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UPDATES-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Sunday August 7, 2011 - Tuesday August 23, 2011

"THE MARRIAGE REF"

(X) "205: JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, ALI WENTWORTH, WILL.I.AM"

08/07/2011 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Sunday) : Judah Friedlander, Ali Wentworth and Will.i.am are the latest celebrities to join host Tom Papa on an all-new episode of "The Marriage Ref." A wife redecorates the house while her husband is at work, a husband wants to buy a vineyard while his wife prefers he continue to practice medicine, and a husband’s passion for fantasy football leaves his wife lonely on Sundays. The celebrity panelists choose a winning spouse from each couple, and the studio audience votes to determine "The Rightest of the Right."

"IT'S WORTH WHAT?"

(X) "THE REAL, REAL HOUSEWIVES"

08/09/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM CONTINUE TO TRY AND WIN ONE MILLION DOLLARS —Excited to play, Jevin and LaTasha from Los Angeles continue for their shot at one million dollars. Up for the challenge, the two try to keep up the momentum in hopes of getting closer to winning one million dollar top prize. Later, Ellixandrea and Edward try to get past their first challenge, "What’s Worth More?" where they must pick the higher value of two items in order to be awarded any of the cash prize. Cedric "The Entertainer" hosts.

Kellie Kulikowsky

"THE MARRIAGE REF"

(X) "207: NICK CANNON, CAROLINE RHEA, JIM BREUER"

08/14/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Sunday) : Jim Breuer, Caroline Rhea, and Nick Cannon are the all-new celebrity panel to join host Tom Papa on "The Marriage Ref." A husband believes his wife devotes too much attention to Oprah, a wife disapproves of her husband’s alias, and a husband wants his wife to tone down her passion for football. The celebrities pick sides within each couple and the studio audience votes to determine the "Rightest of the Right."

"IT'S WORTH WHAT?"

(X) "BEST BUDS"

08/16/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : LONG TIME FRIENDS PAIR UP IN HOPES OF WINNING UP TO A MILLION DOLLARS— Kim Wiggins from Corona, CA and Kari Wandrey, from Garden Grove, CA join forces in order to win one million dollar top prize. The two must first defeat the "What’s Worth More?" challenge, where they must pick the higher value of two items in order to be awarded any of the cash prize. Cedric "The Entertainer" hosts.

"IT'S WORTH WHAT?"

(X) "MOMMY KNOWS BEST"

08/23/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : CO-WORKERS AND BEST BUDDIES TEAM UP FOR THEIR CHANCE AT WINNING ONE MILLION DOLLAR TOP PRIZE —Rob Roode from Torrance, CA and Mark Cuddy from Lomita, CA became good friends while working in sales. In their first challenge, their relationship will be tested as they go up against "What’s Worth More?" where they must pick the higher value of two items in order to be awarded any money. Cedric "The Entertainer" hosts.

Kellie Kulikowsky

 

 

NBC

 

UPDATES-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Sunday August 7, 2011 - Tuesday August 23, 2011

"THE MARRIAGE REF"

(X) "205: JUDAH FRIEDLANDER, ALI WENTWORTH, WILL.I.AM"

08/07/2011 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Sunday) : Judah Friedlander, Ali Wentworth and Will.i.am are the latest celebrities to join host Tom Papa on an all-new episode of "The Marriage Ref." A wife redecorates the house while her husband is at work, a husband wants to buy a vineyard while his wife prefers he continue to practice medicine, and a husband’s passion for fantasy football leaves his wife lonely on Sundays. The celebrity panelists choose a winning spouse from each couple, and the studio audience votes to determine "The Rightest of the Right."

"IT'S WORTH WHAT?"

(X) "THE REAL, REAL HOUSEWIVES"

08/09/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM CONTINUE TO TRY AND WIN ONE MILLION DOLLARS —Excited to play, Jevin and LaTasha from Los Angeles continue for their shot at one million dollars. Up for the challenge, the two try to keep up the momentum in hopes of getting closer to winning one million dollar top prize. Later, Ellixandrea and Edward try to get past their first challenge, "What’s Worth More?" where they must pick the higher value of two items in order to be awarded any of the cash prize. Cedric "The Entertainer" hosts.

Kellie Kulikowsky

"THE MARRIAGE REF"

(X) "207: NICK CANNON, CAROLINE RHEA, JIM BREUER"

08/14/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Sunday) : Jim Breuer, Caroline Rhea, and Nick Cannon are the all-new celebrity panel to join host Tom Papa on "The Marriage Ref." A husband believes his wife devotes too much attention to Oprah, a wife disapproves of her husband’s alias, and a husband wants his wife to tone down her passion for football. The celebrities pick sides within each couple and the studio audience votes to determine the "Rightest of the Right."

"IT'S WORTH WHAT?"

(X) "BEST BUDS"

08/16/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : LONG TIME FRIENDS PAIR UP IN HOPES OF WINNING UP TO A MILLION DOLLARS— Kim Wiggins from Corona, CA and Kari Wandrey, from Garden Grove, CA join forces in order to win one million dollar top prize. The two must first defeat the "What’s Worth More?" challenge, where they must pick the higher value of two items in order to be awarded any of the cash prize. Cedric "The Entertainer" hosts.

"IT'S WORTH WHAT?"

(X) "MOMMY KNOWS BEST"

08/23/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : CO-WORKERS AND BEST BUDDIES TEAM UP FOR THEIR CHANCE AT WINNING ONE MILLION DOLLAR TOP PRIZE —Rob Roode from Torrance, CA and Mark Cuddy from Lomita, CA became good friends while working in sales. In their first challenge, their relationship will be tested as they go up against "What’s Worth More?" where they must pick the higher value of two items in order to be awarded any money. Cedric "The Entertainer" hosts.

Kellie Kulikowsky

 

 

 

I am writing to you to see if you would be willing to help us spread the

word of AM2 (www.am2con.org) being held July 1-3, 2011 at the Anaheim

Convention Center.

 

Over this past weekend, individuals hacked into our website and put up a

very incorrect and false statement claiming that our event was "Cancelled"

and that all our guests were going over to a different event.  THIS IS

COMPLETELY FALSE and I am asking if you can assist me in correcting the

damage of information that has been done by these individuals.

 

I am extremely disappointed that there are individuals out there that are so

willing to stoop to such levels to disrupt and harm our event after all the

work and planning that has been done to bring as much fun to our attendees

as possible.

 

If you can assist us by informing your audience that we are moving forward

and have not cancelled that would be truly appreciated.

 

Thank you again!

 

Kind regards,

Chase Wang

 

Syfy will celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with three marathons (Warehouse 13, Eureka and The Twilight Zone) along with the premiere of the horror movie The Hills Have Eyes.

 

The fireworks begin on Friday, July 1, by giving fans of Syfy’s two most popular series a chance to re-live last year’s exciting seasons. The Warehouse 13 season two marathon airs 8AM-8PM (ET/PT), while the Eureka season 4.0 marathon runs 11PM-5AM.

 

Both series will return on Monday, July 11, with Eureka season 4.5 premiering at 8PM and Warehouse 13 season three at 9PM, followed by the debut of Alphas at 10PM, forming Syfy’s new Monday night scripted programming block -- “The Most Powerful Night of the Week.”

 

On Saturday, July 3, The Hills Have Eyes at 9PM will be the centerpiece of daylong frightful movies including The Cave, Children of the Corn and The Devil’s Advocate.

 

The holiday festivities conclude with the 40-hour The Twilight Zone marathon, running Sunday, July 3 from 9AM-5AM and Monday, July 4, from 8AM-4AM, which takes viewers into a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.

 

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 99 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

 

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 20, 2011) ­ This summer¹s most anticipated

animation, music and manga event¹s, AM2, announces Japan Emergency NGOs

(JEN) and Children¹s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) as official beneficiaries

for this year¹s charity auction to be held on Sunday (July 3, 2011) at the

Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Southern California.  More info can be

found at www.am2con.org <http://www.am2con.org>

 

Japan Emergency NGOs, founded in 1994, is considered one of the largest,

highly efficient Japanese NGOs experienced in emergency and long-term

disaster relief and support.  They have offered 5-years worth of support to

the victims of the 2004 and 2007 Niigata earthquakes in collaboration with

the Japanese government and also assisted in community recovery efforts.

Current activities include sending and distributing emergency relief items

according to the needs of the affected areas based on weekly assessments of

changing emergency relief needs for Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures and

expanding road and infrastructure restoration support to least accessible

areas affected by the disaster.  Their mid/long term plans include to

provide psychosocial care and other needed support to help victims rebuild

their lives with the ultimate goal to help victims re-establish a

sustainable local economy and livelihood.

 

With their mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well being

of children, Children¹s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) is dedicated to work

cooperatively ­ assisting and enriching existing services as well as

developing programs to benefit over two million children across four

counties regardless of their family¹s ability to pay. CHOC has been named

one of the best children¹s hospitals in eight specialities by U.S. News &

World Report and was also the only children¹s hospital in California to have

earned the Silver Level CAPE Award from the California Council of

Excellence. CHOC has also been awarded the Magnet designation, the highest

honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence and has been recognized

for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards with

the U.S. Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

 

³AM2 really wants to do as much as we can for these two wonderful

organizations², states Chase Wang AM2 representative, ³Get a signed original

drawing, poster or other items of memorabilia from one of our guests and

more at the charity auction!  Get your Passports today and experience the

difference!²

 

Attendees can avoid the anticipated huge lines at autographs, premiere

screenings, workshops, main events, concerts and panels by purchasing a

Passport fast pass for the event.  The Passport fast pass will also provide

holders with premier seating options at Main Events and at Concert events as

well as major discounts with theme parks (i.e. Disneyland, Knotts Berry

Farm, etc.), retailers (i.e. Best Buy, Macys, etc.) and local restaurants

(i.e. IHOP, Tony Roma¹s, California Pizza Kitchen, etc.).  Bypass the lines

and get your Passport today and experience the difference! Passports can be

purchased at www.am2con.org

 

Current Guest of Honors include Masao Maruyama, Sunao Katabuchi, Akihiko

Yamashita, Miho Shimagosa, Scandal, Sadie, Kanon Wakeshima, kanon x kanon,

heidi., Gashicon, IBI and MINT.

 

AM2 current activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV¹s, Arcade, Summer Festival,

World Cosplay Summit, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Rum Party Pirates,

Masquerade, Cosplay Chess, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming,

AniMaid Café, AniMaid Café Host Club, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more!

 

Partnerships include Ani.ME. and Cure Magazine

 

Prize sponsors include Anime Jungle. Atlus Games, Cosplay Wigs USA,

Crunchyroll, FUNimation, Gaia Online, The Right Stuf and TokyoPop

 

Follow us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/AM2Con

 

Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/AM2Con

 

Also, 25% of all official Passport sales will be donated directly to

Japanese Disaster Relief efforts.

 

About AM2

Located in Anaheim, California ­ AM2, established in 2010, is a multi-day (3

days) event with no general attendance/badge purchase requirement and is

aspiring to be a key meeting place for fans that share a common interest in

Asian music, Animation/Anime, and Comics/Manga.  Nominal fees are charged

for certain activities that attendees choose to participate in. AM2 will be

held on July 1-3, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Anaheim,

California.  More information can be found at www.am2con.org

 

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are

"forward-looking statements." These forward-looking statements are based on

current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and

uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a

number of important factors could cause this event¹s actual future results

to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking

statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays,

industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards,

protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key

personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and

political conditions. The Company may change its intention, belief or

expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such

factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes

no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking

statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or

 

 

 

 

FX’S HIGHEST-RATED SERIES EVER

 

 

 

SEASON THREE

 

 

Rides Onto Blu-ray And DVD August 30

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 20, 2011) – Starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and 2011 Golden Globe® Award-winner Katey Sagal, “Sons of Anarchy” Season Three is FX’s adrenalized drama about a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegally thriving arms business.

 

 

Hunnam stars as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, a man whose love for the brotherhood is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness. Katey Sagal stars as Gemma Teller Morrow, Jax’s force-of-nature mother, who along with Ron Perlman as Clarence ‘Clay’ Morrow, Jax’s stepfather and MC president, have their own darker vision for the club.

 

 

Chaos and confusion reign after Jax’s infant son is kidnapped and Gemma is framed for murder.  When Abel’s trail leads SAMCRO to Belfast, Ireland, secrets are revealed and the bonds of brotherhood are shattered. Jax is left reeling with more questions than answers as he struggles with the legacy of his father, the future of the club, and the fate of his family.

 

 

Drawing an average of 7.6 million total viewers per week on a multi-run cume, "Sons of Anarchy" retained 97% of its Season 2 average, and is the highest-rated series ever on FX.

 

 

Available at retail everywhere on August 30, the “Sons of Anarchy” Season Three Blu-ray and DVD is complete with all 13 episodes and includes special features such as all-new scenes shot exclusively for the Blu-ray and DVD that bridge season 3 to season 4, extended creator’s cut episodes, a writer’s roundtable featurette, gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, commentaries, a table read with the cast, a bike customizer feature, and much more. Prebook is July 21st .

 

 

 

 

 

Disc Specs: (Blu-ray Disc Catalog #2271872) (DVD Catalog #2271871)

 

Special Features:

 

●  Season 3 to 4 Story-Bridge  ●  Writer’s Roundtable

●  Extended Episodes  ●  Commentaries with Cast and Creators

●  Gag Reel  ●  Fox Movie Channel at Season 3 Premiere

●  Deleted Scenes

 

 

 

 

 

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

 

 

 

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mun2 premiers its sexy reality series "Beauties & the Boss" this Sunday, June 19 at 9pm ET/PT. The action is explosive as Monica, the young, Latina CEO of Assorted Flavors, a Los Angeles based promotional modeling agency, has her hands full managing a group of sexy, fiery Latina promo models. In episode one Monica tries to take care of business as she plays referee between Jenn M. and Karina’s blow-up. Will their antics ruin their promo at a fancy L.A. hotspot? Description:Beauties & The Boss is a one-hour, highly entertaining reality series that is sure to satisfy your guilty pleasures as we go inside the life of Monica Weitzel, the young, Latina CEO of Assorted Flavors Agency, a Los Angeles based promotional modeling agency. With Monica comes a roster of sexy, bold, and unpredictable promo-girl beauties, who take on the city of Los Angeles by day and spice up the nights during their exciting, glamorous, and sometimes explosive, work assignments.

 

 

 

About mun2:

mun2 (moon-dos) is the lifestyle cable network for today's culture connectors (C2s) - bicultural Latinos 18-34. As the bilingual network that amplifies the Latino experience, mun2 is culturally grounded and reflects the best of both worlds - mun2 is uniquely American. From reality to music, on-air to digital, mun2 creates original content across a multi-screen platform. As the only nationally measured bilingual cable network by Nielsen NTI, mun2 has an increased distribution to over 36 million households, and is a part of the Telemundo Communications Group, a division of NBCUniversal.

 

ABOUT mun2.tv:

mun2.tv is mun2’s official site featuring exclusive interviews, original videos, entertainment news, interaction with other mun2 fans and ways to vote for what's next on mun2. From politics and pop to videos and video games, mun2.tv is the online destination devoted to the lifestyles of bicultural Latinos.

 

 

 

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SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION

 

LOS ANGELES, CA. 16 de Junio, 2011 - La acción se pone explosiva ya que Monica, la joven Latina propietaria de Assorted Flavors Agency, una empresa de modelaje de promociones basada en Los Angeles, tiene que lidiar con un grupo de Latinas sexys y caprichosas. Durante el primer episodio, Monica se mete de referee entre el pleito de Jenn M y Karina. Arruinarán las chicas la promoción dentro el lujoso antro? 60 min. 2011 TV-PG. Visita mun2.tv/boss para echar un vistazo a la serie.

