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Tonight's Bones kicks off murder mystery promotion

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 4th 2007 7:03PM

BonesFOX has set up a special MySpace page for the drama Bones, and it's just one of the special promotional ideas the network has for a plotline on the show.

The page lists profiles for 18 characters on the show (regular characters and guest stars), blogs from the characters, videos, and other clues to the mystery of who will be killed (and who the killer is) on the May 9 episode of the show. Fans will actually be able to visit the sites, watch the videos, and read the blogs after every episode to collect clues to see if they can guess the identity of the murder victim and the murderer.

I feel bad about not watching the show anymore. I watched for most of the first season and it was actually pretty good. With this new promotion and the show's growing popularity, I just might try to get back into the show again and see how it is.

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The Daily Show: March 13, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Mar 14th 2007 2:43PM
Jon Stewart"Cheney's Clout", "'08 Simple Rules: For Dating Our Withdrawal": Jon talked about the clout-loosening stylings of our very own Vice President. I don't think I've ever heard the word "clout" used so many times in my entire life. "This man is very, very un-good". The Democrats aren't doing so hot either. Their presentation for their plan for troop withdrawal was less than clear. I haven't heard someone accidentally say "19--" in a long, long time.

Maybe I blacked out for a few minutes, but I didn't see any correspondents in this episode. Not even a field report! Hmm. I don't think that's happened in a while. I suspect YouTube/Google is holding all of the correspondents hostage until Viacom pulls the lawsuit. It is the only logical explanation.

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Convicted murderer may go free after 20/20 report

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 9th 2007 5:20PM

julie rea harperIn 1997, Julie Rea Harper was convicted of killing her son, Joel. In 2002, Rea Harper was interviewed on 20/20, still claiming she was innocent. After the report was aired, convicted murderer and death row inmate Tommy Lynn Sells confessed to crime writer Diane Fanning that he was the one who killed Rea Harper's son.

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Independent Lens: Race to Execution - an early look

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2007 2:01PM

Robert TarverThe death penalty, not unlike abortion rights, is a polarizing topic, and advocates on both sides of the death penalty debate have strong feelings about a state's right to end the life of a human being.

In "Race to Execution," which airs on PBS' Independent Lens on March 27 at 10:00 p.m., the question as to whether race plays a role in death penalty convictions is made the center focus. One story deals with Madison Hobley, a Chicago man sentenced to death for allegedly setting a fire that killed seven people, including his wife and young child. The other story deals with Robert Tarver, accused of shooting a white general store owner in Alabama. In the end, one man is executed and the other is exonerated.

The documentary takes the stance that a person's race, and the overall race of the jury, does play a significant role in whether or not a person is sentenced to death. However, the two people behind the film, Rachel Lyon and Jim Lopes, are on both sides of the debate (Lopes supports the death penalty and Lyon does not). No single work can serve as the ultimate Truth on the death penalty, but "Race to Execution" does offer one angle that's worth considering for anyone interested in educating themselves about this issue, no matter what their belief happens to be.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Feb 20th 2007 4:34PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
The video's embedded below, or you can download the file directly (Quick time required). You can also subscribe to this podcast via our feed.

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Spike orders crime based reality show

by Brett Love, posted Feb 20th 2007 11:59AM
Spike TVBecause there just aren't enough versions of CSI, Spike is adding a reality show to the crime solving mix. The channel has ordered ten episodes of a new show called Murder from Bunim-Murray Productions. They are best known for The Real World, Road Rules, and The Simple Life.

The new show will find two teams of contestants investigating a replica of an actual crime scene under the watchful eye of Detective Tommy Le Noir, a 20 year veteran of law enforcement. The teams have 48 hours to complete their investigation before making their final presentation to Le Noir. The team that makes the best case will have a donation made in their names to charity.

The idea makes sense for Spike, given that they already run CSI and CSI: NY. Scheduling Murder in alongside those is a good fit. On the other hand, I can't help thinking that this show was already done with Murder In Small Town X. And just going on what we have here, it sounds like it was done better then.

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Desperate Housewives: Come Play Wiz Me

by Jen Creer, posted Jan 22nd 2007 12:31AM
paul and zach young(S03E13) Well, it seems that setting Mike free had a symbolic meaning for Susan as well as a literal one. When Susan was embracing a distraught Ian at the end of the episode, she had her eyes closed. There was no lingering glance, no eye rolling, nothing to indicate that she was anything less than sincere in her love for Ian.

Oh, I'm not buying it for one second. But there it was. And now that Susan isn't flinging herself in his direction, of course Mike seems interested.

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Monk: Mr. Monk Makes a Friend

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 20th 2007 11:45AM

andy richter(S05E11) Tony Shalhoub has garnered a few Emmys for his role as Adrian Monk, and I know some have complained that at this point it's almost as if he's given the award automatically. I don't care whether or not Shaloub "deserves" to be nominated year after year, but I do know that it's Monk that makes Monk worth watching. I don't watch this series because of the complex plots, because they're rarely complex. Clues to the suspect's identity are made more obvious than hints in an Encyclopedia Brown story, especially in this episode when a mysterious man strangles his lover in the opening scene, a man who is clearly Andy Richter even though they try to obscure him.

