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'Human Target's' Chi McBride Misses 'Pushing Daisies'

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 16th 2010 3:02PM
Chi McBride at the FOX all-star party January 2010One of the most fun things of any press tour is getting to sit down with Chi McBride and just talk, about anything. Politics, baseball, cigars... when you're talking to Chi, the conversation can go just about anywhere.

The drawback to seeing McBride on so many tours is that he's always there with a new show to promote. Because he's able to handle drama and comedy with equal ease, he's cast in a lot of pilots. The problem is, most of the resulting shows rarely last more than a couple of years. In the last six years, since his four-season run on 'Boston Public' ended, we've seen McBride in 'Killer Instinct,' 'The Nine' and 'Pushing Daisies.' Now he's co-starring with Mark Valley and Jackie Earle Haley in the FOX popcorn-action series 'Human Target.'

I sat with McBride as he held court at FOX's all-star party in Pasadena last month. As he puffed away on an Opus X -- he offered me one and I very reluctantly declined -- we talked about which of his roles he misses the most, and how he does his running scenes on 'Target.' Let's just say he doesn't waste too much film on those.

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ABC pulls Knights, Nine... again

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 14th 2007 10:01AM
abcABC has yanked The Knights of Prosperity and The Nine off its schedule... again. Both series performed poorly in the ratings last season and were officially canceled in the spring. But, ABC was taking the opportunity to burn off the final episodes during this summer. Apparently even that wasn't garnering enough ratings for the network, because they've been replaced by reruns of According to Jim and NASCAR in Primetime.

There are still four episodes of The Nine that have not aired and two episodes of Knights that never aired. No word from ABC on whether they will ever see the light of day, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Here's hoping fourth time's the charm for Tim Daly

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 6th 2007 10:20AM

Tim Daly and Kate Walsh of Private PracticePoor Tim Daly. Ever since Wings ended back in 1997 he hasn't had much luck in the television world. Sure, he's had a number of successful guest appearances, and he did have a good run as the voice of Clark Kent/Superman on the WB's Superman: The Animated Series, but those don't really count. Where his luck has been failing is on series where he has had a leading role.

It's not like the shows themselves were bad. Quite the contrary, all three shows that Daly starred in were decent critical successes. In addition, Tim himself was credited by professional and fan alike as having a strong performance in all these shows. The problem was either the fan base wasn't strong enough to keep the shows on the air or the networks just decided they had a more successful show to fill the spot.

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Heroes adds Jessica Collins to cast

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 3rd 2007 4:22PM
Jessica Collins HeroesThe Hollywood Reporter reports that the already large cast of Heroes is balooning ballooning toward ginormous -- which is now officially a word, FYI. NBC confirmed that Jessica Collins, formerly of ABC's The Nine, will be playing Sophie, a new super-powered female.

The article describes her as a mysterious woman who works at the organization tracking all the heroes, which I assume is Primatech Paper Company -- unless there is a new organization to be introduced.

In addition to Collins, Dania Ramirez, Dana Davis, David Anders, and Lyndsy Fonseca are all expected to join the cast in the second season.

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What's On Tonight: Last Comic Standing, World Poker Tour, The Nine

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 1st 2007 5:02PM
  • Rescue MeAt 8, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance, then a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • BBC America has a new Footballer's Wives at 8.
  • TCM has the movie A Place in the Sun at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new American Inventor, then a new episode of The Nine (yes, The Nine!).
  • NBC has a new Last Comic Standing at 9, followed by a new Dateline.
  • CNBC has a new Fast Money MBA Challenge at 9.
  • There are two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne starting at 9 on TBS.
  • History Channel has a new Modern Marvels at 9.
  • ESPN2 has a new installment of The Bronx is Burning at 9.
  • Also at 9: The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour.
  • At 10, FX has a new Rescue Me.
  • If you get NESN in your area, Sox Appeal, the new Red Sox dating show from the makers of Queer Eye, debuts at 10 (or after the Sox/Orioles game).
  • Remember chef Rocco DiSpirito from The Restaurant? He's on tonight's new Top Chef, on Bravo at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The Nine is resurrected for six episodes

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jul 6th 2007 8:01AM
The NineFans of ABC's canceled-too-soon series The Nine will be happy to know that the six unaired episodes of the series will see the light of the small screen this summer.

The series, starring actors such as Tim Daly, Chi McBride, John, Billingsley, and Kim Raver, will return to ABC in its old 10 p.m. ET on Wednesdays timeslot starting August 1.

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Traveler: New Haven

by Brett Love, posted Jun 7th 2007 8:00AM
matthew bomer and logan marshall green
(S01E03) I don't know that any of us can ever really understand the machinations that go into making the network schedule. After watching the first three episodes of Traveler though, I'm left scratching my head wondering just what it was that kept this one tucked away for so long. I'll give in where The Nine is concerned, because the pilot was very good. But how this one got passed over for Six Degrees, Men In Trees, and the collection of little sit-coms that couldn't is beyond me.

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Jericho cancellation the fault of CBS?

by Paul Goebel, posted May 23rd 2007 1:23PM

Johnston Green RIPThere has been an awful lot of talk about CBS canceling Jericho. Over at Observer-reporter.com, they've taken a hard line and decided the fault lays squarely at the feet of the network itself.

Jericho was one of the few new dramas that finished out the season. Heavy duty serials like The Nine, Vanished and Kidnapped were all cut short before reaching their finale. I, myself, was a fan of Jericho, but even I knew it's chances of renewal were slim. Personally, I feel that if the show had revealed some of it's secrets a little earlier, more viewers may have stuck around.

