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Rosie heading to NBC?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2007 2:20PM

RosieOK, so none of us want Rosie O'Donnell to take over for Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right, but what exactly is the next step for the former View host (besides going on tour with Cyndi Lauper and building a new arts center in NYC)?

FOX News is reporting that new NBC programming chief Ben Silverman wants Rosie on the network. And not just in a daytime capacity. He also wants her to host a prime time game show on the network. No word from Rosie yet.

Of course, this news comes from Roger Friedman, who seems to be wrong 84% of the time in the stories that he reports, at least about celebs. But if she does host a game show, Ben, can you make sure it's not in the same mold as Deal Or No Deal/Identity/1 vs. 100? Or maybe create a daytime game show for her? We need more game shows in the daytime, less Dr. Phil/Jerry/Maury.

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King of the Hill: Peggy's Gone to Pots

by Adam Finley, posted May 7th 2007 9:38AM

king of the hill(S11E09)

Peggy: I'll bet Minh likes foreign movies, she's a foreigner. To her, it's just a movie.

I've watched enough episodes of King of the Hill over the years to know that Dale Gribble sometimes uses the alias "Rusty Shackleford' to fly under the radar of all those conspiratorial entities that only exist in his head, but this is the first time I've heard the story behind it: "Rusty Shackleford" was the name of a kid from Dale's third grade class who passed away. At least, that's what Dale thought. It turns out that Rusty just moved away.

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What's On Tonight: Ghost Whisperer, Raines, Smackdown, Jon Stewart

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2007 5:03PM
  • Numb3rsAt 8, CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer, then new episodes of Close To Home and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has a new Identity at 8, followed by new episodes of Raines and Law & Order.
  • PBS has new episodes of NOW, Washington Week, and Bill Moyer's Journal (with Jon Stewart).
  • There's a new Smackdown! on The CW at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Emeril Live at 8, then Paula's Party features "Sandwich Stories."
  • Also at 8: Sci-Fi has a new Stargate SG-1.
  • At 9, TLC has a new What Not To Wear.
  • Bravo has Out of Sight at 9.
  • At 10, Sci-Fi has a new Painkiller Jane.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time With Bill Maher, with guests Richard Belzer, Representative Dennis Kucinich, Christopher Buckley, and Laura Schiffrin.
  • IFC has a new Henry Rollins Show at 11, with guests John Waters and Mars Volta.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Stargate, Painkiller Jane, Real Time With Bill Maher

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 20th 2007 5:00PM
  • RainesAt 8, NBC has a new Identity, followed by a new Raines.
  • The CW has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • PBS has a new NOW at 8, then a new Washington Week.
  • Sci-Fi has new episodes of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Painkiller Jane.
  • Also at 8: CMT has a new episode of Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search.
  • At 9, TLC has a new What Not To Wear.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • Food Network has a new Paula's Party at 10.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher, with guests Bill Moyers, Governor Brian Schweitzer, journalist John O'Sullivan and political anaylst Amy Holmes.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Smackdown, Raines, Stargate, Bill Maher

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 13th 2007 5:00PM
  • Paula DeenAt 8, NBC has a new Identity, then a new episode of Raines.
  • The CW has an ew Smackdown! at 8.
  • PBS has a new NOW at 8, followed by a new Washington Week.
  • TLC has two new episodes of What Not To Wear starting at 8.
  • Also at 8: Sci-Fi has a new Stargate SG-1, then new episodes of Stargate: Atlantis and Painkiller Jane.
  • At 8:30, Disney has a new Cory in the House.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new Giada's Weekend Getaways (in L.A.), then a new Paula's Party.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has the special The Amazing Jonathan: Wrong On Every Level.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time With Bill Maher, with guests Bill Bradley, Sheryl Crow, Scott McClellan, and Laurie David.
  • Also at 11: IFC has the second season premiere of The Henry Rollins Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Ghost Whisperer, Smackdown, Paula's Party