 

 

 

 

Descripción de la serie

 

Beauties & The Boss “Beauties & the Boss”. El entretenido programa de una hora garantiza satisfacer tus placeres secretos a medida que nos adentramos en la vida de Mónica Weitzel, la joven directora latina de Assorted Flavors Agency, una agencia de modelos para eventos promocionales en Los Ángeles. Junto a Mónica llega todo un equipo de hermosas, sexys y atrevidas chicas-promo que toman por asalto la ciudad de Los Ángeles durante el día y le dan sabor a la noche con sus emocionantes y glamorosos trabajos.

 

Sobre mun2:

 

mun2 es la emisora de cable de estilos de vida para los conectores culturales (C2s) de hoy; los latinos biculturales de 18 a 34 años. Como la cadena bilingüe que amplifica la experiencia latina, mun2 tiene un anclaje cultural y refleja lo mejor de los dos mundos – mun2 es singularmente norteamericana. Desde programas reality hasta música, desde transmisión de aire a digital, mun2 genera contenidos originales a través de múltiples plataformas. Como la única cadena bilingüe del cable con mediciones a nivel nacional por Nielsen NTI, mun2 ha aumentado su difusión hasta llegar a más de 36 millones de hogares, y es parte del Telemundo Communications Group, una división de NBCUniversal.

 

Sobre mun2.tv:

mun2.tv es el sitio oficial de mun2 con entrevistas exclusivas, videos originales, noticias del mundo del espectáculo, interacción con otros fanáticos de mun2 y canales para votar lo que vendrá en Mun2. Desde política y pop hasta videos y videojuegos, mun2.tv es el lugar en internet destinado a los latinos biculturales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CLASSIC SCI-FI TELEVISION SERIES AND PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER

 

 

 

 

THE COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY COLLECTION

 

 

Loaded With Special Features, The Thrilling Cosmic Collection Lands In A 20-Disc Collectible Set July 26

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 10, 2011) – Explore the celestial wonders of an unknown world and experience the ultimate Sci-Fi adventure in stunning high-definition with “Stargate: Atlantis” The Complete Series Blu-ray gift set, arriving July 26 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From award-winning Executive Producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, “Stargate: Atlantis” is anchored with a compelling ensemble cast including Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian, “Game of Thrones”), David Hewlett (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Joe Flanigan (Ferocious Planet), Rachel Luttrell (Imposter) and Torri Higginson (The English Patient). Continuing the journey of “Stargate: SG-1,” television’s longest running sci-fi series, “Stargate: Atlantis” explores the great city of Atlantis built thousands of years ago by the Ancients and the new home base for an elite expedition team from earth. Overflowing with exciting quests and surprises, fans will experience every captivating, and spine-tingling mission of the Intrepid Team from their first hostile encounter to their last rescue mission.

 

 

Winner of the 2008 People’s Choice award for Favorite Sci-Fi show and three-time Emmy® nominee*, “Stargate: Atlantis” The Complete Series Blu-ray is the perfect gift for any sci-fi aficionado filled with all 100 episodes from seasons one through five and tons of commentary and special featurettes

 

 

Complete Series Specs:

 

Disc 1 (Season 1):

●  “Rising” (Parts 1 and 2)

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Actor Joe Flanigan

●  “Hide and Seek”

  ○  Commentary by Actors Rachel Luttrell, Torri Higginson and Paul McGillion

●  “Thirty Eight Minutes”

  ○  Commentary by Actors Rachel Luttrell and Paul McGillion

●  “Suspicion”

●  Extras

  ○  “Stargate: Atlantis” Set Tour with Directors Martin Wood and Peter DeLuise

 

 

Disc 2 (Season 1):

●  “Childhood’s End”

  ○  Commentary by Writer Martin Gero and Actors Rachel Luttrell and Rainbow Sun Francks

●  “Poisoning the Well”

●  “Underground”

●  “Home”

●  “The Storm”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett

●  Extras

  ○  Wraithal Discrimination: It’s Not Easy Being Green

  ○  Diary of Rainbow Sun Francks

 

 

Disc 3 (Season 1):

●  “The Eye”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett

●  “The Defiant One”

  ○  Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Stunt Coordinator Dan Shea

●  “Hot Zone”

  ○  Commentary by Writer Martin Gero and Actors Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks and Paul McGillion

●  “Sanctuary”

  ○  Commentary by Actors Rachel Luttrell and Torri Higginson

●  “Before I Sleep”

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “The Storm/The Eye”

  ○  Mission Directive: “Sanctuary”

  ○  Mission Directive: “Before I Sleep”

 

 

Disc 4 (Season 1):

●  “Brotherhood”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett

●  “Letters from Pegasus”

●  “The Gift”

  ○  Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Actor Gary Jones

●  “The Siege: Part 1”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett

●  “The Siege: Part 2”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “The Siege”

  ○  A look back on Season One with Writer Martin Gero

 

Disc 5 (Season 2):

●  “The Siege: Part 3”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett

●  “The Intruder”

  ○  Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Actor Gary Jones

●  “Runner”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Actor David Hewlett

●  “Duet”

  ○  Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett

●  “Condemned”

  ○  Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Actor Gary Jones

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “The Siege: Part 3” featuring Director Martin Wood

  ○  Mission Directive: “The Intruder” featuring Director Peter DeLuise

 

 

Disc 6 (Season 2):

●  “Trinity”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Writer Damian Kindler

●  “Instinct”

  ○  Commentary by Director Andy Mikita and Producer Paul Mullie

●  “Conversion”

  ○  Commentary by Writer Martin Gero and Actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett

●  “Aurora”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Co-Producer Peter DeLuise

●  “The Lost Boys”

  ○  Commentary by Writer Martin Gero and Actors Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “Instinct” featuring Director Peter DeLuise

  ○  Introduction to a Character: Ronon Dex

 

 

Disc 7 (Season 2):

●  “The Hive”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood

●  “Epiphany”

  ○  Commentary by Director Neil Fearnley

●  “Critical Mass”

  ○  Commentary by Director Andy Mikita, Actor Rachel Luttrell and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer

●  “Grace Under Pressure”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actors Amanda Tapping and David Hewlett

●  “The Tower”

  ○  Commentary by Producer Paul Mullie and Director Andy Mikita

●  Extras

  ○  Profile On: David Hewlett

  ○  “Stargate: Atlantis” Stunts

 

 

Disc 8 (Season 2):

●  “The Long Goodbye”

  ○  Commentary by Director Andy Mikita, Actor Torri Higginson and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer

●  “Coup D’etat”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett

●  “Michael”

  ○  Commentary by Director Martin Wood and Supervising Producer/Director Peter DeLuise

●  “Inferno”

  ○  Commentary by Director Peter DeLuise and Actor Gary Jones

●  “Allies”

  ○  Commentary by Director Andy Mikita, Writer Martin Gero and Actor David Hewlett

●  Extras

  ○  Road to a Dream with Martin Gero

  ○  Profile On: Paul McGillion

 

 

Disc 9 (Season 3):

●  “No Man’s Land”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

●  “Misbegotten”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Paul Mullie and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

●  “Irresistible”

  ○  Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Director of Photography Michael Blundell

●  “Sateda”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer, Writer and Director Robert C. Cooper & Director of Photography Brenton Spencer

●  “Progeny”

  ○  Commentary by Director Andy Mikita and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “Sateda” featuring Director Robert C. Cooper

  ○  Mission Directive: “Progeny” featuring Director Andy Mikita

  ○  Inside the Stargate: Atlantis Visual FX Department

  ○  Profile On: Rachel Luttrell

 

 

Disc 10 (Season 3):

●  “The Real World”

●  “Common Ground”

  ○  Commentary by Director William Waring and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer

●  “McKay & Mrs. Miller”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

●  “Phantoms”

  ○  Commentary by Co-Executive Producer Carl Binder and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

●  “The Return, Part 1”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Executive Producer Paul Mullie

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “Phantoms” featuring Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

  ○  General O’Neill Goes to Atlantis

 

 

Disc 11 (Season 3):

●  “The Return, Part 2”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Executive Producer Paul Mullie

●  “Echoes”

  ○  Commentary by Director William Waring and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer

●  “Irresponsible”

  ○  Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Director of Photography Michael Blundell

●  “Tao of Rodney”

  ○  Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Director of Photography Michael Blundell

●  “The Game”

  ○  Commentary by Director William Waring and Director of Photography Brenton Spencer

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “The Game” featuring Director William Waring

  ○  Masters of the Alien

 

 

Disc 12 (Season 3):

●  “The Ark”

  ○  Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela

●  “Sunday”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director William Waring

●  “Submersion”

  ○  Commentary by Director Brenton Spencer and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela

●  “Vengeance”

  ○  Commentary by Director Andy Mikita and Creature Effects Designer Todd Masters

●  “First Strike”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Martin Gero, Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “First Strike” featuring Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

  ○  “Stargate Atlantis:” A Look Back on Season 3 with Martin Gero

 

 

Disc 13 (Season 4):

●  “Adrift”

  ○  Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero, Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

●  “Lifeline”

  ○  Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Actor Amanda Tapping

●  “Reunion”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer/Writer Joseph Mallozzi and Director William Waring

●  “Doppelganger”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer, Writer and Director Robert C. Cooper and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela

●  “Travelers”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer/Writer Paul Mullie and Director William Waring

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: Doppelganger with Robert C. Cooper

  ○  A New Leader: Amanda Tapping Joins Atlantis

 

 

Disc 14 (Season 4):

●  “Tabula Rasa”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Actress Amanda Tapping

●  “Missing”

  ○  Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Carl Binder and Producer/Director Andy Mikita

●  “The Seer”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Director Andy Mikita

●  “Miller’s Crossing”

  ○  Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Producer/Director Andy Mikita

●  “This Mortal Coil”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer/Writer Joseph Mallozzi and Director William Waring

●  Extras

  ○  “Stargate Atlantis” Bloopers

  ○  Mission Directive: “This Mortal Coil” with Director William Waring

 

 

Disc 15 (Season 4):

●  “Be All My Sins Remember’d”

  ○  Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Producer/Director Andy Mikita

●  “Spoils of War”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Director William Waring

●  “Quarantine”

  ○  Commentary by Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Actress Amanda Tapping

●  “Harmony”

  ○  Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director William Waring

●  “Outcast”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Producer/Director Andy Mikita

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “Quarantine” with Director Martin Wood

  ○  Mission Directive: “Outcast” with Director Andy Mikita

 

Disc 16 (Season 4):

●  “Trio”

  ○  Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Writer Martin Gero, Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood and Actress Amanda Tapping

●  “Midway”

●  “The Kindred”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer/Writer Joseph Mallozzi and Director Peter F. Woeste

●  “The Kindred, Part II”

  ○  Commentary by Producer/Writer Alan McCullough and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

●  “The Last Man”

  ○  Commentary on “The Last Man” by Executive Producer/Writer Paul Mullie and Director/Supervising Producer Martin Wood

●  Extras

  ○  The Making of “Trio”

  ○  A Look Back at Season 4

  ○  Deleted Scenes

 

 

Disc 17 (Season 5):

●  “Search and Rescue”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Martin Gero and Director/Producer Andy Mikita

●  “The Seed”

  ○  Commentary by Director William Waring

●  “Broken Ties”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi and Actor Jason Momoa

●  “The Daedalus Variations”

  ○  Commentary by Supervising Producer Alan McCullough and Director/Producer Andy Mikita

●  “Ghost In The Machine”

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “Search and Rescue” with Director Andy Mikita and Producer Martin Gero

  ○  Showdown! Ronon v. Tyre

  ○  Bringing “The Seed” to Life

 

 

Disc 18 (Season 5):

●  “The Shrine”

●  “Whispers”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi and Director William Waring

●  “The Queen”

  ○  Commentary by Supervising Producer Alan McCullough and Director Brenton Spencer

●  “Tracker”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Carl Binder and Director William Waring

●  “First Contact”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Martin Gero and Director/Producer Andy Mikita

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: ”Whispers” with Director William Waring and Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi

  ○  Mission Directive: “Tracker” with Director William Waring and Executive Producer Carl Binder

  ○  Tricks of the Trade: Submerging the Stargate

  ○  Joe Flanigan: A Conversation with the Colonel

 

 

Disc 19 (Season 5):

●  “The Lost Tribe”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Martin Gero and Director/Producer Andy Mikita

●  “Outsiders”

  ○  Commentary by Supervising Producer Alan McCullough and Director William Waring

●  “Inquisition”

  ○  Commentary by Director Brenton Spencer and Actor Tobias Slezak

●  “The Prodigal”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Carl Binder and Director/Producer Andy Mikita

●  “Remnants”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi and Director William Waring

●  Extras

  ○  Building a Humanoid with James Robbins and Martin Gero

  ○  Dr. Jackson Goes to Atlantis

  ○  The Life and Death of Michael Kenmore

  ○  Deleted Scenes (Part One)

 

 

Disc 20 (Season 5):

●  “Brain Storm”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer/Director Martin Gero

●  “Infection”

●  “Identity”

●  “Vegas”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper, Producer John G. Lenic and Editor Mike Banas

●  “Enemy at the Gate”

  ○  Commentary by Executive Producer Paul Mullie and VFX Supervisor Mark Savela

●  Extras

  ○  Mission Directive: “Brain Storm” with Director Martin Gero

  ○  “Stargate Atlantis” Goes To Vegas

  ○  Deleted Scenes (Part Two)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington Spearheads “Story Tellers and Story Keepers” with CMA
By Bob Doerschuk

© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association ®, Inc.

Dr. James H. Billington remembers very clearly the experience of hearing and singing “Home on the Range” for the first time.

“I was in the country,” he recalled. “My family went from Philadelphia to visit some Quaker friends. While I had no idea what a range was — I thought it was the stove! — it never occurred to me that it was anything other than the most American song you could imagine.”

Then, after singing “Where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day,” the tall, distinguished scholar observed, “This mixture of direct human emotions, projected with relatively simple harmonies — you didn’t get them in the Hit Parade songs.”

That memory stayed with Billington through his studies at Princeton University, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1950, and as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford University, which awarded him his doctorate. Following service with the U.S. Army, the Pennsylvania native subsequently taught history at Harvard and Princeton, served as Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and in 1987 was sworn into his current position as Librarian of Congress, the 13th person to hold the status since the Library was established in 1800.

Recipient of 40 honorary degrees, decorated by the governments of Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Kyrgyz Republic, Russia and the Republic of Korea, author of vital studies in Russian culture and history, and a lover in particular of Italian lyric opera, Billington may have been the last person one would have expected to climb onto the stage during a CMA Songwriters Series event and join Kix Brooks, Lorrie Morgan, John Rich, Randy Scruggs, Victoria Shaw and host Bob DiPiero in singing the classic Webb Pierce saloon lament, “There Stands the Glass.”

That impromptu performance at Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress took place during CMA Board meetings in March 2010, where both organizations unveiled their “Story Tellers and Story Keepers” project to enhance the Library’s already extensive holdings on the history and significance of Country Music. (A second installment of CMA Songwriters Series at the Library of Congress took place Dec. 4, 2010, featuring Bob DiPiero, Brett James, Little Big Town and Lori McKenna.) It also confirmed that Billington’s interest in this collaboration is personal as well as academic.

“As a cultural historian, every culture I’ve studied has a tradition of ballads that are half-recited and half-sung, and there’s always a stringed instrument,” he said. “But English is one of the most absorbent languages, and Country absorbs a lot of elements because it’s telling stories. Every piece of Country Music is like a good short story in that it conveys some simple emotion. If you’re saying, for example, ‘there stands the glass,’ it’s better than saying ‘I’m getting drunk’ or ‘where will I find a refuge in this sad, sad world?’ There’s no right or wrong way to write lyrics, but Country deals directly with universal themes: estrangement, life and death.”