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Casting News: Christopher Titus, Carrie Ann Moss, Billy Baldwin, more

by Brett Love, posted Feb 27th 2007 10:45AM
Christopher TitusIt's that time of the year. People are being cast in pilots left and right and some interesting stuff has been announced. At ABC, Christopher Titus (Titus) has landed one of the lead roles in an untitled project from Warner Bros. The show focuses on CEOs and also stars Dylan McDermott (The Practice) and Michael Vartan (Alias). McDermott and Vartan as CEOs is an easy sell. But Christopher Titus, Senior VP Harvard graduate? That's different, and something I look forward to checking out.

Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) is set to star in ABC's Suspect. The show is a procedural that will solve crimes by tracking suspects through a lineup. She's joined by Eric Palladino (ER) and Kathleen Munroe (Beautiful People). The ABC track record for procedurals is less than impressive, but the addition of Guy Ritchie (Snatch) as director is intriguing enough to give this one a look.

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Best and Worst of 2006: Keith's list

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 31st 2006 10:20AM
DexterThe Best:

Dexter -- Hands down the best new show of the year. Hell, this was the best show of the year, standing up against new and old. If you have Showtime, find it on repeats and catch up before the 2nd season comes next year. If you don't have Showtime, grab the DVDs next year. But for God's sake don't miss out on this show.

Battlestar Galactica -- What can I say that I haven't already said? I had this on my list last year, and here it is again. Guilty as charged. This show still keeps things happening and is one of the most talked about shows on the 'net, and for good reason.

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Best and Worst of 2006: Bob's list

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2006 2:22PM

Studio 60If you had told me a year ago that the top three shows on my "Best of" list would be on NBC, I would have said you were crazy. Then I would have asked you how you knew this. Are you psychic? Can you see into the future? You're the devil I say, the devil!

But that's what happened. Below is my list for the 5 best shows of the year and the 5 worst, along with various odd and ends. Yeah, let me have it in the comments about what I got wrong.

Update: After a few days of thinking about it, I've changed one of my "worst" picks. I'm sure you'll see why.

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Nielsen's Top Time-Shifted Shows

by Brett Love, posted Dec 21st 2006 4:21PM
HeroesLost Remote has a bunch of year end lists from the folks at Nielsen covering TV, movies, music, and books. The one I found really interesting is the top time-shifted shows of the year. It seems that this is really not a list that you would want to show up on. NBC places Studio 60 (#1), Friday Night Lights (#5), 30 Rock (#5), and Kidnapped (#9), all of which are having well publicized struggles with ratings.

ABC's lone entry on the list is The Nine (#7), and we all know how that turned out. Surprisingly, the CW ties NBC as the most time-shifted network with Gilmore Girls (#3), Next Top Model (#4), Supernatural (#7), One Tree Hill (#9), and Smallville (#9) making the list. The only top time-shifted show that has been able to translate that into ratings success is Heroes (#2).

If nothing else, I think this adds to the case that the current ratings system is broken. For so many low rated shows to show up on this list, something is getting lost in the numbers.

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Day Break: What If Nobody Watched?

by Brett Love, posted Dec 16th 2006 10:02AM
Taye DiggsSadly, that's the case over at ABC. Try as they might, and for reasons I don't quite get, people just don't want to watch this show. I've posted about the slide in the ratings before, and it continued this week. After garnering their lowest 18-49 numbers yet, ABC has pulled the show, with plans for the remaining episodes to be shown on ABC.com. Or, on DVD for those of you that are going to be screwed by that whole geography thing. To add insult to injury, the Wednesday schedule will be filled with repeats of George Lopez and According to Jim until the new schedule starts in January.

I think this has to signal a change at the networks. The big serial drama experiment is now officially a failure. With Surface and Invasion failing to get a second season, and now Smith, Kidnapped, The Nine, Six Degrees, and Day Break all failing to finish one, I think we can look for the networks to try something different next season. And hey, if Diggs really wants to be on a hit show, they're still casting for the next Dancing with the Stars, right?... Too soon?

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Day Break to end early?

by Brett Love, posted Dec 6th 2006 3:24PM
taye diggsABC unveiled their new Wednesday night schedule yesterday, as Anna reported here. The big news is, of course, Lost moving to 10PM to duck American Idol and Criminal Minds. Gideon wins the Wednesday night slugfest by forfeit, I think. Crazy island adventure aside, aren't you wondering where Day Break went?

When Knights of Prosperity and In Case Of Emergency kick off on January 3rd at 9PM there will still be five more episodes of Brett Hopper's bad day. Could it be that the terrible ratings have finally caught up with the show and ABC is going to quit while they're behind? The other option is moving the show, but at this point I'm not sure the numbers will even allow them to do that.

They could stick a repeat Grey's Anatomy in any of the slots and easily get twice the audience. Added to that, there are still episodes of The Nine and Six Degrees in the can that are just as, if not more, deserving of any open slot. Day Break may be destined for the internet, and a complete series DVD set.

[ via Variety.com ]

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What's on tonight: Jericho, Day Break, Top Chef, Madonna, Holiday Food

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2006 5:03PM
  • Show Me The MoneyAt 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and The Nine.
  • CBS has a a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has Madonna: The Confessions Tour at 8, followed by a new Medium.
  • Cheaper By The Dozen airs on FOX at 8.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • The History Channel has a new American Eats at 8, featuring "Holiday Food."
  • Food Network repeats the "Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast" episode of Challenge at 8, followed by the repeat of their All-Star Thanksgiving special.
  • At 9, The Travel Channel has a new Professional Poker Tour.
  • Good episode of The Andy Griffith Show on TV Land at 9, the one where Ellie comes to town.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new ep of Top Chef.

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