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What's the best TV theme of all-time, Happy Days or Gilligan's Island?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 12th 2009 3:04PM
Gilligan's Island/Happy Days
I know, I know, you're thinking, those are the only two choices I get, Happy Days and Gilligan's Island? Yes, according to this poll over at AOL Television. For the past several weeks they've pit various TV show theme songs against each other in a tournament, and the two finalists, for some reason, are Happy Days theme and the Gilligan's Island theme.

Now, it seems like these aren't the "best" theme songs, just the ones that readers and TV fans thought were the most iconic, or maybe it's the fact that they both have lyrics and that's what readers were looking for?

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Top 13 Scariest Moments on Television

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Oct 29th 2009 2:02AM
That magical box we stare at for entirely too long has the ability to mesmerize and terrify us, even if we don't believe it has that power. Admit it, we've all gone to bed at some point in our lives after watching something scary on TV, and we've pulled the covers up over our heads. It's not real, yet it has the power to make us afraid. Very afraid.

In the spirit of Halloween, here are the Top 13 scariest moments on television (in no particular order). Let us know if we've missed the mark.

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Just what we need...another network procedural

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 1st 2008 8:29PM

Gabrielle Union may be joing the world of procedurals come next fallCan I say something here that some of you will disagree with? There are way too many procedurals on the air right now. Criminal procedurals, medical procedurals, criminal-medical procedurals...the networks are popping them out faster than Michelle Duggar gives birth. And now, we can add another potential procedural to the ever-growing list.

The new project, being developed for NBC, will star Gabrielle Union (Bring It On) as a detective who must race to save someone's life before it's too late. What's not clear from this description is if this saving will be during each episode or across the entire run of a season. What is clear is former X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz will be working on development of the show for the Peacock network. This is not the first time Spotnitz and Union have worked together. They collaborated on the very short lived Night Stalker series back during the 2005-06 season.

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TV Obits: Brillstein, Taylor, Scott, Insul

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 9th 2008 2:47PM
BrillsteinA roundup of TV people from in front of the camera and behind the scenes who have passed away.

  • Bernie Brillstein: He was a veteran manager and producer who not only produced such shows as NewsRadio, Just Shoot Me, Mr. Show, It's Garry Shandling's Show, Heist, ALF, and The Martin Short Show, he helped bring Saturday Night Live and The Sopranos to television, and helped the careers of such performers as Brad Pitt, John Belushi, Lorne Michaels, Jim Henson, Peter Falk, Geena Davis, Norm Crosby, George Wendt, Richard Dreyfus, and many others, including several TV and film writers. He also wrote a memoir in the late 90s titled Where Did I Go Right? and produced such movies as The Cable Guy, Happy Gilmore, The Blues Brothers, and the two Ghost Busters films. He died of heart disease at age 77.

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The X-Files: I Want To Believe has a rough opening

by Brett Love, posted Jul 28th 2008 9:03AM

The X-Files - David Duchovny and Gillian AndersonI didn't think going into the weekend that the new X-Files movie (see Cinematical's review) had much of a shot at opening at number one. After the opening that the new Batman enjoyed the previous weekend, it was going to be a tough mountain to climb. That being said, I didn't think number two was an overly ambitious goal. And number three would have been a bit surprising. But number four and $10.2 million? Yikes.

As expected, The Dark Knight once again topped the box office with the biggest second weekend on record. Surprisingly though, Mulder and Scully also trailed Step Brothers and the second week of Mama Mia. The B word is already being tossed around, understandably so. Despite that, studio executives are standing by to assure everyone that with foreign box office and DVD the movie will still turn a profit. That's all well and good, but I don't think anyone should be getting their hopes up for round three any time soon.

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Fringe panel: J.J. Abrams realizes his shows can get complicated - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 14th 2008 4:35PM
Fringe StarsRight before a Kitchen Nightmares-themed lunch, FOX held the press conference for the new J.J. Abrams show, Fringe. On the panel were Abrams and fellow executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orici, Jeff Pinkner, and Bryan Burk, with stars Joshua Jackson, Anna Torv, and John Noble appearing via satellite from New York.

The name The X-Files was brought up a number of times during the session, mainly because the show aims to tell a continuing story with a mythology, using scientific investigation methods and other plot points based in scientific fact. But, Abrams and company took pains to tell the gathered critics that, while the story of FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Torv) investigates the operations of the Massive Dynamic corporation will have an overall arc, there will be a "mystery of the week" to keep people who've just tuned in for the first time interested.

He realized that some of his previous shows (Alias, Lost) are a bit more complicated than that, which was brought home one day at Greg Grunberg's house.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 7th 2008 6:05PM

Batman Gotham KnightHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet - Best of Ricky and Dave
  • The Batman - Season 5
  • Batman: The Animated Series - Gotham Knight and Gotham Knight Special Edition
  • Cannon - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • The Dog Whisperer - Season 3, Canine Makeovers, and Stories of Hope and Inspiration
  • Fastlane - Complete Series
  • I Dream of Jeannie - Season 5
  • Jake and the Fatman - Season 1, Vol. 1
  • Monk - Season 6
  • Psych - Season 2\
  • Shaggy and Scooby-Doo: Get A Clue - Vol. 2
  • Soul Food - Season 4
  • Spider-Man - The Hobgoblin
  • Stargate: Atlantis - Season 4
  • Teen Titans - Season 5
  • The X-Files - Revelations

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Best X-Files trailer so far

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 6th 2008 7:01PM

This latest trailer for The X-Files movie, coming out July 25th, actually has some meat to it. The past teaser-trailers haven't shown much except some snow and a lot of flashes of black. In this trailer, we actually get to see some of Mulder and Scully's co-stars -- namely, Amanda Peet and Billy Connolly. Peet appears to be an FBI agent who is a bit of an outsider because she's a believer in the paranormal, which is why Mulder is brought on to the case. Connolly plays an unusual man, a psychic, who may or may not be nuts.

