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Can Stephen King Work on TV?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 12th 2010 10:02PM


There are some things that just don't seem to work on TV. For example, shows with an intelligent teenage protagonist. They get made, they have fans, they even last multiple seasons, but they never seem to break into the mainstream. Or shows about bands. It should work -- hot young people playing catchy tunes -- but ever since 'The Monkees', the formula has needed serious tweaking to take off. Another thing that doesn't seem to work on TV? Stephen King.

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'Heroes' Director Boards Syfy's 'Haven'

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 26th 2010 12:45PM
syfy logoAdam Kane, who directed episodes of 'Heroes' and 'The Mentalist,' is diving back into genre TV with Stephen King's 'Haven.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director has singed to helm the pilot for Syfy's upcoming supernatural series, based on King's novella, 'The Colorado Kid.'

The project, which centers on an FBI agent investigating a murder in a creepy town in Maine, has snagged Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour and Richard Donat for key roles. Rose, who chatted with us about the show last week, plays the agent who, she said, is also trying to solve a personal mystery that's "driven her whole life."

'Haven' has some strong ties to the 'The Dead Zone,' the last TV show adapted from King's work. Show producers Shawn Piller, Lloyd Segan and Scott Shepherd are all 'Dead Zone' vets who guided that series through six respectable seasons on USA. Time will tell if 'Haven,' which is also being pitched to networks abroad, will have a similar shelf life.

The series is set to premiere later this year.

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'CSI: Miami' Books Anthony Michael Hall

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 9th 2009 12:45PM
Anthony Michael HallAnthony Michael Hall will kill on an upcoming episode of 'CSI: Miami.' -- or at least that's what he'll be accused of.

According to PEOPLE, 'The Dead Zone' star will make another primetime mark guesting as a suave former ER doc who has been convicted of murder.

No further details have been revealed about Hall's guest spot, although we do know that he'll begin taping tomorrow for an air date sometime in 2010.

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A Dead Zone movie is possible

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 21st 2008 11:19AM
Anthony Michael HallLooks like a Dead Zone movie is possible. Anthony Michael Hall, who starred in the USA network sci-fi show, told SCI-FI wire that he'd be interested in doing a Dead Zone movie. Hall, who played psychic Johnny Smith for the show's six-season run, reminds everyone that he's not optimistic a Dead Zone movie will be made. "I don't think we had the size of a cult following that, let's say, The X-Files did. You look at Sex and the City or The X-Files, these movies were done long after the shows pumped out their last episodes," says the actor. Also, The Dead Zone having a previous incarnation as a feature film might preclude any new attempts. (In the film, which was released in 1983, Christopher Walken starred as Johnny Smith.)

Whatever the case may be with the possible movie, Anthony Michael Hall remains grateful about the opportunity to star in The Dead Zone. "I would certainly be open to the potential for [a reunion feature]. I would never turn my back on what [the show's late producer] Michael Piller did for me. He gave me this incredible opportunity. When I look back at [my] career, I view him and John Hughes as almost guardian angels of my career," Hall says.

[via PopCandy]

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Giveaway Monday: The Dead Zone - The Final Season DVD

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 9th 2008 10:02AM
the dead zoneThe giveaways continue today! Not only are we giving away some Soap Complete Series DVDs, but we've got five copies of The Dead Zone - The Final Season on DVD for five lucky, random commenters. The DVD is already available in stores..

To enter, simply leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, June 13 simply telling us why you'd like to own this DVD set. As always, we'll randomly choose five winners amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating why you'd like to own The Dead Zone - The Final Season on DVD.
  • The comment must be left before June 13, 2008 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Five winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Five winners will receive The Dead Zone - The Final Season DVD set (valued at $34.98).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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The Brought to You by TV Squad Award: Winner - VIDEO

by Jen Creer, posted Jun 6th 2008 11:59PM
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Product placement is everywhere, inescapable. According to Dr. Jean Kilbourne, author of Can't Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, Americans are exposed to approximately 3000 advertisements every single day. Kilbourne has a compelling video called Killing Us Softly that reveals how insidious advertisements are. Ads tell us that women should be thinner, quieter, nicer, want to have cleaner houses. They tell us that men are boarish, lust after women while drinking cheap beers, and order endless rounds of pizza without ever developing a gut. Advertisements not only tell us what we should buy: They tell us how we should think and feel about things and who we should be.

Unfortunately, the price of our entertainment is advertisements. Even when you go to the movies these days, before you have seen any previews, you have seen six commercials for new phones from Verizon and Sprint; and you have paid handsomely for the privilege. This TV Squad Award is amusing, but it is also a testament to how ubiquitous ads are: They have now found their way into the very scripts of some of our very best shows. The only advantage shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica have is that they mostly take place anachronistically, so advertising would stand out too ridiculously. However, sadly, other outstanding shows have succumbed. And one of the finest is TV Squad's choice to win this award.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 2nd 2008 6:05PM

Mannix DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • American Gangster - Season 2
  • The Andromeda Strain - Complete Mini-Series
  • CHiPs - Season 2
  • Dante's Cove - Season 3
  • The Dead Zone - Season 6
  • Doctor Who - Beneath The Surface, Doctor Who and the Silurians, The Sea Devils, and Warriors of the Deep
  • Fearless Planet
  • Flavor of Love - Season 3
  • Get Smart - Complete Series (1995 version)
  • I Love New York - Season 2
  • Mannix - Season 1
  • Meerkat Manor - Best Of, Season 2
  • Rescue Me - Season 4
  • Storm Chasers - Perfect Disaster
  • Weeds - Season 3

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The Dead Zone is dead

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 19th 2007 2:37PM

The Dead ZoneIn the wake of reports that The 4400 had been axed, Ausiello over at TVGuide.com is reporting that The Dead Zone was struck a killing blow in that same swing. Two good shows gone just like that. And just before the holidays. Man, that's gotta suck. So it looks like just as Johnny Smith sees that he's still going to have to address that impending Armageddon, the series ends. I always thought the ratings were pretty good on these shows; were they starting to show their age? Losing viewers?

