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by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 13th 2006 8:02AM

The Nine

...fiiiiiiiiiiiive canceled shooooooooows!

1. The Nine (ABC): Yeah, the network can say it's "on hiatus" and that "the remaining episodes will be shown in 2007," but we all know what it means. And the reason I picked this as #1 is because this show had more buzz and positive reviews than any other show before the season started. I think more critics picked it as a the "best" than any other show. Then the show kept losing viewers, even though it was on after Lost, so ABC pulled it from the schedule. That's really unfortunate. It was a good show, though I think that after the pilot viewers were expecting a different type of show than the straight drama with a twist that we got. Hopefully Tim Daly will have better luck with his new show next year.

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12 things you don't know about Dana Delany

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 16th 2006 11:29AM

Dana DelaneyOne of my favorite features every month in Esquire is the "Things You Don't Know About Women" list. I've learned more about women from reading that list than I would going on a thousand dates. Then again, they're all celebrities who do the list, so maybe they have no practical use in the real world, but they're fun to read. And they seem pretty logical. I wonder if these women know that most men actually agree with everything they say?

This month's list comes from Kidnapped star Dana Delany. Among the bits of wisdom: "Text messenging is for children and people who are having affairs. Don't do either" and "We need you. Because a vibrating piece of plastic can't kiss." I'm not sure I agree with #5 though, "Never wear cologne." I mean, come on. I wear cologne every time I go out. Ladies, what do you say?

The part about this list that makes you cringe isn't even in the list, it's the blurb at the very end. "Dana Delany stars as Ellie Cain on the drama Kidnapped, which airs Saturdays on NBC." Ouch.

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Here's an idea for Saturday night TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2006 4:42PM

SmithAs we've noted here before, and I'm sure you've noticed, Saturday night is the oddest night for television. It used to be great (remember CBS' lineup in the 70s?), but now it's just a night when no one watches much TV, and if they do, all they get is movies, repeats, and Cops.

But Tim Goodman over at The Bastard Machine has some ideas.

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NBC pulls Kidnapped from Saturday slot

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 1st 2006 9:42AM
kidnappedRatings are so poor for NBC's Kidnapped that it's being pulled from its crappy Saturday time slot. The show was sent there earlier this month from its Wednesday night time slot, where it was also tanking. Previously, NBC had ordered the show to stop production after 13 episodes, which is why we dubbed it the first canceled show of the Fall 2006 season.

Last Saturday, Kidnapped got only about 3.7 million viewers, making it the lowest-watched program on television that night. Only five episodes of Kidnapped have aired so far and there's no word from NBC on whether it will even play out the rest of the 'season'. Starting this Saturday, reruns of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will play instead of Kidnapped.

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Oh God, not another one hour continuing drama!

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2006 7:14PM

DaybreakI've been noticing more and more ads for the new ABC suspense-drama Day Break, which stars Taye Diggs as a cop who begins to experience the same day over and over and over again (a la Groundhog Day) when his girlfriend is murdered. Can he change events enough to save her life? Of course, there's a major, super secret conspiracy involved, as in all of these shows it seems.

Now, there's nothing wrong with a continuing drama per se. If they're good, I'll certainly watch it, and the previews for Daybreak look promising. But you have to question how parrot-like the networks are, wanting to just do anything to duplicate a megahit. Without even thinking that, while Lost is certainly a good show, maybe it was more a matter of timing, time slot, and subject matter than just the quality, that unpredictable mix that catches on. The demise of Vanished and Kidnapped and the so-so ratings of The Nine are not good signs. (And this isn't the only show still to come; the thriller Traveler is coming to ABC in early '07).

Daybreak starts November 15, in the Lost time slot.

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BREAKING RUMOR: NBC Entertainment head Kevin Reilly to be fired

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 18th 2006 6:35PM
Kevin ReillyJust got a tip into TV Squad HQ; there is scuttlebutt that NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly is going to be fired sometime later this afternoon. Apparently, Reilly's failure to create a hit for NBC during his tenure is going to cost him his job.

If you recall, Reilly programmed a number of expensive, lavishly-done pilots for this fall season, like Kidnapped, Friday Night Lights, and Studio 60, all of which are tanking in the ratings. That along with a history of tentative decision-making was his undoing. The announcement will be made this afternoon; expect to see it in the trades tomorrow.