As Billington sees it, this lyrical focus is key to the format’s popularity. “The more complicated and urbanized life has become, the greater the attraction of Country Music seems to be,” he said. “People want to find some authenticity. So much of prose and some poetry are didactic; that’s the difference between words designed to influence people and words designed to affect people.”

Gesturing toward the panorama of the U.S. Capitol, the distant Washington Monument and other national icons in sight from his office windows, Billington observed, “This town is full of influence. And yet when something affects you, that’s what really counts. And when it’s backed up with music, when the music is simple and repeatable, that affects people because they’ll sing along with it.”

Billington imagines that Country Music could even help lower barriers between factious segments of society. “Why not, every time people get together, have a song, or have somebody sing a song?” he asked. “Music has to go beyond elevators. This expression of one person singing to another is rather special for any kind of communal purpose in organizations, and Country is the perfect lead-in for it.”

Billington foresees the Library and CMA working together to encourage the acceptance and positive impact of Country Music, through documentation as well as outreach. “That’s why the title ‘Story Tellers and Story Keepers’ is so appropriate,” he said. “We need to gather in more of the storytellers, but the thing that we do as well or better than anybody else is to preserve. We live in a throwaway society, so I’d say we have a special status as a story keeper. I would even add that we’re a story disseminator because of our unique role on the Internet. We have a lot of visual material as well as manuscript material and more audio than we realized as we put nearly 16 million documents on American history and culture online free of charge.”

Billington’s commitment to this format may have been planted during that drive into rural Pennsylvania. But its full blossom was attained in 1991, when in part because of his own advocacy, Roy Acuff became the first Country artist included among recipients of the prestigious annual Kennedy Center Honors.

“I’ll always remember the State Department dinner where they conferred the honor,” he said. “Isaac Stern got up after Acuff received his award and said, ‘Isn’t this wonderful?’ Now, I don’t think he knew much about Country Music, but in his sophisticated world of classic violin playing, I think he was having an awakening experience. And somehow, everybody felt very good about finally recognizing the importance of Roy Acuff and his music in Washington.”

On the Web: www.LOC.gov  

 

 

 

CMACloseup.com

 

Trace Adkins: The Man Behind the Brand

By Bob Doerschuk

 

© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

 

Over the past several years, Trace Adkins has made his presence known in some very unlikely places. You might have seen the Grand Ole Opry member towering over everyone else in Donald Trump’s ersatz office on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” raising funds for the Gulf of Mexico oil cleanup on CNN’s “Larry King Live” or calmly holding his ground within the lion’s den of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He’s battled bad guys in the 12-Gauge Comics series “Luke McBain,” found the perfect moonshine to complement a microscopic haute cuisine entrée in Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” video (which won the guys a CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year), humbly accepted the DAR Medal of Honor from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, undertaken three USO tours, starred in movies, written a book and even gotten himself stuck inside Richard Petty’s No. 43 stock car as part of a friendly competition on behalf of their favorite headache remedies.

 

With all of this activity, one can be forgiven for forgetting why Adkins has become such a media presence. The reason becomes clear on his debut album for Show Dog–Universal, Cowboy’s Back in Town, which rocketed to the top of the Country album chart on its release in August. Few artists in any genre can cover as many bases as convincingly as Adkins, who shifts gears from the romantic (“Still Love You,” written by Robert Arthur, Jeff Bates and Kirk Roth) to the comedic (“Hell, I Can Do That,” by Jim Collins, Tony Martin and Lee Thomas Miller and the lead single “This Ain’t No Love Song,” by Tony Lane, Marcel and David Lee) and interprets narrative lyrics like a natural-born storyteller (“Cowboy’s Back in Town”).

 

That title track in particular proves the point, according to Kenny Beard, one of the two producers on this album. “Trace, Jeff Bates and I wrote that song in third person,” he pointed out. “But the way Trace sings it, he becomes that cowboy and the song takes on a first-person persona. When I heard him do his vocal, I went, ‘This is amazing!’ There’s been so much made about the sense that he’s unique because he’s a baritone, but people totally miss the point that he’s not a one-trick pony because his range is so broad. He’s one of our best singers — but he’s so much more than a singer. He’s a great vocalist.”

 

There’s unity as well as diversity throughout Cowboy’s Back in Town, as Adkins builds beyond his perception as a powerhouse singer. Every note he delivers comes from a masculine foundation so solid that it can withstand moments of sensitivity and even slapstick while never losing its swagger. As a result, a single picture emerges through his performance, though composed of many complex, coexistent parts.

 

“I’ve shamelessly tried to make Ronnie Milsap records,” Adkins explained. “I am a huge fan of his, and one of the reasons is that you never know what to expect from one cut to the next on a Ronnie Milsap record. He might do a pop song with The Pointer Sisters and then turn around and sing gospel, an R&B song or a stone-cold Country thing. With him, it’s an honest reflection of all the influences he has. I grew up with those influences as well, so that’s why I include a little bit of everything that I enjoy on the records I make.”

 

In this case, though, Adkins challenged himself by making a few changes in the lineup for his team. He had enjoyed a good working relationship with producer Frank Rogers on his most recent albums Dangerous Man and X. But then one day, while writing with Beard, he confided that he was thinking of doing something different and asked if Beard would want to join him as co-producer on the next album.

 

“I said ‘absolutely not,’” Beard recalled, with a laugh. “‘Following Frank would be a tall order. He’s a great producer.’ So he asked me if I had anybody to recommend, and my only recommendation was Michael Knox because they have so much in common. They’re both big, warm, fuzzy daddy/husband guys. They have the same attention to detail. I knew they’d appreciate each other.”

 

Knox was well established, especially through his work with Jason Aldean. “But I’m so out of the loop that I didn’t even realize that,” Adkins admitted. “I called him anyway, and literally the next day he drove up to Cincinnati and came to the show. We hit it off right from the get-go. He’s got good ears. He’s fun to work with. And I like his sense of humor. It’s good to work with somebody who can keep what we do in perspective and keep it light. Nobody is going to die if we don’t make a good record; we always need to remember that. It’s making music and it’s supposed to be fun. If it’s not fun, then I don’t want to work with you. But Michael and I get along great.”

 

Although he was already a fan of Adkins’ work, Knox felt it essential to see him perform. “When I see an artist live, it lets me know the kind of melody they sing more naturally,” he explained. “It’s easy to go into the studio and record any song off anybody these days, but it’s hard to find a song they can sell naturally. That’s what I look for at a show: What is he doing and how does he do it?”

 

What did Knox learn after seeing Adkins onstage? “Trace likes a tough melody,” he said. “He likes to push it. He likes to be strong. He’s a powerful vocalist, but that can get lost in the mix. He has a strong opinion of who he is. He knows exactly what he wants to say. That’s a rare thing, and that makes it hard to find a lyric that can stand up to him.”

 

Apparently it’s also hard to say no to the 6-foot-6-inch artist, who wasn’t ready to let Beard off the hook for the new album. As a result, Cowboy’s Back in Town includes five cuts produced by Beard and six by Knox. “I can understand why Trace probably wanted Michael to do half and me to do the other half — so it would have as much diversity as possible,” Beard said. “That’s exactly what we hoped to do.”

 

In fact, Beard persuaded Adkins to widen the album’s horizons even more, by cutting “Still Love You.” “I had no intention of cutting a ballad,” Adkins said. “You have to try to convey vulnerability, and that’s not always the easiest thing to do, at least for me personally. It’s not something that comes naturally. But I was over at Kenny’s office one day, listening to some tunes, and he said, ‘Let me play you this thing that Jeff Bates, with a couple other guys (Robert James Arthur and Kirk Roth), just wrote. It’s a ballad but I want you to hear it.’ Since Jeff is a friend of mine, I said, ‘Yeah, OK.’ He played it for me and I said, ‘Oh, my God!’”

 

Creative challenge comes naturally to Adkins. What’s more of a stretch is the marketing side of the business, surprising as that may seem to those who follow his rising profile as, in the current lingo, a brand. “I don’t think of myself that way,” he demurred. “Hopefully, you stay in this business long enough that you reach some level where you are least semi-iconic, if that’s the term. That’s when you start getting into brands. But I haven’t started getting all weird and talking in third person.”

 

This is precisely why Adkins has been effective as a spokesperson in a unique campaign in which he and Richard Petty engage in a playful rivalry on behalf of the headache remedies each endorses, with Adkins standing up for BC Powder and the NASCAR legend for Goody’s Headache Powders, both owned by GlaxoSmithKline. Posted at www.PickAPowder.com, these vignettes capture the two attempting to one-up each other and encouraging fans to join their online “team” and register for prizes: One Team Richard member will be given a trip for four to the Goody’s 500 in Martinsville, Va., in April, while the Team Trace winner receives the same travel, accommodations and number of tickets to an Adkins concert in early 2011.

 

“In our first meeting with Trace, he said something that will stick with me forever,” said Anthony Balk, Brand Manager, BC Powder. “He said, ‘You load the wagon and I’ll pull it.’ He absolutely lives that; he over-delivers on everything he does for us. And he’s a natural ad-libber. We just gave him some talking points for those Webisodes and let him run with it. That’s his style.”

 

“Well, I just look at those things as something I have to do,” Adkins shrugged. “To get to hang out with Richard Petty all day was a thrill for me. I wasn’t thinking about anything I might have been contributing to the project; I was stoked that I was hanging out with Petty. In that sense, I’m not concerned that I’ve forgotten who I am or where I’m from, because that was a reminder that I’m just a guy from Sarepta, La., that’s still in awe of certain people. I don’t look at myself as being a brand; I just have a good time.”

 

On the Web: www.TraceAdkins.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Sunday February 20, 2011 - Saturday February 26, 2011

 

"DATELINE NBC"

 

"SU2022"

 

02/20/2011 (07:00PM - 08:00PM) (Sunday) :

 

"NBC SPECIALS"

 

"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE JUST COMMERCIALS - PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED"

 

02/20/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Sunday) :

 

"NBC SPECIALS"

 

"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE BACKSTAGE (VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED)"

 

02/20/2011 (09:00PM - 11:00PM) (Sunday) : This special takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour throughout the show's long history, including how the show got on the air in 1975 and why it became a hit, to the inner workings of the guest host experience. The show is both a sentimental journey through the years and an insider’s view of how and why it continues to be the trendsetting show that it is. The special will also include never before seen interviews with many of the show's brightest stars, writers, and guest hosts, as well as some of the most memorable characters and sketches.

 

"CHUCK"

 

"CHUCK VERSUS THE MASQUERADE"

 

02/21/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Monday) : A ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY IS INTERRUPTED WHEN THE TEAM IS SENT ON A MISSION TO A MASQUERADE BALL IN ENGLAND – MEKENNA MELVIN, ROBIN GIVENS AND LAUREN COHAN GUEST STAR – Valentine’s Day is interrupted when Chuck (Zachary Levi) and the team are sent on a mission to England to protect a reclusive young heiress, Vivian McArthur (guest star Lauren Cohan). Meanwhile, Casey (Adam Baldwin) gets an offer from the mysterious Jane Bentley (guest star Robin Givens). Back at home, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) find an unlikely solution to a parenting problem, as Morgan (Joshua Gomez) ponders a big move. Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Mark Christopher Lawrence and Bonita Friedericy also star.

 

Jamie French

 

Akiva Griffith

 

"THE CAPE"

 

"THE LICH, PART 2"

 

02/21/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : THE CAPE MUST RELY ON DANA TO HELP RESCUE ORWELL FROM THE LICH--The Cape (David Lyons), Max (Keith David) and Rollo (Martin Klebba) are forced to rely on Dana’s (Jennifer Ferrin) legal connections to help them discover The Lich’s whereabouts. Heavily entranced by Conrad Chandler’s (The Lich) potent serum, Orwell (Summer Glau) struggles to fight off the physiological and mental effects of the strong dose. Meanwhile, Netta’s (guest star Illeana Douglas) strange loyalty to The Lich is clarified. In a sedated, weak state, Orwell drifts between reality and fantasy sequences, which slowly reveal her history and past.

 

Also starring James Frain (Peter Fleming), Ryan Wynott (Trip), Anil Kumar (Ruvi), Vinnie Jones (Scales) and Izabella Miko (Raia).

 

"HARRY'S LAW"

 

"BANGERS IN THE HOUSE"

 

02/21/2011 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) : JORDANA SPIRO ('RACHAEL MILLER') GUEST-STARS--WHEN A DISPUTE BETWEEN RIVAL GANGS THREATENS TO TURN VIOLENT, HARRY AND MALCOLM BECOME UNLIKELY MEDIATORS— Harry (Kathy Bates) and Malcolm (Aml Ameen) come together to mediate a gang war, but soon find themselves butting heads when a gang member decides he wants out to start a better life. Elsewhere, Rachael and Adam (Nate Corddry) team up to defend against a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by an employee who claims he was let go for being too old. Brittany Snow also stars and Chris McDonald guest stars.

 

Nikki Lichterman

 

"THE BIGGEST LOSER 11"

 

"1108"

 

02/22/2011 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Tuesday) : FORMER UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP BAS RUTTEN GUEST STARS, AND TWO PLAYERS ARE SENT HOME -- A ball challenge that turns out to be much harder than it looks gives the winning team a big advantage at this week’s weigh-in, which is especially valuable given that both a red line and a yellow line will result in two players going home. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels try to teach their contestants to push beyond the limits they’ve set for themselves, while trainers Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel take their team for an intense workout at a Mixed Martial Arts gym owned by contestant Rulon Gardner’s former trainer, retired UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten. Then a weigh-in filled with surprises is followed by two contestants leaving the ranch. Alison Sweeney hosts the series.

 

"PARENTHOOD"

 

"DO NOT SLEEP WITH YOUR AUTISTIC NEPHEW'S THERAPIST"

 

02/22/2011 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : CROSBY PAYS FOR HIS MISTAKE, ADAM AND KRISTINA ARE FACED WITH A HUGE PROBLEM, SETH DISAPPOINTS AGAIN, SYDNEY MAKES A DECISION – JOHN CORBETT, MINKA KELLY AND MICHAEL B. JORDAN GUEST STAR – Crosby (Dax Shepard) pays the price for a mistake that will change his relationships with those closest to him. Adam (Peter Krause) gets annoyed with Alex's (guest star Michael B. Jordan, "Friday Night Lights") frequent visits. Meanwhile, Adam and Kristina (Monica Potter) are then forced to deal with a huge problem that will affect Max’s (Max Burkholder) progress. Elsewhere, Drew (Miles Heizer) is hit with some disappointing news from his father (guest star John Corbett, "United States Tara"), while Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae) makes a decision that her parents, Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Sam Jaeger), are supportive of. Lauren Graham, Sarah Ramos, Tyree Brown, Joy Bryant, Mae Whitman Bonnie Bedelia, and Craig T. Nelson also star.

 

Jamie French

 

"MINUTE TO WIN IT"

 

"TBA"

 

02/23/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Wednesday) :

 

"MINUTE TO WIN IT"

 

"TBA"

 

02/23/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) :

 

Meredith Fitzpatrick

 

Meredith Fitzpatrick

 

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

 

"BULLY"

 

02/23/2011 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : DETECTIVES OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND ELLIOT STABLER (CHRIS MELONI) GO IN SEARCH OF A MURDERER AFTER CINDI (GUEST STAR COUNTESS LUANN DE LESSEPS) DISCOVERS A WOMAN DEAD IN HER APARTMENT

 

When an art patron, Cindi (guest star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps), discovers a gruesome work of art, it leads gallery visitors to find a woman dead in her apartment above. Detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) look into the victim’s personal contacts in search of suspects, including the victim’s close friend Annette Cole (guest star Kate Burton). The detectives soon discover a work environment that leads them to question if bullying does go beyond the playground.

