Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Unit Joins BET, And Coming to Sleuth in January; 2010 Emmy's in August

Action drama The Unit, which aired on CBS from 2005-09, has began airing on cable in repeats on BET since Monday (Nov. 16). The series stars Dennis Haysbert and focuses on a top-secret military unit modeled after the real-life Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta (a.k.a. Delta Force). BET airs repeats of the series on Monday and Friday nights in primetime from 8pm-11pm ET and encores from 1-3am ET and they have rights through 2011. The Unit of course also airs in broadcast syndication on Wednesday nights in primetime from 8-10pm ET/PT on MyNetwork TV, as we all know. Sticking to BET, they will air an Everybody Hates Chris marathon on "Black Friday" (Friday, Nov. 27) from 10am-6pm. The Game will also get a marathon the following day (Saturday, Nov. 28) from 9am-8:30pm.
We have more news for The Unit! It will be joining Sleuth in January. The series launches on the network on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 and will have a three-day all-day marathon from 6am-6am through Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010. Then starting Monday, Jan. 4, the series will air Mondays from 8am-4pm ET & 8pm-2am ET; Saturdays from 9am-1pm ET & 5am ET; and Sundays at 11pm ET. The Unit will get a 24-hour marathon on Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, Jan. 18 from 6am-6am.
In other Sleuth January 2010 news, starting Friday, Jan. 8 from 8pm-11pm ET/PT will be the "Sleuth Uncovered TV" block that features a stack of short-lived TV series that deserve to be seen. At 8pm we get Blind Justice starring Ron Eldard, at 9pm we get The Handler starring Joe Pantoliano, and at 10pm we get Twin Peaks starring Kyle MacLachlan.
Other series that air regularly on Sleuth are Monk, NCIS, The Dead Zone and Bury the Lead. Airing in blocks like The Unit are series like JAG, Walker Texas Ranger, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and MacGyver.
So, by January we'll have The Unit on MyNetwork TV, BET and Sleuth. Will there be more? Who knows, but stay with us as usual.

NBC will broadcast The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards live on Sunday, August 29 (8-11 p.m. ET; other time zones delayed) in 2010. The Emmy Awards are usually the last Sunday of the summer season, but due to NBC's commitments to NFL on Sunday nights, they cannot air the Emmy Awards on that night. This is the second time that NBC has done this, as last time they had the Emmy Awards was in 2006 and they aired it on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006. The Emmy Awards rotate each year on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.
Nominations for The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced Thursday, July 8 at 5:40 a.m. (PT) from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. Still a long way to go!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Hallmark Channel Welcomes Back I Love Lucy; 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Winners

A few weeks back we mentioned that I Love Lucy would get a marathon on The Hallmark Channel on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 11am-3am...now we have more news for Lucy! It looks like they were planning that marathon for a comeback rather than Lucy's anniversary! Effective Monday, Oct. 5 (the very next day), I Love Lucy returns to the regular Hallmark Channel schedule and it isn't a late night/early morning slot! I Love Lucy will air weekdays from 5pm-8pm, yes that's six straight episodes, replacing M*A*S*H, which is now off the line-up. This is the second bit of bad news for M*A*S*H, as on Thursday we told you ION Television was removing it also. Not sure what is going on with M*A*S*H yet, but TV Land will still carry it.
As for I Love Lucy, you people need to watch if you want it to STAY on the schedule, especially 5pm-8pm. They are giving it yet another chance...but Hallmark seems to have a short leash, so watch it this time or you'll have some splaining to do! Luuuuuuuucy!

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Weeds (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
30 Rock (NBC)
Entourage (HBO)
Family Guy (Fox)
Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
WINNER: 30 Rock.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
Jermaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
WINNER: Alec Baldwin.

OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine (CBS)
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
WINNER: Toni Collette.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
Kevin Dillion, Entourage (HBO)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock (NBC)
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock (NBC)
WINNER: Jon Cryer.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
Amy Poehler, SNL (NBC)
Kristin Wiig, SNL (NBC)
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds (Showtime)
WINNER: Kristin Chenoweth.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Lost (ABC)
House (Fox)
Damages (FX)
Big Love (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
WINNER: Mad Men.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Simon Baker, The Mentalist (CBS)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Gabriel Bryne, In Treatment (HBO)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
WINNER: Bryan Cranston.

OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTRESS
Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
WINNER: Glenn Close.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal (ABC)
William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
William Hurt, Damages (FX)
John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
WINNER: Michael Emerson.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
Cherry Jones, 24 (Fox)
Ross Byrne, Damages (FX)
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Hope Davis, In Treatment (HBO)
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Diane Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)
WINNER: Cherry Jones

View the full list of winners at Emmys.tv

Stay tuned for pilot reviews of Modern Family, Cougar Town, Brothers, and The Cleveland Show from Tues-Fri this week...we have a sitcom pilot review each day for you! See what we think of all the sitcom pilots this season!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

CBS Fall Pilot Review - Accidentally on Purpose - Premieres September 21; Our Emmy Picks for 61st Annual Event

Community

Accidentally on Purpose - Mondays 8:30PM ET/PT on CBS
Premieres Monday, September 21, 2009 at 8:30PM ET/PT

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, based on the bestselling memoir by Mary F. Pols, is a comedy about a single woman, Billie, who finds herself "accidentally" pregnant after a one-night stand with a much younger guy, and decides to keep the baby...and the guy. A newspaper film critic, Billie is barely surviving a humiliating breakup with her charming boss, James, who's still trying to resume their relationship. Pregnant, after a brief fling with her "boy toy" Zack, Billie and Zack make an arrangement to live together platonically. Billie's party girl best friend Olivia, and Abby, her conventional, younger married sister, eagerly look forward to the new addition and offer their own brands of advice and encouragement. But when Zack and his freeloading friends, including Davis, start to turn her place into a frat house, Billie isn't sure if she's living with a boyfriend, a roommate, or if she just has another child to raise.

Cast Details:

* Jenna Elfman as Billie
* Jon Foster as Zazk
* Ashley Jensen as Olivia
* Lennon Parham as Abby
* Grant Show as James
* Nicolas Wright as Davis

Jenna Elfman (Billie) is best known for her role as Dharma in the hit series Dharma & Greg for which she garnered a Golden Globe Award, three Emmy Award nominations and two TV Guide Awards. Elfman's other television credits include Courting Alex, and guest appearances in the series Two and a Half Men, both on CBS, and guest-starring roles on My Name is Earl and Brothers & Sisters. Elfman also has an impressive feature film resume, starring opposite Ben Stiller and Edward Norton in Keeping the Faith and Ron Howard's Edtv opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Recently, she starred opposite Elisha Cuthbert and Tim Allen in The Six Wives of Henry LeFay, and in the independent comedy Love Hurts opposite Richard E. Grant and Carrie-Anne Moss. Elfman also starred in the half-animated feature film Looney Tunes: Back in Action.

Jon Foster's (Zack) 11 feature film credits include the leading role as Eddie in The Door in the Floor starring opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger, Tenderness opposite Russell Crowe and The Informers opposite Billy Bob Thornton, among others. Foster's television credits include series regular roles in Windfall and Life As We Know It, and guest-starring roles in Judging Amy, on CBS and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He also starred in the television movie Murder in Greenwich.

Ashley Jensen (Olivia) appeared on the first three seasons of Ugly Betty playing Christina, the seamstress for the fictional "Mode" magazine and Betty's one true ally in the office. Jensen also recently starred in the BBC America series Eleventh Hour, where she co-starred opposite Patrick Stewart. Jensen's other television credits include Rebus, Clocking Off, City Central, Sweet Medicine, Two Thousand Acres of Sky, Outside the Rules and films such as A Cock and Bull Story and Topsy-Turvy. For two seasons Jensen starred opposite Ricky Gervais on the Golden Globe winning-series Extras, which originally aired on BBC 2 in the United Kingdom. Jensen reprised her role in the special Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale, for which she was nominated for an Emmy (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie).

