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Stand Up to Cancer's Laura Ziskin: "Let's Get Cancer Out of the Closet"

Laura Ziskin

Laura Ziskin has a tough job — and not just as one of Hollywood's most successful producers.

Ziskin, a breast cancer survivor who produced the Spider-Man trilogy, Pretty Woman and the Academy Awards — twice — also co-created Stand Up to Cancer, a special that has to engage audiences while dealing with one of the most sensitive subjects imaginable.

"I joke that I have to make cancer entertaining," Ziskin tells TVGuide.com. "It's a tough challenge, but I'm up for it. And I can promise you our show will be entertaining."

Stand Up To Cancer fundraiser returning in September

Friday's telethon will focus on survivors — including celebrities who haven't spoken out ...
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What Are the 10 Most Anticipated Returning Fall Shows?

Jane Lynch (Glee), Mark Harmon (NCIS) and John Noble (Fringe)

NCIS, Fringe and Glee are the most hotly anticipated returning fall shows, according to TVGuide.com's TV Team research panel.

Fall TV: Get scoop on all your favorite returning shows

The shows were the top picks in a survey conducted Aug. 9-15 that included 3,547 of the approximately 10,000 members of the research panel.

NCIS
, which ended last season with Gibbs' father being targeted by a drug cartel... read more

Joan Cusack Joins Showtime's Shameless

Joan Cusack

Joan Cusack has joined Showtime's upcoming drama Shameless, the network announced Tuesday.

Based on a British series, the John Wells-produced show revolves around Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy), the alcoholic ...
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Why Does The New Season of Dexter Have So Many Guest Stars?

Michael C. Hall

Dexter may have lost Rita and offed the Trinity Killer last season, but an onslaught of new faces will appear on the show this year.

Julia Stiles, Johnny Lee Miller and Peter Weller are just some of the people who will be paying Miami a visit.

Why are so many new stars coming on? And how will that affect the amount of screen time the resident Dexter cast gets?

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Eddie Izzard Joins Showtime's United States of Tara

Eddie Izzard

British comic Eddie Izzard has been tapped for a recurring role on United States of Tara, Deadline reports.

In the Showtime series about a woman grappling with Dissociative Identity Disorder, Izzard will play a... read more

Oliver Platt: The Big C is "Very Respectful" of Cancer, But Has a Sense of Absurdity

Oliver Platt describes his new Showtime show, The Big C, as watching "how somebody starts to live when they find out they're going to die." Find out why Platt says the show is both respectful of cancer and completely absurd. Plus: What's his favorite TV show?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Cheers & Jeers: The Big C's Oliver Twist

Oliver Platt

Cheers to Oliver Platt for continuing to defy typecasting on The Big C.

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The enormously versatile character actor reunites with Kinsey costar Laura Linney (and director Bill Condon) on Showtime's new cancer comedy as her immature estranged husband. And while you wouldn't necessarily picture the pudgy Platt and the still-smokin' Linney together, his impish charm helps him pull it off... read more

Chris Vance Joins Dexter for Multi-Episode Arc

Chris Vance

Dexter has cast British actor Chris Vance in a multi-episode arc.

Dexter's search for atonement and 4 other things you'll see in Season 5

The Showtime series, which has had nearly as many casting announcements for its fifth season as Dexter has had victims, will welcome Vance as... read more

Dexter's Search for Atonement and 4 Other Things You'll See in Season 5

Dexter

Dexter's fifth season will find its hero struggling with a fundamental question: How does a serial killer react when one of his key connections to humanity is brutally murdered? "The through line this year is Dexter's  atonement,"  executive producer Sara Colleton said at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews Thursday. The journey isn't simple. Read on for the highlights of the panel... read more

Friends Creator: Network TV Is "Ruled By Fear and Panic"

Matt LeBlanc

After David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik watched their last  series, The Class, flop on the networks, the creators swore off pitching to broadcast television.

That's why Episodes,  the duo's new Showtime comedy starring Matt LeBlanc, paints a not so flattering portrait of the business behind making network TV shows.

The networks are "ruled by fear and panic," Crane said during Television Critics Association's fall TV previews on Thursday... read more

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