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Defying Gravity

New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 18th 2010 6:01PM
DamagesHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Defying Gravity is one of those shows where I said "oh, I have to start watching that," and then it was gone from ABC. I guess there have been several shows like that in recent years. I can say the same thing about Damages and Durham County, but at least those two shows are still around.

Guess I'm interested in shows that begin with the letter D this week.

  • 21 Jump Street - Season 1
  • Cranford: Return to Cranford and The Collection (Cranford/Return to Cranford)
  • Dallas - Season 12
  • Damages - Season 2
  • Defying Gravity - Complete Series
  • Durham County - Season 1

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What Jane is thankful for

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 26th 2009 9:02AM
Eric Northman, True BloodHappy Thanksgiving! It's that time of year when we reflect on all the good things in our lives, and of course, my thoughts turn to TV. Let's take a look at a few things on the tube that make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Sexy vampires. Oh my, we got lots of them this year. The Twilight Saga: New Moon's got nothin' on TV vampires. Eric Northman and Bill Compton from True Blood are definitely at the top of my list. Pictured is that hunk o' steamy vamp himself, Eric, a.k.a. Alexander Skarsgard in real life. But we also got those lovely Salvatore brothers on The Vampire Diaries. Elena certainly has some high-class problems, doesn't she? Steadfast Stefan or bad-vamp Damon? They both have their particular gifts.

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Here's the Defying Gravity video from last night's Glee

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 12th 2009 9:02AM
As Allison mentioned in her review of last night's Glee, it was an awesome episode. The show featured some great songs, some great lines, and a few surprises about some of the students and faculty. If you haven't watched it yet, I won't give away too much.

My favorite song was "Defying Gravity," the ballad from Wicked, sung in a "diva off" by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), with each performance inter-cut with the other. They both have fantastic voices, and I'm in awe of Colfer's spot-on tone and intonation. Just gorgeous! But I have to agree with Allison that perhaps Rachel has the more Broadway-type voice that jumps off the stage and grabs you.

I don't know, though. It's a tough call as to which has the bigger diva voice. What do you think? If you were a Broadway casting director, who would you choose to sing this song -- Kurt or Rachel?



(Thanks to Rickey.org for posting the video.)

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Review: Glee - Wheels

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 12th 2009 12:29AM
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If you're a Glee fan already -- a Gleek -- this episode is going to hit you in the sweet spot. If you're not a Glee fan, do yourself a favor and go online and watch this one (when it's available). It's just that good.

It may be coincidental, but the focus was on the school and the music. And plenty of character development with Puck, Kurt, and especially Sue. There was no football, no Slushees, no Emma and definitely no Teri. It's looking like Glee is best when Mr. Schu's personal life is off camera. I haven't missed the Mrs. one bit. More after the jump.

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Set visits reveal ghosts of Defying Gravity set destruction

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 22nd 2009 4:05PM
The cast of Defying Gravity crashed and burned this year.It's a rare, disturbing sight to watch a television show torn to pieces -- literally.

While on my set visit for Stargate Universe at Bridge Studios in Vancouver, I stayed with the main press tour. It took us from the main stage holding the massive set of the starship Destiny across the expansive lot to a series off small office buildings housing the show's costume shop and editing bays.

The route took us past the sound stage that once housed the production for ABC's Defying Gravity. Of course, the ambitious prime time sci-fi drama was canceled early this fall season. So, the cast and crew were long gone.

The sounds coming out of that distant sound stage were strangely tragic. There was the grinding of band saws, the pounding of sledgehammers and the growling of large cranes -- all working together to tear the show's elaborate sets to pieces.

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ABC still intends to finish Defying Gravity's run ... eventually

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 19th 2009 9:00AM
Defying GravityI thought Defying Gravity was over. Kona wasn't sure, but had little hope. The internet ran with it and there were unsubstantiated reports that ABC would never air the final five episodes. It was frustrating because it ended just before the big reveal as to what the "beta" entity was. So it looked like it would be another chapter in the long list of television shows that ended on a maddening cliffhanger.

