Kevin Beggs, the president of Lionsgate's television group, may have helped introduce the world to some of the most culturally literate shows on TV, but when it's time for him to name his favorites, he recalls with glee an episode of Family Guy and utters just four words: "Bird Is the Word".
The most fun part of launching TVGuide.com's new mobile app is getting to have unexpected, enlightening conversations about TV with the incredibly smart, talented people who make it. That's why we're thrilled that Beggs, aka the man who has ushered shows like Mad Men, Weeds and Nurse Jackie into the cultural consciousness, has agreed to curate a channel on the app for us. And why it's such a kick to find out that he's a Family Guy fan. "Seth MacFarlane has turned digression into an artform," he says. Beggs' next project, Nashville, premieres on ABC on Oct. 10 at 10/9c. (Full disclosure: TVGuide.com is owned by a partnership of Lionsgate and JP Morgan's One Equity Partners.)
But let's get down to brass tacks. Can he tell us all kinds of incriminating stories from behind the scenes of Mad Men? "There are many, but I would be killed if I divulged any of them," he jokes.
Here's Beggs' full list. Watch his video introduction to his watchlist below.
The Emmys red carpet isn't just about fashion: TV's hottest stars arrive with lots of scoop to unload. Stars including Emmy winner Damian Lewis, Once Upon a Time's Ginnifer Goodwin and The Big Bang Theory ladies Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik unburdened themselves to TVGuide.com about such subjects as Homeland's new troubles, a Halloween extravaganza and a long-awaited reunion. Get the scoop below!
This is a particularly difficult year to divine which way the Emmy winds will blow — toward past favorites or strong new drama and comedy contenders. Here's my wish list, and in some cases the usual wild guesses, about how it will all go down at Sunday's ceremony on ABC (8/7c) with Jimmy Kimmel's much anticipated first turn as host.
This week on TVGuide.com's mobile app, guest curator Mike Proulx offers his picks for the best shows television has to offer.
Proulx is a senior vice president and director of digital strategy at advertising agency Hill Holiday, where he focuses on cross-channel integration and social media. He is the co-author of Social TV, about engaging television audiences through the Internet, mobile apps and social media. Proulx also conceived, produced and co-hosted the TVnext summit in the winter of 2011, which brought together TV industry luminaries, and hosts the social TV web series The Pulse on Lost Remote.
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HBO led the Creative Arts Emmys Saturday with 17 wins, including five for Game of Thrones.
The epic drama series took home awards for sound editing and non-prosthetic make-up. The network's other projects, including Boardwalk Empire, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Girls and Game Change, also earned honors, bringing the total to 17.
Mad Men, American Horror Story and Downton Abbey top Emmy nominations
CBS ranked second for the evening with 13 wins, thanks in part to its victory in the reality show category for...
Some sex scenes turn you on. Others turn your stomach.
For the fifth year in a row, we're singling out the TV hookups that do the latter.
Photo Gallery: Fifty shades of lame! TV's unsexiest sex scenes
From Game of Thrones' threesome at crossbow-point to two instances of incest to some serious self-loathing self-love on American Horror Story, we're celebrating all the lowlights...
Game of Thrones is hailing Caesar.
Ciaran Hinds, who portrayed Rome's ambitious tyrant, has joined the cast of the HBO drama in Season 3, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Entertainment Weekly first reported the news.
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Hinds will portray...
You can thank the premature death of Luck for the quick renewals — and returns of Girls and Enlightened. (Both will return in January 2013.) "When we made the decision to pull the plug on Luck while they were in production on the second season, we did not have a backup plan," Michael Lombardo, HBO's president of programming, told reporters at Television Critics Association fall TV previews on Wednesday. "We have new shows coming up next year, but we did not have anything ready for that period." Both series will air their 10-episode second seasons with originals running through March.
HBO also came loaded with plenty of other announcements, including a film starring Larry David, a Rolling Stones documentary and the future of True Blood and Game of Thrones. Check it out:
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At Monday's Television Critics Association fall previews, The CW introduced a new slogan, "TV Now." Fans of the youth network will have a bit of a wait, however, to get their fix since their fall season won't kick off until later than usual, on Oct. 2 with the return of Hart of Dixie.
Check out what CW chief Mark Pedowitz had to say about the cancellation of Ringer, the possibility of a series based on the uber-violent film Battle Royale and holiday cheer with the Muppets:
The Television Critics Association has announced the winners of the 28th Annual TCA Awards. The event, held in the Beverly Hilton Saturday, was hosted by Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and honored the best programming of the 2011-2012season.
Among the winners were Game of Thrones, Homeland, Switched at Birth, and Louie, which scored its first TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.