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More Casting News: Tyler Labine to CBS, Neal McDonough Replaced by 'JAG' Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2010 3:06PM
LabineI caught up with 'Sons of Tucson' the other day, and you know what? It's pretty funny! The ratings aren't that great though, which is probably one of the reasons Tyler Labine has joined the pilot of a new CBS sitcom (that's him on the right riding over to CBS to sign the contract).

Labine will stay on 'Sons of Tucson' if FOX renews it. The new show is called 'True Love' and it's about four friends who live in New York (God, that a really generic description but shows aren't about plots it's about the writing). Everyone must love Labine because he has been offered this role more than once (he turned it down because 'Sons of Tucson' hadn't premiered yet). 'True Love' will also star Jason Biggs and Minka Kelly.

In other casting news, former 'JAG' star David James Elliott has replaced Neal McDonough in the pilot for ABC's 'Scoundrels.' We told you last month about this show, a "dramedy" starring Virginia Madsen as a mom who heads a family of crooks who decides to go straight after her husband is sent to jail. McDonough was going to play the husband but now he's out and Elliott is in.

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New TV DVDs for Feb. 9: 'JAG,' 'Sarah Silverman' and More

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 9th 2010 12:00PM
Ah, Valentine's Day. Yes, this weekend is the perfect time for candies and flowers and snuggling up on the couch with that special someone to share in the romantic glow of your giant HDTV as you watch the flashing neon signs of the new 'Vega$' DVD.

Okay, so maybe romance is dead after all, because judging from this week's pre-Valentine releases, Hollywood isn't in a very loving mood. But while nothing says "be mine" like giving your significant other a complete set of 'JAG,' we thought we'd go ahead and present our Singles guide to the top DVD issues of the week. Because as long as you have 'Gary Unmarried' at your fingertips, you'll never be alone.

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New TV on DVD Releases This Week

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 6:04PM
Stargate SGUHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

'Studio One' is one of those shows I wasn't sure they'd ever release on DVD. Sure, it's an important, classic shows, but I wondered if they'd bother releasing them and if some of the tapes were erased or in horrible condition. There was a big 'Studio One' set released last year, and this week we have 'Twelve Angry Men' and the Rod Serling dramas in separate sets. Really great stuff, and well worth getting if you're into TV history.

Or you could buy season one of 'Gary Unmarried.'

  • 'Army Wives' - Season 3
  • 'Fraggle Rock' - Wembley's Egg Surprise
  • 'Gary Unmarried' - Season 1
  • 'The Guild' - Season 3
  • 'JAG' - The Final Season

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Was Frasier really better than Cheers?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2010 5:01PM
FrasierOne of the great topics of TV discussion is the "which spinoffs are better than the original shows?" discussion. Are there actually TV show spinoffs that are better than the shows that spawned them?

Woman's Day named their ten picks. I agree that Knot's Landing is better than Dallas and NCIS is probably better than JAG. Not sure if I agree with Family Matters being a better show than Perfect Strangers. Frasier better than Cheers? Hmm, probably not. Also: is Family Feud really a spinoff of Match Game just because both starred Richard Dawson? I guess it could be, I've just never heard that piece of information before.

I'd pick The Andy Griffith Show (from The Danny Thomas Show). Of course, we could talk about this endlessly (though not as endlessly as we could talk about spinoffs that are worse than the show that spawned them). What are your picks?

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 6:03PM
Sesame Street DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I'm always amazed at how many seasons JAG lasted. It started on NBC in 1995 then went to CBS, and I really thought it was the type of show that wouldn't last beyond three seasons, but it lasted ten! I thought the same thing about NCIS, and look at what happened there too. Obviously I don't do well predicting how shows with all caps in their titles will do.

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Vol. 2
  • Dawson's Creek - Complete Series
  • Discovery Collection - Complete Collection
  • G.I. Joe - A Real American Hero Collector's Set
  • Heartland - Season 1, Part 2
  • JAG - Season 9

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Things I don't get about NCIS: Los Angeles

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 12th 2009 2:05PM
NCIS Los AngelesI love military style series. I haven't missed one episode of JAG or its spin-off NCIS over the years -- I even watched reruns, including airings dubbed in French! -- and have watched all NCIS: Los Angeles since it began.

