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'Chase' Series Premiere: This Show Lives Up to Its Title (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 21st 2010 7:08AM
'Chase' Series Premiere: This Show Lives Up to Its Title'Chase' (Mon., 10PM ET on NBC) is a new crime drama from producer Jerry Bruckheimer -- the man behind the 'CSI' franchise and 'The Amazing Race,' among other shows. But so far, the reaction to 'Chase' has not been very positive. 'USA Today,' for example, calls the show "really bad." Other critics are slightly more kind, calling the drama "bland" and "entertaining enough."

After watching the pilot episode, we're willing to argue that the series isn't terrible -- but it's fairly by the book and unimaginative. In a sense, the name of the show says it all.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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TNT, TBS Order 4 Pilots, Including 'Dallas' Update

by Chris Jordan, posted Sep 8th 2010 4:15PM
The big hats and big drama of 'Dallas' are officially coming to TNT, according to a Turner press release.

The cable channel has ordered a reboot of the popular series in the form of a pilot that will focus on offspring of the "bitter rivals and brothers J.R. and Bobby Ewing, who clash over the future of the Ewing dynasty while the fate of Southfork itself weighs in the balance,'' according to the release.

The series will be shot by Warner Horizon Television, executive produced by Cynthia Cidre of 'Cane' fame, and will feature the next generation of fighting Ewings. 'Dallas' was a ratings smash for CBS from 1979 to 1991, and spawned reunion movies in 1996 and 1998.

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ABC Orders New Washington D.C.-Set Pilot From 'The O.C.' Creator Josh Schwartz

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 27th 2010 6:30PM
Josh SchwartzJosh Schwartz has already cornered the rich-kid high school market with 'The O.C.' and 'Gossip Girl.' He captured the underachieving slacker genius demographic with 'Chuck.' His latest project, announced today, should fall somewhere in the middle of those two worlds.

Variety reports that ABC has given the green light to a pilot for Schwartz and producing partner Stephanie Savage's new Washington, D.C.-set drama about twentysomethings. Based on Variety's description -- "young politicos find that the ideals that brought them to D.C. don't always match with the realities of living in the nation's capital" -- it sounds like the show will be something like a TV version of 'St. Elmo's Fire.' Hopefully with less cocaine.

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Diablo Cody Sells Comedy Pilot to Fox

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 4th 2010 12:15PM
Diablo CodyWriter Diablo Cody has found success on the big screen ('Juno') and premium cable (Showtime's 'United States of Tara'), and now she's heading to network television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cody just sold a new comedy pilot to Fox.

THR notes that Cody agreed to a "put-pilot deal," where there are financial consequences for the network if it doesn't air the pilot. Warner Brothers will produce the project, called 'The Breadwinner,' with Cody and Mason Novick executive producing. No details about possible plot or casting were released.

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It's Time for FOX to Find a New Night for Live-Action Comedies

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 13th 2010 5:14PM
'Sons of Tucson'With 'American Dad' restored to FOX's Sunday night lineup this past weekend, all seems right with the world. The network spent years building their "Animation Domination" block, and should be commended for bringing animation back into prime time. The problem is that they seem to have painted themselves into a corner, or at least that's how they're acting.

With the success of these cartoon comedies on Sunday night, FOX programmers seem to think Sunday is their only night for comedy, and they keep trying to establish new live-action hits there. Shows like 'Brothers,' ''Til Death' and the recent 'Sons of Tucson' have all failed to gain traction with the Sunday night FOX audience.

It's time for the network to consider expanding their comedy presence to another night. Leave the successful "Animation Domination" block alone, and let it do what you built it to do. Comedy is on the rise, and ABC proved you can launch a new night of it successfully, if the shows are good enough. But where should FOX go?

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BET Commits to 'Let's Stay Together'

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 7th 2010 10:00AM
Malinda WilliamsBET has taken the plunge into original scripted series waters.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network has greenlit a new comedy pilot, 'Let's Stay Together,' that's already being touted as an "urban 'Mad About You.'"

The show re-unites 'Soul Food' actors Malinda Williams and Bert Belasco as a pediatrician and contractor who try to juggle fast-paced modern careers with an old-school traditional marriage.

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Sharon Lawrence Gets 'Hitched' to CBS Pilot

by Audrey Fine, posted Apr 6th 2010 1:20PM
Sharon LawrenceSharon Lawrence, who has been popping up all over the small screen lately on shows like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Grey's Anatomy,' has landed a role in the CBS pilot 'Hitched.'

The half-hour, mulit-camera comedy from exec producer Josh Schwartz ('Gossip Girl,' 'The O.C.'), explores the ordeals of a young newlywed couple ('Smallville's' Kristen Kreuk and 'I Love You, Beth Cooper's' Jack Carpenter) as they try to figure marriage -- and each other -- out.

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Five Cop Shows That Should Never Be Remade

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 2nd 2010 6:24PM
Sgt. Esterhaus on 'Hill Street Blues'It's pilot time again and this season the networks have decided to turn back the clock, specifically on old cop and crime shows, to save their sinking ratings.

For instance, NBC is bringing back the mystery series 'The Rockford Files' with Dermot Mulroney in the role that James Garner turned into a classic TV crime fighter. CBS has also ordered a remake of the procedural cop classic 'Hawaii Five-O' with Scott Caan and Jean Smart.

