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ABC Gives 'One Life to Live' A Vote of Confidence

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 29th 2010 9:08AM
erika_slezak_as_viki_one_life_to_live_abcIt's been a tumultuous few months for ABC's daytime drama 'One Life to Live.' Recently, we reported that Tuc Watkins is returning, and they are bringing in a former scribe to be the associate headwriter, and the gay couple -- Kyle and Oliver -- were dumped. All that hubbub had us speculating about the future of 'One Life to Live' in an era when longtime soaps like 'Guiding Light' have been canceled and another legendary daytimer, 'As the World Turns' is ending it's run in September.

Well, fans are concerned, too, especially after the story emerged last week about ABC Daytime developing a talk show for Tori Spelling. TV Guide went to the Jori Petersen, the head ABC Daytime PR, to ask if the Spelling show might threaten the future of 'One Life.'

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May 2010 Premieres and Specials

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2010 4:27PM
'Friday Night Lights' / 'The Boondocks'
May is generally the month when the broadcast networks put their latest season to rest. While there are plenty of finales, as we've covered in its own post, that doesn't mean there aren't premieres and specials.

This month, 'Jesse Stone' is back, 'Friday Night Lights' returns to NBC, BBC America brings back new seasons of 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'Gavin & Stacey,' while the long-awaited return of 'The Boondocks' comes to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. FOX is bringing back 'Past Life,' launching a new season of ''So You Think You Can Dance,' and premiering their quirky new police dramedy, 'The Good Guys.'

Why get depressed about what you'll be missing, when there's plenty to get excited about, Don't miss a thing with our May guide.

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Ashton Kutcher Getting 'Exposed' for TruTV

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2010 12:30PM
Ashton KutcherAfter achieving the highest ratings in its short history, TruTV has announced an aggressive slate of eight new reality programs and the return of 13 existing series, including 'Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura,' according to the Hollywood Reporter. Joining the former governor is the hidden-camera series 'Exposed' from Ashton Kutcher, which is being described as a "social experiment."

Meanwhile, TruTV has lined up another hidden-camera series: 'Rogue Soiety,' which will "expose bigots and scam artists though various pranks." (They should have gotten Kutcher involved on that one as well, as he knows a thing or two about prank shows.)

Also on tap: 'Ma's Roadhouse,' which will take viewers inside a Texas saloon, 'Limo Bob,' about owner of a fleet of limos in Chicago, and 'The Naked Office,' which follows a business that raises office worker spirits through an unorthodox method of group therapy.

And, of course, you can't get into reality TV without a restaurant series ('America's Toughest Boss') and one exploring supernatural phenomenon ('Disclosure').

No word yet on when these series will hit the airwaves.

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What's On Tonight: 'Happy Town,' 'In Plain Sight,' 'Mercy,' 'Mythbusters'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 28th 2010 12:27PM
'The Middle'returns with a new episode at 9:00
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'The Middle' -- 8:30 start
The CW: 'America's Next Top Model'
Animal Planet: 'River Monsters: Unhooked'
Disney XD: 'Naruto: Shippuden'
Discovery: 'Weird or What?'
G4: 'Web Soup'
HGTV: 'Property Virgins'
National Geographic: 'Breakout'
National Geographic Wild: 'Rebel Monkeys'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town'
The CW: 'Fly Girls' and 'High Society' -- Season finale for 'High Society'
FOX: 'American Idol' -- Results show
NBC: 'Mercy' -- Special time
CNBC: 'American Greed'
Discovery: 'Mythbusters'
SyFy: 'Ghost Hunters'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Happy Town' -- Series premiere
NBC: 'Law & Order: SVU' -- Guest starring Sharon Stone and Sam Waterston
A&E: 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' and 'Billy the Exterminator'
BBC America: 'Peep Show' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'
Bravo: 'Top Chef Masters'
Comedy Central: 'South Park' and 'Ugly Americans'
Discovery: 'What a Tool'
DIY: 'Desperate Landscapes'
E!: 'Maxim Does Spring Break'
HGTV: 'House Hunters'
MTV: 'The Challenge: Fresh Meat 2'
Showtime: Inside NASCAR'
Spike: 'The Ultimate Fighter'
TBS: 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' -- Two 30-minute episodes
TLC: 'Police Women of Maricopa County: Behind the Bars' -- Focus on the female detention officers of Maricopa
USA: 'In Plain Sight:'
WE: 'Sunset Daze' -- Series premiere. Two 30-minute episodes

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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First 'True Blood' Minisode is Available Online

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 27th 2010 3:51PM
True BloodRemember when TV Squad mentioned the 'True Blood' minisodes that will be shown with the encore presentations of season two on HBO in anticipation of season three in June? Someone at HBO got impatient and posted one of the minisodes online (or, more likely, recognized the marketing potential of letting people watch it in advance).

