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What will CBS do with Swingtown?

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 10th 2008 2:01PM
American SwingtownThe Nielsen ratings for last Friday night showed that NBC did really well with the Olympic opening ceremonies. Good for NBC, bad for fans of CBS's Swingtown. It didn't take a psychic to predict that all that NBC Universal hype would draw those who love pomp and spectacle. It also didn't take a seer to see that CBS wasn't giving Swingtown a fair shot by asking it to go up against the Olympics.

Still, in CBS's defense, Swingtown just hasn't grabbed the kind of ratings all summer long -- mostly on Thursday nights -- to warrant the network believing that it has a potential hit on its hand. The New York Times pondered Swingtown's fate, too.

I think it does, but only if CBS gives Swingtown some time. I'm not alone in thinking this either. Josef Adalian agrees, as do and many TV Squad readers have expressed their passion for this show. Will CBS hear them as they chant, "All we are saying, is give Swingtown a chance."

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Coming to the big screen: Magnum, Wonder Woman ... and V?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 5th 2008 2:04PM
Magnum, P.I. castWe all know that studios go ga-ga for big screen movies based on TV shows. Even if they tank, there seems to be an unending appetite to bring a beloved (or even semi-beloved) TV show to a theater near you: The Fugitive, Charlie's Angels, Transformers, The Beverly Hillbillies, Serenity (Firefly), The Simpsons, South Park, The Flintstones, The Jetsons...the list is endless. Now Den of Geek has a list of 23 shows that studios are planning to bring to the big screen.

But this list is really incomplete in so many ways. We've all heard that Magnum, P.I. might get the movie treatment, but this list only says that Matthew McConaughey might star and doesn't mention other people who have been rumored to have been attached to it in the past, including Ben Affleck and George Clooney.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2008 6:28PM

Saving GraceHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Birds of Prey - Complete Series
  • Classic TV Commercials - Ones We Never Forgot
  • Dallas - Season 9
  • Eureka - Season 2
  • Evening Shade - Season 1
  • Jesse Stone - 4 Pack
  • New Adventures of The Long Ranger/Zorro - Vol. 2
  • Reno 911 - Season 5
  • Saving Grace - Season 1
  • Swamp Thing - Vol. 2

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Stump the King: Miami Vice

by Paul Goebel, posted Jul 14th 2008 3:29AM

Don JohnsonThis week's letter comes from a reader named Elaine and I definitely need any help I can get.

"I'm looking for the name of a TV series that ended with a group of people walking up to a truck and it exploded with someone in it. The show was cancelled a few years ago and I need to know the name or I'm gonna go crazy"

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Six TV characters with whom I'd like to share July 4th - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 4th 2008 10:04AM
Gilmore dinerSo, did you hear that they did a poll they did to determine which presidential candidate people would like to hang out with at a barbecue? Obama won 52 to 45 percent over McCain, which may not mean very much in the long run, but the day before July 4th it made news.

The thought of barbecues and July 4th parties got me thinking about which TV characters with whom I'd like to spend Independence Day. I wouldn't want them here at my place, though, I want to go to their places. I have high expectations, too, and a vivid imagination.

Here's the six TV characters who could expect me to join them to watch the rockets red glare -- if only they were real live folks and not just my fictional faves.

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Steve Austin is The 26 Million Dollar Man

by Richard Keller, posted May 28th 2008 9:19AM

Six Million dollars wouldn't get Steve Austin many bionic parts these days.No need to adjust your glasses at the title of this post. What we're talking about here is the inflation-adjusted price of the Bionic Man in the year 2008. This is according to CNNMoney.com, which looked at a number of pop culture icons and programs to see what the costs for various things would be. Using tools from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they were able to put estimates not only the inflation adjusted costs but the actual cost in today's world.

Take Steve Austin, for instance. The six million dollars that it cost to make the former astronaut stronger and faster in 1974 would actually be an inflation-adjusted $26 million dollars today. Factor in the actual cost of the bionic parts, more than $100 million, and Steve would probably be stronger, not faster.

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TV Squad Soap Report: Two of daytime's all-time best

by Allison Waldman, posted May 8th 2008 11:06AM
TV squad soap report logoThere are many, many good actors and actresses in daytime. Some shine brighter than others simply because they are so supremely talented that they raise the level of the drama they are creating. There are two women I'm writing about now. They are both daytime actresses of the highest order. One celebrated her birthday yesterday, May 7th. She's One Life to Live's inimitable Dorian Cramer, actress Robin Strasser. The other, I'm sad to report, passed away last weekend. The incomparable Beverlee McKinsey was famous for two characters: Iris Carrington on Another World and Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light. Ms. McKinsey, who'd retired from daytime -- and acting overall -- in 1992 (except for a brief cameo on General Hospital) died on Friday evening from kidney failure after undergoing a transplant.

I remember vividly watching Another World when Beverlee McKinsey was front and center. She was a dynamic actress, a real scene stealer. She commanded your attention as the spoiled, grown daughter of millionaire scion MacKenzie Cory, Iris, on Another World. Her voice saying, "Daddy," is embedded in my memory.

