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'Chuck' and 'Grimm' Swing & Miss Opposite World Series, But Will Re-Air Saturday Night

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 29th 2011 1:45PM
NBC was the only major network that decided to plow ahead with its scheduled Friday premieres, even though they were going up against Game 7 of the World Series. Fox had benched its breakout hit 'New Girl' for the entire series and CBS decided Friday to hold a new episode of 'A Gifted Man' until next week.

Well, the ratings are in, and it appears NBC's decision to air 'Chuck' and 'Grimm' was as dubious as some of Tony La Russa's moves in Game 5. But just like the Cardinals manager, both shows will get a chance at redemption.

According to TVLine, Chuck's Season 5 premiere pretty much bombed. Only 3.4 million viewers watched, a paltry 1.0 rating in the coveted 18-49 year old demo. Series creator Josh Schwartz joked about Chuck's low ratings, tweeting, "Well Chuck premiere is on again tonight. In case you missed it. Which it seems you might have..."

Capitalizing on some pre-Halloween momentum, the spooky procedural 'Grimm' premiered much stronger, notching 6.5 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating.

To atone for the scheduling snafoo, NBC will re-air both premieres on Saturday night, with 'Chuck' at 8PM ET and 'Grimm' at 9PM ET and also Tuesday night on SyFy.

After the jump, check out some clips from both shows.

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Fox Bumps 'Fringe' for Baseball, Will NBC Bump 'Grimm' and 'Chuck'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 28th 2011 7:08AM
'Grimm'Last night's thrilling Game 6 was just fantastic for baseball fans, but has produced headaches of epic proportions for the schedulers at the TV networks.

Having wreaked havoc on the schedules at Fox for a couple of weeks already, the imminent championship-deciding Game 7 tonight may also prompt some gnashing of teeth elsewhere.

Game 7 means that Fox will have to reschedule 'Fringe' and 'Kitchen Nightmares,' but they've had a few days in which to consider their options. And 'Fringe' fans are already used to setting their DVRs to catch new episodes as the series is regularly bounced around the Fox schedule anyway. But what about 'Grimm?'

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Fox Bumps 'The X Factor' for Baseball

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 13th 2011 7:00AM
'The X Factor' judgesPity the poor schedulers over at Fox. Not only have they had to bench 'New Girl' to accommodate an extended 'X Factor,' but now they've had to move 'X Factor' because of the weather and sports.

Last night's planned two-hour episode did not air because of a rain delay during Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers.

Instead, viewers on the East Coast got to see the game, while West Coast viewers were treated to a rerun of an episode from last week.

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World Series-Winning Pitcher Brian Wilson Brings His Beard, and 'Gimp,' to the 'Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 5th 2010 9:15AM
World Series-Winning Pitcher Brian Wilson Has a 'Gimp' and a BeardSan Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson is a weird guy. He's also the man who threw the winning pitch in the World Series -- which gave the Giants their first title in over five decades. So it might be worth putting up with his eccentricities. Jay Leno tries to get to the bottom of it all on the 'Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

What are Wilson's quirks? Well, he insists on wearing bright orange sneakers, which led MLB to fine him $1,000 for "non-conforming" shoes. Brian had said he was punished for having "too much awesome" on his feet.

... But that's nothing. Wilson also thinks he learned ninja skills in a dream, has a mohawk -- and now sports an enormous beard, which he dyed black. In response to this, Giants fans adopted the slogan "Fear the Beard."

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Let the San Francisco Giants Stop and Smell the Roses, Says Mike Greenberg (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Nov 2nd 2010 1:32PM
Mike Greenberg on the World Series and free agents on Mike and Mike in the MorningIt took the San Francisco Giants 56 years to win a World Series, their first since moving from New York. It took less than a day for the press release to go out stating which of those Giants were free agents and might not even be with the team by the time they get their championship rings, a fact lamented by Mike Greenberg on 'Mike and Mike in the Morning' (Weekdays, 6AM on ESPN2).

"We do not smell the roses in our society, you wonder why everyone is so miserable," says Greenberg. "We strive, we strive, we strive, and when we finally accomplish something, we never stop to enjoy it."

