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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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'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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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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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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The Upfronts: CBS

by Allison Waldman, posted May 20th 2009 10:59AM
cbs logo 2009Coming off a strong 2008 season, CBS is taking some bold moves with their new season program schedule. As we wrote earlier, there are four new dramas, a sitcom and a reality show in the mix.

The big news is how it's shifting around some hit shows on Monday and Thursday, while standing pat on Wednesday. Here's what we know right now...after the jump.

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More about CBS's plans for the new season

by Allison Waldman, posted May 19th 2009 12:03PM
Jenna hairWe're still over 24 hours away from CBS making their official announcements about the new season, but apparently pre-upfront news is as plentiful as upfront news, so here we are with more information about what CBS will be telling us tomorrow. In addition to the already leaked three dramas that are a go -- Alex O'Loughlin in Three Rivers, Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, and LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell in the NCIS spin-off -- today we've learned about three more new shows.

Jenna Elfman is back on TV with a new sitcom. In 2006, she tried a CBS comedy called Courting Alex that failed to click, but she had a five-year run on ABC with Dharma & Greg. The actress toplines Accidentally on Purpose, playing a film critic (and I hope whatever publication she writes for doesn't go belly-up like so many others these days) who accidentally gets pregnant after a fling with a younger man. I'm laughing already.

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TV News Daily: March 12, 2009

by Thomas DiChiara, posted Mar 12th 2009 12:00PM
Ashley JensenAshley Jensen ditches 'Betty,' Mormons dis 'Big Love' and more ...

Sorry, 'Ugly Betty' fans, but Ashley Jensen, aka Betty's pal Christina, is leaving the show at the end of this season to star opposite Jenna Elfman in the CBS comedy pilot 'Accidentally on Purpose!'

In other news, 'Friday Night Lights' starlet Minka Kelly is also moving on, to the world of politics in the CW's 'Body Politic,' Mormon leaders are hating on 'Big Love,' and 'Jericho' star Skeet Ulrich is returning to TV.

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.

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