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Cartoon Network Revives 'Hole in the Wall' ... And Other Game Show Mistakes

by Scott Harris, posted Jul 21st 2010 11:32AM
It's one of the better trends of modern television: networks stepping in to rescue canceled shows. DirecTV, for instance, recently saved the critically acclaimed FX series 'Damages' from certain doom, while Comedy Central brought cult favorite 'Futurama' back from the dustbin of history. And most famously, of course, Fox corrected its own mistake by bringing back 'Family Guy' after a massive fan outcry that lasted years. Yes, these days, quality, popular series will often get a second lease on life.

And apparently that's also the case for unpopular nonsense.

Yes, it's hard to believe, but as we mentioned yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Cartoon Network has decided to revive the decidedly unacclaimed and short-lived Fox game show 'Hole in the Wall.' That show, you may recall, features people on a giant treadmill who have to contort themselves, Tetris-style, to fit through cutouts in a series of rapidly approaching walls.

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News Roundup: Doris Roberts Heads to 'The Middle,' Scott Porter Joins 'The Good Wife'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2010 7:00PM
Doris RobertsDoris Roberts and Patricia Heaton are going to do battle once more, but this time it'll be on 'The Middle.'

The two famously sparred often on 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' but this time Roberts will be on Heaton's turf when she guest stars as Brick's new teacher.

According to Ausiello Files, expect Roberts' character to have some strong opinions about Frankie's (Heaton) parenting, just like old times!

In other TV news:

Scott Porter, known to many for his role on 'Friday Night Lights' is joining CBS's 'The Good Wife' for as many as 10 episodes of the show's second season.

Warning, minor spoilers for 'The Good Wife' begin here!

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Best and Worst TV of 2009: Jason's List

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2009 5:06PM
Daniel Wright2009 was a good year for television. It offered the resurgence of the comedy on network television, and the continuing growth of original programming on cable. In all honesty, I don't think I could just do a list of what was great and what was horrible on television because I would need pages and pages.

Instead, I'm going to focus on the things that really stood out this year. Sorry, Mad Men fans, but even though this was a great third season and an amazing finale, I expect it at this point. It's the only way I could come up with to keep my list manageable.

Also, as a point of protest I did not include Jon, Kate or the balloon boy hoax. These events got more attention than they deserved already this year, and I feel bad I even mentioned them.

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Silent Library video goes from viral to cable

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 11th 2009 10:03AM
MTV's Silent LibraryJust because one network's venture into viral video greatness went belly up like so many silver leotard wearing contestants before them doesn't mean the craze has ended.

Next week marks the premiere of MTV's newest reality game show Silent Library, based on the game of the same name from the Japanese variety show Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!

For those who don't spend time watching videos forwarded to them by their friends and are therefore productive members of society, the game is played by six dunderheads in a "library." They each draw a card, five reading safe and one with a skull and crossbones on it. The player who draws the Jolly Roger has to do an uncomfortable or painful stunt, but must resist the urge to scream. It's the least intelligent use of a library since The Da Vinci Code hit the shelves.

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What's On Tonight: Amazing Race, Au Pair 3, Breaking Bad, Delocated

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2009 4:03PM
  • KingsAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by the series premiere of Kings and a new Celebrity Apprentice.
  • FOX has a new Hole in the Wall at 7, then new episodes of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • ABC Family has the movie Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance, then a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • At 9, MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, followed by new episodes of The CollegeHumor Show, Nitro Circus, and How's Your News?
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 9, then new episodes of Flight of the Conchords and Eastbound & Down.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • Showtime has a new United States of Tara at 10.
  • Comedy Central has the Larry The Cable Guy Roast at 10.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Delocated, followed by a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listing for more.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Elvis, CollegeHumor, Big Love

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 8th 2009 4:09PM
United States of Tara

