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Talking TV Podcast Collars 'Luther,' 'The League,' 'Homeland' and 'Breaking Bad'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 29th 2011 2:00PM
A few new shows and 'Breaking Bad' get the Talking TV treatment this week.

In this edition of the podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about the second season of BBC America's 'Luther,' the return of the fantasy-football comedy 'The League' (season premiere guest star Seth Rogen is pictured at right), Showtime's excellent new drama 'Homeland,' the bumpy ride of Fox's 'Terra Nova' and this week's 'Breaking Bad' episode.

Running times are below.

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A Dozen Big 'Terra Nova' Questions (With Some Answers from a Dino Drama Insider)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 26th 2011 10:01PM
'Terra Nova,' which I reviewed here, has been one of the most anticipated television programs of the year, and if you're like me, you had a number of questions once the two-hour pilot ended.

What's up with the Sixers? How crazy will the people vs. dino battles get? Will the teen son become less annoying?

As luck would have it, I spoke to 'Terra Nova' executive producer Rene Echevarria in August, and I was able to ask him some of the questions I had (I'd only seen the first hour of the pilot at that point, or I would have asked him more).

In any event, here are a dozen of the most pressing questions I had, and I'd love to get your answers to those queries, as well as your theories or predictions about where the show will go from here. And of course, I've included Echavarria's answers to various queries where relevant.

Spoilers ahoy, obviously. If you haven't seen the 'Terra Nova' premiere, stop reading now.

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'Terra Nova': Things That Cost the Same As the $20 Million Pilot

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 26th 2011 12:30PM
Terra NovaBetter late than never: Tonight marks the long-awaited premiere of Fox's dino-riffic new drama, 'Terra Nova.' While the special effects are indeed impressive for a primetime drama, the prehistoric creatures on the show didn't come at a small price.

The 'Terra Nova' pilot, which was originally scheduled to air in May but was pushed back to the fall, reportedly cost a staggering $20 million to produce.

The production was plagued with problems, with sources calling it a "debacle" (per The Wrap), amassing a $10 million price tag even before a single frame was shot. Creative disagreements, rewrites and big names dropping out didn't help.

Still, AOL TV's Maureen Ryan was pleased with the pilot, saying it shows plenty of promise in her review of the new series. But let's be clear: This thing cost twice the amount of the 'Lost' pilot ($10 million), and more than the Martin Scorsese-directed 'Boardwalk Empire' pilot ($18 million).

That gigantic number got us thinking. What else could you get for $20 million? Well, aside from 20 million four-piece chicken nuggets from the McDonald's dollar menu, here is AOL TV's list of things you could buy for $20 million, a.k.a. the cost of Fox's 'Terra Nova' pilot:

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Review: 'Terra Nova' Brings Dino Drama to TV, But Will It Live Up to Its Potential?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 26th 2011 10:00AM
Many expectations are riding on the scaly backs of the dinosaurs of 'Terra Nova' (8PM ET Monday, Fox). The two-hour pilot for this action-adventure series encountered more than its share of production hiccups and the entire enterprise chomped a whole lot of Fox's money.

The good news is, most that money is up on the screen (the cash that's not going to Steven Spielberg and the show's other 11 executive producers, that is). 'Terra Nova's' expansive vistas and action scenes look spiffy, and if you like to see humans battle dinosaurs in HD, you're likely to be satisfied by the workmanlike but effective story told in the pilot.

But the long-term future of 'Terra Nova,' which is set 85 million years in the past, hinges on which of two very different questions it's going to answer. If it chooses to focus on whether the generic Shannon family can rebuild itself, all the dino antics in the world probably won't save it from falling into a tar pit of predictable, sub-Spielbergian sentimentality.

The most interesting question 'Terra Nova' could answer is this: What problems and baggage does a society bring to its efforts to reinvent itself?

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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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'Terra Nova' Promo Features New Song from Michelle Branch (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 23rd 2011 7:30AM
Fox's epic new time-travelling series 'Terra Nova' premieres Monday.

It has all the ingredients for a sure-fire ratings winner for the post-'Lost' generation: Dying planets! Parallel worlds! Dinosaurs! Time-traveling! Stephen Spielberg!

'Terra Nova' is set in a dystopian future where humans live in on a dying planet. Cop Jim Shannon (Jason O'Mara) travels back in time with his family to the prehistoric era to help colonists rebuild civilization from the ground up.

The promo opens with scenes of a choking planet Earth followed by the colonists embarking on their "new beginning." As Dr. Elizabeth Shannon (Shelley Conn) says she can't help worrying about her children's future, the action cuts to Jim, who says "The thing about Terra Nova is, you don't have to go looking for trouble." Uh oh. Cue some mighty angry-looking dinosaurs.

Check out the new promo after the jump. It features Grammy-winner Michelle Branch's new song 'Another Sun.'

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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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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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Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Drama (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 23rd 2011 12:00PM
Welcome to Part 2 of our critics roundtable debate, all about the best new dramas of the upcoming 2011-2012 TV season. Which new shows made the list? You'll have to watch and see ...

Here's a little backstory: during the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, I gathered a group of my fellow critics and turned on the cameras while we talked all about the best and worst of fall TV.

