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Did TV execs get kinder and gentler this year?

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 23rd 2008 8:28PM
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Has anyone else noticed the lack of hair trigger cancellations thus far this season? We're a good month or more in now and only Opportunity Knocks and Do Not Disturb have had the plug pulled. And believe me those needed to happen. By now, though, your high quality shows that have underperformed like Pushing Daisies usually would be doing just that ... pushing up daisies. But, for some reason, not this year. At least not yet.

Hell, ratings-challenged shows like Knight Rider and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles are even getting full season pick-ups. And that's FOX giving Sarah Connor a chance to find an audience! FOX!! I think what we're seeing is the continuing fallout from the Writer's Strike last year. Remember when the execs were talking about how they were going to rethink their approach to television, ordering fewer pilots and possibly even altering the landscape of television in regards to seasons and sweeps? Well, the fall season started up pretty much like it always has, but I do believe there are far fewer shows waiting in the wings to replace this season's failures.

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Opportunity Knocks on heaven's door

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 17th 2008 1:10PM
J.D. RothSo ABC has canceled the reality game show Opportunity Knocks, the Ashton Kutcher show where family members win money if they know a lot about other family members. The show hasn't been doing well in the ratings at all. The cancellation takes effect immediately, though ABC has a handful of episodes in the can which they're going to show whenever they can find a time slot where it won't hurt them at a more convenient time.

So I bet you're thinking, "Gee, I wonder what show is going to replace Opportunity Knocks?" Which of the following shows do you think it is?

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What's On Tonight: NCIS, 90210, The Shield, The IT Crowd, Favreau

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 30th 2008 4:02PM
  • The MentalistAt 8, ABC has a new Opportunity Knocks, then a new Dancing with the Stars and the special Half The Size.
  • CBS has a new NCIS, followed by new episodes of The Mentalist and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has a new Biggest Loser at 8, followed by a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • FOX has two new episodes of House and Fringe.
  • There's a new 90210 on The CW at 8, then a new Privileged.
  • TCM has Lassie Come Home at 8, then Meet John Doe.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has two new episodes of The World Series of Poker.
  • At 9, PBS has a new P.O.V.
  • Food Network has a new episode of Food Detectives at 9.
  • At 10, A&E has a new episode of The Cleaner.
  • FX has a new episode of The Shield at 10.
  • MTV has the series premiere of Paris Hilton's My New BFF at 10.
  • Bravo has a new Rachel Zoe Show at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.
  • IFC has a new episode of The IT Crowd.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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ABC wrap-up: Eli Stone, a DWTSer sings, and Ashton Kutcher hates my question - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 17th 2008 2:22AM
Julianne HoughThe remaining panels on ABC's first day were for Eli Stone, the Ashton Kutcher-produced game show Opportunity Knocks, and a panel for the upcoming Country Music Association events on the network. For the latter panel, Julianne Hough, who has twice partnered with the celebrity champion of Dancing with the Stars, sang a few songs from her current country album. Pretty girl. Nice voice. Dancer's body. But that's all I can say about the panel, because I bolted shortly after she was done singing.

The Eli Stone panel featured the entire cast along with executive producers Greg Berlanti (who seems to be producing two-thirds of ABC's scripted dramas) and Marc Guggenheim. Surprisingly enough, there was only one question about the presence of Katie Holmes as a guest star this season. The reason why she's there is a shock -- they brought her in to get ratings! Will wonders never cease?

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(Almost) all the new shows - VIDEOS

by Brad Trechak, posted May 17th 2008 10:05AM
The Goode FamilyIt looks like someone took the effort to create a Flash player with embedded videos of many of the upcoming new fall shows. Included are clips from Dollhouse, Fringe, Life on Mars, The Eleventh Hour, Scrubs, The Cleveland Show, The Goode Family (pictured right) as well as several others. I only had a chance to look at some of them. The previews aren't of all the new shows available in the fall (NBC only has one preview), but it's still quite a few. Which ones are missing?

Embedded videos after the jump

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