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What's On Tonight: The Oscars, Iron Chef America, United States Of Tara

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 22nd 2009 4:00PM
  • Flight of the ConchordsFOX has the Sprint: Auto Club 500 NASCAR race all night.
  • At 7, ABC has The Barbara Walters Special, followed by The Oscars Red Carpet and The 81st Annual Academy Awards. After the awards (and/or local news), there's a special Jimmy Kimmel Live with Mel Gibson.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then a new Amazing Race.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7.
  • At 8, Discovery has three new episodes of Rampage!
  • VH-1 has a new Confessions of a Teen Idol at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic.
  • Food Network has a new Iron Chef America at 9.
  • MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, followed by new episodes of The CollegeHumor Show, Nitro Circus, and How's Your News?
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 9, then new episodes of Flight of the Conchords and Eastbound & Down.
  • Showtime has a new episode of The L Word at 9, followed by new episodes of United States of Tara and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
  • Also at 9: Sundance has a new Shameless.
  • At 11:30, E! has 2009 Academy Awards After Party.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Amazing Race, Big Love, Simpsons, Tim And Eric

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 15th 2009 4:02PM
  • 60 MinutesAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then the season premiere of The Amazing Race and new episodes of Cold Case and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7, followed by the conclusion of XIII.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • PBS has a new Nature at 8, followed by a new Masterpiece Classic.
  • TNT has the NBA All-Star Game at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8 (with Miley Cyrus!), then the season finale of Ultimate Recipe Showdown and a new Iron Chef America.
  • Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance at 8, then a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • VH-1 has a new Confessions of a Teen Idol at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new Desperate Housewives, then a new Brothers & Sisters.
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 9, followed by a new Flight of the Conchords and the premiere of Eastbound & Down.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new episode of The L Word, then new episodes of The United States of Tara and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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2009 Returning Show Season Premieres - Midseason TV

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 24th 2008 6:00AM
Let's just forget that drab fall TV season ever happened and prepare for the stellar lineup ahead.

Follow our midseason guide to find out what happened -- and what's going to happen -- on '24,' 'Battlestar,' 'Scrubs' and all your returning favorites.


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New L Word poster: Oh, I see what you did there

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 23rd 2008 2:04PM
L WordThe sixth and final season of Showtime's The L Word is about to kick off (January 18th at 9:00 p.m. EST), so that means the new promos are on their way. Check out this piece of work right here and please excuse me as I reveal my art snobbery.

When I first saw this poster, I thought it was some fan art from a Photoshop beginner. What happened to the days of solid design, when stuff like this totally wouldn't fly outside of Graphic Design I? If basic cable shows like Mad Men can make their ads sleek and sexy, what excuse does Showtime have? I was so distracted by the weird masking and forced shadows and weak composition and awkward font choice and various other super-sad arty elements, that I completely missed the eight chicks getting it on in the background.

Now, if that's not ineffective design, I don't know what is. See a larger version of the poster after the jump and analyze for yourself.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2008 6:00PM
Man From U.N.C.L.E. DVD setHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

The complete series sets seem to be coming fast and furious these days, though there really isn't anything here that I want to spend the cash on (already have The Outer Limits). I have the first Man From U.N.C.L.E. complete series set that Time-Life did several months ago (this one is from Warner). The Starlost? Maybe as a curiosity, but I doubt it. The Incredible Hulk? Eh. Knight Rider? God no.

  • According To Jim - Season 1
  • Ben 10: Alien Force - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Dynasty - Season 3, Vol. 2
  • Family Guy - Vol. 6, Freakin' Sweet Party Pack, and Total World Domination Collection sets
  • The Incredible Hulk - Complete Series and Season 5
  • Knight Rider - Complete Series
  • The L Word - Season 5
  • Looney Tunes - Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 6 and Spotlight Collection, Vol. 6
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - Complete Series
  • The Naked Brothers Band - Season 2
  • The Outer Limits (Original Series) - Complete Series
  • Route 66 - Season 2
  • The Starlost - Complete Series
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 2, Vol. 2

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Leisha Hailey cast in The L Word spinoff

by Brett Love, posted Sep 5th 2008 9:02AM

Leisha Hailey - The L WordThe L Word will kick off its sixth, and final, season in January, with Elizabeth Berkley in tow. That's a pretty nice run for any show, cable or network. If you're experiencing preemptive disappointment over the thought of losing the show, rest easy. As we heard at the TCAs, Ilene Chaiken, creator and executive producer of the show, has been signed to write and produce a pilot for an L Word spinoff.

