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MTV Renews 'Awkward' for Season 2, 'Sing Off' Lineup Revealed & More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 16th 2011 12:30PM
AwkwardExcellent news for fans of smart, funny television for teens: MTV has ordered a second season of its newest scripted series, 'Awkward.'

Written by Lauren Iungerich, the show follows an outcast teen who rises in popularity after an accident leads everyone to believe she tried to kill herself. Awkward. The first season is currently airing Tuesday nights at 11PM following 'Teen Mom.'

MTV's first original series, 'The Hard Times of RJ Berger,' was canceled last week after two seasons.

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News Roundup: Kaley Cuoco Will Miss Multiple 'Big Bang Theory' Episodes, 'Warehouse 13' Gets a Season 3 and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 17th 2010 6:30PM
Kaley Cuoco'The Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco will sit out more than the previously reported one episode due to her broken leg.

According to The Ausiello Files, CBS is remaining mum on exactly how many episodes will be missing Cuoco's character, Penny, but it will definitely be more than one. In addition to Penny-less episodes, the show is also taking an extended production hiatus to figure out how to explain the character's absence.

The extra week production hiatus will not have an impact on the show's airing schedule.

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Syfy has officially renewed 'Warehouse 13.' Jack Kenny, executive producer of the hit series, took to Twitter to make the announcement. "FYI, #Warehouse13 will definitely be back for a third season! Official announcement may not be made till October, but we're coming back!" [Jack Kenny/Twitter]

NBC sources are denying rumors about Lindsay Lohan hosting 'Saturday Night Live.' However, it is true that Emma Stone and Jon Hamm will host. [Live Feed]

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Fox Developing Interracial Couples Drama with Diane Farr, Medical Drama with Peter Tolan

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 9th 2010 11:00AM
Diane FarrThis season of fall TV has been applauded for being diverse, but actress/writer Diane Farr is aiming to step it up even more with a new drama about interracial couples at Fox. The network also has a medical drama from Peter Tolan in the works.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Farr, of 'Numb3rs' and 'Rescue Me' fame, will write and produce the project which follows several interracial couples from the South in a post-Obama America.

The project is based on her semi-autobiographical book 'You Can't Love One of Them,' and Farr developed the TV characters after tracking couples across America for several years. Farr's husband is of Korean decent.

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Rescue Me: Drink (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 1st 2009 11:02PM

Denis Leary(S05E22) "You won't go to AA? I'll bring AA to you." - Teddy

After 22 episodes that didn't always feel all that cohesive, this was a finale that truly tied it all together. Rescue Me has had some memorable cliffhangers in the past, but this easily trumps them all not only for dramatic effect but for the potential lasting effects as well.

We'll get to all that because there really is a lot to discuss when it comes to "Drink." From the pettiness of Janet and Sheila to Damien's place at the 62 Truck house to the Gavin drinking epidemic, it was all answered in the comically twisted and dark fashion that we've come to expect from Rescue Me. Bottoms up.

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The fire is out: Rescue Me done in 2011

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 29th 2009 1:02PM
Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin on FX's 'Rescue Me.'
The boys of 62 Truck are finally calling it quits. According to TVGuide.com, Tommy, Lou, Franco and the rest of the Rescue Me crew have fought their last fire, polished the rig one final time, and will hang up their boots for good in 2011.

Details on how it'll end, who might be back, and a preview of this Tuesday's season five finale are after the jump.

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Rescue Me: Jump

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 25th 2009 11:00PM

Maura Tierney and Denis Leary
(S05E21) "That was some real father son type shit there, Tommy." - Black Shawn

The penultimate episode. Only one hour left to go in Rescue Me's massive 22 episode fifth season. There's been a lot to love, a lot to hate, orange (and teal!) penises, and plenty of drinking. Before I go on, I should point out that FX did end up sending out the final two episodes to critics (which is the only reason you're reading this right after the show has aired), and in an effort to make sure my reaction and speculation is as pure as possible, I watched and wrote up my review of "Jump" without having laid an eye on the season finale yet. So rest assured that anything that follows isn't a spoiler, and if it is? Well, good for me then.

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Rescue Me: Zippo

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 19th 2009 8:29AM
Denis Leary and Maura Tierney
(S05E20) "Call Turks and Caicos - tell people to start stabbing their eyes out." - Needles

This whole season of Rescue Me has been sort of a question mark for me. That's no secret - it's been excellent, but trying to determine what direction it's headed in has been a little tough. Obviously, the past four or five eps have really focused on Tommy's Sheila vs. Janet dilemma and I'm pretty sure it's safe to assume that the final two episodes are gonna stick with that trend. How do I know? Well... I don't. Last night's episode was the last one FX sent out for early preview, so I'm basing what's after the jump on my own speculation and one potential HUGE spoiler. So there. You've been warned.

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Rescue Me: David

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 11th 2009 11:00PM

Michael Zegen and Maura Tierney
(S05E19) "This is all above board. It's underground of course, but it's above board." - Needles

What's that old saying? Chances are someone else has already said it better than you... or something like that? Well, this whole season of Rescue Me I've been looking for the right words to describe just how exactly I felt about it. There hasn't been a bad episode this season and I doubt any of the final three will disappoint either, but still - something has just been off.

