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Ask TV Squad: TV shows on DVD

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 25th 2009 9:02PM
DVDThe "Ask TV Squad" column, published every Wednesday, answers your questions about current and past TV shows, as well as about the celebrities appearing on TV. Every week, I will pick a question (or more) sent to us and provide answers in the column. If your question is not picked for a column, it may be answered in a subsequent column or in TV Squad's APB Podcast.

To submit questions to the "Ask TV Squad" column, you can post them below in comments or email them to asktvsquad@gmail.com.

This week, I answer questions about TV shows on DVD.

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The real reason The Unit was cancelled

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 7th 2009 12:29PM
Earlier this week, I told you about the real reason Without A Trace was cancelled. Now, executive producer Shawn Ryan reveals the real reason The Unit was cancelled. "Listen, if the show had been owned by Paramount and Medium had been owned by 20th Century Fox, we'd be making the fifth season of The Unit now." You see, TV fans, it's comes down to money. CBS owns Paramount so it would earn more in the long run if The Unit made more episodes, went into syndication and reaped revenues for years to come. However, Fox owns The Unit. Get it?

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Six other politicians who have had their ways paved by TV actors

by Jay Black, posted Jul 2nd 2008 11:38AM
Hey, you want to get together tomorrow afternoon and pose dramatically?Dennis Haysbert recently claimed that his role as President Palmer on 24 may have helped pave the way for a viable African American presidential candidate. He went on to claim that his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the movie Goodbye Bafana ended apartheid and that his role as Jonas Blane in The Unit cured polio. Haysbert was then wrestled to the ground by his handlers and is now "recuperating" at the Clay Aiken Home for Delusional Celebrities.

My first thought upon hearing this news was that Dennis Haysbert is obviously insane. Since I've been criticized in this space for not having an open mind about insane things, I decided to take Mr. Haysbert at his word. I then went even further and went to work putting together a list of other politicians who exist mainly due to the hard work done for them by TV actors. After researching Wikipedia for almost a full fifteen minutes, this is the list I've managed to put together...

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Dennis Haysbert says he paved the way for Obama

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2008 9:22AM
Dennis HaysbertWould America be ready for an African-American president, which is now a 50-50 proposition with Senator Barack Obama the presumptive Democratic candidate, if actor Dennis Haysbert hadn't done it first on 24?

A lot of people have wondered if Haysbert's brave, commanding President David Palmer influenced the way people are thinking about Obama. Dennis Haysbert has now weighed in, and he believes that his role on 24 made a difference.

"My portrayal of David Palmer may have helped open the eyes of the American people," he told the AP.

"I mean the American people across the board - from the poorest to the richest, every color and creed, every religious base - to prove the possibility there could be an African-American president, a female president, any type of president that puts the people first," he goes on to say.

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SpongeBob, Dexter and Tigger present my favorite holiday video of all - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 25th 2007 9:01PM

Tom Kenny (SpongeBob) recites Twas the Night Before ChristmasI am not one for the traditional holiday fare constantly repeated on television at this time of year (although, I am a sucker for It's A Wonderful Life, and regularly tear up at the very end. Damn you, Frank Capra!) That's why I am very grateful for sites like YouTube, which provide me with an alternative to my holiday viewing. Because of that monster video web site I am able to watch, over and over and over again, perhaps one of my most favorite holiday videos: Twas the Night Before Christmas recited by numerous voice actors.

Yes, I may enjoy this because I am a voiceover wonk, but I just think it's the coolest thing. Not only do you get to hear the story told by great voice actors like Jim Cummings, Gary Owens, Billy West, and Don LaFontaine, but you also get to match the voices you have heard on your television during a normal day with actual faces. In addition, you get to see some television actors -- Nate Corddry and Dennis Haysbert, to name just two -- doing their thing behind the microphone.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. You can view the video after the clip.

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The Unit season three -- An early look

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 24th 2007 4:24PM
The UnitLast time we saw the men of The Unit, things were going quite wrong. Some of them were taken prisoner, others went on the run, and one was recruited by the CIA while another had to face a possible court-martial. It wasn't much better for their wives since they had to cope with their personal problems while worrying for their men and children and protecting secrets and lies. Even though we all knew The Unit couldn't be a TV show with such a title without, well, a unit, we still pondered how the group would get back together, if they would all return, and if things would ever be the same.

Over the weekend, I had the chance to watch the first two episodes of the season: "Pandemonium, Parts One and Two." The first part will air tomorrow, while the other will air on October 2.

Small spoilers ahead!

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Dennis Haysbert 'disappointed' with this season of 24

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Mar 21st 2007 3:02PM

David Palmer in 24

Dennis Haysbert told the Philadelphia Daily News that not only did he regret filming the assassination scene in last season's 24, but he's also not keen on this season's installment of the counter-terrorism thriller.

Haysbert -- who played President David Palmer on 24 but now stars in CBS' The Unit -- came back to 24 to film Palmer's assassination, something he says he now wishes he hadn't done. "It was a device that I didn't think was necessary," he said.

Haysbert also criticized his former show, saying he thinks that the program may have lost its way. "I started to watch it this season, and, you know, I'm just a little disappointed in its direction," he told the Daily News, adding that, although he's still a fan, "the politics has been skewed in a very, very right-wing way."

