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'Heroes' Director Boards Syfy's 'Haven'

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2010 12:45PM
syfy logoAdam Kane, who directed episodes of 'Heroes' and 'The Mentalist,' is diving back into genre TV with Stephen King's 'Haven.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director has singed to helm the pilot for Syfy's upcoming supernatural series, based on King's novella, 'The Colorado Kid.'

The project, which centers on an FBI agent investigating a murder in a creepy town in Maine, has snagged Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour and Richard Donat for key roles. Rose, who chatted with us about the show last week, plays the agent who, she said, is also trying to solve a personal mystery that's "driven her whole life."

'Haven' has some strong ties to the 'The Dead Zone,' the last TV show adapted from King's work. Show producers Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan and Scott Shepherd are all 'Dead Zone' vets who guided that series through six respectable seasons on USA. Time will tell if 'Haven,' which is also being pitched to networks abroad, will have a similar shelf life.

The series is set to premiere later this year.

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Bubble Shows Battle for Renewal

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 5th 2010 10:00AM
The battle is on for the last few spots in next fall's television line-up and according to the Hollywood Reporter, it's coming down to the wire for some of television's longest-running and most buzzed about shows.

While it's still too early to tell just how the chips will fall, since many networks are still waiting to evaluate its crop of new pilots, several shows that were once the talk of Hollywood appear to be on the chopping block. Among those shows unlikely to return: 'FlashForward,' 'Numb3rs' and 'Cold Case.'

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'Heroes' Baddie Robert Knepper Joins 'Stargate Universe'

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 22nd 2010 3:31PM
robert knepper heroes stargate universeSome actors were just born to play bad guys, and Robert Knepper is one of the best. He terrorized the prisoners on 'Prison Break', manipulated the heroes on 'Heroes', and now he's gunning for the troubled Destiny crew on 'Stargate Universe'.

Knepper has been cast as a villain on the second season of 'SGU'. He's landed the role Simeon, a key member of a dangerous group of space pirates called the Lucian Alliance. Our pals at Gateworld have snagged some 'SGU' casting docs that say Simeon will come into serious conflict with Robert Carlyle's character, Dr. Rush, which will culminate in a tense standoff between the two.

Knepper's 'Heroes' baddie Samuel Sullivan might've flamed out at the end of last season, but he was still the best thing about that show all year. I can't wait to see him (and his soul patch) face off against Carlyle on 'SGU'.

Remember to head back to TV Squad next week for a review of the 'SGU' mid-season premiere, "Space," airing April 2 on Syfy.

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NBC Loves 'Chuck' But '24' Might Be Too Expensive

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2010 4:07PM
NBC logoNo, we here at TV Squad haven't suddenly lost our minds. '24' is indeed on FOX, not NBC, but there's a possibility that the show could change networks if FOX decides that this is the last season of the drama, and NBC execs have talked about picking it up.

That's one of the topics talked about in The Live Feed's interview with NBC head programmer Angela Bromstad. It's unlikely that the show would come over to NBC because it's much too expensive, but Bromstead isn't completely ruling it out because it's something that has been talked about. As for other NBC shows, the network is very happy with the way 'Chuck' is performing and the same is true about 'Community,' though neither of those shows have been guaranteed another season.

As for that other show that people wonder whether or not is coming back, 'Heroes,' Bromstad says she met with creator Tim Kring last week and they talked over some things, but there's no word yet on whether that show will come back for another (probably final?) season.

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Randy's 'Survivor' Exit Interview

by Audrey Fine, posted Feb 26th 2010 3:40PM
Randy BaileyAfter two demoralizing defeats, the sun finally shined (even though it was raining) on 'Survivor''s good guys last night. The "Heroes" shut out the "Villains" in a particularly physical "sumo-style" rock 'em sock 'em robots-type challenge -- replete with ooey-gooey mud.

The Heroes delighted in tossing meanie after meanie into the muck and when it came down to the last pair, Randy vs. James, the contest became almost laughable.

A nano-second after Jeff's "Go!" Randy was neck deep in mud and he'd barely have time to wash it off before his tribe -- seemingly under Parvati's flirty spell -- snuffed the torch he'd just gotten to light. (Randy's rebuttal? Tossing the buff into the fire on his way out. Effigy. Nice touch.)