Well, leave it to the show's co-creator, Peter Tolan, to put it in simple English at the TCA: when dealing with a shorter season (as in 13 vs. 22 episodes), you can focus on the quality of each episode (rather than being forced to move on to the next immediately). That's what I meant to say.

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FX showrunners take turns tearing NBC a new one - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 8th 2009 7:01AM
FX Showrunners Panel
FX held panels for Archer and Sons of Anarchy on Friday morning, but by then press tour fatigue had set in, and the energy in the room was low for both. It was especially low for Archer, a Adult Swim-esque spy cartoon by the creator of Sealab 2021 that most of the critics hadn't yet seen. The panel seemed to be more content with answering with wise-ass remarks that made themselves laugh but the just served to make us tired masses annoyed.

Things perked up, though, when the network presented five of its show-runners to talk about what it's like to develop edgy dramas for basic cable. But since the theme of the week has invariably been "Leno at 10," the questions often came back to the fact that NBC with one fell swoop wiped out five hours of scripted drama per week. And the show-runners took every opportunity to bash the Peacock for it.

And it got ugly: "I feel they should take the American flag down in front of the building and just put up a white one," said Rescue Me's Peter Tolan, "because they've clearly given up."

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Rescue Me: Carrot

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Aug 4th 2009 11:01PM

Rescue Me: Carrot
(S05E18) "Dude, I swear to God, you'd be a goddamn millionaire if you just cut that thing off and sold it to science." - Franco

This was easily the most polarizing episode thus far in Rescue Me's fifth season. There was a lot to love and, in my opinion, a lot to hate. It was extremely uneven, featuring a pointless dream sequence and played out gags. However, it ended with what will ultimately, I believe, go down as the best scene of the season and easily one of the best in the series to date, which can only mean one thing - Callie Thorne has done it again.

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Rescue Me: Lesbos

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 29th 2009 1:40AM

[L-R]: Daniel Sunjata, Larenz Tate, and Denis Leary.(S05E17) "Aww man... some people just make shitty alcoholics." - Cousin Eddie

At the end of last week's episode, I have to be honest -- I was dumbfounded. To abandon something that Rescue Me has so steadfastly built up as a pillar of what makes this show tic - namely, the collective on again/off again sobriety of the Gavin clan - seemed ridiculous to me. One Tommy Gavin speech and poof - everyone's boozin'.

But with the "let's go find an AA meeting" option suddenly off the table, I tell ya what - it's a lot more fun. I've said it before, but as viewers, it says a lot about us when we find the addictions, weaknesses, and vices of others as sources of enjoyment, but why the hell not? That seemed to be the theme of this week's episode anyway as we witnessed Tommy get his balls, figuratively speaking, wedged right into a Janet/Sheila vice-grip.

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Rescue Me: Initiation

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 14th 2009 11:00PM

Andrea Roth and Denis Leary
(S05E15) "Oh, god no, Tommy. No, if you're affectionate with me, I might actually start liking you." - Janet

See? This is what I meant earlier in the season when I said that no strings for Janet and Sheila doesn't mean no strings for Tommy. The guy cannot have meaningless sex with either of these women. But whenever he tries to bring more to the table, whether it be a hug or an expression of concern, both woman have shot him down. Lou was right last week - Tommy is a whore. His payment is supposed to be the lack of strings attached and to complete this terrible analogy, the bank in his heart has no idea how to deposit that kind of currency.

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Rescue Me: Wheels

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 8th 2009 1:04AM

John Scurti stars as Lt. Ken 'Lou' Shea in 'Rescue Me.'
(S05E14) "What, you think elder statesmen such as I don't think about things like this, huh? I do have the biggest dick in the department and have been known to use it!" - Chief Feinberg

This was one of those "I had forgotten about that!" episodes. That Feinberg quote is a perfect example. Remember when Tommy glanced his eyes at Sydney's junk a few seasons back? It was hilarious. Another thing from the past that got brought up? Colleen was a lesbian! At first it seemed like a bit of a running joke, but now I'm convinced of it -- sexually speaking, it seems like she really has tried everything. Black Shawn really needs to start embracing that ... or at least get over his peanut butter phobia.

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Rescue Me: Torch

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 30th 2009 10:59PM

Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin on FX's 'Rescue Me.'
(S05E13) "...cause the only thing he can feel is heat." - Tommy's dad

I never want to look at a blow torch again.

I gotta say - I never saw that coming. We've known for some time now that Tommy doesn't feel too much. It takes a lot for him to get passionate about anything and when a glimmer of emotion does emerge, it's usually in the form of yelling and obscenities. I just hope he doesn't develop an affinity for his latest attempt at "feeling."

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Rescue Me: Disease

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jun 23rd 2009 11:00PM

Steven Pasquale as Sean Garrity on 'Rescue Me.'
(S05E12) "...you guys have been getting divorced for like eight years. Isn't it time you took that old dog into the woods and put one in it's head?" - Lou

Considering who he's starting to hang around with again, is Lou even qualified to give advice like that? If anyone should be wary of getting back in bed with someone, it's him. At least Tommy knows that Sheila and Janet aren't going to rob him blind ... well, at least not for as much as Candy took from Lou.

We're starting to see the effects of what 22 episodes has done to Rescue Me (in a good way). After last week's first musical number featuring the comatose Sean, "Disease" featured more moments that, while not completely out of place, certainly seem to be a result from the extra breathing room.

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