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October 9, 2015


Journeyman fans might want to see the new Terminator flick

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2008 2:38PM

Moon BloodgoodDid you even know there was going to be a fourth film in the Terminator series? Yup, and it's going to star Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, and Anton Yelchin (Huff and Chekov in the new Star Trek movie). Sorry, Arnold Schwarzenegger is busy being the Governor of California, but there another name added to the cast, and what a cool name it is.

Moon Bloodgood, who played Livia in Journeyman and Rita in the short-lived Daybreak, is about to sign on to the new sci-fi movie, Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins. The film will be directed by McG (he directed the Charlie's Angels big screen movie) and is the first film in a planned trilogy. Bale will play John Connor (currently played by Thomas Dekker on FOX's The Sarah Connor Chronicles)., fighting evil robots after most of mankind has been destroyed. I have no idea if this plot will make sense with what is currently going on in the FOX show (or in the previous movies, for that matter), but thinking too much about all of it will give you a headache anyway, so just accept whatever happens.

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Supernatural: Hollywood Babylon

by Brett Love, posted Apr 20th 2007 8:30AM
jared padalecki, gary cole, jensen ackles

They don't do much in the way of developing the big mysteries, but I do like it when the Supernatural team takes time out to have some fun. Such was the case this week with "Hollywood Babylon." If it was the overall style of the show, I don't think it would work nearly as well. But as an every once in a while thing, these tongue-in-cheek, laugh at yourself, episodes are a fun diversion from the norm. Although, I would have preferred to see this one and "Tall Tales" separated a little more on the schedule.

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ABC's Traveler to debut (finally) on May 30

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 9th 2007 3:31PM

TravelerWhen the new fall schedules were announced last year, one of the shows that I was most looking forward to, ABC's mystery-drama Traveler, wasn't on the schedule. Which was sort of surprising since it got a lot of positive buzz in the upfront presentation that the network gave. And then we had all of the serialized dramas failing badly (The Nine, Smith, Daybreak, etc) and it seemed like Traveler would never premiere.

But ABC has announced that Traveler will indeed make it's debut on May 30, at 10pm. The number of episodes has been trimmed a little, and it looks like it's going to be one of those shows that will have a definite end, maybe like a long miniseries, so viewers won't feel cheated. Which is good news for TV fans these days, I guess.

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Remaining Day Break episodes will be shown online

by Brett Love, posted Jan 17th 2007 4:29PM
Taye DiggsPeople have been wondering for some time now just what ABC is going to do with all those extra Day Break episodes that they paid for. All traces of the show disappeared from their website recently, leading many to believe that DVD was the only option for getting to the rest of the story.

We might not have to wait that long though. As Joel reported yesterday, ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson announced that remaining episodes will be available online by the end of February. There weren't any details about how the release is going to go. I would prefer just dumping them all on the site for a marathon viewing, but at this point even one a week would be just fine. They are sticking to the 'music clearance' issue as the reason for the delay. And of course, this comes with all the foibles usually associated with TV on the internet. But hey, it's better than nothing.

[thanks Matt ]

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Top TV Stories of 2006: More TV on the Internet

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 3rd 2007 6:35PM

YouTube and the Online Television explosion(Part 3 of 5) In our review of the top television stories of 2005 former TV Squad scribe Ryan J. Budke said this about TV on the Internet, "If you think that 2005 was big, wait 'til 2006 -- you ain't seen nothing yet." Boy howdy, was he correct! If 2005 was the year that TV came to the Internet, then 2006 was the year that it bought a home, settled in, and joined the local PTA. From pilots and first-run episodes to classic and canceled shows, television and the World Wide Web took one step closer to being officially married in 2006. And, we have one site on the Internet to thank for this explosion . . .


Okay, maybe YouTube isn't the only site we should be thanking. I mean, according to Ryan, the networks realized back in 2005 that this newfangled technology called the Internet wasn't going away any time soon, so they began to utilize it. However, it was the utterly huge popularity of YouTube that pushed the networks into getting their collective acts together to get their content onto the Web.

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Best and Worst of 2006: Bob's list

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2006 2:22PM

Studio 60If you had told me a year ago that the top three shows on my "Best of" list would be on NBC, I would have said you were crazy. Then I would have asked you how you knew this. Are you psychic? Can you see into the future? You're the devil I say, the devil!

But that's what happened. Below is my list for the 5 best shows of the year and the 5 worst, along with various odd and ends. Yeah, let me have it in the comments about what I got wrong.

Update: After a few days of thinking about it, I've changed one of my "worst" picks. I'm sure you'll see why.

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Day Break: What If They Find Him?

by Jen Creer, posted Dec 13th 2006 11:31PM
Jennifer on Day Break(S01E06) Unlike 24, which is another fine, fast-paced, thrilling drama, Day Break has a good sense of humor. I am still laughing about seeing Damien, Hopper, and Damien's driver in the Skinheads' van listening to Journey Asia's "Heat of the Moment" (Thanks to Chris for the correction!). As if that wasn't good enough, it was great when they threw the CD out the window at Hopper after kicking him out.

I love how the show is editing sequences now, so that instead of seeing every detail, we see what is relevant. On the other hand, if we miss something (my husband ran out to get our son from swim practice) they will show you enough of what has happened that you can pick it up again pretty easily.

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Day Break: What If They're Stuck?

by Jen Creer, posted Dec 6th 2006 11:40PM
Adam Baldwin of Day Break(S01E05) I am so hooked on this show! This was the best episode yet. I was an English major, so the quality of a show's writing is a major component in how well I like a show. The writing on this show is unexpectedly good. Well, by that I mean only that I wasn't expecting it to be this good.

