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Castle: Inventing the Girl

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 6th 2009 10:31AM
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(S02E03) I don't watch Castle because I really need another New York-based police procedural in my life. I watch it because it's funny, quirky, and because Nathan Fillion is dreamy. So while I would be hard-pressed to ever find a bad episode of Castle, this one wasn't my favorite. It just wasn't fun enough.

I'm not really enthralled with models, so the whole "behind the scenes at Fashion Week" thing really doesn't appeal to me very much. However, I do like how the theme of youth and beauty plays itself out throughout the show; first with the obsession over these qualities inherent in the modeling world, then with Castle's realization that he is at the age in which the beautiful young woman he meets isn't someone he met at a party, but rather the gawky girl who babysat his daughter and watched High School Musical with her. All the while, Castle's mother is dealing with the fact that she is no longer getting the ingenue parts, but is instead being offered that of the the crazy granny who dies offstage.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2009 6:01PM
FringeHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Every week I see tons and tons of TV DVDs released, and the only thing I can think of is "when is _______ going to be released?" Sure, I'll get The Office this week (but borrow someone else's Fringe), but I don't really see anything else that cries out "buy me for your collection!" I'm still waiting for Spenser: For Hire and Ed.

  • Alvin & The Chipmunks - Star Wreck
  • The Alvin Show - The Very First Alvin Show
  • Beany & Cecil - Special Edition: Vol. 2
  • Criminal Minds - Season 4
  • Dog The Bounty Hunter - Best of Season 5
  • Fringe - Season 1

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USA getting involved in Covert Affairs with Piper Perabo

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 31st 2009 2:00PM
Piper PeraboPiper Perabo's most recognizable roles have been in the Cheaper by the Dozen films, as well as a turn in Coyote Ugly. And yet, hers is one of those names unique enough to remember. Someone at USA recalled Perabo well enough to cast her in Covert Affairs, a pilot about a young CIA trainee abruptly called up as a field operative. While she thinks it's because she's so awesome and all, it turns out that it has more to do with some secret in her past.

In other words, she may be woefully unprepared for the cases she finds herself involved in. At least she'll have Christopher Gorham (Harper's Island) on hand to help her navigate, though I wouldn't trust him. Plus, he's blind which limits his abilities in the field.

For those of you tracking which of the Harper's Island alumni would be the first to land regular work elsewhere, it looks like it was the most unstable of the bunch. I guess that means Gorham won't be available for that Weekend at Bernie's style reunion special.

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'Harper's Island': How CBS Killed This Summer's Guiltiest Pleasure

by Sandra Deane, posted Jul 14th 2009 5:00PM
Harper's Island'Harper's Island' sounded like the perfect recipe for cheesy summer fun -- a 13-episode Agatha Christie style whodunit where wedding guests gather in a lush locale only to be killed off one by one. Unfortunately, CBS was swifter with the ax than the show's mystery serial killer. After just three episodes, the network yanked it from its sweet Thursday slot and buried it in the Saturday primetime wasteland.

Thanks to the DVR "record series" option, some indulged in their weekly hour of TV horror uninterrupted (gotta love technology), but the majority of viewers were left confused and annoyed when the show was relocated with little fanfare. It was a boneheaded move by the network that cost them ratings: 'Harper's' average viewers dropped a steep 50% -- from 7 million to 3.5 million -- in the Saturday slot.

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Second Season of 'Harper's Island' Unlikely & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 14th 2009 12:00PM
Harper's Island and Neil Patrick Harris

'Harper's Island''s may be killed off, Neil Patrick Harris will host the Emmys (for real this time), Maura Tierney explains her mystery illness and more of today's top TV headlines.

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What's On Tonight: Kings, 20Q, Sand Serpents, Eli Stone

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 11th 2009 4:09PM
Harper's Island

  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, then a new True Jackson, VP.
  • Cartoon Network has a new BrainRush at 8, followed by a new Destroy Build Destroy.
  • GSN has a new 20Q at 8, then a new episode of The Money List.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, followed by a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CBS has the two-hour series finale of Harper's Island.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Syfy has the movie Sand Serpents at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has the movie The Gambler, The Girl, and The Gunslinger.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eli Stone.
  • There's a new episode of The Dish on Style at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Here's a preview of the Harper's Island series finale

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 6th 2009 8:04PM
How would the remaining cast of CBS' Harper's Island like to die? That's one of the things you'll see in this video below. There's also footage of the two-hour series finale, which airs this Saturday.

And I'm sorry to fans who question my using the term "series finale" when it's the season finale and the show could always come back. Well, I'm basing it on the fact that this was meant to be a limited series and that CBS quickly moved the show to Saturday nights because of low ratings.

