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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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9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits

April 15th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
9 Spin-Off Shows That Were Real Hits
Remember what it was like when you were dedicated to one show only, you never missed an episode and hoped your favorite characters (or personalities) would get their turn in the spotlight? Well that did happen to these classic spin-offs, who found their niche in television history and rightly remain some of the most unique and diverse group of programming ever made for television.

1. "The Simpsons"

(Spun off of "The Tracey Ullman Show")

"The Simpsons" was a cartoon short utilized in the series "The Tracey Ullman Show" during its run from 1987-1990. The show took on a life of its own i...
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CBS Renews A Ton Of Shows

March 13th, 2014 3:16pm EDT
The Good Wife
CBS issued renewals to NCIS, NCIS: LA, CSI, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mom, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 60 Minutes, and 48 Hours. Add to that the renewal of The Big Bang Theory, and CBS just renewed a whopping 20 shows.

Not being picked up, but still not cancelled, are The Mentalist, Intelligence, Hostages, and The Crazy Ones. I would definitely rule out Intelligence and Hostages. Both failed to grab huge audiences. I think The Mentalist will prob...
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Meet The 18 Castaways For 'Survivor: Cagayan' - Themed 'Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty'

January 23rd, 2014 11:30am EST
Meet The 18 Castaways For 'Survivor: Cagayan' - Themed 'Brawn vs
Can you believe that Survivor will be entering its 28th season? Neither can we.

While hundreds of competitive based reality television shows have come and gone, Survivor continues to, well, survive and flourish. CBS announced the 18 castaways who will compete against each other in a special two-hour premiere , Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

The spring edition of Survivor, filmed in Cagayan, a province in the Philippines, will be themed "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty."

The season's cast includes a high-stakes poker player, an attorney, an ex-NFL cheerleader, a nuclear engineer, ...
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Fall 2013 TV Report (So Far)

October 5th, 2013 2:06pm EDT
Sleepy  Hollow
Here’s how the Fall TV season has been shaping up.

Sunday:

ABC doesn’t have a lot to celebrate about. Once Upon A Time and Revenge are both down season-to-season, yet up from last season’s finales. So, really, you could say they are even for the night. Their new drama, Betrayal, however is a disappointment. Low ratings. Does ABC have anything ready to replace Betrayal though? They’re already definitely going to cancel the much lower rated Lucky 7 (an almost certainty), can they afford to axe two shows?

CBS has a nice strong lineup of returning shows, all performing well. FOX’s shows are ...
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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' Review: Episode 'Rule In Chaos'

September 26th, 2013 12:48am EDT
One of the most consistent aspects of Survivor is the slow build. The first episodes of any given season are usually predictable, showing off who is going to leave through the editing. People don’t often betray their alliances or make bold moves until well into the season. So, when we’re teased with a thrilling twist that would allow the underdogs to take over a boring majority alliance, it’s an exciting prospect.

First, let’s start with Redemption Island. I really don’t like this concept because it is a tension killer. The episodes should lead up to the moment when somebody’s Survivor dre...
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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' Season Premiere

September 19th, 2013 10:29am EDT
Survivor: Blood vs. Water
A lot of people don’t enjoy the recent trend in reality television of bringing back former players to compete again. They’ve had their chance already. Many people want to see a completely new group of characters try their hand at a game we love. However, I’m the opposite. I love when reality shows start to reuse past contestants. It allows us to go into the show already caring about the characters. Plus, since they already know about each other, they have to fight their preconceptions and past mistakes.

The newest season of Survivor (number 27!) is subtitled Blood versus Water. Former play...
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'Survivor: Blood Vs. Water' Cast Announced With A New Twist

August 21st, 2013 1:50pm EDT
Survivor Blood Vs. Water
When "Survivor" returns for its 27th season, former players will compete with - and ultimately against - their loved ones in a fresh twist for the reality show.

Alliances and relationships will be tested and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners compete against each other, raising the question: what is thicker – blood or water? 

The upcoming edition will include the return of Redemption Island, where castaways who have been eliminated from the competition can seek redemption and return for a chance to win $1 million.

New this season, however, is lov...
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'Survivor: Philippines' Cast To Include 'The Facts Of Life' Star, MVP Jeff Kent

August 20th, 2012 1:06pm EDT
Survivor Philippines
CBS just announced 15 of the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on "Survivor: Philippines," which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Contestants include former National League MVP Jeff Kent (San Francisco Giants), 1980s television star Lisa Whelchel ("The Facts of Life"), and former beauty queens Katie Hanson (Miss Delaware 2011) and Angie Layton (Miss Utah Teen USA 2010).

