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Underrated & Overrated Returning TV Shows

September 5th, 2008 9:45am EDT
Bones
After a long and painful summer that saw only a handful of new scripted series due to the writers' strike, the fall TV season is finally here. Hallelujah.

In the coming weeks more than 50 scripted programs will return to the network and cable and airwaves with each making millions of people happy to once again hang out with their old friends. Sports fans always talk about the mythical quality of opening day in football, baseball or basketball. For TV fanatics, being able to watch the shows they love once again carries the same weight.

Still, some people are just plain wrong. S...
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David Arquette Signs On To 'My Name Is Earl'

September 3rd, 2008 1:49pm EDT
David Arquette
David Arquette will be making the trip to Camden County when he plays a hapless amateur stuntman in an upcoming episode of NBC's "My Name is Earl."

In the episode, scheduled to air this fall, Earl decides it's time to make it up to local stunt man, Sweet Johnny (David Arquette) for sleeping with his girlfriend 10 years ago. When Earl finds Sweet Johnny, he discovers his friend has a permanent injury that makes righting the wrong seem almost impossible. Elsewhere, Joy buys a gun after someone carjacks the Brat, but Darnell does not approve of owning the firearm.

The fourth se...
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Must See (Or At Least Must TiVo) New Comedies This Fall Season

August 25th, 2008 9:01am EDT
Kath & Kim
With the new fall season just around the corner (where did the summer go?), there are a slew of new comedies on the horizon that network marketing execs want you to believe are the most revolutionary things since the invention of color television.

Due to the recent writers' strike, a good chunk of these programs got pushed through to series without networks even seeing a pilot episode. So how can viewers weed through them to find the deep belly laughs amid piles of mere canned chuckles? That's where we come in. Here we break it down night by night and highlight what is worth a try ...
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2008-09 TV Premiere Dates

August 20th, 2008 8:54am EDT
Heroes
Admit it. You can't wait to see if Meredith and Derek will finally make it work on "Grey's Anatomy." You're dying to know who the new baddie will be on "Heroes." And you wonder if Laurence Fishburne will be able to fill William Petersen's shoes on "CSI." Whatever your TV poison, you won't be waiting much longer. The new television season kicks off in September, and Starpulse is here to provide you with the premiere dates of new and returning shows so you won't miss a thing:

Monday, Sept. 1

Prison Break (8-10 p.m) FOX

Gossip Girl (8-9 p.m.) CW

One Tree Hill (9-10 p.m.) CW

T...
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The Demise of the Black Sitcom

August 13th, 2008 9:15am EDT
The Bernie Mac Show
African Americans have come a long way in a relatively short time in the entertainment industry. From Hattie McDaniel becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1939 to the trailblazing success of Sidney Poitier in the 1960s, African Americans have consistently broken through show business barriers on the march towards equality. As Frederick Douglass once said, "Without struggle, there is no progress."

Over the years, progress was certainly made in Hollywood, especially on the small screen. In fact, the year 1990 saw a great influx of black talent on television. That...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

July 7th, 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...
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NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates, Including 3-Hour 'Heroes' Return

May 23rd, 2008 2:33pm EDT
Heroes
NBC unveils the Fall 2008 series premiere dates for new programs and returning favorites including a three-hour launch of the hit drama "Heroes" on Monday, September 22, the Thursday night debut of the new comedy "Kath & Kim" (9:30-10 p.m. ET) on October 9.

"America's Toughest Jobs," the new extreme competition series, will debut with a two-hour premiere this Fall on September 12 (8-10 p.m. ET). In addition, the new drama series premieres include "Knight Rider" on September 24 (8-9 p.m. ET), "My Own Worst Enemy" on September 29 (10-11 p.m. ET) and "Crusoe" on October 17 (8-10 p.m. ET)...
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NBC Takes A Chance With 2008-09 Schedule, Year-Round Programming

April 3rd, 2008 8:36am EDT
Heroes
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 ...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

March 31st, 2008 8:56am EDT
Criminal Minds
Monday, March 31

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) - Forget basketball. March Madness is all about figuring out, bracket-style, which jilted woman has it out for Barney.

