In a HuffPost review, Franco offers creator Lena Dunham some sage advice
- Dunham's character, Hannah, should get a job. "If you really want to have experiences to write about, go to work; and if you really wan to be an artist, take responsibility for yourself and wait some tables. You might mature a little in the process."
- The whole race drama surrounding the show is "a controversy about nothing," or at least, that's what Franco's Columbia grad school MFA classmates would have said. Franco suggests that, "because TV is such a popular medium, HBO has a responsibility to represent its subjects accurately, especially when the network is selling a show as a representation of young New York. There's no obligation to be kaleidoscopic, but there is a difference between writing a short story or essay about a bunch of white people that only a handful of people will ever read and creating a show about white people that millions of people will watch, especially when you've chosen to set that show in one of the most culturally mixed cities in the United States."
- Where are the men? "I've read comments about 'Girls' that said, in a nutshell, 'I like the show, but I can't see me in the show.' I feel the same way. The guys in show are the biggest bunch of losers I've ever seen." He calls this payback for the dimwitted babes on "the West Coast male version of this show," "Entourage," which in turn was payback for the dorky males of "Sex and the City."
- "I can get off on female bonding. Done right, it's much more interesting than male bonding."
- "Lena is the ultimate creator, so no matter what she puts the girls through, she is always in control. Her name is always at the end, where it says 'Created By.' They say living well is the best revenge, but sometimes writing well is even better."
Actor bids a Twitter farewell after five years
Daly's post said It was series creator Shonda Rhimes who called the shot, breaking the news to the actor's agent.
Daly, a former "Wings" star, has appeared in "Private Practice" since its backdoor pilot aired during a 2007 "Grey's Anatomy" episode. His character was last seen being released on bail after in the Season 5 finale, after he was jailed for euthanizing a patient kept alive by machines.
Also: What TV shows are returning next season?
According to this TVLine report, cost-cutting is the culprit, with next season nearly not materializing due to budget issues. A seventh season looks unlikely, the report says.
From first lady Michelle Obama to Bobby Brown
In spite of a slew of repeats on the daytime schedule for the week of May 28, there are still hot celebrities and big performers making the rounds. First Lady Michelle Obama will make two visits to ABC and then have Rachael Ray over for a White House BBQ. Big screen stars from "Snow White & the Huntsman," “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted" and "Neighborhood Watch” are coming to daytime; along with primetimers from “Modern Family," “Drop Dead Diva,” "Dancing with the Stars," "Private Practice, “The Office,” "Melissa & Joey," “Basketball Wives," "Pawn Stars" and "Push Girls." "Live! With Kelly" calls in Mark Consuelos, Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson and Mike Greenberg as co-hosts for the week. Carrie Ann Inaba and Mario Cantone also get into the guest co-host game, elsewhere. Other notables coming to chat include Jim Parsons, Bethenny Frankel, Stacy Keibler, Vanessa Williams, Matthew Broderick, Bill Bellamy, Nicole Ari Parker and Margaret Cho. Plus, don't miss performances from the "American Idol" final three, Bobby Brown, Brad Paisley, Rufus Wainwright, Kat Graham, Rebecca Ferguson, One Direction and the cast of Broadway's “Nice Work If You Can Get It."
Schedules are subject to change. Repeat information provided where available.
