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64th Annual PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
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:

 

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES: Modern Family, ABC

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

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: Homeland, Showtime

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

 

 
FALL 2012 TELEVISION SEASON PREVIEW
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!

PRIMETIME SCHEDULE DAY-BY-DAY


MONDAY

MONDAY'S PRIMETIME SCHEDULE


8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
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
Local
NBC The Voice Revolution
THE CW 90210 Gossip Girl
Local

 

TUESDAY

TUESDAY'S PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
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
Local
NBC The Voice Go On The New Normal Parenthood
THE CW Hart of Dixie
Kelly Owens, MD
Local

 

WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY'S PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
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

 

THURSDAY

THURSDAY'S PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
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
Local

 

FRIDAY

FRIDAY'S PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
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

 

SATURDAY

SATURDAY'S PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Saturday Night College Football
CBS Crimetime Saturday (reruns) 48 Hours Mystery
FOX Fox Sports Saturday
Local
NBC Reruns
THE CW Local programming

 

SUNDAY

SUNDAY'S PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
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

 

PREMIERE DATES CALENDAR

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
SEPTEMBER

Sep 10

NBC

• The Voice (Season 3)

• Go On

• The New Normal


Sep 11

NBC

• Parenthood (Season 4)

FX

• Sons of Anarchy (Season 5)

Sep 12

FOX

• The X Factor (Season 2)

NBC

• Guys with Kids

Sep 13

FOX

• Glee (Season 4)

BRAVO

• The Real Housewives of Miami (Season 2)

Sep 14

ABC

• Shark Tank (Season 4, ABC)

Sep 15

NBC

• Saturday Night Live (Season 38)

Sep 16

HBO

• Boardwalk Empire (Season 3)

Sep 17

FOX

• Bones (Season 8)

• The Mob Doctor

NBC

• Revolution

Sep 18

 

Sep 19

CBS

• Survivor: Philippines (Series 25)

Cartoon Network

• Robot Chicken (Season 6)

Sep 20

NBC

• Up All Night (Season 2)

• The Office (Season 9)

• Parks and Recreation (Season 5)

Sep 21 Sep 22

Sep 23

ABC

• Primetime Emmy Awards (64th edition)

HBO

• Treme (Season 3)

Sep 24

ABC

• Dancing with the Stars (Series 15)

• Castle (Season 5)

CBS

• How I Met Your Mother (Season 8)

• Partners

• Two Broke Girls (Season 2)

• Mike & Molly (Season 3)

• Hawaii Five-O (Season 3)

Sep 25

ABC

• Private Practice (Season 6)

CBS

• NCIS (Season 10)

• NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 4)

• Vegas (CBS)

FOX

• New Girl (Season 2)

• Ben & Kate

• The Mindy Project

 

Sep 26

ABC

•The Middle (Season 4)

• Modern Family (Season 4)

• The Neighbors

CBS

• Criminal Minds (Season 8)

• CSI (Season 13)

NBC

• Animal Practice

• Law & Order: SVU (Season 14)

Sep 27

ABC

• Last Resort

• Grey's Anatomy (Season 9)

• Scandal (Season 2)

CBS

• The Big Bang Theory (Season 6)

• Two and a Half Men (Season 10)

• Person of Interest (Season 2)

• Elementary

 

 

Sep 28

CBS

• CSI: NY (Season 9)

• Made in Jersey

• Blue Bloods (Season 3)

FOX

• Kitchen Nightmares (Season 6)

• Fringe (Season 5)

Sep 29

Nickelodeon

• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Sep 30

ABC

• Once Upon a Time (Season 2)

• Revenge (Season 2)

• 666 Park Avenue

CBS

• The Amazing Race (Series 21)

• The Good Wife (Season 4)

• The Mentalist (Season 5)

FOX

• The Simpsons (Season 24)

• Bob's Burgers (Season 3)

• Family Guy (Season 11)

• American Dad (Season 8)

PBS

• Call the Midwife

Showtime

• Dexter (Season 7)

• Homeland (Season 2)

OCTOBER
SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

Oct 2

FOX

• Raising Hope (Season 3)

The CW

• Hart of Dixie (Season 2)

OWN

• Oprah: Where are They Now?

