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What's On Tonight: Academy Of Country Music Awards, Simpsons, The Tudors

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 5th 2009 4:00PM
  • In TreatmentTravel Channel has a new Man vs. Food marathon all night.
  • Discovery has a Who Was Jesus? marathon all night.
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by the Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, then new episodes of Kings and Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, FOX has a new episode of The Simpsons.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8.
  • Also at 8: HBO has a new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, then the season premiere of In Treatment (two episodes).
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic.
  • Showtime has the season premiere of The Tudors at 9, then a new United States of Tara.
  • MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, followed by new episodes of Bully Beatdown and Nitro Circus.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • At 1AM, Cartoon Network has a new episode of The Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Kings: First Night

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 30th 2009 3:40AM
Sebastian Stan as Jack Benjamin in Kings

(S01E03) - "We make amends Silas; the pure, the unblemished for our sins."


Last week's episode seemed to have blown Kings' war wad early and left us with nothing worthwhile to look forward to other than a long nap.

Episode three, however, pumps the series full of B-12, beta blockers and a spoonful of blood thinner and gives it the energy and vigor it needs to be a pleasure machine once again.

"First Night" gets Kings back to makin' bacon by bringing back old enemies and giving them the ammunition to launch their own attacks. It also creates new ones who have the hate production capabilities of a mutated Darth Vader spliced with Paris Hilton and a dash of Dick Cheney.

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Kings: Prosperity

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 23rd 2009 1:33PM
Ian McShane in Kings
(S01E02) - "You're just one boy. What good can you do here against all that?"


Kings is a show about a lot of things: love, money, greed, power, guys in suits that cost more than one year of college tuition. Mostly it's about action and consequences. So if the show's premiere episode was about war as a consequence, then naturally the next episode should be about its root cause: politics.

We finally get a taste of the aristocracy from the inside in the second episode. All the scheming and conniving that makes the greatest primetime soap operas and dramas like The Shield and The West Wing so great to watch. The fun comes from figuring how people like Vic Mackey and President Bartlet are going to get themselves out one bear trap without chewing their own foot off and choking on the marrow.

In Kings' case, however, the plot seems to have found its way out of one bear trap and inadvertently stepped right into another.

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What's On Tonight: Cold Case, King Of The Hill, Big Love, Tim And Eric

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2009 4:05PM
  • Flight of the ConchordsABC Family has a Secret Life of the American Teenager marathon all night.
  • At 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by new episodes of Kings and Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic.
  • MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, followed by new episodes of Bully Beatdown and Nitro Circus.
  • HBO has the season finale of Big Love at 9, then the season finale of Flight of the Conchords and a new Eastbound & Down.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • Comedy Central has the Craig Fergsuon: A Wee Bit 'O Revolution standup special at 10.
  • Also at 10: Showtime has a new United States of Tara.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Delocated, followed by a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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It's not so good to be Kings

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 18th 2009 9:02AM
Ian McShane gets some bad news from a runner on the set of KingsThe response for NBC's Kings has been a good one. The show has garnered good praise from both the TV critics' shires and their sovereign nation of loyal readers minus the ones who still work at newspapers since they technically don't have any.

If only critics' words could directly affect the world in which we live simply by committing ink to paper. Just think of the possibilities. Barack Obama would reopen Guantanamo Bay long enough to try Rob Schneider as a war criminal. Family Guy would have only lasted one episode instead of longer than most fossil remains. Deadwood would return to the air as a Saturday morning cartoon show called The $*&#ing Amalgamated Adventures of That Unnecessarily Profane #*$&ing #(#(*sucker Al #*($ing Swearengen.

More importantly, Kings would have done a hell of a lot better in its time slot.

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Kings: Goliath (series premiere)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 15th 2009 10:34PM
Christopher Egan and Eammon Walker in NBC's

(S01E01) - "We give up what we want when we want power."


The two-part premiere of NBC's new political morality drama Kings kicks off in ways you would expect.

It's not just a political soap opera. It's a war epic. It's a family drama. It's a historical fantasy, even though such a thing sounds completely improbable. At times, it's even a comedy. All of these genres get their chance to shine in the show's first episode, "Goliath," and not all of them work, but they make for an interesting mix of television conventions.

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What's On Tonight: Amazing Race, Au Pair 3, Breaking Bad, Delocated

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2009 4:03PM
  • KingsAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by the series premiere of Kings and a new Celebrity Apprentice.
  • FOX has a new Hole in the Wall at 7, then new episodes of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • ABC Family has the movie Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance, then a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • At 9, MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, followed by new episodes of The CollegeHumor Show, Nitro Circus, and How's Your News?
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 9, then new episodes of Flight of the Conchords and Eastbound & Down.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • Showtime has a new United States of Tara at 10.
  • Comedy Central has the Larry The Cable Guy Roast at 10.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Delocated, followed by a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listing for more.

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What to Watch Weekend March 14-15

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 14th 2009 5:00AM
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(Sun., 8PM, NBC) series premiere
For those who complain there's nothing but the same old same old on TV ... here's something different.

'Deadwood' star Ian McShane is Silas Benjamin, King of fictional Gilboa, rival of the neighboring nation of Gath. When the Gathians take Gilboa citizens as prisoners, a young soldier named David Shepherd ('Eragon's' Chris Egan) rescues the bunch, including the King's son.