Mon: Sharon Osbourne; Guest co-host Carrie Ann Inaba
Tues: The World’s Tallest Man
Wed: No celebs on the docket
Thurs: No celebs on the docket
Fri: Retrospective episode of most controversial guests and outrageous moments
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
Mon: Ellie Kemper, 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki; Rufus Wainwright performs
Tues: Vince Vaughn, Bethenny Frankel; Kat Graham performs
Wed: Vanessa Williams, Sarah Hyland, Mia Schaikewitz and Angela Rockwood
Thurs: Adam Levine, Colton Dixon, Sophia Grace and Rosie (repeat)
Fri: Steve Harvey, Gabriel Mann, Jason Mraz (repeat)
"Good Morning America"
Tue: First Lady Michelle Obama
Fri: TBA; Brad Paisley performs
"Live! With Kelly"
Mon: Jim Parsons, Rick and Corey Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell, Katie Brown; co-host Mark Consuelos
Tue: Amy Brenneman; Phillip Phillips performs; co-host Ed Robertson
Wed: Melissa Joan Hart; Jessica Sanchez performs; co-host Martin Short
Thurs: Kristen Stewart, Bill Hader; Joshua Ledet performs; co-host Mike Greenberg
Fri: Chris Hemsworth; co-host Mike Greenberg
Mon: Sam Talbot, Shailene Woodley (repeat: 3/22/12)
Tues: Stars from "I Used to Be Fat," Kyan Douglas (repeat: 11/01/11)
Wed: Megan Hilty chats and performs (repeat: 3/5/12)
Thurs: Michelle Obama, Bob Harper
Fri: "The Great Philly Grill-Off" with Patti LaBelle, Ty Pennington (repeat: 9/26/11)
Mon: Julie Andrews; Train performs (repeat: 3/21/12)
Tues: Miss Piggy, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Rachael Harris ( (repeat: 3/21/12)
Wed: Michael Ealy; Trisha Yearwood guest co-hosts (repeat: 4/30/12)
Thurs: Shannen Doherty (repeat: 4/10/12)
Fri: Randy Jackson (repeat: 4/23/12)
Mon: Merle Haggard, Bobby Brown performs
Tue: Charlize Theron; Rebecca Ferguson performs
Wed: Martin Short, One Direction performs
Thurs: Kristin Stewart, Cedric the Entertainer; Jessica Sanchez performs
Fri: Chris Hemsworth; The Band Perry performs
Mon: The hosts' favorite things
Tues: First Lady Michelle Obama
Wed: Carmen Wong Ulrich; Rebecca Ferguson performs
Thurs: Matthew Broderick, Stacy Keibler; Broadway cast of “Nice Work If You Can Get It” performs
Fri: Charlize Theron, Joe and Heather Nichols; Margaret Cho performs; Guest co-host Mario Cantone
"The Wendy Williams Show"
Mon: Loretta Devine, Lara Spencer, Jaleel White (repeat)
Tues: Corbin Blue, Kathy Najimy, Tami Roman
Wed: Donny Deutsch, Dominik Garcia-Lorido
Thurs: Bill Bellamy, Brooke Elliot
Fri: Nicole Ari Parker
Zuleikha Robinson, aka Flight 316's Ilana Verdansky, joins series as Middle Eastern reporter
Which of these employees doesn't belong?
"U" is for unemployment. In a surreal reminder of the state of the economy, a dozen people were laid off from the company that produces "Sesame Street" yesterday, according to Deadline. The job cuts occurred at the New York headquarters of the nonprofit Sesame Workshop.
"Sesame Street" has been home to Kermit and Big Bird since the show began in 1969.
Bing: More about "Sesame Street"
This is the show's second major layoff due to the recession. In 2009 -- despite being the 15th highest-rated children's show in the U.S. -- 20 percent of the "Sesame Street" workforce was pink-slipped due to a decline in donations. New episodes of the show still run in 150 countries.
The new layoffs, mostly in the digital media department, were spun by a company spokesperson as a shift of resources "to better align with our strategic priorities and new opportunities."
A comment below the Deadline piece reads: "This message was brought to you by the letter 'B' and the letter 'S.'"
"Sesame Street" airs weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT and Sundays at 6 a.m. ET/PT on PBS.
Acclaimed actor makes his first foray into TV
By Mekeisha Madden Toby
Special to MSN TV
Movie star Kevin Costner never does anything half way. Just look at History’s three-part miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys,” Costner’s first foray into television. Not only is the 55-year-old actor (“Dances with Wolves” and “The Bodyguard”) starring in the flick as Devil Anse Hatfield – one of the two men who started this infamous and bloody family feud – but he’s one of the producers. And he and his band, Modern West, did the soundtrack.
Costner, who dons a leathered visage and a frighteningly full beard, is in good company with an impressive cast that includes Bill Paxton (“Big Love”) as his former friend and rival Randall McCoy, as well as Tom Berenger and Emmy winners Powers Boothe and Mare Winningham.
MSN TV caught up with Costner as he promoted the film and talked about everything from why he’s working with director Kevin Reynolds (“Fandango,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and “Waterworld”) once more to why viewers should tune in.