 

"COMMUNITY"

 

"POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS AND UNCIVIL DISOBEDIENCE"

 

02/24/2011 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : THE VICE PRESIDENT IS SET TO VISIT GREENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE SCHOOL HOLDS ITS FIRST STUDENT BODY ELECTION – As the school prepares for the Vice President’s visit, Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) organizes the first student elections. Annie (Alison Brie), who is determined to win, is pitted in a tough battle against Jeff (Joel McHale), Leonard (Richard Erdman) and Star Burns (Dino Stamatopoulos). Meanwhile, Abed (Danny Pudi) has noticed the secret service agents casing the school and develops a clandestine friendship with special agent Robin Vohlers (Eliza Coupe "Scrubs"). Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong also star.

 

"PERFECT COUPLES"

 

"PERFECT HOUSE"

 

02/24/2011 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) : JULIA STEPS UP AS REX’S TENNIS PARTNER, AMY SPOILS DAVE AND VANCE’S FUN – When Leigh’s (Olivia Munn) injuries prevent her from participating in a doubles tennis tournament with Rex (Hayes MacArthur), Julia (Christine Woods) steps in as her replacement. Dave (Kyle Bornheimer), Vance (David Walton) and Isabella (Nicolette Robinson) set up shop in one of the houses they’re selling until Amy (Mary Elizabeth Ellis) spoils the fun.

 

Jamie French

 

"THE OFFICE"

 

"TODD PACKER"

 

02/24/2011 (09:00PM - 09:30PM) (Thursday) : EP 718 (airs 2/24): "TODD PACKER" FORMER CO-WORKER TODD PACKER RETURNS TO THE OFFICE LOOKING FOR WORK, BUT WILL HIS FORMER OFFICE MATES PUSH FOR HIM TO BE RE-HIRED?--AMY RYAN AND DAVID KOECHNER GUEST-STAR--After many years and motel rooms, Dunder Mifflin traveling salesman (and Michael Scott's best friend) Todd Packer (guest star David Koechner, "American Dad") is ready to leave the road behind and take a desk job in the office. However, it remains to be seen if Jim (John Krazkinski), Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Holly (guest star Amy Ryan,

 

"Gone Baby Gone") and the rest of the office are ready for Todd. Elsewhere, after his computer freezes for the millionth time, Andy (Ed Helms) battles office administrator Pam (Jenna Fischer) for a new computer. Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Ellie Kemper, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton and B.J. Novak star ?

 

Joanne Park

 

"PARKS AND RECREATION"

 

"INDIANAPOLIS"

 

02/24/2011 (09:30PM - 10:00PM) (Thursday) : LESLIE AND RON HEAD TO INDIANAPOLIS —Leslie (Amy Poehler) and Ron (Nick Offerman) drive to Indianapolis to receive commendation for the upcoming Pawnee Harvest Festival. Tom (Aziz Ansari) hosts a launch party for a local cologne maker in hopes of pitching him his fragrance "Tommy Fresh." Meanwhile, Andy (Chris Pratt) and April (Aubrey Plaza) discover how to have fun without spending any money. Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Jim O’Heir and Retta also star.

 

Joanne Park

 

"30 ROCK"

 

"TBA"

 

02/24/2011 (10:00PM - 10:30PM) (Thursday) :

 

"OUTSOURCED"

 

"TAKE THIS PUNJAB AND SHOVE IT"

 

02/24/2011 (10:30PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : TODD HIRES A NEW EMPLOYEE—When one of the call center workers quits, Todd (Ben Rappaport) is excited to have the opportunity to hire a new employee. After interviewing numerous unqualified candidates, Todd finally finds a diamond in the rough. However, Todd’s happiness is short-lived when he finds out that someone close to him has poached his new recruit. Meanwhile, Gupta (Parvesh Cheena) finds himself in trouble with a loan shark and must find a way to pay him back or else. Sacha Dhawan, Rizwan Manji, Anisha Nagarajan, Rebecca Hazlewood, Diedrich Bader and Pippa Black also star.

 

Kellie Kulikowsky

 

"WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?"

 

"KIM CATTRALL"

 

02/25/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Friday) : KIM CATTRALL SETS OUT TO SOLVE A 70 YEAR-OLD FAMILY MYSTERY -- Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City") has only one obscured photo of her grandfather and is haunted by the fact that the man in that picture abandoned her mother and aunts at a young age. Searching for answers, Kim embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about what happened to her grandfather. The few clues she can find, including a British newspaper article from 1980, lead her to an unsettling truth and a deeper connection with the amazingly strong women in her family.

 

Nikki Lichterman

 

"DATELINE NBC"

 

"FR2023"

 

02/25/2011 (09:00PM - 11:00PM) (Friday) :

 

"HARRY'S LAW"

 

"BANGERS IN THE HOUSE"

 

02/26/2011 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Saturday) : JORDANA SPIRO ('RACHAEL MILLER') GUEST-STARS--WHEN A DISPUTE BETWEEN RIVAL GANGS THREATENS TO TURN VIOLENT, HARRY AND MALCOLM BECOME UNLIKELY MEDIATORS— Harry (Kathy Bates) and Malcolm (Aml Ameen) come together to mediate a gang war, but soon find themselves butting heads when a gang member decides he wants out to start a better life. Elsewhere, Rachael and Adam (Nate Corddry) team up to defend against a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by an employee who claims he was let go for being too old. Brittany Snow also stars and Chris McDonald guest stars.

 

Nikki Lichterman

 

"LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES"

 

"TBA"

 

02/26/2011 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Saturday) :

 

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

 

"GRAY"

 

02/26/2011 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Saturday) : DETECTIVES BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) INVESTIGATE THE RAPE OF A COLLEGE STUDENT, AND ADA SONYA PAXTON (GUEST STAR CHRISTINE LAHTI) RETURNS TO SHAKE THINGS UP

 

Detective Stabler (Meloni) goes to his daughter Kathleen’s (guest star Allison Siko) university to discuss rape prevention at a Take Back the Night rally. When a girl from the crowd accuses another student of rape, Stabler and Detective Benson (Hargitay) are assigned the case. What emerges are conflicting accounts and fiery accusations without substantial evidence to back them up. To complicate matters further, ADA Paxton (guest star Christine Lahti) returns to prosecute the case, and Kathleen oversteps her bounds, which could land her and her father in hot water. Also starring: Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek and Tamara Tunie.

 

 

 

 

Conference Scholarship Opportunities for NALIP Members

 

The New Now: Defining the Future Together

APRIL 15 - 17 in Newport Beach, CA

 

Scholarship Applications due March 4, 2011 (Travel) and March 22, 2011 (Hotel)!

 

Things are looking up, but we are all careful with our travel and professional training budgets. Good news: The New Now conference is a great value! Sponsors help us to keep registration fees low - Early Bird rates are 1/6 of the actual cost of this event. And no prices have gone up this year. Be sure to sign up prior to February 25 for the very best price.

 

Other funders want to be sure that emerging filmmakers attend this high-level professional gathering, and stay at the conference hotel. So NALIP is pleased to offer Two Types of Scholarship Support to The New Now conference.

 

Available only to NALIP, AFTRA and SAG members who are already registered for the conference, The New Now Travel and Hotel scholarships offer a stipend towards your travel and/or a free shared room night at the Conference Hotel.

 

TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP: These are travel stipends to help support your attendance and journey to Newport Beach. $100 stipends for grantees living west of the Rockies, but not in California; $150 for grantees living east of the Rockies, including the Caribbean. Please note: recipients are responsible for their own registration fees and travel arrangements. Application deadline is March 4, 2011. Grantees will be notified by March 16, 2011 and stipends are distributed when you arrive at conference check-in.

 

HOTEL SCHOLARSHIP: NALIP will pay for ONE night's lodging (Saturday April 16) for groups of 2 and 3 applicants, rooming together. Applicant(s) will be responsible for their portion of the room rate for any night(s) prior to or after April 16, and any incidental charges. Scholarship recipients must agree to a minimum two night stay, Friday and Saturday, but may also reserve for other nights if desired. (Double guest rooms available at $75.00/night per person + tax; Triples at $50.00/night per person + tax). Application deadline is March 22, 2011.

 

Reservations will be made on your behalf if you are accepted for this hotel scholarship; we notify you very soon after application, so jump on this. Spaces are limited! NALIP can group you or you may group yourself. Please check the conference and pre-conference schedule before confirming your travel and hotel arrangements.

 

For assistance contacting potential roommates, post a topic on NALIP's Facebook page! You may apply for both Scholarships: you might be granted one, the other, or both. Limited numbers of these scholarships are available. Priority will be given to NEW conference attendees and STUDENT applicants, as well as Chapter leaders, but we encourage everyone to apply.

 

Don't miss out! Visit www.nalip.org/thenewnow to register, read more under Conference Info / Scholarships, and apply online!

 

Questions? Contact Luis De Vega at ldevega@nalip.org or (310) 395-8880. See you in Newport Beach, CA!

 

Call for Applications: CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program

 

Applications are now being accepted for the 9th session of the CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program. The submission period is February 1, 2011 - April 1, 2011.

 

The Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to break in and move up in the business. Each participant is matched with two mentors - one is a CBS or CBS Studio creative executive and the other is a show mentor on a current series. Participants meet regularly with their mentors for advice and support on improving their writing skills as well as career advice and guidance. With a total of 50 graduates in its first eight years, the Program has launched 25 careers in episodic television.

 

For more information click on www.cbsdiversity.com, then click on Diversity Institute there you will find the Writers' Mentoring Program Information and Application.

 

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Call for Entries: Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

 

Applications are now being accepted for the Don & Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition, established with the intent of helping struggling screenwriters to focus on improving their craft. Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year. The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

 

Qualifications: Screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing fictional work for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or the collaborative work of two writers, and must be written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.

 

Entry Deadline: The online application must be completed and script uploaded by 11:59 p.m. on May 2, 2011.

 

For details and application information please visit the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting website or Facebook page.

 

Call for Applications: Trans Atlantic Partners Program

 

IFP has announced its newest initiative for independent film producers: Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP), a three-module, intensive training and networking Program for producers from the U.S., Europe, and Canada.

 

Now, more than ever, it is so important that producers at all levels understand the global landscape and both the creative and business opportunities collaboration and co-production can provide. This one-of-a-kind program will allow select producers from New York City, Europe and Canada to participate in an intensive, year-long series of training and networking programs, including workshops in Berlin, at IFP's Independent Film Week and Strategic Partners, Canada's premier international co-production event.

 

TAP application forms are available at www.coproduction-training.com. All U.S. applications are due to Amy Dotson, Deputy Director IFP, at adotson@ifp.org by no later than March 20, 2011.

 

Call for Entries: ATA Film and Video Festival

 

Artists' Television Access in San Francisco invites experimental film and video makers to submit their work to its 6th Annual ATA Film and Video Festival.

 

Short works (under 20 minutes) including but not limited to, animation, documentary, narrative, abstract and found footage based will be accepted. Also, this year the festival is open to proposals for workshops, installations and media performances.

 

Deadline for Submissions: June 1, 2011

For more information, please visit the festival's website.

 

 

News

  Roots, Raza, Revolucion: CineFestival at 33

(San Antonio Current) - After a few erratic years, CineFestival - the nation's longest-running Latino film festival - celebrates its 33rd anniversary with more of what a low-budget festival can offer: a few strong films, a handful of historically important ones, a couple of forgettable ones, and a huge mixed bag showcasing the work of young, up-and-coming directors, many of them local. FULL STORY

Joel and Ethan Coen Spill Their Screenwriting Secrets

(The Hollywood Reporter) - The True Grit filmmakers explain their creative process, the usefulness of lunatic screenwriters and why nurse sex can make good cinematic sense. FULL STORY

 

 

Jobs & Opportunities

 

 

Visit the NALIP Job Opportunities page for all the latest listings.

 

Line Producer for Commercial Shoot

Arietis, Inc is in need of a experienced line producer located in the greater Los Angeles area to do budgeting for a commercial shoot. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Motion Graphics Artist

CreateN!CE, an awesome new digital design agency, is looking for an equally awesome Motion Graphics Artist. FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

Casting: Latinos for Music Video

Ceci Bastida & Diplo invite you to be part for their music video, "Have you Heard?" FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

 

 

From the Editor

 

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Spotlight

  

 

DOING YOUR DOC in Chicago, Feb. 25-27

 

Join us in Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 25-27 for our NALIP signature program Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices. Don't miss this unique chance to work with story consultant Fernanda Rossi, story consultant to over 300 films including two Academy Award Nominees. Also receive project mentoring on your documentary idea, proposal or trailer.

 

This intensive 3-day workshop is right for you, whether you are just beginning, have already shot footage, or have a rough cut and are seeking finishing funds. Click here for more information!

 

Latino Filmmakers in 2011 SXSW

 

The 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival - taking place March 11-19 in Austin, Texas - announced the films selected for its Competition, Spotlight Premieres, Headliners, Emerging Visions and other sections. Movies in the festival by Latino filmmakers include:

 

Better This World

Directors: Katie Galloway & Kelly Duane de la Vega

Synopsis: Two childhood friends from Midland, Texas cross a line that changes their lives forever. The result: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high stakes entrapment defense hinging on a controversial FBI informant. (World Premiere)

 

Girl Walks Into a Bar

Director & Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez

Synopsis: A sharp-witted comedy that follows a group of apparent strangers in interlocking stories taking place in ten different bars during the course of one evening in Los Angeles. Cast: Carla Gugino, Zachary Quinto, Danny DeVito, Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson (World Premiere)

 

Otis Under Sky

Director: Anlo Sepulveda, Writers: Anlo Sepulveda, Anis Mojgani, Roberta Colindrez

Synopsis: Otis is a socially inept web artist who struggles to connect with people. He falls into unrequited love with Ursula, and his world is turned upside down. Cast: Anis Mojgani, Roberta Colindrez, Tony Jackson, Jacqueline Leal, Ruth Sepulveda (World Premiere)

 

  

  

 

 

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Screen Actors Guild Honors Outstanding Film And Television Performances at the
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
 

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 30, 2011) - Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2010 at the “17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The “17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). An encore presentation was telecast on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET), 9 p.m. (CT), 8 p.m. (MT) and 7 p.m. (PT).

Voting procedures to choose the recipients were sent to the nearly 100,000 active members of Screen Actors Guild nationwide. Morgan Freeman presented Ernest Borgnine with Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the 47th Annual Life Achievement Award, following a filmed tribute introduced by Tim Conway.

Honored with individual awards were Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman for performances in motion pictures and Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, Al Pacino, and Betty White for performances in television. Screen Actors Guild originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor® for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “The King’s Speech”, while the Actors® for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Boardwalk Empire” and “Modern Family.” Screen Actors Guild’s honors for outstanding performances by a stunt ensemble in film and television were awarded to “Inception” and “True Blood.”

Dennis Haysbert introduced a lively film montage that saluted actors who perform in commercials. Hillary Swank introduced a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute to the actors who have passed away in the past year.

PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) hosted the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for the 15th year. This exclusive event, immediately following the SAG Awards on the back lot of the Shrine Exposition Center, honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of the Screen Actors Guild. The gala benefits the SAG Foundation, which just celebrated its 25th year of service to the public and the acting community.

The “17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” is a presentation of Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Scott Bakula, Shelley Fabares and Paul Napier are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Stephen Pouliot is the writer. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG, TNT and TBS visit
sagawards.org/about.

