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Weekend Review: HBO's Olive Kitteridge, Revisiting The Affair

Frances McDormand

To know Olive Kitteridge is not easy. Many would likely argue it's not worth the risk of being exposed to her harsh, judgmental New Englander's scorn. Suffer fools gladly? Not this curmudgeonly math teacher who, when her husband insists she's not depressed, snaps back, "Yes, I am. Happy to have it. Comes with being smart." Prompting her long-suffering son to wonder, "Is that why you're so mean all the time?"

And yet, in HBO's oddly moving and melancholy-shrouded two-night adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning novel Olive Kitteridge (Sunday-Monday, 9/8c), a remarkable Frances McDormand makes Olive a fascinating, tragicomic study in human stubbornness, contrariness and contradiction.... read more

Marcia Gay Harden Replaces Rosemarie DeWitt on The Newsroom

Marcia Gay Harden

Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden is heading to The Newsroom to replace Rosemarie DeWitt, Entertainment Weekly reports.

DeWitt left the HBO drama last week after shooting a handful of episodes. HBO said DeWitt's early departure was because of.... read more

Rosemarie DeWitt Exits The Newsroom

Rosemarie Dewitt

This just in: Rosemarie DeWitt is leaving The Newsroom, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Dewitt is reportedly leaving because of... read more

Grace Gummer Joins The Newsroom

Grace Gummer

Grace Gummer has landed a recurring role on HBO's The Newsroom, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gummer, the 26-year-old daughter of Meryl Streep, will play Hallie Shea, a reporter who is embedded with the Mitt Romney campaign. She joins Rosemarie DeWitt and Patton Oswalt, who have previously been cast for the show's second season

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Mad Men Refresher Course: What's Up with Don's Love Life?

Mad Men

After an interminable 17-month hiatus, AMC's Mad Men is finally back! Because it's been so long since we last visited the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, we'll be playing catch-up with the show's most important story lines all week before the show's two-hour premiere on Sunday, March 25 at 9/8c. First up: Did Don really propose to that Megan girl? ... read more

Tara's John Corbett Braces for "Sweet" Finale and a Rematch with Buck

John Corbett

Call it sex and the suburbs.

Three weeks ago on United States of Tara, Max (John Corbett), the inordinately patient husband of Tara (Toni Collette), had a one-night stand with a waitress, Pammy (Joey Lauren Adams), putting a chink in his good-guy armor.

"I first read it at a table read and remember screaming out loud, 'You've got to be f---ing kidding me!'" Corbett tells TVGuide.com, adding that writers told him they wanted to shake up Max this season. "That was a big step to let Max to do that. ... A lot of fans [come up to me] and said ...
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Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt Marry

Ron Livingston and Rosemarie Dewitt

Office Space and Sex and the City star Ron Livingston has tied the knot with actress Rosemarie DeWitt, People reports.

The couple of three years exchanged vows on ...
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An Inside Look at TV's Smokin'-hot Mad Men

Mad Men

We can't say he didn't warn us. Before his new AMC drama Mad Men premiered last month, former Sopranos executive producer Matthew Weiner said, "There will hopefully be a ‘Holy s--t!' moment in each episode." Three weeks in, he's holding up his end of the deal, as the show reveals the amoral underbelly of perfect-on-the-surface protagonist Don Draper (Jon Hamm). Set in New York City in 1960, Mad Men (airing Thursdays at 10 pm/ET) slickly re-creates a topflight Madison Avenue advertising agency and its ruthless, ego-driven players. You can practically smell the Brylcreem, whiskey and cigarettes as the bright, sexy characters look sharp and crack wise. But all is not well underneath those sharkskin suit read more

Standoff Returns with a Bang

As a ramp-up to the Oct. 31, post-baseball return of Fox's Standoff, TV Guide Channel will air the first four episodes of the freshman drama this Sunday from 3 to 7 pm/ET. The mini-marathon will be hosted by series stars Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt. read more

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Question: I normally really enjoy your column, but how could you label Standoff a loser? It's clearly one of the best new shows of the season so far. Ron Livingston proved himself worthy of leading-man status long ago with Office Space and Sex and the City, and he has great chemistry with Rosemarie DeWitt, who has already been labeled "the find of the season." The show is both funny and suspenseful with strong characters and an interesting premise. What's not to love? Answer: Let's start with the premise, which pretty much exhausted itself in the pilot episode. Wouldn't it have been more interesting if their relationship hadn't been exposed in the very first scene? Then the situations, which get more ridiculous by the week. I won't argue that Livingston is a major star waiting to happen, but I can't imagine this will be the vehicle. Fox is getting off to a pretty rocky start again this fall, and I would imagine either Standoff or Justice will be gone before the new year. I'm sorry to ... read more

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