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New Blood at the Globes

If the barometer of an interesting TV awards show is the number of fresh faces invited to the party, then the Golden Globe nominations (announced Thursday morning) passes the test. Not with a perfect score, mind you. Any institution that so completely ignores NBC's wonderful Friday Night Lights deserves some spirited jeering.And the Globes' addiction to sexy sizzle and hype can lead to some puzzling choices: Big Love, fun as it is, over The Sopranos' final season? Bill Paxton over James Gandolfini? (And if the Globes is going to shower love on Big Love, how could the women who play Bill's wives go unheralded, especially Ginnifer Goodwin?) Californication over Weeds?But let's look at the bright side. The Hollywood Foreign Press clearly spent some time checking out the TV landscape during last summer's remarkable season of cable breakthroughs. My own pick for No. 1 show of the year, AMC's Mad Men, is nominated for best drama, along with its dashing leading man, Jon Hamm. FX's Damages,... read more

Alba Seeing Sopranos Stars on Broadway?

Michael Imperioli and James Gandolfini by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com

Or for those who care to liken my headlines to a high-school newspaper: "Jessica Alba Gets Plow'd." The Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman may be making her first appearance on the Great White Way. According to the New York Post, though she possesses zero/zilch stage experience, Alba is being wooed to star in a spring 2008 revival of David Mamet's Speed the Plow. Alba's prospective role, Karen the secretary, last was inhabited (and not very well) by another Broadway baby, Madonna, back in '88.The Sopranos' James Gandolfini and Michael Imperioli are said to be on the producers' wish list for the two male leads. read more

When Emmy Winners Attack!

OK, first off, how freakin’ hilarious was The Bachelor Monday night? Holy human desperation, I loved it! And Hillary from my hometown made the first cut. Represent, Philly ‘ho!Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk last week’s Emmys. Yes, the in-the-round stage was a hot circular mess and why so many statues went to TV-movies, I’ll never know. It’s not like any of the good Sci Fi Originals get nominated. Hello, Mansquito? So robbed. But Seacrest didn’t totally suck, the opening Family Guy number was inspired and some of the winners were deserving.So if you’re like me and think you suffered a stroke that made the word Gandolfini sound like “Spader,” or ya can’t get your head around anyone from Torque ever winning anything, you might want to grab the champs on DVD. Turns out that the slights are, in fact, slight.Ugly Betty — Much like Betty’s Guadalajara poncho, you could spot America Ferrera’s Outstandin... read more

I'm probably one of many ...

Question: I'm probably one of many writing in about this, but you'll have to suffer through one more. I've seen only a few episodes of Boston Legal, enough to know that I didn't really enjoy the show but can see how people would like the characters. I even respect James Spader's work. He was excellent on The Practice way back when, and I'm assuming he's carried at least some of that over to the spin-off. But really, Emmy-worthy? This is even his second win, isn't it? I just don't understand it. Never mind the fantastic competition (Kyle Chandler and Matthew Fox off the top of my head) that weren't even nominated, but what could the voters have possibly seen to give him the award instead of their last chance to honor James Gandolfini for what will certainly go down as one of the more legendary roles in television history? Is it because the show is on HBO? Is it because it's a fundamentally flawed voting process and most of the voters never even watched Tony Soprano's work the final ... read more

Emmys: Bravo to Winners, Boo to Show

Katherine Heigl and Kevin Dillon by John Shearer/WireImage.com

And some people worried that getting Ryan Seacrest to host this year’s Emmy telecast was going to be the producers’ worst idea. That’s before we got a look at the set, an unwieldy and unappealing theater-in-the-round setup that looked more suitable for the new American Gladiators revival than for an awards show. The nominees, half of whom saw only the backs of the various presenters and performers, had a deer-in-the-headlights look every time Seacrest approached them or the cameras awkwardly cut to them. They appeared to be sitting in penalty boxes, not deluxe auditorium seats.Honestly, though, we poor schnooks at home were the ones suffering the penalty here: as in, confronted with one of the worst Emmy telecasts I can remember. As Emmy years go, I’m actually at peace with the majority of the winners, given who was and wasn’t nominated (and we’ve been over that frustrating ground plenty of times since the July nominations). Learning who won was a lot m... read more

