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Coming to the big screen: Magnum, Wonder Woman ... and V?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 5th 2008 2:04PM
Magnum, P.I. castWe all know that studios go ga-ga for big screen movies based on TV shows. Even if they tank, there seems to be an unending appetite to bring a beloved (or even semi-beloved) TV show to a theater near you: The Fugitive, Charlie's Angels, Transformers, The Beverly Hillbillies, Serenity (Firefly), The Simpsons, South Park, The Flintstones, The Jetsons...the list is endless. Now Den of Geek has a list of 23 shows that studios are planning to bring to the big screen.

But this list is really incomplete in so many ways. We've all heard that Magnum, P.I. might get the movie treatment, but this list only says that Matthew McConaughey might star and doesn't mention other people who have been rumored to have been attached to it in the past, including Ben Affleck and George Clooney.

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Swingtown: Love Will Find A Way

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 13th 2008 8:06AM
swingtown logo(S01E02) So, now things are starting to get interesting with Bruce and Susan and Tom and Trina and Janet and Roger. Oh, and there were also Brad and Sylvia who look great doing the hustle, and Paul and Martha who will never be invited back to the Thompsons after that awful dinner.

All in all, I'm getting hooked on Swingtown. It's a soap, no doubt about that. Being in 1976 is a time and a place and a specific social setting, but ultimately this show is about these characters and their intertwined lives. It's a serialized drama and rather addictive. More about the show after the jump, including all the happenings from tonight's show.


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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 21st 2008 6:09PM

Odd Couple Season 3Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book 3, Fire Vol. 2
  • Banacek - Season 2
  • Barney Miller - Season 2
  • ER - Season 8
  • The Girls Next Door - Season 3
  • Hawaii Five-O - Season 3
  • Hustle - Season 4
  • The Jeff Corwin Experience - Season 1
  • Make Room For Daddy - Season 6
  • The Odd Couple - Season 3
  • The Simple Life - The Simple Life Goes To Camp
  • Swamp Thing - Season 1
  • Thunderbirds - 40th Anniversary Megaset
  • Torchwood - Season 1

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Robert Vaughn: The TV Squad Interview

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 30th 2007 4:24PM

Robert Vaughn

Mention The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to a younger, casual TV fan, and they'll probably look at you with a tilted head, the ways dogs often look at people. But to people of a certain age, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (side note: that's a really hard title to type out) brings back a lot of cool memories. It was a spy spoof that debuted in 1964, in the height of the James Bond craze, but unlike a lot of 007 spoofs that didn't make it or were just plain lousy, U.N.C.L.E. stood on its own and still does today as a really fun light adventure show.

I had a chance to talk with U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn in conjunction with the release of the massive Time-Life Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Collection set.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2007 6:30PM

HustleHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Beauty and the Beast - Season 2
  • Bewitched - Season 5 (Color)
  • Extras - Season 2
  • The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark (Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett)
  • Home Run Derby - Vol. 1
  • Hustle - Season 3
  • My Super Sweet 16 - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Punky Brewster - Vols. 1-6

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Hustle returns tonight, Man From U.N.C.L.E. coming to DVD

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 18th 2007 7:04PM

Robert VaughnLots of Robert Vaughn-oriented news today: not only is Hustle returning to AMC tonight at 10pm, but it looks like the legal fight over The Man From U.N.C.L.E. DVDs might finally be over.

Vaughn tells the Akron Beacon Journal that he is getting together with NCIS star David McCallum (he played Ilya Kuryakin on the 60s spy show, the partner to Vaughn's Napoleon Solo) to record commentaries and extras for the set, which should be out by the end of this year.

Oddly, Vaughn had already recorded four hours of extras for the show, but then the legal fight delayed the release of those DVDs, so it looks like those extras will be lost forever.

[via TVShowsOnDVD]

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 12th 2007 7:55PM

Beauty and the BeastHere are the new TV DVDs in stores tomorrow.

  • All in the Family - Season 6
  • Beauty and the Beast - Season 1
  • Cobra - Complete Series
  • Emergency - Season 3
  • The Golden Girls - Season 7
  • Grosse Pointe - Complete Series
  • The Hills - Season 1
  • Hustle - Season 2
  • Masters of Horror - Pelts (Argento)
  • Men Behaving Badly - Complete Series
  • Reno 911- Most Wanted Uncensored
  • Zoey 101 - Season 1

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AMC's Hustle comes to Vegas, baby - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 6:20PM
Hustle - check to see if your wallet is still thereI have to say this right off the bat ... I love con jobs. Anything about 'em from movies like David Mamet's House of Games to books like 'Bringing Down the House'. Seeing a really deserving 'mark' getting hooked by 'the lure,' then getting drawn in by 'the roper' and to have the whole plan come together (a la Hannibal from The A-Team) is really satisfying. See how I know all the lingo? That's how cool I am, thus making me the biggest mark of all, because I'm arrogant and annoying -- although not rich, so maybe I'm safe.

Anyhow, AMC's continuing original series Hustle comes to Las Vegas this season (April 18th to be exact) and picks up Robert Wagner as a special guest star along the way. He stars as a collector of Hollywood memorabilia, and thus the con is on as Danny promises to bring him the Hollywood sign. Whoops.

