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Best and Worst TV of 2009: Jason's List

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2009 5:06PM
Daniel Wright2009 was a good year for television. It offered the resurgence of the comedy on network television, and the continuing growth of original programming on cable. In all honesty, I don't think I could just do a list of what was great and what was horrible on television because I would need pages and pages.

Instead, I'm going to focus on the things that really stood out this year. Sorry, Mad Men fans, but even though this was a great third season and an amazing finale, I expect it at this point. It's the only way I could come up with to keep my list manageable.

Also, as a point of protest I did not include Jon, Kate or the balloon boy hoax. These events got more attention than they deserved already this year, and I feel bad I even mentioned them.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 28th 2009 6:06PM
KingsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

This might not be the biggest DVD release day in history, but it's certainly one of the business. There's something for everyone this week, including a bunch of "Fan Favorites" DVDs for various sitcoms, including NewsRadio, All in the Family, and I Dream of Jeannie. That's a neat idea, though I wonder, if you're a big fan, wouldn't you already have the DVDs?

Oh, and remember Day Break, the ABC mystery series from a couple of years ago? You can get the Complete Series. I don't think I ever saw the end of that show. You can watch it on SlashControl, so maybe I'll start there before buying the set.


  • All in the Family - Fan Favorites
  • Ax Men - Season 2
  • Barney Miller - Fan Favorites
  • Bewitched - Fan Favorites

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TV DVDS: 'The Office,' '30 Rock,' 'The Mentalist' and More

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 10th 2009 5:30PM
We've got the scoop on September's choice TV-to-DVD releases: We'll let you know when you should dole out your hard-earned dollars, and when a simple addition to your Netflix queue will suffice. -- By Janine LoGelfo

'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' (The Complete First Season) - HBO's series about a strong Botswana woman based on the popular Alexander McCall books has yet to be renewed for a second season -- while that mystery is being solved, familiarize yourself with this gem of a show. Jill Scott's portrayal of the iconic character Mma Ramostwe is like a breath of fresh air, and the show is surprisingly clean for HBO's sensibilities, featuring no profanity, explicit violence or sex throughout the whole season.
Buy or Netflix? Netflix (available Sept. 1)

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Kings: The New King, Part 2 (series finale) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 26th 2009 2:00PM
And so Kings has ended its run on NBC. This was one of the "quality" dramas that some people got excited about when it debuted months ago ... and then it crashed and NBC shoved it over to Saturday nights. But if Twitter is any indication, it still has its fans. What did you think of last night's episode?

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What's On Tonight: Being Human, Malibu Shark Attack, Dirty Sexy Money

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 25th 2009 4:01PM
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  • TV Land has an Andy Griffith Show marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has the series finale of Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new True Jackson, VP at 8.
  • Versus has Tour de France coverage at 8.
  • There's a new Primeval on BBC America at 8, followed by the series premiere of Being Human.
  • Also at 8: TCM has A Night at the Opera.
  • 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • TBS has a new Bill Engvall Show at 9.
  • Syfy has the movie Malibu Shark Attack at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Dirty Sexy Money.
  • At 11, Comedy Central has Jim Breuer: Let's Clear The Air.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Kings, Cops, Dirty Sexy Money

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 18th 2009 4:09PM
  • The Bill Engvall ShowNickelodeon has a SpongeBob SquarePants marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • ESPN has World Cup Softball at 8, the U.S. vs. Japan at 8.
  • Versus has Tour de France coverage at 8.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • BBC America has a new Primeval at 9.
  • VH-1 has the movie The Jacksons: An American Dream at 9.
  • TBS has the season premiere of The Bill Engvall Show at 9 (two episodes).
  • At 10, ABC has a new Dirty Sexy Money.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Kings, 20Q, Sand Serpents, Eli Stone

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 11th 2009 4:09PM
Harper's Island

  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, then a new True Jackson, VP.
  • Cartoon Network has a new BrainRush at 8, followed by a new Destroy Build Destroy.
  • GSN has a new 20Q at 8, then a new episode of The Money List.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, followed by a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CBS has the two-hour series finale of Harper's Island.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Syfy has the movie Sand Serpents at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has the movie The Gambler, The Girl, and The Gunslinger.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eli Stone.
  • There's a new episode of The Dish on Style at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: iCarly, Ellen, Doctor Who, Man vs. Cartoon

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 27th 2009 4:45PM
  • Eli StoneAt 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, followed by a new True Jackson, VP.
  • Disney has the movie Princess Protection Program at 8.
  • TCM has Notorious at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new BrainRush at 8, then a new Destroy Build Destroy.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • TBS has Ellen's Bigger, Longer and Wider Show at 9.
  • BBC America has the premiere of Doctor Who: The Next Doctor at 9, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • Food Network has a Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives marathon at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eli Stone.
  • Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends at 10.
  • Also at 10: TruTV has a new Man vs. Cartoon.
  • At 10:30, HGTV has a new HGTV's Top 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: BrainRush, Harper's Island, Ultimate Fighter

