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CBS Cancels '$#*! My Dad Says,' 'Mad Love,' 'The Defenders'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 15th 2011 4:15PM
My Dad Says, William ShatnerWhile Fox, ABC and NBC made much of their programming decisions last week, today brings the first scheduling news for CBS.

The network will not go forward with second seasons for the freshmen series '$#*! My Dad Says,' 'The Defenders' and 'Mad Love,' Deadline reports. The fates of CBS's other first-year shows, 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'Blue Bloods' are still officially unknown, though the 'Criminal Minds' spinoff is the only one still in danger of cancellation.

Fox, ABC and NBC made much more drastic adjustments to their schedules, canceling most of their bubble shows. CBS still hasn't officially decided on 'CSI: NY' or 'Rules of Engagement,' but things seem to be looking up for the two veteran series. Of course, that could change at any moment until the official announcements are made.

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Connie Discovers There Is a Softer Side to Larry on 'Mad Love' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2011 3:08AM
'Mad Love' - 'The Secret Life of Larry'Yeah, 'Mad Love' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS) is totally referring to Larry and Connie. Those two kids are so destined to fall in love with one another that the inevitability is starting to color everything that happens. And when it does happen, they'll be totally angry about it.

That said, they've got a long way to go before they'll be ready to cross that bridge, as evidenced by Larry losing Connie's camera this week. Unfortunately, after he tracked it down, Connie's insistence on tagging along revealed a secret he'd have much rather kept on the down low.

Larry Munch is a good guy. He has a bigger heart, in fact, than most guys probably do. How many men would continue a relationship with an ex-girlfriend's child after he and the kid's mother were through?

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Kate Gets Busted for Spying on Ben With His Ex-Girlfriend on 'Mad Love' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 22nd 2011 2:24AM
'Mad Love' - 'The Spy Who Loved Me'Jealousy can destroy a burgeoning relationship. Luckily for Kate, Ben has a more open mind about things on 'Mad Love' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS). He also knew the perfect way to put Kate's mind at ease ... at least for a little while.

Thanks to her position at the building he works in, she was able to use the security cameras to spy on him with his ex-girlfriend. Ben was working with her on a case, and much of the episode revolved around whether or not Kate was jealous.

Once she slipped up and revealed something she could have only known by spying on him, he set her up to let her know he was okay with what she was doing. With her settling in for the show, he held up a sign to the camera reading "I know you're watching."

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How Will Charlie Sheen's Firing Affect the Other CBS Sitcoms?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 8th 2011 4:00PM
'The Big Bang Theory'Even before CBS and Warner Brothers lowered the boom on Charlie Sheen yesterday, firing him from 'Two and a Half Men,' the Eye network was already showing evidence that they were planning Life After Sheen.

The two-season renewal of 'How I Met Your Mother,' announced hours before the Sheen firing, was the first sign that CBS might be scrambling to ensure its comedy lineup can go on without 'Men' -- or at least 'Men' as we've known it for eight seasons -- on the schedule. According to Deadline, the per-episode licensing fee CBS is paying to Fox is $3.3 million, a healthy raise from their last deal and quite a price to pay for a show that's already passed its 100th episode.

But with the future of 'Men' uncertain, this may not be the first CBS sitcom that benefits from this whole Sheen mess. A look at who stands to gain and why after the jump.

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Connie Teaches Larry What Women Want as His Wingman on 'Mad Love' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 8th 2011 2:56AM
'Mad Love' - 'Little Sister, Big City'With nothing else to do, and their general loathing of one another down to a low simmer of dislike, Larry and Connie decided to help one another out as wingmen on 'Mad Love' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS). What Larry learned is that Connie actually knows a thing or two about women.

After he struck out with a simple approach to a woman at the bar, Connie followed up by approaching him herself, acting all flirtatious.

"My words are telling you that you repulse me," she said. "But my big smile and my flirtatious hair flip are telling that girl that another women is interested in you."

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Larry Uses a Past Romantic Encounter to Blackmail Connie Into Making Up With Kate on 'Mad Love' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 1st 2011 1:42AM
'Mad Love' - 'The Kate Gatsby'From the premiere episode of 'Mad Love' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS) there's been an odd chemistry between Larry (Tyler Labine) and Connie (Judy Greer). Sure, it's been a negative chemistry, but it turns out there's a reason they felt such an instant connection. They've met before.

