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NBC Tweaks Summer Schedule

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 22nd 2010 8:00AM
Original episodes of 'Minute to Win It' begin on July 7thNBC is making some last-minute tweaks to its summer schedule, The Wrap is reporting.

Though not totally confirmed, network programming executives have decided to make Thursday nights all-comedy with additional episodes of 'The Office' and 'Parks and Recreation' in the 10PM hour. Some say this is a sign of more scripted comedies down the line, like the new anthology 'Love Bits'. In addition, recently renewed dramedy 'Parenthood' will begin to air at 8PM on Saturdays.

The other tweak involves 'Minute to Win It.' The network will air original episodes Wednesdays at 8PM, beginning Jul. 7 (as a lead-in to 'America's Got Talent'). If that works, NBC may add a second airing in August -- 9PM on Mondays. Executives need to be careful with this one, as viewers can easily burn out on multiple, weekly viewings of a show (the 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' effect), which will make the show's renewal dead on impact.

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What's On Tonight: 'In Plain Sight,' 'Ugly Betty,' 'Human Target'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 7th 2010 12:30PM
Jenna Elfman returns in a new episode of 'Accidentally on Purpose' at 8:30 on CBS
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times are Eastern). All shows mentioned are new, except where otherwise noted.


8:00 to 9:00
  • CBS: 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' and 'Accidentally on Purpose'
  • The CW: 'America's Next Top Model'
  • FOX: 'Human Target'
  • NBC: The recently renewed 'Minute to Win It'
  • Cartoon Network: 'Dude, What Would Happen?'
9:00 to 10:00
  • CBS: 'Criminal Minds'
  • The CW: 'Fly Girls' and 'High Society'
  • FOX: Another 'American Idol' results show
  • BBC America: season premieres of 'Peep Show' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'
  • Discovery: 'Mythbusters'
  • Fine Living Network (FLN): 'Whatever, Martha!'
  • SyFy: 'Ghost Hunters'
10:00 to 11:00 (and beyond)
  • ABC: 'Ugly Betty' (yes, it's still on!)
  • CBS: 'CSI:NY'
  • NBC: 'Law & Order: SVU'
  • A&E: 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' and 'Billy the Exterminator'
  • Bravo: 'Shear Genius' and 'Top Chef Masters'
  • Comedy Central: 'South Park' and 'Ugly Americans'
  • Food Network: 'Diner: Impossible'
  • SyFy: 'Destination Truth'
  • USA: More witness relocation hilarity on 'In Plain Sight'
Check your local TV listings for more information.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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NBC Renews 'Marriage Ref,' 'Minute to Win It,' 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 5th 2010 5:14PM
The Marriage RefNBC is in it to win it -- at least when it comes to reality television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Peacock network has re-upped its entire unscripted midseason lineup, handing out second seasons to 'The Marriage Ref,' 'Minute to Win It' and 'Who Do You Think You Are?', respectively. NBC will also add three new episodes to 'Ref''s (Thursdays at 10PM) current season, which with DVR numbers has averaged about 7.2 million viewers.

Season 2 will run for 13 episodes and is expected to premiere sometime next season.

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Guy Fieri Talks 'Minute To Win It,' Favorite Games & More (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 2nd 2010 6:00PM
Guy FieriGuy Fieri has boundless energy -- on top of hosting 'Guy's Big Bite,' 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' and 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown' for the Food Network, he's now the ringmaster for NBC's new game show, 'Minute To Win It.'

So what makes the show so special? And how does he keep from jumping in on the action? Guy stopped by the AOL offices to talk about his his own gaming skills, including something dealing with lemons, and the game he loves most on the show. Junk in the Trunk, anyone? If you've seen the show, you know what he's talking about.

Watch our full interview with the spiky-haired host extraordinaire right here ...

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Is Game Show Hostdom Dead?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 26th 2010 3:10PM
Game show hosts Drew Carey, Wayne Brady and Guy Fieri
Game shows used to flood the dial of my TV back in the 1980s and '90s. And that was when my TV could only pick up eight channels, three depending on the weather.

Back then, almost everything from daytime fare to the occasional prime time bit of airtime starred game show hosts. Their purpose on television was solely to wear smart suits, make sure their teeth reached the optimum level of whiteness and keep the game moving but entertaining.

Now that game shows are making a slow but steady return to television, it seems the traditional role of "host" has turned away from the traditional "game" emcee like Chuck Woolery, Wink Martindale, Bob Barker and Art Fleming and more towards lively hosting personalities from other walks of entertainment life like Drew Carey, Wayne Brady, Howie Mandel and Guy Fieri. Does this mean that the role of the traditional TV game show has gone to that great big "Curtain No. 2" in the sky?

