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  • ‘Homeland’ gets a South Korean adaptation

    February 20, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    South Korea is the latest country to buy the Israeli drama “Prisoners of War,” aka the original version of Showtime’s hit program “Homeland.” According to The Hollywood Reporter this particular adaptation will focus on tensions between South Korea and North Korea.

    Since...

  • Sex research and the single girl in ‘Masters of Sex’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    In the prudish 1950s, Virginia Johnson, a failed nightclub singer, caught the eye of St. Louis gynecologist William H. Masters, who was looking for an assistant to help him with his then-clandestine studies of human sexuality. At the time, Masters, a prominent fertility expert at...

  • CBS vs Time Warner Cable vs You

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 22, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Here’s progress: Big media companies now think Americans are as gullible as politicians do.  It’s not just candidates who assume we’re nincompoops.  The cable operators and networks take us for pigeons, too.

    Exhibit A is the current battle between behemoths Time Warner Cable and...

  • The Jewish Soul of Ray Donovan

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    July 8, 2013 | 8:20 am

    Welcome back to Awards Material. After a quiet start to the summer, we’re back just in time for Emmy nominations, which will be announced next week. But first, let’s take a look at a new show that won’t contend until next year’s awards. Ray Donovan premiered on Showtime last Sunday...

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  • ‘Homeland’ scores at Golden Globes

    January 14, 2013 | 9:58 am

    "Homeland," a television drama based on an Israeli program, won for best drama at the Golden Globes Awards.

    The Showtime program, based on "Hatufim," or "Prisoners of War," also received awards for best actor, Damian Lewis, and best actress, Claire Danes, at Sunday's awards...

  • Oh, What a Tangled ‘Web’ She Weaves

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 13, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    On a sunny morning at Jerry’s Deli on Beverly Boulevard, Lisa Kudrow was laughing about the narcissistic shrink she plays on her improvised Showtime dark comedy, “Web Therapy.” “Isn’t she awful?” said Kudrow, who burst into popular culture in 1994 playing the kooky masseuse Phoebe...

  • Claire Danes blows off steam in Tel Aviv

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 5, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    “Homeland” actress Claire Danes spent her evenings in Israel bar hopping in Tel Aviv after shooting the pilot to Showtime’s “Homeland” according to the Forward.  Danes told Conan O’Brien what a “party town” Tel Aviv is, remarking:

    “it’s very stressful...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • Hank Moody Syndrome

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 16, 2011 | 7:36 pm

    Maybe it’s because I live where they shoot the show, but recently I’ve felt like every guy I know in Santa Monica/Venice wants to be Hank Moody.  I love the show Californication and at first, I thought all the references to it had to do with some general wistfulness about just...

  • Jenji Kohan: Smoking the Stereotypes

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 20, 2009 | 10:03 am

    Unlike most Hollywood writers, Jenji Kohan got her creative education at the family dinner table, where there was a subtle, but largely predetermined, genetic imperative to write. On any given night, those present included her Emmy-winning writer father, her acclaimed novelist...

  • LIVE VIDEO: ‘Weeds’ Creator Talks with JewishJournal.com’s Danielle Berrin [2pm]

    By Jay Firestone

    April 26, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    UPDATE: This is replay of a live broadcast from Sunday, April 26, 2009

    Tune in at 2:00pm for a JewishJournal.com LIVE broadcast from the Skirball Cultural Center, where Hollywood Jew reporter, Danielle Berrin leads an “Inside the Actor’s Studio” discussion with ‘Weeds’ creator,...

  • Showtime is just this cantor’s day job

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 16, 2008 | 2:01 am

    At the dawn of Hollywood talkies, "The Jazz Singer" told the story of a young Jewish man's conflict between a career in the entertainment industry and being a cantor. The sacred and the profane seemed two poles whose opposing magnetic draws tore the protagonist apart. But that was...
  • ‘Cell’ Asks: Could Terrorists Hit L.A.?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In the upcoming Showtime television series "Sleeper Cell," Tel Aviv-born actor Oded Fehr plays Farik, the leader of a Muslim terrorist cell, who poses as a synagogue-going Jew as his cover.

    Fehr now savors the irony of the casting and plotline, but he was less enthusiastic when a...

  • Showtime Examines Shoah Diva Doctor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Showtime's "Out of the Ashes," a Holocaust survivor steps off a boat at New York Harbor, imperiously hands her battered suitcase to her American niece and embarks on a shoe shopping spree.

    The TV movie is the story of Dr. Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), the Hungarian...

  • Second Take

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a Los Angeles story, moreover one with a Hollywood ending. But it is also partly a Jewish American tale.

    It is the story of 20 months in the early adult life of Frances Kroll Ring, written in the form of a memoir, "Against The Current." "Last Call," on Showtime last...