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What to Watch: TV Picks for November 7-13

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 6th 2011 2:00PM
Blair and ChuckMONDAY, NOVEMBER 7

'Gossip Girl' (8PM ET, The CW)

Blair makes all of her former minions and Charlie compete to secure the coveted bridesmaid spots in her upcoming royal wedding. Nate is tired of keeping his relationship with Diana a secret, so he decides to use Charlie to make Diana jealous. Serena's boss (guest star Michael Michele) is determined to acquire the film rights to Dan's book, so Serena must put her personal feelings about Dan and the book aside in order to close the deal.

'The Bad Girls Club' (9PM ET, Oxygen)
one-hour special presentation
Perez Hilton hosts the first of a two-part reunion special, wherein the bad girls reminisce about season 7.

'Castle' (10PM ET, ABC)
During the investigation of the murder of an Atlantic City casino owner at an abandoned warehouse, strong leads emerge for the team in both New York and Atlantic City. As Beckett and Capt. Gates work the New York leads together, Castle naturally chooses to join the detectives for the road trip to "America's Playground," hoping to help solve the case while throwing an impromptu bachelor party for Ryan.

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The US Should Co-Produce TV Shows with the UK

by Jason Hughes, posted May 1st 2010 6:28PM
'Survivors'
A few years back, a bold co-production initiative was launched with Canada. So far, it's produced underwhelming ratings performers like 'Mental' and 'Defying Gravity.' Meanwhile, thanks to BBC America, US fans are falling in love with new UK shows, only to find ourselves frustrated when the powers-that-Beeb pull the plug. It's a lot like foreign fans of US material must feel when we cancel shows on them: powerless.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Most recently, BBC America finished running the first and second series of the BBC post-apocalyptic drama 'Survivors,' back-to-back. Before it finished, the BBC announced that they weren't going to commission any more episodes, due to slipping ratings in the UK. 'Survivors' wasn't failing miserably, but BBC programming doesn't get advertising revenue like shows in the US, so expectations are different.

I don't know if US ratings were considered for the show, but I know it was one of the more popular series on BBC America and that it has a pretty loyal and faithful following on both sides of the pond. Could US support have saved it?

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Good News, 'Primeval' Fans: the Show is Coming Back

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2010 1:02PM
Primeval
It's good to report some TV news involving a canceled show that's actually good. Last June we gave you the news that 'Primeval,' the show where a team of scientists battles monsters coming through some sort of portal, wasn't going to be renewed for another season. Well, forget about all that because the show is coming back in 2011.

The web site for the show says that the show will be able to come back for 13 new episodes next year because of a "unique international collaboration." Which I'm guessing means that various companies from various countries are putting some money behind the series.

I like how the official site not only says that the show is coming back but that they're still going to have great special effects. So the monsters won't be hand puppets or people in suits a la Godzilla.

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Primeval fights off extinction to return for two more seasons

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2009 5:25PM
PrimevalWhen ITV canceled their hit series Primeval, I was baffled. This was the top-rated show on BBC America, and it was a pretty solid hit worldwide as well. Apparently, I was right about that, though, as BBC Worldwide and German ProSeiben are part of a complex deal that enabled the show to go back into production.

If only there were an organizaton like that that could step in every time a network axes a sci-fi show on a massive cliffhanger, like Primeval was. Even better, the renewal gives the series two new seasons at 13 episodes each. We're going to have to wait until 2011 to find out how Connor and Abby get out of that tree, but that's better than never finding out.

Unlike the Jericho renewal of a few years back, this deal doesn't include any reductions in budget of any kind, so not only will they be able to keep the entire cast intact, the effects budget remains untouched. I'm glad to hear that, as I don't think I was ready for men in rubber suits chasing the crew around.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 14th 2009 6:02PM
Doctor Who Here are the new TV DVDs in stores tomorrow.

The fall not only means that the new seasons and new shows start up, but also it's the time when season sets of TV shows are released to coincide with the new seasons of those shows. So this week we have DVDs for shows like Big Bang Theory, CSI: Miami, Grey's Anatomy, and It's Always Sunny.

  • Astro Boy - Vols. 1-5
  • The Big Bang Theory - Season 2
  • Bonanza - Season 1, Vols 1 and 2
  • CSI: Miami - Season 7

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What's On Tonight: Being Human, Malibu Shark Attack, Dirty Sexy Money

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2009 4:01PM
Kings

  • TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has the series finale of Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new True Jackson, VP at 8.
  • Versus has Tour de France coverage at 8.
  • There's a new Primeval on BBC America at 8, followed by the series premiere of Being Human.
  • Also at 8: TCM has A Night at the Opera.
  • 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • TBS has a new Bill Engvall Show at 9.
  • Syfy has the movie Malibu Shark Attack at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Dirty Sexy Money.
  • At 11, Comedy Central has Jim Breuer: Let's Clear The Air.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Kings, Cops, Dirty Sexy Money

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 18th 2009 4:09PM
  • The Bill Engvall ShowNickelodeon has a SpongeBob SquarePants marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • ESPN has World Cup Softball at 8, the U.S. vs. Japan at 8.
  • Versus has Tour de France coverage at 8.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • BBC America has a new Primeval at 9.
  • VH-1 has the movie The Jacksons: An American Dream at 9.
  • TBS has the season premiere of The Bill Engvall Show at 9 (two episodes).
  • At 10, ABC has a new Dirty Sexy Money.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Primeval canceled

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 16th 2009 4:29PM
Primeval

Looks like even a successful show can be canceled after a few years. ITV's Primeval (shown on BBC America on Saturday nights and on The Sci-Fi Channel) has been canceled after three seasons. The show was actually successful and well-liked and there's going to be a big-screen version too (and probably a U.S. version), but it was too expensive to produce.

