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The Top 10 TV Shows That Should Be Brought Back, Rebooted Or Just Re-Run

10/5/2012 3:07pm EDT
Miami Vice
TV remakes are either hit-or-miss, but with hollywood lacking many new ideas (seems like every other show is a crime drama or takes place in a hospital these days) we've thought of a few classic shows that we think would make the cut and stick around for a while -- if they're done correctly.

There are a number of old shows from the 70s and 80s that have been brought back in recent years, some with all new casts and edgier than their predecessors, and others featuring some of the original cast members. Others were revamped entirely, and some casting decisions killed a couple before they wer...

Review: 'Haywire' Apt Title For Shaky Action Flick

1/20/2012 11:00am EST
Haywire is an apt title for a film that comes across more as a work in progress than a finished product.

In its promotional spots, the flick seems like another of the tried-and-true "action hero goes on a rampage to right a wrong" films, and there's nothing wrong with that. Many enjoyable movies have come out of that mold. But Haywire bills itself as having "reinvited the espionage thriller" in its production notes. It doesn't just want to be a popcorn flick, but also something more mysterious, and it doesn't succeed in either category.

Mixed martial artist and former American Gl...

Upcoming Star To Watch: Gina Carano

7/26/2011 11:00am EDT
Gina Carano
Fans of mixed martial arts and those who watched the return of American Gladiators know who Gina Carano is. She holds a 7-1 record in the ring and starred as "Crush" in the short-lived remake of the athletic game show. Now, she's ready to make an impact in Hollywood when she stars in Haywire.

Gina Carano stars as a secret agent double-crossed - isn't that always the case? She needs to protect her family while dealing with her former partners. The movie has a grand ensemble cast: Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, and Channing Tatum.

Gina was #16 on Maxim's ...

Slapstick, Innuendo: 'Wipeout' Season 3 Special Premiere

6/2/2010 8:27am EDT
The summer television season is upon us, and the networks are poised with their watered-down, budget-saving reality fare. And with barbecues beckoning, viewers' attention spans are especially short, dropping programming to the lowest common denominator. In other words, ABC's popular "Wipeout."

The game show entered its third season Tuesday night, kicking off with a special "Blind Date" edition, matching male and female strangers to navigate an obstacle course as a team. After several elimination rounds and bone-crunching face plants, one couple remained to claim the $100,000 grand prize...

Reality TV Just Got A Whole Lot… Realer

7/15/2008 6:30pm EDT
Reality Bites Back
Tune-in and get ready for the ultimate Reality TV satire! Comedy Central presents its first unscripted competition series, "Reality Bites Back," where ten comedians will vie for supremacy in weekly parodies of the most notorious reality shows around! The challenges may be absurd, but the gameplay is real and each week one unlucky comic will find him or herself booted off the program by our gleefully sadistic host, Michael Ian Black. The last one, er, "standing" will be crowned Lord of All Reality and receive a 50,000 dollar cash prize. Viewers won't want to miss the series premiere of "...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

7/7/2008 9:16am EDT
Enrico Colantoni
Monday, July 7

The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 8 p.m.) - Penny must nurse a sick Sheldon in this rerun.

The Middleman (ABC Family, 10 p.m.) - Wendy and the Middleman stumble upon a subculture of exiled aliens addicted to plastic surgery. Hey, it's not easy being green.

Weeds (Showtime, 10 p.m.) - Doug finally joins the Botwins in Ren Mar, while Nancy asks Andy to join her on a little trip south of the border. Seven days of mourning sure does make Nancy antsy.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.) - Belle does a lot of things in the bedroom, but there may be someth...

Summer TV Preview: ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox

5/28/2008 9:43am EDT
Memorial Day has come and gone, and with its passing the summer of 2008 has (unofficially) begun. It wasn't so many years ago that the summer quarter was little more than an exercise in futility for the networks. They figured that no one would want to stay indoors on beautiful summer evenings to watch original programming, so they instead filled the schedule with repeats of shows that weren't interesting the first time around. Occasionally, viewers were treated to the burn-off episodes of a failed (and swiftly canceled) offering from the prior season. Yippee.

That all changed a few...

'Nashville Star' Makes Its Network Debut June 9 On NBC

5/25/2008 10:30am EDT
Nashville Star
The sixth season of Nashville Star will premiere on NBC Monday, June 9 (9:30-11 p.m. ET) followed by 90-minute live episodes each week.

This year, the longest running cable reality competition series moves into the spotlight on NBC. With a bigger stage to play, the expectations become higher and the competition tougher as each contestant will turn to the celebrity panel that will not only judge them during the live shows, but will also provide a unique mentoring aspect to the series.

Host Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") will join country music star, singer-songwriter and ac...

'American Gladiators' Recap: Season 2 Premiere!

