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Which British Reality Shows Should the CW Re-Air?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 24th 2010 5:30PM
raymond_blanc_last_restaurant_standing_bbcaSome of the best reality shows on American television are based on ideas from other countries. That's not big news; it's a fact. This, however, is news: The CW is thinking about broadcasting a couple of British reality shows this summer instead of new programming. As Deadline.com reports, the network is not looking to do their version of the UK shows. They're simply going to re-run the shows as they aired in England.

For a network that's struggling for ratings, like the CW has all year long, this is a wise idea. And if they're smart enough to pick the right Brit shows, they could turn a tidy profit -- which is the point for the bean counters after all. From our point of view, there are at least six excellent British imports CW could re-air without altering a thing. Here are our choices:

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What's On Tonight: 'Doctor Who,' 'Cops,' 'Storm Stories,' 'Prison Wives'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 24th 2010 12:30PM
'America's Most Wanted' continues to chug along with a new episode at 9:00Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information.

Wow! Even for a Saturday night this lineup is pretty light. Save for 'Doctor Who' and 'You Don't Know Jack', that is. Best to catch up on your DVR shows.

8:00 to 9:00

FOX: 'Cops'
Animal Planet: 'It's Me or the Dog'
HGTV: 'Sarah's House' -- 8:30 start
HBO: '24/7 Mayweather/Mosley'
ID: 'Prison Wives'
Nick: '7 Secrets: Miranda Cosgrove'
The Weather Channel: 'Storm Stories'

9:00 to 10:00
FOX: 'America's Most Wanted'
BBC America: 'Doctor Who'
DIY: 'Renovation Realities'
HBO: 'You Don't Know Jack' -- Al Pacino stars as Dr. Jack Kervorkian
HGTV: 'Dear Genevive'
ID: 'Prison Wives'
The Weather Channel: 'Cantore Stories: Marfa, Texas'

10:00 to 11:00
CBS: '48 Hours Mystery'
BBC America: 'The Graham Norton Show' -- Toni Collette; Billie Piper; performance by Scouting for Girls
DIY: 'Massive Moves'
Food Network: 'Outrageous Food'
HGTV: 'Battle on the Block'
ID: 'Prison Wives'
MSNBC: 'Lockup: Raw'
Style: 'The Dish'

11:00 to Midnight
FOX: 'The Wanda Sykes Show' -- Bryan Cranston; actress Regina Hall; musician Tommy Lee
NBC: 'Saturday Night Live' -- Host Gabourey Sidibe; performance by MGMT. 11:29 start
Cartoon Network: 'Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood' -- Midnight start

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Tom Cruise Returns to 'Oprah' in May

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 23rd 2010 4:30PM
Jumpin Cruise! Tom Cruise returns to 'Oprah' on May 14thWhat do you do when you're Oprah Winfrey, you're ending your mega-successful show in about a year and you want your audience to surge during the May sweeps? First, you get Tom Cruise to return to your program. Then, you fill in around that.

That's exactly what Oprah is doing on her show. On the May 14 installment Cruise, along with Cameron Diaz, will show up to promote their upcoming action-comedy 'Knight and Day.' Don't look for too much couch-jumping by Mr. Cruise, though, as he has a movie to promote.

Surrounding Cruise's appearance are a bevy of personalities, both in and out of Hollywood, that will stop by to chat with Miss O. This includes Simon Cowell, Dolly Parton, former First Lady Laura Bush, Julia Roberts and, for all of you screaming teenage girls out there, Justin Bieber. The full schedule can be found after the jump.

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HBO Sets Return Dates for 'Hung,' 'Entourage'

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 23rd 2010 4:00PM
hbo hungHBO has announced return premiere dates for two of its popular dude-friendly shows. Both 'Hung' and 'Entourage' are slated to return Jun. 27, following vamp camp fest 'True Blood,' which heads back to the cable network on Jun. 13, according to the Live Feed.

The shows will fill the Sunday 10PM time slot now occupied by David Simon's 'Treme,' which wraps its first season this summer.

'Hung' season 2 is expected to explore the new dynamic between Ray (Thomas Jane), Tanya (Jane Adams) and Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff).

'Entourage' star Adrian Grenier recently promised that fans would see a different side of Hollywood pretty boy Vinnie Chase in the show's upcoming seventh season.

"They're going to get a whole new Vince this year," Grenier told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. "He's grappling with life and death circumstances."

Sounds like a big change from the character's previous dilemmas, which usually involved choosing between the blonde or the brunette.

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Thursday-Night Shows Hit With Low Ratings

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 23rd 2010 3:00PM

SurvivorThis is either a hiccup or a sign of things to come: Ratings for most of the shows that aired last night were down, according to the Live Feed.

The ratings winner was CBS, who aired 'Survivor,' 'CSI' (which tied its all-time series low, with 13.3 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo) and 'The Mentalist.'

Fox placed second with 'Bones' and 'Fringe,' which pulled in 8.8 million and 5.9 million viewers, respectively.