Lennon Parham (Abby) began her comedy career at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in N.Y. She graduated with a B.S. in Theatre from the University of Evansville in Indiana and taught French for two years with Teach for America at TL Weston High School in Greenville, Miss., before moving to N.Y. After graduating from the Second City New York program, she began attending classes at U.C.B. Eventually, she became involved in the comedy Improv shows Asssscat 3000 and Reuben Williams as well as becoming a member of the UCBT Touring Company. She has been teaching at the U.C.B. training center for two years, including a special class for improvising in character. Last year, she gained critical acclaim for her one-woman show based on a collection of comedic characters titled She Tried to be Normal.

Best known for his role as Jake Hanson on Melrose Place, Grant Show (James) recently starred in Swingtown on CBS. Show also had regular roles in Point Pleasant and the daytime drama Ryan's Hope, as well as recurring roles on Private Practice, Six Feet Under Dirt Strong Medicine and Beautiful People. Show has also starred in numerous television movies including The Natalee Holloway Story and Sex and the Single Mom. Among Show's theater credits are productions of On the Waterfront, The Glass Menagerie and the Off-Broadway hit Wit, with Judith Light.

Nicolas Wright (Davis) began his career on the stage as one of the founding members of the multi-award-winning theater company Gravy Bath Productions. In 2003, his portrayal of the title role in The Portrait of Dorian Gray at the Saidye Bronfman Centre earned him a nomination for Best Actor by the Montreal Critic's Circle. He continues his work on stage with the Montreal Based Improv/Sketch troupe Uncalled For, whose last show won several awards including 'Best of the Fest' at the Toronto Sketch Fest and the 'Just For Laughs Award' at the Montreal Fringe. Over the last few years, Wright has appeared in numerous feature films including The Greatest Game Ever Played and the thriller Whiteout. He has played leading roles in several award-winning Canadian productions including the animated series Delta State, Hatley High, which received the Best Director/Best Screenplay, Aspen Comedy Festival, Best Actor Nomination, ACTRA Awards (2006) and End of the Line (Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival).

Pilot Plot:

#1 "Pilot" (Airs September 21)
Billie, a newspaper film critic, just went through an ugly breakup with her boss, who still wishes to mend their relationship. After a fling with a much younger guy, Billie ends up pregnant and decides that she really wants to keep the baby -- and the guy she hooked up with.
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Written by Claudia Lonow
Guest Stars: Larry Wilmore as Dr. Roland, Pooch Hall as Ryan, Andrew Caldwell as Shane, Melinda Y. Cohen as Another Woman, Nadege Auguste as Beautiful Woman, Olympia Lettry as Cosmetic Counter Girl

Analysis:

Jenna Elfman returns for her second starring role on a CBS sitcom. Her short-lived Courting Alex aired from January-March 2006 for 8 episodes (12 produced). Despite some respectable ratings when it began on Monday nights, the show suffered when it was briefly moved to Wednesdays before it was pulled from the schedule with 4 episodes unaired. It was not picked up for a second season. CBS then inked her to a new development deal to create another comedy vehicle. She has spent the last four years making pilots trying to find the right show.

The pilot was pretty decent. It begins with Billie talking to Olivia at an office party. Then we see a flashback to a month earlier when she's at the Eiffel Tower with her boss and boyfriend, James. We later meet her sister Abby at a bar and Billie goes to talk to three younger guys. Billie decides to go home with Zack to his apartment and they have a one night stand. 5 weeks later, she takes a pregnancy test and discovers that she is pregnant. Zack takes her in his van to see the doctor. Billie later invites him to move in with her.

I think this show has the potential to be a slight upgrade over her previous show, Courting Alex. I've always been an Elfman fan. She's a gifted comedic actress who had some success on Dharma & Greg for 5 seasons. She recently announced that she is pregnant in real life with her second child. I guess she will start showing by the 3rd or 4th episode.

The rest of the supporting cast is pretty good but maybe lacks some sitcom experience. Jon Foster's only major sitcom experience was on the short-lived CBS sitcom Danny in 2001. He's pretty funny and likeable in the pilot, but we'll see how his chemistry with Elfman develops in future episodes. Ashley Jensen was excellent in Ugly Betty for 3 seasons. I would expect her role to expand a bit more from the pilot. I love her Scottish accent. Lennon Parham plays Billie's sister, Abby. We will probably be seeing her husband in future episodes. Zack's freeloading friends, led by Davis, have a few funny one-liners. Since the pilot mostly focused on Billie and Zack, I would expect their roles to expand.

San Francisco is the setting for the show. There are a couple of exterior shots of trolley cars. Billie plays a movie critic, so there are a number of movie references. She also has some movie posters, including one for An American Werewolf in London, in her apartment. The sets look a little cramped and cluttered, but I guess that was the look they were going for. The newspaper office set looks similar to the Winfred-Louder Department Store set used by The Drew Carey Show I remember they also used this stage for Courting Alex.
There were several songs in the pilot and the music score is composed by John Swihart. This is a multi-camera comedy that is filmed in front of a studio audience.

Conclusion:

This must be the year of the cougar with Accidentally on Purpose and Cougar Town. Will the second time be the charm for Jenna Elfman on CBS? They have been trying to find the right comedy vehicle for her for the last several years. Courting Alex had some decent ratings but was canceled after only 8 episodes aired. I think the pilot for Accidentally on Purpose is a slight upgrade over that. The pilot follows the basic premise of the movie Knocked Up but lacks the amount of funny scenes and lines. I just wonder which direction the show will take. Upcoming episode descriptions seem to indicate that Billie and Zack will be dating other people. What will they do once she has the baby at the end of the season and possibly marries Zack? This shows seems like it is set up to air for one season and then be done.

This show has a comfortable time slot between the established How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. It will be important to find an audience early because Rules of Engagement is waiting in the wings. If you are a fan of the adorable and witty Jenna Elfman or any of the other actors, the show is definitely worth checking out. It's hard to judge a show just by the pilot, which sets up the whole premise of the show and gives the necessary background details on the characters. It probably would be best to give this show a try for at least 3-4 episodes to see how it develops.

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Watchability: 4/5
Funniness: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 09/18/09

Discuss the show after you watch it on Monday, September 21 on our message board.

Related Links:

  • CBS.com Official Site
  • TV.com
  • epguides.com
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Wikipedia
  • Accidentally on Purpose Photo Gallery


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    It's time for our annual Emmy picks!

    OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
    Weeds (Showtime)
    The Office (NBC)
    How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    30 Rock (NBC)
    Entourage (HBO)
    Family Guy (Fox)
    Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
    OUR PICK: 30 Rock. It's the favorite, but I wish something else would win.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTOR
    Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
    Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
    Jermaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
    OUR PICK: Jim Parsons. He is very deserving and his character of Sheldon is funny with a straight face! Sheldon never smiles or laughs!

    OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS
    Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine (CBS)
    Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
    Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
    OUR PICK: Tina Fey will win likely, but I would give it to Christina Applegate who was outstanding.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
    Kevin Dillion, Entourage (HBO)
    Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock (NBC)
    OUR PICK: Neil Patrick Harris. He is hosting...so I bet he wins. If not maybe another 30 Rock winner.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
    Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Amy Poehler, SNL (NBC)
    Kristin Wiig, SNL (NBC)
    Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds (Showtime)
    OUR PICK: Vanessa Williams. She is hilarious as the evil character she plays.

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
    Lost (ABC)
    House (Fox)
    Damages (FX)
    Big Love (HBO)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    Dexter (Showtime)
    Breaking Bad (AMC)
    OUR PICK: Lost. An outstanding year for the fifth season! But I think Mad Men will take it.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
    Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
    Simon Baker, The Mentalist (CBS)
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Gabriel Bryne, In Treatment (HBO)
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
    OUR PICK: Bryan Cranston. Could he repeat?

    OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTRESS
    Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
    Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
    Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
    Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
    OUR PICK: Sally Field. Nora Walker is funny, real and America's mom!

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
    Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal (ABC)
    William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
    William Hurt, Damages (FX)
    John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
    Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
    OUR PICK: William Shatner. One last hurrah, maybe? If not Emerson, please!

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
    Cherry Jones, 24 (Fox)
    Ross Byrne, Damages (FX)
    Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Hope Davis, In Treatment (HBO)
    Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Diane Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)
    OUR PICK: Chandra Wilson. Please give it to her!!


