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Sneak Previews: The New CBS Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted May 19th 2011 11:15AM
2 Broke GirlsWhat do Michael Emerson and Kat Dennings have in common? They have two of highest-testing new shows, according to CBS.

Yep, CBS is predicting Emerson's 'Person of Interest' and Dennings' '2 Broke Girls' are going to be hot next season. But, that's up to you, dear viewers!

During midseason, look for new rookie cop drama 'The 2-2' from producer Robert De Niro.

Check out previews of of '2 Broke Girls,' 'Person of Interest,' Poppy Montgomery's new police drama 'Unforgettable,' Patrick Wilson and Julie Benz in supernatural medical drama 'A Gifted Man' and David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon in 'How to Be a Gentleman' below.

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The CW Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted May 19th 2011 9:15AM
Sarah Michelle Gellar, RingerWelcome back to TV, Sarah Michelle Gellar!

The 'Buffy' veteran's new series, 'Ringer' has landed on Tuesdays at 9PM following '90210,' which has moved to Tuesdays at 8PM. Coincidentally -- or maybe not such a coincidence -- 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' aired on Tuesdays.

Mondays will be a Josh Schwartz block, with Rachel Bilson in 'Hart of Dixie' at 9PM following 'Gossip Girl' at 8PM.

Similarly, Thursdays are a Kevin Williamson block: 'The Vampire Diaries' at 8PM and 'Secret Circle' at 9PM.

Meanwhile, new reality series 'H8R' starts Wednesdays off at 8PM with 'Top Model' at 9PM. 'Nikita' moves to Fridays at 8PM with 'Supernatural' at 9PM.

'One Tree Hill' will return midseason -- for a final season -- along with reality shows 'The Frame' and 'Re-Modeled.'

"We're thrilled to present the most exciting primetime schedule The CW has ever had, comprised of shows that feature bold concepts, proven TV stars and up-and-coming, breakout talent," Dawn Ostroff, the outgoing CW president, said in a statement. "In just five years, we've built an instantly recognizable brand that resonates with both viewers and advertisers and is known for being smartly provocative, culturally current, emotionally authentic and a leader in digital and social media. This upcoming season will continue to establish The CW as a premier destination for our viewers, especially women."

Full schedule after the jump.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes On 'HIMYM,' 'Chuck,' 'Smallville,' 'Good Wife' and Upfronts

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 18th 2011 3:00PM
It's been a busy week in TV land, so it may not surprise you to learn that we recorded two, count 'em, two Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcasts on Tuesday.

In the first one, Ryan McGee and I take on the season finales for 'Chuck' (which I wrote about here), 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'The Good Wife' (which I wrote about here). We also discussed the series finale of 'Smallville.'

In the second podcast, we discussed some good and bad trends emerging from Upfronts Week, which is when the broadcast networks announce what they'll be airing in the fall and offer clips from many of their new shows.

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Upfronts Update: The Best and Worst Things About the New Fall Season

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 18th 2011 1:00PM
UnforgettableWe're in the midst of Upfront Week, which is when the networks present their fall schedules to advertisers and to the world.

Four of the five broadcast networks have already presented their 2011-12 rosters, and via clips and show descriptions, it's possible to discern that which is good or at least interesting ('Lost' is back! Sort of! Not really!) and that which is disheartening or downright bad (My God, ABC, what have you done!?), all of which I present below.

The Top 6 Good Things about the Next Season of Television

Get ready for some interesting scheduling moves.

CBS, the most conservative network, has decided to move two of its flagship programs: 'CSI' is migrating to Wednesdays and 'The Good Wife' will air on Sundays next season. 'The Good Wife' is such a gem that I hope this scheduling move doesn't hurt the show.

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Darren Criss Stays Mum on 'Glee' Finale, Geoff Stults Gives Hugs & More From Fox's Upfront Party

by Jean Bentley, posted May 16th 2011 11:45PM
Michael Clarke Duncan, Geoff Stults, The Finder, FoxNo matter how much you ask, Darren Criss won't tell you anything about the 'Glee' finale.