Meanwhile, things didn't turn out well on the NBC front: 'Community' hit a series low, with a measly 3.9 million viewers,' while 'The Office' (6.4 million) and a double-feature of '30 Rock' (4.2 million, 5.2 million) hit season lows.

Also hitting a season low: ABC's 'Private Practice,' with just 7.4 million viewers.

Tell us: What did you watch last night?

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'Chuck' May Get Renewed After All, Claims Source

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 23rd 2010 2:45PM
ChuckTo quote Professor Farnsworth, "Good news, everyone!" It's looking likely that 'Chuck' will be getting another season on NBC, according to the Ausiello Files, although no official word has been sent to the press as of yet.

This is comforting news, as ratings for its current season haven't been stellar, despite the excellent pseudo-season finale, which was written before its six-episode extension was commissioned. Our own Joel Keller has an excellent interview here on TV Squad with 'Chuck' co-creator Chris Fedak about "Season 3.2."

While the previous episode had (spoiler alert!) Chuck and Sarah hooking up at the end, it does make one wonder where the series could go from that point onward. After all, that seemed to be the point of the series since the first episode. The good news is that we're going to find out when the first of six new episodes begin airing on Monday.

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What's On Tonight: 'Party Down,' 'Clone Wars,' 'Ben 10,' 'NFL Draft'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 23rd 2010 1:07PM
'Party Down' returns for a new season at 10 p.m. on Starz
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

Starts at 7:00
ESPN: '2010 NFL Draft' -- Rounds 2 and 3

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Wife Swap'
The CW: 'Smallville'
NBC: 'Who Do You Think You Are?' -- Two Hours
Cartoon Network: 'Ben 10: Ultimate Alien' and 'Generator Rex'
Disney: 'The Suite Life on Deck'
Nick: 'Big Time Rush' and 'Victorious'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' -- Season (series?) finale
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive'
Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
CMT: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
Discovery: 'Swamp Loggers'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and 'The Life & Times of Tim'
National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
TeenNick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
TLC: 'Say Yes to the Dress' -- Season premiere. Two 30-minute episodes
SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: '20/20' -- Stories on false accusations
CBS: 'Miami Medical'
BBC America: 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' -- Idris Elba; Kiefer Sutherland; Gemma Arterton; performance by Alphabeat
CMT: 'Smoke Jumpers'
HBO: 'Real Time With Bill Maher' -- Journalist Matthew Continetti; security expert Susan Eisenhower; Rep. Alan Grayson; counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke; activist Dr. Jack Kevorkian
Discovery: 'American Loggers' -- Season finale
E! 'The Soup'
Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
SyFy: 'Merlin'
Starz: 'Party Down' and 'Gravity' -- Season and series premieres, respectively
TLC: 'Four Weddings'

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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TNT Pairs 'The Closer' With 'Rizzoli & Isles'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 23rd 2010 11:50AM
'The Closer' returns for a sixth season on July 12th
Before you know it, the summer will be upon us. For viewers, this is both bad and good news. The bad: The major networks resort to schedules filled with reality programming. The good: The cable networks rev up their schedules with original scripted programming. By the time July rolls around, AMC, FX, TNT and USA will be chock full of fan favorites.

For TNT, that means a new season of 'The Closer.' The network has just announced that season 6 will premiere on Mon., Jul. 12 at 9PM. Joining 'The Closer' on that evening will be the new drama 'Rizzoli & Isles.' Based on a series of Tess Gerritsen's novels, the show casts Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as a Boston detective and medical examiner, respectively, who team up to solve cases. The series also stars Lorraine Bracco as Harmon's mother.

TNT has always excelled with shows featuring strong female leads. As long as the acting and writing is up to par on 'Rizzoli & Isles' it should have a long life on the network.

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John Goodman to Narrate 'Best Food Ever'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 22nd 2010 6:00PM
John GoodmanTLC is cooking up a new series to be narrated by actor John Goodman.

According to Variety, the series, titled 'Best Food Ever,' will travel the country to uncover some of its most-popular dishes and restaurants. (We'll eat to that!)

'Best Food Ever' premieres Mon., May 3 at 10PM.

TLC is already home to a number of cooking-related shows, including 'BBQ Pitmasters,' 'Cake Boss,' 'Little Chocolatiers,' 'Home Made Simple,' and 'Ultimate Cake Off.'

Meanwhile, Goodman, best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Dan Conner on the longrunning ABC comedy 'Roseanne,' currently co-stars on 'Treme,' airing Sundays at 10PM on HBO.

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Four Ways to Make 'Parenthood' Even Better

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 22nd 2010 5:00PM
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The news last week that NBC had renewed 'Parenthood' for a second season was not a big surprise. Yes, the show had a rocky start, considering that it was forced into a midseason premiere because producers had to recast actress Maura Tierney's role while she was battling breast cancer. But since then, it has been well-received and even bested its main competition Tuesdays at 10PM ET, 'The Good Wife,' a few times in the ratings. So there was every reason for NBC to give the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer production a second season. It earned it.

