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Review: Lie to Me - Fold Equity

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 1st 2009 2:29PM
Lightman (Tim Roth) goes to Las Vegas to help locate a missing finalist in the World Series of Poker in the LIE TO ME episode 'Fold Equity,'
(S02E09) "She's the female equivalent of roulette and you like the view." - Foster

There's always a potential for screw-ups when networks start airing episodes out of the producers intended order (see NBC and their goofs with Detective Crosetti's death in season three of Homicide), but Lie to Me seems to have avoided that sort of miscalculation despite FOX's shuffling of the season order. That is, until "Fold Equity" aired last night. Originally set to air during Fox's Simpsons week (catch the Sideshow Bob reference?), "Fold Equity" didn't drop the ball on anything as major as a character's death, but more than once during the hour it felt as though we were taking some giant steps backward.

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If you're like me, you forgot about Face the Ace

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2009 3:34PM
I completely forgot to watch/record Face the Ace this weekend. I mean, it's a new show that gets it launch at 9PM on a Saturday night, so I'm sure a lot of people didn't realize it was on or realized it but forgot to watch it. Thanks to the Internet, here's the first episode. (For the record, the ratings weren't that great.)

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What's On Tonight: NCIS, Bones, Poker, Damages

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 9th 2007 4:01PM
  • Boston LegalAt 8, ABC has a new Caveman, followed by new episodes of Carpoolers, Dancing with the Stars, and Boston Legal.
  • CBS has a new NCIS at 8, followed by new episodes of The Unit and Cane.
  • FOX has new episodes of Bones and House.
  • There's a new Singing Bee on NBC at 8, then new episodes of The Biggest Loser and Law and Order: SVU.
  • The CW has a new Beauty and the Geek, followed by a new episode of The Reaper.
  • PBS has a new Nova at 8, then a new P.O.V.
  • HBO has another installment of their miniseries The Five at 8.
  • Also at 8: ESPN has two new eps of The World Series of Poker.
  • At 9, Bravo has two new eps of Queer Eye.
  • At 9:30, Food Network has a new Have Fork, Will travel, followed by a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • At 10, FX has a new Damages.
  • TLC has a new Miami Ink at 10.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Anchorwoman, Little League World Series, Tennis

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 22nd 2007 5:05PM
  • MythbustersAt 7:30, ESPN has coverage of The Little League World Series.
  • At 8, FOX has the premiere of Anchorwoman.
  • At 9, ABC has a new NASCAR in Primetime.
  • NBC has a new Last Comic Standing at 9, then a new Dateline.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9.
  • There's a new Lost Worlds on History Channel at 9.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef.
  • Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible at 10.
  • At 10:30, ESPN2 has coverage of the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Big Love: The Happiest Girl

by Jen Creer, posted Aug 14th 2007 9:39AM
Alby and Nicki(S02E10) I'm going to go out on a limb here and argue that Bill has essentially not changed since the beginning of the show. Oh, sure, he is still acting and behaving-- but I don't think there is anything inherently different about the way he is behaving. He is still ambitious, still thinks he is right, and he is a salesman: He thinks he can talk his way into or out of any situation. However, I bet that was cold comfort at the end of tonight's episode, considering who he ended up in bed with...

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Welcome Back, Kotter ... you've got mail!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2007 12:20PM

Gabe KaplanPeople who say "hey, whatever happened to Gabe Kaplan?" obviously don't watch poker on television. He's been a player and commentator on the tour for quite some time now. He doesn't act, but he is getting back into stand-up comedy.

He's also a writer. He has a new book out, Kotter's Back: E-mails From A Faded Celebrity To A Bewildered World. It's a series of humorous e-mails to various people about supposedly great ideas that Kaplan has to get back into the public eye. Stuff like writing a memoir about his sex life or starting a gambling camp for kids.

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What's On Tonight: 24, Heroes, The Riches

by Bob Sassone, posted May 21st 2007 5:05PM
  • Law and Order: CIAt 8, FOX has the two-hour season finale of 24.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, followed by the season finales of Heroes and Law and Order: CI.
  • ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars at 8, then the season finale of The Bachelor.
  • TNT has the Pistons/Cavaliers playoff game at 8.
  • BBC America has a new Waking The Dead at 8.
  • At 9, Food Network has a new Unwrapped.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • At 10, FX has a new episode of The Riches.
  • Discovery has a new Stunt Junkies at 10.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has new eps of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and The Secret Life Of...

Check your local TV listings for more.

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GSN nabs World Poker Tour

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 6th 2007 4:01PM

world poker tourI was always a bit uncertain as to just how it was World Poker Tour fit in with the Travel Channel. I understand that the games took place in different places across the globe, but that always seemed like the equivalent of making a show about janitors who work in a hospital and calling it a medical drama.

Okay, maybe that wasn't the best analogy, but the point is that World Poker Tour, after almost five years on the Travel Channel, is heading over to GSN, which seems like a much better fit. World Poker Tour, one of the first popular "poker" shows and the one that made people like me who said "who the hell wants to watch people play poker?" choke on our words, will become part of the network's Friday night "Casino Night" lineup.

The fifth season of World Poker Tour is currently airing on the Travel Channel. It will hit GSN early next year.

