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Showtime's SXSW Comedy Puts Austin Culture in the Crosshairs
It’s easy to make jokes about SXSW – the lanyards, the tech scene enthusiasts, even the whiteness (as comedian Moshe Kasher puts it, “diverse kinds of white people”). The six performers for SXSW Comedy With Natasha Leggero never missed an opportunity to capitalize on the ridiculousness of Austin’s culture while they performed in the middle of it.

8:00AM Fri. Jul. 15, Emily Gibson Read More | Comment »

ATX Television Festival: Dancing in The West Wing
If White House communications director Toby Ziegler was an instrument, what instrument would he be? Richard Schiff paused for a moment at The West Wing reunion at the ATX Television Festival. “An oboe.” Only when the rest of the orchestra goes quiet can you hear its importance.

1:20PM Sun. Jun. 12, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

ATX Television Festival: Shifting Landscapes: The Effect of 9/11 on Storytelling
Peter Tolan was shooting an episode of The Job in New Jersey when a crew member told everyone: “I think someone flew a plane into the World Trade Center.”

6:30PM Sat. Jun. 11, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

ATX Television Festival: Denis Leary
If anyone’s surprised that Denis Leary is getting a retrospective at this week’s ATX Television Festival, it’s probably … Denis Leary. He said, “Unless there’s a funny story to be told, or something to be used as a writer or an actor, I don’t normally dwell on the past. Do you know what I mean? I’m like a shark, I just keep swimming forward.”

8:00AM Thu. Jun. 9, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Night Flight Flies Again
Stuart Shapiro doesn't seem the kind of guy that turned TV on its ear. Tall, graying, soft-spoken, he looks more like the IT innovator that he's become than the man that brought underground culture to cable TV. But that's exactly what he did for nearly a decade with USA Network's Night Flight.

9:00AM Sun. Apr. 10, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

I Like to Watch
Syfy Network’s The Magicians, which ends its first season this Monday, April 11, is a funny little thing.

9:00AM Fri. Apr. 8, Jacob Clifton Read More | Comment »

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ATX Meets The West Wing
It’s been 10 years since President Jed Bartlet left office, but for those that miss the golden area of American political drama on TV, good news from the ATX Television Festival: The cast and crew are reuniting to talk behind the scenes of the behind-the-scenes must-see.

3:15PM Thu. Apr. 7, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Talking Bullshit With Nell Scovell
On Sunday, the writer Nell Scovell appeared on the SXSW Interactive panel “How to Stop Speaking in Bullshit” alongside Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and digital strategist Jon Jones. Among Scovell’s many credits: an episode of The Simpsons, stints at Spy Magazine and David Letterman, co-authoring Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

2:20PM Wed. Mar. 16, Jen Sorensen Read More | Comment »

SXSW: Lucha Underground
Charismatic bad guy Johnny Mundo has wrestled all over the world, and he's heard the same story over and over again. "A lot of promotions always say they're going to do something completely different, like this is the revolution of wrestling." The difference with Lucha Underground is that they really may be changing the business.

8:00AM Mon. Mar. 14, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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