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What's On Tonight: Trauma, Greek, Gossip Girl, Castle

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2009 12:11PM
  • HeroesTBS has Baseball Playoffs all night.
  • 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 new episodes of Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Heroes, Trauma, and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new House at 8, then a new Lie To Me.
  • 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 a new Greek.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Penguins of Madagascar at 8, followed by a new Glenn Martin, DDS.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Good Eats.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Othersiders at 9.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • TLC has a new Ultimate Cake-Off at 10.
  • MTV has the series premiere of DJ AM's reality show Gone Too Far at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Back in the Primetime Saddle

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 30th 2009 5:00PM
This season, some of TV's heaviest hitters have resurfaced with new roles and new shows. How will it pan out for our small-screen darlings? Will it be a full-fledged comeback (Alec Baldwin), a nice way to make a living for a few seasons (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) or a mere blip (Matthew Perry)? Here's my handicap.


Patricia Heaton returns in 'The Middle'
(Premieres Wednesday September 30th, 8:30 pm, ABC)

Type Cast? Heaton plays a flustered, harried mom in small town America, with a husband who helps out mostly with cutting remarks. And yet, this role is a big improvement over Debra on 'Raymond'.

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The women of Cougar Town are obsessed with sex

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 24th 2009 11:01AM
Courteney_Cox_Cougar_TownSome of you may think that TV Squad is filled with cheerleaders, that we all love TV so much that we rarely pull out our swords and skewer a show. Well, this should change your mind. I tuned in to Cougar Town last night and, I have to say, I was appalled. I thought I had seen what is likely the worst sitcom of the season -- Accidentally on Purpose -- but Cougar Town has surpassed it in badness.

Let me preface the rest of this criticism by saying that I was a loyal viewer of Friends. I liked Bruce Springsteen's video Dancing in the Dark. Scream was a hoot! I've been following Courteney Cox's career for years and I think she's terrific. She's funny and pretty and self-deprecating. I went into Cougar Town with high hopes. In other words, I have good will for Courteney Cox, like Jenna Elfman.

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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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Tonight is an impossible night of television

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2009 2:29PM
CastleI thought last night was tough, with The Emmys joining new episodes of Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the series premiere of Bored To Death, but it was nothing compared to tonight. We have the season premieres of How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, CSI: Miami, Dancing with the Stars, Castle, Heroes, and House, along with new episodes of Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and The Jay Leno Show and the series premiere of Accidentally on Purpose. Whew.

I think all of our DVRs are going to explode around 8:59 PM.

What are you watching? Are you going to give Heroes another chance? Are you anxiously awaiting Jenna Elfman's new show? Does Nathan Fillion make you all tingly?

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What's On Tonight: Dancing with the Stars, Heroes, House, Big Bang Theory

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 21st 2009 12:22PM
  • How I Met Your MotherAt 7, TV Land starts their 40th Anniversary Brady Bunch marathon.
  • At 8, ABC has the two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, followed by the season premiere of Castle.
  • CBS has the season premiere of How I Met Your Mother at 8, then the series premiere of Accidentally on Purpose and the season premieres of Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has the two-hour season premiere of Heroes at 8, then a new Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has the two-hour season premiere of House at 8.
  • There's a new One Tree Hill on The CW at 8, followed by a new Gossip Girl.
  • ABC Family has a new Lincoln Heights at 8, then a new Greek.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Top Gear.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has a new Monday Night Football, the Colts vs. the Dolphins.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 10, E! has Fashion Police: The 2009 Emmy Awards.
  • A&E has a new Hoarders at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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VIDEO: Jenna Elfman Talks 'Accidentally on Purpose,' YouTube & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 18th 2009 6:00AM
Jenna ElfmanJenna Elfman is returning to TV with a new sitcom, 'Accidentally on Purpose' (premieres Mon., Sept. 21, 8:30PM ET on CBS). Elfman plays Billie, a single woman who finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand with a much younger guy.

AOL TV got the dish on the new show, straight from Elfman, including whether she thinks the pregnancy was an accident or planned, if she's anything like free-spirited Billie and what YouTube video makes her smile.

Watch the video interview to find out all about the new show.

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Jenna Elfman is pregnant on TV and off

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 17th 2009 9:00AM
Jwnna Elfman in Accidentally on PurposeOn her new CBS sitcom, Accidentally on Purpose, Jenna Elfman plays a woman who picks up a guy, has a one-night stand and winds up pregnant. It may be a case of being overly practical, but in real life Jenna Elfman has gotten pregnant because, as she put it, "My character's pregnant the whole first season, so I said, 'It's a good time to have another baby, because we won't have to hide it."

