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October 21, 2014

NBC needs a hit in the Fall

The dismal season for NBC is almost over. Executives at the network are banking at next year's slate of shows to boost ratings. Head Honcho Jeff Zucker tells BusinessWeek that they're “one breakout hit” away from being on top. But as even he admits, “Of course, breakout hits are harder to come by these days." Uh...yeah. Especially since the last two TV phenomenons, CSI...

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Anti-Idol movement couldn't save Scotty the Body

USA Today is reporting that the anti-Idol website votefortheworst.com was flooded with visitors tuesday and crashed. Supposedly this prevented the visitors from knowing who to vote for. But since Scott had been the topic of the site for weeks they should have known that was the directive. But the ouster of Constantine likely spurred people to vote seriously. Or the show is just rigged. How...

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Town from hell wants apology from A&E

A&E's gritty true-crime show City Confidential has found one town not to pleased with how it was portrayed. the folks of Pikeville, Kentucky seems to think they deserve an apology from A&E for describing the town as “hell” and for showing stereotypical images (even if accurate) of rebel flags and overweight citizens. The mayor says “You can go to almost any city in...

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Deadwood: Amalgamation and Capital

With only three episodes of Deadwood left I'd expect to see a lot more action than we have in most episodes. Clearly the creators are content enough in their future (and future seasons of Deadwood) that they can devote a considerable chunk of the show to character development. Not that there's anything wrong with that. The most notable was Bullock and his stepson William. Of course that...

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Sunday's politco line-up

For the political junkies out there, here's a round-up of the guests for tomorrow's beltway programming. White House chief of staff Andrew Card pulls double duty. He'll hit NBC's Meet the Press where he'll be joined by Senators George Allen and Christopher Dodd. Then he'll be joined by Iraqi and Saudi officials as well as Robert Reich and Steve Forbes on CNN's Late Edition. CBS' Face the...

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Must see postponed for Prez

President Bush will break into primetime tonight (the first night of sweeps!?) with a live press conference at 8 p.m. EST. He'll tackle the wildly popular topics of Social Security reform and rising energy prices. All the while, Americans will be thanking him for interupting Joey and not doing this last night and throwing off the whole Lost/American Idol times. The White House did move up...

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Bo knows cocaine

It probably seems like all we talk about is American Idol here on TVSquad, but it's not our fault there is so much drama associated with this season. The Smoking Gun reports that Bo Bice was arrested for cocaine posession back in 2001 but had the charges dismissed after completing a “diversion program” last year. The first-time offender now has one more rock n' roll cliché...

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Latest in the gross reality wars

No it's not the latest Fear Factor copycat show that has us shivering at our desk. It's the fact that ET has landed the rights to air the Mary Kay Letourneau wedding. Yes, the teacher that fell in love with a student and went to jail for him is finally settling down with said student, now of age and father of her two children. Isn't that sweet? No, it's really not. It's really disturbing and...

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Baby Fey on the way

We like headlines that rhyme but we especially like any good news for our favorite SNL'er Tina Fey. Today word came that the anchor of “Weekend Update” is pregnant. She and her husband, SNL composer Jeff Richmond, are expecting their first child in September. While it is terrific news and we wish Fey the best, our guess is she won't be on SNL next year. That will eliminate the...

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Smallville: Blank

It sounded like a lame premise. Clark gets his memory wiped out and thus allows Chloe to figure out the truth about our boy in blue...T-shirt. But to my surprise the episode was terrific. I was really shocked at how the show gave fans what they wanted, Chloe finding out about Clark's powers, then predictably finding a way out of it (another conveinent memory wipe) and finally the kicker of a...

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