In the clip, Eric and Pam are auditioning new dancers for Fangtasia and there are more than a few comic relief moments. There is even a male dancer that is reminiscent of an old 'Saturday Night Live' Chippendale's sketch with Chris Farley. It's a self-contained story so the viewer doesn't have to worry if he or she has never watched 'True Blood' before.

The video is available after the jump. It is a bit racy, so be careful if you're watching it from a work or school or otherwise NSFW location. Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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What's On Tonight: 'V,' 'Glee,' 'The Hills,' 'Justified,' 'Chopped'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 27th 2010 12:27PM
A new episode of 'The Biggest Loser' airs at 8:00 on NBC
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Dancing With the Stars' -- Results show
CBS: 'NCIS'
The CW: '90210'
FOX: 'American Idol'
NBC: 'The Biggest Loser' -- Two hours
ESPN: '30 for 30' -- A discussion on the NFL career of Ricky William
History: 'Ancient Aliens'

9:00 to 10:00
CBS: 'NCIS: Los Angeles'
FOX: 'Glee' -- This time, actually at 9:00. Set your DVRs for the next hour anyway, just so you catch the ending song
PBS: 'Frontline' -- A discussion on vaccination
Discovery: 'Deadliest Catch'
IFC: 'Food Party' -- Two 30-minute episodes
TLC: '19 Kids and Counting'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'V'
CBS: 'The Good Wife'
NBC: 'Parenthood'
A&E: 'The Battle for Late Night'
Animal Planet: 'Inside the Perfect Predator'
BBC America: 'Survivors' -- Season finale
BET: 'Tiny & Toya'
Bravo: '9 by Design'
Discovery: 'Swamp Loggers'
FX: 'Justified'
Food Network: 'Chopped'
Sundance: 'Dinner with the Band'
LOGO: 'The Big Gay Sketch Show'
MTV: 'The Hills' and 'The City' -- Season and series premiere, respectively
National Geographic: 'Explorer'
Spike: 'Deadliest Warrior'
TLC: 'The Little Chocolatiers'
USA: 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Coming Soon: Aqua Teen's 100th Episode!

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:33AM
There has been a lot of hoopla made recently over 'South Park's' 200th episode. With that going on, everybody forgot was that another animation sensation is approaching its 100th episode. Insomniacs will be able to catch it at the stroke of midnight this coming Sunday night, May 2nd. I refer to 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' on Adult Swim.

While it's unlikely Muhammad will be making an appearance (although not outside the realm of possibility given the surreal nature of the show), one has to wonder how the creators will celebrate this landmark occasion, particularly when the show has been on the verge of cancellation at least twice (with two "final" episodes aired: 'The Last One' and the live action 'Last Last One Forever and Ever').

A rather awesome video press release was created by Adult Swim for the occasion. It's available after the jump. What would you like to see in 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force's' 100th episode?

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Is Tuesday 10PM the New Thursday 9PM?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:01AM
Rescue Me, Denis LearySummer TV programming used to be a wasteland of reruns, reruns and more reruns. Seasons ran from September to May, and that's the way it was and we liked it! OK, we didn't really like it, but it got all the kids outside for the summer. But no more of that nonsense. We'll keep 'em glued to the tube year-round now.

Cable networks have been launching new and returning shows in the summer, and it makes sense, because they don't have the tough competition from the broadcast networks. Along with that, though, are seriously competitive timeslots, especially Tuesday at 10PM. If we didn't know better, we'd think it was Thursday at 9PM. You know, 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'The Office,' 'CSI,' 'Fringe,' and 'Supernatural,' among others. That's some serious competition.

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'Panic Attack' Pilot Ordered by Fox

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 27th 2010 9:15AM
FOX has ordered a new reality series called 'Panic Attack'For some time now, reality shows have been a bit, shall we say, bland. Plenty of talking, gossiping and backstabbing, but very little action. It makes one miss the days of stepping into a tank full of leaches or having a meal comprised of caterpillar with a side order of maggots.

