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NBC Cancels 'Love Bites'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 20th 2011 6:00AM
'Love Bites'It's been reported that NBC has officially pulled the plug on its romantic anthology series, 'Love Bites.' The final episode of nine will air Thursday night.

The hotly anticipated series was plagued by production difficulties and casting issues and never really caught fire with viewers.

Originally scheduled to launch last fall, NBC eventuallly debuted it as a summer series, and ratings struggled from the beginning.

'Love Bites' was created by 'Sex and the City' writer Cindy Chupack, who stepped down as showrunner to a consulting producer position during production.

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Jeff Tries to Fake a Foot Fetish For His Girlfriend on 'Love Bites' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 8th 2011 5:59AM
'Love Bites' - 'TMI'It's actually kind of surprising that no one seems willing to give 'Love Bites' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) a chance. It premiered with 2.64 million viewers and has since dropped below 2 million, which means most viewers don't even know what a fun little romantic comedy NBC is giving us each week.

It's just the kind of light summer fare that usually thrives, or is it that we don't like our light shows without crimes to solve or patients to save. Either way, we're at least enjoying the creative blend of anthology and ongoing narrative with cleverly interweaving plotlines tying everything together.

This week opened with a couple where it's revealed that the woman, Bridget, has a fetish for men in uniform. To help her feel less weird about it, her boyfriend Jeff pretends to have a foot fetish. Only then he had to actually try to fetish her feet, as he put it.

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Isaiah Mustafa Cheers Up His Fellow Astronaut on 'Love Bites' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 24th 2011 3:21AM
Isaiah Mustafa, 'Love Bites''Love Bites' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) continues to be a fun diversion for summer, like a fluffy romantic comedy where you know every beat of the plot, but it manages to pull you along regardless. With it's anthology format revolving around a core group of characters and plethora of guest stars, it's reminding us more and more of 'Love Boat' each week.

This time around, we got a strange little story set up in space where somehow Ken Jeong is allowed to be an astronaut. More expectedly, he provided a little bit of comic relief as well. Eddie McClintock ('Warehouse 13') was convinced his girlfriend was cheating on him, but he learned that her picture was cheating on him as well with Jeong's character in the bathroom.

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It's a Blind Date Disaster for Annie on 'Love Bites' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 17th 2011 4:17AM
love bites nbcNBC's summertime romantic comedy 'Love Bites' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) is still truckin' on.

This week's episode, 'Keep on Truckin,' saw Annie (Becki Newton) mistaking handsome bachelor Matt (Matt Long) for her blind date.

A very pregnant Annie goes on to make a bigger fool of herself by denying Matt a kiss, only to find out that he was reaching in not to kiss her, but to help her fix her "detachable breast."

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A Gay Son's Marriage Proposal Sends Mom Into a Panic on 'Love Bites' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 10th 2011 9:30AM
love bitesIt's summer! Time for the networks to burn off some of their more, shall we say, expendable projects. Enter 'Love Bites' (Thurs., 10PM ET on NBC), the new romantic comedy anthology series featuring a stable of familiar faces (Greg Grunberg, Guillermo Diaz, Constance Zimmer).

On Thursday's episode, Kurtwood Smith, who's probably best known for playing hard-ass dad Red Foreman on 'That '70s Show,' starred as a more understanding father who offers a congratulatory toast minutes after learning that his gay son plans to marry his partner. Smith's wife, however, had a more nervous and negative reaction to the big news, to put it lightly.

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Just Fired, Carter Hears Suspicious Noises From the Bedroom on 'Love Bites' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 3rd 2011 2:38AM
'Love Bites' premiere - 'Firsts'After delays pushed it out of the regular season altogether, 'Love Bites' (Thu., 10PM ET on NBC) finally premiered. Was it worth the wait?

Certainly it's a fun and light romp through romance. The pilot followed three separate tales, though there is a character connection tying them together. We also got some fun guest appearances like Krysten Ritter, Craig Robinson and Jennifer Love Hewitt as herself.

In the middle story, Carter found a day going from bad to worse after he lost his job and came home to find his girlfriend in bed with another lover ... of sorts.