I don't know what those episodes have in store, or if they provide better closure than what we have now, but ABC felt it was important enough to curb the rumors by putting out a statement that they fully intend to air those last Defying Gravity episodes. They just aren't sure when.

DG was too sci-fi for the audience they were hoping for with the "Grey's Anatomy in space" tag. There wasn't enough sci-fi for the hardcore science fiction base. At least those of us who toughed it out might get some closure.

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Defying Gravity, we hardly knew ye

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 14th 2009 12:30PM
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It seems like not even two months ago, I was interviewing Ron Livingston about his exciting new ABC drama, Defying Gravity (probably because it was about 6 weeks ago), and now it's gone. After airing only 8 episodes, ABC has just announced that last night's episode of Gravity would be its last.

Although ABC hasn't given any official word about its cancellation, it wasn't as though it came as much of a surprise, given the show's troubles from the very beginning. According to Ace Showbiz, "It premiered to only 3.83 million viewers on August 2 and the number has constantly deteriorated since then. Last week, ABC has excluded listing Gravity on the schedule after the September 13 episode but did not give explanation to that."

The fact that everyone from the show's producers to its actors kept on describing Defying Gravity as "Grey's Anatomy in space," probably didn't help matters much either. I've seen most of the episodes, and while it could have done with a lot less Grey's-like twinkly music to signify emotions, it was a perfectly passable summer show. Luckily, for all of you fans out there, SlashControl has all of the episodes available to view online.

What do you think? Are you sad to see it go, or are you amazed it lasted this long?

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, King of the Hill, MTV Awards, True Blood

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 13th 2009 4:04PM
  • EntourageAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Big Brother and the two-hour season finale of There Goes The Neighborhood (Note: CBS' schedule might be changed due to U.S. Open tennis).
  • NBC has Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Bears vs. the Packers.
  • At 8, FOX has the series finale (two episodes) of King of the Hill.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Shark Tank, then a new Defying Gravity.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery! at 9.
  • ESPN2 has the U.S. Open Women's Final at 9.
  • Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva at 9, followed by a new Army Wives.
  • MTV has the 2009 Video Music Awards at 9.
  • There's a new Total Drama Action on Cartoon Network at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has the season finale of True Blood, then the season finale of Hung and a new Entourage.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Burn Notice creator Nix bringing similar tone to FOX's Jack and Dan

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 4th 2009 1:05PM
Matt NixUtilizing the same international cost-cutting model that brought us Mental and Defying Gravity this summer, FOX is moving forward with Jack and Dan, a comedic procedural from Matt Nix. Nix is best known for being the creator of Burn Notice, a smoking hit for USA. J&D is more a straight-up cop drama, telling the story of two partners on the street.

Jack is ambitious and follows the rules. Dan is a drunken lech who should have been fired years ago. Probably would have been, too, if it weren't for a heroic act earlier in his career. I have to say, lighter fare is a better direction for these lower budget direct-to-series projects than what we saw this summer.

Cable has it right. People want fun and sexy for summer. The shows under this model get a 13-episode commitment; so why not go all the way with it and try to compete directly with cable? After all, cable is winning summers right now.

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What's On Tonight: Daytime Emmys, Futurama, True Blood, Design Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 30th 2009 4:00PM
  • Army WivesA 7, NBC has a new Dateline, then Pre-Season Football, the Bears vs. the Broncos.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother, followed by a new There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • The CW has the Daytime Emmy Awards at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Shark Tank, then a new Defying Gravity.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery! at 9.
  • Comedy Central has Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder at 9.
  • There's a new Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime at 8, then a new Army Wives.
  • National Geographic Channel has the series premiere of The Human Family Tree at 9.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, followed by new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has the movie High Plains Invaders.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 10.
  • History Channel has two new episodes of Pawn Stars at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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TV just had its most-watched summer ever while the big four struggled

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 27th 2009 9:02AM
Royal PainsWhat an interesting summer for television. In general, the claim that television viewing reached an all-time high this summer doesn't really surprise me. After all, we're in what the media tells us is the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. That means more people out of work and less money for everybody.

