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Three Rivers: Good Intentions - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 19th 2009 12:33PM
Three RiversI hate when football runs over. I want to watch 60 Minutes but two teams insist on ending the fourth quarter in a tie and have to go to overtime. Even when it's not OT the game often runs over, and for some reason CBS then goes to another game instead of starting the prime time shows right away. Last night they went to another game and fans of Cold Case were left in the dark because CBS didn't have enough time to show the episode.

But Three Rivers fans got to see Alex O'Loughlin and his friends try to save lives. What did you think of the episode?

[Watch episodes and clips of Three Rivers and other shows at SlashControl.]

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What's On Tonight: Treehouse of Horror, Californication, Bored To Death

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 18th 2009 12:13PM
  • Venture BrothersAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then new episodes of The Amazing Race, Three Rivers, and Cold Case.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Bears vs. the Falcons.
  • FOX has a new Brothers at 7.
  • At 8, FOX has a new episode of The Simpsons, then a new Cleveland Show.
  • TBS has Baseball Playoffs at 8, the Dodgers vs. the Phillies.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Nick News Special Edition at 8.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • Food Network has a new Next Iron Chef at 9, then a new Iron Chef America.
  • IFC has Monty Python: Almost The Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) at 9.
  • HBO has a new Curb Your Enthusiasm at 9, followed by a new Bored To Death.
  • Also at 9: Showtime has a new Dexter, then a new Californication.
  • At 9:30, FOX has a new American Dad.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Titan Maximum.
  • At midnight , Cartoon Network has a new Venture Brothers.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Mandy Patinkin back to CBS... as guest on Three Rivers

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 14th 2009 8:04PM
mandy_patinkin_cbsIf I were an executive at CBS, I would never want to do business with actor Mandy Patinkin again. Even though Mandy is a terrific actor and one of my personal favorites -- I loved him on Broadway in Evita and Sunday in the Park with George, not to mention on screen in The Princess Bride and Yentl -- his history with CBS is abominable.

He was an Emmy-winning star on Chicago Hope, then left after a couple of seasons to be closer to his family in New York. Okay, that was understandable. Then after getting Criminal Minds off to a great start, he walked out of that show, citing creative differences.

Apparently, someone has said let bygones be bygones because Mandy Patinkin will be a guest star on Three Rivers. Maybe because this is a very personal issue with Mandy, he's convinced the powers that be to let him return to the network, albeit for just a guest appearance.

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CBS orders pilot for a new Hawaii Five-O ... again

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 9th 2009 9:03AM
A little over a year ago, CBS was all a flutter with thoughts of a new Hawaii Five-O. Jane wrote about it and even allowed herself to get geeked about a new Jack Lord and company. Well, that incarnation by Criminal Minds executive producer Ed Bernero failed to make it into production. I guess it didn't have enough "Book 'em, Danno's" -- or maybe it had too many. Whatever the reason, that version died and a new one has been ordered. CBS now has a new plan for an updated Hawaii Five-O.

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What's On Tonight: Family Guy, Three Rivers, Next Iron Chef

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 4th 2009 12:19PM
  • CalifornicationAt 7, ABC has a new America's Funniest Home Videos, followed by new episodes of Extreme Makeover, Desperate Housewives, and Brothers & Sisters.
  • CBS has a new 60 Minutes at 7, then a new Amazing Race, the series premiere of Three Rivers, and a new Cold Case.
  • NBC has a new Football Night in America at 7, followed by the Chargers vs. the Steelers.
  • At 8, FOX has a new episode of The Simpsons, then new episodes of The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and American Dad.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then the season premiere of The Next Iron Chef.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery!
  • HBO has a new Curb Your Enthusiasm at 9, then a new Bored To Death.
  • Lifetime has a new Drop Dead Diva at 8, followed by a new Army Wives.
  • Showtime has a new Dexter at 9, then a new Californication.
  • Discovery has two new episodes of Raging Planet at 9.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • At 10:30, HBO has the season finale of Entourage.
  • At 11:30, Cartoon Network has a new Titan Maximum.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Three Rivers replaces first episode with another episode

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 28th 2009 2:28PM
Three RiversFirst Three Rivers got rid of Julia Ormand, then the pilot wasn't good enough so CBS decided to film a new version, and now that version doesn't seem to be good enough, so when the show debuts on October 4 we're going to see a later episode as the first episode. The pilot will now air as the second episode.

The pilot was also supposed to air at the Paleyfest a few weeks ago but CBS instead gave them an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.

Many shows have aired episodes out of order before, but it's not always a good sign. Then again, networks need a hit quickly these days. Maybe they should make Alex O'Loughlin's character a vampire?

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Ranking my enthusiasm for the new fall slate

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 8th 2009 7:01PM
CommunityEach year, as the new fall season approaches, I go through all the magazine and online sources talking about the various shows to try and figure out which ones I'm going to be excited about, and which I'm going to avoid like the plague.

Inevitably, I wind up sampling plenty of shows from which I should have steered clear. At the same time, a few shows will slip between the cracks, and then I'm bashing my head against the wall because I missed out on the beginning of something special. I hate coming into things late.