Co-host Mike Golic agreed, saying that he would like a day or two before being reminded of "the fact that while they're celebrating, some of those Giants are not Giants anymore."

The two Mikes probably won't get much sympathy from the player's agents on that one.

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New York Cablevision Customers Will Miss World Series Opener Tonight, Jeff Bridges to Host 'SNL' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 27th 2010 6:45PM
Cablevision logoNew York-area Cablevision customers will not be able to watch the first game of the World Series tonight due to the cable company's ongoing dispute with Fox.

Fox and Cablevision's feud has caused a now-11-day-long Fox blackout among the cable company's 3 million households. Cablevision publicly offered this morning to carry several -- but not all -- of Fox's channels for a discounted rate. "We agree to pay the rate Fox charges Time Warner Cable for carriage of WNYW-Fox 5 New York and WTXF-Fox 29 Philadelphia for a period of one year," the company said in a statement.

However, Fox called the offer "incomplete" and did not accept, the Washington Post reports. "Cablevision's offer -- sent to the press just as it was provided to us -- is yet another in a long line of publicity stunts," Fox said in a statement.

Cablevision is calling for the FCC to intervene.

In other TV news ...

Jeff Bridges will host 'Saturday Night Live' on Dec. 18. The actor, who hasn't appeared on the show since 1983, will promote his new film, 'TRON: Legacy.' [Vulture]

Showtime will launch a video streaming website called Showtime Anytime. The site will be free for subscribers via a secure password, and users will be able to access more than 400 hours of Showtime's programming, including series, movies and sports. [Variety]

The memoir Roger Sterling wrote this season on 'Mad Men' is now a real book. 'Sterling's Gold' will be released on Nov. 16. [Gawker]

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Dodger Great Orel Hershiser Joining ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 5th 2010 9:00AM
orel_hershiser_espn_microphoneIf you look at the picture of Orel Hershiser on the right, you might think he's a pretty unimposing guy. However, the former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher is something of an Einstein when it comes to playing the game of baseball. Therefore, it makes perfect sense and is a brilliant move that he will be joining ESPN's 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast as an analyst.

Hershiser should have been put in the booth as soon as he was signed with ESPN, but all good things in their time. Now the former MVP, Cy Young award winner and World Series champ will be lending his expertise to the broadcast anchored by Jon Miller, the play by play guy, and former Cincinnati Reds star Joe Morgan as the lead analyst.

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Why isn't Artie on Glee played by a disabled actor?

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 11th 2009 2:04PM
Kevin McHale as Artie on Glee. From the episode When I saw the kids from Glee sing at the World Series earlier this month, I was surprised to see that Kevin McHale, the actor who plays disabled gleester Artie, wasn't disabled in real life.

Not sure why this surprised me; non-disabled actors have been playing disabled characters for decades. Maybe it's because McHale handles his wheelchair so well, or because Glee seems to be pretty proud of its not-calling-attention-to-itself brand of diversity. Maybe I just figured that, in 2009, hiring a disabled actor to play a disabled character wasn't a big deal.

I guess I was wrong. And I'm not the only one who's puzzled and disappointed by the show's decision. Tonight's episode, in which the gleesters rally around Artie so he can travel with them to the regionals, is the jumping-off point for an AP article on how disappointed disabled actors are about the casting of McHale in the role.

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Was Fox rooting for the Yankees to win the World Series?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 5th 2009 4:04PM
Considering the incredible overnight ratings that Fox got for Game Six of the World Series, you might think I'm crazy to suggest that the network would be rooting for the New York Yankees last night to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, but I have evidence. All through the game, Fox was promoting Fringe and Bones, urging viewers to tune in tomorrow night -- tonight -- for new episodes. Why would the network be sending that message when there was a possibility of a Game Seven?

