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What's On Tonight: Super Bowl, 'Puppy Bowl,' 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 7th 2010 12:25PM
Undercover BossHere's tonight's TV line-up (all times Eastern).

  • TV Land has a 'Home Improvement' marathon all night.
  • Discovery has a 'Destroyed in Seconds' marathons all night.
  • TNT has a 'Law & Order' marathon all night.
  • Hallmark continues their 'I Love Lucy' marathon.
  • At 6, CBS has the Super Bowl, followed by the series premiere of 'Undercover Boss.'
  • At 7, FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death.'
  • Animal Planet has 'Puppy Bowl VI' at 7.
  • ABC Family has 'The Sound of Music' at 7.
  • At 9, PBS has a new 'Masterpiece Classic.'
  • HBO has a new 'Big Love' at 9.
  • WE has a new 'Platinum Weddings' at 9.
  • At 10, TruTV has two new episodes of 'Las Vegas Jailhouse.'
  • IFC has two 'Arrested Development' episodes at 10.
  • Also at 10: WE has a new 'Rich Bride Poor Bride.'
  • At midnight, Cartoon Network has a new 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: 'Til Death, Sherlock Holmes, Christmas Episodes

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 25th 2009 12:06PM
  • ElfSpike is showing Bad Santa all night.
  • TCM is showing Sherlock Holmes movies all night.
  • Fox Movie Channel is showing Home Alone all night.
  • At 8, FOX has four new episodes of 'Til Death.
  • NBC has Saturday Night Live: A Very Gilly Christmas at 8.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • USA has Elf at 8.
  • ESPN has NBA Basketball at 8, the Clippers vs. the Suns.
  • WE has two Christmas episodes of Golden Girls at 8, then two Christmas episodes of Hope & Faith and two Christmas episodes of Girlfriends.
  • Nickelodeon has a Christmas episode of iCarly at 8.
  • At 8:30, PBS has a new NOW, then a new Bill Moyers Journal.
  • At 9, The CW has Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.
  • Lifetime has Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage at 9, then two Christmas episodes of Will & Grace and a Christmas Frasier.
  • At 10, Nickelodeon has two Christmas episodes of The George Lopez Show, followed by a Christmas episode of The Nanny.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Twelve shows a'stinkin'!

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 12th 2009 10:00AM
HeroesOn the twelfth day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... twelve shows a'stinkin'!

Being the endless wasteland that it is, television has no shortage of bad product. Mind you, "bad" is always a matter of opinion. This year saw the end of According to Jim after eight years of decent ratings while in terms of quality it lasted about seven years too long. What follows is my own opinion and at the end of each item in the list, I will quote everybody's favorite critic, Jay Sherman.

12. Heroes – This show was great in the first season, then with only brief glimpses of greatness in the later seasons, the writers and the network proceeded to dump it in the trash, rub it around some sewage and finally make it have a one night stand with Andy Dick. IT STINKS!

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FOX announces midseason schedule

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 25th 2009 11:03AM
CowellIt's strange that not only is it almost 2010 but it's the end of the decade.

The end of a year also means that it's time for the midseason shows to make their appearance. We already know that Chuck and Lost are coming back (January and February, respectively) and now FOX has announced their midseason schedule. After the jump, full details on when we'll see the return of Jack Bauer, Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsay, reality shows, new shows, and special episodes of your favorites.

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TV Shows Most Likely to Be Canceled: We Made the Odds, Now Place Your Bets

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 9th 2009 3:11PM

It seems like just yesterday we were greeting the lineup of the 2009-2010 television season; every show was equal, and no show had a better chance at success than any other. What a difference a few weeks make, as now some series are already looking down the barrel of a shotgun, ready to be canceled with barely a few episodes out the gate. Television is a cutthroat world indeed -- here we look at the series that are currently on thin ice, and the odds that they'll come out the other side.

Don't agree with our odds? Let us know!

ABC:

'Ugly Betty'
It wasn't long ago that 'Ugly Betty' had its supporters in droves, proclaiming its brilliance to the heavens. Now, alas, the show seems to have been abandoned, allegedly returning this season only so it has enough episodes in the vault to qualify for syndication. Which it does, so there!
Odds of Cancellation: 2 to 1

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'Til Death: The new According to Jim?

