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It's bad news for The Goode Family and Surviving Suburbia

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 9th 2009 12:00PM
The Goode FamilyIt looks like The Goode Family and Surviving Suburbia won't be surviving. ABC confirmed that Friday night's airings of both episodes season finales are in fact their respective series finales. I've sampled both series at one point or another in their runs, and this fate was inevitable.

It was great seeing the "other" Bob Saget get some TV time, but Surviving Suburbia just wasn't good television. Maybe if you're a television fan who's never seen a family sitcom, then the formulaic plotlines and dialogue won't bother you. In a way, I had the same problem with The Goode Family.

However, with the latter, it seemed like they had the potential to grow into something better. I think in the beginning they were too bogged down by their schtick: a family of do-gooders, recycling and living green and all of that crap.

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Greatest TV Dads

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:00AM
John GoodmanReal-life dads are sometimes preoccupied with their careers and distracted by life's many complications. Happily, on TV, all dads have plenty of quality time to share with their kids, while dispensing encouraging words and occasional tough love.

Maybe that's because TV dads never spend much time at work. (We're pretty sure everyone's fathers would sign up for that!) Step into the wonderful make-believe world where every day is Father's Day, and join us as we count down our 20 favorite TV dads.

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'Full House' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 2nd 2009 6:00AM
Full HouseRatings for 'Full House,' which began its run in '87, were low at first, with critics panning the cheese factor of the San Francisco-set sitcom. For its second season, ABC moved the Tanners to the family-friendly TGIF lineup, and the show about a widower raising his three daughters with the help of his brother-in-law and best friend found its groove. (Cheese factor? What cheese factor?)

Running eight seasons, 'Full House' became iconic pop candy for Generation X. Just a taste of what it gave us: eye-rolling references for later dorm-room talks, John Stamos' "bad guys just need a hug" lesson -- and the Olsen twins, adorable-little-Michelle-turned-billion-dollar-empire-controlling entertainment tycoons. Name another sitcom with a track record like that ... Exactly.

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Surviving Suburbia didn't, but we'll be Better Off Ted for it even sooner

by Jason Hughes, posted May 31st 2009 10:29AM
Better Off TedSurviving Suburbia just can't catch a break. It starts as a high profile return vehicle for Bob Saget over on The CW. Hell, the guy even hosts their fall preview. But it never shows up. So production company ABC snags it and puts it on their air this past winter. But only for a bit before yanking it. Don't worry, they said, it'll be back this summer; which translates as we're burning off the rest of the episodes. And now they're not even doing that!

So I hope you like The Goode Family, because effective immediately Surviving Suburbia is being yanked in favor of back-to-back Goode. I'm thinking online or DVD may be the only chances left to see the last of Suburbia, if anyone even cares. It's not all bad news, though. Apparently to make us feel better about losing Bob (he's still narrating HIMYM so he's still got a job for awhile), they're bringing back the already renewed Better Off Ted with new episodes starting June 23 at 9 Eastern. Maybe with less competition, the goofy workplace comedy can find the audience it deserves.

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Bob Saget may be returning to ABC

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 29th 2009 11:00AM
Bob SagetIt looks like Bob Saget might be going back to the world of ABC sitcoms. His previously-abandoned-by-The-CW vehicle Surviving Suburbia is looking to find a home on the network that brought us Saget in the 90's via Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos.

I don't know much about Surviving Suburbia outside of its premise (a couple living in the suburbs get new wacky next-door neighbors). It sounds too much like those formulaic sitcoms that I loathe. Their best bet for promoting something interesting is having Saget act like the pervert he acts like in his stand-up routine (as seen in the movie The Aristocrats). Make the show more for adults and make Saget a dislikable main character similar in execution to Archie Bunker.

Still, with a title like Surviving Suburbia, it's more than likely that the show is going to be formulaic and bland (think According to Jim). There's likely a reason The CW abandoned it (other than Saget) . Sadly, as a result of his television work in the 90's, "bland" is what Saget is mostly known for.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2008 6:04PM
GreekHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

The end of the year is always a lame time for TV DVD releases (there were hardly any at all last week). Of course, if you're a fan of any of the seven DVDs that follow, this is a great week.

  • 10 Items Or Less - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget: Uncensored
  • Death Note - Vol. 8 LImited Edition
  • Greek - Chapter 2
  • Kyle XY - Season 2
  • Nip/Tuck - Season 5, Part 1
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager - Season 1

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Bob Saget + sex jokes about the Olsens = awkward

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 6th 2008 10:01AM
bob saget roastBob Saget's Comedy Central roast was filmed Sunday night, and the typically raunchy affair may have crossed the line a little bit. Despite being a famously foul-mouthed comedian himself, Saget is best known for playing warm and fuzzy Danny Tanner on Full House. It was because of this famous role that most of the jokes centered on two of his diminutive co-stars: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Whether it was Gilbert Gottfried suggesting that Saget seduced the twins with chocolate milkshakes or Uncle Jesse himself, John Stamos, saying things like, "The whole time Bob and I were doing Full House, he was also hosting America's Funniest Home Videos. His entire job consisted of saying 'Take a look at this' which is what he used to say to Mary Kate in her dressing room," the subject of inappropriate relations with children was apparently a high source of comedy.

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Tough times for Ed McMahon

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 4th 2008 10:24AM
edIt's no secret that the country is in severe financial straits, especially people who are caught in the real estate merry-go-round where they find themselves unable to pay their monthly mortgage. Amazingly, someone as seemingly well-heeled and secure as Ed McMahon is one of those people struggling. Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show is on the verge of losing his Beverly Hills home through foreclosure.

