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TV Review: ‘$#*! My Dad Says’ With William Shatner is Lost in Translation

23 September 2010 6:53 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Laugh tracks are a dying breed. Think of classic, full-throttle laugh tracks from “The Jeffersons,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Full House.” Today, though some major shows feature canned laughter, it has been much-pointed out that some of the best comedies on TV, by definition, are auspiciously missing a laugh track—think “Modern Family,” “The Office,” and “30 Rock,” to name a few.

Television Rating: 1.5/5.0

If the Internet naysayers are right, if a sitcom that uses a laugh track is the TV equivalent of the lady who protests too much, then that could be one explanation why CBS’s “$#*! My Dad Says” is not too funny. “$#*!” features some of the loudest canned laughter heard on TV in a while, and if the behind-the-scenes stories emerging from the production are any indication, the producers have inserted the boisterous inanimate laughter to drown out the bad buzz. Parent protests over an indecent title »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Blu-Ray Review: Fantastic HD Release For Final Season of ‘Lost’

24 August 2010 9:32 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – A Blu-ray review of the controversial final season of “Lost” is not the place to get into arguments over the quality of the actual finale, so I’ll get my opinion out of the way quickly and then we can discuss the Blu-ray release more than the ending specifically — the final season of “Lost” is arguably the best final season of any program ever and the last episode is the perfect bookend for a show too ambitious to be truly influential. I promise to get into that more in coverage of the upcoming Emmys and in “Best of the Year” features in a few months. For now, let’s move on to the best TV Blu-ray of the season, even if you disagree with my opinion of the quality of the finale or the overall show.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

The 16 episodes (802 minutes) of “Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final »

- BrianTT

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The Bob Newhart Show: Friends Talk Bob's Career and Future

21 July 2010 9:25 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The TV Academy recently celebrated Bob Newhart's 50th year in show business with a nice tribute in Los Angeles. Several of Newhart's friends and co-stars were on hand to salute the venerable performer.

They included alums of his two iconic shows The Bob Newhart Show (Peter Bonerz, Bill Daily and Marcia Wallace), Newhart (Julia Duffy and Peter Scolari), as well as admirers like Tim Conway, Fred Willard, Don Rickles, and director James Burrows.

Our friends at Pop Culture Passionistas were on hand for the Archive of American Television. While there, they asked Newhart's pals about their favorite stories, what he should do next, and what people don't know about him with (not surprisingly) humorous results.

What do you think? His former costar Betty »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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100 Questions: NBC Sitcom Cancelled; No Season Two

8 July 2010 6:41 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's been a rocky road for NBC's 100 Questions and now the journey is over. The sitcom has been cancelled after one season and six episodes.

100 Questions follows Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman), a young woman who's looking for love. She goes to a dating service and answers 100 questions as posed by a frustrated consultant named Andrew (Michael Benjamin Washington). While trying to figure out what she's looking for in a mate, she recounts relationship stories that include friends Leslie (Smith Cho), Jill (Collette Wolfe), Mike (Christopher Moynihan), and Wayne (David Walton).

Originally titled 100 Questions for Charlotte Payne, the pilot was directed by Emmy Award-winning director James Burrows. NBC ordered it to series but then recast several characters and director Alex Hardcastle took over. After six installments were produced, the network cut the episode order and shut down production. Then, the show's »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The Overachievers of This Year's Upfronts

20 May 2010 2:11 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated With More Of Your Suggestions: Given how long the odds are for having a pilot picked up to series on a broadcast network, every year most people who have worked on pilots have a bad upfront. Some have a good upfront. And then, a selected few have a great upfront. Here are the overachievers this year: James Burrows: He is the master of the multi-camera format. Only three new multi-camera series were picked up for fall, all directed by Burrows: Mike & Molly and $#! My Dad Says on CBS and Better Together on ABC. Craig Silverstein: The writer-producer is behind [...] »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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CBS 2010-11 Clips: $#*! My Dad Says, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, The Defenders, Blue Bloods

20 May 2010 8:03 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the release of CBS’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows.  Here we have short promos for freshman shows $#*! My Dad Says, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, The Defenders, and Blue Bloods.  You can see that CBS is working in their wheelhouse here (three-camera sitcoms and procedural dramas), resulting in a slate with a good chance of success in the fall.  Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.

