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Hardly Knew You: The Short-Lived Shows of 2010

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 20th 2010 5:40PM
'Lone Star,' which garnered huge pre-season buzz, was cancled by FOX after only two episodes.Not everything is a long-running classic in the fickle world that is television. You may feel that your show has the right mix of acting, writing and directing to be a favorite for indefinite first-run and syndicated airings, but the viewers may have other ideas.

And when that happens, your show could disappear before the cover art is even dry for the complete series DVD set.

The year 2010 had no shortage of these short timers. In fact, the 2010-2011 season has already seen not one, not two but three series that bowed out after only two episodes. This, despite long-promoted hype and pre-season buzz. Mentioned here are the 2010 programs that had shorter runs than the presidency of William Henry Harrison.

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Fox Pulls 'Running Wilde,' Jane Lynch to Guest on 'The Simpsons' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 14th 2010 6:30PM
Running WildeFox has pulled the remaining five episodes of 'Running Wilde' from its schedule.

The Will Arnett/Keri Russell comedy has been plagued with bad reviews and ratings since its launch. Fox pulled the series from its schedule once before in November.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the final five episodes -- including a one-hour finale -- will not air at all this month. The network said they will air eventually, but did not indicate a date.

In other TV news ...

Jane Lynch will guest star on 'The Simpsons.' The recent Golden Globe nominee will play Roz, Homer's new assistant at the power plant. Lynch recorded her lines last week. [EW]

Bravo's Andy Cohen has gotten a promotion. The 'Watch What Happens: Live' host has been named executive vice president of original programming and development at the cable network. He will continue to oversee the development slate of the network as well as host 'Watch What Happens: Live.' [Broadcasting & Cable]

David Hasselhoff has joined the judging panel of 'Britain's Got Talent.' The former 'Baywatch' star whose reality series was pulled by A&E after two episodes will sit on the panel alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Michael McIntyre. [Guardian]

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'Glee's' Success Pushes 'American Idol' to Wednesday and Other Fox Scheduling News

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 20th 2010 12:20PM
The season 10 cast of 'American Idol': Steven Tyler, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez and Randy JacksonIf you wanted to know how big the 'Glee' phenomenon has gotten to this point, look no further than FOX's winter schedule, which was announced late yesterday afternoon.

'Glee' is doing so well in its Tuesday at 8PM ET slot, FOX has decided to shift the venerable 'American Idol' from its traditional Tuesday slot. So, now we'll see the performance show on Wednesdays at 8PM ET and the results show on Thursdays at 8PM ET.

Just like in years past, the arrival of 'Idol' sent ripples throughout the FOX schedule, with shows moving around to new timeslots all over the place. Not sure if viewers will ever get used to FOX's schedule roulette, even though they've been doing it for close to a decade now. But that's why man invented TiVo and the Season Pass, right?

More details, and a full schedule list, are after the jump.

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Fox Pulls 'Running Wilde' for Sweeps

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 12th 2010 8:10AM
Keri Russell and Will Arnett in 'Running Wilde'As viewers keep running away from the Mitch Hurwitz--Jim Vallely creation, Fox has announced that it's benching 'Running Wilde' for two weeks during November sweeps.

Although the show has only just returned to screens after being preempted for the last few weeks, deadline.com reports that the next new episode won't air until Nov. 30. Instead, Fox will air new episodes of fellow newbie sitcom, 'Raising Hope,' in the 9:30PM Tuesday slot.

Yesterday we heard that network execs are looking at new Christian Slater comedy, 'Breaking In,' as a possible replacement for 'Running Wilde' at midseason.

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Will Fox Cancel 'Running Wilde' to Make Way for 'Breaking in'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 11th 2010 8:10AM
Christian Slater, October 2010In news that could spell the end for struggling sitcom 'Running Wilde,' we hear that Fox execs may pick up Christian Slater's new comedy, 'Breaking In,' as a midseason replacement.

