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ABC Strikes New Deals with Netflix, Amazon

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 31st 2011 11:30AM
ABCNetflix seems to be combating its bad press by striking up partnership deals with TV networks. Hot on the heels of its deals with The CW and AMC, Netflix and Disney-ABC Television Group have reached a new agreement, extending their existing licensing agreement.

As part of the new deal, episodes of new seasons from Disney-ABC shows will be available on Netflix 30 days after the last episode of each season airs.

'Switched at Birth' and 'Kick Buttowski' will now be available on Netflix. The new deal extends to the previous seasons of 'Lost,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Ugly' Betty,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice' and 'Desperate Housewives' that are currently on the streaming service. 'Army Wives,' 'Melissa & Joey,' 'Make It or Break It' and various Disney Channel shows will also remain available.

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'Once Upon a Time' Creators on How Their New Show Is and Isn't Like 'Lost,' Plus a Video Preview

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 20th 2011 2:45PM
Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz joined the 'Lost' writing staff midway through season 1 and stayed with the landmark ABC drama until it ended in 2010. Along the way, they penned island favorites like 'Tricia Tanaka Is Dead' and 'Everybody Hates Hugo,' just a couple of their many Hurley-centric outings (and with the Nikki and Paulo kiss-off 'Expose,' they helped win back many wavering fans during the dark days of season 3).

Once the show wrapped for good, they knew what they didn't want to do. "We weren't going to write the cheesy [procedural, i.e.], 'Young D.A. balancing her life and work, here is the case of the week,'" Kitsis said in an interview in the pair's Los Angeles office two months ago. "We don't think that way."

Instead of going that route, they revisited a fairy-tale script that they had first shopped around many years earlier, way back when they were staff writers on 'Felicity.' Nobody wanted it then, but ABC eagerly bought their revised pitch for 'Once Upon a Time,' which premieres 8PM ET Sunday, despite the fact that, as Horowitz joked, the pilot script is a compendium of elements that often make network executives freak out.

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Emmys Opening Musical Number: Did Jane Lynch or Jimmy Fallon Do It Better? (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 18th 2011 9:05PM
Jane Lynch Emmys openerJane Lynch kicked off the 2011 Emmy Awards with a musical number filled with celebrity cameos (Leonard Nimoy!), which, coincidentally, is how Jimmy Fallon kicked off the 2010 ceremony.

So, how did the two compare?

Well, Fallon went big with a 'Glee' tribute and Bruce Springsteen cover, while Lynch took the solo route with an original number about the magic of television and how everyone on TV lives in the same building.

Both recruited a ton of celebs to help out, but Fallon had the stars sing along with him while Lynch dropped into different show sets. Both included a requisite 'Dancing With the Stars' dig, though.

Who nabbed the bigger stars?

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Comic-Con 2011: 'Lost' Alternate Endings, Or the Panel No One Saw Coming

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 23rd 2011 8:10PM
Damon Lindelof & Carlton CuseThere's so much going on at Comic-Con that it's impossible to see it all, so you make your priorities: favorite hit shows, exciting new shows and then other random panels on canceled or won't-ever-be-seen stuff.

Obviously our priority list was off, because we totally missed Entertainment Weekly's 'Totally Lost' podcast's panel on 'Lost,' one year after the finale. Doc Jensen and Dan Snierson are awesome but, well, we kind of thought we were done covering the show in any big way, at least until some giant 10th anniversary "Where Are They Now?" type thing.

We were so wrong.

Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse showed up as surprise guests (Cuse dressed as an Imperial Stormtrooper!), carrying out their little faux Twitter feud from last week by teasing the audience with a some lost 'Lost' footage.

Want to see it? It's after the jump. Now they joked that this was an alternate ending shot for Season 1, complete with early looks at the Man in Black and Jacob. Obviously, they had a little more fun with the final season than what we saw onscreen ... honestly, we'll take whatever we can get. (And we'll never say no to another 'Lost' panel again.)

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William Mapother Talks 'Another Earth' on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 18th 2011 3:30PM
William Mapother of 'Lost' talks about 'Another Earth' on 'Access Hollywood Live'William Mapother has a knack for finding strange roles in complicated stories. On 'Lost,' he played Dr. Ethan Rom, one of the Others. His latest role in the indie science fiction film 'Another Earth' may be even stranger than that. Mapother talked about the new film Monday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC).

