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Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May Not Work

May 15th, 2014 2:40pm EDT
Fall TV 2014: A Night By Night Comparison Of What May And May No
Now that all the big networks have revealed what they’ll be showing us this fall, let’s take a look at what may or may not work.

SUNDAY:

ABC is essentially playing it safe, and keeping Sunday Night intact. American Crime will swap for Resurrection at midseason. Resurrection was a buzzy drama that started seeing a ratings decline. Not waiting till midseason is probably a smart move. You don’t want to lose any more audience. It’s not a winning strategy, but ABC just doesn’t want to be in last place.

NBC has football, another super safe move. CBS is shaking things up, banishing Amazing Race...
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Check Out 'The Middle: The Complete Fourth Season,' On DVD Feb. 25

February 24th, 2014 6:35am EST
The Middle
In season four of The Middle, the Hecks once again bring the laughs from the heartland. Frankie (Emmyr winner Patricia Heaton) continues to struggle selling cars at the only dealer left in town, but an unexpected turn of events may force her to reevaluate her career path.

Meanwhile, Mike (Neil Flynn) has made it his mission to ensure sloth-like son Axl gets a football scholarship so he can get into college next year. Sue finds herself not only navigating high school, but also the Indiana roads by finally (she hopes!) getting her driver`s license.

With all the crazy happenings, it`s no w...
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2013 Fall TV Season: What Will Be The Second Cancellation?

October 8th, 2013 6:00pm EDT
Ironside
NBC- The Voice is still doing good numbers on Monday/Tuesday. The Blacklist is winning its timeslot, and was the first show (technically) to be rewarded with a back-nine pickup. Chicago Fire is also doing solid numbers on Tuesday. Revolution needs to regain some audience members if it wants a second season. With the success of The Blacklist, and Chicago Fire doing OK, Revolution is looking to be one of NBC’s weaker points right now. I can’t see it not running the full second season, but it might not get a third. Also, Ironside is definitely going to get cancelled. The premiere was so low, a...
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2013 Fall TV Preview: The Returning Shows On ABC

September 3rd, 2013 11:46am EDT
Modern Family
Welcome to Week 2 of the 2013 Fall TV Preview. ABC kicks things off for the third year in a row. I wrote about the critics disdain for ABC president Paul Lee last week, but they acknowledge ABC's success with its veteran shows. Revenge and Once Upon A Time enter season three this month. Grey's Anatomy is entering its tenth season. Castle's on season six. The Neighbors and Nashville got a second season. ABC struggles to develop and maintain new shows. I don't know why. How futile is network analysis with the growth of streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix? Network analysis is interesti...
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'Breaking Bad' & 'The Big Bang Theory' Rule Critics' Choice Television Awards - See Photos & Winners

June 11th, 2013 9:09am EDT
Kaley Cuoco
"Breaking Bad" and "The Big Bang Theory" won big at Monday night's Critics' Choice Television Awards, winning Best Drama Series and Best Comedy Series, respectively.  "Game Of Thrones" was also crowned best drama, sharing the title with the AMC series.

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, who plays drug-dealing chemistry teacher Walter White, won the Best Actor in a Drama Series trophy. Tatiana Maslany won Best Actress in a Drama for her role in BBC's sci-fi hit "Orphan Black."

"Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco (pictured above) won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, sharing the accolade...
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A Few Minutes With... John Gammon of ABC's 'The Middle'

September 26th, 2012 11:15am EDT
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ABC's The Middle has won over audiences with the Heck family's middle-class, Midwestern slice of life. Surrounding the Hecks in their fictional home of Orson, Indiana are plenty of other folks who are allegedly average yet just a bit quirky. I recently caught up with John Gammon, who plays Axl Heck's teammate and friend Darrin, to ask him about what he'd like to see for his recurring role and what else may be in his future.

"I like the show so much that whatever I'm doing, if they give me a call, I'm going to drop it," said Gammon, who told me he doesn't yet know how many episode...
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2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...
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Whoopi Goldberg To Guest Star On 'The Middle'

March 5th, 2012 2:39pm EST
Whoopi Goldberg
Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg has landed a guest spot on hit TV comedy The Middle after cornering star Patricia Heaton to ask for a role.

Goldberg recently interviewed Heaton on hit talk show The View, on which she is a co-host, and she took advantage of the opportunity to campaign for a cameo on one of her favorite programs.