Does the 50-year-old Texan think he got the boot just because he doesn't have a "pretty smile and a nice wiggle" like the girls on his tribe? Yup. Is he happy about it? We're guessing not.

Did he have the patience to respond to our notoriously goofy questions? Have a look ...

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Which Shows Are on the Bubble?

by Gary Susman, posted Feb 16th 2010 10:00AM
Which of your favorite network shows are likely to survive another season, and which are doomed? Valentine's Day seems as good a time as any to see which primetime shows are still getting some network love, which may be why the weekend provided us with three detailed breakdowns -- from Entertainment Weekly, The Wrap and The Hollywood Reporter -- of the cancellation odds for every network's primetime lineup.

Predicting which of the shows currently on the bubble are going to be spared the ax is hardly an exact science, yet what's interesting about these three lists of survival odds is how nearly unanimous they are. For instance, all three seem to think that 'Smallville''s move to TV's Friday night boneyard has all but ensured the show's survival, and that the CW is all but certain to keep the series, even though the nine-year-old show is the oldest thing on the youth-obsessed network. Conversely, everyone thinks the same network's 'Melrose Place' is doomed. Read on to see where your favorite series placed on the various bubble lists.

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Which Shows Are on the Endangered List?

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 12th 2010 10:29AM

SmallvilleWe're hitting that time of year when the fates of television shows are decided. The Hollywood Reporter has posted their list of potentially cancelled shows as well as a probability score of renewal next to each.

While it is not surprising that 'Smallville' is given a high probability of renewal, it is somewhat disturbing. The show has become extremely different since its move to Fridays, focusing more on the geek factor than the teen angst. It's come a long way from the 'Buffy'-clone it started out as. If anything, The CW should cancel the series and go immediately to a spin-off Superman series, perhaps called 'Metropolis'.

It's also a good thing that 'Chuck' has recovered from its precarious perch and become a ratings winner for Monday night. What can I say? I like the show.

So what do you think of THR's list? Is it on the mark? Are the critics crazy? Sound off in the comments.

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'Heroes' Season Finale Gets Low Ratings -- But Show Still Might Return (Why?!)

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 9th 2010 5:30PM
Last night's season finale of 'Heroes' brought a number of storylines to startling conclusions, but don't worry, we won't be spoiling anything here. Because, like the rest of America, we were busy watching something else.

Yes, the ratings are in and they are, in a word, dismal: according to Zap2It.com, the climax of season 4 played to a nearly empty house, pulling in just 4.4 million viewers. Those numbers are a far cry from the 16.93 million viewers the series once commanded (for the season 2 premiere) and pale in comparison to the numbers of their direct competition, the CBS comedies 'Two and a Half Men' and 'The Big Bang Theory,' which brought in more than quadruple the viewers with 17.55 million and 16.2 million respectively.

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Claire Leaps Off a Ferris Wheel on 'Heroes' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 9th 2010 5:45AM
Heroes, Claire BennetCats out of the bag now! The heroes have kind of been in their own little world up til now, but that all changed when Claire leaped off a ferris wheel in front of mere mortals.

All we needed was creepy-nice Sylar saying, "It's a brave new world." It's a great set-up for a 'Heroes' (Mon., 9PM on NBC) reboot, if the show indeed comes back for another season.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: 'Heroes' - 'Brave New World' (season finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 9th 2010 2:08AM
'Heroes': 'Brave New World'
Volume Five came to a climactic end, and as with past volumes, it was both exciting and a little bit of a letdown. But also in keeping with tradition, it left the door open for exciting possibilities in Volume Six, teased at the end of the episode, despite a fifth season not being a certainty at this point.

I suspect, though, that NBC will in fact bring the show back, despite it's lackluster ratings performance. A reboot, of sorts, to the franchise could revitalize it in the same way 'Chuck' has seen ratings improve this season. Properly handled, 'Heroes' is a show that could go several seasons. "Properly handled" is the key to that phrase, and it has been mismanaged for too long.

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Tim Kring Explains What Goes on Behind the Scenes of 'Heroes'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 5:29PM
HeroesBashing 'Heroes' has become a sport, much like bashing 'Saturday Night Live' became a sport several years ago. "It's not as good as it was" and "it sucks" are the phrases you hear most often when former fans (or fans that are still watching the show but always on the edge of leaving) talk about it.

