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Postby The Todd on Fri May 04, 2007 10:53 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:This is about as "random" as it gets, but it's tangentially related to television...

Holy shit! I mean, I know it's the General Lee, but jesus...

CNN wrote:'General Lee' auction ends at almost $10M
If bids are real, 1969 Charger owned by actor John Schneider has sold at close to a record for any car.
By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney.com
POSTED: 4:40 p.m. EDT, May 4, 2007

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- If the bids are real - and the eBayMotors.com auction was stopped once for fake bidding - a modified 1969 Dodge Charger, painted to look like the General Lee from the TV Show "The Dukes of Hazzard," nearly became the most expensive car ever auctioned.

The auction closed at $9,900,500 at 1:00 pm Friday. That puts it just $1.1 million away from the $11 million paid for a 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Sports Coupe sold by the auction house Christie's in 1987. To date, that is the highest price ever paid for a car at auction, according to Christie's.

The car was used in the show, which typically went through several cars per episode during its 6-year production run in the early 1980s. But this one is owned by John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the series, a role that was only slightly less central than that of the car.

"I'm excited as I can be but I'm not going to believe it until my banker calls and says 'buy me a beer'," said Schneider after the auction ended.

As the auction progressed, eBay officials contacted several of the top bidders and were assured that their bids were genuine and that the bidders could afford the millions they were bidding, said eBay spokeswoman Catherine England.

A winning bid on eBay consititutes a legally binding contract, England said.

After an earlier run-up in the bidding which went as high as $6.7 million, eBay officials disqualified several bids as facetious.

After that, all bidders on the car were required to register before bidding.

The car was also used in the 2000 TV Movie "The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood," a Dukes reunion film. Recently, it had a central role in the movie "Collier & Co., Hot Pursuit," a limited-release film produced by, directed by, distributed by and starring Schneider.

Schneider decided to auction the car in order to finance production of a sequel to that film.

Asked if the price may have gone so high because bidders wanted to help Schneider makes his next film, Scheider replied: "They sure weren't around the first time I was trying to raise money."

Ordinarily, a production-used General Lee would be worth about $150,000 to $200,000, said McKeel Hagerty, president of Hagerty Insurance, a collector car insurance company. About 20 of those are known to exist in reasonably good condition.

The opportunity to buy the car from "Bo Duke" himself would add some value, he said. But not millions of dollars.

"There is no basis in my experience in the collector car world to justify that kind value," Hagerty said of the eBay bids.

At the time Hagerty made that statement, bids for car had reached only $2.7 million.

Schneider owned the car even before its use in "The Dukes of Hazzard." He leased it to Warner Bros. for its original on-screen appearances.

The car has been extensively modified since then.

"I do something nice for the General about once a year," said Schneider.

The car now has a 725 horsepower Hemi motor, Dodge Viper brakes and a roll cage, all of which allow it to race at over 200 miles per hour.

Unlike the those on the TV character General Lee, this car's doors do open. There is a scratch near the driver's side window where Schneider, as Bo Duke, jumped into the car. Schneider left the scratch, figuring it only increases the car's value.

"On a scale of coolness of 1 to 10," said Schneider, "this has got to be a 12."

"The Dukes of Hazzard" centered around Bo Duke and his cousin Luke, played by Tom Wopat, working to undo the evil plans of the powerful and corrupt J.D. "Boss" Hogg, played by the late Sorrell Brooke.

Every episode included at least one spectacular car chase over the dirt roads of the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia.

"It speaks to the passion around the show and how iconic the General Lee is," said Andy Holeman, vice president of consumer marketing for Country Music Television, said of the auction when bids had reached $2.7 million.

CMT airs nightly reruns of the show and sponsors the annual DukesFest in Nashville Tenn., an event that last year attracted 70,000 people and about 150 cars painted to look like the General Lee.

This year about 200 "General Lees" are expected at the June 2-3 event.

"The show, the car, is a phenomenal thing that is embedded in the American consciousness," said Ben Jones, the actor who played the mechanic Cooter Davenport on the show. He also served as a congressman.

In a 2004 survey conducted by Hagerty Insurance the General Lee was named America's most popular TV or movie car. The second most popular was the 1968 Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the movie "Bullitt."

Bidding on Schneider's General Lee closed at about 1:00 pm eastern time on Friday.

When production on Schneider's planned "Collier & Co." sequel gets rolling, Schneider said, he'll have to start gathering all the pieces.

"My first call has got to be to the people who own the car," he said on Thursday.

He'll need to rent it back from them.


The Todd says "WOW!" And you posted this at 5:27 Todd time. I mean..... I never heard about this piece of POP culture news about two hours BEFORE!!!!!
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Fri May 04, 2007 11:00 pm

sorry. I don't read your posts.
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Postby The Todd on Fri May 04, 2007 11:06 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:sorry. I don't read your posts.


I'm sorry. I assumed that all mods were familiar with the SEARCH button, considering that's the advice that you give us n00bs when we post duplicates.....

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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Fri May 04, 2007 11:10 pm

The Todd wrote:
Lord Voldemoo wrote:sorry. I don't read your posts.


I'm sorry. I assumed that all mods were familiar with the SEARCH button, considering that's the advice that you give us n00bs when we post duplicates.....


It's a "do as I say, not as I do" kinda thing. :twisted:
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Postby havocSchultz on Fri May 04, 2007 11:16 pm

Hey, d'you guys hear about the General Lee auction going to about $10 million or so...?

Fucking crazy huh...?
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Postby SilentBobX on Sat May 05, 2007 7:01 am

Random thoughts about tv. Ok, I'll chime in. House. Damn I love this show. Sarcastic, cynical doctor with a heart of stone and smarter than any physician on tv bar none. I love the cast and how good the writing is. And especially like the fact that Omar Epps, who I wrote off after Major League 2, gives good performances each week. Kudos to the rest of the cast. I often get shit for liking this show but I couldn't care less. I'm probably one of the superfew who aren't one of the Lost Heroes of American Idol network of fans. I prefer what I like of course, not what I'm told to like by the hypermilitant fans of these shows. Not that ALL fans are hypermilitant of course.

Best episode I've seen yet was the one where House gives himself a migraine to prove his old adversary's drug doesn't work. Classic stuff.

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Postby MonkeyM666 on Tue May 08, 2007 6:57 am

[quote="MonkeyM666"]I don't know... there's no Robot Chicken thread (shame on you Zone!) and it's not really a full blown Star Wars thing so I'll post it in here.... I think it sound friggen fantastic! Thanks to Tapes introduction to this RC I've been an avid fan ever since.