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Desperate Housewives: Not While I'm Around

by Jen Creer, posted Jan 15th 2007 7:02AM
tom and lynette(S03E12) I have complained in previous posts about Susan's storylines. However, this episode focused on the character's parenting. I thought it was refreshing and funny: She is not willing to violate her daughter's privacy by actually reading Julie's journal, but it's okay if Gaby does it. I think that is a fast and funny approach to dealing with the dilemma most parents have. What is more important? Preserving privacy and trust or finding out what our children are up to?

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HBO Films Presents Longford - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 8:15PM
Longford: Myra Hindley & Ian BradyHBO has several original movies coming out in 2007, and the first of them will be Longford in February, which stars the versatile Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as Lord and Lady Longford -- both of whom campaigned in the UK for the release of Myra Hindley, a notorious child murderer. It's based on a chilling true story about Hindley who assisted Ian Brady in brutally murdering five young boys and girls in the 1960s. Longford and his wife both believe that she had been reformed, and petitioned for her release.

The Hitler-obsessed Ian Brady is portrayed by Andy Serkis (who unfortunately wasn't here for the panel) and he looks eerily perfect in this role. This story hasn't received widespread attention in the United States, but what they've shown here looks really intriguing. Jim Broadbent looks great as Lord Longford, and Samantha Morton, who plays Hindley, deserves to win an award for her portrayal. It's creepy, but extremely well done, like most of the offerings from HBO Films.

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Desperate Housewives: No Fits, No Fights, No Feuds

by Jen Creer, posted Jan 7th 2007 11:45PM
Gaby(S03E11) Oh, Ladies of Wisteria Lane, it's so nice to see you back. I'm glad Lynette finally got a spine where Kayla is concerned. Sending her kids in to yank Kayla out of the restaurant was brilliant.

I loved it when the middle kid just made a fist and punched his hand. Don't you just hate it when kids pull that crap about screaming in public so they will get their own way? That infuriates me. As for Kayla saying she will never love Lynette, why do they care so much what an angry child is saying right after she moves in with her father's family? Hello, they all act like they have never heard of the stages of grief before.

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The OJ Simpsons

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 6th 2007 2:02PM

oj simpsonThe other night I was visited by God. At least, I think it was God. It might have been someone just dressed as God. When I asked him to prove he was God, he just said, "dude, look how I'm dressed." I had to take his word for it because I don't know what God looks like. Apparently he favors earmuffs and no pants.

Anyway, God told me to stop posting stories about OJ Simpson, but since I'm feeling defiant I'm going to direct you to an animated short that mixes OJ with The Simpsons. It's just okay, nothing great, but some of you might get a kick out of it. The only part I really didn't like was the end, which wasn't very funny. Plus, there's the "To Be Continued" at the end, which didn't excite me too much because I think this idea really only works as a one-shot cartoon. At any rate, you can check it out by clicking here.

[via TV Filter]

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Could OJ's book still go public?

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 1st 2007 7:01PM

oj simpsonCiting sources close to OJ Simpson, Time is reporting that certain publication rights from his book, If I Did It, Here's How it Happened, could revert back to him before next Christmas. That means the book may still see the light of day, somewhere. Several European publishers have expressed an interest in the book, a "fictional" account of how Simpson would have committed the murders he was accused of had he actually done it. If the book ever gets published, here or abroad, Simpson is welcome to use this hypothetical blurb, written in the spirit of the book, based on what I would have said had I actually read it:

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Day Break: What If They Find Him?

by Jen Creer, posted Dec 13th 2006 11:31PM
Jennifer on Day Break(S01E06) Unlike 24, which is another fine, fast-paced, thrilling drama, Day Break has a good sense of humor. I am still laughing about seeing Damien, Hopper, and Damien's driver in the Skinheads' van listening to Journey Asia's "Heat of the Moment" (Thanks to Chris for the correction!). As if that wasn't good enough, it was great when they threw the CD out the window at Hopper after kicking him out.

I love how the show is editing sequences now, so that instead of seeing every detail, we see what is relevant. On the other hand, if we miss something (my husband ran out to get our son from swim practice) they will show you enough of what has happened that you can pick it up again pretty easily.

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Raines hits NBC in March

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 3rd 2006 11:15AM

rainesBob already mentioned this new detective drama to y'all back in October, but we didn't know exactly when the show would air. Now we know Raines, starring Jeff Goldblum, will debut on NBC in March. The series will air on Fridays at 9 pm, booting Las Vegas out of that timeslot.

I'm a bit tired of all this supernatural nonsense like Medium and Ghost Whisperer, but Raines does have a slight twist, in that Goldblum's detective only imagines the ghosts he's seeing, and they help him solve the murder cases. Huh, a human who confabs with imaginary creatures only he can see? Isn't that essentially Calvin and Hobbes? And wouldn't that be cool if Calvin actually grew up to become a homicide detective and Hobbes helped him solve all his cases? And wouldn't it be even cooler if I could learn to stay on topic instead of digressing into talking about comic strips that have absolutely nothing to do with the show I'm writing about? Yes, in a perfect world that would be grand.

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