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What's On Tonight: Extreme Makeover, American Dad, Californication

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2008 4:05PM
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  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America, then the Giants/Eagles game.
  • At 7:30, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, then new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, followed by new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • ABC Family has the movie Dr. Doolittle: Tail to the Chief at 8.
  • HGTV has the special Design on a Dime: Top 35 Secrets.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8.
  • Showtime has a new Brotherhood at 8, followed by new episodes of Dexter and Californication.
  • Also at 8: Style Network has the series premiere of Ruby.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Contemporary.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, then new episodes of Entourage and Summer Heights High.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Chef Jeff Project.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Superjail, followed by two new episodes of Xtacies.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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ABC cuts episode order for two NYPD-based shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 6th 2008 2:11PM
ABC logoQuestion: how many shows can ABC have that are set in the world of the NYPD?

The network already has Life on Mars, and now comes news that ABC has cut the episode order for two other NYPD-based shows. One is Castle, which stars Nathan Fillion as a horror writer who helps the cops solve crimes (yes, another one of those shows). The other show is The Unusuals, which stars Amber Tamblyn and is a comedy about a police station. Maybe it's the new Barney Miller.

Both shows have had the order cut from 13 episodes to 10. They say it's not a quality reasons, it's just that they already have too many shows on the shelf, including Courteney Cox's new show with the horrible title Cougar Town and Mike Judge's new cartoon The Goode Family. They are also interested in picking up King of the Hill, which was just canceled by FOX.

ABC has already said no to a new Alyssa Milano sitcom, which Allison told you about earlier. I'm still kinda ticked they never gave Marlowe a chance.

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Still more King of the Hill news

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 5th 2008 1:02PM

King of the Hill's luck continues. Now it will be appearing on Adult SwimGeez, for a show that was recently canceled there is sure a lot of news about it. First, we heard that King of the Hill was being canceled by FOX at the end of this season (though it will probably remain on the schedule through 2010 because of long-term production of episodes). Then, the lovely and talented Bob Sassone reported that the show could be picked up by ABC, who seems to be in the market for other network programs as of late. Now comes word that repeats (is that term now taboo?) of the Mike Judge series will be heading to Adult Swim's lineup.

That's right. Cartoon Network's older brother will be picking up the 11-year-old program, making it the next-to-last FOX animated series to air on its program schedule (The Simpsons would be the last, and I have no idea if it will ever make it to Adult Swim).

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King of the Hill could come back - on ABC

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 4th 2008 9:06AM
King of the HillJason told you about FOX's decision to cancel King of the Hill after 13 years. Now the Hollywood Reporter is, well, reporting that the show could come back on another network.

A source at ABC says that the network is interested in picking up the show for another season. And this isn't one of those wacky rumors that doesn't have any basis in reality. A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox has confirmed that another network is interested in the show, though they won't say which one.

This could work out well for show creator Mike Judge. He already has another animated show on ABC at mid-season titled The Goode Family. Hey, if Seth MacFarlane can have a bunch of animated shows on at the same time, why not Judge? Beavis & Butthead could come back!

Maybe NBC should pick up the show, and actually have a half hour comedy that has a track record and a fan base. Or maybe Cartoon Network would be interested in the show?

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What's On Tonight: Simpsons, Brotherhood, The Unit

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 2nd 2008 4:03PM
  • CalifornicationAt 7 (or after NASCAR), ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, then new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, followed by new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America, then the Patriots/Colts game.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 8.
  • TCM has All The President's Men at 8.
  • Also at 8: Showtime has the season premiere of Brotherhood, followed by new episodes of Dexter and Californication.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Contemporary.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9, followed by new episodes of Entourage and Little Britain.
  • HGTV has a new House Hunters at 9.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • Food Network has a new Chef Jeff Project at 10.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Superjail, then a new Young Person's Guide To History.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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King of the Hill to end, American Dad renewed

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 31st 2008 10:06AM
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It looks like the Fox "Animation Domination" lineup will be changing. It took FOX long enough to put together a solid two hour block of animated cartoons on Sunday, but now comes word that the tides are a-changing. After thirteen years on the air, King of the Hill will wrap production at the end of this season. Of course, there will be new episodes in the can for airing even into next season. Not to mention that this isn't the first time Hill has been canceled, and ratings now are better than they were then. In fact, executive producer John Altschuler said, "It would be very odd for King of the Hill to not keep going."