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 6th 2007 5:01PM
  • RainesAt 8, CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer, followed by new episodes of Close To Home and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has a new Identity at 8, then new episodes of Raines and Law and Order.
  • There's a new Smackdown! on The CW at 8.
  • PBS has a new NOW at 8, then a new Washington Week.
  • Also at 8: TCM has A Raisin in the Sun, followed by St. Louis Blues.
  • At 9, FOX has a new episode of The Wedding Bells.
  • Jimmy Kimmel is guest host on Larry King Live, on CNN at 9.
  • Lifetime has the new movie To Be Fat Like Me at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Clatterford at 9.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Paula's Party.
  • The History Channel has a new Mail Call at 10.
  • At 10:30, VH-1 has a new ep of Best Week Ever.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Game shows are really stupid nowadays

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2007 1:01PM

Howie MandelThat's not me saying that, it's The Los Angeles Times. But I have to agree.

As several of us here have pointed out in the past, just look at the shows that pass for game shows nowadays. Deal Or No Deal has the gimmick of hot chicks and shiny suitcases. So far, so good (every show needs something). But then we get the most annoying guests in the history of television. Seriously, these people are so OUTGOING and have big PERSONALITIES, all of them, that the producers must give them a test before the show and won't pick anyone normal. Even their family members are this way. This was never the case on game shows before, and if you got an episode where it was like that, it stood out.

Now all of these contestants are the same, and so are the shows. After all, what is Identity but Deal Or No Deal, only with humans instead of suitcases? More annoying guests, more luck, and more stupid decisions (honestly, quit while you're ahead). And the l.......o......n.....g, drawn out pauses and "suspense" each show tries to build. Ugh.

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TV Squad lists your season and series premieres and finales

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 15th 2007 10:31AM

the shieldHola, mi muchachos and muchachoettes! It is I, Schedule Boy, back from wherever the hell I was. I'm here this time to present a comprehensive list of upcoming season and series premieres and finales for you, my adoptive TV Squad family.

What a crazy season its been! Shows that had so much potential (The Nine, Studio 60) struggled to stay on the air, while others (Ugly Betty, Friday Night Lights, Jericho, 30 Rock) surprised us with their growing fan bases and popularity. Then there were shows like ER that made a sudden comeback and ones like Gilmore Girls and Scrubs that didn't seem to find their way for the first half of the season. Well, at least we could be confident that hits like Grey's Anatomy, American Idol, 24 and Lost would carry us through the season. Then again, maybe not. Like I said, crazy season.

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this fine presentation, presented in color with limited commercial interruption. You can find the list of premieres and finales (as well shows returning from hiatus) after the jump. Remember, dates are subject to change, so we'll be updating as time moves forward.

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What to Watch March 12 - 18

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 12th 2007 9:32AM

The Riches on FX and Addiction on HBOThe Riches (Mon., 10PM ET, FX)
With its provocative premise, deep characters and balance between drama and comedy, this new show is reminiscent of Six Feet Under. The Malloys are your average, loving, dysfunctional family -- except they're itinerant con artists who scam people for a living. Even the three kids get in on the act. But when a car accident gives them the chance to live the American Dream, father Wayne (Eddie Izzard) and mother Dahlia (Minnie Driver) decide to take it.

American Idol (Tue., 8PM ET, Fox)
Is Votefortheworst.com affecting the outcome of Idol? Because I can't figure out how else Sanjaya is still in the competition. Either the tween set can't get enough of the shaggy-haired singer, or the web site has truly achieved its nefarious goal. Hopefully, as the top 12 start performing, talent will prevail. There are some truly gifted singers, like Lakisha and Melinda. But the most successful Idols also had unique styles, so that's why I'm betting on Blake. Disagree? Take our poll!

