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69 Percent of TV Guide Readers Won't Watch Leno

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 12th 2010 10:06AM
Internet polls are always a little squiffy when it comes to interpreting actual raw data. But if I were Jay Leno right now, my chin would be quivering right about now.

TV Guide conducted an online poll of their readers and 69 percent of the respondents said they used to watch Jay either on 'The Tonight Show' or his short-lived 'Jay Leno Show' but won't when he returns to the post local news time slot.

Another 15 percent said they would watch Jay in his new time slot, 12 percent said they never watched him in the first place and the remaining 4 percent were undecided.

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Ellen Burstyn to guest on Law & Order SVU

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 12th 2008 9:01PM
Burstyn EllenRecently, we told you about James Brolin appearing in a guest role on Law & Order: SVU, as a man from Elliot's past. Now, there'll be even more development for Christopher Meloni's character when Ellen Burstyn shows up on SVU to play Stabler's mother.

Oh, and she's not your button-downed, upright all together mom. She's bipolar, which is to say that she has a serious psychological disorder.

TVGuide.com reported that it learned that Ms. Burstyn's guest role will be very dramatic -- "explosive" -- and is slated for one episode. Thinking about what's been happening on SVU, the major storyline for Elliot has been revolving around his wife Kathy having another child.

The baby has brought the Stablers back together after a separation. Could Elliot's mother be coming to New York to see her new grandchild and something else go wrong? Hmm...

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Michael Ausiello leaves TV Guide for Entertainment Weekly

by Joel Keller, posted May 28th 2008 4:20PM
Mike AusielloWe've been hearing rumblings, published and otherwise, that TV Guide was in trouble, especially the venerable print edition. Earlier this month, for instance, the title's new owner, Macrovision, took over and immediately announced its plans to keep the online version of the magazine and either sell or shutter the print version, which has been published since 1953.

So the following news might not be much of a surprise: Michael Ausiello, TVG's scoop and spoiler maven, is taking his perky writing style and massive Rolodex to Entertainment Weekly, where he'll write for the TV sections of both the magazine and website starting July 2.

Oh, and how did we find this out? Mike sent us (and probably hundreds of others) the press release announcing his arrival. Never said the guy wasn't good at self-promotion.

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Martha Byrne dishes about leaving As the World Turns

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 20th 2008 4:22PM
Martha ByrneFor the past two decades, give or take a year here and there, actress Martha Byrne has played the character of Lily Snyder on As the World Turns. That all ends next month. According the executive producer Christopher Goutman, "We made Martha an incredibly generous offer in hopes that she would remain. Unfortunately, Martha has decided to leave despite our best efforts to keep her." That's the show's side of the story. Michael Logan spoke with Martha Byrne to hear her side of the story.

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Is Alicia Silverstone the mystery girl on How I Met Your Mother?

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 7th 2008 9:02AM
Alicia SilverstoneMichael Ausiello at TVGuide.com has been playing with his calculator, or maybe it was an abacus. Anyway, Mike has used some oh-so-creative math to add two and two together to get a major revelation on a CBS sitcom. Okay, here's the scoop. Mr. Ausiello has gotten an exclusive casting tidbit from How I Met Your Mother.

Alicia Silverstone, star of Clueless on the big screen, Miss Match on the small, has been signed for a series of episodes, a mini-arc.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 16th 2007 9:01AM

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Patinkin returning to Criminal Minds, for a limited time only!

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2007 1:25PM

Mandy PatinkinThis is becoming more of a soap opera than that whole "who is going to replace Rosie O'Donnell on The View?" stuff.

We reported yesterday that Joe Mantegna is going to replace Mandy Patinkin on Criminal Minds (Patinkin didn't want to return to the show). Now Michael Ausiello over at TVGuide.com reports that Patinkin will in fact return to the show...for one epsiode, to explain what happened to his character.

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Goodbye Traveler

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2007 1:02PM

Traveler castOK, it's not going away immediately, a la Smith or Kidnapped, but after the next two episodes, Traveler is gone for good, and this news comes from the creator himself.

Creator/producer Dave DiGilio has been keeping a blog over at TVGuide.com, and he reveals that the network has let the contracts of the actors on the show lapse and that the next two episodes of the show (the show returns July 11) mark the end of the series. And while it's not the final final decision on the show, when the creator of a show says it's true, that's definitely a sign. Though it's not like they didn't see it coming, after the show was put in as a summer replacement, the episodes cut, etc.

He also gives some cool behind-the-scenes scoop of epsiode "The Reunion."

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Skeet Ulrich thanks fans for Jericho renewal

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2007 3:01PM

Skeet UlrichShort but good interview with Jericho star Skeet Ulrich over at TVGuide.com. He talks about how surprised he was by the intensity of the fan support the show received after it was canceled. He says his mom first alerted him to the campaign (everyone say it at once: awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!).

