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NBC will focus on scripted shows when Leno moves (insert laughter here)

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 17th 2008 2:00PM
LenoWhen NBC announced that Jay Leno would take over the 10pm slot every weekday night, a lot of people worried that not only would this mean that some of their favorite 10pm shows would either be canceled or moved to another time slot, they also worried that NBC was signaling that they were giving up on scripted shows. NBC sent out a memo saying "this does not reduce NBC's commitment to scripted programs" and that it "enables us to focus on scripted development for 8-10pm." But it seems like they'll have no room for any more scripted shows.

I hope I'm wrong about this but just looking at what NBC has on their schedule it makes me wonder.

Here's a list of the reality and/or games shows that NBC has or will have on the schedule:

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What's On Tonight: Smackdown, The Clone Wars, Numb3rs

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 21st 2008 4:06PM
  • The SoupAt 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then new episodes of Crusoe and Lipstick Jungle.
  • FOX has new episodes of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, followed by a new episode of The Game.
  • There's a new Washington Week on PBS at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • TLC has a new Real Simple, Real Life at 8, followed by a new What Not To Wear.
  • Food Network has Thanksgiving-themed shows all night, starting at 8 with two episodes of Good Eats and then Thanksgiving Disasters and Road Tested with The Neelys.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold at 8, then new episodes of Secret Saturdays, The Clone Wars, and Ben 10: Alien Force.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Suite Life on Deck.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis, followed by a new Sanctuary.
  • At 10, CBS has a new Numb3rs.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: Price Is Right, Starter Wife, Batman, The Soup

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 14th 2008 4:06PM
  • Bill MaherAt 8, ABC has a new Supernanny, then the series premiere of Super-Manny, and the Barbara Walters Special.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, followed by The Price is Right Salutes The Troop, and a new Numb3rs.
  • NBC has new episodes of Deal Or No Deal, Crusoe, and Lipstick Jungle.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8, then a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, followed by a new episode of The Game.
  • There's a new Washington Week on PBS at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • TBS has The Wizard of Oz at 8.
  • Disney has a new Suite Life on Deck at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has the series premiere of Batman: The Brave and the Bold at 8, followed by new episodes of The Secret Saturdays, The Clone Wars, and Ben 10: Alien Force.
  • TCM has a new Elvis Mitchell: Under The Influence, with guest Joan Allen.
  • At 10, USA has a new episode of The Starter Wife.
  • Food Network has the special Treats of the Trade: Dessert at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new episode of The Soup.
  • At 11, HBO has the season finale of Real Time with Bill Maher, with Ashton Kutcher, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Twenty seconds to decide for the 200th episode of Deal or no Deal

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 3rd 2008 8:03AM

Contestants have 20 seconds to make the deal in the show's 200th episodeWhat the...? Deal or No Deal has 200 episodes under its belt? It seems like only two years, 10 months and 46 days since the show premiered on NBC. Never in the history of game shows has a simple concept like that of Deal been stretched and bent in order to keep the format fresh. There were two-hour episodes, audience participation episodes, episodes that focused around the contestant. and episodes featuring naked briefcase models. All right, the last one is a fantasy of mine. However, should the executives at Endemol be listening...

For the 200th episode, which preempts Chuck tonight at 8 p.m., Deal will be offering another variation of the game. Four lucky contestants will get the chance to take the Banker's challenge or find the million dollar briefcase in a series of speed rounds. Normally, contestants have a pretty big window to determine if they want to take the offer from the Banker -- the whole concept of the game. This episode they will only have a mere 20 seconds to make the decision.

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What's On Tonight: Horror Movies, Ghost Hunters Live, Numb3rs

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 31st 2008 4:01PM
  • Ghost WhispererAMC, TCM, and FX are showing horror movies all night.
  • Cartoon Network has a Goosebumps marathon all night.
  • Travel Channel has a Ghost Adventures marathon all night.
  • At 7, Sci-Fi has Ghost Hunters Live.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8.
  • NBC has new episodes of Deal Or No Deal, Crusoe, and Lipstick Jungle.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8, followed by a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • There's a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, then a new episode of The Game.
  • E! has the special 13 Most Shocking Hollywood Curses at 8.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Suite Life on Deck.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a new Rachael's Vacation.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie Devil's Diary.
  • Disney has the movie Mostly Ghostly at 9.
  • Hallmark has the movie Generation Gap at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new Numb3rs.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • Lifetime has two Halloween Will and Grace episodes at 11.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: Barack Obama, World Series, Ghost Hunters, Ben Stein

