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Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine - Nuts

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 12th 2009 12:35PM
The New Adventures of Old Christine(S05E07) I guess the fate of Marion Ross was handled off-screen, because Matthew and Richard are settling into her old digs, and she was nowhere to be seen this episode. Now that I think about it, though, she could be shacking up in Matthew's old digs out in the backyard. It would make for a pretty funny callback to have her character pop back up. Maybe even act as if Christine didn't even know she'd moved in back there.

I wasn't as impressed with the forced obligatory "we're different but now we're roommates" storyline for Matthew and Richard. Hopefully, now that it's out of the way, the writers have some ideas of some fun things they can do with the mismatched pair. In five seasons, we've not seen a great deal of interaction between them, but their differences could make for some good comedy.

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Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Curious Case of Britney B

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 5th 2009 12:50AM
Trevor Gagnan(S05E06) Little Ritchie is growing up so fast! This week he's going to a school dance ... with the most popular girl in school!? Could Christine's whole world be changing? How can the meanie moms be mean to her if her son is dating the most popular girl in school? How can Christine screw this up? By being herself.

Meanwhile, Richard realizes he can no longer live at New Christine's house -- which is really his house -- so he starts to look for a new place to live, and finds a place where I'd sure as hell want to live. But there's a major problem with it, and he and Matthew have to tackle that before anyone can move in.

All in all, I think Christine is continuing a solid run of quality episodes. It helps that of the shows on ABC's Wednesday night comedy block, this veteran is up against Hank. And Louis-Dreyfus and friends are doing a fine job of beating it week after week.

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TV Squad Ten: TV's biggest rule breakers

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 28th 2009 10:56AM
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Rules are meant to be broken... especially for these ten television characters. For them, the rest of the world has one standard to live by and they have another. It makes them interesting and fun to watch... you just wouldn't necessarily want to be the person having to deal with them because they could drive you to distraction. Here's my ten pack of characters who live in a world of their own, according to no rules except their own. From the not-too-bad to the really bad.

10. Patrick Jane, The Mentalist

You would think that as a consultant to the CBI -- California Bureau of Investigation -- Patrick Jane would be compelled to uphold the rules and regulations of the department. However, Jane is a free spirit when it comes to office protocol. He does his own thing. For instance, bugging the office of a CBI higher-up is definitely not kosher. Jane doesn't care; he did it anyway and will probably get away with it.

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Review: The New Adventures of Old Christine - Dr. Little Man

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 22nd 2009 3:28AM
Eric McCormack(S05E05) This could turn out to be the single most important episode of The New Adventures of Old Christine. Dare I say it was "a very special episode of" The New Adventures of Old Christine? Oh, who am I kidding, things will never change, but isn't that why we love it.

It was a lot of fun seeing Eric McCormack as Matthew's mentor in therapy, as well as his office-mate. That's an easy way to set him up for a recurring role on the show for awhile. And they gave him a shady past, which is an easy way to write him off the show at a moment's notice.

He was there to give Christine someone new to bounce her craziness off of. I absolutely loved their first scene together. Christine all hopped up on diet pills from the '70s, dressed like Maude and working as a temporary fill-in as Matthew's secretary. Every week Julia Louis-Dreyfus cracks me up with just how undignified she's willing to look for this role.

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What to Watch: October 19-25

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 18th 2009 3:00PM
This week on TV: Marshall and Ted take a road trip, Eric McCormack guests on 'Old Christine,' and brace yourself for a 'Real Housewives' catfight.

MONDAY, OCT. 19

How I Met Your Mother 'How I Met Your Mother' (8PM, CBS)
What does Kenny Rogers have to do with Barney's attempts to persuade Robin to become a U.S. citizen? Nothing. But The Gambler does figure into Marshall and Ted's plan for a legen – wait for it – dary road trip, which is ruined when Lily insists on joining them. And Mr. Rogers? He narrates the audio book they listen to when they hit the road.

'Heroes' – Samuel and Sylar working together? That can't end well. (8PM, NBC)
'Man Caves' – 'Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman gets a new hangout space (8:30PM, DIY)
'Greek' – Everyone finds out Evan lost his trust fund (9PM, ABC Family)
'Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags' – A history of NYC's garment district (9PM, HBO)
'The Big Bang Theory' – Wil Wheaton guest stars as Sheldon's nemesis (9:30PM, CBS)

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The Jay Leno Show: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2009 2:38AM
Julia Louis-DreyfusI'll give Leno credit for getting creative in the ways he's starting to incorporate celebrities into bits and segments. It fills time for him and gives them their plug opportunities. Tonight, he trotted out three of The Real Housewives of Orange County for a "Battle of the Jaywalk All-Stars Challenge." And ... wow.

I don't watch The Real Houswives of anywhere, but if this is the intellectual capacity of their "stars," then I'm glad I don't. I couldn't tell if they were putting on an act or if they were being themselves. Either way, it was obnoxious and I wanted to reach through the screen and strangle each of them. The blondes were enforcing stereotypes left and right!

If it was all an act, then that's even more unfortunate, because it means they're playing characters rather than being themselves. What? A reality show that's less than real? It was funny that their first reaction to seeing a picture of Nancy Pelosi was that she needed botox. And of course, they had no idea who she was, or anyone else.

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Gone Too Soon: Carnivàle

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 17th 2009 10:02AM
CarnivaleLong-time readers of this site might remember the recurring feature "Short-Lived Shows." While this column may bear a resemblance to that beloved early TV Squad staple, there are notable differences. In particular, I'll be going much more in-depth about the show's fate, its cast, continuing fan support, and possible story continuations in different mediums.

