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What to Watch Monday, Dec. 15

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 15th 2008 5:00AM
big bang theory'The Big Bang Theory'
(8PM, CBS)
Between 'Chuck,' 'Heroes,' the gang on 'How I Met Your Mother' and, of course, this delightful egghead comedy, Monday night has become the must-see-night for geek TV.

'Big Bang' has only gotten better in its second season, and it's all because of episodes like tonight's gem. It's Christmastime, but there's no jingle in Leonard's bells when he finds out that Penny is dating his hunky co-worker.

And that's not the only steaming cup of holiday stress nipping at the noses of Leonard and his pals. The installment's called 'The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis' and it refers to Sheldon's maddeningly stubborn stance on the etiquette of gift giving.


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On the 11th day of Festivus, TV gave to me...

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 13th 2008 6:30PM
It's cold outside, but it's warm in here...... Eleven babes worth watchin'

Oh sure, there may be 12 shows a stinkin', but there's still reason to tune in. See just like advertisers, show-runners and TV executives know that sex sells. And hot chicks sell. And hot chicks selling their sexuality sell like hotcakes ... or chicks ... I never can get that right. But just being hot and sexy isn't enough. To really sell it, they need to be as close to naked as legally allowed on the airwaves. We're talking "Oops, sorry to barge in on you standing there in your underwear bending over the bed pulling on your fishnet stockings. Nice rack."

Sometimes near-nudity, and even nudity, legitimately serves the plot. Let's face it, Anna Paquin had to bang that vampire on True Blood so she was going to have to get naked. It's a necessity. But Yvonne Strahovski on Chuck? Does she have to be in her underwear that often to protect the Intersect? Was it required by Simon Elder that Karen Darling be in her underwear in order to talk to him? Of course not. But it's hot and that's the way we like it. Hell, they made Catalina a stripper on My Name is Earl.

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What to Watch Monday, Dec. 8

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 8th 2008 5:00AM
boston legal'Boston Legal'
(9PM, ABC) series finale
Five seasons of wacky criminal trials, a frat-like law office and, of course, the highly quotable Denny Crane wrap up with a two-hour series finale.

The legal eagles of Crane Poole & Schmidt major financial woes, with a potential sale is putting a damper on Shirley and Carl's pending nuptials.

Meanwhile, Shirley has chosen a special man to walk her down the aisle -- ex-love Denny (Emmy winner William Shatner) -- but the outspoken attorney has bigger things on his plate; he's waiting for pal Alan (Emmy winner James Spader) to get the court's permission for Denny to try an experimental drug that could slow down his Alzheimer's.


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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 24

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 24th 2008 5:00AM
Samantha Who and Boston Legal'Samantha Who?' and 'Boston Legal'
(9:30PM and 10PM, ABC)
Guess who's coming to dinner?

At the Newly home, it's Samantha's new boyfriend Owen, who's going to get to know Sam's 'rents during a family meal. But Owen gets a case of foot-in-mouth disease when he meets Sam's dad -- a chicken farm owner -- and makes disparaging remarks about chicken farm owners.

Meanwhile, it's about turkeys on 'Boston Legal,' when Shirley plans a cozy Thanksgiving dinner for herself and Carl, but instead -- and here's where the turkeys come in -- ends up hosting a dysfunctional pseudo-family affair when Alan and Denny and the office gang want in on the festivities, too.


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What to Watch Monday, Nov. 10

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2008 5:00AM
gossip girl'Gossip Girl'
(8PM, The CW)
When Chuck and Blair have suddenly emerged as the most likable characters on the show, it may be time for their fellow Upper East Siders to rethink some of their life choices.

Like, say, Dan, who was so jealous of little sis Jenny's renegade fashion show success that he's decided to deploy whatever means necessary to launch his writing career. Dan's plan: Pretend to befriend Chuck's papa Bart Bass.

That alone is enough to tick Chuck off, but when the junior Bass finds out that Dan's ulterior motive is to dig up Bart's nastiest secrets for a Vanity Fair mag article (yes, we're just going to pretend it isn't ridiculous that a high schooler would be assigned a major VF expose) ... let's just say there's nothing scarier than a baby Bass scorned.


