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The Trouble With Spoilers & Other Lessons Learned From Six Years at TV Squad

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2011 11:30AM
TV Squad old logoThis month marks the sixth anniversary of TV Squad's launch and also my sixth anniversary at the site.

A lot of newbie readers of TV Squad might not realize that back in 2005, we used to snail mail our blog posts to readers and they'd read them on paper. It's true! Then we decided to use this thing called "the Web" to post the stories when we realized that, with the postal rates going up every few years, it just wasn't cost-effective.

This was my first post on TV Squad, where I talked about how much I was looking forward to the big-screen version of 'Bewitched.' I've learned a lot since then, like you shouldn't say that you're looking forward to a big-screen version of a TV show or it might blow up in your face. Here are five other things I've learned since 2005.

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Best TV of the '00s: Drama

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2009 10:02AM
The West WingJust like the rest of the universe, we've been thinking about the best TV of the decade. But instead of putting out a top ten list, we decided to let each Squadder comment on the show or shows he/she thinks was the best of that category.

We're splitting this out in a number of different categories; you'll see the posts through Sunday. Today, we start off with a biggie: Dramas. -- Joel


It's weird that an entire decade has gone by already, isn't it? I don't even think we've decided on what to call the 00s exactly. And isn't it amazing how many good shows can be jam-packed into 10 years? Sometimes people moan about the state of television, but there were some fantastic TV shows in the 2000s, including dramas.

Here are our picks for the dramas that stood out since 2000.

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What's the greatest short-lived show of all-time?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2009 3:03PM
Brisco and CometWe've talked a lot about great short-lived shows here at TV Squad. We even have a whole category for them. But it's always good to revisit the topic to see what you readers think.

Over at Entertainment Weekly, they've chosen the 25 great TV shows that got a quick hook, the shows that got canceled (way) before their time (we're talking really short runs, so Arrested Development and Sports Night aren't on the list). There are several shows on the list that you would expect to see (Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life, Firefly), some surprise entries that made me happy to see on there (The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr, Frank's Place, Karen Sisco, Now & Again), and a few head-scratchers (Malibu Road? Really?). It's slightly heavy on the current side, with Journeyman and Life on Mars on the list. I mean, Life on Mars is still running new episodes.

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The Nine, Smith, and Eyes coming back to TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2009 1:01PM
EyesSometimes a short-lived show will vanish from the schedule and you'll have to wait until the DVD comes out (maybe). Other shows show up on some cable network and are run for a while but then go away forever. These three shows were so short-lived you didn't think you'd see them anywhere ever again. But DirecTV has other ideas.

The company is going to start showing three short-lived shows again: ABC's Eyes and The Nine and CBS' Smith. Specifically, they've made a deal with Warner Brothers to show the three shows on their 101 Network and DirecTV on Demand. They'll be shown in HD, unedited, and episodes you've never seen before will be part of the package too (Eyes has seven unseen episodes, while The Nine and Smith each have four).

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No, as a matter of fact, I wouldn't watch TV on my contact lenses

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2009 3:32PM
CBS logoJust when most of the country wants to buy a giant HDTV for their living room comes the smallest TV of all, and it fits in your eye.

Well, not the TV itself. It's not as if Toshiba made a tiny metal and plastic television and you shove it in your eye, but researchers at the Future Laboratory (which will probably be a new show on CBS this fall, right after Criminal Minds) say that the future of television lies in contact lenses. That's right, television you watch via a contact lens on your eye, powered by body heat and maybe a wave of your hand to change the channels. According to the people at FL, like a real contact lens, you'll put it on in the morning and take it out before you go to bed. Unless, of course, you're like a lot of people and you watch TV in bed. If you fall asleep in these, are the dreams more awesome?

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Here's hoping fourth time's the charm for Tim Daly

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 6th 2007 10:20AM

Tim Daly and Kate Walsh of Private PracticePoor Tim Daly. Ever since Wings ended back in 1997 he hasn't had much luck in the television world. Sure, he's had a number of successful guest appearances, and he did have a good run as the voice of Clark Kent/Superman on the WB's Superman: The Animated Series, but those don't really count. Where his luck has been failing is on series where he has had a leading role.

It's not like the shows themselves were bad. Quite the contrary, all three shows that Daly starred in were decent critical successes. In addition, Tim himself was credited by professional and fan alike as having a strong performance in all these shows. The problem was either the fan base wasn't strong enough to keep the shows on the air or the networks just decided they had a more successful show to fill the spot.

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Tim Daly may be the McHottie on the Grey's spinoff

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 7th 2007 6:33PM
tim dalyAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Tim Daly is poised to take a leading role in that spinoff to Grey's Anatomy that everyone is all hyped up about. He'll guest star in a two-hour episode that is meant to be the launching point for the spinoff. His character is described as "handsome, sincere, like a McDreamy." He'll have some competition for Resident Hunk because Taye Diggs has already signed on to the spinoff.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes is reportedly planning a spinoff to Grey's Anatomy, starring Kate Walsh, whose character Addison Shepherd is about to leave Seattle Grace Hospital. The spingboard episode is set to air in May.

Paul Adelstein, formerly of Prison Break, is also set to co-star in the two-hour episode though his role is not clear. There will also be a female psychiatrist and a female fertility specialist in the springboard episode and (presumably) the spinoff.

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Jerry Orbach's eyes donated

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 27th 2007 6:02PM

jerry orbachYou know how Lewis Black appears on The Daily Show once a week to talk about news stories that have "slipped through the cracks?" Well, consider this one of those "slipped through the cracks" stories that I thought was just too cool not to mention. I trust some of you haven't heard this story, but if you have, then take this time to go do something else. Make yourself a muffin, have a cup of tea. Be good to yourself.