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 28th 2009 7:01PM
Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher of 'Til DeathEvery year, there's a show that's on the top of viewers' "You mean that's still on the air?" list. Whether the show was good or not, it was one that hung on in obscurity for years and years, getting just enough of an audience to keep it going. You know the shows I'm talking about: The Facts of Life. Wings. Yes, Dear. Matlock.Just Shoot Me. George Lopez. King of the Hill. JAG. Heck, even the great Scrubs was at the top of this list for many people for awhile (still might be for some).

But for the last five years or so, the reigning champ of that list was According to Jim, both because of its inexplicable longevity and its questionable quality. Now, with Jim Belushi's vanity project finally gone, it looks like another show has taken its place: FOX's 'Til Death.

The network just doesn't want to let the show die. Every time the show is in a low-rated slot, the network moves it to one that's higher-profile in an attempt to boost ratings. Case in point: the Brad Garrett sitcom will be replacing Brothers on Sundays at 7, starting January 10, after football's regular season is over.

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What's On Tonight: Medium, 'Til Death, Clone Wars, Stargate Universe

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 2nd 2009 12:12PM
Law and Order
  • At 8, CBS has a new Ghost Whisperer, followed by new episodes of Medium and Numb3rs.
  • NBC has a new Law and Order at 8, then new episodes of Dateline and The Jay Leno Show.
  • FOX has a new Brothers at 8, followed by the season premiere of 'Til Death and a new Dollhouse.
  • The CW has a new Smallville at 8.
  • There's a new installment of The National Parks on PBS at 8.
  • MyNetwork TV has a new Smackdown! at 8.
  • Nickelodeon has a new episode of The Troop at 8.
  • ESPN2 has College Football at 8, Pittsburgh vs. Louisville.
  • Cartoon Network has the season premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • At 9, Syfy has the series premiere of Stargate Universe.
  • Lifetime has the season premiere of DietTribe.
  • BBC America has a new Friday Night with Jonathan Ross at 9.
  • TCM has Rear Window at 9.
  • Also at 9: National Geographic has a new Dog Whisperer.
  • At 10, HBO has a new Real Time with Bill Maher.
  • E! has a new episode of The Soup at 10.

Check your local TV listings for more.

Afte the jump, the late night talk shows.

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FOX hopes The Rednecks & Romeos will be the next That '70s Show

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 3rd 2009 2:04PM
That '70s ShowFOX has only two live action comedies on their fall slate: 'Til Death and Brothers. As someone who's seen Brothers, I can see why they'd be concerned that this isn't going to be enough. So, if you're FOX and you haven't had a good long-running comedy hit since That '70s Show, what do you do? Find the guys who worked on that and see what the've been up to, of course.

Co-creator and executive producer Mark Brazill has been developing a new multi-camera comedy. "We'll take it!" It's just a spec script right now? "Okay, find the right cast and -- we'll take it!"

Like '70s, The Rednecks & Romeos is a coming-of-age comedy. Based somewhat on Brazill's own experiences, it's about a family trying to get by after the father loses his dealership business and the family home to bankruptcy. That may hit pretty close to home for a lot of people these days.

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Chris Martin, Eartha Kitt and Others to Guest Voice on 'The Simpsons' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 28th 2009 12:00PM
Chris MartinChris Martin is just one of the celebrities lending their voices to 'The Simpsons'' upcoming 21st season.

Other stars scheduled to appear include Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Neve Campbell and the late Eartha Kitt.

Also in the news today: Fox pulls the plug on 'Family Guy''s abortion episode, while shuffling around some of their hottest fall TV premiere dates.

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

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2009 Fox Fall TV Premiere Dates

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 15th 2009 3:00PM
HouseFox is planning to enter the upcoming fall TV season a bit later this year.