Despite the number of times AOL TV pressed him for intel at tonight's Fox Upfront party, he wouldn't spill any details. Of course, that could be because he isn't actually in the episode. He was in New York when the cast visited a few weeks ago to film, so that could've caused some confusion.

"I was here when they were shooting so I just went to say hi," he told us.

Though Criss was spiffed up in a suit when we chatted, earlier he had joined the Dalton Warblers in donning one of those ubiquitous red-piped blazers to sing 'Hey Soul Sister' at Fox's presentation today. Naturally, that led to the most hard-hitting Warbler-related question of them all: How often do those blazers get washed?

"Oh, never!" he joked (we think).

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Sneak Previews: The New Fox Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 16th 2011 6:15PM
Along with today's announcement of Fox's fall schedule, the network released trailers for most of its new shows. Here are the highlights ...

'New Girl' starring Zooey Deschanel looks positively adorable. She's a refreshingly offbeat female lead, and we think it's about time she was a huge (huge!) star -- hopefully this'll be the vehicle to make that happen.

Also on the drama end, Fox's much-anticipated 'Terra Nova' looks like it's coming together nicely, and we are already having trouble being patient until midseason for JJ Abrams' 'Alcatraz,' featuring 'Lost' alum Jorge Garcia.

The there are some additions to Fox's thriving animation lineup -- one that looks really promising, and the other that's dead in the water.

Check out the full previews and show descriptions after the jump.

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NBC Renews 'Parenthood,' 'Harry's Law;' Passes on 'Wonder Woman'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 12th 2011 10:25PM
Wonder WomanGood news for fans of family drama: NBC has renewed 'Parenthood' for a third season. The network has also given a second season to David E. Kelley's 'Harry's Law.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' reboot starring Adrianne Palicki will not be making it to series.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered 'Awake,' the 'Inception'-style thriller from Kyle Killen, 'The Playboy Club' and 'Grimm' to series.

'The Playboy Club' is a period drama set in a Playboy club in 1960s Chicago. 'Grimm,' a police drama, is set in a world where fairy tales exist.

Don Johnson's return to network TV, 'Mann's World,' has also been passed on by NBC. Deadline reports it may be shopped to a cable channel.

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Five Popular Shows That Should End This Season

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2011 5:30PM
CSIWhen is it time for a popular TV show to come to an end?

If the show is still getting good ratings, the network might not want to lose a hit. But fans could counter that the quality has deteriorated over time. Another reason for a show to end is if the star leaves the show and it naturally has to end with them (as will likely be the case with 'Two and a Half Men').

All of those scenarios are covered in this list of five shows that are still popular but probably should end this season anyway. Now, all of these shows won't be ending this season -- in fact, all but one have been renewed -- but from a pure storytelling viewpoint, it might be time for them to be over.

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Fall TV Diversity Scorecard

by Gary Susman, posted May 30th 2010 11:40AM
Undercovers on NBCSure, we have a black president now, but do you want to see a real sign of racial progress? Watch NBC's 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'-like spy drama 'Undercovers' this fall, a drama that has cast as its leads two black performers (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) for no apparent reason other than their talent and attractiveness.

All right, maybe having a network drama with two people of color as leads doesn't look much like progress to you, but this is network TV we're talking about, which, as a mirror of the nation, is notoriously slow to respond to social trends (like, say, the changing complexion of America). We're also talking about a TV landscape in which some of the shows with the most racially diverse casts ('Heroes,' 'Lost,' 'Law & Order') have just gone off the air.

Judging by what we know of the fall's TV fare, as announced by the networks last week, there are hardly any shows with all-white casts, but how many of them have leading roles for actors of color, and how many just have the occasional best-friend or supportive-coworker roles?

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DVR Divas: First Impressions of New Fall TV Shows

by Kelly Woo, posted May 24th 2010 12:00PM
Undercovers on NBCEvery May, as all the hottest television shows are wrapping up their seasons, the networks like to tease us with what's coming up the following fall. It's called upfronts week, and this year's announcements of cancellations, pick-ups and schedule changes were particularly explosive.