5/13/2008 3:24pm EDT
Titan of American Gladiators
"American Gladiators" is back and bigger than ever for its second season. NBC hammered this idea home with the new intro, which featured huge versions of the Gladiators taking on faceless challengers as they towered over metropolises. The events were bigger, the new gladiators were better – NBC is ready to kick the series into a higher gear.

Monday night’s premiere was two episodes wrapped into one, just like last year’s premiere. They teased some of the new events and Gladiators after the opening (Atlasphere is back! However, it was nowhere to be seen in full form last night). Randy; ...

New Events & Gladiators To Make 'American Gladiators' Bigger & Badder

5/6/2008 9:48am EDT
American Gladiators
NBC has unveiled three of the all-new American Gladiators who will join the team of existing warriors to take on 40 new fierce competitors when the iconic competition show returns Monday, May 12 from 8-10pm E.T/P.T. Three new unstoppable Gladiators make their debut in the premiere episode.

In addition to the new Gladiators, an all-new state-of-the-art Gladiator Arena hosts a second season filled with both new and classic events. The LA Sports Arena has been equipped for events that are bigger and more intimidating then ever before. A new pool that holds over 200,000 gallons of water, a...

NBC Takes A Chance With 2008-09 Schedule, Year-Round Programming

4/3/2008 8:36am EDT
You've got to hand it to NBC. The once mighty network has been reduced to a perennial loser, regularly coming in behind the rest of the Big Four in every conceivable metric. So instead of trying in vain to come from behind in a game being dominated by CBS and Fox, NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman and company are taking a different approach. They are changing the way the game is played.

Already breaking from convention (by unveiling their new schedule six weeks before the traditional upfront presentations), the hardworking folks at NBC proved that they sincerely meant it when they said ...

Low Times Mean Good Times With Andy Kindler, Part 2

4/1/2008 2:18pm EDT
Andy Kindler
Where we last left off with Andy Kindler... Okay, I know three verses to "Philadelphia Freedom" and that’s all I know about Philadelphia. "Philadelphia Freedom, I love you. Yes, I do." Do you want to hear my other Philadelphia joke?


Philadelphia? Nice cream cheese.

I’m liking it.

Alright, I just want to let people know. A lot of people are wondering, “If I invite Andy to my small po-dunk town will he be able to do jokes about my town, specifically?”

The answer is yes.

Yes, name any city in the country and I’ll do a joke about it. Any city.



'American Gladiators' - Season Finale

2/18/2008 11:50am EST
Titan of American Gladiators
Last night was the two-hour season finale of 'American Gladiators,' the competition that would finally decide the two grand champions. As previously thought, the two definite favorites pulled through and won the $100,000 grand prize and the chance to become a Gladiator next season, which begins this Summer.

This time around, there was more insight into the competitors and their life at home. Everyone in their perspective home towns greeted the contenders as they came home, and then there was an explanation of how their accomplishments on TV affected them thus far. We weren't really giv...

'American Gladiators' Recap: Venus Was Not Aligned

2/12/2008 11:09am EST
American Gladiators
After last night’s penultimate episode of 'American Gladiators,' we have the finals set for Sunday’s two-hour episode. It’s been a long and rough road for both the competitors and gladiators, and last night’s group of Andy, Alex, Venus, and Monica was no exception. As with last week, the competition is longer than in the preliminary rounds – five events before the Eliminator instead of the usual four. Who will succeed and take one step closer to their dreams of glory?

For Andy (the preacher that replaced the Jewish shark hunter) and Alex (the high school teacher and wrestling coach),...

'American Gladiators' Recap: Cry Me A River

2/5/2008 1:23pm EST
American Gladiators
Last night we were treated to a special hour-and-a-half episode of 'American Gladiators.' To my knowledge, this was not divulged beforehand, so I had to scramble and make sure 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' was being recorded for later since I would be missing the first half of it.

Anyway, this was the first episode of the tournament – so no new sob stories and hopefully a better performance in the events. This is what was delivered for the most part, although one female contestant went out of her way to make sure there were plenty of tears to go around.

The men's si...

'American Gladiators' Recap: The Final 8 Is Set

1/29/2008 3:08pm EST
American Gladiators
Last night’s episode of 'American Gladiators' was the final group of contestants before the Final 8 tournament began, and once more we were treated to a pair of unlikeable contestants. However, we did get to see a contestant get past the crossbow in Assault as well as the weakest Eliminator showing by far.

First, the women. Kim is a young, svelte New York Knicks cheerleader that is 5'3' and weighed in at 116 pounds, if that. Toni, on the other hand, is in her late 40s and is generally the gym teacher from hell. A former Marine and original American Gladiators contestant, she seems in...

