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CW announces an early Fall premiere schedule

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 19th 2008 8:35PM
When you're a ratings-challenged fledgling network like the CW, you're going to do anything you can to get a leg up on the competition. Releasing sex-filled advertisements for your most high-profile show is a good start, but that alone won't get the job done. To that end, the CW has just announced that it's moving its fall premiere dates up to September 1st, well ahead of the beginning of the traditional broadcast season.

The idea behind the move is that you're already going to be hooked on Gossip Girl and Top Model by the time the other networks get around to premiering their fall shows, sometime around mid-to-late September. The season isn't the only thing the CW is starting early, however. Starting in November, they're also extending prime time, with original programming beginning at 6:30 on Sunday nights.

Check out CW's full premiere schedule after the jump.

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No Emmy nomination for Rebecca Romijn and here's why

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 27th 2008 9:44AM
Rebecca Romijn - UBThe Emmy nominations won't be announced until July 17, but we can tell you right now without a doubt that Ugly Betty's Rebecca Romijn will not be among the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy category at the Emmys. No, we're not psychic. It's just that her spokesman has confirmed that her name was never actually submitted. DOH! And why was that, you wonder. No good reason, said her rep, "It was an oversight."

According to L.A. Times' Tom O'Neil, this isn't really that far-fetched an occurrence. Tim Allen, at the height of his Home Improvement success, missed a chance for an Emmy nomination when somebody fumbled the ball. The next year, his paperwork was hand-delivered, accompanied by the University of Southern California marching band.

Romijn's omission -- on the surface -- looks like a mistake. Yes, it's true that her status on the show is going from series regular to recurring, but I don't believe she purposely kept her name out of the running to in some way act out in protest against the show. It makes no sense? How is she hurting Ugly Betty by not getting an Emmy nomination? No, this was a screw up, nothing more.

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Five memorable TV dads - VIDEOS

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 15th 2008 12:02PM
dadsIt's Father's Day. Dad's day of the year. Earlier this week, I took the AOL TV Dad's Quiz, like Debra, and I was reminded of the variety of fathers on the tube. I think I have a unique take on TV dads. My own died when I was just eight, so I tend to admire those characters that remind me of him. For that reason, the pipe-smoking, cardigan sweater wearing Jim Anderson on Father Knows Best doesn't ring true; neither does the coarse Archie Bunker of All in the Family.

So, here's my five favorite sitcom dads, the ones I related to the most. That means I've excluded single dads and animated dads. That means Hank Hill, Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin and Fred Flintstone are ineligible for my list. Also, this is strictly sitcom pops.

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Damon Wayans heading back to TV

by Allison Waldman, posted May 1st 2008 12:03PM
Damon WayansABC is turning back to an old favorite, hoping to rekindle some comic magic for the network. Funny, irreverent and -- two snaps and a swish -- occasionally brilliant comic Damon Wayans has been tapped by ABC for a new single-camera sitcom pilot called Never Better. Damon starred as a family man in the five-year hit My Wife and Kids, doing a Cosby-esque turn from 2001-2005.

The new show, Never Better, is being directed by Marc Buckland (My Name Is Earl, Ed) and centers on another family man, only in this incarnation, Damon is a guy who's struggling to be a good father and spouse despite his flaws and mistakes.

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Did NBC go too far with MILF, and what is the family hour anyway?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2008 12:02PM
family tvEdward Wyatt's New York TImes piece questioned whether NBC crossed the line by broadcasting racy material in the "family hour." On both 30 Rock and The Office, the writers let loose, basically presenting what you might call adult rated moments in what NBC asserts is family time. All I have to say to that is, "What? There's a family hour? Since when?" Apparently, I wasn't the only one caught off guard by the raunchiness of the family hour. The Parents Television Council just today rescinded their praise for NBC's claim that programs in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. time period would target families. PTC is calling NBC's pledge "hypocritical."

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CW announces early pickups

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2008 5:24PM
Everybody Hates ChrisEarly pickups are always happy news -- especially if your favorite TV shows are among those getting the renewal. So, today's announcement that Smallville, Supernatural, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, America's Next Top Model and the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris are all returning to the CW next season is a reason to smile.

Tyra Banks, star hostess of America's Next Top Model, will be back for cycles 11 and 12. One Tree Hill will be back for a sixth season; and Gossip Girl will start season two. Women, that all important 18-34 demographic, are faithful viewers for these three shows.

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What to Watch Mon., Jan. 22

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 22nd 2007 10:01AM
Prison Break on FoxPrison Break (8PM, Fox)
Has 'Prison Break' become totally improbable? Far-fetched? Over-the-top? Yes, yes and yes. But its twists and turns really turn on the adrenaline (and are tame compared to Jack Bauer's life an hour later). Now that they've joined up with Kellerman and with an upcoming return by Patricia Wettig's President, the spring half of 'Break' promises to be one hell of a fun rollercoaster ride.

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On the 3rd day of Festivus, TV gave to me

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 15th 2006 11:59AM
... three Subtle Subtitles.

Welcome to Subtle Subtitles. For those of you who are uninitiated to the purpose of this feature, we're asking you to come up with your funniest quote or description for what's going on in the screen grab we choose for the week. Winners are announced in the following Friday's contest.

