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NBC wrap-up: Slater's split personality, and Selma Blair's a wise-ass - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 22nd 2008 10:28PM
Kath & Kim panel
Today was the very last day of the press tour here in Beverly Hills. It was "TCA Day," with members of the association (including me) going to the Warner Brothers lot to visit the sets of ER, Pushing Daisies, and Chuck, where we spoke to cast members and producers (Oh, we went to the set of America's Best Dance Crew, but let's just forget I mentioned that one). Then we bused it over to the Fox lot, where Joss Whedon showed us around the set of Dollhouse, and the entire cast of King of the Hill gave a table read of their 250th episode. All this fun will be in upcoming posts later this summer.

Despite some of the griping you may have seen from me, it's been lots of fun. It's just a very tiring experience. Case in point: On Monday, NBC decided to close out the press conference portion of the tour by having us sit through ten panels, five of them after lunch. Here's a wrap-up post that goes over some of what went on yesterday that I haven't already covered.

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Michael Strahan follows in Nicole Richie's footsteps on Chuck

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 26th 2008 12:02PM
Michael StrahanAnyone who's followed the NFL over the last fifteen years knew what Michael Strahan's plans were going to be after retirement: TV, TV and more TV. It was a given; during most of his career with the Giants, Strahan loved to be in front of the camera, and often did commentary and studio gigs on his off-weeks or during the playoffs.

Now, with a Super Bowl ring in-hand, the newly-retired defensive end is making his move. Not only has he joined the FOX NFL pregame show, but he also just completed filming a cameo on the NBC geek adventure comedy Chuck. He plays Mitt, the manager of the sporting goods store that's in the same shopping center as Buy More, the store where Chuck works. He and his crew take over the home theater portion of the store during lunchtimes, playing Madden '09 and making a mess. My guess is that we'll set up a geeks vs. jocks scenario with retail being the venue, instead of the locker room.

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Rachel Bilson to appear on Chuck

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Sep 13th 2007 7:02PM
Rachel BilsonOne of my favorite characters on The O.C. was Summer Roberts. I liked her humor, naivety, and her spark. When FOX announced the cancellation of the show, I was sad to depart with characters like her, the Cohens and Taylor. So when NBC announced today that she would guest star on a few episodes of Chuck, I was delighted to see the actress return to the small screen!

Bilson will appear in a multi-episode arc on NBC's new action-comedy airing Mondays before Heroes. She is set to play a love interest for the lead character of Chuck, played by Zachary Levi. Her character will be Chuck's first romantic interest since his girlfriend broke up with him a few years ago while in college.

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Gossip Girl -- An early look

by Brett Love, posted Sep 12th 2007 1:00PM
Blake Lively - Gossip GirlIt's that time of the year again. Time to put away the bathing suits, winterize the boats, and start thinking about getting the big coats out of the back of the closets, at least up here in the Jet City. While it will be sad to see those long summer days fade into fall, the silver lining is a truckload of new and returning shows, all set to debut.

One of the first out of the gate is Gossip Girl, which premieres next Wednesday at 9 on The CW. They were nice enough to send a copy of the pilot over to TV Squad HQ, and I couldn't resist the possibility of a good teen drama, so here is an early look at what the fifth network has cooking.

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Comic-Con: Chuck Panel Report

by Julia Ward, posted Jul 27th 2007 7:34PM
Chuck Comic-Con
I know the picture's a little blurry folks, but isn't it worth it to know how far the cast of NBC's new pilot Chuck is willing to go to get you to love them? Stars Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez were not, in fact, reenacting the finer points of the Kama Sutra on stage. They were recreating their comic ninja fight from the pilot. Now that's we've cleared that up, more on Chuck after the jump.

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The O.C. creator has two pilots in the works

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 5th 2007 10:33AM
josh schwartzDon't cry for young Josh Schwartz, the creator of now-cancelled The O.C. Sure, the ratings for the show dropped to terribly low levels (fewer than 500,000 teens watched it on a weekly basis). And his star wanted off the show. But, he has been given greenlights from both NBC and The CW for pilots.

Joel already told you about the NBC pilot, called Chuck. It's "a high-concept action dramedy about spies and twentysomethings..." His other pilot, which was just greenlighted by The CW, is called Gossip Girl. It's about New York teens and their parents, as told through an anonymous blogger. Kinda sounds like Sex and the City meets Dawson's Creek. (With Josh Schwartz, everything "meets Dawson's Creek").

Oh, and did I mention that Josh Schwartz is merely 30-years old and has a three-year, seven-figure deal with Warner Bros. television? Yeah, he's gonna be just fine.

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'The O.C.' creator producing pilot for The CW

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 22nd 2006 3:28PM
josh schwartzJosh Schwartz, creator off FOX teen soap The O.C., is in negotiations to write and produce a pilot for The CW. It's based on a popular series of teen novels called Gossip Girls. The story is about a group of wealthy girls who attend a private school in New York and it's all narrated by an anonymous narrator. A few years ago, Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was going to write a movie version of the books and Lindsay Lohan was set to star, but the deal fell through.

Schwartz may be looking for his next job as the future of The O.C. is murky. FOX has only ordered half a season so far, as the teen soap is up against heavy hitters CSI and Grey's Anatomy.

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