What ensues is a David-and-Goliath-ish tale that includes power struggles, romance, backstabbing and some compelling acting by breakout star Egan and the always wonderful McShane. Add in an upcoming guest gig by Macaulay Culkin as the King's nephew and, well, there's weird, wild stuff going on here.


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Dylan Baker talks about Kings, playing creeps, and The Pitts - VIDEOS

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 13th 2009 1:03PM
Dylan Baker in KingsDylan Baker is one of those "That Guy" actors, a guy you've probably seen in a million different shows and movies, but can't quite place his name. But his "That Guy-ness" has a twist: he generally plays creeps, scumbags, pedophiles, and otherwise not-so-nice people. It's a lot in life he seems to be perfectly OK with. "I think they're more interesting. They're more fun to play."

In Kings (which Danny previewed earlier today), the Biblical-themed soap that premieres on NBC on Sunday, March 15, Baker finds himself in as equally reprehensible role: he plays William Cross, the head of a huge conglomerate that holds the purse strings behind the power of King Silas Benjamin of Gilboa (Ian McShane). The complicating factor is that he's also the brother of Silas' wife, Rose (Susanna Thompson).

I spoke to the 49-year old character actor about the show, how he thinks his character has a little bit of Dick (Cheney) in him, how he can play a child molester (fans of the 1998 movie Happiness will know what I'm talking about) and how much he loved working on the doomed sitcom The Pitts.

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Kings -- An early look

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 13th 2009 9:01AM
Christopher Egan and Ian McShane in Kings
My television has missed Ian McShane since Deadwood went buh-bye. His cunning and devious but seemingly moralistic portrayal of Al Swearengen made for a great complex character who could be a villian or an angel, depending on the situation and how evil you are.

He's born to play gruff badasses with gravely voices and icy cold stares that could land a bruise without him lifting a finger. That complex character has returned in McShane's new utopian morality drama Kings, much more toned down, of course.

After all, this is NBC, network television. They have enough money troubles without having the FCC breathing down their neck.

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Kings stars take questions from the blogosphere - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 5th 2009 2:06PM
Kings
A few weeks ago, I was invited, along with a number of writers from websites and blogs (including our friends at AOL TV), to screen the two-hour premiere of NBC's new Blblical-themed fantasy soap, Kings. The show, which premieres on Sunday, March 15, has gotten a lot of hype since the Peacock network introduced it last summer. That hype was mostly due to its star, Ian McShane. Everyone knew that the former Deadwood star would bring a stern intensity to the show; heck, his orneriness during the summer TCA session for the show alone made people look forward to his performance.

Alas, the bloggers wouldn't get a chance to question McShane during the post-screening Q&A; they did get a chance to speak to creator Michael Green and co-stars Susanna Thompson, Allison Miller, Dylan Baker, and Eamonn Walker. Some choice quotes and video of the session are after the jump.

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TV Squad Ten: New shows to look forward to in 2009 - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 30th 2008 1:01PM
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Enough looking back already! Let's forget that 2008 was a mostly dismal year for TV and focus on the future. From sci-fi detectives to modern Mad Men, the 2009 TV season has a lot to offer. Here are ten new shows to keep on your radar (listed by premiere date).

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2009 New TV Show Season Premieres - Midseason TV

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 24th 2008 6:00AM
With the new year comes a whole new batch of shows to watch -- everything from Whitney's big move to 'The City' to Edie Falco's big return to primetime.

Think your DVR can handle it all?

Check out our guide to what's new in midseason and see what everyone will be talking about in 2009.


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All Mike wants for Festivus

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 18th 2008 1:11PM
terminator sarah connor chroniclesI still haven't figured out how to display my "feats of physical strength" in this post, so let's just get to the annual Festivus airing of grievances.

First off, like everyone else around here, I'm disappointed by NBC's decision to give fans of hour-long dramas the finger. You want me to watch Leno on primetime five nights a week, NBC? Do you really hate me that much? Second, I'm saddened by Sci Fi Channel's decision to cancel Stargate Atlantis, my favorite guilty pleasure. Third, I got it in for you, America! Thanks a lot for not making Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles the hit it deserves to be.

There's more -- trust me there's more -- but here at TV Squad we also celebrate Festivus by sharing our TV wish list. This year, I'm wishing for:

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NBC to use the Super Bowl to plug NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 17th 2008 11:34AM
NBC logoI don't like football, but I do watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. This year there might be a little bit more for other non-football fans to watch.

NBC is airing the game this season, on February 1, and they plan to use some of the ad time to "reintroduce" people to several of their shows. God knows they need it. They're going to show clips from several series, remind longtime fans of each show what's important to keep in mind about the show, and also take some time to try to lure new fans to the shows as well. That's a tall order. The shows that will probably be plugged include the entire Monday night lineup (Heroes, Chuck, and the returning Medium), as well as the special episode of The Office that will run after the game, the new drama Kings, and perhaps Amy Poehler's new comedy. The network might even use USA and Bravo to promote stuff during the game.

This could possibly work. Heroes, Chuck, and Life are taking January off so it will be good to remind viewers, "hey, remember these shows?"

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