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TV Ties: The Town

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We’re starting a new feature called TV Ties. As we’re very devoted to keeping the discussion here strictly about television, we had to devise a way to sneak a movie or two into the dialogue. And what better way to do that then to examine which small screen stars are sticking their toes into the features pond. 

Last night we went to a screening of The Town, co-written, starring, and directed by Ben Affleck. Bank robber Doug Macray and his crew take pride in their work. They get in, get out, and leave no evidence. But when their MO changes and they take a hostage, Doug knows it’s time to leave it all behind. With Doug’s needy ex and a rampaging FBI agent in hot pursuit, Doug plots the final heist. Will the crew be able to pull off the biggest payday of their lives and get out alive? Check out the trailer here. The film opens nationwide today.

Quite a few big screen actors either start in TV or get their big break there. And when they make that transition from the small to the big screen we’re both happy and sad. Happy that they’re making their dreams come true (or in any case making more money) and sad to see them leave some of our favorite TV shows.

Jon Hamm

He plays slick 1960’s ad man Don Draper in the Emmy award winning drama Mad Men on AMC. It airs Sundays at 10 pm ET/PT. He’s also appeared on 30 Rock, The Unit, The Division, and What About Brian.

Jeremy Renner

Most recently a regular on The Unusuals as Detective Jason Walsh. Available at amazon.com.

He’s also appeared on House, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Angel. One of his earliest gigs was on a short-lived reality series The It Factor. He was in the second season which focused on wannabe actors trying to make it big in Los Angeles.

Titus Welliver

TV loves this guy. He’s currently in The Good Wife as shady state’s attorney Glenn Childs. Season Two premieres at 10 pm ET/PT on CBS on September 28, 2010.

His most high-profile role to date is probably as the Man in Black on Lost. All seasons are available on amazon.com. He’s also appeared in The Closer, Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood and Supernatural, as War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalpyse.

Blake Lively

She plays the often-in-and-out-of-love Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl airs at 9 pm ET/PT on Mondays on The CW.

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