(Update 11:49 ET: No announcement tonight, as our tipster told us would happen. We contacted NBC for a response to this rumor and they didn't confirm or deny it. Guess we'll just keep waiting.)

(Update 10/19 8:23 PM: Well, folks, looks like the rumor -- as with all the past rumors of Reilly's firing -- didn't pan out, since he spoke at a panel of network heads earlier today. Our tipster has been thrown into TVS HQ's moat. Let's hope said tipster can avoid the crocs and piranha...)

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Here's a reminder for the three Kidnapped fans left

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 18th 2006 4:04PM
KidnappedI kid, I kid... despite Kidnapped's lousy ratings, it did attract about seven million viewers (if this show were on cable, it would be a smash hit), so I'm sure a lot of people will appreciate this reminder: the show returns in its new Saturday at 9 timeslot on October 21, which is this coming Saturday (damn, where is this year going?). It'll pick up with the fourth episode; recall that at the end of episode three, Connie Cain had beaten an old neighborhood "friend" -- and Irish Mob boss -- at his charity ball, and Knapp saved Ellie from harm after a friend of Aubrey's got wind of the kidnapping and tried to use it to his advantage.

Anway, the reason why I'm putting up this reminder is that Kidnapped is a quality show, and since it's going to be on for the next ten weeks -- the producers were told to wrap things up in 13 episodes -- on a night when nothing else is on, it's perfect fodder for Sunday afternoon DVR-watching. That's what I'm going to do, at least. Maybe it'll actually get OK ratings on Saturday... uh, maybe not.

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NBC and CBS bring in the replacements

by Brett Love, posted Oct 12th 2006 3:32PM
Stanley TucciWith Kidnapped shuffled to a new night to finish out its run, and Smith pulled from the schedule completely, NBC and CBS have a couple slots to fill. The Emmy-winning Medium will return to NBC for its third season sometime in mid November, taking over the Wednesday at 10PM slot. CBS will fill Tuesday at 10PM with 3 Lbs starting on November 14th.

3 Lbs is about the relationship between a brilliant, but arrogant, neurosurgeon, and the rising star that works for him. Originally it was to star Dylan McDermott, but now will feature Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, Murder One) and Mark Feuerstein (West Wing, Good Morning Miami). I'm not sure about Feuerstein in this role, we'll have to wait and see, but I'll give anything with Stanley Tucci in it a look. This character sounds like he could have a little Richard Cross in him, which would be a good thing.

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Contest results: It's Kidnapped in 13!

by Keith McDuffee, posted Oct 6th 2006 2:41PM
beyond tv 4The first new show fall show to take a tumble into canceldom has been announced: Kidnapped is officially done and will complete with a total airing of 13 episodes.

So, in looking at all the entries, the person who chose Kidnapped as the first show to be canceled with the closest guess to the number of episodes (13) is ...

erroneous_nick, with Kidnapped in 7 episodes!
And was only the third entry in the contest -- nice call.

Congrats to you, Nick! Or is it erroneous? Well whatever it is, congratulations -- we'll get in touch with you shortly regarding where to send your new HD PVR system from SnapStream!

(UPDATE: Several folks have pointed out that they believe Smith to be the true canceled show here. After some discussion within the 'Squad and an analysis of the rules stated in the contest, our decision stands.)

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Kidnapped is being moved to Saturdays

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 6th 2006 2:21PM
KidnappedFirst, NBC tells the producers of Kidnapped to stop production after 13 episodes. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, they've decided to move the serialized drama (otherwise known as "The Best Show Nobody Watched") to Saturdays, where shows go to die. The switch is effective starting October 21.

Despite what folks like my brother Rich have speculated, though, Law & Order will not be moving back to it's old Wednesday at 10 slot. NBC has decided to replace Kidnapped with an edition of Dateline. I guess they figure if they're going to come in last place, they might as well do it with a cheap-to-produce show.

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Wednesday ratings shocker: Lost wins!

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 5th 2006 4:34PM
JerichoABC won the ratings battle last night, with around 19 million viewers tuning into the Lost season premiere. The Nine lost a lot of Lost's lead-in, but still didn't do too shabby. CSI: NY won at 10, while Kidnapped...oh, never mind.