Tim Kring tells The Onion that he knows what fans are saying about the show, but he also wants fans to know that there are things going on behind the scenes that they might not be aware of. For example, the writers strike hurt the show. Two, it's actually a more consistent show when more writers write an episode than having just one writer on an episode. Three, the writers don't even think of the show as being in "seasons," it's really all one continuous plot.

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What's On Tonight: 'Heroes,' 'Life Unexpected,' 'Damages,' 'Hoarders'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 12:24PM
Accidentally on Purpose
Here's the TV lineup for tonight (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour episode of 'The Bachelor,' followed by a new 'Castle.'
  • CBS has a new 'How I Met Your Mother' at 8, then new episodes of 'Accidentally on Purpose,' 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Big Bang Theory,' and 'CSI: Miami.'
  • NBC has a new 'Chuck' at 8, followed by the season finale of 'Heroes' and a new 'Jay Leno Show.'
  • FOX has new episodes of 'House' and '24.'
  • The CW has a new 'One Tree Hill' at 8, then a new 'Life Unexpected.'
  • PBS has a new 'Antiques Roadshow' at 8, followed by a new 'American Experience.'
  • ABC Family has a new 'Secret Life of the American Teenager' at 8, then new episodes of 'Make It or Break It' and 'Greek.'
  • At 9, USA has a new 'Monday Night RAW.'
  • History Channel has a new 'American Pickers' at 9, followed by two new episodes of 'Pawn Stars.'
  • TLC has a new 'Cake Boss' at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new 'Damages.'
  • Showtime has a new 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl' at 10, then new episodes of 'Tracey Ullman's State of the Union' and 'La La Land.'
  • Food Network has a new 'Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives' at 10.
  • TLC has a new 'Ultimate Cake-Off' at 10.
  • A&E has a new 'Hoarders' at 10.
  • Also at 10: Travel Channel has a new 'Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Michael Chiklis to Star in Pilot About Superhero Family

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 9:26AM
Michael ChiklisThe season finale of 'Heroes' is on NBC tonight (yup, in February), and no knows yet if the show is coming back for another season or not (though Greg Grunberg is hopeful). If the show is canceled, there are a couple of shows that are rushing to fill that hole in the superhero genre. One is an NBC show titled 'Cape,' and another is 'No Ordinary Family.' a pilot that ABC has picked up.

This one is a drama from Greg Berlanti ('Brothers & Sisters,' 'Eli Stone,' 'Dawson's Creek,' 'Everwood,' and 'Dirty Sexy Money') and focuses on a family (headed by dad Chiklis) who finds that they have super powers. And by "super powers" I'm sure they mean things like strength, speed, and invisibility and not other powers a family could have, like being a great cook, being able to fix leaky faucets, and organizing closets like no ordinary human.

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What Will Happen in the 'Heroes' Season (Series?) Finale?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 4:31PM
Monday is the finale of 'Heroes' (coming early because there were no repeats). I say "finale" because NBC hasn't decided yet whether this will be a season finale or a series finale. Greg Grunberg says the episode ends in a cliffhanger so he thinks the show will be renewed.

What do you think will happen? From the preview it looks like Samuel is finally putting his plan into motion with Emma and Peter and Sylar (yes, Sylar) team up to stop him. Do you think this will be a season finale or a series finale, and what could the cliffhanger be? How will Noah and Claire get out of the buried van? Will Sylar turn good for good?

[Watch episodes of 'Heroes' and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Review: 'Heroes' - 'The Wall'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 2nd 2010 1:30AM
Heroes: The Wall
While not quite as surreal as Pink Floyd's version, 'The Wall' still offered a pretty trippy experience for Sylar and Peter. Several years and a few hours later, it didn't seem like they were going to make any progress on Peter's hare-brained scheme to bust Sylar out of his mental prison.

The rest of the episode showed us Samuel's attempts to create a permanent rift between Claire and Noah by revealing to Claire, and us, the "Secret Origin" of H.R.G. By that I don't mean the origins of the odd fashion choice Mr. Bennett has made in eyewear, but the secret past he hasn't shared with Claire, Sandra or anyone in his life.

Why do this? Because apparently, and I still don't know why, Claire is important to Samuel's plans. In that she is a "special," I agree. In any other regard, she's not that remarkable. And where he left things, it seems he just might have figured that out.

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