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'Breaking Bad' - 'Green Light' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 12th 2010 12:01AM
Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad' - 'Green Light'(S03E04) Even on cable shows that are tightly plotted because of their short seasons, there are sometimes episodes that feel more like they're setting things up for the episodes to come rather than pushing the story arc forward. This week felt like one of those episodes.

I wouldn't classify it as a "throat-clearing" kind of episode, because, even when treading water, 'Breaking Bad' still retains its intensity and sense of drama. But after the first three rollicking episodes, it was interesting to see the show take an hour to collect its thoughts and linger for a little while.

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Bradley Whitford back to NBC for buddy sitcom

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 31st 2008 11:01AM
B WhitfordI like Bradley Whitford. Chances are you like Bradley Whitford, too. Who doesn't like Bradley Whitford? So, the news today that the Emmy winning star, an NBC favorite from The West Wing -- and to a lesser-extent Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (although I think he was the best thing on that program) -- is back at work for the network is a good thing. Whitford will produce and star in Off Duty, a buddy comedy series opposite Romany Malco.

It'll be a single-camera style comedy, telling the story of a veteran, once legendary police detective who has fallen on hard times. He's then paired up with a younger up-and-comer, a straight shooter, played by Malco.

This sounds like a somewhat familiar formula, so what will make or break this project is the chemistry and comic fireworks between the principals.

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CBS greenlights NY-LON, Mythological X and Can Openers

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 28th 2008 4:39PM
cbs logoShowbiz has gone green, and that's not just ecologically! Green is flashing all over Hollywood. CBS has given the greenlight to three more pilots, including a doctor drama, a psychic romance, and a British-based tale of international love.

NY-LON (no, not nylon the fabric!), refers to the New York-London connection via air. The story, which writers Patti Carr and Lara Runnels (who both worked on 'Til Death) are translating from the U.K. version, is about a British businessman who meets a New York City record store clerk while she's in London, and then their subsequent attempts to maintain a transatlantic romance. The series ran seven episodes in England, which is not atypical. Of course, for American TV, many more episodes than that will be necessary to constitute a hit.



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CBS gives thumbs up for more reality shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 21st 2008 11:37AM
JamieKennedyOnce upon a time, in the 1960's, the TV landscape was rife with westerns. In the 1970s, it was detective shows. Nowadays, the same can be said for reality shows, and it seems there's no end in sight to the genre. Today, CBS reported two new reality programs in development. Splitsville, which was previously announced, is now going into production. The marital-based series, which comic Jamie Kennedy is executive producing, is not about happy unions. It sounds more like Divorce Court meets Let's Make A Deal, with divorcing husbands and wives battling over their belongings in a series of competitive challenges. Hmm...can't wait to root for those people!

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CBS greenlights a pair o' pilots

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 6th 2007 7:18PM
Who is ready for more new show news? Good to hear.

Mark Gordon, executive producer of Grey's Anatomy, has just been given the go by CBS to produce another hour-long medical drama with director Kasi Lemmons. It follows the life of a Bellvue psychiatric neurologist who also serves as a crisis manager. But guess which calm, cool professional has a chaotic life at home?

Lemmons, whose Don Cheadle-headlined Talk to Me is winning rave reviews, will direct, writer and produce the pilot.

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Lifetime greenlights Gay, Straight or Taken?

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 21st 2006 3:02PM
Lifetime TelevisionAs if the dating world wasn't already a beast for single, heterosexual broads, Lifetime has decided to rub it in with reality dating show Gay, Straight or Taken? debuting on January 8th. Created by the minds behind Deal or No Deal, Gay, Straight or Taken? sends one woman on three dates. If she can choose the single, straight man from the bunch, than she wins a prize for the two of them. If she chooses the gay guy or the taken guy, the man she picks gets the loot.

According to the show's producers, Gay, Straight or Taken? will turn "stereotypes on its head." Lifetime nor reality television are exactly stereotype busters so let's just go ahead and handicap the show. Ladies, the most desirable, likable guy is the gay one. The one who comes on the strongest is the married one, and the one who you would never in a million years dream of dating because he's too nice is the single one.

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