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hehehe... one of the clips is about Darth Vader calling Emperor Palpatine to tell him that the Death Star has been blown up. :D

[quote]George Lucas & Seth Green Collaborate On Adult Swim's
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Postby Fried Gold on Tue May 08, 2007 8:09 am

The Admiral Ackbar cereal bit is great.

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Postby MonkeyM666 on Tue May 08, 2007 9:44 am

Ok, I found this a few days ago and wasn't going to post it but it's selling out SOOOOO much that I couldn't resist any longer. I know that it's an old story but I haven't really seen anything about it (how surprising :lol:) on the Zone.

Shrek The Halls on ABC in December '07

ABC Entertainment adds "Shrek The Halls," an original animated special from DreamWorks Animation SKG, to its impressive library of holiday classics, it was announced today by Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment and Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG. The half-hour soon-to-be Christmas favorite will premiere in December 2007.

"Family classics are a cornerstone of our brand, and 'Shrek The Halls' will provide warm memories year-after-year, and be a great addition to our library of holiday favorites such as 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town' and 'A Charlie Brown Christmas,'" said McPherson.

Shrek has been featured in two major animated films to-date, and the world television premiere of Shrek 2 will air Sunday, November 24, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

Added Katzenberg, "The time has come to celebrate the joys of the holiday season with Shrek and his family, and see how Christmas would play out in his world. 'Shrek the Halls' follows a natural storytelling path for us, and we're so happy to be partnered with ABC in expanding the world of Shrek into the television arena."

"Shrek The Halls" brings Christmas home to the swamp. Join Shrek (Mike Myers), Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss In Boots (Antonio Banderas), and all their fairytale buddies as they put their own twist on everyone's favorite holiday traditions. The half-hour special will be directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast) and produced by Teresa Cheng (Madagascar) and Gina Shay (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie).

Holiday favorites included in the ABC library are "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown," the annual "Walt Disney Christmas Parade" and "Tournament of Roses Parade" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve.


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Postby TonyWilson on Fri May 11, 2007 7:34 pm

So I was wathcing the Apprentice the other day and Alan Sugar set a task which involved the two teams going rounf various suppliers or vendors and trying to get a specific set of goods at discount. One of the items was something called Nigella Seeds something that no one in either team had a clue about what they were. Cue them spending hours and hours phoning round florists and garden centres and cahs and carry's asking what they were. The thing was, every single one of them had, and flaunted like a child with a new toy no-one else has, a super fucking flash mobile phone and not one of the (what I can only now assume to be functionally ALF) contestants thought to use to do a google search. I mean seriously, how fucking stupid is that? One of these people is going to end up earning £100,000 at the end of this, and they don't know how to use google!!!!



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Postby doglips on Fri May 11, 2007 7:39 pm

Black Onion Seed, right?

I find the entire program ALF, watching those idiots makes my blood boil.
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Postby TonyWilson on Fri May 11, 2007 7:45 pm

Yeh, black onion seed, otherwise known as khonjli(sp?)
My mum loves the show so whenever I'm down there when it's on I'm pretty much forced to watch it with her. I've got quite into the other series it gets quite fun to see these people make absolute twats out of themselves.
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Postby wonkabar on Tue May 15, 2007 8:32 pm

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Here's CBS's Fall 2007 Schedule

Postby jason.cinema on Wed May 16, 2007 2:17 pm

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20070516cbs02

I'm a big fan of Amber Tamblyn and it irritates me to no end that all the buzz was behind Babylon Fields getting picked up and then all of a sudden they decide that Moonlight, a Xerox of Forever Knight/Angel (which was pretty much DOA from what I understand) gets a series order.

Why can't zombies and vampire co-exist on the same network?! Why?!

Damn you, Tiffany Network!!!

Well, maybe if something bombs, they can decide to bring back Babylon Fields. Well, it's a thought, anyway.

Other than that and the very awesome renewal of How I Met Your Mother, this schedule is snoozeville, man.

CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

2007-2008 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

(N=New, NT=New Time, all times ET/PT)

MONDAY

8:00-8:30 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

8:30-9:00 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (N)

9:00-9:30 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN

9:30-10:00 PM RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

10:00-11:00 PM CSI: MIAMI

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM NCIS

9:00-10:00 PM THE UNIT

10:00-11:00 PM CANE (N)

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM KID NATION (N)

9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS

10:00-11:00 PM CSI: NY

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR

9:00-10:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

10:00-11:00 PM WITHOUT A TRACE (NT)

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM GHOST WHISPERER

9:00-10:00 PM MOONLIGHT (N)

10:00-11:00 PM NUMB3RS

SATURDAY

8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY

9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY

10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS: MYSTERY

SUNDAY

7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES

8:00-9:00 PM VIVA LAUGHLIN (N)

9:00-10:00 PM COLD CASE

10:00-11:00 PM SHARK (NT)





New Comedy

THE BIG BANG THEORY is a comedy from the Emmy Award nominated Co-Creator and Executive Producer of "Two and a Half Men" Chuck Lorre, about brainy best friends Leonard (Johnny Galecki, "Roseanne") and Sheldon (Jim Parsons "Judging Amy"), who can tell you anything you want to know about quantum physics, but when it comes to dealing with everyday life here on earth they're lost in the cosmos. Neither fully understands that scientific principles don't always apply in matters of the heart - until they meet their sexy new neighbor Penny (Kaley Cuoco, "8 Simple Rules..."), a friendly screenwriter/waitress from the midwest who also happens to be newly single. She quickly makes an impression on the other members of Leonard and Sheldon's geek squad - Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), who portrays himself as the Casanova of Cal Tech, and fellow whiz kid Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar, "NCIS"), who is rendered speechless around anyone unprepared to converse about the Theory of Relativity or other scientific jargon. The chemistry between this gaggle of geniuses and a delightful damsel is about to undergo a stimulating series of inter-personal experiments. Multiple Emmy Award winner James Burrows ("Will & Grace") directed the pilot. Lorre and Bill Prady ("Gilmore Girls," "Dharma & Greg") are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.


