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NBC Not Cancelling 'Playboy Club' and 'Free Agents' (Yet)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2011 8:20AM
'The Playboy Club' cast'The Playboy Club' launched on NBC this fall amid much fanfare and some controversy. After its ratings verged from bad to disastrous, we'd normally be expecting to report that the fledgling drama had been cancelled right about now.

However, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is reportedly going to stay the executioner's hand. For now, anyway.

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TCA Report: NBC Exec Talks 'Smash' Debut, 'The Voice' Return & 'Playboy' Controversy

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 1st 2011 3:00PM
Smash, NBCTalking to critics at the Television Critics Association press tour Monday, new NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt took the right tack: He modestly called attention to the network's few bright spots, he didn't assert that the network would roar back this fall, and most importantly, he had Joel McHale from 'Community' relentlessly mock the Peacock Network well before Greenblatt even took the stage.

It was a wise move, and a way of acknowledging NBC's many problems without turning the Greenblatt session into an inquisition about the last decade of shoddy, brain-melting mismanagement at NBC. Well played, sir.

Some news came out of the session: Greenblatt said the second season of 'The Voice' will premiere Feb. 5, after the Super Bowl. The next episode of the singing contest will air Feb. 6, which is the same night that NBC's well-received mid-season pilot 'Smash' will premiere.

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Pauly D Causes Rhode Island Riot, Adrianne Palicki Returns to TV and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 18th 2010 7:00PM
Pauly DDon't underestimate the power of 'Jersey Shore.'

While The Situation is still making headlines in Hollywood after his stint on 'Dancing With the Stars,' his BFF Pauly D has been busy causing riots in his home state of Rhode Island.

According to E! Online, the reality star stopped by a dorm at the University of Rhode Island to visit a friend. Once the students caught on to his presence, they stormed the building.

In other TV news ...

Adrianne Palicki will star in a special episode of 'Criminal Minds.' The 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Lone Star' actress will play one half of a murderous couple in a tribute to 'Natural Born Killers.' [Deadline]

Beau Bridges will guest star on 'Brothers & Sisters' as a love interest for Sally Field. Other news from the drama: Calista Flockheart will be missing from three upcoming episodes so she can spend more time with her family. [E! Online]

'Teen Mom' star Amber Portwood was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor for domestic violence and battery this morning. The reality star was captured on film hitting her ex-fiance. MTV was subpoenaed in the case, and provided footage to Indiana authorities. [Hollywood Life]

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Arrested Development's development out on bail? And a TV Squad apology

by Ryan j Budke, posted Jan 24th 2006 9:42AM
Arrested Development
First off, no one loves Arrested Development more than I do. I can remember the first time I saw this quirky little show about a way-dysfunctional family, and thought "that makes mine look slightly more normal." On this site alone, I've written love letter after love letter in the form of reviews. I've signed every petition, I've tuned in for every episode and I own both seasons, so far, on DVD. That still wasn't enough for FOX, and no matter how much I loved the show, I'm only one man, and it appeared the majority of America disagreed with me.

Late last year, FOX announced that they were cutting back the ordered episodes of Arrested Development, from 22 to 13, a sure sign that a show is cancelled. Like a spoiled child with a broken toy, though, FOX still refused (as of this morning, even) to let go and "officially" cancel the show, waiting instead to see if there was "potential for the show to still find it's audience on FOX" (-Peter Liguori, Development President), you know, with it's final four episodes. The ones that are airing back to back Friday February 10th. Against the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Yea, that's going to be a ratings juggernaut. Even though the show hasn't been canceled, and therefore there can't be any "real" discussions about the show being picked up by another network, there has certainly been a fair share of rumors. And this, my dear TV Squad readers, is where I have to apologize.

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