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Best and Worst of 2006: Jay's List

by Jay Black, posted Jan 3rd 2007 2:30PM
This is how I feel after a full day of watching and writing about television...Here's my opinion on best/worst lists of any given year: I love reading them and I hate writing them. It's been a lot of fun looking at what my colleagues here at TV Squad have had to say about the newly ended year, but it's been a slow walk through hell trying to actually make my own list. I'm not sure why, exactly, I had so many problems with the list. Maybe it's because I'm afraid that some sort of cosmic force is going to hold me accountable for what I say here. Like, I'll die and meet the God of TV and he (or she) is going to be waiting for me with my 2006 best of picks and be angry that I left Two and a Half Men off the list (note, in this scenario, the God of TV is related to Charlie Sheen).

My dislike of having to write this list is part of the reason why I'm posting it in early January and not in the Christmas-New Years corridor like I wanted to. Every time I sat down to write it I suddenly found something I had to do around the house (like take a nap or eat some cheese). Today, though, I finally forced the words out of my fingers. I'm looking forward to hearing how wrong I am about all of these choices!

My best and worst 2006 after the jump...

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King of the Hill gets a decent time slot

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 21st 2006 8:38AM
king of the hillFox is giving King of the Hill a great lead-in: The Simpsons. The network announced that Hank and the gang are sliding back to the 8:30 pm timeslot on Sunday nights starting with the season premiere on January 28. The season premiere sounds pretty goofy. It's called "The Peggy Horror Picture Show" where Peggy befriends a woman with whom she can talk about her girl issues, such as not feeling feminine enough. Little does she know, her new friend has some issues of her own.

I often watch King of the Hill reruns on FX in the evenings as I'm making dinner, but I forgot that it's actually still on. When it resumes next month, it will be season 11 for the animated series.

The move from 7:30 to 8:30 bumps War at Home to Thursdays with unfunny 'Til Death. American Dad slides into possible oblivion at 9:30 pm.

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Adam's Fall TV Schedule

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 16th 2006 8:01AM

everybody hates chrisEver since getting a Tivo a little over a year ago, I no longer watch TV shows when they actually air. When I'm not catching up with what's on my recorder, I'm either reading, listening to podcasts, or pounding out a blog post about what I'm watching on television. The big deletion from my Tivo Season Pass this year is House. I still admire the show, but for me the magic is gone. The season opener sat on my Tivo for quite a few days, unwatched. When I finally sat down to view it I realized, about fifteen minutes into it, that I had completely lost interest in it. I didn't even finish the episode, and took it off my Tivo for good. Perhaps my attitude will change in the coming weeks, but who knows? Anyway, some of these shows are winding down their current seasons, some have yet to air. All times are Central because I live in Minnesota.

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Press Kits Unwrapped: The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and The War at Home

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 9th 2006 8:05AM

ingredientsFOX's animation-heavy Sunday lineup kicks off this Sunday starting with The Simpsons at 8, American Dad at 8:30, Family Guy at 9, and The War at Home at 9:30. That doesn't matter though, because we're not going to talk about those shows right now. Instead, let's dive into the nifty press pack FOX sent out to promote their returning Sunday shows. After the jump you'll see pictures of me enjoying all the cool free stuff. Please be aware that I suffer from a rare skin condition, and I'm only twenty-two inches tall. Okay, let's tear into this kit:

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FOX offers free shows on Web

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 19th 2006 1:01PM
american dadFOX has become the next network to offer some of its shows online, but it's doing it a little bit differently. Rather than streaming the shows on its own site, FOX is offering them on the sites of stations the network owns, with future plans to have the shows eventually offered on affiliate sites, as well. As of right now, sites for stations in Boston, Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Orlando, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Greensboro, and Tampa Bay will stream episodes of Prison Break, Stacked, Bones, American Dad, and The Loop. FOX is also offering downloads on it's MySpace and IGN sites, as Anna mentioned earlier. The network is definitely taking a different approach with this than others are, and it will be interesting to see how it all works out.

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American Dad gets early renewal for 2007-08 season

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 2nd 2006 3:39PM
American DadDoes FOX see something in this show that a lot of other people (including me) don't see? I've seen 5 or 6 episodes, and I don't find it that funny. As I've said before, I'd watch a show based around Roger the Alien with the Paul Lynde voice, but I just don't find the show that entertaining. Certainly not on the level of The Simpsons or Family Guy.

But FOX has given the green light for 22 more episodes for the 2007-08 season. In fact, the show will probably get better ratings this fall, as it moves into the time slot right after The Simpsons.

[via TV Tattle]

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The Upfronts: FOX

by Anna Johns, posted May 18th 2006 11:24AM
fox logoFOX announced its 2006-07 primetime schedule this morning. It is adding three new dramas and two new comedies to the fall schedule, with another drama and a comedy coming on at mid-season. FOX has paired new programming with returning shows every night of the week. It's even going to dabble in Saturday night programming.

Returning: 24, American Dad, American Idol, America's Most Wanted: America Strikes Back, Bones, Cops, Family Guy, House, King of the Hill, The Loop, MADtv, Nanny 911, The O.C., Prison Break, The Simpsons, Trading Spouses: Meet your new Mommy, The War at Home.