    View the full list of nominations. The 61st Annual Emmy Awards air this Sunday (September 20 at 8pm on CBS).

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    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations; Spike TV's Friday Married with Children Marathons

    The 61st Annual Emmy Nominations were made just moments ago. Here are the nominees for the main categories:

    OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
    Weeds (Showtime)
    The Office (NBC)
    How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    30 Rock (NBC)
    Entourage (HBO)
    Family Guy (Fox)
    Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: Two and a Half Men maybe. Surprising to see Family Guy.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTOR
    Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
    Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
    Jermaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: No one really...maybe David Duchovny. Surprised that Clement got nominated, though.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS
    Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program (Comedy Central)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine (CBS)
    Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
    Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: No America Ferrera? Very surprising to see Sarah Silverman here. Nice to see Christina Applegate once again.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
    Kevin Dillion, Entourage (HBO)
    Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock (NBC)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: Jeremy Piven. Wow that is big. Last two on the list were sort of surprising.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
    Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Amy Poehler, SNL (NBC)
    Kristin Wiig, SNL (NBC)
    Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds (Showtime)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: Jean Smart. She won last year, too. SNL shouldn't be on this list. Nice to see Chenoweth get recognition again despite her show being canceled.

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
    Lost (ABC)
    House (Fox)
    Damages (FX)
    Big Love (HBO)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    Dexter (Showtime)
    Breaking Bad (AMC)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: Grey's Anatomy. But these seven were no surprises. Cable ruling here.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
    Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
    Simon Baker, The Mentalist (CBS)
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Gabriel Bryne, In Treatment (HBO)
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: James Spader. Thought he would get nominated one last time. Can't believe Simon Baker got nominated.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTRESS
    Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
    Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
    Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
    Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: None, but Evangeline Lilly should be here. Hargitay again?

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
    Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal (ABC)
    William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
    William Hurt, Damages (FX)
    John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
    Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: Zeiko Ivanek. He won last year, too. Some Boston Legal final year love here.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
    Cherry Jones, 24 (Fox)
    Ross Byrne, Damages (FX)
    Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Hope Davis, In Treatment (HBO)
    Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Diane Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)
    SURPRISE OMISSIONS: Elizabeth Mitchell! Come on! I thought Heigl had a better year than Oh on Grey's.


    View the full list of nominations. The 61st Annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 20 at 8pm on CBS.


    Married...with Children is now getting marathon treatment on Spike TV! Starting tomorrow until at least the end of August, Spike TV will air Married...with Children marathons every Friday from 9am-7pm ET/PT! Yes, 10 hours of Bundy fun! Spike TV will still air the show weekdays 9-11am and Sunday mornings as well.
    Still no word if it will pop-up again on sister network TV Land, as it did very well for them there. We do have some sister network news though and it is sort of regarding Married...with Children. Viacom-owned MTV Tr3s (Spanish language network) is now airing a show the entire family can enjoy -- a Columbian remake of Married... with Children. Viewers will be engaged by the hilarious situations the Rocha (Bundy) family gets themselves into! The show is called Casado Con Hijos and airs weekdays at 4PM & 7PM ET/PT on MTV Tr3s with English subtitles! It aired from 2004-06 in Columbia on Caracol TV. Al Bundy is now Paco Rocha! The only same names we know are Kelly and Jefferson D'Arcy.

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    Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Are We There Yet?: The Sitcom Coming to TBS; Our Emmy Nominations Picks

    TBS, using the unique model created by Debmar-Mercury with Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet the Browns, is teaming with Joe Roth and Ice Cube for Are We There Yet?, a sitcom starring Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and based on the hit Revolution Studios film of the same name starring Ice Cube.
    TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the new sitcom, slated to premiere in June 2010, with the option for an additional 90 episodes. The series is produced by Cube Vision and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. Revolution's Joe Roth and Cube Vision's Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez serve as executive producers, along with award-winning show-runner Ali LeRoi, who has won an Emmy® for his work on The Chris Rock Show and an NAACP Image Award for Everybody Hates Chris. In addition to executive-producing, Ice Cube will have a recurring role on the sitcom version!
    Debmar-Mercury's association with TBS began in 2006, when the company devised a groundbreaking distribution strategy for Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Debmar-Mercury offered a 10-episode experiment in select markets that produced strong ratings, leading TBS to order a full-fledged series with an unprecedented 100 episodes. In January 2009, TBS premiered 10 episodes of Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns to strong ratings, leading the network to order additional episodes for a total of 80. So far this year, the two series have ranked as the top television programs in delivery of African-American viewers. Debmar-Mercury has also ordered 10 episodes for a Comedy Central comedy, as we mentioned, with an option to order 90 more, just like Are We There Yet?
    The movie Are We There Yet?, a breakout 2005 hit, told the story of Nick (Ice Cube), a smooth operator who is trying to land a date with Suzanne, a divorcee stuck working out of town over New Year's and miserable because she misses her kids. Nick gallantly offers to make her New Year's wish come true – and his own in the process – by driving her two children to be reunited with their mom. What Nick doesn’t know is that Suzanne's children, whom he's never met, hate every man their mom dates on sight. The movie grossed more than $82 million at the box office and was followed in 2007 by a sequel, Are We Done Yet?
    In the sitcom Are We There Yet?, Terry Crews will star as Nick, the character Ice Cube played in the film.

    Today we will give our preview of what we think the nominations for the Emmy's will look like. The real nominations will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 8:30am ET, so we will give you those then. But for now...here are our predictions for the main acting categories for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards airing Sept. 20 on CBS:

    OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
    Weeds (Showtime)
    The Office (NBC)
    Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    30 Rock (NBC)
    Entourage (HBO)
    Better off Ted (ABC)
    MY THOUGHTS: 30 Rock has won it the last two years and is probably the favorite. The first 5 on this list are probably locks for a nomination.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTOR
    Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
    David Duchovny, Califorinication (Showtime)
    Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
    Zach Braff, Scrubs (ABC)
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
    MY THOUGHTS: Baldwin won it last year and could repeat. I think Braff will get a nomination this year for his final full year with Scrubs with Charlie Sheen not getting one as a result. Expect Jim Parsons to be nominated for his work on Big Bang Theory.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD COMEDY ACTRESS
    America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Eva Longoria-Parker, Desperate Housewives (ABC)
    Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
    Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Toni Collette, United States of Tara (Showtime)
    MY THOUGHTS: Fey won it last year and is the favorite again. Eva Longoria deserves a nomination for once. She is hysterical.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
    Kevin Dillion, Entourage (HBO)
    John Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)
    Michael Urie, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Jeremy Piven wins every year. Maybe host Neil Patrick Harris will win this year?

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
    Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Andrea Anders, Better off Ted (ABC)
    Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Jean Smart, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Jenna Fischer, The Office (NBC)
    Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    MY THOUGHTS: Jean Smart won last year, but it will be interesting if she will be nominated this year due to Samantha Who? not getting picked up for a third year. Who cares, right? She deserves it.

    OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
    Lost (ABC)
    House (Fox)
    Damages (FX)
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    Dexter (Showtime)
    MY THOUGHTS: Mad Men won last year but seriously Lost needs to take it this year! Grey's deserves a nomination at least, for its outstanding second half of the season.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
    Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
    James Spader, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Gabriel Bryne, In Treatment (HBO)
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Cranston surprised and won it last year. Will Emmy recognize Boston Legal one last time and give it back to Spader? My bet is on Jon Hamm.

    OUTSTANDING LEAD DRAMA ACTRESS
    Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
    Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
    Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
    Evangeline Lilly, Lost (ABC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Close won it last year. Not sure why Hargitay keeps getting nominated, but she probably will again. Evangeline Lilly needs to be nominated finally. Close or Field will take it.

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
    Zeljko Ivanek, Damages (FX)
    William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Kevin McKidd, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
    Josh Holloway, Lost (FX)
    Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Ivanek surprised last year with the win. I think we will have a different winner this year. Shatner one last time? Or finally Michael Emerson?

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
    Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Katherine Heigl, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
    Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost (ABC)
    Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Diane Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)
    MY THOUGHTS: Wiest won it last year. Will Emmy give Heigl a nomination after bowing out last year? She as superb this year. But the Emmy goes to Elizabeth Mitchell!

