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Bobby Cannavale bounces back to Cold Case

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 24th 2009 11:10AM
You think Bobby Cannavale has felt the sting when all those episodes of the failed second go-round of Cupid have been burned off by ABC this past few weeks? It's got to be a shot to the ego, even for an established, successful Emmy-winning actor. Well, here's some news that should puff him back up again. Cold Case is bringing Bobby Cannavale back for the new season.

Cannavale appeared last season on Cold Case as Detective Eddie Saccardo, an undercover narcotics cop -- think Serpico with a sense of humor -- who had a brief romantic fling with Lily. It was one of the only happy things in Detective Rush's life last season, so the return of Eddie could be just what the doctor ordered for Kathryn Morris's character.

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More about CBS's plans for the new season

by Allison Waldman, posted May 19th 2009 12:03PM
Jenna hairWe're still over 24 hours away from CBS making their official announcements about the new season, but apparently pre-upfront news is as plentiful as upfront news, so here we are with more information about what CBS will be telling us tomorrow. In addition to the already leaked three dramas that are a go -- Alex O'Loughlin in Three Rivers, Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, and LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell in the NCIS spin-off -- today we've learned about three more new shows.

Jenna Elfman is back on TV with a new sitcom. In 2006, she tried a CBS comedy called Courting Alex that failed to click, but she had a five-year run on ABC with Dharma & Greg. The actress toplines Accidentally on Purpose, playing a film critic (and I hope whatever publication she writes for doesn't go belly-up like so many others these days) who accidentally gets pregnant after a fling with a younger man. I'm laughing already.

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Cops, doctors, and lawyers ... oh my!

by Debra McDuffee, posted Feb 6th 2009 6:06PM
Thirteen and Foreman from House MD
I was sitting down to watch TV last night, scanning through my choices on DVR: Lie to Me, Eleventh Hour, Life, Life on Mars.... I turned to my husband and said, "I think I'm sick of procedurals."

So I thought about what other shows we watch: Grey's Anatomy, House, Eli Stone, Damages... wait a minute, cops and doctors and lawyers... oh my! The only shining light, besides my TV on DVD, in our lineup is Leverage, so thanks again TNT for something different.

You can imagine, then, how I connected with James Hibbard's article today about the new fall TV pilots, and how they are all pretty much cop, lawyer or doctor shows. Yawn... I'm tired of these, so I scanned his list to find something unique. Did I?

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What happens to television if the strike lingers?

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 11th 2007 11:02AM

Bluestone Stoney RidgeWhat do you do when it's Fall Pilot season but there isn't anyone available to write pilots? Things are getting a little scary for next season's slate of new shows that don't exist yet. And last night, as our own Joel Keller reports, the networks and Television Critics Association (TCA) agreed to cancel the winter tour. It makes sense considering the TCA Tour generally involves the networks touting their upcoming programming to the 200 or so members of the association so as to get good press (hopefully) to build buzz. With the way things are going, had the event occurred, it would have been a very dry affair.

"So, we've got some reality shows coming up, and we're looking at doing some reruns."

"Really. Wow, that's interesting, which network were you again ... Oh that's right. It doesn't matter."

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FOX revises fall lineup

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 3rd 2007 1:39PM

FOXLast month, Isabelle told y'all the lineup for FOX this fall. Well, some changes have been made, so check them out below and be sure to change your wedding and baptism plans accordingly.

  • Bones will air Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., starting September 25.
  • Kitchen Nightmares will air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m., starting September 19.
  • Are Your Smarter Than A Fifth Grader will kick off its next season at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, followed by Don't Forget the Lyrics at 9:00 p.m. The two shows will air back to back on Thursday nights.

Meanwhile, New Amsterdam has been moved from September 25 to sometime midseason.

Also, as mentioned previously, Anchorwoman will debut on August 22 rather than August 21.

Minus the changes listed above, the aformentioned schedule is still correct.

