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My So-Called Life

Angela Chase of 'My So-Called Life' and 5 Other Deep TV Teens

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2011 11:00AM
my so-called lifeWith Snooki, Paris and those glitzy 'Gossip Girls' skankin' up the tube, it's nice to know that 'My So-Called Life''s sensitive and smart grunge girl, Angela Chase, has returned to TV.

What's that? You have no idea who Angela Chase is? And you've never heard of 'My So Called Life,' which began airing on the Sundance Channel last night and will continue every Tuesday at 9PM. Well, stop texting for two seconds you pretty young thing and I'll tell ya all about it ...

'My So-Called Life' was a beloved and acclaimed TV drama from a strange and wonderful time called "the '90s." You might have heard of the '90s; it was a time when we had to watch our favorite shows when they were on (because who wanted to program the VCR, really?), people could actually see Nirvana perform live, and people still wanted to see Metallica perform live. It was a joyous time, but being a teen in the '90s could be rough, what with everyone using their parachute pants to smuggle guns and Walkmans into school every day. Luckily, Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes, was there to share our pain.

Angela was smart, introspective and sensitive, and she helped pave the way for a number of deep and clever young TV ladies that followed. In celebration of Angela's return to the small screen, here's a list of five smart young female characters from the past several years of TV history.

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Fox Renews 'Bob's Burgers,' Robert Sean Leonard Might Leave 'House' and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 7th 2011 6:00PM
Bob's BurgersFox has ordered a new batch of 'Bob's Burgers.'

(Listen, people, the pun writes itself.)

The network announced today that its freshman animated series will return for a second season in the fall.

"'Bob's Burgers' has proved to be a perfect neighbor to our slate of fan-favorite animated families this year," said Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reilly. "The series has found its own really unique, irreverent voice and is doing consistent business for us on Sundays, so we're excited to serve up another season to the fans."

The show follows a family-run burger joint.

In other TV news ...

'House' star Robert Sean Leonard says this could be his last season on the Fox show. The star's contract is up at the end of the current season, and he might want to spend his time on Broadway and with his family instead. [TV Line]

'My So-Called Life' will start airing on the Sundance Channel on April 25. Could Sundance, which also airs 'The Comeback,' become the new home to beloved-but-canceled series? [THR]

Collette Wolfe, who plays Travis's girlfriend on 'Cougar Town,' has joined a new pilot. The actress will co-star alongside Ryan Hansen on ABC's 'Lovelines.' She replaces Amanda Loncar in the comedy. [TV Line]

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TV Kisses Mashup: Watch Our Smooching Supercut (VIDEO)

by Avaryl Halley, posted Feb 10th 2011 3:00PM
Ross and Rachel's kiss on FriendsIt's Valentine's Day, so we thought it best to celebrate the occasion by getting everyone in the mood for love!

And what better way to do that than to watch a montage of some of the greatest kisses in television history? These kisses broke the "will they, or won't they?" tension between some of our favorite on-screen couples, challenged the censorship of the time, and quite simply, are just plain hot!

Warning: This montage may cause an uncontrollable urge to make out, so be sure to snuggle up and watch with your special someone (if you have one!) And if not, just close your eyes and fantasize about kissing Mulder yourself!

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Back From the Dead: Shows We Want Revived

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 1st 2010 4:00PM
Freaks and Geeks
Everybody has one, the show that was canceled too soon. You fall in love with a series, but the general public doesn't and then the giant axe comes-a-fallin'. You write to the network, you send nuts, candy bars, photos, whatever, you start an online petition and everything prove futile.

But, shows have beat cancellation years after they were buried! 'Futurama' recently rose from the dead, so why can't our favorite canceled series also get a reprieve?

We named the ones we miss the most and why, plus a pitch to get them back (some more serious than others).