Published reports claim that Ed McMahon's home on Mulholland Drive, part of the gated hilltop development called The Summit, has been on the market for sale since 2006. Unfortunately, moving real estate in a depressed market is very tough. Complicating matters for McMahon is the neighborhood, in particular, one neighbor: Britney Spears.

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What's On Tonight: Tennis, Feasting On Asphalt, Bob Saget

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 25th 2007 5:01PM
  • NarutoAt 7, ESPN2 has live coverage of the Pilot Pen Tennis men's final.
  • At 9, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Feasting on Asphalt at 9, then the special All-Star Live: South Beach.
  • Also at 9: Cartoon Network has a new Naruto, followed by a new Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Masters of Science Fiction.
  • TLC has a new Trading Spaces at 10.
  • HBO has the standup special Bob Saget: That Ain't Right at 10.
  • At 11:30, Evander Holyfield fights someone on a new Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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If Bob Saget only had 24 hours to live

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 12th 2007 7:01PM

bob sagetThat's the topic of a post over on the Huffington Post by Bob Saget. The comedian, former Full House star and current host of 1 Vs. 100 ponders what he would do if he suddenly found out he only had 24 hours left in his life. Apparently, he'd spend a lot of time on a plane and laugh at his mother being injured in a surfing accident.

It's a funny piece, but my favorite was this comment, left by a poster named Crowhaul:

Bob, you don't need to be 'funny'. You've been there, done that. Why not hit us with some voice, instead. Need a subject? How about the tens of thousands of kids we've orphaned in Iraq? Dig deep, Bob. Get pissed.

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What if Sam Kinison had hosted a game show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 11th 2007 10:02AM
KinisonThere's a funny post by Ken Levine over at his blog. He talks about how it seems that the goal of standup comics now is to host a game show. Think about it. Howie Mandel, Bob Saget, Jeff Foxworthy, Drew Carey. They've all gone from having sitcoms and dramas and doing standup to hosting network game shows like Deal Or No Deal and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. Ken wants sitcoms to make a big comeback, so the talents of comics can truly be showcased and not put into that game show personality machine that either makes them annoying or (even worse) lame and bland.

But what if Sam Kinison had hosted a game show? After the jump, Ken's very NSFW scene from a Kinison-hosted show.

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Game shows are really stupid nowadays

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2007 1:01PM

Howie MandelThat's not me saying that, it's The Los Angeles Times. But I have to agree.

As several of us here have pointed out in the past, just look at the shows that pass for game shows nowadays. Deal Or No Deal has the gimmick of hot chicks and shiny suitcases. So far, so good (every show needs something). But then we get the most annoying guests in the history of television. Seriously, these people are so OUTGOING and have big PERSONALITIES, all of them, that the producers must give them a test before the show and won't pick anyone normal. Even their family members are this way. This was never the case on game shows before, and if you got an episode where it was like that, it stood out.

Now all of these contestants are the same, and so are the shows. After all, what is Identity but Deal Or No Deal, only with humans instead of suitcases? More annoying guests, more luck, and more stupid decisions (honestly, quit while you're ahead). And the l.......o......n.....g, drawn out pauses and "suspense" each show tries to build. Ugh.

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John Stamos: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 8th 2006 11:01AM
John Stamos as Tony GatesWhen people who have met John Stamos say that he's a nice, charming, down-to-earth guy, they're not kidding. He's so damned charming that twice during my phone conversation with him last week, I told him that since he already had my number, he should call me to talk about TV off-the record. (Hey, the guy said to me both times that he enjoyed the conversation. And we talked about New Jersey -- he did a movie in Freehold once. So I caved.)

It's that likability that has carried his career for the last twenty-five years, from General Hospital to Full House to ER. It's also what he hopes will draw people to Wedding Wars, an A&E original movie that will air Monday at 9 PM. In the comedy, he plays Shel, a gay party planner who sparks a national pro-gay-marriage movement when he goes on strike while planning the wedding of his brother Ben (Eric Dana).,The strike happens after he finds out Ben wrote an anti-gay marriage speech for his boss, the governor of Maine.

I spoke to Stamos about the movie for The New York Post, but while I had him on the phone, I couldn't resist asking him about ER, his Uncle Jesse mullet, and his friendship with Howard Stern. The interview is after the jump.

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Law & Order SVU: Choreographed

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 29th 2006 12:01PM
olivia benson(S08E09) I can't decide what I liked better about this episode-- Bob Saget or the return of Mariska Hargitay. Det. Olivia Benson comfortably slipped back in to being Det. Elliot Stabler's partner without much fanfare. No fanfare, really. She barely got a "Welcome Back" from Elliot. Casey was cold toward her, even though Olivia came back in time to help her get a conviction on a rape case. I think Det. Munch gave her the warmest reception. All these police types: bottling up their emotions! Sheesh!

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SVU lines up celebrity guests, including Bob Saget

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 21st 2006 1:35PM
svu; special victims unitNBC has announced a whole list of special guests for one upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU. Bob Saget, Chris Sarandon, Catherine Bell and Bernadette Peters will all appear in the November 28th episode of SVU, called "Choreographed".

The case is about a woman found dead in Central Park. Sarandon plays her husband, Saget and Bell play the victims' friends, and Peters plays the defense attorney. There is a new episode of SVU tonight, and I believe it is Connie Nielsen's last episode.

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