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Did TV execs get kinder and gentler this year?

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 23rd 2008 8:28PM
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Has anyone else noticed the lack of hair trigger cancellations thus far this season? We're a good month or more in now and only Opportunity Knocks and Do Not Disturb have had the plug pulled. And believe me those needed to happen. By now, though, your high quality shows that have underperformed like Pushing Daisies usually would be doing just that ... pushing up daisies. But, for some reason, not this year. At least not yet.

Hell, ratings-challenged shows like Knight Rider and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles are even getting full season pick-ups. And that's FOX giving Sarah Connor a chance to find an audience! FOX!! I think what we're seeing is the continuing fallout from the Writer's Strike last year. Remember when the execs were talking about how they were going to rethink their approach to television, ordering fewer pilots and possibly even altering the landscape of television in regards to seasons and sweeps? Well, the fall season started up pretty much like it always has, but I do believe there are far fewer shows waiting in the wings to replace this season's failures.

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What to Watch Monday, Oct. 20

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 20th 2008 5:00AM
Real Chance of Love'Real Chance of Love'
(9PM, VH1) series premiere
As VH1.com points out, 'Real Chance of Love' is a spin-off of a spin-off ('I Love New York') of a spin-off ('Flavor of Love') of a spin-off ('Strange Love') of a spin-off ('The Surreal Life').

Brothers Real and Chance -- aka Ahmad and Kamal Givens -- were rebuffed by New York, but now they'll get their shot at reality love as 17 women compete to win their hearts.

The siblings, aspiring rappers who also refer to themselves as The Stallionaires, can pluck their mates from amongst a line-up of women that includes Bay Bay Bay, Bubbles, Stalker, So Hood, Rabbit, Lusty, Corn Fed and Milf. Let the casting for 'Real Chance of Love 2' begin.


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On the Set: 20 Things We Learned About 'Terminator'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 15th 2008 6:00AM
Behind the scenes at one of the most action-packed shows on television.

'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' (Fox, Mondays, 9PM) is a show producers like to keep under wraps to avoid spoilers.

So when you're invited to the set, with the promise of a gourmet breakfast, time with some of the show's biggest stars and the chance to play with firearms, you say "Yes!"

See what we dug up -- and blew up -- on set and around the "neighborhood" at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles.


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18 Things We Learned at Comic-Con

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 29th 2008 4:20PM
The buzz on 'Heroes' season 3, Jack Bauer's bathroom breaks and more.

There's no better place to preview TV shows and give back to fans than Comic-Con, and this year, networks embraced the opportunity like never before.

After all the star sightings, exclusive footage, and hard-to-get swag -- we covet the Sci-Fi Channel's purple tote, labeled "BIG FRAKKIN' BAG" -- our heads are so full of great stuff, they just might explode.

And wouldn't that be appropriate for Comic-Con? (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)


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Five shows I love to watch with my kids

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2008 11:01AM
House, M.D.We watch a lot of TV around this house -- hey, it's my job, man -- so the kids, ages 11 and 13, get to see a wide assortment of shows. Sure, there's a few I can't get them interested in (hard as I try), like Lost, Heroes, and Grey's Anatomy (probably just as well, with all the bed-hopping). Still, there are lots of shows I've had to recap or review over the years that they've gotten hooked on. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. House, M.D. There's something refreshing about an infectious disease specialist who walks with a limp, pops Vicodin like dinner mints, and has the bedside manner of a schoolyard bully. The kids and I can't wait to gather around the TV and watch the tortured doc hurl insults at colleagues and break into patients' homes looking for mysterious mold or a DNA sample. We like to place bets on how long it'll take somebody to start seizing and spewing blood. Last season broke the record when a drug-addicted rock star started puking blood during the first five seconds of the show. Sure, this show is rated PG-14, but it's still a family favorite around here. My kids especially love the scenes where the camera goes inside the cells and arteries of a patient (not). House, M.D. moves to Mondays at 9/8c, and returns with new episodes on April 28.

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