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NBC Delays Premieres of 'Chuck' and 'Grimm'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 3rd 2011 6:30AM
'Chuck' castIt's that time in the fledgling fall season when talk turns to which shows will be cancelled and which will survive. Network schedulers often have to tweak the lineup depending on how various shows are doing in the ratings.

Which is why we're interested to hear that NBC -- home of struggling newbies 'The Playboy Club' and 'Free Agents' -- has decided to push back the premiere episodes of new drama 'Grimm' and old favorite 'Chuck.'

According to HitFix, both premieres will now air on October 28, one week later than originally planned, so that NBC can promote the debut of fairy tale-inspired 'Grimm' closer to Halloween.

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NBC Postpones 'Law & Order: Los Angeles' Return Indefinitely

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:45PM
Law and Order Los angelesLooks like justice is on hold in Hollywood. In a press release, NBC announced it is postponing the Feb. 8 return of 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.'

The shelving comes on the heels of major shake-ups to the cast, including the departure of star Skeet Ulrich. The show is now on hold indefinitely.

The postponement produced ripple effects across NBC's schedule. 'Parenthood,' which had been set to move to Mondays on March 1, will stay in its Tuesday 10PM timeslot for the rest of the season.

'America's Next Great Restaurant' will now premiere on Sun., March 6 at 8PM ET. And 'The Marriage Ref,' which was scheduled to return for a second season at that time, is also on hold until a later date.

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'Glee' Spring Premiere Set for April 13

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 7:30PM
Glee_fox_2009_Rachel_FinnTonight, Fox is putting 'Glee' back in the line up. No, it's not a new show, but it is a chance to revisit and remind yourself that in only five week, new 'Glee' episodes will be back. That means, more music, more dancing, more Mr. Schu and ... wait for it ... more Sue Sylvester.

The folks at Fox are nearly as psyched about the show's return as the fans. When 'Glee' returns for the spring premiere on Tuesday, April 13, it will be big, reports The Futon Critic. It's so big that it's going to be going into the ten o'clock hour. Normally, Fox affiliates take over at ten with local news or syndicated programming. Not on April 13th.

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Ask TV Squad: Chuck, Katherine Heigl and where to watch shows online

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Nov 18th 2009 10:02AM
Katherine HeiglThe "Ask TV Squad" column, published every Wednesday, answers your questions about current and past TV shows, as well as about the celebrities appearing on TV. Every week, I will pick a question (or more) sent to us and provide answers in the column. If your question is not picked for a column, it may be answered in a subsequent column or in TV Squad's APB Podcast.

To submit questions to the "Ask TV Squad" column, you can post them below in comments or email them to asktvsquad@gmail.com.

This week, I answer questions about Chuck, Katherine Heigl, and where to legally watch shows online for the U.S. and Canada.

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Moving Bones to Thursday nights was not a good idea

by Richard Keller, posted Feb 25th 2009 6:11PM

Moving Bones to Thursday nights was not a good idea for the seriesHere's why: it now languishes on my DVR for days afterward. When it aired on Wednesday nights I would either watch it live or immediately after I put the kids to bed. It was appointment television for both my wife and me; something that we could get together for after a day of work and children and basic mayhem.

Now that FOX switched the show to Thursdays it doesn't have the same importance as it once did. Instead it gets superseded by the other "Must See" shows of the evening. Because there's so much to see that night the DVR gets loaded up with those shows as well, pushing Bones lower in the queue. Then Friday comes around and we watch the other shows, plus that night's entries. With Saturday and Sunday being so busy with life in general I don't get enough time to clear out the DVR queue. By the time the next new episode of Bones airs my wife and I haven't even watched the previous week's episode.

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MeeVee adds online TiVo scheduling

by Brad Linder, posted Dec 22nd 2007 1:58PM
MeeVee TiVoZap2it isn't the only online TV listing site that's been busy working up a partnership with TiVo recently. Online TV guide/video streaming company MeeVee has just announced the addition of a "Record to TiVo" button on its web site.

Registered MeeVee users will be able to link their TiVo account with their MeeVee account. Once your account is set up, you can click the Record to TiVo button to schedule remote recordings. This is a great feature for anyone who's ever needed to schedule a recording from work on while on vacation. Say you find out that you're going to have to work late but you don't want to miss a football game. Or say you find out about that a movie you really want to see is going to be on TV Saturday, but you're on the road til Sunday. Just login and click the record button.

Of course, MeeVee isn't alone in offering this feature. As I mentioned, you can use Zap2it, but you can also schedule recordings from Yahoo! TV, or several other services including, not surprisingly, TiVo.com.

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The Upfronts: The CW

by Julia Ward, posted May 17th 2007 12:18PM
cw upfrontsThe CW announced its 2007-08 prime-time schedule today. Just in its second year, The CW is still looking for a home run and is sticking with a programming strategy of short-run reality shows and dramas with young adult appeal.

The big news is no news. Veronica Mars was not announced as part of the Fall line-up, but according to rumors, The CW is waiting until June 15th to decide the gal detective's fate. This is supposed to give Rob Thomas enough time to whip up a "Veronica in the FBI" script. (Update: Ausiello reports from the press conference that Veronica Mars is dead, though "something else" may be coming up.)

One Tree Hill is going to do a ctrl-alt-del. Returning mid-season, the show is going to jump four years into the future - after its characters have graduated from college. Online journal entries are going to chronicle the missing years. On Everybody Hates Chris, Chris Rock will finally appear on the show -- as the school guidance councilor!

The more interesting pick of the newbie litter - Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C., is back with Gossip Girl based on the popular book series of the same name and Kevin Smith directed the pilot episode of the new series Reaper.

The CW's good, bad and ugly after the jump:

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Screw the hiatus, bring back Lost now

by Brett Love, posted Nov 24th 2006 4:30PM
lostThere has been much chatter about ABC's somewhat unconventional scheduling of Lost this season. In an effort to avoid a repeat filled schedule, they have split the season into two parts, handing off the time slot to Day Break for three months in the middle. While they will tell you it was because of outcry from the fans, the cynic in me thinks that the fact that Lost doesn't repeat well had something to do with it.

Either way, it's not working. Rather, it's really not working. Day Break premiered with a somewhat disappointing 11 million viewers, despite having the Dancing with the Stars finale drop 27 million sets of eyeballs on their doorstep. But 11 million sounds just grand compared to this week. With the dancing shoes stowed away for the foreseeable future, Captain Kirk's Show Me The Money is delivering just under 8 million viewers as the lead in. And Wednesday, Day Break only managed to hang on to 5.12 million of them. 5 million? The worst repeat of Lost would never approach 5 million viewers.

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