    Nominations are announced tomorrow morning. Come on back here and we will give you the official nominations and you can compare those to our picks!

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    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    TV Land Adds Married with Children Weekend Marathon and First 2 Weeks of July Change; Emmy Awards Changes Date Again

    Previously on "TV Land Schedule Changes," Bree wanted Orson to stop stealing, oops wrong show...we told you the changes from June 15-28, now we have June 27 through July 12! This is like a soap opera, isn't it? The weekend of June 27-28 will now have a change now. It will have a Married...with Children marathon primarily. Al Bundy and family will air from 9:30am-8pm on Saturday, June 27 and from 8am-2am on Sunday, June 28. That's a whole lotta Bundy! Encores of movies Grease and Grease 2 will also air on Saturday, June 27, with Roseanne blocks as well. Then the regular schedule starting Monday, June 29 is pretty similar to the changes that started on June 15, but just a few things. For weekdays, the 12pm hour is now back to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, replacing Leave it to Beaver/Beverly Hillbillies. But Beverly Hillbillies will air in the 1pm hour, so that means TV Land Goes West (2 episodes of Gunsmoke & Bonanza each and one Little House) goes from approx. 1:30pm-7pm to now more on the clock from 2pm-7pm. This means Beaver is now weekends only again if they have a marathon. Mondays from 8pm-11pm will now be yet more Roseanne replacing Married...with Children, so Married is now off the regular schedule, but not to worry as it returns to Spike TV weekdays on July 6. So it looks like (for now I guess) Married (which is doing decent for them) will have its last TV Land airing during that weekend marathon (June 27-28). I expect we will see more soon as they keep bringing it back and changing the schedule, so stay tuned. Everything else on weekdays is the same as it is now, so yes, Andy Griffith is not on weekdays through July 12.
    On weekends we get marathon blocks ("Andy & Friends" as I'd like to call it). But first, from 6-8am on both days we now see more Roseanne, so that replaces Star Trek, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and whatever else pops up weekend mornings usually. But remember, as of now this is through July 12 only. The weekend of July 4-5 will see Leave it to Beaver and Andy Griffith. On Saturday, July 4, we see Beaver from 11am-3pm and Andy Griffith from 3pm-8pm. On Sunday, July 5 we see Beaver from 12pm-3pm and more Andy from 3pm-8pm. As previously announced, Roseanne July 4th Feuds & Fireworks Marathon airs from 8pm-6am on both nights. The weekend of July 11-12 will see more marathons. A special SpongeBob SquarePants block will air on Saturday, July 11 from 10am-12pm, as SpongeBob is getting ready for his 10th birthday on Nickelodeon with "The Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash." We will have more on that during our Nick at Nite July schedule & highlights very soon, as SpongeBob will have about a 50-hour non-stop marathon on Nick/Nick at Nite from July 17-19. Back to TV Land, it's more marathons as the weekend of July 11-12 it is Hogan's Heroes and Andy Griffith. Hogan's Heroes on both days will air from 12pm-5pm while Andy will air both days from 5pm-10pm. Regular weekend schedule will air elsewhere. So is TV Land trying to phase Andy out by airing it only on weekends? Sound off on our message board and also you can view these changes in a list form. Remember TV Land keeps releasing schedules two weeks at a time, so as of now this is through July 12 only. Stay tuned for more!

    The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards has been re-scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20 from approx. 8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on CBS. That was the original date and now CBS has gone back to that after moving it to Sunday, Sept. 13. But September 13 is the same day for the MTV Video Music Awards. So CBS had to move it back to the original Sept. 20. date. CBS moved it to Sept. 13 originally because of an NFL game from 4-7:30pm ET. To present The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards as close as possible to its scheduled 8:00 PM start, 60 Minutes is planning a flexible broadcast following CBS Sports late afternoon NFL game. So we will finally see a shortened 60 Minutes or possibly preempted totally in the East if the game goes over 7:30pm ET.
    Remember nominations will be announced Thursday, July 16 at 5:40 AM PT from the Television Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. You can watch it live on CBS's Early Show.

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    Monday, September 22, 2008

    60th Primetime Emmy Awards Winners; ION Adds More Warner Bros. Movies; New TV Season Begins Tonight

    Here are the winners for the main categories at last night's Emmys.

    COMEDY SERIES
    Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
    The Office (NBC)
    Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    30 Rock (NBC)
    Entourage (HBO)
    WINNER: 30 Rock

    DRAMA SERIES
    Lost (ABC)
    House (Fox)
    Damages (FX)
    Boston Legal (ABC)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    Dexter (Showtime)
    WINNER: Mad Men

    LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
    Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
    Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
    Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    WINNER: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)

    LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
    America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine (CBS)
    Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
    Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
    WINNER: Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)

    LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
    Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
    James Spader, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Gabriel Bryne, In Treatment (HBO)
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
    WINNER: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)

    LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
    Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
    Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
    Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
    WINNER: Glenn Close, Damages (FX)

    SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
    Kevin Dillion, Entourage (HBO)
    John Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)
    WINNER: Jeremy Piven, Entourage.

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
    Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Amy Poehler, SNL (NBC)
    Jean Smart, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    WINNER: Jean Smart, Samantha Who? (ABC)

    SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
    Zeljko Ivanek, Damages (FX)
    William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
    John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
    Ted Danson, Damages (FX)
    Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
    WINNER: Zeljko Ivanek, Damages (FX)

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
    Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Candice Bergen, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Diane Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)
    WINNER: Diane Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)

    See complete list of winners.

    COMMENTS: The night belonged to the mini-series John Adams, comedy 30 Rock and drama Mad Men. Too much cable stuff was winning. Surprise of the night was Bryan Cranston winning for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for AMC's Breaking Bad. Besides the 30 Rock wins (Comedy, Lead Actor, and Lead Actress) and the win for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Jean Smart of ABC's Samantha Who?, the night was all cable...AMC, FX, HBO. I liked the tributes to the memorable TV shows and moments...as the Emmys turned 60. As for the hosts, they should have just done 1 or 2...Tom Bergeron was clearly the best. 30 Rock doesn't launch its third season until October 30, so no carry over likely, however the show's second season is coming to DVD on October 7. I think it is the new Arrested Development...critically acclaimed show that no one watches.
    Combining the winners for the creative portion on Sept. 13, HBO had the most wins with 26, thanks to mini-seroes John Adams, which became the most-honored program ever. ABC led the broadcast networks with 12 wins. CBS, NBC and PBS tied for third overall with 10 overall wins. AMC had 8 wins overall.


    ION Television, the "Positively Entertaining" general entertainment network reaching over 94 million homes, has inked a multi-year film acquisition deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Extending from fall 2008 through summer 2010, this multi-year deal brings 27 critically acclaimed and Academy Award-winning films to the network's film slate.
    The network already had a deal with Warner Bros., now 27 more movies come and the deal gets extended through summer 2010. ION Television kicks off the first of its new Warner Bros. films on Wednesday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. ET with the comedy favorite Grumpier Old Men (starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret and Sophia Loren). ION will air the movies regularly on Thursdays from 9-11PM (sometimes 8-11PM) starting October 2. Through summer 2010, blockbusters featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood will grace ION Television in a series of cinematic favorites spanning multiple genres.
    Dramatic thrillers and crime sagas include classics like The Fugitive (starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones), GoodFellas (starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino) and Heat (starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer and Jon Voight), as well as more recent favorites such as Deep Blue Sea (starring Saffron Burrows, Thomas Jane, LL Cool J and Samuel L. Jackson) and Training Day (starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke).
    Also in the mix are two movies from the famed Batman series, Batman Forever (starring Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman and Chris O’Donnell) and Batman Returns (starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken), plus Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 1, 2 and 4.
    Modern comedy classics include The Mask (starring Jim Carrey), Analyze This (starring Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow) and National Lampoon's European Vacation (starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo), among many others.
    Rounding out the cinematic variety of ION Television's "Positively Entertaining" new movie lineup are dramas like City of Angels (starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan) and romantic comedies such as You've Got Mail (starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan). So that's 16 of the 27 new Warner Bros. movies, if you were counting. What about the rest? Above the Law, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Major League 2, Malice, Matchstick Men, Memphis Belle, Murder in the First, The Negotiator, The Specialist, Tango & Cash and Young Guns II! There you have it! Lots of good movies for Thursday nights.

