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Angela Chase of 'My So-Called Life' and 5 Other Deep TV Teens

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2011 11:00AM
my so-called lifeWith Snooki, Paris and those glitzy 'Gossip Girls' skankin' up the tube, it's nice to know that 'My So-Called Life''s sensitive and smart grunge girl, Angela Chase, has returned to TV.

What's that? You have no idea who Angela Chase is? And you've never heard of 'My So Called Life,' which began airing on the Sundance Channel last night and will continue every Tuesday at 9PM. Well, stop texting for two seconds you pretty young thing and I'll tell ya all about it ...

'My So-Called Life' was a beloved and acclaimed TV drama from a strange and wonderful time called "the '90s." You might have heard of the '90s; it was a time when we had to watch our favorite shows when they were on (because who wanted to program the VCR, really?), people could actually see Nirvana perform live, and people still wanted to see Metallica perform live. It was a joyous time, but being a teen in the '90s could be rough, what with everyone using their parachute pants to smuggle guns and Walkmans into school every day. Luckily, Angela Chase, played by Claire Danes, was there to share our pain.

Angela was smart, introspective and sensitive, and she helped pave the way for a number of deep and clever young TV ladies that followed. In celebration of Angela's return to the small screen, here's a list of five smart young female characters from the past several years of TV history.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2009 6:06PM
Burn NoticeHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I haven't jumped on the Blu-ray wagon yet. I know, I know, it's supposed to be "better," but I have all of these individual season sets that aren't Blu-ray and I don't know if I want to get rid of the older ones (or sell them) and get new ones. They'd really have to have a ton of extras (and ones that I'm interested in) on them for me to get them. A better picture doesn't really excite me. So I won't be getting the Lost sets being released this week.

But I'm on board for season 2 of Burn Notice!

  • Burn Notice - Season 2
  • Everwood - Season 2
  • Family Guy - Vol. 7 and 100th Episode Celebration
  • Generation Kill - Mini-Series (Blu-ray)
  • House of Payne - Vol. 4

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Instant Star returns!

by Brett Love, posted Jun 1st 2008 2:15PM

Alexz Johnson and Laura Vandervoort - Instant StarI'm sure that thirty-something IT guys with freakish beards is not the demographic that The-N is searching for, but they've hooked me just the same. Instant Star, Beyond The Break, and South Of Nowhere have all long ago earned their season passes on my DVR, and I can be sucked into a Degrassi marathon on occasion.

If you share my predilection for Canadian teen drama, you might be interested to know that Instant Star is back with all new episodes tomorrow. And if you like the teen drama from the north but haven't managed to get on board with Jude's adventures just yet, you can catch up with a huge marathon tomorrow. Starting at 1AM, there will be 15 hours worth of episodes leading up to the fourth season premiere at 5PM PST. That premiere will, of course, answer the big question... As The-N's promo department puts it, "OMG! Who did Jude choose?!"

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What's On Tonight: Smackdown, Monk, Flash Gordon

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2007 4:09PM

Psych

  • At 7, ESPN has the Navy/Rutgers football game.
  • At 8, PBS has a new NOW, then new episodes of Washington Week, Bill Moyers Journal, and Expose: America.
  • The CW has a new Friday Night Smackdown! at 8.
  • Noggin has a new South of Nowhere at 8.
  • At 8:30, Animal Planet has a new Meerkat Manor.
  • At 9, ABC has the special Fashion Rocks.
  • USA has new episodes of Monk and Psych starting at 9.
  • Discovery has a new Survivorman at 9.
  • There's a new Paula's Party at 9 on Food Network.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has a new Flash Gordon, followed by a new Painkiller Jane.
  • At 10, ABC's 20/20 investigates Dateline's "To Catch A Predator" series.
  • TV Land is showing Twilight Zone: The Movie at 10.
  • At 11, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher, with guests Ralph Nader, Cornell West, Mos Def, and Rep. Rahm Emanuel

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Smackdown, Meerkat Manor, Painkiller Jane

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 31st 2007 5:03PM
  • US Open logoAt 7, USA has coverage of the U.S. Open.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Set For Life.
  • The CW has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Noggin has a new South of Nowhere at 8.
  • At 8:30, Animal Planet has a new Meerkat Manor.
  • Also at 8:30: Cartoon Network has a new My Gym Partner's A Monkey.
  • At 9, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • There's a new Survivorman on Discovery at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Painkiller Jane at 10.
  • Nicktoons has a new Nicktoons Film Festival at 10.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The N and Noggin to split into new channels

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 19th 2007 2:02PM

nogginVia Toon Zone comes news that Noggin and its evening version, The N, will be splitting into two separate, twenty four-hour networks on December 31.

