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Jordan Peele Producing ‘Lovecraft Country’ For HBO

Hard on the huge success of his genre-bending horror movie “Get Out” (The New York Times called it an “exhilaratingly smart and scary freakout about a black man in a white nightmare”), Jordan Peele is teaming up with Bad Robot and writer/showrunner Misha Green to

Local Muso Gavin Russom On ‘Saturday Night Live’

(5.6) The last time we crowed about native son Gavin Russom was back in February of 2011 (!) when he and his back-up band LCD Soundsystem were performing on The Colbert Report. The band was on their way to their absolutely final, we really really

Very Tall Man At Granoff

(4.25) Brown University presents an evening with screenwriter Ian Maxtone-Graham and historian Ted Widmer. (We’ve written about Widmer before. Resumé includes: President Clinton speechwriter; Martin Van Buren rehabilitator; Lord Rockingham of Upper Crust fame.) The recipient of seven Emmy Awards, Maxtone-Graham (Class of ’83) will

‘Dark Providence’ Television Project

(1.25) Occasionally we suggest you leave town, if it’s something special. This tidbit comes from Niels Hobbs, proprietor of the Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council, regarding a proposed Lovecraftian television series — ‘Dark Providence’ written by Clark Huggins and Zuzanna Szadkowski. A full staged reading

Local Woman Wins Emmy

Well this is very cool. Viola Davis, star of “How to Get Away with Murder,” will be going home with a statue as well. And home is Rhode Island . . .  she said so in this Providence Journal interview. Davis, who still has family

Local Man Wins Emmy

Rhode Island resident, and Trinity alum, Richard Jenkins has won the Emmy for his performance in “Olive Kitteridge” (some moments, but kind of a slog, so naturally it’s running the table). Explaining why he lives in where he lives to Rhode Island Monthly last year.

Chafee Said Balls On TV

Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee was a panelist on “Real Time With Bill Maher” this week. Maher got all excited that he got Chafee to announce he’s running for president. Of much greater interest was hearing Linc proclaim about his record . . .

New Year’s Resolution? Watch More TV

Lots of opportunities for making yourself happy in the new year. The most anticipated new show on the horizon has got to be Better Call Saul. February 8: Better Call Saul with Bob Odenkirk on AMC. This Breaking Bad spinoff is actually a prequel. None

Colbert Report No More

University of Rhode Island alum Christiane Amanpour took part in the multifarious agglomeration of pols, celebs, and notables that filled the stage for the “We’ll Meet Again” singalong at the end of the final episode of “The Colbert Report.” (The Washington Post has a partial

The Day Cianci Faced Down The Sopranos

In January of 2000, then Mayor Buddy Cianci refused an invitation from the producers of the acclaimed HBO series ‘The Sopranos.’ The producers thought he might like to participate in a local screening of the season premiere and wanted to buy jars of his marinara

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Game Of Thrones Watching At Machines With Magnets

(6.15) Watch the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones with like-minded people and Wildling cocktails, Sunday at Machines With Magnets. Where are the dragons? What’s Bran doing? What will happen to Tyrion Lannister and will he ever shut up about the damn beetles? These

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Change Needed In The Red Sox Booth

So there are several reasons for not wanting to watch the Red Sox this season, but one of them can be fixed. Having color analyst Jerry Remy, father of confessed murderer Jared Remy, in the booth is unsettling and unpleasant, and watching baseball is supposed

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Meta-tastic G.I. Joe Parody On ‘Community’

The NBC series ‘Community’ aired this season’s alternate-medium episode and it was a beaut. “G.I. Jeff” was an animated parody of the old G.I. Joe cartoons interspersed with live-action faux vintage TV spots for a new product line (see above) and a few scenes back

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Fred Armisen Coming To The Columbus — Sold Out

[Update: This show sold out in 6 minutes. According to the Columbus Facebook page there may be an announcement soon about a second show.] Comic genius Fred Armisen will host two screenings of an unaired episode of IFC’s Portlandia with a Q&A following each screening.

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New Year’s Resolution — Watch More TV

And so can you. Thursday, 1/2 — Community Sunday, 1/5 — Downton Abbey Monday, 1/6 — Daily Show/Colbert Report 1/11 — Patriots AFC Playoff (tickets go on sale 10am, January 6 . . . backup, in case your tv breaks) 1/12 — Episodes (Showtime) 1/17

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Colorful Commentator — Andy Gresh

I bumped into this segment last night and became utterly transfixed. On the left is commentator Andy Gresh. According to his bio he attended URI on a football scholarship, graduating with a degree in journalism. He’s been in the sports radio and broadcast business since,