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Gilmore Girls: Hay Bale Maze

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 17th 2007 10:29PM
Gilmore Girls: Hay Bale Maze(S07E18) Wow... I guess the whole "six-week spring break" tradition for Gilmore Girls has been carried over from the WB to the CW. But we're back with what might be the final five episodes of GG, and it looks like we're moving somewhat rapidly towards the series' inevitable conclusion.

But first, let me tell you why Taylor Doose is one of the most irritating characters in the history of television.

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Save one show campaign results

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 13th 2007 3:44PM
Save One ShowEvery year in April (aka the time networks executives meet to prepare the schedule for the following season), Kristin from E! tries to save one show. A few weeks before her column hits the Internet, she asks fans to vote for the show they want to save. With these results in hand, she writes a column devoted to the shows that got the most votes in the hope it'll help the networks make the right decision and save those shows. She will also write a support letter for the show that got the most votes.

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Gilmore Girls: Gilmore Girls Only

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 6th 2007 10:34PM
Gilmore Girls: Gilmore Girls Only(S07E17) When Dawn Ostroff, the CW's president of entertainment, was doing her "state of the network" press tour session in January, she said this about Gilmore Girls: "(David Rosenthal) was painted into a corner into with a storyline that he got out of. The second half of the season is much stronger, and I think viewers will be surprised."

I scoffed a little when she said that; nothing about the season to that point had suggested that the show was going to improve. But I've got to hand it to Rosenthal and company; the show has been on an upward trend, giving us about a month's worth of entertaining episodes that, while not quite up to the level of the show's creative peak, certainly give me hope that the show won't go out with a whimper, whether it's this season or next.

The key? Keep the Gilmore girls together. All three of them.

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Gilmore Girls: Will You Be My Lorelai Gilmore?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 27th 2007 10:25PM
Alexis Bledel(S07E16) This was a fun one. After all that had gone on over the course of this season -- the gnashing of teeth over the Lorelai/Chris pairing, the stresses of the Rory/Logan relationship, Luke's custody battle, Lor's and Chris' break-up, and Richard Gilmore's bypass -- Gilmore Girls fans needed an episode like this. It was light and fluffy and completely angst-free.

Well, except for Logan. But there needed to be some angst in his life, as the Logan we've been seeing for the last few weeks has been very... well, he's been very un-Logan-like lately. In other words, he's been the perfect boyfriend to Rory. You know that had to end eventually.

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Gilmore Girls: I'm a Kayak, Hear Me Roar

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 20th 2007 10:34PM
Lauren Graham(S07E15) Perhaps Emily Gilmore should drink more often.

That's the take-away I get from this episode. When Emily drinks, she's warm and open, and almost forgiving of her "wayward" daughter Lorelai. When she doesn't drink, she's prickly, mean, and prone to judge everything and anything, including how her daughter is managing her life.

If I were Lorelai and I had the choice, I think I'd take drunk Emily any day of the week. And I think Lor realized that as she walked out of the Gilmore family dining room at the end of this episode.

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Gilmore Girls: Farewell, My Pet

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 13th 2007 9:48PM
Gilmore Girls(S07E14) This was the one. This was the episode that pulled together all the pieces that resulted when Team Palladino smashed everything to bits at the end of season six, when Lorelai dumped an aloof Luke and fell into bed with Christopher. It's taken way, way too long to get to this point, but what I found very interesting about this episode is, despite the fact that I wasn't emotionally involved in the Lor-Chris-Luke triangle at all this year, this resolution to one of the sides of the triangle sucked me in and got me involved again.

I think the dog funeral helped that out a little.

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Who needs hearts when you have triangles!

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 13th 2007 6:43PM
Grey's Anatomy has a love triangle too. It's that time of year again, where everything around you suddenly takes a heart shape. The stores around you are filled with waves of reds and pinks.

But darn it! Not everything is roses and overpriced candies. (Especially for the fellas who rush to the stores because you're told to.)

We've all been single and we've all been there with breakups... the question is how well do you know your TV Breakups?

Perhaps you're in a tumultuous love triangle and not sure whose valentine is yours? Well some of our favorite characters don't get that right either.

Remember that even if you're with or without a valentine this year, that you can always find your remote control in your arms. (Because you can't snuggle and watch your TV at the same time. Duh.)

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Gilmore Girls: I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 6th 2007 10:47PM
Gilmore Girls: I'd Rather Be In Philadelphia(S07E13) So this is what it takes to get a good episode this season? Richard Gilmore has to have open-heart surgery? Well, I guess if this is what they have to do, I can accept that. Maybe next week, they'll give Paul Anka worms.

Seriously, though, the reason why this episode worked is because all we saw was the Family Gilmore, together for most of the episode. Not sixty seconds of a Friday night dinner. Not Lorelai and Rory chatting on the phone. Nope, they were all together for an extended period, interacting in the ways that once made the show so great.

Did this episode have flaws? Tons. But it was the best of the season so far.

