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Bryan Fuller interested in writing superhero comics

by TV Squad Editors, posted Jul 25th 2009 10:00PM
Pushing DaisiesBryan Fuller, whose departure from the writing team of Heroes was seen by some as a harbinger of doom for the troubled superhero show, recently announced that despite the cancellation of his triple Emmy Award-winning TV series Pushing Daisies, he plans to continue to the series -- as a comic book with DC.

Laura Hudson of sister site ComicsAlliance talked to Fuller at Comic-Con about what's in store for Pushing Daisies after it moves from TV to print, and after he mentioned an interest in superhero comics, she asked if he had any interest in writing superhero comics himself -- and he responded with an enthusiastic "yes!"

Since he's already got the hook-up with DC Comics, who knows what might be in store? Check out Fuller (after the jump) reading a copy of "Wednesday Comics" next to dapper DC VP of Publicity David Hyde, and check back for the video interview CA conducted with Fuller for more.

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Emmy Wish List: Supporting Categories - Comedy

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 15th 2009 4:29PM
emmy_statue_rightWhen it comes to the Primetime Emmy nominations, there are scads of terrific supporting performances to choose from in the comedy field. The difficulty is narrowing it down to just six actors and six actresses (which is better than last year's five each). Maybe the Emmys should take a page from the Academy Awards and double the number of nominations -- this year's Best Picture will include ten noms. That's not going to happen, but that doesn't mean my wish list discussion can't mention all those worthy comedy performers.

Last year's comedy winners, Jean Smart for Samantha Who? and Jeremy Piven for Entourage, were both multiple winners. In Jean's case, it wasn't all for the same role, but Jeremy has been pulling a John Larroquette/Don Knotts in this category. (Larroquette and Knotts dominated this category; the former winning for Night Court from 1985-88, while Knotts won five times for The Andy Griffith Show from 1961-67). My wish list would start by shaking things up.

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Emmy Wish List: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 14th 2009 6:05PM
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)I know what many of you are thinking. Alec Baldwin is probably gonna win for 30 Rock again so what does it even matter? Hollywood is in love with that show. Which is true, but not entirely undeserved. Baldwin still commands a scene like almost no one on television. But I don't think he was as dominating a comedic force as last year, and he was part of a 30 Rock sweep, so I don't think Emmy intends to repeat that.

Pushing Daisies was still sweet in its last year, but I'm going to have to snub Lee Pace and replace him with Chuck's Zachary Levi on the ballot. He balances comedy and drama so convincingly you can't help but root for him.

But there was a looming shadow in comedy this year that no one could escape. I don't see how Emmy could ignore the work of Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. He's so convincing in the role that when you see him in interviews you fully expect him to demand his spot on the couch and condescend the host at every turn.

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Drop Dead Diva -- An early look

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 9th 2009 10:16AM
brooke_elliott_margaret_cho_drop_dead_divaCertain shows seem to be perfect for certain television networks. That's the point of programming, no doubt, and Lifetime has done a good job filling their female-centric niche with TV movies and series like Army Wives. That said, I think there will soon be a new favorite on Lifetime and it's called Drop Dead Diva. It's chick-flick, rom-com for weekly TV viewers, and while men might enjoy the whimsical plot and attractive characters, this is a show that ladies will adore.

If you were talking high concept like a Hollywood pitchman, you could describe Drop Dead Diva as Ally McBeal for the Lane Bryant set. Or maybe it's Sara Lee meets Heaven Can Wait. However, you put it, Drop Dead Diva is a switcheroo story about a vapid, but lovable, gorgeous size 2 model who dies at the exact same time as a brilliant, generous size 16 workaholic attorney, and in one of those wonderful Hollywood comedy devices, shallow Deb's spirit winds up in good Jane's body.

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Bryan Fuller quits Heroes

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2009 4:30PM
Bryan FullerKristin over at E! Online has confirmed something that Ain't It Cool News reported earlier today: Heroes producer Bryan Fuller has left the show (again)!

A lot of buzz surrounded Fuller's return to the show last season. After Pushing Daisies was canceled, Fuller returned to the NBC show that he produced during the first season. Many fans credit Fuller with getting the show back on track. It did indeed seem that the show was a little bit more focused and engaging when he returned.

And no, this doesn't mean that he's going to be working on a big-screen adaptation of Pushing Daisies. Sorry fans.

Update: Here's why Fuller left.

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Is there hope for a new Star Trek TV show?

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 15th 2009 2:02PM
star trek bryan fuller logo... Bryan Fuller thinks so. The former Star Trek: Voyager producer and current Heroes scribe told Sci Fi Wire that he'd love to create a new Star Trek series.

"I think that a Star Trek TV series is probably a couple years away, just to let the feature franchise breathe," the Pushing Daisies creator said, adding that any new Trek series should take place in the universe seen in J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek movie.

Fuller said a new Trek series shouldn't focus on the Enterprise crew – he thinks the Federation flagship should stick to the big screen – but on a new ship with a new crew and "an entirely new adventure."

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What's On Tonight: Kings, iCarly, Star Runners, Suze Orman

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2009 4:05PM
Man vs. Cartoon

  • At 8, NBC has a new Kings.
  • Nickelodeon has a new iCarly at 8, followed by new episodes of True Jackson, VP and The Naked Brothers Band.
  • GSN's "Big Saturday Night" starts at 8, with 20Q and The Money List.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • FOX has a new America's Most Wanted at 9.
  • BBC America has a new Primeval at 9, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Star Runners at 9.
  • Also at 9: CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • TruTV has the series premiere of Man vs. Cartoon at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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FX greenlights Terriers from The Shield's Shawn Ryan

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 10th 2009 5:34PM
Shawn RyanThe Shield may have wrapped its run this past year, but that doesn't mean creator Shawn Ryan is done with FX. The network did let his vision run its course to completion, so I'm sure he's quite comfortable there. I know I am. This time, he's executive producing with Ocean's Eleven scribe Ted Griffin on the new dramedy Terriers, about a detective who teams up with a young hot-shot. FX has already greenlit Terriers, and Griffin has turned in the scripts so it's down to casting.

