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New TV Land promo will make you sad, angry and maybe a little sick

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 4th 2009 5:01PM
TV Land logoSo I was watching The Andy Griffith Show marathon that TV Land seems to air every other day. This isn't my complaint, as I would watch that show every day of the week (as long as they're the black and white episodes and not the color ones, but that's another rant). No, my complaint is about the commercial that ran during the marathon.

The promo isn't online so I'll have to describe it. The narrator talks about how times change (with a montage of how phones have evolved over the years), how tastes change (a montage of different foods that people have eaten over the decades), and how we've changed (a montage of different hairstyles you might have had since you were a kid). The point of all this is that things change, but ... change is good! And that's why it's good that TV Land has a bunch of reality shows instead of classic TV shows, because things change and that's where viewers are now in their lives.

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'The Cougar' and 'Make Me a Supermodel' Finales

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 4th 2009 11:30AM
Branden Rickman

So Branden's the next big supermodel (not that anyone could name more than two male supermodels, ever, right?) and Jimmy's the object of desire for the mature woman ... and after last night's season finales of 'Make Me a Supermodel' and 'The Cougar,' we all realize we've been watching waaaaay too much cable reality TV.

But to recap: The cocky Branden bested Sandhurst (whose name just makes him seem like a 'Zoolander' character) and Jonathan for the big win on 'Supermodel,' which comes with a fat $100,000 check, a Cosmopolitan mag shoot and a one-year contract with New York Model Management. What sealed the deal for Branden? Hmmm, maybe this photo?

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Chelsea Handler rips apart The Cougar

by Bob Sassone, posted May 29th 2009 5:12PM
The Cougar is in the running for Worst TV Show of 2009 honors in my mind, so it's good to see that late night host Chelsea Handler feels the same way. Here she is doing a little rant about the show (some suggestive scenes and jokes included, so put your headphones on if you're at work).

I'll say this again: isn't it awful how low TV Land has gone? It's weird that I can watch a great Andy Griffith Show marathon, immediately followed by The Cougar. There's something wrong there. (Video also here if the one below doesn't work for you.)

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What's On Tonight: American Idol, Gary Unmarried, Mythbusters

by Bob Sassone, posted May 20th 2009 4:06PM
  • Old ChristineAt 8, FOX has the two-hour season finale of American Idol.
  • CBS has the season finale of Old Christine at 8, followed by the season finales of Gary Unmarried and Criminal Minds (two episodes).
  • TNT has the Magic/Cavaliers game at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a new Mythbusters, then a new Pitchmen.
  • PBS has a new World War II: Behind Closed Doors at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new Law and Order.
  • Spike has a new Ultimate Fighter at 10.
  • Also at 10: TV Land has a new episode of The Cougar.
  • At 10:30, Comedy Central has a new Reno 911!

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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The Cougar is not TV Land's number one show

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 12th 2009 12:03PM
Stacy, the star of TV Land's The Cougar

You won't believe which show is kicking the collective ass of TV Land's The Cougar. Then again, maybe you will. The New York Times reports that reruns of (Shazam!) The Andy Griffith Show are the cable network's most watched show.

So does this mean that the former classic TV network will go back to running shows that people actually want to watch? Probably not. Sorry to break the bad news to you. Oh, and there is no Santa Claus, and if the tooth fairy does exist, she's probably a big ol' commie.

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Does anyone watch The Cougar and if so, do they have eyes?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 16th 2009 9:05AM
Stacey Anderson, star of TV Land's The Cougar

The marketing for this show has been relentless, and that's an understatement. It's easier to shake the SARS virus in a back alley chicken hut in downtown Hong Kong than it is to shake an ad for The Cougar.

One of my personal rules (number one is "thou who smelt it, dealt it") is the harder the advertising, the worse a show is bound to be. TV Land hasn't just aired a commercial for The Cougar every five seconds in between their few remaining watchable shows. They air it on other networks. They plaster ads all over the Internet. If the economy dips any lower, they'll probably start tattooing ads to people's foreheads.

