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What's On Tonight: Merlin, Masterpiece Mystery, Mighty Boosh

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 5th 2009 4:07PM
  • Ice Road TruckersBravo has a Law and Order: CI marathon all night.
  • At 7:30, ABC has a new Just For Laughs.
  • At 8, NBC has a new Merlin.
  • FOX repeats the Michael Jackson episode of The Simpsons at 8.
  • There's a new Hannah Montana on Disney at 8, then new episodes of Sonny with a Chance and Jonas.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, followed by a new Expedition Africa.
  • Food Network has a new Next Food Network Star at 9, then a new Iron Chef America.
  • G4 has a new Web Soup at 9.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Squidbillies.
  • At 1AM, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Law and Order: CI, Impact, True Blood

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 28th 2009 4:00PM
  • Next Food Network StarAt 7, NBC has a new Dateline, then a new Merlin.
  • The CW has a new episode of Valentine at 7.
  • At 7:30, ABC has a new Just For Laughs.
  • At 8, USA has two new episodes of Law and Order: CI, followed by a new In Plain Sight.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then new episodes of Next Food Network Star and Iron Chef America.
  • At 8:45, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, ABC has the continuation of the miniseries Impact.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery at 9.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9, followed by a new Hammertime.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Nick News at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has a new True Blood, then the series premiere of Hung.
  • At 10, Lifetime Movie Network has Killer Hair.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Merlin: The Dragon's Call (series premiere) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2009 2:04PM
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So...who watched Merlin last night? Is it fair or unfair to say that this was a Harry Potter-ish version of the classic tale (or, at the very least, the reason this ran on BBC and now on NBC is because of the success of the Potter books)? It's the younger years of Merlin. What did everyone think of it?

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What's On Tonight: Merlin, Mr. Troop Mom, Army Wives, Squidbillies

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 21st 2009 4:02PM
  • In Plain SightAt 7, ABC has a new Just For Laughs.
  • At 8, NBC has the two-hour series premiere of Merlin.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then new episodes of Next Food Network Star and The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
  • Nickelodeon has the movie Mr. Troop Mom at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has part one of the miniseries Impact.
  • PBS has as new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • HBO has a new True Blood at 9.
  • A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9, followed by a new Hammertime.
  • History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers at 9, then a new Expedition Africa.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Rise of the Gargoyles at 9.
  • Also at 9: WE has a new Bridezillas at 9.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • HGTV has the season finale of HGTV's $250,000 Challenge at 10.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new Squidbillies.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Will there still be a Ripper?

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 3rd 2009 6:03PM
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head, who played the character of Rupert Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer a long, long time ago, has hinted that the British spin-off Ripper (which would star the character of Giles) is not outside the realm of possibility.

Granted, there are a few pitfalls in the way. Creator Joss Whedon is busy with his series Dollhouse and his upcoming movie Cabin in the Woods. Plus there may be some confusion regarding the character if they get that Whedon-less Buffy movie made.

There is definitely still life left in the Buffy franchise (look at all the successful series and movies out there involving vampires with a female protagonist). I'm sorry Joss didn't use that Eliza Dushku contract to make a series about the character of Faith rather than Dollhouse, although I understand his creative need to spread his wings. In my mind, there is only a matter of time before they make a feature film that is a direct spin-off from the television series that involves Joss Whedon and doesn't suck. Fingers crossed.

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Merlin season two coming this fall, while season one hits the US in June

by Jason Hughes, posted May 26th 2009 8:02PM
MerlinWhile the second season launch of Merlin is set to debut on BBC One this fall, in the UK, we're still waiting for the first season on NBC in the US. Finally, it's coming to NBC starting June 21 with a two-hour debut. Considering this went from a winter premiere in the states to a summer debut now doesn't make me feel NBC has a lot of faith in it.

Or maybe NBC is actually seeing Merlin as a quality scripted summer program and truly embracing a twelve-month programming schedule. The shorter thirteen-episode run fits better in the three-month season between seasons. So maybe that second season will make it to NBC in summer 2010? Or at least BBC America if NBC loses faith in it completely.

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2009 Summer New TV Show Season Premieres

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 21st 2009 5:00PM
HawthorneThe heat of summer is matched only by the hot new TV shows we'll be seeing this season.

We've got the scoop on the return of familiar faces ('Nurse Jackie''s Edie Falco), the next cable hits ('Hawthorne'; 'Hung'), the new reality shows ('The Bachelorette'; 'Kendra') and more that will have everyone talking.

See all of this year's new shows in our 2009 Summer TV gallery.