In 'Another Earth,' Mapother plays a composer whose family is killed in a car accident. When the woman responsible for the accident gets out of prison years later, he develops a relationship with her. And, oh yeah, a mirror version of planet Earth has appeared on the skyline, complete with its own population.

So how did Mapother wind up signing on for the project? "The script arrived and they said, you know, we've got a first-time director, an actress who's really very new, and there's almost no money," he said. "Would you be interested?" 'Another Earth' was a hit at Sundance, so it looks like his intuition worked out.

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A Recent History of Time-Jumping on TV

by Maggie Furlong & Jean Bentley, posted Jun 28th 2011 12:45PM
Weeds, True Blood, Time JumpingLast night's 'Weeds' saw our protagonists flash forward three years in the future, with pot-dealing housewife Nancy Botwin moving from prison to a halfway house in New York City. And on Sunday's 'True Blood' premiere, the residents of Bon Temps skipped ahead an entire year -- a major jump for the series, considering the first three seasons took place during the same month.

All that time-jumping got us thinking about other shows that have pulled the "skip forward" move to avoid awkward plot points. You know, like that time 'One Tree Hill' escaped those clunky college years, or when Melinda had a baby on 'Ghost Whisperer' that was suddenly five years old.

After the page jump, join us in a discussion of time jumps and whether or not they actually worked. (And before you comment-yell at us, this list does not include shows that routinely employ time travel, like 'Doctor Who' or 'Quantum Leap.')

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Come Fall, the Surreal and Supernatural Rule the Airwaves

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:00PM

It would be easy to blame it all on 'Lost' -- our obsession with the supernatural, the insolvable mystery, the sense that things are not what they seem. Since the day day Jack Shephard first opened his eyes on that highly metaphorical island, television has been growing increasingly infested with science fiction, fantasy and supernatural tales, once the purview of cult shows and brilliant-but-canceled lists.

Add to that the rise of the vampire love story as standard fare for both teens and adults, and the emergence of two great ass-whooping heroines in Lisbeth Salander ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo') and Katniss Everdeen ('The Hunger Games'), and it's not hard to see what well the fall television slate is drawing from.

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'Lost' Creator Damon Lindelof Rips January Jones' Performance in 'X-Men: First Class'

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 8th 2011 11:20AM
January Jones and Damon Lindelof'Lost' co-creator Damon Lindelof wasn't a fan of 'Mad Men' star January Jones' performance in 'X-Men: First Class' and let all 129,000 of his Twitter followers know about it.

After watching last week's No.1 movie at the Box Office, Lindelof took to his Twitter page to praise the movie and some of the performances, "Dug FIRST CLASS though, especially Fassbender, McAvoy and the best deployment of the PG-13 single-use eff-bomb I have ever seen."

However, he was less than kind to Jones' acting skills.

In the movie, Jones plays the character of 'Emma Frost', and Lindelof talked about Frost's powers in the movie, or lack thereof.

Lindelof tweeted this message, "Emma Frost's THREE mutant powers: Telepathy, Transformation to Solid Diamond and last but not least, Sucking at Acting."

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TV Easter Eggs: Our Favorite Fan Shout-Outs From Shows

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:00AM
TV Easter eggs are so much better than real ones -- no mess, no smell, no creepy rabbit delivering them. Which is why we're celebrating this holiday with our favorite hidden gems from TV shows past and present.

(And some Peeps. C'mon, we're only human.)

We each chose a nod to the fans that we loved, from the numbers on 'Lost' and the secret things hidden in the 'Battlestar Galactica' fleet to the end of "555" phone numbers and more.

Did we forget your favorite superfan surprise? Share your own eagle-eyed discoveries in the comments ... and try not to overdose on Cadbury Eggs while doing it.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Game of Thrones' Creator George R.R. Martin Addresses 'Lost' Feud and Finales

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 17th 2011 9:55PM
'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin doesn't regret being a 'Lost' fan.

"I found the ending of 'Lost' unsatisfactory, but I'd still give the series overall high marks," Martin said in a recent email interview.

A week or two ago, when Martin's negative assessment of the 'Lost' finale lit up the Internet and prompted several responses from Damon Lindelof, one of the ABC show's co-creators, I dashed off a note to Martin asking him about the whole kerfuffle.

He was kind enough to reply just before the show debuted on HBO Sunday (my review of that first episode is here). The short answer: Martin enjoyed 'Lost,' up until the end. And at the risk of starting another Internet brouhaha, he added that he wasn't a fan of the ending of 'Battlestar Galactica' either.

