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What To Watch: TV Picks for Oct 3-9

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 2nd 2011 11:10AM
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'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM ET, CBS)
Last week's hilarious episode was a return to form for the aging comedy, and we're hoping that tonight's offering can maintain that momentum. After Robin assaults a girl who is out to ruin Barney's relationship, she is forced to begin court-mandated therapy sessions. Meanwhile, Ted gets too involved in Lily's pregnancy. Featuring Kal Penn as Robin's therapist, in his first acting role since joining the Obama Administration -- you go, Kumar!

'House' (9PM ET, Fox) season premiere
After last season's controversial finale, we pick up one year later, with everyone's favorite Vicodin addict behind bars. When an antagonistic prison gang leader makes a serious threat, House solicits the help of a fellow inmate (guest star Jaleel White), but when another inmate's unusual medical symptoms spark his curiosity, House must come up with creative ways to treat the patient while navigating prison rules.

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City Dad Meets Suburban Mom, Thinks Her Too Trusting on 'Suburgatory' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 12:45AM
'Suburgatory' - 'Pilot''Suburgatory' (Wed., 8:30PM ET on ABC) follows the perhaps rash decision of single father to move his daughter from the bright lights of Manhattan to the suburbs. But this surreal little community is more like a cross between 'The Stepford Wives' and 'Edward Scissorhands' than any real suburban neighborhood.

Teenager daughter Tessa is understandably freaked out and uncomfortable in her new environment, but it's nice to see that the writers haven't forgotten that her father George would be just as out of place. We loved both of them freaking out over how quiet it is at night.

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What to Watch: TV Picks for September 26 - October 2

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 27th 2011 10:10AM


Suburgatory - Wednesday September 28, 8:30PM ET/PT, Citytv/ABC

A little bit 'Mean Girls,' a little bit 'Easy A,' this new sitcom goes for the fish-out-of-water gambit, when a single dad (Jeremy Sisto) pulls his precocious teen daughter out of Manhattan and settles them both in a suburban town where the social scene is even more broken. The father-daughter relationship is as warm and lovely as anything on 'Modern Family' and many of the jokes are just as funny. Plus Cheryl Hines is hilarious as a woman trying very hard to be Barbie.

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What To Watch: TV Picks for Sept 26 - Oct 2

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 25th 2011 2:00PM
Terra NovaNote: Premieres are still debuting, so I'd like to emphasize the "picks" portion of the title and remind you that I'm only spotlighting a selection of the week's most noteworthy offerings. For a full listing of new and returning shows and their timeslots, check out our fall premiere grid or alphabetized list to plan your schedule.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

'Terra Nova' (8PM ET, Fox)
series premiere
The long-awaited, super-hyped and mega-expensive sci-fi drama finally lands on Fox this week, but is it worthy of the buzz? Surprisingly, yes. Some of the dialogue is leaden and lord knows how many times we've seen the "obnoxious teenager" archetype on genre shows, but I have a certain fondness for "event" TV, and this action-packed premiere is engaging enough and sets up plenty of potential mysteries for the season ahead. Gather your whole family for the spectacle.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW) series premiere
Following the return of 'Gossip Girl,' this 'Everwood'-esque drama brings a little heart to The CW (pardon the pun) and gave me a serious case of the warm fuzzies. If you can get over the (admittedly large) hurdle of buying Rachel Bilson as a doctor, you'll probably appreciate its guileless, small town charm. Few shows can replicate the fond, nostalgic vibe that used to be The WB's stock in trade with shows like 'Gilmore Girls' and '7th Heaven,' so I'll admit that I'm kind of addicted. Whether it's more realistic than dinosaurs, though ... you'll have to draw your own conclusions.

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Warning! The 10 Least Promising Shows for Fall

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 19th 2011 10:00AM
Your time is valuable, and you don't want to spend it on shows that are either outright awful or seriously flawed, am I right?

That's the idea behind the following list of iffy and/or terrible new TV shows. They pay me to watch this stuff so you don't have to, and the goal here is to steer you away from fall programs that have awkward premises, wrongheaded casting or sub-par execution of decent ideas.

But never fear, I'll provide descriptions of each comedy and drama as well, on the off chance that you really want to check them out.

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Fall TV: The Kids Are All Right

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 8th 2011 12:00PM
'Modern Family'The great comedian W.C. Fields once famously said, "Never work with children or animals." But come on -- sometimes animals are really cute! Oh, and we guess children aren't so bad either. We kid, we kid ...

Whether you need a prematurely precocious tyke to spout one-liners, or a serious little man to play the heir to a lineage of serial killers, it's not the kind of thing you can just CGI in. To tell a real-life story, you're just gonna have to suck it up, work on your knock-knock jokes and get ready to act alongside real-life little ones.