What I like most about NCIS: LA is that they do undercover missions, taking different personae and using gadgets, and that it stars one of my movie crushes when I was a teen, Chris O'Donnell, as well as the talented Linda Hunt.

Sadly, there are small things that I don't get about the series. These small issues are sort of bugging me and making me not enjoy the show as much as I would like as I keep asking myself these questions every episode.

Do you share the same issues? Do you have answers for me so I can enjoy the show as I want to? The list of things I don't get about NCIS: LA coming up!

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No, no, please, not a Criminal Minds spinoff

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 1st 2009 9:31AM
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Oh, no. Please. CBS, please don't. I know it's tempting when you see the NCIS: LA ratings -- number two for last week, topped only by NCIS! -- but please, refrain. What am I talking about? CBS is pushing a spinoff of Criminal Minds, asking the show's executive producer Ed Bernero and executive producer Chris Mundy to come up with a variation on Criminal Minds. Hmm... Criminal Minds 2.0? Son of Criminal Minds? Criminal Guts?

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Catherine Bell Q&A for 'Army Wives'

by Angie Argabrite, posted Jun 11th 2009 6:00AM
Catherine Bell's no stranger to TV stardom -- she was fan favorite Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie on the long-running hit show 'JAG.' Now she's part of the ensemble cast on another hit series, 'Army Wives' (Lifetime, Sun., 10PM), as Denise Sherwood, who's experiencing something of a midlife crisis. In just the first two episodes of the new season, Denise loses her job, her lover and the support of her friends. Not to mention the very real possibility of her estranged husband going down in the line of fire.

AOL TV caught up with the 'Army' beauty on her character's high-drama storyline, the possibility of a 'JAG' reunion ... and why she turned down Playboy (for a lot of money).


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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2009 6:04PM
Spider-ManHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Barney Miller is one of those sitcoms I never think about anymore. When I make my mental list of the best sitcoms I never even think of it, even though it was a very good show. I guess it's out of mind because it's not shown on TV that much. I'm surprised it's not part of the regular lineup of TV Land or Nickelodeon. Of course, they don't show The Dick Van Dyke Show much anymore either even though they own it, so nothing surprises me about those two channels anymore.

  • Barney Miller - Season 3
  • The F Word - Series 2: Uncensored
  • Ghost Hunters - Season 4, Part 2

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NCIS planning a spin-off

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 26th 2008 2:04PM
Harmon NCISConsidering the fact that CSI has been the basis for two very, very successful CBS spin-offs -- CSI: Miami and CSI: New York (in case you've been out of the loop for the past six years) -- it hardly comes as a shock that another CBS ratings powerhouse, NCIS, is planning a spin-off. Maybe the only shock is that they've waited till now to really put thought into action.

EW's Michael Ausiello landed the exclusive and reports that the NCIS spin-off will be like the other CSI's in that they will not take a character from the show and make him/her the centerpiece of that new series. That means you don't have to worry about Ziva, Tony, Abs, McGee and Gibbs breaking up.

And after the fans' reaction at the end of last season, when the team was split up as the new director took over only to be reunited early this season, that's a major relief.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2008 6:01PM
Reaper DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I'm getting that deja vu feeling. Didn't I already list season two of Route 66 and both the Get Smart and Starlost complete series DVDs before? Yup, I did. For some reason the Route 66 and Starlost DVDs were delayed. As for Get Smart, Time-Life had a complete series set, but this one is from HBO Home Video.

To confuse things even further, there is another Get Smart complete series set, only it's for the short-lived 90s series with Andy Dick.

