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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 30th 2009 6:01PM
MST3K DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

It's funny how there are some weeks where there's 20 or so different DVD sets released but I won't see any sets that I want. And then there are weeks like this when there are only a handful of DVDs being released but I somehow want two or three of them.

The new Mystery Science Theater 3000 set (with The Corpse Vanishes, Warrior of the Lost World, Night of the Blood Beast, Santa Claus, two shorts, four lobby cards, and a collectible Tom Servo figurine) is a definite, and I might get Better Off Ted too, though I want to watch a few more episodes before I make up my mind.

  • Ben 10: Alien Swarm
  • Better Off Ted - Season 1
  • The Donna Reed Show - Season 3
  • Mental - Season 1
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Vol. XVI (Limited Edition)
  • Saturday Night Live - Season 5

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Burn Notice creator Nix bringing similar tone to FOX's Jack and Dan

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 4th 2009 1:05PM
Matt NixUtilizing the same international cost-cutting model that brought us Mental and Defying Gravity this summer, FOX is moving forward with Jack and Dan, a comedic procedural from Matt Nix. Nix is best known for being the creator of Burn Notice, a smoking hit for USA. J&D is more a straight-up cop drama, telling the story of two partners on the street.

Jack is ambitious and follows the rules. Dan is a drunken lech who should have been fired years ago. Probably would have been, too, if it weren't for a heroic act earlier in his career. I have to say, lighter fare is a better direction for these lower budget direct-to-series projects than what we saw this summer.

Cable has it right. People want fun and sexy for summer. The shows under this model get a 13-episode commitment; so why not go all the way with it and try to compete directly with cable? After all, cable is winning summers right now.

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Entire summer TV schedule declared a failure

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 17th 2009 8:10AM
It's not really possible that every summer premiere on the great Nobody was listening to NBC's The Listener this summer.American broadcast TV schedule crashed and burned, is it?

But, out of all the original programs that premiered on the major networks after the completion of the fall 2008 season, not a single one got traction.

According to analysis reports, you can take your pick from any of the following shows: Defying Gravity, The Superstars, The Listener, Mental, The Philanthropist, Hitched or Ditched, Merlin and Great American Road Trip. All of them bombed -- each hovering just above a one market share.

In fact, you don't need numbers to prove that the fall crop crapped out. Ask your friend what his/her favorite summer replacement show was. You'll be waiting awhile.

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What's On Tonight: Neil Diamond, Degrassi, Woodstock, The Soup

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2009 4:03PM
  • MentalAt 8, CBS has Neil Diamond: Hot August Night: NYC.
  • FOX has the two-hour season finale of Mental at 8.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • ESPN has Little League Baseball at 8.
  • The N has the movie Degrassi Goes Hollywood at 8.
  • At 9, NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline.
  • USA has a new Monk at 9, followed by a new Psych.
  • Syfy has a new Eureka at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Lock 'N Load with R. Lee Ermey at 9.
  • Travel Channel has a new Whale Wars at 9.
  • Also at 9: VH-1 has Woodstock: Now & Then.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Chefs vs. City at 10.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10, then Comedians of Chelsea Lately.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Jonathan Ross, Goode Family, The Soup, Psych

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 7th 2009 4:09PM
  • MonkAt 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new episode of The Goode Family.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 9, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Disney has a new Wizards of Waverly Place at 8, followed by a new Suite Life on Deck.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Mental.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 9.
  • USA has the season premiere of Monk at 9, followed by the season premiere of Psych.
  • Syfy has a new Eureka at 9.
  • At 9:30, ABC has another new episode of The Goode Family, then a new 20/20.
  • At 10, Food Network has the series premiere of Chefs vs. City.
  • There's a new episode of The Soup on E! at 10.
  • HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Wizards of Waverly Place, Lock 'N Load, Eureka

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2009 4:05PM
Goode Family

  • At 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new Goode Family.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, the new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Disney has a new Wizards of Waverly Place at 8.
  • ESPN has more X Games coverage at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Mental.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Lock 'N Load with R. Lee Ermey at 9.
  • Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars at 9.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has a new Eureka.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.
  • At 11, ESPN2 has coverage of the Los Angeles Open tennis tournament.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Chopping Block, Torchwood, Eureka, Bill Maher

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 24th 2009 4:06PM
  • Bob SagetAt 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new Goode Family.
  • NBC has a new episode of The Chopping Block at 8.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8, then a new Mental.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • At 9, Syfy has a new Eureka.
  • BBC America has the conclusion of Torchwood: Children of Earth at 9.
  • Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures starting at 9.
  • National Geographic has a new Dog Whisperer at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has the movie Mending Fences.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • There's a new Real Time with Bill Maher at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Surviving Suburbia, Mental, Ghost Adventures