Well, FOX may be doing something about that.

The network has ordered a new pilot called 'Panic Attack.' Produced by 'Hell's Kitchen' and 'Kitchen Nightmares' production company A. Smith & Co., the show will feature five contestants with the same phobia. With the help of a pair of therapists (the U.K.'s Nick and Eva Speakman), the quintet of participants will try to overcome their fears. Look for potential episodes focusing on fear of heights, snakes, tight spaces and aglets.

There's a rumor that a group of FOX representatives will appear on the show in order to break their fear of producing a decent scripted comedy. (Fingers crossed they bring in those who greenlit ''Til Death.') Another group will try to get rid of the discomfort they feel when trying to find a new late-night talk show.

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Top 10 Musical Episodes: 'Buffy,' 'Scrubs,' 'The Simpsons' and More!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 26th 2010 7:00PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once More With Feeling
If 'Glee' has you yearning for more song-and-dance routines on TV, hold onto your (top) hats! From April 29 to May 5, Fox is turning several of its shows into musicals, including 'Bones,' 'House,' 'The Simpsons,' even 'Fringe.' On May 2, 'Family Guy' will celebrate its 150th episode with an extended episode featuring new and familiar musical numbers. Suffice to say the shows should be a blast, for both us and the actors.

Of course, TV aficionados know this is nothing new. Shows like 'Ally McBeal,' 'Eli Stone,' and 'SpongeBob SquarePants' have featured musical numbers regularly, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention 'Viva Laughlin' and 'Cop Rock' (even though the latter was declared by TV Guide to be one of the worst shows ever, ouch!). In fact, we can trace the trend back to classic episodes like Bugs Bunny's 'The Rabbit of Seville' and 'What's Opera, Doc?'

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Ask TV Squad: What's Up With The 'Lost' Rerun?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 26th 2010 3:05PM
T'Lost' logoV watchers are a curious group, something that we at TV Squad see every day. We get questions that are as current as "When is 'Mad Men' coming back?" to ones that are more wistful, such as "When is 'Shark' coming back? Boy, I loved that James Woods!"

But, our readers aren't the only ones who are curious tube fans. We ask each other questions, ones that sometimes get answered right away and ones that need a little research.

So, in this new incarnation of "Ask TV Squad," we're not only going to answer reader questions, but we're also going to try to answer some of the burning questions that have been confounding us here at TV Squad HQ.

If you have a question that you'd like answered, feel free to e-mail us at asktvsquad [at] gmail [dot] com.

For now, we'll start with a question that's gotten everyone curious:

Why is tomorrow's episode of 'Lost' a rerun? I thought ABC was going to air 'Lost' straight through without repeats. It's a bummer to have a repeat while it's been building momentum towards its big finale.

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What's On Tonight: 'Chuck,' 'House,' 'Trauma,' '6TEEN,'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 26th 2010 12:21PM

A new episode of 'Gossip Girl' airs at 9:00 on The CW
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

Good news and bad. The good: The networks are full of new episodes from 8:00 to 10:00. The bad: after 10:00 -- Nada.

8:00 to 9:00

ABC: 'Dancing With the Stars' -- 90 minutes
CBS: 'Rules of Engagement' -- 8:30 start
The CW: 'One Tree Hill'
FOX: 'House'
NBC: 'Chuck'
ABC Family: '10 Things I Hate About You'
Animal Planet: 'Animal Cops Houston'
Cartoon Network: 'Adventure Time with Finn & Jake'
DIY: 'Backyard Blitz'
ESPN2: 'E:60' -- ESPN's investigative sports magazine
GREEN: 'Emeril Green' -- Two 30-minute episodes
Spike: 'TNA Wrestling' -- Two Hours
TLC: 'Little People, Big World' -- Two 30-minute episodes

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Romantically Challenged'
The CW: 'Gossip Girl'
FOX: '24'
NBC: 'Trauma'
Animal Planet: 'Untamed and Uncut'
BBC America: 'Top Gear' -- Season finale
Cartoon Network: '6TEEN' -- 9:30 start
DIY: 'King of Dirt'
Golf Channel: 'Donald J. Trump's Wonderful World of Golf'
LOGO: 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
TRUTV: 'Operation Repo' -- 9:30 start

