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Giveaway Tuesday: 'Boston Legal' Joins TV Land and Someone's Winning an HDTV

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 10:39AM
boston_legal_TV_land_promoAre you ready for some fun stuff, like maybe winning a free HDTV? Well, get ready. 'Boston Legal' is going into syndication on TV Land, which means if you have yet to enjoy the antics of Alan Shore, Denny Crane and company, this is the chance of a lifetime to enjoy one of the best legal dramas in recent TV history. Oh heck, ever!

'Boston Legal,' starring William Shatner and James Spader, runs weeknights at 11 PM ET on TV Land. And to celebrate, you may be able to tune into 'Boston Legal' five nights a week with a brand, spanking new TV! Yes, sir. There will be one (1) Grand Prize winner receiving a 26" LCD HDTV (MSRP $349.99). The contest begins today, March 9, 2010.

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Big Shot TV Producers Aren't Straying From Familiar Territory, And Why Not?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 8th 2010 7:00PM
If you're one of the fortunate few who make it big in the television biz, shouldn't you take the opportunity to use that cushy cushion you have built for yourself and take a big risk on something exciting and new? Not if you're one of these big television producers.

Big shots like Shawn Ryan, David E. Kelley, and Shonda Rhimes all have pilots in the can that don't seem to stray much farther from the shows that made them the big shots that they are today.

For instance, Ryan, creator of the groundbreaking FX cop drama 'The Shield,' has another cop drama premiering with Fox called 'Ridealong.' Kelley, the writer/producer behind 'The Practice' and 'Boston Legal,' has created a reality drama for NBC called 'Kindred.' Even Rhimes, the woman behind ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy,' has another medical drama show for ABC called 'Off the Map.' Is ABC looking to create an all-medical soap opera cable channel in the coming year?

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Has Melissa George finally landed a good role?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 2nd 2009 8:29AM
Melissa George in US AttorneyI've been a fan of Melissa George since I first saw her in 2001's short-lived Thieves. I was, quite possibly, the only person in the known universe who actually loved that show. She starred with John Stamos as lovers and professional thieves who worked a deal with the FBI. I guess I have a soft spot for anything that even resembles the 1960s show T.H.E. Cat, though there will never be anyone like Robert Loggia.

Melissa George has held assorted roles since then, including Lauren Reed in Alias, Laura in In Treatment, and Dr. Sadie Harris in Grey's Anatomy. These were great, but I don't think she's really found her place in TV history yet. But maybe that will change soon, because she's just nabbed the female lead in the CBS drama pilot US Attorney.

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Kristen Chenoweth is now Legally Mad - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 19th 2008 12:35PM
kristin chenowethShe's been Glinda, the Good Witch (Wicked) and Olive Snook, the itty-bitty, lovable waitress (Pushing Daisies), comic strip cutie Sally Brown (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown), a PR pro on The West Wing, and now she's going to be Skippy Pylon. Skippy the lawyer, and she's heading to the courtroom.

Kristin Chenoweth will star in Legally Mad, a new drama series for creator David E. Kelly for NBC. This is by far the smartest, best news out of NBC in months. (Could Jeff Zucker be reading TV Squad? Have we gotten under his skin?)

You can't see me but I'm doing the dance of joy and happiness about this casting. I have been in the dumps over Pushing Daisies not being picked up by ABC. The network hasn't even said whether it will air the last episodes, and Kristin Chenoweth has been the one star out there who's really expressed her disappointment that the show has come to an end. Therefore, I'm extremely glad for her that ABC's loss will be NBC's gain.

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Boston Legal saves its silliest for the finale

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 9th 2008 1:02PM
Boston Legal finaleLet's face it; Boston Legal has always been a silly show. A show that dealt with serious issues and spun out some seriously stern sermons on the status of the human condition in 21st century America, but always in front of a backdrop of chaos at Crane, Poole and Schmidt.

From cases that even Don Quixote would think were lost causes to the inappropriate behavior of Alan Shore, Denny Crane, and others, to the not-so-subtle references that these lawyers know they're on a TV show, Boston Legal was always was one moment away from drowning in its own silliness.

But last night's series finale descended into more silliness than I think even the show's most ardent fans could handle. There were sincere moments, but most of them barely had time to breathe and linger on people's consciousness before we got even more silliness.

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What to Watch Monday, Dec. 8

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 8th 2008 5:00AM
boston legal'Boston Legal'
(9PM, ABC) series finale
Five seasons of wacky criminal trials, a frat-like law office and, of course, the highly quotable Denny Crane wrap up with a two-hour series finale.

The legal eagles of Crane Poole & Schmidt major financial woes, with a potential sale is putting a damper on Shirley and Carl's pending nuptials.

Meanwhile, Shirley has chosen a special man to walk her down the aisle -- ex-love Denny (Emmy winner William Shatner) -- but the outspoken attorney has bigger things on his plate; he's waiting for pal Alan (Emmy winner James Spader) to get the court's permission for Denny to try an experimental drug that could slow down his Alzheimer's.

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What to Watch Monday, Dec. 1

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 1st 2008 5:00AM
gossip girl'Gossip Girl'
(8PM, The CW)
The annual Snowflake Ball provides the Upper East Side teens with an opportunity for romance, but, as usual, exactly who'll be, ahem, Ball-ing with who is up in the air.

Serena is happily ensconced in her new relationship with artist Aaron, but when his ex-girlfriend shows up at the gallery and starts making plans with Serena's ex, Dan, Miss van der Woodsen gets jealous.

