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Character was supposed to be a one and done

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Jan 3, 2013 3:16PM

'Girls' '/' HBO

HBO's beloved comedy "Girls" wouldn't be as funny as it is without Shoshanna, the show's neurotic, naive and virginal girly-girl. Believe it or not, the character wasn't supposed to appear beyond the pilot.

 

But Zosia Mamet (pronounced like Sasha with a "Z"), who plays Shoshanna, impressed the producers so much during her audition that they expanded the character and made her permanent.

 

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"She definitely shifted my original conception of the character, which was a much more tangential girl, whose main job was to illuminate how un-'Sex and the City' this world was," Lena Dunham the show's creator and star told New York Times magazine. "But Zosia's read — her odd intonations, her roiling insecurity — gave me the sense that Shoshanna could be something much larger."

 

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Mamet, 24, said she didn't think she'd impressed the producers because she was hopped up on cough syrup and fighting a cold. Scenes from her audition are available on the "Girls" Season 1 DVD (HBO Home Video, $49.99). "Those cold meds are nothing to mess with, let me tell you," she said. "I called my agent and said, 'I think I may have lost this job, I'm so sorry.'"

 

Now Mamet is a fan favorite, who works hard to prove she's nothing like Shoshanna, even if they talk alike. According to NYTM, she uses "like" a lot and often replaces the word "person" with "human," as in "I am not a sweets human" and "I am a private human."

 

And Mamet, the daughter of playwright David Mamet and actress Lindsay Crouse, will impress even more fans in Season 2 as she navigates life as a newly deflowered woman in love with a much older and cynical Ray (Alex Karpovsky).

 

"Your 20's are weird, but nobody tells you that," said Mamet, who also has had roles on "Mad Men," "United States of Tara" and "The Kids Are All Right." "I think that's what Lena's trying to say. Everyone tells you that your adolescence, that's going to be hard. High school is going to suck. But nobody tells you that your 20's are going to be rough, that basically you're cast into the real world and told to figure it out."

 

"Girls" Season 2 debuts Sunday, Jan. 13, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

 

The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16

By MSN TV Partner Jun 24, 2014 9:07AM
Last week CBS announced some new twists in the upcoming season of "Big Brother" and also introduced the new cast. Just in time for the two-night premiere, MSN TV has exclusive photos of host Julie Chen hamming it up for the cameras. Chen also shared a little bit more insight into what to expect this season.

Photos: Reality TV villains

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive.  First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game.  Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble.  Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."

Video: Meet the new 'Big Brother' houseguests


Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room.  It's cozy and secluded.  A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy.  The room has a door you can close for piracy from others.  This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"

Video: Take a tour of the 'Big Brother' Tree house

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn.   I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments.  I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was.  It wasn't easy, but it was memorable." 

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS

"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS) 

Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show

By MSN TV Partner Jun 18, 2014 11:06AM
The Daytime Emmy Awards are around the corner, and CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" has three nominations. In addition to Best Game Show, host Wayne Brady is nominated twice. No surprise that Brady picked up his fifth nomination for Best Game Show Host, but thanks to those stellar improv skills Brady also finds himself in the Best Original Song category. With the help of keyboardist Cat Gray, watch Brady create this impromptu tune for adoring fan and contestant Daphne:
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.

"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at www.daytimeemmys.net.


 

No sparkles here. "This is absolute, pure horror."

By MSN TV Partner Jun 17, 2014 1:10PM
Earlier this month we shared the trailer for FX's "The Strain", the vampire thriller from director Guillermo del Toro. Today, courtesy of Xbox Video and FX, we are showcasing two behind-the-scenes clips.

Learn more about the story of this modernized vampire world and hear from the cast and crew, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin, as well as director del Toro and executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost").


The Season Pass for "The Strain" is now available on Xbox Video.

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
 

Plus, watch a DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide"

By MSN TV Jun 10, 2014 9:24AM
Just in time for the 5th season premiere, MSN TV is giving away the Season 4 DVD of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles". At the end of Season 4, the popular series left us wondering last season if Jane (Angie Harmon) might be pregnant.

