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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending September 2

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 6th 2007 3:01PM

The CloserHere are the weekly cable TV ratings, by number of viewers.

1. The Closer (TNT)
2. NASCAR Nextel Cup (ESPN)
3. NFL Pre-season game - Bengels/Falcons (ESPN)
4. Saving Grace (TNT)
5. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (Sci-Fi)
6. The Hills (MTV)
7. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (Sci-Fi)
8. Hannah Montana (Disney)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
10. Hannah Montana (Disney)

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What's On Tonight: Anchorwoman, Little League World Series, Tennis

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 22nd 2007 5:05PM
  • MythbustersAt 7:30, ESPN has coverage of The Little League World Series.
  • At 8, FOX has the premiere of Anchorwoman.
  • At 9, ABC has a new NASCAR in Primetime.
  • NBC has a new Last Comic Standing at 9, then a new Dateline.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9.
  • There's a new Lost Worlds on History Channel at 9.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef.
  • Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible at 10.
  • At 10:30, ESPN2 has coverage of the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Power of 10, Last Comic Standing, NASCAR, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 15th 2007 5:03PM
  • Mythbusters logoAt 8, CBS has a new Power of 10.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8.
  • ESPN2 has coverage of the Western and Southern Financial Group tennis tournament at 8.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Last Comic Standing, then a new Dateline.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne starting at 9.
  • There's a new Mythbusters on Discovery at 9, followed by a new Cash Cab.
  • History Channel has a new Lost Worlds at 9.
  • Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 10, ABC has the special NASCAR in Primetime.
  • Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible at 10.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Mind Control with Derren Brown at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Top Chef.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending July 29

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 1st 2007 5:40PM

Saving GraceHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. The Closer (TNT)
2. NASCAR Nextel Cup (ESPN)
3. Saving Grace (TNT)
4. Monk (USA)
5. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
6. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
7. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie (Nickelodeon)
8. Hannah Montana (Disney)
9. WWE Monday Night RAW - Mon, 10pm (USA)
10. Cory in the House (Disney)

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NASCAR sitcom for FOX?

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 1st 2007 3:21PM

NACAR logoI'm not finding a lot of information about this, and probably wouldn't have found anything if my pal Wild Bill hadn't sent me a link to this article.

Buried within a lot of other NASCAR news is just a few words about a possible NASCAR-based sitcom being developed for FOX that will center on a "dysfunctional race team." That's the only details we have so far. The series could debut in January, but we'll let you know for sure when more information starts to pop up.

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24x24 Wide Open with Jeff Gordon - DVD Review

by Jay Black, posted Aug 1st 2007 11:03AM
Jeff! Watch out! That car is headed right for your head!When I first got the job as a blogger here at TV Squad, I figured for sure that it was only a matter of time before I was receiving hundreds of super-cool DVD screeners. I pictured myself with a library of complete season box sets of all my favorite shows -- so many of them, in fact, that I could split my time between watching them and building forts out of them.

Uh, no.

Instead, what I was offered last week was 24x24 Wide Open with Jeff Gordon. Even though I'm not a NASCAR fan (and if I was a NASCAR fan, I probably wouldn't be a Jeff Gordon fan), I took it to review. Why? Because it was free, dammit.

On to the review...

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What I'm watching this summer: Brett's list

by Brett Love, posted Jun 15th 2007 8:00AM
Bruce Campbell

As I started putting this list together it occurred to me, "Holy crap, there is a lot of good TV this summer." The summer used to be the time when my VCRs cooled their worn out heads after nine months of hard work. And now I find myself needing the Tivo and the DVR to keep up with everything. That's progress!

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What's On Tonight: NASCAR, NBA Playoffs, Emeril, Robin Hood

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2007 5:04PM
  • Don PatchAt 7, FOX has the Dodge Avenger 500 NASCAR race.
  • At 8, ABC has the NBA Playoffs, the Suns vs. the Spurs.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 8.
  • Emeril travels back to his hometown of Fall River, MA on Food Network at 8.
  • At 8:30, there's a new Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo on Cartoon Network, then new eps of Naruto, One Piece, and Mar.
  • At 9, TLC has a new The Real Deal, then two new episodes of My First Home.
  • BBC America has a new Robin Hood at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • The History Channel has a new episode of The States at 10.
  • Pretty good Columbo on Biography Channel at 10, from 1994, with William Shatner as the killer.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Molly Shannon and Linkin Park.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: NASCAR, Emeril, Suze Orman, Mad TV

by Bob Sassone, posted May 5th 2007 5:06PM
  • The ProducersAt 7, FOX has the Jim Stewart 400 NASCAR race.
  • At 8, NBC has a the new special Barbaro: A Nation's Horse. For some reason.
  • Food Network has a new Emeril Live at 8, with the winners of the channel's Hawaiian Wedding contest. It's followed by Food Network Caters Your Hawaiian Wedding.
  • TCM has the original version of The Producers at 8.
  • At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a new Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo, then new episodes of Naruto, One Piece, Mar, and The Prince of Tennis.
  • At 9, TLC has a new episode of The Real Deal, then two new episodes of My First Home.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Also at 9: A&E has a new Flip This House.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • HGTV has a new Design on a Dime at 10.
  • At 11:30, FOX has a new Mad TV, while NBC has a "Best of 2006/07" SNL special.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: NASCAR, Naruto, Little People, Big World

