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NBC Scheduling Changes: Is 'Outlaw' Out? Will 'LOLA' Move to Thursdays?

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 5th 2010 5:10PM
'Outlaw'It's week three of the new fall TV season, and NBC is on its way to a third straight week of declining ratings. Although it hasn't yet canceled one of its new shows for underperforming, Deadline reports that the network will likely tinker with its schedule -- and soon.

The show in the most imminent danger of cancellation is Friday night's 'Outlaw,' which only earned a 1.0 rating and 4.7 million viewers last week. Since 'School Pride' is set to launch next Friday, the network could air a two-hour 'Dateline' afterwards in 'Outlaw''s place. Since 'The Apprentice' is not performing well either, NBC could possibly move the reality show to Wednesdays at 9PM, put new hit 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' in its Thursday night at 10PM place, then push 'Law & Order: SVU' into the Wednesday night at 10PM digs.

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Why It's Good That Networks Are Quick To Cancel Low-Rated New Shows

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 4th 2010 5:20PM
My Generation cast
Now that ABC's 'My Generation' has joined Fox's 'Lone Star' in the dubious-achievement category of new fall shows canceled after just two low-rated episodes, there's sure to be a lot of hand-wringing about how the networks are too quick to kill fledgling shows that haven't found an audience yet, and how they're not trying hard enough to nurture shows.

But maybe it's a good thing that the networks are quick on the draw and not willing to coddle shows that can't survive the Darwinian fall schedule without help. Maybe it's actually merciful, not merciless, to euthanize shows that fail the sink-or-swim test. Maybe it's actually the smart thing to do, both from a business perspective and for TV fans as well.

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News Roundup: Anna Trebunskaya Thinks Kurt Warner Can Win 'Dancing With The Stars,' Joey Fatone Starts 'Glee' Campaign and More

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 4th 2010 11:30AM
Kurt Warner, Anna TrebunskayaWatch out Jennifer Grey, Kurt Warner is coming up from behind with his eyes set on the mirrorball trophy. Well, at least his partner Anna Trebunskaya thinks so.

'Dancing With the Stars' pro Trebunskaya told TV Guide that she and Warner could take the trophy home.

"Kurt's working really hard and has made a lot of strides in the past week alone," Trebunskaya said.

The judges have also noticed Warner's progress. "I definitely feel that his musicality, as Carrie Ann [Inaba] noticed, has improved the most," she said. "He's used to zoning out 50,000 people and not hearing any sound when he played football."

In other TV news ...

Joey Fatone wants 'Glee' to tackle the music of 'NSYNC. The former boybander told People he'd be a great fit for the show, and so would the music of 'NSYNC. He's taken the campaign to Twitter and said fans are retweeting and supportive. [People]

Lara Flynn Boyle is coming back to TV, but this time with a reality show. The 'Practice' veteran has secured a pilot presentation at E! for a show about her life in Hollywood and her life in Texas with husband Donald Ray Thomas II. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Blue Bloods' was the most-watched series on Friday night. The new Tom Selleck cop drama lost only 9 percent of its audience when compared to its premiere last week, pulling in 11.2 million viewers. Meanwhile, NBC's 'Outlaw' attracted 4.7 million, also down 9 percent from last week. [Deadline Hollywood]

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ABC Cancels 'My Generation' After Two Episodes

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 4th 2010 10:00AM
'My Generation'Well, that didn't last long.

Following Fox's swift execution of the low-rated 'Lone Star' last week, ABC followed suit and gave the axe to its own struggling new series after just two episodes. The network pulled the plug on 'My Generation' Friday night after it failed to bring in viewers during its first two Thursday night airings.

The documentary-style show followed a fictional group of nine friends from an Austin, Texas high school 10 years after graduation, re-visiting the group to see how their lives and relationships have developed in the decade after high school.

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'My Generation' Series Premiere: The Future Is Like a Weird Blind Date (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 24th 2010 8:45AM
'My Generation' Series Premiere: The Future Is Like a Weird Blind DateIf you happen to live in New York City (as this 'TV Squad' writer does), then the ads for 'My Generation' are fairly inescapable. They're plastered on every bus and subway car -- teaser posters featuring attractive twenty-something people, with vague yet pithy quotes below the characters' faces.

These quotes are meant to illuminate the characters' inner lives; they say stuff like, "Dumping you was the worst mistake I ever made," or "When I'm with him, I'm thinking of you," or "I'm done paying for your mistakes." It's all very intriguing; or at least, intriguing-ish.

But now, the actual series pilot is upon us, and it's time to see if it lives up to the pre-show hype. Who are these pretty young people? What is 'My Generation' (Thu., 8PM ET on ABC) actually all about?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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'My Generation' Cast Talks Stereotypes On Their New Show (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 23rd 2010 1:00PM
Do you remember the big jock from your high school? The nerd? Prom queen? Valedictorian? Do you know what those people are up to now?


'My Generation' is a scripted show, shot documentary style (premieres Thurs., Sept. 23, 8PM ET on ABC), that follows a random group of students from an Austin high school class, then catches back up with them 10 years later to see if they ended up where they thought they would. Of course they all have things they're hiding -- one guy married the wrong person, another girl never told her prom night hook-up that she got pregnant -- so the cameras watch as those secrets are revealed.

