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J.J. Abrams Shopping Around New Show Starring ‘Lost’ Alums Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson
Monday, September 20 by

Next on TGIF, those wacky assassins in 'Odd Jobs!'
Last spring, when the cast of "Lost" was making the press rounds trying to talk-up the finale as anything but an enormous "FUUUU!!!!" to the fans, Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson revealed their wish to star alongside one another as retired assassins on a new show. Now that idea has some traction in the form of J.J. Abrams.
Abrams is shopping around O'Quinn's comedic drama concept to the networks, and with his name attached, it's likely to be held in high regard. Which means if the show does come together, we may see it on a real network instead of it being sandwiched in between "SVU" marathons on USA. Sounds like a fun show, though it clearly deserves to be a sitcom. I can see the opening credits now. John Locke and Ben on a bicycle made for two; Ben accidentally squirts mustard on Locke when the pair order hot dogs; then later, their bullets ricochet off one another's as they both try to assassinate an Arab royal. Good times. (Vulture)

Review: ‘Running Wilde’
Monday, September 20 by

I was the only person who liked “Running Wilde” when they sent the original pilot out over the summer. I thought it was very Mitch Hurwitz-y, it made me laugh and I could see where it was going for a series. Of course, I like things no one else likes so they’re not going to cater a show to me. I like the reshot version of the show a little less, but maybe this is what the general public will like.

Will Arnett plays Steven Wilde, a rich trust fund baby who’s somewhat Gob-y, although he was more Gob-y in the original version so maybe one of the notes was “less Gob-y.” He’s somewhat self-centered and oblivious to the world around him. That’s not to say that Arnett is rehashing his character, it’s just funny to base a show around that type of main character and then take him somewhere he couldn’t go as part of an ensemble.
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Review: ‘Raising Hope’
Monday, September 20 by

“Raising Hope” is the kind of edgy comedy I want to see on TV. I don’t want to spoil anything because you should experience it fresh like I did, but I could not believe what I was watching. They’re putting this on TV?! And they should. It’s the same half hour whether they go crazy or play it safe, so just go crazy.

The setup it takes to make Jimmy (Lucas Neff) a single dad is outrageous. By about 10 minutes in, I couldn’t believe how far they took it. I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do this every week, but I hope so. Aside from the shocking dark comedy, the humor is just joyfully immature. They say “wiener” and that makes me smile. The characters’ behaviors are so outrageous and politically incorrect, only Fox would put this show on.

‘Chuck’ Actress Katie Cleary
Monday, September 20 by

Katie Cleary is a blink and miss her hot girl in movies like The Break Up and Iron Man 2. Katie founded her start in the entertainment industry as "Briefcase Model 11" on "Deal or No Deal." Since then she has risen through the ranks of other models to land a spot on this season's "Chuck," which will make the geeks that keep the show alive very happy on Monday nights.
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‘Community’ Christmas Episode Pulls a ‘Rudolph’
Monday, September 20 by

"Community" creator Dan Harmon's Christmas wish just came true. No, not a third season, stupid. He gets to live his dream of creating an entirely animated episode of his sitcom. This season's Christmas episode of "Community" will be created in the pain-staking stop motion style of the Rankin/Bass animated specials we all grew up on. Harmon recounts how this opportunity presented itself.
“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do but, I never anticipated having the ability to do it,” he admits. But “Jeff Gaspin at NBC woke up one morning and thought "Community" should do an animated episode. I was like, ‘Well, that’s weird, because that’s the kind of stuff I’m usually suggesting and guys like him veto.’”
Sounds awesome. Early buzz already has this (and the Halloween episode) topping last season's Paintball Episode. Sure, it will strain a few animators' eyes and backs, but I feel like it's worth it. Dibs on the Gillian Jacobs doll! (EW)

Review: ‘Bones’ Season 6 Premiere
Monday, September 20 by

I know from previous writing experience that “Bones” fans hate spoilers, yet they love to read about “Bones.” I respect that. I don’t want to ruin anything for you, but I know you want to know about the season premiere, so I’ll be as vague as possible and just try to tell you what’s good so you can look forward to it.

Seeing some different settings in the opening of the show is cool. Fans probably know where the characters have gone off to, but just in case I’ll leave that up to the imagination. Wherever they are, it adds a little epic feel, even if it was shot locally. It adds some action and a chance for characters to bring their unique qualities to a different world. The ladies get a chance to be sexy too.
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Review: ‘Lone Star’
Sunday, September 19 by

I know “Lone Star” is Fox’s big push for the fall and a lot of critics like it already, but I wasn’t into it. It may just be personal taste, but I just don’t care about con artists and oil companies in Texas. Maybe that’s your thing, but here’s what I didn’t like about it.

