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Robert Buckley Talks 'One Tree Hill,' Loyal Fans and Cougars

by Katy Kroll, posted Sep 7th 2009 6:00AM
Robert Buckley has slowly but surely been moving up the Hollywood ranks, kicking off his career with a role in MyNetworkTV's nightly drama 'Fashion House' alongside the likes of Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild. But his big break came playing Kim Raver's boy toy Kirby on last year's drama 'Lipstick Jungle.'

Now Buckley is joining 'One Tree Hill' as the show enters its seventh season and loses mainstays Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. With the Sept. 14 premiere on the horizon, Buckley spoke to AOL TV about the direction the show will take, why he's not comfortable being "the hot guy" and his take on Hollywood cougars. -- By Katy Kroll

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Another reason Lipstick Jungle is doomed

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 25th 2009 2:40PM
Lipstick JungleOne of the stage managers from the crew of Lipstick Jungle has been hocking their props on eBay. As with its Sex and the City predecessor, they use actual suits and bags from Prada, Gucci, and all sorts of prominent name brands. I see them being sold on street corners in NYC all the time. They stuff goes for practically the same street value as crack.

That is one of the problems with a busy set. You never know who is bringing what to where and for what purpose. It's even worse for Lipstick Jungle since the props wouldn't look out-of-place being sold on the eBay alongside all the other resellers of various designer name brands. At least with certain shows like Star Trek, you could tell where the stolen props came from.

The lesson is this: if you are going to steal from a television production, make sure to skip the stuff that is crystal-encrusted and unique. Still, you have to wonder if the reason the man sold the props in the first place is that the show won't be needing them anymore due to imminent cancellation.

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30 Rock and The Office will be back next year

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 16th 2009 9:28AM
30 RockGood news for fans of Thursday night comedy: NBC has renewed both 30 Rock and The Office. The Biggest Loser has also been renewed (and Heroes is noted as 'very secure'), but the final verdict has not been reached for the low-rated Lipstick Jungle, Kath & Kim and Knight Rider. In other news, the sky is blue.

Seriously, this should come as no surprise to anybody who watches either show, as they are both brilliant. NBC seems to be trying to make Thursday nights into "Must See TV" again. As someone who enjoys The Office and is pretty much addicted to 30 Rock, I think they're succeeding.

At this stage, it is only known that the series is renewed, and not whether or not the shows will stay in their current time slots. I cover Smallville on Thursday nights. If they move either series to the 8 PM hour on Thursday, then I have to make sure my video recorders are properly working.

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What to Watch Friday, Jan. 9

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 9th 2009 5:00AM
monk and psych'Monk' and 'Psych'
(9PM & 10PM, USA)
USA's Friday night characters are back in action, and for Monk, that means a family reunion.

His half-brother, Jack. Jr., is on the lam after he escapes from prison, and Jack makes his way to casa de Monk for help. Someone's framed him, he claims, and he wants his OCD bro to help him crack the case.

Meanwhile, 'Psych' buds Shawn and Gus are on the hot on the trail of a murderer ... a murderer whose victim is Shabby the Sea Lion. And their lead suspect: A TV animal show host played by the patron saint of Jumping the Shark, Ted McGinley. Be careful, 'Psych' dudes; he's killed before.

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What to Watch Friday, Jan. 2

by Kim Potts, posted Jan 2nd 2009 5:00AM
Lipstick Jungle'Lipstick Jungle'
(9PM, NBC)
In the penultimate episode of the show's second -- and potentially final -- season, designer Victory tries to come up with the perfect way to propose to Joe.

But her pals are in less romantic states, as Wendy finds out that hubby Shane is still considering going on tour with pop star Natasha Bedingfield (who guests), which would put a cramp in Wendy's personal and professional lives.

Nico, meanwhile, is still planning parenthood for her future, but her quest may be derailed by her ongoing struggle to get recognition at work and by her growing friendship with the boss -- very handsome boss -- Griffin.

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Top TV Stories of 2008: Second-year shows go down the toilet

by Debra McDuffee, posted Dec 19th 2008 11:03AM
Jonny Lee Miller as Eli Stone
As we do every year, we here at TV Squad are reminiscing on the top TV news stories of the year. What has 2008 brought us? Well, while we were all complaining about the lack of quality shows that debuted this season, we may have missed the second-year shows going right down the crapper.

Let's start over at ABC. Three very promising shows premiered last season -- Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, and Pushing Daisies -- to praise from the critics and buzz from the viewers. Dirty Sexy Money, with the cast that could be someone's fantasy cast, started off strong. There was a mystery, unique and complex characters, and some integrity. With the writer's strike went the integrity and the ratings, and recently, we got the news that no more episodes of Dirty Sexy Money would be ordered.

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What to Watch Friday, Dec. 12

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 12th 2008 5:00AM
starter wife'The Starter Wife'
(10PM, USA) 1st season finale
We smell a cliffhanger or two, as the fab first season of the show inspired by Gigi Levangie Grazer's novel and USA's 2007 miniseries wraps with a wedding for Lou and plenty of turmoil for Molly and her friends.

Her ex-lover's wedding, in fact, forces Molly to consider whether or not her own romantic future with Zach is worth considering. Meanwhile, Rodney's relationship with Felix takes a turn, guilt- and grief-stricken Joan makes a confession and newly-separated Liz continues to face the realities of her life without her pro baseball player hubby.

Thankfully, the network has given season two a greenlight, ensuring 'Starter Wife' can finish what it ... you know.

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Can Jeff Zucker be impeached over this Leno development?

