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ABC Family's 'Pretty Little Liars' Looks Like Four or Five Other Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2010 5:04PM
ABC Family has a new show this summer called 'Pretty Little Liars.' It's about four friends who reunite in their hometown a year after their other friend Allison goes missing. They start getting all-knowing text messages from someone with the name "A."

This is just a quick teaser trailer, but it looks like a mix of 'Gossip Girl,' 'Harper's Island,' and all those shows and movies where really attractive people wear great clothes and have unprotected sex while something mysterious happens. It's based on a series of novels, including Pretty Girls: Flawless and Pretty Girls: Wicked and stars Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton, Troian Bellisario, Nia Peeples, and Ashley Benson.

[via TV Tattle]

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Kevin Kline Says Yes to HBO Series

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2010 10:26AM
Kevin KlineIt's about time Kevin Kline got a TV series. He's always been a solid actor (I was truly happy when he won an Oscar for 'A Fish Called Wanda' because I didn't really think it would happen), and I've wondered why he hasn't come to TV in any regular role before. But now Kline has said yes to a series, a on HBO to be exact.

There's no title for the show yet (which often happens when it's in the early stages), but the plot has Kline playing a doctor who gets out of prison after serving fifteen years for murdering a woman, his mistress. Somehow this doesn't strike me as a wacky comedy. The writer is David Auburn, who wrote the movie 'Proof.'

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CBS Snags Sissy Spacek for New Medical Drama

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2010 1:55PM
SpacekWell, it looks like people are going to start paying a lot more attention to this new John Wells' show.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Sissy Spacek has joined the pilot for the new CBS medical drama about a team of doctors who travel around the country helping people in trouble. THR says that the character was originally supposed to be a man but they've changed it to a woman for Spacek. Another change: she will use telekinesis to levitate people and trucks. This will help will rescuing people in auto accidents.

The other day we told you about another cast decision on this show, the addition of Skeet Ulrich to the cast. This is turning into an interesting project. With this cast and the fact that John Wells is behind it, I'm guessing this is one pilot that has a very good chance of making it to the fall schedule.

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Here's a Sneak Peek at 'Hot in Cleveland' (Betty White's New Show)

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 19th 2010 1:30PM
You know what? This show looks pretty good. From this clip, it looks like Betty White is as funny as ever, and Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves are likable actresses too. Plus the writing doesn't seem horrible like a lot of sitcoms. I don't know what TV Land would consider a "hit," but this looks like fun. It debuts in June.

[via TV Guide Magazine]

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NBC Sets Launch Date for 'Losing It,' Yet Another Reality Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2010 4:02PM
Jillian MichaelsDo we need another reality show on NBC about losing weight? IT DOESN'T MATTER. We're getting one anyway. Jillian Michaels, from the same network's 'The Biggest Loser,' has a new show premiering June 1 called 'Losing It.'

Each week Michaels will visit a different family and try to help them with their eating habits, health and exercise. She'll replace their Ding Dongs with carrot sticks, their ice cream with lettuce, and will break into their cars and steal them so they're forced to walk everywhere.

Getting people to eat better and exercise are noble goals, I just hate having another another of television taken up by yet another reality show (and a spinoff of one still on the air yet). I like scripted shows.

Hey, why not make this a scripted drama? Maybe call it 'Sara Summers, Health Investigator.' Each week Sara (played by Jennifer Garner) infiltrates a family, posing as a long lost relative or as a friend, and secretly helps them eat better and lose weight. Maybe there can be a mythology to the show and an evil organization hell bent on stopping people from getting in shape.

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'FlashForward' and 'V' Return: Will They Be Hits or Misses?

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 17th 2010 3:00PM

When the season began, ABC touted two new programs as potential heirs to the 'Lost' empire. One was a bold re-imagining of the '80s classic alien-invasion saga 'V,' while the other explored a world in which everyone on the planet blacked out at the same time and saw their future.

'FlashForward' started things off with an impressive 12.47 million viewers for its September 2009 premiere, before quickly heading into a ratings tailspin. 'V' was already being retooled prior to its November 2009 premiere, leading ABC to launch with a four-episode mini-season. It kicked off even stronger than 'FlashForward,' with 14.3 million viewers -- the highest for any new series this season -- but managed to lose 5 million by the fourth episode.

