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CBS and 20th Century Fox Television Strike Out With 'Chaos'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 2nd 2010 10:20AM
It's been reported that the new CBS drama series 'Chaos' has been killed off before it even left the starting gate. According to Deadline, the game of brinkmanship between the network and the producer/distributor 20th Century Fox Television was still ongoing when the options on the actors' contracts expired at midnight Wednesday.

The breakdown in negotiations has been described as "a classic example of political gamesmanship between two companies that don't trust each other."

'Chaos' was due to star Freddy Rodríguez ('Six Feet Under') as a naive C.I.A. agent who wants to make the world a better place. It was written by Tom Spezialy ('Reaper,' Desperate Housewives') and the well-received pilot was directed by Brett 'X Men' Ratner, who was also in line to executive-produce the series with Spezialy.

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Missy Peregrym of 'Rookie Blue' Doesn't Want to Be Famous

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 18th 2010 2:02PM
Missy Peregrym in ABC's 'Rookie Blue'
You never know when a simple statemetn can lead down an interesting path in an interview. When Missy Peregrym, who stars in the new ABC summer cop show 'Rookie Blue,' called me directly to do our interview last week, I told her that I was a bit surprised she didn't go through a publicist, like the vast majority of the people I interview choose to do.

She joked that she'll do that when she's "really famous" then said she was kidding. Then she told me that in reality, "I just don't want to be famous. I feel like there's a lot of sacrifice in that I'm not really willing to make."

What follows is a refreshingly honest interview from the down-to-earth Peregrym, who grew up in British Columbia being taught always to be herself by her parents (her father is a minister). The lesson has helped her since a modeling career led her to Hollywood eight years ago, and she landed the starring role in the short-lived WB series 'Black Sash.'

Peregrym and I talked about what she's learned in her time in showbiz, how much she loves her 'Rookie Blue' character Andy McNally, and how the comparisons to 'Grey's Anatomy' are fairly accurate. We also talked a little bit about 'Reaper,' where she played Andi, Sam's on-again, off-again girlfriend. Let's just say she doesn't think the CW had much invested in promoting the show. Our talk, and some clips, after the jump.

'Rookie Blue' debuts Thursday, June 24, at 9PM ET on ABC.

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Creators of 'Reaper' Reveal How the Show Would Have Ended

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 2nd 2010 11:32AM
ReaperIn an interview, series creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters reveal how they would have ended the series 'Reaper' had it continued to its conclusion (however many seasons that would have taken). You can read the original article for the actual revelation. I simply want to add a non-spoiler point or two.

Fazekas and Butters have worked with Joss Whedon on 'Dollhouse' and are obviously fans of his, so why not go the 'Buffy' Season 9 route and turn future seasons of 'Reaper' into comic books? It would certainly translate well given the fantasy nature of the show. To reveal the end for the show in an interview, while appreciated by fans, does not seem an economically wise move.

Of course, there is still a great deal that the creators have not revealed. For example, why did Steve prevent Sam from getting out of the contract? And how, if ever, did Andi get out of her agreement with the Devil? There could be a 'Reaper, Season 3' graphic novel yet.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Series finales

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 23rd 2009 4:03PM
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I don't think anyone cried over the cancellation of According to Jim, which managed to stay on the air seemingly due to some kind of deal with the devil, for eight cruel seasons. But 2009 also saw the end of some of our favorite shows here at TV Squad.

Some of these series finales left us in tears, some of them sparked debate, and a few even left us wondering, "what did I just watch?"

After the jump you'll find a list of six notable series finales for 2009. Feel free to share your thoughts about the finales in the comments, and don't forget to tell us about your favorites that didn't make the list. (And needless to say, there be spoilers below!)

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All Jason wants for Festivus

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 22nd 2009 10:33AM
Lost: The Final SeasonI am knee deep in the holiday spirit and drunk on power. Only I can reach the top of the tree, so what goes up there is up to me ... so long as my wife approves. With television mostly in reruns, I find myself with extra time in my head, and when I spend time in there I find things. Things like what I want for Festivus!
  • MTV and VH1 to play music videos. I'm from the MTV generation, which means I have no problem sitting around watching music videos for hours and hours. I love music. I love videos. The music industry would probably appreciate it, too. I don't like feeling like I need to take a shower while watching any one of their trashy reality shows.
  • Lost to blow us all away with a SATISFYING conclusion. No fade to black, no comas, no Bob Newhart waking up next to his wife. Make it work and make it make sense. If you do that, you'll have one of the greatest shows in television history. So, no pressure guys.

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Best and Worst TV of 2009: Jason's List

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2009 5:06PM
Daniel Wright2009 was a good year for television. It offered the resurgence of the comedy on network television, and the continuing growth of original programming on cable. In all honesty, I don't think I could just do a list of what was great and what was horrible on television because I would need pages and pages.

Instead, I'm going to focus on the things that really stood out this year. Sorry, Mad Men fans, but even though this was a great third season and an amazing finale, I expect it at this point. It's the only way I could come up with to keep my list manageable.

Also, as a point of protest I did not include Jon, Kate or the balloon boy hoax. These events got more attention than they deserved already this year, and I feel bad I even mentioned them.

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Reaper guy joins Dollhouse

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 16th 2009 1:06PM
Ray WiseI'm kinda amazed that FOX's Dollhouse is coming back for another season. This isn't a commentary on how good or bad the show was, but didn't it just have the smell of a show that wasn't going to come back for a second go around? The ratings dropped, critics and fans were mixed on the quality, and they even released a first season DVD set with an extra episode. It just seemed like it would be one of those culty sci-fi shows that FOX cancels early. But the second season premieres on September 25.

