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Which New Shows Have You Already Given Up On? Our DVR Discards

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 5th 2011 12:00PM
There's a moment of hope in the air right before the weather starts getting cooler, leaves start changing, back-to-school pencils get sharpened and new TV shows premiere for fall. In that blissful time, pilots seem like seedlings of hope, bursting with the possibility of something great, something must-see, something worthy of six seasons and a movie.

And then the shows all premiere and we quickly lose interest in a good majority of them. It's the law of DVR averages -- you just can't record everything.

'Pan Am': hit or miss?
We've already seen the first pick-up (Fox's 'New Girl') and first cancellation (NBC's 'Playboy Club') of the new fall TV season, but which of the new shows have we already given up on?

One of those (ahem -- you know who you are, bunnies!) dropped off all our season pass lists, while the adorkable one at the other end of the spectrum won most of us over ... but not all. Check out our gallery to see which new shows the AOL TV staff has said goodbye to*, and share your own failed attempts at finding entertainment in the comments.

*Editor's note: We haven't all said goodbye to all of these shows. We got one pick per person, and the opinions of each person do not reflect the opinions of the entire staff. Except where 'Playboy Club' is concerned. That was just bad.

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'Up All Night,' 'Whitney' Get Full Seasons From NBC

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 1:05PM
Up All Night, Whitney full seasonsNBC has ordered full seasons of 'Up All Night' and 'Whitney.' The writing is on the wall for the end of NBC's other new comedy 'Free Agents.'

"We made comedy an important goal for us this season and I'm very pleased to be making full-season commitments to both 'Whitney' and 'Up All Night,'" Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "We're thrilled with the creative direction of both shows as well as the potential for them to continue to build loyal audiences over the coming months. We're proud of all of the producers, writers, actors, and directors who have worked so hard to bring these shows to life."

Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph star in 'Up All Night.' Created by 'Parks and Recreation' writer Emily Spivey, the comedy follows the lives of new parents Chris (Arnett) and Reagan (Applegate) as they juggle their new lives with a baby. Rudolph plays Ava, Reagan's talk show host boss.

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EXCLUSIVE 'Up All Night' Sneak Peek: Check Out Reagan and Chris' 'New Car' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Oct 3rd 2011 1:00PM
'Up All Night''Up All Night' (Wednesdays, 8PM ET on NBC) has a lot of hallmarks of a successful sitcom -- relatable leads (Christina Applegate and Will Arnett), a cute baby, funny job stuff and a crazy boss (Maya Rudolph).

What it's missing? Sure a sassy butler or talking pet is always high on our list, but this isn't that kind of show.

Our exclusive clip from this week's new episode proves that the writers know exactly what the show needs to take it to the next level: A sweet ride.

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Jason Lee Joins 'Up All Night' as Maya Rudolph's New Man

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 1st 2011 1:00PM
Jason Lee is heading back to NBC. EW.com reports the former 'My Name is Earl' star is joining 'Up All Night' as a potentially recurring love interest for Maya Rudolph's diva talk show host character.

TVLine describes Lee's character as a "sweet and good-looking" single dad.

'Up All Night' premiered to solid ratings and looks like it may be NBC's latest breakout comedy. The show stars Christina Applegate, who works for Rudolph's character, and Will Arnett as thirty-something first-time parents struggling with the new responsibility.

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Will Forte Teaches Chris the 'Flex' to Sex Up His Marriage on 'Up All Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 2:15AM
'Up All Night' - 'Working Late and Working It'This week's 'Up All Night' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC) explored a truth that new parents generally discover quite abruptly one day. They've stopped caring about how they look around the house ... and sometimes in public, too.

This tends to be more difficult for the men to handle, which is why Chris wound up reaching out to a fellow new father, played by Will Forte, for advice. Reed (Forte) agrees to come over to teach Chris a few tricks to get Reagan to make more of an effort.

The idea is for Chris to sex up his image a bit, which Reed showed him has a lot to do with your clothing, and especially your underwear. While showing off his "sexy" briefs, he let Chris in on the power of the glute flex, which lifts and adds volume to your rear-end.

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Kelly Cutrone Joins 'America's Next Top Model' Judging Panel, Jimmy Buffett Visits 'Hawaii Five-0' & More Casting News

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 28th 2011 1:15PM
Kelly CutroneThe 'America's Next Top Model' judging panel is undergoing another shakeup.

Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone, former 'Hills' and Bravo star and owner of People's Revolution, will replace 'Vogue' editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley as one of the regular judges on the CW reality competition, according to People.

Starting next season, the woman formerly known as Lauren Conrad's terrifying but ultimately awesome boss will help decide who is still in the running to become America's Next Top Model. Host Tyra Banks has said there will be no more "regular" seasons of the show, but there's no word on what the gimmick for the next cycle will be.

In other TV casting news ...

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NBC to Stream 'Up All Night' and 'Whitney' Before Network Air

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 27th 2011 12:30PM
Up all NightNBC will stream 'Up All Night' and 'Whitney' before they hit the network.

In a new partnership with Yahoo, this week's new episodes of 'Up All Night' and 'Whitney' will debut online Tues., Sept. 27.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, previous episodes of both series will also be streamed on Yahoo.

This follows a similar strategy used by other networks. Fox released the first episode of 'New Girl' on iTunes, Hulu, Fox On-Demand, and on star Zooey Deschanel's blog HelloGiggles.com. Despite the widespread viewing, 'New Girl' debuted to solid numbers, even doing better than its lead-in 'Glee.'

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'Modern Family' Beats 'The X Factor' in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 22nd 2011 12:20PM
Modern Family Beats The X Factor in Ratings'The X Factor' is Fox's biggest fall series debut in five years, but it wasn't exactly a ratings hit.

The network says the reality singing competition premiered to 12.5 million viewers, 4.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Comparatively, January's 'American Idol' Season 10 premiere -- the first without Simon Cowell -- was watched by 26.2 million viewers and had a 9.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

In the 9PM hour, 'The X Factor' was bested by ABC's one-hour Season 3 premiere of 'Modern Family,' which had a 6 rating in the 18-49 demo and a total of 14.3 million viewers. Helped by the buzz after multiple Emmy wins, the series even outperformed CBS's stalwart 'Criminal Minds.'

'Modern Family' co-creator Steve Levitan took to Twitter to share his joy about the ratings news.

"It's extremely gratifying that a scripted comedy finally beat an overhyped karaoke contest," he said. "Thank you, #ModernFamily fans!"

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Chris and Reagan Update Facebook to Look Cooler on 'Up All Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2011 1:30AM
'Up All Night' - 'Cool Neighbors'Chris and Reagan are still adjusting to being new parents, while Eva is struggling with not being liked by the baby on 'Up All Night' (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC).

It was great to see that Eva will not be dominating the show, as the more genuine and awkward moments at home with the Brinkleys are where the heart of this show lies.

This week, when a couple of cool neighbors moved in across the street, the couple lamented that they couldn't be the free spirits they were before having a baby. But they so wanted to impress the new neighbors that they were willing to try and fake it.

One solution was to make sure their Facebook pages were cool enough. We loved the list of things that Chris 'Likes,' including Lipitor. But even better was Reagan's page, which she hadn't updated since announcing she was going to the hospital to have the baby.

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Blythe Danner Joins 'Up All Night,' Snoop Dogg Sitcom in the Works & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 16th 2011 4:30PM
Blythe DannerBlythe Danner is staying 'Up All Night' with Christina Applegate.

According to Deadline, Danner will play Applegate's mother on the NBC comedy about new parents.

Danner is no stranger to playing mom to an NBC star. The Emmy winner recurred on 'Will & Grace' as Will's (Eric McCormack) mother.

'Up All Night' debuted to strong ratings, grabbing 3.7 million in the coveted 18-49 demographic and a total of 10.9 million viewers.

In other casting news ...

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'Up All Night' Off to a Nice Start in Ratings

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 15th 2011 2:00PM
Up All NightViewers stayed up and gave 'Up All Night' a chance on NBC.

The comedy's debut episode, which aired at 10PM ET following the 'America's Got Talent' finale, was seen by 10.9 million viewers.

The show moves to its normal timeslot next Wed., Sept. 21 at 8PM ET.

However, NBC's other new offering, 'Free Agents,' was seen by 6.3 million viewers, wuite a big drop from 'Up All Night.' The series moves to Wednesdays at 8:30PM ET on Sept. 21. The 'America's Got Talent' finale was seen by 14 million viewers.

