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Lee Majors Can't Stop
Icon is an abused term. But when you're talking about Lee Majors, any lesser description would be absurd.

10:00AM Fri. Sep. 23, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Rick Perry, Lord of the Dance?
Rogers. Nijinsky. Baryshnikov. Graham. Legends of Terpsichore. And now … Rick Perry. The former governor of Texas and two-time GOP presidential primary loser is joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars, because … well, what else was he going to do?

12:23PM Fri. Sep. 2, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Bray Wyatt: Follow the Buzzards
Bray Wyatt remembers the first time he saw the fireflies. That’s when the WWE superstar walks into the arena, and the lights drop, the audience whips out their phones, and they don’t video or take a photo. They turn on the flashlight app, and the whole room turns into a thousand glowing fireflies.

9:00AM Mon. Aug. 15, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

SXSW Announces Keynotes, First Speakers
So SXSW has just made its major announcement about huge changes for badgeholders, and what exactly those badges will get them into. Now they've put out the first roundup of speakers, with massive names from science, politics, technology, TV, music, and sports.

10:00AM Mon. Jul. 25, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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 »

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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 »

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