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GLAAD praises ABC and FX, but gives NBC and FOX the big fail

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 14th 2008 7:01PM
Brothers & Sisters Wedding Kevin ScottyIncluding gay characters on your TV show is good, unless it's two lesbians who fall in love with a straight man, as they do in a storyline on New Amsterdam. FOX learned that the hard way when they received a failing grade from GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) on their second annual GLAAD Network Responsibility Index. The index measures the "quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on television."

Even though GLAAD gave FOX a failing grade, the network's cable counterpart, FX, received top honors for cable channels. The advocacy group praised them for including the most original programming that featured members LGBT community. Special notice was given to Nip/Tuck, which had a gay, lesbian, or bisexual character in every episode. Rescue Me's commitment ceremony storyline was also viewed favorably by the group.

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Coster-Waldau lands lead in Virtuality

by Brett Love, posted Jun 25th 2008 9:04AM

Nikolad Coster Waldau of VirtualityAccording to the interview with Ron Moore that Brad wrote about, Virtuality is scheduled to start shooting in July. That's like, soon. So a leading man would be a fantastic thing to have. Here comes Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to the rescue. The former star of New Amsterdam is staying with Fox to take the lead in the two-hour pilot. If any crazed fan groups were whittling away at some old-world furniture to send in to the network to save New Amsterdam, they can stop now.

Virtuality tells the tale of Earth's first starship, making its way on a ten year journey to a distant solar system, where no man has gone before... To pass the time during the trip they go into virtual reality machines, assuming different identities and having whatever adventures they choose. That's what we know so far, but I'm assuming that somewhere along the lines something goes drastically wrong so we have some real world conflicts that can't just be switched off. Moore wrote the script with his Galactica pal Michael Taylor and Peter Berg is slated to direct.

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The Arrested Development Award: Winner - VIDEO

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 6th 2008 11:59PM
JourneymanThere were plenty of choices for The Arrested Development Award, a.k.a. The Show Least Deserving of Cancellation Award. Among them, Las Vegas, New Amsterdam, Miss Guided, Aliens in America, and Women's Murder Club.

The Readers Choice Award goes to Moonlight, the vampire-themed crime-drama-romance that amassed an insane amount of fans during its short run. And it still might come back on another network, so we'll keep our collective fingers crossed on that.

The TV Squadders' pick is Journeyman. Here's why:

1. Time-traveling is cool.
The idea of time-travel is always intriguing, as evidenced by other shows like Quantum Leap and Sliders. What's cool about Journeyman is that Dan Vasser, played by Kevin McKidd, is just a normal guy who could be any one of us. At first, he hates the time-traveling. It interrupts his life and causes undue stress, both at home and work. But later, when given the opportunity to make it stop, he chooses to keep time-traveling. He knows he's been chosen for a reason, and feels it's his calling to help people right the wrongs of history. Never mind that every episode made me wonder how much of history he changed by leaping into the past. I can only imagine that even the smallest of events might drastically alter the space-time continuum.

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The Arrested Development Award Nominees

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 29th 2008 10:41AM
Did your favorite show get canceled? Yeah, mine too. It makes you think twice about investing time into a new show, because you never know how long it'll last. Sometimes even shows with fairly good ratings are sent to the chopping block.

Here at TV Squad, we're doing our part to bring attention to cool shows that were axed in the recent upfront announcements. Last week, I put out a call for considerations for The Arrested Development Award, a.k.a. The Show Least Deserving of Cancellation Award.

You made your opinions known - thank you! - and now we're into Phase 2: The Nominees. The Squad will pick our own winner, but we're giving you the chance to pick a Reader's Choice winner. Here are the nominees, and be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom.

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The Arrested Development Award: Call for considerations

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 22nd 2008 10:20AM
tv squad awardsThe TV Squad Awards are in full swing, and I have the pleasure of moderating The Arrested Development Award, a.k.a. The Show Least Deserving of Cancellation Award.

Since we're focusing on shows from the 2007-2008 season, that lets out a few contenders, like Veronica Mars , Firefly, and the award's namesake, Arrested Development. But there are plenty of recent shows deserving of the honor. Five that made my list:

1. Journeyman (NBC). This time-shift puzzle starring Kevin McKidd as deer-in-the-headlights Dan Vasser took a while to hook me, but by mid-season, I was there. I love shows that make you think, and although this one developed a formula (Dan saving someone who would later go on to change history), the logistics always had you scratching your head. I was sad to see it absent from NBC's Fall 08 schedule.

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The Upfronts: FOX

by Jason Hughes, posted May 15th 2008 11:33AM
foxFOX announced its plans for the 2008-2009 season today. Here are the highlights:

Returning: The Moment of Truth, So You Think You Can Dance, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, American Idol, America's Most Wanted, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Bones, Cops, Don't Forget the Lyrics!, Hell's Kitchen, House, King of the Hill, Kitchen Nightmares, MADtv, The Moment of Truth, Prison Break, Talkshow with Spike Feresten, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 'Til Death

Out: Back To You, Canterbury's Law, K-Ville, Nashville, New Amsterdam, Next Great American Band, Return of Jezebel James, Unhitched

New: Sit Down, Shut Up; The Cleveland Show; Dollhouse (Midseason); Fringe; Do Not Disturb (formerly The Inn); Secret Millionaire (Midseason)

Schedule and detailed descriptions of the new shows after the jump.

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Dollhouse to midseason... and other network news

by Brett Love, posted May 12th 2008 11:03AM

Eliza DushkuOk, it is after midnight here in the Jet City, and as I sit down to bang this post out on my beloved Model M it would appear that my tasty glass of juice is half empty. Maybe I'm just not in the right frame of mind to spin this news in a positive direction that will lead to a 2009 full of Dollhouse win.

