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Bubble Trouble: Why 'Pan Am,' 'Parks and Rec' and 12 Other Shows Could Go 'Pop!'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2011 11:00AM
Bubble Shows 2011For producers of underperforming television shows, this is the scariest time of the year -- and it's got nothing to do with Halloween specials. By now, the glow of premiere season has long since worn off, and shows we couldn't wait to see just a few short months ago are in serious danger of getting the hook.

Truth be told, the majority of broadcast shows are floating precariously atop the cancellation bubble. A world without 'Fringe'? An NBC Thursday night without 'Community'? Folks, it could happen.

Take NBC: the struggling network is aggressively developing new shows, desperate for a hit. Can old standbys like 'Parks and Recreation' survive when big dogs Sarah Silverman and Dane Cook are all developing new shows at the Peacock network?

A few notches away on the dial, CBS's 'CSI' franchise is starting to fizzle and the network has its eye on new comedies. With three different 'CSI' shows, it's safe to say one will probably go.

Who will survive this season? Only time will tell, but any of these shows could be goners by May.

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Leslie Tries to Drown Tom After He Ruins Her Campaign Party on 'Parks & Rec' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 28th 2011 1:30AM
'Parks & Recreation' - 'Meet n Greet'Tom Haverford is a narcissistic tool, but he does have a heart underneath his shameless self-promotion. Unfortunately, it came out way too late to salvage Leslie's campaign party for local small business owners on 'Parks & Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC).

After agreeing to put the party together for her through his company, Entertainment 720, Tom instead turned it into a huge promotional opportunity for the company. He hijacked her personal encounters with key business owners, and then took over her presentation to them as well.

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Your Very Own Ron Swanson Halloween Mask

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 6:45PM
Ron SwansonStill struggling with what to be for Halloween even after all our suggestions? Well, you can always be the legendary Ron Effing Swanson.

Thanks to Tauntr.com, you can print out your very own Ron Swanson mask. Don't worry, it's not a creepy picture of 'Parks and Recreation' star Nick Offerman -- it's a stylish cartoon rendering.

Just cut it out, throw on your best generic polo and slacks and you're good to go. For added effect you can carry around a giant turkey leg wrapped in bacon. Boom, we just saved your Halloween.

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Your Favorite TV Shows Celebrate Halloween (PHOTOS)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 23rd 2011 7:30PM
'Happy Endings' does Halloween!Halloween is just a week away, and the stars of your favorite TV shows are all dressed up and ready to go!

We've already given you some fun how-tos for TV-inspired costumes, but your favorite TV characters have a few more clever tricks and treats to feast your eyes on.

From 'Community' to 'Modern Family,' 'The Simpsons' to 'Happy Endings,' 'The Middle,' 'The Office' and more, click through this spooktacular gallery for some awesome Halloween episode teases.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 24-30

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 23rd 2011 2:30PM
Marshall and LilyMONDAY, OCTOBER 24

'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)

The gang begins to realize their romantic partner reminds them of one of their parents. Meanwhile, Barney and Nora's planned romantic evening is ruined by a string of bad events. Wayne Brady guest-stars as Barney's brother and Frances Conroy guests as their mother.

'2 Broke Girls' (8.30PM ET, CBS)
Caroline tries to build a Murphy bed for herself in Max's apartment, and the chemistry between Max and Johnny (Nick Zano) heats up.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
Zoe discovers something shocking about the local minister (guest star Peter MacKenzie) and his wife (guest star Kerry O'Malley), causing quite a stir among the residents of Bluebell. Lemon is determined to find the funds to renovate the town's historic bridge that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but first she is put in the extremely awkward position of having to convince Lavon to choose her proposal over so many other worthwhile submissions.

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NBC Thursday Night Comedies Get in the Halloween Spirit

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 21st 2011 12:45PM
Community Halloween EpisodeYou can always count on 'The Office' and 'Community' for fun Halloween episodes and this year 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Whitney' are getting in on the fun.

'Community'
(Thurs., Oct. 27, 8PM ET) kicks off the Halloween festivities off with 'Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps.' The study group has a pre-Halloween party to share their favorite horror stories and while at the party, Britta and Jeff attempt to figure out which member of the group is "deeply disturbed" according to a psychology test.

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Chris Doesn't Understand the Concept 'Too Much Information' on 'Parks & Rec' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 14th 2011 1:15AM
'Parks & Recreation' - 'Pawnee Rangers'While Ron and Leslie were off with their respective ranger troops competing for which one was cooler, Tom and Donna headed off on their annual "Treat Yo' Self" day of self-pampering on 'Parks & Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC). Feeling sorry for him, Donna brought along Ben, who really needs to learn how to relax.

That left Chris and Jerry at the office, which lead to Chris meeting Jerry's daughter. And Chris, being exuberant and "good" in every way, decided he was going to be completely honest about his interest in Jerry's daughter.

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'Game of Thrones' Finds Ygritte in 'Downton Abbey,' Jon Snow's Sword Visits 'Big Bang Theory'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 11th 2011 8:45AM
'Game of Thrones' logoThe excitement surrounding 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 has been building recently with the news that HBO has set a premiere date.

Now it's been reported that another key piece of casting has been finalized. According to 'Entertainment Weekly,' the role of Wildling girl Ygritte has gone to 'Downton Abbey' actress Rose Leslie.

She played Lady Sybil's protégé, housemaid Gwen, in Season 1, at the end of which Gwen left Downton to work as a secretary.