Noggin will continue with programming aimed at the preschool set with programs like Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Oobi, Jack's Big Music Show, and Nick Jr. properties like Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues and The Backyardigans.

The N, originally the evening version of Noggin aimed at teens (and "tweens" to use a meaningless marketing term), will expand to 24 hours with TEENick programming during the day (All That, The Amanda Show, etc) and original programming at night: Degrassi: The Next Generation, South of Nowhere, and Beyond the Break. The N also acquired rights to air reruns of That '70s Show starting June 2008.

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Best and Worst of 2006: Brett's List

by Brett Love, posted Jan 8th 2007 10:02AM
Matthew Perry, Colin Ferguson, Jesse Plemons2006 was a good year for television, but then all years are good years for television. Nostalgia often makes us think that things were better way back when, but I wouldn't trade my hundreds of channels of digital cable for the three networks on the rabbit ears for anything. Even the somewhat obscure channels like The-N (South of Nowhere), GSN (High Stakes Poker), and IFC (Henry Rollins Show) manage to bring some good stuff to the table. Of course, things are never all rosey, but we'll get to that later. First, some of the best things about TV this past year.

NBC's handling of Studio 60 and Friday Night Lights - Many of us, myself included, are quick to jump on the networks when they dump a show just a few episodes in. So it's worth acknowledging that the network has been more than patient with these two shows. Many shows that have come before them have been blown right off the schedule for generating similar ratings. Studio 60 kicked off their season with ratings that declined week after week and, honestly, Friday Night Lights just never had any ratings to begin with. I really hope their patience pays off and audiences find these shows. They both deserve to see a second season.

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So that's what a $1500 teddy bear looks like

by Brett Love, posted Dec 22nd 2006 11:01AM
South Of NowhereIf you are scrambling to do last minute holiday shopping and had your heart set on a $1500 teddy bear for someone special, you waited too long. The auction went and closed on you when you weren't looking. I wrote a while back about The-N's charity auction. It's in full swing now and one result in particular shocked me. The bear you see pictured, which was given to Spencer (Gabrielle Christian) by Ashley (Mandy Musgrave) on South of Nowhere has gone for $1520. What the deuce? No, I didn't forget a decimal point.

I could see that price if this was Trek, Buffy, X-Files, or some other show with a cult following. But this is South of Nowhere. It's hard enough just to find someone else that has seen the show. That's not to say it's a bad show, I never miss it, just that I never realized it had that kind of an audience. And the bear just barely edged out Aiden's (Matt Cohen) pants, which went for $1510. The bear is a nice collectible, but dang, that's a lot of cash. I think I'll stick with my plushy Ein from Cowboy Bebop and not spend the extra $1500.

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Friday Night Lights: It's Different For Girls

by Brett Love, posted Dec 13th 2006 7:05AM
minka Kelly(S01E10) Each week I am amazed at how they are able to keep so many characters so involved in each episode. While Lyla's ongoing struggle dominated the episode, we still managed to get some movement in the other stories as well. It was interesting how they went about telling the "It's different for girls." story from the title. While the bigger parts of the story were about Lyla and Julie, the real meaning of that title points much more to what we saw with Buddy and Eric.

Here are two men who spend their days in control, exerting authority. We see it with Buddy at the dealership, complete with his bluetooth headset, and with Eric in everything he does as a coach. But the minute the subject of their teenage daughters comes up, and there is a real issue to deal with, they both are at a loss. Floundering to try and do something, anything, without being able to step back and see the big picture. I thought the scene between Buddy and Britney's father was great. A humble man trying to do the right thing. So much story is conveyed in Buddy's crushed reaction. These last two weeks have really filled out the Buddy character. He's so much more interesting now that he's not the one trick sleazeball we first met.

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The-N kicks off their charity auction

by Brett Love, posted Nov 27th 2006 2:01PM
Natalie Ramsey - Beyond The BreakI suspect I may be in the minority with this, but I watch a lot of stuff on The-N. I've seen more Degrassi, South of Nowhere, Beyond the Break, Instant Star, and Whistler than any 15 year old girl should. All the more disturbing because I am the furthest thing from a 15 year old girl.

If you share my weakness for teen drama, you might be interested in The-N's Give Some * Get Some Giveaway. Beginning today, items from many of their shows will be going up for auction. Day one features Lacey's surfboard from Beyond The Break (Natalie Ramsey pictured), Jude's silver space suit from Instant Star, Manny's spirit squad uniform from Degrassi, and Aiden's jeans from South Of Nowhere. All proceeds go to charity. That's the give. The get involves weekend giveaways of electronics, DVDs and other merchandise.

[ via tvguide.com ]

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