For the first time in eight years, "Survivor: Philippines" will be comprised of three tribes named after animals in the region: Kalabaw ("Water Buffalo"), Tandang ("Rooster") and Matsing ("Monkey").

Three of...
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CBS Unveils Just Four New Shows For 2012-13 Season; Cancels 'CSI: Miami'

May 16th, 2012 1:01pm EDT
CBS series Elementary
CBS just announced its new 2012-2013 primetime schedule, which includes four new series. The network is also making four key time period moves.

Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, commented, "These new series feature a great range of bold concepts, rich characters, big stars and fresh faces. From a new take on Sherlock Holmes to an epic battle for control of 1960s Las Vegas to a working-class point of view in a prestigious law firm, the dramas each have a unique style and sensibility."

The new series are:

-"Elementary," a contemporary take on the legendary detective Sherlock Hol...
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Q&A: Ashley and David Eckstein Celebrate Fandom With 'Her Universe'

March 21st, 2012 11:15am EDT
Her Universe
One of the joys of fandom is being able to share your passions. And thanks to Ashley and David Eckstein, that just got a lot easier (and cooler) for women.

Representing one's fandoms can be a difficult task for the female gender. I say that from experience; I'm all about showing off my allegiances. One of those happens to be to the San Diego Padres, and I went on a rant when there wasn't a T-shirt for my favorite second baseman, a certain David Eckstein. You can imagine my delight to hear that someone that I am a huge fan of was making it easier for me to represent the things I love.

As...
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The Best Of 2011 - Starpulse.com Editors' Picks

January 1st, 2012 9:00pm EST
Editor's Picks 2011
You've seen the rest, now see OUR best - Starpulse contributing editors Pete Weiss, Noelle Talmon, Kevin Blair & Casey Johnson bring you their favorites from the year that was - 2011. We've been watching & listening, too, and here's what we think are the best TV shows (Drama, Comedy & Reality), the best movie of the year, and the albums that had the most plays on our iPods...

Pete, Editorial

Best TV Show, Drama: Breaking Bad

The big networks should follow AMC's lead, as they continue to produce the best programs on television. Season 4 of Breaking Bad was no exception, great acting and...
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Another 'Bachelorette' Break Up: Ali Fedotowski And Roberto Martinez Split

November 22nd, 2011 2:00pm EST
Ali Fedotowski and Roberto Martinez
Survivor can continue to boast that it has created more successful couples than The Bachelor series: Bachelorette couple Ali Fedotowski and Roberto Martinez have split following their reality engagement in 2010.

Representatives for the ex-couple told People that the wedding was off. Last month the magazine was told that the wedding was on hold, as they were having difficulty planning TV nuptials.

Only Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, the couple from the first Bachelorette season, are still married out of all of the other couples from both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
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Q&A: 'Hung' Star Stephen Amell

November 13th, 2011 11:00pm EST
Hung
It's been said that a hero is only as good as their antagonist. On HBO's Hung, that juicy role falls to actor Stephen Amell, who recently sat down with me to dish about the series.

Amell plays Jason, who is the chief competition of Hung's main character, Ray Drecker. He's got a winning smile but a lot more going on behind it. Read on to find out what's in store for his character in season three and what it's like being the allegedly bad guy, as well as what type of role Amell would love to play.

Hung fans should also check out my previous Q&A with Charlie Saxton (Damon Drecker).

Hung c...
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Former 'Survivor' Star Ethan Zohn Has Cancer Again

November 3rd, 2011 8:33am EDT
Ethan Zohn
Reality TV star Ethan Zohn is battling cancer again.

The "Survivor" star was in remission from Hodgkin's lymphoma when doctors told him the cancer had returned in his chest.

He tells People.com, "It's localised in my lung area, but it's good that it's not all over my body."

Zohn has completed 12 weeks of pioneering chemotherapy treatment and is intent on completing the New York Marathon on Sunday.
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Q&A: Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime's 'Dance Moms'

October 6th, 2011 2:07pm EDT
Dance Moms
My colleague Lisa Siegfried recently spoke with Abby Lee Miller of Lifetime's Dance Moms, which just aired its finale last night. The show follows Abby Lee, several of her dancers, and of course, their parents - which is sometimes a recipe for difficulty.

Here are some of Abby's thoughts on the high-pressure world of youth dance.

What, in your opinion, makes the perfect “Dance Mom”? How involved is she, what kind of demeanor does she have, what are the most important traits she needs to possess?

