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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Returning Shows We're Excited For (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 26th 2011 12:00PM
During the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV.

And here it is: Our fifth and final critics roundtable chat, showing a little love for our favorite returning shows.


If you missed any chats this week, there's best new comedy, best new drama, worst new show and star we're happiest to see on TV. This one might be the most interesting because it's about shows you already know and love, too ... but it also highlights just how tough the competition will be for the new shows we've discussed, good and bad.

So now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan as we chat all about the returning shows we're most excited for.

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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Stars We're Excited to See (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 25th 2011 12:00PM
Zooey! Jorge and Michael! Sarah Michelle (with or without her magical crabs)! Welcome to Part 4 of our critics roundtable debate, all about the stars we're most excited to see on our TVs this year.

Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV, and this one has the most laughs.


I've split our chat into five insightful videos -- best new comedy, best new drama, worst new show and star we're happiest to see on TV (watch all four below), and returning show we're most excited for (posting Friday) -- so check back tomorrow for the last installment.

For now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to find out which stars we're most excited to see on TV.

And watch until the very end for a hilarious (to us, at least) crabby outtake ... anyone else ever sat through 'Simply Irresistible'?

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'The Walking Dead' Season 2: Four Creepy Teasers (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2011 4:00PM
The Walking DeadThe air is beginning to cool and the leaves are getting ready to change. Do you know what that means? The return of 'The Walking Dead.'

AMC has released four new 11-second trailers just in time to satiate our hunger for all things zombies. The new teasers feature Glenn, Rick, Andrea and a boatload of zombies.

The clips don't reveal much about the Season 2 plot, but we do know our favorite zombie apocalypse survivors will stumble on a working farm and meet its inhabitants played by Lauren Cohan and Scott Wilson.

Check out the new previews below.

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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Worst New Show (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 24th 2011 12:00PM
Welcome to Part 3 of our critics roundtable debate, all about the worst new shows of the upcoming 2011-2012 TV season. Yes, up until now these debates been a lot of sparkles and rainbows tied up in hope, but not this one -- the claws are out.

Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV.

Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Comedy

I've split our chat into five insightful videos, and we'll be posting a new one here on AOL TV everyday this week -- best new comedy, best new drama and worst new show (watch all three below), then star we're happiest to see on TV (Thursday) and returning show we're most excited for (Friday) -- so keep checking back for more.

Right now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to get our brutally honest take on today's topic: Worst new show.

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'Pan Am' and 'The Playboy Club': Obsessive, Miniaturist and Yes, Sexist

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 23rd 2011 5:00PM


I always thought I was a fan of period pieces -- 'Merchant & Ivory,' HBO's 'Rome', Austen adaptations -- but I wish the '60s would go away. Not the '60s as they happened, the '60s as they've been reconstructed by pop culture. Nostalgia for this version is so tedious. The clothes are so specific and so binding, the important historical figures and dates are capital-"I" important, and the rampant inequality on display is plain old gross.

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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Drama (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 23rd 2011 12:00PM
Welcome to Part 2 of our critics roundtable debate, all about the best new dramas of the upcoming 2011-2012 TV season. Which new shows made the list? You'll have to watch and see ...

Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV.

Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Comedy

I've split our chat into five insightful videos, and we'll be posting a new one here on AOL TV everyday this week -- best new comedy and best new drama (watch both below), worst new show (Wednesday), star we're happiest to see on TV (Thursday) and returning show we're most excited for (Friday) -- so keep checking back for more.

Right now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to get our honest take on today's topic: Best new drama.

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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Comedy (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 22nd 2011 12:00PM
The best part about the fast-approaching fall TV season isn't just previewing and reviewing the new series and interviewing the shows' stars -- it's catching up with the biggest, most respected critics from across the country to get their take on the shows as well.

So we thought we'd start the debate. During the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV.

Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Comedy

I've split our chat into five insightful videos, and we'll be posting a new one here on AOL TV everyday this week -- best new comedy, best new drama (posting Tuesday), worst new show (Wednesday), star we're happiest to see on TV (Thursday) and returning show we're most excited for (Friday) -- so keep checking back for more.

Right now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to get our honest take on today's topic: Best new comedy.

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The Battle of the Sexes: Men vs. Women in the 2011-2012 TV Season

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 11th 2011 12:00PM
Are TV viewers too dumb to decide which shows they're supposed to be watching? Apparently the broadcast TV networks think so.

With lineups that include an astounding number of gender-specific titles for the 2011-2012 season, it's starting to feel like the battle of the sexes is waging a new war on primetime TV.



It's as if the networks are sending out a loud and clear message to their audiences on both sides of the gender pool. Men: You should only be watching shows with the word "man" or some variation of that word in the title! And women: Don't mind the number of shows that had the word b*tch in the title (two: 'G.C.B.' and 'Apartment 23') -- we've changed them to be more female-friendly so you'll feel comfortable tuning in!

Curious how cross-gender, multi-sexual and downright all-inclusive these new un-sexily sex-titled shows are? We've judged and ranked them on a Sexist-o-Meter scale of 1-10, 1 being pretty inoffensive, and 10 being circa-1985 levels of shocking close-mindedness.

