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That Was Quick: FOX Pulls 'Sons of Tuscon'

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 5th 2010 6:25PM
Sons of Tucson From the very first commercials for Fox's 'Sons of Tucson,' it was hard to imagine the show lasting. It looked like a vehicle designed for Jack Black that fell in Tyler Labine's lap - three kids hire a bearded, chubby slacker to pose as their dad when their real father goes to prison. Labine even says, in the debut episode, that he is going to "rock it hard."

It was your standard non-standard family unit (undoubtedly with heart) that has been the bread and butter of sitcoms for decades. Precocious kids, a funny guy with a bit of a beer tummy - how could it fail?

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'Sons of Tucson' Guys Add Illegal Aliens to Family Photos (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 5th 2010 4:00AM
Illegal Aliens on 'Sons of Tucson'Thanks to photo manipulation, green screen and a confused-looking group of illegal aliens, Ron (Tyler Labine) and the Gunderson boys created a family photo album on last night's 'Sons of Tucson' (Sun., 9:30PM on FOX). Various childhood milestones were included, and Ron particularly enjoyed kissing his "bride" on their wedding day.

Said Ron, "Come on out, illegals! Let's take some photos.... We got our family -- my wife, your mother, little Brandon age 3, and this guy right here, weird Uncle Joe." Yeah, every family's got a weird Uncle Joe (or equivalent). Way to make those photos legit, Ron.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Gary Explores a Worst Case Scenario on 'Sons of Tucson' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 29th 2010 2:04AM
Sons of Tucson, The Golden TicketYou know how when something bad happens, you automatically go down that road of the worst case scenario? It's human nature, and that's just what Ron and the boys do on 'Sons of Tucson' (Sun., 9:30PM ET on Fox) when it appears that their ruse may be out in the open.

"Worst case scenario? Gabe tells his dad, who's a cop! You go to prison for child endangerment. You're looking at about ten years, but you'll probably insist on representing yourself, in which case, you'll get 20," says Gary.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Tyler Labine Tells Story of Dangerous Childhood Dare (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 24th 2010 4:00PM
Foolhardy childhood dares are nothing new, but Tyler Labine's wins points for perhaps being one of the most dangerous. While in the ninth grade, the 'Sons of Tucson' star took a dive off a 93-foot cliff and broke several bones due to a poor landing, he said on 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

Labine bit a hole in his tongue and broke two ribs and his sternum, he said. But, despite his injuries, he doesn't appear to have learned his lesson, and told Bonnie Hunt that kids should always accept crazy dares from their friends. (Seriously, though, don't.)

Watch the video after the jump.

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Ron Almost Gets Busted, Credits Meth-Use for Custody on 'Sons of Tucson' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 22nd 2010 11:00AM
Sons of TucsonPosing as the dad for three kids who aren't yours is pretty weird, but when Ron ran into an old friend on 'Sons of Tuscon,' (Sun., 9:30PM EST on FOX), his excuse was even stranger than the situation.

His friend knows Ron didn't have kids three years ago and all of the boys are clearly older than three, so what line does Ron come up with?

"The truth is I had the boys before I met you," he said. "It's kind of the turkey baster situation without the turkey baster."

Leave it to Ron to say somebody's meth-use caused his happy ending.

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'Sons of Tucson' - 'Pilot' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 15th 2010 5:29PM
Tyler Labine on Fox's
"All right, boys. Let's play house." - Ron to the Gunderson boys

It's hard to dislike 'Sons of Tucson,' and believe me, I've tried.

It stands on Fox's Sunday comedy pedestal as a mix of borrowed plots and styles. It's got the attitude of 'Malcolm in the Middle,' the plot of 'Arrested Development' and the dramatic tragedy of 'Breaking Bad.'

But, hey, if you're going to borrow, borrow from the best.

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Slacker Saves the Day on 'Sons of Tucson' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 2:33AM
Sons of Tucson, Tyler LabineYou'd probably get pretty creative if your banker dad ended up in prison over a bad stock deal, and you wanted to avoid being foster kids.

In the case of the Gunderson kids on 'Sons of Tucson' (8:30PM ET on Fox), that means wrangling a slacker to pose as their dad. Yeah, it's not a big brain teaser to figure out who the responsible ones are in this equation.

