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Whoops! Changing My Tune on Fall's 'Best' and 'Worst' New Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 23rd 2011 10:00AM
Reviewing television isn't like reviewing any other form of entertainment: Every show on the air is a work in progress and can go from good to bad (and vice versa) in a matter of weeks.

Assessing debut episodes is especially tricky, given that they have so much to accomplish and not a lot of time for all that set-up. Still, earlier this year, I felt confident enough about what I'd seen to make lists of the season's most promising and least promising new shows.

Did those judgments hold up? Did those shows fall on their faces after promising debuts, or get a lot better after wobbly pilots? Both things happened, as you might have guessed.

Below, I take a second look 'Grimm,' 'Ringer' and 'Once Upon a Time,' in addition to several other new shows, and I pay special attention to the ABC comedy 'Suburgatory,' the most improved program of fall's freshman class.

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Nick Jonas Books 'Last Man Standing' Role, 'Southland' Plans '227' Reunion and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 9th 2011 7:00PM
Nick JonasNick Jonas is a deadbeat dad ... on 'Last Man Standing.'

According to TVLine, Jonas will play Ryan, the absentee father of Mike Baxter's (Tim Allen) grandson. Jonas will appear in the Christmas-themed episode of the ABC comedy.

Jonas popped up on Matthew Perry's 'Mr. Sunshine' and recently filmed a guest appearance for NBC's midseason musical drama, 'Smash.'

He'll be appearing in 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' on Broadway starting this winter.

In other casting news ...

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ABC Gives 'Once Upon a Time,' 'Last Man Standing' & 'Happy Endings' Full Season Orders

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 4th 2011 7:15AM
Snow White and Prince CharmingThe fall has been kind to ABC; after recent full season orders for 'Revenge' and 'Suburgatory,' the Alphabet network is doubling down with pickups for two more of their freshman series, fantasy drama 'Once Upon a Time' and Tim Allen's 'Last Man Standing.'

Though 'Once' has only aired two episodes so far, it's already the highest-rated new drama of the season, managing an average 12.3 million viewers and a robust 4.0 rating in the coveted adults 18-49 demo. Allen's male-skewing comedy has seen some audience erosion since its premiere, but it's still performing well on Tuesday nights (12.7 million and a 3.7 demo), where ABC had previously struggled to make an impact.

Sophomore comedy 'Happy Endings' has seen series-high ratings in recent weeks, and finally seems to be catching on with viewers in its post-'Modern Family' slot, which has earned it a full 22 episodes. (Ah-mah-zing!)

Bad news for 'Pan Am' and 'Man Up' though ...

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Nancy Travis Was All Smiles Talking About 'Last Man Standing' on 'Good Day LA' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 25th 2011 11:30PM
Nancy Travis, 'Good Day LA'Nancy Travis was all smiles when she stopped by 'Good Day LA' (Weekdays 9AM PT on Fox) to talk about her new show with Tim Allen, 'Last Man Standing.' She talked about what a good time she's having with the show, and she's not the only one. With the show averaging more than 11 million viewers after three episodes, it looks like the audience and ABC are having a good time, too.

We did laugh at one of her responses. When she was told, "You do not play that standard common-sense wife with the buffoon husband," Travis responded with, "No, I go after him and call him on his stuff." Which, of course, is the textbook definition of the common-sense wife with the buffoon husband.

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Premiere Ratings: Tim Allen is Comedy's 'Last Man Standing'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 12:15PM
Tim Allen, Last Man StandingApproximately 13 million viewers welcomed Tim Allen back to the land of sitcoms on ABC's 'Last Man Standing.'

The premiere also had a decent showing in the 18-49 demographic, a 3.5 rating. It's a healthy start for the new sitcom that stars Allen as Mike Baxter, a "manly man" who's going through changes in his job and suddenly finds himself with a lot more time for family. Nancy Travis also stars as Vanessa Baxter.

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'Last Man Standing': Tim Allen Returns to TV Worried About Modern Men (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 12th 2011 1:45AM
'Last Man Standing' - 'Pilot'With 'How to Be a Gentleman' already cancelled while female-lead comedies are coming out strong, are men in trouble this season? There were three "manly men" sitcoms in the pipes and one's down already. But 'Last Man Standing' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) has the star power of Tim Allen, who's fought this battle of manliness before.

Allen brings every bit of Tim Taylor to Mike Baxter, which turns out to be exactly why it works. Who would have thought that the same schtick could work again two decades after 'Home Improvement' launched, but Allen's charm manages to carry the day.

