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BBC America Revamps 'Supernatural Saturdays' and Signals Move to Original Programming

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 6th 2011 7:30AM
'Doctor Who logoIs BBC America angling to become the new TV home of serious sci fi? With the recent cancelations of 'Caprica' and 'Stargate: Universe,' and the fate of 'V' and 'Fringe' hanging in the balance, it hasn't been a great winter for fans of ambitious, scripted sci fi series.

Now, however, comes news that even though it won't be showing the new season of fan favorite 'Torchwood', BBC America has decided to champion the sci fi genre, and is adding a daytime block of sci fi programming pairing 'The X Files' with with 'Doctor Who' reruns. We also hear exciting news that the channel is moving toward making its own original programming for the first time.

The New Year has brought a revamp of BBC America's primetime "Supernatural Saturdays," which the channel says demonstrates its commitment to sci fi. In this slot, the channel is rolling out three all-new co-productions: 'Primeval', 'Outcasts' and 'Bedlam.' It will also be home to new seasons of 'Doctor Who' and 'Being Human'.

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TV's Freakiest Small Towns: Bon Temps, Sunnydale, Twin Peaks and More

by Sharon Knolle, posted Apr 27th 2010 4:30PM
Happy TownWe've seen the promos for ABC's new series 'Happy Town' (premiering April 28, 10PM ET) and you don't have to convince us: Small towns can be pretty damn scary.

Sure, a lot of crazy things go down in the big city, but if you want the really, really weird stuff, you've got to get out to the boonies. You know, those wide spots in the road where the locals all know there's something strange going on but they're not about to tell you. Or save your hide when you stumble across their deep, dark secret. So bring your flashlight, a map and the sense your mama gave you, as we tour some of the strangest towns TV has ever seen.

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One Man Does a Duet of TV's Greatest Themes

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 17th 2010 7:15PM
One man bands have always creeped me out. They never brought joy or happiness to my life. Even as a very, very small (in height, not width) child, they always looked like steampunk jukeboxes trapped inside some kind of twisted mechanical music machine that mocked their every step with annoying oompah-pah tunes.

One man, or rather two of him, have changed my perception on that phobia forever. Musician Fredrik Larsson has put together a beautiful rendition of TVs greatest tunes using nothing but a keyboard, an acoustic guitar and a DNA perfect clone of himself.

Trust me when I tell you this: the 'Charles in Charge' theme never sounded this, well, listenable.


[via Buzzfeed]

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Stephen King is coming back to TV

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 29th 2009 5:03PM
The Colorado KidIt seems like there has been a new Stephen King series appearing on television every other week for as long as I can remember. We had The Stand and Golden Years and The Langoliers and Kingdom Hospital (not to be confused with Garth Marenghi's Darkplace) and a myriad of others. The man has a longer television and movie resumé than Donald Sutherland (well, maybe not).

Now King is returning to the airwaves with Haven, a series based on his novella The Colorado Kid. The premise is about a small town in Maine (as usual) where cursed people live in exile. A female FBI agent named Audrey Parker arrives to solve a mystery and fight supernatural forces.

Is it me or does this sound a lot like the episode of The X-Files that King wrote? In that episode, Scully is in Maine and Mulder only appeared on screen from his office for counsel.

King has been known to recycle ideas. We'll see how this one turns out.

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What do you think about a CSI feature film?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 21st 2009 1:24PM
Grissom in blueAre you ready for more CSI? I mean, there's original CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, NCIS (which isn't part of the franchise, but has the letters), plus all these shows are in reruns and now, William Petersen is ready for a big screen CSI. He's downright positive about it, even though he himself exited the TV show last December. I don't know if a movie version of CSI is really necessary, but to hear Petersen talk, there are some valid reasons.

For his point of view, some stories couldn't be shown on TV because of the graphic or sexual content. He'd like to see a movie version go where no TV CSI has gone before.

