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October 9, 2015


Worst TV Shows of the 2000s (10-1)

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 11th 2009 6:00AM

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TV 101: Do we have more TV channels than we do TV talent?

by Jay Black, posted Jul 15th 2009 2:05PM
Geico CavemenIn the 90s, one of the most popular (and annoying) memes that circulated through the geekier magazines was that we were only a few years away from having "500 channels" on our cable systems. Unlike most tech predictions, this one actually came true. Sure, it took 1200% longer than they thought it would, but that's still pretty good considering most of the stuff Wired talked about in the 90s was made up by the editorial staff after downing a couple of those schizophrenia-inducing Transformers 2 pot brownies.

Having recently installed Verizon Fios, I've spent the last few months ignoring my wife and young son so I could explore what the 500 channel landscape looks like. Like Charlton Heston in the Forbidden Zone, I was shirtless, on horseback, and ready to uncover some sad truths about the world.

Here's the question I've come back with: what if there isn't enough talent for humanity to adequately fill 500 channels?

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Stephen Colbert on caveman porn

by Bob Sassone, posted May 15th 2009 2:34PM
German archeologists found some caveman's porn stash. Yes, even 35,000 years ago, guys looked at the stuff. Of course, this is art! (Video also here.)

I would never own anything like that, of course. I mean, I read my porn stash for the articles. (Articles about porn.)

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The Good Riddance Award: Winner - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Jun 6th 2008 11:59PM

And the Good Riddance Award goes to... Cavemen! Here to accept the award for Cavemen is... well... nobody. How awkward would that be? The Cavemen looking at me with their big crazy eyebrows. Me looking back with my big crazy beard. "Uh... here ya go... Try the shrimp." In the end, it was a close race back at TV Squad HQ. The boys from ABC just edged out the runner-up, Bionic Woman.

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The Good Riddance Award nominees

by Brett Love, posted May 27th 2008 2:20PM

Tv Squad AwardsAlright, here we go. The readers, and team TV Squad, have spoken. It's almost a little depressing that there were so many shows that received consideration for the award. Clearly, this wasn't a banner year for the networks. But that's good though. With all of those shows sent packing, there's that much more room on the schedule next season. Here's hoping all that valuable space gets put to good use, and that someone learns from the following examples. After the jump, the nominees, and your chance to vote for the TV Squad reader award.

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2008 Season-End Poll: Results

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 23rd 2008 6:00AM
Fans sound off about shows, stars and the strike.

We asked you to tell us how last season panned out, and you did -- to the tune of 1.4 million votes.

You surprised us: 'Two and a Half Men' over 'Ugly Betty'? As Michael Scott would say (his show, 'The Office,' lost too), "That's what she said."

But find out what our readers chose as Best Drama, Sexiest Cast, Best Villain ... and too many other cool categories to name.

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The Good Riddance Award: Call for considerations

by Brett Love, posted May 20th 2008 1:02PM

tv squad awardsEvery year at this time there are a few shows that take the cancellation bullet, much to the dismay of fans. There are petitions, mass mailings, and declarations of never watching that network again. On the other hand ... every year there are also those shows that meet the TV reaper that really had it coming. We've had enough of their bad TV and we're not going to take it anymore.

The good riddance award is for those shows. Not only will you not miss them, you'll gladly cheer as the funeral procession passes you by. There is no shortage of contenders as we rap up the '07/'08 season. The first to ping my radar included Next Great American Band. Good grief, so much was wrong about that show. And while we're looking at that ill-fated Fox Friday, let's throw Nashville on the pile as well. CBS has a couple contenders in Secret Talents of the Stars and Viva Laughlin. How do you screw up getting frickin' Wolverine on your network? Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't offer a tip of the cap to ABC and the Cavemen as well. Those are just a few from my perspective. Add your contenders in the comments and we'll boil it all down to a really great list, of really bad TV.

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TV5: Episode One

by Jay Black, posted Feb 16th 2008 12:00PM
This is _exactly_ what I look like!Have you ever read TV Squad and said to yourself, "Hey, I wish there was a speedy, five minute podcast about this site hosted by someone with a mildly annoying South Jersey accent?" If you have, there are two things you should know: 1) your prayers have been answered and 2) you're a dangerously deranged person. Seriously, you should talk to someone before your problems get out of hand.

But before you do that, you should go ahead and download our brand new weekly podcast, TV5. Every Friday I'll be bringing you a five minute rundown of five of our most interesting stories. Why five? Because we here at TV Squad like prime numbers and TV34301 seemed like overkill. Enjoy!

(Music provided courtesy of Kevin MacLeod.)

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Send your hair to ABC to save Cavemen

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 13th 2008 1:28PM

CavemenOK, now this might be the grossest "save our show" mail campaign yet.

