Over 20 seasons, Law & Order racked up over 50 Emmy nominations but despite the endless cameos by the likes of Julia Roberts, Elaine Stritch, Samuel L. Jackson, Claire Danes, Elisabeth Moss and so on, the prize the series took home most consistently on Emmy night was for cinematography (1993, 1997, 1998). As for its cast, the lead and supporting actors alike, while periodically nominated, never got the prize. Sam Waterston nominated three times — 1997, 1999 and 2000 — never won. Neither did Michael Moriarty, nominated in 1992, 1993 and 1994. But which of the show’s lineup most deserved a statuette. Vote on the nominees below.
Article: Jared’s Blog: Thomas Jefferson Essay
I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but whoever at the SAT company is coming up with these essay prompts needs to get a life. Literally — not, like, quit your job because you suck at this, but seriously, go out and interact with people a little bit. Because, fyi, this prompt is beyond pointless: “I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about The Walking Dead? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on TV’s most popular shows.
Here’s how it works: Share Season 2 Episode 1 (http://bit.ly/1jLXWD8) and Episode 2 (http://bit.ly/1iYoZ3b) with two others on Twitter or Facebook including the hashtag #rectifyrectify as well as Ep. 2′s friends and family log-in password “double” and in appreciation, we just may send some lovin’ back your way: a member of the cast, crew, or SundanceTV might favorite or retweet your post.
Article: “The Approval Matrix” Announces Panelists and Appearances by Amy Poehler, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart
SundanceTV announced today that its newest original non-fiction series, THE APPROVAL MATRIX will premiere Mon., Aug. 11 at 11/10c. Inspired by the celebrated pop culture roundup feature of the same name in the award-winning New York Magazine, the six episode talk show will be hosted by comedian Neal Brennan (Chappelle’s Show, Inside Amy Schumer, The Mindy Project) and executive produced by Rory Albanese (The Daily Show) and Ish Entertainment’s Michael Hirschorn (Best Week Ever) and Wendy Roth (Fix My Family). Each half hour episode is uniquely designed for those both impatient with and fascinated by the pop culture cacophony all around us.
THE RED ROAD star Zahn McClarnon, who plays Phillip Kopus’ partner-in-crime Mike Parker, discusses his Native American heritage, racism and coming to terms with his own death (at the hands of Jason Momoa).
Article: Jared’s Blog: Shakespeare Essay
I heard in homeroom that this week’s essay prompt was going to be some Shakespeare thing, and I thought for sure it was going to be some boring-ass “how now are we all to proceed hither blah blah blah,” but nope, it’s actually pretty short and sweet: “There is no darkness but ignorance.”
Struggling with Momoa withdrawl? Get your fix by reliving the entire first season of THE RED ROAD. SundanceTV is having a marathon on Sat, Jun. 28 at noon/11c. Need even more? So be it!
Isabella Rossellini came to fame as David Lynch’s muse in cult favorites like Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. More recently, she’s become an auteur of the internet with her SundanceTV web series GREEN PORNO, SEDUCE ME and MAMMAS. But putting aside her online shorts on insect sex and animal lust, what’s your favorite movie in her career?
Article: Top Ten Secretly Feminist Films
It used to be that no filmmakers would advertise that their movie had feminist ambitions; even now, some directors sidestep the issue. Despite this unfortunate trend, the movies below are wildly entertaining proof of what happens when empowering agendas shine through (even in subtle and complex ways).
Veteran TV actor Mike Farrell, who plays Jean’s father David Rogers, looks back on his memorable role in M*A*S*H, how his politics intersect with his characters and the changing TV landscape.
Nuts about RECTIFY? Ready to shout it from the rooftops? SundanceTV will give 10 lucky fans a Paulie Tire Store T-shirt who do so. (Talk about an insider’s prize!)