Torchwood: TV's Sexiest Alien Hunters

Over the years, I've somehow resisted the lure of the iconic British fantasy Doctor Who, in all of its incarnations. So imagine my surprise to be hooked on Torchwood, a cheeky and often startlingly adult spin-off.  These are the provocative adventures of Torchwood, a super-secret team of dashing agents who specialize in containing alien threats. Think MI-5 in cahoots with The X-Files. That makes sense given that their underground lair, which houses a pterodactyl in the rafters, is near a space-time rift where cosmic "driftwood" regularly washes up. The newcomer to Torchwood is a police constable, Gwen (Eve Myles), who is regularly astonished by what she sees. Who wouldn't be, if on your first day you unleashed an airborne alien sex -addict that takes over bodies to feed off the energy from orgasms. "First contact with an alien, not quite what I expected," Gwen muses. This crew is as naughty and irreverent as it is ruthl read more

James Gandolfini Makes Camp with HBO Biopic

James Gandolfini by Barry Wetcher/HBO

Per Variety, The Sopranos' James Gandolfini will produce and star as Sonny Vaccaro in ABCD Camp, a biopic about the onetime Nike exec who made a fortune inking deals to shoe college hoops teams and is also credited with helping launch the careers of such NBA stars as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Vaccaro, who later worked for Adidas and then Reebok, rubbed the NCAA the wrong way, allegedly playing a role in compensating amateur athletes. read more

Hillary Clinton's Sopranos Parody: Behind the Scenes!

Vince Curatola courtesy hillaryclinton.com

So who did Vince Curatola — aka The Sopranos’ New York mob boss Johnny Sack — have to whack to get his cameo in Hillary Clinton’s spoof of the series' finale (available in our Online Video Guide)? Curatola tells TV Guide he was having dinner with his wife when he got a call from Sopranos director Allen Coulter, telling him that Clinton media guy Jimmy Siegel was doing a video the next morning in a diner near the Clintons’ Chappaqua, New York, home. “I said it sounds good,” Curatola relates, so on Father’s Day, he and his wife headed to the Coach Diner in Mount Kisco. “In walks Bill and Hillary, who run right over and say, ‘Thank you for coming out on a Sunday morning,’” says Curatola. “They were just a lot of fun — and Hillary was very bubbly.” Turns out the former (and maybe future) First Couple are such Sopranos fans that they were able to quote some of Johnny Sack’s more memorable lines. They also had... read more

HBO Welcomes Back James Gandolfini

HBO has announced a Sept. 9 premiere for Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, a documentary special produced by Sopranos alum James Gandolfini and his nascient Attaboy Films shingle. Alive Day Memories looks at the new generation of war veterans from the point of view of 10 soldiers.... Oscar nominee Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds) will play wife Clemmie to Brendan Gleeson's Winston in Churchill at War, HBO Films/BBC Films' follow-up to The Gathering Storm. read more

Sopranos Clan Hails Ending; Plus: A Big Finale Clue

The Sopranos courtesy HBO

The Soprano family finally agrees on something: the way David Chase wound up the series was criminally good. "It was a great ending.... Exactly what it should have been," James Gandolfini tells the New York Daily News. Adds "daughter" Jamie-Lynn Sigler, "I can't think of a single better way to have ended the show" — though she cops to being befuddled by Meadow's spastic parking. Also deeming the finale "great" is Edie Falco: "I have never second-guessed David Chase, and I'm not about to start now."As for what happened after the screen went black, Gandolfini says, "You have to ask David Chase. Smarter minds than mine know the answer to that." Maybe a film will give answers? "Don't look at me," shrugs Gandolfini. "All I know is that it's over."Perhaps very much so. After speaking with Chase, an HBO spokesperson tells Reuters that a scene from an earlier episode — in which Bobby and Tony speculate on what happens when you die — "is one of the most legitimate things to lo... read more

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