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The Hitched or Ditched on-screen promo made me pitch a fit

by Jason Hughes, posted May 28th 2009 4:29PM
ReaperSo I'm sitting there all cozy yesterday watching the season (I won't say series!) finale of Reaper. It's at a pivotal moment in the action. Sam is batting the devil for his soul. All he has to do is sink these quarters into this shot glass. My eyes are glued to his hands and then ... then ... well look at the picture! You can't see shit! Behind that cloud of whatever the hell that's supposed to be is Sam's hand holding the quarter. You can almost see the shot glass coming out of the blob.

Come on, I know we've had to learn to get used to on-screen promos for shows but where does it say you have to cover up fully a quarter of the screen with white glowing crap? Did you think I might not notice the words "Hitched or Ditched" down there? I'm sorry, but this is completely inexcusable. Why not just have a voice over interrupt screaming: "HEY! YOU NEED TO WATCH HITCHED OR DITCHED! IT'S ON NEXT. IF YOU DON'T THIS WHITE BLOB IS GONNA COVER THE WHOLE SCREEN! MWAHAHAHAHA!"

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Reaper goes out in a Hellfire of glory

by Brad Trechak, posted May 28th 2009 1:03PM
ReaperGood news for all you Reaper fans who are disappointed at the lack of renewal of your favorite Satanic show. TV Guide reports a surge in the number of people watching the final episode (2.22 million). I haven't kept up with the individual episode ratings, but I assume they were less. Sadly, it still got beat in viewership numbers by According to Jim, which is why it is still difficult to think of The CW as a real network.

Seriously, the show is still in the market, and this lends a strong case to allowing the show to get picked up elsewhere. The ratings show there is still an interest (hopefully not brought about by a lack of interest in the competition). I could see Reaper working on a cable channel such as SyFy or Comedy Central, although it may require an even greater drop in production cost if that's possible.

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Reaper: The Devil & Sam Oliver (series finale)

by Brad Trechak, posted May 27th 2009 12:22AM
Reaper(S02E13) Reaper has been axed by The CW and until I hear that another network has picked this show up, I will consider this the series finale and not simply the season finale. Admittedly, it ended on a mixed note.

I'm glad the Devil actually has a weakness with regards to his vanity. When a character is all-powerful, they get boring rather quickly. Thankfully, Ray Wise has the talent to keep the character interesting despite his handicap of near-omnipotence. When you consider that, you have to wonder how Sam could have possibly thought he had an advantage during the first game of quarters.

The character of Mary Pat (whom I found amusing, but only because she reminded me of some people I know) was gone pretty quickly. At first I thought Steve was back because they couldn't get Tony for the finale until the broken hand occurred. Obviously, the creators planned a bigger role for Sam as a pawn of the war between Heaven and Hell. It's a pity that unless the show miraculously gets picked up, it will never get resolved.

The entire situation with Nina was a cute homage to the Exorcist movies. At least Ben is happy at the end of the series.

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What's On Tonight: According To Jim, Reaper, ECW, Deadliest Catch

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2009 4:03PM
  • Rescue MeAt 8, ABC has two new episodes of According To Jim., then the continuation of the miniseries Diamonds.
  • The CW has the series finale of Reaper at 8, followed by the series premiere of Hitched or Ditched.
  • TNT has the Magic/Cavaliers game at 8.
  • At 8:30, Food Network has a new Good Eats, then a new Dear Food Network.
  • At 9, FOX has the series premiere of Mental.
  • PBS has a new Frontline at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch at 9, then a new Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment.
  • At 10, FX has a new Rescue Me.
  • History Channel has a new Life After People at 10.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • At 10:30, TBS has the season finale of My Boys.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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The Upfronts: CW

by Hemal Jhaveri, posted May 21st 2009 10:33AM
The CW knows what it's good at and they're sticking to it: sex and beauty. After the success of Gossip Girl and 90210, two very buzzed about shows, the CW announced this morning that they're picking up three new dramatic series in the same vein for next fall: Melrose Place, Vampire Diaries and The Beautiful Life. In addition, the network is also dumping any original Sunday night programming. Next season, local affiliate stations will program these slots. They also announced this morning that in addition to renewing hits like Gossip Girl & 90210, the CW is also bringing back Smallville for an 8th season, 9th season but moving the aging drama out of its competitive Thursday night 8PM slot to Friday night at 8. More details after the jump.