The perfect dance mom would be respectful, thoughtful, doesn’t offer suggestions but i...
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Kal Penn Works On Robin's Issues In New 'HIMYM' - 'The Stinson Missle Crisis'

October 4th, 2011 9:27am EDT
cobie smulders
HIMYM returned last night with “The Stinson Missle Crisis.” The fourth episode of the new season pulled out some big name guest stars and cameos, but did not meet the intensity and hilarity of the first three.

Kal Penn made his first appearance on television since leaving his role of Kutner on House to work for the Obama administration. He appeared as Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) court appointed therapist. It turns out that Robin had assaulted a woman. In typical HIMYM fashion, we find out what happened first and then are told the story of all of the events that led up to that point.

Rob...
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Survivor - Season 23 Episode 1 – Premiere Of Survivor: South Pacific (Upolu, Samoa)

September 16th, 2011 1:26pm EDT
Survivor South Pacific
From the onset, the tribes are divided into two teams, who await two returning players in the arena of – oh no! Redemption Island. Most pray Russell Hantz isn’t one of the new arrivals. Nope, it’s Benjamin “Coach” Wade and Ozzy Lusth. Upolu, the Blue Tribe, are not thrilled when Coach is made one of them. Ozzy is enthusiastically embraced by Savaii, the Red Team.

Harvard Law student and complete Survivor geek John Cochran nearly wets himself as he interacts with Jeff, Coach and Ozzy. He did a thesis in university on the game/reality show, and has never missed an episode in eleven years....
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CBS Announces New & Returning Shows For 2011-12

May 18th, 2011 11:57am EDT
Blue Bloods
CBS announced today its new 2011-2012 primetime schedule, ordering five new series and making key time-period moves for CSI and The Good Wife to strengthen its already top-rated primetime lineup.

The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies: "Person Of Interest," a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson; "Unforgettable," starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every det...
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What To Watch: Viewers Finally Learn Which ‘Glee’ Cast Member They Will Say Goodbye To Forever (May 15-21, 2011)

May 15th, 2011 11:15am EDT
The number one thing you need to watch this week is “Glee” because after months of speculation, viewers will finally find out which cast member they will say goodbye to forever. That’s right; in case you haven’t heard, one of McKinley High’s own will face an unexpected loss. Cast and crew have been tight-lipped about who is dying, but viewer guesses include Sue’s sister, Puck and Quinn’s daughter, or Kurt’s dad. Of course, this doesn’t mean it couldn’t be one of the regular cast members; ugh, I cringed at the thought!

‘Amazing Race; Unfinished Business’ wraps up with $1 million winner, ent...
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A Letter To Rob Mariano From Stuart Brazell

May 12th, 2011 2:52pm EDT
Rob Mariano
Dear Rob,

Really Rob, really? You decided to send home Grant! After playing Survivor so many times and even admitting the sacrifices your wife Amber is making to send you back to play Surivor again, I am absolutely floored at your decision to send home Grant last night. Because let's face it, up until now we all know that YOU have been running this whole game!

I was literally screaming at you through the TV! Those two girls are going to get you! Grant was your friend, someone that you could 100% count on and you royally screwed him. I know that this is all in a scheme to make it to ...
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‘Survivor’ Ometepe 6 Finally Turns Against One Another, Vote Out one Of Their Own – Reality TV highlights, May 1-7, 2011

May 7th, 2011 11:21am EDT
Andrea Boehlke,
“Survivor: Redemption Island” Ometepe 6 have been a tight-knit group since the beginning, with Rob choosing members he knew would follow his lead and not go against his decisions. But all that had to change eventually, and on Thursday, the ball was forced to drop when only the Ometepe 6 remained at camp. So, which member of the group was the first to go?

What to watch, May 8-14, 2011: (coming soon!)

Andrea, of course! While Rob toyed with the idea of sending Phillip home because he was, once again, becoming an annoyance to the tribe, he couldn’t get past Andrea’s strength at challenges an...
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Tweet TV - Is Twitter Taking Over Primetime TV?

May 5th, 2011 9:58am EDT
The Voice
While watching The Voice I couldn't help but notice the judges and Carson Daly's tweets "news" flashing at the bottom of the screen, and you know what ..... I loved it! I immediately jumped on twitter and started using #TheVoice hashtag and retweeting @blakeshelton and @adamlevine - these two guys are hilarious!

NBC's The Voice is the first show to really attack its audience social media radars and encourage them to participate and live tweet during the show. Yes while watching Glee you'll notice the #Glee at the bottom right hand screen and the "Gleek of the Week" and of course you can ...
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Hollywood Unwrapped: Must Not See TV

April 15th, 2011 8:43am EDT
Snooki
I have a question to ask all of the readers of this column. Do we really have Hollywood stars or real actors that we had in the past? Gone are the days when studios had an iron claw on the stars and being a celebrity actually meant something.

