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Michael Showalter Doesn’t Care About Christina Lee’s “House of Cards” Withdrawal

Article: Michael Showalter Doesn’t Care About Christina Lee’s “House of Cards” Withdrawal

Clown metaphors creep into the conversation when Showalter attempts to soothe Lee’s frazzled nerves about the far-off Season 3 premiere date.

“Breaking Bad” Fans: Ten Chances to Win the “Breaking Bad” Comic Book

Article: “Breaking Bad” Fans: Ten Chances to Win the “Breaking Bad” Comic Book

SundanceTV’s sister network AMC scored 16 Emmy nominations for Breaking Bad! In honor of the good news, ten lucky fans have a chance to win a copy of AMC’s Breaking Bad comic book. To enter, follow @SundanceTV on Twitter then tweet #BBComicSweeps. Once you do, you’ll be automatically entered for the drawing.

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“THE WRITERS’ ROOM” Picks Up First Emmy Nomination

Article: “THE WRITERS’ ROOM” Picks Up First Emmy Nomination

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2014, and THE WRITERS’ ROOM received its first-ever series nomination in the category of Outstanding Informational Series. Other contenders included Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN), Inside The Actors Studio (Bravo), Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman (Science Channel), and Vice (HBO).

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Mon., Aug. 25 on NBC.

Emmy Award Nominees Vince Gilligan, Beau Willimon, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Talk Shop on “THE WRITERS’ ROOM”

Article: Emmy Award Nominees Vince Gilligan, Beau Willimon, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Talk Shop on “THE WRITERS’ ROOM”

Breaking Bad. Game of Thrones. House of Cards. True Detective. There’s a reason these shows are Emmy-nominated this year for best writing in a drama series. The writers are the best in the business. Check out the insider secrets and expert opinions from three out of four of the nominated shows’ writing teams in THE WRITERS’ ROOM video clips.

Michael Showalter Knows How to Fend Off Zombies from “The Walking Dead”

Article: Michael Showalter Knows How to Fend Off Zombies from “The Walking Dead”

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.

Kick-Ass Women of “Game of Thrones”

Article: Kick-Ass Women of “Game of Thrones”

Brimming with sex, violence, political intrigue and shocking deaths, HBO’s Game of Thrones—based on the bestselling George R.R. Martin books—is one undeniably kickass series. And (bless his heart) it’s often the women who are the baddest of the bunch. Here are 10 of our favorite kick-ass women on television.

Zombie Fans: Here’s Another Chance to Win a Rick Grimes Action Figure

Article: Zombie Fans: Here’s Another Chance to Win a Rick Grimes Action Figure

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.

15 Ways to Get Ready For This Weekend’s “Game of Thrones” Finale

Article: 15 Ways to Get Ready For This Weekend’s “Game of Thrones” Finale

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,…

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Pretty Little Liars” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Pretty Little Liars” Recapped and Revealed

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.

Twitter Chat Recap: Jim Rash (“The Writers’ Room”) with I. Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars”)

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.

“The Writers’ Room” Twitter Chat with Jim Rash and I. Marlene King

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Twitter Chat with Jim Rash and I. Marlene King

THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash and Pretty Little Liars Executive Producer I. Marlene King will host a twitter chat to discuss writing for television. If you would like to participate, please tweet your questions to #PLLTWR throughout the week leading up to the event and follow the hashtag on Jun. 2.

Consider Yourself “THE WRITERS’ ROOM” Megafan? Prove It With These 17 Quizzes

Article: Consider Yourself “THE WRITERS’ ROOM” Megafan? Prove It With These 17 Quizzes

If you’re a fan of shows the define the zeitgeist, chances are good you’re a fan of THE WRITERS’ ROOM too a show that spotlights the creative processes behind the most influential television around. Consider yourself an expert on series like Breaking Bad, Dexter, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead? Here’s your chance to prove it.

“The Writers’ Room” Giveaway: Here’s Your Chance to Win the New “Sh*t Rough Drafts” Book

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Giveaway: Here’s Your Chance to Win the New “Sh*t Rough Drafts” Book

For a chance to win a copy of Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been follow SundanceTV’s Tumblr account and reblog this Tumblr post. Once you do, you’ll be automatically entered for the drawing. If selected, you’ll receive a signed copy! No purchase necessary. The deadline for entry is Mon., Jun. 9 at noon ET. See the full sweepstakes rules for more details.

Is “Pretty Little Liars” too sexy for Michael Showalter?

Article: Is “Pretty Little Liars” too sexy for Michael Showalter?

What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Pretty Little Liars? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., Jun. 2 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV. Follow @mshowalter, @CLee319 and @TheWritersRoom for further adventures in the Twittersphere.