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 10th 2009 4:05PM
  • The Chopping BlockHBO2 has an Entourage marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, then a new Goode Family.
  • NBC has a new Chopping Block at 8, followed by a new Dateline.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8, then a new Mental.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Disney has a new Wizards of Waverly Place at 8.
  • There's more Tour de France coverage on Versus at 8.
  • TCM has three Karl Malden movies starting at 8: On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Birdman of Alcatraz.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
  • At 9, Syfy has the season premiere of Eureka.
  • Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars.
  • Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures at 9.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Chopping Block, Degrassi, Ghost Adventures, The Soup

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 3rd 2009 4:04PM
Mental

  • Sci-Fi has more of their Twilight Zone marathon all night.
  • Animal Planet has a Whale Wars marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has a new Chopping Block, then a new, two-hour Dateline.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8, followed by a new Mental.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • ESPN has the Winn Dixie 250 race at 8.
  • ESPN2 has The Complete Wimbledon at 8.
  • The N has a new Degrassi: The Next Generation.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
  • At 8:30, ABC has a new episode of The Goode Family.
  • At 9, Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Soup.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Michael Westen is about to get yet another nemesis

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 29th 2009 5:28PM
Burn NoticeIt seems like everyone is out to get Burn Notice's Michael Westen in one way or another. An old buddy from the spy days will come back to see him and he'll end up being a bad guy, or he'll have other evildoers trying to kill, control and/or blackmail him. Now we have another one coming to the show for four episodes, and it's someone who was in not one but two different recent FOX shows.

That's right, it's Cleveland from Family Guy and The Cleveland Show! OK, that's not true. It's actually someone who was in both Prison Break and Mental.

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The Philanthropist - An early look

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jun 24th 2009 2:02PM
philanthropist nbc
NBC has been promoting the crap out of their new summer adventure series, The Philanthropist, for weeks now. Starring James Purefoy as Teddy Rist, a billionaire playboy who decides to save the world, The previews held absolutely no interest for me. Now, after having seen the pilot, I realize that my first impression was the correct one.

Premiering tonight at 10 PM, The Philanthropist is basically an hour of an insufferable rich dude talking about how awesome he is. We watch the premise of the show unfold through the eyes of Rist himself, as he tells his tale of heroism (saving a Nigerian boy from drowning; surviving a shoot-out and a snake bite in order to deliver some Cholera vaccines to a village) to a bored bartender.

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What's On Tonight: Superstars, America's Got Talent, Saving Grace, Chopped

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2009 4:01PM
  • HawthorneAt 8, ABC has the series premiere of The Superstars.
  • NBC has a new I'm A Celebrity... at 8, followed by the season premiere of America's Got Talent.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Mental.
  • The CW has a new Hitched or Ditched at 9.
  • PBS has a new Frontline/World at 9.
  • TNT has a new Hawthorne at 9, then a new Saving Grace.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Primetime: Family Secrets.
  • There's a new Rescue Me on FX at 10.
  • A&E has a new episode of The Cleaner at 10.
  • Bravo has the series premiere of NYC Prep at 10.
  • Spike has a new ECW at 10.
  • HBO has a new Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel at 10.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has a new Chopped.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Mental, Frontline, Hawthorne, Real Housewives

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 16th 2009 4:02PM
  • Saving GraceAt 8, TCM has Citizen Kane.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Mental.
  • The CW has a new Hitched or Ditched at 9.
  • PBS has a new Frontline at 9.
  • TNT has the series premiere of Hawthorne at 9, then a new Saving Grace.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9.
  • CMT has the CMT Music Awards at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has the series finale of Cupid.
  • FX has a new Rescue Me at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Chopped at 10.
  • Bravo has the season finale of Real Housewives of New Jersey at 10.
  • History Channel has a new Life After People at 10.
  • MTV has a new Paris Hilton's My New BFF.
  • Also at 10: Spike has a new ECW.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Mental: Book of Judges - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2009 10:31AM
CarradineOK, I have to admit that I was a little uneasy watching David Carradine's performance last night. Maybe it's the fact that he died just last week, but watching him in a wheelchair, unable to move and just staring into space, that was a little strange.

I also have to say I'm not a fan of this show's hero. What's up with that evil smile at inappropriate moments and his overall weird demeanor? Is he always like that?

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What's On Tonight: Mental, Deadliest Catch, Real Housewives

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 9th 2009 4:00PM
  • KimmelAt 8, ABC has a new Jimmy Kimmel Live, followed by the Magic/Lakers game.
  • NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game at 8.
  • TCM has High Noon at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Mental.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new Rescue Me.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of New Jersey at 10.
  • History Channel has a new Life After People at 10.
  • There's a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern at 10.
  • Spike has a new ECW at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new Paris Hilton's My New BFF.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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