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Hardly Knew You: The Short-Lived Shows of 2010

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 20th 2010 5:40PM
'Lone Star,' which garnered huge pre-season buzz, was cancled by FOX after only two episodes.Not everything is a long-running classic in the fickle world that is television. You may feel that your show has the right mix of acting, writing and directing to be a favorite for indefinite first-run and syndicated airings, but the viewers may have other ideas.

And when that happens, your show could disappear before the cover art is even dry for the complete series DVD set.

The year 2010 had no shortage of these short timers. In fact, the 2010-2011 season has already seen not one, not two but three series that bowed out after only two episodes. This, despite long-promoted hype and pre-season buzz. Mentioned here are the 2010 programs that had shorter runs than the presidency of William Henry Harrison.

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ABC Drops Remaining Episodes of 'The Whole Truth' From Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 6th 2010 5:45PM
Rob Morrow, Maura TierneyFor those fans (yours included) wishing to spend a long, cold December with Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow, ABC has other plans for you: The network has pulled 'The Whole Truth' from its December schedule, replacing the canceled legal drama with comedy reruns.

According to The Live Feed, episodes of 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town' will fill the Wednesdays at 10PM slot for the remainder of December.

"'The Whole Truth has been a blast from start to finish," series creator Tom Donaghy told TV Squad in an email. "Superb actors, a kick-a** crew, top notch producers. Big thanks to all the loyal fans, everyone at the show felt the love."

A source close to the series said production on the finale, 'The End,' is just wrapping up, but there's no word on if it will ever see the light of day.

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Jimmy Plays Kathryn's Fake Boyfriend on 'The Whole Truth' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 2nd 2010 9:30AM
Jimmy Fakes Relationship with Kathryn on 'Whole Truth'On 'The Whole Truth' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC), Kathryn's mom has been pestering her about her love life. So she lies, telling Bernadette she has a boyfriend. Still, her mother is skeptical when Kathryn refuses to go into detail.

Just after she says, "There is no boyfriend, is there?" Kathryn's courtroom nemesis slides into the seat beside her and gives her a peck on the cheek. Jimmy says, "Bernadette, I'm sorry. We should've told you but Katy and I have tried to keep it quiet, given our job and all."

Kathryn pulls him aside and asks what he's doing. "Trying to make your mom a little less worried about you -- is that so bad?" He then takes the act a step further, kissing her on the lips and draping his arms around her. The verdict is in: Mom is convinced.

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ABC Cancels 'The Whole Truth,' Orders More 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Better With You,' 'Detroit 1-8-7'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2010 10:30AM
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Well, it was fun while it lasted. ABC has not ordered the back-nine episodes of 'The Whole Truth.' However, the network handed out full season orders to 'No Ordinary Family' and 'Better With You,' and ordered more scripts for 'Brothers & Sisters' and 'Detroit 1-8-7.'

While people involved with 'The Whole Truth' have taken to Twitter with different statements, it's clear that ABC will not be ordering more than the 13 episodes already in production.

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Kristin Davis Returns to TV With 'Happiness Project,' Fox Orders More 'Human Target' Scripts and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 22nd 2010 6:00PM
Kristin Davis'Sex and the City' star Kristin Davis is returning to TV in 'The Happiness Project.' The single-camera comedy has a script commitment at NBC.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Davis will star and executive produce the series based on Gretchen Rubin's memoir. Rubin started a blog about her year-long journey to find happiness. She employed scientific studies and other tips in her quest.

Kristin Newman of 'Chuck' and 'How I Met Your Mother' fame is in negotiations to write and executive produce.

In other TV news ...

'The Whole Truth' may have just one more week left. ABC has scheduled a country music special in the ratings-challenged show's timenslot on Nov. 3. The following week all of ABC's regular Wednesday night schedule will be put on hold for the Country Music Awards. [Entertainment Weekly]

Former 'One Tree Hill' star Chad Michael Murray and 'Dollhouse' veteran Enver Gjokaj are in consideration for a new role on 'Torchwood.' 'Greek' star Amber Stevens is also being considered for a new role when the series launches on Starz. [Ausiello Files]

Omari Hardwick of 'Dark Blue' fame will guest on NBC's 'Chase.' Hardwick will play Chris Novak, a criminal who escapes and seeks revenge on the people who betrayed him. [TV Guide]

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Jimmy Discovers the 'Whole Truth' After Losing Murder Case (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 21st 2010 8:00AM
Jimmy Discovers a Guilty Client on 'The Whole Truth'Defense attorney Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow) suffers a devastating loss in the murder trial of a teenage boy from his old Hell's Kitchen stomping ground. Feeling guilty and needing closure, he does a bit more investigating on 'The Whole Truth' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC). And what he finds changes everything.