Yes, today we still have a handful of Academy Award winning movie stars such as Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, and Clint Eastwood. We don’t have stars like Steve McQueen, James Dean or an Audrey Hepburn. But that's on the big screen.

Today, television is packed with reality shows that makes us lose brain cells and it seems like we be...
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'Survivor: Redemption Island' 'It Don't Take A Smart One' ReCap

March 31st, 2011 9:50am EDT
Survivor: Redemption Island
This week, on Survivor – Matt believes that God is keeping him in the game, Phillip is ‘turning Japanese’, and Boston Rob continues to conduct the Survivor Master Class.

Post Tribal Council, David has to defend his vote for Sarita, as the Zapatera tribe closes ranks against him. Over at Redemption Island, Stephanie drones on and on about the food that she will eat when she gets home, as Matt prays internally for her to SHUT UP! Matt interviews that he and God have had a nice chat, and he’s assured God that he’s in it for the long haul.

Another beautiful Ometepe morning, save for the si...
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'Survivor: Redemption Island' Recap: Phillip Is The Red Headed Step Child

March 24th, 2011 11:15am EDT
Phillip Sheppard, and Natalie Tenerelli, of the Ometepe tribe
This week on Survivor: Redemption Island … The ladies of Ometepe have a ‘Spa Day’, Phillip loses it twice, and Stephanie learns how to lose friends and influence people – to vote her out.

Zapatera’s Steve admitted to being unhappy that Krista and Stephanie had voted against him during last week’s Council. It seems like his ego took a hit at being singled out. His confidence was further undermined when Stephanie acknowledged her vote, but tempered her apology with a suggestion that he ‘dig deeper’ if he wanted to stay in the game.

Omatepe’s Natalie and Ashley infuriated Phillip when they d...
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‘Bachelor’ Brad Womack makes his choice; plus, his rejected bachelorette speaks out – March 13-19, 2011 Reality TV highlights

March 18th, 2011 11:26pm EDT
Bachelor 15 proposal
“Bachelor” Brad Womack made his final choice on Monday, giving his final rose to Emily Maynard on the show’s season finale. Brad and Emily spoke out for the first time since Brad proposed on the After the Final Rose special, although viewers were probably shocked to hear about the rollercoaster the couple had been on since that day. Not only had the couple almost wed twice, but they had broken up once. They assure viewers they are still engaged, but on Tuesday, Brad released a statement requesting privacy while the couple works out the kinks in their new relationship (full statement here). ...
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'Survivor: Redemption Island' - 'We Hate Our Tribe' – They Don't Like You Either

March 17th, 2011 10:49am EDT
Survivor: Redemption Island
Matt’s still on a winning streak, while Russell’s Rooters keep on skankin’ …

My eyes! My eyes! Those big, droopy, pink panties are killing me! I have nothing against Phillip personally, but my word, if you know you’re about to be half naked for 39 days, can you not pick a neutral color for your gotch!?

First up, a visit to Redemption Island to watch Matt vs Kristina. Seems to me that even the tribe members can’t be bothered to make the trip, but off we go, with Krista and Stephanie (Russell’s Rooters) representing Zapatera, and Rob and Grant fronting for Omatepe. The challenge, to put t...
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'Bachelor' Bachelorettes Let Loose On Season Villain Michelle Money – Reality TV Highlights, March 6-12, 2011

March 12th, 2011 3:09pm EST
Michelle Money,
“Bachelor” fans wait all season for the truth to spill out during each season’s Women Tell All special, and this season’s special was no exception; although, the truth that came out may not have been the truth viewers were expecting.

Yes, the women came down hard on Michelle Money for all the cruel things she said during the season, but it wasn’t really the things she said that bothered them; what bothered the women was that the Michelle that got to know in the house was NOTHING like the woman they saw in episodes. They felt confused by her two personalities and were beyond hurt that she w...
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'Survivor' Richard Hatch Sent Back To Prison

March 12th, 2011 3:00pm EST
Richard Hatch
Troubled reality TV star Richard Hatch has been sentenced to a further nine months in prison after violating the terms of his probation for tax evasion.

Hatch was convicted in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on the $1 million prize he won after appearing on the first season of America's Survivor.

He walked free from a Massachusetts prison in October 2009, after completing a three-year federal sentence for the crime, and was ordered to refile and pay the owed fees on show winnings and other income.

But Hatch did not refile his 2000 and 2001 tax returns - prompting Rhode Island's U.S. Distric...
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