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NBC is becoming like the Sci Fi Channel this summer

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 13th 2009 11:02AM
NBCNBC is showing a set of international low-budget science-fiction television shows this summer. The network is also moving some of its season finales to June to help Conan O'Brien with his initial ratings when he takes over for Leno on June 1st.

I've heard lukewarm reviews about the BBC's Merlin (a show I've already written about) and I'm glad to get the opportunity to watch it and judge for myself. The Listener is a Canadian production about a telepathic paramedic. NBC is definitely taking a page from the Sci Fi Channel by having a couple of science fiction disaster mini-series to fill some summer programming space with The Storm and Meteor.

I just wonder if the WGA strike had something to do with their choice of programming. It is a lot cheaper to license an international program (particularly when you don't even need to use subtitles) than try to create original programming, particularly if your only goal is to fill timeslots.

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BBC gets slammed for Merlin launch party

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 21st 2008 3:07PM
MerlinIt's always a conundrum figuring out what to spend money on during tough economic times - not only for us, but also for TV networks trying to publicize their shows. If we don't pay our mortgage, we lose the house. If the networks don't spend money on their shows, they risk going down the tube.

The BBC is getting slammed for spending too much money on the launch party for Merlin, a TV series that delves into the early life of the legendary sorcerer. I have a couple of thoughts on this. The first is that the amount they spent, $70,000, doesn't seem like that much for a launch party. In fact, it seems downright reasonable.

While I realize that the BBC has started pink-slipping their employees, the fact of the matter is that if they don't publicize their shows, they won't have any to publicize and, therefore, won't need any employees anyway. Like any marketing, the products don't go out there and sell themselves. You have to spend money to get the word out.

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BBC's Merlin gets second season

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 16th 2008 12:05PM
MerlinThe effects of the writers' strike still linger (as well as the possible impending SAG strike). More foreign shows are being licensed by American companies. For example, NBC has purchased the fantasy BBC series Merlin which has just been greenlit for a second season.

I haven't seen Merlin yet (it hasn't yet been broadcast in the States), so I can't comment on its quality. It's shown in a lot of different countries and has been renewed, so how bad can it be? Plus it has Anthony Stewart Head in it, who can even save shows like Little Britain from mediocrity.

Given the fact that British dramatic seasons are slightly shorter than their American counterparts (13 episodes as opposed to 22), I do wonder what they'll fill the other half-season with. Despite the shortened season, I have faith in the show's quality. BBC productions with American backing have produced big hits. For good examples, see Rome or Extras.

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Here's NBC's new schedule

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 2nd 2008 3:41PM

NBC unveiled their new schedule today, weeks ahead of all of the other networks, and here are some highlights of their "52-week schedule".

New shows: My Own Worst Enemy, with Christian Slater as a spy (Monday at 10); the island adventure series Crusoe (Friday at 8); the Molly Shannon sitcom Kath & Kim (Tuesday at 9:30); and the remake of Knight Rider (Wednesday at 8). The new drama The Philanthropist will air in the My Own Worst Enemy's time slot in the winter. Two other dramas will also debut in the winter: Kings (with Ian McShane) and Merlin, as will the reality show America's Toughest Jobs.

Returning: 30 Rock, Medium, The Office, Celebrity Apprentice, Life, Chuck, Heroes, Dateline, Deal Or No Deal, My Name Is Earl, America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, Nashville Star, The Biggest Loser, American Gladiators, SNL, ER, Law and Order, and Law and Order: SVU.

Gone: Scrubs (probably moving to ABC), Bionic Woman, Amnesia, 1 vs. 100, Journeyman.

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Stargate SG-1: The Road Not Taken

by Will O'Brien, posted Apr 28th 2007 12:28PM
President Landy waits for the Ori to attack after he addresses the 'nation'
(S10E13) When I read the description of this one, I couldn't help but think of the alternate universe Star Trek episodes. I was a bit worried that it would be an episode of unethical commandos. Thank god, none of the main characters was sporting a goatee. (I'm not counting our bumbling scientist) Instead, I was treated to a rather interesting exploration of a very plausible alternate (but stargatified) Earth.

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Stargate SG-1: Morpheus

by Will O'Brien, posted Jul 22nd 2006 1:30AM

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(S10E02) We started our episode with a nice recap. Vala gives birth to the new leader of the Ori invasion fleet, and we re-visit the search for Merlin's weapon (A.K.A. the Sangrail). Because the first scene was of Vala's baby, it's was pretty easy to just ignore the recap and miss the Merlin thing.


The rest of the episode follows two story lines. SG-1 searching a planet and Vala trying to... well, get a job with Stargate Command. Meanwhile, SG-1 is off to search a planet for Merlin's weapon. Since everyone on the planet is dead, Vala's efforts help keep the ep from getting too dark.

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