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 21st 2007 5:03PM
  • HeroesAt 8, FOX has coverage of Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR race.
  • NBC has a Heroes marathon at 8, to prepare you for Monday's return.
  • TLC has a new Little People, Big World at 8.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
  • At 8:30, Cartoon Network has a new Bobobo-bo Bo-Bobo, then new episodes of Naruto and One Piece.
  • At 9, A&E has a new Flip This House.
  • At 10, CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery.
  • HGTV has a new Design on a Dime at 10.
  • At 11:30, NBC has a new Saturday Night Live, with Scarlett Johannson and Bjork.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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ABC shooting NASCAR documentary series

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 12th 2007 12:30PM

nascarABC News is currently shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary series with the working title of NASCAR in Primetime. The run of four to six episodes may air this summer and fall, though nothing is certain just yet.

Despite whether you're a NASCAR fan or someone who doesn't quite understand the allure of watching advertisements going in circles for hours, NASCAR is huge right now. I've never been a sports fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I have a younger brother who used to race a stock car, and both he and my father are NASCAR fans. The attraction, I believe, is having a favorite driver (or drivers) and watching to see how they perform in the race. That makes it much more interesting than just passively watching men you don't know drive really fast. Also, I've been to stock car races, and trust me, it's much more exciting when you're seeing it firsthand.

ABC News hopes to close the gap between NASCAR fans and those who couldn't care less by focusing not only on the racing aspects, but also on drivers whose personal stories stretch beyond the sport itself.

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Drive is getting a good push from Fox - VIDEO

by Brett Love, posted Feb 12th 2007 4:01PM
Kristin Lehman - DriveAmong the many complaints over how Fox handled Tim Minear's last two projects, Wonderfalls and The Inside, was that they didn't promote the shows well. Fortunately for his next series, that doesn't seem to be the case. I was watching NASCAR's big Bud Shootout this weekend and was happy to see a promo for the show. They also got spots during the Sunday animation block. Add in some showings during Prison Break and 24 and I don't think there is much more that the network can do to let people know about the show.

In case you missed it, because you forgot to watch the big NASCAR race, you can view the new promo online. The official site has yet to be updated, but that's the beauty of YouTube, right? I'm already sold on the show. With Minear at the helm, and Nathan Fillion, Kristin Lehman (pictured), Melanie Lynskey, Kevin Alejandro, and Taryn Manning, among others, on the screen, it looks fantastic. Decide for yourself though, the new promo is after the jump.

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Psych: Cloudy...Chance of Murder

by Brett Love, posted Feb 10th 2007 7:11AM
Keegan Connor Tracy(S01E12) Rich is off on his annual pilgrimage to North Carolina to tour the shops of various NASCAR teams. It's either that, or he's performing with his improv group. I forget. Either way, he's handed off Psych duties to me for the week. He'll return with a review of "Ready Set... Muuurder" next week.

Right off the top, I have to say this was a fantastic episode. Possibly my favorite of the series so far. The courtroom venue worked great, and really set the stage for some fun bits. As Gus said, "Man, this is fun."

Donnelly Rhodes (Battlestar Galactica) was perfectly cast as Judge Leland. His 'psychic mumbo jumbo' scene with Shawn was particularly good. The asparagus on his bench at the end of the episode was a nice touch. There has been so much serious courtroom drama on television, that it's nice to see a comedic take on things from time to time

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Moonshine and NASCAR

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 4th 2007 6:04PM

moonshineOn February 6 at 9 p.m., the National Geographic Channel will air Moonshine, a one-hour documentary about the history of moonshine and how the outlawed liquor led to one of the most popular sports franchises of all time, NASCAR.

The special will feature the last interview ever conducted with racing legend and NASCAR announcer Benny Parsons, who passed away last month. Also featured in the documentary is Junior Johnson, who almost faced jail time for transporting moonshine when he was younger.

When prohibition struck in the '20s, skilled drivers were recruited to transport moonshine, a corn-based concoction introduced to the South by Scots-Irish immigrants. What was once a way to evade the law soon evolved into the sport of stock car racing, and later into the phenomenon known as NASCAR. Let that be a lesson to anyone currently breaking the law: your unlawful exploits just might be the next big thing in sports.

You can watch a preview clip of Moonshine here.

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Kelly Clarkson signs with...NASCAR

by Brett Love, posted Jan 19th 2007 11:01AM
Kelly ClarksonYou might think that Kelly Clarkson has it all. With two Grammy awards, five #1 singles, and over ten million copies of her latest record sold, what more could she ask for? Well, a "NASCAR. How bad have you got it?" commercial of course. The spot is part of a big deal the two have signed.

The relationship kicks off February 18th with Clarkson headlining the NEXTEL Tribute To America, live on Fox, before the Daytona 500. The commercial will combine race footage with Clarkson's performance and feature a song from her upcoming third album. She's in good company working with NASCAR. Other musicians that have been part of the promo series include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jewel, Lenny Kravitz, Leann Rimes, and Sheryl Crow.

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