The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS, 9:31 p.m.) - Jury's still out on whether the Seinfeld curse has infected Julia Louis-Dreyfus - her show has yet to be renewed - so she better hope reuniting with Jason Alexander (as her gynecologist!) in tonight's season finale does more good than bad.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - The show wraps up its dark and twisted two-parter about Anjelica Huston's kidnapped daug...
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Hoover High Class of '88 Showed Promising Sitcom Cast

March 5th, 2008 4:26pm EST
Dance
Dance Til Dawn: 20 Years Later: The fall of 1988 threw a bunch of up-and-coming sitcom stars into the great mixing pot equalizer of a made-for-TV movie. It didn't matter who was already on top with their own shows (like Tracey Gold in Growing Pains); it didn't matter who was virtually unknown (As The World Turns' Brian Bloom); and it didn't even matter who was completely green (Chris Young): suddenly, they were quite literally thrust back into high school (quite literally, actually), where any trace of awkwardness was exploited and popularity was simply a state of mind.

That movie was...
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Paris Hilton To Appear As Herself In 'My Name Is Earl' April 3

March 4th, 2008 1:02pm EST
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton will guest-star as herself on NBC's "My Name Is Earl" in the one-hour episode marking the series' original broadcast return scheduled for Thursday, April 3, 8-9:00 p.m. ET.

In the episode "I Won't Die With A Little Help From My Friends," Earl (Jason Lee) is unconscious and various things from real life are bleeding into his unconscious mind -- which viewers will see. Paris Hilton is one of those things in Earl's fevered mind.

Said Greg Garcia, the series' creator and executive producer: "When we wrote the role of Paris Hilton in the script, we weren't exactly sure who...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

March 3rd, 2008 8:52am EST
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Monday, March 3

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (FOX, 8 p.m.) - It feel like only yesterday that the series premiered, but hopefully tonight's two-hour finale won't be the series finale. The show is a keeper for supporting players Summer Glau and Brian Austin Green (who would have thunk it?) alone.

Medium (NBC, 10 p.m.) - Gregory Itzin is downgraded from playing 24's president in this guest spot as a senator.

My Name Is Earl (TBS, 10 p.m.) - The NBC sitcom makes its syndication debut with an encore of its karmic pilot, complete with wise words of wisdom from Carson D...
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'Melrose Place': Where Are They Now?

February 25th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Melrose Place
Sixteen years ago we were first introduced to Melrose Place, an innocent (at least it started that way) spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210 that took place in a West Hollywood apartment complex. I know as an 8-year-old boy I was excited to see what the lives of 20-something people would be like. I assumed lots of swimming and talking about art. I was wrong, so very very wrong. Seeing as the show ended its run almost 10 years ago we should look back and see just where those over-sexed and off-kilter roommates have gone. Now I can relate to what the show was about!

Thomas Calabro (Dr. ...
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'My Name Is Earl' To Air On TBS Starting March 3

February 21st, 2008 6:00pm EST
My Name Is Earl
The critically acclaimed and popular comedy My Name Is Earl is joining TBS's unbeatable line-up, giving viewers a chance to catch the series from the very beginning.

Back-to-back episodes will air Mondays at 10 and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning March 3.

"My Name Is Earl" follows the story of Earl Hickey (Jason Lee), a man who has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. In a twist of fate, Earl wins a small lottery, has an epiphany and sets out to right all the wrongs from his past. Joining Earl on his quest to cleanse his karma are his hapless brother Randy (Ethan S...
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NBC Sets Return Dates Of Several Series With Original Episodes In April

February 14th, 2008 9:30am EST
30 Rock
NBC will resume the broadcast of many of its scripted series in April with new original episodes following the settlement of the Writers Guild of America strike, including "The Office," "30 Rock," "My Name Is Earl," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," among other programs.

The list of comedies and dramas includes: "My Name Is Earl" (Thursdays, 8-8:30 p.m. ET), which will return with a one-hour episode on Thursday, April 3; the Emmy Award-winning "30 Rock" (Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m. ET) will begin on Thursday, April 10; likewise, the Emmy-winning "The Office" (Thursdays, 9-...
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Grading The TV Networks: It's Report Card Time

February 6th, 2008 2:31pm EST
Ugly Betty
The last two television seasons have had it all. We've seen everything from the birth of a broadcast network (the CW) to the most debilitating industry work stoppage in 20 years. Now it's time to take a closer look at each of the five major broadcast networks and see what they are doing right, what needs improvement, and where they stand.

