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Friday Mar 23, 2012 45:00 PM ET
When AMC's critically acclaimed Mad Men returns on Sunday, March 25, it remains to be seen how loyal its viewers are. After a 17-month break, will fans return to find out how Madison Avenue ad man Don Draper fared after the drama of last season?
Saturday Feb 25, 2012 10:00 AM ET
The good news is that watching the performance made me appreciate the Todd material more than I had before, possibly because the show is definitely a show, something to behold.
Sunday Feb 19, 2012 40:00 PM ET
Ricky Gervais has never been known to be politically correct but with his new HBO series Life's Too Short, he may have managed to ace himself in the 'over the top, cruel and unusual punishment' department. Never has his humor been more harsh but you will probably laugh despite yourself.
Saturday Feb 18, 2012 30:00 AM ET
When Rosenthal was asked to travel to Russia to advise its people how best to adapt his show to their culture, he never anticipated the challenges he would face. In Exporting Raymond, his film documenting the experience, we are given a firsthand look at how how difficult translating certain truths to another culture can be.
Tuesday Feb 14, 2012 30:00 AM ET
Melissa Manchester got her start in the '70s as one of Bette Midler's Harlettes, learning the ropes from the outrageous star. From there she went solo, writing songs that helped define the era of the singer-songwriter. Now Sony has released Playlist: The Very Best of Melissa Manchester, a rich compendium of Manchester's material.
Saturday Feb 11, 2012 20:00 PM ET
As the Cigarette Smoking Man on The X-Files, actor William Davis was a master at instilling fear into the hearts of viewers while giving them much to ponder about this complex, enigmatic character. Like the character, there are layers to the actor and much about Davis' life we never knew.
Tuesday Feb 7, 2012 00:00 AM ET
Reluctant heartthrob Brian Dietzen talks about Jimmy Palmer, an NCIS milestone, and his upcoming film.
Monday Feb 6, 2012 00:00 AM ET
Faulcon has indeed found his niche in life and getting work in his field has never been a problem. He's guest starred on popular TV shows like Bones, Boston Legal, and NYPD Blue and can be seen in such movies as Men in Black and American Beauty.
Friday Feb 3, 2012 45:00 PM ET
The episode "Nobody's Fault" is a game-changer. It has taken everything we know about the character House and the series and brought them to a place we never thought we'd see them go (although we may have had our suspicions they'd get there one day).
Wednesday Feb 1, 2012 15:00 AM ET
As first assistant director, Duque's job is a challenging one. He is basically the director's right hand man as well as the eyes and ears of the producers on set.
Thursday Jan 26, 2012 20:00 PM ET
HBO's highly anticipated new series Luck is set to premiere this Sunday, January 29 and with esteemed actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, and Dennis Farina on board, it's hard to imagine that the show could be anything but a quality entry into the competitive world of cable television drama.
Monday Jan 23, 2012 25:00 PM ET
The popularity of Netflix and Video on Demand has changed people's viewing habits, not always for the better. But WNET, New York's public television station, has made great strides in bringing back the old fashioned Saturday night triple feature with their Reel 13 series.
Saturday Jan 21, 2012 05:00 PM ET
Writer/producer Ken Bowser talks to The Morton Report about his American Masters documentary, "Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune," which takes an unflinching look at the singer's life, art, and the tumultuous era of the '60s in which he lived.
Monday Jan 16, 2012 40:00 AM ET
From teaching actors the proper way to hold a scalpel to telling the writers what medicines would be used to fight off the Disease of the Week, Bergstrom is an essential part of the House team.
Saturday Jan 14, 2012 00:00 AM ET
Titus Welliver is one of those actors whose face everybody knows, even if they don't know his name. "I feel like I'm one of those retro '60s character actors," he told me during a recent phone conversation. "I think of the guys who were on my television every week on a different show. All of these great character actors who were the backbone guest stars on these shows."
Tuesday Dec 20, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Charles and Ray Eames might not be household names but from 1941 to 1978 their work helped shape nearly every facet of American life. They were pioneers in the use of new materials and architecture.