Oct 3

The CW

• Supernatural (Season 8)

Oct 4

NBC

• 30 Rock (Season 7)

MTV

• 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

ABC

• Nashville

NBC

• Chicago Fire

The CW

• Arrow

 

Oct 11

The CW

• The Vampire Diaries (Season 4)

• Beauty and the Beast

Oct 12 Oct 13

Oct 14

AMC

• The Walking Dead (Season 3)


Oct 15

 

Oct 16

The CW

• Emily Owens, MD

Oct 17

ABC

• Suburgatory (Season 2)

FX

• American Horror Story: Asylum (Season 2)

Reelz

• World without End

Oct 18

Oct 19

NBC

• Whitney (Season 2)

• Community (Season 4)

The CW

• Nikita (Season 3)

TruTV

• Killer Karaoke

Oct 20

Oct 21

FOX

The Cleveland Show (Season 4)

Oct 22

Oct 23

ABC

• Happy Endings (Season 3)

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

Oct 24 Oct 25

Oct 26

FOX

• Touch (Season 2)

Oct 27
NOVEMBER

FRIDAY, Nov 2

ABC

• Last Man Standing (Season 2)

• Malibu Country

THURSDAY, Nov 8

USA

• Burn Notice (Season 6 resumes)

SATURDAY, Nov 10

TBS

• Wedding Band (TBS)

MONDAY, Nov 12

MTV

• Catfish: The TV Show

WEDNESDAY, Nov 28

E!

• Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings

TV Land

• Hot in Cleveland (Season 4)


 

MONDAY'S NEW SERIES

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PARTNERS

CBS • premieres September 24

Watch TRAILER

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.


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THE MOB DOCTOR

FOX • premieres September 17

Watch TRAILER

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.

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REVOLUTION

NBC • premieres September 17

Watch TRAILER

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.

TUESDAY'S NEW SERIES

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VEGAS

CBS • premieres September 25

Watch TRAILER

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.

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BEN & KATE

FOX • premieres September 25

Watch TRAILER

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.

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THE MINDY PROJECT

FOX • premieres September 25

Watch TRAILER

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.

 

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GO ON

NBC • premieres September 10

Watch TRAILER

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.

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THE NEW NORMAL

NBC • premieres September 10

Watch TRAILER

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.

 

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EMILY OWENS, MD

The CW • premieres October 16

Watch TRAILER

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.

WEDNESDAY'S NEW SERIES

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NASHVILLE

ABC • premieres October 10

Watch TRAILER

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.

 

 

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THE NEIGHBORS

ABC • premieres September 26

Watch TRAILER

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.

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ANIMAL PRACTICE

NBC • premieres September 26

Watch TRAILER

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.

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GUYS WITH KIDS

NBC • premieres September 12

Watch TRAILER

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.

 

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CHICAGO FIRE

NBC • premieres October 10

Watch TRAILER

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.


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ARROW

The CW • premieres October 10

Watch TRAILER

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.

 

THURSDAY'S NEW SERIES

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LAST RESORT

ABC • premieres September 27

Watch TRAILER

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.

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ELEMENTARY

CBS • premieres September 27

Watch TRAILER

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.

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

The CW • premieres October 11

Watch TRAILER

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.

 

FRIDAY'S NEW SERIES SUNDAY'S NEW SERIES

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MALIBU COUNTRY

ABC • premieres November 2

Watch TRAILER

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.

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MADE IN JERSEY

CBS • premieres September 28

Watch TRAILER

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.

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666 PARK AVENUE

ABC • premieres September 30

Watch TRAILER

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.

 

 
FALL 2012 MOVIE PREVIEW
Written by USTownhall staff   
Monday, 13 August 2012 21:45

More details (including trailers) coming soon, but for now, enjoy this first sneak peek...

DRAMA

FALL MOVIE CALENDAR

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Argo (Oct 12)

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Chasing Mavericks (Oct 26)

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End of Watch (Sep 21)

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Flight (Nov 2)

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Jack Reacher (Dec 21)

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Les Misérables (Dec 14)

SEPTEMBER

Sep 7

• The Words

 

Sep 14

• Finding Nemo 3D

• Resident Evil: Retribution

 

Sep 21

• Dredd

• End of Watch

• House at the End of the Street

• Trouble with the Curve

 

Sep 28

• Hotel Transylvania

• Looper

• Won't Back Down

 

OCTOBER

Oct 5

• Frankenweenie

• Pitch Perfect

• Sinister

• Taken 2

 

Oct 12

• Argo

• Here Comes the Boom

• Seven Psychopaths

 

Oct 19

• Alex Cross

• Killing Them Softly

• Paranormal Activity

 