Now, they're headed back to TV. 'FlashForward' returns Thu., March 18 at 8PM ET with a two-hour premiere. The following week, 'V' settles permanently into the Tuesday night post-'Lost' slot with its own recap special, 'V: The Arrival,' on March 23 at 10PM ET. The remaining episodes of both series will run in their respective time slots without interruption.

The marketing machine has already begun cranking out promos, and both series have been tweaked. New showrunners and cast members abound, but will it be enough to turn them around?

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'Seinfeld' Writer and Producer Making a New Show About Steve Jobs

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 17th 2010 2:28PM
JobsI'm not sure if Apple Computer head Steve Jobs is going to be thrilled about this, but it could be fun. 'Seinfeld,' 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' and 'Borat' writer/director Larry Charles is doing a new TV show for Epix based on the blog that writer Dan Lyons did called The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs (which was later a novel, 'Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs'). The new show will be called 'iCon,' which was also the name of a Jobs biography by Jeffrey Young and William Simon.

As a Mac guy, I will definitely watch this. Charles himself says that he is "attempting to do nothing less than a modern 'Citizen Kane.'" (Spoiler: his laptop's name is Rosebud!)

I'm sure this will be a hit with Mac fans and they're probably excited to see a weekly TV show based on their hero (though the character in the show will be "fictional"). I bet a lot of viewers are just surprised that there's a cable channel called "Epix."

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Six New Shows Coming to Nickelodeon

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2010 3:02PM
NickelodeonI left the Nickelodeon demographic many, many (too many) years ago, but I'll admit that there are still some shows on the cable channel that I watch. They're mostly in the nighttime schedule though: some 'Fairly OddParents,' some 'SpongeBob,' maybe an episode of 'George Lopez' or 'Malcolm in the Middle' once in a while. So there aren't a lot of shows on the list of new shows coming to the channel that I'm interested in seeing (well, maybe one...)

'Victorious' sounds a lot like 'High School Musical,' as its about a teen girl who goes to an elite arts school where everyone sings and dances; 'Kung Fu Panda' is based on the movie; 'Planet Sheen' has a character from 'Jimmy Neutron' stuck on another planet; 'T.U.F.F. Puppy' is about a group of superhero dogs; and 'Bubble Guppies' (which sounds like a medical problem) is an animated show for kids set in an underwater classroom.

The only show I might be interested in is 'House of Anubis,' since it's about a group of people who go around Europe looking for clues to a mystery and sounds a little like 'National Treasure' or 'The Da Vinci Code.' It's produced in Europe.

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Bravo Announces Most Depressing Line-Up in TV History

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 10th 2010 4:04PM
BravoIt's always exciting when a cable network announces that they're adding an a new night of programming. Or it can be exhausting, considering how much TV we all watch nowadays. With that in mind I think I'm glad that there's probably nothing at all that I'll want to watch on the fifth night of programming that Bravo is going to have later this year.

I mean, seriously, look at the shows that the network will have to choose from for this fifth night of programming. 'Million Dollar Listing 4?' 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover 3?' 'The Fashion Show 2?' 'Real Housewives of Atlanta 3?' And those are just the returning shows.

New shows include 'Pregnant in Heels' (a reality show about a boutique that caters to pregnant women), 'Miami Social Club,' a look at rich, fashionable people who enjoy the "hot Miami scene," and 'Million Dollar Decorators,' a reality show about the personal lives of interior designers who work on expensive homes.

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Sneak Peek: NBC's New Game Show 'Minute To Win It'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 3rd 2010 3:29PM
Because I love game shows, I'll give 'Minute To Win It' a shot when it premieres March 14, but I can already see something I hate about it: the damn lighting and music! It's the same suspenseful lighting used on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,' 'The Weakest Link,' and 'Deal Or No Deal,' and the same kind of set too. This show also seems to have over-the-top, bigger-than-life contestants (where did they come from, anyway?) and throws in smoke for good measure.

This clip is from a game called "Bite Me." Other games on the show have names like "This Blows," "The Nutstacker," "Hanky Panky," and "Don't Blow The Joker." Make of that what you will.