Heaton took the request to the show's producers - and they created a character especially for Goldberg.

The Ghost actress took a break from The View to film The Middle last week, and she's delighted to have scored the job.

Explaining her absence on the daytime t...
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New Boyfriends And Mind Control Coming Up On 'Happy Endings'

January 11th, 2012 3:42pm EST
Happy Endings ABC
Happy Endings producers Jonathan Groff and David Caspe joined their colleagues at Modern Family, Suburgatory and The Middle for a panel of ABC Comedy Show Runners for the Television Critics Association. Pulling Groff and Caspe aside at ABC’s evening party, they revealed a few funny tidbits about upcoming episodes of the show.

“Max gets a boyfriend,” Caspe said. “He runs into the guy he used to date that broke up with him on Valentine’s Day. He runs into him on Valentine’s Day so that should be fun. Dave struggles with a very weird addiction to a certain type of clothing.”

Another future s...
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Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

September 6th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...
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ABC Announces New & Returning Shows For 2011-12

May 17th, 2011 1:54pm EDT
Body Of Proof
New series for ABC's 2011-12 season are "Apartment 23," "Charlie's Angels," "Good Christian Belles," "Last Man Standing," "Man Up," "Missing," "Once Upon a Time," "Pan Am," "Revenge," "The River," "Scandal," "Suburgatory" and "Work It."

"America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "Body of Proof," "Dancing with the Stars," "Desperate Housewives," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Happy Endings," "Secret Millionaire," "Shark Tank" and "20/20" join previously announced returning series "Castle," "Cougar Town," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Middle," "Modern Family" and "Private Practice." "Sat...
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ABC Announces Finale Dates

March 22nd, 2011 4:52pm EDT
Ellen Pompeo and Teri Hatcher | Photo Credits: ABC
ABC has announced its finale dates that include a two-hour episode of Desperate Housewives and a one-hour episode of Cougar Town.

Fall 2011 TV scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?

Check out ABC's full list of season finales:

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Other Links From TVGuide.com

Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Dancing with the Stars, Grey's AnatomyAmerica's Funniest Home Videos, Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice, Wipeout, Castle, Cougar Town, The Middle, Shark Tank, Modern Family, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Better With You
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Ratings: Over 10 Million Viewers Check Out 'Mr. Sunshine'

February 11th, 2011 9:46am EST
Matthew Perry  | Photo Credits: Adam Larkey/ABC
How many friends does Chandler still have? Well, it turns out Matthew Perry had nearly 10.6 million who checked out the premiere of his new series, Mr. Sunshine.

Taking the timeslot (9:30/8:30c) usually occupied by fellow Friends alum Courteney Cox's sitcom, his show greatly improved on her numbers; last week, Cougar Town got 6.6 million. The last time ABC did so well during that half-hour was...

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Other Links From TVGuide.com

American Idol, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Criminal Minds, Human Target, Cougar Town, The Middle, Vampire Di...
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ABC Renews Six Shows For Next Season

January 11th, 2011 9:45am EST
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In an early vote of confidence, ABC renewed six series for next season. None of the choices is particularly surprising since none were on the bubble. The shows are:

‘Grey’s Anatomy’

‘Cougar Town’

‘Private Practice’

‘Modern Family’

‘The Middle’

‘Castle’

Missing from the list? ‘Desperate Housewives,’ said to be held up by contract negotiations, but expect it to be back. Any series not on this list does not mean ABC will not renew it; the network has until May to make final decisions, and sometimes it goes down to the wire. Stay tuned.
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'The Middle' Recap: 'Errand Boy'

November 18th, 2010 11:08am EST
The Middle
This week on "The Middle," Brick's arguing his case to staying home alone, even though Frankie thinks he's too scatter-brained to be granted the privilege.

"You know how distracted he gets," she tells Mike in bed. "That reminds me, he ate another Band-Aid this morning."

"One of ours or one he found?" Mike asks.

Brick wants to stay home because he dreads being Frankie's "errand boy," which involves being dragged around from one menial task to another, like choosing which shade of blue fabric Frankie should buy, or hooking her bra in the dressing room.