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Gilmore Girls: To Whom It May Concern

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 30th 2007 10:43PM
Gilmore Girls(S07E12) For some reason, despite everything that has happened to make this show start circling the drain, four Gilmore characters can be relied upon to entertain, no matter who is writing the episode: Emily, Richard, Sookie and Paris. All four of them are in tonight's episode (Emily is just in the cold open, but it counts), and, I've got to tell you, their presence made it pretty decent as a result.

Otherwise? Um... well... Let's just say this crawl towards the inevitable Lorelai - Luke reunion is driving me nuts.

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Gilmore Girls: Santa's Secret Stuff

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 23rd 2007 9:55PM
Gilmore Girls: Santa's Secret Stuff(S07E11) When I was out in LA, I ran into a few members of the Gilmore Girls cast at the various network parties. Whenever I brought up the topic of whether there's going to be another season or not, the answer I got didn't seem to vary much. It wasn't definitive by any means, but the general feeling was that, yes, we're probably seeing the last episodes of the long-running show.

That's a good thing, folks. While episodes like tonight's had quite a bit of the chemistry of the first five-plus seasons, you just know that it's not going to last. But at least we're seeing some peeks into what we might see in the second half of the year, and it certainly looks like the Chris/Lor 'shippers are going to be disappointed.

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Heroes, Prison Break (among others) return this week

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 22nd 2007 9:01AM

Heroes returns with a new episode tonightHiya, kids! Schedule Boy here, nearly fully recovered after a bout of stomach virus that hit the S.B. home. Thanks for all the flowers, candy, and $100 bills.

Anyway, I just stopped by the TV Squad offices (in the palatial studios that once housed the Krofft Supershow) to let you all know about the return of a number of fan favorite shows to the prime time line-up. Most of these have not had a first-run episode since the beginning of December. So, their return is eagerly anticipated (or feared, in some cases).

It begins tonight with the return of Prison Break on FOX, Everybody Hates Chris on the CW, and Heroes on NBC. Out of all three of these Heroes is probably the most anticipated. This has been the surprise hit of the season and has already been renewed for a second by the network. Also returning to the NBC schedule tonight is the love-it-or-hate-it Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. This show seemed to pick up a bit of steam right before it took its holiday break. Here's hoping that it continues in the upcoming weeks.

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Top TV Stories of 2006: The CW

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 8th 2007 12:31PM

The CW -- The new 5th network(Part 5 of 5) In the winter of 2006 CBS and Warner Brothers got together to create a new 5th network . . . The CW. You read right, I said 5th network. That's probably confusing you right now since you thought there were six major broadcast networks on the air last winter: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB, UPN. Yes, that's true, but The CW was to do something unique to make it the 5th network. It was going to combine the programming of both the WB and UPN, eliminating those networks completely.

It sounded like a good idea at first. Take the best programming from both WB and UPN and put it on one network. No more jumping between the two networks to find the show you wanted to watch. No more confusion as to whether Veronica Mars was on WB or UPN. Plus, there was elimination of much of the mediocre crap that filled their weeknight schedules.

Like I said, it sounded like a good idea.

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Best and Worst of 2006: Joel's list

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 4th 2007 4:07PM
How I Met Your Mother: Slap BetI'm going to dispense with traditional "Best" and "Worst" lists and just use the tried-and-true journalistic method of "made-up categories." Why? Well, firstly, everyone's sick of seeing "Best" and "Worst" lists by this point, considering every newspaper and magazine did one over Christmas week. Secondly, to be honest, the list would end up looking like everyone else's. How much of a limb am I going out on, for instance, to say that The Office was one of the best comedies this year? Exactly!

So, let's start with the Good Stuff, and then do the Bad Stuff:

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Holiday loot spending guide: TV Tees

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 29th 2006 4:06PM
Tobias Funke T-ShirtCombine the modern miracles of the silk screen, the Hanes Beefy-T and Cafe Press, and you get more fans than ever emblazoning their TV-related affections across their chests, backs and sleeves. There are literally hundreds of tees that you could be spending your holiday booty on. What better way to tell the world that "Hiro is your hero" or that you're voting Stewart/Colbert in '08?

See ten of the best TV tees the world of online sales has to offer after the jump.

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Radio and Television Society takes on censorship and reality TV

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 8th 2006 9:31AM
Ronald Moore Battlestar GalacticaThis may come as a shock to you, readers, but the writers of scripted television programs hate reality TV. And, do you know what they hate even more than reality TV? Network censors. If you've been watching Studio 60, you already know this. Those standards and practices people are such prudish little worrywarts - cowering in their offices, praying the FCC won't smack the network's hand for using the word "butt" in primetime.

This past Wednesday, television's top showrunners got together for a Hollywood Radio and Television Society luncheon where they got to grouse collectively about the twin evils of Mark Burnett and broadcast standards. Chiming in were Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, The Office's Greg Daniels, Lost's Damon Lindelof, Gilmore Girls' Amy Sherman-Palladino and Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore (pictured) among others. The discussion was facilitated by Jimmy Kimmel. How much would you have loved to be in that room? How much would I love to be working for any single person in that room - really, any of them?

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