Last week's winners:

3rd place to Chris W: "Ya know.... It's really hard to kill you when you won't stop laughing."
2nd place to Bus: "As the zombies moved in for the kill thinking only of their desire to feast on human flesh, Randy remembered his training. Zombies can't see you if you're happy. But, as they devoured his flesh, Randy remembered that rule only applied to Martha Stewart."
1st place to Toby OB: "In a desperate bid to raise money for the beleaguered network, NBC hired undocumented workers to get enough 'Tickle Me Randy' life-size party dolls ready in time for Christmas."

This week, some scenes from Christmas episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Everybody Hates Chris and, of course, Letterman. Choose one or do all three! Two more after the jump.

From How I Met Your Mother:
how i met your mother christmas

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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Thanksgiving

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 20th 2006 7:05PM

everybody hates chris(S02E08) Chris, quite rightly I believe, points out that Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays ever, because all you do the entire day is eat and sleep. Of course, that's only if you're not the one waking up with the chickens to prepare a feast for the entire family.

When I was growing up, we always had Thanksgiving at my grandparents' house, and grandma pretty much ruled the kitchen, not because it was expected of her, but because she wanted it that way. The kitchen was her domain, and most Thanksgivings it was just her and the other women, and sometimes me because I would get bored easily and want to do something to kill time.

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What's on tonight: Prison Break, What About Brian, Studio 60, Monday Night RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 13th 2006 5:02PM
  • HeroesAt 8, ABC has a new Wife Swap, followed by new episodes of The Bachelor and What About Brian.
  • CBS has new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, The Class, Two and a Half Men, Old Christine, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by new eps of Heroes and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • There's a new Prison Break on FOX at 8, then a repeat House.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, then new eps of All Of Us, Girlfriends, and The Game.
  • A new episode of Lisa Williams: Life Among The Dead airs on Lifetime at 8, followed by the new suspense film Last Chance Cafe.
  • Also at 8: GSN has a marathon of High Stakes Poker.
  • At 9, Food Network has Thanksgiving Unwrapped, followed by The Secret Life Of...Thanksgiving.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Vincent at 9.
  • At 10, the debut of Murder By The Book on Court TV. First up: James Ellroy, who talks about the murder of his mother.

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What's on tonight: The Wire, Amazing Race, Housewives, Dexter, Football

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 8th 2006 5:23PM
  • 60 MinutesAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, followed by new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has a new Football Night In America, followed by the Steelers vs. the Chargers.
  • FOX's lineup is Nanny 911 at 7, then The Rundown, since the Yankees lost last night (ha!)
  • The CW has all new eps tonight, starting at 7: Everybody Hates Chris, All Of Us, Girlfriends, and The Game. Oh, there is a repeat after that, America's Next Top Model.
  • Jimmy Buffett guests on a new Emeril Live, on the Food Network at 8. It's followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • TBS has a King of Queens marathon all night.
  • At 10, HBO has a new episode of The Wire.
  • Also at 10: Showtime has a new Dexter.

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Everybody Hates Chris on DVD Tuesday

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 8th 2006 8:01AM
everybody hates chrisThe first season of one of the only network sitcoms I actually watch, Everybody Hates Chris, will be out on DVD this Tuesday. The CW series is loosely based on Chris Rock's life as a child growing up in Brooklyn. I say "loosely" because obviously some exaggeration must be used to make the show funny, and also there's no way Chris Rock was thirteen in 1983. The set, which is retailing for a hefty $49.99, will include commentaries from Chris Rock and the cast. The supplemental material is cleverly labeled the same as the episodes, with items such as "Everybody Hates the Making of Everybody Hates Chris" and "Everybody Hates Bloopers."

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The CW swaps Sunday, Monday lineups

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 5th 2006 7:24PM
everybody hates chrisIn a move that's a bit of a head scratcher, The CW has decided to flip-flop its Sunday and Monday night schedules. That means the oddly paired 7th Heaven and Runaway will be on Sundays, while Everybody Hates Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends and The Game will move to Monday nights. The switcharoo puts The CW's comedy block up against CBS' Monday night comedy block, which includes How I Met Your Mother and The New Adventures of Old Christine. The schedule change begins Monday, Oct. 9 for the comedies and Sunday, Oct. 15th for the dramas.

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Keith McDuffee, posted Sep 20th 2006 11:20AM
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Hello. My name is Keith and I'm a spoiler junkie. This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we'll supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com or call and leave a message at 917-421-9477 (NY) - your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week: Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Battlestar Galactica, Everybody Hates Chris, Veronica Mars, Prison Break and The Office. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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Everybody Hates Chris season two -- an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 19th 2006 4:01PM

everybody hates chrisThe second season of Everybody Hates Chris kicks off on October 1 at 7pm. Here's a brief look at what you can expect in the season opener, "Everybody Hates Rejection," and no worries, I'm not going to give anything away.

First of all, Whoopi Goldberg guest stars as the family's new nosy next door neighbor, Louise, but you already knew that. Louise and Chris' mom Rochelle are at odds over how to deal with the escalating crime in the neighborhood while Chris finds himself attracted to Evette, a new girl at school who turns out not to be the angel he imagined her to be.

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