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Will & Grace creators get new ABC pilot

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 18th 2008 3:26PM
WillandGracewritersSo, now that the strike is over -- can I get a 'yippee' to that, people? -- there's a "post strike rush" in Hollywood. It's not gold they're after, it's pilots. According to TV Guide, ABC has just given the thumbs up to the creators of Will & Grace, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, for a new sitcom. The still untitled comedy, done as a spec script prior to the WGA strike, sounds like something right in the Kohan-Mutchnick wheelhouse.

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NBC to burn off Four Kings eps this summer

by Anna Johns, posted May 8th 2006 8:13AM
four kingsNBC must think we're desperate for television during the summer (OK, that might be true). The network is going to air all the remaining episodes of Four Kings as soon as May ratings are over. You may remember that NBC swiftly canceled Four Kings way back in March when everybody realized that it sucked (Sorry, Seth Green. I still heart you! Robot Chicken rocks!).

The remaining six episodes begin airing on Thursday, May 25 at 8:30 pm. It looks as though they'll continue each Thursday night until the new America's Got Talent results show takes over the timeslot on July 13.

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NBC pulls Four Kings

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 21st 2006 5:05PM
Four Kings is doneHere's a welcome piece of news (at least to me), via our friends at The Futon Critic (and via another TVS-friendly blogger, Whitney Matheson of USAToday.com): NBC has yanked the remaining six episodes of Four Kings from the schedule, replacing them with reruns of My Name Is Earl. No word if the six leftover episodes will air, but it's not looking good. Two of the stars have already signed on to new pilots, so the show's pretty much dead. Not that I'll miss it, but it would be nice if Seth Green was starred in at least one successful show that didn't involve clay chickens, know what I mean?

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And I Quote: the best one-liners of the week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2006 1:59PM
  • Jon Stewart"OK, let's cut this bitch open." - Dr. Ron, after hearing Susan say "Mike" before surgery, on Desperate Housewives.
  • "The opposite of love isn't hate. It's indifference." - Bree, trying to tell Andrew they still have a chance to be a family, on Desperate Housewives.
  • "Shhh...don't say that. There's one in the brochure." - Christine, to her son on his first day at private school, who asked, "where are all the black kids?", on The New Adventures of Old Christine.
  • "Save the orphans...some of them don't have parents!...Save the orphans...use them as bait for scholarships!" - lyrics to a jingle that beat out Charlie's entry, on Two and a Half Men.
  • "I hope she doesn't have a lisp." - Jon Stewart, wondering what Sharon Stone meant when she said on a trip to Israel, "I came in my faith," on The Daily Show.
  • "I didn't hire you to hang out in the bathroom and watch me walk my horse!" - Russ the boss, to an employee, on The Loop.
  • "First of all, don't ever f***king wink at me again. I'm not your waitress at Fridays." - Jon Stewart, on CNN reporter Rick Sanchez, winking to the audience before giving a demonstration on what it's like to drive a police car, on The Daily Show.
  • "Yeah, but always gliding? I mean, are the floors slippery? Does she live on a glacier?" - Ben, to the girl he's dating, about the "graceful" woman in her short story, on Four Kings.
  • "Stacey is my fiancee's daughter. I think she'll have a good time. As long as she doesn't look on my computer. (Laughs) Actually, I better go check." - , Kevin, during "Take Your Daughter To Work Day," on The Office.

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The long list of shows that may not return in the fall

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 10th 2006 9:28AM
upfronts criminal intentThe upfronts are right around the corner, where network executives let advertisers know what shows will be making the cut for next fall. Early word from MediaLife is that NBC has the longest list of shows might not be returning. Probably the most surprising show on the list is Law and Order: Criminal Intent. With the rotating cast and drooping ratings, media watchers say this one is likely on the chopping block (the other two are safe, though). Things aren't looking good for Commander in Chief, either. And, of course, we already knew that there is a good chance Scrubs will be... scrubbed (but possibly get new life on ABC).