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 9th 2008 10:44AM
LenoI read Brad's post about NBC keeping Jay Leno in the fold and I think it's the latest move by NBC to ruin TV. Can Jeff Zucker be impeached? I'm so fed up with the way he's be running -- ruining -- the network that I'm ready to bust. Seriously, is there anybody over there that still has any connection to what viewers want to see?

Basically, NBC is ready to try something completely radical and -- in my estimation -- ridiculous, even though it would keep Leno from being lured to another network.

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More schedule wranglings for NBC involving Crusoe and Lipstick Jungle

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 24th 2008 4:21PM

I'd have that angry look as well if I knew my show was moving to SaturdaysHoo boy! You fans of the NBC historical drama Crusoe are not going to like this news. Not at all. It will be so distressful that you're going to get up, board a ship, purposefully get shipwrecked, and live your life on a deserted island. That, or you'll just toss out your TVs in disgust and begin, dare I say it, reading or talking to your loved ones.

Ready? Here it is...NBC is moving Crusoe to Saturdays. You read right; the show is moving to the Dead Zone of primetime television. Why, do you tearfully ask, are they moving this show to a night that hasn't featured original programming in years? Well, it's to move Lipstick Jungle up one hour on Friday night in order to shore the program up. And, man, does it need shoring up. Last Friday, the show managed to eek out a 2.2 rating in its current 10 PM slot.

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Lipstick Jungle isn't dead yet... and might survive on Fridays

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 18th 2008 11:03AM
Lipstick JungleYou know, it's almost refreshing these days when a network comes out and actually uses the word "canceled." It just happens so rarely these days. Over the last few years, shows have "shut down production," "gone on hiatus," and "filled their production order," but rarely if ever have they been canceled outright. That word is usually reserved for the truly horrible shows (Do Not Disturb) or ones that become spectacular failures (My Own Worst Enemy).

So it's not surprising that when news came out that Lipstick Jungle was going to take a pause in production, everyone -- including our own Isabelle -- assumed the show was canceled. However, a helpful staffer e-mailed us to set us straight (Isabelle updated her post with the info), saying that NBC was going to wait out the show's move to what is usually a Friday "death slot." Indeed, there seems to be a slight uptick in ratings in its new slot, and DVR viewing numbers continue to be solid, so NBC is playing a "wait and see" game with the show.

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What to Watch Friday, Nov. 14

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 14th 2008 5:00AM
real time with bill maher'Real Time With Bill Maher'
(11PM, HBO) 6th season finale
Is Maher worried that he's losing his favorite punchline in lame duck President George Bush? Perhaps.

We have been spoiled, first with Bill Clinton and then George Bush," Maher joked to Larry King after Barack Obama's election win. "And here's a president now who, he's not stupid. He's not angry. He's not a phony. He's not fat. He's not cheating on his wife. Who needs a jerk like that around for the next four years?"

Maher, no doubt, will find new targets for his jabs when he returns for season seven, including the president-elect. "Look, he's going to be the president and we're going to have to get over our nervousness about making fun of a black person. He's not a black person. He's the president."

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No more Enemy or Jungle at NBC - UPDATED

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 13th 2008 10:31AM
Lipstick JungleHello! My name is Isabelle and I watch watched Lipstick Jungle and My Own Worst Enemy.

See the verb tense there? Yep, past. That's because NBC decided that in the near future, LJ and MOWE would not be part of my viewing schedule anymore.

All major entertainment websites report that NBC has decided to cancel both series. What they don't know, and that's because NBC ain't talking yet, is if the already-in-the-can episodes would see the light of a TV screen before the series retire.

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What to Watch Wednesday, Oct. 29

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 29th 2008 5:00AM
'Redemption Song'
(11PM, FUSE)
Imagine the women of the 'Bad Girls Club' with rock star aspirations and you've got this deliciously drama-ridden reality series, in which 11 women with checkered pasts and scores of wasted opportunities take what might be their last shot at a career in the music industry.

In fact, the contenders – including Kendra, a self-described 'smorgasbord of crazy' – start the show with host Chris Jericho revealing that each will receive a contract with Geffen Records.

The deals are theirs to lose, and all but one of them will. And we're guessing it'll be the one who can resist what appears to be a group fondness for chugging alcohol right from the bottle.

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Law and Order coming back...and other NBC news

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 25th 2008 2:33PM
NBC logoDoes the return of Law and Order to the weekly NBC lineup strike a "welcome back" chord, or does it mean that the Peacock needs a boost in the ratings from a tried and true player? I think it's the latter, because just weeks into the new season, NBC is floundering in the Nielsens, prompting a change in the schedule.

First, Law and Order is returning this week. On Wednesday, October 29, NBC presents what could be called their crime-time line up -- Knight Rider at 8, Life at 9, and Law and Order at 10.

Clearly, with the pick up earlier this week for Knight Rider, NBC is committed to the show despite the weak ratings. Presenting this solid Wednesday block of cop shows will hopefully translate into better Nielsen numbers.

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The long hiatus is killing second-year shows, and some older ones

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2008 9:39AM
ChuckYou know the one I'm talking about. After the writers strike ended last year in February, most of the networks made the interesting decision to just go ahead and shelve most of their freshmen series for the season, even if they'd picked up their "back nine" orders. Instead, they thought they'd launch the shows to big fanfare this fall, almost as if they were new again. Unfortunately, it looks like this plan backfired on them tremendously.

Across the board, those sophomore series that went on hiatus for more than six months are way down in the ratings. Apparently, absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder when it comes to the television landscape. It makes the instant gratification generation forget you existed. And stop caring.

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