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My Own Worst Enemy

It Looks Like It's Over for 'The Forgotten'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 3rd 2010 3:02PM
The ForgottenChristian Slater needs to pick better TV shows. Or at least pick TV shows that have some sort of chance of surviving. That's easier said than done, of course, or I'd be the most successful programmer in network history. Last year Slater starred in the short-lived 'My Own Worst Enemy' (a show I actually kinda liked) and now it looks like ABC's 'The Forgotten' is going to be short-lived too, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The March 23 episode was supposed to be the season finale, but ABC is pulling the show before then and the March 9 episode will be the season finale instead (no episode on March 16 either). And since ABC doesn't seem to have enough faith in the show to even let a couple more episodes air, we can pretty much bet that those "season finale" tags will be changed to "series finale" tags.

Maybe Slater should star in one of those 'NCIS'/'CSI'/'Criminal Minds' spinoffs that seem to happen every year. I can picture that.

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Elisha Cuthbert and Christian Slater on Finding 'The Forgotten'

by Chris Jordan, posted Feb 8th 2010 4:30PM
Come Tue., Feb. 9, Elisha Cuthbert, who's had some memorable scenes in her career, is joining Christian Slater on the ABC mystery drama 'The Forgotten' in a recurring role. It's not the first time the two have worked together -- they paired on the big screen in the 2007 dark comedy 'He Was a Quiet Man,' in which she played a quadriplegic and Slater an office drone with homicidal fantasies.

On 'The Forgotten,' Cuthbert's Maxine Denver joins a team led by Slater of non-professionals who help law enforcement identify Jane and John Does. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series, which premiered in the fall, marks a new television venture for Cuthbert, who's best known as Kim Bauer, daughter of Jack Bauer on Fox's '24,' and for the movies 'Old School,' and 'Love Actually.'

We chatted with Slater and Cuthbert about the similarities between 'Quiet Man' and 'The Forgotten' -- besides the dead bodies -- and about how 'The Forgotten' has started to solve real-life John and Jane Doe mysteries.

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Christian Slater talks about The Forgotten, life at 40, and his love of TV

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 6th 2009 11:00AM
Christian Slater The Forgotten interviewStealing scenes on the small screen is nothing new for Christian Slater. The actor, known for films like Heathers, True Romance and Pump up the Volume, has made memorable guest appearances on shows like Alias, The West Wing and My Name is Earl. His first shot at his own series, the NBC spy thriller My Own Worst Enemy, struggled to find an audience, leading the network to cancel it halfway through the first season.

Slater is back starring in a new series, The Forgotten, produced by CSI head honcho Jerry Bruckheimer. The ABC procedural follows a team of amateur detectives who work murder cases involving unidentified victims, or John and Jane Does. Slater plays former cop Alex Donovan, whose search for his missing daughter inspires him in the field.

I got the chance to talk with Slater about The Forgotten, his new career in TV, and what one of his most famous big screen characters would think about his latest role.

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On the 5th day of Festivus, TV gave to me...

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 19th 2008 1:01PM
Pushing Daisies
... five canceled shows.

Some shows, like critical darlings The Shield and Battlestar Galactica, are allowed to end gracefully; major story arcs are wrapped up and fans are left satisfied. Others are yanked from network schedules like unsightly weeds from a rose garden.

The networks yanked a number of shows off the air this season. Most of them, like The Ex List, probably deserved the axe, but there were four that deserved more time to develop an audience and one that I'm really gonna miss. In no particular order, they are:

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What's On Tonight: Big Bang Theory, Monday Night Football, 20/20

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2008 4:00PM
  • Sandra LeeAt 8, ABC has I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown, followed by a new, two-hour 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck and Heroes, then the series finale of My Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has a new Sarah Connor Chronicles at 8, then a new Prison Break.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • AMC has the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol at 8, followed by the movie Prancer.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Christmas, then Wintertime Treats Unwrapped.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has a new Monday Night Football, the Browns vs. the Eagles.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie Secret Santa.
  • History Channel has a new Cities of the Underground at 9, followed by a new Ancient Discoveries.
  • Hallmark has the movie A Town Without Christmas at 9.
  • At 9:30, Nickelodeon has a Christmas episode of Home Improvement.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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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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What's On Tonight: Charlie Brown Christmas, Heroes, Holiday Desserts

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2008 4:00PM
  • Boston LegalAt 8 ABC has A Charlie Brown Christmas, followed by the series finale of Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck, Heroes, and My Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has a new Sarah Connor Chronicles at 8, followed by a new Prison Break.
  • There's a new Gossip Girl on The CW at 8, then a new Privileged.
  • USA Network has a new Monday Night RAW at 8.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Top Gear.
  • At 9, Food Network has the special Dear Food Network: Holiday Desserts.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Soup Presents.
  • MTV has a new episode of The Hills at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Why am I still watching My Own Worst Enemy?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 3rd 2008 3:09PM
Christian SlaterThis has nothing to do with the quality of the show. I like it. But I'm wondering why I keep watching it week after week when NBC has already canceled it.