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Warning! The 10 Least Promising Shows for Fall

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 19th 2011 10:00AM
Your time is valuable, and you don't want to spend it on shows that are either outright awful or seriously flawed, am I right?

That's the idea behind the following list of iffy and/or terrible new TV shows. They pay me to watch this stuff so you don't have to, and the goal here is to steer you away from fall programs that have awkward premises, wrongheaded casting or sub-par execution of decent ideas.

But never fear, I'll provide descriptions of each comedy and drama as well, on the off chance that you really want to check them out.

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Fall TV: The Kids Are All Right

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 8th 2011 12:00PM
'Modern Family'The great comedian W.C. Fields once famously said, "Never work with children or animals." But come on -- sometimes animals are really cute! Oh, and we guess children aren't so bad either. We kid, we kid ...

Whether you need a prematurely precocious tyke to spout one-liners, or a serious little man to play the heir to a lineage of serial killers, it's not the kind of thing you can just CGI in. To tell a real-life story, you're just gonna have to suck it up, work on your knock-knock jokes and get ready to act alongside real-life little ones.

Fall TV is chock full of children, but there are a few special squirts -- and several more mature minors -- that have caught our eye, including a new little Lily on 'Modern Family,' a hot 'Terra Nova' teen and an animated 40-year-old trapped in a 7-year-old's body.

Check out our favorite kids of the fall TV season after the jump ...

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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Worst New Show (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 24th 2011 12:00PM
Welcome to Part 3 of our critics roundtable debate, all about the worst new shows of the upcoming 2011-2012 TV season. Yes, up until now these debates been a lot of sparkles and rainbows tied up in hope, but not this one -- the claws are out.

Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV.

Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Comedy

I've split our chat into five insightful videos, and we'll be posting a new one here on AOL TV everyday this week -- best new comedy, best new drama and worst new show (watch all three below), then star we're happiest to see on TV (Thursday) and returning show we're most excited for (Friday) -- so keep checking back for more.

Right now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to get our brutally honest take on today's topic: Worst new show.

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The Battle of the Sexes: Men vs. Women in the 2011-2012 TV Season

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 11th 2011 12:00PM
Are TV viewers too dumb to decide which shows they're supposed to be watching? Apparently the broadcast TV networks think so.

With lineups that include an astounding number of gender-specific titles for the 2011-2012 season, it's starting to feel like the battle of the sexes is waging a new war on primetime TV.



It's as if the networks are sending out a loud and clear message to their audiences on both sides of the gender pool. Men: You should only be watching shows with the word "man" or some variation of that word in the title! And women: Don't mind the number of shows that had the word b*tch in the title (two: 'G.C.B.' and 'Apartment 23') -- we've changed them to be more female-friendly so you'll feel comfortable tuning in!

Curious how cross-gender, multi-sexual and downright all-inclusive these new un-sexily sex-titled shows are? We've judged and ranked them on a Sexist-o-Meter scale of 1-10, 1 being pretty inoffensive, and 10 being circa-1985 levels of shocking close-mindedness.

Let's take a look ...

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Sneak Previews: The New ABC Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2011 12:20PM
Once Upon a TimeIt's a new day at ABC, with 13 new shows set to fill the fall and midseason lineup.

Get your first look at the new shows including the 'Charlie's Angels' reboot, fairytale-themed 'Once Upon a Time,' Christina Ricci's first series regular role with 'Pan Am' and Tim Allen's return to sitcoms, 'Last Man Standing.'

Be on the lookout for veteran TV faces such as Teri Polo, Krysten Ritter, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Van Camp and more.

ABC did not release trailers for highly-anticipated shows 'Good Christian Belles' and 'Missing.'

For more information on ABC's new fall schedule, including which night your favorite show will air, check out our post here.

Watch the videos after the jump.

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ABC Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 17th 2011 9:35AM
Charlie's AngelsABC announced its fall 2011 schedule this morning, and there are a few surprises on the lineup.

New series 'Apartment 23,' 'Good Christian Belles,' 'Man Up,' 'Missing,' 'The River' and 'Scandal' are all being held until mid-season, as are returning shows 'Cougar Town' and 'Secret Millionaire.'

'Charlie's Angels' nabbed the prime Thursdays at 8PM slot, while 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition' is moving from Sunday nights to Fridays to make room for new series 'Once Upon a Time' at 8PM, with 'Pan Am' debuting in the 10PM slot.

Check out the full fall schedule below.

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