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'Castle' - 'The Mistress Always Spanks Twice' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2010 9:45AM
castle
(S02E16) Nathan Fillion really dug deep into his repertoire of cheesy faces for this episode, didn't he? His reactions to some of the naughtier things were so over-the-top that they went from funny, to lame, and then circled back around to hilarious.

There was a lot to like about this episode, whether or not you enjoyed the many faces of Fillion. There was a large suspect pool, plenty of twists, and best of all, two stars from beloved teen dramas. Hudson University has the best PhD program ever (if you overlook the fact that you're likely to be murdered there). Where else could you go for your degree with both Brian Krakow from 'My So-Called Life' and Lane Kim from 'Gilmore Girls?' Granted, this didn't work out so well for Jessica, as Brian Krakow's (or "Matt's," as it were) jealousy led to the exposure of her double-life and eventual murder, but still. How fun!

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Pilot Roundup: Josh Schwartz Gets 'Hitched'; Arianna Huffingon Does Funny

by Audrey Fine, posted Jan 26th 2010 1:45PM
The game of programming roulette continued Monday as several more shows were picked up by the networks -- each hopeful to have locked in the next big thing.

Fans of 'The O.C.' and 'Gossip Girl' have reason to rejoice. Creative wunderkind, Josh Schwartz and his 'Chuck' co-exec producer, Matt Miller, have sold a new sitcom called 'Hitched' to CBS. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the half-hour, mulitcamera comedy will focus on a young newlywed couple trying to figure each other - and marriage - out.

Joining 'Hitched' on the eye network will be a new untitled comedy from Tad Quill. Quill, a longtime collaborator with Bill Lawrence on such hits as 'Spin CIty' and 'Scrubs', has written a still untitled comedy about a widower dad who grapples with raising his 12 year-old son and getting back in the dating scene.

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Gone Too Soon: My So-Called Life

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 31st 2009 2:40PM
My So-Called Life
With the news coming down this week that MTV is adapting the UK's teen sensation Skins for American audiences, it became obvious which show I was going to do next for this column. The thing about Skins that works so well is that it rings of authenticity, which is rare in teen programming. It also features teenagers who are truly acting their age; no old dudes with male pattern baldness pretending to be high school sophomores.

We've seen all this before. A long time ago, before The WB and UPN built programming models for teen audiences, there was a little show on ABC that nobody really knew what to do with. My So-Called Life tackled teen issues, not in "a very special episode" way, but in a raw, unfiltered way. It was wonderful.

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Stop, Drop and Watch: 'My So-Called Life' Full Episodes

by Kelly Woo, posted Aug 13th 2009 5:00PM
Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano in My So Called LifeIf this blog grinds to a complete halt, here's why: Hulu has made all 19 episodes of 'My So-Called Life' available for streaming. You can now look at Jordan Catalano on your computer every day. Dreams do come true.

Some of you may be saying, "What is this 'My So-Called Life' you speak of?" To which we reply with a sad face': 'MSCL' was an acclaimed but short-lived series that aired in 1994-95 and starred Claire Danes and Jared Leto. The coming-of-age story focused on sensitive teen Angela Chase and the people in her orbit: her parents, her crush (Jordan), friends and neighbors. It was amazing. We're still mourning the show's untimely death.

But why read about it when you can watch it? Right now! Here are some of the staff's favorite episodes:

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My So-Called Life lands on Hulu

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 12th 2009 6:30PM
my so-called lifeToday I don't feel like Brian Krakow standing sad and alone in the street holding my bike. Nope, today it feels like the Internet is giving me a big warm hug thanks to the debut of My So-Called Life on Hulu. The site is now streaming every episode of ABC's pioneering but short-lived series about a teenage girl growing up in the '90s.

For the uninitiated, My So-Called Life stars Claire Danes as Angela Chase, a teen desperately searching for meaning in her life and balancing new friends, the wild Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer) and gay 15-year-old Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz), with old ones, nerdy Brian (Devon Gummersall) and cheerleader Sharon Cherski (Devon Odessa). The show also chronicles Angela's parents' (Bess Armstrong and Tom Irwin) rocky relationship and her obsession with the broody Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto).