Are you going to miss this show, or was three seasons enough?

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What's On Tonight: Kings, iCarly, Star Runners, Suze Orman

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2009 4:05PM
Man vs. Cartoon

  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, followed by new episodes of True Jackson, VP and The Naked Brothers Band.
  • GSN's "Big Saturday Night" starts at 8, with 20Q and The Money List.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Primeval at 9, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Star Runners at 9.
  • Also at 9: CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • TruTV has the series premiere of Man vs. Cartoon at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Being Human revels in Brits being inhuman

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 27th 2009 10:02AM
Being HumanThe success of Doctor Who at the BBC opened up the doors to new sci-fi shows across the broadcaster's various networks. Now, a new BBC American co-production explores the difficult problems of being a teenage monster in today's society.

Being Human examines the lives of three 20-somethings and their secret double-lives as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost.

Starring Doctor Who guest stars Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow with Aidan Turner (The Clinic), each episode features housemates trying to live normal lives, despite their bizarre secrets.

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What's On Tonight: Lakers/Nuggets, Jonas, Harper's Island

by Bob Sassone, posted May 23rd 2009 4:01PM
  • PrimevalCSPAN2 has new episodes of Book TV all night.
  • At 8, ABC has the Lakers/Nuggets game.
  • Disney Channel has a new Jonas at 8.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Primeval.
  • At 10, Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends.
  • Style has a new episode of The Dish at 10.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach, followed by a new Code Geass.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Primeval heading to the big screen, expanding on television

by Jason Hughes, posted May 15th 2009 11:03AM
PrimevalWhile the primary thrust of this Variety piece is that Warner Bros. has picked up ITV/BBC America's Primeval for film, the interesting part for fans of the show is that it's only part of an expansion effort of the property.

Apparently, managing director Jonathan Drake and co-creator Tim Haines are also pitching a series that would transplant the action beyond the UK. Perhaps that means a US-based Primeval spinoff could be coming. Primeval: SG-1?

It would be easy enough to do. Have the anomaly situation expand beyond the shores of the UK, and suddenly you need to set up splinter teams to deal with the exploding problem.

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BBC cutbacks are imminent, but not where you might think

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 20th 2009 3:05PM
BBC logoIt's easy to forget in these troubling times that America isn't the only country that's feeling the tight, constricting pinch from the claw of the economic lobster.

This is a GLOBAL economic meltdown. Everyone is feeling that pinch and looking forward to the day when they can grab that lobster by the antennae, throw it in a boiling pot of water, rip off the tail, sprinkle it with butter, pepper and herbs and serve it in a roll with a side of waffle fries. Damn I'm so broke and hungry.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, however, has an interesting way of dealing with their economic problems. Instead of trimming at the bottom, they are aiming their gardening shears squarely towards the top.

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BBC America getting more sci-fi

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 5th 2009 3:02PM
BBC AmericaBBC America has added two new science fiction shows to their line-up, along with a new season of Primeval.

The first is a show called Being Human, which focuses on the "lives" of a werewolf, vampire and ghost. Where's the zombie roommate? My guess is that each supernatural character will represent some sort of minority. That didn't work so well for a series called Cavemen.

The second is called Survivors, which is similar in theme to Stephen King's The Stand. This is a remake of the original 1970's series of the same name. It was created by Terry Nation (who started it as a book), who is famous in England for creating sci-fi cult hit Blake's 7 and the Doctor Who aliens The Daleks. My only question is: who created the concept first, King or Nation? This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Both shows have already broadcast in England. Having not seen them, I can offer no opinion. If anybody has seen them, let us know in the comments if they're worth catching.

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Primeval, Saturday Night Live

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2008 4:02PM
Graham Norton
  • At 7, Sci-Fi has the movie Fire & Ice.
  • Hallmark has the movie A Gunfighter's Pledge at 7.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Cops.
  • TCM has A Face in the Crowd at 8, then A Star Is Born.
  • At 9, FOX has a new America's Most Wanted.
  • BBC America has the season finale of Primeval at 9, followed by a new Graham Norton Show.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Divine Design.
  • At 10 CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • TLC has a new Trading Spaces at 10.
  • At 11, FOX has a new Mad TV, then a new Talk Show with Spike Feresten.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Ben Affleck, John McCain, and David Cook.

Check your local TV listings for more.

And don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed!

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