New Dramas

Executive produced by Tony and Emmy Award winner Hugh Jackman ("The Boy from Oz," "X-Men"), VIVA LAUGHLIN is a mystery drama with music about eternal optimist and freewheeling businessman Ripley Holden, whose sole ambition is to run a casino in Laughlin, Nev. Occasionally using upbeat contemporary songs to accentuate the drama and humor and advance the story, the series is based on the hit BBC show "Viva Blackpool." Ripley (Lloyd Owen, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles") is the ultimate gambler with an infectious personality who is on the brink of making a killing... just as soon as he opens his casino that's nowhere near completion. When his financing suddenly falls through, the fearless and tenacious Ripley approaches his enemy - dashing, sarcastic, wealthy casino owner Nicky Fontana (Hugh Jackman) for help. Though the odds are stacked against him, Ripley doesn't miss a beat, even when he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation after the body of his ex-business partner is found at his club. At home, Ripley uses his dry wit to adjust to the demands of his family: his gorgeous wife, Natalie (Madchen Amick, "ER"), wants more attention; his teenage daughter, Cheyenne (Ellen Woglom, "The O.C."), wants his approval; and his son, Jack (Carter Jenkins, "Surface"), wants to help him at work. All of this adversity would defeat a lesser man, but for the outgoing and passionate Ripley there's no such thing as bad news, only deals to be struck and wagers to be won in the intoxicating neon glow of Laughlin, where the cards are on the table, romance is in the air and lively music is on the stage. Eric Winter ("Wildfire") and D.B. Woodside ("24") also star. Directed by Gabriele Muccino ("The Pursuit of Happyness"). Golden Globe Award nominee Hugh Jackman, John Palermo ("X-Men: The Last Stand"), Bob Lowry ("Huff"), Paul Telegdy and Peter Bowker ("Viva Blackpool") are executive producers for BBC Worldwide Productions, Seed Productions, CBS Paramount Network Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.


CANE stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jimmy Smits ("The West Wing") in an epic drama about the external rivalries and internal power struggles of a large Cuban-American family running an immensely successful rum and sugar business in South Florida. When the family patriarch, Pancho (Hector Elizondo, "Chicago Hope"), is offered a lucrative but questionable deal by his bitter adversary, the Samuels, to purchase thousands of acres of sugar fields, he's faced with a tough choice: Should he cash out of the sugar business and focus solely on rum, which would please his impulsive natural son, Frank (Nestor Carbonell, "Lost"), or protect the family legacy that he built from the ground up by not selling, and side with his adopted son, Alex (Smits), who mistrusts the Samuels and still sees value in sugar. Alex and Frank's approach to business is as different as their approach to life. While Frank might lose focus chasing women, Alex is deeply in love with his beautiful wife, Isabel (Paola Turbay, "Bailando por un Sueo"), who is also Pancho's daughter. Married when she was just 17 years old, Isabel balances Alex by choosing not to involve herself in the business, focusing instead on their three children, who are determined to forge their own paths outside the family. For the Duques, will family allegiance come first or will their secrets and acrimonious conflicts over love, lust and control of the family fortune be their downfall? Eddie Matos ("General Hospital"), Rita Moreno ("West Side Story"), Michael Trevino ("The Riches"), Lina Esco ("CSI: NY"), Sam Carman ("Bones"), Alona Tal ("Veronica Mars") and Polly Walker ("Rome") also star. Cynthia Cidre ("The Mambo Kings"), Jonathan Prince ("American Dreams"), Jimmy Iovine ("8 Mile") and Polly Anthony ("Lifehouse: Live in Portland!") are the executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Paramount Network Television.


MOONLIGHT, from prolific movie producer Joel Silver ("The Matrix," Trilogy), is about Mick St. John (Alex O'Loughlin, upcoming "White Out"), a captivating "undead" private investigator who uses his acute vampire senses to help the living... instead of feeding on them. In an agonizing twist of fate, Mick was "bitten" 60 years ago by his new bride, the seductive and beguiling Coraline (Amber Valletta, "Hitch"). Immortal and eternally as young, handsome and charismatic as he was then, Mick is sickened by Coraline and other vampires who view humans only as a source of nourishment. With only a handful of undead confidantes for company, including deceitful ally Josef (Rade Serbedzija, "24"), Mick fills his infinite days protecting the living, and trying not to think about how his life would have been if he hadn't followed his heart. However, after six decades of resisting, he wonders if it's time to pursue the love of a mortal. He has his eyes on Beth Turner, a beautiful, ambitious reporter who has been covering the ongoing plague of unusual murders. But would Beth even consider giving up a normal life to be with him, and can Mick risk the pain of seeing himself as a monster in her eyes? As Mick lives between two realities, fighting his adversaries among the undead and falling in love with Beth, he knows he needs to figure out a reason to keep "living." MOONLIGHT is directed by executive producer Rod Holcomb ("ER"). Joel Silver, Ron Koslow ("Birds of Prey"), Trevor Munson and Gerard Bocaccio are also executive producers for Warner Bros. Television.


New Reality Series

KID NATION is a reality-based series in which 40 kids will have 40 days to build a new world - in a ghost town that died in the 19th Century. These kids, ages 8-15, will spend more than a month without their parents or modern comforts in Bonanza City, N.M., attempting to do what their forefathers could not - build a town that works. They will cook their own meals, clean their own outhouses, haul their own water and even run their own businesses - including the old town saloon (root beer only). They'll also create a real government - four kid leaders who will guide the group through their adventure, pass laws and set bedtimes. Through it all, they'll cope with regular childhood emotions and situations: homesickness, peer pressure and the urge to break every rule they've ever known. At the end of each episode, all 40 kids will gather at an old fashioned Town Hall meeting where they will debate the issues facing Bonanza City. They'll show wisdom beyond their years and the unflinching candor that only kids can exhibit. There are no eliminations on KID NATION - you only go home if you want to. And in every Town Hall meeting, kids may raise their hands and leave. Will they stick it out? In the end, will these kids prove to adults everywhere (and their own parents!) that they have the vision to build a better world than the pioneers who came before them? And just as importantly, will they come together as a cohesive unit, or will they abandon all responsibility and succumb to the childhood temptations that lead to round-the-clock chaos? KID NATION is produced by Emmy Award winner Tom Forman ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") for Tom Forman Prods. and Good TV, Inc.


New Summer Reality Series

POWER OF 10, hosted by award-winning comedian Drew Carey ("The Drew Carey Show"), is a high-stakes game that challenges contestants to guess the behaviors, opinions and lifestyle choices of the American public for the chance to win $10 million. POWER OF 10 polls thousands of people across the U.S. asking them, well, just about everything - from "What percentage of married Americans said they were virgins the day they got married?" to "What percentage of American's believe they are smarter than the president?" Each week, contestants must decide if they have their finger on the pulse of the American majority and can accurately predict the results of these nationwide surveys. With the first question worth $1,000 and only five questions to answer, each one increasing 10 times in value, contestants participate in a potentially lucrative game where they just might walk away with $10 million. The higher they are on the money ladder, the closer they must be to the actual statistic. The studio audience and a friend can help them, but the final answer is theirs. Michael Davies ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire") is executive producer for Embassy Row in association with Sony Pictures Television.


