Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton "Mad Men," Commissions And Fees, AMC; Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner, "Mad Men," Far Away Places, AMC

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, "Boardwalk Empire," To The Lost, HBO

Other nominees: Vince Gilligan, "Breaking Bad," Face Off, AMC; Brian Percival, "Downton Abbey," Episode 7, AMC; Michael Cuesta, "Homeland," Pilot, Showtime; Phil Abraham, "Mad Men' The Other Woman, AMC

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special: Jay Roach, "Game Change," HBO

Other nominees: Kevin Reynolds, "Hatfields & McCoys," HISTORY; Philip Kaufman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn," HBO; Sam Miller, "Luther," BBC America; Paul McGuigan, "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)," PBS

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Danny Strong, "Game Change," HBO

Other nominees: Tedd Mann, Ronald Parker, Bill Kerby, "Hatfields & McCoys • Part 2," HISTORY; Abi Morgan, "The Hour," BBC America; Neil Cross, "Luther," BBC America; Steven Moffat, "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)," PBS

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards, CBS

Other nominees: Don Mischer, 84th Annual Academy Awards, ABC; Louis J. Horvitz, The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS; Louis C.K. , Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre, FX; Alan Skog, New York City Ballet George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Live From Lincoln Center), PBS

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special: Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre, FX

Other nominees: 84th Annual Academy Awards, ABC; The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS; 65th Annual Tony Awards, CBS; Betty White's 90th.Birthday Celebration, NBC


Written by USTownhall staff   
Sunday, 16 September 2012 19:12

More information coming soon, so keep checking back, but in the meantime, enjoy some key art from this fall's new television series!




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ABC Dancing with the Stars Castle
CBS How I Met Your Mother Partners 2 Broke Girls Mike & Molly Hawaii Five-O
FOX Bones The Mob Doctor
NBC The Voice Revolution
THE CW 90210 Gossip Girl




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ABC Dancing with the Stars Results Show Happy Endings
Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 Private Practice
CBS NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles Vegas
FOX Raising Hope Ben & Kate New Girl The Mindy Project
NBC The Voice Go On The New Normal Parenthood
THE CW Hart of Dixie
Kelly Owens, MD




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ABC The Middle The Neighbors
Modern Family Suburgatory Nashville
CBS Survivor: Philippines
Criminal Minds CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
FOX The X-Factor Local
NBC Animal Practice
Guys with Kids
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Chicago Fire
THE CW Arrow Supernatural Local




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ABC Last Resort
Grey's Anatomy Scandal
CBS The Big Bang Theory Two and a Half Men Person of Interest Elementary
FOX The X Factor Results Show Glee Local
NBC 30 Rock
Up All Night
The Office Parks and Recreation Rock Center
THE CW The Vampire Diaries Beauty and the Beast




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ABC Last Man Standing
Malibu Country Primetime: What Would You Do? 20/20
CBS CSI: NY Made in Jersey
Blue Bloods
FOX Touch Fringe Local
NBC Whitney Community Grimm Dateline NBC
THE CW America's Next Top Model
Nikita Local




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ABC Saturday Night College Football
CBS Crimetime Saturday (reruns) 48 Hours Mystery
FOX Fox Sports Saturday
NBC Reruns
THE CW Local programming




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ABC America's Funniest Videos Once Upon a Time Revenge 666 Park Avenue
CBS 60 Minutes The Amazing Race The Good Wife

The Mentalist

FOX The OT The Cleveland Show The Simpsons Bob's Burgers
Family Guy American Dad Local
NBC Football Night in America NBC Sunday Night Football
THE CW Local programming




Sep 10


• The Voice (Season 3)

• Go On

• The New Normal

Sep 11


• Parenthood (Season 4)


• Sons of Anarchy (Season 5)

Sep 12


• The X Factor (Season 2)


• Guys with Kids

Sep 13


• Glee (Season 4)


• The Real Housewives of Miami (Season 2)

Sep 14


• Shark Tank (Season 4, ABC)

Sep 15


• Saturday Night Live (Season 38)

Sep 16


• Boardwalk Empire (Season 3)

Sep 17


• Bones (Season 8)

• The Mob Doctor


• Revolution

Sep 18


Sep 19


• Survivor: Philippines (Series 25)

Cartoon Network

• Robot Chicken (Season 6)

Sep 20


• Up All Night (Season 2)

• The Office (Season 9)

• Parks and Recreation (Season 5)

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Sep 23


• Primetime Emmy Awards (64th edition)


• Treme (Season 3)

Sep 24


• Dancing with the Stars (Series 15)

• Castle (Season 5)


• How I Met Your Mother (Season 8)

• Partners

• Two Broke Girls (Season 2)