Quotes of the panel:
  • Someone asked the cast if they had ever been conned, to which Robert Wagner replied "Well, we're here ... aren't we?" Zing! Unfortunately I can't stop picturing him with an eyepatch and reporting to Dr. Evil.
  • Robert Wagner was asked about clashing egos when working on a tv series, and he said he wished his was bigger so that he could impress co-star Jaime Murray. So calmly replied, "I told you darling, it's not the size of the trailer ..."

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 5th 2006 8:33AM
  • LostThe Abbott and Costello Show - 100th Anniversary Collection
  • ALF - Season 4
  • The Bob Newhart Show - Season 4
  • Broken Trail
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer - Curse of the Hellmouth
  • Charlie and Lola - Volumes 1 and 2
  • Combat! Best of Espionage and Best of the Color Episodes
  • Commander-In-Chief - Season 1, Volume 2
  • Doctor Who - The Web Planet and Inferno
  • Family - Seasons 1 and 2
  • The Flintstones - Season 6
  • Fraggle Rock - Season 2
  • Hustle - Season 1
  • Lost - Season 2
  • Oz - Season 6
  • Red Dwarf - The Complete Collection
  • Silk Stalkings - Season 5
  • Supernatural - Season 1

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Hustle: Episode 18 (finale)

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 3rd 2006 7:15AM
Hustle(S03E06) This was another great episode, but I was kind of disappointed finale-wise. The characters didn't develop any further, the story's complications weren't much more intricate than those of the previous episodes, and the sexual tension was still virtually untouched (hasn't really been talked about since Season One). I guess this is because each and every episode wraps up really nicely so that, even if you watch them out of order, everything still makes sense. I want Hustle to do something extreme for once. Have the gang royally screw something up! Have a con go horribly wrong, resulting in the death of a member's loved one and the eventual crippling depression of the aforementioned member. Something.

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Hustle: Episode 17

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 27th 2006 2:14PM
Hustle(S03E05) The episode started with a young woman jumping into the Thames... a suicide attempt. After she arrived at the hospital (unconscious, but alive), we learned that she, Emily, was one of Stacie's good friends. Not only was she a kind friend, but she led a children's charity and had devoted most of her life to it. Emily's severe depression was caused by a vicious tabloid's claim that she had defrauded her own charity and had embezzled loads of money. Stacie went to visit Emily and, after seeing what a poor state she was in, vowed to seek revenge on the Weekend World.

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Hustle: Episode 16

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 20th 2006 1:02PM
Hustle(S03E04) The episode started in the middle of a con, while the gang was having lunch with the mark. Stacie appeared in a traditional Indian dress, quite the vision. There was talk about a movie investment. The mark was an Indian fellow named Samar. He was extremely unkind and, as he left, Mickey remarked that he never wanted to take anyone's money so badly. Samar rode away in a limo, chaffeured by Danny. Suddenly, he said that everything was too perfect... "You're all con artists!" Danny turned around to try and make some excuse, but ended up driving into a stationary car. Crap.

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Hustle: Episode 15

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 13th 2006 12:28PM
Hustle(S03E03) The episode started quite abruptly with three different people (Stacie and two guys we haven't seen before) giving Danny a whippng and his voice-over saying that he wishes that he never heard the name James Whittaker Wright III. Um. What? Jump back to Danny and Stacie working a short con. Stacie was inside a store, roping in the mark, Danny was sitting outside, watching and waiting for his moment. All of a sudden, some random American guy (played by the legendary Robert Richard Chamberlain -- but he's not quite as legendary as my inability to read my own notes, it seems) sat down in front of him and started talking to Danny about the old ring scam he was presently working on with Stacie. Then, the mysterious man said, "I bet you I can bite my own eye." Of course, Danny jumped at the chance and bet. The man popped out his glass eye, struck his teeth on it a few times, and replaced it. What. In. The. Hell. Before leaving, the man handed Danny his business card. James Whittaker Wright III from Lea Park.

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Hustle: Episode 14

by Annie Wu, posted Jul 6th 2006 8:56PM
Hustle(S03E02) This season is still going beautifully, with creative stories and fantastic visuals. However, I've noticed a recent change and it's driving me absolutely insane... They've completely strayed from their supposed Number 1 rule: You can't cheat an honest man.

As of late, they seem to be conning (stealing from, really) even the most innocent people... Like, ordinary people just going about their jobs, who haven't done anything wrong. I'd normally have no problem seeing good people getting screwed over on a program about con artists, but the characters of Hustle have been absolutely preaching their "honest man" rule since the beginning. Why is it okay for them to suddenly turn around and go against such an important part of what made them superior to the "dirty" grifters in their world? It must be difficult having to write up sleazy characters all the time, but, I've gotta admit, the change is a bit disappointing.

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Psych, Supergroup, and Chappelle: TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2006 8:33AM
  • Dennis HaysbertOn the cover: Dennis Haysbert of The Unit.
  • Behind the scenes of the Grey's Anatomy cast photo shoot.
  • An interview with Supergroup's Sebastian Bach.
  • Yet another interview: Prison Break's Stacey Keach.
  • Matt Roush really likes Psych and Hustle, but finds that the new season of Chappelle's Show leaves a sour aftertaste.
  • In the print edition: a tribute to Aaron Spelling; a look at the new season of Rock Star; photos of some of the acts from America's Got Talent; and a Q & A with Rescue Me's Tatum O'Neal.

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