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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Five cancelled shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 19th 2009 10:00AM
Guiding LightOn the fifth day of Christmas, TV gave to me ... five cancelled shows ...

Every new season, a network will cancel a show (at least) that a ton of people like. Of course, every year the networks cancel shows that nobody likes. The five shows on this list include a little of both. Feel free to list other shows in the comments, but these are the five that stood out to me in 2009.

1. Guiding Light. I had to put Guiding Light at number one. You can't put the cancellation of a show that was on every weekday for 72 years at number three or number five. It just wouldn't be right, even if the show did limp to its end. The longest-running soap opera (and one of the longest-running shows on TV, period) started on radio in 1937 and switched to television in 1952 (it was actually on both radio and TV for a while). The last episode aired in September.

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YouTube Temporarily Saves 'The Beautiful Life'

by Bryan Enk, posted Dec 17th 2009 12:00PM
Fan(s?) rejoice! 'The Beautiful Life: TBL' has been resurrected -- sort of.

The Hollywood Reporter brings news that the CW drama, which was canceled mere days after the airing of its second episode, will run its course on YouTube. Starting Monday, December 21, the two episodes that were aired in September will be available online, as well as three episodes that were completed but never broadcast.

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The CW May Show Unaired Episodes of 'The Beautiful Life' in June: Will You Watch?

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Nov 18th 2009 1:50PM
The Beautiful LifeBeauty will always find a way to win out. Were that anything but true, were beauty not the ultimate weapon of choice in the entertainment biz, we wouldn't be reporting that the CW may broadcast the unaired episodes of 'The Beautiful Life' next June.

And if that goes well, could the Ashton Kutcher co-produced series about the trials and tribulation of the modeling life, nixed by the CW last September after airing just two episodes, have another shot at ratings radiance?

Before you tweet, chirp or e-mail your e-vites eight months in advance, note this information has to stay in the unconfirmed box for now. Today, the Daily News simply scooped up and delivered information found on one of the 'TBL' fan pages on Facebook, stating that the unaired episodes could run in June, and that the CW wouldn't renew the show. Well, the second part we knew: 'TBL' debuted in the ratings sub-basement and sank from there.

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Fall TV 2009: Canceled Shows

by Andrew Scott, posted Oct 22nd 2009 4:40PM
SouthlandThis season, some shows were canceled too soon ('Southland') -- and some not soon enough ('The Beautiful Life'?!).

Click through our gallery to see a list of shows that are no longer with us.

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Help save The Beautiful Life (or you could just do your laundry or something)

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 28th 2009 7:02PM
TBLIf all of the people who watched the first two episodes of The Beautiful Life signed this petition...well, the show would still be canceled (if you had TBL in the office "which show will get canceled first" pool, congrats!).

Cancellations + the web = instant petitions. A TV show used to just die and then that would be it. Oh, sometimes something happens where a show gets a second chance (exec taking a chance, summer reruns getting good ratings, the show doing well on DVD, buzz, etc), but it's a long shot. And now, whenever a show is canceled the web gives us the opportunity to create and/or sign a petition to get the show renewed.

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A&E Cancels 'The Cleaner' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 28th 2009 12:14PM
The Cleaner cancelledA&E cancels 'The Cleaner,' the CW gives 'The Beautiful Life: TBL' some ugly news, Madonna books Letterman and more of today's top TV headlines.

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The CW cancels Beautiful Life, but wants more Tree, Vampire and Melrose

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 25th 2009 10:29PM
The Beautiful LifeThe cancel hammer fell faster this season than I expected. After only two episodes, even The CW's lower ratings expectations couldn't save The Beautiful Life. The real reason The CW canceled The Beautiful Life: TBL is right there in the title. How pretentious do you have to be to put your acronym in your title?

Acronyms are earned. Acronyms like OTH, VD and MP. Those stand for shows that are doing much better for The CW. The network has tossed a full season order to the veteran One Tree Hill. They came a little short of that with The Vampire Diaries, ordering nine more scripts, but a full-season pick-up can't be far behind. While TBL slipped to one million, VD achieved 3.8 million and growing.

As for Melrose Place, it's not doing nearly as well, but The CW is maybe hoping that Heather Locklear can save this iteration the way she did the original. I'm not so sure, but they've got six more scripts to prove their case.

