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CMT wants more of The Singing Bee

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 26th 2009 7:00PM
The Singing Bee host Melissa PetermanI guess NBC is getting the last laugh. Sort of. Well, not really. Nevertheless, when they first launched The Singing Bee in 2007, the FOX copycat machine was in full effect. In fact, NBC had to push up the premiere of Bee to try and get an edge on FOX's Don't Forget the Lyrics. But while Lyrics has been canceled, Bee is still going strong. Just not on NBC.

Actually, by broadcast network standards, it's still doing horrible, but its 1.5 million viewer debut back in June on CMT was enough to make it the highest-rated series debut ever on the network. CMT is so excited with The Singing Bee, they've asked for 20 more installments. The show went country when it switched to CMT, dumping Joey Fatone in favor of Melissa Peterman (Reba) as host, and focusing more on the sad, sad lyrics that make up country music.

If I were NBC, I'd go ahead and get excited about this. Sure, they canceled the show and it was performing horribly for them. But by doing so, they created a big hit for CMT. And they can still claim that their show outlasted FOX's copycat. Sort of. Well, not really.

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What's On Tonight: Chopping Block, Smackdown, Bill Maher

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2009 4:02PM
  • The SoupAt 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new episode of The Goode Family.
  • NBC has a new episode of The Chopping Block, then a new, two-hour Dateline.
  • FOX has a new Don't Forget The Lyrics at 8.
  • PBS has new episodes of Washington Week, NOW, and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • ESPN has coverage of The U.S. Open at 8.
  • BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 8.
  • Also at 8: Cartoon Network has a new Secret Saturdays, then a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • At 9, Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars.
  • USA repeats the two-part NCIS that serves as the intro to the NCIS: LA cast.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher at 10.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What to Watch June 15-21

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 14th 2009 6:00AM
This week on TV: Back to school time on 'Greek,' Jersey 'Housewives' say goodbye for now and more

GreekMONDAY, JUNE 15
'Greek' (8PM, ABC Family) 2nd season finale
It's the hook-up fans have been waiting for since the show began, but will a surprising someone put the brakes on it? First up, Ashleigh has her hands full trying to prove her innocence when she's accused of tinkering with a homecoming float, while Dale and Calvin get all Jonas Brothers-y and take a purity pledge. But the real action's happening at the Kappa Tau house, where the brothers are throwing and End of the World bash. That's also where Casey goes to admit her feelings for Cappie. But the twist: Despite how much he's wanted to reunite with his former love, it's Cappie who wonders whether or not Casey's making the right decision.

'Jon & Kate Plus 8' – 'American Chopper' guys build a bike for Jon (9PM, TLC)
'Charm School' – Hospital trip (9PM, VH1)
'Run's House' – 6th season premiere (10PM, MTV)
'Weeds' – Jennifer Jason Leigh guests as Nancy's sis (10PM, Showtime)
'Nurse Jackie' – Mrs. Akalitus uses Jackie's "sweetener" (10:30PM, Showtime)

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What's On Tonight: Surviving Suburbia, Hockey, Ghost Adventures

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2009 4:05PM
The Goode Family
  • At 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new episode of The Goode Family.
  • NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game at 8.
  • FOX has a new Don't Forget The Lyrics at 8.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • There's a new Smackdown! on MyNetwork TV at 8.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
  • At 9, History Channel has a new Patton 360.
  • Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars at 9.
  • Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures at 9.
  • Hallmark has the movie Come Dance With Me at 9.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What to Watch June 8-14

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 7th 2009 3:00PM
Nurse JackieThis week on TV: 'Nurse Jackie' premieres, the pros take over 'Top Chef' and WE tries their own version of 'Jon & Kate.'

MONDAY, JUNE 8

'Nurse Jackie' (10PM, Showtime) series premiere
There are several moments in the 'Nurse Jackie' premiere we'd like to tell you about, but they're just too good to spoil.

A hint: they involve a severed ear, the people inside a house and one of star Edie Falco's 'Sopranos' cohorts. Falco has shed her gaudy jewels and Joisey girl accent for this dark comedy about NYC ER nurse Jackie Peyton, one of her hospital's most talented professionals ... even when she's trying to score drugs to feed her raging addiction.