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What's On Tonight: Scrubs, Ghost Hunters, Kathy Griffin, The Cougar

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 15th 2009 4:05PM
  • Billy MaysAt 8, ABC has a new Scrubs, then new episodes of Better Off Ted, Lost, and The Unusuals.
  • FOX has a new Bones, followed by a new American Idol.
  • The CW has a new America's Next Top Model at 8.
  • At 8:30, Bravo has The A-List Awards Red Carpet, then the special Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut A Bitch and The A-List Awards.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Great Performances at the Met.
  • Discovery has a new Mythbusters at 9, then the series premiere of Pitchmen.
  • Sci-Fi has a new Ghost Hunters at 9.
  • At 10, CBS has a new CSI: NY.
  • TBS has two new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne at 10.
  • TV Land has the series premiere of The Cougar at 10.
  • Also at 10: A&E has a new Dog The Bounty Hunter.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What to Watch Wednesday, April 15

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 15th 2009 5:00AM
A list awards'The A-List Awards'
(10PM, Bravo)
It's round two for Bravo's pop culture awards fest, and the network's funniest lady (well, intentionally funny, anyway), Kathy Griffin, is back as hostess.

Celebs from A-list to D-list, including Neil Patrick Harris, Tori Spelling, Tila Tequila and Paris Hilton, also pop up throughout the festivities, which will honor winners in categories like A-List TV Show ('Gossip Girl,' 'Mad Men,' 'The Office,' '30 Rock' and 'True Blood') and A-List Abs (Christian Bale, Tyson Beckford, David Beckham, Hugh Jackman and Matthew McConaughey).

Personally, we can't wait to see who takes home the A-List Kate (Beckinsale, Blanchett, Bosworth, Holmes, Hudson, Jackson, Moss, Perry, Olsen and Winslet).

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Oh joy: more reality shows and makeover shows coming to TV Land

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 13th 2009 7:19PM
TV LandTV Land just keeps drifting further and further away from what they originally were. It wouldn't surprise me if some day we see them change the name to Reality Land and all of the older comedies and dramas dragged over to Nick at Nite.

The network has announced a few new reality shows, including one that they call an "anti-makeover" show. If it's truly anti-makeover, it will be a scripted comedy, but I'm sure it's really just another damn reality program. They have also announced a third season (gah) of High School Reunion. Guess all the people in their 40s and 50s like these things, though as someone in my 40s I'd just like to say HEY, YOU KNOW WHAT, TV LAND? I DON'T WANT TO SEE MORE REALITY SHOWS AND MAKEOVER SHOWS, EVEN IF THEY ARE "ANTI."

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Reality shows on TV Land? It's a world gone mad!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 29th 2009 12:38PM
Reality shows on TVLandMy family often watches TV during the dinner hour. There, I've said it. I'm not proud of that fact, but there you have it. We also force the kids to take 2-hour nature walks with us every weekend, so maybe it all evens out in the end.

Our favorite channel during the dinner hour is TV Land. In our neck of the woods, Hogan's Heroes airs from 6 to 7 p.m., and The Andy Griffith Show from 7 to 8 p.m. We love both these shows, and the episodes always spark laughter and a few discussion topics. Like, how could Colonel Klink be such a dimwit, and why can't more people be like Andy Taylor?

But we might have to start watching the Discovery or History channels or - gasp! - turn the TV off altogether, because the commercials on TV Land are making us gag on our organic mac-and-cheese. I'm talking about the commercials for TV Land's reality shows, High School Reunion and The Cougar.

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Hoping for less reality TV on TV Land? Keep on hoping

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 19th 2009 7:01PM
TV LandCable channels used to have fairly rigid formats that followed simple formulas. Nickelodeon was the network for kids. ESPN was the network for sports. USA was the network for non-stop reruns of Wings.

Now most of them have fallen into a strange gelatinous blob of unoriginal and unrecognizable sewage. I believe the technical term is "reality shows."

The TV Land network has been slowly engulfed by this blob of mediocrity with shows like High School Reunion and The Cougar. Their latest VP hire indicates it's about to be swallowed whole by more of the same.

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