Lizzy Caplan, Steve Buscemi
Halfway through the pilot episode of the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which is based on the story of real-life sex researchers Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, Masters leaves his wife, Libby, in the care of another doctor as she undergoes infertility treatments so he can slip into a neighboring examination room and watch a prostitute masturbate... It's an amazingly rich six minutes of television that manages not only to set up most of the first season's major plotlines and underlying emotional tensions, but also to explain the story's historical import. In a strictly factual sense, it's also mostly made up.
Amazon Prime has secured exclusive rights for select HBO programming, including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and The Wire, Amazon.com, Inc. announced Wednesday.
The first wave of content, which will still be available on all HBO platforms, will be available online only on Amazon Prime Instant Video starting May 21. As part of the deal, HBO GO will also become available on Fire TV, offering subscribers access to over 1,700 titles.
At Tuesday's Television Critics Association winter TV previews, FX CEO John Landgraf reported the cable networks was up 2 percent in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4 percent total.
Martha Plimpton's real-life father Keith Carradine will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Raising Hope, TVLine.com reports.
Titus Welliver is set to reprise his role from Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel announced Thursday.
In Item 47, which was released on The Avengers Blu-ray, the Lost alum played...
Omar Gooding was allegedly arrested for driving under the influence on Tuesday, TMZ.com reports.
The younger brother of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was reportedly arrested in Los Angeles and released hours later on his own recognizance. Further details:
Ian McShane has joined the long list of stars heading to American Horror Story: Asylum.
The Deadlwood alum has landed a role on the second season of the anthology series, as first announced by series co-creator Ryan Murphy on Wednesday.
Watch the first five minutes of American Horror Story: Asylum
Details on his role...
Following, some thoughts on another very busy weekend of summer TV. (At this point, I'm almost looking forward to the fall season starting, so I can catch my breath.)
CHI-TOWN CHICANERY: Corruption, mendacity, a thick smog of cynicism. Ain't we got fun? And so the audaciously downbeat political drama Boss returns to Starz (Friday, 9/8c), anchored and dominated yet again by Kelsey Grammer's tremendous performance as Chicago mayor (aka "boss" man) Tom Kane. A self-righteous bastard and unrepentant bully, this Machiavellian manipulator is notorious for "sacrificing that which is most precious for his political survival" (including sending his own daughter to prison and having his once-trusted turncoat adviser killed). Juggling more baggage than O'Hare during a blizzard, Kane is also beset by demons, manifesting as visions and hallucinations and ghosts, all symptoms of a debilitating brain disease — or maybe it's just good old guilt.
Titus Welliver, Reed Diamond
White Collar has snagged The Good Wife's Titus Welliver and 24 vet Reed Diamond for guest-starring roles this coming season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Welliver, 51, will play Senator Terrence Pratt, a prominent politician with ties to Neal's crooked cop father. Sen. Pratt will do whatever it takes to...