Also, to make this column, a show must have actually been good. Shows that are canceled and deserve it certainly aren't "Gone Too Soon." They're perhaps not gone soon enough. Furthermore, a GTS could just as easily have been on the air for years before ending abruptly. If I'm sitting here wondering what happens next and now I'm never going to find out, that's gone too soon.

Which brings us to our first entry. HBO is known for groundbreaking television, but even they didn't know how much ground they broke with Carnivàle in September 2003. On the surface, it was yet another brilliantly produced period piece, perfectly capturing the look and feel of the Great Depression era United States. Underneath, it was nothing short of the epic struggle between good and evil.

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Emmy Wish List: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 15th 2009 2:31PM
toni collette united states of taraLet's be honest. There are really only four or five real contenders for this category, and most of them were nominated last year. But it's not like the talented Tina Fey (30 Rock), Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds), Julia Louise-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine) and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) don't deserve the recognition. They all fit the bill, and most of their shows were damn good this year.

I'd be happy to see any one of them go home with the gold on Emmy night. I'd also love to see some recognition for Christina Applegate's work in Samantha Who?, a great show that got the ax earlier this year.

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Ryan Seacrest Signs $45 Million Deal & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 13th 2009 1:00PM
Ryan Seacrest and Paul McCartney

Ryan Seacrest gets a million-dollar payday, Paul McCartney books 'David Letterman,' Susan Sarandon and John Goodman join HBO's Dr. Kevorkian biopic and more of today's top TV headlines.

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Michael Jackson Memorial Earns 31 Million Viewers & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 9th 2009 12:00PM
Michael Jackson memorial and Top Chef Las Vegas

Michael Jackson memorial draws 31.1 million viewers, 'Top Chef: Las Vegas' finds a premiere date, Terry Kinney books 'The Mentalist' and more of today's top TV headlines.

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2009 CBS Fall TV Premiere Dates

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 25th 2009 10:00AM
The MentalistThe 19th season of 'Survivor' will lead off CBS' 2009 fall premiere schedule.

The 'Samoa' edition premieres Thu., Sept. 17, followed by the network's Monday night comedy block, which includes the debut of Jenna Elfman's 'Accidentally on Purpose,' on Sept. 21.

Meanwhile, dates were also added for hit shows like 'Criminal Minds' (Wed., Sept. 23), 'The Mentalist' (Thu., Sept. 24) and the NBC import 'Medium,' premiering Fri. , Sept. 25.

Check out the full list of premiere dates after the jump.

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Somebody give Christina Applegate a job!

by Jason Hughes, posted May 19th 2009 5:02PM
Christina ApplegateLooks like Samantha Who? won't be making it after all. They were negotiating to reduce costs on Christina Applegate's sitcom to try and keep it on the air, but apparently that didn't work out. I really thought quality-wise Samantha was one of the stronger sticoms on the air. I can certainly think of quite a few that are still hanging in there that couldn't come close to matching it.

This does mean that Christina Applegate is available for other work now, though. What a revelation she's become as a comic actress. We've known she's had chops (and other assets) since her days as Kelly Bundy and even on *ahem* Jesse she was charming, but she really came into her own with this show. I hope she doesn't stay absent from our screens too long. Maybe she could be the mother on HIMYM? Or get together with Alyssa Milano on a new show and watch all the guys who grew up in the '80s and '90s squeal in unison like little girls. It wouldn't even matter what it was about, but I recommend something on a beach.

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Old Christine is in a win-win situation for renewal

by Allison Waldman, posted May 5th 2009 3:28PM
Christine castIf this doesn't put a nail in the coffin of the Seinfeld curse (does anyone still buy into that?), then nothing will. If CBS decides not to give The New Adventures of Old Christine a fifth season pickup -- and right now they're not committing either way -- ABC is going to add Julia Louis-Dreyfus and company to its roster. This was rumored a few weeks ago, but now it's confirmed. ABC has sealed the deal to give Christine 22 episodes in a back up guarantee with Warner Brothers TV .

This isn't the first time ABC has offered to be Christine's home. It made a similar offer last season, then CBS decided they did want Julia's sitcom after all. Apparently ABC's head man Steve McPherson is a big fan of the show.

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TV News Daily: 'Fringe,' 'Old Christine' Get Renewed

by Thomas DiChiara, posted May 5th 2009 12:00PM
FringeJoshua Jackson and Anna Torv will get to sleuth it up for another season on J.J. Abram's paranormal drama 'Fringe.' Fox has renewed the show, the top rated new program in the coveted 18-49 demo, for a second season.

In other TV news, ABC has inked a deal to pick up Julia Louis-Dreyfus' sitcom 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' for a fifth season should the show's current network CBS decide not to pick it up.

See more of today's TV headlines, casting scoops and premiere dates after the jump.


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TV Squad Ten: Low-paying jobs that apparently pay great on TV

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 17th 2009 11:08AM
Samantha WhoIf we all lived in the box -- you know, the TV box -- life would be a hell of a lot easier. Taxes would be paid with ease. Mortgages would be managed. And even the lowliest job would be more than enough to maintain a respectable lifestyle, one that looks quite comfortable in fact.

Despite the grim economic news we hear every day, the characters on television have been able to survive -- indeed, thrive -- in some of the crappiest jobs in the universe.

An editorial assistant at a fashion mag, like Ugly Betty, finds a way to keep a Manhattan studio apartment, and commute home to Papi in Queens. Running a gym is a breeze for Old Christine, because she doesn't really work. And even without an income, Samantha Who? is never without her Jimmy Choos.

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