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The Best Written TV Series Is…?

Top TV showsThe members of the Writers Guild of America were asked to vote online for the best written TV series in history. The organization tallied a list of 101 shows and David Chase’s HBO drama, The Sopranos, came out on top.

It’s worth noting that the list contains a few titles that most consider to be mini-series, not TV shows — like Roots and I, Claudius.

For better or worse, here’s the WGA’s complete list. Please share your thoughts below!

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Cancelled Casting Notes for December 3, 2011

December 3, 2011
It’s no fun when our favorite shows are cancelled. Fortunately, the actors who play characters on those shows often show up in other projects. It’s Read more . . .
<em>Deadwood</em> and <em>Oz:</em> DirecTV to Air Cancelled Series

Deadwood and Oz: DirecTV to Air Cancelled Series

April 23, 2009
Cementing their reputation for scooping up beloved cancelled series, DirecTV has announced that they're going to be airing two more; Deadwood and Oz. Deadwood is centered around an outlaw camp in the Old West. The HBO series was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards and won seven in its all too-brief 36 episode, three season run. The drama showcases the talents of thespians like Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif, W. Earl Brown, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson, Dayton Callie, Leon Rippy, William Sanderson, Robin Weigert, Sean Bridgers, and Bree Seanna Wall. HBO committed to produce a pair of movies to wrap up the series but they never materialized. Oz gives viewers a look into the harsh and often horrific world of the Oswald State Correctional Facility. The series ran for six seasons and 56 episodes on HBO. The large cast includes Kirk Acevedo, Ernie Hudson, Terry Kinney, Rita Moreno, Harold Perrineau, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Eamonn Walker, Dean Winters, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Edie Falco, George Morfogen, Lauren Velez, B.D. Wong, Zeljko Ivanek, Zakes Mokae, Christopher Meloni, Kathryn Erbe, Luis Guzman, David Lansbury, Eddie Malavarca, Mark Margolis, J.D. Williams, Bill Fagerbakke, Scott William Winters, Granville Adams, Tom Mardirosian, Craig Grant, and Evan Seinfeld. DirecTV kept Passions alive when NBC cancelled it but that didn't last a full year. More recently, DirecTV has been helping to keep Friday Night Lights alive by partnering with NBC to produce the show. The satellite television provider recently announced plans to begin airing short-lived network series like Smith, The Nine, and Eyes on the DirecTV's exclusive Channel 101.
Where Are They Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for December 1, 2008

Where Are They Now? Some Greenroom Chatter for December 1, 2008

December 1, 2008
Did you see any stars from old TV shows while you were out holiday shopping? If not, it could be because they're on the sets of series (like The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, and Bones) or movies. Catch up with favorites like Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica), Barry Bostwick (Spin City), John Rubinstein (Day Break), Richard Libertini (Soap), Tasha Smith (Boston Common), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Jason Bateman (Valerie's Family), Kristin Davis (Sex and the City), Carlos Ponce (Lipstick Jungle), Jon Huertas (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Tamala Jones (One on One), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Dear John), Susan Sullivan (The Nine), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Laura Allen (The 4400), Kyle Gallner (Veronica Mars), Esai Morales (Vanished), Brittany Robertson (Swingtown), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace), Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), Charles S. Dutton (Threshold), Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers), Debbie Allen (Fame), Marisa Coughlan (Boston Legal), Kathleen Quinlan (Family Law), Rob Bogue (Oz), Josh Cooke (Big Day), Katee Sackhoff (Bionic Woman), and Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond).
Where Are They Now? Some Green Room Chatter for January 18, 2008

Where Are They Now? Some Green Room Chatter for January 18, 2008

January 18, 2008
Have the networks run out of new episodes of your favorite shows? The writers strike has brought the current TV season to a standstill but Read more . . .
Oz

Oz

Narrated by former junkie and disabled prisoner Augustus Hill (Harold Perrineau Jr.), this harsh drama tells the rough story of what goes on inside the Oswald State Correctional Facility. Coarse language, drug use, violence, male frontal nudity, homosexuality, rape, ethnic and religious conflict are regular parts of the series. Inmates include Muslim Kareem Said (Eamonn Walker), Latino Miguel Alvarez (Kirk Acevedo), first homeboy leader Jefferson Keane (Leon Robinson), homeboy leader Simon Adebisi (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Aryan Brotherhood leader Vernon Schillinger (J.K. Simmons), Mafia boss Nino Schibetta (Tony Musante), drunk-driver Tobias Beecher (Lee Tergesen), manipulative Ryan O'Reilly (Dean Winters), and death row's Donald Groves (Sean Whitesell). On the other side of the bars are Warden Leo Glynn (Ernie Hudson), unit manager Tim McManus (Terry Kinney), correctional officer Diane Wittlesey (Edie Falco), Dr. Gloria Nathan (Lauren Velez), and prison counselors Sister Peter Marie Reimondo (Rita Moreno) and Father Ray Mukada (B.D. Wong).
Where Are They Now? Green Room Chatter for August 28, 2007

Where Are They Now? Green Room Chatter for August 28, 2007

August 28, 2007
Where you'll find The Book of Daniel's Aidan Quinn, Tru Calling and Buffy's Eliza Dushku, Beautiful People's Daphne Zuniga and her TV daughter Torrey DeVitto, Donal Logue from The Knights of Prosperity,The West Wing's Richard Schiff, Oz's Ernie Hudson and The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad.

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