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CW Cancels 'Privileged,' 'Reaper' and More

by Andrew Scott, posted May 20th 2009 11:00AM
PrivilegedCW is cancelling four of its series -- two dramas and two comedies, says Variety.

One of the biggest shows to get the ax is 'Privileged,' which aired on Tuesdays after the popular '90210' reboot. 'Privileged' remained on the 2009 bubble in true roller-coaster fashion, with earlier rumors of a midseason pick-up. There were even reports that the network would re-air the show's first season in the summer.

However, today's cancellation ends all talk -- a decision that series creator Rina Mimoun called "truly heartbreaking," according to the Ausiello Files.

Also getting the boot from the CW is 'Reaper.' 'Reaper' was in a similar position last year as one of the network's bubbled shows, but still managed a 13-episode pick-up for midseason. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for next season's lineup.

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Reaper: Business Casualty

by Brad Trechak, posted May 20th 2009 1:31AM
Reaper(S02E12) While I enjoyed tonight's episode (mostly due to the extended Ray Wise sequences in the beginning), I have to ask: why did the Devil ask Sam to work at the office in the first place? Is it to set up Sam's eventual take-over of the Devil's duties? Was it just to screw with Sam's head? It's tough to tell. Judging by Ray Wise's body language, it might be a little of both.

One could tell that tonight's story was going to be a little different when they wrapped up the escaped soul capture in the opening segment. Wasn't that horn just the cutest little vessel? It didn't even have to touch the soul, just make a silly noise.

The Devil obviously wanted Sam to escape the trap in the beginning. Is it favoritism or something more sinister?

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What's On Tonight: NCIS, Glee, Reaper, Deadliest Catch

by Bob Sassone, posted May 19th 2009 4:04PM
  • The MentalistAt 8, ABC has the three-hour season finale of Dancing with the Stars.
  • CBS has the season finale of NCIS at 8, then the season finale of The Mentalist.
  • FOX has a new American Idol at 8, followed by a preview of Glee.
  • The CW has a new Reaper and the season finale of 90210.
  • History Channel has Nostradamus: 2012 at 8, then a new Life After People.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Deadliest Catch.
  • ESPN has the Lakers/Nuggets game at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Law and Order: SVU.
  • There's a new Rescue Me on FX at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.
  • Also at 10: IFC has a new The Whitest Kids U'Know.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Here's a preview of Sons of Tucson (Tyler Labine's new FOX sitcom - goodbye Reaper?)

by Bob Sassone, posted May 19th 2009 3:18PM
I'll admit that it looks like Tyler Labine is doing his best Jack Black in this clip from the new FOX sitcom Sons of Tucson, but you know what? It actually looks like a cute, funny show. The premise seems a little far-fetched (at least one stretched to season length and not just one episode or one movie), but I'm going to check this out.

So what does this mean for Reaper?

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TV News Daily: Kristin Cavallari Heads for 'The Hills'

by Thomas DiChiara, posted May 14th 2009 12:00PM
Kristin CavallariLauren Conrad's old 'Laguna Beach' nemesis, Kristin Cavallari, is headed for 'The Hills.'

With LC departing the show after this season, Cavallari will step in to take center stage. Look for her first appearance in this season's May 31 finale. She'll be the one catching Heidi's wedding bouquet.

In other news, Courteney Cox's 'Cougar Town' and other pilots are likely to get some good news, and the CW's 'Reaper' may not be dead after all.

