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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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'Lone Star' Series Premiere: Living Two Lives (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 21st 2010 1:30AM
'Lone Star' Series Premiere: Living Two LivesIn order to be a successful con man, you have to be adept at living a double life. But what if you feel like going straight? If you've been living a lie for years, can you suddenly change course and become an honest man? That's the question posed in the premiere of 'Lone Star' (Mon., 9PM ET on Fox).

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Bob Allen (James Wolk) is two different people. In the suburban town of Midland, Texas, he's "Robert" -- a grifter who cheats local investors while living with his cute (yet clueless) girlfriend Lindsay (played by Eloise Mumford). Meanwhile, 400 miles away in the big city of Houston, he's "Bob" -- and he's married to Cat Thatcher (Adrianne Palicki), the daughter of an ultra-rich oil magnate. In Houston, he plays the part of the "perfect" husband, although he's also trying scam money from Cat's father Clint (Jon Voight).

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'Rules of Engagement' -- Sex With the Surrogate (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 20th 2010 11:45PM
'Rules of Engagement' -- Sex With the SurrogateHaving a baby can be harder than it looks. Or at least, the process can be difficult in sitcoms and comedies that focus on how hard it is to have a baby. For instance, there's 'Rules of Engagement' (Mon., 8:30PM ET on CBS). The show began its fifth season tonight, and Jeff and Audrey Bingham (played by Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price) are attempting to have a kid of their own. They're looking into adoption, fertility treatments, and finding a surrogate mother.

Pam (guest star Jaime Pressly) is the couple's first choice as their potential surrogate. But that's before she runs into Russell (David Spade, playing the traditional "David Spade as a horny jerk" character). Russell tries to seduce Pam as soon as she leaves the Binghams' apartment. Not good.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Series Premiere -- 'You Can't Be Half a Gangster' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 20th 2010 3:40PM
'Boardwalk Empire' Series Premiere -- 'You Can't Be Half a Gangster'The series 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition. Alcohol has just been outlawed in the United States, and gangsters are ready to take advantage of this fact. Lead character Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is half mob boss, half corrupt politician. And he hatches a plan to make a lot of money -- by selling booze illegally. But as Nucky is about to learn, this is the dawning of a new era, and you can't do things by "halves" anymore.

[Spoiler alert.]

Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is Nucky's former protege. But Jimmy has recently returned to American from fighting in the trenches of World War I. Taking part in a brutal war has given Jimmy a fresh outlook on life, and Nucky isn't quite ready for it.

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'Survivor: Nicaragua' Premiere -- Youth Versus Age (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 16th 2010 12:50AM
'Survivor: Nicaragua' Premiere -- Youth Versus AgeAnd we're back for the one hundred and forty-seventh season of 'Survivor'! (Okay, it's actually only the 21st season of the show. Still, it seems like it's been a long time since Richard Hatch first schemed his way to victory.) 'Survivor: Nicaragua' (Wed., 8PM ET on CBS) features a couple of new twists -- and one of them really throws the contestants for a loop.

The first new twist: the introduction of "the Medallion of Power." This is indeed a super-cool name for a medallion, but all it does is provide an slight advantage for a tribe when starting an immunity challenge. Once the medallion is used, ownership of it then passes over to the other tribe. Former NFL cheerleader Brenda Lowe finds the medallion, and the members of her "team" are pretty pleased. ... Until some of them learn that they're not actually on her team at all.

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'Castle' Season 3 Sneak Peek: Watch the First Eight Minutes

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 14th 2010 4:15PM
'Castle''Castle' doesn't return to ABC until next Monday night, but you can watch the first eight minutes of the season 3 premiere online right now. Isn't the internet wonderful?

Our first thought, after giving the footage a quick viewing: Who in their right mind would ever give Castle a gun? Why would he shoot it at Beckett? And for that matter, who the heck is shooting at him?

Our second thought: Those shoes Beckett is wearing cannot possibly be comfortable enough for crime-solving. Our third thought: Is there a reason the dead lady only had old $20 bills in her purse, or did I only notice that because I used to be a bank teller?

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'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Goes Hollywood

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 5th 2010 11:20AM
Skeet Ulrich and Corey StollThere's nothing like a flashy Hollywood premiere.

NBC's new series, 'Law & Order; Los Angeles,' now has a title for its debut episode: 'Hollywood.' TV Guide reports that not only will the show's first hour tackle the darker side of the glitzy town, as creator Dick Wolf promised, it'll star some familiar faces. The crime that new detectives Rex (Skeet Ulrich) and Tomas (Corey Stoll) will be investigating surrounds a young actress named Chelsea (Danielle Panabaker) and a "wannabe actor" named Sam (Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son, Wyatt Russell).

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Expensive Prizes Crashing to the Ground on 'Downfall' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 23rd 2010 3:50AM
Expensive Prizes Crashing to the Ground on 'Downfall''Downfall' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) is the new game show that offers fabulous, fabulous prizes -- with one slight twist. If the contestants fail to answer the trivia questions on the show, then their prizes are thrown off the top of a building ... to crash on the ground below.

On the premiere episode of the show, a young woman named Nicole does her best to answer host Chris Jericho's questions. She does well for a while -- winning a prize of $25,000. But then, things start to go wrong. And things start to get tossed off a 10-story roof.

Nicole loses a living room set, a car, and $50,000 dollars. All of these prizes move down a conveyor belt -- and then get smashed on the sidewalk. Sad! Nicole, if only you had been faster with your answers, then we wouldn't have to witness a new car being crushed in slow motion. Or watch thousands of dollars being tossed into the air. Oh well. She did her best.