All Larry needed was a trigger to jog his photographic memory. Turns out Connie's annual birthday bashes for Kate (Sarah Chalke) have become such big events that Larry was at one years ago even though he didn't know either of them at the time.

There, he and Connie were drawn to one another and shared a kiss. He was wearing a mask and she was in geisha make-up, so they didn't remember one another eight years later.

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'Mad Love' and Three Other Shows Where the Acting Overcomes the Writing

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 23rd 2011 5:00PM
Cast of 'Mad Love'While I was watching the first two episodes of CBS's new Monday comedy 'Mad Love,' an odd sensation came over me. And no, it wasn't a tingly feeling brought on by imagining Sarah Chalke and Judy Greer having nightly slumber parties, though the thought did cross my mind.

No, the sensation that hit me was one of cognitive dissonance. I was enjoying the show, even though I knew that the premise of the show was a bit of a stretch, the plots of the episodes had a lot of eye-rolling coincidences, and the dialogue coming out of the leads' mouths was at most moderately funny.

Then I realized where this confusion was coming from: The show's four leads were doing a great acting job. Three of them -- Chalke, Greer and Tyler Labine -- are on my short list of favorite TV actors in the past decade, and they all delivered their lines with deft comedic timing and a confidence that kept them from overcompensating for the mediocre material they'd been given. The fourth lead, Jason Biggs doing his most deft Josh Radnor impression, was OK, but as my colleague Mo Ryan mentioned in her review, he was no match for the other three pros on the show.

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To Win a Bet With Larry, Connie Recruits Her Neighbor And His Iguana on 'Mad Love' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 22nd 2011 1:38AM
'Mad Love' - 'Friends and Other Obstacles'The burgeoning relationship of Ben (Jason Biggs) and Kate (Sarah Chalke) may be at the heart of 'Mad Love' (Mon., 8:30PM on CBS), but in the first two episodes, they've been outperformed by their sidekicks.

As Kate's roommate Connie and Ben's best friend Larry, Judy Greer and Tyler Labine are clearly having an absolute blast fighting with one another. Sure, it's the kind of sitcom fighting that would seem to be inevitably leading to romance between the two, but we hope they hold off on that for as long as possible.

This week, the pair started competing over a basketball game, before it escalated into Larry betting Connie $200 that her date wouldn't show up. As he was already late, and it wasn't looking promising, Connie went for a desperation ploy, setting up another potential recurring character.

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Jason Biggs' Girlfriends Meet in 'Mad Love' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 15th 2011 7:05AM
Sarah Chalke, Jason Biggs in 'Mad Love' PremiereIn the premiere of 'Mad Love' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS), Ben (Jason Biggs) hasn't made time to break up with Erin before pursuing Kate. Erin shows up at Ben's apartment to go over "fabric snatches" so their furniture will match when she moves in. His roommate Larry (Tyler Labine) does a bad job of covering for him, saying he's been looking for Ben everywhere, and they should now "assume that he's dead."

Cue Ben's entrance, followed by Kate's (Sarah Chalke). "You're alive!" cheers Larry. Erin says, "Your place feels a little crowded, so I will take my snatches and go." Larry clarifies, "She means swatches."

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What to Watch: February 14 - 20

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 14th 2011 4:00PM


Survivor: Redemption Island -- Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8PM ET/PT, Global/CBS

The 22nd season of 'Survivor' begins today bringing with it the return of two of the the game's most controversial players: Russell Hantz, whose talent for finding immunity idols actually changed the way producers plan the game, and Rob Mariano, the last great immunity monster who got the car and the girl, but not the title of 'Sole Survivor.'

A new format allows a strong player who's been voted off to survive the game by winning a series of immunity challenges on a separate island, a situation that sounds ideal for these two returning players.

On another note, I love that Russell and Rob have become divas -- they didn't even turn up for the show's photo call. I can just hear Rob telling Jeff, "Nah, take a picture of those people I'm gonna beat and I'll meet ya on set."

