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Lifetime to Reunite Soldiers With Their Families in New Reality Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 16th 2011 3:30PM
soldier, reunion, family, Coming HomeLifetime should add a "tissues at the ready" warning to its newest series, because you'll certainly be in tears by the end of each episode. In the good way, we swear.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the network just ordered a new reality series called 'Coming Home,' which follows soldiers who surprise their families by returning unannounced after their tours of duty.

Each hour-long episode will feature five soldiers reuniting with their loved ones, in the vein of the popular YouTube videos. 'Coming Home,' hosted by 'American Idol' season 3 finalist Matt Rogers, premieres Sunday, March 6 at 10PM ET.

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More on Gena Rowlands' 'NCIS' Episode

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 12th 2010 11:00AM
days_of_our_lives_leann_hunleyThere's more details coming out about Gena Rowlands' upcoming guest turn on 'NCIS,' thanks to a report from TV Guide soap expert Michael Logan. When Rowlands appears on 'NCIS' March 2 as Gibbs' former mother-in-law, Joann, the show will flashback to a time when Joann and Jethro were much younger.

The younger Gibbs will be played by Sean Harmon, Mark's own son, and the younger version of Joann will be portrayed by 'Days of Our Lives'' Emmy-winner Leann Hunley.

Hunley (pictured), who plays Anna DiMera on 'Days of Our Lives,' told Logan that she was thrilled to play Joann in flashback, especially because of her admiration for Rowlands. "When I first saw her back in the '70s in 'A Woman Under the Influence,' I thought, 'That woman looks like me! She has my eyes!'" Hunley told Logan.

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The real reason The Unit was cancelled

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 7th 2009 12:29PM
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Earlier this week, I told you about the real reason Without A Trace was cancelled. Now, executive producer Shawn Ryan reveals the real reason The Unit was cancelled. "Listen, if the show had been owned by Paramount and Medium had been owned by 20th Century Fox, we'd be making the fifth season of The Unit now." You see, TV fans, it's comes down to money. CBS owns Paramount so it would earn more in the long run if The Unit made more episodes, went into syndication and reaped revenues for years to come. However, Fox owns The Unit. Get it?

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Lifetime drafts Army Wives for season four

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 25th 2009 11:02AM
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There are two significant things to take from the news that Army Wives will return for a fourth season. One, the predominantly female viewership of Lifetime has embraced the series about the lives of Army personnel and their families on the Fort Marshall post in Charleston, South Carolina; and two, scripted dramas are on the rise all across the cable networks. It also means that this finely acted, well-written and well produced show is going to be around for the next couple of years at least.

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Five reasons why it's cool to like NCIS

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 18th 2008 3:04PM
NCIS trioSomething amazing has happened recently in the TV media: the critics have discovered CBS's stealth ratings champ, NCIS, and it's now cool to come out of the closet and declare your fandom. Articles in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times have reported the fact that not only is NCIS consistently in the top five of the weekly Nielsen ratings, but it's also a smart, well-acted and compelling TV show.

There are reasons to admire NCIS, and if you haven't been watching, here's five really good reasons to check out the show. I know that before I got coerced into giving NCIS a try, I didn't think I'd like it, but boy, was I wrong.

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Attention! Army Wives back in training

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 14th 2008 1:23PM
Army WivesCynopsis reports that now that the writers' strike is over -- hallelujah! -- Lifetime Television will soon begin production on the second season of Army Wives with episodes scheduled to air in early summer. This is great news for fans of the Lifetime original drama series that was a ratings juggernaut when it premiered last summer. In fact, Army Wives was the most successful series in Lifetime's 23-year history! During its 13-episode run, Army Wives was the highest rated drama on cable among women, establishing new Lifetime marks for an original scripted series. The soapy-drama was scheduled to return in April, but then the writers struck and the show has been in hibernation -- I mean, hiatus -- ever since.

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Why you should check out Army Wives

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 4th 2007 6:21PM

army wivesAccording to the paperwork I got back yesterday, I'm a man. Because of this, I'm pretty much conditioned not to care about anything that appears on Lifetime.

Still, I figured it wouldn't kill me to at least watch the first episode of Army Wives, a new original dramatic series that focuses on the lives of several women living on an Army base, rather than judging it without seeing it.

You know what? It's not that bad. Admittedly, the show is geared toward women and is at times a bit too "touchy feely" for my tastes, but I can tell a good series when I see one, and this one has potential, as long as people give it a chance and don't completely ignore it just because it happens to be on Lifetime.