  • TCM is showing Elvis Presley movies all night.
  • At 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, then new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, followed by new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has Saturday Night Live Just Game Show Parodies at 7, then Saturday Night Live Just Commercials, and then a new, two-hour Celebrity Apprentice.
  • FOX has a new Hole in the Wall at 7, followed by new episodes of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • At 8, Food Network has a new Challenge.
  • Discovery has two new episodes of Rampage at 8, then Hudson Plane Crash: What Really Happened.
  • Showtime has The L Word Finale Special at 8, followed by the series finale and new episodes of The United States of Tara and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
  • At 9, HBO has a new Big Love, followed by new episodes of Flight of the Conchords and East Bound & Down.
  • MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, then new episodes of The CollegeHumor Show, Nitro Circus, and How's Your News?
  • At 10, AMC has the season premiere of Breaking Bad.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Delocated, followed by a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Hole In The Wall, Big Love, The Mentalist

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 18th 2009 4:04PM
  • NFL logoAt 6:30, CBS has the Ravens/Steelers game, then a new episode of The Mentalist.
  • At 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7.
  • There's a new Hole in the Wall on FOX at 7.
  • ESPN has The Australian Open at 7.
  • At 8, ABC Family has the movie Another Cinderella Story.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then a new Ultimate Recipe Showdown.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic.
  • HBO has the season premiere of Big Love at 9, followed by the season premiere of Flight of the Conchords.
  • Showtime has the season premiere of The L Word at 9, then the series premiere of The United States of Tara. and the season premiere of Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Nick News at 9.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Drinky Crow Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: My Name Is Earl, VP Debate, It's Always Sunny

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 2nd 2008 4:01PM
  • SurvivorAt 6, TBS has the Brewers/Phillies game, followed by the Dodgers/Cubs.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty.
  • CBS has a new Survivor at 8.
  • NBC has two new episodes of My Name Is Earl at 8.
  • FOX has a new Hole in the Wall at 8.
  • The CW has new episodes of Smallville and Supernatural.
  • At 8:30, HGTV has new episodes of Myles of Style, Rate My Space, Extreme Living, and House Hunters.
  • At 9, many channels have the Vice Presidential Debate, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and CSPAN.
  • GAC has a new Superstar Sessions at 9, then a new GAC Nights.
  • Spike has a new TNA Impact at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: Supernatural, Flashpoint, It's Always Sunny, Daly

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 18th 2008 4:03PM
  • Burn NoticeAt 8, FOX has a new Hole in the Wall, then a new Kitchen Nightmares.
  • NBC has a new America's Got Talent at 8.
  • The CW has the season premiere of Smallville at 8, followed by the season premiere of Supernatural.
  • TruTV has two new episodes of Speeders at 8, then two new episodes of The Principal's Office.
  • Discovery has a new NextWorld at 8, followed by a new Smash Lab.
  • Nickelodeon has another new episode of My Family's Got GUTS at 8.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has College Football, West Virginia vs. Colorado.
  • At 9, History Channel has a new Modern Marvels.
  • Spike has a new TNA Impact at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Dragon's Den.
  • At 10, CBS has a new Flashpoint.
  • USA has the season finale of Burn Notice at 10.
  • FX has the season premiere of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night listings.

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I'd need a hole in my head to watch Hole in the Wall every week

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 11th 2008 7:28PM
Hole in the Wall
I love quirky and unique game shows as much as the next guy, but can you really base a whole show off of people trying to fit their bodies into a shape in a wall before they get pushed into a pool of water? FOX thinks so, with their new game show Hole in the Wall. I know it's a huge hit overseas, I just don't get why. Maybe if the challenge were just one of several different types of challenges in a show, it'd be more compelling.

If every week on Survivor the challenge was to stand on a pole out in the water until you were the last man standing ... every week the same thing ... I think that show would have gone off the air a long time ago. And yet, FOX seems to think we can watch this for an hour a week and keep tuning in. Of course, we keep tuning into Deal or No Deal which is basically just picking briefcases so maybe we can.

