TCA 2011 News: THE CHEW producer talks about replacing ABC’s daytime soaps ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Carla Hall, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Daphne Oz, Clinton Kelly host THE CHEW - Season 1 } ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Soap fans were obviously upset that ABC cancelled their long-running daytime soaps ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and that’s extended to the promise of boycotting the reality shows replacing them on ABC’s daytime schedule. Executive producer Gordon Elliott of THE CHEW, a new food talk show (think THE VIEW with food) that will air in that soap time slot, addressed this concern to the press today during a Television Critics Association session. “We hope that [soap fans] will enjoy our show,” says Elliott who was thrilled to hear ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE will […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Yes, it’s true! Charlie Sheen Fired from TWO AND A HALF MEN!

Charlie Sheen at the 2006 Summer CBS Party at the Television Critics | ©2006 Sue Schneider

Not surprising, and nearly two weeks of Charlie Sheen “winning” with his bizarro publicity road show to ruin (including interviews, a new Twitter feed, his own webcast), Warner Bros. Television has finally fired the actor from its TWO AND HALF MEN series. In a statement released by Warner Bros. Television today, they said: “After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen’s services on Two and a Half Men effective immediately.” Will the show now be renamed ONE AND HALF MEN, will they bring in a new actor, or will the show be canceled outright? I would count on […]Read On »

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TV Review: LIE TO ME – Season 3 – “Killer App” – Season Finale

Tim Roth and Ashton Holmes in LIE TO ME - Season 3 - "Killer App" | ©2011 Fox/Greg Gayne

Yes, this is the season finale of LIE TO ME, and I know the rumor mill has this being LIE TO ME’s series finale (and trust me, it is). So with that knowledge, it’s pretty insulting that the best they could do is shamelessly ride the coattails of THE SOCIAL NETWORK by giving us “Killer App.”

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TCA 2011: Why did Fox’s LONE STAR fail? Fox explains.

LONE STAR TV poster | ©2010 Fox

While speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA, Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice spoke about why he felt their Fall series LONE STAR failed after only two episodes. “We made a show we really loved, and thought the creators were very talented and made an excellent show,” says Rice. “ [The critics] believed in the show and liked the show, but not enough people showed up to watch it. We were very disappointed in that. It’s the reality of the business we’re in. It’s intensely competitive and you make the best shows you can. The truth is, […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: LIE TO ME still on bubble for renewal

© 2010 Fox/photo: Mathieu Young | Tim Roth in LIE TO ME - Season Three

Although LIE TO ME, which stars Tim Roth, has been a solid performer by Fox, it’s fate is still on the bubble according to Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly. “I like to believe there’s more upside to LIE TO ME,” he said while speaking at today’s Fox Winter TCA tour in Pasadena, CA. “It’s delivered a very loyal audience. When we stumbled with LONE STAR, it came in cold [into the Monday night timeslot].” The big problem, according to Reilly, is the wealth of good material on the network and the lack of time slots moving into the fall. “We […]Read On »

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