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ABC Cancels 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'V,' 'Off the Map,' 'No Ordinary Family' & More, Renews 'Happy Endings,' 'Body of Proof'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 13th 2011 4:20PM
V, ABCThat thunderous pop you just head was the sound of ABC dropping pretty much every single one of its bubble shows at once.

The network has reportedly canceled most of its lowest-rated series, including veterans 'Brothers & Sisters' and 'V' as well as newbies 'Off the Map,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Detroit 187,' 'Better With You' and 'Mr. Sunshine.'

Though it was speculated recently that 'Brothers & Sisters' could get an abridged season pickup, it turns out that star Rachel Griffiths' jokes about being unemployed are true after all. The fifth season -- now series -- finale aired last Sunday night.

Meanwhile, the second season (and now series) finale of 'V' aired back in March.

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'22 Minutes' Star Shaun Majumder Hits the Road

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Apr 26th 2011 2:20PM
Shaun Majumder is a busy man these days. The energetic star of 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' and ABC's crime drama 'Detroit 1-8-7' is about to embark on a cross-Canada comedy tour called 'This Tour Has 22 Cities ... The Road to Majumder Manor.' He will also be filming the tour and turning into a behind-the-scenes documentary and a one-hour comedy special for HBO Canada.

As if that's not enough, he's also turning a personal passion project into a 12-part TV special called 'Majumder Manor' (the network and air date will be announced shortly). He recently bought his old school in his hometown of Burlington, Newfoundland, and is in the process of converting it into a high-end bed and breakfast to help rejuvenate his hometown and attract tourists. He'll be doing some fundraising on his tour to support local businesses in Burlington.

We caught up with the hard-working comedian during a recent stop in Toronto. His charming fiancé, actress Shelby Fenner ('Vantage Point') was with him, and the two hinted that they may or may not get married during the 'Majumder Manor' finale. What teases!

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TLC Plans Royal Wedding Coverage, USA Orders Two Series and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 19th 2011 6:30PM
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Royal WeddingAnglophiles looking for to-the-minute coverage of April's royal wedding, look no further: TLC has you covered.

The network announced today that it plans to air five full days of coverage leading up to the highly anticipated event. That includes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "specials, interviews with royals, a round-table discussion with experts and a show focusing on 'extreme' collectors of royal memorabilia."

Of course, TLC will also broadcast the wedding live.

In other TV news ...

The girls of 'Make It or Break It' will handspring their way back onto TV screens beginning March 28. ABC Family announced today that the gymnastics show's midseason premiere will immediately follow 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' on the same day. [ABC Family]

USA has ordered two new shows to series. Both 'A Legal Mind' and 'Necessary Roughness' received 11-episode orders, and each will air a 90-minute pilot. [Deadline]

The schedule for PaleyFest 2011 was officially revealed today, and it's making us seriously consider buying a plane ticket to Los Angeles for the second week of March. It features panels with Jimmy Fallon, 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Raising Hope,' and the casts of 'Freaks & Geeks' and 'Undeclared' will officially reunite on March 12. [Paley Center]

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'Detroit 1-8-7' Season 1, Episode 1 (Series Premiere) Recap (VIDEO)

by Piet Levy, posted Sep 22nd 2010 5:15AM

MIchael Imperipoli and Jon Michael Hill in 'Detroit 1-8-7'['Detroit 1-8-7' - 'Pilot']

Regardless of the fact that 'Detroit 1-8-7' is filmed in Detroit, it's hard to imagine the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitor's Bureau being all too happy about the show's content. In the first episode of ABC's freshman cop drama, it took literally one second for the show, via narrator, to refer to the troubled city as the "birthplace of Motown and once the heart of the automobile industry. Now it has one of the highest murder rates in the country." Not exactly the kind of message you want on any postcards.

But if it's any consolation, there's a good chance any PR concerns may be a non-issue. If the show doesn't vastly improve from the ho-hum pilot, its days may be numbered.

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Does Casting Matter? Yes, It Does!

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 19th 2010 2:00PM
scott_caan_hawaii_five-0_cbsJust a few days before the new season kicks off in earnest -- there have been a few premieres already -- and there are shows that are going to be off my "gotta watch"' list for one reason and one reason alone -- casting.

Fair or not, some stars are a major draw, while others just a turn-off. Here's a short take on the casting conundrums that exist as the season commences ...

The Caan Connection
Until the 'Hawaii Five-0' cast included Scott Caan as Danno Williams, I wasn't too interested. However, Caan makes a difference. He's an interesting actor who exudes a fun, cocky and cool energy.

