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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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An Ultrasound Gets Complicated on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 11th 2010 4:02AM
The New Adventures of Old Christine, ultrasoundThings get complicated when most of the family shows up for New Christine's ultrasound on 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS).

Let's see ... ex-fiance, ex-wife, ex-wife of the ex-wife who is the father's current wife, brother, and half-son. Yep, all that's missing is the incestuous uncle ... wait, what?

Watch the video after the jump.

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'The New Adventures of Old Christine' - 'A Family Unfair' Recap

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 11th 2010 3:15AM
Julia Louis-Dreyfus(S05E14) Christine went into full crazy mode this week, after virtually the entire extended family showed up for New Christine's ultrasound. There was a lot of fun to be had with everyone trying to explain to the doctor, guest star Tim Meadows, how they were all connected to one another, and it made me realize that sitcoms -- or at least this one -- are more like soap operas than we may realize.

The marriages and relationships and romantic entanglements of this particular cast go beyond the unusual and into the realm of disturbing. And yet, it all seemed to progress so naturally over the last four-and-a-half seasons. That must be why it's so easy for soap fans to accept the crazy things that happen on their shows. And their crazy characters can't be nearly as crazy as Old Christine.

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Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine - Truth or Dare

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 21st 2010 9:29AM
The New Adventures of Old Christine: Truth or Dare
(S05E13)
It's always nice to see that the men Christine falls for are as damaged as she is. Well, one of her suitors tonight is anyway. Things continue developing intimately between Christine and Max (Eric McCormack), until she gets a text from Mr. Harris. You remember Mr. Harris, don't you? Ritchie's former teacher who was so gorgeous that Matthew and Richard developed weird fixations on him as well.

That's right. Blair Underwood is back, reprising his role as Mr. Harris. And while he remains as handsome as ever, things couldn't be more complicated between him and Christine as they were tonight.

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Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine - A Whale of a Tale

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 14th 2010 1:15PM
The New Adventures of Old Christine: A Whale of a Tale
(S05E12)
The title pretty much gives it all away, if you didn't see the promos. I saw them, and yet I must have forgotten them, because I was still in for a surprise when Eric McCormack bent over to help Christine with her flat tire. Things have been jumping around a bit with this series, as if we're getting things somewhat out of order. Either that, or they just really trying to make things self-contained.

Sometimes, they act as if Matthew is still living at Christine's, like the last new episode, and then he's back at his new place with Richard. But when they're here, there's no indicating that Richard and New Christine are expecting. Instead, Richard is completely focused on the bachelor pad aspect of it.

The new girl in Matthew's life was written pretty well, particularly in how much she was into Matthew -- even after catching him sniffing her bra -- and how much she was clearly made uncomfortable by "Rick."

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CBS juggles Monday, Accidentally shelved and Rules returns

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 7th 2010 7:30PM
rules_of_engagement_cbsGood news for Patrick Warburton fans; disappointing news for Jenna Elfman fans. And if you have a deep affection for Jeremy Northam, this should make you happy, too. Confused? Don't be. I'm just laying out the essence of the CBS midseason juggle.

On Mondays, beginning February 1, Accidentally on Purpose will be shelved... but only for a few weeks. Taking the 8:30 Monday slot will be the return of Patrick Warburton, the best thing in Rules of Engagement.

That's not all. On March 31, the 8:30 slot in which Gary Unmarried airs, will be assumed by Accidentally. That's not because Gary's being canceled; it will have completed its season order by then.

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Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine - Old Christine Meets Young Frankenstein

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 10th 2009 11:47AM
The New Adventures of Old Christine: Old Christine Meets Young Frankenstein(S05E10) When a bully is revealed at the school Little Ritchie attends, Christine is clearly worried that her son is being victimized. But while Old Christine followed the traditional sitcom formula for a bit at the beginning, by the time we reached the end of the episode, it had gone somewhere only Christine Campbell can take it.

Even better we got a surprise return, though it's something I've kind of been waiting for all season, and a hilarious guest appearance by Amy Sedaris. I can't understand why Sedaris hasn't blown up even bigger than she has. If Michael Strahan can get a big network comedy built around him, why they hell can't Amy Sedaris?

She took what could have been a pretty ordinary guest appearance, and turned it into a powerhouse performance all on its own through sheer force of will and talent.

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Characters Who Need Therapy From 'In Treatment''s Dr. Paul Weston

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 27th 2009 6:00AM
In TreatmentWe're thrilled that HBO has renewed 'In Treatment' for a third season. In two seasons, it has proven to be one of the most compelling experiments in dramatic television. A lot of that has to do with the stellar -- and Emmy-nominated -- work by Gabriel Byrne, who plays psychotherapist Dr. Paul Weston.

The show was based closely on the Isreali series 'Be Tipul.' That program only lasted for two seasons, which means that season 3 of 'In Treatment' will be its first foray into wholly new territory. To this point, much of the dialogue, relationships and all of the patients were based on their Isreali counterparts, with minor variations. Now, the writers will be taxed with creating everything from scratch.

With that in mind, we decided to help out by scouring through the channels to find 10 television characters who desperately need treatment from Dr. Weston.

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Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine - I Love Woo, I Hate Woo

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 26th 2009 1:32PM
Wanda Sykes(S05E09) I'm so glad Hank sucked, because it allowed me to establish a new two-hour block of comedy on Wednesday nights. Just substitute Christine for Hank, and then flip over to The Middle and ABC for the rest of the night. What a satisfying night of laughs.

There was no Thanksgiving trimmings for Christine this year; instead it was date night. And while the episode did fall victim to some predictable set-ups, it was still a lot of fun to watch. I particularly liked the twists and turns of Barb's date with Dave. She dragged Christine along to make sure Dave didn't propose to her.

Meanwhile, now that New Christine is pregnant, Richard is ready to woo her as well. But he needn't worry about cleaning up or even trying. Just get her into bed: that's where he really shines.

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Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine - Love Means Never Having to Say You're Crazy

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 19th 2009 12:18PM
The New Adventures of Old Christine cast w/ Jennifer Grey(S05E08) Ah, Dave Foley. His sad sack Tom has been good for a laugh more than a few times, and he was used to good comic effect again this week. In the double blind-date scenario with Christine and Richard, his counterpart was the lovely Jennifer Grey, real-life wife to Clark Gregg.

The New Adventures of Old Christine is a rare comedy in that it can work in guest stars like this without it detracting from either the ongoing character moments, or taking the spotlight away from the main cast. Too often when a show gets deeper into its run, like Will & Grace in its final years, it becomes a cavalcade of celebrity guest-stars, as if the writers have run out of ways to keep things fresh with their own core group.

Christine has mixed things up just this season by breaking up Richard and New Christine and having Matthew move in with Richard in a swinging bachelor pad. And they shook it up again this week.

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