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'Up All Night' Series Premiere: Parenting and Partying Don't Mix (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 15th 2011 1:50AM
'Up All Night' - 'Pilot'['Up All Night' Season 1, Episode 1 - 'Pilot']

There's a sweetness that really surprised me throughout the premiere of 'Up All Night' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC). To be honest, I wasn't sure if Will Arnett could pull off the role of a normal human being, but he absolutely nailed it. His chemistry with on-screen wife Christina Applegate was so authentic, I believed their love completely.

It was the little moments they shared, and some clever editing by the writers to make it feel real. After a fight over who was or wasn't awake at what time to take care of the baby, we cut quickly to the next morning where it's kisses and quick apologies. This is a couple we can root for together, because they're in this together.

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Will Arnett Talks Multi-Tasking, Babies & Being Normal for 'Up All Night'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 14th 2011 12:00PM
Will Arnett & his TV baby, 'Up All Night'Curious about 'Up All Night'? You should be, because it's one of the funniest new comedies to come out of an otherwise mediocre sitcom season.

Of course, it's not totally there yet (I voiced some concerns here in my Q&A with star Maya Rudolph), but there's one element of the show that's still making me laugh out loud and root for it to find its legs: the adorable, foul-mouthed, totally realistic couple at the heart of the story.

Regan (Christina Applegate) is a new mom who's readjusting to life back at work, and Chris (Will Arnett) is her supportive husband who quits his cushy job as a lawyer to be a stay-at-home dad. I've said it before, and I'm saying it again -- it's the best, most endearing and most normal I've seen both Applegate and Arnett in a long time (premieres Wed., Sept. 14, 10PM ET on NBC; moves to its regular time Wed., Sept. 21, 8PM ET).

I caught up with Arnett to hear all about his new gig imitating his real life, why his character Chris is nothing like Gob Bluth and some show secrets that are even more under wraps than the plot of that 'Arrested Development' movie.

And speaking of that movie, I'm kind of over speaking about it (just happen already!), so I went for some really advanced scoop and asked him about the eventual 'Up All Night' movie instead. "Great!," he said with a laugh. "Who's playing me?"

He also talked about his ideas for corporate synergy (short answer: all Arnett, all night), working with "talent robot" Jon Hamm for Season 2 of 'Todd Margaret' and tumors ... but not the kind you're thinking of.

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Maya Rudolph Talks Oprah Inspiration and Getting Into 'Up All Night'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 13th 2011 1:00PM
Maya Rudolph, 'Up All Night''Up All Night' was my favorite new comedy of this fall TV season. Note that I say "was" ...

You see, I went on and on about how perfect the show is for the comedic talents of all involved, most notably stars Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph.

But then they went and made some changes, turning Rudolph's character Ava into a talk show host -- even more scattered than she was as Reagan's (Applegate) PR boss-slash-pal originally -- and hiring Nick Cannon to play her show sidekick. That's when my declarative "is" became a hesitant "was" with 'Up All Night' (premieres Wed., Sept. 14, 10PM ET on NBC; moves to its regular time Wed., Sept. 21, 8PM ET).

And my hesitation is warranted: the rejiggered pilot that was sent out isn't quite firing on all the same funny cylinders that the original was, and it definitely drags in spots. The brief glimpse of Nick Cannon's character inspiring his "audience" to cheer and clap made me cringe. And most of all I just worried that Rudolph was being pigeon-holed into a character more worthy of a 'Saturday Night Live' skit.

BUT ... there's a silver lining. A few actually. 1) Rudolph was amazing in almost every 'SNL' skit she did; 2) pilots are never really great or necessarily indicative of what's to come; and 3) I still like the off-kilter comedic moments from all the stars, when they can squeeze them in.

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Reviews: 'Free Agents' & 'Up All Night' Stars Contend with Babies, Scene Stealers and Meltdowns

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 13th 2011 11:00AM
The good news about 'Up All Night' (10PM ET Wednesday, NBC) and 'Free Agents' (10:30PM ET Wednesday, NBC) is that they are among the better comedy offerings for fall.

It's true that the broadcast networks' half-hour offerings for fall are not strong, but I'm not trying to damn these two shows with faint praise. Given time to work out a few kinks and settle into a rhythm, they may provide some quality guffaws going forward.

To their credit, neither show overindulges in sentimentality. It's hard to walk that fine line between sincerity and sarcasm in a comedy, and though each show is a bit broad here and there, neither of these shows overindulges in the kind of false, cynical patter or the unearned, warm-and-fuzzy mawkishness that sinks so many network sitcoms.

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