Even better, we now know that Leisha Hailey has been brought in to star. She plays Alice, and would have easily been my pick for the character to spin off. The Showtime press release doesn't contain any details about what Chaiken has planned for Alice in the new series. We do know that she will take a storyline from season six and continue it as internet-only content. If the pilot goes forward to series, the online component will segue into the new show. I would add, if there is any way to bring back Erica Cerra, I'd be all for that. You can never have too much Erica Cerra on your television. Showtime's press release is after the jump.

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Elizabeth Berkley isn't afraid of the L-Word

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 23rd 2008 12:03PM
Jesse Spano is coming back to TV. After guest appearances on CSI: Miami and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Elizabeth Berkley is ditching the procedurals and heading over to Showtime. The former Saved by the Bell star will be joining Jennifer Beals, her costar in the 2002 film Roger Dodger, on Showtime's The L-Word for a multi-episode arc.

Word is, Berkley's L-Word character has a history with Jennifer Beals' Bette. The two went to college together and Berkley was the straight girl who got away. Perhaps Bette will have better luck the second time around.

My only hope for this pairing is that they can somehow manage to fit a Flashdance: What a Feeling / I'm So Excited dance-off into the plot of the show, thus bringing together the high points of both of these women's careers and officially making this the best casting decision ever.

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Showtime news: possible L Word spinoff, new seasons for Weeds, new shows - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 18th 2008 8:03PM
Showtime logoSome quickie news from Showtime, presented by entertainment president Bob Greenblatt:
  • Ilene Chaiken is developing a spin-off for The L Word, which will feature a yet unspecified character from the original show, whose upcoming season will be its last. There will be an open-ended plot in the season finale that Chaiken will continue online, then pick up if the spin-off comes to pass.
  • Two more 13-episode seasons of Weeds have been ordered.
  • A seventh season of Penn & Teller: Bullshit! has been ordered, making it Showtime's longest-running show.
  • A reality/documentary show called Lock 'N Load has been ordered; it's filmed in a gun shop, and it shows the various people who purchase guns and "exploit their right to bear arms," according to the press release.
  • Two new pilots have been ordered and filmed. The United States of Tara, produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Diablo Cody, stars Toni Collette as a suburban mother with multiple-personality disorder. John Corbett stars as her husband (yes... it's a comedy). The other pilot is tentatively-titled Nurse Jackie. It stars Edie Falco as a New York City nurse with a painkiller addiction who sometimes crosses moral lines to help her patients (no... it's not a comedy). Tara will begin airing in winter 2009, and Jackie will begin airing in late spring or early summer.

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Psych casts Cybill Shepherd as Shawn's mom

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 23rd 2008 5:41PM
Cybill ShepherdThis sounds like good casting to me. Cybill Shepherd is joining Psych for a mini-arc as Shawn's mom. The actress, best known on TV from her hit series Moonlighting (remember, her and Bruce Willis?), has recently been on Showtime's The L Word. Cybill's not a great dramatic actress, but she is pretty funny and should fit in perfectly with the goofy, good-natured fun on Psych.

When Psych comes back to USA Network on July 18 with new shows, her episodes (at least two) will be broadcast. She's playing Madeleine, Henry's ex-wife and Shawn's mama. So far in the series, Maddie (like Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting perhaps?), has not been shown in the scenes depicting Shawn -- and Gus's -- childhood. Corbin Bernsen, who plays Henry, has worn a hairpiece for the retro scenes and goes bald for the present day scenes. We'll see whether Cybill's in both scenes or not...

According to the show, when Madeleine appears in Santa Barbara, she's coming from Europe and wants to visit her sonny boy. The visit, so we're told, dredges up some old memories. And since this is a crime/caper/mystery show, perhaps Maddie's bound to get involved in one of Shawn's cases.

