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Hardly Knew You: The Short-Lived Shows of 2010

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 20th 2010 5:40PM
'Lone Star,' which garnered huge pre-season buzz, was cancled by FOX after only two episodes.Not everything is a long-running classic in the fickle world that is television. You may feel that your show has the right mix of acting, writing and directing to be a favorite for indefinite first-run and syndicated airings, but the viewers may have other ideas.

And when that happens, your show could disappear before the cover art is even dry for the complete series DVD set.

The year 2010 had no shortage of these short timers. In fact, the 2010-2011 season has already seen not one, not two but three series that bowed out after only two episodes. This, despite long-promoted hype and pre-season buzz. Mentioned here are the 2010 programs that had shorter runs than the presidency of William Henry Harrison.

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Fox Cancels 'Past Life' (Again)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 9th 2010 9:30AM
Past LifeFor the next two weeks, FOX will be airing reruns of 'The Good Guys' on Friday nights in place of 'Past Life,' according to Variety.

Supernatural detective series 'Past Life' was canceled back in February after only three episodes had been aired. FOX has been showing the remaining episodes on Friday nights, with the last two due to be aired on June 11 and 18. However, execs have now decided to cancel the series (again), replacing it with repeats of 'House' and 'The Good Guys.'

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May 2010 Premieres and Specials

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 28th 2010 4:27PM
'Friday Night Lights' / 'The Boondocks'
May is generally the month when the broadcast networks put their latest season to rest. While there are plenty of finales, as we've covered in its own post, that doesn't mean there aren't premieres and specials.

This month, 'Jesse Stone' is back, 'Friday Night Lights' returns to NBC, BBC America brings back new seasons of 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'Gavin & Stacey,' while the long-awaited return of 'The Boondocks' comes to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. FOX is bringing back 'Past Life,' launching a new season of ''So You Think You Can Dance,' and premiering their quirky new police dramedy, 'The Good Guys.'

Why get depressed about what you'll be missing, when there's plenty to get excited about, Don't miss a thing with our May guide.

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Kelli Giddish Finds Life After 'Past Life' With 'Chase'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 24th 2010 5:19PM
Kelli GiddishIt looks like it might be easier for Kelli Giddish to put her 'Past Life' behind her than it was for those of us unfortunate enough to have seen the show. Giddish played Dr. Kate McGinn, who used people's past lives to solve modern crimes. The show was even worse than it sounds dropping from 9 million viewers to 3.5 million in only three episodes.

But Giddish has bounced back, with The Hollywood Reporter indicating she's been cast as the lead in the Jerry Bruckheimer NBC pilot 'Chase.' The series would follow a U.S. Marshall in Texas who's team is tasked with tracking down and bringing in America's most dangerous fugitives. While it hasn't been stated, it's probably safe to assume there will be no past life regressions to deal with; just current life transgressions.

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'Past Life' Canceled

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 19th 2010 1:23PM
Past LifeFOX has canceled the new show 'Past Life.' Anyone who is shocked by this news please raise your hands and form a line on that side of the room.

This is one of those shows that you just knew was doomed before it even aired the first episode. It got horrible reviews, it was a midseason thing, it didn't get any buzz, it seemed like a copy of other shows that have been on recently, and it was on FOX. When the show premiered FOX should have run promos that said, "don't miss next week's premiere of the short-lived new series 'Past Life!'" The remaining episodes will be shown later this year some time.

FOX will show new episodes of 'Kitchen Nightmares' for the next few weeks in place of 'Past Life.' Now fans you just have to wait for the complete series box set to come out. Now let's get Richard Schiff on a better show.

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Fox Cancels 'Past Life'

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 19th 2010 1:15PM
Past Life'Past Life' is officially a thing of the past.

According to the Live Feed, Fox has pulled the plug on the newbie crime drama. In its place: 'Kitchen Nightmares.' Fox will air three original episodes of the Gordon Ramsay show at 9PM on Thursdays, with 'Life''s remaining episodes scheduled to air later in the season.

'Past Life' -- which premiered last week -- got off to a dismal start in the ratings; its debut episode averaged about 9 million viewers, a loss of two-thirds from its lead-in, ratings juggernaut 'American Idol.'

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What's On Tonight: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Past Life,' 'Real Housewives'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 18th 2010 12:02PM
Archer
Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).


