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NBC announces fall premiere dates

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 25th 2009 3:17PM
NBC logoIt's always great to hear the fall premiere dates for shows. It reminds you that, yes, eventually the summer is going to end and the fall will be here. Here are the dates when the new seasons of your favorite old NBC shows (and new ones) will launch (more dates to come).

Sunday, September 13: Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football
Monday, September 14: The Jay Leno Show
Tuesday, September 15: The Biggest Loser
Thursday, September 17: SNL Weekend Update Thursday, Parks and Recreation, The Office, and Community
Monday, September 21: Heroes
Wednesday, September 23: Parenthood and Law and Order: SVU
Friday, September 25: Law and Order and Southland
Saturday, September 26: Saturday Night Live
Monday, September 28: Trauma
Thursday, October 15: 30 Rock

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Family groups are going to just love Accidentally on Purpose

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2009 5:11PM
I was never a big fan of Dharma & Greg (and by "never a big fan" I mean "I really disliked it"), but I'll give Jenna Elfman's new sitcom a shot. It's about a thirtysomething film critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand. Family and parents groups, you can open your e-mail programs right now if you want to get your media campaign to get this show canceled underway early. Here's a sneak peek at the show.

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Guess who's going to have a recurring role on Flash Forward

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2009 11:36AM
Flash Forward
Someone you might not expect is going to have a recurring role on ABC's mysterioius new series Flash Forward. Who do you think it is? (Answer after the jump.)

Who's going to have a recurring role on Flash Forward?
Seth MacFarlane283 (36.6%)
Matt Leblanc151 (19.5%)
Cameron Diaz41 (5.3%)
Dan Rather96 (12.4%)
Josh Holloway96 (12.4%)
Larry David29 (3.8%)
John Mayer77 (10.0%)

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From the network that gave you a show 20 years ago, here's Happy Town

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 17th 2009 9:14AM
I roll my eyes a bit when a network has to go back about 20 years for a reference that ties into a new show. From the network that gave you Twin Peaks, comes a new town: Haplin, Minnesota. Hey, this show's about a town too! This one is also a mystery, about someone called "The Magic Man," who kidnapped several children years earlier and now might be back and behind a murder and another kidnapping. This has Amy Acker and Dean Winters in it, so I'm definitely going to check it out.

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The Forgotten looks like a mix of CSI, Cold Case, and other shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 16th 2009 6:37PM
We gave you a quick look at The Forgotten just after ABC held their upfront, but now we have an extended look at what the show is all about. Basically you have a team of investigators trying to figure out the identity of people who have been murdered. There's also a hint of a back story involving the leader of the group, whose own daughter vanished three years earlier and hasn't been found.


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Sneak Peek: NBC's Mercy

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2009 1:25PM
It's getting hard to remember all of these TV shows, isn't it? Right now we have both The Mentalist and Mental, and this fall we'll have CBS' Miami Trauma, which shouldn't be confused with another show, NBC's Trauma. And then there's The Good Wife, which isn't the same as The Goode Family.

We have about 27 new medical shows to keep track of this fall. Here's the other NBC hospital show coming this fall, Mercy. It stars Michelle Trachtenberg, James LeGros, Delroy Lindo, Jaime Lee Kirchner, and Taylor Schilling and follows each story through the eyes of the nurses. Maybe they'll like this show more than they like Nurse Jackie.

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NBC wanted Ghost Whisperer but didn't get it (and lost Medium)

by Bob Sassone, posted May 21st 2009 5:23PM
Ghost WhispererSuddenly, it seems that network TV programming is becoming like Major League Baseball. I'll trade you Scrubs for money and a TV show to be named later. Or how about taking According To Jim off our our hands and you give us Old Christine? Shows are going to other networks already, so why not just starting trading them?

On the heels of CBS picking up Medium after NBC canceled it (actually, they wanted to renew it for fewer episodes but CBS Studios said no and grabbed it) comes this news that NBC was all set to buy Ghost Whisperer if CBS had canceled that show, and then they were going to pair it with Medium, if they had kept that.

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Hey, TNT and TBS have new shows coming too

by Bob Sassone, posted May 21st 2009 3:25PM
TNT logoWith all this news from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and The CW about their new fall schedules, we can't forget what's happening on cable. TNT and TBS have announced some new shows of their own. Some might say that these shows are even more promising than what the other networks have to offer this fall. In fact, one of them has me more excited than Richard Simmons in a tank top factory.

Besides returning shows like The Closer (June 8), Raising The Bar (June 8), Saving Grace (June 16), and Leverage (July 15), TNT also has the following new shows.

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CBS picks up Medium, insults NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted May 19th 2009 4:27PM
MediumWell, this is a rather interesting development, and a good one for fans of NBC's Medium: CBS has picked up the show after NBC canceled it.