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TV Moms Quiz

by Kelly Woo, posted May 5th 2008 2:19PM
What's the name of the bowling instructor who almost wooed Marge Simpson away from her family?

Let's face it ... everybody can acknowledge that it's mother who knows best.

Beloved TV moms from Carol Brady to Claire Huxtable to Lorelai Gilmore have given sage advice, fixed boo-boos and given tongue-lashings for decades.

How well do you know these magnificent mamas? Take our TV moms quiz now and find out.


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Best TV Couples of All Time

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 11th 2008 12:22PM
best tv couples Love is in the air, which makes it the perfect time to take a walk down (lovers') memory lane with 20 of TV's all-time best couples.

From the will-they-or-won't-they duos of 'Cheers' and 'Moonlighting' to current faves Jim and Pam and Mer and McDreamy, these tube twosomes all have one thing in common: We love to love them, baby.


-- By Kimberly Potts

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American Idol premiere to feature Philadelphia and Dallas auditions

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 7th 2008 3:04PM

american idolJust to prove that no news is too small when it comes to their ratings juggernaut American Idol, FOX has announced that the two-night four-hour season premiere (EXTRAVAGANZA!) of Idol will feature the auditions from Philadelphia (Tuesday 1/15 8pm/7 Central) and Dallas (Wednesday 1/16 8pm/7 Central). That's it. They'll tell us later what nights to tune in for the auditions in San Diego, Omaha, Atlanta, Charleston and Miami.

Don't get me wrong, I'm as big an Idol geek as the next guy, assuming he's a big Idol geek, but, really? This is your Idol announcement? My favorite part is how they tease us about the other cities. We could tell you now which episodes are which cities but we won't. Maybe they'll tell us ... "after the break." Ryan? Anyone? If I don't know what night Omaha is airing right now, I'm going to boycott the whole season!

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Supernatural: The Magnificent Seven (season premiere)

by Brett Love, posted Oct 5th 2007 1:02AM

Katie Cassidy - Supernatural
(S03E01) Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that had been away. Haven't changed... Well, wait a minute. Yes they have, and those changes are a big part of what makes season three of Supernatural so interesting. I think it's very smart what Kripke and his team have done.

The yellow-eyed demon had all the makings of your typical carrot and stick never ending serial plot device. They probably could have gone on for another few seasons with Sam and Dean never quite getting the job done. But in dispatching him, they managed to do a couple of things. First, they paid off a major plot line for viewers that had invested two years in the story. And more importantly, as we move into the third season, they did so in a way that opens up a plethora of new avenues for our story to travel. That is where we find ourselves as we delve into the third season.

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Dallas movie is now a comedy

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 25th 2007 2:10PM

betty thomasWell, the constant changes in cast and directors so far has been comedic, that's for sure. The project is now on its third director after Bend it Like Beckham helmer Gurinder Chadha walked away, possibly leaving the project in the hands of Betty Thomas, who previously directed the bigscreen adaptation of The Brady Bunch.

Many big names were attached to the project, including John Travolta, Jennifer Garner, Meg Ryan, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Lopez and Shirley MacLaine. Travolta, set to play oil tycoon J.R. Ewing, is the only one who still remains.

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American Idol contestant goes into labor, keeps singing

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 9th 2007 6:02PM
antoria gillanAntoria Gillan really, really wants to be on American Idol. At nine months pregnant, she was auditioning for the show in Dallas earlier this week. Maybe it was all that standing around that contestants have to do... but Antoria went into labor just before it was her turn to sing for the judges. Amazingly, she ignored the contractions and sang her heart out. Then she went directly to the hospital and gave birth to a baby boy she named Jamil Labarron Idol McCowan. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

First of all: good for her for incorporating her unique labor experience into his name in a tasteful way. Second of all: you go girl! Apparently it was worth the pain and suffering, because Antoria got the go-ahead to Hollywood! I'm sure Fox got it all on camera, so expect to see Antoria and baby Jamil next January during auditions highlights.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 30th 2007 6:26PM

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Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The Archie Show - Complete Series
  • Babylon 5 - Lost Tales
  • Dallas - Season 7
  • Hawaii Five-0 - Season 2
  • Popeye - Vol.1: 1933-38
  • The Rhinemann Exchange - Complete Mini-Series
  • Sabrina The Teenaged Witch - Season 2
  • Sons of Hollywood - Season 1
  • Space: 1999 - 30th Anniversary Set
  • Thunderbirds - 40th Anniversary Set

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Family Guy 100th episode table read - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 23rd 2007 10:19PM
Family Guy Yeah, I'm repeating myself, but the only two words that come to mind about today's Family Guy table read/lunch session are: freakin' sweet!

And I'm not just talking about the FG swag (pens, notebooks, inflatable Brian dolls) either. The cast of FG is doing a live table read of the show's 100th episode titled "Stewie Kills Lois." The title says it all!

A FOX publicist advises anyone of the faint of heart and all non-Quagmire-types to consider making their way to the exit door. I don't see anyone leave.

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