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What's On Tonight: Concert For Diana, John From Cincinnati, Army Wives

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2007 5:02PM
  • The LoopAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has a new Dateline at 7, then the Concert For Diana.
  • FOX has a new episode of The Loop at 7 (new episodes air at 8:30 and 9:30 as well).
  • At 9, PBS has a new Mystery!
  • Food Network has a new Next Food Network Star at 9.
  • WE has a new Bridezillas at 9.
  • There's a new John From Cincinnati on HBO at 9, then new eps of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • MSNBC has this morning's Meet The Press at 10, if you missed it.
  • Showtime has a new Meadowlands at 10.
  • Also at 10: E! has a new Simple Life Goes To Camp, followed by a new Sunset Tan.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, The Loop, The 4400, Bridezillas

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 24th 2007 5:05PM
  • John From CincinnatiAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7.
  • At 7:30, FOX has a new episode of The Loop (another new episode airs at 8:30 and the series finale airs at 9:30).
  • At 9, Disney has a new Hannah Montana.
  • Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire perform together on a new Crossroads, on CMT at 9.
  • HBO has a new John From Cincinnati at 9, then new episodes of Entourage and Flight of the Conchords.
  • USA has a new episode of The 4400 at 9, followed by a new Dead Zone.
  • At 10 there's a new Next Food Network Star on...well, you know.
  • Lifetime has a new Army Wives at 10.
  • Showtime has a new Meadowlands at 10.
  • Also at 10: WE has a new Bridezillas.
  • At 10:30, TCM has Martin and Lewis in At War With The Army.
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has new eps of Saul of the Mole Men and Moral Orel.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Dead Zone, Army Wives, Robot Chicken

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 17th 2007 5:03PM
  • At 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7.
  • At 8, Disney has a new Kim Possible.
  • At 8:30, FOX has a new episode of The Loop (another new episode airs at 9:30).
  • At 9, USA has the season premiere of The 4400, followed by the season premiere of The Dead Zone.
  • A&E has a new Gene Simmons Family Jewels at 9.
  • Watch Dustin Diamond flip out on a new Celebrity Fit Club, at 9 on VH-1.
  • HBO has a new John From Cincinnati at 9, then the season premiere of Entourage.
  • Also at 9: HGTV has highlights of the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show.
  • At 10, Lifetime has a new Army Wives.
  • Cartoon Network has a new Robot Chicken at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What I'm watching this summer: Brett's list

by Brett Love, posted Jun 15th 2007 8:00AM
Bruce Campbell

As I started putting this list together it occurred to me, "Holy crap, there is a lot of good TV this summer." The summer used to be the time when my VCRs cooled their worn out heads after nine months of hard work. And now I find myself needing the Tivo and the DVR to keep up with everything. That's progress!

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, Sopranos, John From Cincinnati

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2007 5:01PM
  • The LoopAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, followed by The 61st Annual Tony Awards.
  • NBC has a new, two-hour Dateline at 7.
  • At 8, TCM has Bringing Up Baby, with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.
  • At 8:30, The Loop returns with a new episode on FOX (there's another new episode at 9:30).
  • At 9, PBS has a new Mystery!
  • HBO has the series finale of The Sopranos at 9, followed by the series premiere of John From Cincinnati.
  • Food Network has a new Next Food Network Star at 9, then a new Challenge.
  • At 10, Showtime has the season finale of The Tudors.
  • E! has a new Simple Life Goes To Camp at 10, followed by a new Sunset Tan.
  • There's a new Army Wives on Lifetime at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Fox trims down On the Lot, changes The Loop airings

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 1st 2007 3:08PM
on the lot
Fox has apparently responded to the lackluster ratings of its new reality series, On the Lot, by trimming down the number of episodes. Instead of airing on two nights each week, the network is going to condense its unreasonably long results show with its competition for a single, one-hour installment each week.