I sat down with the cast to hear about each sterotype and where they think things are headed on the show.

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Does Casting Matter? Yes, It Does!

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 19th 2010 2:00PM
scott_caan_hawaii_five-0_cbsJust a few days before the new season kicks off in earnest -- there have been a few premieres already -- and there are shows that are going to be off my "gotta watch"' list for one reason and one reason alone -- casting.

Fair or not, some stars are a major draw, while others just a turn-off. Here's a short take on the casting conundrums that exist as the season commences ...

The Caan Connection
Until the 'Hawaii Five-0' cast included Scott Caan as Danno Williams, I wasn't too interested. However, Caan makes a difference. He's an interesting actor who exudes a fun, cocky and cool energy.

He was great in the 'Ocean's 11' movies and stole scenes on 'Entourage.' In fact, he's a chip of the old block, James Caan. I always liked his dad, and I like the son, too. For Scott, I'll be watching 'Hawaii Five-0.'

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Five Reasons Why 'My Generation' Could Be the New 'Friday Night Lights'

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 18th 2010 2:00PM
My Generation cast
They say that everything is bigger in Texas -- but when it comes to television, is everything just plain better in Texas too? Over four seasons, the critically acclaimed (and criminally under-watched) NBC series 'Friday Night Lights' has become unmissable viewing for many fans thanks to its naturalistic storytelling, compelling characters and luscious cinematography.

This fall, two new shows hope to capitalize on the Southern charm that first stole our hearts in the fictional town of Dillon.

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Outside the Box: Talkin' About 'My Generation'

by Neil Busch, posted Sep 16th 2010 5:40PM
Outside the Box interview with the cast of 'My Generation'In this new Outside the Box interview, the stars of 'My Generation' -- Jaime King, Julian Morris, Michael Stahl-David, Keir O'Donnell, Kelli Garner and Mehcad Brooks -- sat for our cameras to discuss what they were like in high school, their most embarrassing experiences there and just how awkward filming love scenes can be.

The cast told us that recreating high school life as adults wasn't as easy as it might look. King and Brooks, in particular, found cheerleading and playing full court basketball as if they were still energetic teens particularly exhausting. But reenacting school isn't all work: Everyone had good things to report about shooting the faux prom.

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Fall TV's Worst New Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2010 3:45PM
Though it's a lot of fun to point you toward Fall's Best New Shows, it's only right and proper to do the opposite as well.

After all, you have a limited amount of time on this planet and you shouldn't spend any of it watching bad TV, if you can possibly help it.

Now, keep in mind that the shows listed below may just have terrible first episodes. Theoretically, it's possible for them to progress, after they premiere, from bad to decent or even good. Stranger things have happened. But don't count on it.

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Fall TV's Familiar Faces: That Guy! That Woman!

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 8th 2010 2:00PM
Zeljko Ivanek

That guy! That woman! You'll be saying that a lot when you tune in to fall TV's new offerings, as the new series are loaded with familiar faces. Read on to find out where, exactly, you've seen those actors before.

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.



So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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No 'Modern Family' or 'Glee' Among New Fall Shows

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 18th 2010 2:30PM
Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Cann in 'Hawaii Five-O' on CBSLast year was a remarkable one for new shows, which you can see from the list of this year's Emmy nominees. The Academy, a group that's reluctant to recognize any kind of new show, gave significant nominations to 'Glee,' 'Modern Family' and 'The Good Wife.' In addition to those three shows, 'Community,' 'The Middle' and 'Cougar Town' all had strong creative first seasons, with decent-enough ratings to earn them a second go-around.

Does this fall's slate of new network shows have that same potential? Probably not.

Not that there isn't quality among the fall pilots. It's just that none of them have the breakout potential that last year's freshman class had. And there are a few reasons why that might be the case:

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Pilot Watch: 'My Generation'

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 13th 2010 11:02AM
The cast of ABC's 'My Generation'In our continuing effort to get you ready for the upcoming fall season, we're previewing pilots that were sent to critics earlier this summer.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall. Some of those changes have already been announced.

Show: 'My Generation'
Network: ABC
Timeslot: Thursdays, 8PM ET (Premieres September 23)


The lowdown: In 2000, a film crew went to Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX to film a documentary about nine members of the graduating class. Ten years later, the same film crew follows the same nine people to see where their lives have gone, how much things have changed, and how the old feelings and emotions from high school don't go away so quickly. We see evidence of those old feelings when members of the class are brought together in Austin under varying circumstances, and the paths of their lives are put in the context of how the world has changed since the halcyon last days of the Clinton administration.

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ABC Round-Up: 'My Generation,' 'Better With You' and 'Happy Endings' - TCA Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 1st 2010 11:59PM
'My Generation'
ABC has a couple of break-out shows this season that could do for them this year what 'Modern Family' did for them in 2009. One of those potential hits is 'My Generation,' a unique docu-drama that follows the lives of nine high-school friends ten years after a documentary crew detailed their senior year. A lot has happened in the past ten years, and world events plus personal drama could make for fetile storytelling ground.

The Alphabet network is also hoping to capitalize on their winning family dynamics with two new comedies, 'Better With You' and 'Happy Endings,' and we'll have highlights from both those panels and 'Generation' after the jump. If nothing else, they all have very attractive casts!

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