Meanwhile, Nate finds himself in a love triangle with pals Jenny and Vanessa, and Chuck and Blair meet a pair of lookalikes and counsel them on how they -- the dopplegangers -- can make a relationship work where they -- the real Chuck and Blair -- can't.

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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 24

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 24th 2008 5:00AM
Samantha Who and Boston Legal'Samantha Who?' and 'Boston Legal'
(9:30PM and 10PM, ABC)
Guess who's coming to dinner?

At the Newly home, it's Samantha's new boyfriend Owen, who's going to get to know Sam's 'rents during a family meal. But Owen gets a case of foot-in-mouth disease when he meets Sam's dad -- a chicken farm owner -- and makes disparaging remarks about chicken farm owners.

Meanwhile, it's about turkeys on 'Boston Legal,' when Shirley plans a cozy Thanksgiving dinner for herself and Carl, but instead -- and here's where the turkeys come in -- ends up hosting a dysfunctional pseudo-family affair when Alan and Denny and the office gang want in on the festivities, too.

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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 17

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 17th 2008 5:00AM
csi miami'CSI: Miami'
(10PM, CBS) 150th episode
One hundred fifty episodes ... that's a lot of crimes, and, as a plethora of YouTube videos attest, a lot of David Caruso's trademark one-liners, often accompanied by the addition of his sunglasses.

Back to the crimes, CBS has compiled a handy list of 150 wrongdoings Horatio Crane and company have solved, including people killed by being bled out by leeches, eaten by sharks and crocodiles, drowned in champagne, poisoned with lip gloss and being blown up by a bomb sewn into a dress.

Tonight's case is much less kooky, but much more evil, as the team tries to find a murderer who kidnapped a baby before the infant becomes his next victim.

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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 3

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 3rd 2008 5:00AM
saturday night live'Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008'
(9PM, NBC)
Is it as important as tomorrow night's election coverage? Duh. But it's undoubtedly more fun, as the Not Ready for Primetime Players unspool two hours of very primetime-worthy political skits.

Recent sketches (Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton, Fred Armisen as Barack Obama and, of course, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin) and clips from the 'SNL' vaults -- Chevy Chase as a bumbling Gerald Ford and Will Ferrell's numb-skulled Dubya, for example -- pepper the election eve special.

And there will be some new surprises from the show that's been the go-to series for political satire this season. We'll just be happy to see Poehler's 'Palin Rap' again.

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TV Characters' Halloween Costumes Quiz

by Kelly Woo, posted Oct 27th 2008 2:00PM
bonesLet's play dress-up.

When Halloween rolls around, we love seeing our favorite TV characters dress up.

From Roseanne's patriotic outfit to 'Bones' as Wonder Woman to Dwight's 'Star Wars' homage, see how well you remember memorable costumes worn by TV characters.

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What to Watch Monday, Oct. 27

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 27th 2008 5:00AM
gossip girl'Gossip Girl '
(8PM, The CW)
Poor Dan Humphrey ... guess he hasn't read the 'Gossip Girl' books, because if he had, he'd know that the new rich kid on the block is one Aaron Rose, destined to be the next boy toy on the arm of one Serena van der Woodsen.

Of course, in the books, Dan is also bisexual, so the TV series will probably never be 100 percent faithful to the book series, but it is true that Aaron ('Stick It' star John Patrick Amedori) is Serena's new Dan.

Meanwhile, Humphrey kid Jenny makes a new friend in the rebellious Agnes, who convinces Little J that she needs to make a bold move with her fashion career, lest Blair's mom squash it before it even begins.

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What to Watch Monday, Sept. 22

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 22nd 2008 5:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars'
(8PM, ABC) 7th season premiere
Cloris Leachman, prepare to get down and funky with your bad self.

And fans, pencil in three nights of primetime viewing for the 'DWTS' season premiere, which includes the opening night of competition (Mon.), a second night of performances (Tue.) in which one couple will be eliminated and a results show (Wed.) that will find another couple getting bounced and a performance by the Jonas Brothers.

Among the 13 celebs hoping to boogie their way to the mirrored ball trophy: Leachman, the show's oldest-yet contestant at 82, Susan Lucci, Lance Bass, Kim Kardashian, comedian Jeffrey Ross and 'Hannah Montana's' Cody Linley, the youngest-yet contestant at 18.

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Michael J. Fox to guest star on Rescue Me

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 8th 2008 2:01PM
Michael J. FoxWith Rescue Me's fifth season finally (kinda, sorta) getting closer, we're getting more and more news about what's in store for Tommy and the gang. In addition to the minisodes, we've also got some exciting potential casting news: Michael J. Fox may be joining Rescue Me for a multi-episode arc. Fox is set to play a love interest for Tommy's (Dennis Leary) on-again/off-again ex, Janet (Andrea Roth).

Rescue Me
may seem like an odd show for the former Spin City and Family Ties star to pop up on, but Fox and Leary are longtime friends. This friendship means that even though the deal isn't completely finalized, there's very good chance that Fox will be seen on the FX drama next summer.

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William Shatner says Captain Kirk was a good hero

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 10th 2008 1:06PM
KirkTo many people, William Shatner is a beloved TV icon. To others, he's a shameless self-promoter, a commercial pitchman for everything from margarine to hotel rooms. Few feel neutral about Shatner, so this story may come as something of a surprise. William Shatner rarely watches himself on TV and film. Like a lot of actors, when he works, he's in the moment and doesn't go back and study what he did and why. It's been working for him. As Denny Crane on Boston Legal, he's won two Emmys in the last three years.

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