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Giveaways reminder: L Word, Sam & Max

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 28th 2008 10:00AM
sam and max dvdIf you haven't entered our latest giveaways yet, here's a reminder that they are ending today. You've got until 5PM Eastern today to enter the L Word DVD giveaway and the Sam & Max DVD giveaway.

Just head on over to the post links above, read through the rules and make the applicable comment there (not here!) We'll notify the winners next week.

Good luck!

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Giveaway Monday: The L Word season four

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 24th 2008 10:06AM
the l word season 4 dvdThis time we've got three copies of The L Word - Season Four on DVD for three lucky, random commenters. The DVD is available in stores now.

To enter, simply leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, March 28 simply telling us why you'd like to own this DVD set. As always, we'll randomly choose three winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own The L Word - The Complete 4th Season on DVD.
  • The comment must be left before March 28, 2008 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Three winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Three winners will receive a copy of The L Word - The Complete 4th Season on DVD (valued at $54.99).
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Everybody Hates Chris, Unhitched

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 9th 2008 4:00PM
  • The WireAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Big Brother.
  • ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos at 7, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Oprah's Big Give, and Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • NBC has 100 Most Outrageous Moments at 7.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then a new King of the Hill.
  • There's a new Everybody Hates Chris on The CW, followed by a new Aliens in America.
  • Also at 8: TCM has The Absent-Minded Professor, then Son of Flubber.
  • At 9, HBO has the series finale of The Wire at 9, then a new episode of Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam.
  • Showtime has a new L Word at 9.
  • Sundance has a new Shameless at 9.
  • At 9:30, FOX has a new Unhitched.
  • At 10, CBS has an episode of Dexter.
  • Breaking Bad's season finale airs on AMC at 10.
  • FX has a new Dirt at 10.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force, followed by new eps of Squidbillies and Frisky Dingo.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Everybody Hates Chris, Oprah's Big Give, Dirt

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 2nd 2008 4:03PM
  • UnhitchedAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Big Brother.
  • ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos at 7, then a new Extreme Makeover, the series premiere of Oprah's Big Give, and a new Here Come The Newlyweds.
  • NBC has a new, two hour Dateline at 7, followed by a new Deal Or No Deal.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of King of the Hill and Family Guy, and then the series premiere of Unhitched.
  • The CW has a new Everybody Hates Chris at 8, followed by a new Aliens in America.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8, then new episodes of Ultimate Recipe Showdown and Iron Chef America.
  • At 9, Lifetime has the new movie The Perfect Assistant.
  • HBO has a new episode of The Wire at 9, then a new Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam.
  • Showtime has a new L Word at 9.
  • Sundance has a new Shameless at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has an episode of Dexter.
  • AMC has a new Breaking Bad at 10.
  • Also at 10: FX has the season premiere of Dirt.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force, followed by new episodes of Squidbillies and Frisky Dingo.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, The Wire, The L Word, Jimmy Kimmel

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 24th 2008 4:01PM
  • Jon StewartAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Big Brother.
  • ABC has the Barbara Walters Special at 7, followed by The Oscars.
  • The CW has a new CW Now at 7.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece.
  • Food Network has a new Ultimate Recipe Showdown at 9, then a new Iron Chef America.
  • HBO has a new episode of The Wire at 9, then a new Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam.
  • Showtime has a new L Word at 9.
  • Also at 9: VH-1 has a new Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, followed by new episodes of Scott Baio is 46...and Pregnant and My Fair Brady.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then a new Squidbillies.
  • At midnight (or whenever the post-Oscars news is over), there's a new Jimmy Kimmel Live, with Ben Affleck, Jon Stewart, and Mary J. Blige.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Grammy Awards, Iron Chef America, Breaking Bad

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2008 4:07PM

The Wire

  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then The Grammy Awards.
  • ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, then new episodes of Extreme Makeover and Brothers and Sisters.
  • There's a new CW Now on The CW at 7.
  • At 8, PBS has a new Nature, then a new Masterpiece.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then new episodes of Iron Chef America and Throwdown with Bobby Flay.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new King of the Hill.
  • At 9, HBO has a new episode of The Wire, then a new Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam.
  • Showtime has a new L Word at 9.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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