The complete list of recipients of the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows.

17th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® RECIPIENTS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI - "THE KING’S SPEECH" (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures and Relativity Media)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company)

ANTHONY ANDREWS / Stanley Baldwin
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth
JENNIFER EHLE / Myrtle Logue
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI
MICHAEL GAMBON / King George V
DEREK JACOBI / Archbishop Cosmo Lang
GUY PEARCE / King Edward VIII
GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue
TIMOTHY SPALL / Winston Churchill

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
AL PACINO / Jack Kevorkian – “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
CLAIRE DANES / Temple Grandin – “TEMPLE GRANDIN” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
STEVE BUSCEMI / Nucky Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 ROCK” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky – “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)

GREG ANTONACCI / Johnny Torrio
STEVE BUSCEMI / Nucky Thompson
DABNEY COLEMAN / Commodore Louis Kaestner
PAZ DE LA HUERTA / Lucy Danzinger
STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone
ANTHONY LACIURA / Eddie Kessler
KELLY MACDONALD / Margaret Schroeder
GRETCHEN MOL / Gillian Darmody
ALEKSA PALLADINO / Angela Darmody
VINCENT PIAZZA / Lucky Luciano
MICHAEL PITT / Jimmy Darmody
MICHAEL SHANNON / Agent Nelson Van Alden
PAUL SPARKS / Mickey Doyle
MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Arnold Rothstein ERIK WEINER / Agent Sebso
SHEA WHIGHAM / Sheriff Elias Thompson

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
INCEPTION (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
TRUE BLOOD (HBO)


LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award
Ernest Borgnine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamey Johnson: The Insider’s Outsider

By Robert K. Oermann

 

© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

 

Jamey Johnson has a way of defying our expectations. At a time when it is harder than ever to sell full-length albums relative to single digital tracks, he has followed his Mercury Nashville Gold-certified That Lonesome Song with a double album. The Guitar Song contains 25 songs and demands more than an hour of a listener’s attention – yet in September it debuted at the top of the Country chart and at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200.

 

The music video for his anti-Hollywood song “Playing the Part,” written by Johnson and Shane Minor, was filmed in Hollywood and directed by actor Matthew McConaughey. And though at the top of his game as a Country songwriter and record producer, Johnson has also taken a left turn to produce a gospel album for the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama.

 

“The first time we met was onstage when we went to do a show for the Alabama Hall of Fame down in Montgomery,” Johnson recalled. “We were going to sing ‘Down by the Riverside’ together that night, so we came for a sound check. I met them onstage, singing with them. “I don’t know exactly what the right words would be to describe the experience,” he continued. “But it gave me an incredible awareness of self. I don’t feel like I had the right perspective before. People like that, the only way they can respond to you is through music. It was so moving.”

 

Interested initially in providing material to the group, Johnson learned from their manager that they were more concerned at that point with finding a producer for the album. In short order, the two-time CMA Song of the Year winner (“In Color,” “Give It Away”) was onboard and involved in an experience that would broaden the experiences of his first contact with the Blind Boys, from teaching them lyrics by speaking each line, preacher-style, for them to sing back in harmony, to going out for a night on the town with Jimmy Carter, a member of the group.

 

“I took him over to ‘see’ Tootsies and even got him up onstage, where he did a couple of songs,” Johnson said. “Then we went over to see Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers over at The Station Inn. They had Jimmy get up and do a couple of Country songs with them.” Gill, along with George Jones, The Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Ann Womack, is among the Country luminaries Johnson recruited to guest on the Blind Boys album.

 

Johnson is also working in the studio with Erin Enderlin, who co-wrote Alan Jackson’s “Monday Morning Church” and Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call.” And he continues to produce his own work with his band, The Kent Hardly Playboys, adhering to the “old-school” approach he applies to much of his music, even including the vinyl medium he prefers for listening — and, in the case of both That Lonesome Song and The Guitar Song, recording as well. The three-LP vinyl set contains a deluxe lyric and picture booklet.

 

“My favorite way to listen to music is on vinyl LPs,” he said. “The jacket of The Guitar Song album tells the story of how a vinyl record is made, in pictures. You see the pellets that they turn into liquid form. You see the liquid vinyl that then goes over and gets stamped on the machine press. Even the CD version of the album tells the vinyl story.”

 

Johnson’s story begins outside of Montgomery, Ala., near the tiny community of Enterprise. Everybody in his family played Country and gospel music. He picked up the guitar at 10 and learned how to pick Alabama’s “My Home’s in Alabama.” His mother owned every Alabama album, and a concert by the group was the first show he ever attended.

 

Fellow Alabamans Vern Gosdin and Hank Williams were other family favorites. Johnson’s new album contains his version of “Set ’Em Up Joe,” written by Gosdin, Buddy Cannon, Hank Cochran and Dean Dillon and recorded by Johnson as a tribute the day after the singer’s death in 2009.

 

As a youngster, he and his friends visited Williams’ grave on a hill above Montgomery to sing the legend’s songs. One night, he dropped his guitar on the tombstone and splintered its bottom. The instrument, dubbed “Ol’ Maple,” bears that scar to this day, as well as the autographs of many of its owner’s heroes, including Bill Anderson, John Anderson, Bobby Bare, Cannon, Cochran, Jessi Colter, Teddy Gentry, Merle Haggard, Jones, George Strait, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt and Womack.

 

“It’s meant a lot to me over the years,” Johnson said. “It’s the guitar I’ve written most of my songs on and done most of my shows on. The first signature I got on it was in 1998. It was Willie Nelson. But the years of pulling it in and out of the case rubbed that off. I just knew I was never going to see Willie Nelson again. I was distraught about it. Well, I got to do Farm Aid a couple of years ago. I took the guitar over to Willie’s bus to go meet Willie again. When we sat down, I told him that he was the first one that ever signed this guitar and it was gone and explained why. So instead of signing it on the top, he signed it down low. He wrote ‘Willie Nelson 2008’ right there.”

 

There’s one more signature that Johnson hopes to restore to the collection. “I had Kenny Rogers’ autograph going across the top, but that’s where my arm goes when I play, so I rubbed that off of there,” he said. “So I’ve got to go and find Kenny Rogers again at some point.”

 

After launching his career in the clubs of Montgomery, quitting college in the wake of his sophomore year and spending eight years in the Marine Corps Reserve, Johnson moved to Nashville on Jan. 1, 2000, the so-called “Y2K” day. “That was the day the planes were supposed to come crashing down and the computers were all going to be dead,” he recalled. “I said, ‘Well, if the world is going to Hell, I’m going to Nashville to sing about it.’”

 

The singing didn’t start right away. Johnson ran his own construction company from 2001 through 2004, specializing in restoring buildings after natural disasters. Eventually he did start singing at songwriter gatherings, which led to his becoming an in-demand demo singer. Producer Buddy Cannon began working with him. But it wasn’t until his discovery by EMI Music Publishing that his music career truly began.

 

“Every day I have this job, I thank the Lord that a guy named Arlis Albritton brought this guy named Jamey Johnson to me,” said Tom Luteran, VP, A&R, EMI Music Publishing. “Jamey just had that voice. After I heard him, I was bouncing off the wall. That was in the summer of 2004. We don’t usually make instant decisions, but in his case I knew I wanted to sign him right then and there.”

 

Thanks to that reference from EMI staff songwriter Albritton, Johnson followed a quick trajectory from his first album, The Dollar, released in 2006 and produced by Cannon, to the work that many now hail as his masterpiece. The Guitar Song comes on two discs, one labeled “Black” and filled with dark, somber material, and the other “White,” featuring what Johnson terms “redemptive” songs. Both convey a rebellious, “outsider” quality, yet two of their most striking songs are reminders of Johnson’s history of working with mainstream, even commercial writers: the chillingly aggressive “Heartache,” written with Rivers Rutherford, and the title tune, told from the viewpoint of two forgotten guitars hanging on a pawnshop wall, which Johnson wrote and recorded with Whisperin’ Bill Anderson.

 

The "Black" songs include the combative "Can’t Cash My Checks" (written by Johnson, Jason Cope, James Otto, Shannon Lawson), the sadly bluesy "Even the Skies Are Blue" (Johnson, Rivers Rutherford) and the threatening, Johnson self-penned "Poor Man Blues." The lighter, "White" songs are highlighted with the lulling "Front Porch Swing Afternoon" (Johnson, Dean Miller), the rocking "Good Times Ain’t What They Used to Be" (Johnson, Dallas Davidson, Jim McCormick), the sexy "Macon" (Johnson, Kacey Coppola) and the highly autobiographical "That’s Why I Write Songs" (Johnson, Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley).

 

Johnson is a lover of classic Country sounds, and he regularly performs oldies in his stage shows. The Guitar Song contains his versions of Kris Kristofferson’s "For the Good Times," Mel Tillis’ "Mental Revenge" and "Lonely at the Top," a previously undiscovered gem co-written by the late Keith Whitley, with Don Cook and Chick Raines.

 

For all the acclaim stirred by The Guitar Song, Johnson’s recordings aren’t what matters most to him. “The records are almost a means to an end,” Luteran observed. “He’s all about playing for the people. From Day One, it has always been about the shows for Jamey. It doesn’t matter if it’s a stadium or a 50-seat club. He was meant to do this. It’s scary to have the amount of talent he has. I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

 

On the Web: www.JameyJohnson.com

 

 

 

Sara Evans Joins Celebration of Keep the Music Playing, Luke Bryan Hosts All Stars Concert on Feb. 1

By Bob Doerschuk

 

© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

 

Heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures had forced Metro Nashville Public Schools to shut down one morning in January. But that wasn’t enough to keep Sara Evans and eight talented members of the Pearl–Cohn High School choir away from their practice room for a memorable meeting of voices, made possible in large part by CMA’s Keep the Music Playing (KTMP) program, benefiting music education in public schools.

 

Evans had agreed to meet these juniors and seniors to offer advice in advance of their participation in the Keep the Music Playing All-Stars Concert presented by SunTrust Bank and scheduled for Feb. 1 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. What she didn’t expect was how the students would show their appreciation for her visit.

 

With the school’s Music Director Llewellyn Peter leading and playing accompaniment at the Baldwin grand piano, they performed César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus,” singing the Latin text with delicacy, finesse and subtle dynamic shadings. This they followed with a robust gospel rendering of Ricky Dillard’s “Oh How Precious,” ignited by DeOndrea Foster’s lead vocal. Her astonishing performance, buoyed by the choir’s call-and-response backing, hypnotic swaying and occasional spontaneous shouts, left Evans in tears at the end.

 

“I honestly didn’t know what I was walking into exactly, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of my whole entire career,” Evans said. “These kids were so amazing and they were such an inspiration to me. I wanted to come in and talk to them about pursuing music or not giving up on a dream, and when I came in and they started singing I was just kind of overwhelmed with emotion.”

 

Their performance also testified to the opportunities made possible in part by CMA’s donation of more than $4.7 million to MNPS for music education.

 

Standing afterwards next to the piano, Peter put it simply. “This instrument makes me feel better when I play,” he insisted. “It propels me to teach the kids better. It propels me to be a better musician. It propels me to give my best to the students.”

 

It is also just one of more than 4,000 instruments being used now in nearly 70 MNPS, provided through KTMP. Performances such as this have persuaded Evans and other artists and celebrities who perform free each year at CMA Music Festival, which allows half the Festival’s net profits be donated to support music education, that their contribution of time and talent has not gone unnoticed.

 

“When I’m going to perform this year, it’s going to give me so much more joy,” she reflected. “I’m going to go out there with a happy heart, knowing that somebody might benefit from it in this way.”

 

Capitol Records Nashville artist Luke Bryan will host the Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Downtown Nashville. The Nashville Alliance for Public Education, along with CMA and the Nashville Symphony will host the concert which is presented by SunTrust Bank.

Bryan will host the event and perform with Nashville School of the Arts guitar student Sam Hunter.

 

“Music education in Nashville is important to us,” said Bryan, who serves on CMA’s Artist Relations Committee. “Each one of us was inspired by someone who took an interest in our own desire to play music and who gave us their support. I’m looking forward to spending time with some of the students and seeing firsthand their passion for music. All it takes is opportunity – and the right tools – to help them reach their goals.”

The All Stars Concert will feature a variety of musical styles from the most promising arts programs in Metro Nashville’s 139 elementary, middle, and high schools. Performers include the Croft Middle School Orchestra, Dupont Tyler Middle School Advanced Band, Jones Paideia Elementary Super Stars, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet Orchestra, Nashville School of the Arts Jazz Band, the Pearl-Cohn High School Choir, and a special lobby performance by Mount View Elementary School Renaissance performers.

 

The Nashville Alliance has partnered with CMA’s Keep the Music Playing program since 2006 and has provided more than 4,000 musical instruments and music labs for nearly 70 Metro public schools. To date, the program has raised more than $4.7 million from the proceeds of the annual CMA Music Festival to purchase much-needed musical instruments and equipment. In 2010, CMA donated more than $1.4 million to the effort, which includes a $1 million endowment ($200,000 annual contribution) of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words & Music” program, which assists language arts and music teachers with classroom instruction in the basics of songwriting.

 

The Keep the Music Playing All Stars concert is free to students’ families and schools through the generous support of SunTrust Bank. Free tickets are available to students, family members and CMA members at the CMA office at One Music Circle South, Nashville, TN 37203.

 

On the Web: www.CMAworld.com

 

 

 

RCA Nashville recording artist Sara Evans visited Pearl-Cohn High School choir students and gave them tips on their upcoming performance during the Feb. 1, "Keep the Music Playing" All-Stars Concert presented by SunTrust Banks. The students performed for Evans with the help of a Baldwin Grand Piano purchased by CMA's “Keep the Music Playing” with funds raised from the 2008 CMA Music Festival. (l-r) senior, Felicia Barnes; Executive Principal of Pearl-Cohn High School, Marva Blanchard-Woods; senior, Charquinta Mitchell; junior, Isis Miles; junior, Theron Boyd Jr.; Evans; senior, Veonka Sarr; senior, Trayce Talley; senior, DeOndrea Foster; Music Director, Llewellyn Peter; and junior, Larry Brown.

 

 

RCA Nashville recording artist Sara Evans visited Pearl-Cohn High School choir students and gave them tips on their upcoming performance during the Feb. 1, "Keep the Music Playing" All-Stars Concert presented by SunTrust Banks.

 

 

Capitol Records Nashville artist and CMA Board member Luke Bryan will host and perform during the second Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert presented by SunTrust Bank. The All Stars Concert will feature a variety of musical styles from the most promising arts programs in Metro Nashville’s 139 elementary, middle, and high schools.

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK – Friday, January 14, 2011 – NBC announced today the stellar celebrity lineup of candidates appearing on the next season of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” premiering on Sunday, March 6th at 9pm EST/PST.

 

The women include: Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson, Star Jones, NeNe Leakes, Marlee Matlin, Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor and Dionne Warwick.

 

The men include: Gary Busey, Jose Canseco, David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and John Rich.

 

“The next season of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ will be the most exciting yet. We are thrilled to bring back the celebrity format with 16 new and unbelievably talented celebrities who will help me make ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ one of the hottest shows on television this spring.  This will be season 11 -- Amazing!” said Donald J. Trump, the show’s star and executive producer.

 

All 16 celebrities will be competing in business related tasks in and around New York City, using their fame, contacts and business acumen to win weekly tasks, while ultimately raising money and awareness for their respective causes.  As per usual, Trump and his advisors, who also happen to be his children and colleagues, will stand in judgment of the celebrities in the Boardroom.  Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. are back and will welcome their younger brother, Eric Trump, who will be filling in as an advisor, as will longtime Trump Organization employee George Ross.