• Mike & Molly (Season 3)

• Hawaii Five-O (Season 3)

Sep 25


• Private Practice (Season 6)


• NCIS (Season 10)

• NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 4)

• Vegas (CBS)


• New Girl (Season 2)

• Ben & Kate

• The Mindy Project


Sep 26


•The Middle (Season 4)

• Modern Family (Season 4)

• The Neighbors


• Criminal Minds (Season 8)

• CSI (Season 13)


• Animal Practice

• Law & Order: SVU (Season 14)

Sep 27


• Last Resort

• Grey's Anatomy (Season 9)

• Scandal (Season 2)


• The Big Bang Theory (Season 6)

• Two and a Half Men (Season 10)

• Person of Interest (Season 2)

• Elementary



Sep 28


• CSI: NY (Season 9)

• Made in Jersey

• Blue Bloods (Season 3)


• Kitchen Nightmares (Season 6)

• Fringe (Season 5)

Sep 29


• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Sep 30


• Once Upon a Time (Season 2)

• Revenge (Season 2)

• 666 Park Avenue


• The Amazing Race (Series 21)

• The Good Wife (Season 4)

• The Mentalist (Season 5)


• The Simpsons (Season 24)

• Bob's Burgers (Season 3)

• Family Guy (Season 11)

• American Dad (Season 8)


• Call the Midwife


• Dexter (Season 7)

• Homeland (Season 2)


Oct 2


• Raising Hope (Season 3)

The CW

• Hart of Dixie (Season 2)


• Oprah: Where are They Now?

Oct 3

The CW

• Supernatural (Season 8)

Oct 4


• 30 Rock (Season 7)


• Jersey Shore (Season 6)

Oct 5 Oct 6

Oct 7


Oct 8

The CW

• 90210 (Season 5)

Gossip Girl (Season 6)

Oct 9

Oct 10


• Nashville


• Chicago Fire

The CW

• Arrow


Oct 11

The CW

• The Vampire Diaries (Season 4)

• Beauty and the Beast

Oct 12 Oct 13

Oct 14


• The Walking Dead (Season 3)

Oct 15


Oct 16

The CW

• Emily Owens, MD

Oct 17


• Suburgatory (Season 2)


• American Horror Story: Asylum (Season 2)


• World without End

Oct 18

Oct 19


• Whitney (Season 2)

• Community (Season 4)

The CW

• Nikita (Season 3)


• Killer Karaoke

Oct 20

Oct 21


The Cleveland Show (Season 4)

Oct 22

Oct 23


• Happy Endings (Season 3)

• Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 (Season 2)

Oct 24 Oct 25

Oct 26


• Touch (Season 2)

Oct 27



• Last Man Standing (Season 2)

• Malibu Country



• Burn Notice (Season 6 resumes)



• Wedding Band (TBS)

MONDAY, Nov 12


• Catfish: The TV Show



• Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings

TV Land

• Hot in Cleveland (Season 4)





CBS • premieres September 24


Stars: David Krumholtz, Michael Urie, Sophia Bush, Brandon Routh

Premise: Somewhat of a roman-à-clef of Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, Partners is a comedic take on two friends and business partners, one gay and one straight, and their significant others.



FOX • premieres September 17


Stars: Jordana Spiro, James Carpinello, William Forsythe, Zach Gilford, Željko Ivanek, Jesse Lee Soffer

Premise: To save her brother from gangsters due to unpaid gambling debts, surgical resident Grace Devlin agrees to perform on-demand medical services for the mob.



NBC • premieres September 17


Stars: Tracy Spiridakos, Billy Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell, JD Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, Daniella Alonso, Tim Guinee, Marla Howell, David Lyons, Zak Orth, Graham Rogers

Premise: After a mysterious planetwide blackout shuts off all the power, the series picks up 15 years later as the United States – now known as the Monroe Republic – is a land of relatively primative farm communities.  Beneath the seemingly peaceful surface is a place where guns are outlawed and ownership is punishable by death.  Law is enforced by a roving militia headed by Captain Tom Neville who is opposed by a band of resistance fighters.  However, the militia secretly holds the answers to turning all the electricity back on.




CBS • premieres September 25


Stars: Michael Chiklis, Dennis Quaid, Jason O'Mara, Sarah Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss

Premise: 60's-era drama tells the story of the mob and its ever-growing influence in Sin City.  Business and personal interactions between mobsters and the law fuel the drama in this period piece.



FOX • premieres September 25


Stars: Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Echo Kellum, Lucy Punch

Premise: The ever-durable Odd Couple template gets another go-round in this sitcom as free spirit brother (Faxon) moves in with his uptight sister (Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson) and her young daughter in order to "help" them.  Frequent flashbacks will be woven into the narrative to explain how the siblings turned out the way they did.