You don't often see that happening, but it's been happening more and more lately (and this upfront week is crazy in general, with lots of renewals for shows we all thought were pretty much dead). CBS didn't just pick up the show, they got in a few digs at NBC too. CBS Television Studios produces Medium, and they say that "NBC's cancellation of Medium is inexplicable to us," and went on to point out that "the ratings don't lie. Medium outperforms many of NBC's renewed shows." They also talk about how NBC scheduled the show inconsistently.

No word yet on what exactly CBS will do with the show. Perhaps pairing it with Ghost Whisperer on Friday nights? (Note: CBS will not, however, pick up Knight Rider. Sorry, fans!)

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Here's a preview of Sons of Tucson (Tyler Labine's new FOX sitcom - goodbye Reaper?)

by Bob Sassone, posted May 19th 2009 3:18PM
I'll admit that it looks like Tyler Labine is doing his best Jack Black in this clip from the new FOX sitcom Sons of Tucson, but you know what? It actually looks like a cute, funny show. The premise seems a little far-fetched (at least one stretched to season length and not just one episode or one movie), but I'm going to check this out.

So what does this mean for Reaper?

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Sneak Peek: NBC's 100 Questions

by Bob Sassone, posted May 8th 2009 6:27PM
I know the title sounds like another one of those NBC game shows with the suspenseful lighting and annoying commercial breaks, but it's actually a comedy. It stars Sophie Winkelman as a woman looking for love who decides to join an online dating service and has to answer their massive 100 question survey. An odd premise, but the pilot is directed by James Burrows, so I'm in. Here's a preview (also here).

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Behind the scenes of NBC's Day One

by Bob Sassone, posted May 6th 2009 12:26PM
Day OneReading a quick description of Day One and seeing this behind the scenes footage, I think this might be NBC's version of Jericho. That's probably the show that this will be compared to, though this one looks more action-oriented. It's from ex-Heroes/Lost/Alias writer/producer Jesse Alexander, and it's about a group of people from an apartment complex in Van Nuys that have to band together when something mysterious happens to the planet.

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Here are the premiere dates for all the FOX shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2008 4:45PM

FOX logoSummer hasn't even started yet (though I always consider Memorial Day the start of summer), but FOX has all of the premiere dates for the new and returning shows. Some of the shows were announced as starting the week of August 25, but those dates have been pushed to September 1. In fact, all of the FOX shows bow in September this year. But that's OK. Better than waiting until October like a lot of networks, right? (Of course, the World Series starts on FOX at the end of October so there will be an interruption.)

After the jump, the rundown (except for 24 and Dollhouse, which premiere in early '09). Feel free to print out and post on your refrigerator!

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NBC announces more of the cast for Crusoe

by Kristin Sample, posted May 22nd 2008 8:31PM
Sean Bean Today, NBC released more casting news for its new fall drama / adventure series Crusoe, and it looks like some more big screen actors are finding a home on the small screen. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) and Joss Ackland (Lethal Weapon 2) will join the cast.

Crusoe, based on Daniel Defoe's novel, is due to film in the UK, South Africa, and the Seychelles. The show will follow the title character (played by Philip Winchester) on his island adventures while flashing back to his life before he was a castaway. Sean Bean will play Crusoe's widower father and appear in scenes that depict his tragic childhood. Sam Neill will play Jeremiah Blackthorn, a family friend who keeps a close watch on Robinson Crusoe's business ventures.

I will definitely be tuning in and checking this show out. I like that it's based on a classic novel. Sam Neill, no stranger to television work, was great in The Tudors, and I've had the biggest crush on Sean Bean since his Boromir days in LOTR.

Does Crusoe look interesting to you?

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What shows are you looking forward to seeing this fall?

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 8th 2007 11:01AM
Pushing DaisiesAs you might expect, we here at the Squad are more than ready for the fall season to start. After hearing about the new shows at the upfronts, watching the preview copies of the pilots, reading about the changes to various shows, and listening to the producers and actors promote new and returning shows to the hilt at both the TCA and Comic-Con, we all want to see the networks finally unfurl their schedules.

But out of all the shows that are either debuting or returning, there are only a few that each of the Squadders are really looking forward to seeing. Which got us curious: what are you, our kind, generous, and creative readership, looking forward to seeing this fall? We'd like to know. If you feel like sharing, use the comments to leave your list of the new and returning shows that you're so eager to see return that it hurts. If you feel like leaving an explanation, all the better.

By the way, after the jump, you'll not only see the shows I'm looking forward to seeing, but a list of shows that we plan on covering this fall. If you list something in the comments that we don't have on our review list, we may just add it. Oh, and if you want to make a case for a show, you could always call in to our online radio show tomorrow at 10 and let us know why we should add it to our coverage.

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