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What's On Tonight: Hole In The Wall, American Chopper, Flashpoint

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 11th 2008 4:01PM
  • Burn NoticeAt 8, FOX has a new Hole in the Wall, then a new Kitchen Nightmares.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8.
  • Discovery has a new Some Assembly Required at 8.
  • At 8:30, HGTV has a new Myles of Style.
  • At 9, TLC has a new American Chopper.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Total Drama Island at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Dragon's Den at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new Flashpoint.
  • USA has a new Burn Notice at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.
  • Spike has a new TNA Impact at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has the premiere of Top Pop Group.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The new fall season: the ratings so far

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 10th 2008 3:20PM
Sarah Connor ChroniclesWe've only been into the new season for a few days, but some ratings numbers are already in. Looks like people love robots and prisons but might be getting sick of vampires.

On Monday, NBC won the night, with its lineup of Deal Or No Deal (9.6 million viewers), America's Toughest Jobs (6.5), and Dateline (6.2), but FOX won in the all-important 18 to 49 demographic with its lineup of the Sarah Connor Chronicles season premiere and a new episode of Prison Break. The Sarah Connor Chronicles grabbed 6.3 million viewers, while Prison Break did even better, with 6.5 million. CBS beat NBC in the 18-49 demo with their lineup of comedy repeats. ABC was fourth and The CW was fifth.

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What's On Tonight: Fringe, Privileged, Fashion Rocks

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 9th 2008 4:04PM
  • WipeoutAt 5 all this week, Nickelodeon has new episodes of The Mighty B.
  • At 8, FOX has the series premiere of Fringe, then a new Hole in the Wall.
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8, followed by Fashion Rocks.
  • ABC has two new episodes of Wipeout at 8, then a new Primetime: Medical Mysteries.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour America's Got Talent.
  • There's a new 90210 on The CW at 8, followed by the series premiere of Privileged.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has two episodes of The World Series of Poker.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life on the American Teenager at 8, then a new Greek.
  • At 8:40, BBC America has a new Gavin & Stacey.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Eureka at 9, followed by a new ECW.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new Road Tasted with The Neelys.
  • At 10, A&E has a new episode of The Cleaner.
  • FX has a new episode of The Shield at 10.
  • Lifetime has a How To Look Good Naked at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: U.S. Open, Samurai Girl, True Blood

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2008 4:02PM
Entourage
  • At 7 (or after the Men's U.S. Open Men's Semi-Final), CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by new episodes of Big Brother and the U.S. Open Women's Final).
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Bears vs. the Colts.
  • At 8, FOX has the premiere of Hole in the Wall.
  • ABC Family has a new Samurai Girl at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then a new episode of Iron Chef America and the premiere of Feasting on Waves.
  • At 9, ABC has the special America United: In Support of Our Troops.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece at 9.
  • MTV has the 2008 MTV Music Video Awards at 9.
  • HBO has the series premiere of True Blood at 9, followed by the season premiere of Entourage.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • There's a new Mad Men on AMC at 10.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Metalocalypse, then a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Moment Of Truth bumped for Hole In The Wall - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Aug 8th 2008 9:03AM

Brooke Burns - Hole In The WallIn general, you could mark me down as a fan of reality TV. I've never missed Survivor, written thousands of words about Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, and despite what my daily uniform of jeans, t-shirt, and Chuck Taylors would suggest, I even watch Project Runway. The one show I actively root against though, is Moment Of Truth.

I just can't find anything to like about the show, from the concept right on through to the execution. It's with that in mind that I excitedly clicked on the entry in my feed reader telling me that Hole In The Wall was replacing it. Hosted by Brooke Burns (Dog Eat Dog), Hole In The Wall is the latest incarnation of a game popularized in Japan. Before the jump to the US there were already successful adaptations in a number of other countries.

The success has a lot to do with the simplicity of the concept. A wall, with a shape cut in it, moves toward the contestants and they have to contort their body to pass through the hole or be swept into the water. As they fail to do so, hilarity ensues, hopefully. Get a look for yourself, after the jump.

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