People out of work and unable to find work are going to be bored, so they're going to watch television. People with less money are going to stay home more often, so they're going to watch television. That part makes sense to me. The part that is a little surprising, but only a little, is that all of that record viewing went to the cable networks and not the big four.

There was not a single break-out summer success story on ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX. Every single show they put on the air either crashed and burned, or barely stayed afloat. But the story is so very different on cable. Week after week we got new stories about original series breaking records on almost every network.

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What's On Tonight: Don Hewitt, Miss Universe, Mad Men, Patton Oswalt

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 23rd 2009 4:02PM
  • Ice Road TruckersAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, a tribute to Don Hewitt, then new episodes of Big Brother and There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Merlin starting at 7, followed by Miss Universe 2009.
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new Hannah Montana.
  • At 8, ABC has the finale of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then new episodes of Shark Tank and Defying Gravity.
  • ESPN has the Red Sox/Yankees game at 8.
  • ESPN2 has the Little League World Series at 8.
  • At 8:30, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva, followed by a new Army Wives.
  • History Channel has the season finale of Ice Road Truckers at 9, then two new episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • There's a new Iron Chef America on Food Network at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has a new True Blood, then new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 10.
  • Comedy Central has Patton Oswalt: My Weakness Is Strong at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Entire summer TV schedule declared a failure

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 17th 2009 8:10AM
It's not really possible that every summer premiere on the great Nobody was listening to NBC's The Listener this summer.American broadcast TV schedule crashed and burned, is it?

But, out of all the original programs that premiered on the major networks after the completion of the fall 2008 season, not a single one got traction.

According to analysis reports, you can take your pick from any of the following shows: Defying Gravity, The Superstars, The Listener, Mental, The Philanthropist, Hitched or Ditched, Merlin and Great American Road Trip. All of them bombed -- each hovering just above a one market share.

In fact, you don't need numbers to prove that the fall crop crapped out. Ask your friend what his/her favorite summer replacement show was. You'll be waiting awhile.

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What's On Tonight: Elvis, Big Brother, Mad Men, Robot Chicken

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 16th 2009 4:00PM
Merlin

  • TCM has Elvis Presley movie all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new Michael Vick interview on 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Merlin at 7.
  • The CW has a new Easy Money at 7.
  • Retro TV has Airwolf at 7, followed by the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and two episodes of the original Mike Hammer.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then new episodes of Shark Tank and Defying Gravity.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8, followed by a new There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8.
  • ESPN2 has Little League Baseball at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance, followed by a new Jonas.
  • At 9, Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva, then a new Army Wives.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, then new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by a new Pawn Stars.
  • At 10, AMC has the season premiere of Mad Men.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Shark Tank, Neighborhood, Joan Rivers Roast

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 9th 2009 4:00PM
  • Law and Order: CIAt 7, NBC has a new Dateline, followed by Pre-Season Football, Bills vs. Titans.
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new Hannah Montana.
  • At 8, ABC has the premiere of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then the series premiere of Shark Tank and a new Defying Gravity.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8, then the series premiere of There Goes The Neighborhood.
  • Retro TV has two episodes of the original Mike Hammer at 8, then The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
  • ESPN has the Red Sox/Yankees game at 8.
  • At 8:30, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva, followed by a new Army Wives.
  • USA has the season finale of Law and Order: CI at 9, then the season finale of In Plain Sight.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, followed by new episodes of Hung and Entourage.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels, then Animal House: The Inside Story.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by two new episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • There's a new Web Soup on G4 at 9.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has the Joan Rivers Roast.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At 1am, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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