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TV highlights 13/12/2012

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MasterChef: The Professionals | Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis | Timeshift: Wrestling's Golden Age: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies | Blue Bloods | Southland

MasterChef: The Professionals

8pm, BBC2

The Professionals have been to Heston's hell and back in their final week, thrown in at the deep end with the liquid nitrogen down at the Fat Duck. Now they face one final challenge: cooking three courses of fault-free food for Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace. It's a proposition that's scarier than that sea urchin skills test, but they've got the potential to pull some real blinders out of the bag. High standards all round this series, with many dishes earning the ultimate Wallace accolade: "yummy" indeed. Hannah Verdier

Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis

9pm, BBC1

The hidden crisis is of people unexpectedly finding themselves homeless. The stories here are of people who have paid rent or mortgage payments for years, only to end up with the bank taking their home.
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Sebastian Sozzi to Partner Up on Blue Bloods

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Sebastian Sozzi and Michael Madsen have both landed roles on Blue Bloods Season 3.

Sozzi (pictured, My Generation) will appear on multiple episode of the CBS drama as Vinny Cruz, Jamie Reagan’s new partner. A network casting outline described the officer as "fast-talking and charismatic," hailing from one of the toughest precincts in New York.

Madsen, meanwhile, will guest star as a long-time criminal who seeks revenge on Donnie Wahlberg's Danny after getting out of jail.

Both actors will debut on the Blue Bloods October 5 premiere.
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CBS shows cast Sarah Jones, Ken Leung, Michael Madsen, more

CBS shows cast Sarah Jones, Ken Leung, Michael Madsen, more
CBS confirmed a bunch of recent casting news at TCA press tour Sunday morning, with names such as Polly Walker (Rome), Michael Madsen (Resevoir Dogs), Ken Leung (Lost) and Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) joining the network’s shows in roles of varying length. Most of this has been previously reported here or there, but for those who aren’t TV casting news obsessives, you’ll probably find some surprises. Here’s the release:

Vegas – Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) joins as a series regular in the second episode of the freshman series. Jones will play Mia Rizzo, the smart daughter
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Cable Pilot Castings: Andrea Rosen To Star In ‘Andrew Gurland’, 3 Join ‘Village People’

New York-based actress-comedian Andrea Rosen (Comedy Central’s Michael & Michael Have Issues) has landed the female lead opposite Andrew Gurland in Showtime’s comedy pilot The Andrew Gurland Project (form. Gurland On Gurland). The project, produced by Showtime in association with CBS TV Studios and Glenn Gordon Caron’s Picturemaker Prods., is a first-person documentary comedy written, directed and starring filmmaker Andrew Gurland, which reflects his real family life and the challenges he faces pursuing the next phase of his career. Gurland and Caron are executive producing. Rosen is with Gersh. Sebastian Sozzi, Rachel Cannon and Sadie Calvano have joined Jennie Garth in the ABC Family’s half-hour comedy pilot Village People, from creator Meg DeLoatch. The project centers on Alexa (Garth), a single, high-powered career woman who adopts a baby from a teen mother (Calvano) — whom she ends up caring for as well. Sozzi and Cannon will play Alexa’s fiends Remy and Candace,
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TV Review: Eighth Season Puts ‘House M.D.’ in a New Place

Chicago – As long as Hugh Laurie limps in the shoes of Dr. Gregory House, the Fox TV nation will show up, because it’s a great actor taking a memorable character and and putting him in often strange and unexpected situations. The eighth season premiere of “House M.D.” on October 3rd is no exception.

TV Rating: 4.0/5.0

The premiere is juicy, because Gregory House is in jail – where I suspect even his hardcore fans believe he belongs. This new atmosphere is Kafka-esque, which adds a new twist to how the crabby disease-detecting doctor will operate. All the fine tuned elements of the House character are here, except the physician that is used to getting his way now will have to contend with shivs and stoolies, including the stunt casting of the former Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) as a cellblock procurer.

At the end of the seventh season, Gregory House (Hugh Laurie
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My Generation: Cancelled Show Thoughts from Jaime King and Creator Noah Hawley

Not long after the TV ratings came in for last Thursday night's episode of My Generation, the show was cancelled by ABC. To the dismay of many viewers, the series was pulled from the schedule immediately and ultimately replaced by repeats of Grey's Anatomy. Will viewers ever get to see the remaining episodes? How many are there anyway?

My Generation follows a group of twenty-somethings who were part of a documentary while in high school. Ten years after graduation, the filmmaker returns to see how their lives have changed. The ABC series stars Julian Morris, Keir O'Donnell, Kelli Garner, Mehcad Brooks, Michael Stahl-David, Anne Son, Daniella Alonso, Jaime King, and Sebastian Sozzi.

With such a large ensemble cast, you would think that many would comment about the cancellation. That hasn't happened. For the most part, the stars have all been pretty silent, perhaps by
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My Generation: ABC TV Show Cancelled After Two Episodes

Despite a lot of promotion, My Generation stumbled out of the gate and now ABC has cancelled it after two episodes. If you were watching the ratings, this doesn't come as a surprise.