FOX • premieres September 25


Stars: Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz, Anna Camp, Zoe Jarman, Chris Messina, Amanda Setton, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ed Weeks

Premise: Sitcom stars Kaling, who played Kelly Kapoor on The Office, as a New York City OB-GYN who tries – and often fails – to balance her career and her dating life.  Kaling created this series with Howard Klien and also serves as its head writer and co-producer.




NBC • premieres September 10


Stars: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, John Cho, Brett Gelman, Suzy Nakamura, Julie White, Tyler James Williams

Premise: Perry plays a sports radio host who joins a support group after the death of his wife in a car accident while she was texting him.  Despite the nature of the promos that have been run, this comedic series will mix in large doses of sadness and heart.



NBC • premieres September 10


Stars: Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, Bebe Wood, Ellen Barkin, Nene Leaks

Premise: Co-created by Ali Adler and Ryan Murphy (Glee), this new sitcom explores the comedic situations arising from a gay couple (Rannells, Bartha) who hire a woman to be their gestational carrier for their baby to the consternation of Barkin's bigoted grandmother, Jane.




The CW • premieres October 16


Stars: Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley, Aja Naomi King, Kelly McCreary, Michael Rady, Necar Zadegan

Premise: Dramedy following surgical intern Emily Owens (Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter) as she attempts to balance her hectic personal and professional lives.




ABC • premieres October 10


Stars: Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Powers Boothe, Clare Bowen, Eric Close, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Robert Wisdom

Premise: Filmed entirely in Nashville, this new soap opera drama stars Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, an up-and-coming country-music star who tries to navigate through the drama of both the music business and her personal life.  The expansive cast will also allow stories about Nashville itself – its people, politics, and power.







ABC • premieres September 26


Stars: Lenny Venito, Jami Gertz, Toks Olagundoye, Simon Templeman

Premise: After the Weavers (Venito, Gertz) move with their children to a suburban gated community, they discover that all of their neighbors are extraterrestrial aliens.  Culture clash comedy ensues as the aliens are not as up-to-date on American culture as they should be.  For instance, they think kids' meals are made from actual kids.



NBC • premieres September 26


Stars: Justin Kirk, Tyler Labine, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Crystal the monkey

Premise: Sitcom showcasing the hijinks of veterinarian Dr. George Coleman (Kirk) and the various pets and animals – both ordinary and exotic – that come through the door.



NBC • premieres September 12


Stars: Jesse Bradford, Anthony Anderson, Zach Cregger, Tempestt Bledsoe, Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Premise: Jimmy Fallon executive produces this sitcom focusing on the friendship and fatherhood of three longtime pals.








NBC • premieres October 10


Stars: Taylor Kinney, Charlie Barnett, David Eigenberg, Lauren German, Monica Raymund, Teri Reeves, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker

Premise: New ensemble drama from Dick Wolf, creator of the Law & Order franchise, follows the lives and careers of the firefighters of Chicago's Firehouse 51 squad.



The CW • premieres October 10


Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne, Colin Donnell, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Susana Thompson

Premise: Adapted from the long-running DC Comics character Green Arrow, Amell plays billionaire Oliver Queen who returns to his native Starling City after having been shipwrecked on an island for five life-changing years.  Cassidy (David Cassidy's daughter) plays Dinah Laurel Lance, who comic book fans will know as the superheroine Black Canary.  At this time, however, Cassidy is not set to join in on the action.  The tone of this series will be a bit darker than standard superhero fare, and Oliver will simply call himself Arrow as he stalks the night and the criminal underbelly of the city because that's CW-cool.  Oliver's time on the island will unfold gradually in flashbacks week-to-week as new secrets and connections between that time and the denizens of Starling City are revealed.





ABC • premieres September 27


Stars: Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman, Daniel Lissing, Sahr Ngaujah, Robert Patrick, Camille de Pazzis, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram

Premise: The crew of the nuclear-armed Navy submarine USS Colorado seeks refuge on a Pacific Island after being attacked by the US government itself.  A growing conspiracy begins to reveal itself and the crew attempts to make sense of things while fighting conflicts from without and dissension from within.  But that nucler arsenal they carry on their sub makes for an excellent equalizer and gives them the breathing room they need as they try to piece things together in this new action thriller.



CBS • premieres September 27


Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

Premise: Current-day take on the Sherlock Holmes character with Liu as a female Dr. Watson.  When we first encounter Holmes, here a British ex-pat living in New York, he's bottomed out from his drug abuse and has escaped the rehab center.  Holmes will still be the smartest guy in the room, and won't be afraid to show it, but we'll see his awkwardness in social situations and his core of self-doubt.  Despite Watson being a female in this take, there will be no romance between the two leads.