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'Love Bites' Stars Greg Grunberg & Constance Zimmer Preview Their New Romantic Comedy

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 2nd 2011 3:00PM
Greg Grunberg & Constance ZimmerIf you're working in Hollywood, chances are you've been dealt some bad news a few times in your career -- you didn't get a part, or your show has been cancelled. But it's not often that you get that bad news in front of a journalist.

Yes, I had the great (almost) misfortune of being on the set of 'Love Bites' back in December, the day they found out that NBC had cut their order (after rejiggering showrunners and pushing the show's launch several times and refusing to commit to a premiere date).

Not ideal, by any means, but stars Greg Grunberg and Constance Zimmer rallied and gave good interview, even with the awkward news in the air.

So what is 'Love Bites'? And if it's got all this drama before it even premieres, is it worth watching? Well, here are the facts: It's an hour-long romantic comedy premiering tonight (Thurs., June 2, 10PM ET on NBC) that tells three semi-connected stories each episode. One follows single and pregnant Annie, played by 'Ugly Betty' alum Becki Newton. The other is about fun married couple Colleen and Judd (Zimmer and Grunberg). And the third is a wildcard.

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Meredith Vieira Could Leave 'Today' in June, 'Love Bites' Gets Premiere Date and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 29th 2011 5:00PM
Meredith VieiraMeredith Vieira could leave 'Today' earlier than expected.

Although the co-anchor was expected to exit when her contract expires in September, a new story from The Hollywood Reporter says Vieira will likely leave in June.

According to THR, Ann Curry will take Vieira's place as co-anchor, and Natalie Morales will fill Curry's spot as the news reader. The magazine's inside source said there will be an official announcement shortly, probably sometime next week.

In other TV news ...

NBC's long-in-the-can series 'Love Bites' finally has a premiere date. The show will debut Thu., June 2 at 10PM ET. [Vulture]

Ed Asner will guest star on 'Royal Pains,' and Megan Good will stop by Showtime's 'Californication.' Asner will play Hank and Evan's grandfather on the USA series, while Good will guest as an up-and-coming hip-hop artist. [Deadline]

Disney XD canceled its series 'I'm in the Band.' The kiddie show produced two seasons before its axing. [THR]

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Larry Hagman to Guest on 'Desperate Housewives,' Mandy Patinkin Joins 'Homeland' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 9th 2010 7:00PM
Larry HagmanNostalgic TV fans, look no further than 'Desperate Housewives' to satisfy the urge to see veteran actors ham it up. The latest addition to the ABC soap? Larry Hagman.

The 'Dallas' star, who was last seen on U.S. airwaves in 'Nip/Tuck' back in 2006, will play the new beau of Polly Bergen's character, Stella Wingfield.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hagman will appear in early 2011. Hagman said he's never seen the series. "I can watch a hundred episodes on my iPad," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "I never watch television, so I better get started so I can see what the show's all about."

In other TV news ...

Mandy Patinkin has joined the pilot cast of 'Homeland.' Claire Danes has also secured a role in the Showtime series about the CIA. [Deadline Hollywood]

Ashley Williams has replaced Eliza Dushku in TNT's 'Bird Dog.' Gerald McRaney will play her father and new police partner. [Deadline Hollywood]

Ke$ha and Taio Cruz will perform live on 'Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011.' The two will perform in Times Square. [ABC]

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NBC Cuts 'Love Bites' Episode Order

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 9th 2010 6:30PM
Becki Newton'Love Bites,' NBC's hourlong romantic comedy that has been plagued with mishaps, can add one more to its belt: The network has cut the episode order from 13 to nine.

According to Vulture, production on the series will end next week.

'Love Bites' was supposed to premiere during the Fall 2010 season in the Thursdays at 10PM time slot, but series star Becki Newton's ('Ugly Betty') pregnancy and Cindy Chupack's ('Sex and the City') departure as showrunner caused NBC to shift the series to midseason. Prior to the official midseason change, 'My Boys' star Jordana Spiro left 'Love Bites' due to her commitment to the since-canceled TBS comedy.