Do You Have What It Takes To Be An American Gladiator Or Contender?

1/25/2008 10:16am EST
American Gladiators
The producers of NBC's hit series "American Gladiators" are searching for potential contenders and Gladiators for season two of the high-octane hit series. The casting calls will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, Denver, Austin and Chicago on Feb. 2 and Scottsdale, New York City and Orlando on Feb. 9.

"To all those gladiator-maniacs out there we are looking for strong, determined individuals from all walks of life who have a lot of heart and soul, said Hulk Hogan, host of 'American Gladiators.' If you think you have what it takes we look forward to seeing you bring the heat – broth...

'American Gladiators' Episode 5: Assault Gets Easier, Luck Of The Draw

1/22/2008 11:30am EST
American Gladiators
Last night on "American Gladiators" it became very apparent that the past contestants have learned from the mistakes of those that came before them. Armed with the advantage of knowledge, we saw some of the most spectacular performances to date out of the men - and the weakest from the women.

There is no explanation about how contestants are paired - most likely it’s random, but last night we had two great male competitors going at it. Evan was a youth athletic instructor who teaches rock climbing as a hobby, and Son was a fireman that’s been in the profession for 14 years (if you gues...

'American Gladiators': Broken Leg, Laila Improves, Hellga Gets Launched

1/15/2008 10:28am EST
American Gladiators
Last week’s big tease paid off immediately on last night’s "American Gladiators." Adam Levin, a shark hunter that goes by the nickname "Hebrew Hammer," only lasted a few seconds into Powerball before his leg was broken by Mayhem. Adam actually tried to get up and score another point, with Toa trying to nudge him away without hurting him even more. We were then treated to a cheesy moment with Titan making sure he was okay. Adam said Titan was the reason he started lifting, and Titan exclaimed, "This is a true warrior, a true American Gladiator!" Amusingly, Adam’s opponent Sharaud scored as m...

NBC Picks Up 'American Gladiators' For A Second Season

1/15/2008 9:14am EST
American Gladiators
NBC has picked up a second season of the hit competition series "American Gladiators" (Mondays, 8-9 p.m. ET) it was announced by Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment.

Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali host the iconic competition series, which returned with a fresh modern reinvention for the 21st century. Using splashy twists including special effects, water skills and the latest technology, the classic games have been upgraded with even higher thrills, impact, energy and spectacle.

Celebrating the everyday, true Ameri...

Five Television Remakes We'd Like To See, But Probably Won't

1/14/2008 4:27pm EST
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
Ahh, the remake. The feelings that are evoked when you hear that your favorite program from yesteryear is being re-thought, re-vamped and re-launched for the new generation are hard to describe. Sure, remakes are almost inevitably likely to fail, but so what? That doesn't make their possibility any less tantalizing.

TV remakes don't happen often, although when they do they tend to come in waves. The crest of the latest remake wave seems to be ominously hovering right over our heads as recent launches of "Bionic Woman," "American Gladiators" and the soon-to-be debuting "Knight Ride...

'American Gladiators' Episode 3: Who's The Play-By-Play? Where Are the Time Penalties?

1/8/2008 11:47am EST
American Gladiators
With Sunday night's premiere consisting of the first two episodes, the first showing of "American Gladiators" at its normal time is technically the third of the season. Last night's episode was exhilarating, but it brought up more growing pains the show is having.

Last night, a large man named Jeff that went by the nickname "Big Country" faced off against Adonis. I mentioned Adonis’ story in the preview; he was the first in his family to graduate from college and is an engineer at Boeing. He has also let the mythical status of his name go to his ego because he was talking trash all nig...

'American Gladiators' Recap: 2-Hour Premiere Special

1/7/2008 11:27am EST
American Gladiators
The 'American Gladiators' premiere certainly started ominously last night. Starting off with a bang, the first event was Powerball, one of the most physical competitions on the show. But before the two female contestants went against the Gladiators, viewers were treated to some sappy mini-bios.

Jessie’s was an egregious tale of how she got divorced, is a mother of three, and makes a living as a toilet paper salesman – that’s got to be the most difficult hard sell in the industry. Anyway, after she pined on about how the $100,000 prize would change her life, the Gladiator "Stealth" end...

Preview: 'American Gladiators'

1/4/2008 3:22pm EST
Hulk Hogan
"American Gladiators" is back! Few children of the 80s and 90s can forget the excitement of Assault and dreaming of the chance to get behind that sweet tennis ball launcher and try to gun down the scampering challenger. But will the new version be any good? Will it bastardize the memorable series? Let’s take a look at what to expect this Sunday.

The Gladiators:

They are the backbone of the show. Athletes struggling with their on-screen personas won’t be tolerated this time around, so it will be very interesting to see what type of characters are brought to the table.