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Monday night: A tale of two ratings

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 11th 2008 1:13PM
Christian SlaterWouldn't it be great if we didn't have to worry about TV ratings? That we could watch all of our favorite shows and not have to worry about them being watched by a lot of people, getting good ratings, and all that? And they'd be on for as long as we wanted?

Back to reality.

My Own Worst Enemy, the new Christian Slater spy show that I happen to like a lot, got its lowest ratings yet last night. The number was down 22% from the previous week. I think that kinda translates into "not many people really care about this show." I don't think any show can succeed in NBC's Monday at 10 slot, at least not in the past three or four years, and MOWE is no exception. It's up against CBS's CSI: Miami and ABC's Boston Legal, which gets a strong lead-in from Dancing with the Stars and Samantha Who?

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What's On Tonight: Actor's Studio, Worst Week, One Tree Hill, RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2008 4:00PM
  • Alton BrownAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Samantha Who? and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, the new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck, Heroes, and My Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has new episodes of The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Prison Break.
  • There's a new Gossip Girl on The CW at 8, followed by a new One Tree Hill.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World starting at 8.
  • A&E has a new Inside The Actor's Studio at 8, with Dave Chappelle interviewing host James Lipton.
  • BBC America has a new Top Gear at 8.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Good Eats.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • MTV has a new episode of The Hills at 10.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup Presents at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Here's a sneak peek at Dollhouse - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 5th 2008 5:05PM
DollhouseIs it me or does this preview (after the jump) for Dollhouse make the plot seem a lot like NBC's My Own Worst Enemy?

Now, obviously, there are differences. The lead in Dollhouse is a woman and there seems to be a team of agents not just one, and the entire show looks like it has a lot more moody science fiction elements than MOWE. But there seems to be a similar framework to the plot: agents live one life when they're awake and then they go through some special process where they become someone else and have other talents and are sent off on a secret mission. Then they come back and go back to the way they were.

That's the way it looks like in the trailer anyway.

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What's On Tonight: West Wing, Heroes, Unsolved Mysteries, Bill O'Reilly

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 27th 2008 4:00PM
  • Guy FieriBravo has election-themed episodes of The West Wing all day until 10pm.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then new episodes of Samantha Who? and Boston Legal.
  • NBC has a new Chuck at 8, followed by new episodes of Heroes and My Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has Game 5 of The World Series at 8.
  • The CW has new episodes of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.
  • Food Network has a new Good Eats at 8, followed by new episodes of How'd That Get On My Plate? and Unwrapped.
  • TCM has An American In Paris at 8.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • Disney has a new episode of The Replacements at 9.
  • Also at 9: Spike has two new episodes of Unsolved Mysteries.
  • At 10, TNT has a new Raising the Bar.
  • Food Network has the season premiere of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Slater and NBC have to deal with their own worst ratings

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2008 6:13PM
SlaterLooks like the NBC black hole time slot of Monday at 10 p.m. is about to swallow another victim.

My Own Worst Enemy, the new Christian Slater spy series that I'm really enjoying, continues to drop in the ratings. The premiere episode did only so-so, and this week's second episode saw a drop of 22%. Those aren't the kind of numbers that scream "second season renewal" or even "full season order." Seems more like "put on hiatus" or maybe a "let's put it on Friday nights instead!" thing.

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Ratings for Worst Enemy aren't the worst...but they aren't the greatest, either

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 14th 2008 3:16PM

The news is not good, and not bad, for My Own Worst EnemyAs you read right here on this very website the premiere of My Own Worst Enemy met with mixed reactions. Our every own Allison wasn't too thrilled with the show, but the commenters tended to lean towards good reviews of the program. Me? I'll talk about my feelings at the end of this post. What I really want to talk about now is the premiere ratings for the show. Normally, this would be buried in the weekly headlines about the network ratings overall. However, with a high-profile movie star such as Christian Slater starring in the series, ratings take on a whole new meaning.

