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Giveaway Monday: Prison Break season three

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 4th 2008 10:01AM
prison break dvdHey everyone! This time we've got five copies of Prison Break - Season Three on DVD for five lucky, random commenters. The DVD is available in stores starting tomorrow.

To enter, leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, August 8 simply telling why you'd like to own this set. As always, we'll randomly choose five winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own the Prison Break third season DVD set.
  • The comment must be left before August 8, 2008 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Five winners will receive a Prison Break - Season Three DVD (valued at $49.98).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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Burn Notice Season One - DVD Review

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 20th 2008 2:27PM
DVD BurnI'd like to think that I'm the kind of person that gets in on cool things at the start, you know? There's just something about jumping on the bandwagon that's less attractive than being able to say, "Oh, yes. I was into that from day one." So, while I can proudly declare that I was a charter member of the Mad Men audience, I was late to Burn Notice. I missed the boat on Burn Notice, okay! There, I said it.

Fortunately for me, I've had the chance to catch up. I even got to visit the set. The USA Network rebroadcasts and occasional marathons have helped -- hooray for DVRs -- but I really think it was the Burn Notice Season One DVD set that filled in all the blanks. Reasonably priced and recently released, the set has become one of my favorites, as had the tale of Michael Westen, professional spy who has been inexplicably fired -- burned -- and dumped in Miami. There's a lot to like in this show, and in this DVD set.

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Jason Bateman to develop TV series

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 16th 2008 10:23AM

Jason BatemanJason Bateman is keeping himself busy. Hot off his pilot directing debut with Do Not Disturb, he has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox for a first-look at the new series. Obviously, he doesn't hold a grudge from the network's shoddy treatment of Arrested Development.

The new series will be developed under the banner of Bateman's company, F+A Productions. Do Not Disturb stars Jerry O'Connell and it was the only live-action comedy pilot Fox picked up as a new series for next season.

"He did an excellent job on the pilot visually, brought great energy and enthusiasm to it and, as an actor, he really understands how to talk to and motivate actors," said Gary Newman, 20th TV co-chairman. Bateman is also scheduled to lend his voice to the Fox animated series Sit Down, Shut Up which is scheduled to begin in the fall.

Jason Bateman has come a long way since Silver Spoons. I'm still eagerly waiting for the new season of It's Your Move.

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Giveaway Monday: Burn Notice season one - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 16th 2008 9:01AM
burn noticeHey everyone! This time we've got five copies of Burn Notice - Season One on DVD for five lucky, random commenters. The DVD is available in stores starting tomorrow.

To enter, simply leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, June 20 simply telling us if you're planning to catch Burn Notice's second season this year. As always, we'll randomly choose five winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating whether or not you're planning to watch the second season of Burn Notice this year.
  • The comment must be left before June 20, 2008 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Five winners will receive a Burn Notice - Season One DVD set (valued at $49.98).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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The Simpsons voices re-sign a new deal

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 2nd 2008 4:29PM
Simpsons couchIt took just a few weeks, but the trouble is over. The two sides have met and negotiated a fair arrangement. No, I'm not referring to the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama camps and the Florida and Michigan delegates. No, the news is more animated than that. The powers that be at 20th Century Fox TV have re-signed the actors who voice the The Simpsons.

The principals are signing new four-year deals in which the talent will receive substantial increases in salary. They had been getting $360,000 per episode and were looking for a bump up in that fee to $500,000 per. The negotiated compromise amount is about $400,000 per show. And as expected, instead of a 22 episode season commencing next fall, there'll be 20 shows in the year ahead.

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David E. Kelley makes a move

by Paul Goebel, posted May 28th 2008 4:44PM

David E. Kelley and the cast of Boston legalAfter more than twenty years at 20th Century Fox TV, Emmy-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley is packing his bags.

One of the longest and most succesful collaborations in television history is coming to an end as Kelley announced that he is entering into a three-year partnership with Warner Bros. TV.

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Giveaway Monday: 24 Season One Special Edition

by Keith McDuffee, posted May 19th 2008 9:01AM
24 DVDHey everyone! This time we've got five copies of the 24 Season One Special Edition on DVD for five lucky, random commenters. The DVD is available in stores starting tomorrow.

To enter, simply leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, May 23 simply telling us why you'd like to own this DVD set. As always, we'll randomly choose five winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own the 24 Season One Special Edition DVD.
  • The comment must be left before May 23, 2008 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Five winners will receive a copy of the 24 Season One Special Edition DVD (valued at $59.98).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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Seth MacFarlane - Highest paid TV writer/producer

by Brett Love, posted May 5th 2008 9:04AM

Seth MacFarlaneFrom the "Things that make you go, hmmmm?" department... Just let this one roll around in your noggin for a bit. According to reports, after 2 1/2 years of negotiations, Mr. MacFarlane has a new deal with 20th Century Fox TV that could be worth more than $100 million. The deal will keep him with the studio through 2012. To put it in some perspective, J.J. Abrams signed a five year feature/TV deal with Paramount and Warner Bros that was valued at $60 million.