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50 Best TV Dramas Ever

by Kim Potts, posted Mar 11th 2009 6:00AM
CSIIt's not easy winnowing more than 50 years of small-screen gems into a list of 50.

But AOL TV's picks of the top TV dramas include the most brilliant doctors and lawyers, the angst-iest teens, sci-fi series that transcend their genre molds, family dramas that both warm and break your heart, terrorist- and mobster-fighting heroes ... and a show that combined the best of family and gangster drama into one unforgettable series.

Click through to see all 50 of the best TV dramas of all time.

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Best '90s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Feb 9th 2009 1:00PM
We know, we know ... another "best of" list.

But this isn't any old list – our Top 40 TV Shows of the '90s is just the first in a new series of countdowns in which we'll put our AOL Television seal of approval on the top 40 series of every decade.

Every other month we'll tackle another decade, going all the way back to the '50s, to recall the best comedies (hello 'Lucy'), the best prime-time soaps (do you remember who shot JR?), the best cop shows, animated series and groundbreaking TV shows.

So kick off 50 years of silver-screen bests with the greatest shows of the '90s, including everyone from 'Beavis,' 'Buffy' and 'Simpsons' to 'Freaks and Geeks' and teens on the 'Creek.'

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My favorite monsters from The X-Files

by Paul Goebel, posted Jul 30th 2008 3:41PM

FlukemanDo not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of classic TV shows.

For the most part The X-Files was an intense character study of two FBI agents struggling with their beliefs in the supernatural, in America and in each other. Sometimes, however, it was just a show about cool monsters. Here are some of my favorites.

Eugene Tooms ("Squeeze," "Tooms")
Tooms was so cool and creepy he had to be brought back for another appearance. What I liked best about Tooms was that he was one of the few monsters that looked totally human but was pure monster. Whether he was eating livers or squeezing through an air vent, Tooms was the first threat on the show to make me believe that monsters might actually exist.

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Stump the King - Space: A&B

by Paul Goebel, posted Mar 17th 2008 9:42AM

James Wong & Glen MorganThis week, I got a very nice letter from a fan named Adam...

"In the mid '90s a show aired that lasted about half a season. It was a space show where the main characters were cadets who flew fighters. One of the main characters was a test tube baby with a navel on the back of his neck. I was wondering what that show was called (if I recall... it got pulled because it cost too much to make, not because it had poor ratings)."

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Supernatural: Tall Tales

by Brett Love, posted Feb 16th 2007 7:01AM
jensen ackles - supernatural(S01E15) I was a little bit skeptical coming into the episode this week. The promo at the end of the show last week, and running during other shows this week, was a little bit out there. After 36 pretty solid episodes though, I'm willing to give Kripke and his crew the benefit of the doubt. So I entered into "Tall Tales" with an open mind.

Fortunately for all of us, they were more than up to the task and delivered another standout episode. This one certainly took a turn to the comedic, but it was a welcome diversion.

One that called to mind such classics as The X-Files episode "Bad Blood." As we enter the last third of Supernatural's sophomore season, this was a nice pallet cleanser to get us ready for some of the dark things that must surely be headed for the Winchester boys.

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"X-Files" creator suing over contractual breach

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jan 17th 2006 8:55PM

Mulder and ScullyX-Files creator Chris Carter is suing FOX claiming that he's been gypped out of payments that were owed to him. Apparently Carter enrolled in what's called a "profit guarantee" before the show's sixth and seventh seasons yet he still hasn't received payments regarding that or other syndication deals which he was involved in.

Now I'm no lawyer and half the legal jargon listed in the article is gibberish to me, but you can get the full details of his lawsuit here. I will say though, it's lousy when a great show like The X-Files (and especially it's creator) gets embroiled in a lawsuit that just comes down to money. It's always about the bottom line. Now I could say something cheesy about "the truth" and how "it's out there," but I won't do that.

[Thanks "evadnefenn"]

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