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A&E Picks Up 'Bob Saget's Strange Days': Which Groups Should He Travel With?

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 17th 2009 1:15PM
Bob SagetComedian Bob Saget is going on a few road trips next year.

A&E and the longtime television personality have agreed to produce a new travel series under the working title 'Bob Saget's Strange Days,' in which he explores off-beat communities and subcultures. So far, the show will have Saget hanging out with biker gangs, mail-order brides, partying Amish teenagers and survivalists. An initial order of seven one-hour episodes are scheduled to air at some point in 2010, according to Variety.

The show is said to stem from Saget's stand-up routine, and will explore alternative lifestyles while trying to uncover a more emotive element. In a statement released, senior vice president Robert Sharenow said the show "will reveal hidden corners of the real America and the real Bob Saget, who is even funnier and more relatable when just being himself than any other role he's ever played."

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It's bad news for The Goode Family and Surviving Suburbia

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 9th 2009 12:00PM
The Goode FamilyIt looks like The Goode Family and Surviving Suburbia won't be surviving. ABC confirmed that Friday night's airings of both episodes season finales are in fact their respective series finales. I've sampled both series at one point or another in their runs, and this fate was inevitable.

It was great seeing the "other" Bob Saget get some TV time, but Surviving Suburbia just wasn't good television. Maybe if you're a television fan who's never seen a family sitcom, then the formulaic plotlines and dialogue won't bother you. In a way, I had the same problem with The Goode Family.

However, with the latter, it seemed like they had the potential to grow into something better. I think in the beginning they were too bogged down by their schtick: a family of do-gooders, recycling and living green and all of that crap.

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What's On Tonight: Wizards of Waverly Place, Lock 'N Load, Eureka

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 31st 2009 4:05PM
Goode Family

  • At 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new Goode Family.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, the new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Disney has a new Wizards of Waverly Place at 8.
  • ESPN has more X Games coverage at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Mental.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Lock 'N Load with R. Lee Ermey at 9.
  • Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars at 9.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has a new Eureka.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.
  • At 11, ESPN2 has coverage of the Los Angeles Open tennis tournament.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Chopping Block, Torchwood, Eureka, Bill Maher

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 24th 2009 4:06PM
  • Bob SagetAt 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new Goode Family.
  • NBC has a new episode of The Chopping Block at 8.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8, then a new Mental.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • At 9, Syfy has a new Eureka.
  • BBC America has the conclusion of Torchwood: Children of Earth at 9.
  • Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures starting at 9.
  • National Geographic has a new Dog Whisperer at 9.
  • Also at 9: Hallmark has the movie Mending Fences.
  • At 10, ABC has a new 20/20.
  • There's a new Real Time with Bill Maher at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: SpongeBob, Mental, Whale Wars, Bill Maher

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 17th 2009 4:01PM
Eureka

  • At 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new Goode Family.
  • NBC has a new Chopping Block at 8, then a new Dateline.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? at 8, followed by a new Mental.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • There's a new SpongeBob SquarePants at 8 on Nickelodeon.
  • At 9, Syfy has a new Eureka.
  • Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars at 9.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Soup.
  • HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Surviving Suburbia, Mental, Ghost Adventures

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 10th 2009 4:05PM
  • The Chopping BlockHBO2 has an Entourage marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, then a new Goode Family.
  • NBC has a new Chopping Block at 8, followed by a new Dateline.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8, then a new Mental.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • Disney has a new Wizards of Waverly Place at 8.
  • There's more Tour de France coverage on Versus at 8.
  • TCM has three Karl Malden movies starting at 8: On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Birdman of Alcatraz.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
  • At 9, Syfy has the season premiere of Eureka.
  • Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars.
  • Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures at 9.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Virtuality, Smackdown, Whale Wars, Bill Maher

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 26th 2009 4:06PM
  • SagetAt 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new episode of The Goode Family.
  • FOX has the two-hour Virtuality movie at 8.
  • NBC has a new episode of The Chopping Block at 8, then a new, two-hour Dateline.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, followed by new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • At 9, Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars.
  • Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures at 9.
  • At 10, E! has a new episode of The Soup.
  • HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Surviving Suburbia, Hockey, Ghost Adventures

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 12th 2009 4:05PM
The Goode Family
  • At 8, ABC has a new Surviving Suburbia, followed by a new episode of The Goode Family.
  • NBC has the Penguins/Red Wings game at 8.
  • FOX has a new Don't Forget The Lyrics at 8.
  • PBS has a new Washington Week at 8, then new episodes of NOW and Bill Moyers Journal.
  • There's a new Smackdown! on MyNetwork TV at 8.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.
  • At 9, History Channel has a new Patton 360.
  • Animal Planet has a new Whale Wars at 9.
  • Travel Channel has two new episodes of Ghost Adventures at 9.
  • Hallmark has the movie Come Dance With Me at 9.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Surviving Suburbia didn't, but we'll be Better Off Ted for it even sooner

by Jason Hughes, posted May 31st 2009 10:29AM
Better Off TedSurviving Suburbia just can't catch a break. It starts as a high profile return vehicle for Bob Saget over on The CW. Hell, the guy even hosts their fall preview. But it never shows up. So production company ABC snags it and puts it on their air this past winter. But only for a bit before yanking it. Don't worry, they said, it'll be back this summer; which translates as we're burning off the rest of the episodes. And now they're not even doing that!

