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What to Watch: TV Picks for August 29 - September 4

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 29th 2011 9:40AM
CTV News - Thursday September 1, 11PM ET, CTV

Iconic Canadian anchorman Lloyd Robertson signs off after his final newscast tonight. After 60 ears on the air, the guy has definitely earned his retirement. True fans can tune in an hour earlier for a documentary called 'Lloyd Robertson - And That's the Kind of Life It's Been' which was directed by his daughter Lisa.

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Craig Olejnik on Season 2 of 'The Listener,' and Why You Need to Watch

by Annette Bourdeau, posted Feb 7th 2011 1:45PM


TV's favorite telepath is back in season 2 of 'The Listener.' This time around, telepathic paramedic Toby Logan (Craig Olejnik) is at peace with his ability to listen to other peoples' thoughts –- for the greater good, of course. He takes his public service potential to the next level this season as he begins working with the IIB, a CIA-ish entity that recognizes the value of having a telepath on the team.

Toby's main contacts at the IIB are played by new cast members Lauren Lee Smith ('CSI') and Rainbow Sun Francks ('Stargate Atlantis). Tara Spencer-Nairn of 'Corner Gas' also joins the cast this season as a triage nurse at St. Luke Hospital. TV Squad caught up with Olejnik to chat about the new cast members, how 'The Listener' is evolving, and what it's like starring on a show that's popular across the globe.

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Entire summer TV schedule declared a failure

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 17th 2009 8:10AM
It's not really possible that every summer premiere on the great Nobody was listening to NBC's The Listener this summer.American broadcast TV schedule crashed and burned, is it?

But, out of all the original programs that premiered on the major networks after the completion of the fall 2008 season, not a single one got traction.

According to analysis reports, you can take your pick from any of the following shows: Defying Gravity, The Superstars, The Listener, Mental, The Philanthropist, Hitched or Ditched, Merlin and Great American Road Trip. All of them bombed -- each hovering just above a one market share.

In fact, you don't need numbers to prove that the fall crop crapped out. Ask your friend what his/her favorite summer replacement show was. You'll be waiting awhile.

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What's On Tonight: Samantha Who, TNA Impact, The Fashion Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 23rd 2009 4:03PM
  • Burn NoticeAt 8, ABC has two new episodes of Samantha Who?
  • CBS has a new Big Brother at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • USA has a new Burn Notice at 9, followed by a new Royal Pains.
  • BBC America has a new Torchwood: Children of Earth at 9.
  • Also at 9: Spike has a new TNA Impact!
  • At 10, NBC has a new episode of The Listener.
  • Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0 at 10.
  • Bravo has a new episode of The Fashion Show at 10.
  • There's a new Penn & Teller: Bullshit! on Showtime at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Nobody's listening, so NBC is putting The Listener back on the shelf

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 16th 2009 3:26PM
The ListenerPulling in anemic ratings week after week, despite a lot of promotion for the series, it's no real surprise that NBC is pulling The Listener off the air. They're leaving it on the air for two more episodes, but come July 30, it's another Law & Order repeat slot.

I made it through exactly one episode of The Listener and then decided that I just couldn't bring myself to care. Despite a dramatic car crash and a missing child, I still found the first episode kind of boring. And Craig Olejnik just isn't very engaging in the lead.

I'm usually pretty patient with a new show, and it's pretty rare that I actively dislike a show right from the beginning. On paper, The Listener should have been the kind of show I do like; I'm a sucker for the supernatural. Maybe NBC was hoping it could be their new Medium, though it looks more like they were just hoping for something to prop up a few hours through the summer.

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'30 Rock,' 'Grey Gardens,' 'Mad Men' Lead Emmy Nominations & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 16th 2009 11:00AM
30 Rock'30 Rock' was the big winner at this morning's Emmy nominations. The hit NBC comedy series earned a record-setting 22 nominations, more than any other program this year.

Also in the news today: NBC cancels 'The Listener,' while swapping 'Parenthood' with 'Mercy' following Maura Tierney's illness.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: Big Brother, Billy Mays Tribute, Burn Notice

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2009 4:04PM
  • Attack of the ShowAt 7, G4 has the 1000th episode of Attack of the Show.
  • At 8, ABC has two new episodes of Samantha Who?
  • CBS has the season premiere of Big Brother at 8.
  • At 9, Discovery has a Billy Mays tribute episode of Pitchmen.
  • USA has a new Burn Notice at 9, then a new Royal Pains.
  • Spike has a new TNA Impact at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new episode of The Listener.
  • Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0 at 10.
  • Bravo has a new episode of The Fashion Show at 10.
  • Also at 10: Showtime has a new Penn & Teller's Bullshit.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Samantha Who, Wizard Of Oz, The Listener