The CW • premieres October 11


Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello

Premise: Reboot of the 1987-1990 CBS series finds Kreuk taking on Linda Hamilton's role of Catherine Chandler while New Zealand actor Jay Ryan (of the Australian TV series Neighbors and Sea Patrol) re-creates Ron Perlman's role of Vincent.  Since this is the CW where aesthetics are important, Ryan sports merely a scar and his beastly nature is more internal with only occassional transformations into something different.  Other changes include Catherine being a police detective rather than an Assistant District Attorney, and Vincent's condition being the result of army experiments while stationed in Afghanistan after 9-11.





ABC • premieres November 2


Stars: Reba McEntire, Lily Tomlin, Juliette Angelo, Justin Prentice, Jai Rodriguez, Sara Rue

Premise: The Gallagher family tries to adjust to life in Malibu as divorced mom Reba attempts to get back into the music business after having given it up for marriage and family.  After receiving cheating husband's beachfront property in the divorce settlement, Reba, her kids, and her mother uproot themselves from Nashville and head off to sunny California in this fish-out-of-water comedy.



CBS • premieres September 28


Stars: Janet Montgomery, Kyle MacLachlan, Erin Cummings

Premise: Street smart Italian Ameircan Martina Garretti is an attorney trying to fit in with a posh Manhattan law firm and win the respect of her more polished co-workers and bosses.  Her people skills and quirky bits of knowledge often enable her to find the truth that her colleagues overlook.



ABC • premieres September 30


Stars: David Annable, Rachael Taylor, Vanesa Williams, Terry O'Quinn, Robert Buckley, Samantha Logan, Mercedes Masöhn, Helena Mattsson, Erik Palladino

Premise: Loosely based on the novel by Gabriella Pierce, O'Quinn and Williams play Gavin and Olivia Doran, a couple who may be hiding a sinister – and supernatural – secret as owners of The Drake, the apartment building located at the titular address.  Annable and Taylor play a couple hired to manage the building where the wife begins to uncover the Drake's darker and ominous side.  The mythology of the building and of its owners reveal themselves over the course of the episodes as some uncooperative tenants meet a grisly end.



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cast of The Apprentice 10


Sherri Shepherd

Vanessa Minnillo

All My Children creator AGNES NIXON

Bronx Opera's BEN SPIERMAN

cast of Big Brother 12 BOBBY FLAY & STEVE ELLS of America's Next Great Restaurant Cast of the play Bridgeboy
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part 1: Guiding Light

part 2: Days of Our Lives

soapcentral.com founder DAN KROLL DAN PARENT of Archie Comics DAVID LYONS of The Cape DEBBIE GIBSON & TIFFANY Author DEDE EMERSON of A Different Kind of Streetwalker
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BOB DOWLING of the 3D Entertainment Summit Indie filmmaker ELIANA UJUETA of Beneath the Rock comic book artist JAMAL IGLE Genesis Repertory's JAY MICHAELS, MARY MiCARI, & actors Oscar-winning actor JEREMY IRONS

Animation historian JERRY BECK

1st interview

2nd interview

singer-songwriter JOSH GROBAN

web series producer KAI SOREMEKUN of Chick

1st interview

2nd interview

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Oscar-winning actress KATHY BATES of Harry's Law Television producer KENNETH JOHNSON of V, Bionic Woman, Incredible Hulk KYLE BORNHEIMER & HAYES MacARTHUR of Perfect Couples

Terrence Howard, René Balcer

Dick Wolf, Alfred Molina, Alana de la Garza

publisher DAN HERMAN of Hermes Press COUNTESS LuANN de LESSEPS of The Real Housewives of New York City author MAX ALLAN COLLINS of Road to Perdition WWE Champion Mike "The MIz" Mizanin
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JEFF HAYNE of Mill Creek Entertainment

1st interview

2nd interview

singer-actor NICK LACHEY supermodel NIKI TAYLOR talks The Celebrity Apprentice actor PAUL REISER of The Paul Reiser Show actor-producer RICKY GERVAIS of The Office actress-television host ROSIE O'DONNELL comic book writer STEVE NILES

Ian Anthony Dale, Nick Wauters

Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Blair Underwood, Željko Ivanek

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THORE SCHÖLERMANN & JO WEIL of Verbotene Liebe Peabody & Emmy award winning journalist TOM BROKAW Emmy award winning actor TOM PELPHREY of Guiding Light actors from The Apothecary Theatre Company TORI SPELLING & DEAN McDERMOTT of sTORIbook Weddings





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Polly and Her Pals

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Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

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