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Fall TV: A Mid-Season Report

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 1st 2011 11:47AM


It's always tempting at this time of year to look for patterns where perhaps none exist. With four confirmed cancellations ('Charlie's Angels,' 'The Playboy Club,' 'How to be a Gentleman' and 'Free Agents') and several on-the-bubble new shows ('Pan Am,' 'Prime Suspect,' 'Body of Proof'), the only real theme (besides being awful) is a tendency to take themselves too seriously. I do take some satisfaction from seeing all the nostalgia shows die an early death. Apparently the one thing 'The Playboy Club' team didn't look up about 'Mad Men' were the ratings -- a couple million viewers. It was also the only thing they were able to duplicate.

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Bubble Trouble: Why 'Pan Am,' 'Parks and Rec' and 12 Other Shows Could Go 'Pop!'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2011 11:00AM
Bubble Shows 2011For producers of underperforming television shows, this is the scariest time of the year -- and it's got nothing to do with Halloween specials. By now, the glow of premiere season has long since worn off, and shows we couldn't wait to see just a few short months ago are in serious danger of getting the hook.

Truth be told, the majority of broadcast shows are floating precariously atop the cancellation bubble. A world without 'Fringe'? An NBC Thursday night without 'Community'? Folks, it could happen.

Take NBC: the struggling network is aggressively developing new shows, desperate for a hit. Can old standbys like 'Parks and Recreation' survive when big dogs Sarah Silverman and Dane Cook are all developing new shows at the Peacock network?

A few notches away on the dial, CBS's 'CSI' franchise is starting to fizzle and the network has its eye on new comedies. With three different 'CSI' shows, it's safe to say one will probably go.

Who will survive this season? Only time will tell, but any of these shows could be goners by May.

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'X Files' Star Heads to 'CSI,' Carla Gugino Joins 'Justified' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 18th 2011 6:30PM
Annabeth Gish'The X Files' star Annabeth Gish is heading to 'CSI.'

According to EW, Gish will star in a three episode arc as a childhood friend from Catherine Willows' (Marge Helgenberger) past. Gish's character, Laura, is married to a billionaire military contractor honcho who is investigated by the CSI team. It turns out he may be involved in an arms theft.

Gish's arc starts with episode nine.

Marg Helgenberger is rumored to be leaving the series after the first 12 episodes, could Gish's character be involved in her character's departure?

In other casting news ...

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'Happy Endings' Adds ABC Family Stars, 'All My Children' Star Joins 'Bold and the Beautiful' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 15th 2011 4:00PM
Megan Park, Nicole Gale Anderson'Happy Endings' is adding a group of mean girls courtesy of ABC Family.

According to TVLine, 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' star Megan Park and 'Make It or Break It' actress Nicole Gale Anderson will play a pair of high school girls who connect with Alex and Penny.

However, the young duo turn sour when Jane enters the picture.

The episode is set to air Oct. 5.

In other casting news ...

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ABC Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 17th 2011 9:35AM
Charlie's AngelsABC announced its fall 2011 schedule this morning, and there are a few surprises on the lineup.

New series 'Apartment 23,' 'Good Christian Belles,' 'Man Up,' 'Missing,' 'The River' and 'Scandal' are all being held until mid-season, as are returning shows 'Cougar Town' and 'Secret Millionaire.'

'Charlie's Angels' nabbed the prime Thursdays at 8PM slot, while 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition' is moving from Sunday nights to Fridays to make room for new series 'Once Upon a Time' at 8PM, with 'Pan Am' debuting in the 10PM slot.

Check out the full fall schedule below.

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Nine Characters Who Deserve More Screen Time

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 30th 2011 1:00PM
Nine Characters Who Need More Screen TimeSometimes, there just isn't enough time in an episode for all of our favorite characters to get a moment in the sun.

On almost every show there's an unsung hero, always supporting the main players, only getting thrown a bone every now and then. Depending on the show, some characters are just given the shaft season after season. If we were calling the shots, these characters would come front and center (at least for a multi-episode arc!) and have their moment in the sun.