    The new season starts tonight! Expect Monday hits Dancing with the Stars, CSI: Miami, Two and a Half Men, and Heroes to be the night's highest rated shows. Other new notables tonight is the launch of the CBS sitcom Worst Week rounding out the CBS Monday sitcoms (8-10PM) and the Monday debut of ABC's Boston Legal.
    My bets of the night: Dancing with the Stars (ABC 8-10:00PM) and The Big Bang Theory (CBS 8:00-8:30PM). Two fun-filled shows!

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    Friday, September 19, 2008

    CBS Fall Pilot Review: Gary Unmarried - Premieres September 24; Our 2008 Emmy Awards Picks

    Gary Unmarried

    Gary Unmarried - Wednesdays 8:30PM ET/PT on CBS
    Premieres Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 8:30PM ET/PT

    Gary Unmarried stars Jay Mohr and Paula Marshall in a comedy about Gary Barnes, a recently single painting contractor, and his controlling ex-wife, Allison, who face post-divorce mayhem after 15 years of marriage as they each embark on new relationships. He's the fun parent and she's the strict one. Together, they share custody of their two children - Louise, a politically correct and environmentally conscious 11-year-old, and Tom, their socially awkward 14-year-old son who is nervous around girls.

    Charming and acerbic, Gary hasn't dated since the split, but finally connects with Vanessa, a single mother whose condo he was hired to paint. He dreads telling Allison about Vanessa because it doesn't adhere to her belief in their marriage counselor's book, "Rules for the Perfect Divorce." However, when Allison tells him that she's engaged to their shrink, all bets are off and Gary decides it's time to move forward. Now, in pursuit of post-marriage happiness, Gary must juggle his eclectic world of an ex-wife, their two kids, their shrink and his gorgeous new girlfriend.

    Cast Details:

    * Jay Mohr as Gary Brooks
    * Paula Marshall as Allison Brooks
    * Jaime King as Vanessa Flood
    * Ryan Malgarini as Tom Brooks
    * Ed Begley Jr. as Dr. Walter Crandall
    * Al Madrigal as Dennis Lopez
    * Kathryn Newton as Louise Brooks

    The multi-talented Jay Mohr's career has spanned over a decade. He first received audience notice with his dead-on impressions of Christopher Walken, Dick Vitale and Sean Penn on "Saturday Night Live." Soon after that, he landed his breakthrough film role as a rival sports agent in the blockbuster hit "Jerry Maguire," and followed that up in a touching good-guy turn in "Picture Perfect." Other film credits include "Playing By Heart," "Suicide Kings," "Seeing Other People," "Even Money," "The Groomsmen," "Pay it Forward," "Street Kings" and "Go," as well as comedic leads in "King's Ransom" and "Are We There Yet?" On television, Mohr created, executive produced and hosted "Last Comic Standing," now in its sixth season. Other credits include "Action" and his most recent role as Professor Rick Payne on the CBS series "Ghost Whisperer."

    A native of Rockville, Maryland, Paula Marshall's big break came when she landed a guest-starring role on "Seinfeld." Marshall is an extremely busy actress with a recurring role on the current television series "Californication." Her other television credits include co-starring roles in the CBS comedy "Out of Practice," "Snoops," "Cupid," "Spin City," "Nip/Tuck" and "Veronica Mars." Paula starred in the feature films "Cheaper by the Dozen," "That Old Feeling," "A Family Thing" and "The New Age," among others.

    Jaime King broke into television when she was selected to host MTV's "House of Style." Following a guest-star appearance on "The O.C.," King landed a role on "Kitchen Confidential" and was later cast in a recurring role on the CBS comedy, "The Class." King's feature film roles include "Pearl Harbor," "Blow," "Slackers," "Two for the Money," "White Chicks," "Sin City," "Cheaper By the Dozen 2," as well as the independent features "Pretty Persuasion," "The Tripper," "They Wait," "A Fork in the Road" and "The Pardon." She will be seen next on the big screen in the upcoming films "The Spirit," "My Bloody Valentine" and "Fanboys."

    Ryan Malgarini caught the acting bug observing his grandmother's involvement in show biz. Tagging along one day to be an extra in one of her commercials, he was pulled out of the crowd by the director and wound up featured in the ad. Other commercials followed, including spots for McDonald's and Washington Mutual Savings Bank. Malgarini made his feature film debut in "The United States of Leland" starring opposite Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. Shortly after, other offers kept rolling in and he got to work with another Oscar recipient, Tom Hanks, in "The Polar Express." Other film credits include "Freaky Friday" and "How to Eat Fried Worms."

    Ed Begley Jr. was inspired by his father to become an actor. His father won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1962 film "Sweet Bird of Youth." The big break for Ed Begly Jr. came when he was cast as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running television series "St. Elsewhere," for which he received six Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. Begley's feature film credits include "Pineapple Express," "A Mighty Wind," "Best In Show," "For Your Consideration," "Batman Forever," "The Accidental Tourist," "The In-Laws," and many others. On television, Begley had recurring roles on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "CSI: Miami," for the Network. Additional television credits include "Six Feet Under," "Veronica Mars," "7th Heaven," "Arrested Development" and "Boston Legal."

    Called "dynamic" by the New York Times, San Francisco native Al Madrigal's flair for storytelling has established him as one of the nation's premiere stand-up comedians. He won the "Jury Award for Best Stand-up Comedian" at the 2004 HBO Comedy Festival. He was a regular cast member on the CBS comedy "Welcome to the Captain," and can be seen regularly on television in his own half-hour "Comedy Central Presents" special, as well as frequent guest spots on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

    Kathryn Newton's entrance into show business began at the age of four when she was cast as Colby Chandler on the popular soap opera, "All My Children." It was a recurring role she would end up playing for five years. Newton's other acting credits include the independent films "Bun-Bun" and "Abbie Down East." In addition to television and movies, she has accumulated a long list of commercial and print jobs to add to her resume.

    Pilot Plot:

    #1 Pilot
    Gary's ex-wife has got engaged and he finds himself trying to navigate fatherhood and his own new love interest. The series opens with a scene of Gary and Vanessa in bed. She shows him one of her tattoos. We learn that Gary owns his own painting business and has 2 kids. Allison comes to the house to talk to Gary and the kids. Gary goes to his son's room and has a few funny lines about computers. Gary talks to one of his employees, Dennis, and Vanessa at a job. Back at the house, he talks to Allison and his daughter, Louise. His son, Tommy, has a girl in his room. Dr. Walter Crandall, Gary's former marriage counselor and Allison's new fiancé, has a few words with Gary and Allison. Vanessa visits with her son, Parker. The episode closes with a scene with Gary and Vanessa where they discuss their future plans.

    Written by Ed Yeager
    Directed by James Burrows
    Guest Stars: Ashley Farley as Danielle, Charles Henry Wyson (or Jackson Fox) as Parker

    Analysis:

    Gary Unmarried was originally titled Project Gary. The multi-camera sitcom is filmed in front of a studio audience. The pilot gives us a good introduction to all of the characters and has some funny lines. Jay Mohr returns to a sitcom. You may remember him from the critics' favorite, Action, on Fox about a decade ago. Here he plays your typical sitcom dad. He's in virtually every scene and has the funniest lines in the pilot. One of the best is when his son is talking about a computer game and he says that when he was a kid that they didn't have anything like that and they had outside. Paula Marshall plays his ex-wife, Allison, and appears frequently in the pilot. The chemistry between Jay Mohr and Paula Marshall is evident from the very beginning. Paula Marshall has often been referred to as the female version of Ted McGinley with the shows she has been on not lasting very long. Maybe this will be the right role for her. Jaime King plays Gary's new girlfriend named Vanessa. I enjoyed her on another CBS sitcom, The Class. Larry Miller was originally cast as Allison's new fiancé, but he was replaced by Ed Begley Jr. in the pilot. Larry would have been funny in the part, but maybe they were looking for somebody that looked older and Ed does have the look of a doctor. He's not given a lot in the pilot, but I expect his role to expand in future episodes. He was hilarious on Arrested Development. Ryan Malgarini does a good job as the son who is nervous around girls. Laura Marano was originally cast as the daughter, but she was replaced by Kathryn Newton and they re-taped the scenes. Poor girl was also replaced on Back to You last season. She just has had bad luck and hopefully can find the right role in the future. The pilot I was sent had Laura Marano in it, so I've not seen the reshot scenes with Kathryn Newton.