New Midseason Series

SWINGTOWN, from the director of "Big Love" and "Rome," peeks into the shag-carpeted suburban homes of the 1970s to find couples reveling in the sexual and social revolution that introduced open marriages, women's liberation and challenged many conventional wisdoms. During this heady era of provocative change, Susan (Molly Parker, "Deadwood") and Bruce Miller (Jack Davenport, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest") move their family to an affluent Chicago suburb in search of a different sense of community, and they look forward to barbecues and get-togethers with their new neighbors, as well as a change of pace for their teenage daughter and pre-teen son. Enter Tom (Grant Show, "Melrose Place") and Trina (Lana Parrilla, "24") Decker, a striking, outgoing couple on the hunt who redefine the term "neighborhood watch." After a mind-blowing evening with them, Susan and Bruce realize that couples in this town share much more than recipes, local gossip and a view of Lake Michigan, and are worlds apart from their former conservative neighbors, Janet (Miriam Shor, "Big Day") and Roger (Josh Hopkins, "Brothers & Sisters") Thompson. Susan's loyal friend Janet is appalled by what she witnesses in this new neighborhood, while Roger, though dutiful to his wife, may be more intrigued than she knows. In a changing social climate - defined by its music, fashion and style - everyone in SWINGTOWN is confronted with personal choices, experimentation and shifting attitudes. Shanna Collins ("Wildfire"), Aaron Howles and Brittany Robertson ("Freddie") also star. Mike Kelley ("The O.C.") and director Alan Poul ("Six Feet Under") are executive producers for CBS Paramount Network Television.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Wed May 16, 2007 2:20 pm

jesus, how many crime/procedural dramas can you squeeze onto one network??

Thanks for the news about "How I Met Your Mother", though, Jason! It's the only show I watch on CBS.
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Postby jason.cinema on Wed May 16, 2007 3:11 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:jesus, how many crime/procedural dramas can you squeeze onto one network??

Thanks for the news about "How I Met Your Mother", though, Jason! It's the only show I watch on CBS.


You're very welcome, Lord Voldemoo. I also love How I Met Your Mother.

After reading their fall schedule, once again my CBS viewing ratio is all but nil, save for How I Met Your Mother and Moonlight. I have this sneaking suspicion that certain people at CBS would really love to shake things up, schedule-wise, but the iron fist of Les Moonves clamps down on any type of deviation from the CBS norm (i.e. yawn-inducing crime procedurals).
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Postby godzillasushi on Wed May 16, 2007 3:13 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:Thanks for the news about "How I Met Your Mother", though, Jason! It's the only show I watch on CBS.


My two cents, I to enjoy this show greatly. And it is in fact the only thing I watch on CBS outside of sports. Primetime CBS is so blah.
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Postby havocSchultz on Wed May 16, 2007 3:51 pm

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Lord Voldemoo wrote:jesus, how many crime/procedural dramas can you squeeze onto one network??

Thanks for the news about "How I Met Your Mother", though, Jason! It's the only show I watch on CBS.


You're very welcome, Lord Voldemoo. I also love How I Met Your Mother.

After reading their fall schedule, once again my CBS viewing ratio is all but nil, save for How I Met Your Mother and Moonlight. I have this sneaking suspicion that certain people at CBS would really love to shake things up, schedule-wise, but the iron fist of Les Moonves clamps down on any type of deviation from the CBS norm (i.e. yawn-inducing crime procedurals).


Yeah...but why fix what technically ain't broke...?

At least, ratings-wise...

I'm amazed CBS doesn't just change it's name to CbSI or something...

I'm assuming those shows still rake in a fuck load of viewers...

They're just like film studios...as long as it's making them a bunch of cash - they will milk it (more than Moo and his cousin) for all it's worth...
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Postby TonyWilson on Thu May 17, 2007 6:32 am

Watched the first 5 eps of The Shield last night.


HOLY SHIT


What a badass show. When Mackey shot Aceveda's mole my jaw hit the floor and remained there for the next 4 episodes.
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Postby jason.cinema on Thu May 17, 2007 10:32 pm

So after all of the buzz and acclaim that kept getting thrown The Sarah Connor Chronicles way, FOX decides not to air it until the spring? So since this is FOX, it'll no doubt air three episodes and then get cancelled. Other than that and New Amsterdam, a big yawn for FOX this fall. Oh and "reality" shows are fucking lame.

http://www.fox.com/programming/

[quote]FOX PRIMETIME SCHEDULE: FALL 2007 (All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM PRISON BREAK
9:00-10:00 PM K-VILLE

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM NEW AMSTERDAM
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE

WEDNESDAY
8:00-8:30 PM BACK TO YOU
8:30-9:00 PM 'TIL DEATH
9:00-10:00 PM BONES

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?
9:00-10:00 PM KITCHEN NIGHTMARES

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN
BAND (working title)
9:00-10:00 PM NASHVILLE (working title)

SATURDAY 8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT MADtv
MIDNIGHT-12:30 AM TALK SHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN

SUNDAY
7:00-8:00 PM THE OT (NFL post-game)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM KING OF THE HILL
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM AMERICAN DAD

FOX PRIMETIME SCHEDULE: BEGINNING JANUARY 2008 (All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM K-VILLE (January)/PRISON BREAK (Spring)
9:00-10:00 PM 24

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL
9:00-10:00 PM HOUSE

WEDNESDAY (January)
8:00-8:30 PM BACK TO YOU
8:30-9:00 PM 'TIL DEATH
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL

WEDNESDAY (Spring)
8:00-8:30 PM BACK TO YOU
8:30-9:00 PM THE RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES (working title)
9:00-9:30 PM AMERICAN IDOL Results Show
9:30-10:00 PM 'TIL DEATH

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER?
9:00-10:00 PM CANTERBURY'S LAW

FRIDAY (Spring)
8:00-9:00 PM BONES
9:00-10:00 PM NEW AMSTERDAM

SATURDAY
8:00-8:30 PM COPS
8:30-9:00 PM COPS
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK
11:00 PM-MIDNIGHT MADtv
MIDNIGHT-12:30 AM TALKSHOW WITH SPIKE FERESTEN

SUNDAY (Spring)
7:00-7:30 PM KING OF THE HILL
7:30-8:00 PM AMERICAN DAD
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM FAMILY GUY
9:00-10:00 PM THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES

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Postby jason.cinema on Thu May 17, 2007 10:32 pm

I refuse to believe anything regarding the fate of Veronica Mars/a new Rob Thomas/Kristen Bell series until June 15th.

http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/fall2007-sneak-peek-map

THE CW's 2007-2008 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8:00-8:30 PM EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS

8:30-9:00 PM ALIENS IN AMERICA (New Series)

9:00-9:30 PM GIRLFRIENDS

9:30-10:00 PM THE GAME

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE GEEK

9:00-10:00 PM REAPER (New Series)

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL

9:00-10:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL (New Series)

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SMALLVILLE

9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL

FRIDAY

8:00-10:00 PM FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN!