The folks over at New York mag's Vulture Culture are urging readers to send hair to ABC to save the in-trouble sitcom Cavemen. They're upset that the show wasn't on ABC's list of shows renewed for the 2008-09 season, and they want people to start mailing envelopes filled with their hair to ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson. And they're suggesting you even shave your head completely. They want you to include the note "Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow." No word yet on whether or not the stuff will be sent Hair-Mail (ha!).

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Bud Light: "Caveman Invents the Wheel"

by JJ Hawkins, posted Feb 3rd 2008 9:28PM
Before we go any further, can someone please assure me that they're not going to try and make a television series out of this? Probably not.

I can hear the network executives now..."Think how funny it will be! We can have cavemen creating different tools for use in civilized life, but they continually use them incorrectly over and over again!"

Mark my words, "Cavemen: The Inventors" - coming to CBS this Fall!

Where was I, oh yeah. This commercial was funny but at this point I expect no less from Bud Light.

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Maybe Cavemen isn't as bad as the media says it is

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 12th 2007 1:42PM

CavemenA few critics have actually said good things about Cavemen. Surprised? Yeah, well apparently it's not as uncommon as we might think. As this New York Times article details, there have been positive reviews of the show, but they've been mostly overshadowed by the enormous negative press it has received since before its premiere.

From the beginning, the hastily-produced pilot lead to critics thinking Cavemen was just a show relying on thinly veiled racial humor, with the cavemen standing in for African-Americans. Then they started talking about what a terrible idea the concept was (if it's funny for a thirty second commercial, that doesn't mean it's funny for thirty minutes). But was the show doomed from the start? Did all the negative publicity lead to more negative reviews of those early episodes than they could have rightly earned?

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Dirty Sexy Money picks up full season order, new cast member

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 19th 2007 4:26PM

Perhaps one of the most compelling new shows of the season, Dirty Sexy Money has been picked up for a full season by ABC, as Reuters reports. The same article indicates that Lolita Davidovich, most recently known for a recurring role on the first season of The L Word, and currently seen in the web series quarterlife, which NBC picked up for air on the main network as reported here on TV Squad, has been cast in a recurring role as a potential love interest for Donald Sutherland's character Tripp Darling.

Sutherland's performance alone could carry Dirty Sexy Money. He adds a depth and mystery to Tripp Darling with such subtle nuances, and the character play between him and Peter Krause's Nick George is nothing short of brilliant. You never know if he's on the side of the angels or behind the death of Nick's father, a driving subplot of the series.

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What's On Tonight: Bones, Reaper, Nova, Nip/Tuck

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 6th 2007 4:02PM
  • HouseAt 8, ABC has a new Cavemen, followed by new episodes of Carpoolers, Dancing with the Stars, and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, then new episodes of The Unit and Cane.
  • FOX has new episodes of Bones and House.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Biggest Loser, then a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • There's a new Beauty and the Geek on The CW at 8, followed by a new Reaper.
  • PBS has a new Nova at 8, then a new Frontline.
  • At 8:30, HGTV has a new Spice Up My Kitchen, then new episodes of Decorating Cents, 24 Hour Design and House Hunters.
  • At 9 on CNN, Larry King interviews Robert Redford.
  • ESPN has the two hour season finale of The Contender at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County.
  • Versus has the series premiere of Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller at 10, with guests Curt Schilling and Al Michaels.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
  • Also at 10: FX has a new Nip/Tuck.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new Two Dudes Catering.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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November sweeps secrets

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 4th 2007 6:24PM
NetworksSweeps period is not only important for networks but also for TV viewers. Sweeps periods are when some of the biggest events in a TV series happen: deaths, explosions, extra special guest stars, etc.

To prepare you for November sweeps, I've combed through the networks' sweeps press releases and official episode descriptions and extracted what seems to be the juicy information for almost all scripted series on the five major networks.

All spoilers listed after the jump are actually spoilers the networks want you to know!

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What's On Tonight: NCIS, Bones, Planet in Peril, Damages

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 23rd 2007 4:08PM
  • Criss AngelAt 8, ABC has a new Cavemen, then new episodes of Carpoolers, Dancing with the Stars, and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new NCIS, followed by new episodes of The Unit and Cane.
  • FOX has new episodes of Bones and House.
  • NBC has a new Singing Bee at 8, then new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU.
  • There's a new Beauty and the Geek on The CW at 8, followed by a new Reaper.
  • ABC Family has a new Lincoln Heights at 8.
  • AMC's Monsterfest has The Frighteners at 8, then Hellraiser.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Frontline.
  • CNN has the special Planet in Peril at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Dirty Jobs special at 9, with best of clips, bloopers, and more.
  • A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter at 9, then a new Criss Angel Mindfreak.
  • Also at 9: Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • At 10, FX has the season finale of Damages.
  • TLC has a new L.A. Ink at 10.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new Two Dudes Catering.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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