Like any true report card, we won't be judging the networks on any one category alone. Although overall ratings are a factor, they are not the only factor. Also, we will be looking at the time period from Fall of 2006 (when the CW debuted) to pres...
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TV On DVD Recommendation: 'The Office' (British Version)

January 28th, 2008 10:01am EST
The Office
The American version of "The Office" has been in repeats longer than any show affected by the writers' strike. In fact, its last episode aired before Thanksgiving, creating a withdrawal that has lasted more than two months for fans.

This is the perfect opportunity for those obsessed with "The Office" to see where it all began, on the other side of the pond.

The U.K. version of "The Office" is in many ways dissimilar to its American counterpart. For example, the U.S. characters Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Michael (Steve Carell) (versus the British Gareth Kenan and David Brent), are...
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Golden Globes Ceremony May Be Cancelled But We Still Have Our Predictions

January 8th, 2008 3:17pm EST
Juno
The writers' strike has officially infiltrated awards season. The Golden Globes have been reduced to a lackluster news conference. That means no best and worst dressed list. No boozy celebrities making a fool of themselves. All that remains is an hour-long meeting at the Beverly Hilton Hotel with angry WGA picketers surrounding the premises.

So, until the Hollywood powers-that-be finally buckle down and give the writers what they want and deserve, we here at Starpulse are going to call the winners and losers. We looked at reviews, other expert predictions, viewer attitudes and who we ...
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2007 TV Year In Review: Top 5 Comedies

December 27th, 2007 12:00pm EST
How I Met Your Mother
Long gone are the days of NBC's "Must See TV," which consisted of classics such as The Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, and Friends. Although today's comedic offerings aren't as legendary as those in the past, there are still a few gems that shone slightly brighter in '07.

Top 5 Comedies:

5. "The Simpsons" - It's still one of the best shows on TV after all this time, and it managed to avoid the lull suffered by "South Park" following the release of its first film. This year Homer was allowed to be a bit smarter than in seasons past, and it returned to more of the satirical humor tha...
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NBC Is Going Green During November Sweeps

October 23rd, 2007 2:20pm EDT
The Office
NBC is looking to paint November sweeps green with environmentally conscious messages woven throughout all of its dayparts on NBC and NBC.com.

The weeklong event, part of NBC Universal's overall commitment to eco-friendly content with its "Green is Universal" initiative, begins on Sunday, November 4 with "Sunday Night Football" on NBC and will run through Saturday, November 10.

The network will adopt a variety of eco-friendly messages in different degrees across all dayparts, including the entire Thursday-night lineup with "My Name Is Earl," "30 Rock," "The Office," "Scrubs," an...
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New TV On DVD, Sept. 25

September 25th, 2007 8:00am EDT
My Name Is Earl
In My Name Is Earl's second seaon, there's an episode incorporating clay animation, an homage to "Cops," a two-parter set in Latin America, and a Tarantino-style whodunit. Also on DVD: season one of The Unit, season three of Numb3rs, season five of Grounded For Life, season nine of The King Of Queens, and What About Brian the complete series.
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Winners At Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards

September 17th, 2007 8:29am EDT
The Sopranos
Winners in major categories for the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (in bold):

Drama Series: ''Boston Legal,'' ABC; ''Grey's Anatomy,'' ABC; ''Heroes,'' NBC; ''House,'' Fox; ''The Sopranos,'' HBO.

Comedy Series: ''Entourage,'' HBO; ''The Office,'' NBC; ''30 Rock, NBC; ''Two and a Half Men,'' CBS; ''Ugly Betty,'' ABC.

Miniseries: ''Broken Trail,'' AMC; ''Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS; ''The Starter Wife,'' USA.

Made-for-TV Movie: ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,'' HBO; ''Inside the Twin Tow...
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Broadcast TV Family Hour Filthier Than Ever; FOX Is Worst, Study Shows

September 5th, 2007 12:35pm EDT
American Dad
A new Parents Television Council study of Family Hour programming conclusively shows that children watching television during the first hour of prime time are assaulted by violence, profanity or sexual content once every 3.5 minutes of non-commercial airtime.

During the 2006-2007 study period, almost 90% of the 208 television shows reviewed contained objectionable content.