From characters who deal with the undead to a blue-haired cartoon boy, we want to see more of these characters on screen ASAP.

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Christina Hendricks Guest-Stars on Husband's Show 'Body of Proof' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 20th 2011 5:00AM
Christina Hendricks in 'Body of Proof'While 'Mad Men' is on a lengthy hiatus, Christina Hendricks popped up on her husband Geoffrey Arend's show 'Body of Proof' (Tue., 10PM ET on ABC). She had two roles, playing identical twin sisters.

The forensic pathologist (Arend) shared with Karen what he discovered to be the cause of her twin's death: deep vein thrombosis. A blood clot stopped blood flowing to her heart.

"Our parents are dead. We're all each other had," said Karen, tearing up. "We were inseparable."

Dr. Gross offered her his handkerchief. "Would you like to go somewhere else to talk?"

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Dr. Hunt Is Stunned to Discover Her Current Case is a Former Patient on 'Body of Proof' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 6th 2011 5:24AM
'Body of Proof' - 'Letting Go'Dr. Megan Hunt's curiosity led to a flashback she maybe wasn't ready to face on 'Body of Proof' (Tue., 10PM ET on ABC). When examining the latest victim via the x-rays, her partner noticed the damage to the bullet, and how that could hinder the police investigation. But Hunt was miles away.

"She had brain surgery," Hunt noted. "I have to see what was done to her."

It was a way for Hunt to reminisce on her own past as a neurosurgeon, before her accident forced her away from that profession, leading her to the medical examiner's office. This case, however, hit even closer to home.

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Dana Delany Flushes the Toilet for Good Luck (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 5th 2011 5:20PM
Dana Delany on 'The Talk'Dana Delany explained today on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) that she is heir to a very particular throne -- that of Delany Flush Valves. Her great grandfather invented an improvement to the chain flushing system popular at the time, and the company he created is still around. It didn't make the Delany family rich, as Leah Remini thought, but it did provide Dana Delany, who currently stars on 'Body of Proof,' an interesting good luck charm.

"In New York, especially at the ABC building, which I'm still on," she explained, "there was Delany Flush Valves in the building, and so before I had an audition for, like, 'One Life to Live' or 'All My Children,' I would go in there and flush the toilet for good luck."

There's a metaphor for making it in television in there somewhere. We'll leave you to come up with your own details.

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Dana Delany Wonders What Hugh Hefner's Fiancee Was Thinking at 'DWTS' Taping (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 4th 2011 4:50PM
Dana Delany on 'The Wendy Williams Show'Dana Delany and Wendy Williams have been crossing paths often lately. Delany was on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated) today, but she also watched Williams dance in the audience of 'Dancing With the Stars,' where she was seated next to Hugh Hefner. Delany, now promoting her own new show, 'Body of Proof,' admitted that she got a little distracted by Hefner's fiancee when the cameras shifted to her on 'DWTS.'

Hefner's fiancée, Crystal Harris, is 24, and Hefner is 84, which led Delany to wonder what Harris's inner dialogue must have been. "I'm going like this, 'OK, so what is she thinking?'" Delany told Williams. While that little May-December theater piece was running through Delany's head, the cameras at 'DWTS' swung to her, catching her looking at Hefner and Harris.

Delany said she had to be prompted before she waved. But at least no one knew what she was thinking. At least until she said it.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'The Killing,' 'The Borgias,' 'Camelot' and 'Mad Men'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 30th 2011 3:15PM
Spring is bringing us a lot of new programs, and in this week's Talking TV podcast, we shared our thoughts on several of them, and we also took on the ongoing 'Mad Men' kerfuffle (or brouhaha, if you will).

In our discussion of 'The Killing,' Ryan McGee and I shared some thoughts on AMC's emerging house style, and in our conversation about 'The Borgias,' we talked about how Showtime is in need of some fresh energy. Other shows discussed in this week's podcast include 'Body of Proof' and 'Camelot.'