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What's On Tonight: Andy Barker, Raines, October Road, Poker, Tennis

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2007 5:02PM
  • David SpadeAt 8, ABC has a new Ugly Betty, followed by a new Grey's Anatomy and the premiere of October Road.
  • CBS has March Madness all night.
  • NBC has a "newpeat" of The Office and a new Scrubs, then the premieres of both Andy Barker, P.I. and Raines.
  • There's a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8 on FOX.
  • The CW has a new Smallville at 8, then a new Supernatural.
  • At 9, ESPN has a new U.S. Poker Championships, followed by coverage of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament.
  • History Channel has a new Decoding The Past at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has the Addiction special.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay, then a new Ace of Cakes.
  • Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show with David Spade at 10:30.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Desperate Housewives: My Husband The Pig

by Jen Creer, posted Mar 4th 2007 11:38PM
Mike on Desperate Housewives(S03E16) Well, even with Bree on her honeymoon, it looks like things are going to be interesting on Wisteria Lane. I had the thought at the end, when Rex was narrating about the Suburban Lanes of Broken Dreams that maybe Carlos is going to offer to adopt Edie's son. Yeah, yeah, I know Charlie is just supposed to be gone for a month, but this is Desperate Housewives. That means Charlie is probably going to die.

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Is anyone watching Poker After Dark?

by Brett Love, posted Jan 4th 2007 6:03PM
Shana HiattWith all the ruckus around the holidays I forgot to mention that NBC's new late night poker show, Poker After Dark, was starting up this week. I'm not sure of the scheduling everywhere, but we are getting it at 3AM up in the pacific northwest. That's mighty late for most folks, but with DVRs, VCRs, and the like, time doesn't matter much anymore.

I've been checking out the show in the morning before heading off to work, and I have to say, it's not bad. I think the most popular poker show going right now is probably GSN's High Stakes Poker, and Poker After Dark has taken a lot of clues from that show's success. They've brought in a a great group of pro players. This week features Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Shawn Sheikhan, Annie Duke, Huck Seed and Steve Zolotow. Because of all those great personalities, the commentators mostly stay out of the way and let the interactions of the players power the show.

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What's on tonight: King of Queens, Day Break, Medium, Xmas Cookies

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 6th 2006 5:25PM
  • Show Me The MoneyAt 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and Primetime.
  • CBS has two new episodes of The King of Queens at 8, then repeats of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has two new episodes of The Biggest Loser at 8, then a new Medium.
  • FOX has two repeat episodes of Bones starting at 8.
  • America's Next Top Model is new on The CW at 8. It's followed by a new One Tree Hill.
  • ABC Family has Twice Upon A Christmas at 8, while AMC has Miracle on 34th Street all night.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Pokemon: Battle Frontier at 8.
  • At 9, Food Network has a new Challenge, featuring teams trying to build the best holiday cakes.
  • There's a new Mythbusters at 9 on Discovery.
  • HGTV has the annual special White House Christmas at 9.
  • The Travel Channel has a new Professional Poker Tour at 9.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef.
  • Food Network has a new "Cookies" ep of Ham on the Street at 10.
  • Also at 10: HBO has a new Inside The NFL.

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What's on tonight: Jericho, Day Break, Top Chef, Madonna, Holiday Food

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 22nd 2006 5:03PM
  • Show Me The MoneyAt 8, ABC has a new Show Me The Money, followed by new episodes of Day Break and The Nine.
  • CBS has a a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has Madonna: The Confessions Tour at 8, followed by a new Medium.
  • Cheaper By The Dozen airs on FOX at 8.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then a new One Tree Hill.
  • The History Channel has a new American Eats at 8, featuring "Holiday Food."
  • Food Network repeats the "Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast" episode of Challenge at 8, followed by the repeat of their All-Star Thanksgiving special.
  • At 9, The Travel Channel has a new Professional Poker Tour.
  • Good episode of The Andy Griffith Show on TV Land at 9, the one where Ellie comes to town.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new ep of Top Chef.

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What's on tonight: Heroes, Prison Break, Old Christine, Charlie Brown, RAW

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 20th 2006 5:01PM
  • How I Met Your MotherAt 8, ABC has A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, followed by He's A Bully, Charlie Brown and new episodes of The Bachelor and What About Brian.
  • CBS has new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, The Class, Two and a Half Men, Old Christine, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has a new Deal Or No Deal at 8, then new eps of Heroes and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • There's a new Prison Break on FOX at 8, then a repeat House.
  • The CW is all new tonight: Everybody Hates Chris, All Of Us, Girlfriends, and The Game.
  • Lifetime has a new episode of Lisa Williams: Life Among The Dead.
  • Emeril cooks up "Thanksgiving Favorites" on Food Network at 8. It's followed by Thanksgiving episodes of Unwrapped and Ham on the Street.
  • Sci-Fi has a Threshold marathon starting at 8.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • Lifetime has the movie Griffin & Phoenix at 9.
  • There's a new High Stakes Poker at 9 on GSN.
  • At 10, Court TV has a new episode of Murder By The Book, profiling Michael Connelly.

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Happy Odd Couple Day!

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 13th 2006 2:20PM

Klugman and Randall"On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife."

Happy Odd Couple Day! Today's the day Odd Couple fans can celebrate the 70s ABC sitcom. How to celebrate? Maybe if you're a really messy guy you can clean the entire apartment today. Vacuum all the rugs, scrub the shower, clean out the fridge and throw away all the old food. And if you're a really neat guy, maybe you can walk around in an old shirt, go one day without sweeping the kitchen floor, or drink beer and leave the cans on the coffee table.

The Odd Couple is one of the best sitcoms of all-time. Smart, well-written, great cast. Except for that odd first season where they had that different apartment and used more cameras and didn't have a studio audience. But after that it took off. Hey, is it even being shown anywhere nowadays? I'd love to watch it again.

[via TV Tattle]

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