SUNDAY

7:00-7:30 PM CW NOW (New Series)

7:30-8:00 PM ONLINE NATION (New Series)

8:00-9:00 PM LIFE IS WILD (New Series)

9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (Encore Presentation)

Sundays will kick off the 7:00-8:00 p.m. hour with two new reality shows. At 7:00 p.m., CW NOW will premiere as the ultimate source for everything hip, hot and happening in youth culture. From the producers of the entertainment magazine show "Extra," CW NOW utilizes eye-catching graphics and visuals in a fast-paced mix of celebrity gossip and current fashion and lifestyle trends. Advertisers can participate by incorporating their brand into the fabric of the show, expanding on the network's success last season with content wraps. At 7:30 p.m., The CW is turning couch potatoes into mouse potatoes with ONLINE NATION, a series that takes the best of the web's user- generated video and makes it available to television audiences.

New Dramas

Reaper - For the first 20 years of his life, Sam (Bret Harrison, "The Loop," "Grounded for Life") wondered why his parents went so easy on him. Whether it was school, sports or career choices, Sam's mom (Allison Hossack, "Falcon Beach") and dad (Andrew Airlie, "The L Word") always let him get by with the least possible effort, while at the same time pressuring his younger brother Keith (Kyle Switzer, "15/Love") to excel. As a result, Sam skipped college, took a dead-end job and now wastes endless hours playing video games and wishing he had the guts to ask out his pretty co-worker, Andi (Nikki Reed, "Thirteen," "The O.C."). Everything in his slacker world changes the day Sam turns 21 and discovers the ungodly reason his parents let him slide: they sold his soul to the devil before he was born. Satan himself (Ray Wise, "24," "The Closer") drops by to personally explain that Sam must now serve as his bounty hunter, tracking down evil souls that have escaped and returning them to Hell. At first, Sam refuses to accept his bizarre fate, but after getting just a glimpse of Satan's temper, Sam realizes that breaking a deal with the devil has consequences that are very, very bad. Armed with a constantly changing series of vessels ?? starting with a Dirt Devil mini-vacuum ?? to collect the escapees, Sam immediately finds that the work is dangerous and frightening, even with the goofball help of his friends and fellow slackers, Bert "Sock" Wysocki (Tyler Labine, "Boston Legal," "Invasion") and Ben (Rick Gonzalez, "Coach Carter"), along with Sock's former-girlfriend-turned-paralegal, Josie (Valarie Rae Miller, "Dark Angel"). Still, as weird and scary as his life has become, Sam is surprised to find that he somehow feels good about his newfound "mission" ?? removing evil-doers from the world and sending them back where they belong. With his friends and his trusty vessel-of-the-week at his side, Sam is ready to face his destiny as the Reaper. REAPER is from ABC Studios with executive producers Michelle Fazekas ("Ed," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Tara Butters ("Ed," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds"), Deb Spera ("Criminal Minds"), Tom Spezialy ("Desperate Housewives") and Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"). Kevin Smith also directed the pilot.

Gossip Girl - The privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East Side first learn that Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") is back in town the way they learn all the important news in their lives ?? from the blog of the all-knowing albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl's identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious circle relies on her text messages for the latest scoop. Serena's closest friend, Blair (Leighton Meester, "Surface"), is just as surprised as everyone else to find that Serena has suddenly ended her self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan. The tension between Blair and Serena isn't lost on Gossip Girl, who is determined to uncover and fuel any and all scandals. Does it involve Serena's brother Eric (Connor Paolo, "One Life to Live"), Blair's boyfriend Nate (Chace Crawford, "The Covenant") or Nate's buddy Chuck (Ed Westwick, "Children of Men")? Maybe it has something to do with Dan (Penn Badgley, "John Tucker Must Die") and his sister Jenny (Taylor Momsen, "Spy Kids 2," "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"), whose middle-class background keeps them on the fringes of this exclusive clique. Even the parents ?? from Serena's mother Lily (Kelly Rutherford, "Melrose Place"), a former ballerina/rock-groupie, to Nate's high-powered father Howie "The Captain" Archibald (Sam Robards, "The West Wing"), to Dan and Jenny's dad Rufus (Matthew Settle, "Brothers and Sisters"), a former rocker turned art gallery owner ?? are aware that their sons and daughters are constantly checking their Sidekicks to read Gossip Girl's latest sightings and overheard tidbits. Overriding all the shifting friendships, jealousies and turmoil in this wealthy and complex world, the central mystery remains -- Who Is Gossip Girl? Based on the popular series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, GOSSIP GIRL is from Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Television Inc. with executive producers Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") & Stephanie Savage ("The O.C."), Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"). Mark Piznarski ("Veronica Mars," "Friday Night Lights") directed the pilot.

Life Is Wild - Katie Clarke (Leah Pipes, "Clubhouse") may never forgive her veterinarian father, Danny (Brett Cullen, "Ghost Rider," "Friday Night Lights"), for dragging their entire blended family out of New York City to spend a year living in a broken-down lodge called The Blue Antelope in a game reserve deep inside South Africa. Everyone in the family, including Katie's 11-year-old brother Chase (K'sun Ray, "Smith"), Danny's second wife Jo (Judith Hoag, "Armageddon"), her rebellious teenage son Jesse (Andrew St. John, "General Hospital") and 7-year-old daughter, Mia (Mary Matilyn Mouser, "Eloise"), is sure Danny has lost his mind. But Danny's reasons go beyond his desire to keep his troubled family together while making a difference in the lives of the people and animals of South Africa: his deceased first wife Claire grew up at The Blue Antelope and it's still home to her reclusive father Art (David Butler). After just a few days in South Africa, the family has already encountered an injured lioness, a lost cub, and a gentle giraffe. They've also met a few locals, including a handsome young Brit, Oliver Banks (newcomer Calvin Goldspink) and his twin sister Emily (newcomer Tiffany Mulheron), whose father Colin Banks (Jeremy Sheffield), runs a safari business for wealthy tourists, and Tumelo (newcomer Atandwa Kani), a teen who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. While they are definitely outsiders, Katie and the rest of the family are nevertheless beginning to love the breathtaking vistas of the bush country and the vibrant culture enveloping them. A year in this strange but beautiful place might not be so bad after all. LIFE IS WILD is a production of CBS Paramount Network Television Inc., Warner Bros. Television and Company Pictures, an All 3 Media Company, with executive producers Michael Rauch ("Love Monkey," "Beautiful People"), Charlie Pattinson ("Wild at Heart," "Shameless") and George Faber ("Wild at Heart," "Skins"). Bryan Gordon ("The Office," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") directed the pilot.

