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19 Times Life and The West Wing Imitated Each Other

The West Wing

At times, the modern political climate may seem stranger than fiction, so it may be comforting (or disconcerting) to know that several recent political events initially took place years prior, on NBC's beloved series The West Wing, which aired from 1999 to 2006. While some of its more prescient episodes tackle obvious issues (i.e. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), other coincidences are downright bizarre (i.e. characters who bear striking similarities to Barack Obama and John McCain squaring off in a... read more

Under the Dome's Latest Victim Speaks Out on Bloody End

Britt Robertson, Colin Ford, Mackenzie Lintz

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Under the Dome's Season 2 premiere. Read at your own risk!]

Over the course of Under the Dome's first season, many Chester's Mill residents have fallen victim to the power of the dome, but the death in the closing moments of the Season 2 premiere was especially shocking.

The second season picked up with... read more

Red's in Danger! The Blacklist Bosses Tease Two-Parter and Answer Burning Questions

James Spader

"There is nowhere in this world where I cannot reach you, Red. Your day is here, and it will end with your screams." On Monday's episode of The Blacklist (10/9c, NBC), Red (James Spader) finds that he's the one being hunted when Blacklist criminal Anslo Garrick (Ritchie Coster) infiltrates the black site. read more

Alan Alda Heads to The Blacklist

Alan Alda

Has Red Reddington met his match?

Alan Alda will guest-star on an upcoming episode of The Blacklist as an enemy of James Spader's character, Access Hollywood reports. read more

Joy Behar Says Goodbye to The View on "Monumental Day"

Joy Behar

Another one (sadly) bites the dust.

Just one month after bidding adieu to Elisabeth Hasselbeck, The View said goodbye to one of the show's original co-hosts, Joy Behar.

"Welcome to quite a monumental day on The View," Whoopi Goldberg said on Friday' show. "After 16 seasons..."

"A.... read more

Laura Linney Says Goodbye to The Big C

Laura Linney

When it comes to acting, Laura Linney knows no fear. She has embodied everyone from steely First Lady Abigail Adams in HBO's John Adams to FDR's mousy cousin/lover in the ­recent biopic Hyde Park on Hudson. But with her Golden Globe-winning performance on The Big C, she took on a seemingly impossible feat: making cancer funny.

Now the show is being put to rest with a four-­episode finale, but neither Linney nor her character, Cathy, is going down quietly. Tonight's episode finds her struggling with chemotherapy — she wants to stop treatment so she can feel well enough to take care of her family and make sure they'll be strong enough to survive without her.

Soon after the show's fourth season wrapped, the 49-year-old three-time Emmy winner shared her thoughts about the end of Cathy's journey.

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M*A*S*H Star Allan Arbus Dies at 95

Allan Arbus

Allan Arbus, who played psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, died Friday at home in Los Angeles, his daughter Amy confirmed to The New York Times. He was 95. read more

The Big C Comes Out Swinging for Season 2

Laura Linney

With a mischievous smile, Laura Linney is gleefully ruining a take. During a tense scene between her character, Cathy Jamison, who has Stage 4 melanoma, and her bipolar brother, Sean, played by John Benjamin Hickey, she makes her costar break down in giggles.

Whoever says cancer is no laughing matter hasn't seen The Big C, Showtime's irreverent comedy about a Minneapolis teacher, wife and mom who's trying not only to beat death but to live as fully as possible in whatever time she has left. The smartly written, beautifully cast show has earned a devoted fan base and critical plaudits, and three-time Emmy winner Linney has already snared a Golden Globe for her deft portrayal of the strong-willed Cathy.... read more

Cheers & Jeers: The Big C — Paging Alan Alda!

Alan Alda

Cheers to The Big C for getting Alan Alda to play doctor again.  

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Hugh Dancy and Parker Posey Join Showtime's The Big C

Hugh Dancy, Parker Posey

British actor Hugh Dancy and indie film darling Parker Posey will guest-star on the second season of The Big C, Showtime announced Thursday.

Dancy will appear in at least six episodes, playing a cancer patient who befriends Cathy (Laura Linney). Posey will play Poppy, a woman who has a surprising relationship with Cathy's teenaged son Adam (Gabriel Basso).

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