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What's On Tonight: Law and Order: CI, Impact, True Blood

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 28th 2009 4:00PM
  • Next Food Network StarAt 7, NBC has a new Dateline, then a new Merlin.
  • The CW has a new episode of Valentine at 7.
  • At 7:30, ABC has a new Just For Laughs.
  • At 8, USA has two new episodes of Law and Order: CI, followed by a new In Plain Sight.
  • Food Network has a new Challenge at 8, then new episodes of Next Food Network Star and Iron Chef America.
  • At 8:45, Disney has a new Jonas.
  • At 9, ABC has the continuation of the miniseries Impact.
  • PBS has a new Masterpiece Mystery at 9.
  • A&E has two new episodes of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels at 9, followed by a new Hammertime.
  • Nickelodeon has a new Nick News at 9.
  • Also at 9: HBO has a new True Blood, then the series premiere of Hung.
  • At 10, Lifetime Movie Network has Killer Hair.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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CW backing out of Sundays, wants to pretend it never happened

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2009 12:07PM
Easy MoneyIt was a grand idea, farming out their Sunday programming to Media Rights Capital, which immediately destroyed the night by putting on Easy Money and Valentine. So as a way of saying they're sorry, The CW is abandoning Sunday night altogether, giving them to the the local affiliates to do with as they wish. After the MRC debacle failed, they've been running movies no one has ever heard of.

This move will allow the affiliates to run ShamWow infomercials, which are almost guaranteed to get more viewers than Easy Money and Valentine had. Or they now have a great competitive slot to put Legend of the Seeker. Maybe we'll even get some more quality syndicated dramas that local affiliates can give a prime-time berth to. How about a cage fight between ShamWow pitchman Vince Schlomi and the godfather of product pimping Billy Mays? In my area it will mean my affiliate can play baseball games on Sundays rather than during the week, bumping my CW programming to Saturdays. I can't wait that long for my Reaper fix!

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Wow, these are awesome nominees for the People's Choice Awards!

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 10th 2008 2:54PM
People's Choice AwardsSometimes it's hard to denote sarcasm in a post headline, but please note: sarcasm!

The People's Choice Award nominees have been announced, and the list is the very definition of unexciting. The nominees for Best Drama are Grey's Anatomy, CSI, and House. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. No Mad Men, Dexter, or Lost? The nominees for Favorite Comedy are Two and a Half Men, Samantha Who?, and Ugly Betty. No 30 Rock? No Office? Sally Field and Mariska Hargitay are up for Favorite Female TV Star (really?). In the Favorite Game Show category, Jeopardy! is up against Deal Or No Deal and Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and I know it's not going to win.

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CW announces an early Fall premiere schedule

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 19th 2008 8:35PM
When you're a ratings-challenged fledgling network like the CW, you're going to do anything you can to get a leg up on the competition. Releasing sex-filled advertisements for your most high-profile show is a good start, but that alone won't get the job done. To that end, the CW has just announced that it's moving its fall premiere dates up to September 1st, well ahead of the beginning of the traditional broadcast season.

The idea behind the move is that you're already going to be hooked on Gossip Girl and Top Model by the time the other networks get around to premiering their fall shows, sometime around mid-to-late September. The season isn't the only thing the CW is starting early, however. Starting in November, they're also extending prime time, with original programming beginning at 6:30 on Sunday nights.

Check out CW's full premiere schedule after the jump.

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Have a Grey or Desperate Valentine's Day!

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 30th 2007 9:35AM
grey's anatomy valentinesThis year, Target is selling these boxes of Valentine's Day cards from Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives. The Desperate Housewives ones, in particular, are really bad. The jokes just aren't clever. For example, one card has a picture of all the characters in a laundromat and says, "It's Valentine's Day and you're HOT!" ... "Enough laundry already! Go have some fun!" The Grey's Anatomy ones are slightly better. The most depressing/funny one has a picture of Meredith and Cristina on the front with a message that says: "Not my idea of a perfect Valentine's Day"... "But at least we have each other." How sad! The writers avoided any references to surgery and hearts. Opportunity missed, I say!

There is supposedly a box of valentines based on The Office, too. This website has a photo and description, but the link to Target is broken and I can't find it on the site. If they do exist, they sound pretty awesome. One directly quotes Dwight about love. It says, "Women are like wolves. If you want a wolf, you have to trap it. You have to snare it. And then you have to tame it. Keep it happy. Care for it. Feed it. Lovingly, the way an animal deserves to be loved. And my animal deserves a lot of loving." (Update: It doesn't actually have that quote. But it's still funny.) Now that's my kind of Valentine's Day!

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Baby Got Back is a love song

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 12th 2006 10:14AM
michael scott valentineMichael Scott, Regional Manager for Dunder-Mifflin Paper, Inc. has his own playlist on iTunes. It makes sense, since The Office is huge for NBC on iTunes. His playlist is called, Michael Scott's Valentine's Day Romantic Playlist. It's creepy and stuck in the '80s. Just like Michael. The songs are what you'd expect Michael to play on his stereo as he pours you a Zima and hands you one of those kissing teddy bears from Hallmark. Songs include Take My Breath Away, In Your Eyes, Mambo No. 5, and Baby Got Back, which he calls "old skool hip-hop". My favorite, though, is Take On Me where he writes, "I love pretty much everything A-Ha ever did. But this is their best." Get it? Because A-Ha was a one-hit-wonder a long, long time ago. Check it out.

You can also send The Office valentines from NBC's website.

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Speed dating, TiVo style

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 11th 2006 11:04AM
tivo valentineTiVo is playing matchmaker. On Monday, TiVo is hosting a speed dating party with hundreds of its single subscribers in the San Francisco area. Singles will wear name tags that list their favorite television shows and they will be paired up with other singles who list the same shows as their favorites. And, in true TiVo style, daters will use "Thumbs Up" and "Thumbs Down" stickers on their cards to rate their potential mates. Unfortunately, they cannot fast forward the boring candidates. To get an invite to the event, you have to take the matchmaker quiz (and be in San Francisco by Monday).

Let's say you're on a blind date where your date tells you what shows he/she watches. What shows would make you never call him/her again? I'd run from anyone who watches Dr. Phil.

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