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2009 4:07PM
  • USA has a Burn Notice marathon all night (but no new episode).
  • Sci-Fi has a Twilight Zone marathon all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new Samantha Who?, followed by a new In The Motherhood.
  • TCM has The Wizard of Oz at 8.
  • G4 has a new X-Play at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • Larry King Live broadcasts from inside Neverland Ranch on CNN at 9.
  • Spike has a new TNA Impact at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new episode of The Listener.
  • Showtime has a new Penn & Teller: Bullshit at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Samantha Who, Burn Notice, American Chopper

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 25th 2009 4:04PM
  • Penn and TellerAt 8, ABC has a new Samantha Who?, followed by a new In The Motherhood and a Michael Jackson Tribute.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Chowder at 8.
  • At 9, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance at 9.
  • USA has a new Burn Notice at 9, then a new Royal Pains.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • ESPN2 has a FIFA Confederations Cup soccer semifinal match at 9.
  • At 10, ABC has Farrah Fawcett: Her Life, Her Loves, Her Legacy.
  • NBC has a new episode of The Listener at 10.
  • Showtime has the season premiere of Penn & Teller's Bullshit at 10 (two episodes).
  • Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0 at 10.
  • At 10:30, Current has a new Rotten Tomatoes Show.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: So You Think You Can Dance, Jonas Brothers, Royal Pains

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2009 4:04PM
  • The ListenerAt 8, NBC has a new I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.
  • At 9, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • USA has a new Burn Notice at 9, followed by a new Royal Pains.
  • The Jonas Brothers appear on Larry King Live on CNN at 9.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • Bravo has the special Real Housewives of New Jersey: The Last Supper at 9, then a new episode of The Fashion Show.
  • Also at 9: Spike has a new TNA Wrestling.
  • At 10, NBC has a new episode of The Listener.
  • Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0 at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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What's On Tonight: Burn Notice, American Chopper, The Listener

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2009 4:03PM
Royal Pains

  • At 8, ABC has a new Jimmy Kimmel Live, followed by the Lakers/Magic game.
  • NBC has a new I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here at 8.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Chowder at 8, then a new The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
  • At 9, FOX has a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • USA has a new Burn Notice at 9, then a new Royal Pains.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper (with Jon & Kate) at 9.
  • TV Land has the season premiere of She's Got The Look at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has a new episode of The Listener.
  • Bravo has a new episode of The Fashion Show at 10.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new Tosh.0

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Heroes' Greg Grunberg disses The Listener on Twitter

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 10th 2009 3:02PM
greg grunberg heroes the listener twitterUpdate: The post on Grunberg's page was a retweet originally written by someone else. (Apparently, I need Grunny to control my mind and actions!)

Greg Grunberg is reading my mind.

Yesterday, the Heroes actor tweeted a short rant about The Listener, NBC's new show about a paramedic who can read people's minds. As everyone who watches Heroes knows, Grunberg plays a mind reader on his show, which also airs on NBC.

Here are Grunberg's thoughts on the new mind reader in town:

"wht is ths "The Listener" crap. thr's alrdy a show abt a mindreader on tv, its called heroes, & @greggrunberg is all we need."

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The Listener -- An early look

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 3rd 2009 1:02PM
Craig Olejnik stars in the new NBC show, The Listener.The producers of The Listener, a new NBC semi-supernatural drama created in Canada, seemingly spent too much time "listening" to moody, do-gooder predecessors such as Medium or Ghost Whisperer. The end result is just a little too familiar to generate much excitement.

The Listener is a rare animal -- a Canadian production from Shaftesbury Films and CTV picked up by an American network for prime time TV. You're left wondering if NBC might have bought a show directly inspired by programs already on the air in the U.S.

It's not uncommon for networks to remake shows popular in other countries. The Office is an obvious direct example in the U.S., and reality shows just change titles as they jump back and forth over the Atlantic.

The Listener looks like CTV wanted to clone the success of the American mini-genre of the average human struggling with a supernatural gift that calls him or her to an extraordinary life. We've seen that plenty in the U.S., but NBC thought we might like to see it again.

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NBC is becoming like the Sci Fi Channel this summer

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 13th 2009 11:02AM
NBCNBC is showing a set of international low-budget science-fiction television shows this summer. The network is also moving some of its season finales to June to help Conan O'Brien with his initial ratings when he takes over for Leno on June 1st.

I've heard lukewarm reviews about the BBC's Merlin (a show I've already written about) and I'm glad to get the opportunity to watch it and judge for myself. The Listener is a Canadian production about a telepathic paramedic. NBC is definitely taking a page from the Sci Fi Channel by having a couple of science fiction disaster mini-series to fill some summer programming space with The Storm and Meteor.

I just wonder if the WGA strike had something to do with their choice of programming. It is a lot cheaper to license an international program (particularly when you don't even need to use subtitles) than try to create original programming, particularly if your only goal is to fill timeslots.

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2009 New TV Show Season Premieres - Midseason TV

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 24th 2008 6:00AM
With the new year comes a whole new batch of shows to watch -- everything from Whitney's big move to 'The City' to Edie Falco's big return to primetime.

Think your DVR can handle it all?

Check out our guide to what's new in midseason and see what everyone will be talking about in 2009.


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