<p>Uzo Aduba of &quot;Orange Is The New Black&quot;</p>

Uzo Aduba of "Orange Is The New Black"

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Interview: 'Orange Is The New Black' star Uzo Aduba on Emmy hopes, Season 2 drama and more

How is the Suzanne/Crazy Eyes balance shifting?

Life is a whirlwind for the stars of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black."

When they aren't journeying to Los Angeles to accept awards for the prison dramedy's first season which premiered in July 2013, they're still doing publicity for the second season which premiered in June 2014 and then, of course, there's the third "Orange Is The New Black" season, now in production.

That meant there was a lot of ground to cover when I talked to Uzo Aduba last week, starting with thanking her for dropping by the TCA Awards ceremony in July (she joked on Twitter that she, Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew and Danielle Brooks were furloughed).

We talked about the Emmy process, which sees her going up against Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, including the selection of "Lesbian Request Denied" as her submission episode.

And we discussed Aduba's journey in the second "Orange" season, including her attempts to balance the line between Suzanne and Crazy Eyes.

The Emmy voting deadline is Wednesday, August 6, if such things matter to you. The Creative Arts Awards, the show which includes the Guest Actor categories, will be held on August 16. The second season of "Orange Is The New Black" is available in its entirety on Netflix. And Season 3 will premiere next spring/summer at some point.

Check out the full interview...

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<p>Giants&#39; QB Eli Manning</p>

Giants' QB Eli Manning

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TV Ratings: Giants-Bills NFL preseason opener leads NBC on Sunday

The 2014 Hall of Fame Game was down a hair from last year's action

Fast National ratings for August 3, 2014.

The NFL Hall of Fame Game, the pro football preseason opener, helped NBC dominated Sunday night among young viewers and also hold off "Big Brother" and CBS for an overall win.

The Giants-Bills tilt took a small bite out of CBS's numbers (impacted very slightly by golf overrun), but mostly left things steady. 

All numbers are subject to change, but this year's Hall of Fame Game appears to be down a comfortable margin from last year's preseason opener, which featured the Cowboys.

On to the numbers...

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<p>&quot;Marry Me&quot;</p>

"Marry Me"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: NBC's 'Marry Me'

Is NBC's new comedy another 'Happy Endings'? And is that a good thing?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;Madam Secretary&quot;</p>

"Madam Secretary"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: CBS' 'Madam Secretary'

Tea Leoni has lots to work with, but the show needs more focus

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;Forever&quot;</p>

"Forever"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: ABC's 'Forever'

Immortal Sherlock Holmes drama is bland, but amiably bland

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>&quot;Red Band Society&quot;</p>

"Red Band Society"

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Take Me To The Pilots '14: FOX's 'Red Band Society'

Pediatric hospital dramedy is a lot like 'Glee.' Is that a good thing?

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

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<p>Clive Owen of &quot;The Knick&quot;</p>

Clive Owen of "The Knick"

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Clive Owen explains his 'Knick' mustache and being 'The David Bowie of a Hospital in 1900'

Cinemax drama premieres on August 8

A couple weeks ago at the TCA press tour, I sat down with Clive Owen and Steven Soderbergh for a 45-minute discussion about their new Cinemax series "The Knick," a medical drama set around New York's Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900.

Soderbergh directed the totality of the first season, which focuses on Owen's Dr. John W. Thackery, a visionary surgeon who augments his forward-thinking approach to his profession with additions to cocaine and opium.

As you might expect, it's a wide-ranging interview covering the show's journey to Cinemax, the approach to the occasionally harrowing medical rituals of the period, the pressures of doing five two-hour movies consecutively and the decision to use a trippy score by Cliff Martinez.

It's a great interview and it'll go up sometime next week, ahead of the show's August 8 premiere on Cinemax.

While the full Q&A will be posted, I wanted to whet appetites with a couple details from Owen about some of the external aspects of his character, details that already have people chattering, either based on the posters and trailers or, in the case of my Twitter feed, based on early screeners.