    Conclusion:

    This sitcom has a lot of promise. It was cast well and the pilot was funny. I also saw the pilot of Worst Week and would give a slight edge to that one because of the physical comedy and sheer wildness of it. Gary Unmarried is the more traditional, multi-camera sitcom. One of the producers also worked on Still Standing, and I can see the similarities between the two. The setup is also similar to the show that is airing right before it, The New Adventures of Old Christine. Will they be a good match? Old Christine has a large female audience, but it will be interesting to see how many stick around for it.

    CBS has tried unsuccessfully to launch a second night of comedy on Wednesdays. The competition will be tough with ABC's Pushing Daisies, NBC's Knight Rider and Fox's Bones. The New Adventures of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried should greatly improve on the ratings of last season's Kid's Nation. The pilot is worth checking out. I wasn't sure how Jay Mohr would play a blue-collar guy with kids, but he manages to pull it off. It will be interesting to see how the character's relationships will play out in future episodes. Ed Begley Jr. was underutilized in the pilot, so I expect to see him more in upcoming episodes. Tune in for the pilot on September 24 and see if you crave "mohr" episodes on Wednesdays at 8:30 ET/PT on CBS.

    Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

    Watchability: 4/5
    Funniness: 3.5/5
    Overall: 3.5/5

    -- Reviewed by Todd on 09/19/08

    Discuss the show after you watch it on Wednesday, September 24 on our message board.

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    Here are our Emmy Awards picks for The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air Sunday (Sept. 21) at 8/7 central on ABC. It will be a night to remember memorable TV moments as the Emmys turn the big 6-0!

    COMEDY SERIES
    Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
    The Office (NBC)
    Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    30 Rock (NBC)
    Entourage (HBO)
    OUR PICK: 30 Rock. I'm pissed no Pushing Daisies.

    DRAMA SERIES
    Lost (ABC)
    House (Fox)
    Damages (FX)
    Boston Legal (ABC)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    Dexter (Showtime)
    OUR PICK: Lost. It so deserves it (sorry Mad Men).

    LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
    Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
    Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
    Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    OUR PICK: Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies. Really anyone can win here but Sheen...one of the toughest calls.

    LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
    America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine (CBS)
    Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
    Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
    OUR PICK: Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? I've got a hunch. It could be Fey or Ferrera though.

    LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
    Hugh Laurie, House (FOX)
    James Spader, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Gabriel Bryne, In Treatment (HBO)
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
    OUR PICK: James Spader, Boston Legal. He wins it every year, but maybe Hamm can win it.

    LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
    Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
    Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
    Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
    OUR PICK: Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters. Going for the two-peat, but can Sedgwick win it?

    SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
    Kevin Dillion, Entourage (HBO)
    John Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)
    OUR PICK: Jeremy Piven, Entourage.

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
    Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Amy Poehler, SNL (NBC)
    Jean Smart, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    OUR PICK: Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies. Olive is hysterical!

    SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
    Zeljko Ivanek, Damages (FX)
    William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
    John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
    Ted Danson, Damages (FX)
    Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
    OUR PICK: Ted Danson, Damages. Wouldn't be surprised if Shatner won it.

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
    Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Candice Bergen, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Diane Wiest, In Treatment (HBO
    OUR PICK: Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy. She was fantastic this year and so deserves it.

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    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    TV's Greatest Sets Recreated at Emmys; New Features at Retroality.TV Include Perfect Strangers Feature

    To help celebrate the Emmy Awards' 60th Anniversary, some of the most iconic sets from television's greatest shows will be recreated on stage at the NOKIA Theatre as part of The 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards, airing live on Sunday, September 21 21 from 8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT on ABC. At certain parts of the ceremony when returning from commercials, viewers will discover some of the most beloved show sets incorporated into the overall Emmy set design. Featured shows will include Desperate Housewives, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, The West Wing and M*A*S*H, among others.

    Author/writer/friend Chris Mann has some very cool new features on his website Retroality.TV, including a nice Q&A RetroZine feature on my other friend -- Linda Kay of PerfectStrangers.TV! Chris asks about a dozen or so questions with very detailed and interesting responses from Linda. Linda of course is a fan of the series since its original run and during the series she ran the fan newsletter P.S. I Love You, so she certainly knows everything about Perfect Strangers and all the behind the scenes stuff. I have some of those newsletters and I must say it is very impressive and well done and as she says in the interview, the cast and crew appreciated it. We've mentioned her website many times before, and the interview talks about her website as well. The website is probably the most interesting TV series website ever because she is loaded with information and multimedia that only she has. Every Tuesday her website is updated, and yes today is Tuesday, so you should check it out today! She has mentioned the interview today. You won't want to miss this new interview feature!
    In other Retroality.TV news, if you haven't seen yet, the new cover story (RetroHot) is an interview with Jaqueline Bisset, where she talks about that wet t-shirt photo! Chris is also excited to get his Quit Yer Kitschin' blog off the ground and among his blog entries include a very fun write-up on TV mushroom heads! Also, coming this week he'll have some Q&A "extras" to share from his Olivia Newton-John cover story interview for Great Health's September issue. He also recently completed interviews with Jacyln Smith and Joyce DeWitt for Great Health magazine, so you'll see something in the near future on those two classic TV stars as well! Chris is also planning to add video and "other fun stuff," as he hints, to the site later this year. Chris was recently on WGN Radio's The Nick Digilio Show for his second appearance talking about his website, you can listen to it online if you missed it. Retroality.TV is the place to be for all classic icons and newsmakers that meet today's reality!

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    Tuesday, September 09, 2008

    ABC Family's 10th Annual 13 Days of Halloween for 2008; Television's Most Memorable Moments Down to Top 20 Finalists

    For the tenth year in a row, ABC Family brings viewers fright-full evenings during its "13 Nights of Halloween" programming event. The ABC Family movie premieres of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III and The Addams Family will join other Halloween themed programming airing the 13 nights leading up to Halloween (October 19-October 31).
    Other movies and specials airing include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, The Witches, Gremlins, The Haunted Mansion, Beetlejuice, Addams Family Values, Casper Meets Wendy, Teen Witch, Hocus Pocus, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, Scooby-Doo Movie, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Clue, Godzilla, Scariest Places on Earth and on Halloween night the classic Poltergeist. You can also catch Halloween episodes of ABC Family's sitcoms such as 8 Simple Rules, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Full House, and others in their respective timeslots.
    Read the full press release.

    Last month we announced that the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (Sept. 21 on ABC) will honor television with the most memorable television moments! Top 40 moments (20 comedy and 20 drama) were posted for viewers to vote on and now it is down to 20! With more than 100,000 votes posted already, television fans have selected their Top 10 Comedic and Top 10 Dramatic moments in the Television Academy's first ever public vote to determine America's number one moment in each category. The voting continues at emmys.abc.com through September 15, and the results will be announced in a special segment on this year's 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards airing live on Sunday, September 21, 8-11pm ET on ABC.
    From the original list of 40 moments as selected by representatives from the Academy, the media and the production company, the list now includes many of television's highest rated moments, as well as some of its most emotional, funny and dramatic scenes.
    From The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show to the entire Cosby Show family singing a Ray Charles song, from hearing the Goodnights on The Waltons to the disappearance of the island on Lost, fans have been able to narrow 40 of "Television’s Most Memorable Moments" down to 20, and finally to viewers' favorite comedic and dramatic moment. The original 40 clips to vote on were chosen by Ken Ehrlich Productions (producers of this year's Emmy Awards), Television Academy leadership and a select group of the nation's top television journalists. Among the shows in the top 20 now are top moments from Ellen, Friends, I Love Lucy, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Dallas, and Roots.
    Vote today if you haven't already!