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What's On Tonight: World Series, Hank, Mercy, South Park

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 4th 2009 12:09PM
  • Bill CosbyAt 7:30, FOX has Game 6 of The World Series.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Hank, followed by new episodes of The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Eastwick.
  • CBS has a new Old Christine at 8, then new episodes of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Mercy, Law and Order: SVU, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • PBS has Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize 2009 at 8.
  • At 9, TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, then two new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 9.
  • History Channel has a new episode of The Nostradamus Effect at 9, followed by a new MysteryQuest.
  • Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters at 9, then a new Destination: Truth.
  • Fine Living has Martha Stewart's Thanksgiving Desserts at 9, then a new Whatever, Martha!
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new Inside The NFL.
  • At 10, Bravo has the Top Chef All-Stars Dinner.
  • Comedy Central has a new South Park, then a new Secret Girlfriend at 10.
  • FX has a new Nip/Tuck at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible at 10.
  • Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Good Eats, Two and a Half Men, Gossip Girl, RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 2nd 2009 12:19PM
The Big Bang Theory
  • At 7:30, FOX has Game 5 of The World Series.
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Dancing with the Stars, followed by a new Castle.
  • CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother at 8, then episodes of Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Heroes, Trauma, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • The CW has a new One Tree Hill at 8, followed by a new Gossip Girl.
  • ABC Family has a new Lincoln Heights at 8, then the season finale of Greek.
  • There's a new Good Eats on Food Network at 8.
  • ESPN has a new Monday Night Football at 8, the Falcons vs. the Saints.
  • At 9, PBS has a new American Experience.
  • USA has new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 9:30, Lifetime has three new episodes of Rita Rocks.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Cake Boss at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Million Dollar Listing at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new episode of The Soup Presents.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Singin' in the rain: Glee cast shines at the World Series

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 1st 2009 2:09PM
amber_riley_GleeWhen you're hot, you're hot. Fox's Glee is hot. It's sizzling. The music is all over the charts. Their single, "Don't Stop Believin'" went gold. It seems like everything it going right for this Ryan Murphy show.

For the third game of the World Series on the night of Halloween, fate tried to rain on the Glee parade. Literally. It rained.

In Philadelphia where the game was being played, there was a rain delay of over an hour. If you were a Glee fan -- a Gleek -- tuning in just to see the troupe before the game, you had to be disappointed.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Extreme Makeover, Californication

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2009 12:11PM
  • Desperate HousewivesSyfy is showing V: The Final Battle all night.
  • At 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Three Rivers, and Cold Case.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7.
  • At 8, FOX has Game 4 of The World Series.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by new episodes of Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Dora The Explorer at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Contemporary.
  • There's a new Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO at 9, then a new Bored To Death.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new Dexter, followed by a new Californication.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • VH-1 has the series premiere of Sex Rehab at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Titan Maximum.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Venture Brothers.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Halloween shows, Suze Orman, Graham Norton

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 31st 2009 12:10PM
  • Robin HoodBiography Channel has a Celebrity Ghost Stories marathon all night.
  • HBO Family has a Ghost Trackers marathon all night.
  • At 7, Syfy has Ghost Hunters Halloween Live Countdown.
  • At 7:30, FOX has Game 3 of The World Series.
  • NBC has College Football at 7:30, Notre Dame vs. Washington State.
  • At 8, ABC has College Football, USC vs. Oregon.
  • Food Network has Spooky Cake & Candy Cook-Off at 8, followed by two Halloween episodes of Challenge.
  • TCM has 1941's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at 8.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • BBC America has a new Robin Hood at 9, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • Bravo has 13 Scarier Movie Moments at 9.
  • Animal Planet has a new Dogs 101 at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • History Channel has The Real Wolfman at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed!

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What's On Tonight: CSI, 30 Rock, Real Housewives, The League

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 29th 2009 12:16PM
  • Project RunwayAt 7:30, FOX has Game 2 of The World Series.
  • ABC has a new FlashForward at 8, then new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8, followed by new episodes of CSI and The Mentalist.
  • NBC has new episodes of Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • The CW has a new Vampire Diaries at 8, then new episodes of Supernatural.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Chowder at 8.
  • At 9, Comedy Central has a new Jeff Dunham Show.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • Spike has TNA Wrestling at 9.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Total Drama Action at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Atlanta.
  • FX has a new It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia at 10, then the series premiere of The League.
  • Food Network has the season finale of Ace of Cakes at 10.
  • Current has a new Rotten Tomatoes at 10.
  • Also at 10: Lifetime has a new Project Runway.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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