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Back From the Dead: Shows We Want Revived

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 1st 2010 4:00PM
Freaks and Geeks
Everybody has one, the show that was canceled too soon. You fall in love with a series, but the general public doesn't and then the giant axe comes-a-fallin'. You write to the network, you send nuts, candy bars, photos, whatever, you start an online petition and everything prove futile.

But, shows have beat cancellation years after they were buried! 'Futurama' recently rose from the dead, so why can't our favorite canceled series also get a reprieve?

We named the ones we miss the most and why, plus a pitch to get them back (some more serious than others).

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'Sex and the City's' Michael Patrick King Headed Back to Primetime

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 30th 2010 9:15AM
He's certainly experienced success on the big screen with the 'Sex and the City' movie (which grossed more than $400 million, worldwide), but 'SATC' series producer Michael Patrick King apparently missed TV land.

Deadline reports that King is about to finalize a multi-year "mega deal" with Warner Bros. Television that will have him creating his own TV production company at WBTV, where he'll help foster a group of writers and develop a slate of new TV series.

King's return to the tube is scheduled for June, when he's finished promoting 'Sex and the City 2,' the May 27 sequel to 2008's first 'SATC' big-screen effort.

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Lisa Kudrow Talks 'Cougar Town,' Botox and 'Web Therapy'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 6th 2010 9:00AM
Best known as ditzy blonde Phoebe Buffay on seminal sitcom 'Friends,' Lisa Kudrow has continued her post-'Friends' career not only in popular films ('P.S. I Love You,' 'Powder Blue') but also taking on production and development roles, first with the short-lived HBO show 'The Comeback' and now with an online series called 'Web Therapy.'

Kudrow pulled in her old friend Courteney Cox for a guest spot on 'Web Therapy' and now she's returning the favor by appearing on 'Cougar Town' this week. Kudrow plays Dr. Amy Evans, a dermatologist who gives Jules Cobb a hard time about her decision to try and look younger.

Inside TV talked to Kudrow about 'Web Therapy,' producing shows and working with her 'Friend' again.

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Most Improved TV Shows: 10 Bad Shows That Got Better

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 21st 2009 5:00PM
Amy Poehler When it debuted last spring, 'Parks and Recreation' already seemed in need of some urban renewal. Sure, Amy Poehler was funny, but the rest of the ensemble didn't gel around her, the plotting was listless and the jokes fell flat.

In its second season, however, the writing has become sharper, the pacing has gathered steam and Poehler's bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur has become someone to sympathize with and root for.

'Parks' deserves a ribbon for improving on a rocky start; after all, few shows that stumble out of the gate are able to recover their footing and race to the forefront. Here are nine more that did ...

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What's the greatest short-lived show of all-time?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2009 3:03PM
Brisco and CometWe've talked a lot about great short-lived shows here at TV Squad. We even have a whole category for them. But it's always good to revisit the topic to see what you readers think.

Over at Entertainment Weekly, they've chosen the 25 great TV shows that got a quick hook, the shows that got canceled (way) before their time (we're talking really short runs, so Arrested Development and Sports Night aren't on the list). There are several shows on the list that you would expect to see (Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life, Firefly), some surprise entries that made me happy to see on there (The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr, Frank's Place, Karen Sisco, Now & Again), and a few head-scratchers (Malibu Road? Really?). It's slightly heavy on the current side, with Journeyman and Life on Mars on the list. I mean, Life on Mars is still running new episodes.

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John From Cincinnati is not the most creative TV show of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2008 8:04AM
John From Cincinnati
Sometimes you come across a line in a column, an opinion, an observation, that is so mindblowingly wrong-headed that it leaves your mouth hanging open for a full 30 seconds. That's what happened to me when I read this list of the Shows That Died Too Young (great one season shows that shouldn't have been canceled) over at The New York Post. Talking about HBO's John From Cincinnati, the writer says this:

John [From Cincinnati] was not only the most creative program in the medium's sixty year history, but also some of the most mysterious.

Now, the second half of that quote is grammatically baffling, but we get the idea: JFC was the most creative show that has been on television in its 60 year history. Well, what do you think of that?

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Casting news from Sons of Anarchy and 90210

by Brett Love, posted Jul 7th 2008 12:01PM

Meghan Markle - Deal Or No Deal - 90210With The Shield getting set to call it a day, Jay Karnes (Detective Wagenbach) could use a new gig. As is so often the case when looking for work, it's good to have friends. Karnes has landed a new role on FX's Sons of Anarchy, which just happens to be created by Kurt Sutter, writer/executive producer of The Shield. He's signed up for six episodes as an ATF agent named Scott Kohn.

There should be less gunplay involved for Meghan Markle (Deal Or No Deal) and Kellan Lutz (The Comeback). The pair have joined the CW's new version of 90210. Markle will take on the role of Wendy, one of the West Beverly High vixens who takes advantage of her looks. Lutz is on board to play star lacrosse player George Evans. Lutz is 23 and Markle is 26, so it would appear that they've kept that same age appropriate casting the original was famous for. Personally, I just really like the idea of a Deal Or No Deal model being cast on 90210.

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Stump the King - The Comeback

by Paul Goebel, posted Oct 15th 2007 1:03PM

Duck AKA DougI had a very interesting week last week. The high point was an interview I did with Laura Silverman for my podcast. Most of you will know Laura from her role as Sarah's sister on The Sarah Silverman Program. However, she also had major roles on HBO's The Comeback and the comedy classic Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.

She had some funny things to say about working for HBO and Comedy Central but the best part of the interview was a story she told about Sarah's pooch, Duck, who plays Doug on the Comedy Central show.

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