Normally, my gut reacts to a TV remake the same way a person who just washed his car reacts to a line of dark clouds (a lot of cursing and shaking of fists at God or some other celestial being). However, if done right, anything has the chance to be good... unless it's one of the following cop serials, which should never be touched by a TV producer ever again.

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CBS Snags Sissy Spacek for New Medical Drama

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2010 1:55PM
SpacekWell, it looks like people are going to start paying a lot more attention to this new John Wells' show.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Sissy Spacek has joined the pilot for the new CBS medical drama about a team of doctors who travel around the country helping people in trouble. THR says that the character was originally supposed to be a man but they've changed it to a woman for Spacek. Another change: she will use telekinesis to levitate people and trucks. This will help will rescuing people in auto accidents.

The other day we told you about another cast decision on this show, the addition of Skeet Ulrich to the cast. This is turning into an interesting project. With this cast and the fact that John Wells is behind it, I'm guessing this is one pilot that has a very good chance of making it to the fall schedule.

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Sissy Spacek to Star in CBS Medical Drama

by Mike Scalise, posted Mar 22nd 2010 4:30PM
Sissy Spacek is moving from sabotaging polygamists to saving the world.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning actress will follow up her role as the duplicitous lobbyist Marilyn Densham on HBO's 'Big Love' by playing the lead in a medical drama pilot for CBS, produced by John Wells ('ER'; 'Southland').

The pilot centers around a crew of mobile medical professionals who travel the globe in search of those in need of treatment. Spacek will play the group leader -- a role originally written for a male lead -- who has a tireless, demanding work ethic despite undergoing cancer treatments.

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Ashley Tisdale Goes to 'Hellcats'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 18th 2010 4:00PM
Ashley TisdaleAshley Tisdale is making her way from the Disney Channel to regular broadcast TV for the CW's new pilot, 'Hellcats' (not to be confused with 'High School Musical's' Wildcats).

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the singer-actress joins Aly Michalka in the Tom Welling-produced series, about a competitive college cheerleading team. Michalka plays Marti, a sort-of bad girl who joins the Hellcats after budget cuts and her mother's irresponsibility cause her to lose her scholarship.

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Debra Messing Will Be All 'Wright vs. Wrong'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 4th 2010 9:29AM
debra_messing_hand_face_smileGrace is ready to try again. Actress Debra Messing has signed for a new television show called 'Wright vs. Wrong,' a sitcom for ABC, and if you think this is going to be anything like 'Will & Grace,' think again. (Although if they're smart, it better be just as funny!)

The premise of the pilot for 'Wright vs. Wrong' is that Debra plays Evelyn Wright, a strong-minded, ambitious political personality who espouses the conservative, right-wing agenda. However, while she has this tough, conservative personality for the public, behind the scenes she's consumed by her foibles and flaws.

So she's half-Grace Adler, the flawed, foibled part. Grace's politics, at least what she tried to articulate in her goofy way, was of the liberal lefty variety.

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'Dexter's Julie Benz Boards ABC's Superhero Pilot

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 2nd 2010 4:05PM
julie benz abc pilot'Dexter' and 'Buffy' alum Julie Benz is heading back to genre TV with a role in the ABC drama pilot 'No Ordinary Family', says The Hollywood Reporter.

The show stars 'Shield' and 'Fantastic Four' vet Michael Chiklis as the head of a super-powered family. Benz will co-star as Chiklis' wife, a sexy scientist who develops super speed (the power, not the drug).

Despite the drab title, 'No Ordinary Family' is shaping up to be a must-see. Chiklis and Benz are two of TV's top actors, and the pilot is the brainchild of producer Greg Berlanti, a guy who knows a thing or two about creating compelling family drama (see 'Everwood', 'Dirty Sexy Money', 'Brothers & Sisters').

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'Southern Discomfort' Moves Into ABC

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 24th 2010 8:00PM
ABC logoEven though the popularity of the family sitcom is starting to wane a bit, ABC has picked one up for their primetime schedule.

It's called 'Southern Discomfort' from writer Chad Kultgen and former 'Cheers' writer Rob Long who has filled its executive producer chair along with Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.

It's described as a multicamera series surrounding a father who lets his grown children move back in with him. So far, no big names have been attached to the cast, but who do you think would be the perfect actors or actresses to play such a part?

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Jim Belushi Cast in CBS Legal Drama

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 23rd 2010 11:06AM
Jim BelushiMichael Ausiello calls the casting of Jim Belushi in the pilot for the new CBS drama pilot 'Defenders' an "unusual casting decision." It's not that unusual. It's not like Belushi has never done anything serious before. Comics can often do drama too. Belushi will play a Las Vegas lawyer who helps those down and out and those fighting the system. (Not sure if this is the same legal drama that we reported on last year but it sounds similar.)

Since this show is set in Vegas, I'm sure we'll see the inevitable crossover episode(s) between 'CSI' and 'Defenders,' especially if one of them needs a ratings boost or it's a sweeps month. Belushi's character will need help on a case and the only people who can find the evidence he needs is the 'CSI' team.

If 'Defenders' lasts half as long as 'According to Jim' it will last nine years.

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