Today, the network announced premiere dates for its biggest new and returning series, including 'House,' 'Fringe' and a brand new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance,' set to air beginning Sat., Sept. 12. This is the first time in years where Fox will debut shows closer to TV's official premiere week (beginning Sept. 21), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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

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The Upfronts: Fox

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2009 12:59PM
Fox LogoFox showed some surprising stability in its schedule (our network is growing up) for the 2009-2010 season. But they are bringing in four new comedies, two dramas and a late night Saturday show.

Returning Summer: Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Don't Forget the Lyrics!, So You Think You Can Dance

Returning Fall/Winter: 24, American Dad, American Idol, Bones, Dollhouse,, Family Guy, Fringe, House, Kitchen Nightmares, Lie to Me, The Simpsons, 'Til Death (for some reason), So You Think You Can Dance (yeah, two separate seasons summer and fall)

Gone: Do Not Disturb, King of the Hill (though there's still episodes in the can which will air sometime next year), Prison Break (a 2-hour film is being produced that may air next year), Sit Down Shut Up, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

New: Brothers, The Cleveland Show, Glee (sneak peek tomorrow), Human Target, Past Life, Sons of Tucson, The Wanda Sykes Show (late night Saturdays)

The schedule and some details on the new shows after the jump.

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Could My Name Is Earl jump to Fox?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 3rd 2009 9:05AM
my name is earl cast

According to industry scuttlebutt, My Name Is Earl is on the ropes and at risk of being canceled by NBC. Nikki Finke is reporting that it's practically a done deal at NBC, but Earl could be moving to Fox.

It's not just the lousy Nielsen ratings that have done the shaggy-dog sitcom in, it's also the rising production costs. NBC has an entire line-up that's bleeding in the ratings, so surgery is required. It is very likely that Earl will get the ax.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 12th 2009 6:03PM
Stargate DVDHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

How can there be so many DVDs released in one day and there not be one that I want to buy? I never got into Stargate, I don't want to own Dallas on DVD, ditto Reba, and I refuse to buy Walker Texas Ranger because a.) it's not very good, and b.) it replaced a show that I really loved in the early 90s. I enjoyed Benny Hill, but I don't know if I enjoyed it enough to own it. So it looks like I'm going to save some money this week.

Yeah, right. Like I won't find something to buy that was released a while ago.

  • Alvin & The Chipmunks - The Chipettes
  • Ben 10 Alien Force - Season 1, Vol. 2
  • The Benny Hill Show - Best of the Early Years
  • Captain and the Kings - Miniseries
  • Dallas - Season 10
  • House of Payne - Vol. 3

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'Til Death gets revived for another season

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 12th 2009 5:02PM

Til Death has been picked up for a full fourth seasonHuh. That's the only thing I can say about the recent announcement that 'Til Death will be returning to the FOX lineup next year with a full season order. Well, I could probably add in a 'Hmm' or an 'Eh?' or even a 'Whaaaaa?', but they would all convey the same emotions.

I mean, who would have thought that the network had so much confidence in the show after it placed it on "hiatus" back in October (it still has 15 episodes left in its compliment)? It's not like the network had anything of importance to fill the time slot other than repeats of House or Fringe. Maybe the network felt bad that 'Til Death is, as of this moment, the only live-action, studio audience sitcom remaining on the network. Or, maybe they have some bigger ideas in the works.

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Til Death dumped by Fox...for two weeks...for now

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 30th 2008 12:16PM
Til Death windowPrimetime Wednesday seems to be the toughest night of all for TV programmers. There's not one network that seems to do particularly well in the 8-9 p.m. time slot, and the juggling has begun. Fox yanked Do Not Disturb weeks ago, admitting it was a dud.

Now the Brad Garrett-Joely Fisher sitcom Til Death will be off the air for two weeks, effective immediately. In that time slot, instead, we'll be seeing more House, albeit repeats. Still, you watch, those reruns will do markedly better than the sitcoms did.

Til Death, to be frank, has regressed this year. I defended the renewal of the show when Fox gave it a third season, based on the episodes I watched last spring. But the comedy has really strained since its season premiere in September. There's no other way to put it -- Death is in the death throes and should be put out of its misery. This two week hiatus should be the end of the series.

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