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USTownhall RoundTable: The Fall 2013 Sessions
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December 18, 2013: On this episode, we have a pop culture podcast where we discuss the latest rumors concerning singer Adam Lambert and the legendary band Queen.  What new developments have there been?  Will Lambert and Queen continue to work together?  Will they take the next step and record new material together?  How does the panel think Queen fans would react?  It's all here in our final podcast for 2013!

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November 28, 2013: For week 11, Dancing with the Stars gives us a two-night finale as the four remaining celebrities – Bill Engval, Jack Osbourne, Corbin Bleu, and Amber Reilly – try to dance their way to mirrorball glory.  What did the panel think of these final dances, and how did they react to Amber Reily's win over odds-on favorite Corbin Bleu?  Not to mention pro Derek Hough's scoring an unprecedented fifth victory.

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October 23, 2013: Dancing with the Stars week 6 brings us a new gimmick –The Switch-Up Challenge.  How well did it go over with our panelists?  Also, we try to figure out what was behind some of the bizarre scoring on this episode.  Who did the panel think was overscored or underscored?  Listen in, and find out.

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November 20, 2013: Maksim Chmerkovskiy joins the panel on week 10 of Dancing with the Stars as a celebrity guest judge.  How well did the panel think he did?  Also, this semifinals episode brings us the not-so-unexpected departure of Leah Remini.

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October 16, 2013: The first shocker of this cycle of Dancing with the Stars was on Episode 5 discussed in this podcast.  Mark Ballas and Christina Millian, after receiving the first 10 of the season and being tied for highest judges' score of the night, were voted off as a result of low fan turnout for them.  Is this season's new voting procedure needlessly confusing people and resulting in lower than expected fan voting?  Also, who does the panel predict will go home in the next episode?

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November 13, 2013: Week 9 on Dancing with the Stars brings us the Trio Challenge where each couple gets to invite another pro to dance with them.  This quarter-finals episode brings another surprise elimination as early favorite Elizabeth Berkely Lauren is sent packing.

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October 9, 2013: Episode 4 of Dancing with the Stars sees the departure of fan favorite Valerie Harper.  Should she have gone this soon?  Was the presense of Julianne Hough on the judges' panel a good thing for the show?  Also, the panel gives their ideas on things that could be done to improve the show.

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November 6, 2013: It's Cher Week on Dancing with the Stars week 8!  Did the panel think she made a good judge or would they have preferred to turn back time to when Len was on the panel?  What about the results?  Was this one shocking elimination too many or did the right contestant get sent home?  Which celebrity contest has the most pizzaz?  Who on the panel lost their happy place?  The answers await you in this riveting podcast!

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October 2, 2013:  Episode 3 of Dancing with the Stars and the elimination of Bill Nye the Science Guy.  More about the I Heart Radio Concert.

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October 30, 2013: Week 7 of Dancing with the Stars has one of the more surprising eliminations of the season.  How did the panel react to Snooki being sent home?  Did the panel agree with the judges' scoring?  What does the Fox say?  Find out in this podcast!  Also, a preview of Adam Lambert's upcoming stint on the hit series Glee.

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September 25, 2013:  The Panel discusses Episodes 1 & 2 of Dancing with the Stars including the new format and their picks for their favorite celebrity dancers.  Also, Adam Lambert and Queen perform on the I Heart Radio Concert.

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Written by USTownhall staff   
Sunday, 22 September 2013 14:58

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22, 2013 and broadcast on CBS.  The eligibility period for nominations was June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013.  The list of nominees and winners are as follows:



Outstanding Series:

Breaking Bad

• Downton Abbey

• Game of Thrones

• House of Cards

• Homeland

• Mad Men

Outstanding Series:

• 30 Rock

• The Big Bang Theory

• Girls

• Louie

Modern Family

• Veep

Outstanding Miniseries or TV-Movie:

• American Horror Story

Behind the Candelabra

• The Bible

• Phil Spector

• Political Animals

• Top of the Lake

Outstanding Series - Competition:

• The Amazing Race

• Dancing With the Stars

• Project Runway

• So You Think You Can Dance

• Top Chef

The Voice


Outstanding Series:

The Colbert Report

• The Daily Show

• Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

• Jimmy Kimmel Live

• Saturday Night Live

• Real Time with Bill Maher

Outstanding Lead Actor:

• Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

• Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

• Jon Hamm, Mad Men

• Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

• Damian Lewis, Homeland

Outstanding Lead Actor:

• Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

• Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

• Louis C.K., Louie

• Don Cheadle, House of Lies

• Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actor:

• Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End

Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra

• Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra

• Toby Jones, The Girl

• Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Series - Non-Competition:

• Antiques Roadshow

• Deadliest Catch

• Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

• Mythbusters

• Shark Tank

Undercover Boss

Outstanding Special:

The Kennedy Center Honors

• Louis C.K.: Oh My God

• Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks And Alan Yentob

• Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One)

• 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

Outstanding Lead Actress:

• Connie Britton, Nashville

Claire Danes, Homeland

• Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

• Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

• Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

• Kerry Washington, Scandal

• Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress:

• Laura Dern, Enlightened

• Lena Dunham, Girls

• Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

• TIna Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

• Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Lead Actress:

• Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum

Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter

• Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

• Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

• Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Outstanding Host:

• Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

• Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers

• Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

• Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

• Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Outstanding Writing - Series:

The Colbert Report

• The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

• Jimmy Kimmel Live

• Portlandia

• Real Time With Bill Maher

• Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor:

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

• Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad

• Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

• Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

• Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

• Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actor:

• Adam Driver, Girls

• Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

• Ed O'Neill, Modern Family

• Ty Burrell, Modern Family

• Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor:

James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum

• Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum

• Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra

• John Benjamin, The Big C: Hereafter

• Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake


Outstanding Animated Program:

• Bob’s Burgers

• Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

• Regular Show

• The Simpsons

South Park

Outstanding Writing - Special:

• The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

Louis C.K.: Oh My God

• Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs

• Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One)

• 66th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Supporting Actress:

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

• Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

• Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

• Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

• Morena Baccarin, Homeland

• Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress:

• Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

• Jane Lynch, Glee

• Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

• Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

• Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

• Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress:

• Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum

• Imelda Staunton, The Girl

Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals

• Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals

• Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Outstanding Directing - Series:

• The Colbert Report, James Hoskinson

• The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Chuck O'Neil

• Jimmy Kimmel Live, Andy Fisher

• Late Show With David Letterman, Jerry Foley

• Portlandia, Jonathan Krisel

Saturday Night Live, Don Roy King

Outstanding Guest Actor:

• Nathan Lane, The Good Wife

• Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

• Rupert Friend, Homeland

• Robert Morse, Mad Men

• Harry Hamlin, Mad Men

Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal

Outstanding Guest Actor:

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

• Nathan Lane, Modern Family

• Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie

• Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

• Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live

• Will Forte, 30 Rock

Outstanding Writing:

• Richard LaGravenese, Behind The Candelabra

Abi Morgan, The Hour

• Tom Stoppard, Parade's End

• David Mamet, Phil Spector

• Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, Top of the Lake

Outstanding Directing - Special:

The Kennedy Center Honors, Louis J. Horvitz

• London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, Bucky Gunts and Hamish Hamilton

• Louis C.K.: Oh My God, Louis C.K.

• The Oscars, Don Mischer

• 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief, Michael Dempsey

Outstanding Guest Actress:

• Margo Martindale, The Americans

• Diana Rigg, Game Of Thrones

Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

• Linda Cardellini, Mad Men

• Jane Fonda, The Newsroom

• Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Guest Actress:

• Molly Shannon, Enlightened

• Dot-Marie Jones, Glee

Melissa Leo, Louie

• Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

• Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

• Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Outstanding Directing:

Steven Soderbergh, Behind The Candelabra

• Julian Jarrold, The Girl

• David Mamet, Phil Spector

• Allison Anders, Ring of Fire

• Jane Campion and Garth Davis, Top of the Lake

Outstanding Writing:

• George Mastras, Breaking Bad, "Dead Freight"

• Thomas Schnauz, Breaking Bad, "Say My Name"

• Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey, Episode 4

• D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Game Of Thrones, "The Rains Of Castamere"

Henry Bromell, Homeland, "Q&A"

Outstanding Writing:

• David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes

• Louis C.K., Story & Teleplay by Pamela Adlon, Louie

• Greg Daniels, The Office

• Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, 30 Rock

Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock

Outstanding Directing:

• Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire

• Michelle MacLaren, Breaking Bad

• Jeremy Webb, Downton Abbey

• Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland

David Fincher, House of Cards

Outstanding Directing:

• Lena Dunham, Girls

• Paris Barclay, Glee

• Louis C.K., Louie

Gail Mancuso, Modern Family

• Beth McCarthy-Miller, 30 Rock



Written by USTownhall staff   
Sunday, 15 September 2013 09:38


7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos  60 Minutes  American Dad reruns Football Night in America          
7:30 The Simpsons reruns
8:00 Once Upon a Time  The Amazing Race The Simpsons Sunday Night Football
8:30 Bob's Burgers
9:00 Revenge The Good Wife Family Guy
9:30 American Dad
10:00 Betrayal The Mentalist
8:00 Dancing with the Stars How I Met Your Mother Bones The Voice Hart of Dixie
8:30 We Are Men
9:00 2 Broke Girls Sleepy Hollow Beauty & the Beast
9:30 Mom
10:00 Castle Hostages The Blacklist

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

NCIS Dads The Biggest Loser The Originals
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:00 The Goldbergs NCIS: Los Angeles New Girl The Voice results show
9:30 Trophy Wife The Mindy Project
10:00 Lucky 7 Person of Interest Chicago Fire
8:00 The Middle Survivor The X Factor Revolution Arrow
8:30 Back in the Game
9:00 Modern Family Criminal Minds Law & Order: SVU The Tomorrow People
9:30 Super Fun Night
10:00 Nashville CSI Ironside
8:00 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland The Big Bang Theory The X Factor Results Show Parks and Recreation The Vampire Diaries
8:30 The Millers Welcome to the Family
9:00 Grey's Anatomy The Crazy Ones Glee Sean Saves the World Reign
9:30 Two and a Half Men The Michael J. Fox Show
10:00 Scandal Elementary Parenthood
8:00 Last Man Standing Undercover Boss MasterChef Junior Dateline NBC The Carrie Diaries
8:30 The Neighbors
9:00 Shark Tank Hawaii Five-O Sleepy Hollow (encore broadcast) Grimm America's Next Top Model
10:00 20/20 Blue Bloods Dracula
8:00 College Football Comedytime Saturday Fox Sports Saturday reruns
9:00 Crimetime Saturday
10:00 48 Hours Mystery SNL Primetime