Article: Jared’s Blog: Makeup Essay
So all the juniors at my high school got their SAT scores back last month, and everyone is freaking out because they mostly all failed the essay section. I mean, I’m not sure exactly how they score them, but I heard the highest score in the whole school was a six, and that seems kinda low, right? Anyway, the PTA had this big meeting about "preparing our students for the future," and now all the students at my school have to write a practice SAT essay every week, based on a quote. Except the Comp Sci teacher, Mr. Crane, told the PTA that being comfortable in an online environment was an important job skill and now the practice essay is a "blog post," and I have to write this on my computer in my room when I would much rather be at the hospital with my family, waiting to see if my brother is going to be okay, and honestly, I don't see the point.
Calling all fans of The Walking Dead. There are 10 days left to watch THE WRITERS’ ROOM featuring series creator Robert Kirkman online. In honor of the episode, one lucky fan will win a Rick Grimes action figure. For a chance at the giveaway, follow @TheWritersRoom on Twitter then tweet out #TWRGiveaway. If selected, you’ll receive a Rick Grimes action figure courtesy of SundanceTV. No purchase necessary. The giveaway begins on Thu., Jun. 19 at 11AM EST, and the deadline for entry is Fri., Jun. 27 at 5PM EST. See the full sweepstakes rules for more details.
You’ve played the game, now how you stack up against the rest of SundanceTV’s RECTIFY fans.
Legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière dishes on his work with Luis Buñuel and lending his talents to Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno: Live on Stage.”
Counting the days until RECTIFY Season 2? Here’s a handy guide of things to do in the meantime.
Dad. He taught you how to catch a baseball, make pancakes and pull weeds. But it’s his useless two cents’ worth, ahem, sage advice that’s priceless. And although he covered many bases, there are a few things he missed—that’s where the big screen comes in.
Article: Ticket Giveaway: Your Chance to Win 2 Tickets to an Exclusive Taping of “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”
Want to be a part of the exclusive New York City audience for SundanceTV’s new series THE APPROVAL MATRIX? The show, inspired by New York Magazine’s back page pop culture roundup, is hosted by stand-up comedian Neal Brennan–co-creator of Chappelle’s Show and recurring director for Inside Amy Schumer–and promises a seasoned panel of guests. One lucky winner will receive 2 tickets to attend a live taping of the show to take place on Fri., Jun. 20 at 5:30PM. For a chance at the giveaway, follow @ApprovalMatrix on Twitter then tweet out #ApprovalMatrixTix.
Game of Thrones fans, we know you’re eagerly awaiting Sunday night’s season finale—will Tyrion die? Will Jon assassinate Mance? And what will happen to the dragon queen? While we don’t have the answers you’re looking for, we do know how to make the wait bearable. Revisit THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Game of Thrones” with clips, quizzes,…
As Megan Draper on AMC’s Mad Men, Canadian actress/singer Jessica Paré has captivated characters and viewers alike (Don Draper put a ring on it, and her “Zou Bisou Bisou” rendition has well over a million views on Youtube), but she also boasts some impressive big-screen credits. With the series winding down (sob), take a peek at Pare’s movie roster, and get a taste of what’s to come for the actress.
Although the funnyman can make us laugh all the way through the credits (hello, Ron Burgundy), some of his best bits come in at only a few seconds long.
Jim Rash and the creators of Pretty Little Liars are watching a YouTube clip of a screeching fan and her best friends as they squirm and cry through the season 4 finale of Pretty Little Liars. Throughout the episode one constantly pleads, “Get me through this!” to her fellow watchers. We screened a few fan videos on the set of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, but that one is particularly telling. Every plot twist is blessed with a jubilant shriek. Every cliff-hanger, another spilled bag of popcorn. And after the show’s credits, most fans head over to Twitter to discuss and debate all the details.
Article: Twitter Chat Recap: Jim Rash (“The Writers’ Room”) with I. Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars”)
Pretty Little Liars Executive Producer I. Marlene King (@IMarleneKing) chatted with THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash (@RashisTVUgly) to answer fan questions during a live Twitter chat. Read the conversation as it unfolded on Twitter in the widget below. Hint: Start at the bottom of the tweets below for the full effect.