First of all, there are so many turns in the first episode that you can’t really get a handle on what you’re watching. Maybe three surprises an episode is exciting, but it doesn’t give you any time to get involved before it pulls the rug out from under you. Not that the twists are unpredictable.
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Review: ‘Hawaii Five-0′
Saturday, September 18 by

When screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the new Star Trek movie for J.J. Abrams, Trek fans were like, “How can you build the Enterprise on earth? That makes no sense. And Capt. Kirk in a bar fight? Come on.” Then it came out and fans pretty much unanimously agreed, “Thank you for bringing back Star Trek. You did it right. Now what’s the next one about?”

Now the duo is rebooting “Hawaii Five-O,” a TV series everyone’s probably heard of, that ran for much longer than Star Trek, but people probably don’t remember as well. We know the theme song and “Book him, Danno” but there’s not the attachment. The new version plays pretty much like a straight modern action show, but there are enough references and Easter eggs to make it feel special. If you know the original you’ll feel like they got it. If you don’t know the original, you’ll feel like they’re letting you in on a secret.
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Review: ‘The Event’
Friday, September 17 by

Maybe I’m being unfair, but it really felt like “The Event” was just blatantly trying to be “Lost 2.0.” I know some shows take a few episodes to get going, but that wasn’t it. The very device of the show is contrived to build mystery artificially, meaning if they just told the story in order, it would be a silly sci-fi show, but they expect it to be more mysterious in flashbacks.
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‘Parenthood’ Actress Minka Kelly
Friday, September 17 by

Minka Kelly is made from the rock n' roll cocktail of former Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay and Vegas showgirl Maureen Kelly. Minka first gained attention with the cult TV show "Friday Night Lights" and from there has landed gigs in movies like The Kingdom and this season's "Parenthood."
A word from Minka: "I’m really big into passion and love and expressions."
Boooooriiiiiing. If you keep talking like that I'm going to pretend to be asleep.
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Tonight ‘Nikita’ Snipes, In Two Weeks It’s A Six-Way Beatdown
Thursday, September 16 by

Maggie Q is busy up in Toronto kicking butt on the set of her new CW show “Nikita.” The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills got a sneak peak at the second episode last night. The rest of us get to see it tonight. Executive producer Craig Silverstein was there to tell us about the sexy, badass movies Q will unleash in the next few weeks.
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‘Mad Men’ Actress Christina Hendricks
Thursday, September 16 by

We're finally paying homage to your favorite buxom redhead Christina Hendricks. She makes Roger's heart flutter on "Mad Men" in pencil skirts that seem to be holding on for dear life at the seams. One disconcerting fact though. The curtains don't match the rug. Christina was born a blonde. We've been duped!
A word from Christina: "My boobs are real, and I'm proud to say that."
And I'm proud to hear that. Along with the rest of the male population.
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Review: ‘The Cleveland Show’ Season 2 Premiere
Thursday, September 16 by

If minor spoilers frighten you, turn back now. “The Cleveland Show” season premiere opens with Cleveland behaving really inappropriately with children. Donna even joins him. Probably the best development of Cleveland’s character in his spinoff is that he’ll get really angry and swear. He’s not the harmless neighbor anymore, but his anger is really only personal frustration.

This is another Kanye West episode. You may remember, or you may be hearing for the first time right now, that he plays local rap artist Kenny West. He seems to have a good sense of humor, giving voice to Kenny’s self-referential comment on the women in his videos, and dissing Rock of Love.
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Review: ‘Better With You’
Wednesday, September 15 by

Here’s a surprise of the fall TV season. This family relationship sitcom is actually really funny. I wouldn’t normally be into family bickering and wedding plans and slacker boyfriends and meddling parents and uptight boyfriends. “Better With You” just does it right.