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    Monday, August 18, 2008

    ION Television September 2008 Schedule; Your Memorable TV Moments At This Year's Emmys

    ION Television announced their Fall 2008 schedule back at their May upfront presentation, but it seems that schedule was just tentative. Boston Legal and M*A*S*H will join the ION September 2008 line-up on Monday, September 8. Boston Legal will air Mondays at 8PM, for now. The reason I say "for now" is because their Fall 2008 schedule actually starts Monday, September 29 and we don't have details on that yet since that is considered October. I do think Boston Legal will air Mon-Wed at 8pm probably by then, but for now it will start off airing Mondays at 8PM starting Sept. 8. The legal drama is entering its last season on ABC, moving to a new night Mondays at 10pm starting Sept. 22.
    As for M*A*S*H, ION Television will launch it also on Sept. 8 airing it weekdays back-to-back at 4:00PM & 4:30PM and on weekends back-to-back at 6:00PM & 6:30PM ET/PT! ER will still air Mon-Wed at 10PM, but it will also air Tuesdays at 8PM and Wednesdays at 8 & 9PM...again, until at least Sept. 29. So, yes ER will air from 8-11pm on Wednesdays. Quantum Leap and The Dead Zone will be off the primetime line-up in this September schedule, but who knows they could return in that Fall October schedule, but I doubt it. Baywatch is off the Saturday line-up and 48 Hours will air on Thursdays at 10PM only now after the Thursday movie, if the movie ends at 10pm. The Drew Carey Show was originally slated to return this Fall, but it now won't. It will air however sometimes after the Thursday movie at 10:30pm, if the movie runs longer than 2 hours.
    Now, ION Television will launch another drama on Sept. 8 airing it Mondays and Tuesdays at 9PM, but they have not announced it yet so I cannot tell you yet. As soon as they announce it, I will post it. But it is a drama similar in style to their other recent acquisitions (Boston Legal, Criminal Minds) but more mainstream than Quantum Leap and The Dead Zone.
    The other slots will remain the same, with Steve Harvey Show airing weekdays 5-6PM, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper airing weekdays 6-7PM, and Family Feud airing Mon-Thurs from 7-8PM. RHI Entertainment is still Fri-Sun from 7-11PM. The Friday qubo block from 2-5pm will now be spread out to an hour each day from 3-4pm on Wed-Fri.
    We will let you know about that new 9PM drama as soon as they announce it and if we get any details on their Fall line-up (that starts Sept. 29). I don't expect many changes then, but probably Boston Legal will air Mon-Wed (or Mon-Thurs) at 8, that new drama Mon-Wed (or Mon-Thurs) at 9, and ER Mon-Wed (or Mon-Thurs) at 10. I think the Thursday movie will be on its way out by then, but not sure. Again, I'll let you all know when it is announced!
    For now, view the ION September 2008 Schedule.

    The most memorable moments in television history will be revealed during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 21, and it's up to voters to decide which bits should take top honors.
    40 "moments" -- 20 dramatic and 20 comedic -- are in the running. Comedy contenders include M*A*S*H, Mork & Mindy, I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Murphy Brown, The Honeymooners, Newhart, Ellen, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Friends, Seinfeld, Sex and the City and The Cosby Show, while Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost, Dallas, Dynasty, Grey's Anatomy, Miami Vice, Moonlighting and The Sopranos are among the drama candidates.
    The television academy and Emmy show producers came up with the competition and the contenders in honor of the 60th annual presentation of the Emmy Awards. Fans can watch clips and vote for their favorite moments online until Sept. 15.
    The top five vote-getters in each category will be presented during the Emmy show on Sunday, Sept. 21 on ABC, and the two winning moments will be revealed just before the year's outstanding drama and comedy series are named.
    So head on to ABC's Most Memorable TV Moments section and vote for your favorites moments!

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    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    60th Annual Emmy Awards Nominations; Summer 2008 TCA Press Tour: ABC, Day 2

    The 60th Annual Emmy Nominations were made just moments ago. Here are the nominees for the main categories:

    BEST COMEDY SERIES
    Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
    The Office
    (NBC)
    Two and a Half Men
    (CBS)
    30 Rock
    (NBC)
    Entourage
    (HBO)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: Pushing Daisies & Ugly Betty. I had them in my predictions, but Curb and Men made it instead.

    BEST COMEDY ACTOR
    Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
    Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
    Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: None. I had this category all right!

    BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
    America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Old Christine (CBS)
    Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds (Showtime)
    Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: Ana Friel. I had her instead of Dreyfus.

    BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
    Kevin Dillion, Entourage (HBO)
    John Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: None. I was all right again.

    BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
    Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Amy Poehler, SNL (NBC)
    Jean Smart, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: Surprising Poehler is in this category and no Jenna Fischer this year.

    BEST DRAMA SERIES
    Lost (ABC)
    House (Fox)
    Damages (FX)
    Boston Legal
    (ABC)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    Dexter (Showtime)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: None really...no Grey's Anatomy though, I had that over Damages.

    BEST DRAMA ACTOR
    Hugh Laurie, House (FOX)
    James Spader, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC)
    Gabriel Bryne, In Treatment (HBO)
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: None, maybe Denis Leary. 6 made it instead of 5.

    BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
    Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
    Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
    Holly Hunter, Saving Grace (TNT)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: None, maybe no Elizabeth Moss of Mad Men. Why Hargitay again?

    BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
    Zeljko Ivanek, Damages (FX)
    William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
    John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
    Ted Danson, Damages (FX)
    Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: None. I had this all right, but I had T.R. Knight instead of Ivanek.

    BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
    Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Candice Bergen, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Diane Wiest, In Treatment (HBO)
    SURPRISE OMISSION: I had this all right except for two...Oh and Wiest were in instead, but that is not a surprise.

    View the full list of nominations by clicking HERE. The 60th Annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 21 at 8pm on ABC.


    Today is day two of the ABC portion of the summer 2008 TCA press tour. More ABC shows will be on the panel today along with ABC Cable Networks such as ABC Family and Disney Channel. But first, I want to say a few things I missed yesterday on day one. Lost will still fulfill its final 48 episode order. Due to the strike this past season, only 14 aired, so ABC is likely to tack on an extra episode for the next two seasons so 48 episodes will be there. Also, this is Zach Braff's final season on Scrubs, no matter if ABC continues it in 2009-10. Braff did say if ABC were to bring it back for a second season on ABC, then he would guest star or direct some episodes.
    Anyway, today up at the panel were the cast and producers of Disney Channel's movie The Cheetah Girls One World, ABC Family's mini-series Samurai Girl, and ABC Daytime's soap opera One Life to Live, celebrating its 40th anniversary. Then after lunch it was all ABC at the panel with a great session with ABC Showrunners Greg Berlanti (Dirty Sexy Money, Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof (Lost), Silvio Horta (Ugly Betty), and Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice). Then after that it was back to shows itself with the stars and producers of Dirty Sexy Money, Private Practice, and Desperate Housewives. Finally, ABC's portion of the TCA tour concludes with the All-Star party with the stars of ABC, Disney Channel, ABC Family and SOAPnet.
    As for some details, ABC Family has ordered 13 more episodes of the hit drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager making its season order to 23. The current batch of episodes will conclude on Sept. 9 and the new batch will air starting in January, possibly with the return of its other hit show Kyle XY for its third season. Samurai Girl is a mini-series for now, but it could be a series in the future...Sept. 5-7 is when this three-part event will air. ABC Family will launch the second season of Greek on Tuesday, Aug. 26 and the third season of Lincoln Heights on Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Disney-ABC first run syndicated series Wizard's First Rule will appear on local stations on weekends starting the weekend of November 1.
    On the Showrunners panel, the big questions were for Shonda Rhimes about Katherine Heigl. No Heigl is not leaving the show. No Heigl is not going to get killed off. And no Shonda didn't think Heigl withdrawing her name out of Emmy contention was a slap to the face to the writers! End of story on that! The media needs to MOVE ON! In Desperate Housewives news from this panel, Marc Cherry said he thought of the idea of the jumping ahead 5 years during a baseball game he attended with Steve McPherson. Lost wise we learned that Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) will indeed appear this season "in some form" without revealing any details. Ugly Betty wise, it is all but confirmed that there will no Henry in the picture for Betty.
    Following that there were panels I mentioned for Dirty Sexy Money, Private Practice and Desperate Housewives. I can't believe some reporter asked Lucy Liu how will it feel turning 40 in January.
    I think that is about all that was noteworthy from today. Stay tuned for CBS tomorrow!