According to deadline.com, Fox is in negotiations with Sony Pictures TV for a midseason order. Although the show's pilot tested well, the network passed on the series in May. However, they kept the project alive by ordering two scripts in June. This led Sony to extend the options on the cast, which means they should still be available if Fox decides to go ahead and order several episodes.

'Breaking In' is a single-camera workplace sitcom, set in a digital security firm. Sources say that Fox will use it to replace the chronically underperforming 'Running Wilde' in the 9:30PM ET slot on Tuesdays, airing after 'American Idol'.

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Will Arnett Backs Twitter Petition to Save 'Running Wilde' from Cancellation

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 15th 2010 8:30AM

Keri Russell and Will Arnett in 'Running Wilde'Could 'Running Wilde' be the next series to be consigned to the fall TV junkyard? Not if star Will Arnett has anything to say about it.

Arnett stars in the sitcom as an egocentric billionaire who tries to win back his high school sweetheart, played by Keri Russell. Following disappointing ratings, he has taken things into his own hands, and is urging fans to sign a petition to save the struggling series.

As reported by The Live Feed, Arnett turned to Twitter to gain support, and wrote, "Never done a grassroots effort, but let's save the effing show Running Wilde forever! Or five decent seasons, plus a 6th for Two And A Half Men $$ [money]."

He also expressed his gratitude to fans and exasperation at the viewing figures: "Thanks to everyone who signed the petition ... f**king ratings sucked ... I guess America hates jokes?"

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Casting Roundup: 'Rules of Engagement' Books Sara Rue and Joan Collins, Robert Patrick Heads to 'Big Love' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 6th 2010 4:00PM
Sara RueSara Rue is heading back to TV -- aside from those Jenny Craig commercials, that is.

The 'Less Than Perfect' and 'Popular' star has booked a recurring role on 'Rules of Engagement' as Brenda, the surrogate mother for Jeff (Patrick Warburton) and Audrey (Megyn Price).

Deadline Hollywood also reports that 'Dynasty' veteran Joan Collins will pop up this November as Bunny, Russell's (David Spade) mom.

In other casting news ...

Mary Lynn Rajskub is heading to 'Modern Family.' Rajskub will play Mitchell's ex-girlfriend from his closeted days. [TV Guide]

Robert Patrick has been tapped to join HBO's 'Big Love.' Patrick will play Bud Mayberry, the leader of a fringe polygamist group. [Ausiello Files]

'Sopranos' star Drea de Matteo will play Will Arnett's stepmother on 'Running Wilde.' Look for the actress to pop up as Didi next month. The role is potentially recurring. [Ausiello Files]

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Fox Plans an Hour of 'Raising Hope,' Gives Full Season Order: Could This Mean the End of 'Running Wilde'?

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 6th 2010 3:40PM
'Raising Hope'Showing an immense amount of faith in its new comedy 'Raising Hope,' Fox will air back-to-back episodes of the show following the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show'-themed 'Glee' episode on Oct. 26, The Futon Critic reports.

Unfortunately, that means 'Running Wilde' will be pre-empted that night -- not a good sign for the flailing new series, which has been struggling in the ratings. The 'Raising Hope' experiment could be a sign that Fox has already started to think of replacements for 'Running Wilde' -- then again, it could also simply be a way for the network to drum up hype for 'Raising Hope.'

Additionally, Fox picked up the show's back nine episodes today, Deadline reports, officially ordering a full season of the series.

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'Running Wilde' Moment - Steve Loves Going to the Office... And the KFC (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 6th 2010 11:00AM
Steve likes being in the office on 'Running Wilde' on FOXLet's give credit where credit is due: Mitch Hurtwiz and Will Arnett might go down in flames with 'Running Wilde,' but they're not going to do so without a fight. The show is trying to improve week-by-week, and you can tell in the third episode that they're trying to right the ship: they're rounding out some of the characters, trying to find where the funny is, and inserting in some off-handed silliness as they go along.

But the result is still not quite there yet. At some points, last night's episode worked, especially when Emmy started to pull the strings on Steve in his new/old job, becoming an evil oil executive in the service of "breaking a few eggs" to make her environmental protection omelete. But a lot of it still didn't work, and the parts that didn't work were in places where the writers have succeeded in the past.