At the same time, Seth MacFarlane's "other" show American Dad, has just been picked up for a fifth season. It makes sense for FOX to let King of the Hill go at this time, considering that Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show is waiting in the wings. On the other side, though, shouldn't they wait to see if that's going to work before they dump a solid perennial performer like Hill? The way they're going, Seth MacFarlane is going to own Sunday nights.

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Ted Danson in for HBO pilot

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 3rd 2008 9:21AM
Ted Danson in for HBO pilotTed Danson is one of those actors who just keeps chugging along through the years. He could have easily disappeared after Cheers, but he's been working steadily in both movies and TV.

Becker sort of flew under the radar, but aired from 1998 to 2004. There was the short-lived Help Me Help You in 2006. Danson even voiced a part on King of the Hill (Tom Hammond in "The Accidental Tourist" episode).

But it's his stint as the sinister Arthur Frobisher in Damages that's brought him into the forefront again. It also helped to catapult him into his next gig -- a lead role in HBO's comedy pilot Bored to Death.

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TV Squad presents the 2008-09 fall schedule

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 5th 2008 1:20PM

The cast of Fringe, the new FOX drama premiering in SeptemberIt's coming. The table is set, the players are on the field, the sails are raised, and the pretty maids are all in a row. Of course, I speak of the 2008-09 television schedule. In just a few short weeks viewers will be able to dine on a number of favorite and new dishes that are being served by the networks as well as the increasing number of cable channels who are delving into original programming.

While other fall seasons have come and gone with nary a whimper, this season may be different. Due to the prolonged Writers Strike many shows ended their seasons quite early. Programs like Life, Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, and Heroes haven't aired original episodes since the end of 2007. Heck, there hasn't been a new episode of The Shield since June of last year! So, the beginning of the 2008-09 season will be a second chance for some of these shows, particularly the ones that premiered last season, to show their worth to fans and the networks.

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Stephen Root comes to Pushing Daisies

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 3rd 2008 4:29PM
Stephen RootPushing Daisies, my favorite new show from last season, has just announced that Stephen Root is set to guest star on its upcoming season, which premieres October 1st. Although Root is probably best known as the Swingline Stapler-loving Milton Waddams from Office Space, he's no stranger to television. Root also played eccentric boss Jimmy James on the David Foley comedy NewsRadio for four years and currently voices Bill on King of the Hill.

Root is signed up for a four-episode arc on Daisies. His character apparently has a connection to both Ned and Chuck's fathers. Series creator Bryan Fuller says that "He stirs up a lot of hullabaloo for everyone, particularly Aunts Lily and Vivian."

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FOX Sunday animation panel: The Simpsons is still the king - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 15th 2008 12:05PM
Fox animation panel
As usual, FOX leaves the best press conference (at least as far as I was concerned) for last. I sat through Karl Rove and Chris Wallace getting contentious with the critics near the end of the FOX News panel (more on that later), Jerry O'Connell and the cast of Do Not Disturb strain to answer questions about a show whose clip reel wasn't all that funny, and the millionaires from Secret Millionaire talk about being poor for a week. All of it was made worth it (and, really, seeing Rove start to get annoyed near the end was fun to watch) so we could see the final panel: all the producers of all FOX's Sunday animated shows.

The first person who spoke up, not surprisingly, was Seth MacFarlane. "Is this where Karl Rove sat? Because I don't want to get AIDS." Wow. Unfortunately, no line that was said after that was as shocking or funny. But it was all still pretty good.

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Celebrate the 4th by watching television!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 3rd 2008 12:19PM

fireworksIt's another holiday, and that means more TV marathons and specials! Here's a handy guide to the 4th (and the 5th and 6th).