“The Writers’ Room” Poll: 10 “Pretty Little Liars” Characters Who Might Be “A”

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Poll: 10 “Pretty Little Liars” Characters Who Might Be “A”

High school is hard enough as it is, but Pretty Little Liars adds “A” — an elusive and vindictive mystery character that is sabotaging lives left and right and turning high school into a total nightmare. Vote for your best guess at “A” then tune-in for more from the writers and stars of Pretty Little Liars on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, airing Mon., Jun. 2 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.

Michael Showalter and Christina Lee Text About Cats, Wolves and “Game of Thrones”

Article: Michael Showalter and Christina Lee Text About Cats, Wolves and “Game of Thrones”

What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Game of Thrones? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 26 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.

“The Writers’ Room” Poll: Who Is Your Favorite “Game of Thrones” character?

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Poll: Who Is Your Favorite “Game of Thrones” character?

On THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Game of Thrones” producer-writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss maintain that the HBO series is as willing to kill of its main characters as author George R. R. Martin’s books. Says Weiss, “When somebody is in a dangerous situation it means they’re in a dangerous situation.” That also means that for some fans, their favorite characters are now dead! Which Game of Thrones character stole your heart?

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Good Wife” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Good Wife” Recapped and Revealed

Our host, Jim Rash, sat down with “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies, creators Robert and Michelle King and EP Ted Humphrey to talk about their critically acclaimed series on THE WRITERS’ ROOM not long before “The Good Wife” fans blew up the Internet after the (SPOILER ALERT!) 15th episode, in which Will Gardner got killed, aired this season.

So Now That You’ve Just Spoiled the End of “The Good Wife” Season 6…

Article: So Now That You’ve Just Spoiled the End of “The Good Wife” Season 6…

What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about The Good Wife? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 19 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.

Movie Evolution: Five Decades, Five Political Sex Scandals

Article: Movie Evolution: Five Decades, Five Political Sex Scandals

There’s no scandal as juicy as a sex scandal. And when political intrigue gets mixed in, well, that just ups the ante. Lest you think that political sex scandals are a modern invention, here’s a breakdown of movies — all based on true stories — over the last half century.

The Devils (1971)
Talk about sordid: Back in 1634, French Catholic priest Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) was burned at the stake in connection with a series of supposed demonic possessions. The powerful Cardinal Richelieu used the accusations of a twisted, sexually obsessed nun (Vanessa Redgrave) as fuel to pursue a political vendetta against Grandier. The movie, directed by Ken Russell and based on a book by Aldous Huxley, met harsh criticism in the U.S. and U.K., both of which gave it an X rating because of violence and explicit sex scenes (two words: nun orgy). It has since been embraced as a cult classic.

Blaze (1989)
Based on the memoir of a former stripper, Blaze recounts the passionate love affair between Louisiana Governor Earl Long (Paul Newman) and his buxom babe Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovich). They may have been an unlikely pair, but their connection held fast even when the governor’s rivals used their relationship against him when he advocated for black voting rights). Having a fling with a stripper is one thing; what really riled up his adversaries was when they moved in together.

“The Writers’ Room” poll: Who is Alicia Florrick’s greatest rival on “The Good Wife?”

Article: “The Writers’ Room” poll: Who is Alicia Florrick’s greatest rival on “The Good Wife?”

On THE WRITERS’ ROOM, star of The Good Wife Julianna Margulies describes her character Alicia Florrick as someone who is “…incredibly aware of the wrongdoing. But the competitive side of her is: I want to win.” What character is her biggest rival? Vote below.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Sons of Anarchy” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Sons of Anarchy” Recapped and Revealed

Given that Sons of Anarchy boasts hordes of rabid fans, inspires numerous literary/feminist critiques and is the basis of a Sesame Street adaptation—the rhyming “Sons of Poetry,” which we watched towards the end of taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM—there’s no denying the series’ deep cultural impact. That said, the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, still considers himself a Hollywood outsider and admits that he regularly takes to Twitter (with the tag #WTFsutter) to underscore his fringe status in the biz. In fact, follow @sutterink and you’ll see.

“The Writers’ Room” Giveaway: Here’s Your Chance to Win the new <i>Sh*t Rough Drafts</i> book

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Giveaway: Here’s Your Chance to Win the new Sh*t Rough Drafts book

For a chance at this giveaway, sign-up for our newsletter and you will automatically be entered for the drawing. If selected, you’ll receive a copy of Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been. No purchase necessary. The deadline for entry is Mon., May 19 at 11PM…

Michael Showalter Agrees You Should Eat the Evidence on “Sons of Anarchy”

Article: Michael Showalter Agrees You Should Eat the Evidence on “Sons of Anarchy”

What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Sons of Anarchy? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 12 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.

“The Writers’ Room” Poll: Which “Sons of Anarchy” Crime Was the Most Disturbing?

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Poll: Which “Sons of Anarchy” Crime Was the Most Disturbing?

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter tells THE WRITERS’ ROOM he wants his writers coming up with acts of violence so wild he has to say, “Too much, even for me!” Of all the biker saga’s twisted crimes…