John Adams

2008, TV Show

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VIDEO: Part 7: Peacefield

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Aired: 4/20/2008

In retirement, Adams starts writing his memoirs, then endures a series of tragedies when his daughter dies of cancer and, a few years later, Abigail succumbs to typhoid fever. At the urging of Dr. Rush, Adams reports the sad news to Jefferson, with the two old friends and adversaries taking solace in a correspondence that mends old wounds. watch

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Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey

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Laura Linney Says Goodbye to The Big C

When it comes to acting, Laura Linney knows no fear. She has embodied everyone from steely First Lady Abigail Adams in HBO's John Adams to FDR's mousy cousin/lover in the ­recent biopic Hyde Park on Hudson. But with her Golden Globe-winning performance on The Big C, she took on a seemingly impossible feat: making cancer funny.

Now the show is being put to rest with a four-­episode finale, but neither Linney nor her character, Cathy, is going down quietly. Tonight's episode finds her struggling with chemotherapy — she wants to stop treatment so she can feel well enough to take care of her family and make sure they'll be strong enough to survive without her.

Soon after the show's fourth season wrapped, the 49-year-old three-time Emmy winner shared her thoughts about the end of Cathy's journey.

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Tom Hanks Reunites with HBO for New Comedy

Tom Hanks is developing a comedy about the lives of college athletes for HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Titled Players, the half-hour series reunites Hanks and his long-time producing partner Gary Goetzman with the network, with which they made Big Love and the Emmy-winning miniseries John Adams, The Pacific and Band of Brothers.

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Emmy Analysis: Is HBO Losing Its Touch?

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HBO's tally was down from last year's 25 wins, and represented the channel's smallest Emmy haul since 2003 (when it won 18). And HBO won just four awards during the Primetime Emmys telecast on Sunday night, compared to eight on last year's broadcast. (It's been more than 15 years since HBO won so few during the telecast.)

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Season 1, Episode 6
Abandoned by Jefferson for retaining Washington's cabinet, President Adams holds firm on...
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Season 1, Episode 5
Elected America's first VP, Adams is frustrated by his exclusion from Washington's inner...
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Premiered: March 16, 2008, on HBO
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A seven-part adaptation of David McCullough's biography of Founding Father and second U.S. president, John Adams.



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