  • At 8, ABC has a new episode of 'The Deep End,' followed by new episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice.'
  • CBS has a new 'Survivor' at 8.
  • NBC has more coverage of The Olympics at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new 'Past Life.'
  • History Channel has a new 'Food Tech' at 9.
  • At 10, USA has a new 'Burn Notice.'
  • There's a new 'Ace of Cakes' on Food Network at 10.
  • Bravo has a new 'Real Housewives of Orange County' at 10.
  • Comedy Central has a new 'Important Things with Demetri Martin' at 10, then a new 'Sarah Silverman Program.'
  • Lifetime has a new 'Project Runway' at 10.
  • FX has a new 'Archer' at 10.
  • Also at 10: TLC has a new 'L.A. Ink.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: 'Survivor,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Archer'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2010 12:02PM
Demetri MartinHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, ABC has a new episode of 'The Deep End,' followed by new episodes of 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice.'
  • CBS has the two-hour premiere of 'Survivor: Heroes & Villains,' then a new episode of 'The Mentalist.'
  • NBC has new episodes of 'Community,' 'Parks and Recreation,' 'The Office,' and '30 Rock.'
  • The CW has a new episode of 'The Vampire Diaries' at 8, followed by a new 'Supernatural.'
  • PBS has 'In Performance at the White House' at 8.
  • There's a new 'Modern Marvels' on History Channel at 8, then a new 'Food Tech.'
  • At 9, FOX has a new 'Past Life.'
  • TLC has the series finale of 'American Chopper' at 9.
  • Spike has a new 'TNA Impact' at 9.
  • At 10, USA has a new 'Burn Notice.'
  • Lifetime has a new 'Project Runway' at 10.
  • Comedy Central has a new 'Important Things with Demetri Martin' at 10, followed by a new 'Sarah Silverman Program.'
  • FX has a new 'Archer' at 10.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has a new 'Ace of Cakes.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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'Past Life' - 'Pilot' Recap (series premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 9th 2010 10:05PM
Past Life
(S01E01) 'Past Life' is not a bad show, but I don't know if it will stand out enough to make it past the first few episodes. But who knows, it might strike a chord with viewers and find a spot on the DVR schedules. It's a little bit 'House,' a little bit 'Medium,' and a little bit 'Fringe.'

The story follows Dr. Kate McGinn (Kelli Giddish), a psychologist specializing in past life regression -- memories of past lives or incarnations. In the pilot episode, a teenager named Noah has flashes where he remembers something that never happened to him. He sees visions of a kidnapping and murder, and we eventually learn that he's actually remembering something from someone else's life.

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What's On Tonight: 'NCIS,' 'Past Life,' 'The Forgotten,' 'ECW'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 9th 2010 12:02PM
American IdolHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • At 8, CBS has a new 'NCIS,' followed by new episodes of 'NCIS: LA' and 'The Good Wife.'
  • NBC has a new, two-hour 'Biggest Loser' at 8, then the series finale of 'The Jay Leno Show.'
  • FOX has a new 'American Idol' at 8, followed by the series premiere of 'Past Life.'
  • PBS has new episodes of 'Nova' and 'Frontline.'
  • At 9, ABC has a new 'Lost,' then a new episode of 'The Forgotten.'
  • Discovery has a new 'Dirty Jobs' at 9.
  • History Channel has a new 'How The Earth Was Made' at 9, followed by a new 'Life After People.'
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new 'Last Restaurant Standing.'
  • At 10, USA has a new 'White Collar.'
  • A&E has two new episodes of 'Paranormal State' at 10.
  • Syfy has a new 'ECW' at 10.
  • IFC has two episodes of 'Arrested Development' at 10.
  • At 10:30, Travel Channel has a new 'Tastiest Places to Chowdown.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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The Show Girl Has Scoop on 'Modern Family,' Adam Lambert on 'Weeds' & 'Past Life' - VIDEO

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 5th 2010 9:00AM
Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'You've got questions? I've got answers. I'm The Show Girl!

This week's Valentine's Day episode of 'Modern Family' is sure to be amazing -- star Julie Bowen gives me a little tease, then her TV kids talk about a hilarious upcoming guest star you won't want to miss. I also have 'Weeds' star Justin Kirk dishing about Adam Lambert and guyliner, and I chat with Emmy winner Richard Schiff about his new show 'Past Life' and ... 'Saved By the Bell'?

Plus, if you're missing mentions of that phenomenal two-hour 'Lost' final season premiere, watch Instant Dharma. We'll be covering 'Lost' and only 'Lost' there each week.

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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Past Life will get post-American Idol spot for premiere

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 24th 2010 2:14PM
past_life_Fox_castFox continues to use American Idol as a magnet to attract viewers to sample its other shows, including newbies like The Human Target. And last year, Glee. With that same philosophy in mind, Fox's Past Life is getting an American Idol boost. On Tuesday, February 9, Past Life will premiere at 9 p.m. following American Idol.

From a programming point of view, they don't go together. You're not likely to get the same viewer lapping up the songs and shtick on Idol that will get into the psychic/sci-fi vibe of Past Life. But that's not the point because ultimately, this is about getting a sample. Past Life will be on Thursday, February 11-18 after Bones, then get another post-Idol goose on February 25-March 11.

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FOX announces midseason schedule

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 25th 2009 11:03AM
CowellIt's strange that not only is it almost 2010 but it's the end of the decade.

The end of a year also means that it's time for the midseason shows to make their appearance. We already know that Chuck and Lost are coming back (January and February, respectively) and now FOX has announced their midseason schedule. After the jump, full details on when we'll see the return of Jack Bauer, Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsay, reality shows, new shows, and special episodes of your favorites.

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Fox Announces Midseason Schedule

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 24th 2009 8:25PM
Fox has just announced its midseason lineup and it looks like a doozy! Between returning hits like 'Glee,' pop culture staples like 'American Idol' and 'The Simpsons,' not to mention a handful of promising new series, it looks like Fox has an unseasonably hot winter ahead. Check out the full schedule.

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TV Squad's complete 2009-10 fall season premiere calendar

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:04PM
GleeThe networks have had a quiet summer, quietly introducing scripted bomb after scripted bomb, so they're certainly ready to jump into the new fall season. And It looks to be an interesting one. ABC is scheduling a two-hour block of new comedies on Wednesdays as the sitcom tries to make a comeback.

Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.

To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.

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