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FOX is bringing late-night texting to TV

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 10th 2009 11:09AM
Texts From Last NightDon't worry, it's not what you think. It's not more of those Twitter-tastic reruns of Glee and Fringe from last week. Instead, FOX thinks they can turn the concept behind the website TFLN (Texts from Last Night) into a TV series. What TFLN does is showcase real texts people sent in the middle of the night, generally with regrets later. It's this generation's drunk dialing.

The problem is that writer Steve Holland (Rules of Engagement) says that while it will feature "crazy stuff from last night, it's a lot more about the group of friends and their lives." Which is great, but it then makes me wonder how it's a dramatic interpretation of the website? If the focus isn't on the regrettable texts, then it's just another comedy about young people.

He tries to reconnect the site by saying, "The show is about twentysomethings in that post-college, pre-the-rest-of-their-lives limbo trying to figure out what to do, and texting is a large part of that." Yes, it is. But so is social networking. Are you going to spin-off a show based on Facebook next?

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What to Watch Monday, March 23

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 23rd 2009 5:00AM
'Secret Life of the American Teenager'
(8PM, ABC Family) 1st season finale
Though Amy's been fretting about and preparing for the big day, the actual arrival of her little bundle of teenage pregnancy leaves her reeling, and, understandably, not quite knowing what to do with herself or the baby.

Adding to the upheaval in the Juergens household: Amy's mom, Anne (Molly Ringwald), is shocked when her cheating hubby George takes Amy's little sis Ashley and moves out of the house.

As for Amy's BF, Ben, and her babydaddy, Ricky, the two fellas have decided to become friends for her sake, but, since season two has already gotten a greenlight, it's a good bet that their truce won't last for long.

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What to Watch Monday, March 16

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 16th 2009 5:00AM
Kyle XY'Kyle XY'
(9PM, ABC Family) series finale
He has no belly button, and after tonight, poor Kyle will have no primetime home, either.

Yep, it's the end of the line for the teenage superhero, as the third season finale also serves as the show's series ender. At least fans will get an action-packed send-off, though, as Kyle finds out what Cassidy and Latnok have planned for the future of Adam Baylin's experiment – they plan to go into overdrive on making lots and lots of Kyle and Jessi-like super kiddies.

Kyle, understandably, is against the pod-hatching plot, and enlists the Tragers and pals Declan and Amanda to help him. Now if they can only find out where the secret Latnok pod factory is located ...

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What to Watch Monday, March 2

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 2nd 2009 5:00AM
The Bachelor'The Bachelor'
(8PM, ABC) 13th season finale
The question may not be who, if anyone, gets the $68,000 engagement ring in Jason's possession. The question, if Internet rumors are to be believed, is who wins and keeps Jason's heart.

The charming single dad has narrowed it down to Melissa and Molly, who he takes on final dates in New Zealand before introducing them to son Ty and exposing them to questions from his family.

At the final rose ceremony, Jason does give his heart, and maybe the ring, to one woman, but we hear that the choice may not stick through the 'After the Final Rose' special at 10PM, and tomorrow night's unprecedented second 'After the Final Rose' episode (10PM).

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2009 Returning Show Season Premieres - Midseason TV

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 24th 2008 6:00AM
Let's just forget that drab fall TV season ever happened and prepare for the stellar lineup ahead.

Follow our midseason guide to find out what happened -- and what's going to happen -- on '24,' 'Battlestar,' 'Scrubs' and all your returning favorites.

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Worst Week -- An early look

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 19th 2008 11:04AM
Worst Week cast
Sam Briggs is a schlemiel. Everything that can go wrong in his life, every dumb thing a guy can do while trying to do the right thing, happens to Sam.

The preview of Worst Week (premiering Monday at 9:30 PM ET on CBS) has not changed dramatically from this ready-to-go pilot. The premise is simply this: can a good guy like Sam overcome all the stupid things he does and find happiness with the girl he loves and her family that loathes him?

For the pilot, Worst Week works really well as broad farce. The situation of this situation comedy goes from bad to worse to worse still. It's funny. It's over the top. It's very, very outrageous. Whether or not they can sustain this level of silliness and maintain some semblance of believability week in and week out is the big question for Worst Week.

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 16th 2008 3:38PM
Spoiler Anonymous
This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we'll supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479 - your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have: 24, CSI, Gossip Girl, Lost, My Boys, NCIS, One Tree Hill, Pushing Daisies, and Rules of Engagement. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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Is Christine joining Scrubs on ABC?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 4th 2008 10:24AM
christineIn a TV Guide exclusive, Michael Ausiello reports that The New Adventures of Old Christine could be moving to ABC if CBS doesn't give it a third season pick up. The way I see it, this is great news for ABC. They seem to do great at one-hour dramedies -- Ugly Betty, Pushing Daisies, Desperate Housewives -- but just swing and miss when developing good sitcoms. Only Samantha Who has been a winner this year; its most recent effort, Miss/Guided, has left me cold.