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Tim Minear gets a new deal

by Brett Love, posted May 30th 2008 9:02AM

Tim MinearAs Roger Daltry once sang, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss." Tim Minear has signed a new seven figure deal that will keep him at 20th Century Fox TV for another two years. His job will continue to involve working on existing shows while developing new drama projects. He's now been at 20th for over a decade, counting among his credits The X-Files, Strange World, Angel, Firefly, Wonderfalls, The Inside, and Drive. Currently he is working as a consulting producer on Joss Whedon's upcoming Dollhouse.

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The X-Files trailer: too little information or just enough - VIDEO

by Richard Keller, posted May 25th 2008 5:00PM

The Xfiles sequel will premiere on July 25thThe summer movie season. A time of year filled with action, adventure, sequels, big Hollywood stars, big Hollywood explosions, big Hollywood egos and, apparently, TV-related films. In recent times I don't think there have been so many television-related films on the big screen at one time as there will be this summer. We've already seen the release of Speed Racer, the Sex in the City movie comes out next week, and the Steve Carell-starring remake of Get Smart premieres in June.

The last TV-related project to appear this summer will be the long-awaited return of The X-Files to the big screen. Premiering July 25th, the movie, subtitled I Want to Believe, will be directed by series creator Chris Carter and reunite FBI Agents Mulder and Scully in another adventure featuring mysteries not of this world. And, that's all we, the viewing public, know about the film since the plot is being kept hush-hush. Even the official movie trailer, which you will see after the jump, doesn't really tell the fans much about what the film will be about. Heck, it barely features the two main characters of the series.

For some, like Entertainment Weekly's Michael Slezak, knowing very little about the movie's plot is okay as it keeps the anticipation level high for the fans. For others, the lack of information is confusing and angering them at the same time. After you review the trailer let us know if you fall into Michael's camp or the camp of the confused.

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New DVD set might give hints about X-Files movie

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 11th 2008 4:22PM

X-Files: RevelationsSo Isabelle posted a story recently about the new X-Files sequel that is supposed to hit theaters this July 25. The movie has been pretty much under wraps, except for a snippet of film here and some behind the scenes photos there. And the cast and crew certainly aren't saying anything about the movie's plot. The only hint we've received is that this movie has more to do with a standalone mystery than the alien mythology storyline from the show (and the first film).

But now I'm slightly confused, as this press release for a new X-Files DVD set says that the set gives a hint as to what we can expect in the movie.

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Top Ten toughest bald guys on TV -- another view

by Debra McDuffee, posted Apr 5th 2008 1:00PM
keith marsThis is going to be fun.

When I first saw Paul's post about the Ten toughest Bald guys on TV, I immediately brainstormed who I thought they'd be before I read the post. Boy, was I surprised, not only at some of Paul's choices, but more importantly, his omissions. I was inspired enough to write my own list.

For some of my list, I agree with Paul.

1. Hawk (Spenser for Hire)
I was so glad to see Hawk on Paul's list, as he was one of the first ones to come to mind. However, I would not agree that he is a stereotype. He was deep and sensitive, loyal and protective, none of which fit the stereotype of bad ass for me. Although am I biased because I read the books, which perhaps have Hawk as a far more developed character than the series did?

2. Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek :TNG)
Total agreement here. Again, not a stereotype. His great leadership skills helped to make him the tough guy that he is.

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Paley Festival: The X-Files

by Kristin Sample, posted Mar 27th 2008 7:20AM
The X-Files From March 14th to March 27th, The Paley Center for Media is presenting the twenty-fifth annual William S. Paley Television Festival. The Paley Center, formerly the Museum of Television and Radio, says that the festival celebrates "television's rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium." This year the festival included Chuck, Pushing Daisies, The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion, Dirty Sexy Money among others.

I've already attended the Buffy Reunion and Dirty Sexy Money (click above for those reports). Last night I went to The X-Files panel. For what happened during the event, read on past the jump.

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All Jason wants for Festivus

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 20th 2007 10:18AM

FestivusIt's that festive time of year when children put tinsel on the television antennas and hang mistletoe over their favorite DVDs. Where celebrities check into rehab to spend the holidays with all their celebrity friends. And where the rest of America is invited to corporate non-specific, non-religious, non-alcoholic generic winter holiday luncheons where they can mingle with their co-workers and say things like "Remember when this company used to have real Christmas parties?"

But while political correctness may have ruined most holiday functions, nothing can ruin Festivus! That magical season in which TV Squadders hope and pray for televisions dreams come true. And I know just what I want...

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Giveaway Wednesday: The X-Files Complete Series Collector's Edition

by Keith McDuffee, posted Nov 7th 2007 10:00AM
x-files collector's edition dvdsThe giveaways continue today! Not only are we giving away copies of The Simpsons Game, we've also got a copy of The X-Files Complete Series Collector's Edition for one lucky, random commenter. The set is available in stores now.

To enter, simply leave a comment below before 5:00PM Eastern, Friday, November 16 (next week), simply telling us your favorite episode of The X-Files. As always, we'll randomly choose one winner amongst the eligible entries. Some other details:
  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below stating your favorite episode from The X-Files.
  • The comment must be left before November 16, 2007 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
  • One winner will receive a copy of The X-Files Complete Series Collector's Edition DVDs (valued at $329.98).
Click here for complete Official Rules.

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