The bad news is Worst Enemy didn't do too well. The good news is that it didn't do too badly. The preliminary ratings reveal that the program received a 3.0, with a little over 7 million viewers tuning in to see Henry and Edward, giving it second place for its time slot.

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My Own Worst Enemy: Breakdown (series premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 14th 2008 9:05AM
Christian Slater(S01E01) Watching My Own Worst Enemy is like deja vu. You feel like you've seen something like this before. Was it The Bourne Identity, Casino Royale, Minority Report, Mr. and Mrs. Smith? Or maybe it was something on TV, like that failed Ray Liotta series Smith or Jennifer Garner's Alias or The Bionic Woman or The Six Million Dollar Man or something else...

See, that's the problem with My Own Worst Enemy. It's familiar but not in a cool way. Rather it's derivative and not very compelling. NBC is already doing a double life, super secret spy thing much better in the ratings-challenged Chuck.

The obvious appeal of My Own Worst Enemy is two-fold: lots of action including cool gadgets, cars (thank you, GM), guns, blood and the mystery, combined with the charm and complexity of Christian Slater. Slater's a fun actor, a sort of Jack Nicholson only younger. I remember when he first started on Ryan's Hope! He's got something.

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What's On Tonight: Big Bang Theory, Gossip Girl, My Own Worst Enemy

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 13th 2008 4:00PM
Raising the Bar
  • At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Samantha Who? and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Worst Week, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck and Heroes, followed by the series premiere of My Own Worst Enemy.
  • FOX has more Baseball Playoffs at 8, the Dodgers vs. the Phillies.
  • The CW has a new Gossip Girl at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • History Channel has a new Modern Marvels at 8.
  • At 8:30, ESPN has Monday Night Football, the Giants vs. the Browns.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • IFC has I, The Jury at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 10, TNT has a new Raising The Bar.
  • Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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Christian Slater Interview for 'My Own Worst Enemy'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 10th 2008 6:00AM
Christian Slater"I read this pilot and went "Wow" -- I thought that if I'm gonna do something on TV, this would be it. I would've been nuts to not do it."

Oct. 10 -- On NBC's 'My Own Worst Enemy' (premieres Mon., Oct. 13 at 10 PM EST), Christian Slater plays Henry Spivey, a suburban husband and father of two with a normal job, a dog and a minivan.

He's also Edward Albright, a secret operative who can speak 13 languages and is trained to kill. When these two very different sides collide, things get interesting.

The star of such cult classics as 'Heathers,' 'Pump Up the Volume' and 'True Romance' talked to us about making what feels like a mini-movie for TV each week, being the Captain Kirk to his male co-star's Spock and his movie roles that he'd love to revisit.


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More dark days ahead for NBC

by Brett Love, posted Sep 1st 2008 9:38AM

NBC logoI don't think it's really going out on a limb to predict that NBC is going to find itself back in that familiar fourth place spot once this new season gets underway. It's become almost comical to look at what has happened to the network since the days of the unstoppable Must See Thursdays. Now though, as we head into the new season, I find that I only have interest in two of their new shows.

With one of them, My Own Worst Enemy, I seem to be in the minority. I'm having trouble finding anyone else that doesn't want to dismiss it out of hand as an inferior Jekyll. And the other, Kings, won't be premiering any time soon. The network isn't without its prizes. Chuck, Heroes, and The Office are all very good, but I don't expect any giant gains in ratings for any of them. Those would have to come from the new shows, and I'm just not seeing that happening. It's not a good way to kick off a new season, and that's just the start of the troubles. Nikki Finke is now reporting that the impending doom of the new schedule, combined with a host of other troubles, will bring about a shakeup at the top of the network.

