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Directors Guild Awards nominations are in

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 11th 2008 8:00AM
Yunjin KimFinally someone shows some love for Lost, which got itself back on track last season. The Directors Guild announced their nominees for this year's awards. Lost nabbed two nominations in the Dramatic Series category, for "The Looking Glass" and "The Brig." The Sopranos picked up two of the three remaining nominations, saving the last one for AMC's excellent freshmen drama, Mad Men.

On the comedy side, 30 Rock nabbed two nominations, with Desperate Housewives and Entourage picking up one each. And the critical love for ABC's incredibly charming Pushing Daisies continues as it snatches the final spot. But one category in which the Directors think very differently than anyone else is in Reality Programs. Not only is the kitschy Who Wants to be a Superhero? nominated, but is joined by Shooting Sizemore and Pros vs. Joes. The full list, including commercials, documentaries and mini-series after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: U.S. Open, Big Brother, Tim Gunn's Guide To Style

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 6th 2007 4:00PM
  • Who Wants To Be A SuperheroAt 7, USA has more coverage of The U.S. Open.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • FOX has a new Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader at 8, followed by a new Don't Forget The Lyrics.
  • TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
  • There's a new Boneyard on Discovery at 9.
  • HGTV has a new Divine Design at 9.
  • Also at 9: Sci-Fi has a new Who Wants To Be A Superhero?
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.
  • Bravo has the series premiere of Tim Gunn's Guide To Style at 10.
  • MTV has a new Celebrity Rap Superstar at 10.
  • Sundance has a new Live From Abbey Road at 10, with The Killers and Gnarls Barkley.
  • At 10:30, VH-1 has a new I Hate My 30s.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: U.S. Open, Mad Men, Celebrity Rap Superstar

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 30th 2007 5:01PM
  • Buster KeatonAt 7, USA has coverage of the U.S. Open.
  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • TLC has a new American Hot Rod at 8, then new episodes of American Chopper and Hard Shine.
  • TCM has some Buster Keaton movies starting at 8, including Steamboat Bill, Jr., The General, and College.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Who Wants To Be A Superhero?
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • There's a new Ace of Cakes on Food Network at 10.
  • MTV has the series premiere of Celebrity Rap Superstar at 10.
  • Also at 10: Sundance has a new Live From Abbey Road, with guests Corrine Bailey Rae, Paul Simon, and Primal Scream.
  • At 10:30, VH-1 has a new I Hate My 30s.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Football, Baseball, Mad Men, Burn Notice

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 23rd 2007 5:03PM

Who Wants To Be A Superhero

  • At 7:30, ESPN has coverage of the Little League World Series.
  • At 8, FOX has a preseason football game, the Jaguars vs. the Packers.
  • ABC has the pilot of Ugly Betty, if you're thinking of getting into the show.
  • TLC has a new American Hot Rod at 8.
  • There's a new Modern Marvels on History Channel at 8.
  • At 9, Sci-Fi has a new Who Wants To Be A Superhero?
  • At 10, USA has a new Burn Notice.
  • AMC has a new Mad Men at 10.
  • Food Network has a new Ace of Cakes at 10.
  • Sundance has a new Live From Abbey Road at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Welcome to the Parker.
  • At 10:30, VH-1 has a new I Hate My 30s.
  • At midnight, ESPN2 has a Pilot Pen Tennis quarterfinal.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's On Tonight: Big Brother, Food Network Star, Mad Men

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 26th 2007 5:01PM

Who Wants To Be A Superhero

  • At 8, CBS has a new Big Brother.
  • FOX has a new Don't Forget The Lyrics at 8, then a new So You Think You Can Dance.
  • TLC has a new American Hot Rod at 8, then new episodes of American Chopper and Hard Shine.
  • Food Network has a new The Secret Life Of... at 8, featuring "Hollywood Eats."
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.
  • At 8:30, Bravo has a new Hey Paula.
  • At 9, Food Network has the finale of The Next Food Network Star.
  • Sci-Fi has the season premiere of Who Wants To Be A Superhero at 9, then the series premiere of Mind Control With Derren Brown.
  • CNBC has the new special American Greed at 9.
  • At 10, AMC has a new Mad Men.
  • There's a new Burn Notice on USA at 10.
  • Sundance Channel has a new Live From Abbey Road at 10, with LeeAnn Rimes and Dr. John.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Who Wants To Be A Superhero? season two -- An early look

