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Mark Sheppard and Gina Holden Preview Syfy’s JULES VERNE’S MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

The world of sci-fi takes viewers to the far corners of the universe, and sometimes it explores the creepy and mysterious here on Earth.  One of the first authors to explore terrestrial horizons and challenge our imaginations was Jules Verne.  To share a bit about their experience bringing JULES VERNE’S MYSTERIOUS ISLAND to life, stars Mark Sheppard and Gina Holden chatted with press in a recent conference call about the film and the lure of sci-fi in their careers. Read the rest of this entry »

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TV Ratings: Friday February 10, 2012 (Good News for GRIMM)

VS. = Indicates how show performed versus their previous NEW airing.
Source: MediaWeek, Ratings: in millions
Time Network Show Rating 18-49 VS.
8PM CBS A Gifted Man 8.81 1.2/4
ABC Shark Tank 5.91 1.8/6
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? 5.54 1.2/4
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 3.56 1.5/5
CW Nikita 1.45 0.5/2
9PM CBS CSI: NY 10.34 1.7/5
NBC Grimm 5.24 1.6/5
ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? 4.62 1.5/4
FOX Fringe 3.03 1.1/3
CW Supernatural 1.86 0.7/2
10PM CBS Blue Bloods 11.77 1.8/5
NBC Dateline NBC 5.18 1.5/4
ABC 20/20 5.16 1.4/4
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• Trend Watch: The new water cooler is a TV show.
• Best Pilot News Ever? Michael B. Jordan Reunites with FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS boss on NBC’s COUNTY.
• From the Department of Things We Didn’t See Coming, John Goodman joins Roseanne Barr’s NBC pilot.
• Best Pilot News Ever (Runner-Up)? James Wolk to co-star in Greg Berlanti’s POLITICAL ANIMALS.
• Must Read TV: How SHAMELESS reinvented the working-class-family TV show.
• Best Pilot News Ever (Runner-Up-to-the-Runner-Up)? Fox gives the greenlight to Carter Bays/Craig Thomas comedy starring Becki Newton.

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BONES! BREAKING IN! BOB’S BURGERS! FOX Unveils Their 2012 Spring Schedule

Because it’s never too early to get excited for the return of BONES, BREAKING IN and BOB’S BURGERS, Fox has unveiled their Spring 2012 schedule. See for yourself, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Argument Against Prop 8: Ensuring the episode lived up to HAPPY ENDINGS namesake was the ridiculously romantic culmination of Wednesday’s Valentine’s Day-themed episode featuring Max’s boyfriend Grant played by special guest star James Wolk.

Sexiest Cover: Dear Entertainment Weekly, you know that seemingly never-ending string of Twilight covers we constantly give you a hard time for? Well, all is forgiven

From the Department of Less is More: This week’s super-sized hour-long episode of 30 ROCK was an unfortunate reminder that bigger isn’t always necessarily better.

This Week in Deja Vu: Is it wrong that the funniest thing about this week’s MODERN FAMILY may have been the fact that not one writer seemed to realize how awfully familiar Greg Kinnear’s overtly affectionate boss character was to a certain SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE skit?

Lamest Decision Ever: Producers of the Oscars announced that it was unlikely the two songs competing for Best Original Song won’t be performed during the ceremony. Our response? No Muppets, No Oscars!  
Cheapest Thrill: PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STAR’s Anthony got a strapping young man in Central Park to strip down. After taking the dude’s shorts, Anthony later got the boot. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Posted in 30 Rock, Featured, Glee, Happy Endings, modern family, The Vampire Diaries, Week in Rewind

On TV Tonight: Friday February 10, 2012

NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Shark Tank Primetime: What Would You Do? 20/20
CBS A Gifted Man CSI: NY Blue Bloods
CW Nikita Supernatural
FOX Kitchen Nightmares Fringe
HBO The Life and Times of Tim On Freddie Roach Real Time with Bill Maher
NBC Who Do You Think You Are? Grimm Dateline NBC
MISC WWE Smackdown (Syfy) Merlin (Syfy)
Spartacus: Vengeance (Starz)
Portlantia & The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (IFC)
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Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Questions with COUGAR TOWN Creator Bill Lawrence