I hate it when a show is canceled between seasons like this, especially when they don't resolve everything in the Season/Series Finale. It leaves a bad taste in the mouths of viewers, and makes them more and more jaded to new shows. Why do you think the serialized drama glut of last season failed so miserably. Because everyone knew we'd never see the end of The Nine.

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The Dead Zone: Ambush

by Jen Creer, posted Sep 10th 2007 3:00AM
The Dead Zone: Ambush(S06E12) We are finally coming around full circle to address Walt's death from the season premiere. Why we couldn't have been seeing bits of this as we went along, I don't know, but having a cohesive season of episodes in which one week continues logically into the next has never been a goal of The Dead Zone-- and that is fine. I just wish it would decide whether it wants to be a serial show or not, because it certainly is when it wants to be.

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What's On Tonight: Big Brother, Blue Planet, Dead Zone, Bobby Flay

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 19th 2007 5:01PM
  • 4400 logoAt 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • NBC has preseason football at 8, the Giants vs. the Ravens.
  • Discovery has two new episodes of Blue Planet at 8.
  • Lifetime has a new State of Mind at 8, then a new Side Order Of Life.
  • TNT has a new, two-hour episode of The Company at 8.
  • ESPN2 has the Little League World Series at 8.
  • Also at 8: Food Network has a new Challenge.
  • At 9, Spike has a new episode of The Kill Point.
  • There's a new 4400 on USA at 9, then a new Dead Zone.
  • A&E has a new Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9, then two new episodes of The Two Coreys.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9.
  • At 9:30, Cartoon Network has a new Naruto.
  • At 10, the History Channel has a new Ice Road Truckers.
  • Food Network has a new Throwdown with Bobby Flay at 10.
  • Comedy Central has a new Mind of Mencia at 10, then a new American Body Shop.
  • HBO has a new Big Love at 10, then new episodes of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Iron Chef America, Entourage, Army Wives

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 29th 2007 5:01PM
  • Coreys fightAt 7, NBC has a new Dateline.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • Lifetime has a new Side Order of Life at 8, then new episodes of State of Mind and Army Wives.
  • Also at 8: Disney has a new Hannah Montana, then a new Cory in the House.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Mystery!
  • There's a new 4400 on USA at 9, followed by a new episode of The Dead Zone.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels starting at 9. Then it's two new episodes of The Two Coreys.
  • HGTV has a new Design Star at 9.
  • Food Network has a new Iron Chef America at 9.
  • Spike has a new Kill Point at 9 (repeated at 10).
  • VH-1 has a bunch of reality shows starting at 9: Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, Hogan Knows Best, and Scott Baio is 45...and Single.
  • HBO has a new John From Cincinnati at 9, then new eps of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.
  • At 10, Comedy Central has a new Mind of Mencia, then a new American Body Shop.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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The Dead Zone: Heritage (season premiere)

by Jen Creer, posted Jun 20th 2007 1:21PM
Bannerman(S06E01) I love the name of this episode: Heritage. With the shocking death of Walt Bannerman (the always great Chris Bruno) (I didn't see it coming, but my 13 year old son says he did), we have not only Reverend Purdy's Heritage foundation (where Bannerman died), but also the heritage he leaves to Johnny, and his son J.J. One of the primary questions that has endured for five seasons can now be explored: If Walt were not there, would Johnny and Sarah get together? Are they fated to be together? (If the previews for next week are any indication, the answer would be, "Not just yet.")

I worry because Greg Stillson has persistently pursued Sarah too. I am not convinced that she sees him for the villain that we (the audience) and Johnny know him to be. Though, Stillson did tell Johnny this episode that he isn't as bad as Johnny thinks he is...

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Spoilers Anonymous

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 28th 2007 11:22AM
Spoiler Anonymous

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we'll 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 917-421-9477 (NY) - your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have: 24, Bones, Desperate Housewives, Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, Heroes, House, Lost, The Dead Zone and The Sopranos. (SPOILERS FOLLOW!)

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Desperate Housewives: Listen to the Rain on the Roof (season premiere)

by Jen Creer, posted Sep 25th 2006 11:49AM
Desperate Housewives(S03E01) I think what has worked about Desperate Housewives for the past two seasons is its incredible camp. I have not been a regular watcher for the past two seasons, mostly because the time the show airs coincides with children's bedtimes at my house. But I had caught the occasional episode here and there, and I read enough entertainment magazines to have a knowledge of previous seasons' plot points.

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The Dead Zone: Into the Heart of Darkness

by Jen Creer, posted Aug 21st 2006 1:28PM
The Dead Zone: Into the Heart of Darkness(S05E10) Okay. In the interest of full disclosure here, I will admit that I was an English major. And so maybe I am trying to find a narrative arc that just doesn't exist. I have struggled all season to find some kind of continuity in these episodes-- and I have so admit that maybe there just isn't any.

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