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What's On Tonight: 'Life,' 'Family Guy,' 'Jamie Oliver', 'Breaking Bad'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 21st 2010 12:03PM
The Amazing RaceHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 7, ABC has Figure Skating, followed by new episodes of 'Extreme Makeover' and 'Desperate Housewives' and the series premiere of 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.'
  • CBS has a new '60 Minutes' at 7, then new episodes of 'The Amazing Race,' 'Undercover Boss,' and 'Cold Case.'
  • NBC has a new 'Dateline' at 7, followed by new episodes of 'Minute To Win It,' and 'The Celebrity Apprentice.'
  • FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death' at 7, then new episodes of 'The Simpsons,' 'The Cleveland Show,' 'Family Guy,' and 'Sons of Tucson.'
  • At 8, Food Network has a new 'Challenge,' followed by new episodes of 'Ultimate Recipe Showdown' and 'Iron Chef America.'
  • Discovery, Animal Planet, Green, and TLC have the series premiere (two episodes) of 'Life' starting at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has a new 'Dora the Explorer' at 8.
  • Style has a new 'Ruby' at 8.
  • At 9, A&E has the season premiere of 'Gene Simmons' Family Jewels,' then the series premiere of 'Kirstie Alley's Big Life.'
  • HBO has a new episode of 'The Pacific' at 9, followed by a new 'How To Make It In America.'
  • At 10, AMC has the season premiere of 'Breaking Bad.'
  • History Channel has a new 'Ax Men' at 10.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force.'
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has a new 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The TV Squad Podcast: New Shows, Conan Tour, 'Breaking Bad' and More!

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 19th 2010 6:19PM
TV Squad logoAfter a few weeks off (my fault... don't ask), we're back in the swing of things, talking about everything going on this March on TV. This week, Jason Hughes, Danny Gallagher and Allison Waldman join me to talk about:

  • All the new shows that have started this month. 'Parenthood,' 'The Pacific,' 'Justified' and 'Minute to Win It' are discussed (we're especially flummoxed at why 'Parenthood' isn't at all funny),
  • How Leno returned to 'The Tonight Show' and no one cared,
  • What we think the Conan tour is going to look like,
  • The return of 'Breaking Bad,' 'United States of Tara,' and 'Nurse Jackie,' (Warning: spoilers abound during this discussion),
  • Picks of the week, and more.

Run time is 1:07:14.

You can listen to the podcast below, or download from here or by subscribing to our RSS podcast feed. It is also available via iTunes. Feel free to leave us feedback in the comments or drop us a line at tvsquadpodcast [at] gmail [dot] com.

As always, the music at the beginning and end of the podcast is "Life" by Justin Trawick.



By the way, the audio problems we had in the last podcast have fixed themselves. Enjoy the non-robotic-sounding voices!

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Can Primetime Game Shows Stop With the 'Millionaire' Look Already?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 15th 2010 4:23PM
Episode one of 'Minute to Win It'
I've been a game show fan for as long as I can remember. I can recall obscure games from the '70s like 'The Better Sex' and I revel in the classics, from 'Match Game' all the way up to 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire.' So I'll watch any new game show at least once.

All of this is how I explain to myself how I blew two hours watching the first two episodes of NBC's 'Minute to Win It' last night. It's a pretty straightforward game: complete ten physical games, win a million bucks. The games themselves use everyday household items, and variations of them could be found at carnivals, state fairs and church festivals around the country. In fact, there was a game show on for years called 'Beat the Clock' that had a very similar premise.

But 'Minute to Win It' was important. Why? Because of the dark, space-station set and swirling lights. Because of the female British voice that felt vaguely futuristic. In fact, the show felt a lot more like 'Millionaire' than a carnival game. And it was so not necessary.

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Three M&Ms, Two Pencils, and $50K on 'Minute to Win It' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 2:04AM
Minute to Win ItTalk about pressure! 'Minute to Win It' (Sun., 8PM ET on NBC) is a new game show that really turns up the tension. Contestants can win up to $1 million by completing tasks involving common household objects – in one minute or less.

One lucky girl won $50K with a task that involved three M&Ms, two pencils, and a mini-pulley of sorts. We love seeing people do fun stuff under pressure, and predict this show will be a winner.

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Show Girl Talks 'Justified,' 'Minute To Win It' & 'All My Children' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 12th 2010 9:00AM
What do you get when you cross Timothy Olyphant and a supremely cool cowboy cop role? 'Justified,' FX's new drama. I get the scoop on costars (like Walton Goggins from 'The Shield') and dream guest stars (is Rose Byrne busy?) from Olyphant himself.

I also try to keep up with mile-a-minute 'Minute To Win It' host Guy Fieri, who beat me at foosball, then swiftly branded me with the nickname Foosinator. If you think he's funny on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,' just wait till you see him host a game show. Bonus for soap opera fans: I visit Pine Valley to act up with Erica Kane, a.k.a. 'All My Children' star Susan Lucci.

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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AOL TV Interns Have a 'Minute to Win It'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 10th 2010 12:00PM
If you watched NBC's coverage of the Olympic games then you probably saw commercials for 'Minute to Win It' (Sun., March 14, 7PM ET on NBC), the network's new game show hosted by Guy Fieri.

Well, the anticipation was too much for us, so we pitted our interns against one another in a battle of the fittest. Each came away humiliated, but there was only one winner.

Watch the video after the jump.

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