What were the most headline-making moments of 2010?
TV Guide Network is counting down the good, the bad, and the scandalous in its upcoming special Hollywood 411: The Year in Cheers & Jeers Presented by Kay Jewelers.
Chris Harrison hosts the one-hour special, which chronicles the most memorable moments of the year, whether they made people rant or rave
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Emmy-nominated actress Elisabeth Moss will guest star on NBC's medical drama Mercy, TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411 reported exclusively.
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Question: I know soaps aren't your beat, but perhaps you've heard something: Have any of the soaps run out of scripts yet? I heard at the start of the writers' strike that most shows had scripts stockpiled until January. And I understand that writers in the 1988 strike made undercover drops of scripts (in alleys and on dark street corners) to keep their shows running. But I've heard nothing since. What's happening?
Answer: From what I understand about it, which isn't a lot, the daytime soaps did stockpile several months' worth of material before the strike, and it's unclear which and how many shows have entirely used up their inventory. Since then, some writers have returned to work under a special provision and some shows may have kept going by bending if not breaking the rules to keep the lights on. Understandably, no one's going out of their way to shed light on the process, though the New York Times did attempt to explain the situation in a story earlier this week. The bottom lin ...
Question: TaMara's comment (and your response) about the strike seemed overly optimistic. Maybe in a prior age, people would run back to books and, er, "other" activities, but it seems more likely that people who once spent their time staring at a television set may now spend it staring at the computer screen. Which brings up an intriguing possibility: Could the writers' strike (especially if the issues surrounding it lead other Hollywood unions to strike) be the impetus that sends television essentially the way of the radio and makes the Internet even more mainstream than it is already, to the point that it possibly replaces television as the dominant form of popular entertainment? Considering that the strike primarily revolves around how the Internet will affect TV, wouldn't that be ironic?
Answer: Rumors of the demise of television are no doubt premature, but there's little doubt that the convergence of the TV and computer has begun and isn't about to backslide. I still have troubl ...
Question: With the writers and producers expected to finally come back to the negotiating table, what is the chance that I'll see new episodes of my favorite shows again this season? Since this strike has lasted so long, it seems unlikely that shows will be able to get new episodes out before May. Please tell me I'm wrong and that I won't have to wait until September to indulge in television again.
Answer: This is still a tricky issue, and it's all a matter of timing. In the best-case scenario, if the directors' deal opens the window for the writers and producers to make more progress in their resumed negotiations and close their own deal sooner than later — say, hopefully, by mid-February — then it is conceivable that production could resume and we could get a batch of new episodes to finish out the season, in April and May, at least in time for sweeps. This would also help ensure a summer season and the possibility of a new season beginning on schedule in the fall (that is, if th ...
Freshly honored with the 2006 American Cinematheque Award, outspoken film star George Clooney, in an exclusive interview with TV Guide Channel, tendered his take on the 2008 presidential contest. "I'll tell you who should run Barack Obama, that's who we want," he said, referring to the charismatic Democratic Senator from Illinois. "That's the guy." Obama reportedly is against recently proposed legislation that would limit the number of Ocean's 11 sequels.For more on this story, watch the TV Guide Channel's The 411 tonight at 8 pm/ET.
I've seen next Tuesday's Gilmore Girls, titled "Friday Night's All Right for Fighting," and all I'll say is that the final act — set at the Gilmore manse where Lorelai, Rory, Emily and Richard convene for their first Friday-night dinner in nearly a year — is unlike anything this show has done before. By the end of the episode, my choppers were on the floor next to a huge puddle of my Snapple spit-up. After having some time to digest it (and watch it again), I've come to the conclusion that Amy Sherman-Palladino is an even bigger genius than I first thought. I can't wait to hear what you guys think.
OK, thanks for checking out my inaugural Ausiello Report on TVGuide.com! I don't want to get your hopes up, but, my busy schedule permitting, there's a good chance that I may post breaking news here throughout the week. At the very least, there'll be a new column every Friday. When you factor in my magazine column, Ask Ausiello (big SVU scoop Wednesday, BTW) and my w