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The Emmys: More thoughts and theories

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 19th 2007 11:45AM

FNLLooking at the Emmy nominations announced this morning, one word comes to mind: BORING.

Or maybe two words, if you add "safe." I mean, come on. I don't usually watch Friday Night Lights, Dexter, or Battlestar Galactica, but even I know that those shows should have been nominated for something (beyond technical and writing awards). Instead we get...Tony Shalhoub again? He's fine, but there has to be someone else who they can plug in there. Grey's Anatomy and House for Best Drama? That's not to say that the shows nominated aren't good and solid, but when you take a look at the dramas that were left out...gah.

Beyond the major nominations (Best Comedy, Best Drama, Lead Actor and Actress, etc), there are other nominations where a lot of your favorite shows actually show up. After the jump, I'll highlight several.

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What's On Tonight: Starter Wife, Burn Notice, Paula Abdul

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 28th 2007 5:00PM
  • Studio 60 castAt 8, CBS has a new Pirate Master.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8, then a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • Tavis Smiley hosts a Presidential Candidates Forum with Democrats on PBS at 8.
  • HBO has the first three episodes of John From Cincinnati, if you'd like to try to figure it out.
  • At 9, Colin Powell guests on CNN's Larry King Live.
  • USA has the series finale of Starter Wife at 9, followed by the premiere of Burn Notice.
  • At 10, NBC has the series finale of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
  • Sundance has a new Live From Abbey Road at 10, with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Snow Patrol, and Madeleine Peyroux.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has the premiere of the reality show Hey, Paula.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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NBC selling interview with Princes William and Harry on iTunes

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 22nd 2007 4:03PM

Harry, William, and MattFrom the Things I Don't Understand file: NBC is selling video of Matt Lauer's interview with Prince William and Prince Harry on iTunes, even though the entire interview is available on MSNBC.com for free.

Now, before you say "nobody would buy that," please note that the $1.99 video is the number two TV video on iTunes right now, right behind video of the recent Miss Universe Pageant. Just kidding. Actually, number one right now is the latest episode of Starter Wife. The rest of the top 10: recent eps of The Office, Lil' Bush, The Starter Wife, Kyle XY, The Starter Wife, Hannah Montana, Stargate: SG-1, and Studio 60.

I guess if you buy it from iTunes you can keep it forever and watch it over and over and over.

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What's On Tonight: Starter Wife, So You Think You Can Dance, Studio 60

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 21st 2007 5:01PM
  • John MayerAt 8, CBS has a new Pirate Master.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8, followed by a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • History Channel has a new Mega Movers at 8.
  • At 9, USA has a new Starter Wife.
  • Lifetime has the new movie My Baby Is Missing at 9.
  • There's a new movie on Hallmark at 9 too: Love's Unending Legacy.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • Sundance Channel has a new Live From Abbey Road at 10, with John Mayer and Norah Jones.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Pirate Master, NBA finals, Studio 60

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 14th 2007 5:00PM
  • Bobby FlayAt 8, ABC has a new Fast Cars and Superstars, followed by the NBA finals.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8, then a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • CBS has a new Pirate Master at 8.
  • TCM has Mr. Lucky at 8, then The Adventures of Robin Hood.
  • At 9, TLC has a new American Chopper.
  • USA has a new Starter Wife at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show with David Spade.
  • Also at 10: Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Report: Bradley Whitford was "almost" new ADA on L&O

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 14th 2007 8:05AM
bradley whitfordAccording to the entertainment reporter over at Fox News, actor Bradley Whitford "almost" got the role as the new Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order. Sam Waterston is vacating that position to play the District Attorney, now that actor Fred Thompson is leaving the show to run for president.

Everybody got that? Good.

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What's On Tonight: Pirate Master, Starter Wife, Studio 60, NBA Finals

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 7th 2007 5:00PM
  • David SpadeAt 8, CBS has a new Pirate Master.
  • ABC has the special Fast Cars & Superstars at 8, followed by the Cavaliers/Spurs game.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8, then a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • TBS has four excellent episodes of Friends starting at 8, including the one where Ross dates the girl with the messy apartment and Chandler falls for Joey's girlfriend.
  • At 9, TLC has a new American Chopper.
  • USA has a new episode of The Starter Wife at 9.
  • At 9:30, HBO2 has a making-of special about John From Cincinnati, then the movie Brick.
  • At 9:45, HBO has a first look at Evan Almighty.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • There's a new Ultimate Fighter on Spike at 10.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show with David Spade.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What I'm watching this summer - Bob's list

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2007 4:02PM

Mad Men logo

Summer is my least favorite season, by far. And not just because most TV shows are in reruns 'til the fall, though that's part of it. But nowadays the networks and cable are giving us more new stuff during June, July, and August, and it's also a good time to get caught up on shows you missed and those DVDs on your coffee table. Here's what I'm looking forward to this summer.