$#*! My Dad Says

Based on the popular Twitter feed by Justin Halpern, Emmy Award winner William Shatner stars as Ed Goodson, a forthright and opinionated dad who relishes expressing his unsolicited and often wildly politically incorrect observations to anyone within earshot.  Nobody is immune from Ed’s rants, including his sons, Henry, a struggling writer-turned-unpaid blogger; and Vince (Will Sasso), the meek »

- Brendan Bettinger

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CBS Announces 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule

19 May 2010 10:28 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

CBS announces full 2010-2011 schedule CBS announced today its new 2010-2011 primetime schedule and the addition of five new series, including three dramas and two comedies, and key scheduling moves to enhance America's most watched lineup.

The new series includes an updated take on the classic series Hawaii Five-o; comedic drama The Defenders starring James Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys; drama Blue Bloods about a family of NYPD cops starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg; a Twitter-inspired comedy, $#*! My Dad Says, starring William Shatner as a father who spouts politically incorrect observations on daily life; and the romantic comedy Mike & Molly, starring Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as a cop and teacher who find love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.

"We believe television's #1 network just got stronger," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "New series will be launched behind proven hits and key scheduling moves will help grow nights. »

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CBS Radically Shuffles Schedule, Moves ‘Survivor,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’

19 May 2010 7:29 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – CBS announced their fall schedule today. While fans of canceled “Accidentally on Purpose,” “Cold Case,” “Gary Unmarried,” “Numb3rs,” “The Ghost Whisperer,” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” may disagree, the big TV news of the week is that several of the top network’s biggest shows are moving. “Survivor” jumps to Wednesday nights, “The Big Bang Theory” moves to Thursdays, “CSI: NY” slides to Fridays, and “CSI: Miami” now goes down on Sundays.

As far as on-the-bubble renewals are concerned, CBS saved “Rules of Engagement” and “Medium”. The rest of their renewals were pretty obvious choices as the network continues to air many of the biggest hits on TV including the #1 drama (“NCIS”), #1 comedy (“Two and a Half Men”), #1 new series (“Undercover Boss”), #1 news magazine (“60 Minutes”), #1 new drama (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), and #1 scripted series for the 18-49 and 25-54 demos (“The Big Bang Theory”).

Of course, all of those shows are returning, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Upfronts: CBS Unveils Their Fall 2010 Schedule; Big Bang Theory, Survivor, and the CSI Spinoffs on the Move

19 May 2010 7:25 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

CBS officially released their fall schedule today, and they certainly didn’t play it safe.  New sitcom Mike & Molly earns a prime berth in the dominant Monday comedy block, with Hawaii Five-0 taking over for CSI: Miami at 10:00.  Tuesdays continue with the NCIS franchise and The Good Wife.  Perennial Thursday victor Survivor is headed for Wednesdays, followed by Criminal Minds and new legal drama The Defenders.  CBS throws down the gauntlet to NBC’s comedies on Thursday, counterprogramming with #1 sitcom The Big Bang Theory and high-profile new laffer S#*! My Dad Says. On Fridays, Medium moves to 8:00, followed by CSI: NY in a new timeslot and new hourlong Blue Bloods at 10:00.  Saturdays are the same crime extravaganza as always.  Sundays 7:00-10:00 maintain a three hour block of unscripted television, while a displaced CSI: Miami closes out the night.  Check out the full schedule after the jump. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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First Trailers for New ABC Comedies Better Together, Happy Endings, Mr. Sunshine and Reality Series Secret Millionaire

19 May 2010 1:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today we announced ABC's full 2010-2011 primetime schedule and now you can catch your first video glimpses of these new series. You can take a look at the brand new trailers for the network's three new comedies - Better Together, Happy Endings and Mr. Sunshine - along with the new reality series Secret Millionaire. You can also take a look at the plot descriptions for each series below and you can also to read more about the new dramatic series' the network picked up today.