Mike's got his own problem to dea...
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Patrica Heaton Confesses She's Done A Little Nip & Tuck

November 4th, 2010 8:40am EDT
Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton has admitted to getting a little subtle plastic surgery.

"The Middle" star explained, "I do stuff. I'm not gonna look like a freak or blow my lips up or all that crazy stuff, but you've got to maintain a little bit."

With so many actresses denying it, it's refreshing to see one admitting it! What do you think?

Click for more great Patricia Heaton pictures:
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'The Middle' Recap: Episode 6, 'Halloween'

October 28th, 2010 9:45am EDT
The Middle Halloween episode
It's Halloween on "The Middle" this week, which means Frankie's dragging Mike to a neighborhood costume party. The problem? A mix of stodgy and too-cool-for-school, Mike refuses to dress up and look like an idiot.

Axl and his buddies, meanwhile, are planning to drive a bunch of dates out to a haunted house, hoping to cash in on their fear, lending a shoulder to cry on and cozy up to.

Finally, Sue -- who's wearing her cross-country hoodie and lavender jeans for a sixth consecutive episode -- failed to nab a date for the school's Halloween dance, and is now forced to attend the holy hayr...
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'The Middle' Recap: Episode 5, 'Foreign Exchange'

October 21st, 2010 3:47pm EDT
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"We'd love to, but we're so busy with... recycling, and everything," Frankie explains to a friend at church, who encourages Frankie to participate in a foreign exchange program, in which the Hecks would host a student from Japan.

But with Axl and Sue going at each other like coked-out hyenas, Frankie eventually thinks that the program would teach her children the importance of tolerance and cooperation.

"Is there a catalogue we can look at?" Axl asks, hoping the student is a hot blonde from Scandinavia.

Frankie tells the family they're going to be ambassadors, and that the Japanese stud...
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'The Middle' Recap: 'The Quarry'

October 14th, 2010 8:10am EDT
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"Apparently the half box of donuts I stole from work wasn't enough," Frankie gripes, complaining how one of her duties as a cross-country mom is to bring healthy snacks for the athletes.

It's this sour attitude that kicks off this week's episode of "The Middle," and it's what caused Frankie to pray at church that cross-country would get cut at the upcoming school budget meeting. Although it's the sole extracurricular daughter Sue has successfully joined (she's been wearing her team hoodie non-stop for four episodes), Frankie's bitter about having to thanklessly prepare signs, make food an...
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'The Middle' Recap: Homecoming Comes But Once A Year

September 30th, 2010 9:56am EDT
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Life in American suburbia -- how do we define it? By the subdivision block parties every summer? By backyard barbecues? By housewives getting sloshed on wine coolers every third Tuesday, under the pretense of a "book club"? Wednesday night, "The Middle" tackled high school homecoming. Its football games and parades make the annual event a big deal "here in 'the middle,'" Hoosier mom Frankie tells us.

Her oldest kid Axl's made his high school's varsity football team, which means Mike and Frankie get to walk him across the field in a pre-game homecoming ceremony. Frankie sees it as her...
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Poplopedia: ABC Is The Go-To Network This Fall For Exciting New And Returning Shows

September 24th, 2010 12:30pm EDT
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We’ve got some good news, some bad news and some greater news. The bad news is that summer is over although you’ve probably realized that already. The good news is that fall brings with it a bevy of new television programs to entertain us while we are stuck inside, hiding out from the nippy weather.

The greater news is that ABC has an exciting fall line-up of new and returning series that are not only entertaining, but are definitely must-see TV. With a few new shows that will cater to the reality television lovers and the scripted drama adoreres (courtesy of documentary style filming), gi...
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Recap: 'The Middle' Season 2 Premiere

September 23rd, 2010 12:18am EDT
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"The Middle," which follows the antics of the quirky Heck family in Indiana, entered its second season on ABC Wednesday night. It also marked the show's first guest star of the season: Doris Roberts. Yup, the mom from "Everybody Loves Raymond." She reunited with "Middle" lead and "Raymond" star Patricia Heaton, playing the teacher of youngest child and strange, whispering savant, Brick (named after the Indianapolis Brickyard).