Tucked away in a report on various network goings on over at Hollywood Reporter is a little line that says "Dollhouse is expected to launch mid-season." This is me shaking my fist in the general direction of Fox and screaming "Khaaaaan!" Just, because. Doesn't this seem like a road that has been traveled before? It's one that usually leads to a pretty disappointing destination. We haven't seen the finished fall schedule yet, but I would wager that most of us could easily find three or four hours where the network would be better served by inserting Dollhouse. Highlights of what the networks have planned are available after the jump.

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Update: Which shows might not be coming back next season?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 17th 2008 3:02PM

New AmsterdamLast month, Anna told you which shows were on the bubble, the shows that were might not be coming back. Now TV Guide's Michael Ausiello has an updated list of which shows are in trouble. He gives a 1-10 rating for each show, 10 meaning the show is definitely coming back and 0 meaning the stars should start looking for work right now.

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New Amsterdam: Love Hurts (season finale) - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 15th 2008 7:36AM

Maybe these ladies can bring the show back to life?(S01E08) As this is probably the final episode of New Amsterdam, I'm going to take an extra hard look at the show tonight. Consider yourself warned.

Tonight, we got to see an example of how John once used his powers for evil. It's about time!

So far, we've seen John as a lawyer, a soldier, a medic, and an artist, just to name a few, but aside from the time he spent as an alcoholic club emcee, he seems to have led a fairly honorable life. It seems to me that a guy who has the ability to live forever would spend a good deal of time exploiting that ability for profit, if nothing else. Sure, his conscience would catch up with him eventually, but when you live forever, you have to be expected to explore everything immortallity has to offer.

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What's On Tonight: Bones, Stephen Colbert, World Poker Tour

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 14th 2008 4:02PM
  • Samantha Who?At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Samantha Who? and The Bachelor.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of Deal Or No Deal and Medium.
  • FOX has a new Bones at 8, followed by a new New Amsterdam.
  • ABC Family has a new Greek at 8, then a new America's Prom Queen.
  • Also at 8: CMT has the 2008 CMT Music Awards.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a new Heavyweights.
  • At 9, The CW has a new One Tree Hill.
  • Stephen Colbert is the guest on a new episode of CNN's Larry King Live at 9.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • There's a new Dirty Jobs on Discovery at 9.
  • GSN has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new Unwrapped, then a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • At 10, MTV has a new episode of The Hills, then the series premiere of The Paper.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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New Amsterdam: Reclassified - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 8th 2008 8:24AM

New Amsterdam(S01E07) A show like New Amsterdam is bound to have a lot of unanswered questions. Luckily for us viewers, many of those questions get answered in each episode. For instance, in this episode we finally learned that Chris Bauer is the father of Buffy Summers.

Seriously though, it sure was nice to see familiar faces from two of my favorite shows of the past. I understand that Kristine Sutherland has taken a break from acting but I don't understand why we don't see more of Chris Bauer. I always thought his character on The Wire could easily have his own show.

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What's On Tonight: March Madness Final, Samantha Who, The Hills

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2008 4:03PM
  • Little People Big WorldAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, then new episodes of Samantha Who? and The Bachelor.
  • NBC has a new My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, followed by new episodes of Deal Or No Deal and Medium.
  • PBS has a new Antiques Roadshow at 8.
  • TLC has two new episodes of Little People, Big World at 8.
  • There's a new Greek on ABC Family at 8, then a new America's Prom Queen.
  • Also at 8: TCM has the original King Kong.
  • At 9, CBS has the NCAA Basketball Final.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • FOX has a new New Amsterdam at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Chefography at 9, featuring Julia Child. It's followed by a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Soup Presents.
  • MTV has two new episodes of The Hills starting at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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New Amsterdam: Legacy - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 1st 2008 9:02AM

Alexie Gilmore(S01E06) Nice to see a little more personal information about the other characters. I was curious when we would get to meet the famous Eddie Marquez. Nestor Serrano is one of my favorite character actors and he's a good choice for the role. My only worry is that Eva's "Papa Don't Preach" routine is already wearing thin.

Not that you can really blame her for being so pissed off all the time. In this episode alone, there were numerous occasions where John worked the case by himself. If I found out my partner was more willing to discuss the case with his dog than with me, I'd be pretty bent out of shape about it too.

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What's On Tonight: Big Bang Theory, Pussycat Dolls, World Poker Tour

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 31st 2008 4:01PM
  • How I Met Your MotherAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by a new Bachelor.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Old Christine, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has new episodes of My Dad Is Better Than You Dad, Deal Or No Deal, and Medium.
  • ABC Family has a new Greek at 8, followed by a new America's Prom Queen.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a new Heavyweights.
  • At 9, FOX has a new New Amsterdam.
  • The CW has a new Pussycat Dolls at 9.
  • There's a new Monday Night RAW on USA at 9.
  • GSN has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 9:30, HBO Comedy has a One Night Stand featuring Bill Hicks.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup Presents at 10.
  • MTV has two new episodes of The Hills at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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New Amsterdam: Keep the Change - VIDEO

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 25th 2008 7:32AM

New Amsterdam(S01E05) "You want the truth?" - John Amsterdam

There are a lot of jobs I can believe that John has had. Lawyer? Sure. Soldier? Of course. Coachman? Okay, but a comedian? No way in hell. I don't care how long this guy lives, he will never acquire the skills to deliver a joke.

I have to admit I was intrigued by John's alcoholism. I mean, usually when someone has a drinking problem it takes a doctor to convince them that if they don't stop they will die. However, since John can't die he must have experienced something even worse. It gives a whole new meaning to "one day at a time."

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