10:00 to 11:00
Food Network: 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'
LOGO: 'RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!' and 'RuPaul's Drag Race'
National Geographic: 'Ultimate Factories'
National Geographic Wild: 'My Life Is a Zoo'
OXYGEN: 'Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood'
Showtime: 'Nurse Jackie' and 'United States of Tara'
Spike: 'Jail'
TLC: 'Ultimate Cake Off' -- Season finale
Travel: 'Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern' -- Season premiere
TRUTV: 'Southern Fried Stings' -- Two 30-minute episodes

11:00 to Midnight
A&E: 'Runaway Squad' -- Season finale


After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Conan Close to Moving Production Company to Warner Bros.

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 26th 2010 11:30AM

No more shoe chairs for Conan O'Brien once his production deal with Warner Bros. TV goes throughThough the ink is now dry on a new deal that will bring Conan O'Brien to TBS , there are still a few plot threads which need to be tied up -- one of those being where O'Brien's production arm, Conaco, will reside.

Luckily, it looks like Warner Brothers TV will swing in to give the production house a new home.

Previously, Conaco was partnered with NBC Universal, but that agreement is ending in May. As Conan and NBCU didn't part on the nicest of terms, Conan needed to find another support base. Turner Broadcasting doesn't make production deals, so it was up to older sibling Warner Brothers TV to come in.

While the deal has yet to be signed, sources say that an agreement is imminent. Meanwhile, Conaco still has an untitled legal drama in the queue at NBC under its current setup. Would it be considered irony if the drama got passed the pilot stage and became the biggest show on NBC since 'The Cosby Show?' Of course, that's if it even gets that far.

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'The Hills' and 'The City': New Season Previews (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 26th 2010 10:28AM
The City, Season 2, Whitney Port, Roxy Olin 'The Hills' and 'The City' are gearing up for new seasons, and there's plenty of romances, break-ups, partying, new betrayals and new alliances ahead.

Both shows premiere April 27 on MTV, and the love lives and careers of Heidi, Spencer, Brody, Audrina, Justin, Whitney, Roxy, Olivia and Erin will continue to dominate the new seasons.

More previews and videos after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'The Simpons,' 'The Pacific,' 'The Tudors' 'TV Land Awards'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 25th 2010 2:40PM
The 8th edition of the 'TV Land Awards' airs tonight at 9:00
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

7:00 to 8:00
ABC: 'Americas' Funniest Home Videos'
CBS: '60 Minutes'
NBC: 'Dateline NBC'
Animal Planet: 'Wild Kingdom'

8:00 to 9:00

CBS: 'The Amazing Race 16'
FOX: 'The Simpsons'
NBC: 'Minute to Win It'
BBC America: 'James May at the Edge of Space'
Discovery: 'How the Universe Works'
Disney: 'Good Luck Charlie' -- 8:30 start
Food Network: 'Food Network Challenge'
HGTV: 'House Hunters' and 'House Hunters International'
History: 'Pawn Stars' -- Two 30-minute episodes
ION: 'The Emeril Lagasse Show'
Nick: 'Victorious'
Style: 'Ruby'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Desperate Housewives'
CBS: 'When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story' -- Story about the founders of Al-Anon and Alcoholics Anonymous
FOX: 'American Dad' -- 9:30 start
NBC: 'The Celebrity Apprentice' -- Two hours
A&E: 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' -- 9:30 start
Discovery: 'Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking'
ESPN2: 'SportsCenter Special' -- NFL Draft wrap-up. Two hours
Food Network: 'Chef vs. City'
HBO: 'The Pacific'
HGTV: 'Holmes on Homes'
History: 'America the Story of Us' -- Two hours
Showtime: 'The Tudors'
Style: 'Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane'
TV Land: '8th Annual TV Land Awards' -- 90 minutes

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Brothers & Sisters'
A&E: 'Kristie Alley's Big Life'
AMC: 'Breaking Bad'
Animal Planet: 'River Monsters'
Discovery: 'Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking'
E!: 'Kendra' and 'Pretty Wild'
HBO: 'Treme'
Lifetime: 'Army Wives'
Style: 'Jerseylicious'
TLC: 'Hoarding: Buried Alive'

11:00 and Beyond
Cartoon Network: 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' and 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job' -- Starts at midnight
HGTV: 'Income Property' -- 11:00 Start

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