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What are all those Olympic promos worth?

by Brett Love, posted Aug 25th 2008 12:22PM
NBC Knight RiderIf you've been watching NBC's Olympic coverage, you must have seen all of the promotion they have been doing for their fall season. New shows My Own Worst Enemy, Crusoe, Knight Rider, Kath & Kim, and America's Toughest Jobs have all had plenty of play. As have the returning Chuck and Life. Given that the latest Olympiad is closing in on becoming the most watched television event of all time, you might think those promo spots were pretty valuable.

Apparently, not so much. The Hollywood Reporter runs down the record for the network promoting new shows during past games. In 2004, the Athens games led to one show, Joey, making it beyond its first season. Likewise for the Sydney games in 2000, which brought us Ed, and nothing else. Things were a little better in 1996 from Atlanta. Profiler, The Pretender, and Suddenly Susan all lasted another four years. Not a stellar track record and it leaves you thinking that those precious spots might have served the network better pitching more beer. It has the makings of a good poll though. After the jump, place your vote for the one new show that will make it out of season one.

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Mdchen Amick joins My Own Worst Enemy - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Aug 15th 2008 8:38AM

Mdchen Amick - My Own Worst EnemySome day I should probably type up an official list of the actresses who, by their mere presence, will guarantee I'll watch a series. The fact that I saw every episode of Freddie should serve as proof that Mädchen Amick is on that list. After following that up with Viva Laughlin, I think we can all agree that this latest role has her career moving in the generally upwards direction.

My Own Worst Enemy was already on my short list of new shows to keep an eye on in the fall. It's an interesting premise, has Christian Slater, and the previews look great. The addition of Amick just makes it that much more intriguing. She'll be taking over the role of Henry's wife that was originally played by Yara Martinez (The Unit). It's a bit of rough luck for Martinez. Before this she was set to appear in that ill-fated Spaced remake.

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NBC wrap-up: Slater's split personality, and Selma Blair's a wise-ass - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 22nd 2008 10:28PM
Kath & Kim panel
Today was the very last day of the press tour here in Beverly Hills. It was "TCA Day," with members of the association (including me) going to the Warner Brothers lot to visit the sets of ER, Pushing Daisies, and Chuck, where we spoke to cast members and producers (Oh, we went to the set of America's Best Dance Crew, but let's just forget I mentioned that one). Then we bused it over to the Fox lot, where Joss Whedon showed us around the set of Dollhouse, and the entire cast of King of the Hill gave a table read of their 250th episode. All this fun will be in upcoming posts later this summer.

Despite some of the griping you may have seen from me, it's been lots of fun. It's just a very tiring experience. Case in point: On Monday, NBC decided to close out the press conference portion of the tour by having us sit through ten panels, five of them after lunch. Here's a wrap-up post that goes over some of what went on yesterday that I haven't already covered.

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Alfre Woodard joins new Christian Slater series

by Erin Martell, posted Jun 23rd 2008 7:03PM
Alfre WoodardAlfre Woodard has an exciting new role on the upcoming NBC drama My Own Worst Enemy. The Emmy winner is set to play Christian Slater's boss in the spy series, which premieres this fall. If you followed TV Squad's coverage of the upfronts, you already know that the drama focuses on a man (Slater) living two different lives: the life of an ordinary suburban father named Henry and the life of a spy named Edward.

Woodard's character, Mavis Heller, is Edward's "tough and astute boss" at headquarters. Like Edward, Mavis is leading a double life as well. Her alter ego, Helen, will be a part of Henry's suburban existence. My Own Worst Enemy premieres on Monday, September 29.

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When are your favorite NBC shows returning?

by Brad Trechak, posted May 24th 2008 1:31PM
NBCNBC has issued a press release with the premiere dates for all their fall shows. This way, you know when to set your DVR.

The full press release includes descriptions for each of the shows. New shows are in all caps.

Heroes will be the first scripted show to return with a two-hour premiere on September 22nd. The first new scripted show will be Knight Rider on September 24th (although I don't know if you could count it as new since they already broadcast the two-hour pilot).

Complete schedule after the jump.

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