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What's On Tonight: Game Show Awards, Worst Week, Pushing Daisies

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 6th 2009 4:07PM
  • 48 Hours MysteryHBO2 has a True Blood marathon all night.
  • At 8, NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game.
  • GSN has the Game Show Awards at 8.
  • At 8:30, CBS has a new Worst Week, then new episodes of Harper's Island and 48 Hours Mystery.
  • FOX has a new Cops at 8:30, then a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, BBC America has a new Primeval at 9, followed by a new Graham Norton Show.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has the movie Come Dance At My Wedding.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends at 10.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Cops, Pushing Daisies, Graham Norton Show

by Bob Sassone, posted May 30th 2009 4:02PM
Harper's Island

  • C-SPAN2 has new episodes of Book TV all night.
  • At 8, NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game.
  • TNT has the Cavaliers/Magic game at 8.
  • TCM has Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (with Spencer Tracy) at 8.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new Cops, followed by a new America's Most Wanted.
  • At 9, CBS has a new Harper's Island.
  • CNBC has a new Suze Orman Show.
  • Sci-Fi has The Book of Beasts at 9.
  • Hallmark has Safe Harbor at 9.
  • Also at 9: BBC America has a new Primeval, then a new Graham Norton Show.
  • At 10, ABC has a new Pushing Daisies.
  • Travel Channel has a new Samantha Brown's Great Weekends at 10.
  • At 12:30, Cartoon Network has two new episodes of Bleach, followed by a new Code Geass.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Christmas with Kristin Chenoweth

by Allison Waldman, posted May 28th 2009 9:37AM
Kristin Chenoweth in sunI know it's only May and hardly the time to start thinking of egg nog and holly and Ebenezer Scrooge or any of the other Christmas standbys, but forgive me if I let out a whoop of happiness about the news that Kristin Chenoweth will star in The Twelve Men of Christmas TV movie. The romantic comedy is slated to be part of the Fa La La La La Lifetime lineup (try saying that three times fast!), and while another holiday film doesn't usually make me gleeful, this one does.

Kristin Chenoweth is a gem. I'm still bereft that we'll probably never see her Olive Snook again because Pushing Daisies is gone unless there's a movie, and I was tiffed that the David E. Kelly NBC pilot Legally Mad was not picked up only because La Chenoweth was in it.

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Sit Down, Shut Up: Miracle's Are Real

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 27th 2009 1:47AM
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Last week, when I rewatched Sit Down, Shut Up for my review, I said that while I still wasn't enthralled by it, the show was much better upon the second viewing. Since I thought episode 2 was much better than the pilot, I expected to like it even more upon rewatching. Oddly enough, I didn't.

As stellar as this cast is, I'm trying to separate my feelings about this show from my feelings about them. I love Kristin Chenoweth on Pushing Daisies, so I don't really want to admit that her work on this show reminds me of a more grating Amy Sedaris with none of the humor, but it kind of does. I don't know if it's the way her character is written, or the fact that Chenoweth's particular brand of pixie cuteness doesn't translate unless you're looking at her, but she just sounds shrill to me.

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Press Kits Unwrapped: Sit Down, Shut Up

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 16th 2009 10:04AM
sit down shut up

I don't know about you guys, but I've been super-excited about the premiere of Mitch Hurwitz's new animated show, Sit Down, Shut Up. It seems like I've been hearing about it forever, but it finally premieres this Sunday night on Fox. Recently, the screener came up for grabs, so naturally I jumped at it. What I didn't realize is that I would be getting the whole press kit with it.

All press kits are not created equal: I'd definitely enjoy a talking Barney bobblehead from How I Met Your Mother, but a busted picture of Eliza Dushku's face from Dollhouse really wouldn't do a whole lot for me. The press kit for Sit Down, Shut Up is kind of low-rent, but it is for a Mitch Hurwitz show on FOX. The low-rated Arrested Development didn't exactly make FOX a boatload of cash while it aired, so they're probably waiting to see how the ratings go for this one before they shell out any more dough on fancy tschotkes for the press.

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TV News Daily: Hargitay and Meloni to Be Replaced on 'SVU'?

by Thomas DiChiara, posted Apr 9th 2009 12:00PM
Law & Order: SVU'Law & Order: SVU' may be in search of two new stars.

NBC is threatening to replace Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni on its No. 1 scripted series because the two leads are demanding back-end profits in addition to their $350K-per-episode salaries. Are the stars or the network the victims here? Debate.

In other news, 'Fringe' is beaming up 'Star Trek' vet Leonard Nimoy for a pivotal arc that will span this season and next, and the final episodes of 'Pushing Daisies' and some other canceled ABC faves will (finally!) hit the boob tube.

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.


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ABC schedules the last episodes of Eli Stone, Daisies and DSM for this summer

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 9th 2009 11:03AM
Dirty Sexy Monday

ABC announced their summer schedule, complete with returning reality "favorites" and some new shows, but honestly, who cares about all that?! What matters is that three of my favorite sophomore shows that were killed too soon are all scheduled to make their triumphant (?) returns to ABC this summer, as promised.

Yes, I'm talking about Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone and Dirty Sexy Money. Apparently, ABC has decided that the Saturday 10pm/9pm Central timeslot is the perfect place to air the remaining episodes of each series, one after the other. After all, it is the dead zone of television, so what do they have to lose?

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