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'Parenthood' Review: Growing Up Is Hard to Do

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 2nd 2010 8:00AM
Parenthood on NBC review
There's nothing Hollywood loves more than remakes, but you'd think NBC would be a bit wary of tackling yet another one after the recent disasters that were 'Knight Rider' and 'Bionic Woman.' Instead, the once-proud Peacock network is placing a big bet on yet another TV version of the 1989 movie 'Parenthood.' (Who can forget the 1990 version that starred Leonardo DiCaprio? Apparently, we all can.) But will this updated retread hit the ratings jackpot?

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A&E Picks Up 'Sugarloaf' for Thirteen Episodes

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 25th 2010 4:01PM
A&EWe told you a couple of weeks ago that A&E was adding more scripted dramas to its lineup after the cancellations of 'The Beast' and 'The Cleaner.' One of those shows talked about was a new drama titled 'Sugarloaf,' and now The Hollywood Reporter says that the show has been picked up for thirteen episodes.

The show is about a Chicago detective who is framed for something he didn't do (of course) so he decides to move down to Florida and the small town of Sugarloaf. If that sounds sorta kinda similar to 'Burn Notice,' it's probably not coincidental. The show will be produced by the same studio that does the USA Network show (Fox TV Studios - they do 'White Collar' too), and VP David Madden pointed to both of those shows as guides when talking about 'Sugarloaf.'

But that's OK. Good shows are good shows for reasons other than plot. 'Sugarloaf' will star Matt Passmore. Also in the cast is Kiele Sanchez, who you might remember as Nikki from 'Lost.' To me she'll always be Susan on 'Married to the Kellys.'

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Jim Belushi Cast in CBS Legal Drama

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 11:06AM
Jim BelushiMichael Ausiello calls the casting of Jim Belushi in the pilot for the new CBS drama pilot 'Defenders' an "unusual casting decision." It's not that unusual. It's not like Belushi has never done anything serious before. Comics can often do drama too. Belushi will play a Las Vegas lawyer who helps those down and out and those fighting the system. (Not sure if this is the same legal drama that we reported on last year but it sounds similar.)

Since this show is set in Vegas, I'm sure we'll see the inevitable crossover episode(s) between 'CSI' and 'Defenders,' especially if one of them needs a ratings boost or it's a sweeps month. Belushi's character will need help on a case and the only people who can find the evidence he needs is the 'CSI' team.

If 'Defenders' lasts half as long as 'According to Jim' it will last nine years.

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John Schneider to Star as Washed-Up Golf Champ

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2010 4:30PM
John SchneiderEx-'Dukes of Hazzard'/'Smallville' star John Schneider has signed on to play the lead in 'Back Nine,' Spike TV's new show about a washed-up golf pro attempting a comeback. But that's not the most interesting tidbit in this piece of TV casting news, it's the name of the character who will serve as Schneider's caddy on the show and what he's addicted to.

The golf pro's caddy will be named Tiger, and he's addicted to sex! At first I thought, wow, that's pretty edgy, even for the gung-ho Spike. But The Hollywood Reporter says that the character's name (and his, um, hobby) were in the script a year before the recent events surrounding Tiger Woods and his various women. Now I guess the only question is, even if it was in the script before all of the real-life stuff happened, will Spike change the name of the character and what he likes?

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Spielberg's 'Nine Lives' Might Have a Home at NBC

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2010 3:03PM
NBC logoWay back in 2006 (cue the blurry flashback) we told you that Syfy had picked up a twelve-hour science fiction mini-series from Steven Spielberg titled 'Nine Lives.' Well, nothing ever came of that on Syfy (back when it was called Sci-Fi - cue the blurry flashback again), but now it looks like it's going to be on TV after all, only on another network.

The Hollywood Reporter says that NBC might pick up the show. It all depends on whether or not they like the new script, which is being written by Les Bohem. It's about people who unleash something evil when they try to reunite with family members who have died. That might sound slightly similar to 'Ghost Whisperer' or 'Medium' but it sounds more epic, likes there's something bigger to the overall plot than standalone episodes.

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