It's the first day of school, and the Hecks' morning ritual is spiraling into cereal-spilling, teeth-brushing, "shut up"-flinging bedlam. Axl's barel...
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Check Out 'The Middle: The Complete First Season' On DVD Aug. 31

August 29th, 2010 7:07am EDT
The Middle
The slapstick sitcom "The Middle" is about a working-class family in the U.S. heartland. It follows the daily strife of frazzled mom Frankie (Patricia Heaton) as she tries to balance the demands of her job at a car dealership with those at home with her husband and their three kids, including youngest son Brick, whose unusual behavior makes him an outcast at school.

Frankie Heck is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero - but sometimes it seems to Frankie as though getting her kids out the door for school every morning is a superheroic act.

Middle aged, middle class and living in...
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When Does Your Favorite TV Show Return?

August 21st, 2010 11:05am EDT
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There are a lot of TV shows returning and premering in the fall. Start making room on your DVR now because there are many can't-miss series on the boob tube.

I spent hours last weekend clearing out tons of space on my DVR. I know it can be a chore, but it's so refreshing afterwards! (Did that sound like a body wash commercial to anyone else?)

Check out the list for your favorite shows, mark your calendars and get ready for a long winter with some great TV.

Shows marked with an asterisk (*) are new and all times are ET/PT.

Tuesday, Sept. 7
Sons of Anarchy (FX), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sep...
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2010-11 TV Lineup

May 20th, 2010 9:05am EDT
2010 Fall TV Lineup
The big networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox & CW) unveiled their schedules for the 2010-11 season this week at their various upfront presentations. Several shows were canceled (such as "Heroes," "Ghost Whisperer" & "Law & Order"), while many new series were added to the lineup ("Hawaii Five-O" & "The Event.")

Check out the schedule to see if your favorite shows made the cut and to find out which new series are coming your way:

FOX

MONDAY
8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar (new)

TUESDAY
8 p.m. Glee
9 p.m. Raising Hope (new)
9:30 p.m. Running Wilde (new)

WEDNESDAY
8 p.m. Lie to Me
9 p.m. Hell's Kitch...
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Top 5 TV, May 16-22: 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Glee' & More

May 17th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
One Tree Hill
Viewers will be in season finale/series finale overload during the next two weeks. The season finales of "Desperate Housewives" and "Survivor" kicked things off last night, and it is only going to get better from here, starting with the possible series finale of a favorite CW drama.

"One Tree Hill" - Monday, CW

The seventh season finale of "One Tree Hill" airs tonight, yet viewers are still waiting to hear whether the episode will serve only as the seventh season finale or also as the show's series finale. Fans have been hanging by a thread for months now, but they haven't been sitting q...
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Stars Of 'The Middle' Celebrate Mother's Day

May 8th, 2010 8:27am EDT
The Middle
The Middle shows an all-American family, the Hecks, and finds humor in the daily struggles every family faces. This weekend, the stars of the show plan to celebrate Mother’s Day with their real families.

Patricia Heaton will be the real working mom who holds the family together. “My kids, if they even remember it I’m lucky so I’m going to make some plans for myself,” she said. “We’ll probably go out to eat. Tomorrow I’m going to go to a store and pick out something nice for myself and have them come get it and wrap it up for me.”

Even though Neil Flynn is not married and does not have chi...
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Why You Should Be Watching 'The Middle'

March 10th, 2010 10:30am EST
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Contrary to modern belief, the sitcom (or “comedy” for those born after 1995) has not been derailed. Yes, that little thing called reality TV has made networks almost forget about that television genre that made the ‘80s, and part of the ‘90s, so great. But, fret not. Networks haven’t completely forgot about sitcoms.

With new favorites like Modern Family and Glee and older favorites like How I Met Your Mother and The Simpsons dominating the ratings, there’s the little-show-that-could called The Middle that may have slipped off the radar.

Set in the small fictional town of Orson, Indiana, ...
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New Fall TV: Keep It Or Kill It

October 21st, 2009 10:41am EDT
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It's that time of year. You've checked out the new shows and by now you know if you love them or hate them. Networks are either ordering additional episodes of their fledgling series or quietly letting them burn off until nobody notices they are gone. And some networks stayed cautiously conservative by looking back to previous television icons and failing miserably (we are talking to you, NBC).

Check out the crop of new series and whether we think they should stay on the air or be put out of their misery. Let us know if you agree!

ABC

FlashForward - Keep it

ABC took a gamble o...
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Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?

MAJOR NETWORKS

ABC: B

The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...
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