Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's Season 2 finale of HBO's The Newsroom. Read at your own risk.]
Depending on who you ask, The Newsroom will be back for a third season on HBO. But you might not have guessed that from watching the show's Season 2 finale.
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The finale focused primarily on the "News Night" team reporting on the 2012 election in the shadow of the huge failure of the false Operation Genoa story, but before the episode ended, nearly every other ongoing plot thread from the season (and series) was tidily wrapped up in a seemingly happy ending...
One war makes way for another as the incredibly durable Foyle's War, in its seventh Masterpiece Mystery! season on PBS, transitions from post-World War II intrigues to the ethically murky spy games of a burgeoning Cold War. "I haven't got the requisite capacity for deceit," grumbles former police DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, radiating crisp intelligence and decency), who once again is denied his dreams of retirement when MI5 spooks reel him in, fresh off the boat from America.
Last Tango in Halifax
Anyone seeking momentary relief from the dazzling darkness of the anti-hero vogue so prevalent on Sunday nights — epitomized by Breaking Bad's harrowing race to the finish line — will find a delightful tonic in PBS's Last Tango in Halifax (Sunday, check tvguide.com listings), a winning romance about two widowed seventysomethings and their supportive but screwed-up families.
Not a meth dealer (Bad), serial killer (Dexter), bootlegger (Boardwalk Empire) or brooding bully of a fixer (Ray Donovan) in sight, but life is still not without its complications in Halifax, a six-part charmer blessed with instant chemistry between the esteemed Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid (from the recent Upstairs, Downstairs remake) as Alan and Celia, lonely pensioners and former childhood pals who reconnect on Facebook after 60 years and impulsively decide to take a second chance on love.
Eileen Brennan, who earned an Oscar nomination for Private Benjamin, died on Sunday, The Wrap reports. She was 80.
The actress passed away in a Burbank, Calif., hospice, where she had been battling bladder cancer.
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
When Aaron Sorkin's cable news drama The Newsroom returns for its second season Sunday, things will look a little different.
"We broke one of our own important rules," executive producer Alan Poul tells TVGuide.com. "In the first season, we said there are no fictional news stories. ... We did very well with the 'What's the breaking news story going to be this week?' template, but we had some concern that would get a little bit old. [But] if we had one story that could serve as the through-line on which we could still hang our current event stories, that would give this season an essentially different character."
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Enter "Operation Genoa," a story about a military scandal that could "make careers and end presidencies." There's just one problem...
The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory topped the third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards Monday.
In addition to the show's Best Comedy Series victory, The Big Bang Theory stars Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco also won acting awards for their supporting turns. Cuoco tied with Eden Sher of The Middle.
Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker
Oprah Winfrey is back on the big screen for her first lead movie role in 15 years, and we've got a first look at her new role.
Mike Gray, the documentarian, activist and screenwriter of The China Syndrome, died of heart failure Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, his wife Carol told The New York Times. He was 77.
Jane Fonda, Mary Williams and Oprah Winfrey
Jane Fonda says a cancer scare back in 2010 has helped her realize that she's not afraid of dying.
In 2010, Fonda had a small tumor removed, after which she was declared cancer-free. Fonda, who won Oscars for her performances in Klute and Coming Home, knows she's currently living her "third act."
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"I think it's wonderful," she tells Oprah Winfrey on Sunday's Oprah's Next Chapter. "The fact that I made it and I'm all in one piece. You...
Jane Fonda has landed her first leading television role.
The legendary actress will star in a comedy pilot for ABC called Now What?, according to Variety.