If the upcoming third season of COUGAR TOWN should turn out to be the ABC comedies swan song, it sure as heck won’t be due to a lack of effort on co-creator Bill Lawrence’s part. For Lawrence, who developed the cult favorite alongside Kevin Biegel has spent the better part of the past month masterminding a grass-roots promotional campaign that has included everything from Paley Festival panels and Podcast appearances to multiple parties across the country including an unofficial open bar at the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena. Which is precisely where we had the pleasure of catching up with Lawrence to find out, among other things, his odds for COUGAR TOWN seeing a season 4. See for yourself, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wedded Bliss Or Miss?

If you’re a Lane fan, you don’t need us to tell you that Valentine’s Day is going to be a very special occasion for one couple on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. And if you have no clue what a Lane is… well, meet Cane Ashby and his true love, Lily Winters, who next week will be giving marriage another go.

“They’ve had their problems in the past,” says Soaps In Depth executive editor Richard M. Simms of the pair. “Mainly because Cane has had what you might call Pinocchio syndrome in the past. He’s told a few whoppers.”

For example? “Well, there was the time he pretended to be dead,” says the editor. “Turned out, it was the twin brother viewers had never know about who literally bit the bullet.” The most unusual twist in that particular tale? “Cane began appearing to Lily, and she thought she was seeing a ghost. Viewers did too, because we didn’t know he had a twin. Oh, and then, Lily had sex with him.”

Hold up. Lily had sex with her dead hubby? “Well, remember, he wasn’t really dead.” Read the rest of this entry »

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TV Ratings: Thursday February 9, 2012 (Photo Finish For AMERICAN IDOL Versus THE BIG BANG THEORY)

VS. = Indicates how show performed versus their previous NEW airing.
Source: MediaWeek, Ratings: in millions
Time Network Show Rating 18-49 VS.
8PM FOX American Idol 17.92 5.7/16
CBS The Big Bang Theory 16.06 5.5/16
ABC Wipeout 5.24 1.5/4
NBC 30 Rock 3.85 1.6/4
CW The Vampire Diaries 2.97 1.2/3
8:30PM CBS Rob 11.00 3.4/9
NBC 30 Rock 3.85 1.6/4
9PM CBS Person of Interest 15.07 3.3/8
ABC Grey’s Anatomy 10.10 3.9/10
FOX The Finder 6.25 2.3/6
NBC The Office 5.16 2.5/6
CW The Secret Circle 1.77 0.8/2
9:30PM NBC Up All Night 3.70 1.8/4
10PM CBS The Mentalist 14.36 2.9/8
ABC Private Practice 6.63 2.3/6
NBC The Voice (R) 3.50 1.5/4
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Dispatches From The Couch

Hey, advertising execs. Over here. On the couch. I know you’re pretending not to see me, because I’m… well, let’s just say I’m outside of your precious 18-34 year-old demo and leave it at that, shall we?

But here’s the thing. Did you see that new report that came out this week? The one from Nielsen saying that those 12-34 are watching less television than ever even as folks 35 and up are watching more?

I can’t help wondering if you’re starting to regret that whole “let’s declare young people the rulers of the TV landscape and cater only to them” decision y’all made a while back. You know, the one that made total household number basically irrelevant when weighed against the AID (or all-important demographic).

And while I’ve got your attention, I’ve got another question for you. Now, I don’t wanna imply that you folks don’t know how to do your jobs, but… um, maybe I do. Because somehow, you’ve been duped into letting networks set their advertising rates based on what airs during sweeps. You know, February, May and November… the three months when they pump as much original programming onto the airwaves as possible. Wouldn’t it make more sense for you to do the equivalent of random drug testing? Pick a period, without the networks knowing when it will be, and set advertising rates based on the resulting ratings. Read the rest of this entry »

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