Fall TV is chock full of children, but there are a few special squirts -- and several more mature minors -- that have caught our eye, including a new little Lily on 'Modern Family,' a hot 'Terra Nova' teen and an animated 40-year-old trapped in a 7-year-old's body.

Check out our favorite kids of the fall TV season after the jump ...

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'Glee' Casts Mike Chang's Parents, Emmy Awards 2011 Lines Up Presenters & More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 6th 2011 7:00PM
Harry Shum JrThis is very good news for those Gleeks hoping our favorite neglected New Directions members will get a little more screen time during Season 3 of 'Glee': Entertainment Weekly reports that two actors have been cast as Mike Chang's parents.

Tamlyn Tomita ('The Joy Luck Club') and Keong Sim ('The Last Airbender') will play parents to newly minted series regular Harry Shum Jr. in the third episode of the new season, which is scheduled to air Oct. 3. Mike Chang gets a back story? Awesome!

Now that Mercedes has a new boyfriend, we can only hope poor Tina won't be pushed to the backburner all year for a disappointing third time.

In other TV news ...

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Meet the Fresh Faces of Fall TV

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 2nd 2011 1:00PM
Sure there are plenty of big stars coming to TV this fall, but there are also some lesser-known names to look out for.

There's a talented and sassy bunny from 'The Playboy Club,' a British TV host we'll all be swooning over, a 'Charlie's Angels' vixen you'll love to see in action and a reality TV star-turned-dramatic leading man.



There are also a few new additions to returning shows we love, like the familiar face that's stopping by 'Glee' to romance Mercedes, and the sexy brunette who'll be pulling double-duty on Fox this fall with a turn on 'House.'

See all of our picks for freshest faces of Fall TV, and go ahead and commit their names and faces to memory, if you haven't already -- we guarantee this won't be the last you'll see of them.

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ABC Pilots Snap Judgment: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 1st 2011 12:00PM
One lady has a great show ... the other isn't a ladyWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review -- things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere -- we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate, in the fall or midseason. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of ABC's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are 12 shows total -- the good ('Good Christian Belles'), the bad ('Charlie's Angels') and the ugly men dressed as women (cross-dressing comedy 'Work It') -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Kim Potts and Alexis Moore.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Sneak Previews: The New ABC Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2011 12:20PM
Once Upon a TimeIt's a new day at ABC, with 13 new shows set to fill the fall and midseason lineup.

Get your first look at the new shows including the 'Charlie's Angels' reboot, fairytale-themed 'Once Upon a Time,' Christina Ricci's first series regular role with 'Pan Am' and Tim Allen's return to sitcoms, 'Last Man Standing.'

Be on the lookout for veteran TV faces such as Teri Polo, Krysten Ritter, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Van Camp and more.

ABC did not release trailers for highly-anticipated shows 'Good Christian Belles' and 'Missing.'

For more information on ABC's new fall schedule, including which night your favorite show will air, check out our post here.

Watch the videos after the jump.

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ABC Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 17th 2011 9:35AM
Charlie's AngelsABC announced its fall 2011 schedule this morning, and there are a few surprises on the lineup.

New series 'Apartment 23,' 'Good Christian Belles,' 'Man Up,' 'Missing,' 'The River' and 'Scandal' are all being held until mid-season, as are returning shows 'Cougar Town' and 'Secret Millionaire.'

'Charlie's Angels' nabbed the prime Thursdays at 8PM slot, while 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition' is moving from Sunday nights to Fridays to make room for new series 'Once Upon a Time' at 8PM, with 'Pan Am' debuting in the 10PM slot.

Check out the full fall schedule below.

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Aaron Sorkin to Guest As Himself on '30 Rock,' Son of 'Real Housewives' Star to Guest on 'Glee' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 15th 2011 10:25AM
Aaron SorkinAaron Sorkin is heading to '30 Rock.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Oscar nominee will play himself in an episode set to air this spring.

Will he finally put to rest the 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip' / '30 Rock' weirdness? Time will tell.

The 'West Wing' creator has appeared on screen before. Besides a cameo in 'The Social Network,' he recently popped up on 'Entourage.'

In other casting news ...

Grayson Smiley, son of 'Real Housewives of Orange County' fixture Slade Smiley, will appear on tonight's episode of 'Glee.' Grayson, who has a rare form of brain cancer, will pop up in a scene where the characters perform at a children's hospital. [The Orange County Register]

Robert Taylor has been cast in A&E's 'Longmire.' The 'Matrix' actor will play Walt Longmire, a widowed sheriff in Absaroka County, Wyo. The series is based on Craig Johnson's series of mystery novels. [Deadline Hollywood]

Tommy Dewey will star opposite Gary Cole in Fox's 'Tagged' pilot. The 'Sons of Tucson' actor will play Wally Percy, son of Gary Cole's coroner character James Percy. [Deadline Hollywood]

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