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Gone Too Soon: 'Freaks and Geeks'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 22nd 2010 4:02PM
Freaks and Geeks
Created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, 'Freaks and Geeks' is one of those rare television treasures that no one saw or appreciated until it was too late. Okay, that's unfair. Critics, the press and the loyal fans who did find the show on NBC immediately knew that it was something special. Unfortunately, it didn't find wide enough appeal to last beyond its first season.

Ironically, the show's cast of virtual unknowns now reads like an all-star comedy troupe, which is a testament to the brilliant casting that went on behind the scenes of the show. Finding such talented kids, and then coupling them with brilliant writing crafted on of the most revered television shows of all time.

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Series finales

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 23rd 2009 4:03PM
battlestar galactca daybreak
I don't think anyone cried over the cancellation of According to Jim, which managed to stay on the air seemingly due to some kind of deal with the devil, for eight cruel seasons. But 2009 also saw the end of some of our favorite shows here at TV Squad.

Some of these series finales left us in tears, some of them sparked debate, and a few even left us wondering, "what did I just watch?"

After the jump you'll find a list of six notable series finales for 2009. Feel free to share your thoughts about the finales in the comments, and don't forget to tell us about your favorites that didn't make the list. (And needless to say, there be spoilers below!)

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12 Sci-Fi Shows That Were Canceled Too Soon

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 14th 2009 1:15PM
Joss Whedon has become something of a tortured artist since 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' ended its highly successful seven-season run in 2003. Since Sunnydale was destroyed and 'Angel' got pulled right when it was finding its own identity post-'Buffy,' Whedon has yet to find another long-running hit. It's still hard to believe that a show as great as 'Firefly' only lasted one season!

Whedon's bad luck continues with the recent announcement that Fox is pulling the plug on 'Dollhouse,' a series that had enough of a following -- and potential -- to warrant another season. Would 'Dollhouse' have really hit its stride further down the road? We'll never know. Here are some other sci-fi television series that met their makers too soon.

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Brian Austin Green in talks to join The CW's One Tree Hill

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 2nd 2009 11:02AM
Brian Austin Green in talks for One Tree HillBeverly Hills 90210 alum Brian Austin Green earned a number of new fans playing the tough, militaristic Derek Reese on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Now, with TSCC officially canceled, Green is heading back to the world of prime time soaps. The actor is currently in talks to join the cast of The CW's One Tree Hill.

According to Variety, Green will potentially play a sports agent who is "enjoying the spoils that come from being a wealthy, handsome single guy" on the veteran drama.

It looks like One Tree Hill might be looking to Green to fill a void left by the departures of stars Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. Green certainly has Murray beat in the charisma department, and I'm sure the show's fans -- I assume they are mostly young women -- will welcome him with open arms. But I can't help but feel disappointed by this news.

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Which Bubble Show Should Be Saved?

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 21st 2009 1:00PM
TerminatorAh, spring. It's the time of year for daffodils, chirping birds ... and cancelling shows.

TV Squad has a rundown of shows that will be renewed, cancelled or are on the bubble. The Hollywood Reporter also has a handy update, and we're sad to see some of our favorite shows are in jeopardy of going dark, including a personal fave, 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.' TV critic Alan Sepinwall also makes a good case to NBC for keeping the action-comedy 'Chuck.'

So, if you had the power to save a show on the bubble, which one would you choose?



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What to Watch Friday, April 10

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 10th 2009 5:00AM
Terminator'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles'
(8PM, Fox) 2nd season finale
The big rumor for tonight's season two finale is that a major character will bite the dust, but we have to ask: who's left?! Derek, Riley and Charley (and maybe Jesse) have all been big deaths so far this season, and with mama Sarah in jail, that leaves Johnny boy with an ever-dwindling list of allies.

Fans are still waiting to hear whether or not the show will get a greenlight for a third season, which makes the finale's big moment all the more pivotal: The Connors finally come face-to-face with Weaver, and the results 'change John's reality forever,' according to the network. That's not sounding so good for the females in his life ...


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What to Watch Friday, April 3

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 3rd 2009 5:00AM
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles'
(8PM, Fox)
The season two finale is but a week away, and a third season pick-up is far from a sure thing, so tune in while you can, Connor fans.

Tonight's penultimate installment certainly ratchets the tension up to a nice respectable level, as John gets close to Weaver while trying to rescue a Skynet target. Meanwhile, when plans go askew, Sarah and Ellison reunite, and Weaver learns a thing or two about Ellison.

It all leads up to next week's season ender, when the Connors face Weaver, and, rumor has it, a male character (okay, another male character – R.I.P. Charley) bites the dust. Brian Austin Green, you have a pilot lined up for next season, right? Just asking.

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What to Watch Friday, March 27

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 27th 2009 5:00AM
Friday Night Lights'Friday Night Lights'
(9PM, NBC)
Several dramas that have been brewing for weeks explode in yet another smartly written, superbly acted episode of 'FNL': An accident with his grandma forces Matt to admit he needs his mom's help in caring for his granny, while Riggins is uncharacteristically unselfish in order to help Lyla snap out of her self-destructive funk and Tyra gets some much-needed confidence boosting from her mom.

But it's beleaguered J.D. McCoy whose situation takes a turn for the worse.

The QB's dad has belittled his beaten down son all season, and when the teen finally stands up to the old man, the senior McCoy crosses the line from screaming creep to physical abuser.