We meet three couples right away. Mia (Joanna Garcia) and Casey (Jake Lacy) are the new lovey dovey duo. Maddie (Jennifer Finnigan) and Ben (Josh Cooke) are the familiar compatible couple. Vicky (Debra Jo Rupp) and Joel (Kurt Fuller) are the long married parents who are over it all.
Nothing new, right? In most sitcoms, these would be annoying stereotypes, but on “Better With You” they’re way more clever. We’ll call it “true.” Each relationship actually demonstrates positive things. There’s humor in any pattern so you can enjoy that without being one of those shows that complains about how relationship play out and how men do things one way and women do them another way.
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Judge Hulk Hogan Presides Over Kids Court
Wednesday, September 15 by

There's absolutely nothing wrong with this idea. Hulk Hogan has signed on to play a judge in the kids live-action game show "Hogan's Court." We've seen him lay down the law in Suburban Commando, but sh*t is about to get non-fictional:
The show will feature Hogan presiding over everyday sibling disputes: Is a brother's sneakers fouling the house? Is a sister spending too much time in the bathroom?

"I am really looking forward to developing such an entertaining series with great production partners," Hogan said in a statement about the game show/reality series now in development. "We want this to be one of those rare shows that kids and their families can watch together, and all find something to laugh about," he added.
It's not going to be so funny when Judge Hogan sentences little Annie to death by lethal injection for making her brother's favorite t-shirt "smell like girl." Or God forbid he tries a cooties case. Is a garish former wrestler really suited to make these landmark decisions? I suppose we all have to pay alimony somehow. (THR)

Review: ‘American Dad’ Season 7 Premiere
Wednesday, September 15 by

I sort of gave up on “American Dad” a while ago but if it’s always as edgy as this episode, I might have to put it back in my rotation. This episode’s not coasting on the one joke of right wing pro-Americana and it’s even got lots of pop culture references, even without the cutaway setup of “Family Guy.”

The 100th episode of “American Dad” promises to kill 100 characters. They put up a death counter and they keep playing with it. Then it totally cheats which is actually the only funny way to pay off that gag.
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Review: ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Season 4 Premiere
Wednesday, September 15 by

“The Big Bang Theory” brings its A game when it moves to Thursdays. They’ve got an episode that should keep all their fans comfortable with the new night, and it’s broad enough that it won’t scare off the Thursday night visitors.

It comes up with a situation that certainly puts Sheldon (recent Emmy winner Jim Parsons) in a position to let his personality loose. There’s also a technology story that’s a little lowbrow, but in an intellectual context. The A and B story provide a good balance of relationship humor and nerd humor. I’m surprised it took the show this long to go where the B story goes.
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Two New MTV Shows Herald The “Death” Of Music Videos
Wednesday, September 15 by

MTV is continuing to diversify its creative landscape (translation: showing less Ke$ha videos) by picking up two new scripted programs. Following the lead set by nerd-with-massive-hog dramedy "The Hard Times Of RJ Berger," the network has greenlit "That Girl" and "Death Valley."
"That Girl" tells the story of a high school student who becomes popular after an accident leads her classmates to believe she attempted suicide. "Death Valley" is a feaux-documentary series starring Ben Linus's hot daughter from "Lost" Tania Raymonde as a monster hunter in the San Fernando Valley. Think of it as somthing like "Buffy" meets "Cops." Or like "Ghosthunters" but with actual plots and events happening. (THR)

‘Community’ Funky Music Video Remix
Tuesday, September 14 by

Funny little video that won't take up too much of your time. If you enjoy "Community" you should watch. Then you can go back to your nap. (Vulture)
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Review: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Season 6 Premiere
Tuesday, September 14 by

“How I Met Your Mother” is a comedy with as many secrets as “Lost.” I can’t really spoil anything that happens in the season premiere, so I’ll just try to talk about the comedy and tease the cool stuff that develops in the plot.

It opens with something that a new viewer to the show might think is a big reveal. Of course we know they never get right to the point. They like to set up some future event and then go back and slowly lead back up to it until we realize what we thought we were seeing wasn’t actually what we were seeing.
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Review: ‘Outsourced’
Tuesday, September 14 by

I had an interesting experience with “Outsourced.” I watched it over the summer and wasn’t impressed. It just didn’t make me laugh. I didn’t care if it was offensive or not, it just wasn’t funny. Then I saw it again with an audience at a public screening and it got more laughs, and was endearing. I had the same experience with “Community” last year, although “Outsourced” isn’t as good as “Community” even the second time around.

It’s a weird conundrum. What good is playing well to a crowd on TV? Most of the time we’re going to watch it by ourselves. I guess it can give you a quicker sense of the elements that might grow on you in repeat viewings. It won’t take several episodes to realize Abed and Troy are the funny ones if you see people laughing at them right away. That’s “Community” though. “Outsourced” still doesn’t have an Abed and Troy.
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Review: ‘The Simpsons’ Season 22 Premiere
Tuesday, September 14 by

I’m always happy when I get an episode of “The Simpsons” early. I haven’t missed one in 22 years. It was appointment viewing and VCR taping long before there was DVR. Now getting a screener just gives me a bonus treat, since I’m so up to date I’m jonesing for the newest one.