by Brett Love, posted Jul 20th 2007 9:09AM
Basura - Who Wants To Be A SuperheroThe fine folks over at the Sci Fi channel sent over a copy of the WWTBAS? premiere and, for better or worse, it's much of the same. One thing I've noticed, among my friends anyway, is that this show is kind of polarizing. People either love its campy humor and look forward to the new episodes, or they despise it and wonder what it is doing on the Sci Fi channel. It's topped only by the ECW in that regard.

While there is a whole new crop of potential superheroes, the basics of the show remain the same. So, if you didn't like it before, I don't think season two is going to do anything to change your mind. On the other hand, fans should look forward to another fun season. I'm not convinced that they managed to get the best group of potential heroes they could have, as some of those that we see in the very brief casting segment looked rather interesting. However, it is a pretty solid group overall.

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A reminder: new seasons of Doctor Who, Eureka and Derren Brown Project this month

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 4th 2007 4:23PM

derren brownI'm sure Whoheads are already aware, but just in case aliens sucked out some of your memory, let me remind you that a brand new season of Doctor Who kicks off this Friday on Sci Fi at 8:00 p.m.

Eureka, a show I highly recommend, comes back for a new season on July 10. It's a show that even people who hate sci fi might enjoy, offering lighter entertainment than say, Battlestar Galactica, but without being too silly or trite.

Also, the second season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero? starts July 26 at 8:00 p.m. You can watch some of the auditions here.

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Stargate, Atlantis, Painkiller Jane coming in April

by Brett Love, posted Dec 5th 2006 4:03PM
stargate atlantisWe've already mentioned that Battlestar is moving to Sundays on January 21st. It will be joined by the highly anticipated new series The Dresden Files. Now comes word that Sci Fi Friday's will return in April with the final ten episodes of Stargate, the continuation of the current season of Atlantis, and the new show Painkiller Jane. The press release also mentions new episodes of Ghost Hunters, the new season of Who Wants To Be A Superhero?, and 24 'pulse-pounding' original movies.

It's good to have a date for the Stargate return, but i am among those that just doesn't get what Sci Fi is doing with their scheduling. TV Squad reader Mack pointed out that the new Atlantis episodes are already airing in other markets, and a quick check of some torrent sites reveals that they are out there to be had. I didn't like the long break in the season when they did it with Farscape, and I don't like it now. With the serial nature of these shows, big breaks just don't work. 24 got it right.

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Who Wants to Be a Superhero? renewed

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 7th 2006 3:54PM

stan leeThe Sci Fi Channel has renewed Stan Lee's quirky reality series Who Wants to Be a Superhero? for a second season, ordering ten new hour-long episodes set to air next summer. Lee says the new season will be even more insane than the last, and I'll have to take his word for it because I didn't watch the first season. I must say, however, that just the idea of a reality series about people pretending to be someone they're not exposes the fundamental flaw in all reality programming, which is that once the cameras are on, reality ceases to exist. At any rate, if you're a fan of the show, consider this good news.

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Who wants to be a Tonight Show correspondent?

by Brett Love, posted Sep 19th 2006 4:36PM
Jay LenoNBC has announced that they are searching for a new national correspondent for the Tonight Show. Viewers who think they have what it takes to be Jay's field reporter are encouraged to send video or DVD auditions to the show. Submissions will be reviewed by a team of Tonight Show producers and writers. And hey, if you are just too busy this week to get to making your video, no worries. According to NBC, this is not a contest and the submission period does not close.

The winner, or winners, will join the long list of roving reporters for the Tonight Show, which includes Howie Mandel, Kevin Smith, Mo Rocca, Ross the Intern, and Tom Green, among others. More information on the rules for submissions, as well as some tips on making your video, can be found on the Tonight Show website.