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TV Squad Ten: The hottest MILFs on TV today

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 24th 2009 2:01PM
TV MILFsThe MILF has become a staple of the modern male's sexual appetite, along with groveling and porn.

How did this evolution occur? Did the average young male grow tired of trying to impress shallow women their own age who wouldn't pay attention to them if a shark was eating them? Were older women going broke from the rising cost of chlorophyll? What chemical imbalance caused this carnivorous and shallow love affair and how can I increase it without melting my brain in the microwave?

Maybe the true answer is like opening the Ark of the Covenant. The only way to walk away from its truth unscathed means not opening your eyes to it. So here are the hottest TV moms who could make any guy turn his knob in their direction (thanks to the digital switch, that innuendo no longer works so enjoy that image I put in your head).

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What to Watch Friday, March 13

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 13th 2009 5:00AM
Wife Swap'Wife Swap'
(8PM, ABC) 100th episode
Boob tubers, you have only yourselves to blame for this episode, in which two former 'Wife Swap' families – chosen by viewers who voted at ABC.com – face off in a new switcheroo.

The wieners, er, winners: The science-minded, storm-chasing Heene fam from Colorado, who swap moms with the Floridian Silvers, whose psychic mom believes she can talk to the dead and control the weather, while her husband and kids aspire to be rock stars.

As if that scenario weren't rife enough with the possibility of smackdowns aplenty, the episode will also feature the first post-swap table meeting between the familes' children.


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What to Watch Friday, March 6

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 6th 2009 5:00AM
Bret Michaels'The E! True Hollywood Story: Bret Michaels'
(9PM, E!)
He's constantly defending what's underneath his bandana, he's diabetic and his biggest hit was sparked by a cheating ex ... not exactly rock 'n' roll details, which is a big reason why rocker Bret Michaels is oddly endearing.

The 'Rock of Love' star dishes on himself in this 'THS,' recalling a childhood that was idyllic until he was diagnosed with diabetes. He later dropped out of high school and headed to Los Angeles, where he formed Poison, wrote 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' after being cheated on by an "exotic dancer" and made a, ahem, video with Pam Anderson.

Now, like that other single dad 'Bachelor,' he's looking for love on reality TV. More specifically, on a bus.


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What to Watch Friday, Feb. 27

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 27th 2009 5:00AM
Friday Night Lights'Friday Night Lights'
(9PM, NBC)
Two Dillon residents, and 'FNL' fan favorites, finally get some news, as pals Jason Street and Tim Riggins sell their house.

And that kicks off what might be life-changing streaks of good luck for the BFFs, as Tim's brother Billy decides to make it his mission to get his little bro a football scholarship.

Meanwhile, a chance meeting with a former Panther who's NFL-bound gives Jason an idea for a new career: professional sports agent. Not to ruin anything for viewers who've carefully avoided spoilers from the show's DirecTV airings, but Mr. Street is about to embark on a new adventure that will reunite him with family, even if it means leaving other loved ones behind.


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What to Watch Friday, Feb. 20

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 20th 2009 5:00AM
Monk and Psych'Monk' and 'Psych'
(9PM & 10PM, USA) 7th season finale and 3rd season finale
The crimes they're investigating hit a little too close to home for Monk and the 'Psych' fellas, which makes for a pair of emotional season finales for the USA characters.

On 'Monk,' the OCD snoop tries to track a city official who disappeared while trying to stop the demolition of a city parking garage, which just happens to be the site where Monk's wife was killed by a car bomb.

On 'Psych,' Shawn's mom (Cybill Shepherd) and his love interest Abigail (Rachael Leigh Cook) return, but he and Gus have to focus their attention on helping the police capture the notorious serial killer Yin Yang ... who's made Shawn his next target.


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What to Watch Friday, Feb. 13

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 13th 2009 5:00AM
Dollhouse'Dollhouse'
(9PM, Fox) series premiere
Fans of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator Joss Whedon have certainly been awaiting this new drama, about a group of for-hire female secret operatives (led by Eliza Dushku) who live together in the titular Dollhouse and who are programmed with new personalities, with new skill sets, for each job.

Sound a bit high concept? Indeed it is, which is why it may be only the true Whedon devotees who are immediately taken with the show, which has already been compared by some critics to softcore "Skinemax"-ish programming.

As for us, we're reserving final judgment until we've seen a few more episodes. Besides, any time Whedon creates a new tube entry, the premiere, at least, is must-see-TV.


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'Terminator' Q&A With Brian Austin Green

by Angie Argabrite, posted Feb 12th 2009 9:30AM
"That's not even a fair fight. That's bringing a gun to a knife fight ... "

Brian Austin Green made his name on the original 'Beverly Hills 90210,' as the dorky one, David Silver. After 10 years of teen-TV stardom, the actor took a break, making occasional TV movies and guest spots on TV shows, appearing in the short-lived Freddie Prinze Jr. sitcom, 'Freddie,' and building up a resume behind the scenes as a producer and director.

In the past few years, Green has found himself back in the spotlight, first as the fiance of mega-hot 'Transformers' star Megan Fox, and now as one of the stars of Fox's buzz-worthy sci-fi series 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' (Fri., 8PM, Fox).

AOL TV chatted with the Notorious B.A.G. about his wedding plans, who'd win in a fight between a Terminator and a Transformer, returning to '90210' -- not! -- and what he hates more than the paparazzi (answer: nothing). -- By Angie Argabrite


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