He says the "nuts" line was actually the hardest line he had to deliver all season, because "it's such a non-sequitur," so he finds it funny that it was that line that inspired fans.

He also reveals that Gerald McRaney was ready to leave the show. In fact, he was frustrated throughout the season because he wanted more to do.

[via Pop Candy]

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2007 2:13PM
  • Check out Oprah Winfrey doing some improv with the gang from Thank God You're Here.
  • What do Zach Braff, Rob Lowe, Paul Rudd, Claire Danes, and Amy Adams have in common?
  • Whitney Matheson has a quick interview with SNL/30 Rock star Jason Sudeikis.
  • For some reason, Erik Estrada got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.
  • X-Files star Gillian Anderson doesn't like television.
  • TV Guide.com's Ken Fox catches Avril Lavigne on Letterman and calls her a fraud.

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Kate Flannery previews tonight's Xmas episode of The Office

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2006 6:21PM

Kate FlanneryThere are a lot of celebrity blogs over at TV Guide. Most of them aren't updated on any kind of regular basis, but when they are, they're a treat for fans. Like this blog entry from Kate Flannery, who plays Meredith on The Office. She previews tonight's Christmas episode. I'm a sucker for all Christmas episodes of TV shows and The Office, so tonight should be a great show (it's a special one-hour show starting at 8.)

The blog entry is a little spoiler-ish, but it's not too bad. Just a quick sketch of what the episode is about. She does say that the episode was directed by Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, SCTV, etc) and involves Benihana and a waitress. She also talks a little about her boobs.

Also, I didn't even know that Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Arrested Development, Unaccompanied Minors) was a regular director on The Office. I guess I should pay more attention to the credits.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 7th 2006 6:38PM
  • Rod SerlingDavid Thomas over at FireJeffZucker.com wonders why the Sci-Fi Channel isn't in HD.
  • For election day today, TV Newser is going to update his blog every hour, with the latest TV News news and analysis. Check out the real Wolf Blitzer and the cardboard Wolf Blitzer.
  • Great article over at TV Party about the original pilot for The Twilight Zone.
  • TV Guide's Matt Roush has a rundown on all of the midseason comings and goings.
  • Over at PopWatch, George Lucas says he's done with big screen movies and will be focusing on TV now. As a moviegoer, I applaud this. As a TV lover, it makes me cringe.
  • Great episode of Heroes last night, eh? TV Addict has an interview with stars Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia.
  • I don't believe this story at all. It just seems like some bs someone made up because Mario Lopez is doing so well on Dancing with the Stars.

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Update: Kidnapped headed to web

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 1st 2006 8:04PM
Kidnapped
Anna told you earlier today about NBC pulling Kidnapped off of the Saturday schedule (wow, how bad do ratings have to be to have that happen twice in a matter of weeks?), and now comes word over at TV Guide that the remaining eight episodes of the drama will be shown on NBC's web site.

The show is being pulled and will not be seen again on the small screen after sweeps (we're at the start of the all-important sweeps period right now), but will be shown on your even smaller screen, your computer.

The show is filming its 13th episode even as you read this. Oh well. At least fans won't have to wait and see what's going to happen to the show and will be able to see the kidnapping plot reach its conclusion and not left hanging.

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Liev Schreiber takes over on CSI

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 25th 2006 3:27PM

Liev SchreiberDon't panic, William Petersen fans, don't panic! It's only temporary.

Petersen is taking a break from the show for a handful of episodes starting January 12, and Schreiber will play another investigator who comes in to solve bizarre murders in Las Vegas.

I wonder if this is a tryout for Schreiber. It's often been rumored that Petersen would not stay with CSI forever, so maybe producers are taking this break as an opportunity to try out someone else in the role if Petersen decides to move on. I'm kinda surprised that Schreiber took the gig, since he's been focusing on movies and the stage for several years, but he could add something interesting to the show. Though I don't watch the show anymore. Is there anything interesting happening on any of the CSIs these days?

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The Fall Hot List: TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 15th 2006 4:19PM
TV Guide Hot ListWhat's in this week's issue of America's favorite TV mag?

  • Lost isn't on the cover, and neither is Desperate Housewives. So it must be Grey's Anatomy.
  • How the new season stands so far, the winners and the losers.
  • As The World Turns is finally going to deal with the death of soap vet Benjamin Hendrickson, who committed suicide earlier this year. His character Hal Munson will also die on the show.
  • Matt Roush likes 1 vs. 100.
  • An interview with horror master Wes Craven.
  • Will Saxondale be another Brit comedy hit for NBC?
  • In the print edition: a look at Ugly Betty (a surprising hit for ABC in the Thursday 8pm slot), and yet another damn article about Dancing with the Stars.

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