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From Jack Bauer to Cylons, How Scripted Television Dealt With Sept. 11

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2011 12:30PM
Given the enormity of what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, it was natural that many television writers would spend the next decade working out what it meant in the stories they told. But the shows that grappled most directly with what it meant to live in a post-9/11 world (and I examine those shows in a bit more depth below) sometimes had a difficult time wrestling with the moral and political complexities of the age while still telling a gripping story. Who knew that a show about killer robots would be one of the most successful shows to combine concerns about terrorism with satisfying character drama?

Of course, in the relatively immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many scripted television shows had episodes or moments that paid tribute to what occurred on Sept. 11, including 'NYPD Blue,' 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing,' among many others (and almost a decade later, 'Fringe' depicted still-standing twin towers in one of its most memorable moments).

Others programs dwelled on our longing for reassurance in a chaotic world in more oblique ways. 'Lost,' after all, depicted a plane crash, a struggle for survival and the difficulty of sustaining relationships in extreme circumstances, and 'Jericho' took our fears about the state of our union and amplified them in a variety of ways.

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Best War Series and Miniseries: TV's Greatest Depictions of Battlefield Drama

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 11th 2009 11:00AM
Much as we may detest war, it remains a part of American life. And TV, from its earliest days, has been right on top of dramatizing it, satirizing it, explaining it, railing about it, even celebrating it -- or at least celebrating the brave men and women who proudly wear the uniform. To honor those who have served our country this Veterans Day, here are 13 of the greatest war-themed TV shows of all time. What are yours?

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Gone Too Soon: Firefly

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2009 11:02AM
Firefly
When I first started exploring this project, there were a few shows that I knew were going to be important to hit. This is the first of those. Firefly was Joss Whedon's sci-fi western series. The show mustered disappointing ratings in its short eleven-episode run on FOX.

Since then it's gone on to near mythic cult status. There was such an outcry of support from its loyalists, the Browncoats, over its cancellation that the producers made a feature film sequel. That movie, Serenity, answered a lot of questions about the future fate of the cast. Unfortunately, like the television series, it couldn't find quite enough people to show up and tune in to warrant a sequel. Nevertheless, the few morsels of Firefly we did get are enough to prove that this is one of the most innovative and enjoyable series ever to hit the airwaves.

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The real reason The Unit was cancelled

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 7th 2009 12:29PM
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Earlier this week, I told you about the real reason Without A Trace was cancelled. Now, executive producer Shawn Ryan reveals the real reason The Unit was cancelled. "Listen, if the show had been owned by Paramount and Medium had been owned by 20th Century Fox, we'd be making the fifth season of The Unit now." You see, TV fans, it's comes down to money. CBS owns Paramount so it would earn more in the long run if The Unit made more episodes, went into syndication and reaped revenues for years to come. However, Fox owns The Unit. Get it?

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We're barely halfway through and I've already got finale fatigue!

by Jason Hughes, posted May 13th 2009 7:04PM
LostDo the American people really like watching their favorite shows this way? Assuming you have more than one or two shows you enjoy following, this week is daunting to say the least and beyond exhausting. Just last night I had a three-hour finale of The Biggest Loser and that awesome Fringe finale. In the past few days we've said goodbye to The Amazing Race, The Apprentice, Cold Case, The Unit, Brothers & Sisters, The Big Bang Theory, House and Castle. And that's just on the major networks.

Over the next two days we have America's Next Top Model, Lie to Me, Lost, Bones, My Name Is Earl, Smallville, Parks & Recreation, CSI, Grey's Anatomy, Hell's Kitchen, The Office, Supernatural and even CSI: NY on a special night. And it goes on through the weekend. In an era where ratings are slipping, how can it make good business sense to put all of these finales on against one another all within a few days of each other. I know they've always done that, but I just don't think it makes sense anymore.

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What's On Tonight: Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice, Family Guy, High Stakes Poker

by Bob Sassone, posted May 10th 2009 4:00PM
  • Cold CaseAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then the season finales of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by the season finale of Celebrity Apprentice.
  • FOX has a new Sit Down, Shut Up at 7.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • TCM has Bunny Lake Is Missing at 8.
  • HBO has a new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8, followed by The Alzheimer's Project.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • Nickelodeon has a marathon of The Nanny starting at 9.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new episode of The Tudors, then a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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TV Squad Ten: Series that should be canceled - the list

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 6th 2009 11:03AM
Grey's Anatomy
10 - Survivor, CBS

9 - Ghost Whisperer, CBS

8 - The Bachelor, ABC

7 - The Unit, CBS

6 - At least one CSI, CBS

5 - At least one Law & Order, NBC/USA Network

4 - Brothers & Sisters, ABC

3 - Private Practice, ABC

2 - American Idol, FOX

1 - Grey's Anatomy, ABC

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TV Squad Ten: Series that should be canceled

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 6th 2009 11:03AM
Grey's Anatomy
Earlier this week, I let you know of the ten shows I thought should be renewed. Now it's time to reverse the question and think about the shows that shouldn't be renewed. Yes, there are some shows that should end now, either because they have annoying characters (*cough* Meredith Grey *cough*), are not treated properly by their network (insert here pretty much all shows on FOX), have been on TV for too long and have a hard time being original (I'm talking about you Survivor), etc. ER would have been a prime candidate for this list, but NBC finally made the right decision and ended the show a few weeks ago. Note that my list includes some shows that have received early renewals. Still, I think they should be canceled asap. So what other shows, besides ER, I think should bite the dust? Let's find out!

