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CBS Believes in 'True Love'

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 6th 2010 10:30AM
In this difficult world we live in, some small comforts remain timeless and ineffable, such as puppies, apple pie and, of course, true love. But would you want to watch a TV show about them?

Well, CBS hopes so, because according to Variety they've given the green light to 'True Love,' which, if nothing else, will help dispel any rumors that the network is heartless. The series, which is being produced for the network by Sony, "revolves around a quartet of twentysomething friends looking for romance" in New York City.

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Accidentally on Purpose: Pilot (series premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 21st 2009 9:02PM
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(S01E01) Watching Accidentally on Purpose, thoughts of Seth Rogen danced in my mind. Not Seth, actually, but the film Knocked Up. This is the second year in a row that CBS seems obsessed with that film. Last season, it was Worst Week, with a schlubby Kyle Bornheimer channeling Rogen's goofy lack of grace. It didn't work and Worst Week bit the dust. Now we have Jenna Elfman in the Katherine Heigl role, knocked up by accident after a one-night stand, albeit with a twist. Instead of a schlub, Jenna's fling is a boy-toy named Zach.

And there you have the premise of Accidentally on Purpose. Are you ROFL? Will you LOL? Read on after the jump.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2009 6:01PM
FringeHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Every week I see tons and tons of TV DVDs released, and the only thing I can think of is "when is _______ going to be released?" Sure, I'll get The Office this week (but borrow someone else's Fringe), but I don't really see anything else that cries out "buy me for your collection!" I'm still waiting for Spenser: For Hire and Ed.

  • Alvin & The Chipmunks - Star Wreck
  • The Alvin Show - The Very First Alvin Show
  • Beany & Cecil - Special Edition: Vol. 2
  • Criminal Minds - Season 4
  • Dog The Bounty Hunter - Best of Season 5
  • Fringe - Season 1

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What's On Tonight: Game Show Awards, Worst Week, Pushing Daisies

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 6th 2009 4:07PM
  • 48 Hours MysteryHBO2 has a True Blood marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game.
  • GSN has the Game Show Awards at 8.
  • At 8:30, CBS has a new Worst Week, then new episodes of Harper's Island and 48 Hours Mystery.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8:30, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, BBC America has a new Primeval at 9, followed by a new Graham Norton Show.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has the movie Come Dance At My Wedding.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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CBS Cancels 'Without a Trace,' 'Eleventh Hour'

by Andrew Scott, posted May 20th 2009 11:00AM
Without a TraceOn the heels of yesterday's cancellation of 'The Unit,' CBS is now saying goodbye to 'Without a Trace' and 'Eleventh Hour.'

'Eleventh Hour' ran for one season in the network's 10PM slot, which will now be filled by ratings juggernaut 'The Mentalist,' according to Variety.

Meanwhile, the Ausiello Files says 'Without a Trace''s cancellation came down to the wire. 'Trace' battled 'Numb3rs' for the network's final spot, but lost out because 'Numb3rs' is reportedly "less expensive to produce."


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It's worse news for Worst Week as star moves on, sort of

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 18th 2009 4:26PM
Kyle Bornheimer in While I've not seen official word that CBS's Worst Week has been canceled, it doesn't look like its star has much faith, as he's been cast in a new comedy pilot. ABC has tapped Kyle Bornheimer to star opposite Alyssa Milano and Eric Christian Olsen in a new comedy from Family Guy writer Ricky Blitt. Now that's no Seth MacFarlane, but it is one of the manatees on his team. And it has Alyssa Milano and we haven't fallen out of love with her yet, so I'd say it has a good chance of not being total crap and maybe even making it onto my TV screen.

I thought Bornheimer was pretty funny in Worst Week as the unluckiest bumbling fool on television in a long time. The rest of the show, however, kind of got boring for me after a few weeks. The article says that Bornheimer would stick with Worst Week if it's renewed, but you know he's rooting for it to die. Ratings weren't great and this pilot has him playing second banana to lead Olsen (Brothers & Sisters), which I see fitting his manic energy well. And did I mention Alyssa Milano?

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What's On Tonight: Gossip Girl, 24, Australian Open, Will Work For Food

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 19th 2009 4:00PM
  • HouseAt 7, Bravo has a new Inside The Actor's Studio, with Ricky Gervais.
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Bachelor, then a new True Beauty.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, followed by new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Superstars of Dance at 8, then a new Momma's Boys.
  • FOX has new episodes of House and 24.
  • The CW has a new Gossip Girl at 8, followed by a new One Tree Hill.
  • There's a new Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8, then a new Kyle XY.
  • Food Network has a new Good Eats at 8, followed by the series premiere of Will Work For Food.
  • Also at 8: Disney has Kid's Inaugral: We Are The Future.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • ESPN has more coverage of The Australian Open at 9.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Big Bang Theory, Monday Night Football, 20/20

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2008 4:00PM
  • Sandra LeeAt 8, ABC has I Want A Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown, followed by a new, two-hour 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck and Heroes, then the series finale of My Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has a new Sarah Connor Chronicles at 8, then a new Prison Break.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • AMC has the George C. Scott version of A Christmas Carol at 8, followed by the movie Prancer.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Christmas, then Wintertime Treats Unwrapped.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has a new Monday Night Football, the Browns vs. the Eagles.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie Secret Santa.
  • History Channel has a new Cities of the Underground at 9, followed by a new Ancient Discoveries.
  • Hallmark has the movie A Town Without Christmas at 9.
  • At 9:30, Nickelodeon has a Christmas episode of Home Improvement.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What Joel is thankful for