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Show Girl's Got the Scoop on 'The Pacific' and 'Sons of Tucson' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 5th 2010 9:00AM
Tyler Labine, 'Sons of Tucson'Are you a fan of war dramas like 'Band of Brothers'? What about love stories? According to retired Marine captain Dale Dye, HBO's latest 10-part miniseries, 'The Pacific,' has it all. Dye worked as their military training adviser, and he promises me that 'The Pacific' isn't just for guys. Honestly, I could listen to his stories all day -- the man has lived.

Another guy who tells a mean story? Tyler Labine, formerly of 'Reaper' and now playing leading man and dad-for-hire on 'Sons of Tucson.' Don't know about his new show? I let him give you the scoop.

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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All Jason wants for Festivus

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 22nd 2009 10:33AM
Lost: The Final SeasonI am knee deep in the holiday spirit and drunk on power. Only I can reach the top of the tree, so what goes up there is up to me ... so long as my wife approves. With television mostly in reruns, I find myself with extra time in my head, and when I spend time in there I find things. Things like what I want for Festivus!
  • MTV and VH1 to play music videos. I'm from the MTV generation, which means I have no problem sitting around watching music videos for hours and hours. I love music. I love videos. The music industry would probably appreciate it, too. I don't like feeling like I need to take a shower while watching any one of their trashy reality shows.
  • Lost to blow us all away with a SATISFYING conclusion. No fade to black, no comas, no Bob Newhart waking up next to his wife. Make it work and make it make sense. If you do that, you'll have one of the greatest shows in television history. So, no pressure guys.

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Fox Announces Midseason Schedule

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 24th 2009 8:25PM
Fox has just announced its midseason lineup and it looks like a doozy! Between returning hits like 'Glee,' pop culture staples like 'American Idol' and 'The Simpsons,' not to mention a handful of promising new series, it looks like Fox has an unseasonably hot winter ahead. Check out the full schedule.

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TV Squad's complete 2009-10 fall season premiere calendar

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:04PM
GleeThe networks have had a quiet summer, quietly introducing scripted bomb after scripted bomb, so they're certainly ready to jump into the new fall season. And It looks to be an interesting one. ABC is scheduling a two-hour block of new comedies on Wednesdays as the sitcom tries to make a comeback.

Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.

To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.

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TV Squad previews FOX's new shows

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 7th 2009 9:42PM
FOX Network LogoWhile it was a little odd that the "screener" of Glee we got was the exact same episode that FOX aired after American Idol in the spring, the rest of these shows were truly new. Dramatic offerings included FOX's loose adaptation of the DC Comics property Human Target and Past Life. On the comedy side they offered us screeners for The Cleveland Show, Brothers, Sons of Tucson and the aforementioned Glee.

After enduring the screener for Do Not Disturb last season on FOX, I could only hope that these offerings were at least better than that offense to the senses. And they were. Well, most of them. Unfortunately, it seems that FOX has at least one Do Not Disturb in them every season. Other than that, one of these shows was far better than I expected, another a bit worse, and a third one stands as one of the better pilots I've ever seen.

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'Sons of Tucson' on Fox - New TV Pilot Preview

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 30th 2009 4:40PM
Sons of Tucson

What should you expect from the new TV shows coming this fall? Read our first impressions of Fox's 'Sons of Tucson' ...

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New pilots from Fox

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 20th 2009 10:02AM
FoxFox has inked a deal for a bunch of new pilots for next season. They include such titles as The Station, Walorsky, Two Dollar Beer, Sons of Tucson and Human Target.

Among them, Human Target is of the most interest to me. It's an adaptation from a DC Comics character. He's a bodyguard named Christopher Chance that assumes the identity of the person he is supposed to protect. Properly done, this could become a companion show or successor to 24 (particularly since Prison Break is ending).

This isn't even the first television adaption for The Human Target, as Rick Springfield starred in a brief series about the same character in 1990. However, things were different then. The environment is better for such a program now, assuming they take it seriously and don't make it too cartoon-like (although I could argue that 24 is cartoon-like in its presentation).

So which of the new Fox pilots do you find interesting?

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