The show has actually been getting better. It's on its way to becoming a hit, and with just a few changes in the season to come, it could succeed. We've narrowed it down to four specifics, our suggestions for how 'Parenthood' could get even better than it is right now. Read our list and then weigh in with your thoughts.

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What's On Tonight: 'Bones,' Double '30 Rock,' 'Supernatural'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 22nd 2010 12:30PM
The Emmy Award-winning '30 Rock' returns with two new episodes at 8:30 and 9:30
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

Starting at 8:00
ESPN: NFL Draft -- 1st Round

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'FlashForward'
CBS: 'Survivor'
The CW: 'The Vampire Diaries'
FOX: 'Bones'
NBC: 'Community' and '30 Rock'
CNBC: 'Beyond the Barrel: The Race to Fuel the Future' -- A look at future energy resources
History: 'Modern Marvels' -- Helicopters
Nickelodeon: 'SpongeBob SquarePants' -- Bob and Patrick protest the building of a highway near Jellyfish Fields

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Private Practice'
CBS: 'CSI'
The CW: 'Supernatural'
FOX: 'Fringe'
NBC: 'The Office' and '30 Rock' -- Not a mistake; there are two new episodes of '30 Rock' on tonight's schedule
Animal Planet: 'Weird, True & Freaky' -- Two 30-minute episodes
National Geographic: 'Naked Science'
Showtime: 'Green Collar Comedy Slam' -- Featuring a lineup of ecological-minded comics
TLC: 'Police Women of Maricopa County'

10:00 to 11:00
CBS: 'The Mentalist'
NBC: 'The Marriage Ref'
A&E: 'Fugitive Chronicles'
Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New York City'
CURRENT: 'Rotten Tomatoes Movie Review Show' -- 10:30 start
Food Network: 'Ace of Cakes'
History: 'Sliced' -- Two 30-minute episodes
Lifetime: 'Project Runway'
TLC: 'LA Ink'
Travel: 'David Blaine: What is Magic?'

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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(Almost) Every Show on TV, Venn Diagrammed

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 22nd 2010 11:28AM
Esquire Venn DiagramJoshua David Stein of Esquire Magazine posted a cute Venn Diagram of the tendencies of television programming nowadays and where all the current shows fit into it. The diagram is titled "The Unified Theory of Prime Time Programming in the Year 2010."

Sadly, Mr. Stein has left out certain programs from within the diagram. Where is 'Mad Men?' That show should fall somewhere within the "Bureaucracy" and "Greed" categories. Other shows that don't appear are 'South Park,' which should go somewhere between the "Fat People" and "People Being Crummy" sections, and 'Chuck' which should fall between the "Wise Fools" and "Bureaucracy" sections. It was a bit of a laugh finding the categories between which 'American Idol' appears. One of them couldn't even be said on television.

So what do you think? Which shows are missing from the Venn Diagram and where do they belong? Which shows are miscategorized on the diagram? Are any categories missing from the diagram? Let us know in the comments.

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Yogi's Gang: When Saturday Mornings Became Green

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 22nd 2010 10:05AM
Yogi Bear and the rest of the crew of 'Yogi's Gang'
We all know about the Green movement that has pushed its way into every facet of our lives. And though its been around for a few years, some folks believe this thinking of greener living, which equals the lack of oceanfront property in the middle of Iowa, is a brand new concept. This couldn't be further from the truth!

The fact is, there have been surges of environmentally-conscious thought in every decade since Earth Day was conceived back in 1970. The biggest surge came in the early '70s when Woodsy Owl told us to "Give a hoot -- don't pollute' and a crying Native American lamented over the trash thrown out of moving cars. This thinking even permeated the safe haven of Saturday morning cartoons during this time, thanks in no part to a bunch of washed-up Hanna-Barbera characters in a flying, wooden ark.

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'Wicked Summah' Headed to TruTV?

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 22nd 2010 9:15AM
TruTVGet ready for a 'Wicked Summah' on TruTV.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, 'Summah,' which is being described as an unofficial spinoff of MTV's runaway hit, 'Jersey Shore,' is in the "very early stages of development" at TruTV, according to a network spokesperson.

Filming will be set on Cape Cod, though no word on when the series will actually hit the airwaves.

Doron Ofir Casting, the company behind 'Shore,' is casting the show. (For a taste of who might wind up on the show, check out its casting website.)

And speaking of 'Jersey Shore,' MTV recently announced that the show, which will be filming in Miami and Jersey, will return for a second season on Jul. 29.

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'Next Food Network Star' Goes Hollywood

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 22nd 2010 9:00AM
Set your tastebuds to tingle, food fans: The latest season of 'The Next Food Network Star' is almost upon us, and it promises to be blockbuster big.

According to a press release, season 6 of the reality talent search will be based in Tinseltown itself, which means there will be plenty of Hollywood-style twists, turns and guest stars to spice up the proceedings, including Rachael Ray and Eva Longoria Parker.

Premiering on Jun. 6, the series will feature 12 new contestants battling it out in the hopes of winning their own Food Network show under the mentorship of Giada De Laurentiis, with Bobby Flay once again playing host.

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