Visiting the convict in prison, Jimmy says, "You did it, Anthony. After you shot him, before you called 911, you decided you better try to frame someone else."

His client has no remorse. "My mother was a bitch; my father was a pussy. You should've seen their faces though." Who's feeling guilty now? Neither of them, evidently.

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'The Whole Truth': 5 Ways to Show Your Support

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 20th 2010 5:00PM
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Happy Wednesday! While many of you are looking forward to new episodes of shows such as 'Modern Family' and 'Top Chef: Just Desserts,' there's a little gem that you may have overlooked: ABC's 'The Whole Truth' (Wed., 10PM ET).

Yes, the soap box is coming out once again. By tuning into 'The Whole Truth' tonight, you may be saving the series. Not to harp, but what have you got to lose? We don't want to have to call Detectives Benson and Stabler to arrest you for not giving the Maura Tierney/Rob Morrow series a try because it's a crime if you miss 'The Whole Truth' tonight.

Already a fan? There are ways for you to show ABC you're behind this fledgling series.

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Why You Need to Watch 'The Whole Truth'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 13th 2010 2:30PM
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Why should you be watching 'The Whole Truth'? Two words: Maura Tierney.

Yes, the former 'NewsRadio' and 'ER' star Maura Tierney should be enough to get you, loyal reader, to give up an hour of your Wednesday evening to watch 'The Whole Truth' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC). She's not enough? Fine. What about Tierney's chemistry with Rob Morrow?

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News Roundup: Heidi Klum to Host Kiddie Reality Show, 'How to Train Your Dragon' Becomes Animated Series and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 13th 2010 10:00AM
Heidi KlumHeidi Klum + kids = hilarious? That's what Lifetime hopes.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'Project Runway' host has been tapped to front 'Seriously Funny Kids,' a new reality series similar to 'Kids Say the Darndest Things.' The project will see Klum interacting with youngsters, hopefully to humorous results.

"I have four children under the age of six, and to be honest, sometimes I enjoy them more than adults," Klum said in a statement. "They're uncensored, unpredictable and absolutely hilarious."

In other TV news ...

Robert De Niro has sold a crime drama to CBS. The actor has teamed with crime writer Richard Price for 'Rookies,' a police drama about young officers who are sent into high-crime areas. De Niro and Price will serve as executive producers. [Live Feed]

Richard Chamberlain has been cast on ABC's 'Brothers & Sisters.' Chamberlain is set to play somebody from Saul's past who complicates things a bit. Former lover? Perhaps. [Ausiello Files]

TBS is developing a reality show based on the Funny or Die video of Jewel doing undercover karaoke. The series, 'Undercover Karaoke,' will feature celebrities in disguise performing karaoke. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Double Jeopardy on 'The Whole Truth' -- Will the Series Survive? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 7th 2010 8:00AM
Double Jeopardy on 'The Whole Truth' -- Will the Series Survive?'The Whole Truth' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC) is an odd type of legal drama. Unlike, say, the 'Law & Order' franchise, the show doesn't feature bunch of lawyers who are clearly the good guys.

Instead, 'The Whole Truth' presents us with two equal and opposing viewpoints. Prosecutor Kathryn Peale (Maura Tierney) faces off against defense attorney Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow). But Jimmy and Kathryn both lose as often as they win -- and we're never really sure who to root for.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

On the latest episode, Jimmy takes the case of Judge Ruben Wright (guest star Judd Hirsch). The judge is accused of committing murder -- while he's in the middle of conducting a trial. Suddenly, the judge is on the other side of the law. The man who sent criminals to jail is now a suspected criminal himself. Judge Wright chooses Jimmy as his lawyer, even though the two of them have a tangled history.

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'The Whole Truth': Judge Likens a Legal Motion to a Coffeemaker (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 30th 2010 11:00AM
Judge Likens a Motion to Coffeemaker on 'Whole Truth''The Whole Truth' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC) pits attorney Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow) against prosecutor Kathryn Peale (Maura Tierney). They're used to working on opposite sides of the courtroom. But things get unpredictable when eccentric judges are thrown into the mix.

