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Weekend TV Playlist: The Killing, Richard Pryor, Orphan Finale

Peter Sarsgaard

In the killing fields of the ubiquitous TV crime drama, there are shows that attempt to expand the formula with depth of character and a hauntingly fatalistic tone, while many others cling to the comfort zone of wrapping each case within a tidy hour, just another routine day on the job. AMC's The Killing, back for a third season of dark brooding after narrowly escaping cancellation, is ambitious to a fault. And its fault lines showed throughout the first two erratic and indulgent though often absorbing seasons, with an overextended inquiry into a single murder case that frustrated and annoyed viewers with its obvious red herrings and stubborn lack of resolution until long past interest had waned.

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Showtime Sets Premiere Dates for Nurse Jackie, The Big C and The Borgias

Edie Falco, Laura Linney

Nurse Jackie, The Big C, and The Borgias will kick off new seasons on April 8, Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins announced Thursday at the winter TV previews.

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Nurse Jackie
's fourth season premiere kicks off the night at 9/8c, followed by The Big C at 9:30/8:30c and The Borgias at 10/9c.

The new season of Nurse Jackie finds its titular character (Emmy winner Edie Falco) facing consequences as she attempts to confront her painkiller addiction .... read more

Tracy Morgan Explains Homophobic Comments to Letterman

Tracy Morgan, David Letterman

That homophobic rant that got 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan in trouble months ago hasn't gone away. David Letterman asked him about it on Monday's Late Show.

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"At the end of the day, I'm a comedian. I try to use the gift God gave me to help the world, to heal the world, not to hurt anyone," Morgan said Monday night about the June 3 show in Nashville. "I was hurt by it because people came to the show and were bummed out."
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Scoop on Modern Family, The Office and More at the Comedy Awards

Jon Cryer, Kristin Wiig

Some of the funniest people on the planet gathered in New York City Saturday night for the first-ever Comedy Awards (which airs April 10 at 9 p.m. simultaneously across MTV Networks' Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite). Eddie Murphy received the Comedy Icon Award and paid homage to his greatest comedic inspirations: Bill Cosby, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. But the biggest award of the evening was also the most... read more

A Look at The Tragic Side of Comedy

John Belushi, Richard Pryor

John Belushi and Richard Pryor had more in common than comedic brilliance. Each struggled with intense personal demons, detailed in the two-hour special, The Tragic Side of Comedy (Wednesday, 9 pm/ET). The BIO Channel show explores the troubled lives behind some of the most celebrated comedians of our time, including Chris Farley, Richard Jeni, Bernie Mac, and Andy Kaufman.

From SNL to Animal House, take a look back on the brilliant work of John Belushi and the struggle with drugs that led to his death-by-overdose at 33.

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THIS 'N' THAT

Former Walt Disney Co. chief Michael Eisner will host Conversations with Michael Eisner, an hourlong interview program for CNBC, the network announced on Tuesday.... David Bowie, blues pioneer Robert Johnson and the late Richard Pryor will be honored with lifetime achievement awards at next month's Grammys.... FX has ponied up big bucks for the cable-TV rights to Superman Returns, six months before the film even hits theaters.... NBC's hot new game show, Deal or No Deal, is looking for contestants in Universal City (today), San Francisco (Jan. 14) and Philadelphia (Jan. 19). For places and times, visit NBC.com. read more

RIP

Comedy legend Richard Pryor died of a heart attack Saturday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 65. Pryor, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986, first gained fame as a profane stand-up performer whose edgy, freewheeling style and personal take on racial inequality influenced an entire generation of comedians, including Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Robin Williams. In the '70s and '80s, he starred in hit films such as Stir Crazy and Silver Streak in addition to writing for TV shows and movies like Sanford and Son and Blazing Saddles. In the early '80s, he also battled drug addiction, which he referenced onstage and in his autobiographical film, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling. read more

R.P., R.I.P.

Richard Pryor

Comedy legend Richard Pryor died of a heart attack Saturday morning at a Los Angeles hospital, the Associated Press reports. The ground-breaking comic and actor was 65 and had been ill with multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative disease of the nervous system, for years. Pryor first gained fame as a profane standup performer whose edgy, free-wheeling style and personal take on racial inequality was an influence on an entire generation of comedians, including Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Robin Williams. In the 1970s and '80s, he starred in hit films such as Stir Crazy and Silver Streak in addition to writing for TV shows and movies like Sanford and Son and Blazing Saddles. In the early 1980's, he also battled drug addiction, which he referenced on stage and in his autobiographical film, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling. He was diagnosed with MS in the 1990's read more

Pauly Shore Plots Reality Comeback


Pauly Shore

The Wiezel is all grown up, and he means business. After spending the last few years on an involuntary hiatus, Pauly Shore makes his return to TV with Minding the Store, premiering Sunday at 9 pm/ET on TBS. Shore's latest stab at small-screen success is a reality show about revitalizing The Comedy Store, a Sunset Strip landmark owned by his mom Mitzi, where the likes of Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others honed their comic chops. TVGuide.com checks in with Pauly about his family, legendary comedians, and his issues with women. TVGuide.com: Your family's at the heart of Minding the Store. Did you set out with that intention?Pauly Shore: Well, The Comedy Store is read more

Pauly Shore Plots Reality Comeback

Pauly Shore

The Wiezel is all grown-up, and he means business. After spending the last few years on an involuntary hiatus, Pauly Shore makes his return to TV with Minding the Store, premiering Sunday at 9 pm/ET on TBS. Shore's latest stab at small-screen success is a reality show about revitalizing The Comedy Store, a Sunset Strip landmark owned by his mom Mitzi, where the likes of Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others honed their comic chops. TVGuide.com checks in with Pauly about his family, legendary comedians, and his issues with women. TVGuide.com: Your family's at the heart of Minding the Store. Did you set out with that intention?Pauly Shore: Well, The Comedy Store is my family's business, so of course, you're dealing with my family. But outside of the Store, my brother, my sister, my mom and dad are all a big part of the show, because I'm basically letting the audience in on my life now. Pauly is grown-up. read more

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