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 29th 2008 4:02PM
  • Lipstick JungleAt 8, CBS, FOX, NBC, MSNBC, BET, TV One, and Univision have The Barack Obama Show.
  • ABC has a new Pushing Daisies at 8, then new episodes of Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money.
  • Discovery has two new episodes of Time Warp at 8, followed by new episodes of Mythbusters and Prototype This!
  • At 8:30, FOX has Game 5 of The World Series.
  • CBS has a new Old Christine at 8:30, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8:30, then a new Lipstick Jungle.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Great Performances.
  • John McCain is the guest on a new Larry King Live, on CNN at 9.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9.
  • Showtime has a new Inside The NFL at 9.
  • At 9:30, A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter, followed by a new Parking Wars.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has a new South Park, then a new Chocolate News.
  • There's a new Sons of Anarchy at 10 on FX.
  • Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Top Design.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What if TV title cards told the truth?

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 28th 2008 7:04PM

Warning: what follows might be a little NSFW (yet really funny).

We review a lot of shows here at TV Squad, and the writers and readers often pick out something in the show that we don't like (even if we love the show in general). So what if the title cards/logos of each show actually told the truth, letting you know what the show is like even before you watch it?

Well, as you can see from the Heroes title card above, we find out that nobody ever dies on the show (or at the least, if they do they can come back to life). This is one of the things wrong with the show, even if I still love it. If no one ever really dies then where's the risk?

After the jump, some more logos from your favorite show that tell the truth. I especially like the one for Mad Men. Someone should make a t-shirt with that on it.

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What's On Tonight: Swingtown, Rita Rocks, 20/20, Sanctuary

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 24th 2008 4:05PM
  • Stargate AtlantisBravo has a Swingtown marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, then new episodes of The Ex-List and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has new episodes of Deal Or No Deal, Crusoe, and Life.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, followed by a new episode of The Game.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • There's a new Real Simple, Real Life on TLC at 8, then a new What Not To Wear.
  • Also at 8: Cartoon Network has a new Secret Saturdays.
  • At 8:30, Lifetime has a new Rita Rocks.
  • Food Network has a new Rachael's Vacation at 8:30.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis, followed by a new Sanctuary.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Clone Wars at 9, then a new Ben 10: Alien Force.
  • Hallmark has the movie Ladies of the Night at 9.
  • At 10, USA has a new episode of The Starter Wife.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: Baseball Playoffs, Stargate Atlantis, Life, Rose

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 10th 2008 4:02PM
  • Debra MessingAt 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and 20/20.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, then new episodes of The Ex-List and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has a new America's Toughest Jobs at 8, followed by new episodes of Deal Or No Deal and Life.
  • FOX has new episodes of Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? (with Ken Jennings) and Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then a new NOW.
  • There's a new Smackdown! on MyNetwork TV at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Secret Saturdays at 8.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has College Football, Louisville vs. Memphis.
  • At 8:30, TBS has Game 1 of the Red Sox/Rays playoff game.
  • Food Network has a new Rachael's Vacation at 8:30.
  • At 9, USA has the season premiere of The Starter Wife.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Stargate Atlantis at 9, then a new Sanctuary.
  • Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Clone Wars at 9.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Soup.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: High School Musical, Sarah Connor Chronicles, Weeds

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 8th 2008 4:00PM
  • One Tree HillAt 7, ESPN has the season premiere of Monday Night Football, with the Vikings vs. the Packers, followed by the Broncos vs. the Raiders.
  • At 8, ABC has the season finale of High School Musical: Get in the Picture, followed by the CMA Music Festival.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by a new America's Toughest Jobs.
  • FOX has the season premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles at 8, then a new Prison Break.
  • The CW has a new Gossip Girl at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Wonder Pets at 8.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Top Gear.
  • At 9, PBS has a new History's Detectives.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 9, then a new Raising the Bar.
  • There's a new Unwrapped on Food Network at 9.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills.
  • Discovery has a new Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10.
  • At 10:15, TCM has Dr. Strangelove.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: U.S. Open, The Closer, Anthony Bourdain