For a breakdown of the topics in this week's conversation, see below.

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'Body of Proof' Premiere: Dr. Hunt (Dana Delany) Has Major Attitude (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 30th 2011 5:00AM
Dana Delany in 'Body of Proof' PremiereIn the premiere of 'Body of Proof' (Tue., 10PM ET on ABC), Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) shows that her superior skills as a medical examiner come with a side of attitude.

As she examines a murdered woman's body, a detective gets impatient with her meticulous process. "She got her head bashed in! Can we get to the murder weapon already?"

"What do you see?" she asks him. He replies, "A dead girl."

Hunt, on the other hand, wonders whether her level of fitness points to a boyfriend and whether signs of stress point to big problems at work. "The answers are all here. The body is the proof: It will tell you everything you need to know if you just have the patience to look."

And to prove that she isn't stalling and has the information he needs, she confidently rattles off specifics on the murder weapon -- and then orders him to get her coffee.

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Review: Dana Delany Tries to Liven Up 'Body of Proof'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 29th 2011 2:45PM
You know those promotional logos that networks sometimes put in a corner of the television screen?

They're highly annoying, but in the interest of clarity and/or honesty, perhaps ABC should consider putting the words "You are stupid" on the screen whenever it airs 'Body of Proof."

The "you" would refer to viewers, who, as far as 'Body of Proof' is concerned, can't be trusted to figure out or infer anything on their own. There's no such thing as subtext or subtlety when it comes to this 'House' meets 'CSI' hybrid, which stars Dana Delany as a cranky medical examiner who investigates murders.

It was pretty dumb when ABC superimposed a countdown clock for the premiere of 'V' on an episode of 'Lost' a couple years ago, but it's even dumber that the network that brought us that captivating, complicated island drama doesn't trust its audience's intelligence, not even a little bit.

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'Body of Proof' Set Visit: Stars Talk Pig Lungs, Pranks & No-Nonsense Women

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 28th 2011 12:45PM
Dana DelanyFewer things are less forgiving than a New England winter. Luckily, the cast and crew of 'Body of Proof' are a bunch of champs -- after the show's previously announced fall premiere date was taken away, the cast and crew had to film the entire 13-episode first season in a very cold Rhode Island bubble.

TV Squad hit the Providence, Rhode Island set in December to find out what sets 'Body of Proof,' which now premieres Tues., March 29 at 10PM, apart from other procedural shows (think girl power!). The cast also talked about the joys of playing with blood and guts, and of course, working with the one and only Dana Delany.

Delany herself said the the blood, guts and general "body stuff" is one of the best parts about working on the medical examiner drama.

"I think that's the most fun for me, learning stuff about the body that I never knew before," Delany said. "Diseases, things that could kill you, stuff like that I find fascinating.

"One scene we had a buzzsaw where I got to cut into a cranium. We have great special effects -- I hope people who are offended by that stuff won't be bothered, but it's really interesting stuff," she said.

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Dana Delany Talks Autopsies, Nathan Fillion & 'Body of Proof' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 17th 2011 9:00AM
Dana Delany, 'Body of Proof'Dana Delany is returning to TV -- finally! -- as a surgeon-turned-medical examiner with a prickly 'House'-like personality in 'Body of Proof' (premieres Tues., Mar. 29, 10PM ET on ABC).

To be fair to her character, Dr. Megan Hunt, you would be cranky too if a car accident took away your ability to do what you love. But Delany seems to really enjoy her new license to snark: "It's finding that fine line between being a good doctor and also being a snarky, cranky person. You don't want to be too much of either."

To prep for the role (and sharing a lot of screentime with corpses), the veteran actress observed several autopsies -- and loved it. "You can get addicted to watching autopsies," Delany said. "It makes you appreciate the human body -- this miracle that we're given, and how it's our job to take care of it. And the fact that it all works so perfectly together is just amazing."

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