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Victor Garber Joins 'Charlie's Angels,' Fox Orders 'Hotel Hell' and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 4:35PM
Victor GarberVictor Garber has replaced Robert Wagner on 'Charlie's Angels.' The 'Alias' veteran will voice Charlie.

Wagner originally signed on to voice the role, but dropped out because of scheduling conflicts. Wagner reportedly got the role via an old deal he had with the late Aaron Spelling.

According to Vulture, the deal is almost done, but not quite official yet.

'Charlie's Angels' premieres Sept. 22 at 8PM ET on ABC.

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'Modern Family' Beats 'The X Factor' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:20PM
Modern Family Beats The X Factor in Ratings'The X Factor' is Fox's biggest fall series debut in five years, but it wasn't exactly a ratings hit.

The network says the reality singing competition premiered to 12.5 million viewers, 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Comparatively, January's 'American Idol' Season 10 premiere -- the first without Simon Cowell -- was watched by 26.2 million viewers and had a 9.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the 9PM hour, 'The X Factor' was bested by ABC's one-hour Season 3 premiere of 'Modern Family,' which had a 6 rating in the 18-49 demo and a total of 14.3 million viewers. Helped by the buzz after multiple Emmy wins, the series even outperformed CBS's stalwart 'Criminal Minds.'

'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan took to Twitter to share his joy about the ratings news.

"It's extremely gratifying that a scripted comedy finally beat an overhyped karaoke contest," he said. "Thank you, #ModernFamily fans!"

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'Revenge' Premiere Begins to Reveal Who Emily Thorne Is -- And Was (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2011 7:15AM
'Revenge' - 'Pilot''Revenge' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC) turned out to be a pleasant surprise in its premiere. Emily VanCamp showed nice range as Emily Thorne, a woman who returns to the Hamptons to exact revenge on behalf of her father.

So far, the show is using some creative storytelling techniques to slowly reveal secrets about Emily and some of the other characters we meet along the way. As it begins, we're not even sure what she's needing to get the titular revenge for, or on whom.

Actually, as it begins we get a scene that may be her ultimate victory, or something else entirely; a wedding gone horribly wrong when the groom is found dead on the beach. But it's a later revelation that proved even more surprising.

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5 Things to Know About 'Revenge'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 21st 2011 12:00PM
Emily VanCamp, 'Revenge'The new dramas this fall range from ridiculously unrealistic ('Unforgettable') to borderline frightening in their reality ('Person of Interest'), but only one offers that soapy quality that makes tuning in each week a delicious treat, and that is 'Revenge.'

When I initially heard that 'Revenge' would be premiering this fall (Wed., Sept. 21, 10PM ET on ABC), I was a bit surprised -- with the show's sexy Hamptons setting and murder mystery element, it seemed more suited to a summer premiere. But the more I've seen, the more I've realized that it's my new not-so-guilty pleasure, and those are good all year round.

Emily VanCamp stars as Emily Thorne, a gorgeous girl spending her summer in Southampton. But her life isn't all wealth and parties and hobnobbing -- turns out Emily's got some secrets. She's mingling with the highest of high society for one reason and one reason only: Revenge.

Special iPads were sent out to select press, loaded with goodies like photos, the iTunes file and music video for the show's theme song (Angus & Julia Stone's 'For You') and a "confidential" video message. Here's the scoop on the pilot and some teases revealed in those messages.

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Connor Paolo Talks 'Revenge' and Being the Dan Humphrey of the Hamptons

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 21st 2011 10:00AM
Connor Paolo, RevengeJudging solely from televised depictions of the Hamptons, the beachside Long Island towns depicted in ABC's soapy new series 'Revenge,' it's a place where obscenely wealthy New Yorkers migrate every summer to sunbathe on towels made of $100 bills while sipping champagne and being fanned by their personal assistants.

After watching 'Revenge,' we're not sure that's so far off from the truth. But for every drink served there's someone doing the serving, which is where Connor Paolo comes in.

The former 'Gossip Girl' actor plays Declan Porter, a Montauk local from the wrong side of the economic divide. He's one of the many people unknowingly caught up in the titular revenge scheme of Emily Van Camp's Amanda Clark, a Hamptons native who returns to town with a new identity (Emily Thorne) and a vendetta against all the rich folks who helped take down her father's financial business.

Paolo spoke to AOL TV about the juicy 'Revenge' plotlines we can expect to see this season, being the Dan Humphrey of the Hamptons, and the romance that sparks between Declan and the daughter of one of Emily's enemies.

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Review: 'Revenge' Promises Soapy Escapism, But Does Emily VanCamp's Show Deliver?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 20th 2011 3:00PM
Here's the analogy I'd use to describe 'Revenge' (10PM ET Wednesday, ABC):

Imagine choosing to indulge in a calorie-laden dessert. You haven't had one in a while, but you decide to treat yourself, because sometimes we just want things that are delightful at the time, even if we know they aren't good for us and may make us feel guilty later.

But imagine that the waiter brings that hunk of chocolate or black forest cake to your table and ... it's just not that good. You're fully ready for to indulge your less noble instincts, but the whole thing is just sort of tasteless and bland.

Do you eat it anyway? Maybe. Or, more likely, you just take a bite or two and push the thing away, conserving those guilty-pleasure impulses for something more deserving of them.