  • Batman: The Animated Series - Complete Series
  • Chowder - Vol. 1
  • Fraggle Rock - Complete Series
  • Futurama - Bender's Game
  • Get Smart - Complete Series Gift Set
  • Home Movies - 10th Anniversary
  • Howdy Doody - 40 Episodes and Best Of
  • JAG - Season 7
  • Popeye - Vol. 3
  • Primeval - Seasons 1 and 2
  • Project Runway - Season 4
  • Reaper - Season 1
  • Route 66 - Season 2
  • Spider-Man - Villains Showdown
  • Spin City - Season 1
  • The Starlost - Complete Series
  • The Wild, Wild West - Complete Series

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David James Elliott in Sci Fi mini-series

by Brett Love, posted Jul 18th 2008 11:24AM

David James Elliott - JAG - Close To Home - MirabilisAnd when I say Sci Fi, I mean the network, not necessarily the content. I'm sure we could easily open up that oldie, but goodie, about what is science fiction and why certain things are ending up on the channel. We'll save that for another time though, as right now we should talk about JAG, with swords. Elliott (JAG) is set to star in Mirabilis. The four-hour mini tells the story of four knights who must come together to save their land, the titular town.

Elliott plays John, a knight seeking vengeance after his family was killed. He'll be joined by Natassia Malthe (DOA: Dead Or Alive. Yes, I watched it) as another of the knights, Perfidia. Perfidia is also John's love interest. The script is by Sam Egan (Jeremiah) and is being produced by Reunion Pictures. If you are wondering about the quality of production, I'll add that RHI Entertainment is involved and they are responsible for such Sci Fi treats as The Lost Empire. To be fair though, they also had a hand in Tin Man, so it could go either way. I'll watch it, but then I'm kind of the Mikey of bad sci fi. I'll watch anything, even SS Doomtrooper. It had Corin Nemec!

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted May 19th 2008 6:05PM

Square PegsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • 24 - Season 1 (Special Edition)
  • The Bill Engvall Show - Season 1
  • Charles in Charge - Season 3
  • Exes and Ohs - Season 1
  • Gomer Pyle, USMC - Season 4
  • A Haunting - Season 3
  • JAG - Season 6
  • The Jeff Corwin Experience - Season 2
  • The Muppet Show - Season 3
  • Nimrod Nation - Complete Series
  • Penn & Teller's Bullshit - Season 5
  • Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Hour - Complete Series, Vol. 1
  • Square Pegs - Complete Series
  • Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles - Season 5
  • Tom Selleck Western Collection
  • Young Maverick - The New Maverick

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Montel Williams airs his last show today

by Allison Waldman, posted May 16th 2008 12:03PM
Montel WilliamsIt's the end of an era today. One of the longest running syndicated talk shows is airing its last show. The Montel Williams Show wraps today after 17 years of discussion, controversy, interviews and inspiration. But just because the show is ending, that doesn't mean Montel is going away. At the final New York City taping in March, he explained to the adoring throng, "I'm not retiring. I am stopping The Montel Williams Show, but I am not, in any way, shape or form, stopping anything else that I'm doing."

Williams' show has actually been one of the more dignified syndicated daytime talk shows, a step above Jerry Springer and Maury Povich, but not quite The View or Ellen DeGeneres. His style could be compared to Phil Donahue, especially in his desire to be a change agent. He really cared about the people who appeared on his program; it wasn't about being a ring leader to a freak show, as Jerry is, or confronting people with DNA tests like Maury does. Montel was not into that stuff.
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David James Elliott cast in mini-series disaster flick

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2008 5:21PM
David James ElliottAre you ready for some major disaster film effects? Were you disappointed that there wasn't more destruction when the Golden Gate Bridge broke in half on Eli Stone (I was.) Then you, like me, will be pleased to hear that David James Elliott is starring in a four-hour mini-series called Impact. Producers are promising lots of action and Charlton Heston-like epic disaster. Okay, maybe I added the Charlton Heston adjective, but at $13 million, the guys at Muse Entertainment, Jaffe/Braunstein Entertainment and Tandem Communications aren't skimping.

Casting David is a plus for starters. The former JAG star has a nice balance of serious and tongue-in-cheek, so hopefully he'll keep Impact from getting too cheesey. The story, however, does have Velveeta potential.

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