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Why 'No Ordinary Family' Is My Favorite New Fall Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 19th 2010 4:30PM
No Ordinary FamilyEarlier, AOL TV (along with Life & Style magazine) asked you fine readers vote on the best new show of the fall. I've been thinking about it, and for me it's really an easy pick: ABC's 'No Ordinary Family.'

This has been an odd fall season. None of the shows are must-see, OMG good, and there seems to be sort of a shrug from the public about most of them. Maybe this is because people watch things when they want to now or perhaps they're weary about new shows in general.

So why has 'No Ordinary Family' broken through the pack?

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Poll: What's the Best New Show of the Season?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 15th 2010 10:40AM

The fall season is just a month old, but there are already ratings winners and losers. A few new shows have already been canceled (we hardly knew ye, 'Lone Star,' 'My Generation' and 'Outlaw'), while others have become reliable hits for their networks. So in conjunction with Life and Style magazine, we wanted to poll our readers for their pick for the best new fall TV show. The results will be published in an upcoming issue of Life and Style!

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The Fall TV Battles: Five Time Slots to Keep an Eye On

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 15th 2010 4:00PM
The Big Bang TheoryIsn't it great to have the fall season here again? Sure, some of the best shows on television air in the summer, like 'Mad Men,' but the fall is where the real action is.

Every new season, the networks, critics and advertisers try to figure out which shows will be hits and which will crash and burn. Sometimes it's easy to predict that a show will fail (um, 'Cavemen'), and sometimes we know that a show will be a hit (another 'CSI' or 'NCIS' spinoff).

A lot of times it comes down to the show's time slot and its competition. Looking over the new fall schedule, some big battles loom this season. Here's an in-depth look at five of them:

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DVR Divas: First Impressions of New Fall TV Shows

by Kelly Woo, posted May 24th 2010 12:00PM
Undercovers on NBCEvery May, as all the hottest television shows are wrapping up their seasons, the networks like to tease us with what's coming up the following fall. It's called upfronts week, and this year's announcements of cancellations, pick-ups and schedule changes were particularly explosive.

We invited TV Guide Magazine's senior critic, Matt Roush (@RoushTVGuideMag), to discuss the new shows (J.J. Abrams' 'UnderCovers' looks hot!) and the biggest scheduling moves ('Big Bang Theory' to Thursday!). Also joining me (@kellyaoltv) were news editor Andy Scott (@aolandy) and editorial assistant Chris Harnick (@chrisharnick).

Watch what we had to say about upfronts ...

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Sneak Preview: The New NBC Shows

by Bob Sassone, posted May 17th 2010 4:00PM
OutlawNBC has announced their new fall schedule, and while some might be mourning the loss of 'Law & Order,' 'Heroes,' 'Mercy,' and 'Trauma,' the network has several new shows that look promising.

After the jump, watch clips from NBC's new dramas and sitcoms. Obviously it's a little unfair to judge an entire TV show based on a one minute clip from the pilot episode, but we can at least tell if the show is something we want to watch.

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NBC is Spending Money on TV Shows Again!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 3rd 2010 11:28AM
NBC logoNBC has just realized something: you have to spend money if you want good TV shows.

OK, maybe "realized" isn't the best word to use. More like "remembered." NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin tells The New York Times that the network is changing its strategy and will pay to get some good shows on the network.

For starters, they've ordered almost 20 new pilots this season -- scripted dramas and comedies -- up from ten last season. Instead of strictly going by the numbers and looking for a big profit margin and trying to cut costs in every way possible, they're looking for good shows they can stick with.

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Legitimate Lesbians in Los Angeles: A Look at 'The Real L Word'

by Jo Garfein, posted Apr 28th 2010 6:00PM
Just about 40 miles up the road from the real housewives in Orange County are the real lesbians of Los Angeles, and Showtime is presenting a slice of their life in the new reality series 'The Real L Word.'

The response by the gay community to the portrayals of bisexuals and lesbians in the original series 'The L Word' was equally divided between delighted and offended, and from a marketing standpoint -- 'The Real L Word' is poised to be just as controversial.

Take a peek behind-the-scenes; just be warned that the content is rather racy and not necessarily safe to view at work.

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Melissa Leo Talks 'Treme,' New Orleans and 'Mildred Pierce'

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 9th 2010 5:30PM
Melissa LeoIt can't be easy to be part of the follow-up to what many consider the best show on television ever.

Oscar-nominated actress Melissa Leo could avoid the comparisons, though, since she didn't start watching 'The Wire' until she joined David Simon's new HBO show, 'Treme' (premiering Sun., 10PM ET).

'Treme,' much like 'The Wire,' is the story of a city -- New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina. But unlike 'The Wire,' Simon's new show doesn't focus on the failure of institutions; 'Treme' is the story of characters, many of them musicians, struggling to rebuild their lives. Leo plays attorney Toni Bernette, who is tracking down a missing man, while her professor husband Creighton (John Goodman) rails about the government to anyone who'll listen. The cast also includes 'Wire' veterans Wendall Pierce and Clarke Peters, as well as 'Deadwood' star Kim Dickens, 'CSI: Miami' alum Khandi Alexander and Steve Zahn.

Leo spoke to AOL TV by phone from New Orleans about the great expectations, her bursting movie schedule and the passing of producer David Mills.

