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Kate Mulgrew beaming down to join the cast of Mercy

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 29th 2009 4:30PM
Kate MulgrewHey, have you seen any promos for Mercy on NBC lately? It's like they forgot the show was premiering in just a couple weeks. Usually the marketing machine is running into overdrive right about now.

For those who may be planning a volley of comments about how stupid I am, please note that the preceding paragraph is dripping with sarcasm. If you can't see it, perhaps you don't have the right fonts loaded. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. If you have seen the promos, I'll bet you haven't seen Captain Janeway prowling around the hospital halls, have you?

That's because Kate Mulgrew just joined the cast of Mercy. She'll be playing the mother of main character Veronica, played by Taylor Schilling. Mercy's already been getting some good buzz, and you just know NBC is looking for their next ER. Could Mercy be it? Or better yet, their Grey's Anatomy? It already appears to have a more personal slant, if Mulgrew's addition means anything.

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Slater and NBC have to deal with their own worst ratings

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2008 6:13PM
SlaterLooks like the NBC black hole time slot of Monday at 10 p.m. is about to swallow another victim.

My Own Worst Enemy, the new Christian Slater spy series that I'm really enjoying, continues to drop in the ratings. The premiere episode did only so-so, and this week's second episode saw a drop of 22%. Those aren't the kind of numbers that scream "second season renewal" or even "full season order." Seems more like "put on hiatus" or maybe a "let's put it on Friday nights instead!" thing.

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Starz first series will be Crash

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2008 10:38AM
Cheadle HaggisStarz, the cable network, is getting into original production and their first project will be based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film Crash. Glen Mazzara, whose credits include Life, The Shield, Stand-Off and Nash Bridges, has been named executive producer/showrunner for the drama series. Lionsgate TV will co-produce with Starz, and they've greenlighted 13 episodes.

The controversial film, which dealt with the intersecting lives of a myriad of people living in Los Angeles in just 48 hours, centers on the character of Detective Graham Waters. Waters, a police detective, is struggling with his career, his drug addict mother and a criminal brother. The role was played by Don Cheadle (Picket Fences), who was also one of the film's producers. He is expected to reprise the part in the Starz production and may even direct a few episodes. In addition, director/co-writer/producer Paul Haggis and others from the film are also on board for Starz.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 3rd 2007 6:27PM

30 RockHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • 30 Rock - Season 1 (also available in Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 sets)
  • The Black Donnellys - Complete Series
  • Bosom Buddies - Season 2
  • Desperate Housewives - Season 3: Dirty Laundry Edition
  • Dirty Jobs - Collection 1
  • Falcon Beach - Season 1
  • The Gumby Show - Gumby Essentials: Vol. 1
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Man vs. Wild - Collection 1
  • Nip/Tuck - Season 4
  • The Office - Season 3
  • Prison Break - Season 2
  • Robot Chicken - Season 2
  • Rules of Engagement - Season 1
  • She-Ra - Season 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - Season 5, Vol. 1

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Now on iTunes: Great Shows You May Have Missed

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 13th 2007 1:24PM
friday night lightsThe folks over at iTunes have created this handy list for people who want to spend some time this summer catching up on the television shows that don't get as much buzz (anything that's not Lost, Grey's Anatomy, 24). The list includes full seasons of Friday Night Lights, Jericho, 30 Rock, The Shield, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, The Riches, Dirt and Eureka. Also? You can bask in the glory of hastily canceled shows like Andy Barker, P.I., Veronica Mars, and The Black Donnellys. Oh, and Studio 60 is on there, but I wouldn't call that a "hastily" canceled show. (The current--and final--season of The Loop is also on iTunes, though it's not on the 'Missed' list)

This is a great idea. Many of the shows listed get a lot of buzz on sites like ours (because our readers know good television), but the general population doesn't seem to catch on. If only How I Met Your Mother would get on iTunes... it could definitely use some more fans as it heads into season 3.

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HDNet to air The Black Donnellys

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 6th 2007 6:20PM

The Black DonnellysMark Cuban's HDNet channel has bought the rights to the cancelled NBC series The Black Donnellys.

The first episode of the series will air on Wednesday, June 13, at 8pm. Not only will HDNet air the episodes that were shown on NBC earlier this year, they will also run the seven episodes that never aired.

I wasn't a big fan of The Black Donnellys, but I really like the idea of having so many cable networks that short-lived shows can live on in some way. I still like the idea of have the Short-Lived Channel, a network devoted to all the shows that lasted 1 or 2 seasons. Imagine what that line-up would look like!

[via TV Tattle]

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NBC news: goodbye Scrubs, hello Lipstick Jungle

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2007 2:38PM

ScrubsNews about NBC's fall schedule continues to trickle out, this time from Bill Carter over at the New York Times.

Looks like the network is going to pick up five dramas: Lipstick Jungle (from Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell), Chuck, Life, Journeyman, and The Bionic Woman. The network has not made a decision on Law and Order or Law and Order: CI yet, but it looks like Friday Night Lights is coming back for a full season.

The shows being canceled? No surprise that Studio 60, The Black Donnellys, and Crossing Jordan are gone, but it's a little bit of a surprise that Scrubs isn't coming back. There's been talk that ABC might take the show, but no official word on that yet.

NBC's upfront announcement is this Monday.

Update: Nikki Finke is reporting that Scrubs has been picked up by NBC, but no other info is available about it.

