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Miss Guided's Judy Greer gets a new gig

by Allison Waldman, posted May 21st 2008 1:28PM
Judy GreerIf Judy Greer was in tears about Miss Guided not being picked up by ABC for the fall schedule, she can wipe her eyes and blow her nose because something else -- maybe better -- has come along. Greer has been cast as the lead in HBO's Suburban Shootout. This is the same comedy that has already been announced with Kelly Preston, Rachael Harris (Notes from the Underbelly) and Kerri Kenney (Reno 911).

The comedy pilot is being directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, best known for features like Men in Black and Addams Family (I'll be kind and not harp on The Wild, Wild West), but on TV is one of the prime players behind ABC's Pushing Daisies (as well as Notes from the Underbelly which is the connection to Rachael). So, you see, Judy may have landed in a project that's bound for glory. Well, we'll see, but it does sound interesting.

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What's On Tonight: Prison Break, Kyle XY, Welcome to the Captain

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2008 4:04PM
  • Old ChristineAt 8, ABC has a new Dance War, followed by a new episode of 20/20.
  • FOX has a new Prison Break at 8, then a new Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
  • NBC has new episodes of American Gladiators and Deal or No Deal.
  • PBS has a new Antiques Roadshow at 8, followed by a new American Experience.
  • There's a new Kyle XY on ABC Family at 8, then a new Wildfire.
  • Food Network has a new Good Eats at 8.
  • Also at 8: History Channel has a new Modern Marvels, followed by new episodes of Cities of the Underworld and Ancient Discoveries.
  • At 8:30, CBS has the premiere of Welcome to the Captain.
  • At 9, The CW has a new episode of Girlfriends, then a new episode of The Game.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Larry King Live has Bill Maher, at 9 on CNN.
  • At 9:30, CBS has the season premiere of The New Adventures of Old Christine.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9:30.
  • At 10, Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Prison Break, Kyle XY, Medium

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 21st 2008 4:00PM
  • October RoadAt 8, FOX has a new Prison Break, then a new Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
  • ABC has a new Dance War at 8, followed by new episodes of Notes from the Underbelly and October Road.
  • NBC has new episodes of American Gladiators, Deal or No Deal and Medium.
  • PBS has a new Antiques Roadshow at 8, then a new American Experience.
  • ABC Family has a new Kyle XY at 8, followed by a new Wildfire.
  • Also at 8: CNN has a Democratic Debate from SC.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • History Channel has the special Life After People at 9.
  • At 10, Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
  • AMC repeats the series premiere of Breaking Bad, if you missed it last night.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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ABC's winter schedule

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 15th 2007 3:02PM
Lost
It was finally ABC's turn to unveil its winter schedule yesterday. There aren't many surprises in it except that Lost, as rumored, will now air on a new night and that Big Shots, who was benched last week, will get a fifth another chance. ABC's winter programming will also include the premieres of Cashmere Mafia, Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, Eli Stone and Oprah's Big Give and the return of a few reality series, such as Supernanny and Wife Swap, to fill the void left when scripted series will have aired all their new episodes.

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What's On Tonight: Heroes, Girlfriends, Notes From The Underbelly

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 26th 2007 4:04PM
  • Two and a Half MenAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Samantha Who?, Notes from the Underbelly, and October Road.
  • CBS has a new How I Met Your Mother at 8.
  • NBC has new episodes of Chuck, Heroes, and Journeyman.
  • There's a new Everybody Hates Chris on The CW at 8, then new episodes of Aliens in America, Girlfriends, and The Game.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Two and a Half Men.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • Food Network has All Star Holiday Spirits at 9.
  • ABC Family has the movie The Sons of Misletoe at 9.
  • TV Land has a Designing Women marathon at 9.
  • Also at 9: Sundance has two new episodes of Nimrod Nation.
  • At 10, CBS has a new CSI: Miami.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has a new episode of The Secret Life Of...

Check your local TV listings for more.