Ray Wise, who played the Devil on The CW's short-lived but loved-by-many Reaper, is joining the cast of the FOX sci-fi drama.

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Reaper's Bret Harrison is all over his new project, a comedy for CBS

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 4th 2009 12:05PM
Bret HarrisonBret Harrison has been around television for awhile, starting on Grounded for Life. But the role that earned him the most love around these parts was that of Sam Oliver on the gone-too-soon Reaper. I was stoked that co-star Tyler Labine (Sock) so quickly found series work on FOX's forthcoming Sons of Tucson, but I worried about the rest of the cast. It was a true ensemble success.

For his new project, he got a lot more hands on. Not only is he slated to star in it, but Bret Harrison co-created this legal buddy comedy for CBS. The show is about a couple of district attorneys, one young and brash, the other in his middle years. And, of course, there's always a girl. Here's an idea. How about you get Ray Wise for the elder attorney and Missy Peregrym to play the girl who comes between the two. Would that be too much?

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The CW schedules its Fall Preview in the middle of Daytime Emmy coverage

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 25th 2009 4:42PM
The Vampire DiariesThe CW certainly seems to have embraced their new goal of pushing the entire network in a very "female" direction. They've scheduled their new fall preview special on Sunday, August 30 at 6:30 PM, smack between a special spotlighting the top ten moments from The Tyra Banks Show and their red carpet coverage of the night's Daytime Emmy Awards.

That's nestled in a huge bed of estrogen from where I'm sitting. No wonder a show like Reaper didn't make it if this is the new demographic The CW is seeking. The manliest shows on the network are Supernatural and Smallville, and both of those do well with the ladies, certainly better than Sock did. Other than that, it's Gossip Girl, 90210, The Vampire Diaries, America's Next Top Model -- how did this happen?

It's almost all teen dramas now, and it's definitely skewing female. They managed to abandon comedies and African-American featured shows in one fell swoop by canceling Everybody Hates Chris and The Game, and they dumped the hellishly fun Reaper. All that's left is pretty people pouting. Is this what America wanted out of our fifth network?

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Reaper creators join Dollhouse writing staff

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 18th 2009 2:33PM
dollhouse reaper whedonWay back in April we reported that Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, creators of The CW's Reaper, had signed a deal with 20th Century Fox and would most likely be leaving Reaper behind. Now that The CW has officially canceled Reaper to make room for its upcoming slate of bubblegum teen TV, Fazekas and Butters are joining the writing staff of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. The Reaper duo will begin their Dollhouse stint in season two, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 18 on Fox.

I have mixed feelings about this news. I'm glad that Dollhouse nabbed these two obviously talented and funny writers, but I'm still bummed about Reaper's cancellation. And while this might mean that Dollhouse will deliver more smart, nerdy comedy in season two, that Friday night death slot still has me worried.

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TV Squad Ten: Shows that deserve to have their own video game

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 16th 2009 11:35AM
TV shows that deserve to be video gamesThere is nothing inherently wrong with turning a TV series into a video game spinoff. It can fill in the gaps between seasons to quell the viewers' hunger, let audiences explore characters from new perspectives and even give the more hardcore couch potatoes some much needed exercise even if they only burned 1/100ths of a calorie solely through their thumbs.

The problem is video game developers pick TV shows that should never even become a travel sized board game. Developers have given the greenlight to games based on shows like American Idol, Desperate Housewives and even ... Grey's Anatomy?!? I hope that last one was a first-person shooter.

There are far better shows that offer far more entertaining elements for a kick-ass video game. These are the shows that should be next in line for a pixelated re-treatment.

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TV on DVD: Week of June 9

by Katy Kroll, posted Jun 9th 2009 5:00PM
Here's a taste of what's coming out on DVD this week:

'The Shield' (Season 7, The Final Act)

What the Season's About: The final season of this gritty cop show follows Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) as he battles with former teammate Shane (Walton Goggins) and faces off against the Armenian mob. As if that's not enough, Vic's ex-wife plots against him to expose all the crimes the Strike Team has committed, and he faces losing his job or landing in jail.

Special Features: Episode commentaries, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette about the series finale and a season retrospective.


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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:07PM
ReaperHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I sometimes enjoy watching Judge Judy, but it's one of those shows that I can't possibly imagine owning the DVDs. Once is enough for me. But if you're really into the show, there's a 2-Pack set being released this week.

But I have to get the Get Smart DVDs at some point. That's the only show being released that I have any interest in.

  • The Cleaner - Season 1
  • Corner Gas - Season 6
  • Danny Phantom - Season 3
  • Father Knows Best - Season 3
  • Get Smart - Season 3

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Subtle Subtitles: I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2009 3:39PM
ReaperIf you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption! Last week we had a picture from the series finale of Reaper. The winner is Hubbahubba, with this:

"Smile, kid. The CW execs can smell fear."

This week we have a picture from the horrifying first week of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here.

I'm A Celebrity

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Subtle Subtitles: Reaper

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2009 4:32PM
American IdolIf you haven't seen our game before, we give you a picture from a recent episode of a TV series and you provide the caption! Last week we had a pic from the season finale of American Idol, and the winner is grimmie with this:

"And what is the bid for this KISS wannabee?"

This week's pic is from the series finale of Reaper. Yes, it could be just a season finale if it gets picked up by someone else, but for now it's "series."

Reaper

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