A larger question, which he addressed at some length, was how much endings should matter in the final assessment of a TV show. It's a fascinating topic, I think, and a Q & A with Martin on that very subject is below.

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The 'Lost' vs. 'Game of Thrones' War, and the Agony and Ecstasy of Endings

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 6th 2011 11:30AM
So what would happen if the Others waged war on Lord Eddard Stark? If you recognize those references, you probably already know about the beef between Damon Lindelof, one of the creators of 'Lost,' and George R.R. Martin, the man behind 'Game of Thrones.'

In the run-up to the April 17 debut of HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' a drama based on Martin's fantasy book series, Martin was profiled in The New Yorker, where he took some swipes at the ending of 'Lost,' saying he felt "cheated" by the finale, and in a Time interview, he likened it to a "turd on my doorstep."

'Lost' creator Damon Lindelof fired back on Twitter, saying, "I don't take issue with his opinion, I take issue with the fact that he coined 'Pulling a "Lost"' as empirically '[Screwing] up the ending." In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Lindelof called himself a fan of 'GoT,' which he's reading now, but added, "Look, 'Lost' is my baby, and you don't put baby in a corner."

It's a fascinating conflict, given the many similarities between 'Lost' and 'Game of Thrones.' But, all things considered, Martin's reaction to the finale of the ABC drama is not surprising.

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Mashup: A Salute to Butt-Kicking TV Women (VIDEO)

by Avaryl Halley, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:20PM
Yesterday was the last day of Women's History Month, bringing to an end AOL TV's month-long celebration of Women on TV.

We've had tribute lists and graphics, but we wanted to go out with a bang: a mashup! What better way to salute some of the most iconic and powerful woman in television history than with a video of them in action?

Below you'll find one awesome video -- if we do say so ourselves -- of fierce females in action. There's plenty of canceled Joss Whedon goodness and soapy slaps to satisfy everybody.

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Which Shows are TV's Biggest Moneymakers?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 17th 2011 9:20AM
'American Idol' judgesForbes has unveiled its annual list of TV's Biggest Moneymakers, and it contains some really good news for Chuck Lorre -- three of his shows are in the Top 10 -- and some really bad news for NBC: None of their shows made the cut.

The top spot goes yet again to Fox's ratings juggernaut 'American Idol'. Pulling in $7.11 million of advertising revenue for each half hour it's on the air, 'Idol' is way ahead of its closest competitor, CBS's hit comedy 'Two and a Half Men.'

'Men' has been hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, and the future of the show is uncertain. Star Charlie Sheen's been fired, creator Chuck Lorre's said "I'm so outta here," and production's been stopped.

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11 Great '[TV Show] in 60 Seconds' Videos

by Ryan McKee, posted Jan 29th 2011 2:00PM
Watching Landline TV's 'Dexter' in 60 Seconds' video reminded us how much we enjoy the 'In 60 Seconds' format.

The phenomenon really took off on YouTube with a number of movie plots edited down to one minute. Full television series aren't as simple to cut down with so many characters and story arcs each season. However, there are some excellent ones out there and we unearthed 11 of the best.

The tone of the videos vary greatly -- some are meant to be informative, others humorous. They are created from actual clips, or re-enactments, or animation, or even feline theatre. A few focus on a specific character, or season, and some portray the show's broader themes. You'll enjoy all of them, and leave a little more educated.

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Elizabeth Mitchell: Watch 'V' for the Beautiful People and Fun (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 11th 2011 2:25PM
Elizabeth Mitchell talks 'V' and 'Lost' on 'Good Morning America'Need a reason to start watching the remake of 'V' on ABC? One of its stars, Elizabeth Mitchell, went on 'Good Morning America' (Weekdays, 7AM on ABC) this morning to persuade you.

And if you were hoping she'd say something about how well it compares to the original Kenneth Johnson-created series, or how it's the best sci-fi show on TV, well, she was a bit more honest and modest in her appraisement.

After discussing her role on 'Lost,' Mitchell was asked why people should watch 'V.' She answered with a kind of golly-gee-gosh enthusiasm. "Cuz it's really fun," she said, "and there's lots of beautiful guys on it... and women! I don't know. It's great fun. It's a popcorn show. It's nice to lose yourself every once in awhile."

You probably won't see that review quoted in the commercials. But it might make you more likely to tune in, once you've got your snacks settled.

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