Written by USTownhall staff   
Monday, 19 August 2013 19:21



September 6

• Riddick

• Touchy Feely


September 13

• The Family

• Insidious: Chapter 2


September 20

• Enough Said

• Parkland

• Prisoners

• Rush

• Thanks for Sharing


September 27

• Baggage Claim

• Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

• Don Jon

• Metallica: Through the Never


October 4

• Gravity

• Runner Runner


October 11

• Captain Phillips

• Machete Kills

• Romeo and Juliet


October 18

• 12 Years a Slave

• All is Lost

• Carrie

• Escape Plan

• The Fifth Estate

• Kill Your Darlings


October 25

• Blue is the Warmest Color

• The Counselor

• Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa


Date to Be Announced

• Diana

November 1

• About Time

• Ender's Game

• Last Vegas


November 8

• Thor: The Dark World


November 15

• The Best Man Holiday

• The Book Thief

• Great Expectations

• The Wolf of Wall Street


November 20

• Her


November 22

• Delivery Man

• The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

• Nebraska


November 27

• Black Nativity

• Frozen

• Grace of Monaco

• Oldboy


November 29

• Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


December 6

• Dallas Buyers Club

• Inside Llewyn Davis

• Out of the Furnace


December 13

• American Hustle

• The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

• Saving Mr. Banks

• Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas


December 18

• The Monuments Men


December 25

• 47 Ronin

• August: Osage County

• Grudge Match

• The Invisible Woman

• Jack Ryan

• Labor Day

• The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


December 27

• Lone Survivor


Date to Be Announced

• Philomena



USTownhall RoundTable: The Summer 2013 Sessions
Written by Scott Katz   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 21:01

Now that the traditional broadcast television season is over, the USTownhall RoundTable podcast series will delve into topics of a more general nature from the worlds of pop culture and current events.


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Sun, September 8, 2013: Pop Culture podcast topics - In what we hope is our final discussion on the American Idol judges, the panel discusses the addition of Harry Connick, Jr. to the show after talks with Dr. Luke fell through at the last minute.  Also, more of Adam Lambert and Avicii, and we reveal the celebrities and professionals due to perform on this cycle of Dancing with the Stars.  Then, we finish things off by giving our take on the MTV VMA Awards and Miley Cyrus's twerk heard 'round the world.  Was she unfairly slammed by the media or did she take her image makeover too far?

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Sun, August 25, 2013: Pop Culture podcast topics - American Idol selects Dr. Luke as final judge?  Randy Jackson returns in Jimmy Iovine's mentor role?  Also, more about Adam Lambert and Avicii, and the panel discusses Justin Guarini and his recent blog post about his hard times since his Idol days.  Plus, the panel tries to figure out – with little success – exactly how Dancing with the Stars' once-a-week format will work in terms of the voting.

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Current Events podcast topic - The panel pays tribute and discusses the recent death of Gale Chester Whittington, one of the flashpoints of the gay civil rights movement in the late 1960s and author of the memoir Beyond Normal: The Birth of Gay Pride.

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Sun, August 4, 2013: Pop Culture podcast topics - Adam Lambert joins forces with legendary music producer Nile Rodgers and Swedish producer and DJ, Avicii.  Latest Hollywood casting news: Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Oscars; Derek Hough returns to Dancing with the Stars (along with Maxim Chmerkovskiy?); Keith Urban returns to American Idol (along with Jennifer Lopez and will.i.am?) — and much, much more!

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Sun, July 14, 2013: Pop Culture podcast topics - Actor Cory Monteith of Glee dies, Adam Lambert joins cast and departs from record label.

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Current Events podcast topic - George Zimmerman acquitted in Trayvon Martin case.  Full analysis of events, evidence, verdict, and the handling of the case by the prosecution and defense. (Note that the date of the shooting incident is incorrectly stated during the podcast.  It actually occurred on February 26, 2012).

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Sun, July 7, 2013: Topics - Adam Lambert concerts in California and Florida / US Supreme Court decisions regarding California's Prop 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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Sun, June 23, 2013: Topics - Summer Movies / Exodus International closes its doors / Mormon mom Prop 8 supporter discovers her son is gay

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013: Topics - Adam Lambert receives "Hope of Los Angeles" award / Update on American Idol behind-the-scenes turnoil / Mariah Carey's #Beautiful song and video / changes in the music industry in the IPod age / Our suggestions as to how American Idol can be fixed re: theme nights, judges, mentors

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Sunday, May 26, 2013: Topics - Pop culture events

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All My Children creator AGNES NIXON

Bronx Opera's BEN SPIERMAN

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Animation historian JERRY BECK

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2nd interview

singer-songwriter JOSH GROBAN

web series producer KAI SOREMEKUN of Chick

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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

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Ian Anthony Dale, Nick Wauters

Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Blair Underwood, Željko Ivanek

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Hunter: The Complete Series

Polly and Her Pals

Icons: The DC Comics and Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee

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Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

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