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Looking at the 2006 upfronts with 20/20 hindsight

by Joel Keller, posted May 7th 2007 2:03PM
the nineWe're about a week away from the upfronts, the annual back-patting festivals the broadcast networks hold to introduce their new fall schedules. TV Squad will be ready, providing you, the loyal reader, with coverage of who's in, who's out, and what's new on the five broadcast networks (yes, I'm counting the CW as a full broadcast network, even though it's looking like it'll air mostly reality shows next year).

So, it seems to be a good time to look back at our coverage of last year's upfronts, to see what was considered news, which shows became hits, which shows never aired, and which pilots looked promising but mostly ended up causing each network piles of money, bad press, and misery.

Click on the network name to see to our coverage of that network's 2006 upfront:

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The Black Donnellys: The Only Thing Sure

by JJ Hawkins, posted Apr 3rd 2007 10:50AM
(S01E06) Let me start by saying, Whitey's uncle is not someone I'd like to know let alone do business with in real life.

In fact, I don't think I'd really want to know or do business with any of the shady characters on this show; well, with the exception of Jenny Reilly for obvious reasons.

I live in relatively sheltered Oklahoma. While sketchy people no doubt exist, I rarely found myself encountering them in day to day life. It makes me realize that I'd have a pretty difficult time trying to make it in a city where this stuff actually occurs on a regular basis.

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Black Donnellys going on hiatus

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 3rd 2007 9:06AM

The Black DonnellysAnother day, another show put on hiatus.

This time, it's The Black Donnellys. The NBC family crime drama, which replaced Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (itself currently on hiatus), will go on hiatus starting April 23. The show hasn't been doing too well in the ratings in the Monday at 10 slot.

And I know you're wondering: will Studio 60 return? Nope, at least not in that time slot. But for you fans of reality show, you're in luck! The Real Wedding Crashers, a new reality show based on the hit movie, will air in the Monday at 10 slot. NBC was going to put it on another night but they liked it so much (so much!!) that they're going to put it on after Heroes. The April 23 date is also the day that Heroes returns.

So, two quality dramas are put on the shelf, next to months of old boxes of macaroni and cheese, so another reality show can debut early. Fantastic.

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The Black Donnellys: Run Like Hell

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 27th 2007 12:02PM

black donnellys(S01E05) Was it me or did Tommy Donnelly look borderline stalker crazy sitting across the street from Reilly's Diner Shop waiting for Jenny? If I didn't know his character better, I'd have been certain he was on the verge of assasinating her with a box.

Of course, we all understand two things. Tommy is madly in love with Jenny and Tommy has already crossed that fine line between being a good citizen and being a bad citizen.

This is why he was the absolute last person who needed to hear that Jenny's diner was in the midsts of a cash crisis because her dad can't tell the difference between a giant blue box that says U.S. Postal service and the night deposit drawer at his local bank. I wonder if he hails hot dog cart vendors when he needs a cab...idiot.

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The Black Donnellys: Lies

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 20th 2007 6:00PM

The Black Donnellys(S01E04) At some point in episode one, something was said that gave me the impression Jenny Reilly was married. Strangely, in subsequent episodes the topic never seemed to come up again.

After seeing Jenny make nasty with Tommy and the delivery boy, I was sure I just misinterpreted some dialogue somewhere during that first show.

Turns out I wasn't wrong. This week I discovered that Jenny is married for sure and that her husband left her around a year ago.

Now, take a look at that picture over there to the right and let that sink in for a moment. Jenny's husband left her? Last time I checked, Jenny Reilly is scorching hot! What man in his right mind would leave that?

It'll be interesting to discover the real reason their relationship came apart. Something tells me this will be critical to the show in future weeks.

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The Black Donnellys: The World Will Break Your Heart

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 13th 2007 12:22PM

The Black Donnellys Episode 3(S01E03) Let me be the first to say, I'm tired of show recaps. I'm referring to that first two to three minutes of a show where, in this instance, Joey Ice Cream rants about what happened in the first few episodes.

I realize it serves a purpose. It helps loyal but forgetful viewers recall what happened in previous weeks and it helps newcomers catch up on the show if they're just getting into it. I understand all that, but being an extremely impatient person I find recaps annoying.

However, I do applaud this show's intro. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang - done. If there's a category for "Most Concise Show Intro" at the Emmys this year, The Black Donnellys will win hands down.

Of course, that would probably be the only category they'd win...

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The Bonus Donnellys: NBC posts web-only episode

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Mar 7th 2007 7:03PM

The Black Donnellys

Here's something you don't see all the time. After airing two episodes of its newest drama, The Black Donnellys, NBC has posted a special web-only installment. It's become common to see special clips or deleted scenes as online exclusives, but a whole episode is rare. Here's what I don't get though. Normally, when something like this is done, the episode will have no bearing on the rest of the season. That way, people who don't get to see it aren't left in the dark about anything. However, if you check out the episode list over on Wikipedia, I get the impression that this episode is vital to the season. Without giving away details, it seems like it picks up right where Monday's episode left off. I've enjoyed the show so far (haven't memorized all the different names yet...), but this seems like a bit of a risk NBC is taking. Putting a pilot episode online before it airs is one thing, but an episode that's integral to a show's first season? Without airing it regularly? Not so sure about that.

[via Pop Candy]

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The Black Donnellys: A Stone of the Heart

by JJ Hawkins, posted Mar 6th 2007 11:22AM

The Black Donnellys Episode 2(S01E02) Murder, sex, and gratuitous violence - the things I love most about television - and this episode had them all.

That being said, does anyone else think it was a mistake not to stick this series on a Showtime or at the very least FX? If this were the case, maybe the producers wouldn't have to do things like air special web episodes of the show so that material deemed too "edgy" doesn't get stuck on the cutting room floor.

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