Oct 26

• The Big Wedding

• Chasing Mavericks

• Cloud Atlas

• Fun Size

• Silent Hill: Revelation

 

NOVEMBER

Nov 2

• Flight

• The Man with the Iron Fists

• Wreck-It Ralph

 

Nov 9

• Skyfall

 

Nov 16

• The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

 

Nov 21

• Life of Pi

• Parental Guidance

• Red Dawn (2012)

• Rise of the Guardians

• The Silver Linings Playbook

 

DECEMBER

Dec 7

• Playing for Keeps

 

Dec 14

• The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

• Les Misérables

 

Dec 21

• Jack Reacher

• Monsters, Inc. 3D

• This is 40

• Zero Dark Thirty

 

Dec 25

• Django Unchained

• The Guilt Trip

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Life of Pi (Nov 21)

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Trouble with the Curve (Sep 21)

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Zero Dark Thirty (Dec 21)

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Won't Back Down (Sep 28)

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The Words (Sep 7)

ACTION / THRILLER

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Alex Cross (Oct 19)

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Django Unchained (Dec 26)

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Killing Them Softly (Oct 19)

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The Man with the Iron Fists (Nov 2)

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Red Dawn (2012) (Nov 21)

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Skyfall (Nov 9)

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Taken 2 (Oct 5)

SCIFI / FANTASY

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Cloud Atlas (Oct 26)

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Dredd (Sep 21)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec 14)

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Looper (Sep 28)

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Resident Evil: Retribution (Sep 14)

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Nov 16)

COMEDY

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The Big Wedding (Oct 26)

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Fun Size (Oct 26)

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The Guilt Trip (Dec 26)

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Here Comes the Boom (Oct 12)

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Parental Guidance (Nov 21)

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Pitch Perfect (Oct 5)

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Playing for Keeps (Dec 7)

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The Silver Linings Playbook (Nov 21)

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Seven Psychopaths (Oct 12)

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This is 40 (Dec 21)

ANIMATION

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Finding Nemo 3D (Sep 14)

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Frankenweenie (Oct 5)

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Hotel Transylvania (Sep 28)

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Monsters, Inc. 3D (Dec 21)

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Rise of the Guardians (Nov 21)

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Wreck-It Ralph (Nov 2)

HORROR / SUSPENSE

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House at the End of the Street (Sep 21)

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Paranormal Activity 4 (Oct 19)

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Silent Hill: Revelation (Oct 26)

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Sinister (Oct 5)

 

 
SUMMER 2012 MOVIE PREVIEW
Written by USTownhall staff   
Monday, 07 May 2012 16:29

AUGUST 2012

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Total Recall (2012)

Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Stars: Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, John Cho

Director: Len Wiseman

Premise: Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid, even though he's got a beautiful wife who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen, the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter to find the head of the underground resistance and stop Cohaagen. The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate.

MPAA: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity, and language)

Run time: 2 hrs. 15 min.

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The Bourne Legacy

Genre: Action thriller

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Oscar Isaac, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn

Director: Tony Gilroy

Premise: To become an elite government operative, a man hands himself over to the same agency that birthed the likes of Jason Bourne, but he's eventually forced to go on the run.

MPAA: PG-13 (for violence and intense action sequences)

Run time: 2 hrs. 15 min.

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The Expendables 2

Genre: Action

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Hemsworth

Director: Simon West

Premise: The Expendables are back and this time it's personal... Barney Ross, Lee Christmas, Yin Yang, Gunnar Jensen, Toll Road and Hale Caesar -- with newest members Billy the Kid and Maggie aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time -- six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that's nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way....

MPAA: R (for strong violence, language and brief sexuality)

Run time: 1 hr. 43 min.

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The Apparition

Genre: Horror

Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton

Director: Todd Lincoln

Premise: When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly and Ben discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.

MPAA: PG-13 (for for terror/frightening images and some sensuality)

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Lawless

Genre: Crime thriller

Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce

Director: John Hillcoat

Premise: The true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. Inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel "The Wettest County In The World," the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave.

MPAA: R (for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity)

Run time: 1 hr. 55 min.

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also in AUGUST...

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Premise: During his summer vacation, "Wimpy Kid" Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – which fails to keep him away from the season's dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.

MPAA: PG (for for some rude humor)

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Hope Springs

Premise: Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star as Kay and Arnold, a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough – the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.

MPAA: PG-13 (for mature thematic content involving sexuality)

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AUGUST 10 AUGUST 15
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The Campaign

Premise: When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there's room to dig a whole lot deeper.