New Comedies

Aliens In America - Justin Tolchuk (Dan Byrd, "The Hills Have Eyes") is a sensitive, lanky 16-year-old just trying to make it through the social nightmare of high school in Medora, Wisconsin, with the help of his well-meaning mom Franny (Amy Pietz, "Caroline in the City"), aspiring-entrepreneur dad Gary (Patrick Breen, "Kevin Hill"), and his popular sister Claire (Lindsey Shaw, "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"), who is sweetly unaware of how good-looking she is. When Franny signs up for the school's international exchange student program, she pictures an athletic, brilliant Nordic teen who will bestow instant coolness on her outsider son. However, when the Tolchuk's exchange student arrives, he turns out to be Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan, "Fair City"), a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim. Despite the cultural chasm between them, Justin and Raja quickly develop an unlikely friendship that just might allow them to navigate the minefield that is contemporary high school. It's going to be a very interesting year for Raja, Justin, his family and the entire population of Medora. ALIENS IN AMERICA is from CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Tim Doyle ("Jake in Progress"), Moses Port ("Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You") and David Guarascio ("Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You"). Luke Greenfield ("The Girl Next Door") directed the pilot.

Midseason

"ONE TREE HILL"

Returning for its fifth season to the town of Tree Hill, this drama revolves around the lives of two young men, Lucas and Nathan, who have little in common aside from their love for hoops and the fact that they share the same father. The star of the high school basketball team, Nathan hails from a wealthy family, while his half-brother Lucas is the only child of a single mom. The inhabitants of Tree Hill have witnessed Lucas' metamorphosis from loner to high school basketball star, Nathan and Haley's troubled marriage, and Peyton and Brooke's tumultuous friendship. While the teenagers struggle to find their places in the world, the adults in Tree Hill continue to deal with the residue of decisions they made years ago. The series stars Chad Michael Murray as Lucas Scott, James Lafferty as Nathan Scott, Hilarie Burton as Peyton Sawyer, Bethany Joy Galeotti as Haley James, Paul Johansson as Dan Scott, Sophia Bush as Brooke Davis, Barbara Alyn Woods as Deb Scott, Barry Corbin as Whitey Durham and Moira Kelly as Karen Roe. ONE TREE HILL is from executive producer and show creator Mark Schwahn ("Coach Carter"), executive producers Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola ("Smallville") and Greg Prange for Tollin/Robbins Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

"CROWNED: THE MOTHER OF ALL PAGEANTS" (New Reality Series)

Judges Carson Kressley ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"), former Miss U.S.A. Shanna Moakler ("Dancing with the Stars," "Meet the Barkers"), and television personality Cynthia Garrett referee an eight-episode competition that dares to pit mother/daughter teams against each other in a no-holds-barred beauty pageant. CROWNED: THE MOTHER OF ALL PAGEANTS explores one of the most emotional and volatile relationships as mothers and daughters from all walks of life must compete together ?? and against other mother/daughter teams ?? in order to win. Faced with challenges that focus on preparing them for the pageant show finale, the women will have to brand a 'style' for their mother/daughter team via clothing and swimwear, create ways of expressing a point of view about issues in the world, and practice for the big pageant dance number. Not only do good looks, talent and a penchant for world peace have to run in the family, each team must also have patience, teamwork and a healthy sense of humor. In the end, one mother/daughter team will be "crowned" the winner and will receive a valuable prize package, including a $100,000 cash award, and, of course, a fabulous pair of tiaras. CROWNED: THE MOTHER OF ALL PAGEANTS is a production of Fox Television Studios, with creator/executive producer Laurie Girion ("Cheerleader Nation," "Last Comic Standing 2").

"FARMER WANTS A WIFE" (New Reality Series)

The CW cultivates romance a l "Green Acres" with FARMER WANTS A WIFE, a comedic reality series designed to help one farm boy find the city girl of his dreams. Based on the hit British format, this first U.S. version will find a charming, hard-working farmer who is happy with his life but lacking romance and wondering if he might find happiness with a woman from the city. The show's producers will search the nation's cities to select a group of 10 women who have had it with bad dates in the big city and are open to making a big change. The group will consist of women looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and wondering if a country man with country values might offer a more attractive lifestyle. FARMER WANTS A WIFE will bring these city women to the country farmer. The ladies will have to impress him with their heart and their newfound "love" of the country life, or they'll be sent back to the city. Are these city girls ready for the realities of life and work on a farm ?? driving a tractor, taking care of very large farm animals and attending bingo night? Through a series of challenges, group activities, shocking eliminations and cozy dates, 10 fast-lane women will see how they match up with a back-roads guy on the path to true love. FARMER WANTS A WIFE is from Fremantle Media North American (FMNA) and Super Delicious LLC with executive producers Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Adam Cohen, Cara Tapper, and Joanna xVernetti.
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Postby thebostonlocksmith on Fri May 18, 2007 9:45 am

For the sake of my brains, what is SWEEPS???
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Postby Flumm on Fri May 18, 2007 9:51 am

I could pull mystical Mr Miyagi karate-infused life-lesson on you here, Boston, but it wouldn't be very funny, and you would probably just me in the face with the broom I just gave you anyway.

Justfiably so.

Sweeps is the time in American network scheduling that they aim to get their cash money.

Ahem, that is to say...

(From the font of wiki)

"Sweeps"

Much of the ratings system, however, still consists of the completion by viewers of ratings diaries, in which a viewer records his or her viewing habits, generally for a week, in exchange for being advanced a nominal fee. These diaries play an especially important role during the four sweeps periods conducted in February, May, July and November in an attempt to measure smaller local market audiences in markets that are not covered by People Meter samples already. (Other, smaller sweeps are conducted through the year in the markets large enough to be measured by non-demographic meters, but not large enough to be measured by the demographic meters (people meters).)

The term "sweep" refers to how the diaries were handled by Nielsen Media when the ratings were first produced: They are mailed to the households and processed by starting on the East Coast and "sweeping" across the nation.