It's not the first time that I've watched a TV show that has been canceled. And I think that fans should keep watching the remaining episodes of a TV show that has been canceled, out of loyalty if nothing else. But it takes real loyalty to watch a canceled show that has a continuing mystery at its core, which My Own Worst Enemy has.

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What's On Tonight: The Grinch, Prison Break, Good Eats, The Hills

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2008 4:05PM
  • Samantha Who?At 8, ABC has Shrek the Halls, followed by How The Grinch Stole Christmas, two new episodes of Samantha Who? and a new Boston Legal.
  • NBC has a new Chuck at 8, then new episodes of and HeroesMy Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has new episodes of The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Prison Break. .
  • The CW has a new Gossip Girl at 8, then a new Privileged.
  • There's a new Good Eats on Food Network at 8.
  • Also at 8: TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • History has a new Cities of the Underground at 9, followed by a new Ancient Discoveries.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Madchen mad about My Own Worst Enemy cancellation

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 24th 2008 5:35PM
Madchen AmickUsually when a show is canceled, you don't hear about it from the stars. Once in a while you do (like Kelsey Grammer when Back To You was canned), but it's usually the producers and/or critics who make the most fuss about a show being canceled. My Own Worst Enemy star Madchen Amick is speaking out about the cancellation of the NBC show (one of several she is currently on).

She says that the show actually was a hit, especially if you include DVR/Tivo/online viewers. She thinks that the show's high budget is what made NBC cancel it. If it didn't have a big budget and still got fair ratings, it could have survived a little longer. She's frustrated by the experience.

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What's On Tonight: Heroes, Samantha Who, Little People, Big World

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 24th 2008 4:04PM
  • Big Bang TheoryAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new Thanksgiving episodes of Samantha Who? and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has a new Thanksgiving episode of Chuck, then new episodes of Heroes and My Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has a new Sarah Connor Chronicles at 8, then a new Prison Break.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • History Channel has a new Thanksgiving episode of Modern Marvels.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has Monday Night Football, the Packers/Saints game.
  • At 9, The CW has a new One Tree Hill.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Hallmark has the movie All I Want For Christmas at 9.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.
  • There's a new episode of The Soup Presents at 10 on E!

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What Debbie is thankful for

by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 22nd 2008 8:00AM
Simon Baker as Patrick Jane in The Mentalist
It's that time of year again -- time to shop 'til you drop, bake until you sweat, eat until you bloat, and take stock in what you are thankful for, in your life and of course, on television.

You might think that in this season of less-than-stellar television, it would be hard to find TV-related things to be thankful for; after all, with lackluster new shows and all of your favorites getting canceled left and right, things do seem bleak.

But my glass is half full, and I still garner joy from my nightly boob tube sessions, my TV on DVD collection, and the time I haven't spent watching TV. I am thankful ...

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NBC is actually happy with Ben Silverman

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 14th 2008 3:12PM
Ben SilvermanYou would think that a TV network that just canceled two big shows and had to pretty much take over another big show wouldn't be too happy with the company's entertainment head. But that's not what's happening over at NBC.

The network just canceled the Christian Slater spy drama My Own Worst Enemy, and Lipstick Jungle looks like it might be done too. Both shows starred big names and the network were hoping they'd stick around for a while. Meanwhile, Heroes has seen a huge drop in ratings, producers are being fired, and the show is being overhauled for its (hopeful) fourth season. But Silverman isn't being blamed for these miscues. Exec Katharine Pope was in charge of those shows (and Bionic Woman) so she is the one being blamed, according to The New York Post.

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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's the best new show of the season?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 11th 2008 2:39PM
PrivilegedA lot of people would say FOX's Fringe. A lot of people would say CBS's The Mentalist (it's also the #1 new show ratings-wise). Some might even say CBS's Worst Week, though a lot of people wouldn't. It's actually been kind of a blah year for new shows.

The Boston Herald, a newspaper I used to write for many TV seasons ago, says one of the best new shows is actually on The CW, and it's Privileged. Amy Amatangelo says that Privileged is "that rare show...that gets better every week." She's even really specific when comparing it to other shows. If you like Brothers & Sisters you'll like parts of the show, and if you're a fan of How I Met Your Mother, you'll like other parts of it (the show is about a Yale grad who is hired by a cosmetics millionaire to tutor her kids). She compares it to Gossip Girl too.

So this go me thinking: what do you think is the best new show of the year? I haven't seen Privileged yet, so I'd probably have to go with either The Mentalist or Fringe. Poll is after the jump.

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