In the 8pm time slots: Dancing with the Stars was first at 8, followed by Jericho. Bones was third.

So I guess now the question is, will The Nine continue to lose viewers week after week, like Kidnapped and Studio 60? Will ABC stick with it for the long haul, or cut their losses and cancel it (or do what NBC is doing with Kidnapped, canceling it but wrapping things up in 13 episodes, if they can even do that?)

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Is Kidnapped a goner?

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 4th 2006 3:33PM
KidnappedOur favorite TV Guide scribe, Mike Ausiello, must have his moles working overtime this week (he should at least provide those moles with a free pizza or something; I'm sure they're all quite hungry); this week's "Ask Ausiello" has the usual set of scoops and spoilers (even one or two with those annoying asterisks he uses), but he also has this one tidbit about the best show no one's watching, Kidnapped:

According to Ausiello (look near the bottom of the page), the producers of the NBC serialized drama have been told to stop production after finishing the 13th episode. Considering they were shooting episode seven when I visited the set six weeks ago, that would mean that they are going to wrap up right... about... now. Anyway, there is an "early cancellation" contingency in place that will show the conclusion to the kidnapping mystery, so the writers won't leave whatever viewers they have left hanging like Reunion did last year. It's too bad; from everything I've seen, the show was one of the best of the fall season. But lack of promotion and a crappy time slot -- people didn't want to get started with this show when The Nine was coming two weeks later -- doomed Kidnapped from the start. Maybe NBC should just hold the show now and air all 13 episodes over the summer; I bet they'd get pretty good ratings then.

(UPDATE 10/5/06: Looks like the show is indeed done. Thanks for the link, dinges!)

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What's on tonight: Cops, Fantastic Four, 48 Hours Mystery, Entourage

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 23rd 2006 5:21PM
  • Ed WoodAt 8, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • ABC has college football at 8, Notre Dame vs. Michigan.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8, followed by a repeat episode and then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • CBS is rerunning the Jericho premiere at 8, followed by the Smith premiere, and then a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • HBO2 has a mini marathon of Entourage starting at 8.
  • Also at 8: Cartoon Network has a new Fantastic Four.
  • Around 8:20, IFC has Ed Wood, with Johnny Depp and Martin Landau.
  • At 9, there's a new Naruto on Cartoon Network, followed by a new Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo.
  • At 10, NBC is rerunning the premiere ep of Kidnapped.
  • HGTV has a new Design on a Dime at 10.

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Too much serial in the television bowl

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 21st 2006 9:10AM

Serial drama VanishedEvery television season has its trend. After The Cosby Show premiered in 1984 the trend was toward family sitcoms. In the late 90's and the early 21st Century reality shows and nighttime game shows dominated the schedule. Last year, the trend was towards science-fiction and supernatural shows like Surface, Invasion, Threshold and, well, Supernatural.

This year is no exception as the very prominent trend is leaning towards the serial drama or comedy. Now, before you get all defensive I know that the serial has been around since the dawn of television, particularly in the daytime soap operas and previous shows such as Dallas, Dynasty, and Melrose Place. And, I also know that shows like Surface, Invasion, and Threshold, as well as the late-lamented Heist could all be considered serials. But, this year seems different because it looks like a good number of these shows could actually last the whole season and beyond.

This is a bad thing. Would you like to find out why? Then, jump ahead, my doubting friend.

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Kidnapped: Pilot (series premiere)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 20th 2006 10:15PM
Kidnapped cast
If there's one thing you need to know about Kidnapped, it's this: nothing is as it seems. All we know after the opening episode is over is that Leopold Cain (Will Denton), the erudite son of wealthy Manhattan couple Conrad and Ellie Cain (Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany), has been kidnapped. We don't know why, and we don't know by whom. We also know that Cain has hired private investigator Knapp (Jeremy Sisto), who has a shady past but knows how to get people back to their families. His partner in investigation is Turner (Carmen Ejogo). We also know that Special Agent Lattimer King (Delroy Lindo) has been dragged into the case via his associtation with a bodyguard named Virgil (Mykelti Williamson). He and Knapp know each other, and they both know that they'll have to work together, whether they like it or not.

Everything else? It's completely up in the air. But that's what makes this show interesting.

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