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Greatest TV Bad Boys

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 13th 2009 6:00AM
My So-Called LifeOh, bad boys, what would we do without you? While in real life you're more trouble than you're worth, on screen your sulky swaggering, tough talk and icy eyes almost always belie a tender heart beneath the bravado. And that's where you're best enjoyed -- from a safe distance.

Here's a look at the TV desperados who made our hearts melt, in our countdown of TV's Top 20 Bad Boys. -- By Liane Bonin

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What's the greatest short-lived show of all-time?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2009 3:03PM
Brisco and CometWe've talked a lot about great short-lived shows here at TV Squad. We even have a whole category for them. But it's always good to revisit the topic to see what you readers think.

Over at Entertainment Weekly, they've chosen the 25 great TV shows that got a quick hook, the shows that got canceled (way) before their time (we're talking really short runs, so Arrested Development and Sports Night aren't on the list). There are several shows on the list that you would expect to see (Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life, Firefly), some surprise entries that made me happy to see on there (The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr, Frank's Place, Karen Sisco, Now & Again), and a few head-scratchers (Malibu Road? Really?). It's slightly heavy on the current side, with Journeyman and Life on Mars on the list. I mean, Life on Mars is still running new episodes.

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Thirtysomething creators start A Marriage with CBS

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 3rd 2009 6:03PM
Marshall Herskovitz and Edward ZwickMarshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, the producing team behind My So-Called Life, thirtysomething and Quarterlife, are prepping a new drama pilot for CBS. The project, called A Marriage, will be an examination of a working modern-day marriage.

I'm looking forward to this. Quarterlife had its problems, but Herskovitz and Zwick are masters of nuanced character-centric drama. I was a teenager in the '90s; so believe me when I say that they helped paint an absorbing and realistic portrait of adolescence with My So-Called Life. For me, that show really captured the raw emotion, pointless anxiety and simple joy of being an American teenager at that time. (It also encouraged me to buy my first albums by The Lemonheads and Juliana Hatfield. Thanks TV!)

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Best School Shows of All Time

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 26th 2008 4:15PM
Beverly Hills, 90210 ... 21 Jump Street ... The Facts of Life ... see where they rank on our list.

The bad news? Summer's almost over and it's nearly time for school again.

The good news? We've got just the thing to ease you into back-to-school mode: Our countdown of TV's 21 best school shows ever.

So sharpen your No. 2 pencil and dive in to see which series just make the grade and which ones are at the top of the class.


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John From Cincinnati is not the most creative TV show of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2008 8:04AM
John From Cincinnati
Sometimes you come across a line in a column, an opinion, an observation, that is so mindblowingly wrong-headed that it leaves your mouth hanging open for a full 30 seconds. That's what happened to me when I read this list of the Shows That Died Too Young (great one season shows that shouldn't have been canceled) over at The New York Post. Talking about HBO's John From Cincinnati, the writer says this:

John [From Cincinnati] was not only the most creative program in the medium's sixty year history, but also some of the most mysterious.

Now, the second half of that quote is grammatically baffling, but we get the idea: JFC was the most creative show that has been on television in its 60 year history. Well, what do you think of that?

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NBC picks up webseries 'quarterlife'

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Nov 19th 2007 10:21AM
quarterlifeIt's being called a "revoluntionary step" in television entertainment. Quarterlife, created by thirtysomething's Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, has the honor of becoming the first webseries to be acquired for broadcast television. The hour-long drama will begin airing on NBC sometime in February.

Herskovitz and Zwick reportedly launched the series (about a twentysomething video blogger and her friends) directly on the web in order to maintain complete creative control. However, after viewing the series online , I began to suspect that quarterlife simply wasn't good enough for primetime. In fact, I doubted it would ever gain a strong fanbase or end up on network television.

Shows how much I know.

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