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What's On Tonight: 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Castle,' and the New Jersey Housewives

by Rich Keller, posted May 3rd 2010 12:30PM
The second season of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' premieres tonight at 10:00Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local TV listings for additional information.

With all of the shows coming and going this month I'm going to start putting them at the top of this listing. Let me know if it works for all of you.

Tonight's Premieres
Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' -- 10:00 start
National Geographic WILD: 'Swamp Men' -- 10:00 start
TLC: 'Best Food Ever' at 9:00 and 'Ultimate Chili Challenge' at 10:00

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What's On Tonight: 'Medium,' 'Stargate Universe,' 'Real Time,' 'Smallville'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 30th 2010 12:34PM
The season finale of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' premieres at 9:00 on Cartoon Network
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: 'Wife Swap'
CBS: 'Ghost Whisperer'
The CW: 'Smallville'
NBC: 'Who Do You Think You Are' -- Season finale
Cartoon Network: 'Ben 10: Ultimate Alien' and 'Generator Rex'
Disney: 'Wizards of Waverly Place' -- Two 30-minute episodes
HBO: 24/7 Mayweather/Mosley -- Season finale with 8:30 start
HGTV: 'Sell It Yourself'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Wife Swap'
CBS: 'Medium'
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive' -- Season finale
Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' -- Two 30-minute episodes. Season finale
CMT: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and 'The Life and Times of Tim' -- Season finale for 'Tim'
HGTV: 'Bang for Your Buck' -- 9:30 start
History: 'Gangland'
National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'
Teen Nick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
TLC: 'Say Yes to the Dress' -- Two 30-minute episodes

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: '20/20'
CBS: 'Miami Medical'
Discovery: 'Construction Intervention'
E!: 'Web Soup'
Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
National Geographic: 'Two Kenyan Guys'
Starz: 'Party Down' and 'Gravity'
SyFy: 'Merlin'
TLC: 'Four Weddings'

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What's On Tonight: 'Community,' 'CSI,' 'Sober House,' 'Real Housewives'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 29th 2010 12:23PM
A new 'Community' anchors NBC's night of comedy starting at 8:00
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

Welcome to the beginning of the May sweeps! Hopefully, other than Saturday, the schedule should be full of new shows until the middle of next month.

8:00 to 9:00
ABC" 'FlashForward'
CBS: 'Survivor'
The CW: 'The Vampire Diaries'
FOX: 'Bones'
NBC: 'Community' and 'Parks and Recreation'
Food Network: 'Good Eats'
HGTV: 'My First Place' -- Two 30-minute episodes
National Geographic: 'Naked Science'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Grey's Anatomy'
CBS: 'CSI'
The CW: 'Supernatural'
FOX: 'Fringe'
NBC: 'The Office' and '30 Rock'
A&E: 'The First 48'
Animal Planet: 'Weird, True & Freaky' -- Two 30-minute episodes
HGTV: 'Selling New York'
History: 'Modern Marvels'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: 'Private Practice'
CBS: 'The Mentalist'
NBC: 'The Marriage Ref'
Bravo: 'The Real Housewives of New York City'
A&E: 'Fugitive Chronicles'
DIY: 'Yard Crashers'
HGTV: 'House Hunters International'
History: 'Sliced' -- Two 30-minute episodes
National Geographic: 'Known Universe'
TLC: 'LA Ink' -- Season finale
VH1: 'Sober House With Dr. Drew' -- Season finale

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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

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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'

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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


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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 Eight Best Things About Late Night TV Right Now

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 23rd 2010 5:00PM
LettermanI know that I should go to bed earlier than I do. As you get older, you become more of a morning person, I think. I shouldn't be staying up until 1AM when I have to get up at 6AM. Having said that, I find myself staying up late and watching the late night talk shows and surfing around to see what's on the cable channels.

Here are my picks for the eight best things about late night TV right now. The stuff to watch with a bag of Doritos in one hand and the remote in the other.

1. Letterman's desk chat.
This is the ten or fifteen minutes that starts after the first commercial break. It's Dave being his most Dave-est, when he just talks to the audience and to the camera and banters with Paul, usually telling a story about something that happened to him (such as that recent scandal) or going on a riff about something that irritates him. It's also the part of 'The Late Show' where we see some of the best comedy bits: on-the-street shenanigans, interaction with the audience, Stupid Pet Tricks, Lyle the Intern, visits with Rupert, Jay Thomas and his Lone Ranger story. This is the best part of the show.

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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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Don't Laugh at Conan's Move to TBS... It's the Future

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 16th 2010 11:50AM
CoCo is with TBSA few days ago, Joel gave four reasons why Conan O'Brien made the right move to TBS. He mentioned, among other things, the control Conan will have over the new program and not having to fight for affiliates to air the program instead of 'Seinfeld' or 'The Simpsons.'