 

As with the previous seasons, the winning celebrity team will have the privilege of watching the losing team squirm under the scrutiny of Donald Trump and his advisors from the comfort of their own war room.  After each task, the wining project manager will get to present their charity with a check.  Last season, “The Celebrity Apprentice” raised over $1,250,000 for charity.  The money raised this season promises to squash previous numbers and bring record-breaking donations to many worthy charities.  It will truly be a “must-watch” season.

 

"I am thrilled at the return of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice,’” said executive producer Mark Burnett.   “It has become America's Sunday night guilty pleasure, while at the same time, raising millions for charity. This season is the best yet. Buckle your seatbelts."

 

When all is said and done, 15 celebrities will hear those two words made famous by Donald Trump, while one will follow in the footsteps of Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers and Bret Michaels and emerge to become The Celebrity Apprentice.

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE AND WHITE DRAGON JAR SELLS FOR $7.66 MILLION AT BONHAMS

 

 

San Francisco - A blue and white porcelain Dragon jar sold for $7,658,000 in the Fine Asian Works of Art sale on Monday December 13th at Bonhams & Butterfields in San Francisco.  The 360-lot sale brought more than $19 million with the vast majority of the lots fetching multiples of their estimates.

 

 

The excitement in the standing-room-only saleroom was palpable, as determined bidders on the telephone and in the audience fought to win the much-coveted jar. Brooke Sivo, the sale's principal auctioneer and a 22-year veteran of the art world, expertly guided the bidding along until it culminated in the record price.

 

 

 

There was much anticipation and deliberation over the Dragon jar.  Following careful pre-sale research and consultation, the firm described the jar conservatively as Qianlong Mark, Late Qing/Republic Period and gave it a pre-sale estimate of $10,000-15,000 USD.

 

 

 

Ultimately, two key bidders backed their own judgment and the Dragon jar sold for a remarkable $7,658,000 USD.

 

 

 

Dessa Goddard, Vice President and Director, Asian Works of Art, commented, "The jar proved to be a puzzle for several clients with whom I spoke who all declared it to be unique. Without a consensus of opinion we felt obliged to be cautious with our attribution.  Needless to say, we are elated that the jar achieved such a spectacular price. Its sale provided a fantastic slice of auction drama that our clients and staff will remember for many years to come."

 

 

The blue and white porcelain jar measures an impressive 14 inches high and is decorated with bands of plantain leaves, waves, and a cloud-collar at the waisted neck and broad shoulders.  The sides are densely painted with six meticulously rendered five-clawed dragons portrayed emerging from crashing waves and flying amid stylized clouds and flames.

 

 

 

Additional highlights from the sale included: a gilt copper alloy and colored glass overlay model of an elephant, 19th/20th Century (sold for $1,834,000 USD); a set of eighteen carved ivory luohan, 19th Century (sold for $506,000 USD); a pair of hanging scroll paintings titled "Morning Glories and Gourds" by Qi Baishi (sold for $458,000 USD); a rare carved rhinoceros horn libation cup, 17th/18th Century (sold for $386,000 USD) and a set of carved ivory eighteen lohan, 19th Century (sold for $338,000 USD).

 

 

 

MR. BIG New Release «What If… »

February 8th, 2011 on Frontiers Records U.S.A.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 9, 2010) MR. BIG is back to announce their highly anticipated new studio album entitled « What If… » on February 8, 2011 on Frontiers Records.

«What If… » is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of « Hey Man », the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.

Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy SheehanIt’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.

Eric Martin concludes: “I like to compare this to the first album, when we just got to know each other in a reharsal studio and cut it in 8 or 9 days. This is like chapter 2. We had so many years, so many records and so many things behind us. Now this feels like a beautiful brand new chapter starting for all of us”.

« What If… » was produced by Kevin Shirley (Aerosmith, Rush, Iron Maiden) and the release will be followed by a World Tour which will kick off in South America in March and will hit Europe in early summer.

Formed in 1988, Mr. Big forged its place in hard rock history by combining trademark "shredding" musicianship with awesome vocal harmonies. The original line-up – vocalist Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan, and drummer Pat Torpey. Mr. Big produced numerous hit songs that ranged across a wide array of rock genres – be it ballads, heavy metal, or blues rock.

Their hits included "To Be With You" (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), "Wild World", Green-Tinted sixties Mind", "Just Take My Heart", and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy", "Addicted to that Rush", "Colorado Bulldog", and "Take Cover".

“What If…” will be released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.

“What If…” tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).

The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.

 

 

 

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on Sunday, Jan 30, at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). An encore presentation will immediately follow on TNT

To create a dramatic arrivals area, impressive set and intimate dinner setting for the world’s leading actors who are gathering on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Shrine Exposition Center, the SAG Awards® will…

➢ Lay 15,872 square feet of red carpet in the arrivals area, edged by 585 lineal feet of hedges
➢ Accommodate 300 fans in three-row six-foot high bleachers placed along an 180’ section of the red carpet arrivals area
➢ In the event of rain, protect the red carpet from the elements by 23,530 square feet of tenting
➢ Lay 11,800 square feet of black carpet in the interior Shrine entrance and the showroom.
➢ Cover the showroom walls with 15,000 square feet of black drape to create a neutral background and block sunlight.
➢ Post five 10’ Actor® statues along the red carpet and onstage.
➢ On the stage, install 600 feet of vertical gold leaf pipe connecting two monumental 16-foot high doorways, each enclosing a pair of eight-paneled lacquered doors. Each doorway is capped by 10-foot fiberglass staff detail, which is repeated at the base. The doorways are surrounded by 100 feet of over-scaled custom-cut case moldings, which are repeated downstage with another 75 feet of custom molding to create a proscenium arch.
➢ Float a 20’ wide “silver screen” framed by 100 feet of custom crown molding in front of 200 running feet of 30’ high fiber-optic star cloth.
➢ Line the stage floor with 300 4’x4’ sheets of black and white checkerboard Formica.
➢ Above the stage hang a 5-foot crystal empire chandelier that will be echoed by four chandeliers hung from the Expo Hall’s ornate ceiling.
➢ Place over 3,600 Gold Rim champagne, wine and water glasses, 2,400 pieces Empire Gold flatware and 1,200 Alpine Gold Rim Charger plates, on 86 rectangular dinner tables and over 2,000 glasses at two 16’ beverage bars and two wine tasting bar.
➢ Create custom table coverings from 800 yards of black silk with 800 yards of half inch wide gold satin ribbon as a top stitched detail, complemented by 1,200 white linen hem-stitched napkins
➢ Soften 1200 Bella Braid Gold Chameleon chairs with 1200 black suede seat cushions
➢ Create a stunning visual setting through the use of florals. This year’s inspiration is a slightly edgy return to classic Hollywood, fashioned with over 2,500 white roses highlighted by the textures of over a thousand orchids and accentuated with hundreds of white hydrangeas and over a thousand white lilies. The return to the “golden days” is dramatically underscored by the addition of gold-tinted leaves as well as hundreds of bunches of horsetail, galax leaves and zebra leaves. The arrangements will be designed in classic golden fabric covered containers in two distinct styles: one a return to quintessential Hollywood with a full floral look and one with a contemporary spin.

Guests will dine on an antipasto plate conceived by James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin, deliciously prepared and artfully arranged by Lucques Catering, consisting of:

➢ Blood Oranges with Dates, Arugula and Parmesan
➢ Beluga Lentils with Carrots, Pinenuts and Feta
➢ Slow-Roasted King Salmon with Cucumbers, Yogurt and Ginger-Mint Chutney
➢ Slow-Roasted Lamb with Chickpeas, Black Olives and Feta Salsa Verde
➢ Fresh Baked Herbed Crostini with Parmesan, Chopped Thyme and Parsley

To prepare this menu, Lucques order for the SAG Awards® from their select group of purveyors includes:

➢ Butter / 8 cups / Provvista
➢ Capers / 4 cups / Michael Phung
➢ Cheese, feta / 8 lbs / L.A. Specialty
➢ Chickpea purée / 24 gallons / Provvista
➢ Cilantro / 65 bunches / Tamai Farms
➢ Cumin / 2 cups / Provvista
➢ Dates / 1,900 / Devall
➢ Fleur de sel / 5 cups / Forever Cheese
➢ Garlic / 7 heads / Schaner Farms
➢ Ginger / 3 cups / Pacific Exotic Mushrooms
➢ Honey / 1 cup / Energy Bee Farm
➢ Jalapenos / 75 / Pacific Exotic Mushrooms
➢ Lamb, Colorado / 140 lbs / Premier Meat Co.
➢ Lemons / 175 / Schaner Farms
➢ Mint / 25 bunches / Tamai Farms
➢ Olive oil / 12 gallons / Provvista
➢ Oregano / 11.5 tb / Coleman Farms
➢ Parmesan / 150 lbs / Forever Cheese
➢ Parsley / 175 bunches / Rutiz Farms
➢ Persian cucumbers / 62 / Beylik Farms
➢ Pinenuts / 75 cups / Pacific Exotic Mushrooms
➢ Salmon / 120 lbs / Ocean Jewels
➢ Salt, kosher / 4 cups / Sysco
➢ Shallots / 400 / Schaner Farms
➢ Sherry vinegar / 1.2 gallons / Provvista
➢ Tarragon / 3 cups / Pacific Exotic Mushrooms
➢ Thyme / 5 cups / Rutiz Farms
➢ Yogurt / 2 gallons / Pacific Exotic Mushrooms
➢ Yogurt, Greek / 2 gallons / Pacific Exotic Mushrooms

Some interesting facts from Lucques Catering Director Jessica Goin about the purveyors chosen by Chef Suzanne Goin:

Provvista is a great specialty food company started by Joe Guth, a close friend who cooked with Suzanne at Chez Panisse!

Barbara and Bill Spencer own
Windrose Farm a small family farm. They’re really amazing people who grow incredible chilies, heirloom apples, tomatoes, beans, etc. They even came to Suzanne’s wedding.

Another great family farm is
Rutiz Farms, owned by Jerry Rutiz. Suzanne describes his carrots in her cookbook, “This exotic spiced snapper dish evolved from the most mundane ingredient in the mix: the everyday carrot. But the carrots that inspired it, grown by local farmer Jerry Rutiz, are by no means ordinary. His funky-shaped, dirt-encrusted carrots are the sweetest and most delicious of any I’ve tasted.”

Alex Weiser, of
Weiser Farms is another favorite. He grows the most beautiful romanesco (like cauliflower but fractals) that we’ve ever seen.

Bill Coleman farms Coleman Farms with his (I think) SIX grown children. Romeo Coleman is so handsome we call him the Antonio Banderas of Carpinteria (but not to his face because he’s very shy.)

Schaner Farms – Peter Schaner is probably one of our favorite people in all the world (and I think he beats Bill Coleman by two kids!). We even held his brother’s wedding at Lucques. We get our suckling pigs from another brother. Peter has incredible citrus, avocados, pomegranates, child raising tips….

Ocean Jewels is owned by Julie Harman, who we call what else – Ocean Julie. She does amazing work finding great sustainably fished product, it seems like she and Suzanne drive themselves crazy hunting for the most delicious fish that has the smallest impact on the environment. (i.e. are you better off with a local fish that isn’t fished as sustainably or a fish that is more sustainable but has to be flown in?)

Flora Bella Farm is owned by James Birch. Here’s how Suzanne described him in her cookbook: “If you leaned against your sink, closed your eyes, and focused on conjuring up the quintessential organic farmer, James Birch would appear in your kitchen. He looks like a cross between a grizzly bear and an overgrown Little Prince. And he is, in fact, the king of broccoli.”

Beverages for guests include:

➢ For the tables: 102 magnums of
Dry Creek Vineyard’s exclusive 11th Anniversary SAG Awards® Cabernet-based 2008 Cuvée and 204 bottles of Dry Creek Vineyard’s 2009 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
➢ Dry Creek Vineyard’s wine-tasting bars will offer a selection that includes the 2008 Foggy Oaks Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley and the 2007 Sonoma County Heritage Zinfandel. A total of 192 bottles will be available for tasting.
➢ 234 magnums of
Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française served in the showroom
➢ 144 magnums of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française served in at the post-Awards gala
➢ 1548 glass decanters of
Voss sparkling and still water served in the showroom
➢ Another 6,720 unbreakable third-liters of Voss still water for our more than 700 media and 300 fans in the bleachers
➢ At the showroom and gala bars: 108 bottles of
Grey Goose Original Vodka and 7 bottles each of Grey Goose La Poire, Grey Goose L’Orange and Grey Goose Le Citron

Sources:

John Shaffner & Joe Stewart, SAG Awards Production Designers
Keaton Walker, SAG Awards Art Director
Mickey Moscynski, SAG Awards Arrivals Art Director
Keith Greco, Keith Greco Designs, SAG Awards Art Director
Andrea Wyn Schall,
A Wynning Event, SAG Awards Event Supervisor
Chris Matsumoto,
CJ Matsumoto & Sons, Florist
Suzanne Goin, Chef & Jessica Goin, Catering Director, Lucques Catering
Sabrina Keraudren, Brand Manager, Kobrand Corporation
Kim Stare Wallace, Dry Creek Vineyard Owner
Chris Carr, SAG Awards Production Manager

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Scott Bakula, Shelley Fabares and Paul Napier are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG, TNT and TBS visit
sagawards.org/about.

 

 

 

NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Sunday December 26, 2010 - Saturday January 1, 2011

"CHUCK"

"CHUCK VERSUS THE ANNIVERSARY"

12/27/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Monday) : CHUCK BEGINS A SEARCH FOR HIS MOTHER, WHICH HE MUST KEEP A SECRET FROM THE CIA AND HIS SISTER -- LINDA HAMILTON GUEST STARS AS MARY BARTOWSKI -- DOLPH LUNDGREN, HARRY DEAN STANTON AND OLIVIA MUNN ALSO GUEST STAR -- Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) go on a rogue globe-spanning mission to find Chuck's mom. Meanwhile, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) follow a trail to Russia as they investigate the mysterious Volkoff Industries and its operative, Marco (guest star Dolph Lundgren). Back at home, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) delivers big news to her family. Bonita Friedericy also stars.

"CHUCK"

"CHUCK VERSUS THE AISLE OF TERROR"

12/27/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : CHUCKS DREAM OF FINDING HIS MOM MAY BE HIS WORST NIGHTMARE -- LINDA HAMILTON, MORGAN FAIRCHILD AND ROBERT ENGLUND GUEST STAR -- When Chuck (Zachary Levi), Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Casey (Adam Baldwin), and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) are tasked to stop Dr. Stanley Wheelright (guest star Robert Englund) from releasing a nightmare-inducing toxin, they're also lead to question the allegiances of Chuck's mom (guest star Linda Hamilton). Meanwhile, Jeff (Scott Krinsky) and Lester (Vik Sahay) use their unique sensibilities to celebrate Halloween at the Buy More, and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) get a visit from Dr. Honey Woodcomb (guest star Morgan Fairchild). Bonita Friedericy and Mark Christopher Lawrence also star.

"CHUCK"

"CHUCK VERSUS THE FIRST FIGHT"

12/27/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) : CHUCK GOES ON A ROGUE MISSION AS HE AND SARAH FACE THEIR FIRST RELATIONSHIP CRISIS—LINDA HAMILTON, ANA GASTEYER AND TIMOTHY DALTON GUEST STAR—After their first real fight, Chuck (Zachary Levi) avoids confronting Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) by going on a rogue mission that leads him to his mom's MI-6 handler, Gregory Tuttle (guest star Timothy Dalton), and a mysterious Russian agent (guest star Ana Gasteyer). Meanwhile, Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) is on her own mission to uncover the Bartowski family's long-buried past. Joshua Gomez, Ryan McPartlin, Bonita Friedericy and Adam Baldwin also star.