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 27th 2008 2:29PM
Palin on SNLAs I think about the past year, in both my life and in the world of TV, there's plenty I have to be thankful for. The life stuff is obvious: health, family, my girlfriend, a roof over my head, food on my plate, and a job that I enjoy. But the TV stuff isn't quite as obvious. So, as the balloons float over midtown Manhattan and people get ready to gorge themselves, here are a few things that made me happy to be a television watcher this year:

The election - Yes, it was too long. And, yes, it was exasperating at times. But it was the source of a lot of entertaining television. Of course, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and SNL were in top form (Tina Fey became a huge star, thanks to Sarah Palin). But entertainment came in many forms this election season, from Katie Couric's skewering of Palin to David Letterman's spat with McCain to just about anything that came out of Joe Biden's mouth. Finally, I have three words of infinite entertainment for you: Chuck Todd's goatee.

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What's On Tonight: Gossip Girl, Thanksgiving Disasters, Boston Legal

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2008 4:05PM
  • ChuckAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Samantha Who? and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck, Heroes, and My Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has a new Sarah Connor Chronicles at 8, followed by a new Prison Break.
  • There's a new Gossip Girl on The CW at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a new Good Eats, followed by the special Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving Disasters and a new Diners, Drive-In, and Dives.
  • Also at 8:30, ESPN has Monday Night Football, the Browns vs. the Bills.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's the best new show of the season?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 11th 2008 2:39PM
PrivilegedA lot of people would say FOX's Fringe. A lot of people would say CBS's The Mentalist (it's also the #1 new show ratings-wise). Some might even say CBS's Worst Week, though a lot of people wouldn't. It's actually been kind of a blah year for new shows.

The Boston Herald, a newspaper I used to write for many TV seasons ago, says one of the best new shows is actually on The CW, and it's Privileged. Amy Amatangelo says that Privileged is "that rare show...that gets better every week." She's even really specific when comparing it to other shows. If you like Brothers & Sisters you'll like parts of the show, and if you're a fan of How I Met Your Mother, you'll like other parts of it (the show is about a Yale grad who is hired by a cosmetics millionaire to tutor her kids). She compares it to Gossip Girl too.

So this go me thinking: what do you think is the best new show of the year? I haven't seen Privileged yet, so I'd probably have to go with either The Mentalist or Fringe. Poll is after the jump.

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Gary Unmarried getting a Monday night tryout

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 24th 2008 10:01AM
Jay MCBS has a killer Monday night lineup. The sitcom block from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by the very popular CSI: Miami consistently delivers in the Nielsens. The only vulnerable, flexible and soft spot is 9:30, after Two and a Half Men, before Horatio Cane and company.

The network apparently isn't sure that Worst Week has earned that coveted spot -- even though it's doing well enough in the ratings -- or else they're wondering what they have in Gary Unmarried.

Next Monday, Gary Unmarried will get a shot at 9:30. The pilot episode of Gary Unmarried -- which was pretty good -- will be rerun in that cushy timeslot with the idea of getting more people to sample it.

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Quick Chat with Kyle Bornheimer of Worst Week

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 17th 2008 10:54AM
Worst Week 1The new TV season has produced at least one breakout star for sure -- Kyle Bornheimer. On Worst Week, CBS's new entry in its solid sitcom block on Monday nights, Bornheimer has made his mark and the show is proving a ratings hit.

Kyle's every guy, not too bright, essentially sweet character on Worst Week, Sam Briggs, fits him like a glove. It's his ability to deliver the physical comedy as well as the self-deprecating lines with a knowing smile that has made him endearing.

Kyle Bornheimer has one of those really recognizable faces. You might remember having seen him in Jericho or Breaking Bad or The Unit. He's been kicking around for the past few years, searching for a role that would give him a chance to shine. That's what he's found in Worst Week.

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What's On Tonight: Dancing, Heroes, Worst Week, Letterman

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 22nd 2008 4:04PM
  • Boston LegalAt 8, NBC has the Heroes Countdown special at 8, followed by the two-hour Heroes season premiere.
  • ABC has the two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars at 8, then the season premiere of Boston Legal.
  • FOX has a new Sarah Connor Chronicles at 8, followed by a new Prison Break.
  • CBS has the season premiere of Big Bang Theory at 8, then the season premieres of How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men, the series premiere of Worst Week, and the season premiere of CSI: Miami.
  • The CW has new episodes of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.
  • E!'s Fashion Police discuss the Emmy dresses at 8.
  • At 8:30, HGTV has a new Curb Appeal.
  • Food Network has a new How'd That Get On My Plate at 8:30, then a new Unwrapped.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • At 10, TNT has a new Raising The Bar.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Worst Week -- An early look

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 19th 2008 11:04AM
Worst Week cast
Sam Briggs is a schlemiel. Everything that can go wrong in his life, every dumb thing a guy can do while trying to do the right thing, happens to Sam.

The preview of Worst Week (premiering Monday at 9:30 PM ET on CBS) has not changed dramatically from this ready-to-go pilot. The premise is simply this: can a good guy like Sam overcome all the stupid things he does and find happiness with the girl he loves and her family that loathes him?

For the pilot, Worst Week works really well as broad farce. The situation of this situation comedy goes from bad to worse to worse still. It's funny. It's over the top. It's very, very outrageous. Whether or not they can sustain this level of silliness and maintain some semblance of believability week in and week out is the big question for Worst Week.

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