Season 4 is also the final season featuring cast member Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide last year. Young played detective Barry Frost, and the "R&I" will pay tribute to the actor the first two episodes of the upcoming season.

Watch our exclusive DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide" where you get more insight behind the Paddy Doyle storylines. Then enter our giveaway:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on June 16, 2014 and we'll select two winners at random by 12 p.m. PT June 17, 2014.

Other details:
Open to U.S. residents only but no P.O. Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 5 premieres June 17 at 9PM ET/PT  on TNT. "Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season" is now available in stores and online.

 

Exclusive pics gives perspective from Drew Carey's suit lapel

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 11:17AM
This week is Socially Awesome Week on "The Price Is Right", where followers have been and will be participating via Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

For Tuesday's Pinterest show, host Drew Carey wore a camera on his lapel, which snapped candid shots throughout the taping. Get a first look at a few of these photos from the episode, first on MSN TV:

In the dressing room, Mr. Carey sans glasses!
Photo Credit: CBSGetting ready for the cameras:
lPhoto credit: CBSSpinning the wheel:
Photo credit: CBSCool prizes:
Photo credit: CBSTuesday will also feature a sweepstakes where fans will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Hawaii via Pinterest.

Other highlights from this week includes Friday's "You Decide" show, which will feature fan-driven content decided by the show's Twitter audience. "The Young and The Restless" stars Melissa Ordway and Daniel Goddard will appear as guest models as well. 

Watch a preview here:
For all of the shows social handles, www.priceisright.com

"The Price Is Right" airs weekdays 11AM ET, 10AM PT on CBS. The special Pinterest episode airs June 3.
 

Official extended trailer for the upcoming vampire horror series

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 9:06AM
This summer, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan brings their best-selling vampire horror novels to the small screen. Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro star as members of a special CDC team sent in to investigate unexplainable viral outbreaks.

Thanks to our friends at Xbox Video, see the official extended trailer for FX's "The Strain" before it is available anywhere else:



The Season Pass for The Strain is now available on Xbox Video.

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"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

What summer premieres are you excited for? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
 

It's Coronation Day for the 'Ellen' cuties

By MSN TV May 19, 2014 10:00AM
Sophia Grace and Rosie made a viral splash with their sassy rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" on 'Ellen'. The YouTube clip where the girls meet Nicki has received over 76 million views since their first appearance on Ellen's show three years ago.

The young British girls have a new movie coming out this week, 'Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure', where they attend the coronation of a new queen. Scroll down to watch clip of one of their sweet appearances on "Ellen", and then enter to win both the DVD and a signed poster from the little stars!

How to enter:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.​​com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on May 23, 2014 and we'll select five winners at random by 12 p.m. PT May 27, 2014.

Other details:
Open to US residents only but no PO Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway. The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

Good luck!
 

New summer episodes include guest stars Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Simon Pegg

By MSN TV Partner May 16, 2014 10:31AM
Disney XD's hit series "Phineas and Ferb" has an exciting line-up of guest stars and specials this summer, starting with a one-hour special featuring Jay Leno.

Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Simon Pegg also lend their voices to upcoming episodes.

MSN TV's first-look photo from the June 9 special features friends Buford, Isabella, Phineas, Baljeet and Ferb:


In "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer," Leno plays the voice of Major Monogram's boss, Colonel Contraction of the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym). Phineas, Ferb and the gang host a global summer concert -- just as Doofenshmirtz's latest "-inator" invention moves the Earth, putting summer itself in jeopardy.


Banks and Pegg will show up in the June 11 episode, "Imperfect Storm", and Stewart is in the July 7 episode, "Klimpaloon Ultimatum".

All of this is leading up to the highly anticipated "Star Wars"-themed special. Premiering in July on Disney Channel, "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" finds the show characters in the world of Star Wars, where Phineas and Ferb are Luke Skywalker's neighbors, Doof meets Darth and Ferb becomes an evil Sith.

"Phineas and Ferb Save Summer" airs Monday June 9 at 10AM ET/PT on Disney XD