I say they combine this with Who Wants To Be A Superhero? and send Lumeria and Major Victory to interview some nutters at a U.F.O. convention.

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Who Wants to be a Superhero: Episode 1 (series premiere)

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 27th 2006 11:14PM

Who Wants to be a Superhero(S01E01) Uhm, yea.

Look, I admire Stan Lee. Back in the early 1960's he took Marvel Comics, which was in its death throes at the time, and turned it completely around by introducing a whole new group of superheroes, including such mainstays as Spider-man, The Hulk, The X-Men, and The Fantastic Four. These people didn't just have abilities beyond those of mortal men: they had feelings and hearts and realized that their powers came with a price. As Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker 'With great power comes great responsibility'. So, Mr. Lee had every right to become the icon that he is today.

But Stan . . . Stan, Stan, Stan. What the heck were you thinking when you created Who Wants to be a Superhero? Don't get me wrong, the concept is good: enlist normal people to dress up as original comic book heroes (with self-made costumes) and compete in an elimination tournament where the winner would get their own comic book and an original movie on the Sci-Fi Channel. However, the outcome that premiered was, well, not very good at all.

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Super Sci-Fi Preview: TV Guide in 60 seconds

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 22nd 2006 12:25PM
  • TV GuideOn the cover: a sci-fi "preview," with covers featuring the original Star Trek, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and Lost. The Trek preview is about J.J. Abrams big screen movie, but I think it's just another excuse to put the show (and Lost) on the damn cover, and have yet another multi-cover issue.
  • Matt Roush reviews the summer shows Work Out, Life on Mars, Inspector Lewis, Who Wants To Be A Superhero, and Walter Cronkite: Witness To History. He likes them all except one. Can you guess which one?
  • An interview with Brotherhood's Jason Isaacs.
  • In the print edition: a Q & A with Matt Dallas from Kyle XY; a guest column from comic book legend Stan Lee; behind the scenes of the CMA Music Festival; and find out what would have happened if Threshold hadn't been canceled!

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This looks like a job for ... Cell Phone Girl?

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 14th 2006 7:11PM

Cell Phone Girl of Who Wants to be a SuperheroWe've been reporting on-and-off for several months now about Spider-Man creator Stan Lee's new series called Who Wants to be a Superhero, which will be appearing on the Sci-Fi Channel. Well, the premiere of the series is a mere two weeks away and the 11 superheroes that will be competing for a chance to appear in their own comic book and a Sci-Fi Channel movie have been chosen.

You can see the chosen heroes at Sci-Fi Channel's website. Some of the contestants take their hero personas seriously. For example, Matthew Atherton's alter ego, Feedback, absorbs powers and abilities from video games that he plays. That's a pretty decent concept. On the other hand, Chelsea Weld's Cell Phone Girl doesn't seem to be taking to whole thing seriously (well, seriously enough for a contest involving real life superheroes).

Maybe it's the name Cell Phone Girl that causes problems. I mean, would you really pick up an issue of Cell Phone Girl number one hundred, or watch a movie entitled The Further Adventures of Cell Phone Girl? Maybe the producers of Superhero will ask her to change her name to something like Free Minutes, or Roaming.

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New life for Spielberg on SciFi

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 13th 2006 1:37PM
Steven Spielberg is once again bringing original programming to the Sci Fi Channel. This time, it's a 12-hour miniseries called Nine Lives. The drama features nine characters who are mourning loved ones, and discover they can reunite with the dead through near-death experiences. Sounds pretty freaky, eh? Sci Fi's deal with Spielberg follows the wildly successful collaboration that spawned the series, Taken, in 2003. Les Bohem, the guy who wrote the Taken series, will also write Nine Lives.

Also picked up by SciFi:

  • Who wants to be a Superhero?, a reality series that follows Stan Lee as he puts contestants through challenges to help them find their super strength;
  • Medium at Large, a reality series that features psychic Char Margolis;
  • The Gift, reality series that follows people in boot camp for intuitives;
  • The Bridge, a comedy-drama about a group of cynical souls trapped in purgatory and the good deeds they must do to get out.

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