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Day Break: What if He Can Change the Day?

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 29th 2006 11:14PM
Day Break, Andrea and Hopper(S01E04) Whoa, things are starting to change. The writers aren't giving us the fun, though, of keeping track of all of the little details of Hopper's day; he does change the cell phone batteries, but the falling plate is gone now, as is the woman who routinely gets hit by a bus without Hopper's intervention.

I still think we will see her again, though. She works for a judge; maybe she will provide some kind of important alibi for Hopper one of these days.

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Day Break: What If He Lets Her Go?

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 23rd 2006 7:31AM
Daybreak(S01E03) Well, the good news is that Hopper is healing. The bad news is that his life still sucks. Last week, I had to agree with commenter Mrs. Eldubya, who said basically that the show wasn't as good as she had expected, but it was still worth tuning in for. Well, this week? The show got better.

This show hinges on the details-- and boy, do they get that right. Hopper is talking to his partner, Andrea, and she says, "How do you know I won't just take this into them?" (The Internal Affairs people who have offered her a deal if she brings in Hopper-- this being the hourglass that was in the package). The scene briefly shifts to her taking a bullet in a previous incarnation of the day in which she took a bullet for him so he could get away.

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Day Break: Pilot / What If They Run (series premiere)

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 16th 2006 6:46AM
Day Break(S01E01 / S01E02) Anna Johns called Day Break "Groundhog Day meets Diehard." Before I read that, I was thinking Groundhog Day meets 24, because we are talking about 24 hours in a man's day that are very important -- essential, even. I would even throw some Traffic and Crash into the mix-- maybe because of the cinematography and direction. I admit that I had preconceived notions going into this because I have seen Groundhog Day so many times.

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ABC to pacifiy Lost fans during long break

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 15th 2006 6:29PM
lostLost is over until February 7th. Tonight, ABC is filling Lost's time slot with a new series, Day Break. (Think: Groundhog Day meets Die Hard) To keep Lost fans murmuring about the show, the network plans to air teasers from next year's episodes during the entire run of Day Break. But, you don't have to watch Day Break because the 30-second clips will also be available on ABC's Lost webpage every Thursday... and probably all over the internet immediately after they air. The network is also keeping the first six episodes of Lost available on its website for refreshers or in case you want to watch that Sawyer/Kate sex scene again. And to keep fans from bitching about the big, fat hiatus, the network has also started up its own Lost wiki, which it wants fans to create the content.

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Sweeps not as important anymore?

by Brett Love, posted Nov 11th 2006 3:04PM

LostWith the big Lost mini-season finale already out of the way and the Dancing with the Stars finals next week, I'm left wondering just what ABC is up to. With half of sweeps left to go they are going to be without three of the top ten shows on TV. That seems to fly in the face of traditional scheduling. Wouldn't it have made more sense to throw in a break for DWTS to push it two weeks later? And either extend the Lost mini-season or start it so the, self proclaimed, "Best Episode Of The Year" would end sweeps?

I haven't seen Day Break yet, but I've heard mixed reactions. Whichever way it goes, I think it's reasonable to expect it to fall somewhere short of Lost's performance. If they are counting on Lost fans to tune in just to catch the 30 second nuggets that they will be parceling out, I think they are in for a big YouTube flavored surprise. Add to that the fact that the Wednesday at 9 slot is going to be much tougher for Day Break than it was for Lost. They aren't going to have the luxury of a top 5 show as a lead in, but they'll still have to deal with the increasingly popular Criminal Minds. Show Me The Money should premiere with good numbers, just for the shatnerian curiosity factor, but will it match DWTS? It's all very curious.

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Is Day Break already cancelled?

by Brett Love, posted Nov 9th 2006 10:05AM
Taye DiggsOk, cancelled may be a little strong. Maybe changed to a limited run would be better. I ask because, if you watched Lost last night, you must have caught the Daybreak previews. There was an interesting bit at the end of the first one. "Every question will have an answer. And in 13 weeks, the mystery will be solved." Given the complaints about answers with Lost, and the performance of The Nine, I can understand why the network would want to assure viewers that they are not about to be jerked around and strung along again. But you could also take it that they are going to tell this story in 13 episodes and be done with it, moving on to whatever next season's hot formula is.

That's all just speculation, of course. If it turns out to be the case though, I like it. Some ideas are just not compatible with an open ended, we don't know how long it's going to go, format. There's something to be said for knowing how much story you have to tell, getting to it, and stopping when you're done.

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First guessing NBC's Monday experiment

by Brett Love, posted Oct 30th 2006 11:30AM
Matthwe Perry, Kyle ChandlerTonight is an interesting night on NBC. With two of their most hyped shows struggling, they've decided to throw a little time slot voodoo at us and see what happens. Tonight's Studio 60 was scheduled to be a repeat, but instead the kids from Friday Night Lights are going to get a go in the post Heroes spot. I think that's a good idea. A repeat would almost guarantee a drop in viewers, and the last thing Studio 60 needs is another round of stories that say "ratings drop for the Xth week in a row."

The situation with Friday Night Lights is a little different. Where Studio 60 has lost viewers every week, Friday Night Lights just never found them in the first place. The numbers have been fairly consistent, but when you premiere below expectations, consistent isn't exactly what you are looking for. And the fact that I use the word consistent is evidence that I really like the show. A more objective person might call the numbers stagnant.

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