Here are the shows (on all networks) that media buyers think are in danger of cancellation:

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What's on tonight: new Survivor, Dancing, Earl, Office, CSI, ER, Smallville

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2006 2:59PM
  • Will and GraceSurvivor Panama: Exile Island premieres on CBS at 8pm. It's followed by new eps of CSI and Without A Trace.
  • ABC has a new Dancing With The Stars, followed by a new Crumbs and a new Primetime.
  • NBC is all new tonight, with Will and Grace at 8, followed by Four Kings, My Name Is Earl, The Office, and ER.
  • FOX has a new That 70s Show at 8, a repeat at 8:30, then a new The O.C.
  • The WB has new eps of Smallville and Beauty and the Geek.
  • Hey, UPN has new eps tonight! Everybody Hates Chris at 8, and then Love, Inc., Eve, and Cuts.
  • Martin Yan joins Emeril on a repeat episode of Emeril Live on Food Network at 8.   
  • E! has the two hour special 50 Most Outrageous TV Moments at 8.
  • Some 8pm movies: TMC has Agent Cody Banks 2, while FLIX has No Small Affair, with Jon Cryer and Demi Moore. 
  • At 9, ESPN has 40 Moments That Define The Super Bowl
  • 9pm movies: Oxygen has Jennifer Aniston in The Good Girl, Hallmark has Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid in The Parent Trap, and the Sci-Fi Channel has Antonio Banderas in The 13th Warrior
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Designer's Challenge, followed by a new House Hunters.
  • At 10, Food Network unveils The Secrets of Kitchen Stadium.
  • Lots of new stuff on the Travel Channel, starting at 10: Million Dollar Yachts, two eps of Amazing Vacation Homes, and two eps of Flight Attendant School.
  • Showtime has two repeats of Penn and Teller's Bull....! at 10. 
  • Discovery Times has a new Only In America, focusing on the Burning Man festival. It's on at 10 too. 
  • At 11, HGTV has a new Design, Inc., followed by a new Small Space, Big Style.   
  • Also at 11: a pretty funny SNL repeat on E, with Tom Brady and Beck.
  • At 12:30am, a new Neon Genesis Evangelion on Cartoon Network.  

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What's on tonight: new Smallville, live Will and Grace, Crumbs premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 12th 2006 2:37PM
  • My Name Is EarlNBC has another live episode of Will and Grace at 8pm. It's followed by new eps of Four Kings, My Name Is Earl, The Office, and ER.
  • ABC has a 90 minute Dancing With The Stars at 8, followed by the debut of Fred Savage's new sitcom Crumbs, and then a new Primetime.
  • CBS, for some reason, has all repeats tonight: CSI: Miami, CSI, and Without A Trace.
  • FOX has a new That 70s Show at 8, followed by a repeat That 70s Show and a new The O.C.
  • The WB has a new Smallville, followed by a new Beauty and the Geek.
  • UPN has all repeats too: Everybody Hates Chris at 8, and then Love, Inc, Eve, and Cuts.
  • AMC has Timothy Dalton as 007 in The Living Daylights. It's on at 8.
  • Also at 8: a repeat Emeril Live has the chef cooking old-fashioned fruit desserts. On the Food Network.
  • I've never seen the game show MXC, but there's a new ep on Spike at 9 (followed by a repeat).
  • HBO has The Grudge at 9, while HBO2 has Million Dollar Baby.
  • At 10, A&E has a new episode of Dallas SWAT, while HGTV has a new House Hunters.
  • MTV has a new episode of True Life titled "I'm on Steroids."
  • Also at 10: some westerns on American Life: Sugarfoot, Kung Fu, and then Maverick.
  • Some 10pm movies: WE has Janeane Garofalo in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, while TCM has Castle in the Sky.
  • At 11, some goodies for cartoon fans on Cartoon Network: repeats of Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Futurama.
  • Some people love him, some don't, but you can catch two repeat eps of The Andy Milonakis Show on MTV2 at 11.  
  • On the Sundance Channel at 11, Brian Grazer interviews Sumner Redstone on Iconoclasts.
  • At midnight, ESPN2 has the State Farm U.S. Championships figure skating.   