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Betty White Stars on 'Hot in Cleveland' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 17th 2010 3:40AM
Betty White Stars on 'Hot in Cleveland'Everything's coming up Betty White these days! She hosted 'SNL,' was a guest on 'The Daily Show,' and now, she has her own new sitcom.

Betty stars on the series 'Hot in Cleveland' (Wed., 10PM ET on TV Land), along with a bunch of other television veterans. Her co-stars are Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. Together, these ladies have logged approximately one hundred million billion hours of TV time, appearing on such shows as 'Frasier,' 'Just Shoot Me' and 'One Day at a Time.'

On the sitcom, Betty plays the caretaker for the three younger women -- who have arrived in Cleveland from Los Angeles, and who are trying to adapt to Midwestern life.

The girls are attempting to start a new existence in Cleveland, but first, they must deal with Betty. On the first episode, Ms. White tries to give them some advice, but actress Jane Leeves finds herself distracted by Betty's choice of attire -- specifically, her tracksuit. "What's the deal with old ladies and tracksuits?" she asks.

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HBO Sets Return Dates for 'Hung,' 'Entourage'

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 23rd 2010 4:00PM
hbo hungHBO has announced return premiere dates for two of its popular dude-friendly shows. Both 'Hung' and 'Entourage' are slated to return Jun. 27, following vamp camp fest 'True Blood,' which heads back to the cable network on Jun. 13, according to the Live Feed.

The shows will fill the Sunday 10PM time slot now occupied by David Simon's 'Treme,' which wraps its first season this summer.

'Hung' season 2 is expected to explore the new dynamic between Ray (Thomas Jane), Tanya (Jane Adams) and Lenore (Rebecca Creskoff).

'Entourage' star Adrian Grenier recently promised that fans would see a different side of Hollywood pretty boy Vinnie Chase in the show's upcoming seventh season.

"They're going to get a whole new Vince this year," Grenier told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. "He's grappling with life and death circumstances."

Sounds like a big change from the character's previous dilemmas, which usually involved choosing between the blonde or the brunette.

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Good News for Gleeks

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 13th 2010 3:29PM

I think I have established in my previous columns that I don't like 'Glee.' But here's the thing: you do. Or at least a great many of you do. Oprah likes 'Glee,' Ellen likes 'Glee,' even Michelle Obama likes 'Glee.' I have decided this week, in honour of the show's return on Tuesday, to put aside my own distaste and bring you, my readers, as much good news about 'Glee' as I can.

1. More Music

According to the producers, the second half of the first season will be even more loaded with musical numbers, jumping from 3-5 numbers to at least 5 numbers per 1-hour episode (some episodes are closer to 10 songs).

What other 'Glee'-ful things are in store? Read more after the jump!

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Huge Opening for 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 24th 2010 1:08PM
dancing_with_the_stars_abc_logoThey were probably dancing in the halls at ABC on Tuesday after getting a look at the Nielsens from Monday night. 'Dancing With the Stars' return was a ratings boon, lifting the entire Monday schedule to a big-time win in the ratings.

Typically, CBS challenges ABC for Monday night supremacy with Fox in the mix thanks to the strength of 'House.' However, this past Monday found the new installment of 'Dancing With the Stars' -- the tenth -- winning in the key 18-49 demographic and drawing nearly 24 million total viewers.

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Big Opening for 'Breaking Bad'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 23rd 2010 12:02PM
breaking_bad_amc_season_threeThis is really, really good news. This is the kind of news that has to make every television fan cheer ... and breathe a sigh of relief. The season three premiere of 'Breaking Bad' was seen by two million viewers. For a network show, that would be cause for alarm. For AMC, it's a reason to celebrate. Those two million viewers were the most to ever tune in to an episode of 'Breaking Bad.' Did you hear that, world? 'Breaking Bad's' most-watched episode ever.

The numbers were spun, naturally, and they got even better. There were two repeats of 'No Mas' that night, and the total number of viewers climbed to 3.3 million.

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'Justified' Rocks Ratings with Premiere Episode

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 18th 2010 8:30PM
Timothy Olyphant of FX's The premiere episode of FX's 'Justified' was a lot of fun to watch and apparently, I wasn't the only one who thought so.

Tuesday's episode, titled "Fire in the Hole" after the Elmore Leonard novella upon which the series is based, scored 4.2 million sets of eyeballs, the network's second highest rating since the premiere of 'The Shield.'

Naturally, the show scored more older than younger viewers, but my gut tells me that could change once word spreads about the type of show it is and the quality it can produce. Sure it's a pseudo-western, but it has a very updated and edgy feel. It's fun for the whole family, if your family is one of those weird groups that lets their kids watch anything whether it's an edgy Western drama or late night Cinemax.

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TiVo Unveils TiVo Premiere

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 3rd 2010 12:47PM
TiVoTiVo fans rejoice. Our "how did we ever watch TV before this?" gadget just revealed its even cooler cousin.

Speaking at Tuesday night's NYC launch party for TiVo Premiere, CEO Tom Rodgers explained that the new product is "your new cable box, it's your movie box, it's your Web box and music box," according to the Hollywood Reporter. And, in typical TiVo style, they've simplified the user experience as Rodgers detailed, "We've taken millions of pieces of content and organized it for you in a way that makes so much sense you'll wonder how you ever lived without it."

Mind-boggled by all the entertainment choices available to you? TiVo Premiere makes sorting through Internet TV, movie and music, on-demand offerings and YouTube videos a snap. And the set-top box also boasts a button that zooms through 30 seconds of recorded material in 1 second flat. Buh-bye commercials!

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