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How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory are switching slots

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 20th 2008 12:26PM
Mother at barInteresting news out of CBS this morning. On the heels of renewing The Big Bang Theory last week, the network has now announced that when Bang returns with new episodes on March 17, it will be leading off the night. How I Met Your Mother, in its third year, is also returning with new shows that night, but will be taking over Bang's 8:30 slot. On a side note, The New Adventures of Old Christine will be replaced by new episodes of Rules of Engagement on Monday, April 14.

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Update - CBS renews a slew of shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 15th 2008 4:20PM
bigbangFans of the Tiffany network can do the happy dance. CBS has renewed 11 scripted shows for the 2008-2009 TV season. The lucky 11 are: CSI; CSI: Miami; CSI: New York; NCIS; Criminal Minds; Cold Case; Without a Trace; Ghost Whisperer; Numb3rs; Two and a Half Men; and The Big Bang Theory.

There are not a lot of surprises in this bunch, although it's great news that The Big Bang Theory, CBS's rookie Monday-night sitcom from Chuck Lorre's stable, made the cut. Still in limbo, however, are three other Monday-night comedies from the network: How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. The story speculates that Mother will get the greenlight for a fourth season soon, but Rules and Christine seem to be in competition for the 9:30-10:00 half-hour slot.

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Battlestar Galactica final season in jeopardy?

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 19th 2007 4:41PM

Is the final season of Battlestar Galactica in danger now because of the ongoing WGA (Writer's Guild of America) strike? According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, NBC Universal is utilizing the force majeure clause in SAG (Screen Actors Guild) agreements to suspend actors' and actresses' working contracts. The clause indicates studios and networks can do this if production is halted on their shows.

It looks like letters have been sent to the casts of such shows as The Office, 30 Rock, Bionic Woman and Battlestar Galactica. Sony Pictures has sent similar letters to the casts of Til Death and Rules of Engagement, indicating that more letters could be forthcoming from other studios if the strike lingers.

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The Upfronts: CBS

by Brett Love, posted May 16th 2007 10:48AM
CBSCBS is on a good run, being the most watched network for the last five years, but they have taken a bit of heat for the formulaic way they have gone about doing it. Not arguing with success, the whole family of CSIs, and their crime based cousins, will be back, but the network is trying to branch out with some edgier programming. Most notably, Swingtown, Viva Laughlin, and Moonlight.

Returning: The Amazing Race, Cold Case, 60 Minutes, How I Met Your Mother, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, CSI: Miami, NCIS, The Unit, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Survivor, CSI, Shark, Without A Trace, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, 48 Hours Mystery.

New: Viva Laughlin, Swingtown, Moonlight, Cane, Big Bang Theory, Power of 10, Kid Nation

Out: King of Queens, Jericho, The Class, Close To Home

Moving: Without A Trace moves back to Thursday at 10. Shark heads to Sunday at 10.

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Why is Rules of Engagement getting such good ratings?

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 6th 2007 2:21PM
Rules of EngagementI've watched all five episodes of CBS' new comedy Rules of Engagement, mainly because I'm already watching Two and a Half Men at 9. I also watch because Patrick Warburton and Megyn Price are two sitcom actors that I like, and I'm always hoping they'll land in a successful show. But I've got to tell you, the show is barely above average. I chuckle once or twice per episode, mostly in reaction to Warburton's droll line readings. And don't even get me started on the bland "young" couple played by Oliver Hudson and Bianca Kajlich and the sight of David Spade aging before our eyes as yet another version of Dennis Finch.

But for some reason, the show is attracting a pretty good audience. In the LA Times article Bob linked to yesterday, it was noted that Rules is holding on to much of Men's lead-in audience, averaging 13.5 million viewers per week.

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Was the post Super Bowl Criminal Minds a mistake?

by Brett Love, posted Feb 6th 2007 2:21PM
Mandy Patinkin - Criminal MindsThe numbers are in and Super Bowl XLI was huge. Coming in at 93.1 million viewers, it was the third most watched program in history, and the second most watched Super Bowl. Having the lead-in to end all lead-ins also helped Criminal Minds put up the best numbers ever for the series. The special episode following the game averaged 26.2 million viewers.

Is that a disappointment? Last year, the post Super Bowl episode of Grey's Anatomy drew a considerably larger 38.1 million viewers. We can chalk part of that difference up to the fact that Grey's was more of a hit show going in, but I think more of it has to do with the subject matter.

Criminal Minds is never a touchy-feely, happy bunnies on clouds kind of show, but the post Super Bowl episode was dark even by their standards. Come on, Dawson chaining up a woman and setting the dogs loose on her? That's asking a lot from the family friendly Super Bowl audience.

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Rules of Engagement: Pilot

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 5th 2007 10:23PM
Rules of Engagement
Take 'Til Death. Add Dennis Finch. Stir.

That's Rules of Engagement in a nutshell. And the result of the mix isn't particularly funny.

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