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So much for Must See TV

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 7th 2006 11:37AM
NBC can't exactly claim victory for its first attempt at re-launching Must See TV Thursday nights. Not only did CSI kick the butts of Earl and The Office, but NBC also had fewer viewers than ABC's launch of Dancing with the Stars. The ratings hold good and bad news for NBC. The comedy bloc, which included Will & Grace, Four Kings, My Name is Earl, and The Office, averaged 9.2 million viewers, which is about half of what ABC and CBS each got. NBC not only trailed way behind the other networks in ratings, it also trailed in the coveted 18-49 age group. Earl's ratings weren't as high as they had been when it aired on Tuesday nights, but The Office hit a season high.

I guess I'm part of the minority. I checked out Four Kings and I gave up CSI in favor of Earl and The Office. CSI is getting boring, anyway. What do you choose on Thursday nights?

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And I Quote: the best one-liners of the week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 6th 2006 5:32PM
  • Jon Stewart"Although, as an avid watcher of the Oscars, I can't help but be a little disappointed with the choice. It appears to be another sad attempt to smoke out Billy Crystal." - Jon Stewart, on being the new host of The Academy Awards.
  • "I don't know why, but don't ever say that phrase to me again." - Jason, to Bobby, doing laundry and asking, "can I piggy-back on your load?", on Four Kings
  • "Why do I have to pay $35 to get into my own house?" - Top 10 Things Elvis Would Say If He Were Alive Today, on The Late Show With David Letterman.

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Mid-season television preview

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 1st 2006 8:02PM
Now that 2005 is behind us, we can look forward to new and returning favorite shows all this month on television. What will you be watching?

South Beach (Wednesdays, UPN) Two hot, New York City working-class bachelors leave the big city behind to follow one of their girlfriends to South Beach, FL, only to discover that she has a new boyfriend. They get mixed up with the rich and famous in the club scene. After viewing a sneak preview on UPN's website, it looks like a guilty pleasure like The O.C., except with more sex and no high school. Jennifer Lopez is the executive producer and it co-stars Vanessa Williams as a club owner and mother to one of the main characters. South Beach premieres on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 8 pm.

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Is the new Must-See TV really Must-See?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2005 10:51AM

So NBC has all these dramatic commercials that they're running over and over again, saying that they've had a long tradition of having the best comedies on Thursday nights, and starting next week they'll be a return to NBC's "Must-See Thursday" that they used to have when shows like Friends and The Cosby Show ruled the airwaves.

But will it really be "Must-See TV?" Sure, The Office is a great show, and I can see if becoming a classic, but is My Name Is Earl really "Must-See" worthy? I mean, yeah, it's a good show, but I don't know if it's been on long enough or has the wall-to-wall critical acclaim. And what about Four Kings and Will and Grace? Four Kings hasn't even been on yet (the pilot is getting mixed reviews at best) and Will and Grace is in its last season!

How does all this add up to the "Must-See" future of NBC comedy?

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Seth Green talks up Four Kings

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 20th 2005 5:54PM
seth green Seth Green just did some press for Four Kings, which premieres on Thursday, January 5th. In this AOL interview, he talks up the show a bit, saying all four guys have good chemistry and he's having fun. But, he's also realistic about the uncertainty with new sitcoms. He's been through enough to understand that you never know if it's going to be the next Cheers or the next bomb. Seth also talks briefly about Buffy alumni, and all of his other projects including Robot Chicken and Family Guy. It's funny, because Seth's calm, "whatever, dude" demeanor definitely comes across in the interview.

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