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 20th 2009 4:09PM
Kings

  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new BrainRush at 8, then a new Destroy Build Destroy.
  • GSN has a new 20Q at 8, followed by a new episode of The Money List.
  • TCM has Random Harvest at 8, then The Bad Seed.
  • Current has Jack Black and Michael Cera Take Over Current at 8.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter at 9.
  • Also at 9: FUSE has Bonnaroo 2009.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Eli Stone.
  • Style has a new episode of The Dish at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Kings, iCarly, Star Runners, Suze Orman

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2009 4:05PM
Man vs. Cartoon

  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, followed by new episodes of True Jackson, VP and The Naked Brothers Band.
  • GSN's "Big Saturday Night" starts at 8, with 20Q and The Money List.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Primeval at 9, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Star Runners at 9.
  • Also at 9: CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • TruTV has the series premiere of Man vs. Cartoon at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Kings exiled to the summer

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 24th 2009 9:04AM
Ian McShane on Kings

Were you hoping to find out if David was able to reconnect with his family or why William Cross' son had a high heeled shoe in his room? Tune in two months from now to find out.

NBC's Kings has been moved to the middle of June after just four episodes, the last of which was moved from Sunday to Saturday just as Macaulay Culkin made an intriguing special appearance.

This just spells even more gloom and doom for the show that has suffered from low ratings and a juggled time slot since it hit the air. A two-month hiatus is the television equivalent of the "I just want to be friends" dump.

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Kings: Judgment Day

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 22nd 2009 2:56AM
Macaulay Culkin on NBC's Kings
(S01E04) - "What's the point of having power if you don't use it?"

The inevitable has slowly become reality. NBC has shuffled Kings off to a Saturday time slot, affectionately known in TV watcher circles as the "death slot." Kings has now been left in that barren viewer-less void of TV's unwanted to rot in the hot sun of the shunned. Does anyone else smell bacon burning?

It's a shame really. Last Saturday's episode was able to give the series a good kick in the ass, even after the last episode felt like an action packed opus setting itself up for a shark jumper.

"Judgment Day" has turned Kings from a simple game of "Candy Land" where the good make it to the land of sugary goodness and the evil end up stuck in the Chocolate Swamp to a complex mesh of chess where the pieces are allowed to move each other.

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What's On Tonight: Kings, NASCAR, Suze Orman

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 18th 2009 4:08PM
  • Amy PoehlerFood Network has a Chopped marathon all night.
  • MTV2 has a Life of Ryan marathon all night.
  • CSPAN2 has new episodes of Book TV all night.
  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • FOX has the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR race at 8.
  • At 9, CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • National Geographic Channel has two new episodes of Wrecked starting at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • HBO has a new Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7 at 10.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a "Best of Amy Poehler" Saturday Night Live.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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I hope you didn't get too attached to Kings

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2009 3:35PM
Kings
There are two ways to get rid of a show. The network could just cancel it outright and never show it again, or they could take the show and burn off the remaining episodes on Saturday night, once a night of must-see TV but now a night filled with reruns, movies, and shows like Cops. Some would say that the latter is the worst of the fates, since you know it's going to be canceled but it's still on the air as a tease. Guess which NBC did with Kings?

Yup, the network has taken the show off of Sunday nights and will air the remaining eight episodes on Saturday nights at 8PM. The ratings kept falling and falling, with last week's episode getting the lowest ratings yet. NBC just sees no reason to leave it on Sunday nights. To fill the hour, Celebrity Apprentice will expand to three hours.

Just kidding. They're expanding Dateline to two hours. Is that better?

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Kings: Insurrection

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 6th 2009 7:45AM
Christopher Egan on NBC's Kings
(S01E04) - Lives are more important than livelihood.


A major political leader's daughter has been kidnapped by militant insurgents and only one government insider can save her. Throw in a pair of electric nipple clamps hooked up to a car battery and a ticking clock, and it sounds like you've got an episode of 24.

This, however, was last night's Kings. Episode four takes a seemingly innocent decision to give Port of Prosperity to rival Gath and almost turns the whole affair into the white hot embers of a growing civil war within Shiloh.

King Silas' decision to give Gath the Port of Prosperity returns to bite him in the ass when its residents don't like their leader's use of eminent domain. So Silas puts our hero David Shepherd back in the spotlight to quell the growing insurgency and test his loyalty.

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