July 4

  • AMC has Planet of the Apes movies all morning, then the Jaws movies starting at 10:30am.
  • At 6am, USA has a Walker, Texas Ranger marathon.
  • TMC has episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (80s version) at 6, then Hitchcock movies all day.
  • At 7, ESPN2 has coverage of Wimbledon Tennis.
  • At 8, A&E has a marathon of Paranormal State.
  • Biography has a City Confidential marathon starting at 8.
  • There's a Twilight Zone marathon starting at 8 on Sci-Fi.
  • At 9, TruTV has a Beach Patrol marathon.
  • FX has a King of the Hill marathon at 9.
  • At noon, NBC has more Wimbledon.
  • At 2pm, TV Land has an I Love Lucy marathon.
  • At 3, HGTV has a Design Star marathon.
  • At 8, PBS has A Capitol Fourth.
  • At 9, NBC has the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.
  • At 10, CBS has the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

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The Adam Finley Award: Call for considerations

by Jason Hughes, posted May 21st 2008 1:08PM
tv squad awardsFor many longtime TV Squad readers the name Adam Finley could only be associated with one thing: the wide world of animation. Adam was passionate about animation, covering many shows for us here as well as reporting on anything and everything happening in the industry. So it's only right that the award for Excellence in Animation be named after him.

There's all kinds of possibilities for contenders here. I'd give a nod to both Star Wars tributes -- Family Guy and Robot Chicken -- and South Park definitely stretched their animation style with 'Major Boobage,' but I didn't think the episode was all that good. Aqua Teen Hunger Force had some good episodes this season (personal favorites include the VeggieTales parody and that crazy trilogy that opened the season).

But I've by no means watched all the best in animation this year, so I call out to you, dear readers. Which episodes or shows do you think set the bar or even raised it in this past year? Are The Simpsons out of their prime and not worthy of TVS recognition? How about King of the Hill or American Dad? The new The Mr. Men Show is retro-tastic, simple, but still cleverly awesome! Too many to handle! Help me TVS Readers, you're my only hope!

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What's On Tonight: Simpsons, Indiana Jones, Desperate Housewives

by Bob Sassone, posted May 18th 2008 4:01PM
  • Everybody Hates ChrisAt 7, ABC has two new episodes of Extreme Makeover, followed by the two hour season finale of Desperate Housewives.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then The Country Music Awards.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by a marathon of The Office.
  • At 8, The CW has the season finale of Everybody Hates Chris, then the series finale of Aliens in America and the season finale of The Game.
  • FOX has the season finales of The Simpsons and King of the Hill at 8.
  • History Channel has the special Indiana Jones and the Ultimate Quest at 8.
  • TV Land has the M*A*S*H series finale at 8.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Challenge.
  • At 8:55: Sci-Fi has the Indiana Jones-related documentary The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece.
  • There's a new episode of The Tudors on Showtime at 9, then a new This American Life.
  • At 9:30, FOX has the season finale of American Dad.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Metalocalypse, followed by new episodes of Squidbillies and Assy McGee.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The Upfronts: FOX

by Jason Hughes, posted May 15th 2008 11:33AM
foxFOX announced its plans for the 2008-2009 season today. Here are the highlights:

Returning: The Moment of Truth, So You Think You Can Dance, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, American Idol, America's Most Wanted, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Bones, Cops, Don't Forget the Lyrics!, Hell's Kitchen, House, King of the Hill, Kitchen Nightmares, MADtv, The Moment of Truth, Prison Break, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 'Til Death

Out: Back To You, Canterbury's Law, K-Ville, Nashville, New Amsterdam, Next Great American Band, Return of Jezebel James, Unhitched

New: Sit Down, Shut Up; The Cleveland Show; Dollhouse (Midseason); Fringe; Do Not Disturb (formerly The Inn); Secret Millionaire (Midseason)

Schedule and detailed descriptions of the new shows after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: America's Favorite Mom, Survivor, Brothers & Sisters

by Bob Sassone, posted May 11th 2008 4:03PM

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  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by the season finale of Survivor and the Survivor Live Reunion Show.
  • ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos at 7, then new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • NBC has the special America's Favorite Mom at 7, followed a mini-marathon of The Office.
  • Also at 7: ABC Family has Mary Poppins, then the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then a new King of the Hill.
  • There's a new Everybody Hates Chris on The CW at 8, followed by new episodes of Aliens in America and The Game.
  • PBS has new episodes of Nature and Masterpiece.
  • TNT has NBA Playoffs at 8.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has the new movie Never Cry Werewolf.
  • Showtime has a new episode of The Tudors at 9, followed by a new This American Life.
  • At 9:30, FOX has a new American Dad.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Squidbillies, then a new Assy McGee.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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