In the pilot, Jackie's dealing with the sad death of a patient, a cocky doctor (Peter Facinelli), a newbie she's forced to train and an office romance, all while trying to keep that little drug problem on the down low.

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What's On Tonight: Secret Saturdays, Whale Wars, Ghost Adventures

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2009 4:05PM
  • Bill MaherAt 8, FOX has a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Secret Saturdays at 8, then a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • TCM has Spielberg on Spielberg at 8.
  • At 9, Animal Planet has the season premiere of Whale Wars.
  • History Channel has a new Patton 360 at 9.
  • Travel Channel has the season premiere of Ghost Adventures at 9.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Unbroke, Bill Maher, Leno's Last Show

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2009 4:06PM
Batman

  • At 8, FOX has a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • TNT has the Lakers/Nuggets game at 8.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Secrets Saturdays at 8, followed by a new Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • At 9, ABC has Unbroke: What You Need To Know About Money, with Will Smith, The Jonas Brothers, and others, followed by a new 20/20.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 9.
  • TLC has the season premiere of What Not To Wear (with Blossom's Mayim Bialik) at 9.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Soup.
  • HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher at 10.
  • Current has the season finale of SuperNews at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows

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This summer on FOX: House II

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 27th 2009 6:02PM
FOX logoWho would have thought that this year we'd have two shows on the air with the word "mental" in them?

FOX has announced their summer lineup, and it includes a new medical drama titled House. Oh, sorry, I mean it's called Mental. It's about "a dynamic, young psychiatrist who serves as Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital. At work he must reconcile his effective, yet highly unorthodox treatment methods with his conservative boss, hospital administrator Nora Skoff (Annabella Sciorra), a woman with whom he shares a romantic past. As Gallagher takes on new cases, he is confronted with patients battling unknown, misunderstood and often misdiagnosed conditions." House Mental will star Chris Vance.

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What's On Tonight: Ghost Whisperer, Friday Night Lights, Psych

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 16th 2009 4:05PM
  • Battlestar GalacticaAt 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap.
  • CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer at 8, followed by new episodes of Flashpoint and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has two new episodes of Howie Do It at 8, then the season premiere of Friday Night Lights and a new Dateline.
  • 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, then a new episode of The Game.
  • There's a new Washington Week on PBS at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Batman: The Bold and the Brave at 8.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monk, then a new Psych.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Clone Wars at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • Sci-Fi has the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica at 10.
  • TLC has a new Miss America: Countdown to the Crown at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has two new episodes of Comedy Central Presents.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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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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Reality show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted Jul 5th 2008 8:02AM

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 Don't Forget the Lyrics, Family Court and other new shows.

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Reality show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted Jun 12th 2008 3:42PM

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 The Bad Girls Club, The Biggest Loser and other new shows.

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The Jeopardy Award nominees

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 29th 2008 10:01AM
TV Squad AwardsLast week, you had a chance to nominate shows for The Jeopardy Award. This award rewards the primetime game show requiring the most skill. Because of the fact that we are only looking for shows that air in primetime, a lot of game shows requiring skills are out of the running. So is the case for Cash Cab, which received a lot of nominations, Crosswords and Jeopardy.

After the jump you will find the nominees, listed in alphabetical order, for The Jeopardy Award, along with a poll for the Reader's Choice Award. Both winners will be announced next week.

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Reality Show casting calls

by Paul Goebel, posted May 17th 2008 3:02PM

reality castingA 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 SuperNanny, Don't Forget the Lyrics and other new shows.

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It's finale time again! No, really.

by Richard Keller, posted May 5th 2008 3:39PM

The end is near for our favoirite showsHoly frik! We've only just started to embrace the return of our shows after a shortened strike season. Now, they are almost over. In the next few weeks all of our network favorites will say good-bye for the summer to be replaced with reality shows, reality game shows, reality soap operas, and Regis on primetime (again).

Needless to say, I'm a bit depressed. As I am sure you are as well. But, we will do our duty and press on. Thusly, we here at the sprawling lakefront offices of TV Squad (you choose the lakefront) have compiled list of when your favorite, and not so favorite, shows will be saying good-bye for their summer vacation. As usual, taking the fickleness of the networks, these times and days can change at a moment's notices. We will try to update you of those changes as quickly as our little fingers can type it out.

So, with a leaden heart, here are your season and series finales.

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