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TV's Top 10 Cheaters

by Jane Murphy, posted Sep 27th 2010 2:30PM
Love makes the world go 'round, but there's nothing like infidelity to drive story.

These memorable TV characters, from shows of the '80s, '90s, '00s and present -- very married or allegedly monogamous -- broke their vows in most spectacular fashion.

Heroes, anti-heroes and villains, they have one very naughty thing in common -- two-timing.

Roger and Joan, 'Mad Men.' Mr. Sterling and Mrs. Harris have elbowed now-divorced Don aside as the show's super-cheaters. Fans wanted Roger (John Slattery) and Joan (Christina Hendricks) to forget their spouses and reunite – so why do we feel so queasy after last weeks post-mugging tryst (and resulting pregnancy)?

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New TV on DVD Releases for May 11

by Elizabeth Chan, posted May 10th 2010 6:00PM
Daria on MTVBefore there was 'Parenthood,' there was 'thirtysomething,' and before it was cool to be uncool on 'Glee,' TV fans had MTV's hilarious animated series, 'Daria.' Both shows hit DVD shelves tomorrow -- exciting news, especially for 'Daria' fans, since the show has yet to be released on DVD until now. We think even Daria herself would smile over this eight-disc edition.

Check out the rest of this week's hot DVD releases below:

'Daria' - The Complete Animated Series
'Deadliest Warrior' - Season 1
'The Famous Adverntures of Mr. Magoo' - Mr. Magoo in Sherwood Forest
'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' - Complete Fifth Season
'My Wife & Kids' - Season 2
'Raising the Bar' - The Complete Second Season
'thirtysomething' - The Complete 3rd Season

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 18th 2010 6:01PM
DamagesHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Defying Gravity is one of those shows where I said "oh, I have to start watching that," and then it was gone from ABC. I guess there have been several shows like that in recent years. I can say the same thing about Damages and Durham County, but at least those two shows are still around.

Guess I'm interested in shows that begin with the letter D this week.

  • 21 Jump Street - Season 1
  • Cranford: Return to Cranford and The Collection (Cranford/Return to Cranford)
  • Dallas - Season 12
  • Damages - Season 2
  • Defying Gravity - Complete Series
  • Durham County - Season 1

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FX is bringing back the Western with Reconstruction

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 5th 2009 5:03PM
Peter HortonI'm all for more Westerns on television. It's a genre that lends itself well to the ongoing storytelling format that a regular TV series allows. So when I saw an article that FX was gearing up Reconstruction, a series set in the post-Civil War era of American history, I was pretty excited.

Creators Joshua Brand and Peter Horton thought it would make a good allegory for today's world, dealing with the economic crisis and even the ongoing war. "How does one heal after (a war)? How do you find your humanity again?" asked Horton. These are things the show hopes to deal with.

It centers around Jason, an East Coaster who comes back from the war changed. He finds refuge in a small town in Missour, where the saga will unfold. All of this was great, until I got to one line in the Reuters story: "Brand, the co-creator of St. Elsewhere, is writing the script for the project, which will include magical elements, with thirtysomething actor-turned-director Horton attached to take the helm." Magical elements? What?! Why?

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Thirtysomething season two hits DVD in January

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 30th 2009 4:04PM
thirtysomething season two dvdI know I'm dating myself, but I'm really looking forward to watching the second season of thirtsysomething on DVD.

The first season was released back in August, and I had a blast catching up with great characters like Michael and Melissa Steadman, Elliot Weston and Gary Shepherd. Season two hits DVD in January, thanks to the good folks at Shout! Factory, known for putting out great sets like the packed Freaks and Geeks collection and the recent Transformers "G1" collector's set.

Some people might only think of thirtysomething as "that '80s show about whiny yuppies," and that's fine. But the Emmy-award winning drama brings back a lot of great memories for me. As I mentioned before, I used to watch it with my mom, who I'm pretty sure related to Patricia Wettig's frustrated homemaker Nancy Weston and free spirit Melissa Steadman, played by Melanie Mayron. (As for my dad, I'm not ashamed to say that he's more of a Timothy Busfield type!)

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Life After 'Lost,' 'Snakes on a Cane' & More Fun Finds

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 29th 2009 12:00PM
Dominic Monaghan Ian Somerhalder

Does dying on 'Lost' really mean the end of your acting career? Tell that to 'FlashForward''s Dominic Monaghan [TV.com]

Have you had it with all these 'Snakes on a Cane' ads? Find out which show is behind the campaign [Live Feed]

Who are the most dangerous celebs on the web? Click to find out ... if you dare [PopWatch]

The '80s is making a comeback -- but not everybody is there yet. See this list of '80s TV stars in need of a second chance [TWOP]

Jon Gosselin is on the job hunt. Check out 10 ways he can actually put his idea to work [PopEater]

Having trouble figuring out who's on this season of 'Dancing With the Stars'? Read their "official" bios [Cracked]

In honor of the late Ted Kennedy, watch his last TV role on 'Chicago Hope' [The Wrap]

'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' is gonna make it after all -- on stage [Decider.com]

Three months later, where did 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien' go wrong? [Washington Post]

'thirtysomething' is (finally!) on DVD. Take a look back the Emmy-winning series [NY Times]

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 24th 2009 6:03PM
LifeHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Well. This week has a little bit of everything, no matter what the TV fan is looking for. We have current shows (NCIS, House, Scrubs), recent shows that have been canceled (Life, Samantha Who?), classic shows you probably thought you'd never seen on DVD (Wiseguy, Wanted: Dead or Alive), kid shows (Suite Life on Deck, Sonny with a Chance), cartoons (Batman, Dungeons & Dragons), and quirky reality and/or documentary shows (Dog The Bounty Hunter, MonsterQuest, The Universe).