And, yes, I'm going to make yet another comparison to 'Arrested Development' here. But more for illustrative reasons than to whine about how much better that show was.

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'Running Wilde' Moment - The Weirdest Kidnapping You'll Ever See (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 29th 2010 10:35AM
Will Arnett and David Cross in 'Running Wilde' - 'Into the Wilde' on FOXWhile episode two of 'Running Wilde' didn't show much improvement over the first, it flashed some moments that makes me think that if Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett get time to get this show straightened out, they could have a pretty decent show.

The first thing they need to figure out is how to use David Cross, as Emmy's "militant" environmentalist fiance Andy, more often. The second thing they need to do is figure out how to give him more scenes with Arnett. They worked together well on 'Arrested Development,' they're funny together in 'The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret,' and they work well together here.

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Will Arnett Is 'Running Wilde' Again

by Bryan Reesman, posted Sep 28th 2010 5:00PM
Will ArnettWhile 'Running Wilde,' the latest show from 'Arrested Development' writers Mitch Hurwitz and Jim Vallely has had a modest start, the response from fans has been "unbelievable," according to star Will Arnett. And if those fans stick around, they may just see more 'Arrested Development' cast members pop up on the new show.

The actor/producer caught up with TV Squad at the the New York Television Festival to discuss the evolution of the series, which airs Tuesdays at 8:30PM ET on Fox.

"Our goal is eventually to have every person on 'Arrested Development' come on the show," quipped Arnett. "That's actually our secret goal that we've laughed about for a long time."

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Will Arnett Has Better Taste Than His 'Running Wilde' Co-Star Keri Russell (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 27th 2010 3:39PM
Keri Russell & Will Arnett, 'Rachael Ray'What better way to determine who the real star of a show is than a blind taste test contest. We don't know for sure that's why Will Arnett and Keri Russell were participating in one on 'Rachael Ray' (Weekdays, syndicate), but it's a good enough reason as any. That and the fact that host Ray is known for her cooking.

Ironically, she was emphatic about the food they were tasting. "I did not make [it]!" she declared. But that's only because Russell could barely keep it down, while Arnett struggled visibly as well. It took a clue from Ray before a winner could be declared.

"Think pasta," she prodded, to ensure this segment didn't take up the rest of her show.

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'Running Wilde' Premiere Moment: Emmy Moves In to Make Steven a Better Man (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 22nd 2010 9:40AM
Keri Russell and Will Arnett in the pilot for 'Running Wilde' on FOXIt's hard to imagine that talents such as Mitch Hurwitz and Will Arnett could get together and make something as unfunny as 'Running Wilde.' But it's even more unbelievable to think that, even though half the cast was changed from the original pilot and 80% of the scenes were re-shot, the version of the pilot that ran last night (the show airs Tuesdays at 9:30ET on FOX) ended up being even worse than what critics saw in the spring.

It's hard to put my finger on what's wrong. Yes, the show evokes memories of Hurwitz's 'Arrested Development,' with some of the same asides, throwaway jokes, and absurdist elements 'AD' had. They don't fly as fast and furious, mainly because 'Wilde' is more about the relationship between Steven Wilde (Arnett) and Emmy Kadubic (Keri Russell) and not a big messy family like in 'AD.' But a lot of times, those jokes fall flat, which is what we see in the final scene of the pilot, where Emmy decides to move in with Steven in order to make him a better man.

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'Running Wilde' Premiere Review: Will Power Can't Save This Comedy

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 21st 2010 10:55AM
'Running Wilde' (9:30PM ET Tuesday, Fox) may have been the most anticipated comedy of the new season, at least among TV nerds.

The show's co-creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, created one of the most beloved comedies of all time, the absurd and wonderful 'Arrested Development.' 'Running Wilde' reunites him with former 'AD' actors Will Arnett and David Cross, so what could possibly go wrong?

A lot, it turns out.

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.



So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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