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Emmy Picks: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 24th 2010 11:25AM
The nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy at the 2010 Emmys
With the Emmy awards less than a week away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.

Yesterday, I discussed the Best Lead Actor in a Drama category. Today we look at the comedy side of the ledger and the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy category.

Nominees:
Toni Collette, 'United States of Tara'
Edie Falco, 'Nurse Jackie'
Tina Fey, '30 Rock'
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'
Lea Michele, 'Glee'
Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Recreation'

Who will win:
When I saw that Edie Falco had submitted the pilot for 'Nurse Jackie,' it hit me that she didn't get nominated for the show last year. Since the pilot aired about a week after the 2010 eligibility period started, the Academy has had well over a year to ruminate over Falco's strong out-of-the-gate performance in that pilot, where the entire web of lies Jackie has set up get revealed in a quick 30 minutes. Considering her Emmy history -- seven nominations, three wins -- it's very easy to see Falco standing on stage with the Emmy this year.

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Should ABC Save 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'?

by Gary Susman, posted May 20th 2010 3:20PM
Ghost WhispererEven though CBS canceled both 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' earlier this week, there's been lots of talk that ABC might save both shows from the dustbin of history. The most recent rumors (as reported by Deadline and Entertainment Weekly) suggest that ABC still wants 'Ghost Whisperer' but not 'Christine.'

But viewers may well ask: Does either show deserve to be saved?

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Five Other Shows That Should Change Their Titles

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2010 5:26PM
Two and a Half MenAs Andrew told you the other day, 'Cougar Town' creator Bill Lawrence and ABC are considering changing the title of the show to something, well, better. Something that reflects that it's now an ensemble show about friends and not just a show about a fortysomething hooking up with guys half her age. My question is, didn't they know it was a bad title to begin with? One that turned a lot of people off from even watching the show? It seemed cheesy, something just captializing on a trendy word.

So I'm glad they're changing it. This isn't unprecedented. 'Valerie' changed its title to 'The Hogan Family' when Valerie Harper left, 'James at 15' changed to 'James at 16' when the character got older, and the sitcom 'It's A Living' changed to 'Making A Living.' Maybe they can do this for other shows that have either changed their focus or have changed in other ways. Here are my five suggestions.

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Ex-Wife Troubles on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 12th 2010 10:30PM
Ex-Wife Troubles on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'It's an engagement celebration on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). For five seasons now, Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) has been dealing with the fallout from her divorce. Now, she has decided to get remarried. All that stands in her way is getting through one little engagement party.

[Spoiler alert.]

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Which Bubble Show Doesn't Deserve To Be Saved?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2010 2:06PM
Cold CaseAllison has given you a really in-depth look at all of the TV shows that are "on the bubble," the ones that haven't been renewed and might be canceled. A lot of TV Squad readers have given their opinions on what shows should be renewed for another year, but how about the shows that don't deserve to come back for the 2010-2011 season?

These shows pretty much fall into two categories: shows that have already been on a while and probably shouldn't see another season, and shows that haven't been around long but don't get the audience or darn it just aren't good enough to be renewed.

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Cop or Stripper on 'Sunset Daze' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 6th 2010 2:00AM
Cop or Stripper on 'Sunset Daze'It seems to be "Is this a policeman or a male stripper?" night on television. First, there was a cop vs. stripper debate on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine.' Now, the question comes up again on 'Sunset Daze' (Wed., 10PM ET on WE). Do real policemen have to deal with this issue all of the time?

If you were disappointed by the lack of male stripper action on 'Christine,' then you should find solace by watching 'Sunset Daze.' Not to spoil anything, but, well ... it turns out that the guy is a stripper. A male stripper, dancing in front of women in a retirement community. Truly, this may be the reason that reality TV was created in the first place. Or maybe not.

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Stripping and Hooking on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 5th 2010 9:55PM
Stripping and Hooking on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'There's a slight case of mistaken identity on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS). A policeman visits Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) to warn her about a prowler in the neighborhood. Since the cop is very good-looking and named "Officer Johnson," Christine comes to the somewhat odd conclusion that he's a male stripper dressed as a cop. Quite naturally, this mistake leads to a few awkward moments.

After clearing up the confusion, Christine attempts to spin the whole "stripper" thing as being a compliment. The policeman takes it all in stride, and zings Christine back. "Thank you," he says in reply. "For the record, you could be a hooker."