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<p>&quot;The Quest&quot;</p>

"The Quest"

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TV Rating: 'The Quest' premiere is weak as 'Big Brother' leads CBS Thursday

'NY Med' adds viewers to help ABC to second overall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, July 31, 2014.

With "Big Brother" and a "Big Bang Theory" repeat leading the way, CBS scored its regular Thursday wins in all measures.

The night's big notable was ABC's "The Quest," which got off to a soft start, particularly among male viewers.

Thursday returns were on the low side, with "Big Brother" losing a couple viewers but remaining flat in the key demo, "Welcome to Sweden" dipping and "Gang Related" falling a bit without "Hell's Kitchen" as a lead-in. ABC's "Rookie Blue" was also down in viewers.

The news was slightly better for ABC's "NY Med," which rose a bit overall.

On to the numbers...

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NBC renews 'Undateable' for a second season
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NBC renews 'Undateable' for a second season

Chris D'Elia-driven comedy will be back for 10 episodes at some point

It turns out that being held for late May and then burnt off at a rate of two episodes per week wasn't a kiss of death for "Undateable."

The multi-cam comedy has been renewed for a second season with the news breaking, as it so often seems to, via Twitter on Thursday (July 31) evening, starting with star Chris D'Elia, followed by executive producer Bill Lawrence, whose optimism for the future of "Undateable" never waned.

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<p>Maggie Gyllenhaal of &quot;The Honorable Woman&quot;</p>

Maggie Gyllenhaal of "The Honorable Woman"

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TV Review: 'The Honorable Woman' is another SundanceTV winner

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Maggie Gyllenhaal shines in Hugo Blick's complex, occasionally ponderous, miniseries

Mike Leigh's 1996 drama "Secrets & Lies" is a very good movie, at times even a great movie. It's full of great performances, rich thematic underpinnings and, like so many Mike Leigh films, fine naturalistic dialogue.

But then it also has that scene where Timothy Spall's Maurice wails, "Secrets and lies! We're all in pain! Why can't we share our pain? I've spent my entire life trying to make people happy, and the three people I love the most in the world hate each other's guts, and I'm in the middle! I can't take it anymore!"

I've never quite been sure what Mike Leigh wanted that speech to accomplish. 

Did he really think, "Without this, nobody will know why we called this movie 'Secrets & Lies' and audiences will leave disgruntled"? 

Did he think, "Yes, viewers will probably get what the movie is about, but there's no harm in underlining it just a little"?

Or did he just figure that speech was the key to Spall getting an Oscar nomination and he left it in because we all know Mike Leigh is deeply invested in award recognition for his movies?

I tend to suspect option "B," because nobody ever placed the requirement of "subtlety" on great art. Sometimes artists like to make sure they're understood, even if a largely inert sponge probably would have gotten the point anyway.

Hugo Blick's eight-part miniseries "The Honorable Woman" -- I really, really want to call it "The Honourable Woman," but once you open the door to British spelling, that door can never be closed -- is a nuanced and occasionally gripping political thriller bursting with strong performances, anchored by the clearly Emmy-worthy Maggie Gyllenhaal. It's also really, really worried that you won't understand what's happening beneath-the-surface and I'm not sure that I've ever seen a movie or TV program spend so much time directly articulating and then repeating its underlying themes. 

It's an odd combination, because while writer-director-producer Blick has almost no faith in the audience's ability to parse this text for its message on truth, lies, secrets and the Middle East, he's reasonably confident that viewers will be able to follow a fragmented narrative that withholds key pieces of information for long stretches. So "The Honorable Woman" is probably the most subtle and least subtle thing you're likely to watch on TV this month, which actually makes it of a piece with a lot of SundanceTV's original programming, which could practically have the tagline, "Pay Close Attention: We're Only Going To Tell You This 50 Times." [SundanceTV placed two shows in my Top 10 for 2013, so don't take this necessarily as a damning criticism. I like things that are both obtuse and willing to beat you over the head with a mallet.]

More on "The Honorable Woman" after the break...

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