Jamie French

Akiva Griffith

"MINUTE TO WIN IT"

"A MARRY ME, CHRISTMAS"

12/28/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM 'MINUTE TO WIN IT' -- "Minute To Win It" celebrates the holidays! Contestants will participate in exciting holiday themed games and win major prizes in addition to the usual cash. There will also be a special grand prize of $3 million, numerous audience giveaways, Christmas carolers, surprise musical performances -- and of course, Santa's helpers.

Meredith Fitzpatrick

"THE BIGGEST LOSER: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? SPECIAL (2010)"

"THE BIGGEST LOSER: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? SPECIAL (2010)"

12/28/2010 (09:00PM - 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : CATCHING UP WITH THE MOST POPULAR AND MEMORABLE CONTESTANTS FROM THE PAST NINE SEASONS -- Viewers will get a chance to catch up with some of their favorite contestants from the last nine seasons of NBC’s hit series "The Biggest Loser" with this inspiring Thanksgiving week special. More than 30 former contestants will be featured, revealing how they look now and what they’ve been doing with their lives since being on the show. For one "Biggest Loser" couple, season nine’s Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson, their relationship comes full circle when Sam proposes to Stephanie at the "Biggest Loser" ranch where their romance first began. Viewers will also catch up with popular season seven player Sione Fa, who travels with his father to Tonga to meet with the royal family and motivate people on the island to get healthy, and season eight’s beloved contestant Abby Rike, who continues to inspire others with her unforgettable story of triumph over tragedy. Fifty past season contestants – including season seven finalist Tara Costa -- reunite to participate in the San Francisco triathlon and 5K and 10K races at Treasure Island. And eight of the past nine season winners will come together for the first time ever for a very special Thanksgiving dinner prepared by popular chef Curtis Stone.

"UNDERCOVERS"

"THE KEY TO IT ALL"

12/29/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : THINGS ARE NEVER AS THEY SEEM – Just when Steven (Boris Kodjoe) and Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) have settled into their romantic Greek vacation, Shaw (Gerald McRaney) pulls them away to lend their assistance to an escalating situation in Tel Aviv, where terrorists have seized a hotel and taken hostages. Going undercover with help from Hoyt (Ben Schwartz), the duo soon realizes their mission involves much more than they were told. Carter MacIntyre also stars.

Gary Mednick

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

"PENETRATION"

12/29/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : DETECTIVES BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) TRY TO HELP FBI AGENT DANA LEWIS (GUEST STAR MARCIA GAY HARDEN) WHEN AN UNDERCOVER ASSIGNMENT TURNS INTO A RAPE CASE.

FBI Agent Dana Lewis (guest star Marcia Gay Harden) is assaulted by a stranger and asks Detective Benson (Hargitay) to have her rape kit tested. Before the cops can really help her, Lewis goes back undercover and refuses to talk about the assignment or the rape, for fear that she will be exposed and pulled off the case. She reluctantly allows Benson and Stabler to get involved in what looks like a protest against the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero, but they find themselves scrambling to put the pieces together of a much larger puzzle than they had anticipated. Also starring: Richard Belzer, Ice-T, Dann Florek, BD Wong, Tamara Tunie and Melissa Sagemiller.

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

"GRAY"

12/29/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : DETECTIVES BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) INVESTIGATE THE RAPE OF A COLLEGE STUDENT, AND ADA SONYA PAXTON (GUEST STAR CHRISTINE LAHTI) RETURNS TO SHAKE THINGS UP

Detective Stabler (Meloni) goes to his daughter Kathleen’s (guest star Allison Siko) university to discuss rape prevention at a Take Back the Night rally. When a girl from the crowd accuses another student of rape, Stabler and Detective Benson (Hargitay) are assigned the case. What emerges are conflicting accounts and fiery accusations without substantial evidence to back them up. To complicate matters further, ADA Paxton (guest star Christine Lahti) returns to prosecute the case, and Kathleen oversteps her bounds, which could land her and her father in hot water. Also starring: Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Dann Florek and Tamara Tunie.

"COMMUNITY"

"BASIC ROCKET SCIENCE"

12/30/2010 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : GREENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE JOINS THE SPACE RACE AS THE SCHOOL GETS ITS FIRST "FLIGHT SIMULATOR" – Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) decides that Greendale Community College must have its own flight simulator and cannot be bested by the competition, "City College," which is planning its own flight simulator. He enlists the study group to clean and refurbish the Greendale Community College simulator. As Jeff (Joel McHale), Pierce (Chevy Chase), Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Annie (Alison Brie), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Troy (Donald Glover) wash the tattered simulator down, they end up accidentally launching it – sending everyone on an unexpected journey into "outer space." Abed (Danny Pudi) is left behind to try and navigate a safe "return" for everyone. Ken Jeong also stars.

"30 ROCK"

"GENTLEMAN'S INTERMISSION"

12/30/2010 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) : AVERY (GUEST STAR ELIZABETH BANKS) PUSHES JACK (ALEC BALDWIN) TO SET BOUNDARIES IN HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH LIZ (TINA FEY)

When Avery (guest star Elizabeth Banks) points out the peculiarity of Jack (Alec Baldwin) and Liz's (Tina Fey) bond, he vows to set some boundaries. With Jack keeping his distance, Liz is left to deal with her father’s (guest star Buck Henry) attempt to recapture his youth during a visit. Meanwhile, Tracy (Tracy Morgan) enlists Kenneth’s (Jack McBrayer) help to reinvent himself after viewing his own pre-produced video obituary. Much to Jenna's (Jane Krakowski) dismay, she finds out that no one has shot her video, so she decides to make it herself. Also starring: Judah Friedlander, Katrina Bowden, Keith Powell and Scott Adist.

"THE OFFICE"

"SEX ED"

12/30/2010 (09:00PM - 09:30PM) (Thursday) : MICHAEL CONTACTS ALL HIS EX-GIRLFRIENDS—AMY RYAN ("Gone Baby Gone"), MELORA HARDIN ("Monk"), NANCY CARELL ("Saturday Night Live"), AMY PIETZ ("Caroline in the City") AND LINDA PURL ("First Monday") GUEST STAR—Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell), believing he has herpes, contacts all his ex-girlfriends, including Jan (guest star Melora Hardin) and Holly (guest star Amy Ryan). Andy (Ed Helms) tries to play on Erin’s (Ellie Kemper) compassionate side by holding a sex education meeting for the office. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Craig Robinson and Zach Woods also star.

Joanne Park

"OUTSOURCED"

"JOLLY VINDALOO DAY"

12/30/2010 (09:30PM - 10:00PM) (Thursday) : TRICK YOUR BOSS DAY—Exploiting Todd’s (Ben Rappaport) unfamiliarity with Indian holidays, Rajiv (Rizwan Manji) creates a fake holiday in order to get him out of the office. While Todd is gone, Rajiv receives a visit from his future father-in-law who he is trying to impress by pretending to be a manager. Meanwhile, the A-Team employees begin harassing Manmeet (Sacha Dhawan), Gupta (Parvesh Cheena) and Madhuri (Anisha Nagarajan), so they turn to the best source they know to plot their revenge. Also starring are Rebecca Hazlewood, Diedrich Bader, Pippa Black.

Kellie Kulikowsky

"THE OFFICE"

"THE LOVER"

12/30/2010 (10:00PM - 10:30PM) (Thursday) : PAM AND JIM RETURN FROM THEIR HONEYMOON AND GET SURPRISE NEWS FROM MICHAEL—Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) shocks Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) when he reveals the identity of the new woman he has been dating. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) apologizes to Jim for years of torment with a strange peace offering. Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak and Ellie Kemper also star.

"THE OFFICE"

"MURDER"

12/30/2010 (10:30PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : MURDER SHE WROTE—Michael’s (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) world is rocked by troubling rumors about Dunder Mifflin. He forces the office into a day of strange diversions, upsetting Jim (John Krasinski) and leading others to wonder if Michael has gone insane. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) finds that his chief obstacle in courting Erin (Ellie Kemper) is his own awkwardness. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein and B.J. Novak also star.

Joanne Park

"MINUTE TO WIN IT"

"A FAMILY AFFAIR"

12/31/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Friday) : POPULAR COMPETITION SERIES RETURNS WITH HOLIDAY EPISODES -- "Minute to Win It" returns to the primetime schedule Tuesday, December 7, 14 and 21 with special episodes for the holiday season. Contestants will win major holiday prizes in addition to the usual cash. These holiday episodes will also include a special sneak peek of the mini-movie "Banana" from the December 14 Blu-Ray™/DVD release of the hit film "Despicable Me," a special "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme, numerous audience giveaways, Christmas carolers, surprise musical performances -- and of course, Santa and his helpers.

Meredith Fitzpatrick

"NBC SPECIALS"

"NBC'S NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH CARSON DALY 2010"

12/31/2010 (10:00PM - 10:58PM) (Friday) : CARSON DALY RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH LIVE TWO-HOUR SPECIAL—"Last Call" host Carson Daly will ring in the New Year live from Times Square with "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly." The two-hour special will air live on Friday, December 31, beginning in primetime from 10-11 p.m. (ET), and continuing from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (ET) with the countdown to 2011 and the first performances of the New Year. Beginning at 11:30 p.m. (ET), CNBC will join in the countdown festivities by simultaneously broadcasting the New Year’s Eve special. "NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly" will broadcast in high definition from the middle of the world’s most famous New Year’s Eve destination -- Times Square in New York City.

"LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES"

"HARBOR CITY"

01/01/2011 (08:00PM - 08:59PM) (Saturday) : DETECTIVES WINTERS (SKEET ULRICH) AND JARUSZALSKI (COREY STOLL) COMB THE BEACH TO INVESTIGATE THE MURDER OF A PRO SURFER—When former surf champion Trevor Knight (Yves Bright) returns home to help his ailing mother, it ultimately results in his untimely death. Initially, Detectives Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and Tomas "TJ" Jaruszalski (Corey Stoll) are lead to believe that it was not only a robbery gone wrong, but possibly an inside job. Meanwhile, DDA Morales (Alfred Molina) has a feeling that someone related to one of the suspects knows more than they are telling and goes to unusual lengths to flush them out. Regina Hall and Rachel Ticotin also star.

"LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES"

"PASADENA"

01/01/2011 (09:00PM - 09:59PM) (Saturday) : DETECTIVE WINTERS (SKEET ULRICH) AND JARUSZALSKI (COREY STOLL) INVESTIGATE THE HIT AND RUN OF A PREGNANT WOMAN THAT WAS LEFT FOR DEAD — After a pregnant Rebecca Townley (guest star Rebecca Mader, "Lost") is found run over and left for dead, the detectives learn that the baby’s father may be a married politician, and the crime a homicide. As Winters and Jaruszalski begin digging deeper into her past, they are led to a young couple, Adam (guest star Rob Benedict) and Carolyn Yarborough (guest star Karis Campbell), who seem to know more than they are willing to tell when it comes to Rebecca. DDA Morales (Alfred Molina) must weave carefully through a political minefield as he begins the task of uncovering the truth. Regina Hall and Rachel Ticotin also star.

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

"WET"

01/01/2011 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Saturday) : DETECTIVES OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND ELLIOT STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) FIND AN UNLIKELY MOTIVE AND SEVERAL SUSPECTS IN THE POISONING DEATH OF A CORPORATE EXECUTIVE. GUEST STARRING PAULA PATTON AND DAVID KRUMHOLTZ.

Detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) arrive on the scene where a woman is found dead in Bethesda Fountain. When her squeaky clean image doesn’t match up with her promiscuous actions on the night of her murder, ADA Mikka Von (guest star Paula Patton) encourages the cops to dig deeper into her past. When they find out that the woman was poisoned with toxic mushrooms, they suspect a crazed activist and professor (guest star David Krumholtz) is responsible. As the case develops, Benson and Stabler go to dangerous lengths to ensure that justice is served. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola).

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15 Features in Line for 2010 VFX Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

"Alice in Wonderland"
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
"Clash of the Titans"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"
"Hereafter"
"Inception"
"Iron Man 2"
"The Last Airbender"
"Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
"Scott Pilgrim vs the World"
"Shutter Island"
"The Sorcerer’s Apprentice"
"Tron: Legacy"
"Unstoppable"

In early January, the members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee, who selected the semifinalists, will narrow the list to seven.

All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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Oscar Night® America 2011 to be

Celebrated in 50 Cities Nationwide

 

Beverly Hills, CA – Oscar Night America (ONA), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' grassroots program that enables local charities to host glamorous Oscar® viewing parties and raise money for their organizations, kicks off its 18th year in 2011.

 

On Sunday, February 27, 50 cities will host official Oscar viewing parties during the 83rd Academy Awards® ceremony. All events will feature the live broadcast of the Awards presentation on the ABC Television Network.

 

"Oscar Night has long been an occasion for friends and families to gather and cheer for their favorite films and stars," said Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis. "This nationwide network of fundraising parties is a natural extension of that shared experience."

 

The ONA 2011 locations are Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Charlottesville, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids (MI), Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Greenville (S.C.), Hartford, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Springfield (MO), Tampa, Tucson and Washington, D.C.

 

Most parties are black-tie affairs, though some are less formal. Some partygoers dress up as famous couples and some events feature limousine arrivals and red carpets complete with local celebrities, paparazzi and press interviews for arriving guests.

 

To set these parties apart from the thousands of other events taking place on Oscar Night, each ONA party receives from the Academy copies of the official commemorative poster and the official Oscar show program.

 

Only one charity party in a given media market may participate in ONA. Events are entirely produced by local nonprofit organizations, with the active participation of the local ABC-TV affiliate station.

 

Last year 51 charities hosted viewing parties for the 82nd Academy Awards, raising more than $3 million, all of it remaining in local communities. With a record 17,497 guests attending nationwide, ONA 2010 benefitted such charities as the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, the United Way, Starlight Children's Foundation and the Ellie Fund (breast cancer support services).

 

Since its inception in 1994, the program has generated nearly $30 million in funding for a wide spectrum of charitable organizations – every cent staying within the community where it was raised.

 

For the 18th consecutive year, Concept Marketing Development of Santa Barbara, California, will assist the Academy in coordinating the program.

 

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

 

# # #

 

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

 

FOLLOW THE ACADEMY

www.oscars.org

www.facebook.com/TheAcademy

www.youtube.com/Oscars

www.twitter.com/TheAcademy

http://www.facebook.com/OscarNightAmerica

 

 

 

UPDATES-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Thursday December 16, 2010 - Thursday December 23, 2010

 

"30 ROCK"

 

(X) "WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS"

 

12/16/2010 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) : LIZ LEMON (TINA FEY) USES HER NEW FOUND CONFIDENCE TO WIN OVER AN EDITOR (GUEST STAR PAUL GIAMATTI). ELIZABETH BANKS ALSO GUEST STARS.

 

When Liz Lemon (Fey) is surprised that more men have been noticing her, Jenna (Jane Krakowski) explains that she is coming off as more confident because of her new relationship. In turn, she uses her confidence to solve Pete's (Scott Adsit) problem with a persnickety editor (guest star Giamatti). Meanwhile, Jack (Alec Baldwin) decides he must cheat mortality in order to teach his and Avery’s (guest star Banks) unborn son how to live. Elsewhere, Tracy (Tracy Morgan) is determined to be there when his wife gives birth, and a mystery man is making sure Kenneth's (Jack McBrayer) work at "TGS" is still getting done. Also starring Judah Friedlander. Sherri Shepherd, "Cash Cab’s" Ben Bailey. Brian Williams and Kelly O’Donnell guest star as well.