My Generation revolves around a diverse group of young adults who attended high school together. While there, they were interviewed for a documentary. They reunite 10 years later and we see how their lives and expectations have changed. The ensemble cast includes Anne Son, Daniella Alonso, Jaime King, Julian Morris, Keir O’Donnell, Kelli Garner, Mehcad Brooks, Michael Stahl-David, and Sebastian Sozzi.

In its first week on the air, My Generation attracted poor ratings with a 1.6 in the 18-49 demographic and 5.2 million total viewers. That was bad enough to land it in fourth place for both categories.

For week two, the numbers were much worse.
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My Generation: ABC Tries Another Big Drama; Cancel or Keep It?

Do you like to attend your class reunions, to see what everyone looks like and is doing? Well, ABC is hoping that you'll want to watch their new show, My Generation. It's about a group that comes together after high school. Will this one last for years or is it doomed to be expelled... er, cancelled?

My Generation follows a diverse group of young adults who, while in high school, were all interviewed for a documentary. They reunite 10 years later and we see how their lives have changed and, in most cases, haven't turned out as expected. The ensemble cast includes Anne Son, Daniella Alonso, Jaime King, Julian Morris, Keir O'Donnell, Kelli Garner, Mehcad Brooks, Michael Stahl-David, and Sebastian Sozzi.

The premiere got off to a very poor start. Per the overnights, My Generation landed in fourth place in both the targeted 18-49
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My Generation Series Premiere Review (Season 1 Episode 1): Pilot

The My Generation series premiere presents viewers with an ambitious character dynamic. Much like Modern Family, the series employs a dramatic-mockumentary lens to explore America’s changing landscape over the last 10 years. However, instead of dealing with a small nucleus of the population, My Generation captures a more expansive view of our changing society through nine very diverse sets of eyes. Each character has been affected by anything from prejudice and 9-11 to Enron and election mishaps. The cast includes Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield, Numb3rs), Julian Morris (24), Mehcad Brooks (True Blood), Kelli Garner (Going the Distance), Jaime King (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Keir O'Donnell (Sons of Anarchy), Sebastian Sozzi (Law & Order), Daniella Alonso (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Anne Son (ER). Each character has his or her moment to shine in this ensemble series, making this one show to look out for this Fall. My Generation begins with ...
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My Generation TV Review

ABC‘s My Generation has a very tough road ahead, and most of its difficulty comes from an overabundance of drama and competition. Up against The Big Bang Theory, Bones, Community, and Vampire Diaries, the target audience is spread awfully thin. More importantly, while the show had me pretty interested for some twenty to thirty minutes, the pilot’s theory of piling on drama as we continue peeling the onion ultimately became too much to handle.

The show takes us through the fake documentary of a select group of people who were originally caught on tape when they were seniors at Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX. The makers of that documentary footage are now catching up with their former subjects, to see what has happened to them over the last decade.

With convenient labels attached to them during their High School years (Jock, Wallflower, Nerd, etc.), we get to see how those stereotypes,
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'My Generation' review: Endearing, but needs time to mature

There's something about the nostalgia of young adulthood in ABC's "My Generation" that makes it endearing, which can make one feel alternately fond of and rather embarrassed for the characters.

The concept is simple, nine graduating Greenbelt High School seniors get filmed for a documentary in 2000, and a decade later, the cameras are back to see what progress they've made, what dreams they've fulfilled, what lessons they've learned. What was once an unknown, exciting and bright future has become the reality that unfolds on TV, and often it's not what was expected or planned.

Nine people around the same age can be difficult to keep track of, which is why it's nice that the show cast people who look fairly different from each other and also give us handy labels such as "nerd" for us to remember them by.

Very quickly, a before and after 2000/2010:

Rolly Marks (Mehcad Brooks) - Jock,
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TV Review: ABC’s ‘My Generation’ Wastes Talented Cast on Cliche

Chicago – The new ABC dramedy “My Generation” is all concept and no execution. Creator Noah Hawley (the vastly-superior “The Unusuals”) came up with an idea and found a talented cast and the creativity died shortly thereafter. The foundation is a clever and inspired one but the writing staff adds nothing more than cliche to it, piling on characters who feel barely two-dimensional and rarely finding a genuine moment in the lackluster and bloated series premiere.

Television Rating: 1.5/5.0

The show opens with its high-concept set-up. A documentary crew visited a high school in 2000 and found a bunch of cliches like the nerd, the brain, the rich kid, and the rock star. And that’s not this critic diminishing the characters — the doc-within-a-show literally labels them in those broad terms. Of course, the concept is that very few of us are exactly what we were in high school. So, how have these
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My Generation Series Premiere Review

Following the rousing success of Modern Family’s debut last season, ABC originally slotted two new mockumentaries for this fall: Detroit 1-8-7 and My Generation. Over the summer, 1-8-7 dropped the structure, which is not the one I would’ve picked if polled.