The PTC found that Fox is the worst broadcast network overall, noting its 20.78 instances of violent, profane and sexual content each hour -- nearly double the amount of similar content shown on any of the five...
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Fall TV Premiere Dates

August 24th, 2007 11:01am EDT
House
Even though summer TV was unusually entertaining this year with shows such as Dancing With The Stars, The Closer and Damages, viewers everywhere are gearing up for the new season. See the following list to find out when your favorite returning and new series makes their fall debuts:

Sunday, Sept. 9

9 pm Tell Me You Love Me (series premiere) (HBO)

10 pm Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)

Tuesday, Sept. 11

8 pm The Biggest Loser (NBC)

Thursday, Sept. 13

10 pm It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FX)

Friday, Sept. 14

9 pm Nashville (series premiere) (FOX)

Monday, Sept....
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Victoria Beckham Hosts NBC's Thursday Night Comedy Block & Encore Presentation Of Her Special Tonight

July 19th, 2007 8:37am EDT
Victoria Beckham
NBC will celebrate the re-airing of "Victoria Beckham: Coming to America" on Thursday, July 19 as the international superstar hosts the NBC Thursday night comedy line-up (8-10 p.m. ET) leading into an encore presentation of her popular special (10-11 p.m. ET) featuring her move across the pond from London to Los Angeles.

Beckham will provide commentary about her life in America featuring clips from her recent special, while she takes viewers through two hours of critically acclaimed comedy starting with "My Name Is Earl" at 8 p.m. ET, followed by "30 Rock" at 8:30 p.m. ET, leading into...
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NBC Showcases Fall Primetime Series Beginning Week Of September 24

July 16th, 2007 3:06pm EDT
Friday Night Lights
NBC launches its season premieres the week of September 24. The network will adjust its schedule by moving the new comedic spy thriller "Chuck" to Mondays (8-9 p.m. ET) followed by switching the popular Monday version of "Deal or No Deal" to Fridays (8-9 p.m. ET), and shifting "Friday Night Lights" to an earlier new time of 9-10 p.m. (ET) and " Las Vegas" to 10-11 p.m. (ET).

In addition, NBC will expand "The Biggest Loser" to 90 minutes on Tuesdays (8-9:30 p.m. ET) and will have a special two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Summer's newest hit, "The Singing Bee" (which premiered ea...
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'My Name Is Earl' To Air On TBS In 2009

June 22nd, 2007 9:38am EDT
My Name Is Earl
Twentieth Television has reached a multi-year licensing agreement for My Name Is Earl, announced Bob Cook, President and COO of Twentieth Television.

Beginning in September 2009, the critically acclaimed sitcom will be presented in syndication on TBS, joining the cable network's lineup of popular comedies. Also included in the deal are digital rights for broadband streaming and on-demand.

"My Name Is Earl," returning this fall for its third season on NBC, follows the story of Earl Hickey (Jason Lee), a man who has taken one too many wrong turns on the highway of life. In a twist ...
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NBC Introduces 5 New Dramas, One Comedy For 2007-08; Renews 'Scrubs,' 'Friday Night Lights'

May 14th, 2007 9:52am EDT
Michelle Ryan stars in Bionic Woman
NBC will enhance its current roster of critically acclaimed and creatively ambitious programs with a new 2007-08 primetime lineup that features five new dramas, one new comedy and a variety of fresh unscripted programs, complemented by a host of innovative programming moves, it was announced today at NBC's presentation to advertisers and the media at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"Last year we promised a return to the NBC legacy of quality, and in terms of awards, buzz and critical acclaim, that's just what we delivered," said NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. "We've got th...
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Live Blog To Celebrate 'My Name Is Earl' Finale

May 8th, 2007 1:54pm EDT
My Name Is Earl
The special events around My Name is Earl didn't end with last week's history making laugh 'n sniff episode. After the season finale this Thursday May 10, NBC has planned a great live blogging event for Thursday evening at approximately 8:30 ET.

Executive producer Greg Garcia, plus co-stars Jaime Pressly (Joy Turner) and Ethan Suplee (Randy Hickey) will be there.

You don't have to wait until Thursday night to get in on the discussion. Head over to the blog and submit questions via the comments form: blog.nbc.com/earl/
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Check Out NBC's 'Comedy Night Done Right' Tonight

May 3rd, 2007 11:11am EDT
My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl, The Office, and Scrubs all are supersized tonight for their new episodes. My Name Is Earl is kicking off the event with a "laugh 'n sniff" episode, allowing viewers to sniff what's happening on screen.

A scent card found in TV Guide includes six different smells, including a new car smell, obnoxious cologne and Oreo cookies. The scents are numbered boxes, which viewers will rub off following on-air prompts.

Tonight's new comedy start times are:

* My Name Is Earl: 8 p.m., as usual

* The Office: 8:36 p.m. (it's the longest of the comedies this week, at m...
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