The change is effective immediately: On the Lot will only be seen on Tuesdays at 8 pm starting June 5. There will still be a two-night finale on August 13-14.

The schedule change will also cause a shift in the schedule for the remaining episodes of The Loop. Now The Loop will not appear on Tuesdays, will air twice on Sundays at 7:30 and 8:30 pm on June 24 and July 1.

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Last episodes of The Loop start June 5

by Anna Johns, posted May 25th 2007 5:39PM
the loopMuch to many of our readers' dismay, FOX did not renew The Loop for next season. The network is going to burn off the remaining ten episodes very, very quickly so pay attention.

Here's the schedule:

Tuesdays, June 5, 12 @ 8:30 pm
Sundays, June 10, 17, 24 & July 1 @ 8:30 pm & 9:30 pm


Personally, I'd lose track of those if I didn't have a TiVo or some sort of DVR to record all the episodes. Once The Loop is over, you can see star Bret Harrison playing the lead role in The CW's new drama, Reaper.

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New TV on DVD this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 5th 2007 9:29PM

Hawaii Five-0Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Doctor Who - The Invasion and The Sontaran Experiment
  • Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends - Season 1
  • Hawaii Five-0 - Season 1
  • The Loop - Season 1
  • Moonlighting - The Final Season (review coming tomorrow)
  • Northern Exposure - Season 6
  • Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - Season 1
  • South Park - Season 9
  • Stargate: Atlantis - Season 2

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Casting News: Christopher Titus, Carrie Ann Moss, Billy Baldwin, more

by Brett Love, posted Feb 27th 2007 10:45AM
Christopher TitusIt's that time of the year. People are being cast in pilots left and right and some interesting stuff has been announced. At ABC, Christopher Titus (Titus) has landed one of the lead roles in an untitled project from Warner Bros. The show focuses on CEOs and also stars Dylan McDermott (The Practice) and Michael Vartan (Alias). McDermott and Vartan as CEOs is an easy sell. But Christopher Titus, Senior VP Harvard graduate? That's different, and something I look forward to checking out.

Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) is set to star in ABC's Suspect. The show is a procedural that will solve crimes by tracking suspects through a lineup. She's joined by Eric Palladino (ER) and Kathleen Munroe (Beautiful People). The ABC track record for procedurals is less than impressive, but the addition of Guy Ritchie (Snatch) as director is intriguing enough to give this one a look.

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Fox readies their reality based summer lineup

by Brett Love, posted Feb 22nd 2007 4:40PM
Amanda Loncar, Bret HarrisonFox has released premiere dates for their summer programming, and as one would expect, it will be a mostly reality TV season. On The Lot, from Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, will kick off on May 16th. Joining them later will be So You Think You Can Dance on May 24th and Hells Kitchen on June 25th.

The lone scripted series in the announcement is the return of The Loop. The show will return for its second season on June 10th, apparently minus the Piper and Lizzy characters. And that is the only one that really surprises me out of this group. With Spielberg and Burnett, it's obvious why On The Lot is getting a shot. While no match for their big brother Idol, SYTYCD has been a solid summer show and it's up to the lighter competition the season provides. Ditto for Hells Kitchen.

The Loop, on the other hand, was not warmly received, and I think most of its debatable ratings success had more to do with the time slot than anything they put on the screen. Don't get me wrong, I actually really like the show, but I'm still not clear on how a second season ever came to be. The fact that it has now been shuffled from a possible mid-season slot to the summer probably signals that there won't be a third installment.

[ via the futon critic ]

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FOX offers free shows on Web

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 19th 2006 1:01PM
american dadFOX has become the next network to offer some of its shows online, but it's doing it a little bit differently. Rather than streaming the shows on its own site, FOX is offering them on the sites of stations the network owns, with future plans to have the shows eventually offered on affiliate sites, as well. As of right now, sites for stations in Boston, Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Orlando, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Greensboro, and Tampa Bay will stream episodes of Prison Break, Stacked, Bones, American Dad, and The Loop. FOX is also offering downloads on it's MySpace and IGN sites, as Anna mentioned earlier. The network is definitely taking a different approach with this than others are, and it will be interesting to see how it all works out.

