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13 items from 2009

Remote View: Fall 2009 Television Preview, Part 1

8 September 2009 4:46 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

September is here, and that means its time to get ready for some new television shows to debut, and for some favorites to return to the airwaves.

To ensure you're prepared, I'm running down the schedules of the major broadcasters, noting the scripted series I think are worth watching, and some I advocate you not waste time on. The Fall 2009 Preview is being divided into three parts. Today, ABC, CBS and NBC.

Part 2 will include Fox, The CW and Syfy. Part 3 will include HBO, Showtime, and the rest of the cable networks.

Please keep in mind that the premiere dates stated here are subject to change. Make sure you check your local listings for those shows you're most excited about.

ABC: Watch

Nathan Fillion is one of the most charming leading men in the business, and Castle is worth watching for him alone. Stana Katic found her feet by the end of season one, »

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'Questions' makes casting changes

8 June 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC's new comedy series "100 Questions" is undergoing more casting changes ahead of its midseason debut.

The series' producing team has opted to recast two more regular roles, played in the pilot by Elizabeth Ho and Joy Suprano.

That follows the dismissal of another regular in the pilot, Amir Talai, a couple of weeks ago.

With the three casting changes, only three original "100 Questions" cast members will stay on: star Sophie Winkleman, male lead David Walton and Christopher Moynihan, who also created the show and serves as an executive producer.

The Ums/Tagline-produced "100 Questions" centers on a young woman looking for love (Winkleman) who joins a popular online dating site.

The three vacant roles on the series, which are being recast, are her male dating counselor and two girlfriends.

British TV director Alex Hardcastle has been tapped as house director on "100 Questions," taking over from sitcom veteran James Burrows, who helmed »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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'Dharma' suit could bite Lorre

25 May 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lawyers for Twentieth Century Fox Television and profit participants on the sitcom "Dharma & Greg" were back in court Friday in a case that could cost the studio as much as $15 million or more in revenue from the hit 1997-2002 series.

In a strange twist, the outcome of the litigation also could take a big chunk of money away from "Dharma" co-creator Chuck Lorre.

In October 2007, a lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by several creative forces behind "Dharma," including star Jenna Elfman, co-creator Dottie Dartland, director James Burrows, executive producer More-Medavoy Management and talent agency Slessinger & Associates.

The plaintiffs claimed that Twentieth, which produced the show, was underpaying them in part by improperly deducting Lorre's considerable backend interest before calculating what was owed to them under their own deals.

In April, Judge Joseph Biderman ruled that the studio's Modified Adjusted Gross Receipts payments to Lorre's Meshuggenah Prods. and »

- By Matthew Belloni

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ABC Renews ‘Castle,’ ‘Scrubs’; Cancels ‘The Unusuals,’ ‘Cupid’

19 May 2009 12:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – ABC is still struggling to find the next big hit to stand next to monsters like “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and they decided to give Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic’s “Castle” a shot at hit status, but cancelled several other new shows, including “The Unusuals” and “Cupid”.

ABC announced their fall schedule today and made a few surprise choices, bringing back the increasingly interesting “Castle” and giving another chance to “Better Off Ted” and “True Beauty”.

Perhaps the most surprising move, especially considering the show’s poignant and excellent series finale, has to be the return of “Scrubs,” which will be back for midseason. They also announced 11 new series for fall and midseason.


Photo credit: ABC

Previously announced returning shows include “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Private Practice, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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ABC Announces Primetime 2009-2010 Programming Slate

19 May 2009 6:23 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

ABC unveiled its 2009-2010 primetime schedule this morning and here is the full press release:

Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group, today outlined ABC's plans for next season and unveiled the network's 2009-10 fall schedule before the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

New fall and midseason series include "Cougar Town," "The Deep End," "Eastwick," "Flash Forward," "The Forgotten," "Hank," "Happy Town," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Shark Tank" and "V."

"Better Off Ted," "Castle," "Scrubs" and "True Beauty" join previously announced returning series "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "Brothers & Sisters," "Dancing with the Stars," "Desperate Housewives," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Private Practice," "Supernanny," "Ugly Betty," "Wife Swap" and 20/20. "Saturday Night College Football" will also return.

"Our focus is always on delivering the best stories with the most memorable characters on TV, whether that's established audience favorites or innovative new shows," said McPherson. »

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NBC 2009-2010 New Shows - Clips added for "100 Questions," "Community," "Parenthood" and "Mercy"

12 May 2009 | | See recent news »

We have new clips from NBC 2009-2010 New Shows including from the following:   "Community," "Parenthood" and "Mercy." Check them out today, register to add your comment bubble to the video, add to your favorites, send to friends and so much more!   100 Questions: Charlotte Payne is looking for love. She's dated lots of men and has been proposed to ten times, but has yet to meet Mr. Right. So Charlotte decides to join a popular online dating site, where she has to take a 100-question compatibility test. The questions aren't easy for Charlotte to answer, and each one requires her to recount a poignant and humorous time in her life with friends Leslie, Jill, Mike and Wayne. The test becomes a journey of self-discovery for Charlotte and helps her realize what she truly wants in a relationship. From Emmy Award-winning director James Burrows (Will & Grace, Friends) comes one hundred hilarious answers »

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A preview of NBC's six new (extremely heterosexual) shows

4 May 2009 3:45 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In addition to cancelling Life earlier today (not that I'm bitter), NBC revealed the six new series it has picked up for the 2009-2010 season.

First, the bad news: I've read through the descriptions and casting sides for all of the shows except Trauma, and despite the fact that they are all ensembles with more characters than you can keep track of, all the leads are straight, as far as I can tell (with the possibility that Guillermo Diaz's character on Mercy). If anyone in the industry knows otherwise, please send me a tip!