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American Idol's band search to debut in October

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 1st 2007 11:23AM
American Idol castEarlier this year, Ryan Seacrest announced the American Idol-spinoff titled The Next Great American Band. The show would showcase the best garage talent this nation has to offer and let us vote for the next All-American Rejects or, better yet, Doughtry Daughtry.

We reported this spring that the show was trying to be stopped by the producers of the very similar America's Hot Musician. Apparently, the plan didn't work as Fox announced that the show, created by Simon Fuller of Idol and So You Think You Can Dance? fame, is set to debut October 19 according to Reality TV World.

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What's on tap at HBO

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 12th 2007 4:39PM

HBORicky's leaving, Bill's staying, and a bunch of other things are happening at HBO in regards to comedy (and drama). Here's what's what:

The new drama series, Tell Me You Love Me, kicks off September 9 at 9:00 p.m. It delves into the lives of three couples who all go to the same therapist. There's a couple in their 40s who no longer have sex, a couple in their 30s struggling to have their first child, and a couple in their 20s struggling to remain faithful to one another. So, there's a lot of struggling, in case I didn't use that word enough. The cast includes Jane Alexander, Michelle Borth, Tim DeKay, Aislinn Paul, Adam Scott, Kate Towne, Sonya Walger and Ally Walker.

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Carmen Electra, George and Izzie make big slips

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Mar 16th 2007 1:41PM
Izzie and George make a big liquor induced mistakeTo slip up is human. Sometimes we know not what we are going to do, or say things we don't mean to say or have any intentions on doing. If you were watching television yesterday and happened to take some notes, you might have learned a thing or two about slips.

After making an appearance and modeling for a 'Max Factor Clothes off Our Backs' charity event in Hollywood yesterday, Carmen Electra was quoted during her red carpet arrival, that she had never fallen on the catwalk before. Shortly thereafter she appeared on the catwalk and didn't realize she had jinxed herself and made a crash landing on the runway. Followed by an encore crash landing by Allison Sweeney of Days of Our Lives. Extra was there with cameras on and more than willing to showcase for all of us to see. How embarrassing.

However hard she fell, it would never be harder than the slip that George and Izzie made on Grey's Anatomy last night...

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Audience member sues Oprah

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 5th 2007 1:29PM
oprah winfreyThe gals who sit in the studio audience at Oprah can be brutal. One former audience member is suing Oprah's production company, claiming she was injured in the mad dash to get a good seat. Tayna Milner said she was pushed down some stairs at Harpo Studios in Chicago before a taping on April 11th. Milner is seeking more than $50,000 in damages for unspecified injuries, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. She is claiming that Harpo employees failed to keep control of the crowd of 40-something mothers with makeovers and cardigan sweaters (okay, I made up that last part).

This whole story goes along with how I picture Oprah's audience when it's not being taped. I always imagine women pulling each other's hair and dumping out their purses in the fight to get a good seat.

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Adam's Fall TV Schedule

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 16th 2006 8:01AM

everybody hates chrisEver since getting a Tivo a little over a year ago, I no longer watch TV shows when they actually air. When I'm not catching up with what's on my recorder, I'm either reading, listening to podcasts, or pounding out a blog post about what I'm watching on television. The big deletion from my Tivo Season Pass this year is House. I still admire the show, but for me the magic is gone. The season opener sat on my Tivo for quite a few days, unwatched. When I finally sat down to view it I realized, about fifteen minutes into it, that I had completely lost interest in it. I didn't even finish the episode, and took it off my Tivo for good. Perhaps my attitude will change in the coming weeks, but who knows? Anyway, some of these shows are winding down their current seasons, some have yet to air. All times are Central because I live in Minnesota.

