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

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.

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Paul Giamatti Joins Downton Abbey

Paul Giamatti

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

Laura Linney

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

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?

Boardwalk Empire

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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Game of Thrones Casts Sorceress Melisandre and King Robert’s Brother, Stannis

Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten

Game of Thrones continues to fill out its cast for Season 2.

British actor Stephen Dillane, who portrayed Thomas Jefferson in HBO's John Adams, will play Stannis, Entertainment Weekly reports. Stannis is the... read more

Tonight's TV Hot List: Saturday, July 3, 2010

World Cup Soccer

World Cup Soccer
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With the U.S. team long gone, the only remaining red-white-and-blue underdog would be Paraguay, which takes on European champion Spain in the last quarterfinal in Johannesburg. An all-South American semifinals was still possible entering the final eight, but "La Albirroja" were by far the least likely to advance against Spain's lethal combination of talent and hunger. Striker Nelson Valdez is Paraguay's top weapon, while David Villa bids for a fifth goal in five games as Spain continues its quest to get an 0-for-12 World Cup gorilla off its back.

Read on for previews of Wimbledon, Mississippi River Quest, Dolly Celebrates 25 Years of Dollywood, John Adams, Up and Michael Jackson — The Final Days. read more

TVGuide.com's Top SAG Awards Moments

John Krasinski and Amy Poehler

What we love about the Screen Actors Guild Awards is that it's short and sweet. Two hours. No host, no fuss, no crazy schticks. So in true SAG fashion, here is our short and sweet list of the top moments from the 15th Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast. Check them out and tell us yours!

7. Mad Appeal: Jon Hamm, speaking on ...
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30 Rock, John Adams Have Another Big Night as SAG Awards Heat Up Oscar Race

Tina Fey

Tina Fey's 30 Rock and HBO's John Adams swept their categories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards to continue their hot streaks as actors took a break from their focus on a possible strike to celebrate their best work of the last year. 30 Rock won best female actor for a comedy series for Fey, best male actor in a comedy series for Alec Baldwin, and best ensemble in a comedy series. SAG has been locked in a contract dispute with producers for months, and Fey took a jab at studios as she noted that her daughter would someday be old enough to watch 30 Rock on the Internet. read more

Golden Globes Bring Huge Wins for John Adams, 30 Rock, Slumdog, Winslet

John Adams, Paul Giamatti, Sean McKenzie, Tom Wilkinson

At one point during Sunday's Golden Globes, things looked very dark for anyone not on HBO: Led by John Adams, the network swept all the early TV awards. Finally, halfway into the night, a loss for the cable giant: Alec Baldwin won best comedic actor for 30 Rock, which went on to win best comedy and best comedic actress for Tina Fey. Then Mad Men got in the game, winning best drama at the end of the night. read more

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