The only one of the series created by a woman is Mercy (the one about female nurses, naturally).

So basically, it's business as usual on primetime broadcast TV.

The good news? We'll be getting Maura Tierney (Parenthood), Carly Pope (Day One), and Michelle Trachtenberg (Mercy) on the regular, and some racial diversity among the casts (not a lot, »

- sarahwarn

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NBC Reveals 2009-2010 Pickups and Renewals

4 May 2009 1:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

NBC unveiled today a strong lineup of broad and diverse quality programming for the 2009-2010 television season announcing the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas including Trauma, Parenthood, Mercy and the event series Day One, as well as two new comedies including Community and 100 Questions. Four returning series pickups were also announced including Heroes, Southland, Parks and Recreation and the addition of six new episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday skewering today's top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series Day One is slated to premiere out of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Jay Leno Show will be broadcast Monday-Fridays, 10-11 p.m. Et beginning in the fall. Previously announced series pickups include The Office, 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Friday Night Lights and new alternative series The Marriage Ref, »

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NBC Announces its new shows for 2009 and 2010!

4 May 2009 | | See recent news »

Today, NBC released new info about the shows which can be expected during the course of 2009 and 2010. Below we've included a link to a summary of each show as well as preview clips per each one. Enjoy!    New Dramas:   Parenthood:   A contemporary re-imagining of the blockbuster film, depicting the Braverman family -- four grown siblings sharing the headaches, heartaches and joy of being parents. Starring Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen and Sarah Ramos. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer executive produce.   Video: Web site:   Trauma:   Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) executive produces "Trauma", a medical drama series that follows first-responder paramedics in the San Francisco Bay area. Stars Derek Luke ("Notorious"), Cliff Curtis ("10,000 B.C"), Anastasia Griffith ("Damages"), Aimee Garcia ("George Lopez"), Kevin Rankin ("Friday Night Lights »

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NBC's 2009-2010 Primetime Pickups

3 May 2009 9:10 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

NBC has been struggling of late to find its identity as an entertainment programming network. With so many of television's best shows now appearing on cable channels (some of which are admittedly owned by parent NBC/Universal), the major networks have faced an increasing challenge to develop intriguing dramatic television, also facing as they do increased competition from video games, Internet downloads and other forms of entertainment.

But it's been hardest on NBC, which went through a serious staffing shakeup last December, searching for new blood and fresh ideas.

Has it worked? It's still too early to tell. Perhaps the most intriguing new offering from NBC is Day One, a futuristic drama from Heroes writer-producer Jesse Alexander. The story chronicles the aftermath of a global event that devastates the world's infrastructures when a small band of survivors strive to rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took »

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Helmer James Burrows signs up for two pilots

24 February 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Veteran TV director James Burrows has signed on to direct two comedy pilots, Fox's "Absolutely Fabulous" and NBC's "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne."

Based on the British series, the Sony-produced "Ab Fab" revolves around neurotic fashion publicist Eddie (Kathryn Hahn) and her best friend, Patsy (Kristen Johnson), an outrageous fashion editor, who drive Eddie's sensible teen daughter, Saffron (Zosia Mamet), up the wall with their wild behavior.

The cast-contingent "Payne," from Universal Media Studios, is about a young woman's life in New York.

In the past couple of years, Emmy winner Burrows has directed the pilots for such series as "Gary Unmarred," "Back to You" and "The Big Bang Theory."

He is repped by Icm. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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'Slumdog,' 'Duchess' top costume nods

17 February 2009 8:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Slumdog Millionaire" added one more trophy to its hardware collection as costume designer Suttirat Larlarb picked up the excellence in contemporary film award Tuesday night at the 11th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.

The period film award went to Michael O'Connor for the 18th-century designs in "The Duchess," while the fantasy film award went to Lindy Hemming for the comics-derived duds of "The Dark Knight."

At the Beverly Wilshire awards dinner hosted by Debra Messing, Donna Zakowska earned the TV movie/miniseries award for HBO's "John Adams."

ABC's "Ugly Betty," which won in the contemporary TV series category for the past two years, picked up award No. 3, with the honors going to Edwardo Castro and Patricia Field.

AMC's "Mad Men" earned its first Cdg award as Katherine Jane Bryant was honored in the period/fantasy TV series category.

A milk commercial called "White Gold" brought home the commercial costume design award for designer Casey Storm. »

- By Gregg Kilday

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'Knight,' 'Sex' among costume guild noms

13 January 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The red dress that Cate Blanchett's Daisy wears in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the Joker's green vest in "The Dark Knight" and the ladies-who-lunch designer duds that Carrie and her pals sport in "Sex and the City" have caught the eye of the Costume Designers Guild, which announced nominations for its 11th annual awards Tuesday.

The Feb. 17 awards gala at the Beverly Wilshire will see five nominees vying in the period film category: "Changeling," costume designer Deborah Hopper; "Button," Jacqueline West; "The Duchess," Michael O'Connor; "Milk," Danny Glicker; and "Revolutionary Road," Albert Wolsky.

For contemporary film, the nominees are "Iron Man" (Laura Jean Shannon and Rebecca Bentjen), "Mamma Mia!" (Ann Roth), "Sex" (Patricia Field), "Slumdog Millionaire" (Suttirat Larlarb) and "The Wrestler" (Amy Westcott).

Nominees in the fantasy film race are "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" (Isis Mussenden), "The Dark Knight" (Lindy Hemming) and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor »

- By Gregg Kilday

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