Television networks and other programmers make unusual efforts to attract additional viewers during these periods, including airing mostly first-run programming as opposed to repeats, airing more special broadcasts, and including special content in programming such as guest stars, controversial and unexpected plots or topics, extended episodes, finales, and increased competition in advertising. Even news programs are often involved, airing especially controversial or titillating investigative reports and promotions. For this reason, the "sweeps" system of national ratings has been criticized as not representative of typical programming, and encouraging an increase in content of concern such as violence and explicit sexuality. Outside of these peak periods it is more common to see reruns of television programs.

Nielsen 2007 Sweeps Dates:
May 2007 April 26 - May 23, 2007
July 2007 July 5 - August 1, 2007
November 2007 November 1 - November 28, 2007
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Postby thebostonlocksmith on Fri May 18, 2007 9:53 am

Thank you Flumm, i knew it was something like that but that has cleared it up for me...


Thanks again...
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Postby jason.cinema on Fri May 18, 2007 8:58 pm

Turn on MTV. I can't believe my eyes. My sides hurt from laughing so much.

Just a few minutes ago, John Krasinski was holding Rob Riggle and Michael Cera hostage with a "handgun" unless humangiant.mtv.com gets 1 million hits while Will Arnett whips out a high-tech watergun, and then Arnett holds Cera hostage, as he wants the site to get less hits. This is fucking unreal...and it's ON TELEVISION.
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Postby Adam Balm on Fri May 18, 2007 9:56 pm

jason.cinema wrote: This is fucking unreal...and it's ON TELEVISION.


But is it really real if it's on television?

FOR GODSSAKES WHAT DOES DERRIDA HAVE TO SAY????
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Postby jason.cinema on Fri May 18, 2007 10:11 pm

Adam Balm wrote:
jason.cinema wrote: This is fucking unreal...and it's ON TELEVISION.


But is it really real if it's on television?

FOR GODSSAKES WHAT DOES DERRIDA HAVE TO SAY????


Quit blowing my mind! :shock:
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Postby TheBaxter on Sun May 20, 2007 5:10 pm

ok, this has been driving me nuts.

when i was a little kid, sometime around the late 70s or very early 80s, i remember seeing this show on TV. it was like a serial, but more of an anthology series. for some reason, i thought it was called "cliffhangers" but i can't find anything on imdb under that name.

anyway, the idea is that each week there was a new story, kinda like twilight zone or something... except each episode would end on a cliffhanger, and you'd have to tune in the following week to see how it ended, followed by the beginning of a new story. i only have very vague memories of this show, but i remember one story that featured a tarantula or black widow spider or something, and another one of a guy going over a cliff. but i was so young, i really don't remember much more about it except for vague impressions.

DOES ANYONE ELSE REMEMBER THIS SHOW!?!?!?
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Postby Cha-Ka Khan on Sun May 20, 2007 5:21 pm

Sure thing... It was on NBC and indeed called "Cliffhangers."

Starred Susan Anton as an action heroine, Michael Nouri as Dracula, etc.
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Postby DinoDeLaurentiis on Sun May 20, 2007 5:24 pm

TheBaxter wrote:DOES ANYONE ELSE REMEMBER THIS SHOW!?!?!?


The Dino anna the Vicar, they hadda the little back-anna-forth onna this a while back, eh? Here anna here...
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Postby TheBaxter on Sun May 20, 2007 7:14 pm

AWESOME! glad to know it wasn't my mind playing tricks on me.

i don't remember the michael nouri as dracula, probably missed it. is this on DVD? i'd love to see what it was really like.

as long as they're bringing back shows like the bionic woman, i think they should make an updated version of Cliffhangers. it might do really good now.
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Postby TheBaxter on Sun May 20, 2007 7:20 pm

wow, i looked some more and managed to find a wikipedia article on it.

i guess i was too young to actually get the show back then, i thought it was a new story each week, i didn't realize they had 3 ongoing stories. and wow, only 10 weeks? amazing that it got stuck into my memory in such a short time. please tell me i at least remembered the tarantual/black widow part right though? i seriously remember an episode with a spider in it.

rereading those three storylines on wikipedia, i think this could be an AWESOME tv show to remake. it would be like Lost/BSG/24 on crack and meth at the same time. NUMBER ONE!!! MAKE IT SO!!!
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Postby buster00 on Mon May 21, 2007 1:38 am

Just popping in to say how glad I am that "The War at Home" and "The Winner" are both dead.

What a couple of shitheaps. Just horrible, horrible television.
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Postby TheBaxter on Mon May 21, 2007 2:55 pm

jason.cinema wrote:Reaper - For the first 20 years of his life, Sam (Bret Harrison, "The Loop," "Grounded for Life") wondered why his parents went so easy on him. Whether it was school, sports or career choices, Sam's mom (Allison Hossack, "Falcon Beach") and dad (Andrew Airlie, "The L Word") always let him get by with the least possible effort, while at the same time pressuring his younger brother Keith (Kyle Switzer, "15/Love") to excel. As a result, Sam skipped college, took a dead-end job and now wastes endless hours playing video games and wishing he had the guts to ask out his pretty co-worker, Andi (Nikki Reed, "Thirteen," "The O.C."). Everything in his slacker world changes the day Sam turns 21 and discovers the ungodly reason his parents let him slide: they sold his soul to the devil before he was born. Satan himself (Ray Wise, "24," "The Closer") drops by to personally explain that Sam must now serve as his bounty hunter, tracking down evil souls that have escaped and returning them to Hell. At first, Sam refuses to accept his bizarre fate, but after getting just a glimpse of Satan's temper, Sam realizes that breaking a deal with the devil has consequences that are very, very bad. Armed with a constantly changing series of vessels ?? starting with a Dirt Devil mini-vacuum ?? to collect the escapees, Sam immediately finds that the work is dangerous and frightening, even with the goofball help of his friends and fellow slackers, Bert "Sock" Wysocki (Tyler Labine, "Boston Legal," "Invasion") and Ben (Rick Gonzalez, "Coach Carter"), along with Sock's former-girlfriend-turned-paralegal, Josie (Valarie Rae Miller, "Dark Angel"). Still, as weird and scary as his life has become, Sam is surprised to find that he somehow feels good about his newfound "mission" ?? removing evil-doers from the world and sending them back where they belong. With his friends and his trusty vessel-of-the-week at his side, Sam is ready to face his destiny as the Reaper. REAPER is from ABC Studios with executive producers Michelle Fazekas ("Ed," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Tara Butters ("Ed," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds"), Deb Spera ("Criminal Minds"), Tom Spezialy ("Desperate Housewives") and Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"). Kevin Smith also directed the pilot.


i've been watching some of the promos for next year's new shows, and i just saw a few scenes from this. this show had sounded pretty good based on the premise, but i didn't know that kevin smith was involved with it. i thought it looked pretty good. the first scene, with ray wise as the devil, pretty much sold me.

