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TCA 2011: CBS talks about the secret of its success

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With many networks struggling to find new, breakout shows, CBS has proven to be consistent when it comes to nurturing and creating first-year hits. At today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about CBS’s continual winning streak and why they’ve been successful while the other networks continue to struggle. “We’re good at what we do,” she admits. “We have tremendous respect for our audience. I feel when we begin a development season, we don’t go out with a mandate of what we’re going to do and not do. We make the network […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: CBS weighs in on Charlie Sheen’s recent troubles

Charlie Sheen in TWO AND A HALF MEN - Season 8 | ©2009 Warner Bros.

At today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler spoke about the recent troubles with Charlie Sheen who stars on their hit show TWO AND A HALF MEN (which is produced by Warner Bros). “We have a high level of concern, how can we not,” admits Tassler. “Personally first, on a very basic human level is concern. This man is a father. He has children. He has a family. So obviously there’s concern on a personal level. But you can’t look at it simplistically. Charlie is a professional. He comes to work and does […]Read On »

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Exclusive TCA 2011 News: Steve Carell will be leaving THE OFFICE in April, not at the end of the season

Steve Carell in THE OFFICE - Season Seven - "Counseling" | ©2010 NBC/Chris Haston

Big news (and sad news) for THE OFFICE fans. Yes, Steve Carell is leaving at the end of the season of the NBC series, but he’s leaving much earlier than expected. Instead of making the last episode of the season his swan song, executive producer Greg Daniels revealed to ASSIGNMENT X tonight in an exclusive interview at the NBC Winter TCA party, that Carell will be departing on the April 28th episode, giving THE OFFICE a handful of episodes to deal with the aftermath of Michael Scott’s exit during the rest of Season Seven. “The big scoop tonight, he’s not […]Read On »

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COMMUNITY star Donald Glover weighs in on new SPIDER-MAN 4 photo

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in SPIDER-MAN 4 | ©2010 Sony/Marvel/photo by John Schwartzman

While everyone else was talking TV at NBC’s Winter TCA press tour in Pasadena, CA, geekdom was weighing in on the first photo released from the new untitled SPIDER-MAN 4 movie starring Andrew Garfield. Naturally, the cast of the geek-centric NBC comedy COMMUNITY chimed in on the photo during the session. Donald Glover who plays Troy Barnes on the show admits he saw the photo. “The coolest part about it is he has a backpack,” says Glover. “I think that’s what makes the picture. It reminds you of how young [Peter Parker] is. That’s the part of Spider-man I always […]Read On »

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CD Review: TRON:LEGACY original soundtrack

Tron Legacy Soundtrack | ©2010 Walt Disney Records

It’s a cold, dark and mesmerizing world 28 years later on the game grid, so don’t expect any of the playfully lush themes that Wendy Carlos gave you geeks the first time out- unless you’re counting Jeff Bridges’ brief A Capella improv at the start of LEGACY. What you will get from electronica superstars-turned-masked composers Daft Punk is an icily epic sound that brilliantly matches the new, austerely Kubrickian imagery on thrilling display, while also delivering on the whiz-bang action pitched towards a young audience whose listening tastes have significantly evolved since the days of 8-bit Atari music- not that […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: HARRY’S LAW star Kathy Bates to return to THE OFFICE

Kathy Bates in HARRY'S LAW - Season One | ©2011 NBC/Matthias Clamer

At today’s Winter TCA session for NBC, Kathy Bates, while promoting her new lawyer show HARRY’S LAW from creator David E. Kelley, revealed that her role as Jo Bennett on THE OFFICE is not over. “Now that we wrapped our shooting of HARRY’S LAW, I will appear in a couple more episodes of THE OFFICE in the spring,” reveals Bates. CLICK HERE for more breaking TV news of the WINTER 2011 TCA’s

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TCA 2011: THE GLEE PROJECT on Oxygen will seek out the show’s next big star

Darren Criss in GLEE - Season 2 - "Special Education" |©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

Last year, Fox was going to develop a reality competition to find the next stars of its GLEE show. With so much going on with the producers on the show, the project never happened. Now Oxygen is launching a reality competition called THE GLEE PROJECT which will seek to find one person who will gain a role in Season Three of GLEE. GLEE producers (including Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto) will be involved, as well as GLEE’s casting director Robert Ulrich. At today’s winter TCA session, the scoop on the show was revealed. “We’re going to have one person […]Read On »

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First Look Photo: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in SPIDER-MAN 4

Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in SPIDER-MAN 4 | ©2010 Sony/Marvel/photo by John Schwartzman

We may have mixed feelings that Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire are no longer with the SPIDER-MAN franchise, but it doesn’t mean we’re not going to wet ourselves for every little morsel on the new Marvel movie. What we have here is a first look photo of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in the still untitled SPIDER-MAN 4 movie directed by (500) DAYS OF SUMMER helmer Marc Webb. Click on the photo below for a larger view and also follow SPIDER-MAN 4 on Facebook by clicking HERE and follow ASSIGNMENT X on Facebook by clicking HERE. What do […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Syfy’s BEING HUMAN vs. the BBC version? The producers weigh in on the differences

Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer in BEING HUMAN - Season 1 | ©2011 Syfy

With the American remake of the recent BBC series BEING HUMAN set to debut on Syfy on January 17, the cast and executive producers appeared today at the Winter 2011 TCA’s to talk about the similarities and differences between the two incarnations of the show. The basic premise remains: vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) and ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) all share a loft together and try to get to the bottom of what it’s like to “being human.” “I would say if you’re a fan of the original, you’re going to see a show that starts much […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Conan O’Brien says the last word on Jay Leno and NBC

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While Conan O’Brien’s new TBS talk show CONAN has continued to impress in the ratings, while speaking to the press at yesterday’s TCA press tour, he reflected back on the whole Jay Leno/NBC situation in what should hopefully be the final word on the subject. In terms of Jay Leno (who we all know retired from THE TONIGHT SHOW, didn’t leave NBC and started a 10:00 pm talk show, that was canceled and then was responsible for Conan leaving THE TONIGHT SHOW and Jay taking over again), O’Brien says he doesn’t think much about it and has no interest in […]Read On »

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