This year, I decided to share my top and bottom five selections. I'm sure the rest of the Squadders and you will have differing opinions than mine, but that's what makes America great, right? Chime in with your own lists in the comments.

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TV Squad's complete 2009-10 fall season premiere calendar

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 3rd 2009 12:04PM
GleeThe networks have had a quiet summer, quietly introducing scripted bomb after scripted bomb, so they're certainly ready to jump into the new fall season. And It looks to be an interesting one. ABC is scheduling a two-hour block of new comedies on Wednesdays as the sitcom tries to make a comeback.

Even more risky is NBC handing 10:00 to Jay Leno every night of the week. Everyone's waiting to see how that one plays out. FOX is banking on huge positive buzz for Glee to make it a hit, while ABC is hoping FlashForward can pick up where Lost is leaving off when it wraps its run this season.

To help you with it all, TV Squad has put together a handy calendar of all the premieres so you can schedule responsibly in this busy time of TV watching. Some nights have as many as twelve premieres scheduled, so you might need to invest in a few more DVRs to catch all your favorites; Monday's still look grim. Bookmark this page and you'll have it handy to help see you through.

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Are you 18 to 49 and aware of the new TV shows?

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 25th 2009 8:00AM
Three RiversNetworks and advertisers love the 18 to 49 demographic. If you're not in that demo, then just sell your TV right now, OK? Nielsen even creates an "awareness" survey every year and sends it to the networks so they know which new shows have made it into the public consciousness, and Nikki Finke has the list.

ABC's Flash Forward and The Cougar have the most awareness, while Hank has the lowest (every time I hear the name of this show I forget that Kelsey Grammer is in it - it sounds like the name of an animated show).

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Can Katherine Moennig ever shake Shane?

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 13th 2009 11:32AM
Katherine MoennigThrough all of The L Word's ridiculous six seasons, Kate Moennig played Shane, the character that put butterflies in the tummies of men and women alike, gay, straight or otherwise. Hey. No use in deny it. We all felt it.

And watching this behind-the-scenes video of Three Rivers, it just seems like Shane decided to clean up her womanizing act and throw on some scrubs. There was a similar effect when Moennig played a small part in Art School Confidential. Is Moennig going to be able to convince viewers that Shane is in her past?

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The real reason Without A Trace was cancelled

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 4th 2009 8:57PM

Amid the CBS Summer Press Tour this week, the subject came up about why the network had cancelled Without A Trace. It wasn't ratings, which is clearly the truth because just this past weekend, Without A Trace was pulling over six million viewers for a rerun, doubling the number of people who tuned in for the brand new ABC series, Defying Gravity. Therefore, if Without A Trace was still capable of besting the fodder produced by the competition, why on earth would CBS dump it?

"Every show has its own life cycle," said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, who went on to explain that the shows the network had in development were just too good to wait. In other words, The Good Wife, Three Rivers and NCIS: Los Angeles, none of which are proven hits, were more important than an established success.

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Lauren Lee Smith Leaves CSI & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 29th 2009 1:00PM
Lauren Lee SmithLauren Lee Smith is leaving the scene of the crime. The actress, who joined the cast of 'CSI' last season, will not return as a regular for the show's upcoming 10th season.

Also in the news today: Shawn Pyfrom exits 'Desperate Housewives,' while USA Network renews 'Burn Notice' and 'Royal Pains.'

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

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TV Squad previews CBS's new shows

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2009 2:00PM
cbs_logoGenerally speaking, CBS had a strong 2008, developing one bona fide hit drama -- The Mentalist -- even though shows like The Ex-List never found an audience or a critical plaudit. Ironically, I liked The Ex-List based on the screener I reviewed last summer, so go figure. Sometimes a preview can inform you about a show's potential and sometimes it's just the best it'll ever be.

CBS has shared previews for the new season and we've had a chance to take a look. There are star vehicles for Jenna Elfman, Alex O'Loughlin and Julianna Margulies, which would seem logical based on the success of Simon Baker as The Mentalist. CBS is counting on familiar, popular TV stars to win over audiences. Will the strategy work? It's probably too soon to tell.

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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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Three Rivers making changes

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 12th 2009 1:02PM
O'Loughlin in scrubsJust because CBS is changing where the new medical drama Three Rivers will be filmed, doesn't mean the show is in trouble. After all, a lot of shows are retooled once the pilot is filmed. However, they recently dumped the leading lady, Julia Ormond, too. To me this says that Three Rivers is shifting focus, and I don't mean by filming in a Pittsburgh hospital set that they're building in Los Angeles instead of the real thing in Pennsylvania.

It could well mean that CBS is thinking about making Three Rivers a star vehicle for Alex O'Loughlin. CBS has The Mentalist in mind for Three Rivers, with Alex becoming the next golden pin-up, just like Simon Baker. I mean, take a look at this publicity picture. That's a muscle shirt more than a surgical scrubs top. And don't get me wrong, Alex has the body to pull it off.

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