MPAA: R (for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity)

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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Premise: Happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim-and their small town of Stanleyville-learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts.

MPAA: PG (for for mild thematic elements and brief language)

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AUGUST 17 AUGUST 17
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ParaNorman

Premise: When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman, who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

MPAA: PG (for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language)

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Sparkle

Premise: Whitney Houston makes her final screen appearance and American Idol's Jordin Sparks stars as musical prodigy Sparkle who struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. From an affluent Detroit area and daughter to a single mother, she tries to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix while dealing with the unexpected challenges her new life will bring as she and her two sisters strive to become a dynamic singing group during the Motown-era.

MPAA: PG-13 (for mature thematic content involving domestic abuse and drug material, and for some violence, language and smoking)

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AUGUST 22 AUGUST 24
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Hit & Run

Premise: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard star as a young couple that risks it all when they leave their small town life and embark on a road trip that may lead them towards the opportunity of a lifetime. Their fast-paced road trip grows awkwardly complicated and hilarious when they are chased by a friend from the past, a federal marshal and a band of misfits.

MPAA: R (for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content)

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Premium Rush

Premise: Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Wilee, the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic.
But a guy who's used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him.

MPAA: PG-13 (for some violence, intense action sequences and language)

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AUGUST 29 AUGUST 31
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The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

Premise: It's Schuufy's birthday, and the Oogieloves (Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie), along with their friends J. Edgar, Windy Window and Ruffy, are organizing a party. (Shh! It's a secret.) Everything is going along just perfectly until J. Edgar trips and loses the last five magical balloons in all of Lovelyloveville – OH NO! The Oogiloves set out to find the magical balloons in time to save their friend's party. Along the way, they meet some very interesting characters indeed, including Dotty Rounder (Cloris Leachman), Bobby Wobbly (Carey Elwes), Milky Marvin (Chazz Palminteri), Rosalie Rosebud (Toni Braxton) and Lola and Lero Sombero (Christopher Lloyd and Jaime Pressly). Can these new friends help them recover the magical balloons and get back to the cottage in time to celebrate Schullfy's surprise birthday?

MPAA: G

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The Possession

Premise: Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

MPAA: PG-13 (for for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences)

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JULY 2012

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The Amazing Spider-Man

Genre: Fantasy adventure

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary

Director: Marc Webb

Premise: As Peter Parker discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

MPAA: PG-13 (for sequences of action and violence)

Run time: 2 hrs. 16 min.

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Ice Age: Continental Drift

Genre: Animated comedy

Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Alan Tudyk, Wanda Sykes, Jeremy Renner

Directors: Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier, Carlos Saldanha

Premise: Join Manny, Diego, Sid, and Scrat this summer as they brave the high seas & battle a ragtag group of pirates determined to stop them from getting home.

MPAA: PG (for mild rude humor and action/peril)

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The Dark Knight Rises

Genre: Fantasy adventure

Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Director: Christopher Nolan

Premise: It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.
But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.

MPAA: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language)

Run time: 2 hrs. 44 min.

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The Watch

Genre: Comedy

Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jonah Hill, Nicholas Braun, Richard Ayoade

Director: Akiva Schaffer

Premise: Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood, and the world, from total extermination.

MPAA: R (for some strong sexual content including references, pervasive language and violent images)

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also in JULY...

JULY 5 JULY 6 JULY 27
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Katy Perry: Part of Me

Premise: A 3D motion picture event movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me is a backstage pass, front row seat and intimate look at the fun, glamorous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate, and honest mad diary of Katy.

MPAA: PG (for some suggestive content, language, thematic elements and brief smoking)

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Savages

Premise: Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben, a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon, a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry – raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town...until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena, and her brutal enforcer, Lado, underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon, with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent, wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.

MPAA: R (for strong brutal and grisly violence, some graphic sexuality, nudity, drug use and lanuage throughout)

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Step Up: Revolution

Premise: Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called "The Mob." When a wealthy business man threatens to develop The Mob's historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.

MPAA: PG-13 (for some suggestive dancing and language)

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JUNE 2012

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Snow White & the Huntsman

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Ian McShane, Sam Claflin

Director: Rupert Sanders

Premise: Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen, who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with the huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.

MPAA: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality)

Run time: 2 hrs. 7 min.

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Genre: Animated fantasy-comedy

Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Frances McDormand

Director: Eric Darnell

Premise: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

MPAA: PG (for some mild action and rude humor)

Run time: 1 hr. 35 min.