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

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Reaper refuses to abandon all hope

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 14th 2009 11:04AM
The cast of TV's There are a lot of shows with their heads on the chopping block, but one that truly deserves a stay of execution is furiously wiggling its head out of the neck brace.

Show producers are negotiating with local CW affiliates to bring Reaper back on Sunday nights next season in syndication. The deal could also bring the show to cable.

The Hollywood Reporter, however, notes that either scenario is a bigger long shot than Roseanne's chances of getting another crack at singing the National Anthem at a Padres' home game.

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TV Squad Ten: Most mysterious characters on television - the list

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2009 2:27PM
Misha Collins as Castiel on
10 - Dr. Helen Magnus (Sanctuary, SyFy)

9 - Captain Jack Harkness (Torchwood, BBC America)

8 - Castiel (Supernatural, The CW)

7 - Tony Almeida, (24, Fox)

6 - Angela Petrelli, (Heroes, NBC)

5 - The Devil (Reaper, The CW)

4 - Christina Scofield (Prison Break, Fox)

3 - The Doctor (Doctor Who, SyFy)

2 - Richard Alpert (Lost, ABC)

1 - Walter Bishop (Fringe, Fox)

Want to see the pictures or leave a comment? Click here.

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TV Squad Ten: Most mysterious characters on television

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2009 2:27PM
Michael Emerson as Benjamin Linus on Everybody loves a good mystery. Well maybe not everybody if the ratings for Harper's Island are any indication. But mysteries and suspense have been a part of television since it's inception. It's one thing for the plot to be full of mysteries. Things like "Who shot J.R.?" can become a part of popular culture. But J.R. himself wasn't a mystery, we knew him pretty well.

But there are those characters we don't know much about. Think about Benjamin Linus from Lost when he first appeared as Henry Gale among the Flight 815 survivors. There were so many secrets and mysteries surrounding him that we couldn't take our eyes off of him when he was on-screen. Well Ben's story may be more or less told, though something tells me there's still more to be gleaned, but there are plenty of familiar faces on television with not so familiar back-stories. And while Ben didn't make the list, that doesn't mean Lost went unrepresented.

If you just want the list, click here.

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Reaper: To Sprong, With Love

by Brad Trechak, posted May 13th 2009 1:11AM
Reaper(S02E11) While tonight's episode had some cute bits, I have to say that it wasn't one of the best. I blame the serious lack of Ray Wise. He did shine for a moment when he convinced that guy to buy his fiance a cubic zirconia instead of a diamond, but that was about it.

In fact, the more I watch the series the more I'm becoming convinced that Sam and Andi are the least interesting aspect of the show (can't they just get together already?). Sock remains interesting via his outrageous behavior, Ben remains interesting in his metrosexuality, and Ray Wise totally rocks as the Devil. I'm hoping they're saving more of him for the season finale.

I love how Ted could make Sock become a tool and Sock enjoys it. There is some sort of hidden revenge in that for years of mistreatment.

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What's On Tonight: According To Jim, 90210, Without A Trace, Bizarre Foods

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2009 4:02PM

  • TNT has Basketball Playoffs all night.
  • At 8, ABC has two new episodes of According to Jim, followed by a new Dancing with the Stars and the season finale of Cupid.
  • CBS has a new NCIS, then new episodes of The Mentalist and Without A Trace.
  • NBC has the season finale of The Biggest Loser at 8.
  • FOX has new episodes of American Idol and Fringe.
  • The CW has a new Reaper at 8, then a new 90210.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Frontline.
  • History Channel has a new How The Earth Was Made at 9, followed by a new Life After People.
  • At 10, FX has a new Rescue Me.
  • Bravo has the Real Housewives of New York City Reunion at 10, then the premiere of Real Housewives of New Jersey.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern at 10.
  • Also at 10: MTV has a new episode of The Phone.
  • At 10:30, TBS has a new My Boys.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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