'Revenge' is that cardboard cake.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Sept 19-25

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 18th 2011 2:00PM
Two and a Half MenNote: Since this is officially "premiere week," with dozens of new and returning shows airing, I'm emphasizing the "picks" portion of the title and only spotlighting a selection of the most noteworthy offerings. For a full listing of new and returning shows and their timeslots, check out our fall premiere grid or alphabetized list to plan your schedule.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

'Eureka' (8PM ET, SyFy)
season finale
After a controversial summer which saw the renewal and subsequent surprise cancellation of the series, the show's fourth season comes to a close with a dramatic episode guest-starring Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. A special holiday episode will air in December before 'Eureka' returns for its final season next year.

'Two and a Half Men' (9PM ET, CBS) season premiere
'2 Broke Girls' (9:30PM ET, CBS) series premiere
One is a comedy I've never seen, the other is one of my favorite comedies of the fall -- guess which is which? Though I've never sat through an episode of 'Two and a Half Men' before, I can't deny that I'm curious to see how the long-running Chuck Lorre comedy will reinvent itself post-Charlie Sheen -- with the addition of Ashton Kutcher, it has the potential to be either an epic comeback, or an epic trainwreck (check out AOL TV's exclusive interview with Kutcher, Cryer and Jones here). More of a sure thing, however, is the charming '2 Broke Girls,' one of my favorite comedy pilots of the season. Centered around a bristly Brooklynite and a Park Avenue princess, the risqué comedy had me laughing out loud for the majority of the episode, which is more than can be said for a lot of the new sitcoms this year ...

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CW Orders More 'Supernatural,' 'Nikita,' 'Gossip Girl' & '90210,' 'Glee' Casting and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2011 6:00PM
SupernaturalHaters of reruns take note! The CW has heard your cries of displeasure and has handed out additional episode orders to some of its most popular shows.

According to Entertainment Weekly, '90210' and 'Gossip Girl' have received two additional episodes each, putting their season totals at 24 episodes. 'Supernatural' and 'Nikita' got one additional episode, giving them 23 episodes each.

Sadly, 'The Vampire Diaries' did not received a beefed up season order, but that's to be expected considering the extra post-production work the show's considerable effects require.

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ABC Pilots Snap Judgment: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 1st 2011 12:00PM
One lady has a great show ... the other isn't a ladyWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review -- things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere -- we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate, in the fall or midseason. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of ABC's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are 12 shows total -- the good ('Good Christian Belles'), the bad ('Charlie's Angels') and the ugly men dressed as women (cross-dressing comedy 'Work It') -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Kim Potts and Alexis Moore.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Sneak Previews: The New ABC Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2011 12:20PM
Once Upon a TimeIt's a new day at ABC, with 13 new shows set to fill the fall and midseason lineup.

Get your first look at the new shows including the 'Charlie's Angels' reboot, fairytale-themed 'Once Upon a Time,' Christina Ricci's first series regular role with 'Pan Am' and Tim Allen's return to sitcoms, 'Last Man Standing.'

Be on the lookout for veteran TV faces such as Teri Polo, Krysten Ritter, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Van Camp and more.

ABC did not release trailers for highly-anticipated shows 'Good Christian Belles' and 'Missing.'

For more information on ABC's new fall schedule, including which night your favorite show will air, check out our post here.

Watch the videos after the jump.

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ABC Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 17th 2011 9:35AM
Charlie's AngelsABC announced its fall 2011 schedule this morning, and there are a few surprises on the lineup.

New series 'Apartment 23,' 'Good Christian Belles,' 'Man Up,' 'Missing,' 'The River' and 'Scandal' are all being held until mid-season, as are returning shows 'Cougar Town' and 'Secret Millionaire.'

'Charlie's Angels' nabbed the prime Thursdays at 8PM slot, while 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition' is moving from Sunday nights to Fridays to make room for new series 'Once Upon a Time' at 8PM, with 'Pan Am' debuting in the 10PM slot.

Check out the full fall schedule below.

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Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2009 5:34PM
Today is the birthday of suspense and horror master Alfred Hitchcock, born August 13, 1899. You can do the math and guess that he's no longer with us, but he left an incredible body of work. In his honor, here's the very first episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, from October 2, 1955. It stars Ralph Meeker and Vera Miles and was directed by Hitchcock himself.

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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Last Day (season finale)

by Adam Finley, posted May 15th 2007 9:44AM

everybody hates chris(S02E22) I need to pay more attention to the opening credits, because I had no idea Kelsey Grammer directed this episode. You can see a video of Grammer talking about it here.

First of all, I loved how Chris' dad thinks everything can be fixed with duct tape. Who knew Julius and Red Green had something in common?

This episode had me, and then it lost me. When Chris decides to final exact revenge on Caruso, I was all set up. This was going to be yet another great episode of a series that never relies to heavily on sitcom conventions for its humor, but by the end, that's exactly what the episode had done. I'm sure a bunch of cats being turned loose in a school might work on a lesser show, but it's an idea that seems way too "sitcom-y" for a show like Chris. Also, isn't the show supposed to be based, at least somewhat, on Chris Rock's real childhood? What school did he attend that would allow him the ample time he needed to set up such an elaborate prank?

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The Simpsons: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 28th 2007 9:36PM

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Marge: Revenge never solves anything!

Homer: Then what's America doing in Iraq?

I'm always somewhat underwhelmed by these "vignette" episodes, and I think I've figured out why: a full episode allows more room for the comedy to breathe and stretch out. There's more time to let gags simmer, to have better set-ups and thus bigger payoffs. Cramming three mini-episodes into a half-hour doesn't afford this luxury, and I think the episode suffers for it.

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