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ABC shakes up schedule

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 26th 2007 3:22PM

October RoadDo you love ABC's new schedule? Don't get too used to it.

October Road, the drama critics hate but viewers seem to love, returns to the ABC lineup on November 22 at 10pm, for one night only. Then it moves to Monday nights after Dancing with the Stars ends its season. The new Monday night schedule will be Samantha Who? at 9pm, Notes From The Underbelly at 9:30, and then October Road at 10pm. No word on what's going on at 8, but there might be a Dancing with the Stars spinoff going in that slot.

A Dancing with the Stars spinoff. FANTASTIC.

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What's On Tonight: Bones, Crossing Jordan, Medium, World Poker Tour

by Bob Sassone, posted May 16th 2007 5:06PM
  • Notes from the UnderbellyAt 8, ABC has a new According To Jim, then a new Notes From The Underbelly.
  • CBS has a new Price Is Right Million Dollar Spectacular, then new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY (both season finales).
  • NBC has new episodes of Thank God You're Here, Crossing Jordan (series finale), and Medium (season finale).
  • FOX has the season finale of Bones at 8, then a new American Idol.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • Discovery has a new Hazard Pay at 8.
  • TNT has two NBA playoff games starting at 8.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Emeril Live, then a new Dinner: Impossible.
  • At 9, The History Channel has two new episodes of Modern Marvels.
  • The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 9:30, ABC has the season finale of Notes From The Underbelly, followed by a new Lost.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Hustle.
  • At 10:30, Food Network has another new ep of Dinner: Impossible.
  • Comedy Central has a new Halfway Home.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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ABC renews October Road, Notes from the Underbelly

by Anna Johns, posted May 13th 2007 11:13AM
notes from the underbellyThe Upfronts are this week, but already information is starting to leak about which shows are being renewed by which networks. The latest news is that ABC has renewed two newcomers: October Road and Notes from the Underbelly.

I haven't seen October Road, but Paul says it's an awful lot like Ed. I have, however, seen Notes from the Underbelly and I am quite shocked that it's getting a second season. You see, I come to this from a unique perspective because I am a pregnant woman and I find the entire show to be completely ridiculous. I watched the first four episodes because I wanted to like it and to have my own special pregnant-lady show to watch (A Baby Story is just waaaay too much labor). But I can't stand it. The characters are stereotypes to the extreme and their situations are always taken to the most illogical conclusion. I can't identify with any of them. But, as Liz says, maybe it's a show only a mommy can love.

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What's On Tonight: Bones, World Poker Tour, Lost, Hustle

by Bob Sassone, posted May 9th 2007 5:21PM
  • JerichoAt 8, ABC has a new According to Jim, then a new Notes From The Undebelly.
  • CBS has the season finale of Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new episodes of Thank God You're Here, Crossing Jordan, and Medium.
  • There's a new Bones on FOX at 8, then a new American Idol.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • Also at 8: TCM has Stage Door, then Bringing Up Baby, both with Katharine Hepburn.
  • At 9, The Travel Channel has a new World Poker Tour.
  • At 9:30, ABC has another new ep of Notes From The Underbelly, then a new Lost.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Hustle.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Halfway Home.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Jericho, Thank God You're Here, Lost

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 25th 2007 5:02PM
  • CSI: NYAt 8, ABC has a new According To Jim, then a new Notes From The Underbelly.
  • CBS has a new Jericho at 8.
  • FOX has a new, two hour American Idol at 8.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • Two Humphrey Bogart movies on TCM starting at 8: The Big Shot and High Sierra.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Thank God You're Here, then a new Medium.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Lost.
  • CBS has a new CSI: NY at 10.
  • There's a new Shear Genius at 10 on Bravo.
  • Also at 10: a repeat of The TV Land Awards.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Halfway Home.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Is Underbelly a show only a mommy can love?

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 16th 2007 2:01PM
Notes from the UnderbellyIf you don't think breast pumps are fodder for good comedy, it's probably because you've never found yourself on the other end of one. Me, I think they're a hoot.