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I don't care what you say, I actually like Harper's Island

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2009 11:05AM
Harper's IslandI know Harper's Island has been panned by everyone from television critics to deranged psychopathic killers with a penchant for islands, but I don't care. For eleven weeks now, I've followed along on this silly ride, and I've been enjoying the hell out of it. It's the horror-mystery aspect of it. Sure, I'm a little disappointed that the killer (so far) isn't one of the main cast members, but I'm having fun watching the cast get taken out "one by one," as creepy-little-girl says each week in the intro.

I was always a huge fan of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None. Plus, I'm a sucker for a long-form story in television. I think this is one of those things television has over the movies. You can't take thirteen hours to tell a mystery in the theaters. That's one of the reasons I'm never as impressed with the done-in-one shows. You have this format that allows for these massively detailed long stories so why not use it? I don't care if you don't think Americans have the attention span for it; I do. And aren't you supposed to be programming for me?

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What's On Tonight: iCarly, Ellen, Doctor Who, Man vs. Cartoon

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2009 4:45PM
  • Eli StoneAt 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, followed by a new True Jackson, VP.
  • Disney has the movie Princess Protection Program at 8.
  • TCM has Notorious at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new BrainRush at 8, then a new Destroy Build Destroy.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • TBS has Ellen's Bigger, Longer and Wider Show at 9.
  • BBC America has the premiere of Doctor Who: The Next Doctor at 9, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • Food Network has a Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives marathon at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eli Stone.
  • Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends at 10.
  • Also at 10: TruTV has a new Man vs. Cartoon.
  • At 10:30, HGTV has a new HGTV's Top 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: BrainRush, Harper's Island, Ultimate Fighter

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 20th 2009 4:09PM
Kings

  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new BrainRush at 8, then a new Destroy Build Destroy.
  • GSN has a new 20Q at 8, followed by a new episode of The Money List.
  • TCM has Random Harvest at 8, then The Bad Seed.
  • Current has Jack Black and Michael Cera Take Over Current at 8.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter at 9.
  • Also at 9: FUSE has Bonnaroo 2009.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eli Stone.
  • Style has a new episode of The Dish at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Kings, iCarly, Star Runners, Suze Orman

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2009 4:05PM
Man vs. Cartoon

  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, followed by new episodes of True Jackson, VP and The Naked Brothers Band.
  • GSN's "Big Saturday Night" starts at 8, with 20Q and The Money List.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Primeval at 9, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Star Runners at 9.
  • Also at 9: CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • TruTV has the series premiere of Man vs. Cartoon at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Game Show Awards, Worst Week, Pushing Daisies

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 6th 2009 4:07PM
  • 48 Hours MysteryHBO2 has a True Blood marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game.
  • GSN has the Game Show Awards at 8.
  • At 8:30, CBS has a new Worst Week, then new episodes of Harper's Island and 48 Hours Mystery.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8:30, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, BBC America has a new Primeval at 9, followed by a new Graham Norton Show.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has the movie Come Dance At My Wedding.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Pushing Daisies, Graham Norton Show

by Bob Sassone, posted May 30th 2009 4:02PM
Harper's Island

  • C-SPAN2 has new episodes of Book TV all night.
  • At 8, NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game.
  • TNT has the Cavaliers/Magic game at 8.
  • TCM has Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (with Spencer Tracy) at 8.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, followed by a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • Sci-Fi has The Book of Beasts at 9.
  • Hallmark has Safe Harbor at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Primeval, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends at 10.
  • At 12:30, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach, followed by a new Code Geass.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Lakers/Nuggets, Jonas, Harper's Island

by Bob Sassone, posted May 23rd 2009 4:01PM
  • PrimevalCSPAN2 has new episodes of Book TV all night.
  • At 8, ABC has the Lakers/Nuggets game.
  • Disney Channel has a new Jonas at 8.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Primeval.
  • At 10, Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends.
  • Style has a new episode of The Dish at 10.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach, followed by a new Code Geass.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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CBS Cancels 'Without a Trace,' 'Eleventh Hour'

by Andrew Scott, posted May 20th 2009 11:00AM
Without a TraceOn the heels of yesterday's cancellation of 'The Unit,' CBS is now saying goodbye to 'Without a Trace' and 'Eleventh Hour.'

'Eleventh Hour' ran for one season in the network's 10PM slot, which will now be filled by ratings juggernaut 'The Mentalist,' according to Variety.

Meanwhile, the Ausiello Files says 'Without a Trace''s cancellation came down to the wire. 'Trace' battled 'Numb3rs' for the network's final spot, but lost out because 'Numb3rs' is reportedly "less expensive to produce."


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