He was great in the 'Ocean's 11' movies and stole scenes on 'Entourage.' In fact, he's a chip of the old block, James Caan. I always liked his dad, and I like the son, too. For Scott, I'll be watching 'Hawaii Five-0.'

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Fall TV's Worst New Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2010 3:45PM
Though it's a lot of fun to point you toward Fall's Best New Shows, it's only right and proper to do the opposite as well.

After all, you have a limited amount of time on this planet and you shouldn't spend any of it watching bad TV, if you can possibly help it.

Now, keep in mind that the shows listed below may just have terrible first episodes. Theoretically, it's possible for them to progress, after they premiere, from bad to decent or even good. Stranger things have happened. But don't count on it.

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.



So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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No 'Modern Family' or 'Glee' Among New Fall Shows

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 18th 2010 2:30PM
Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Cann in 'Hawaii Five-O' on CBSLast year was a remarkable one for new shows, which you can see from the list of this year's Emmy nominees. The Academy, a group that's reluctant to recognize any kind of new show, gave significant nominations to 'Glee,' 'Modern Family' and 'The Good Wife.' In addition to those three shows, 'Community,' 'The Middle' and 'Cougar Town' all had strong creative first seasons, with decent-enough ratings to earn them a second go-around.

Does this fall's slate of new network shows have that same potential? Probably not.

Not that there isn't quality among the fall pilots. It's just that none of them have the breakout potential that last year's freshman class had. And there are a few reasons why that might be the case:

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Pilot Watch: 'Detroit 1-8-7'

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 16th 2010 2:30PM
The cast of 'Detroit 1-8-7'
In our continuing effort to get you ready for the upcoming fall season, we're previewing pilots that were sent to critics earlier this summer.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall. Some of those changes have already been announced.

Show: 'Detroit 1-8-7'
Network: ABC
Timeslot: Tuesdays, 10PM ET
(Premieres September 21)

The lowdown:
It's the story of tough homicide detectives on the super-tough Detroit streets. Among the detectives is Louis Finch (Michael Imperioli), the best on the force, even though he has a tendency to get too emotionally involved in his cases; Sergeant Jesse Longford (James McDaniel), who's as experienced as they come but is facing retirement; and Ariana Sanchez (Natalie Martinez), a young detective from a checkered upbringing who's making her mark in the department. It's a large ensemble cast in a show where -- despite the cliched notion of it -- the city of Detroit is a character all by itself.

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'Detroit 1-8-7' Ditches Documentary Feel - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 1st 2010 5:02PM
'Detroit 1-8-7' cast
For those who've seen the pilot of ABC's cop drama 'Detroit 1-8-7', things might look a little different come fall; unlike the Alphabet network's existing slate of docu-feel projects such as 'Modern Family' and the upcoming 'My Generation,' '187' has chosen to switch to a more traditional format before its premiere.

"While the documentary conceit was compelling, in the ongoing series we felt that we were going to be a little hemmed in and hampered by that in the long run; [losing the documentary style] freed us up as storytellers to do what we want to do," explained executive producer David Zabel. While 15 percent of the pilot had to be reshot, the producers seemed comfortable with the switch during their TCA presentation Sunday morning.

But storytelling wasn't the only reason why the documentary vibe had to go; there was a decidedly more tragic motivation at work too. We have details on that and the rest of the '187' panel after the jump.

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News Roundup: Maria Bello Joins 'Law & Order: SVU,' Syfy Preps 'Red Faction'

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 19th 2010 6:30PM
maria bello wireimageMaria Bello is returning to NBC with a role on 'Law & Order: SVU.' The Golden Globe-nominated actress, who played Dr. Del Amico on 'ER' and won raves for her performances in films like 'The Cooler' and 'A History of Violence,' will appear in two episodes of the long-running crime procedural. According to TV Guide, Bello will play a woman with a hidden past being investigated by Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay). The gig reunites Bello with former 'ER' producer Neal Baer. The network has yet to schedule her episodes.

Plus, in other TV news today:

• Syfy is bringing first-person shooter video game series 'Red Faction' to the small screen with a two-hour original movie/backdoor pilot called 'Red Faction: Origins,' reports Deadline. The cable net is teaming up with video game maker THQ for the action-adventure project, which is set to premiere next March. No casting announcements have been made for the flick, which was penned by 'Warehouse 13' scribe Andrew Kreisberg.

Head after the jump for the latest 'Criminal Minds' spinoff casting news, to learn which TV vet is joining Betty White in 'Hot in Cleveland,' and more.

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