Fall TV Critics Roundtable: Best New Comedy

I've split our chat into five insightful videos, and we'll be posting a new one here on AOL TV everyday this week -- best new comedy and best new drama (watch both below), worst new show (Wednesday), star we're happiest to see on TV (Thursday) and returning show we're most excited for (Friday) -- so keep checking back for more.

Right now, join me and HitFix.com's Alan Sepinwall, Melanie McFarland from IMDb TV, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine and AOL TV's own Mo Ryan to get our honest take on today's topic: Best new drama.

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Patty Duke Heading to 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Suits' Lands Chi McBride & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 5th 2011 10:25AM
Patty DukePatty Duke will guest star on 'Hawaii Five-0.' Unfortunately, she will not be playing identical cousins.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the legendary actress will play a mother of a murder victim. She has Alzheimer's and when the team goes to inform her of the bad news, she believes her grown son is still a child. Did somebody just clinch an Emmy nomination for 2012?

Duke's episode is the second of the new season, premiering Sept. 19 at 10PM on CBS.

In other casting news ...

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Fox Announces Fall 2011 Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 23rd 2011 1:30PM
Terra NovaGet ready for singing teens, dinosaurs and cranky doctors -- Fox has announced the premiere dates for the fall 2011 season.

'Cops' kicks things off on Sat., Sept. 10 at 8PM. 'Glee' returns on Tues., Sept. 20 followed by the series premiere of 'New Girl' and Season 2 debut of 'Raising Hope.'

Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor' hits the air with a two-part episodes airing from 8-10PM on both Wed., Sept. 21 and Thurs., Sept. 22.

Dinosaur drama 'Terra Nova' makes its highly-anticipated debut with a two-hour episode on Mon., Sept. 26 at 8PM.

Check out the rest of the premiere dates below.

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

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 7th 2011 12:00PM
New Fox showsWe'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 Fox's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are seven shows total -- the good ('New Girl'), the bad ('I Hate My Teenage Daughter') and the why-the-hell-did-this-happen (animated 'Napoleon Dynamite') -- and plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick, Alex Moaba, Alexis Moore and Laura Prudom.

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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Fox Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 9:30AM
The X FactorIn advance of this afternoons Upfront presentation in New York, Fox announced its fall 2011 TV schedule this morning. There aren't any big surprises, aside from the 'Bones' spinoff 'Finder' getting its debut at midseason instead of this fall as a contingency plan for Emily Deschanel's pregnancy like many predicted.

The long-delayed 'Terra Nova' finally gets its official debut this fall, with the Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur show airing Monday nights at 8PM before 'House.' 'The X Factor' takes over 'American Idol''s time slot, and will help launch a new comedy on Wednesday nights.

Another interesting tidbit to note: 'America's Most Wanted' has been discontinued as a regular TV series; after 23 years Fox has decided to bring back the show in the form of occasional specials.

Check out the full lineup after the jump.

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Jon Cassar Sets the Record Straight About 'The Kennedys'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 12th 2011 1:00PM


Jon Cassar, director and producer of seasons 1–7 of '24,' took on a new beast when he wrangled the miniseries 'The Kennedys' onto prime time as director. Inherently contentious and polarizing, documenting the Kennedy family for TV was bound to be a button-pusher and divider of critics. 'The Kennedys' did just that; TV pundits fall on one side of the fence or the other, and viewers either love it or hate it.

AOL Television caught up with Cassar to set the record straight about numerous rumors dogging the production and presentation of 'The Kennedys,' from the allegedly doctored viewer numbers to why the History Channel pulled out at the last minute.

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Charlie Sheen Update, 'Terra Nova' Pushed Back and More TV News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 14th 2011 12:00PM
Charlie SheenWhile you may feel some Charlie Sheen fatigue, the former 'Two and a Half Men' star isn't running out of steam just yet.

According to TMZ, Sheen's live show -- he's going the route of Conan O'Brien -- sold out in 18 minutes. Yes, 18 minutes, a TicketMaster record.

Sheen announced on his official site that the $1 from every ticket sale will go to help those in Japan who have been affected by the earthquake and resulting tsunamis. The actor is also selling T-shirts adorned with the phrase "Duh, winning."

In other Sheen news, '30 Rock' star Alec Baldwin took to his Huffington Post blog to tell the troubled actor that he "can't win" in his fight with the studios. However, he did offer this advice: "But you know what you should do? Take a nap. Get a shower. Call Chuck. Go on Letterman and make an apology."

On March 20, TLC plans to air a special about the actor.

In other TV news ...

Petra Nemcova almost quit 'Dancing With the Stars' to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Nemcova was a victim of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, her pelvis left shattered. [NY Post]

Paget Brewster will star in NBC's 'My Life as an Experiment' pilot. The comedy is produced by Jack Black and based on the book 'Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment.' Brewster will play Stacie, the lawyer wife to the magazine journalist main character. If the pilot does not go to series, Brewster could return to 'Criminal Minds.' [TVLine]

Fox's dinosaur/time-travel drama 'Terra Nova' has been pushed back, again. The Steven Spielberg-produced series was set to air a preview following 'American Idol' in May, however due to unfinished special effects the series will make its debut in the fall. [Entertainment Weekly]

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