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Rock of Ages

Genre: Musical drama

Stars: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin

Director: Adam Shankman

Premise: Small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more.

MPAA: PG-13 (for sexual content, suggestive dancing, some heavy drinking, and language)

Run time: 2 hrs. 3 min

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Brave

Genre: Animated action-fantasy

Stars: Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Kelly MacDonald, Craig Ferguson, Kevin McKidd

Director: Mark Andrews

Premise: Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her skills and resources – including her clever and mischievous triplet brothers – to undo a beastly curse before it's too late, discovering the meaning of true bravery.

MPAA: PG (for some scary action and rude humor)

Run time: 1 hr. 41 min.

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Ted

Genre: Comedy

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane, Mila Kunis, Adam Scott, Giovanni Ribisi, Patrick Warburton

Director: Seth MacFarlane

Premise: John Bennett is a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish... and has refused to leave his side ever since.

MPAA: R (for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use)

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also in JUNE...

JUNE 8 JUNE 15 |—–—––—–JUNE 22—–——––––| |—————————JUNE 29—————————|
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Prometheus

Premise: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

MPAA: R (for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language)

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That's My Boy

Premise: While still in his teens, Donny fathered a son, Todd, and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. After not seeing each other for years,  Donny shows up uninvited to his son's wedding. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills.

MPAA: R (for crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use)

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Premise: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history's greatest hunter of the undead.

MPAA: R (for violence throughout and brief sexuality)

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Premise: Set in a too-near future, a man searches for a meaningful connection as humanity's last days are at hand. Can he find his greatest love at the worst possible time? As the respective journeys of Dodge and Penny converge, the two spark to each other and their outlooks - if not the world's - brighten.

MPAA: R (for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence)

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Magic Mike

Premise: Set in the world of male strippers, Mike takes a young dancer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

MPAA: R (for pervasive sexual content, brief graphic nudity, language and some drug use)

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People Like Us

Premise: Sam is a fast-paced salesman who reluctantly returns home when he learns his father has died. In the course of reconnecting with his estranged family, Sam discovers he has an older sister. As their relationship develops, Sam must rethink everything he thought he knew about this family and take a hard look at his own life choices.

MPAA: PG-13 (for language, some drug use and brief sexuality)

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Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection

Premise: Facing criminal charges and death threats from the mob, George Needleman and his entire family are put under witness protection in the safest place that Brian, a federal prosecutor from Atlanta, can think of... his Aunt Madea's house down South.

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MAY 2012

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Marvel's The Avengers

Genre: Fantasy adventure

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner

Director: Joss Whedon

Premise: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow answer the call to action when Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a daring, globe-spanning recruitment effort to assemble The Avengers team to defeat an unexpected enemy threatening global safety and security. Despite pulling together the ultimate dream team, Nick Fury and longtime confidant Agent Coulson must find a way to convince the Super Heroes to work with, not against each other, when the powerful and dangerous Loki gains access to the Tesseract Cosmic Cube and its unlimited power.

MPAA: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-if violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference)

Run time: 2 hrs. 22 min.

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Dark Shadows

Genre: Comedy Thriller

Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer

Director:Tim Burton

Premise: Update of the 1960s daytime serial.

Barnabas Collins is rich, powerful, and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets.

MPAA: PG-13 (for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking)

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Battleship

Genre: SciFi/Fantasy

Stars: Taylor Kitch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Hamish Linklater

Director: Peter Berg

Premise: Based on Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship is an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force.

MPAA: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for language)

Run time: 2 hrs. 11 min.

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Men in Black 3

Genre: SciFi/Fantasy Comedy

Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson, Emma Thompson

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Premise: Agents J and K are back... in time. When K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him -- secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind.

MPAA: PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content)

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also in MAY...

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The Dictator (May 11)

 Premise: In this comedy directed by Larry Charles, Sasha Baron Cohen stars in the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

MPAA: R (for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images)

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What to Expect When You're Expecting (May 18)

Premise: Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez head an ensemble cast in this comedy inspired by the best selling book of the same name.  The story follows five couples as they experience the joys and anxieties of the childbirth process.

MPAA: PG-13 (for for crude and sexual content, thematic elements and language)

 

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (May 4)

Premise: Judi Dench leads an ensemble cast in this comedy-drama about an elderly group outsourcing their retirement to India where they are each profoundly affected by their new surroundings and experiences.