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Complete Mr. Magoo on DVD

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 13th 2007 1:44PM

mr. magooTVShowsOnDVD reports that the supposedly-canceled Mr. Magoo DVD set is now available through Classic Media. "The Mr. Magoo Show Complete DVD Collection" includes 130 cartoons from the '60s animated series. It does not seem to include Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, however, which is kind of a shame. Still, the entire series on DVD is a pretty sweet deal, so I'm certainly not complaining.

After Columbia Pictures picked up United Productions of America (UPA) to create theatrical shorts, the third short created was Ragtime Bear, which contained the first appearance of Mr. Magoo. When cartoons made the transition from theater screens to television, the company created The Mr. Magoo Show, which ran from 1960 to 1962. Magoo then returned yet again for two more series: The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo and What's New, Mr. Magoo?

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All Bob wants for Festivus

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2006 11:00AM

Alias DVD setEvery year at this time, we here at TV Squad give our lists of what we want for Festivus. The shows we'd like to see renewed, the shows we'd like to see canceled, the TV-related DVDs and books and toys that we want, etc. Here's my list of stuff I want as 2007 rapidly approaches. A couple of things I doubt I'll ever see, a few I suspect I will see, and a couple I might have to do myself, like buying that new deluxe Alias DVD set.

But as I said last week, if someone who reads TV Squad bought me that, I'd be a happy camper.

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Eyes is now online

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 26th 2006 9:49AM
eyes; tim dalyEight episodes of ABC's short-lived show, Eyes, are now available online on AOL's In2TV. That's three new episodes for those of you keeping track. I believe ABC only aired five episodes before prematurely yanking it off the air last year due to unimpressive ratings.

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Eyes stars Tim Daly (Wings, The Nine) as the owner of a private investigation company that uses barely legal tactics to investigate crimes and individuals. His character, Harlan Judd, was so great. He was sarcastic as hell, witty, and self destructive. The storylines were quick and entertaining and supporting characters were a hoot. I always think of how great Eyes was whenever I watch Tim Daly on the far inferior, The Nine.

Supposedly, 13 episodes of Eyes were in the can when ABC canceled the show. Not sure whether we'll ever get to see the final five, either on DVD or online.

[Thanks, Tom!]

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Tom Goes to the Mayor: Glass Eyes

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 4th 2006 11:18AM

tom goes to the mayor(S02E14) If you check out the Adult Swim schedule grid, the words "Worst episode ever" are written next to this particular episode. The men and monkeys who run Adult Swim have never been above a bit of self deprecation, but I actually thought this episode was pretty damn hilarious.

The show opens with the Mayor poking Tom in the eye with a sharp metal rod. It's okay, though, because Tom's eye is made of glass. It seems he had an accident while playing with his step-sons. Tom, however, isn't there just to have his eye poked buy the inquisitive Mayor, he's there to sell hoagies for the annual Father/Son Barrel Goat Hunt, in which the father/son teams hunt the dreaded barrel goat, a creature that is driven insane by the scent of pickle barrels. The Mayor has never heard of a hoagie (he pronounces it "hoogie") before, and he can't get enough of the sandwiches. He also takes a liking to Tom's glass eye and buys two for himself, which of course makes it difficult for him to see and move around.

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Monk: Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 29th 2006 10:44AM

monk(S05E04) In this episode, Monk must investigate a murder by arson, despite being blinded by the man who committed the crime.

While visiting the local fire station to have his thirty smoke alarms tested, a man from the street walks in. The fire chief tells the man he's not supposed to be there, and then he tries to apprehend him, the man beans the fire chief with a shovel and throws liquid solvent into Monk's eyes, blinding him. The doctor tells Monk it's uncertain whether or not his eyesight will return, and Monk's colleagues do their best to help him out. Disher tries to help out, too, though his idea of helping is to explain everything he's doing, whether it's relevant or not. There's a funny scene later in the episode when Disher is looking for his notebook and tells Monk which pockets he's looking in, as if that even matters. I also laughed when he tells Monk he's going to work 24/7 to figure out who blinded him, except for May 11 because that's when his niece is getting confirmed.

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Tim Daly cast in new ABC drama

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 9th 2006 8:43AM
tim daly nine livesSigh. I really wish Eyes was still on. Tim Daly was so terrific in that show and, quite frankly, it makes me sad to see him move on to something else. Stupid, I know. He's a great actor (and quite a hunk) and it's awesome that he's getting work. So, I'll get over it and tell you about his new role and cross my fingers that this show does well (and is good!).

He was just added to an ensemble cast of an ABC drama called Nine Lives, about nine people whose lives collide when they are all part of a botched bank robbery. Daly is a terrific comedic actor, but his IMDB bio shows he has quite an extensive acting resume in dramatic roles. Co-stars include Dana Davis (aka Cora Briggs on Veronica Mars) and Scott Wolf (Party of Five).

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Best and Worst of 2005: Bob's list

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 2nd 2006 10:25AM

The Best

  1. Eyes: One of the smartest, most stylish private eye shows to come along in years. So ABC cancels it quickly and doesn't even run the remaining episodes. 
  2. Surface: The best of the sci-fi/horror shows (Threshold, Invasion, Supernatural) that debuted this year.
  3. The Daily Show: Always dead-on, always funny.
  4. Arrested Development: I don't know if this show is as funny as it used to be, but even at 90% strength it's better than most other comedies. 
  5. Lost: I don't know if they'll ever have answers for all the questions, but the ride so far has been great. 

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