For weeks, I've heard nothing but bad buzz about Notes from the Underbelly. Joel saw a screener for the show in July and he thought it was horrible. And to tell you the truth, the commercials didn't look all that funny.

That's why I sat down on Thursday night for the premiere of Notes from the Underbelly fully expecting to hate this show. So imagine my surprise, when I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times during Underbelly's first two episodes.

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Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 results

by Brett Love, posted Apr 11th 2007 3:30AM
Tom Bergeron, Drew Lachey(S04E07) They opened the show tonight by naming Apolo and Joey as the standouts. I think they have it right on that one. Ian and Laila have the stuff to get themselves back in contention, but as we sit now, Apolo and Joey are a step ahead of everyone else. Two steps in front of a few people.

When it came time to pick the encore, Len credited Ian, Apolo, and Heather as having great performances the night before, but the encore went to Joey & Kym. It was a good choice. They were the best of the night, and their paso doble was just as good the second time around. They were followed up by the first musical performance of the night.

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What to Watch April 9 - 15

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 9th 2007 9:41AM

Thank You're Here on NBC and Drive on FoxHere are AOL Television's top picks for every day of the week. Get more TV recommendations here.

Thank God You're Here (Mon., 9PM ET, NBC) series premiere
Confession: I miss Whose Line Is It Anyway? What can I say, I like improv. That's why I'm excited for the premiere of this new improv show, hosted by David Alan Grier. Four celebs don costumes and play out scenes they know nothing about. In the first episode, Wayne Knight is a medical quack, Bryan Cranston a randy rock star, Joel McHale a clueless archaelogist and Jennifer Coolidge a ditzy pageant queen. Then, judge Dave Foley crowns one the best performer of the night.

Dog the Bounty Hunter (Tue., 9PM ET, A&E) 4th season premiere
Much happened to Duane "Dog" Chapman in 2006. Last May, he married business partner Beth a day after daughter Barbara died in a car crash. In September, he was arrested for bounty hunting in Mexico, where it is illegal. His request not to be extradited was denied, so he too will have his day in court. Despite all of this, Dog is back and better than ever. In the premiere, he personally takes on the case of a female fugitive after learning she shares the same birthdate as his late daughter.

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Underbelly creator inks deal with WBTV

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 6th 2007 10:03AM

notes from the underbellyIf you've been having trouble sleeping at night because you're concerned about what might become of Notes from the Underbelly creator Stacy Traub if her show doesn't make it, you can stop worrying. Traub has signed a two-year deal with Warner Bros. Television that will allow her to develop new series should Notes from the Underbelly not get picked up for another season. Otherwise, Traub will remain with the show as a show runner and executive producer. As far as what new shows she would develop, Traub says she likes shows with "flawed characters." She's also written for Kitchen Confidential and Spin City.

Notes from the Underbelly is about a young couple who become pregnant and must settle into a more mature lifestyle while simultaneously hearing advice from meddlesome family and friends. It will air on ABC.

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ABC moves Underbelly out of Idol's path

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 29th 2007 7:12PM
notes from the underbellyABC is cowering in fear. Ok, all of the networks are (rightfully) cowering in fear from the ratings behemoth that is American Idol. This time it's the new comedy, Notes From the Underbelly, that is being shifted to stay out of Ryan Seacrest's path.

The comedy, about a couple expecting a baby and dodging crazy advice from friends and family, has been moved from Wednesdays at 9:30 pm to Thursdays at 10 pm after Grey's Anatomy. The move is in response to Idol's announcement this week that it will expand its results shows to one hour, starting April 11th. Now, Notes From the Underbelly will premiere with back-to-back episodes on April 12th instead of April 11th.

Giving a comedy the 10 pm time slot, even if its lead-in is Grey's Anatomy, is a terrible idea. From the promos, it does not look like a prime time show. Let's face it: ten o'clock is the hour for sex and violence. Underbelly looks like it belongs in the 8 o'clock hour (or not on television at all, if you ask Joel).

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