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Special Lost collector's issue! Entertainment Weekly in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2006 7:00PM
  • LostThis week you can get four different covers. Actually, each issue comes with all four covers, the one on the front and then the other covers are inside. Also inside: secrets of the Lost finale. Don't read if you don't want to be spoiled.
  • EW lists the Top 5 Theories on what's happening on Lost.
  • Chris Daughtry says his exit from Idol doesn't make sense, logically.
  • Aaron Sorkin reminisces about The West Wing.
  • The mag gives The Loop co-creator Will Gluck 30 seconds to convince FOX to renew his show.
  • In the print edition only: a guide to the Wisteria Lane neighborhood; Josh Schwartz explains how he intends to save The O.C.; and why did Commander-In-Chief crash and burn after such a promising start?

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FOX picks up Rob Corddry's new comedy

by Anna Johns, posted May 14th 2006 8:39AM
rob corddry; the daily show; comedy central; the winnerAccording to The Futon Critic, FOX ordered six episodes of The Winner, starring The Daily Show correspondent Rob Corddry, effectively wiping Comedy Central clean of all Corddrys (little bro Nate is on Aaron Sorkin's new show at NBC). The Winner is about a successful man who looks fondly back at 1994, when he was 32 and a slacker living at his parents' home. It was co-created by The Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. It's a bummer to see Corddry go, but hopefully that means we'll get to see more John Hodgman.

FOX also picked up 13 episodes of Happy Hour, a comedy that sounds like a modern-day Odd Couple about two thirty-something roommates.

Not surprisingly, FOX also has renewed The O.C. for a fourth season. Those crazy Orange County kids will be going off to college, but it appears the writers may be breaking with teen-angst drama tradition and sending them to different colleges in different towns. FOX also picked up 13 more episodes of The Loop and more of The War at Home, though it's not clear how many episodes it ordered.

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The joy of not watching TV

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 16th 2006 6:20PM
Kiefer SutherlandIn the past several days, I've given up on two new TV shows: American Inventor and The Loop. I gave up on American Inventor because most of the inventions shouldn't even had made it that far, and the whole thing is way too touchy-feely. I gave up on The Loop because, well, it's not funny.

But I find this "giving up on TV shows" to be quite liberating. When you watch television for a living, it's hard to keep track of everything that's on. And when you're head is filled up with too many shows and characters and plots, it's a relief when you finally decide, you know what? I'm not going to watch this show anymore. It frees up space in your head and gives you time to watch something else.

This can be a bad thing too, I guess. I never got into 24 because I was already watching another spy drama, Alias, and I'm probably missing out there. I never watch E-Ring because I'm a fan of The West Wing, and one military/political/D.C. drama is enough for me right now. I never got into The Amazing Race, because I already watch Survivor and American Idol and Airline and Little People, Big World, and one more reality show will drive me made (granted, TAR is more a game show, but you know what I mean).

I wish I could stop watching ER, because the show's been kinda boring lately. But I've put 10 years into it, and I'll be damned if I'm not going to see how it ends.

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I'm not gonna watch The Loop anymore (and you can't make me)

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 12th 2006 8:52PM
The LoopOK, I've had it. I can't watch FOX's The Loop anymore. I think there was one episode that wasn't that bad, but it's been all downhill from there. If this was a better half hour sitcom, or a more important show in general, I think I'd keep watching it and reviewing it. But the show is pretty damn bad, and I'm going to predict it doesn't see a second season anyway. Nothing against Philip Baker Hall and Mimi Rogers. I'd like to see them in something better.

So I'm not going to review tonight's episode. If one of my coworkers wants to jump in and take over the reviews, that's cool. But I'd rather spend my time doing something more productive. Like my laundry.

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