A fifth reason can also be added. A broader reason encompassing not just Conan's show, but the current talk shows that populate the cable horizon. You see, cable is the future of late night talk shows. I see you rolling your eyes and chuckling! However, I would hold off in calling me various versions of 'idiot' until you hear me out.

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More Maher, 'Real Time,' in 2011 and Beyond

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 15th 2010 9:52PM
Bill Maher on HBO's 'Real Time' renewed for a ninth seasonBill Maher will be working in 'Real Time' at least through 2011. HBO announced today they have signed the political comic and host to a ninth season of 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' which will launch in early 2011 and include 35 episodes, rather than the usual order of 24.

HBO added two years to his contract, one year of which includes 'Real Time,' and the other year is content to be determined. His contract had been set to expire at the end of this season.

In all likelihood, Maher will at least film another stand-up special for HBO. He's already done seven hour-long specials for them, including 'Bill Maher... But I'm Not Wrong,' which premiered in February, and two half-hour specials. And considering the topical nature of his material, he has to burn it and move on before it gets to be old news. There are few things sadder in comedy than a supposedly topical comedian who won't let go of his Lewinsky jokes (it's rare now, but every so often, you do hear one).

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Four Reasons Why Conan Will Thrive On TBS

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 13th 2010 2:37PM
Coco is with TBS promoIt goes without saying that when Conan O'Brien announced that he had signed with TBS to do a new late night show, mostly everyone who follows these things was shocked. TBS? Didn't they already have George Lopez at 11PM? What happened to Fox, FX and Comedy Central? Is anyone even going to see Conan on cable?

But it didn't take long to realize that going to TBS was the right move for Conan, especially after some of the details of the deal were revealed. In fact, the longer you look at it, the better the deal looks, for these four reasons.

1. Conan will own the show. This is a big one. TBS had no problem letting Conan own his show and just paying him a licensing fee to air it. Fox was never going to allow him to do that. And control was a big deal to Conan, according to The Daily Beast's Peter Lauria, especially after everything he went through with NBC and 'The Tonight Show.'

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Conan Is Coming Back To TV... on TBS

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2010 1:15PM
ConanThe long wait is over. Right on the day that Conan O'Brien starts his cross-country tour in Oregon comes this rather large announcement: Conan is coming back to TV this November! But if you're thinking that he's going to do a late night show on FOX, you'd be mistaken. Instead, think "Very Funny."

Joe Adalian at TheWrap.com (and Conan himself on Twitter) confirm that he's going to do a late night show on TBS. This is rather interesting, because everyone assumed that FOX would be the place that Conan would want to go to because they're the last "big" network where he could have a late night show. CBS and NBC already have something and while ABC was sorta mentioned in the mix, they're happy with 'Nightline' and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'

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Four Reasons Why Leno Got His Audience Back So Fast

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 9th 2010 5:02PM
Jay Leno on his first day back on 'The Tonight Show' on March 1, 2010We at TV Squad have been accused of having an bias against Jay Leno. That might be true; after all, our writers are free to post their opinions on any and all news stories, and my guess is that most of our staff are not big Leno fans (in fact, Bob has said many, many, many times how much he dislikes Jay).

But, one thing we've never denied is that the man can get an audience at 11:35. And, if anyone was fretting that Leno's audience wouldn't follow him back to 'The Tonight Show,' you needn't have worried.

According to Media Life Magazine (via TVWeek), Leno averaged 4.2 million viewers per night last week. Yes, that's one million viewers less than he had a year ago, but it's still a million more than Letterman, whose 'Late Show' has lost about 900,000 viewers since Leno came back. And Leno's pulling almost 1.5 million more viewers than Conan did.

So, why did most of the viewers come back so soon? Four reasons come to mind:

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What's On Tonight: 'Smackdown,' 'Miami Medical,' 'Merlin'

by TV Squad Editors, posted Apr 2nd 2010 12:02PM
SmallvilleHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, ABC has a new 'Wife Swap,' followed by new episodes of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' and '20/20.'
  • CBS has a new 'Ghost Whisperer' at 8, then a new 'Medium' and the series premiere of 'Miami Medical.'
  • NBC has a new 'Who Do You Think You Are?' at 8, followed by a new, two-hour 'Dateline.'
  • The CW has a new 'Smallville' at 8.
  • PBS has new episodes of 'Washington Week,' 'NOW,' and 'Bill Moyers Journal.'
  • Nickelodeon has a new 'Big Time Rush' at 8.
  • Also at 8: MyNetwork TV has a new 'Smackdown!'
  • At 9, Syfy has a new 'Stargate Universe,' then the series premiere of 'Merlin.'
  • There's a new 'Clone Wars' on Cartoon Network at 9.
  • Teen Nick has a new 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' at 9.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of 'The Soup.'
  • BBC America has a new 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' at 10.
  • STARZ has a new 'Spartacus: Blood & Sand' at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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