Now, I don't mean to slight Seth or his accomplishments, but doesn't that strike you as just a bit odd? I mean, I'm a fan of his work. I've never missed an episode of Family Guy or American Dad. Hell, I sat through The War At Home to catch his guest spot. Still, I also follow ratings rather closely, and while Family Guy is certainly a success, I wouldn't have expected it to garner him highest paid status. Maybe The Cleveland Show is just that much better than any of us are giving it credit for.

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Festivus Giveaway: The Simpsons Movie on DVD!

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 18th 2007 9:20AM
simpsons movie dvdOur first Festivus giveaway! This one is for five copies of The Simpsons Movie on DVD! All you've got to do is submit a comment below before 5PM Eastern, December 21, and mention your favorite character from The Simpsons. We'll randomly choose five winners to receive the DVDs!

Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating who your favorite Simpsons character is.
  • The comment must be left before December 21, 2007 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Five winners will receive a copy of The Simpsons Movie on DVD (valued at $29.99).
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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Giveaway Monday, part two: Angel - Complete Series Collector's Set!

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 22nd 2007 10:02AM
Angel Collector's SetThe giveaways continue today! Not only are we giving away five copies of seasons one and two of Upright Citizens Brigade, we've also got one copy of the Angel Complete Series Collector's Set for a lucky, random commenter. The set is available in stores on October 30.

To enter, simply leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, November 2 (yes, that's two weeks), simply telling us your favorite episode from the series. As always, we'll randomly choose one winner amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating your favorite episode of Angel.
  • The comment must be left before November 2, 2007 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
  • One winner will receive a copy of Angel - Complete Series Collector's Set DVDs (valued at $139.98).
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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American Dad executive producers to develop new series for 20th Century Fox TV

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 4th 2007 3:02PM

tvRick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz, who both serve as executive producers on American Dad, have signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

The men won't have to leave American Dad under the deal, but will be allowed to develop new projects for the studio. Previously, the men worked on such shows as Two Guys and a Girl (which they co-created), Do Over and Like Family.

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Journeyman writer signs deal with 20th Century Fox TV

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 20th 2007 4:40PM

journeymanFirst, Journeyman director Alex Graves signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV, and now Tom Szentgyorgyi, who recently joined the NBC series as a writer (coming off the short-lived Drive) has also inked a deal with the studio to develop new projects.

Szentgyorgyi apparently came highly recommend from such TV bigshots as Stephen Bochco, whom Szentgyorgyi worked with on NYPD Blue. Szentgyorgyi also wrote for Law and Order and The Nine, and began his television career as a writer on Sports Night.

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Springfields fight over The Simpsons movie premiere

by Anna Johns, posted May 26th 2007 10:53AM
springfield; simpsonsIt's getting down to the nitty gritty with 16 American towns named Springfield. They're all vying for the right to premiere The Simpsons movie in July.

While my personal favorite is Springfield, Oregon because I live in Portland and can easily drive there, I think Springfield, Illinois may be ahead in the running. According to this LA Times article, Mayor Tim Davlin recently gave a speech where he said "we are indeed the city that best represents the community on television." Either he's trying to make us think he's the real Mayor Quimby (because that is totally something Quimby would say), or he has never seen The Simpsons. The Springfield portrayed on the show ain't exactly paradise. It's more of a dump, really.

Davlin says his town's assets are the donut factory, nearby Shelbyville, and the fact that Abraham Lincoln once lived there (think: Abe Simpson). Another contender, Springfield, Mass. is going just a little too high-brow, claiming it should get the premiere because it's the nation's first Springfield, and the birthplace of Dr. Seuss and frozen food.

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Simpsons movie to premiere in Springfield. But which one?

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 9th 2007 8:31AM
springfield; simpsonsSpringfields across the USA are competing with each other for the right to premiere The Simpsons movie this summer. 20th Century Fox is holding the contest, in which 16 Springfields are competing. Springfields each have to submit short films about their town and somehow link it to The Simpsons (anyone with a mountain of burning tires must have an advantage, right?). Whichever city is chosen for the premiere also gets to be in the credits of the movie.

People in Springfield, Oregon think their town has an advantage because it is very close to The Simpsons creator Matt Groening's boyhood home in Portland. But, do you really want to be that Springfield? It's supposed to be an everytown with pollution, bad schools, nuclear meltdowns, the aforementioned mountain of burning tires, etc., etc.

The movie comes out in July and Groening is promising "a really good joke" revealing which state Springfield is in.

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Waiting for your overseas TV

by Brett Love, posted Feb 26th 2007 1:01PM
Ny Name Is EarlThere is an interesting article over at The Register about how long Australian TV fans have to wait to get programming from the US. A recent survey of some 119 shows reveals that the average delay for the programs is 16.7 months. As if they are putting videotapes on a rowboat and paddling them across the pond.

To be fair, that 16.7 months number is skewed a little bit by the inclusion of Antiques Roadshow which wrecked the curve with an 11 year delay in being broadcast. Still, there are many more popular shows that still have long delays once they leave their country of origin. Some of the average delays listed are: CSI: NY (9.3 months), Grey's Anatomy (4.9 months), Heroes (4.2 months), House (5 months), and Third Watch (22.1 months).

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