RAY WISE IS SATAN!!!

that's enough by itself to make me give the show a chance.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Mon May 21, 2007 7:36 pm

So I am watching Freaks & Geeks and I just keep forgetting how awesome James Franco was in this series. He is just so charismatic and yet we haven ever seen him in this light since...its too bad.
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Postby The Vicar on Tue May 22, 2007 9:40 am

TheBaxter wrote:wow, i looked some more and managed to find a wikipedia article on it.

i guess i was too young to actually get the show back then, i thought it was a new story each week, i didn't realize they had 3 ongoing stories. and wow, only 10 weeks? amazing that it got stuck into my memory in such a short time. please tell me i at least remembered the tarantual/black widow part right though? i seriously remember an episode with a spider in it.


Journey to the Unknown did that to me.
I only saw two or three episodes, but that haunting opening with the guy whistleing in the abandoned Carnival grounds absolutely stuck with me.
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Postby LaDracul on Sat Jun 23, 2007 10:51 pm

The fact that "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" is finally made into a TV show has me stoked. I loved that book as a kid, there was a pilot that never made it back when the book was first released, but it has Michael Cera as the unlucky Todd and Kathy Najimy as the nice but befuddled teacher Mrs. Jewels.

If they have the "Memento"-esque Jenny story ("It was purple."), I'll be one happy camper. Hell, I wanted this ever since I walked out of "Holes".
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Postby minstrel on Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:04 pm

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is back! New episodes on BBC America!

Woohoo!

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I'm a fan of this show. Woefully horrible restaurants call in hardass British chef Gordon Ramsay to help them tell their ass from a hole in the ground. Great stuff!
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Postby doglips on Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:11 am

reposted for Jason -

jason.cinema wrote:LINK

Might Rube be making a return on Dead Like Me? I know they're already filming the movie but I really hope he makes an appearance and, if the series returns, he comes back.


I've got your link to work, but it doesn't link to anything.....
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Postby jason.cinema on Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:38 am

http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Ausiello-Report/Criminal-Minds-Cuts/800018454?rssDate=12345678

Might Rube be making a return on Dead Like Me? I know they're already filming the movie but I really hope he makes an appearance and, if the series returns, he comes back.

And thanks, doglips.
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Postby thebostonlocksmith on Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:30 am

There is a great history programme called '20th Century Battlefields' that i caught for the first time last night and it was all about the Falklands... They use old footage and modern computer simulations of the battlefields... It's really informative and very cleverly done...

Next weeks is the Golf War... 9pm Tuesday BBC2...

Worth a watch if it's of interest to you...
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Postby thebostonlocksmith on Wed Jul 18, 2007 4:42 am

Has anyone else noticed the comparitive titles between the Batman films and Hugh Fernly Whittingstall's (spelling for sure) 'River cottage' series...??

The first was called 'river cottage'
The second is called 'river cottage returns'
and the third is called 'river cottage forever...'

bit weird...
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Postby LaDracul on Mon Jul 23, 2007 11:19 pm

I found this on TV GUIDE online today-

Muppet Reunion, with Paul McCartney, in the Works?

Sure, they’ve had their share of squabbles over the years. But that hasn’t deterred Kermit and Miss Piggy from rekindling their romance. TV Guide has learned that a digitally enhanced pilot for a new version of the Muppet
Show is in the works at Jim Henson Studios.

“The show will have the original puppets but they’ll be able to walk around,â€
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Postby Fried Gold on Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:01 pm

These new preair TV pilots doing the rounds:

The Big Bang Theory - really really awful. Terrible. So bad it makes you wonder what got turned down in order for this to be made.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles - nothing really bad, just nothing that mind blowing either. The cast is a bit crap.

Californication - not too bad. A bit like an FHM-sponsored version of Sex in the City. Could be good, though I'm undecided about the cast.

Reaper - probably would've made a good film. The cast do well and the premise is interesting. I'm not sure how long the "hell spawn of the week" concept will last though.

Pushing Daisies
- one of the best first episodes I've seen.

I've still got Cavemen & Bionic Woman to watch.
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Postby The Garbage Man on Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:03 pm

Fried Gold wrote:I've still got Cavemen... to watch.


I wouldn't recommend that, the show is awful.
Not funny enough for comedy, not subtle enough for satire, not smart enough for social commentary, "Cavemen" is a loser on every front.
I wouldn't have hated it so much if had just been unfunny, but what irked me about the pilot is you can tell the writers think they've got an edgy message about racism in America today when in fact they have nothing to say that hasn't been said much more intelligently decades ago.
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Postby Leckomaniac on Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:19 pm

The only two pilots I have checked out are Pushing Daisies (Comic Con screening) and Chuck. I really enjoyed both of them. Pushing Daisies has me wondering just how they can keep this thing going, but I was fascinated by the pilot. It was sweet and charming...had an excellent sense of whimsy.

Chuck was slick and funny. I just hope we get less McG and more Schwartz. Basically, its like Seth Cohen as a spy...which is just fine with me.
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Postby LaDracul on Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:29 am

New about another Muppet show, only this is an entirely different breed of puppets.

"Tinseltown", the story of a g@y couple that happen to be a bull and pig with a human son, has been picked up by LOGO.

I'm probably going to be one of the few straight people who will watch LOGO for this, aside from the occasional movie.
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Postby Fried Gold on Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:38 pm

The Garbage Man wrote:
Fried Gold wrote:I've still got Cavemen... to watch.


I wouldn't recommend that, the show is awful.
Not funny enough for comedy, not subtle enough for satire, not smart enough for social commentary, "Cavemen" is a loser on every front.
I wouldn't have hated it so much if had just been unfunny, but what irked me about the pilot is you can tell the writers think they've got an edgy message about racism in America today when in fact they have nothing to say that hasn't been said much more intelligently decades ago.

You're right about Cavemen. It was crap.
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Postby Hollywood_Bob on Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:55 pm

Because this is the random TV thread I thought I would post a random thought about FOX's Hells Kitchen...I caught this for the first time a few weeks ago and was drawn in by Chef Ramsey calling everyone a DONKEY on the show. since then I have somewhat followed this reality show to the end. While not the best thing on TV it certainly has entertained me in the absense of the Jack Bauer Power Hour and Heroes. If anything it is light and fun TV.
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Postby Peven on Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:13 am

has anyone been watching "Mad Men" on AMC? about an advertising agency around 1960 in NYC, from the producers of The Sopranos. i have really enjoyed it so far and hope it gets the ratings it needs to get renewed.
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