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Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: 'New Girl,' 'X Factor,' The Future Of 'Breaking In'

August 8th, 2011 8:00am EDT
TCA 2011
It's been seven months since the last Television Critics Association presentation - so now it's time for new buzz. I returned to the front row to catch up with the happenings at FOX and sister network FX. In this first part of my TCA blog, we meet New Girl and The X Factor, the FOX executive session sheds some light on House, Fringe and the Glee spinoff rumors, and I try not to faint.

There's always a surprise or two at these events, and mine happened right off the bat. FOX hosted a breakfast themed around its trio of Gordon Ramsay cooking shows (Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and Ma...
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TV Cancellations, Renewals And Shocks, Oh My!

May 14th, 2011 3:04pm EDT
The Event
They’re goin’ down like flies.

This week, FOX tear-gassed its on-the-bubble shows, and NBC and ABC have taken similar approaches. Either pilot season has produced some very promising material, or the networks are getting violent. Either way, there are a lot of casualties.

Let’s start with the good news: Among shows in trouble, NBC’s ‘Chuck’ has been renewed for one more season, but the caveat is that it’s just one more season, and a 13-episode one at that. Still, it’ll provide plenty of closure for fans. NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ was also granted another wish from the network’s genie, with i...
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Anatomy Of A TV Season: The Hits & Misses

April 15th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Kathy Bates
It’s almost May Sweeps, and season finales will be upon us faster than the networks can cancel soaps. Let’s break it down, network by network, of what succeeded – and what flopped – this TV season.

NBC

Let’s start with the weakest network. After the ‘Jay Leno Show’ debacle last season, NBC is still scrambling to find original programming that will net decent ratings.

‘Law & Order: Los Angeles’ has proved a disappointment, as evidenced by its massive overhaul and return to floundering ratings. The comedy ‘Outsourced’ is on the bubble, and shows such as ‘Chase’ and ‘Undercovers’ bombed ...
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Christian Slater Owns Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise Chair

April 7th, 2011 8:55am EDT
Christian Slater
Christian Slater has revealed he actually owns Captain Kirk's Starship Enterprise chair from the original "Star Trek" series.

The star's character in new TV drama "Breaking In" owns the chair on the show, but Slater admits the prop department didn't have to look far for the iconic piece of furniture - it belongs to him.

And the actor insists the item has an odd power attached to it.

He explains, "It definitely does have an iconic kind of vibe to it. Adam Sandler came to visit the set because he's a producer of the show... and I took him right into the office, where the chair is and I sai...
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Christian Slater & Billy Joel Form Impromptu Lounge Act

April 6th, 2011 10:16pm EDT
Christian Slater
Christian Slater and Billy Joel formed a new lounge double act during a recent vacation after becoming celebrity friends.

The actor had been performing Frank Sinatra numbers and standards with the house pianist in the remote restaurant he frequented when he discovered Joel had sailed his boat into port and set about befriending the Piano Man.

Slater turned island tour guide for Joel and his girlfriend and the musician showed his new pal around his luxury yacht.

But they really gelled at the restaurant after a ballsy Billy Joel fan challenged the rocker to play for diners.

Slater recalls...
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'Breaking In' On Fox - Exclusive Preview And Chance To Win!

March 30th, 2011 3:58pm EDT
Breaking In
Breaking In stars Christian Slater in an offbeat half-hour workplace comedy for FOX about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell its protection services. Created by Adam F. Goldberg and Seth Gordon, the series centers on a team of uniquely skilled oddball geniuses hand-picked to work for a manipulative mastermind.

Contra Security, corporate America’s answer to “The A-Team,” gives clients a sense of security by first ripping it away. The firm is led by OZ (Slater), a larger-than-life head honcho who is a man of mystery and master of manipula...
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