Let's take a look ...

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The 'Chelsea Lately' Roundtable: TV's New Casting Mecca

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 1st 2011 1:45PM
Chelsea HandlerIt doesn't really matter if you think Chelsea Handler's talk show is funny or not, because the TV casting gods have decided that it is.

Five -- count 'em five -- 'Chelsea Lately' comedians have secured lead and supporting roles on network TV shows this fall, and that's not counting how many guest spots the rest of them are probably lining up. So has the 'Chelsea Lately' roundtable become the new casting couch?

Now we should note that these aren't the first lucky/intrepid stand-ups to try to hit it big without Handler: Jen Kirkman famously quit her gig at 'Chelsea' to write for 'Perfect Couples' on NBC, but came back when that show got canceled. And roundtable regular Josh Wolf appeared on several episodes of 'Raising Hope' last season, but never really quit his "day job."

But a few full-time gigs might take the following funny people from late night to primetime for good ... or at least for a while. Take a look at what Chelsea's merry crew of inappropriate comedians will be up to next season.

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When Does Your Favorite Show Return This Fall?

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 1st 2011 10:00AM
Although we have the entirety of the summer to get through -- it's just barely July, after all -- the major TV networks have already begun preparing for fall, including rolling out the 2011-2012 premiere dates for their new and returning shows.

Want to know what happens with Brennan and Booth and their baby on 'Bones'? You'll have to wait until November to find that out. Eager to check out ABC's slick new '60s-set soap 'Pan Am'? The series premieres at the end of September. And if you're looking forward to the return of '90210' to The CW and the return of Sarah Michelle Gellar to TV in 'Ringer,' both will premiere in early September.

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But what about the rest of the promising new shows? Below, a handy guide to the fall premiere dates for ABC, CBS, Fox and The CW.

Note: NBC has yet to announce its fall schedule -- when they do, we'll add it here -- but you can check out what the AOL TV team thought of all the network's new shows here.

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ABC Announces Fall Premiere Dates

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 27th 2011 2:00PM
ABC fall premiere datesWant to watch one of ABC's new fall shows? ABC announced its fall premiere dates today, so now you know exactly how long you'll have to wait for your first glimpse at the network's newest stars.

Mon., Sept. 19 marks the return of 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'Castle,' with a week full of premieres following. The first new show will bow on Sept. 21, with Emily VanCamp's 'Revenge' taking the 10PM slot. We'll be introduced to the new 'Charlie's Angels' the following day, and the slick '60s style of 'Pan Am' will anchor the lineup on Sun., Sept. 25.

'Suburgatory' will be paired with 'Happy Endings' on the 28th, and the network's man-themed comedies, 'Man Up' and 'Last Man Standing,' will bow throughout the month of October. Rounding out the schedule of new shows is 'Once Upon a Time,' which won't debut until the end of October.

Check out the full schedule after the jump.

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The CW Fall Premiere Dates: When Will 'The Vampire Diaries' Return?

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 20th 2011 3:35PM
The CWSummer hasn't even officially begun yet, but The CW is already planning for fall.

The network announced the premiere dates for its fall shows today. While The CW traditionally debuts its shows earlier than the other networks, this year it's scattering the return of its original programming throughout the month of September.

Returning series include 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' '90210,' 'Nikita' and 'Supernatural,' while the channel's three new scripted series are 'Ringer,' 'The Secret Circle' and 'Hart of Dixie.' The network's reality night will see 'America's Next Top Model' paired with the new 'H8R.'

So, when will your favorite vampires and your soon-to-be favorite witches come back? Check out the schedule after the jump.

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NBC Pilots Snap Judgments: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 16th 2011 12:00PM
NBC Pilots: Smash, Grimm & Up All NightWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate in the fall or midseason. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of NBC's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season. (Read up and watch previews here)

There are nine new scripted shows -- the good (we want 'Smash' now!), bad (the 'Grimm' headline writes itself) and holy-hell-remember-how-funny-Will-Arnett-is ('Up All Night' is a delight) -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba and Laura Prudom.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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The CW Pilots Snap Judgments: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 14th 2011 12:00PM
The CW's Ringer, The Secret Circle & Hart of DixieWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate in the fall. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of The CW's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are only three new scripted shows (read up and watch previews here) but plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick and Laura Prudom.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Come Fall, the Surreal and Supernatural Rule the Airwaves

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:00PM


It would be easy to blame it all on 'Lost' -- our obsession with the supernatural, the insolvable mystery, the sense that things are not what they seem. Since the day day Jack Shephard first opened his eyes on that highly metaphorical island, television has been growing increasingly infested with science fiction, fantasy and supernatural tales, once the purview of cult shows and brilliant-but-canceled lists.

Add to that the rise of the vampire love story as standard fare for both teens and adults, and the emergence of two great ass-whooping heroines in Lisbeth Salander ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo') and Katniss Everdeen ('The Hunger Games'), and it's not hard to see what well the fall television slate is drawing from.

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