John Adams

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From Masters of Sex to Boardwalk Empire: How Accurate Are Fact-Based Dramas?

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.

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Season 1, Episode 7
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.

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Season 1, Episode 6
Abandoned by Jefferson for retaining Washington's cabinet, President Adams holds firm on keeping the nation out of war, despite French aggression and pro-war sentiment among his advisors. Abigail urges him to sign the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts, seeing them as a way to preserve domestic security. Meanwhile, Adams faces a crisis at home.

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Season 1, Episode 5
Elected America's first VP, Adams is frustrated by his exclusion from Washington's inner circle. He also sees his friendship with Jefferson, the Secretary of State, strained by the British-French conflict. Though he's vilified for casting an unpopular swing vote in the Senate that ratifies a U.S./British treaty, Adams ends up being elected President in 1796.

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Season 1, Episode 4
1781. 1781. Convalescing in Holland, Adams joyously learns the British surrendered to Washington at Yorktown. Returning to France to secure commerce with other nations, Adams sends for Abigail, and the two reunite in his opulent mansion in Paris. Also arriving is Jefferson, who suffered a catastrophic loss with the deaths of his wife and daughter in the same year.

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From Masters of Sex to Boardwalk Empire: How Accurate Are Fact-Based Dramas?

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.

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Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey

Emmy winner Paul Giamatti is joining the cast of Downton Abbey, TVLine reports.

Giamatti will play Harold Levinson, the free-spirited playboy brother of Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) and uncle to Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith (Laura Carmichael). He'll be introduced in the Season 4 finale.

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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?

HBO continues to dominate the Emmys, beating all other outlets this year with 19 total wins. But is the pay cable network's Emmy stranglehold on the wane?

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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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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