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Nielsen ratings for the week ending December 24

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2006 8:10AM
Penn Jillette1. NFL Post-Game Show (CBS)
2. Deal Or No Deal (NBC)
3. CSI (CBS)
4. Identity - Mon (NBC)
5. CSI: Miami (CBS)
6. CSI: NY (CBS)
7. NCIS (CBS)
8. 60 Minutes (CBS)
9. Two and a Half Men (CBS)
10. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
11. Shark (CBS)
12. Criminal Minds (CBS)
13. House (FOX)
14. Identity - Thurs (FOX)
15. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
16. Charlie Brown: I Want A Dog For Christmas (CBS)
17. Identity - Weds (NBC)
18. Dateline - Weds (NBC)
19. The Unit (CBS)
20. Law and Order: SVU (NBC)

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What's on tonight: Til Death, War At Home, Rudolph, Grinch, Football

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2006 5:08PM
  • RudolphAt 8, FOX has a new 'Til Death, followed by new episodes of The War At Home and The O.C.
  • CBS has Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at 8.
  • NBC has a new Identity at 8, then repeats the Xmas eps of The Office and My Name Is Earl.
  • ABC Family has Jim Carrey in How The Grinch Stole Christmas at 8.
  • ESPN has the Pioneer Purevision Las Vegas Bowl at 8, BYU vs. Oregon.
  • Also at 8: VH-1 has the Big In '06 Awards.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the movie A Town Without Christmas.
  • At 10:30, TV Land has a Christmas episode of The Jeffersons.
  • At 11, the History Channel has Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas.

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Goodbye Show Me The Money

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 15th 2006 4:29PM

Show Me The MoneyThis isn't really a surprise: ABC has canceled the William Shatner game show Show Me The Money.

Even though game shows are all the rage now, especially ones hosted by celebs known for other things (Shatner, Howie Mandel, Bob Saget, Penn Jillette), no one really seemed to care about Show Me The Money, and the ratings for this past week's show were the lowest yet. The network actually ordered more episodes, but they won't be shown either (though I guess we'll have to wait to see how long it takes for the shows to show up on ABC's site, though I bet even that's a long shot).

Did anyone even watch this? I like Shatner, but this held no appeal to me. I fear the same thing about Identity, Jillette's new show. I like Jillette, but this show just seems lame and random. Guessing what other people do for work or what has happened to them by looking at them? Yawn. Looks like Deal Or No Deal, only without the beautiful models and human beings instead of shiny suitcases.

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Another network game show in the works

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 8th 2006 3:41PM
Wanna Bet?Count 'em off. There's Deal or No Deal and Show Me the Money. Identity starts on NBC next week. CBS is developing a kiddie genius quiz show and a revamp of Name That Tune. Howie's outing was no fluke. Game shows are back on network TV in a big way. The latest game show-related announcement comes from ABC. The network has teamed up with the Weakest Leak production team to translate Germany's Wetten das...? (Wanna Bet?) to US television.

Wetten das...? has dominated German airwaves for two decades. The broadcast is part musical variety show and part game show. In the game show portion, a person says that they can do some wacky stunt. Celebrity guests than take bets on whether or not the person can actually accomplish the stunt. If the celebrity loses the bet, than he or she has do something equally wacky.

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Ugly Betty and Office producer brings game show to NBC

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 20th 2006 2:04PM
Penn JilletteBen Silverman, the executive producer of Ugly Betty and The Office, has more than sitcoms up his sleeve. Silverman and friends are introducing a game show called Identity to television before the end of the year. Taking the Deal or No Deal approach to scheduling, NBC has decided to fast-track the show and air it every night over an eight night stretch between December 18th and December 22nd. Penn Jillette, one half of magic duo Penn & Teller and co-host of Showtime's Bullshit, will host.

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The Prisoner: Schizoid Man

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Jul 19th 2006 10:20AM

(S01E08) This time around we get to see what lengths the powers-that-be at The Village will go through to get Number 6 to tell them why he resigned. After engaging in a mind-reading exercise with an attractive fellow resident, Number 6 is removed from his quarters while asleep. We then see him wake up with a moustache and darker hair--or, at least we think that's Number 6. It appears that the new Number 2 is leading a plot whereby an exact replica of Number 6 (Number 12) has been surgically altered to look like our hero Number 6. Got that so far?

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