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    Wednesday, July 16, 2008

    Summer 2008 TCA Press Tour: ABC, Day 1; Our Emmy Picks

    ABC is up today and tomorrow at the summer 2008 TCA press tour. Before the panels began, they announced their premiere dates for the Fall:

    Friday, September 19
    10:00-11:00 p.m. 20/20

    Monday, September 22
    8:00-10:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars (special two-hour performance show premiere)
    10:00-11:00 p.m. Boston Legal

    Tuesday, September 23
    8:00-9:00 p.m. Opportunity Knocks (new series debut)
    9:00-11:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars (special performance show)

    Wednesday, September 24
    8:00-9:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars Results Show Special (special day and time)
    9:00-11:00 p.m. David Blaine Special

    Thursday, September 25

    8:00-9:00 p.m. Ugly Betty
    9:00-11:00 p.m. Grey's Anatomy (special two-hour season premiere)

    Sunday, September 28
    7:00-9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (two-hour season premiere)
    9:00-10:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives
    10:00-11:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters

    Tuesday, September 30
    9:00-10:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars Result Show (regular day and time period premiere)

    Wednesday, October 1
    8:00-9:00 p.m. Pushing Daisies
    9:00-10:00 p.m. Private Practice
    10:00-11:00 p.m. Dirty Sexy Money

    Friday, October 3
    8:00-9:00 p.m. Wife Swap
    9:00-10:00 p.m. Supernanny

    Sunday, October 5
    7:00-8:00 p.m. America's Funniest Home Videos
    8:00-9:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (regular time period premiere)

    Monday, October 6
    9:30-10:00 p.m. Samantha Who?

    Thursday, October 9
    9:00-10:00 p.m. Grey's Anatomy (regular time period premiere)
    10:00-11:00 p.m. Life on Mars (new series debut)

    Tuesday, October 14
    10:00-11:00 p.m. Eli Stone

    Couple of notes on the premiere dates...there will be a Presidential Debate on Friday, Sept. 26 (that is why Wife Swap and Supernanny launch Oct. 3) and a Vice Presidential Debate on Thursday, October 2 (so Ugly Betty/Grey's Anatomy will premiere on Sept. 25 then take a week off on Oct. 2 before returning Oct. 9 to help launch Life on Mars). It is unclear still what will air Tuesday at 10pm on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, as Eli Stone won't premiere until October 14.
    Now let's move on to the panels for today. The casts and crews of returning hits and upcoming series will be on hand to talk about their series. After the executive session (we will discuss that below), up at the panel were Eli Stone in the morning, followed by a CMA sponsored lunch (where Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) sang and promoted the special CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock she is hosting Sept. 8 on ABC), then after lunch up on the panel were Life on Mars, Scrubs, Opportunity Knocks, and dinner sponsored by Dancing with the Stars where they got to eat and dance with the likes of Kristi Yamaguchi and Drew Lachey.
    At that executive session we found out that Katie Holmes will guest star on Eli Stone this season playing an attorney. She is slated for the second episode of the season (Oct. 21). And ABC President Stephen McPherson denied the stupid rumors about Katherine Heigl leaving Grey's Anatomy, "...she's absolutely staying with the show. There's an outstanding story for her this season." Earlier, "a reporter from Sarasota, FL" asked McPherson if ABC was 'actively courting' Jay Leno? The reporter was Jimmy Kimmel disguised in a t-shirt and baseball cap! Hilarious! McPherson said, "to me it's a question for NBC. I can't believe they're going to let this guy go at the top of his game." He added that any discussions with Leno would take place with Kimmel's knowledge and involvement, "I can't say enough about Jimmy. His show has just exploded this year."
    Finally in regards to the mid-season in consideration pilots. Due to the strike, most of the shows in consideration if they had gotten picked-up would have launched in the fall, but now all of them are in consideration for mid-season. The pilots have began filming last month and some still have yet to be shot or shooting now. So, if picked-up, ABC will launch them in November, January or March. We will let you know when any gets picked-up.

    Coming up tomorrow is Day 2 for ABC, where more ABC shows go on the panel along with ABC Cable Networks, like ABC Family.

    Today we will give our preview of what we think the nominations for the Emmy's will look like. The real nominations will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) morning on Good Morning America at 8:30am ET, so we will give you those then. But for now...here are our predictions for the main acting categories for the 60th Annual Emmy Awards airing Sept. 22 on ABC:

    BEST COMEDY SERIES
    Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    The Office
    (NBC)
    Ugly Betty
    (ABC)
    30 Rock
    (NBC)
    Entourage
    (HBO)
    MY THOUGHTS: 30 Rock won last year, but Pushing Daisies might win this year. Two and a Half Men, Weeds or Curb Your Enthusiasm could sneak in. It's a shame Desperate Housewives won't get in after a great season.

    BEST COMEDY ACTOR
    Tony Shalhoub, Monk (USA Network)
    Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
    Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
    Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Ricky Gervais won it last year, but who will win it this year? Will the love for Pushing Daisies continue and Lee Pace can win it? Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory could sneak in over Sheen maybe.

    BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
    America Ferrera, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Anna Friel, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    Christina Applegate, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives (ABC)
    Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Ferrera won last year. Mary-Louise Parker or Julia Louis-Dreyfus could sneak in over Cross. Personally I'd have Eva Longoria instead, as she was a riot this season....one of the F's will win, Ferrera, Fey or Friel.

    BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
    Kevin Dillion, Entourage (HBO)
    John Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    Rainn Wilson, The Office (NBC)
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
    Jeremy Piven, Entourage (HBO)
    MY THOUGHTS: Jeremy Piven won it last year. This list will be relatively the same as last year, but I'm surprised Chi McBride of Pushing Daisies will be snubbed...he had the funniest lines.

    BEST SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
    Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty (ABC)
    Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds (Showtime)
    Jean Smart, Samantha Who? (ABC)
    Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies (ABC)
    Jenna Fischer, The Office (NBC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Jamie Pressly won last year but will not be nominated this year. Chenoweth should win this, as her character is hysterical.

    BEST DRAMA SERIES
    Lost (ABC)
    House (Fox)
    Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Boston Legal
    (ABC)
    Mad Men (AMC)
    MY THOUGHTS: With The Sopranos out of the picture, a new winner will emerge this year. Damages could get in this list. Lost deserves to win it.

    BEST DRAMA ACTOR
    Hugh Laurie, House (FOX)
    James Spader, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Denis Leary, Rescue Me (FX)
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
    MY THOUGHTS: James Spader won it last year and will be the favorite once again, but personally I'd want Dempsey. Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights or Jon Hamm of Mad Men could make this cut, too. Matthew Fox deserves to be on this, but won't.

    BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
    Glenn Close, Damages (FX)
    Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT)
    Minnie Driver, The Riches (FX)
    Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Sally Field won it last year and will win it again I bet. Past nominees like Patricia Arquette and Mariska Hargitay could make the cut, but sadly Evangeline Lilly and Ellen Pompeo won't. Why do they keep going for cable stars instead of broadcast?

    BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTOR
    T.R. Knight, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    William Shatner, Boston Legal (ABC)
    John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)
    Ted Danson, Damages (FX)
    Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC)
    MY THOUGHTS: Terry O'Quinn won it last year but it looks like he won't even make it this year, which is crazy. Naveen Andrews can sneak in this list I think, but I don't have him in the top 5. Danson, Shatner or Emerson are my bets for the win.

    BEST SUPPORTING DRAMA ACTRESS
    Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
    Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
    Candice Bergen, Boston Legal (ABC)
    Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
    Rose Byrne, Damages (FX)
    MY THOUGHTS: Katherine Heigl won it last year, but she removed herself from the running this season. I would have had Yunjin Kim in this race as she was excellent in the Lost season finale. Sandra Oh could sneak in. It's anyone's game as far as a winner is concerned, but give it to Chandra!

    Nominations are announced tomorrow morning. Come on back here and we will give you the official nominations and you can compare those to our picks!

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