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Hysteria (May 18)

Premise: British romantic comedy featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, and Rupert Everett set in the Victorian era of England and telling the story of the creation of the vibrator.

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Chernobyl Diaries (May 25)

Premise: In this horror flick, a group of tourists take an "extreme tour" to the site of the Chernobyl disaster where they become stranded and hunted by the strange, mutated beings who now live there.

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Moonrise Kingdom (May 25)

Premise: Two twelve-year-olds fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore -- and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Cast includes Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Frances McDormand.

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SUMMER 2012 TELEVISION PREVIEW
Written by USTownhall staff   
Saturday, 02 June 2012 12:49

Below is our calendar of first-run television viewing for the summer months of June through August.  Check back often for more details, updates, and additions!  Click on the highlighted series titles below to watch preview clips!

 

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY
8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM

Leverage, TNT, July 15

Mob Wives Chicago, VH1, June 10

Secret Millionaire, ABC, June 3

Bachelor Pad, ABC, July 23

Hell's Kitchen, Fox, June 4

Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family, June 5 Take Me Out, Fox, June 7
8:30 PM
Baby Daddy, ABC Family, June 20 The Choice, Fox, June 7
9:00 PM 9:00 PM 9:00 PM 9:00 PM 9:00 PM

3, CBS, July 22

BBQ Pitmasters, Destination America, June 3

Copper, BBC America, Aug 19

Drop Dead Diva, Lifetime, June 3

Endeavour, PBS, July 1

Falling Skies, TNT, June 17

The Glades, A&E, June 3

True Blood, HBO, June 10

United States of Food, Destination America, July 8

Bizarre Foods America, Travel Channel, July 9

Bunheads, ABC Family, June 11

Cake Boss, TLC, May 28

The Closer, TNT, July 9

Hollywood Heights, Nick at Nite, June 18

Real Housewives of New York City, Bravo, June 4

Single Ladies, VH1, May 28

Warehouse 13, SyFy, July 13

Design Star, HGTV, May 29

Jane by Design, ABC Family, June 5

MasterChef, Fox, June 11 (Seaason Premiere on Mon June 4)

Rizzoli & Isles, TNT, June 5

Roadtrip with G. Garvin, Cooking Channel, May 29

Trust Us with Your Life, ABC, July 10

White Collar, USA, July 10

Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America, Travel Channel, June 6

Dallas, TNT, June 13

Damages, DirecTV, July 11

Royal Pains, USA, June 6

Anger Management, FX, June 28

Big Brother, CBS, July 12

Burn Notice, USA, June 14

The Choice, Fox, June 7

Tron: Uprising, Disney XD, June 7

Twenty Twelve, BBC America, June 28

 

10:00 PM 10:00 PM 10:00 PM 10:00 PM 10:00 PM

Breaking Bad, AMC, July 15

Fast Food Mania, Destination America, June 3

The Great Escape, TNT, June 24

The Great Food Truck Race, Food Network, Aug 19

Longmire, A&E, June 3

The Newsroom, HBO, June 10

Political Animals, USA, July 15

Alphas, SyFy, July 23

Major Crimes, TNT, Aug 13

Perception, TNT, July 9

Push Girls, Sundance, June 4

Teen Wolf, MTV, June 4 (Season Premiere on Sun June 3)

Covert Affairs, USA, July 10

Final Witness, ABC, July 10

Franklin & Bash, TNT, June 5

The Glee Project, Oxygen, June 5

Fast n' Loud, Discovery, June 6

Futurama, Comedy Central, June 20

Inside Men, BBC America, June 20

Necessary Roughness, USA, June 6

The Soul Man, TV Land, June 20

Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, Lifetime, June 19

Saving Hope, NBC, June 7

Snooki & Jwoww, MTV, June 21

Suits, USA, June 14

Sullivan & Son, TBS, July 19

Wilfred, FX, June 28

10:30 PM 10:30 PM 10:30 PM
The Burn, Comedy Central, Aug 14 The Exes, TV Land, June 20 Louie, FX, June 28
11:00 PM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM   11:00 PM
Small Town Security, AMC, July 15 Web Therapy, Showtime, July 2 The Next Big Thing: NY, Oxygen, June 12 Brand X with Russell Brand, FX, June 28

 FRIDAY 

Boss, Starz, Aug 17 10pm

Bunk, IFC, June 8 10:30pm

Comedy Bang Bang!, IFC, June 8


 

 

 

 
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