Isn't that a good reason to have a baby? Elfman, who's married to actor Bodhi Elfman, is already a mommy. She and Bodhi have a two-year old son named Story. Hmm, you think they're ever tempted to sing, "Here's the story of a kid named Story..."?

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Jonathan Coulton weighs in on Fall TV

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 16th 2009 11:03AM
jonathan coultonLike most people in this world, I often turn to master geek musician Jonathan Coulton when I'm trying to figure out how I should feel about something (you can smell hair burning when I try to think for myself).

So imagine my horror when the Fall schedule started filling out and Mr. Coulton was still dealing with strictly music-related matters. Well, I can finally have a restful night of sleep, because John Sellers of True Slant has gotten Jonathan Coulton's take on Fall TV.

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Ranking my enthusiasm for the new fall slate

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 8th 2009 7:01PM
CommunityEach year, as the new fall season approaches, I go through all the magazine and online sources talking about the various shows to try and figure out which ones I'm going to be excited about, and which I'm going to avoid like the plague.

Inevitably, I wind up sampling plenty of shows from which I should have steered clear. At the same time, a few shows will slip between the cracks, and then I'm bashing my head against the wall because I missed out on the beginning of something special. I hate coming into things late.

This year, I decided to share my top and bottom five selections. I'm sure the rest of the Squadders and you will have differing opinions than mine, but that's what makes America great, right? Chime in with your own lists in the comments.

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TV Squad's complete 2009-10 fall season premiere calendar

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:04PM
GleeThe networks have had a quiet summer, quietly introducing scripted bomb after scripted bomb, so they're certainly ready to jump into the new fall season. And It looks to be an interesting one. ABC is scheduling a two-hour block of new comedies on Wednesdays as the sitcom tries to make a comeback.

Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.

To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.

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TCA Press Tour Recap: CBS Does Emmys, 'Let's Make a Deal' & Sexy Freebies

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 4th 2009 11:00AM
Julianne MarguliesThe network portion of the TV Critics' Press Tour kicked off Monday, and while you can follow me for all the notable moments and breaking news on Twitter (@TheTVShowGirl), a handy recap of the day's events is a must -- there's just too much to cover with Tweets alone!

Day One: CBS presented an incredibly varied slate of shows, including new drama 'The Good Wife,' new sitcom 'Accidentally on Purpose' and another new drama -- to CBS, at least -- 'Medium.' Rounding out the day were panels for this year's Emmys and an introduction of the new 'Let's Make a Deal.' We told you it was varied ...

Here are the highlights ...

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TV Squad previews CBS's new shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2009 2:00PM
cbs_logoGenerally speaking, CBS had a strong 2008, developing one bona fide hit drama -- The Mentalist -- even though shows like The Ex-List never found an audience or a critical plaudit. Ironically, I liked The Ex-List based on the screener I reviewed last summer, so go figure. Sometimes a preview can inform you about a show's potential and sometimes it's just the best it'll ever be.

CBS has shared previews for the new season and we've had a chance to take a look. There are star vehicles for Jenna Elfman, Alex O'Loughlin and Julianna Margulies, which would seem logical based on the success of Simon Baker as The Mentalist. CBS is counting on familiar, popular TV stars to win over audiences. Will the strategy work? It's probably too soon to tell.

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'Accidentally On Purpose' on CBS - New TV Pilot Preview

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 2nd 2009 2:00PM

What should you expect from the new TV shows coming this fall? Read our first impressions of CBS's 'Accidentally On Purpose' starring Jenna Elfman ...

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2009 CBS Fall TV Premiere Dates

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 25th 2009 10:00AM
The MentalistThe 19th season of 'Survivor' will lead off CBS' 2009 fall premiere schedule.

The 'Samoa' edition premieres Thu., Sept. 17, followed by the network's Monday night comedy block, which includes the debut of Jenna Elfman's 'Accidentally on Purpose,' on Sept. 21.

Meanwhile, dates were also added for hit shows like 'Criminal Minds' (Wed., Sept. 23), 'The Mentalist' (Thu., Sept. 24) and the NBC import 'Medium,' premiering Fri. , Sept. 25.

Check out the full list of premiere dates after the jump.

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