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ABC Has Plans for 'Old Christine' ... Maybe 'Ghost Whisperer,' Too

by Allison Waldman, posted May 3rd 2010 12:03PM
cbs_the_new_adventures_of_old_christine_julia_louis_dreyfusFor the past two years, ABC has expressed interest in picking up 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' if CBS decided to drop it. This year is no different. According to Deadline.com, if CBS cancels 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' ABC will snap it up. The network even has a plan for where to program the Julia Louis Dreyfus sitcom. It'll be paired with Patricia Heaton's 'The Middle,' leading in to 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town.'

That would make for a very solid night of comedy, likely Wednesday again, which is what worked so well this season for ABC -- with the exception of Kelsey Grammer's woeful 'Hank,' which was mercifully axed by ABC last November.

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Seven CBS Shows on the Bubble

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 30th 2010 3:02PM
jenna_elfman_accidentally_on_purposeFor the most part, CBS has had a very good year. New series like 'Undercover Boss' and 'NCIS: LA' lived up to expectations and emerged as hits, and even though it's fallen off a bit lately, 'The Good Wife' is also a success.

But as the May upfront approaches, when the network has to make difficult decisions about what new shows to order and which programs to axe, it's a good time to assess what might happen. Here's our look at what's Tiffany network shows are on the brink ... and how it might play out.

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Six Series Spin-Offs I'd See in a Second

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2010 12:02PM
'Criminal Minds'
With the season coming to a close, the networks are starting to look toward next season. In the case of 'Criminal Minds,' that includes exploring the possibility of a spin-off series. They ran an embedded pilot for it earlier this season, introducing the new cast, and they've already had tremendous success with both 'NCIS' and 'CSI' spin-offs. But whatever happened to the old-school way of creating spin-offs?

'Frasier' was a long-time cast member on 'Cheers' before he headed off to Seattle and sitcom super-stardom. 'The Jeffersons' spent time living next to the Bunkers ('All in the Family') before moving on up. Even as recently as 'Friends,' they spun series co-star 'Joey' off into his own series -- maybe that's when it all went so wrong.

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A Marriage Proposal on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 22nd 2010 12:20AM
A Marriage Proposal on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine''The New Adventures of Old Christine' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) has been on the air for five years now. Suddenly, Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is worried that her life hasn't changed enough in that period. The show follows the adventures of a recently divorced woman -- but could it be time for Christine to get remarried?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Angry Pregnant Lady on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 15th 2010 1:15AM
Angry Pregnant Lady on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'Pregnancy is a time of great joy for some women -- but for others being pregnant often leads to extreme crankiness. And so, on the latest episode of 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS), the gang attempts to deal with a highly grouchy pregnant lady.

Watch the video after the jump.

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A Bad Tan on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 7th 2010 11:30PM
A Bad Tan on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'On the latest episode of 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) we take a journey into the terrifying world of fake tanning. Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) gets a spray tan in order to prep for a trip to the beach. But the result is highly... orange-y. Very very orange-y.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The New Adventures of Old Christine' - 'Somehow, Subway' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 11th 2010 11:33AM
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'
(S05E16)
Ah, the beauty of farcical theatre. The simplest of tasks laid to waste by the outrageous shenanigans and outlandish responses of one brilliant comedian. In this case, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She needed help from no one in the cast to make her extended stay on the subway platform funnier and funnier to watch as the episode progressed.

That's good news because Richard, Matthew and Barb were pretty busy back at Christine's place ... doing stuff. At least the writers bothered to give us a reason that Matthew is still hanging out and eating at Christine's as if he lives there. The catfighting between Richard and Matthew about all their roommate annoyances with one another certainly brought me back to my roommate days. Man, do things get annoying.

Barb's role this week was to spread the message that texting while driving is incredibly dangerous. No matter where you are. I certainly didn't expect her to come flying into the scene when she did.

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'The New Adventures of Old Christine' - 'Sweet Charity' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 4th 2010 4:24AM
Ed Begley Jr., 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'
(S05E15)
As much as I don't want to compare Julia Louis-Dreyfus' new show to her old one, I can't help but notice some similarities with this week's installment. Much of what made 'Seinfeld' work was in the way people outside of that core four reacted to just how deplorable those people really were. When we were in that inner circle with them, it all sort of worked and we didn't really realize how bad they were.

Now, Christine Cambpell is far more obviously a terrible person than Elaine Benes, but as with 'Seinfeld,' we often don't realize just how horrible she is. Even moreso, when put in the context of Christine, Richard and Matthew, Barb often comes across as the only sane and rational one. And yet, when you put these people out and on display in front of so-called normal people, they simply look awful.

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