This season’s premiere is really guest star centric and the best jokes are courtesy of the guests. That’s unusual because usually guest stars play minor roles, or at least they’re in on the “Simpsons” joke. This one really depends on them.
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Conan The Barbarian
Tuesday, September 14 by

To crush your enemies. See them driven before you. And to hear the lamentation of Jay Leno. (LaurenMoran)

Interview: ‘Raising Hope’ EP Greg Garcia
Tuesday, September 14 by

The new comedy “Raising Hope” is a family show, Fox-style. Jimmy (Lucas Neff) still lives at home with his parents (Martha Plimpton and Garret Dillahunt) and grandma (Cloris Leachman). They’re…

‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Actress Kaye Marie
Tuesday, September 14 by

Known as 'Girl in Bed' on Spike TV's "MANswers," Kaye Marie is making the rounds as anonymous hot blonde girls in TV shows. This week, she'll be showing up as Hooker #1 in the season premiere of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." It's nice to know there will be a hooker.
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Review: ‘Boardwalk Empire’
Tuesday, September 14 by

Where the roaring 1920s lights of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel meet with the violent crime sagas of a Scorsese classic, this what you can find in the fast-paced and explosive new gangster series “Boardwalk Empire.”

On the eve of 1920 with his pockets full of cash and liquor in a high demand due to prohibition, Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson (played with tough talk and weak posture by Steve Buscemi) is at the top of his game as the Treasurer over the swinging and swindling lights of Atlantic City. Thompson has everything in place to create Atlantic City as the speakeasy capital of the world but as high stakes prove he has a lot more coming this way as the infamous decade will come of age in gangster warfare, political upheaval, and a crash and burn economy.
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Stephen Lang To Play Lead Badass On Spielberg’s ‘Terra Nova’
Tuesday, September 14 by

Actor Stephen Lang performs 'The Moose' at West London's Shadow Puppet Repertory Theatre.
Steven Spielberg's blatantly inspired by Avatar television project "Terra Nova" has just picked up a new castmember. Avatar's Stephen Lang has joined the show just as it loses its executive producer over creative differences.
Lang, whose star rose when he played the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Marines on the prehistoric Pandora settlement for James Cameron, will play the charismatic and ruthless leader of the prehistoric Terra Nova settlement. But this time he won't sport a badass scar.
It's really more of a slow-healing bruise. (Deadline)

Review: ‘House’ Season 7 Premiere
Monday, September 13 by

I’m not spoiling anything for “House” fans by saying that House and Cuddy got together at the end of last season. That’s what we’ve been waiting six years for and spent all summer thinking about.

I’ll discuss it vaguely, so skip this if you don’t want to know ANYTHING. I love the way they came back, I love the way they handled it, I love the character moments it offered for both actors. There, is that too spoiler-y? Oh, can I say it’s hot too? Something that happens in this episode is hot. But I won’t ruin the dirty details, I'll just give you the skinny.
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James Cameron’s ‘True Lies’ Coming to the Small Screen
Monday, September 13 by

It was this, or a pic of Jamie Lee Curtis. No offense to Curtis, but I stand by my decision.
Director James Cameron is heading back to the small screen with a planned television adaptation of True Lies. The 1994 film, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a secret agent and Jamie Lee Curtis as his bored, unknowing wife, was a box-office hit and also garnered critical acclaim. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the series, which is about to be shopped to the networks, will be produced by Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV.

This marks Cameron's second foray into the world of television. In 2000, he produced the Fox series "Dark Angel," which only lasted two seasons, but still managed to introduce the world to the wonders of Jessica Alba's 19-year-old ass. Here's hoping that Cameron's latest effort has as profound an impact on our society.

‘Outlaw’ Actress Carly Pope
Monday, September 13 by

 
Carly Pope is a Canadian babe, who you might remember as the rebellious Sam McPherson from Ryan Murphy's pre-"Glee" high school show "Popular." A self-confessed obsession with Conan O'Brien gives her even more points for lonely geeks like myself. This week she finds herself back on the tube with NBC's new lawyer drama "Outlaw," which oddly enough is produced by Conando, himself. 
A word from Carly: "I kind of see myself as a cartoon that's on its way to becoming a real person that has to find that special amulet or mushroom to get to that next realm or level." 
Check to see if your pupils are dilated. You sound high.
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