Better Together TV Spot

Better Together

Maddie and Ben have been dating for nine years. They know each other inside and out, a relationship marked by contentment and affection, seeing their commitment, to one another as a "valid life choice," something they proclaim often - and often loudly. Maddie's younger sister, Mia, has been dating Casey for seven weeks. With a shared c'est la vie attitude, »

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ABC 2010-11 Comedy/Reality Trailers: Better Together, Happy Endings, Mr. Sunshine, Secret Millionaire

18 May 2010 5:49 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the release of ABC’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. On the comedy/reality side, we have short trailers for new fall shows Better Together and Secret Millionaire as well as midseason offerings Happy Endings and Mr. Sunshine. (For clips from ABC’s new comedies, click here.) Targeting me specifically, ABC spread the lovely ladies JoAnna Garcia, Eliza Coupe and Andrea Anders throughout their three new comedies to make sure I’ll watch each one. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.

Better Together

Maddie and Ben have been dating for nine years. They know each other inside and out, a relationship marked by contentment and affection, seeing their commitment to one another as a “valid life choice,” something they proclaim often — and often loudly. Maddie’s younger sister, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Sneak Peeks – ABC's "Better Together" (New Series)

18 May 2010 5:48 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

JoAnna Garcia returns to television as the star of the new ABC series "Better Together", which will be airing this fall on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. (see ABC's fall schedule). Below we have two sneak peeks for the show, courtesy of ABC.

Maddie and Ben have been dating for nine years. They know each other inside and out, a relationship marked by contentment and affection, seeing their commitment to one another as a "valid life choice," something they proclaim often — and, often, loudly. Maddie's younger sister, Mia, has been dating Casey for seven weeks. With a shared c'est la vie attitude, Mia and Casey are smitten with each other, and thrilled to explore the oh so many things they don't know about each other yet. But when they announce they are getting married and having a baby, it's news that completely throws Maddie for a loop. Surprisingly, the girls' parents, »

- Clarissa

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ABC Unveils Its 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule

18 May 2010 2:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

ABC reveals their full 2010-2011 primetime schedule Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will outline ABC's plans for next season and unveil the network's 2010-11 fall schedule before the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

New series for the 2010-11 season are Better Together, Body of Proof, Detroit 1-8-7, Happy Endings, Mr. Sunshine, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, Secret Millionaire and The Whole Truth.

America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Brothers & Sisters, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Supernanny, V and 20/20 join previously announced returning series Castle, Cougar Town, The Middle and Modern Family. Saturday Night College Football also returns.

"Our passion for great storytelling is at the core of everything we do," said McPherson. "Finding and supporting writers, directors, producers and actors who share that passion is critical to our success. »

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ABC Renews ‘Castle,’ Cancels ‘FlashForward,’ Launches Seven New Fall Shows

18 May 2010 6:54 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – ABC continues to look for another “Lost” or “Modern Family” this fall with seven new shows announced today at their 2010 upfronts presentation. The network will see changes on four nights of the week but will bring back the sometimes on-the-bubble “Castle” in its Monday night timeslot while saying goodbye to “FlashForward,’ “Scrubs,” and “Better Off Ted”.

Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group, said this morning via press release, “Our passion for great storytelling is at the core of everything we do. Finding and supporting writers, directors, producers and actors who share that passion is critical to our success. Our shows are the product of these collaborations, and we are thrilled to add 10 new series to our schedule next year.” (Seven will premiere in the fall with three more reserved for midseason.)