Out: Arrested Development, The Bernie Mac Show, Free Ride, Killer Instinct, Kitchen Confidential, Malcolm in the Middle, Reunion, Skating with Celebrities, Stacked, That '70s Show, Unan1mous

New: Vanished, Standoff, Justice, 'Til Death, Happy Hour, Talk Show with Spike Feresten, Duets, The Wedding Album, The Winner, On the Lot.

Descriptions of new shows below.

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Family Guy fights American Dad

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 24th 2006 1:00PM
family guy american dadChris over at Ad Jab found this awesome online game created to promote the arrival of American Dad on DVD. The game is essentially set up like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat or games of that nature, except it pits characters from American Dad against characters from Family Guy. So, if you ever wanted to use Stewie to kick the loving bejeezus out of Stan from American Dad, this is your chance. There's an arcade version and a two-player version, so you can waste time and do it with someone you love. That's how this thing called the "Web" brings us together. I haven't gotten that far in the game, but according to Chris the "big boss" you fight in the end is actually Ryu from Street Fighter. That's a very "Family Guy" kind of gag, I must say.

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American Dad comes back on April 23

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 24th 2006 6:28PM
American DadBuried within this press release about an episode of a show no one cares about, The War At Home, FOX casually mentions that a show at least some people care about, American Dad, is coming back on April 23.  I'm actually looking forward to it; the show's been steadily improving since it first premiered last year, and it's a funny prelude to my Sunday at 10 viewing choice, Grey's Anatomy. Good to see it back.

Oh, and just on a side note: I hope they bring back Patrick Stewart more often as Stan's boss. Just hearing his voice cracks me up for some reason.

[via The Futon Critc]

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American Dad: It's Good to be the Queen

by Ryan j Budke, posted Feb 27th 2006 11:38AM
american dad; fox; cartoonEveryone who watches American Dad knows that Stan Smith is a shallow guy. Heck, if it was your first time watching American Dad, you'd get that in about five minutes, because it's pounded over you head again and again and again and... You get the point, we ALL get the point. This is my biggest problem with the show, it's like a skipping record, we just keep seeing the same thing over and over. The occasions where the needle actually gets back on track are awesome, but the monotony is ridiculous. Speaking of monotony, on with the show!

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American Dad: Finances with Wolves

by Ryan j Budke, posted Jan 30th 2006 8:35PM
Ever wondered what Klaus the goldfish would look like as a black man? Neither did I, but I had never really been posed that question before. I think if someone asked me that I would have wondered... Well, whether you've had those sick thoughts before or not, you got the answer to that question during last night's episode of American Dad. I have a feeling that American Dad is hitting it's stride, which is probably not a good thing. The show is going ok, but it's nothing spectacular, and far, far short of it's potential. It's always going to be the second banana to Family Guy. It's not a bad show by any means, but American Dad will never be as good as Family Guy. On with the show!

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American Dad: Rough Trade

by Ryan j Budke, posted Jan 9th 2006 3:10PM
american dad; stan smith; foxAlthough last night wasn't the funniest episode of American Dad, I am enjoying it more and more as it strays from the Stan and Steve don't get along, Hayley and Stan don't get along, Fran and Stan don't get along type of stories that have been the norm so far. It's got potential, but it just always seems to fall short for me. It's supposed to be a parody of the uber-rightwing republican family lifestyle, but it doesn't capitalize on it all that much, it seems to almost promote that some of the times. I do like Roger and Klaus on the show, so since this episode revolved around Roger, it was about has funny as a barrel basement of monkeys. On with the show!

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American Dad: Not Particularly Desperate Housewives

by Ryan j Budke, posted Dec 19th 2005 2:16PM
american dadStill the weakest of the "Fox Block" in my opinion, but American Dad is growing on me. I like the episodes that don't feature Stan quite so prominently, so tonight's episode was right up my viewing alley. It always seems to be, that I'm more interested in the side-stories and sub-plots than the main one. I'm not sure if that's because they always leave me wanting more, or they really are just the funnier stories. Either way, seeing Klaus and Steve emerge from the broken closet and call Hayley "boss" cracked me the heck up. On with the show!

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American Dad: Star Trek

by Ryan j Budke, posted Nov 28th 2005 10:01AM
american dadIt's still my least favorite of the animated block on Fox's sunday night lineup (although admittedly I'm not including King of the Hill because I've only seen like two episodes), but American Dad is growing on me. I've been critical of it in the past, especially when it plays out the same plots over and over and over again, but when they stray from this formula and branch out, I think it can be a really funny show. I thought tonight's episode was funny, it had a slightly different feel to it, but I think that was at least part of the point. On with the show!

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American Dad: Stannie Get Your Gun

by Ryan j Budke, posted Nov 21st 2005 7:31PM
american dadOnce again, I was more interested in American Dad's subplots and stories than the main one. The gun story was still funny, just not as well done as Roger and Steve's. I just loved Roger getting even with Steve, and not just because I'm a lover of practical jokes and pranks, or petty revenge... Well ok, those are exactly the reasons, but it was still funny as crap in my opinion. I just get tired of seeing the ways that Stan and Haley disagree, it seems like a record skipping to me. On with the show!

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