So I hope you like The Goode Family, because effective immediately Surviving Suburbia is being yanked in favor of back-to-back Goode. I'm thinking online or DVD may be the only chances left to see the last of Suburbia, if anyone even cares. It's not all bad news, though. Apparently to make us feel better about losing Bob (he's still narrating HIMYM so he's still got a job for awhile), they're bringing back the already renewed Better Off Ted with new episodes starting June 23 at 9 Eastern. Maybe with less competition, the goofy workplace comedy can find the audience it deserves.

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What's On Tonight: Chuck, Gossip Girl, Roommates, Castle

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 27th 2009 4:00PM
  • HeroesAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by new episodes of Surviving Suburbia and Castle.
  • CBS has a new Big Bang Theory at 8, then new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Rules of Engagement, and CSI: Miami.
  • NBC has the season finales of Chuck and Heroes, then a new Medium.
  • FOX has a new House at 8, then a new 24.
  • The CW has a new Gossip Girl, followed by a new One Tree Hill.
  • There's a new Antiques Roadshow on PBS at 8, then a new American Experience.
  • ABC Family has a new Greek at 8, then four new episodes of Roommates.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Masters of Illusion at 8, followed by a new Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.
  • TCM has The Blue Dahlia at 8, followed by The Dark Corner.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Good Eats.
  • At 9, USA has a new Monday Night RAW.
  • Food Network has a new Unwrapped at 9.
  • At 10, Food Network has a new Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
  • History Channel has a new Ax Men at 10.
  • A&E has a new Paranormal State at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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ABC might still want Old Christine

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 23rd 2009 9:05AM
Old ChristineThe New Adventures of Old Christine isn't even finished at CBS yet, and ABC is sniffing around already.

According to Michael Ausiello over at Entertainment Weekly, ABC is interested in picking up the Julia Louis-Dreyfus sitcom if CBS decides to cancel it. If you read our post about which shows are going to be renewed, which are going to be canceled, and which are on the bubble, Old Christine is in the latter category.

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What to Watch Monday, April 6

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 6th 2009 5:00AM
The Hills'The Hills'
(10PM, MTV) 5th season premiere
Spencer's still a tool, Speidi's still together, Lauren and Heidi are still not reconciled and Lauren is still employed at People's Revolution.

Now, about what's different for what is rumored to be the show's finale season: With Whitney in NYC, L.C. needs a new co-worker, and the surprising candidate is Spencer's sneaky sis Stephanie. And while Speidi is still cohabitating, buzz is that it may not be so happily.

Previews have shown Heidi getting all up in her boy's grill about some alleged extracurricular flirtations, while it also appears that Heidi and her ex-pal Lauren – one of Spencer's many sworn enemies – may be on their way to a reunion.


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Bob Saget may be returning to ABC

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 29th 2009 11:00AM
Bob SagetIt looks like Bob Saget might be going back to the world of ABC sitcoms. His previously-abandoned-by-The-CW vehicle Surviving Suburbia is looking to find a home on the network that brought us Saget in the 90's via Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos.

I don't know much about Surviving Suburbia outside of its premise (a couple living in the suburbs get new wacky next-door neighbors). It sounds too much like those formulaic sitcoms that I loathe. Their best bet for promoting something interesting is having Saget act like the pervert he acts like in his stand-up routine (as seen in the movie The Aristocrats). Make the show more for adults and make Saget a dislikable main character similar in execution to Archie Bunker.

Still, with a title like Surviving Suburbia, it's more than likely that the show is going to be formulaic and bland (think According to Jim). There's likely a reason The CW abandoned it (other than Saget) . Sadly, as a result of his television work in the 90's, "bland" is what Saget is mostly known for.

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CW announces an early Fall premiere schedule

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 19th 2008 8:35PM
When you're a ratings-challenged fledgling network like the CW, you're going to do anything you can to get a leg up on the competition. Releasing sex-filled advertisements for your most high-profile show is a good start, but that alone won't get the job done. To that end, the CW has just announced that it's moving its fall premiere dates up to September 1st, well ahead of the beginning of the traditional broadcast season.

The idea behind the move is that you're already going to be hooked on Gossip Girl and Top Model by the time the other networks get around to premiering their fall shows, sometime around mid-to-late September. The season isn't the only thing the CW is starting early, however. Starting in November, they're also extending prime time, with original programming beginning at 6:30 on Sunday nights.

Check out CW's full premiere schedule after the jump.

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Here's the CW's new Sunday night lineup

by Bob Sassone, posted May 27th 2008 2:42PM

The CW logoBrad told you a couple of weeks ago about the new shows on The CW this fall. The network put aside Sunday nights in order to have Media Rights Capital program the night as it pleased, as an experiment. Now, the lineup that MRC has come up with has been released. The network has put all four shows into production immediately (no pilots) so they'll be ready for fall. The shows will run from 7pm to 10pm. Note: sorry Moonlight fans, your show didn't make it.

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