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Can 'Glee' Survive a Four-Month Break?

by Bryan Reesman, posted Nov 25th 2009 2:24PM
Those of us who watched 'Glee' prior to its September debut on Fox knew that it was something special. The combination of teenage antics, musical gusto and spirited characters make it a deliciously fun dramedy. So it was no surprise when it became the breakout hit of the season for the network. Yet despite its excellent ratings and loyal viewership, the sassy singing show is going on hiatus for the second time in two months.

The first break was not terrible. It occurred between late October and mid-November, which some of us could tolerate, but this time 'Glee' will be leaving the airwaves from December 9 to April 13 to make way for Fox's prime musical contender, 'American Idol'. Now we know that 'Idol' is a ratings monster that crushes the competition, but is that any reason to deny the growing legions of Gleeks their weekly fix?

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Anti-24 show coming to FX

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 13th 2007 8:10AM
FX logoI'm not really sure if this should go in the Drama or Comedy category.

FX has six drama pilots in contention for this fall, and one of them is The Patriot, which is being described as "the anti-24," because it shows all of the mundane things an agent has to go through every single day and not the "there's a nuclear bomb going off/I'm being tortured/gun battle" stuff that Jack Bauer goes through. There's potential here for realistic drama (it's written by Steven Conrad, the man who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness) or funny satire. Maybe they can show him getting coffee in the morning, getting a parking ticket, having a problem with human resources, that sort of thing.

Because there are so many dramas that might make the schedule, FX is going to add more episodes of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, so there's enough comedy on the network too. It returns September 13.

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Are you ready for another national morning show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 18th 2006 2:29PM
FOXIf The Today Show and Good Morning, America aren't enough for you. If CBS This Morning doesn't float your boat, and you don't really want to watch CNN's American Morning or your local morning show, then FOX has another option coming next year.

The network will launch a national morning program from New York, to be hosted by FOX News personalities Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy. It will feature news and celebs and music and all that. In other words, another morning show.

This flashes me back to the days when FOX actually did have a morning show. When they took Breakfast Time from FX, changed it to FOX After Breakfast, destroyed it, and then changed it into the Vicki Lawrence Show. Ugh. What a sad end to one of the great morning shows in history.

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