Peale confidently cites a previous case to one judge to prove spousal privilege doesn't apply in that particular situation. In a convoluted way, she sticks to her argument. Brogan tells the judge, "This is logic wrapped in nonsense chasing its own tail."

The whole thing reminds the judge of a coffeemaker her sister bought her "which had way too many bells and whistles ... [But] after reading the directions -- which were remarkably lucid -- I figured it out and it makes a damn good cup of joe."

So ... does this mean the motion is granted?

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'The Whole Truth' Series Premiere: Is There Love Outside the Courtroom? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 23rd 2010 7:00AM
'The Whole Truth' Series Premiere: Is There Love Outside the Courtroom?Can a pair of rivals find a love connection? 'The Whole Truth' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC) is a legal drama starring Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow -- two TV veterans who are back on the small screen. The actors play sparring lawyers who are on opposite sides of every case and, as might be expected on this type of show, the sparks fly both in and out of the courtroom.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Kathryn Peale (Tierney) is a sternly devoted prosecutor who works for the District Attorney's office. Jimmy Brogan (Morrow) is a hot-shot criminal defense lawyer who doesn't seem to care if his clients are guilty or not. Kathryn is kind of uptight, Jimmy is relaxed and "cool." But even though the duo seem like total opposites, they've been friends since their days back in Yale Law School.

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'The Defenders' and 'The Whole Truth' Premiere Reviews: One Law Drama Comes Up a Winner

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2010 1:00PM
Every year, and this timid fall season is no exception, the broadcast networks build shows around established actors.

Quite often, they're disappointingly contrived and formulaic, as is the case with NBC's 'Outlaw' and 'The Whole Truth' (10PM ET, ABC).

But 'The Defenders' (10PM ET, CBS) which, like those other shows, is a pretty straightforward legal procedural, has a surprising amount of fun with its familiar building blocks.

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Rob Morrow & Maura Tierney Give Me 'The Whole Truth' On Their New Show (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 27th 2010 12:10PM
Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney, 'The Whole Truth'It feels like Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney have both been on TV for ages, and they've both tackled comedy and drama with equal success -- he on 'Northern Exposure' and 'Numb3rs,' and she on 'NewsRadio' and 'ER.'

That's just one reason why their pairing on 'The Whole Truth' (premiering Wed., Sept. 22 at 10PM ET) feels like a match made in heaven. Playing two opposing legal sides in a courtroom, both lawyers are sharp, witty and obviously share an interesting past. (The same couldn't be said for the original pilot, which had 'Nip/Tuck' alum Joely Richardson in the female lead role. So happy Maura was available and healthy enough to step in!)

'The Whole Truth' follows both sides of the trial, with Tierney's by-the-numbers Kathryn Peale prosecuting and Morrow's unorthodox Jimmy Brogan defending. Audiences will get a look at how each side prepares the case and, in the last few moments of the show, find out who or what was really behind the crime. Sound too procedural? Don't let the description and commercials fool you, the series is filled with subtly revealing moments for the leads -- just how close were Peale and Brogan as classmates at Yale Law? -- and the supporting players.

I caught up with Rob and Maura to get their take on this not-always-dramatic legal drama, why it's good that the bad guys sometimes get off, how 'My Cousin Vinny' might help them prep and their phenomenal wishlists for dream guest stars.

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Pilot Watch: 'The Whole Truth'

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 15th 2010 11:17AM
Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney in 'The Whole Truth' on ABC
In our continuing effort to get you ready for the upcoming fall season, we're previewing pilots that were sent to critics earlier this summer.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall. This is one of those shows that's radically changed since its original pilot.

Show: 'The Whole Truth'
Network: ABC
Timeslot: Wednesdays, 10PM ET
(Premieres September 22)

The lowdown: Essentially, in this show viewers see the story of a criminal trial from both sides of the aisle. As we switch back and forth between the prosecuting and defense teams, we see how they operate to work the system to their side's advantage. On the defense side is Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow), who grew up in Hell's Kitchen and has a bit of an unorthodox style. Kathryn Peale (Maura Tierney) is a law-and-order prosecutor from New England. As the cases progress, the two lawyers, friends from their Yale Law School days, meet and talk about the law, justice, and the case at hand.

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