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Best and Worst of 2006: Bob's list

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2006 2:22PM

Studio 60If you had told me a year ago that the top three shows on my "Best of" list would be on NBC, I would have said you were crazy. Then I would have asked you how you knew this. Are you psychic? Can you see into the future? You're the devil I say, the devil!

But that's what happened. Below is my list for the 5 best shows of the year and the 5 worst, along with various odd and ends. Yeah, let me have it in the comments about what I got wrong.

Update: After a few days of thinking about it, I've changed one of my "worst" picks. I'm sure you'll see why.

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Hey Now! It's a girl for Jeffrey Tambor

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 19th 2006 8:37AM
Jeffrey Tambor and WifeI normally don't pick up the baby bump and failed marriage stories because, well, do you really need another voice in the blogosphere with two cents about the celebrity circle of life? Probably not. Yet, I couldn't resist this one because, well, who knew that 62 year-old Tambor was expecting a little bundle of trouble?

Tambor and his wife Kasia welcomed daughter Eve to the world on December 10th. Jeffrey Tambor's most recent television outing - Twenty Good Years - with John Lithgow went south about as fast as you'd expect a network sitcom starring two AARP card holders to, but his genius card was handed out a long time ago with series like Larry Sanders and Arrested Development under his belt. Tambor and Kasia also have a two-year old son, and get this, his 31 year-old daughter has a son the same age. So, Tambor's children and grandchild are of the same generation. Chaplin-esque, isn't it?

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What's on tonight: Lost, Jericho, 30 Rock, Paula Deen, South Park, Project Runway

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 18th 2006 5:00PM
  • Freak ShowAt 8, ABC has a new Dancing with the Stars (is this show on every night?), followed by new episodes of Lost and The Nine.
  • CBS has a new Jericho at 8, followed by new episodes of Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.
  • NBC has new eps of 30 Rock, Twenty Good Years, The Biggest Loser, and Dateline.
  • FOX has another baseball playoff game at 8.
  • The CW has new eps of America's Next Top Model and One Tree Hill.
  • There's a new Extreme Engineering on Discovery at 8, followed by a new Mythbusters.
  • ABC Family has the original Willy Wonka at 8.
  • Food Network is showing a new (?) Essence of Emeril at 8, not sure why. It's followed by new eps of Tyler's Ultimate, 30 Minute Meals, and Paula's Home Cooking.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Moyers on America.
  • At 10, Bravo has a new Project Runway.
  • Also at 10: Comedy Central has a new South Park, followed by a new Freak Show.

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Wednesday ratings: Lost remains big, The Nine loses big

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 12th 2006 7:02PM

LostIt's not a surprise that ABC's Lost did big numbers last night, it's two other pieces of news that were a little surprising.

One is that Criminal Minds actually got better ratings than Lost in the 9pm slot. Not a higher average of viewers (Lost won that), but a better rating. It's all so confusing. The other piece of news, and this makes me a little queasy in the stomach/intestinal region, is that The Nine lost 55% of the Lost lead-in audience. For some reason, everyone was watching CSI: NY and Dateline (doing better numbers than Kidnapped was doing in that slot, by the way).

Sigh. At least Jericho is still doing really well, keeping it's audience from the first few weeks intact.

Also, the debuts of NBC's new comedies, 30 Rock and Twenty Good Years, weren't so hot either.

For the record, CBS won for the night, though ABC won in that key 18-49 demo that everyone does cartwheels over. I'm only 8 1/2 years from 49. Does this mean that I have to start watching Matlock reruns and buying Polident? I mean, I'm sure Lost will still be on, and we'll all be wondering why Kate turned out to be a robot and why there was a combination Pizza Hut/time portal on the other side of the island no one knew about, but I'll probably have lost interest by that point.

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The premiere of Twenty Good Years is on AOL TV

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 11th 2006 10:27AM
Twenty Good YearsWell, it's not exactly as hotly-anticipated as tonight's other premiere, 30 Rock, but if you want to see John Lithgow and Jeffery Tambor's sitcom Twenty Good Years before it premieres at 8:30 tonight, here's your chance.