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What's On Tonight: Old Christine, Cougar Town, Glee, CSI: NY, Top Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 23rd 2009 12:11PM
Modern Family
  • At 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars, followed by the series premieres of Modern Family, Cougar Town, and Eastwick.
  • CBS has the season premiere of Old Christine at 8, then the season premieres of Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has the series premiere of Mercy at 8, followed by the season premiere of Law and Order: SVU and a new Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance and a new Glee.
  • There's a new America's Next Top Model on The CW at 8, then a new The Beautiful Life.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Bobb'e Says at 8, followed by a new Dude, What Would Happen?
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Man vs. Wild.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 9.
  • History Channel has a new Nostradamus Effect at 9, followed by a new MysteryQuest.
  • Also at 9: Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters, then a new Destination Truth.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Top Chef: Las Vegas.
  • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Sissy Spacek Joins 'Big Love' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 18th 2009 11:40AM
Sissy Spacek Big LoveSissy Spacek joins 'Big Love,' 'The Beautiful Life: TBL' premieres to ugly ratings, Penn and Teller to star in a new ABC comedy pilot and more of today's top TV headlines.

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What's On Tonight: Crash Course, The Beautiful Life, Top Chef, Black Gold

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 16th 2009 4:04PM
Dark Blue
  • ESPN2 has WNBA Basketball Playoffs all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Wipeout, followed by new episodes of Crash Course and Primetime: The Outsiders.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour America's Got Talent at 8, then a new Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 8, followed by a new Glee.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8, then the series premiere of The Beautiful Life.
  • There's a new Live From Lincoln Center on PBS at 8, with the New York Philharmonic.
  • Spike has a new, two-hour UFC Fight Night at 8, followed by a new Ultimate Fighter.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Bobb'e Says at 8, then a new Dude, What Would Happen?
  • At 9, TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns.
  • Syfy has a new Ghost Hunters at 9, followed by a new Destination Truth.
  • History Channel has a new Nostradamus Effect at 9, then a new MysteryQuest.
  • BBC America has a new Gordon Ramsay's F Word at 9.
  • At 10, TNT has the season finale of Dark Blue.
  • Bravo has a new Top Chef: Las Vegas at 10.
  • MTV has a new Real World at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Man vs. Food at 10.
  • TruTV has a new Black Gold at 10.
  • Also at 10: Food Network has a new Dinner: Impossible.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Jonathan Coulton weighs in on Fall TV

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 16th 2009 11:03AM
jonathan coultonLike most people in this world, I often turn to master geek musician Jonathan Coulton when I'm trying to figure out how I should feel about something (you can smell hair burning when I try to think for myself).

So imagine my horror when the Fall schedule started filling out and Mr. Coulton was still dealing with strictly music-related matters. Well, I can finally have a restful night of sleep, because John Sellers of True Slant has gotten Jonathan Coulton's take on Fall TV.

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Helen Hunt May Replace Maura Tierney on 'Parenthood' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 15th 2009 11:45AM
Helen Hunt Parenthood'Parenthood' may swap Maura Tierney for Helen Hunt, Patrick Swayze passes away, Tina Fey, Simon Baker and others to present at the Emmys and more of today's top TV headlines.

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What to Watch Sept. 14-20

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 13th 2009 3:00PM
This week on TV: Jay moves to primetime, models live a 'Beautiful Life' and television honors its best and brightest ....


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Jay Leno'The Jay Leno Show' (10PM, NBC) series premiere
Is it a refreshing new entry on the primetime scene, or the ruination of scripted TV? That probably depends on whether you're an NBC exec or a TV critic. But even those who may worry that cheaply-produced talk shows will replace scripted fare have to be curious about tonight's premiere, which includes Jerry Seinfeld and a performance by Jay-Z with Rihanna and Kanye West.

'Gossip Girl' – 3rd season premiere (9PM, The CW)
'Oprah Winfrey' – The Big O chats with Whitney Houston (Check local listings) 24th season premiere
'Inside the Actors Studio' – Lipton chats with the cast of 'Family Guy' (8PM, Bravo)
'Lincoln Heights' – 4th season premiere (8PM, ABC Family)
'Eddie Griffin: Going for Broke' – Reality series following the comedian's financial woes (10PM, VH1) series premiere
'One Tree Hill' – 7th season premiere (8PM, The CW)

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Ranking my enthusiasm for the new fall slate

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 8th 2009 7:01PM
CommunityEach year, as the new fall season approaches, I go through all the magazine and online sources talking about the various shows to try and figure out which ones I'm going to be excited about, and which I'm going to avoid like the plague.

Inevitably, I wind up sampling plenty of shows from which I should have steered clear. At the same time, a few shows will slip between the cracks, and then I'm bashing my head against the wall because I missed out on the beginning of something special. I hate coming into things late.

This year, I decided to share my top and bottom five selections. I'm sure the rest of the Squadders and you will have differing opinions than mine, but that's what makes America great, right? Chime in with your own lists in the comments.

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TV Squad's complete 2009-10 fall season premiere calendar

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:04PM
GleeThe networks have had a quiet summer, quietly introducing scripted bomb after scripted bomb, so they're certainly ready to jump into the new fall season. And It looks to be an interesting one. ABC is scheduling a two-hour block of new comedies on Wednesdays as the sitcom tries to make a comeback.

Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.

To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.

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