 

"30 ROCK"

 

(X) "LET'S STAY TOGETHER"

 

12/23/2010 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) : JACK DONAGHY (ALEC BALDWIN) ATTEMPTS TO CHARM CONGRESS DURING THE KABLETOWN HEARINGS. ROB REINER AND QUEEN LATIFAH GUEST STAR.

 

Jack (Baldwin) must appear before Congress to discuss NBC’s merger with KableTown. He hopes that he will charm celebrity members (guest star Rob Reiner), but one Congresswoman, Regina Bookman (guest star Queen Latifah), demands more diversity in its programming lineup. Jack quickly enlists Tracy (Tracy Morgan) to come up with some new development ideas. Meanwhile, Liz (Tina Fey) is fed up with the flack her writing staff gives her, and Jenna (Jane Krakowski) help

 

 

NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Sunday December 19, 2010 - Saturday December 25, 2010

"THE SING OFF"

"205"

12/20/2010 (08:00PM - 10:00PM) (Monday) : LIVE SEASON FINALE- The remaining groups find out who has won the top prize of $100,000 and a Sony Music recording contract with surprise special guest performances. Nick Lachey hosts while Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman and Nicole Scherzinger serve as judges.

"CHUCK"

"CHUCK VERSUS SANTA CLAUS"

12/20/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) : THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR—Christmas Eve does not go as planned when an amateur criminal on the run from the police crashes into the Buy More and takes Chuck (Zachary Levi), Ellie (Sarah Lancaster), Awesome (Ryan McPartlin) and the rest of the Buy More gang hostage. In order to protect Chuck’s cover and the safety of the other hostages, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Casey (Adam Baldwin) secretly go in to the store to remove Chuck, but the mission quickly falls apart when Chuck refuses to leave his friends and family behind. Tony Hale guest stars and Joshua Gomez, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Julia Ling and Mark Christopher Lawrence also star.

Jamie French

"MINUTE TO WIN IT"

"A MARRY ME, CHRISTMAS"

12/21/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Tuesday) : HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM 'MINUTE TO WIN IT' -- "Minute To Win It" celebrates the holidays! Contestants will participate in exciting holiday themed games and win major prizes in addition to the usual cash. There will also be a special grand prize of $3 million, numerous audience giveaways, Christmas carolers, surprise musical performances -- and of course, Santa's helpers.

Meredith Fitzpatrick

"NBC SPECIALS"

"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE PRESENTS: A VERY GILLY CHRISTMAS - PARENTAL DISCRETION ADVISED"

12/21/2010 (09:00PM - 11:00PM) (Tuesday) : SNL GETS INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH "SNL PRESENTS: A VERY GILLY CHRISTMAS" A TWO-HOUR PRIMETIME SPECIAL ON DECEMBER 17 FROM 8PM-10PM ET ON NBC.

The two-hour special will include guest appearances by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, brand-new sketches with the infamous troublemaker "Gilly" (played by Kristen Wiig), and also feature favorite holiday-themed sketches from SNL’s 35-year history. SNL holiday favorite sketches will include "NPR's Delicious Dish and the Schweddy Balls" with Alec Baldwin, "A Holiday Wish" with Steve Martin, alongside newer fare like Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg's "D**k in a Box."

"UNDERCOVERS"

"FUNNY MONEY"

12/22/2010 (08:00PM - 09:00PM) (Wednesday) : BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER – When American currency plates are stolen from an armored truck, Steven (Boris Kodjoe) and Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) must recover them before the terrorist who stole them counterfeits American money. Traveling to Croatia, the situation gets complicated when the Blooms find themselves working together with Steven’s estranged brother Gary (guest star Harry Lennix). Meanwhile, Leo (Carter MacIntyre) helps Lizzy (Mekia Cox) make an important decision about her future. Gerald McRaney and Ben Schwartz also star.

Gary Mednick

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

"MERCHANDISE"

12/22/2010 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Wednesday) : A TEENAGE GIRL’S DEATH EXPOSES A HUMAN TRAFFICKING RING AND LEADS DETECTIVES OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND ELLIOT STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) TO TEAM UP WITH AN OLD FRIEND AT THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (GUEST STAR GLORIA REUBEN)

When a 15-year-old girl is hit by a car and killed, Detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) are surprised when Dr. Melinda Warner (Tamara Tunie) rules it a homicide. She has found signs that the girl was being starved, and had even recently given birth. As the two look into the case with the help of Detective Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T) and Dr. George Huang (B.D. Wong), they find that the girl had fallen victim to a human trafficking ring, and though some think it’s a case for the FBI, the cops instead reach out to Assistant U.S. Attorney and friend Christine Danielson (guest star Gloria Reuben), who has moved up in the world since the

 

detectives last saw her. Meanwhile, Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) is frustrated by his crumbling precinct. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch).

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

"BRANDED"

12/22/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Wednesday) : DETECTIVES OLIVIA BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND ELLIOT STABLER (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) LOOK FOR A CONNECTION BETWEEN TWO MEN BEATEN AND BRANDED BY THEIR ATTACKER. DAVID ALAN GRIER GUEST STARS.

When detectives Benson (Hargitay) and Stabler (Meloni) investigate a brutal attack on an unassuming, upstanding father (guest star Michael Gladis), they find he’s also been branded on his chest with a wire coat hanger. Before long, another victim turns up (guest star Kevin Alejandro) who has suffered the same injuries. Once they track down the suspect, some startling memories surface that completely change the course of the case. Also starring: Ice-T, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer and BD Wong.

"COMMUNITY"

(X) "ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS"

12/23/2010 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : DREW CAREY ("The Price is Right") AND ROB CORDDRY ("Hot Tub Time Machine") GUEST STAR AS JEFF WINGER’S (JOEL MCHALE) FORMER LAW FIRM COLLEAGUES AS JEFF TAKES A WISTFUL TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE – When Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) runs into his former law firm colleague Alan Connor (Rob Corddry), the two re-connect and Jeff finds himself returning to some of his evil ways of late night partying and expensive suits. Alan takes Jeff to a law firm event to see his former boss, Ted (Drew Carey), and the study group shows up to "rescue" him. While Annie (Alison Brie), Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy (Donald Glover) sneak into the offices to gather dirt on Alan, Jeff watches in horror as Pierce (Chevy Chase), Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) are corrupted by the lawyers. Ken Jeong also stars.

"30 ROCK"

"TBA"

12/23/2010 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) :

"THE OFFICE"

(X) "THE STING "

12/23/2010 (09:00PM - 09:30PM) (Thursday) : MICHAEL TAKES MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS WHEN SOMEONE STARTS STEALING CLIENTS—TIMOTHY OLYPHANT ("Deadwood") GUEST STARS—When a competing sales associate (guest star Timothy Olyphant) steals a Dunder Mifflin client, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell), Jim (John Krasinski) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) decide to set up a sting to find out his sales secrets. Andy (Ed Helms) decides to start a band after finding out a friend from college has a successful music career. Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Ellie Kemper, Craig Robinson and Zach Woods also star.

Joanne Park

"OUTSOURCED"

(X) "THE MEASURE OF A MANMEET"

12/23/2010 (09:30PM - 10:00PM) (Thursday) : SELL, SELL, SELL—When Todd (Ben Rappaport) reluctantly begins employee evaluations, the staff becomes nervous about their job security. After Todd's boss Jerry (Matt Walsh) reviews the sales numbers, he tells Todd to fire one of his employees. Unwilling to lose a team member without a fight, Todd hatches a plan to save his staffer. Also starring are Sacha Dhawan, Rebecca Hazlewood, Parvesh Cheena, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader and Pippa Black.

Kellie Kulikowsky

"THE OFFICE"

"CLASSY CHRISTMAS "

12/23/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : MICHAEL IS THRILLED WHEN TOBY TAKES A LEAVE OF ABSENCE—AMY RYAN ("Gone Baby Gone") GUEST STARS—Michael could not be happier when Toby (Paul Lieberstein) has to take a leave of absence and corporate sends Holly Flax (guest star Amy Ryan) to cover for him. Pam (Jenna Fischer) is forced to do a second Christmas party after Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) wants the party to be on the day Holly returns to Scranton. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) regrets agreeing to a snowball fight with Dwight (Rainn Wilson). Ed Helms, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, B.J. Novak, Ellie Kemper, Craig Robinson, Zach Woods and Paul Lieberstein also star.

Joanne Park

"NBC MOVIE OF THE WEEK"

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"

12/24/2010 (08:00PM - 11:00PM) (Friday) : NBC again presents this exclusive and special telecast of Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. The film follows the life of George Bailey (Stewart) from childhood to maturity in the town of Bedford Falls. On what might be his last Christmas Eve, a discouraged Bailey wants to throw his life away. Fortunately, Clarence (Henry Travers), a second-class angel, is sent to show him the value of life. After Clarence gives Bailey a view of Bedford Falls without him, Bailey realizes how precious his life is and gets a second chance. He comes to learn that Clarence was right when he said, "No man is a failure who has friends." The film, which earned Oscar nominations for best picture, director, actor and film editing, was produced and directed by Capra.

"COMMUNITY"

"ABED'S UNCONTROLLABLE CHRISTMAS"

12/25/2010 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Saturday) : IN THIS SPECIAL STOP MOTION ANIMATION EPISODE, THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS LOST AND ABED’S INTENSE FIXATION ON CHRISTMAS CONCERNS THE GROUP —When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed's winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness. Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Ken Jeong also star.

"30 ROCK"

"CHRISTMAS ATTACK ZONE"

12/25/2010 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Saturday) : LIZ (TINA FEY) AND AVERY (GUEST STAR ELIZABETH BANKS) CONVINCE JACK (ALEC BALDWIN) TO TELL HIS MOTHER (GUEST STAR ELAINE STRITCH) TWO BIG SECRETS. ALAN ALDA AND WILL FORTE ALSO GUEST STAR.

Liz (Tina Fey) and Avery convince Jack (Alec Baldwin) to come clean about things that he’s been keeping from his mother (guest star Elaine Stritch) when she visits him for Christmas. Later, Liz attempts to mend Jenna’s (Jane Krakowski) relationship with Paul (guest star Will Forte). Meanwhile, Tracy (Tracy Morgan) buys the rights to a film he shot so that it will never be released and compromise his new, more serious persona. Also starring: Jack McBrayer, Scott Adsit, Judah Friedlander, Keith Powell and Katrina Bowden.

"LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES"

(X) "BALLONA CREEK"

12/25/2010 (09:00PM - 09:59PM) (Saturday) : DETECTIVES WINTERS (SKEET ULRICH) AND JARUSZALSKI (COREY STOLL) INVESTIGATE THE STABBING OF A MAINTENANCE WORKER—When Department of Public Works employee Don Heller (guest star Dan Kinsella) is found stabbed to death, the detectives suspect those responsible are the gang bangers he encountered earlier that day. However, the case takes a significant turn when Winters and Jarzuszalski discover that Heller was investigating a string of unsolved murders that were committed over the past decade. DDA’s Dekker (Terrence Howard) and Stanton (Megan Boone) must now seek justice for the innocent victims in hopes to erase the horror from the past. Rachel Ticotin also stars.

"LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT"

"BEDTIME"

12/25/2010 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Saturday) : DETECTIVES BENSON (MARISKA HARGITAY) AND STABLER (CHRIS MELONI) MUST FIND A SERIAL RAPIST AND MURDERER WHO ATTACKS PEOPLE IN THEIR BEDS

Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Detective Eliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) are called to the scene of a crime where an investigative journalist has been found dead in her bed with an "X" carved into her cheek. Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) recognizes the killer's tactics from a similar case thirty years earlier, when the "Bedtime Butcher" murdered five women in the Bronx. The detectives soon meet a patrol cop (guest star Jaclyn Smith) who helps them track down a jealous ex-lover of the prime suspect (guest star Ann-Margret). Finally, Benson must go on a dangerous undercover mission to uncover the truth. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

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UPDATES-NBC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE - Thursday December 16, 2010 - Thursday December 16, 2010

"COMMUNITY"

(X) "ANTHROPOLOGY 101"

12/16/2010 (08:00PM - 08:30PM) (Thursday) : THE CAST OF "COMMUNITY" GETS SCHOOLED BY LEGENDARY AWARD-WINNING GUEST STAR BETTY WHITE -- As classes resume at Greendale Community College for the fall, the "Community" study group gathers to tackle this year’s big class, "Anthropology 101. " Television icon and multiple Emmy Award-winner Betty White ("The Golden Girls") guest stars as the esteemed, but slightly unhinged anthropology professor, June Bauer. Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), struggles to establish decorum with Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Annie (Alison Brie) amidst the confusion that ensued at the season finale’s "Transfer Dance," when Britta professed her love for Jeff and Jeff later shared a secret kiss with Annie. Meanwhile, Señor Chang (Ken Jeong) decides to enroll as a student at Greendale Community College so that he too, can join the study group. Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi and Yvette Nicole Brown also star.

"THE OFFICE"

(X) "NEPOTISM"

12/16/2010 (09:00PM - 09:30PM) (Thursday) : MICHAEL HIRES A NEW OFFICE ASSISTANT AND CAUSES OUTRAGE IN THE OFFICE- KATHY BATES ("Valentines Day," "The Blind Side") AND EVAN PETERS ("One Tree Hill," "Kick Ass") GUEST STAR—Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) refuses to fire the new office assistant (guest star Evan Peters) after everyone complains about his bad attitude. Andy (Ed Helms) plays it cool after Erin (Ellie Kemper) shows interest in another man. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) tries to impress Jim (John Krasinski) by pulling an office prank of her own. Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Craig Robinson, Rainn Wilson, and Zach Woods also star.

Joanne Park

"OUTSOURCED"

(X) "PILOT"

12/16/2010 (09:30PM - 10:00PM) (Thursday) : A NEW HOME IS FOUND IN THE NEW COMEDY SERIES—When manager Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) returns to work after management training, he learns that the Mid America Novelties call center has been outsourced to Mumbai, India. In order to keep his job, Todd is left no choice but to relocate to India. There he meets his eclectic group of employees, and soon realizes that teaching them to understand America will be the first of many hurdles that he needs to overcome. Todd also discovers other foreign transplants working in his office building, including American expatriate Charlie Davies (Diedrich Bader, "The Drew Carey Show") who runs the All American Hunter call center, and Tonya (Pippa Black, "Neighbours") a beautiful Australian who runs the call center for Koala Air. Rizwan Manji ("Privileged"), Sacha Dhawan (BBC’s "Five Days II"), Rebecca Hazlewood (BBC’s "Doctors"), Parvesh Cheena ("Help Me Help You"), and Anisha Nagarajan (Broadway’s "Bombay Dreams") also star.

Kellie Kulikowsky

"THE OFFICE"

(X) "COUNSELING"

12/16/2010 (10:00PM - 10:30PM) (Thursday) : MICHAEL IS FORCED INTO COUNSELING—Corporate assigns Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) to counseling with Toby (Paul Lieberstein). Dwight (Rainn Wilson) vows revenge on the Steamtown Mall after a shop owner snubs him. Meanwhile, Pam (Jenna Fischer) conspires to change her job title. John Krasinski, Ed Helms, B.J.Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper, Craig Robinson and Zach Woods also star.

"THE OFFICE"

(X) "ANDY'S PLAY"

12/16/2010 (10:30PM - 11:00PM) (Thursday) : ANDY TRIES TO IMPRESS ERIN AT HIS LOCAL PLAY—Andy (Ed Helms) invites the entire office to his community theater production of Sweeney Todd in hopes that Erin (Ellie Kemper) will attend. Michael (Steve Carell) tries to put his jealousy aside and enjoy the performance while Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) struggle with their incompetent babysitter. Rainn Wilson, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Craig Robinson and Zach Woods also star.

Joanne Park

 

 

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