Sunday Dec 18, 2011 25:00 PM ET
Jerry Lewis has worn a multiplicity of hats over his eight decades in the entertainment business. In the Encore channel's documentary Method To the Madness of Jerry Lewis, filmmaker Gregg Barson takes us on a journey through it all: from Lewis's early years with Dean Martin to his solo career as an actor, filmmaker, and comedy legend.
Tuesday Dec 6, 2011 25:00 AM ET
Over the years, people would say, "Let's go in and make a new record of 'Put a Little Love In Your Heart' and 'What the World Needs Now Is Love'. Let's get an orchestra together and do it." That did not feel good for me. I couldn't get into that. I said the only way I possibly could do it is make it very personal.
Friday Dec 2, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Jones took some time out from working on his Pennsylvania horse farm to talk with me about '60s rock, pop, and soul, and was not at all reluctant to discuss his feelings about today's music and the entertainment business in general.
Monday Nov 28, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Richard Schiff's role as White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler on The West Wing won him an Emmy and a multitude accolades from critics and viewers alike. However, as an "actor's actor," Schiff is much more than this iconic role.
Friday Nov 25, 2011 05:00 PM ET
Davi has channeled Sinatra's influence, utilized the opera training he had as a youngster, mixed it into a heady potion with his great love of music, and recorded an album that is a tribute to both his mentor and the Great American Songbook.
Sunday Nov 20, 2011 20:00 AM ET
Despite his success, the subject he most wanted to profile remained elusive for over 20 years. With no small amount of perseverance, Weide finally managed to persuade Woody Allen to agree to be interviewed and filmed, providing the basis for Weide's fascinating documentary premiering this week on PBS.
Friday Nov 18, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Canadian actor Andrew Jackson has been named spokesman for the project and is proud to be part of it. He gave me his insights on the organization and shared his feelings on the importance of conservation and preserving our natural resources.
Tuesday Nov 15, 2011 44:26 PM ET
Fan video artist gets noticed by the pros, proving the old adage "You never know who may be watching..."
Monday Nov 14, 2011 45:00 PM ET
Like many other gamers, I've had a difficult time staying away from the game, so I was pleased to speak with Ellen Dubin of Napoleon Dynamite and Lexx fame, who plays Common Woman in Skyrim. Here is what she had to say about being part of Bethesda's latest masterwork.
Sunday Nov 13, 2011 25:00 PM ET
Their Jingle Bell Rock Tour kicks off the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25, and runs through mid-December. "Right after Thanksgiving with the spirit of giving," Money says, "right through the holidays. Everybody loves Christmas. It's gonna be a lot of fun."
Thursday Nov 10, 2011 45:00 PM ET
To most people, the brand name Pepsi brings to mind cola wars with its arch rival Coca Cola. In CNBC’s documentary Pepsi's Challenge, we learn that the company's interests are surprisingly diverse, and battling it out for the soft drink crown is a mere fraction of what they do.
Sunday Nov 6, 2011 45:00 PM ET
Parker produced and directed the film Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale from a script by David B. Beleznay. It is the story of how a ferret helped a young boy through a tragic time in his life. For Jake and Jasper, Parker enlisted the aid of two other producers, 30 actors and 31 crew members, all of whom volunteered their time.
Friday Oct 28, 2011 10:00 PM ET
"We always wanted to be honest, have a touch of reality to it. One thing we constantly kept coming back to in the writers room was not to think like modern people. In 1865, what would a character's attitude be toward native Americans? What would a character's attitude be toward a prostitute? What do you really think? How would you react?"
Monday Oct 24, 2011 25:00 AM ET
The documentary goes beyond just showing clips and offering a glossy overview of popular television programs. It gets to the heart of its subject by speaking not only with those who have portrayed iconic characters and made them household names but also with those responsible for writing and producing these shows.
Monday Oct 17, 2011 15:00 PM ET
His forays into first dramatics and then singing never allowed him to deny his social activism and the causes in which he so strongly believed. His mentor, Paul Robeson, assured him that Belafonte’s art would inspire audiences to want to know more about the man performing it. “Get them to sing your song and they will want to know who you are.”
Sunday Oct 16, 2011 10:00 PM ET
Eagle Rock Media and Rhino have documented these unique moments of television and pop music history with the release of both seasons of The Monkees. Sold separately, each set is a treasure trove of remastered episodes and special features.
