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CBS Cancels '$#*! My Dad Says,' 'Mad Love,' 'The Defenders'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 15th 2011 4:15PM
My Dad Says, William ShatnerWhile Fox, ABC and NBC made much of their programming decisions last week, today brings the first scheduling news for CBS.

The network will not go forward with second seasons for the freshmen series '$#*! My Dad Says,' 'The Defenders' and 'Mad Love,' Deadline reports. The fates of CBS's other first-year shows, 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,' 'Mike & Molly,' 'Hawaii Five-0' and 'Blue Bloods' are still officially unknown, though the 'Criminal Minds' spinoff is the only one still in danger of cancellation.

Fox, ABC and NBC made much more drastic adjustments to their schedules, canceling most of their bubble shows. CBS still hasn't officially decided on 'CSI: NY' or 'Rules of Engagement,' but things seem to be looking up for the two veteran series. Of course, that could change at any moment until the official announcements are made.

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Kathy Griffin Gets Sued for Making Fun of an Audience Member on 'The Defenders' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 12:29AM
Kathy Griffin, 'The Defenders'Even on scripted television Kathy Griffin doesn't seem to know when it might be best to just keep quiet. That was the whole basis of her comedian character's story on 'The Defenders' (Fri., 8PM ET on CBS). It got her into trouble with a sensitive member of the audience that she targeted for ridicule, and it was poised to get her into more trouble in the courtroom.

She didn't seem to be taking the whole affair seriously, which is a little understandable. How many times has Don Rickles been sued for being mean? Should he be? It's the same basic premise.

She seemed to take special delight in the witness relating back the jokes she's said about him. She did manage to keep quiet when Lisa was giving her defense, including things like "She's not a dangerous person. She's just a second-rate comic working a third-rate room."

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Smallville' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Feb 4th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo 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. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '90210,' 'Bones,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'NCIS,' 'Parenthood,' 'Parks & Recreation,' 'Smallville,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Defenders' and 'The Mentalist.'

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 to Premiere on March 21, Russell Brand to Host 'Saturday Night Live' and More TV news

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 1st 2011 5:40PM
Dancing With the StarsThose anxiously waiting for dancing celebrities rejoice -- 'Dancing With the Stars' will return Monday, March 21.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the cast of 'DWTS' season 12 will be revealed Feb. 28 during 'The Bachelor.'

Professional dancer and three-time 'Dancing With the Stars' champ Derek Hough will not return to the ABC series for season 12. Hough is filming a dance movie -- in 3D! -- and will return for season 13.

In other TV news ...

Russell Brand will host 'Saturday Night Live' on Feb. 12. Chris Brown will be the musical guest. [Hollywood Reporter]

Kathy Griffin will guest star on CBS's 'The Defenders.' Griffin will play a Las Vegas comic who is sued for insulting audience members that have been picked by her producers. Griffin will play a character named Sally, just like she did on 'Seinfeld.' The episode is titled 'Nevada vs. Greene,' but we can still hope for it to be her 'Seinfeld' character Sally Weaver. [TVLine]

Proactiv is the latest advertiser to leave MTV's 'Skins.' The acne medication maker is the ninth major sponsor to flee the controversial series. "We have officially requested that MTV revise our traffic schedule so that Proactiv spots cease airing during Skins," Kendra Elliott, vice president of media at Guthy-Renker, Proactiv's parent company, said. [Hollywood Reporter]

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Castle,' 'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Jan 7th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo 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 e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Bones,' 'Castle,' 'CSI,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Modern Family,' 'NCIS,' 'Parenthood,' Parks & Recreation,' 'Raising Hope,' 'Supernatural,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 'The Defenders.'

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Casting News: John Corbett Books Arc on 'Parenthood,' Brian Austin Green and Harold Perrineau Land TBS Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 17th 2010 3:30PM
John CorbettTalk about a role reversal: John Corbett is going from loving, all-American dad on 'The United States of Tara' to deadbeat dad/musician ex-husband of Lauren Graham's Sarah on 'Parenthood.'

According to Deadline, Corbett's character, Seth, will pay a visit to the Braverman clan while he's in town to play some shows with his band. Corbett's first appearance is scheduled to air in March.

'Sons of Anarchy' actor Darin Heames played Seth in the pilot.

In other casting news ...

Meredith and Lexie Grey are about to get a new -- and very young -- mother figure. Former 'All My Children' star Alexa Havins will shake up 'Grey's Anatomy' in February as the much-younger love of Grey's father, Thatcher. [TV Guide]

Brian Austin Green and Harold Perrineau will costar in a TBS comedy pilot together. 'The Wedding Band' will follow a group of guys who escape the stress of their lives by playing in a wedding band together. [The Hollywood Reporter]

'Bones' actor Joel David Moore is heading back to TV. The 'Avatar' actor will play the deputy director of a tsunami-tracking office on 'Hawaii Five-0.' [Movieline]

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Spoilers Anonymous: '30 Rock,' 'Dexter,' 'V,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 3rd 2010 2:30PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo 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 e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '30 Rock,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Dexter,' 'Glee,' 'Smallville,' 'The Defenders,' 'The Office,' and 'V.'

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Eliza Dushku Lands TNT Pilot, Dan Aykroyd Books 'Defenders' Guest Spot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 29th 2010 6:00PM
Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku is returning to TV, but this time the sci-fi/fantasy darling is getting a gun and a badge. Dushku has been tapped to play the lead in TNT's pilot 'Bird Dog.'

