TV Review: MEDIUM – Season 7 – “Me Without You” – Series Finale

Patricia Arquette and Enrique Murciano in MEDIUM - Season 7 - "Me Without You" | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc.

It’s so hard to wrap up a long-running series, be faithful to the core values of it and still satisfy fan expectations. It’s even harder when your series comes to an end quicker than you would have liked or expected.

The latter is the case of MEDIUM. It only made it through a half-season this year before CBS pulled the plug after seven years (five of those were spent on NBC, two on CBS).

This at least gave creator Glenn Gordon Caron time to craft an actual finale, rather than leaving the show on a limbo note.

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TCA 2011: The future of CSI: NEW YORK and CSI: MIAMI secure on CBS

Sela Ward and Gary Sinise in CSI: NY - Season 7 | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc./Timothy White

Despite CSI: NEW YORK and CSI: MIAMI moving to new time slots this year, at today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler says she’s happy with their ratings and feels those shows have many seasons to come on the network. “Both are doing incredibly well in new time periods, given what was there before,” says Tassler. “The audiences love watching how those cases are solved and what has happened, both shows have opened up more to reveal the more personal elements of [character’s]  lives.  Add in the Sela Ward character in CSI: NY […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: CBS feels THE BIG BANG THEORY will hold its own against AMERICAN IDOL

Jim Parsons in THE BIG BANG THEORY - Season Four - "The Alien Parasite Hypothesis | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved/Monty Brinton

At today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler talked about Fox moving its AMERICAN IDOL results show to Thursday nights opposite its recent move of THE BIG BANG THEORY to Thursdays in the same timeslot. “It will be interesting to see the new cast and changes this year [on IDOL],” says Tassler. “It’s a powerhouse. The good part, BIG BANG has been a superstar and we’re thrilled how well its done on Thursday. It has a very loyal audience. I don’t know what’s going to happen. In terms of BIG BANG fans, we […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: CBS talks about BLUE BLOODS temporary move to Wednesday nights

Tom Selleck in BLUE BLOODS - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc.

One of the fall season’s biggest success stories has been the Tom Selleck CBS drama BLUE BLOODS bringing in the ratings at 10:00 pm on Friday nights – a night that is generally known as the death slot for other networks. With the show doing so well, CBS will be airing new episodes of BLUE BLOODS for a handful of weeks on Wednesday nights to see how it does in the slot and at today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler addressed the temporary move. “The show has done incredibly well, and we […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: FLASHPOINT coming back this summer …

FLASHPOINT - Season Three - "Severed Ties" | ©2009 CBS Broadcasting Inc. / CTV Television Network

The U.S./Canadian series FLASHPOINT has proven to be a strong performer for CBS in the summer, but at today’s CBS Winter TCA press day in Pasadena, CA, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler says the network hasn’t picked up a fourth season just yet. “The show has done very well for us,” she admits. “It’s a real utility player for us. We have six more episodes to air which most likely they’ll be on this summer and we can do more. But right now, like I said, we have always been very pleased with the show and it will most likely […]Read On »

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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 Interview: THE DUKES OF HAZZARD star James Best gets animated about the 1980s cartoon spin-off THE DUKES

THE DUKES DVD | ©2010 Warner Bros.

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD was one of the most popular prime-time series on CBS in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, but many people forget that there was a short-lived Hanna-Barbera spin-off called THE DUKES featuring the same characters, same voices, but animated instead of live action. Instead of being set in Hazzard county, the animated series followed Bo, Luke and Daisy in a race around the world with Boss Hogg and Rosco in an attempt to save their family farm. James Best, who played the dim-witted (and somewhat corrupt) Rosco P. Coltrane reprised his role with this off-shoot and […]Read On »

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Exclusive: ACTOR ALEX O’LOUGHLIN RIDES THE WAVES OF ‘HAWAII FIVE-0’

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HAWAII FIVE-0 has been very good to CBS. For twelve years (1968-1980), actor Jack Lord played Steve McGarrett, the head of an elite team of the state’s special investigations. So it’s fitting that in resurrecting the franchise (an unsuccessful revival was attempted in 1997), the network would turn to an actor they’ve been very good to – Alex O’Loughlin. The Australian actor had previously starred for CBS in the short-lived 2007 series MOONLIGHT where he played a blood-sucker and in last year’s medical drama THREE RIVERS where he played a transplant surgeon. The third time’s a charm though, as the […]Read On »

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Profile: Tom Selleck suits up for CBS’s BLUE BLOODS

Tom Selleck in BLUE BLOODS - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc.

In the new CBS series BLUE BLOODS (airing Friday nights), Tom Selleck plays Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, the patriarch of a multi-generational family of cops. At this summer’s CBS TCA’s, Selleck took five to talk about his new role, shooting in New York and the show airing on Friday nights. TAKE 1 About not wanting to be part of an ensemble instead of being the lead … “Having done the lead, like I did with MAGNUM, I was in every shot,” says Selleck. “I’m not complaining, but it was a tough road. The show was never cancelled. I kind of […]Read On »

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