1. Mad Men (AMC): This is an original drama series for AMC, and it centers on the men (and women) who work for a big Madison Avenue ad agency in 1960. Advertising! 1960! Cool clothes! Cool music! Smoking! Drinking! I can't wait for this show to start. Premieres in July.

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What's On Tonight: Pirate Master, Spelling Bee, Starter Wife, Studio 60

by Bob Sassone, posted May 31st 2007 5:02PM
  • Bobby FlayAt 8, ABC has the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • CBS has the premiere of Pirate Master at 8.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? and a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • Four more great Friends episodes at 8 on TBS.
  • TCM has two hostage dramas starting at 8: The Desperate Hours, with Humphery Bogart, and The Night Holds Terror, with Jack Kelly.
  • At 9, USA has the premiere of the mini-series The Starter Wife.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • HBO Zone has the high school noir drama Brick at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
  • Also at 10: Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Showbiz Show with David Spade.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Schlamme heading for Mars

by Martin Conaghan, posted May 30th 2007 8:16PM
Sam TylerIt looks like the US version of the BBC's hit sci-fi show Life on Mars is getting off to a good start.

David E. Kelley has drafted in the directing talents of Thomas Schlamme to direct the pilot for his ABC version of the time-travelling cop drama. (If you haven't managed to catch any of the first and second series of Life on Mars, you should -- it's fantastic).

Schlamme previously worked on The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip in addition to directing the pilot for Boston Public and some episodes of Ally McBeal and The Practice.

Rachelle LeFevre has already been cast in a female lead role in the remake, but it's not yet known who will take on the Sam Tyler role.

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Here are the final 2006-07 ratings

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2007 9:00AM

Dancing with the Stars

Now that the May sweeps period is over, it's time to view the scorecard to see where your favorite TV show (or least favorite TV show, depending on what you're interested in seeing here) did in the overall ratings.

No surprise: American Idol has the first two spots, with the results show coming in number 1 and the performance show coming in number 2. Dancing With The Stars Season 3 has the third spot, while the same show's season 4 gets the number 5 slot. The rest of the top 10 are CSI (4), Grey's Anatomy (6), House (7), Dancing With The Stars 3 results (8), Dancing with the Stars 4 results (9), and Desperate Housewives at 10.

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What's On Tonight: Studio 60, On The Lot, Ultimate Fighter

by Bob Sassone, posted May 24th 2007 5:02PM
  • Penn and TellerAt 8, FOX has the season premiere of So You Think You Can Dance, followed by a new On The Lot.
  • TNT has an NBA playoff game at 8, the Cavaliers vs. the Pistons.
  • TCM has In Harm's Way at 8.
  • At 9, HGTV has a new Divine Design, followed by new episodes of Landscaper's Challenge and House Hunters.
  • Don Rickles talks to Larry King on CNN at 9.
  • At 10, Studio 60 returns to NBC.
  • TLC has a new Wrecks to Riches at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Penn & Teller's Bullshit at 10 (repeated at 10:30).
  • Also at 10: Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Things I Hate About TV: Network execs

by Bob Sassone, posted May 17th 2007 11:03AM
TV setOf course, I should say not all network execs because some of them, some place, somewhere, actually do love television and understand you have to give shows time to develop. This is for the other 93% of them.

The network upfronts this week are showing that network executives are the ultimate politicians, tossing around both praise and excuses and bullshit like they were running for Congress. Sure, the networks want to make money, and "spin" is a part of any business. But take a look at some of the comments we've heard this week:

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Will The Office expand to one hour?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 3rd 2007 5:21PM

The OfficeThat's one of the revelations in this Forbes mag piece about Jeff Zucker and NBC. It says that not only is it possible that NBC will cancel Law and Order (the first one, CI and SVU are pretty safe), Zucker and Kevin Reilly are thinking seriously about making The Office a one hour show.

Hmmm...a one hour Office? I don't know. Will that be too much of a good thing? Bigger isn't necessarily better.

Zucker also discloses that when NBC gives its upfront (on May 14), there will be 5 new shows announced: three dramas, one comedy, and one reality show. I've never been good at math, so I'll leave it to you to decipher what that means about which current shows will and won't return.

[via TV Tattle]

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Studio 60 returns May 24

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2007 4:02PM

Studio 60You knew I'd be the one to tell you this news, right?

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip returns to the NBC schedule on May 24, presumably to just run the rest of the episodes they have filmed. Hopefully they knew they were ending early while filming so they can end the show in a good way.

By the way, May 24 is a Thursday. The show will air at 10pm in the slot currently occupied by ER. I wonder what would have happened to the show if it had originally been in this slot, or maybe an hour earlier. Oh well. I guess the best way to think of it now is as a long miniseries, one that will have around 22 episodes and a conclusion.

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