And that's not all. Jon Snow's sword, the mighty Longclaw, will be making a cameo appearance on 'The Big Bang Theory,' and an NBC comedy will reference the HBO drama this week. Find out more after the jump!

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Ron Teaches April How to Keep People at a Distance on 'Parks & Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 7th 2011 12:30AM
'Parks & Recreation' - 'Born & Raised'While much of the main cast was off trying to prove Leslie was born in Pawnee, as she states in her book, three of them were left behind at the office on 'Parks & Recreation' (Thu., 8PM ET on FOX). April and Ron have a great office relationship -- she's like the pupil he never knew he wanted -- but neither of them have every really connected with Ann.

So Ann spent much of the episode trying to become closer with them ... or maybe just get them to talk to her. Once it started working, Ron shut her down hard. "Thank you for sharing, Jenny," he said completely unnerving her.

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Patricia Clarkson: I MIGHT Return to 'Parks and Recreation'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 5th 2011 5:41PM
Patricia ClarksonPatricia Clarkson took Pawnee by storm as Tammy 1, Ron Swanson's first ex-wife named Tammy, in the first two episodes of 'Parks and Recreation' Season 4.

After that extended cameo, Clarkson told AOL TV, many viewers expected her to become permanent part of the cast. Sadly, that's not true.

"It's funny, I think people think I'm going to be a regular on the show," Clarkson said. "I'm not. That's really it."

Is it really, Patricia?

"I might come back at the very end or something, I'm not sure." The end of the series or the end of the season? "Of the season," she said. "Maybe."

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Ron Swanson Is No Longer His Own Man on 'Parks & Recreation' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 12:45AM
'Parks & Recreation' - 'Ron & Tammys'Ron Swanson is one of the manliest men to ever appear on television. His mustache alone has become the stuff of TV legend, which made his transformation on this week's 'Parks & Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC) all the more tragic.

For the second time in series history, an ex-wife named Tammy has proven able to completely transform his behavior. Only this time, she completely emasculated him. First of all, Ron without a mustache is a frightening thing to behold, but then he passed on yelling about government spending?

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'Parks & Recreation': 5 Things to Know About 'Ron and Tammys'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 29th 2011 1:30PM
Parks and Recreation, Ron and TammysIt's the moment we've been waiting for: The gathering of the Tammys on 'Parks and Recreation' (Thurs., Sept. 29, 8:30PM ET on NBC).

Yep, in 'Ron and Tammys,' Tammy 2 (Megan Mullally), Tammy 1 (Patricia Clarkson) and Tammy 0 (Paula Pell) will all pop up to cause havoc in Ron Swanson's life.

Things deteriorate rapidly and can only be solved via a very special drink-off! The stakes are high and the ending may surprise you.

What else should you expect? Patricia Clarkson being awesome and then some!

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Mister Ed is Turning 50! TV's Top Animals Salute Him

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:00PM
Mister Ed'Mister Ed' paved the way for animals in the entertainment industry, breaking through the glass ceiling barn door by talking up TV viewers and being as charming as any leading man out there.

As the theme song said, "A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed!"

Yes, Ed was in his hay-day on TV for six glorious seasons, always easily bribed to tell a good story with a little peanut butter, making him a horse we can endorse. But he also gets the sniff of approval from his fellow four-legged friends in Hollywood.

As the 50th anniversary of 'Mister Ed''s big Oct. 1, 1961, network debut approaches, we gathered quotes from some of the biggest names in TV's animal kingdom to roast and pay tribute to the equine entertainer.

Check out our gallery for commentary provided by everyone from Flipper and Lassie to weed-smoking Wilfred and Annie's Boobs, the monkey from 'Community.'

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'The X Factor' Bested by 'The Big Bang Theory' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 23rd 2011 12:30PM
The Big Bang Theory Beats The X FactorFox's 'The X Factor' dipped in its second night, but not by much.

The new singing competition was watched by 12.5 million viewers with a 4.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic on Thursday. Comparatively, the Sept. 21 premiere was watched by 12.5 million viewers for a 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

'The X Factor' was bested by CBS's 'The Big Bang Theory' premiere, which drew 14.4 million viewers for a 4.9 rating. The new entry on CBS's Thursday nights, 'Person of Interest,' was watched by 13.2 million with a 3.1 rating.

As for the other big debut of the night, ABC's 'Charlie's Angels' reboot was seen by 8.7 million viewers (a 2.1 18-49 rating). It's not a very big number, but better than 'My Generation' did last year. The two-hour premiere of 'Grey's Anatomy' had 10.3 million viewers with a 4.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

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Tammy One Tells Ron She's Here to Help on 'Parks & Recreation' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 1:30AM
'Parks & Recreation' - 'I'm Leslie Knope'While it took all episode to get there, we finally got the much-anticipated encounter between Ron and Tammy 1 (Patricia Clarkson) on the season premiere of 'Parks & Recreation' (Thu., 8:30PM ET on NBC). It was certainly worth the wait, as it sets up what's sure to be an interesting storyline.

Ron Swanson is being audited. Tammy 1 gave him an envelope with IRS on it, but does that mean she was serving him the papers, or providing him the help she said she was there to give? Is she an IRS agent, or did Ron mean something else when he said she ruins lives?

We'll have to wait to find out those answers, but what we don't have to wait for is to see Leslie transition from the most dedicated public servant to the most dedicated candidate in a political campaign. With Andy just hired on as her new assistant, to help around the Parks Department during her campaign, we see a recipe for disaster -- and hilarity.

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