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Fall TV's Best New Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2010 1:30PM
Your TV will be flooded with new shows in coming weeks, so consider this an attempt to help you sort through your couch-potato options.

Of course, when it comes to new shows, no one can accurately predict which ones will fulfill their early promise and which ones will flame out creatively or get canceled within weeks of their premieres. And this year there are few slam-dunks along the lines of 'The Good Wife' or 'Modern Family' (to get our comedy kicks we'll probably have to go with returning shows, given that none of the new comedies look too promising).

Without further ado, these are the fall programs that, on first glance, appear to have quite a bit of potential:

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.

So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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The Show Girl's 11 Things to Know About Fall TV (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 25th 2010 1:00PM
We interrupt our regularly scheduled Show Girl programming to bring you this very special, glitzy, glamorous edition: The Show Girl's 11 Things to Know About Fall TV.

Now before you watch and start listing all the things I missed in the comments, just know that there are countless things to know about the TV season to come. These just happen to be some of my favorites, like my #1 new show, the series that's being compared to 'Lost' and another surefire hit for HBO. There are also some trends that are tough to ignore, like the crazy amount of cops and lawyers on new shows (is it that easy? did I choose the wrong job?) and the notion that Friday night may no longer be a TV graveyard.

Got more questions about any of these shows, or any that I missed? It's my job to answer them for you, so email me or tweet me and I just might answer your TV question on the show.

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No 'Modern Family' or 'Glee' Among New Fall Shows

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 18th 2010 2:30PM
Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Cann in 'Hawaii Five-O' on CBSLast year was a remarkable one for new shows, which you can see from the list of this year's Emmy nominees. The Academy, a group that's reluctant to recognize any kind of new show, gave significant nominations to 'Glee,' 'Modern Family' and 'The Good Wife.' In addition to those three shows, 'Community,' 'The Middle' and 'Cougar Town' all had strong creative first seasons, with decent-enough ratings to earn them a second go-around.

Does this fall's slate of new network shows have that same potential? Probably not.

Not that there isn't quality among the fall pilots. It's just that none of them have the breakout potential that last year's freshman class had. And there are a few reasons why that might be the case:

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The Show Girl's Got Dish On Chelsea Handler, Chef Michael Symon & Brangelina On TV (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 13th 2010 9:00AM
Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler is leaving E! At least that's what she told me ... I've got the 'Chelsea Lately' funny lady's explanation why on this week's show.

I also catch up with 'Iron Chef' Michael Symon, who dishes the dirt on fellow TV foodie Anthony Bourdain and challenges Momfuku guru David Chang to a Kitchen Stadium pork-off.

Then I've got some dream guest star casting from the stars of Fox's fall drama 'Lone Star,' including a mobster, an action star and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Well, they do have connections ...

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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'Lone Star' Casting: Andie MacDowell Close to Deal, Rosa Blasi Joins Cast

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 6th 2010 10:45AM
Andie MacDowellAndie MacDowell is reportedly very close to joining Fox's new Texas-based soap opera 'Lone Star.' According to Ausiello Files, the actress is in talks to play the love interest of Jon Voight's character on the new Fox show.

'Lone Star' revolves around con-man Robert (James Wolk) and his dual life and love of two different women.

Meanwhile, Rosa Blasi of 'Make It or Break It' and 'Strong Medicine' has joined the cast in a recurring capacity. Blasi will play Blake, the trophy wife of Mark Deklin's character.

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The Cast of 'Lone Star' On the Show, Big Secrets & Jon Voight (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 4th 2010 3:00PM
'Lone Star'My favorite new fall show boasts sexy stars, drama, intrigue and a pretty amazing cast. Basically, 'Lone Star' is the complete package.

The show's hot new leading man (James Wolk) will get to romance two fabulous ladies (Adrianne Palicki and Eloise Mumford) while he's also working a major con job on an oil magnate (Jon Voight) and trying hard to get out from under his fellow conman dad's (David Keith) thumb. It's soapy, dramatic, suspenseful, heartwarming ... oh, I'm done gushing. I'll let the stars do it for me.

I caught up with the 'Lone Star' cast to get their take on the show and their characters, working with the legendary Jon Voight and being one of the sexiest casts on TV.

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'Lone Star' State of Mind - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 2nd 2010 4:00PM
'Lone Star' cast
Though 'Dallas' is long gone, its influence lingers on across network television -- but no new series embodies the spirit of the Ewings quite as pervasively as 'Lone Star,' which creator Kyle Killen reportedly pitched as "'Dallas' without the cheese."

Charismatic James Wolk (who looks like the genetically engineered love-child of Kyle Chandler and George Clooney, good golly!) plays con-man Robert Allen, who is living two separate lives with two separate women in two different cities. In Midland, he lives with naive girlfriend Lindsay (Eloise Mumford) while bilking local investors out of their money, and in Houston, he's married to Cat (Adrianne Palicki) daughter of a wealthy oil magnate (played by Jon Voight). Through it all, his con-man father and mentor John (David Keith) is pulling the strings and trying to draw him into another con.

Highlights from the panel follow after the jump.

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Pilot Watch: 'Lone Star'

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 16th 2010 2:30PM
The cast of 'Lone Star' on FOXFrom now through August, we're going to be taking a quick look at the fall and mid-season pilots that the networks sent to critics after their upfront presentations.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall.

Show: 'Lone Star'
Network: Fox
Timeslot: Mondays, 9PM ET

The lowdown: Robert Allen (James Wolk) is an expert con man, who's been pulling scams with his father John (David Keith) since before he learned to speak. He's surpassed his father's tutelage to the point where he's not only scamming investors out of millions on non-existent oil and gas futures, he's infiltrating the family and gaining the trust of a tough Houston oil baron (Jon Voight). But Robert doesn't want to run anymore. He wants something real, no matter how much John tries to tell him that the life of a grifter is what his reality is. So he tries to find something real in both his fake marriage to the oil baron's daughter Cat (Adrianne Palicki) and a more down-to-earth relationship with Lindsay (Eloise Mumford), a girl he met in Midland while pulling one of his scams.

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The Show Girl Previews The Best & Worst Fall TV Pilots (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 16th 2010 9:00AM
James Wolk, 'Lone Star'It might be summertime outside, but fall TV is just around the corner. The must-see, the bad, the unwatchable -- I've previewed all the networks' new shows, just for you.

From an expletive-spewing dad made famous on Twitter and another family that's far from ordinary, to a sexy Texas oilman moonlighting as a con artist, there's something for every TV taste ... and some things that are completely unpalatable.

Now keep in mind that these are "not for air" pilots. In some cases, there have already been casting changes; in other cases, there should be. Either way, these thoughts are just my initial reactions to the shows. Official reviews will come when the dust settles and we see the final premieres.

Got questions? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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FOX Picks Up Four New Series, Renews 'Lie to Me' and 'Human Target'

by Audrey Fine, posted May 12th 2010 3:45PM
According to the Live Feed, Fox has picked up four new shows for next season -- two dramas and two comedies -- and renewed two others.

Hoping to glom onto the next 'Glee' and add some yuks to its non-animated comedy stable, the network chose 'Traffic Light,' a guys relationship comedy from 'Wedding Crashers' co-writer Bob Fisher, and also picked Greg Garcia's ('My Name is Earl') 'Keep Hope Alive,' about a 25-year-old (newcomer Lucas Neff) who looks to his wacky family -- including his mom, played by Martha Plimpton -- for help with raising his newborn when his baby-momma winds up on death row.

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