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 25th 2008 4:00PM
  • World Poker Tour logoCNN, MSNBC, FOX News, C-SPAN, and some PBS stations have coverage of the Democratic National Convention all night, and ABC, CBS, and NBC join in at 10.
  • At 7, USA has coverage of The U.S. Open.
  • At 8, NBC has the season premiere of Deal or No Deal., followed by the premiere of America's Toughest Jobs.
  • ABC has a new High School Musical: Get in the Picture at 8.
  • ESPN has Preseason Football at 8, the Chargers vs. the Seahawks.
  • BBC America has a new Top Gear at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has a marathon of Ingrid Bergman films, including Notorious, Spellbound, Intermezzo, and Indiscreet.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a new How'd That Get On My Plate?
  • At 9, TNT has a new episode of The Closer, then a new Saving Grace.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • GSN has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 10, Showtime has a new Weeds.
  • ABC Family has a new Middleman at 10.
  • Discovery has Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein at 10.
  • There's a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on Travel Channel at 10.
  • MTV has a new episode of The Hills at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Reality show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted Jul 30th 2008 2:24PM

casting callA day hasn't gone by where we haven't received some sort of tip or email asking us, the TV Squad, how to get on [insert reality show here]. Unfortunately no, Simon Cowell does not work for us, and Donald Trump isn't my BFF, so we really can't help all that much.

The folks at RealityWanted.com often send us a list of new and existing reality shows that are looking for new, er, talent, and they've given us permission to make mention of them here. We'll try to make this a regular feature as often as we get a new list.

This time we have America's Next Top Model, Don't Forget the Lyrics and a lot of new shows.

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Casting news from Sons of Anarchy and 90210

by Brett Love, posted Jul 7th 2008 12:01PM

Meghan Markle - Deal Or No Deal - 90210With The Shield getting set to call it a day, Jay Karnes (Detective Wagenbach) could use a new gig. As is so often the case when looking for work, it's good to have friends. Karnes has landed a new role on FX's Sons of Anarchy, which just happens to be created by Kurt Sutter, writer/executive producer of The Shield. He's signed up for six episodes as an ATF agent named Scott Kohn.

There should be less gunplay involved for Meghan Markle (Deal Or No Deal) and Kellan Lutz (The Comeback). The pair have joined the CW's new version of 90210. Markle will take on the role of Wendy, one of the West Beverly High vixens who takes advantage of her looks. Lutz is on board to play star lacrosse player George Evans. Lutz is 23 and Markle is 26, so it would appear that they've kept that same age appropriate casting the original was famous for. Personally, I just really like the idea of a Deal Or No Deal model being cast on 90210.

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What's On Tonight: Baby Borrowers, House Of Payne, George Carlin

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 25th 2008 4:04PM
  • Carlos MenciaAt 8, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • ABC has a new Wife Swap at 8, followed by new episodes of Supernanny and Primetime: Crime.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then the series premiere of The Baby Borrowers and a new Celebrity Circus.
  • HBO2 has On Location: George Carlin at USC at 8, followed by George Carlin Again!, George Carlin at Carnegie Hall, George Carlin: On Campus, and George Carlin: Playin' With Your Head.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Nova scienceNOW.
  • History Channel has a new MonsterQuest at 9.
  • Hallmark has the movie Charlie & Me at 9.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 10, TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
  • Bravo has a new Shear Genius at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new episode of The Real World.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Mind of Mencia.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Syndication Ads: Are we hooked on Big Macs, Cheetos and Drugs?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 19th 2008 2:01PM
Oprah WinfreyTV syndication upfront ad sales are brisk, with syndicators expected to sell higher levels of ad inventory, similar to the broadcast networks.

Sales are more than 50% complete, with one syndicator, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, more than 70% sold out of its 2008-09 ad inventory, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What's it all mean? It means that syndication upfront totals are expected to be around $2.4 billion, up 4.5% from last year.

Maybe one reason is that syndicators are incorporating more product integration into their packages, especially with talk and entertainment shows. Strong categories include packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, movies, and fast food.

Hmmm ... I wonder what they're saying. That TV viewers sit around eating Big Macs, doing drugs, and woofing down Cheetos? Yeah, that can't be right.

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