Hoof it on over to AOL TV, which is showing video of the entire pilot. In case you're not familiar with the show, Lithgow and Tambor are playing two sixty-year-old friends who have decided to break the shackles of their high-profile but comfortable lives (Lithgow's a surgeon, Tambor's a judge) and live life to the fullest in the twenty good years they have left. The pilot was pretty standard fare, a "let's set this thing up" episode that was barely saved by the comedic skills of its two stars. But it's worth watching, especially if you need to kill time before or after lunch. And if you go watch the 30 Rock premiere online, too, you'll be able to watch the Mets-Cards game tonight without guilt. So everybody wins!

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Watch first episode of Twenty Good Years online

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 5th 2006 1:01PM
jeffrey tamborAOL, the company that done does own this here blog you do be reading, is offering the first full episode of the new sitcom Twenty Good Years on its video site. Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow play aging friends who decide to live out the rest of their days living life to the fullest. I guess it's kind of like Cocoon without the aliens or Wilford Brimley. Tambor plays a judge who doesn't like to take risks, and Lithgow plays a surgeon who has been divorced three times. The series premieres on NBC October 11 at 8:30 pm, which is a good timeslot because that's right before old people go to bed.

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EW's Dalton Ross doesn't like Studio 60

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 7th 2006 4:29PM

Studio 60Entertainment Weekly's Dalton Ross gives his list for the best and worst pilots he's seen, and he doesn't really like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. In fact, he calls it "underwhelming," and he's amazed by the "awfulness" of Amanda Peet.

In other observations, he calls Twenty Good Years "excruciating," Ugly Betty "mindless fun," and The Nine "the best new show."

I don't know, I really liked Studio 60's pilot. Do I think it's at West Wing or Sports Night level yet? No, of course not, it's just a pilot. But it's very good, and with Sorkin behind it and the great cast, I have really high hopes for it.

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The Boston Globe rates the new shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 28th 2006 2:39PM

The Nine

Matthew Gilbert has an interesting article in The Boston Globe, about the new season of shows and how TV shows are now more complicated than ever (but that's a good thing). Not just returning shows like 24 and Lost, but new complex series like DayBreak, Kidnapped, and Vanished.

One page that the print edition of the Globe has that the web site doesn't (at least I couldn't find it) is Gilbert's grades for all the new shows. Quick summary: he thinks the best new shows are The Nine, Studio 60, Heroes, Six Degrees, Smith, The Knights of Prosperity, and Justice. The worst are Happy Hour, Twenty Good Years, and Help Me Help You.

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TV Squad previews NBC's new shows

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 23rd 2006 10:36AM
nbc logoThe screeners have been pouring into the TV Squad offices for the past month now, and we're all dying to tell you what we think of everything. Are these new shows worth catching? Which ones seem likely to miserably fail? Which ones are not to miss? While we can't technically "review" these screeners, we were never told not to give you a short preview of these shows and what our initial thoughts are. (Side note: Joel and I talk about all of these and more in the latest APB podcast.)

So, to start things off, we've got a slew of NBC pilots to cover: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Heroes, Friday Night Lights, Kidnapped, 20 Good Years, 30 Rock and The Black Donnellys.

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Need another sign that Arrested Development is over?

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 31st 2006 10:58AM
arrested development; jeffrey tamborJeffrey Tambor, who played George Bluth, Sr. on Arrested Development, has signed on to a comedy on NBC. He will co-star with John Lithgow in Twenty Good Years, a comedy about two men in their 50s who experience mid-life crises and decide to make the most of their next 20 years.

Despite all the rumors that Arrested Development was getting picked up by Showtime, 20th Century TV released a statement earlier this week that there was no future plans for production of the show. Plus, show creator Mitch Hurwitz moved on this week.

Hey, at least Tambor's moving on to something that sounds pretty good. Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow? Sounds like a match made in heaven to me.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

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John Lithgow returning to NBC

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 9th 2006 9:46AM
I love everything John Lithgow does. He made a great woman in The World According to Garp, a terrifying villain in Raising Cain, and a perfectly goofy alien in 3rd Rock From the Sun. He even made a children's album a few years ago that ended up being a big hit with my niece. He seems like the kind of guy who is always trying to challenge himself creatively and I respect that. Plus, he kind-of dances to the beat of his own drum.

So, I'm happy to announce that he's returning to primetime television as one of two stars in the NBC comedy, Twenty Good Years. It's about two aging men who have epiphanies and set out to live their final two decades to their fullest. Kinda sounds like My Name is Earl. No idea who the other lead is.

Is anybody else out there a John Lithgow fan?

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