If you just want the list, click here.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, King of the Hill, Breaking Bad, Mighty Boosh

by Bob Sassone, posted May 3rd 2009 4:01PM
  • In Plain SightAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then a new episode of The Amazing Race, the season (series?) finale of Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7, followed by a new, two-hour Celebrity Apprentice.
  • FOX has a new Sit Down, Shut Up at 7.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • HBO has a new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8, followed by two new episodes of In Treatment.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic.
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • Sci-Fi has the movie Fireball at 9.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new episode of The Tudors, then a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • At 1AM, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: TV Land Awards, Simpsons, Iron Chef America, Tudors

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 26th 2009 4:01PM
  • Jeff Goldblum - Law and Order: CIAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7, then a new Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, followed by new episodes of Sit Down, Shut Up, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • TV Land has The TV Land Awards at 8.
  • ESPN has the Red Sox/Yankees game at 8.
  • TNT has the Trail Blazers/Rockets game at 8.
  • HBO has a new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8, then two new episodes of In Treatment.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Theater.
  • USA has a new Law and Order: CI at 9, then a new In Plain Sight.
  • Showtime has a new episode of The Tudors at 9, followed by a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • G4 has a new G4 Underground at 9.
  • Also at 9: MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, followed by new episodes of Bully Beatdown and Nitro Circus.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • At 1AM, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 24th 2009 8:00AM

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have: 24, Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, Lost, Nip/Tuck, Prison Break, Private Practice, Psych, The Unit and Ugly Betty. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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What's On Tonight: Office Commercials, High Stakes Poker, Tracey Ullman

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2009 4:01PM
  • 60 MinutesAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7, then a new Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, ABC has a new, two-hour Extreme Makeover.
  • TBS has The World's Funniest Office Commercials at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8.
  • HBO has a new No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8, then two new episodes of In Treatment.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance, followed by a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • At 9, MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, then new episodes of Bully Beatdown, Nitro Circus, and College Life.
  • There's a new episode of The Tudors on Showtime at 9, followed by a new Tracey Ullman's State of the Union.
  • GSN has a new High Stakes Poker at 9.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • At 12:30AM, Cartoon Network has a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.
  • At 1AM, Cartoon Network has a new Mighty Boosh.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: No. 1 Ladies', Kings, Jim Gaffigan, Breaking Bad

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 29th 2009 4:00PM
  • The Amazing RaceAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by a new, two-hour Extreme Makeover.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by new episodes of Kings and Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons.
  • HBO has the series premiere of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency at 8.
  • Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new Family Guy, then a new American Dad.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic at 9.
  • MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, followed by new episodes of Bully Beatdown and Nitro Circus.
  • Also at 9: Comedy Central has the standup special Jim Gaffigan: King Baby.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • Showtime has a new United States of Tara at 10.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Delocated, then 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: Cold Case, King Of The Hill, Big Love, Tim And Eric

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2009 4:05PM
  • Flight of the ConchordsABC Family has a Secret Life of the American Teenager marathon all night.
  • At 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by new episodes of Kings and Celebrity Apprentice.
  • At 8, FOX has a new Simpsons, then new episodes of King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • There's a new Challenge on Food Network at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Classic.
  • MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory at 9, followed by new episodes of Bully Beatdown and Nitro Circus.
  • HBO has the season finale of Big Love at 9, then the season finale of Flight of the Conchords and a new Eastbound & Down.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • Comedy Central has the Craig Fergsuon: A Wee Bit 'O Revolution standup special at 10.
  • Also at 10: Showtime has a new United States of Tara.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Delocated, followed by 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, Au Pair 3, Breaking Bad, Delocated

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 15th 2009 4:03PM
  • KingsAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Cold Case, and The Unit.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, followed by the series premiere of Kings and a new Celebrity Apprentice.
  • FOX has a new Hole in the Wall at 7, then new episodes of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • ABC Family has the movie Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise at 8.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, followed by a new Iron Chef America.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Sonny with a Chance, then a new Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • At 9, MTV has a new Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, 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.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Breaking Bad.
  • Showtime has a new United States of Tara at 10.
  • Comedy Central has the Larry The Cable Guy Roast at 10.
  • At 12:15am, Cartoon Network has a new Delocated, followed by a new Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.

Check your local TV listing for more.

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