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'Twas the VO before Christmas - VIDEO

by Kevin Kelly, posted Dec 24th 2006 2:02PM

And all through the house, a heck of a lot of voice talent was stirring ... even the ones who have a voice like a mouse. When was the last time you saw Eddie Deezen? It's probably been awhile, however he's been heard a lot -- most recently in Kim Possible. As far as all of the other voice over actors in this piece? Legendary. You've got everyone from The Unit's Dennis Haysbert to SpongeBob's Tom Kenny to Don LaFontaine, trailer announcer extraordinaire reading you this classic tale.

Gather around your computer, and warm everyone with this holiday classic. I can't imagine all of this VO talent assembling again, so enjoy it while you can.

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CBS picks up second season of The Unit

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 5th 2006 11:03AM
dennis haysbertCBS has committed to an entire second season of The Unit, a military drama starring Dennis Haysbert and Scott Foley. Last spring, CBS renewed The Unit for only 13 episodes but has decided to go for an entire 22-episode season. Despite that we here at TV Squad really didn't like the show, 13.2 million viewers do like it and that was enough for CBS to keep it around.

Is anybody watching The Unit? Has it improved over last season?

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Psych, Supergroup, and Chappelle: TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2006 8:33AM
  • Dennis HaysbertOn the cover: Dennis Haysbert of The Unit.
  • Behind the scenes of the Grey's Anatomy cast photo shoot.
  • An interview with Supergroup's Sebastian Bach.
  • Yet another interview: Prison Break's Stacey Keach.
  • Matt Roush really likes Psych and Hustle, but finds that the new season of Chappelle's Show leaves a sour aftertaste.
  • In the print edition: a tribute to Aaron Spelling; a look at the new season of Rock Star; photos of some of the acts from America's Got Talent; and a Q & A with Rescue Me's Tatum O'Neal.

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The Five: Ways we've misused The Unit

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 18th 2006 8:32AM

Unit; CBS; Dennis HaysbertUnit: (N) [ynt] -- An individual, group, structure, or other entity regarded as an elementary structural or functional constituent of a whole.

It also happens to be one of the few English nouns, that when used in the proper context, has the ability to make small children and immature adults giggle. Now I stopped covering the show a few weeks ago. I wasn't a fan. First off though, let me preface this by saying that Keith and his twisted mind came up with this as a post idea. Although, I suppose it's partly my fault since two or three of the following misused Units came from my mouth. Oh God, I did it again. I'm going to shut up now.

  1. "I'll grab The Unit!"
  2. "I dropped The Unit." (To which Bob replied, "I bet that hurt." Would have hurt more had I dropped something on The Unit.)
  3. "I'm watching The Unit tonight!"
  4. "I'll cover The Unit" is in a three way tie with, "I'm all over The Unit," and "I love The Unit."
  5. "Man, The Unit sucks! It's so hard to watch."

I feel like I need to go take a shower now.


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Three more really bad days ahead for Jack Bauer

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 10th 2006 11:52AM
kiefer sutherlandKiefer Sutherland and 20th Century FOX reached a deal for three more seasons of 24. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sutherland will make at least $40 million for playing Jack Bauer for three more seasons, making him the highest-paid actor in a drama series. Sutherland's title improves from co-executive producer to executive producer, which will undoubtedly rake in some more cash for him. And, the deal also includes a development fund for Sutherland to develop and produce projects for television and the internet (what? FOX has heard about the internet?).

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The Unit: 200th Hour

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 22nd 2006 10:57AM

Unit; CBS; Dennis HaysbertNow as most of you have gathered by now, I'm not a huge fan of this show. My plan was to give it three episodes, and if it didn't sway me, then I'd walk away. Last night's episode was the third installment, so that means I'm walkin'.

Now I went in to this planning on writing a less harsh review because, believe it or not, I do read all the comments people write and I realize that many folks love this show. However, I won't have to try too hard at doing so because this episode wasn't that bad. It's easily the best of the first three.

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The Unit: Stress

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 15th 2006 12:42PM

Dennis Haysbert; The UnitI really want to like this show, but Dennis Haysbert and Co. are making that as hard as possibly can be. I honestly can't decide which episode I liked less: last week's series premiere or this one.

I think I'm going to lean in last week's favor because I had trouble keeping my eyes open for last night's episode. I kept catching myself as I started to nod off. I'm fine with that because I'm certain that the four of five minutes that I missed due to my temporary narcolepsy had nothing of importance in them.

Actually, I'm re-evaluating that last sentence. I'm not fine with it. If I'm going to doze off for a few minutes during a show, I don't want to wake up and feel all right about it. I want to wake up and feel worried that I've just missed the best two minutes in television history. This show doesn't give me that sensation.

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Stall tactics on 24 drive me nuts

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 13th 2006 9:31AM
24 stall tacticsI tried. I really did. I wanted to be one of the cool kids and watch 24, but I can't handle it. Over the summer, my husband and I rented season one of 24 and we suffered through every episode. The show is chock full of obvious stall tactics. Does anybody else notice these? They come in the form of long, drawn-out, repetitive conversations and of unimportant sub-plots. For example, the current season began with various versions of the same conversation between President Logan and his wife about her apparent craziness and her insistence that she's not nutso. Do people in the real world actually have the same conversation over and over again within one hour? I don't think so. And, during season one, the whole storyline about President Palmer's son's involvement in a crime was a total time suck (and, of course, the infamous Kim vs. the cougar incident in season two). While most shows also use sub-plots as fillers (i.e., Lost uses flashbacks), it is most obvious to me on 24 because, quite frankly, who cares about any of the other crap that doesn't involve Jack Bauer?

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