There's also two DVD sets called TV Sets, which are a mix of various episodes of sci-fi shows (Star Trek, The 4400, Medium) and crime shows (Streets of San Francisco, Dexter, CSI: NY).

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What are the best TV advertising agencies?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 17th 2009 1:33PM
BewitchedSo last night we had the return of the guys and gals from Sterling Cooper, and Asylum.com has a list of the best fictional TV advertising agencies.

Beyond Mad Men and Bewitched, I couldn't have told you the names of the ad agencies on Bosom Buddies, Full House, or thirtysomething if a million bucks was at stake. Did they miss anyone? I know we've had other ad agencies on TV but my mind is blank at the moment.

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Fun Finds: June 6

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 6th 2009 12:00PM
True Blood

-- Bloodthirsty for next week's 'True Blood' premiere? Check out Gawker's fake 'True Blood' blog [Gawker]

-- May sweeps is officially over, but the TV season is only heating up. Read 10 reasons why you should keep your TV on this summer [BuzzSugar]

-- We won't know who's nominated for an Emmy until July 16. But we do know who should be nominated (FYC: 'Mad Men''s January Jones and 'Gossip Girl''s Ed Westwick) [TWOP]

-- Speaking of 'Mad Men,' see the exclusive promo for season 3, premiering this August [AMC]

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Thirtysomething is finally coming to DVD

by Mike Moody, posted May 29th 2009 2:27PM
thirtysomething first season on DVD shout! factory ABCI wasn't even a twentysomething when thirtysomething originally aired on ABC, but I remember the show fondly. I used to watch episodes with my mom, who actually was thritysomething at the time. We never missed it.

I won't pretend that I understood the show's linking plots, hashed out by the awesome producing team of Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick (My So-Called Life, Once and Again), but I still loved watching it. To me, thirtysomething was about a funny dude with a red beard creating commercials with his friend, and a bunch of sad ladies who were visited by a goofy cyclist with long hair. (I was nine. The other most sophisticated show I was watching at the time was ALF).

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Best '80s TV Shows

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 13th 2009 6:00AM
Family TiesIt may have been the Me Decade.

But in TV land, the sisters were doin' it for themselves and finally getting respect as cops, war nurses and working moms; iconic shows like 'Hill Street Blues,' 'St. Elsewhere' and 'L.A. Law' would forever change (for the better) cop, medical and legal dramas; and no idea was too high concept to fill a primetime spot (time-travelling physicist? check; housewife-turned-CIA op? check; New York City beauty in love with a subterranean monster? check).

The bottom line: They all add up to 10 years of fine channel surfing -- and our awesome list of the 40 best series of the 1980s.

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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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Thirtysomething creators start A Marriage with CBS

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 3rd 2009 6:03PM
Marshall Herskovitz and Edward ZwickMarshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, the producing team behind My So-Called Life, thirtysomething and Quarterlife, are prepping a new drama pilot for CBS. The project, called A Marriage, will be an examination of a working modern-day marriage.

I'm looking forward to this. Quarterlife had its problems, but Herskovitz and Zwick are masters of nuanced character-centric drama. I was a teenager in the '90s; so believe me when I say that they helped paint an absorbing and realistic portrait of adolescence with My So-Called Life. For me, that show really captured the raw emotion, pointless anxiety and simple joy of being an American teenager at that time. (It also encouraged me to buy my first albums by The Lemonheads and Juliana Hatfield. Thanks TV!)

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Seven retro network promos to leave you confused, delighted - VIDEOS

by Eliot Glazer, posted Dec 30th 2008 10:02AM
abcWhile ABC, NBC, and CBS have historically remained in a cutthroat battle for viewers, each network has shared one common trait: come the season of network promotional campaigns, all actors must be prepared to look absolutely ridiculous.

After the jump ... Remember this pop cultural gem (video below) that gained traction on the Net not too long ago? The sheer oddity of the clip alone forces us to ask ourselves several questions: do these people all live together? Why is Marla Gibbs dressed like an astronaut? Does Bea Arthur do everybody's shoppingl? CAN'T NELL CARTER JUST SIT DOWN AND REST HER FEET FOR A SECOND? (Seriously, give her a break!)

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Army Wives: Strangers in a Strange Land

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 16th 2008 11:42AM
army wives cast(S02E02) Army Wives is reminding me of some of my favorite TV dramas of all time, shows like thirtysomething and Party of Five. Especially this episode where there are more feelings and reactions to the bombing at the Hump Bar. How does life go back to normal after a tragedy? How do you cope?

Time has passed and life may appear to be getting back to normal at Fort Marshall, but things are still quite unsettled among the close knit coterie on Army Wives. Chief among them are the Holdens. Claudia Joy is simply not returning to normal and it become clear as the episode progressed that she's an emotional powder keg.
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