Friday Oct 14, 2011 00:00 PM ET
For those who crave even more Folds rarities, there is the Ben Folds Fifty-Five Vault: an online treasure trove of the artist's material, the majority of which has never before been released.
Monday Oct 10, 2011 20:00 PM ET
In HBO’s newest drama, Enlightened, we are introduced to corporate executive Amy Jellicoe (Laura Dern), a woman who has, shall we say, issues.
Sunday Oct 9, 2011 05:00 PM ET
The DVD The Hollies: Look Through Any Window 1963 - 1975 is the first official documentary film covering the career of the band, and one that was issued with the Hollies full cooperation. The band's story is interesting, and it's nice to hear it told by the ones who lived it, but the real stars of this show are the historical footage and videos.
Saturday Oct 8, 2011 30:00 AM ET
She laments the passing of what she considers a purity of sound. "I remember there were so many people in the studio. That was fascinating. Just to sit outside the studio in the seating area before I put on the vocals and seeing all the musicians just playing live..."
Tuesday Oct 4, 2011 20:00 PM ET
The main character in this grisly fright fest is the Harmons' new abode: an expansive Victorian we learn through flashbacks has a foul history of killings within its walls and body parts in its basement.
Monday Oct 3, 2011 25:00 AM ET
With hit shows like Dexter and Boardwalk Empire airing the same night, it might be easy to overlook newbie Homeland, but make sure you don't.
Saturday Oct 1, 2011 00:00 PM ET
In HBO's acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire, Anatol Yusef portrays Meyer Lansky, one of the most notorious gangsters of the Prohibition era.
Friday Sep 30, 2011 45:00 PM ET
RCA/Legacy is here to help the unenlightened discover who Elvis was before his name became synonymous with excess. They’ve issued Elvis Presley: Legacy Edition, which contains Elvis Presley and Elvis, the first two Presley CDs, available in one package for the first time.
Monday Sep 26, 2011 35:00 PM ET
On September 26, one week before the start of House's eighth season, Odette Annable, who plays Dr. Jessica Adams, the newest member of House's team, and David Shore, Executive Producer and creator of the series, sat down with journalists for a lively, informative conference call. Here's a good-sized part of that conversation.
Sunday Sep 25, 2011 35:00 PM ET
Can a person who kills as a matter of course believe in a higher power?
Friday Sep 23, 2011 35:00 AM ET
Their performance on this newly released DVD/Blu-ray is proof that regardless of how much time has gone by these guys still have what it takes to put on a great show. A documentary is included in this set, containing recent interviews with the band, promoters, fans, and journalists, but it is the performance that will keep you enthralled.
Monday Sep 19, 2011 45:00 PM ET
Audio Fidelity, a company that prides itself in producing the very best quality audio on 24k gold discs, wants to you to consider choosing CDs again. They have released a series of classic recordings that might have you dusting off your Discman or home CD player and putting it back to work.
Sunday Sep 18, 2011 10:00 PM ET
In Good Graces the mix of light and dark is rendered with honesty, wit, and savvy, which is surprising when you consider the story is being told through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl.
Friday Sep 16, 2011 10:00 PM ET
In the Season 8 opener of House, we find that the usually brash Gregory House has had a lot of the sass knocked out of him.
Thursday Sep 15, 2011 25:00 AM ET
On September 25, the Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire returns for a second season, and from the looks of the premiere, the show has lost none of its luster. The powerful writing, acting, and direction that made it a breakout hit are still very much in evidence as it begins a new season of criminal mayhem.
Monday Sep 12, 2011 55:00 PM ET
Leeza Gibbons is a woman who likes keeping busy and putting her time to good with with projects that are purposeful, enlightening, and entertaining.
Sunday Sep 11, 2011 40:00 PM ET
The show's writing is a strong mix of humor and pathos and smart, snappy dialogue that never sounds forced. Free Agents also comes from good stock. Based on the U.K. series of the same name, it was created by John Enborn (Party Down) and Emmy Award-winning director Todd Holland (Malcolm In the Middle)
Friday Sep 9, 2011 25:00 PM ET
The competition is open to high school and college marching bands, and has over sixty-five schools already committed with over one hundred expected to participate.
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