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TCA 2011: ABC renews CASTLE, COUGAR TOWN, GREY’S ANATOMY, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY & PRIVATE PRACTICE for next year

Michael Imperioli in DETROIT 1-8-7 | ©2011 ABC/Donna Svennevik

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ABC Entertainment Group President Group President Paul Lee revealed that CASTLE, COUGAR TOWN, GREY’S ANATOMY, THE MIDDLE, MODERN FAMILY and PRIVATE PRACTICE have all been renewed for another year Meanwhile, it looks like DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is on the bubble (probably due to contract negotiations), as are BETTER WITH YOU, BROTHERS & SISTERS and the ratings challenged DETROIT 1-8-7 “We haven’t made our decisions yet on a second season of DETROIT 1-8-7,” says Lee. “I would like it to see higher numbers. Michael Imperioili is brilliant in that. For me, it’s great to see, […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC looking to Marvel to potentially fuel its genre slate

THE INCREDIBLE HULK | © Marvel Studios

At today’s Winter TCA 2011 press tour, ASSIGNMENT X asked ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee where he saw the state of genre TV on ABC, particularly now that Marvel Entertainment is part of the ABC family. “When it comes to genre, look at Marvel, you can see we have a glint in our eye,”  says Lee who is currently developing THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV series with filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and AKA JESSICA JONES with TWILIGHT scribe Melissa Rosenberg. “I had a lot of fun with KYLE XY on my last channel [ABC Family]. It’s all about the storytelling. […]Read On »

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TV Review: PRIMEVAL – Season 4 – “Episode Two”

Andrew-Lee Potts and Hannah Spearritt in PRIMEVAL - Season 4 - "Episode 2" | © 2010 Impossible Pictures

Stars: Andrew-Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ciaran McMenamin, Ruth Kearney, Ben Mansfield, Ben Miller, Alexander Siddig, Anton Lesser, James Bradshaw Writer: Steve Bailie Director: Mark Everest Network: BBC America Original Telecast: January 8, 2011 Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby (Hannah Spearritt) are still readjusting to being back in the present following the events of the PRIMEVAL fourth series premiere, even though they already seemed pretty well over it last week. But never mind, they’re determined to pick up where they left off and carry on with the late Professor Cutter’s work on the anomalies. The problem is that Lester’s (Ben Miller) […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1 – ‘Pilot’ – Series Premiere

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season One | ©2011 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

Stars: David Lyons, Keith David, James Frain, Jennifer Ferrin, Ryan Wynott Writer: Tom Wheeler Director: Deran Serafian Network: NBC, Mondays @ 9 PM Original Telecast: January 9, 2011 In all of the recent incarnations of TV superheroes, some sort of powers have come into play. The rights to BATMAN being tied up as they are at another studio, writer Tom Wheeler has come up with a new completely human hero, the Cape, who fights crime in fictitious Palm City. Of course, the Cape wasn’t always the Cape. He started out, and remains in his heart, Vince Faraday (David Lyons), loving […]Read On »

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TV Review: BOB’S BURGERS – Season 1 – “Human Flesh” – Season Premiere

The Belchers on BOB'S BURGERS - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox

Created by Loren Bouchard, BOB’S BURGERS is the latest attempt to find something new, within the familiar family comedy dynamic, but the show tries to hard to be crude and not hard enough to be funny.

This is the kind of comedy that would feel right at home on Comedy Central., but on network television, it feels dragged out and desperate.

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Clip of the Day: Jim Carrey gets freaky on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Jim Carrey and Taran Killam in SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE - Season 36 | ©2011 NBC

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE has always been hit and miss, but with the usually hilarious Jim Carrey hosting, one only hoped the show would have been better than it was. However, among the mediocrity, there was this deranged, short sketch that got it right.  Set in an amusement park ride, it used Carrey (and SNL cast members Taran Killam and Bill Hader) in a weird, nightmarish scenario. The sketch didn’t drag, it wasn’t redundant, it got in, and got out – with tons of laughs. Check it out below to see what we mean:

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Exclusive Interview: John Wirth puts on THE CAPE and reveals what Season 3 of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES would have been

David Lyons in THE CAPE - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC Universal

In the new superhero series THE CAPE (which debuts tonight on NBC at 9:00 EST), David Lyons stars as Vince Faraday, a loving family man and police detective whose honesty gets him framed and left for dead. Unable to resurface publicly for fear that his wife and son will be harmed, Vince is taken in by a circus-cum-criminal enterprise run by magician Max Malini (Keith David). Besides sheltering Vince, Max teaches the newcomer how to wield a surprisingly versatile cape, as well as other sleights of hand that are very useful when reinventing oneself as a crime fighter based on […]Read On »

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Will there be a GREEN HORNET 2?

THE GREEN HORNET movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

While promoting his new superhero comedy THE GREEN HORNET today at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, CA, star and co-writer Seth Rogen admits that he and fellow writer Evan Goldberg weren’t thinking beyond the first movie while making this revisionist super hero tale. “We’re not the kind of writers to save ideas,” says Rogen with his trademark laugh who plays the titular character – a hero who poses as a villain to take a bite out of Los Angeles crime with his dutiful (and more than able sidekick) Kato (Jay Chou). “If it’s remotely good we shoved it […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando and Katherine Flynn find perfection in PERFECTLY PRUDENCE

Jane Seymour in PERFECTLY PRUDENCE | ©2011 Hallmark Channel

For six seasons, from 1993 through 1998, Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn and Joe Lando as her stalwart love Byron Sully thrilled television audiences with their chemistry. Although the two actors have remained friends in real life, they haven’t been paired again on screen – until tonight at 9 PM EST, when the Hallmark Channel reunites Seymour and Lando in the original romantic comedy PERFECTLY PRUDENCE. As an added bonus, Seymour’s real-life daughter Katherine “Katie” Flynn also stars in the telefilm. PERFECTLY PRUDENCE is a sequel of sorts to Hallmark’s 2008 DEAR PRUDENCE, which starred Seymour, but not […]Read On »

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