“Hatfields & McCoys” airs in three parts Monday, May 28, at 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, May 30, 9 p.m. on History.
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MSN TV: What made you want to get involved with this project?
Kevin Costner: Well, I had been asked a variety of ways, how much do you know about this story? And the truth is I probably knew a little bit more than the average bear. I like American history. So I got involved with it the way I do all the projects that I get involved with, I liked the writing. And I felt the authenticity of the writing. I was surprised by the violence. I was interested in what was really going on culturally at that point and being able to kind of immerse myself in that era.
What made you want to work with director Kevin Reynolds again?
I asked for Kevin to direct this movie, and they looked at me and they could tell I was really serious about it. And they said okay. He has a very unusual eye, I think he’s an artist, and we had a really good document and a script. And I can’t emphasize that enough because that’s why I chose to do this. But then if you combine it with a very good cinematic style it can be an exciting offering. And I thought that Kevin would give us that.
How much research did you do for the role?
I started to go a little heavier into the socio-economic issues that were going on in that time. We had come out of this terrible Civil War, and the repercussions of that lasted 50, 60 years, or more. So when we came out of the Civil War there was incredible anger. And people who think of Hatfield and McCoy, think of Randall McCoy and Devil Anse Hatfield. But the more you study, you understand that the children and outside people were really the provocateurs of this – of this feud that endured. So I kind of try to go into actual human behavior instead of putting my own sensibilities on it, I try to go back to that time.
What was it like to work with such an amazing cast?
They were all skilled and really, really dedicated. And I think all the actors, if you want to call them veteran actors, they all try to search out material like this and hope that it comes along. And the fact that we ended up shooting in Romania brought the cast even closer together because we were all a long way from home, the language was a barrier for us, and sometimes the food and everything else. And people really rallied around each other. This group has managed to stay fairly close and still is pretty much in contact with each other long after this movie has been over, and that’s quite unusual.
Were you a fan of Westerns on television like “Lonesome Dove” and do you feel the pressure to live up to something like “Lonesome Dove”?
You try to raise the bar on whatever you do because you’re trying to – in this day of having to deal with a lot of reality TV – you try to create something that can live in people’s minds long after they see it. And so I start with the idea that I don’t want to make something that can just be dismissed the next day. That it’s maybe something you want to revisit. Maybe it’s something you want to share just the same way when you hear a great song or read a great book you go, “I’m going to tell somebody about this.”
Do you think this is a good Memorial Day weekend option for men?
I don’t know. I can’t speak to that. But I have to say if people show up to see what I’m doing that I don’t believe they’re going to waste their time. I believe they’ll see the reason why I did it. You don’t want to waste people’s time. I mean you know it’s Memorial Day weekend. People are going to be drunk, right? So, you hope they find the Lay-Z Boy and they sit down and watch three nights of the “Hatfields & McCoys.”
“Hatfields & McCoys” airs in three parts Monday, May 28, at 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, at 9 p.m. and Wednesday, May 30, 9 p.m. on History.
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Where to watch the awards show and what to expect
It looked like the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards would be a private affair, but the gala event has found a broadcast and online home: HLN will air the June 23 ceremony live, while HLNtv.com will offer an online portal for all things Daytime Emmy.
“The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), is very excited to announce that the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards will be broadcast live on HLN on Saturday, June 23, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of NATAS. “Working with the show's producer, Gabriel Gornell of LocoDistro, we are preparing a new, fresh, creative show that will honor all the genres that make Daytime Television part of our daily lives. These shows include Daytime Dramas, Children’s and Animation Programming, Game Shows, Courtroom, Talk, Culinary, and the Morning Shows.”
Wings added that with Barbara Walters presenting the 2012 Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award to "The View" and "Barbara Walters Specials" Executive Producer, Bill Geddie, "This will be one of the most exciting Daytime Emmy® broadcasts in years!”
This year’s Emmy broadcast will feature more than 20 Daytime categories, as well as tributes to the canceled series "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and a look back at the daytime TV landscape through the years. The show also promises surprise guests and unusual presenter pairings.
Fans can get involved in the presentation via featured segments on air and online at HLNtv.com.