According to Deadline Hollywood, Dushku will play Gail McGrath, a young cop who has a fractured past with her police officer father. The character is living a seemingly normal life until her cop father turns up on her doorstep as her new partner. The name of the mystery series, 'Bird Dog,' is also the duo's call sign.

D.B. Sweeney has also landed a pilot role. 'The Event' actor has been tapped to star in TBS's 'Brain Trust' as Detective Billy Doyle. The character goes from rock bottom to a career high after he gets unexpected help from three geniuses who work for a private company.

In other TV news ...

The Blues Brothers are getting back together -- but this time on CBS's 'The Defenders.' Aykroyd will play a corrupt judge over two episodes that are scheduled to be shot in January. [Variety]

'The Walking Dead' saw its best numbers yet on Nov. 28. The season's fifth episode brought in 5.5 million total viewers and 3.7 million in the 18-49 demographic. The ratings were 15 percent higher than episode four's viewership. [Live Feed]

Marc Singer, star of the original 'V,' will appear on ABC's 'V' reboot this winter. Singer has been tapped to play Lars Tremont, a member of a secret society of high-powered humans who believe the Visitors are not on Earth to spread peace. [TV Guide]

Fox has released the first teasers for Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor.' However, the series is still close to a year away from airing. Watch the promo after the jump. [Deadline Hollywood]

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CBS Orders Full Seasons of All Five New Shows

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 22nd 2010 8:15AM
'Blue Bloods'Good news for CBS viewers: After a strong start to the fall season, the network has gone all-out and ordered full seasons of its five new shows.

The solid performance of the five newbies -- 'The Defenders,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Blue Bloods,' 'Mike & Molly' and '$#*! My Dad Says' -- helped CBS nab the number one spot for the first month of the fall season.

Speaking toThe Hollywood Reporter, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler credited the success to the network's strong development, promotion and smart scheduling moves. "It's personally thrilling and extremely satisfying," she added, "I like kept walking around the halls going, 'I want 5 for 5.'"

Although the network hasn't said just how many episodes have been ordered, Tassler wouldn't rule out reducing the episode orders for some series so that they can make room for new midseason shows.

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Belushi and O'Connell Show off Their Charm on 'The Defenders' Debut (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 23rd 2010 7:43AM
Belushi and O'Connell Show off Their Charm on 'The Defenders' DebutIt's the second legal premiere of the night! And it's also the 1,807th legal show currently on TV, more or less. So the question for the pilot episode of 'The Defenders' (Wed., 10PM ET on CBS) is whether the courtroom series will be able to stand out from the pack.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

'The Defenders' is set in Las Vegas, and features Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as two lawyers who are poster boys for the Vegas lifestyle. In fact, they're literally poster boys -- as they play the type of attorneys who have a big tacky billboard with their 1-800 number posted prominently. The pair aren't upscale lawyers, they're basically scruffy ambulance-chasers. But on the premiere episode, they find themselves embroiled in a case that's a little more serious, involving a murder suspect who puts his life in our heroes' hands.

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'The Defenders' and 'The Whole Truth' Premiere Reviews: One Law Drama Comes Up a Winner

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2010 1:00PM
Every year, and this timid fall season is no exception, the broadcast networks build shows around established actors.

Quite often, they're disappointingly contrived and formulaic, as is the case with NBC's 'Outlaw' and 'The Whole Truth' (10PM ET, ABC).

But 'The Defenders' (10PM ET, CBS) which, like those other shows, is a pretty straightforward legal procedural, has a surprising amount of fun with its familiar building blocks.

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'The Defenders' Wants to Book Dan Aykroyd and Rebecca Romijn as Guest Stars

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 13th 2010 11:40AM
Dan AykroydCould CBS's 'The Defenders' get the Blues Brothers back together? If producers have their way ... sort of.

The Jim Belushi legal drama has its eyes on former 'Saturday Night Live' star Dan Aykroyd. According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Defenders' co-creator and executive producer Kevin Kennedy has been circling Aykroyd to play a tough judge that clashes with Belushi's defense attorney.

"We have a lot planned and we certainly have a dream list," Kennedy told the Hollywood Reporter. "The [guest star] we've talked about most recently, and we'll see if we can get it arranged -- it's a scheduling thing and it wouldn't happen until the end of the year if it happens this year -- we want to get Dan Aykroyd together with Jim."

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Fall TV's Best New Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2010 1:30PM
Your TV will be flooded with new shows in coming weeks, so consider this an attempt to help you sort through your couch-potato options.

Of course, when it comes to new shows, no one can accurately predict which ones will fulfill their early promise and which ones will flame out creatively or get canceled within weeks of their premieres. And this year there are few slam-dunks along the lines of 'The Good Wife' or 'Modern Family' (to get our comedy kicks we'll probably have to go with returning shows, given that none of the new comedies look too promising).

Without further ado, these are the fall programs that, on first glance, appear to have quite a bit of potential:

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.



So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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Perhaps Third Time May Be the Charm for Jerry O'Connell and Alex O'Loughlin This Fall

by Rich Keller, posted Aug 22nd 2010 6:00PM
Jerry O'Connell and Alex O'LoughlinLuck hasn't been on the side of actors Alex O'Loughlin and Jerry O'Connell as of late. Though critical and fan favorites in their previous endeavors, they have a combined four failed TV series over the last three years -- a poor record in any situation. Dare we even whisper the words "show killer"? Yet, network executives still see something in both of these actors to give them another chance.

That's why, come September, both O'Loughlin and O'Connell will be in brand new CBS series: O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett in a remake of 'Hawaii Five-O' and O'Connell as a Las Vegas lawyer in 'The Defenders.' The question is, will their respective curses be broken or will they need to look for another job outside of acting?

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