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Shaunie O'Neal Talks About 'Basketball Wives' and the Tiger Woods Scandal

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 9th 2010 2:00PM
Shaunie O'Neal, Basketball WivesIt's an invasion of the wives!

On television, women are front and center, not just standing behind their men. There are the 'Desperate Housewives,' the 'Real Housewives' around the country, the 'Good Wife' ... Now comes 'Basketball Wives,' from creator/executive producer Shaunie O'Neal (ex-wife to Shaquille).

'Basketball Wives' (premiering Sun., April 11 at 10PM ET) follows the wives, girlfriends and significant others of NBA players. O'Neal spoke to AOL TV about why she created the show, what Shaq thinks about it and the Tiger Woods scandal.

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Brandy and Ray J Talk About Their 'Family Business'

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 9th 2010 12:00PM
Brandy and Ray JMixing business with pleasure is usually a bad idea.

But the combo may just work for siblings Brandy Norwood and Ray J in their new VH1 reality TV show 'A Family Business' (premiering Sun., April 11 at 9Pm ET). The singers will be working alongside their mother, Sonja, and father, Willie, while taking on a bigger role in their family's record company, Rn'B Productions.

The siblings spoke to AOL TV about the secret to working with family, what they fight about and whether Ray J's dating show, 'For the Love of Ray J,' will be returning for season 3.

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USA Developing Seven New Series

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 5th 2010 2:36PM
Anthony EdwardsUSA, hot off its 15th-consecutive quarterly win, has become basic cable's number-one network -- and it's not about to rest on its laurels.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network is getting ready to launch seven new shows, and for them, it's all about quality programming. "These new projects all combine strong characters and superior storytelling, offering viewers the kind of exceptionally written, aspirational originals they won't find anywhere else," said President of Original Programming Jeff Wachtel in a statement.

So what does it have in the hopper? First up is 'Robyn,' a modern-day Robin Hood with a bit of a twist: This time, it'll be a woman stealing from the rich to give to the poor in this update from Becky Hartman Edwards ('Parenthood').

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'Miami Medical' Showrunner Jeffrey Lieber Talks Traumas, Bruckheimer and 'Lost'

by Kelly Woo, posted Mar 31st 2010 3:00PM
Jeff Lieber, Miami Medical"It's 'M*A*S*H' in paradise," exclaims a character in the new CBS drama 'Miami Medical.' And that's precisely the show's core premise, according to executive producer Jeffrey Lieber.

'Miami Medical' (premiering Fri., April 2 at 10PM ET) stars Jeremy Northam as mysterious, war-tested Dr. Matthew Procter, who joins a high-adrenaline trauma team that treats life-threatening injuries.

Lieber spoke to AOL TV about his inspiration for 'Miami Medical,' fitting into the hospital drama landscape and how he feels about the end of the show he co-created, 'Lost.'

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CBS Has No Faith in 'Miami Medical'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2010 4:01PM
Miami MedicalYou've probably seen the commercials for CBS' new medical drama 'Miami Medical.' That's the medical drama that isn't 'Three Rivers' and has The Rollings Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown" as the promo theme.

It premieres this Friday at 10PM, which pretty much means CBS cares about it as much as viewers are going to care about it, which is probably not very much (for the most part nowadays, Friday nights = death). The Hollywood Reporter thinks the same thing, and even says the show is "dead on arrival."

It stars Jeremy Northam as a mysterious doctor in charge of a medical facility in Miami, North Dakota. Just kidding! It's actually the one in Florida.

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More Casting News: Tyler Labine to CBS, Neal McDonough Replaced by 'JAG' Star

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2010 3:06PM
LabineI caught up with 'Sons of Tucson' the other day, and you know what? It's pretty funny! The ratings aren't that great though, which is probably one of the reasons Tyler Labine has joined the pilot of a new CBS sitcom (that's him on the right riding over to CBS to sign the contract).

Labine will stay on 'Sons of Tucson' if FOX renews it. The new show is called 'True Love' and it's about four friends who live in New York (God, that a really generic description but shows aren't about plots it's about the writing). Everyone must love Labine because he has been offered this role more than once (he turned it down because 'Sons of Tucson' hadn't premiered yet). 'True Love' will also star Jason Biggs and Minka Kelly.

In other casting news, former 'JAG' star David James Elliott has replaced Neal McDonough in the pilot for ABC's 'Scoundrels.' We told you last month about this show, a "dramedy" starring Virginia Madsen as a mom who heads a family of crooks who decides to go straight after her husband is sent to jail. McDonough was going to play the husband but now he's out and Elliott is in.

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Would You Like to See the First Episode of 'Happy Town' Before it Airs?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 29th 2010 3:03PM
Happy TownWe've talked about ABC's new mystery series 'Happy Town;' it'sabout a small town plagued by the return of someone or something evil that starts terrorizing again - it stars Sam Neill, Amy Acker, and Steven Weber. Now you have a chance to see the first episode before it premieres on ABC April 28. There's a new site up and it's pretty simple: if they get 50,000 "demands" by April 21 they'll show the first episode online.

The site doesn't exactly make it clear, but I think that it's 50,000 demands in a metro area. You have to sign up for the site (e-mail, age, gender, where you live, etc) to get all of the details.

Is 50,000 a lot on the web? It seems to me that they can hit this rather easily, but maybe that's the whole idea. The site gets some attention, the show gets attention, and fans can see the first episode of the show before it airs.

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