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    Casting Watch: Netflix Nabs Waterston for 'Grace and Frankie' Comedy

    Sam Waterston is joining "Grace and Frankie," the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as nemeses whose husbands, in turns out, are in love with each other.

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    From 'Broad City' to 'Game of Thrones,' an Emmy Nominations Wish List

    When the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences doles out Emmy nominations each summer, I often wake to the announcement like a naughty kid on Christmas Day: staring down a lump of coal. In that spirit, here's a wish list of gifts I hope to find under Emmy's tree Thursday morning in the major categ...

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    Aaron Sorkin at Nantucket Film Festival: "I Write Radio Plays"

    This weekend, Aaron Sorkin was honored with the Nantucket Film Festival's Screenwriters Tribute award for his work in film and TV.

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    Aaron Sorkin On Why He Could Never Write An Episode of 'Breaking Bad' and 6 More Highlights from His Tribeca Film Festival Talk

    Aaron Sorkin kicked off the Tribeca Film Festival's Tribeca Talks: Future of Film series last night with a conversation with speechwriter Jon Favreau ("the other Jon Favreau") that encompassed his work on films such as "A Few Good Men" and "The Social Network" and TV series "The West Wing" and "The ...

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    HBO Cleaning House? The 3rd Season of 'The Newsroom' Will Be The Last

    Is HBO cleaning house, and perhaps sweeping away dead or underperforming weight? Just one week after the cable network announced the upcoming fifth season of “Boardwalk Empire” would be its last—news which surprised many of its fans—HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin’s troubled drama “The Newsroom” wou...

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    'Boardwalk Empire's' Fifth Season Will Be Its Last; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Returns April 6

    Was he playing it close to the vest, did slow ratings just catch up with the show, or did creative discussions yield a different approach? I interviewed “Boardwalk Empire” creator/head writer Terence Winter at the end of the fourth season late last year, and when I asked him if there was an end in s...

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    Things I Learned at HBO's Emmy Party, from Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Status to Soderbergh's 'Glue'

    HBO knows how to throw a good bash, and their annual Emmy after-party at the Pacific Design Center was a huge improvement on the sad and gloomy death-obsessed 65th Emmy Awards, which nonetheless drew the largest audience in eight years. Who are these mythical TV Academy voters who misled most of th...

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    'Breaking Bad,' 'House Of Cards' & 'Behind The Candelabra' Among Big Emmy Winners

    Last night TV's finest -- which these days tends to include some of movie's finest too -- gathered for the Emmy Awards, while the the rest of us stayed glued to "Breaking Bad" and to some extent, the series finale of "Dexter." Either way, both options were better than that dubstep dance routine to "...

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    Recap: Aaron Sorkin Finally Gets It Right With The Season 2 Finale Of 'The Newsroom'

    Before diving in, a bit of a disclaimer and/or explanation is in order. Thanks to TIFF taking me away from the television for a couple of weeks, followed by some bungling couriers and concluding in massive fatigue upon returning from Toronto, "The Newsroom" slipped off the immediate radar. And a sho...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom' Season 2, Episode 7 'Red Team III'

    We've been pretty hard on "The Newsroom" this season, to the dismay of some readers, but it's simply because the show hasn't lived up to expectations. If the first season was rocky, there was lots of promise, much of which has evaporated over the course of the last six episodes, with Aaron Sorkin's ...

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