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'Will & Grace' Producers Sign on as 'Love Bites' Showrunners

by Kim Potts, posted Jul 19th 2010 8:50AM
Writer/producers Jon Kinnally and Tracy Poust know a thing or two about romance and relationships on a TV comedy, and the 'Will & Grace' veterans will bring that experience to their new gigs as showrunners for NBC's midseason comedy 'Love Bites.'

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kinnally and Poust will oversee the show as part of a two-year, seven-figure deal with Universal Media Studios. The duo, who ran the last two seasons of 'Will & Grace,' also co-wrote and produced 'Ugly Betty' at ABC for four seasons.

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NBC Moves 'Love Bites' to Midseason; 'Apprentice' to Fill Timeslot

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 1st 2010 6:20PM
Love BitesTalk about a pregnant pause: According to the Ausiello Files, NBC has shifted its upcoming love anthology series 'Love Bites' to midseason, because star Becki Newton ('Ugly Betty') is pregnant with her first child and Cindy Chupack ('Sex and the City') has decided to step down as showrunner.

'Love Bites' was expected to air Thursdays this fall in NBC's prime 10PM timeslot.

"Launching an anthology series, which breaks the form in so many ways, is a huge undertaking, and I strongly feel that I can be most helpful not showrunning, but writing. It just become clear that for several reasons, some of them personal, this change (and a little more time) is what we need to launch this show properly," Chupack said in a statement.

According to the report, NBC will instead air a brand-new season of 'The Apprentice,' which is already well into production.

Meanwhile, as previously reportedly, co-star Jordana Spiro is leaving the show due to her commitment to the TBS comedy series 'My Boys.'

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Jordana Spiro to Leave 'Love Bites'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 25th 2010 9:20AM
It's been reported that Jordana Spiro has left the cast of 'Love Bites', the hotly anticipated new show from 'Sex and the City' writer Cindy Chupack.

Spiro's still contractually bound to her TBS sitcom 'My Boys,' and even though that seems unlikely to be renewed for a fifth season, NBC was said to be unwilling to risk a clash by giving her a starring role in 'Love Bites'.

The new hour-long romantic comedy is planned for the 2010-11 fall season and was to star Spiro and Becki Newton ('Ugly Betty') in the pivotal roles of Frannie and Annie, two single women exploring the worlds of love and dating while all their friends are getting married around them. It's unclear if Spiro will be replaced in the role of Frannie.

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Greg Grunberg Promoted to 'Love Bites' Series Regular

by Chris Harnick, posted May 18th 2010 9:45AM
Greg GrunbergFresh off of NBC's recently canceled 'Heroes,' Greg Grunberg is joining the cast of 'Love Bites' as a series regular, TV Guide has confirmed.

Grunberg appears in the pilot of NBC's love anthology series from 'Sex and the City' writer Cindy Chupack as a married man who has a steamy in-flight encounter with guest star Jennifer Love Hewitt, who plays herself.

Meanwhile, fans hoping for some resolution to 'Heroes' and its sweeping mythology are not out of luck. NBC has made it know it wants to wrap up the series in some manner. Check out the full report here.

'Love Bites' also stars Becki Newton from 'Ugly Betty' and Jordana Spiro of 'My Boys' fame. The series follows several different stories of love and romance. 'Love Bites' will air Thursday nights at 10PM, beginning this fall.

Check out the trailer ...

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NBC Picks Up Three New Shows

by Andrew Scott, posted May 7th 2010 1:30PM
Becki NewtonNBC has said yes to three more shows for the 2010-2011 season, the Live Feed is reporting.

First up is the high-concept drama 'The Event,' starring Jason Ritter as a man who, in an attempt to find his missing fiance, exposes one of the biggest cover-ups in American history.

Laura Innes ('ER'), Zeljko Ivanek ('Damages'), Sarah Roemer ('Disturbia') and Scott Patterson ('Gilmore Girls') co-star, with 'Dirty Sexy Money's' Blair Underwood set to play the U.S. President.

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