We invited TV Guide Magazine's senior critic, Matt Roush (@RoushTVGuideMag), to discuss the new shows (J.J. Abrams' 'UnderCovers' looks hot!) and the biggest scheduling moves ('Big Bang Theory' to Thursday!). Also joining me (@kellyaoltv) were news editor Andy Scott (@aolandy) and editorial assistant Chris Harnick (@chrisharnick).

Watch what we had to say about upfronts ...

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Why CBS's Fall Schedule Is the Most Daring

by Allison Waldman, posted May 21st 2010 1:04PM
charlie_sheen_two_and_a_half_menYesterday, Joel posted about how CBS's moving 'The Big Bang Theory' was a risk, but a safe risk. While I agree with Joel, he underestimated just how bold and daring CBS was with not just this move, but many of the others they made.

Interestingly, it came out today that the key to the major moves all hinged on re-signing Charlie Sheen to 'Two and a Half Men.' Securing him and 'Two and a Half Men' on Mondays at 9, was the first domino is a series of moves.

CBS is the most watched TV network in terms of total viewers. But instead of standing pat with a winning hand so to speak, they decided to shake it up.

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Pilot Recasts: Five Best Friends That Never Were

by Chris Harnick, posted May 21st 2010 11:42AM
Fran Kranz and Ryan Hansen in Friends WIth BenefitsIn a bizarre alternate reality, your favorite TV character may have been played by somebody else. Recasting is a fact of life for shows, most of it happens during the time between the pilot episode is shot and the series goes to air.

Fran Kranz (pictured, left), known for his role on Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse,' has been removed from NBC's new series 'Friends With Benefits.' Kranz appears quite extensively in the promotional trailer from NBC, but tweeted about being fired. Ian Reed Kesler was also given the boot from the Ryan Hansen-fronted 'Friends With Benefits.' Other exiled stars from this year's pilot season include Joely Richardson

In honor -- or mourning -- of the recasts that will take place from now until the fall 2010 season officially kicks off, here's a look back at best friends that never were.

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CW Upfront Presentation: Vampires, Cheerleaders, Spies and Katy Perry

by Kim Potts, posted May 20th 2010 4:20PM

Lessons learned at the CW upfront today: Katy Perry is really into that whole light-up clothing thing; Katy Perry does not think 11AM is too early to drop the F-bomb on a crowd full of advertising execs; and, most importantly: put buying Katy Perry concert tickets on the summer to-do list.

Perry, whose song 'California Gurls' will be the official anthem of the CW's summer ad campaign, opened the network's upfront presentation this morning at the Theater at Madison Square Garden with a high-energy mini-concert. Backed by her band, who sported light-up ties (a la her LED dress from the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala), and decked out herself in a blinged palm trees tank dress and bedazzled glasses (a la Snooki?), Perry sang her hit 'Hot n Cold,' and when the crowd wasn't mustering up a level of enthusiasm that she found appropriate, she chastised, "Is it too early for you to stand on your feet and have some f**king fun?"

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2010 Fall TV Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted May 20th 2010 3:20PM
Big Bang TheoryNow that the upfront presentations are over (phew!) it's time to take stock of all the new shows and time slot changes.

CBS made some bold moves going up against NBC's beloved Thursday comedies, but that's not the only scheduling war-zone. Check out the full breakdown below. (New shows are in italics.)


'Dancing With the Stars' (ABC) -- two hours
'Chuck' (NBC)
'House' (Fox)
'How I Met Your Mother' (CBS)
'90210' (CW)

'Rules of Engagement' (CBS)

'The Event' (NBC)
'Two and a Half Men' (CBS)
'Gossip Girl' (CW)

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Should ABC Save 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'?

by Gary Susman, posted May 20th 2010 3:20PM
Ghost WhispererEven though CBS canceled both 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' earlier this week, there's been lots of talk that ABC might save both shows from the dustbin of history. The most recent rumors (as reported by Deadline and Entertainment Weekly) suggest that ABC still wants 'Ghost Whisperer' but not 'Christine.'

But viewers may well ask: Does either show deserve to be saved?

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