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Elmo's dad is shipped overseas

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 27th 2006 4:09PM
Elmo and LouieOn tonight's PBS special When Parents are Deployed, Elmo gets some sad news - his father Louie is leaving for parts unknown. While no specific branch of the military is mentioned, it's clear that Louie is being shipped off to either Iraq or another war-torn country. Elmo, the army brat, is in for some heartbreak. And, from the sound of the New York Times' review of the special, so are we. Elmo's segments are played between interviews with actual soldiers and their often traumatized children.

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Brothers and Sisters: Light the Lights

by Jen Creer, posted Dec 11th 2006 7:41AM
Patricia Wettig on Brothers and Sisters(S01E10) As obligatory holiday episodes go, can I just say Thank God for a Jewish family? For crying out loud, it's such a relief not to have a Christmas miracle on this show. I have studied Judaism in depth and observe most Jewish holidays with friends. I have seriously considered converting. So, even though I am not Jewish, having studied and talked about it so intimately, it was a pleasure to watch this episode.

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Lifetime places order for Army Wives

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 2nd 2006 6:14PM
lifetime logoThe Lifetime cable television network has ordered 13 episodes of Army Wives, a drama about spouses living on a military base in South Carolina. The ensemble cast includes Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue) and Catherine Bell (JAG), who have both had recent guest appearances on popular shows including The O.C. and Law & Order: SVU.

The series is based on the book, Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives, by Tanya Biank. Like the book, the series will be about the pressures on military spouses (there's one man in the mix) and the traditions they are expected to uphold.

Army Wives is set to premiere in March 2007.

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Brothers & Sisters: Mistakes Were Made (part II)

by Jen Creer, posted Nov 20th 2006 7:28AM
Brothers and Sisters(S01E09) If you are looking for the post the correlates to Part I, it isn't there. We have just begun covering Brothers & Sisters, so, I am going to attempt to do two things with this review: Summarize my impressions of the season thus far, and talk about the most recent episode. There will likely be a lot of overlap. I am going to do a brief introduction of all of the main characters here, as well, because there are a lot of them, and it will help us all if we have a reference guide, especially new viewers.

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The Daily Show: September 18, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 19th 2006 7:02PM
The Daily ShowDuring an appearance on C-SPAN, Robert Novak, certified prick, claimed to have never seen The Daily Show and that he will go to the grave never having seen it. He then went on to call Jon Stewart a "self-righteous comedian taking on airs of grandeur". Jon, of course, found this absolutely hysterical because didn't Novak just say that he's never seen TDS? Silly Novak, uninformed opinions are for bloggers. Jon faced the camera and asked Novak to join him on neutral ground (Food Network, perhaps) and discuss. And I know it's wrong, but I find it highly amusing when Jon attempts a complicated prop joke and fails miserably in the process. C'mon, it's adorable.

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The Daily Show: August 2, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 3rd 2006 4:12PM
The Daily ShowApparently, New York is still melting away in the blistering heat. The news shows are having loads of fun demonstrating to the rest of the country just how freaking hot it is. For example, ABC decided to leave a full crew inside a van, parked outside. Surprise, surprise, they started sweating. Top-notch journalism there. CNN even found a gentleman from Africa. "OMG! This guy from Africa says it's hotter here in NY than it is... in Africa! LOLZ."

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CBS reporter's recovery is "miraculous" -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 17th 2006 9:33PM
kimberly dozierFrom the Good News department comes word that CBS reporter Kimberly Dozier is making a "miraculous recovery". Those are the words used by CBS News president Sean McManus, who is not a doctor. Still, two-and-a-half months after being critically wounded in Iraq, she's about to be released from Bethesda Naval Hospital. Dozier sustained shrapnel injuries to her head and legs on May 29 when a bomb detonated near the convoy she was traveling with in Baghdad. Her cameraman, Paul Douglas, and soundman James Brolan were killed in the blast. McManus said that Dozier will have full use of her legs and she apparently didn't suffer any brain injuries because he describes her as "sharp as a tack" and says she plans to return to Iraq.

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Sesame Street creates free DVD for military families

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 14th 2006 3:03PM
elmoI don't envy military parents, especially those with young kids. I can't imagine how difficult it would be to explain to a child why their mother or father has to leave for long stretches at a time. Sesame Workshop has produced a new DVD that will be distributed free of charge to military families next month that is geared towards helping parents talk with their children about the various stages of deployment. The DVD features Elmo and his father as Elmo's father prepares to leave, though it's never revealed where his father is going. The DVD will also feature interviews with military families, and was created mainly for those new to the military who are left behind and aren't always sure what exactly to say to their kids, or how much is too much. Wal-Mat has contributed $1.5 million to the project.

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