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Review: 'Mad Love' Has a Good Cast, But the CBS Comedy Doesn't Use It Well

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 14th 2011 3:00PM
Most of what you'll see in the new comedy 'Mad Love' (8:30ET Monday, CBS) won't come as a surprise.

Sarah Chalke, who plays New Yorker Kate Swanson, makes the flawless delivery of both comedic and emotional moments look effortless, but that would have been easy to predict after seeing her ace work on 'Scrubs' and 'How I Met Your Mother.'

It's also not surprising that the relatively charisma-free Jason Biggs, who plays Ben Parr, her almost-boyfriend on the relationship-centered sitcom, can't really keep up with Chalke in the charm or comedy departments.

Also not shocking: That Tyler Labine plays essentially the same character he's played on every other show he's ever been on, i.e., the goofy and sometimes gross buddy of the show's male lead.

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Ryan Murphy and Kings of Leon Fight About 'Glee,' P. Diddy Books 'Hawaii Five-0' Role and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 26th 2011 6:15PM
Ryan Murphy, GleeThem's fightin' words: 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy and Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill got into a war of words today after Murphy made like Cee Lo and said "Forget you" (the unedited version) to the band for not allowing 'Glee' to use their music on the show.

"Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra," tweeted the drummer, according to Vulture.

Murphy responded via statement to Perez Hilton, saying "Wow. That's a homophobe badly in need of some education." Followill later apologized.

In other TV news ...

'Teen Mom 2' posted its best ratings yet last night. More than twice as many people tuned into the show than MTV's other new series, 'Skins,' with 4 million viewers and a 3.9 demo rating. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Speaking of 'Skins,' MTV says it will not cancel the series. "MTV stands by the US adaptation of 'Skins' and the vision of its creator Bryan Elsley," said a spokesperson. Plus, 'Skins' might've landed a new sponsor: PETA. [THR]

Kate Walsh will visit Seattle Grace for the musical episode of 'Grey's Anatomy.' Addison will be called back to deal with a medical emergency, presumably a baby-related issue of Callie's that will inspire all the singing. [TVLine]

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CBS Has 'Mad Love' for New Comedy in Midseason

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 29th 2010 7:00PM
Sarah ChalkeCBS has picked up 'Mad Love' for midseason, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which is very good news for four very good reasons. The sitcom is headlined by four very hilarious people.

One of the leads is Jason Biggs, who scored big a decade ago with the 'American Pie' franchise, while another lead, Sarah Chalke, has made us laugh on 'Scrubs' for almost 10 years.

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Judy Greer Joins CBS Midseason Comedy 'Mad Love'

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 28th 2010 10:20AM
She's one of the best scene-stealing actresses in movies and TV, but Judy Greer has yet to seal her breakout starring role on the tube. Will the CBS midseason comedy 'Mad Love' finally be it?

The '13 Going on 30,' 'Arrested Development,' 'Jawbreaker' and 'Miss Guided' star, who currently provides the voices of several characters on FX's raunchy animated comedy 'Archer,' and the voice of Wendy on Nickelodeon's 'Glenn Martin DDS,' has taken over the 'Mad Love' lead from 'Party Down' star Lizzy Caplan, who had shot the pilot, but couldn't commit to the role beyond that.

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Sarah Chalke In for Minka Kelly on CBS's 'Mad Love'?

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 4th 2010 9:30PM
Former 'Scrubs' Sarah Chalke may join CBS's 'Mad Love'Deadline Hollywood is reporting that former 'Scrubs' star Sarah Chalke is "in talks to co-star" on the CBS sitcom 'Mad Love,' which also stars Jason Biggs and Tyler Labine.

Chalke would play "Kate," one of four friends in New York looking for romance. Former 'Friday Night Lights' star Minka Kelly was originally slated to play the role.

The move would make sense, since the show was created by former 'Scrubs' writer-producer Matt Tarses. Tarses, who is executive producing with sister Jamie Tarses, was with 'Scrubs' from 2001 to 2005. Chalke played Dr. Elliot Reid, her biggest role since she replaced Alicia Goranson as "Becky" on 'Roseanne' in 1993.

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