But for better or worse, the format is more integral to Generation, which catches up with a group of 28-year-olds ten years after they graduated from an Austin, Texas high school together in the year 2000. An interesting premise, to be sure, and one I was looking forward to. My review after the jump.

The cameras follow nine main characters:

The Falcon, “The Rock Star” (Sebastian Sozzi)

A blustery figure who struggles to make it in the music industry. When he returns home, he immediately reconnects with…

Steven, “The Overachiever” (Michael Stahl-David)

A youth who once dreamt of the presidency and now tends bar in Hawaii. As it turns out,
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Pilot Review – ‘My Generation’

My Generation premieres this Thursday @8/7c on ABC.

Back in May when the promo for ABC’s My Generation was released to the press, I felt a wave of nostalgia wash over me in an instant, as if the show was speaking to me personally about my life post high school graduation. In short, I was already won over. With my first high school class reunion coming up next year, I felt that My Generation was a perfect mirror for me to reflect on the ten years that had passed by revisiting the times through the eyes of these nine characters. Well, I was wrong (but not in a bad way), because My Generation follows the Class of 2000, I graduated in 2001. Oops.

That date mixup didn’t deter my enjoyment, however, of the pilot for the ABC dramedy/mockumentary, which centers around nine high school archetypes (the jock, the beauty queen,
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Fall TV Preview: Prepare to Do Battle Over ABC's My Generation

Fall TV Preview: Prepare to Do Battle Over ABC's My Generation
The Office did it. Modern Family did it. So why not make a new drama series that is fully centered around the documentary format, catching up with high schoolers 10 years after they graduated? Sounds genius, right? Well...um, maybe. Welcome to the most controversial new series of the TV season, which is bound to spark an intense debate among viewers... My Generation (ABC) Premieres: Thurs, Sept. 23, 8-9 p.m. Competition: The Vampire Diaries (CW), The Big Bang Theory (CBS), $#*! My Dad Says (CBS), Bones (Fox), Community (NBC), 30 Rock (NBC) Cast: Michael Stahl-David, Jaime King, Keir O'Donnell, Sebastian Sozzi, Anne Son, Kelli Garner, Mehcad Brooks, Daniella Alonso, Julian...
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Premiere Week Synopses for CBS, NBC, and ABC

The fall television season is nearly upon us, with just about everything premiering between September 20-26. CBS, NBC, and ABC have all taken the opportunity to announce the premiere week synopses for all their new and returning shows via press release.

So if you’d like to see what the networks have planned for you on The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Chuck, The Event, The Office, Castle, Desperate Housewives, and many more, hit the jump.

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning adventure reality series hosted by Emmy-nominated host, Phil Keoghan, which pits teams, of two, against each other on a trek around the world. At every destination, each team will have to compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the
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First Trailers for New ABC Dramas Body of Proof, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map and The Whole Truth

Today ABC announced their full 2010-2011 primetime schedule, with 10 brand new shows that will debut on the network this season. The network has now released the first official trailers for the six new dramatic series' Body of Proof, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map and The Whole Truth. Take a look below to watch these brand new trailers and you can also read the plot breakdowns of these new shows below as well. You can also to read more about the network's new comedy series' as well.

Body of Proof TV Spot

Body of Proof

Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) was in a class of her own, a brilliant neurosurgeon at the top of her game. But her world is turned upside down when a devastating car accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. Megan resumes her career as a medical examiner,
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ABC 2010-11 Drama Trailers: Body Of Proof, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off The Map, The Whole Truth

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 drama side, we have short trailers for new fall shows Body of Proof, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, No Ordinary Family and The Whole Truth as well as midseason offering Off the Map . (For clips from ABC’s new comedies, click here.) As per usual, it looks like ABC will rival Fox for the most ambitious slate of the season. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.

Body Of Proof

Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) was in a class of her own, a brilliant neurosurgeon at the top of her game. But her world is turned upside down when a devastating car accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. Megan resumes her career as a medical examiner,
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ABC Unveils Its 2010-2011 Primetime Schedule

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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'My Generation': Preview ABC's documentary-style ensemble dramedy

"My Generation" is a faux-documentary about a group of high school students and where they are in their lives 10 years after they graduated.

It stars Michael Stahl-David ("The Black Donnellys"), Kelli Garner ("Lars and the Real Girl"), Jaime King ("The Class"), Keir O'Donnell ("Sons of Anarchy"), Sebastian Sozzi ("Choke"), Mehcad Brooks ("The Deep End," "True Blood"), Anne Son ("Wake"), Daniella Alonso ("Friday Night Lights") and Julian Morris ("24," "ER"). "My Generation" was created and written by Noah Hawley ("The Unusuals," "Bones"), who is also an executive producer.

What a difference ten years can make. In 2000, a documentary crew follows a disparate group of high schoolers from Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation, then revisits these former classmates ten years later as they return home to rediscover that just because they're not where they planned doesn't mean they're not right where they need to be.

These students
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