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‘This Is Where I Leave You': Score One for TV in the Film vs. Television Debate

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There’s a part of this superhero-fatigued moviegoer that wants to just endorse This Is Where I Leave You on general principle and be done with it. This is, on paper, everything I hope for from mainstream, middlebrow cinema these days, the kind of movie tentpole-obsessed studios rarely bother to make anymore: a mid-budget, R-rated, serio-comic drama with a brain, a heart, and a good cast. “Good” is an understatement, really; this is a movie all but bursting with terrific actors. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer, Ben Schwartz — even the bit players are terrific. And it speaks volumes about the current shortage of this type of project that so many talented people were willing to attach themselves to a picture as subpar as this one.
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25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

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Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most.
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‘Nashville’ Is Finally Getting Country Music Right — But a Location Change Threatens to Kill Its Authenticity

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Late last week, as fan favorites like Community and Trophy Wife were getting the axe, a series in the midst of change was renewed for a third season. ABC’s Nashville has remained on the bubble between cancellation and renewal for much of its second season, as its melding of the country music business and network television continues to extend beyond just plotlines. The show has transcended commentary on country music to become both a microcosm and a mirror of that world. But in order to continue building its TV viewership among country listeners, the show must continue to shoot in Nashville — a choice that’s up for debate at the moment. The authenticity that makes the show succeed depends on it.
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‘Nashville': The One New TV Show You Need to Watch

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It’s been a rough fall season for TV fans. Although the networks scheduled plenty of new shows we were excited to see, the prospect of finding something new to love is fading fast. Sure, The Mindy Project has improved significantly since its uneven pilot, and we were happy to see it get a full-season order. But The New Normal is hitting false notes left and right, Last Resort looks headed for cancellation, and 666 Park Avenue doesn’t have enough personality (yet) to satisfy our addiction to fizzy trash. Then there’s Revolution, which, despite leading NBC to premiere-week victory, is basically unwatchable.

Enter Nashville, not a moment too soon, with a pilot that has us hooked like no other new network drama in recent memory. Whether you watch the sneak preview on Hulu or tune in to tonight’s premiere (10pm, ABC), and even if the dueling country divas premise doesn’t immediately spark your interest, be sure to give this show a shot.
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Flavorwire’s 10 Most Anticipated New Shows of the Fall 2012 TV Season

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Did you have an active summer, TV fans? Instead of planting yourself in front of a screen for hours on end, did you windsurf and drink wheat beer at rooftop bars? Or did you stick to the couch and air conditioning, clinging to True Blood and Breaking Bad and everything else cable had to offer while longing for NBC’s Thursday-night comedies? We did a little bit of both, but now that September’s in full swing, we’re ready to rededicate ourselves to obsessive TV fandom. After the jump, we count down our ten most anticipated network shows of the 2o12-13 season, from J.J. Abrams’ newest post-apocalyptic romp to Mindy Kaling’s solo debut to an American Sherlock Holmes adaptation that might actually work.
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TV’s Most Versatile Actresses

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As Season 1 of HBO’s Veep nears its all-too-soon finish (don’t worry folks, a second season is on its way), we gotta say it’s been nice to have Julia Louis-Dreyfus back on the small screen — although “back” might not be the proper word choice here. The woman has had no real gap in her resume since she became a cast member on Saturday Night Live at the tender age of 21, making her part of a talented class of television actresses with the incredible ability to reinvent themselves time and time again. In celebration of Sunday’s finale, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites from this category. We hope you’ll agree that they deserve a round of applause — and that you’ll add some of your personal favorites in the comments.
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