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Anna's Fall TV Schedule

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 11th 2006 2:13PM
the officeThere are a handful of shows that I gave up this year, including The O.C., The New Adventures of Old Christine, Saturday Night Live, and CSI. It's not because of time constraints, it's because those shows are stupid. Looking at my television schedule, I see that my Mondays are super light and my Wednesdays are incredibly packed. I only have two TiVos, so we'll have to catch Mythbusters and South Park when they replay later in the week.


7 pm America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
8 pm The Simpsons (FOX)
8:30 pm The Amazing Race (CBS)
9 pm Family Guy (FOX)
10 pm Without a Trace (CBS)

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The Five: Brett's Fall Picks

by Brett Love, posted Sep 5th 2006 2:11PM
Lucy, Daughter of the DevilSliding in just under the wire ... Ok, a little tardy given that FOX has already fired up their entertainment machine, but none of those shows are on my list, so I think we are OK. I love this time of year. So many new episodes of so many shows that you have to start rethinking your sleep schedule. The clocks are set on the VCR's and there is 400 gigs of free space on the entertainment PC. Here are the five shows that I am most looking forward to.

1) Veronica Mars - After two great seasons, Veronica Mars has become my favorite show on television, bar none. I think the new three shorter mystery arcs format is going to work well. On top of that, the move to Tuesdays at 9/8 following Gilmore Girls gives the show its best time-slot to date. Hopefully that will bring a few more viewers to the table and we won't end season three wondering if there will be a season 4. I suspect that Veronica going to college is going to have a very similar feel to when Buffy did, and that sounds like a good thing.

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CBS releases fall premiere dates

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2006 12:34PM
CBS logoWell, folks, it's time to start arranging your calendars; the networks are beginning to announce the premiere dates for both their new shows and their returning shows. So, if you've been hankering to find out what happened to Lilly and Marshall on How I Met Your Mother, what the new show Jericho is going to be like, or how many new ways CSI is going to show a person's pancreas, then look below and make note of these dates:

9/14: Survivor: Cook Islands
9/17: The Amazing Race 10
9/18: The Class, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The New Adventures of Old Christine, CSI: Miami
9/19: NCIS, The Unit, Smith
9/20: Jericho, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY
9/21: CSI, Shark
9/22: Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home, Numb3rs
9/23: Crimetime Saturday, Crimetime Saturday, 48 Hours Mystery
9/24: 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race 10, Cold Case, Without a Trace

[via Cynopsis]

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Enjoy your ad-filled breakfast, courtesy of CBS

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 17th 2006 3:45PM
CBS EggsI reported this over on AdJab, but I figured the folks here would like to hear about this, too: The New York Times reports today that CBS will begin having ads etched on 35 million eggs, which will be distributed and sold nationwide. The etching, a laser-based process created by the company EggFusion, will consist of the network's eye logo, the name of a show or a featured lineup day, and an egg-related tag line. Some of the ovum-centric bon mots will include "CBS Mondays: Shelling Out Laughs", "CSI: Crack the Case on CBS", and "Shark: Hard-Boiled Drama". Yeah, I'm laughing on the inside, too.

Anyway, the eggs will also have expiration dates on them, which is what the etching technology was designed for in the first place. Apparently, the etchings can already be done on fruit, which will most definitely lead to the day when I'm biting into Katie Couric's face on an apple. When that day comes, I may just move to the mountains and check myself off the grid for good.

[via Mediabistro]

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TV Squad previews NBC's new shows

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 23rd 2006 10:36AM
nbc logoThe screeners have been pouring into the TV Squad offices for the past month now, and we're all dying to tell you what we think of everything. Are these new shows worth catching? Which ones seem likely to miserably fail? Which ones are not to miss? While we can't technically "review" these screeners, we were never told not to give you a short preview of these shows and what our initial thoughts are. (Side note: Joel and I talk about all of these and more in the latest APB podcast.)

So, to start things off, we've got a slew of NBC pilots to cover: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Heroes, Friday Night Lights, Kidnapped, 20 Good Years, 30 Rock and The Black Donnellys.

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