ABC returns sixteen programs from the 2009-2010 season including “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Brothers & Sisters, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Upfronts: ABC Unveils Their Fall 2010 Schedule

18 May 2010 6:11 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

ABC officially released their fall schedule this morning, with new programming on most nights.  Mondays will stick with the Dancing With the Stars/Castle combo.  New dramas No Ordinary Family and Detroit 1-8-7 will bookend the Dancing results show on Tuesdays.  The Wednesday night comedy block remains mostly intact save for new laffer Better Together at 8:30, followed by legal procedural The Whole Truth.  The buzzed-about hourlong My Generation will lead off Thursday nights, followed by the familiar pair of Shonda Rhimes medical soaps, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy.  Two new shows unveil on Friday, with the unscripted Secret Millionaire at 8:00 and scripted medical/crime drama Body of Proof at 9:00.  Meanwhile, stability is the word on the weekends, with three hours of football on Saturday and not a minute of ABC’s female-friendly Sunday lineup altered from last season.  Check out the full schedule after the jump. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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CBS picks up '$#*! My Dad Says,' more

17 May 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- CBS' fall primetime programming schedule continued to take shape Monday with pickups of several shows, mainly dramas, with big names attached.

As upfront week kicked off, the network picked up the comedy "$#*! My Dad Says," starring William Shatner, and four dramas: a "Criminal Minds" spinoff starring Forest Whitaker, the remake of the tropical cop drama "Hawaii Five-0," the family cop series "Blue Bloods" starring Tom Selleck and the legal drama "Defenders" starring Jim Belushi.

The network last week ordered the new Chuck Lorre comedy "Mike & Molly" for fall.

CBS is set to announce its full schedule Wednesday.

  "Dad" is based on material by Twitter phenomenon Justin Halpern. The well-received pilot starred Ryan Devlin ("Cougar Town") as the young lead, based on Halpern, opposite Shatner as the opinionated father and central character. Sitcom veteran James Burrows directed the pilot.

The multigenerational "Blue Bloods" was known as "Reagan's Law. »

- By James Hibberd and Georg Szalai

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Breaking: CBS set to pick up another sitcom from 'Two and A Half Men' creator

13 May 2010 9:38 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Update 5/14: CBS ordered the pilot to series today.

Nothing’s official yet, but it looks like CBS is oh-so-close to ordering a third comedy from Chuck Lorre, the uber-producr behind the network’s hit shows Two and A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. The multi-camera sitcom is called Mike and Molly, a romantic tale about an overweight police officer named Mike (My Name is Earl’s Billy Gardell), and a pleasantly plump gal named Molly (Gilmore GirlsMelissa McCarthy) who meet at Overeaters Anonymous. A pickup announcement is expected as early as today (May 14).

CBS will announce »

- Lynette Rice

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Primetime Pilot Panic: CBS Picks Up First New Series

13 May 2010 6:38 PM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

It's Mike & Molly from Chuck Lorre, who already has the top-rated Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory on CBS. The early pickup for Mike & Molly, written by Mark Roberts and directed by James Burrows, is extremely rare for CBS, which traditionally orders its new series on the Monday of upfront week. The series stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as an overweight couple. Reno Wilson and Katy Mixon co-star. Previous: Is Chuck Lorre's 'Mike & Molly' Headed for Early Pickup At CBS? »

- Nikki Finke

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Is Chuck Lorre's 'Mike & Molly' Headed for Early Pickup At CBS?

10 May 2010 9:04 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

I hear CBS may break away from its tradition of picking up all of its new series on the Monday of upfront week this year and greenlight the Chuck Lorre-produced new comedy Mike & Molly later this week. It’s not that a series pickup for the pilot would shock anyone. The comedy about an overweight couple and their friends written by Mark Roberts and directed by James Burrows has been the clear frontrunner at the network through table read, filming, testing and screenings. CBS is said to have a very short window to pick up the comedy or release it [...] »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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'Romantically Challenged' debuts to decent ratings

20 April 2010 11:23 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

An enviable berth behind ratings powerhouse Dancing with the Stars gave ABC's new Romantically Challenged a much-needed boost, but the Alyssa Milano comedy still couldn't beat a repeat of CBS' Big Bang Theory. The ABC show averaged 11.56 million viewers and a 3.1 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 -- not enough to outrank Bang, which averaged 11.6 million viewers and a 4.0/10 in the demo. ABC was still up in the time slot versus last year (17 percent in viewers, 29 percent in 18-49), when it aired Surviving Suburbia. Romantically Challenged also beat the final half-hour of Fox's 24 by 2.6 million viewers and by 11 percent among adults »

- Lynette Rice

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