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19 items from 2008


2008 Year in Review: Television

16 December 2008 8:20 PM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

Last year in our annual overview of the Year in Television, Malinda Lo wrote, “Though there is still plenty of room for improvement — particularly on broadcast TV — the low points of 2007 do not contradict the fact that lesbian/bi representation on TV this past year has increased and improved significantly.”

Clearly, a lot can change in a year.

Though 2008 comes to a close with word of possible new queer female characters on the horizon in the coming year, the prospects for lesbians and bisexual women on television over the last twelve months have been somewhat grim.

This has been particularly true for lesbians, whose numbers on scripted network television have now dwindled to zero.

While portrayals of lesbian characters on Grey’s Anatomy and Cashmere Mafia (both on ABC) showed initial promise, it wasn’t long before their storylines turned sour and came to a screeching halt, due to either »

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Sanchez And Winter Wed In Puerto Rico

30 November 2008 6:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actors Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter have married in a fairytale ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday.

The couple exchanged vows in front of 250 guests, including pal Eva Longoria Parker.

The Without A Trace actress, 35, wore a princess-style dress by designer Angel Sanchez, which featured hand embroidered pearls and diamonds.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation actor Winter, 32, donned a Calvin Klein suit for the nuptials, reports People.com. »

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Checking Up on the Stars of 'Without a Trace'

6 October 2008 11:00 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

CBS' Without a Trace is currently in its seventh season, with the next new episode airing on October 14.  Entitled “Last Call,” the episode will follow the team as they investigate the case of a missing white-collar criminal who suddenly disappears on his way to testify against a former associate.

Created by Hank Steinberg and executively produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Without a Trace stars Anthony Lapaglia as Jack Malone, Poppy Montgomery as Samantha Spade, Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Vivian Johnson, Enrique Murciano as Danny Taylor, Eric Close as Martin Fitzgerald and Roselyn Sanchez as Elena Delgado.

Meanwhile, the stars of Without a Trace have been working on their individual projects, with Anthony Lapaglia working on the film Balibo.  Recently, reports surfaced that the 49-year-old actor was hurt in an accident when an explosive device designed to simulate a gunshot discharged into his arm.  The accident took place in July, while they were »

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'Supernatural' Hits Top Ratings Return List

5 October 2008 10:17 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The Hollywood Reporter paused to take a look at the winners and losers of returning prime time series. While it’s interesting to see Supernatural’s strong start in its fourth season, the shows with weak returns do not bode well for our genre faves.

Gainers

1. CW Supernatural 1.2 to 1.7 = 42%

2. CBS Criminal Minds 3.5 to 4.7 = 34%

3. CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.3 to 4.0 = 21%

4. CBS CSI: Miami 4.6 to 5.2 = 13%

5. CBS NCIS 3.2 to 3.6 = 13%

6. CBS Two And A Half Men 4.8 to 5.3 = 10%

7. CBS CSI: NY 3.7 to 4.0 = 8%

8. CW Gossip Girl 1.6 to 1.7 = 6%

9. CW One Tree Hill 1.6 to 1.7 = 6%

10. Fox American Dad 3.1 to 3.2 = 3%

Droppers

1. ABC Pushing Daisies 4.4 to 2.0 = -55%

2. Fox Terminator 4.2 to 2.4 = -43%

3. Fox Don't Forget The Lyrics 2.9 to 1.7 = -41%

4. CBS Without A Trace 4.7 to 2.8 = -40%

5. CBS Old Christine 3.2 to 2.1 = -34%

6. ABC Dirty Sexy Money 3.6 to 2.4 = -33%

7. CW America's Top Model 2.5 to 1.7 = -32%

8. Fox Smarter Than 5Th Grader 2.5 to 1.7 = -32%

9. NBC Heroes 7.3 to 5.0 = -32%

10. NBC My Name Is Earl 3.8 to 2.7 = - »

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Lapaglia Injured In Stunt Accident

1 October 2008 12:24 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actor Anthony Lapaglia was reportedly injured on-set of his latest movie Balibo after a stunt went badly wrong.

The Without A Trace star was hurt after an explosive device discharged into his arm during a scene in which Lapaglia's character is shot.

The device, which creates an authentic gun-shot sound, exploded into Lapaglia's arm instead of firing outwards, which would have looked on camera as if the star had been shot.

The star, who is filming in Darwin, was taken to nearby Royal Darwin Hospital to receive medical treatment, according to Australia's Northern Territory News.

A source tells the publication, "It was the scene where East (Lapaglia's character) was going to get shot. They put the explosives on back-to-front.'' »

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'Without a Trace' Returns Tonight with Season 7

22 September 2008 11:00 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

The day has finally come for the fans of CBS' Without a Trace, which returns tonight at 10pm with its seventh season.  The series brings back regulars Anthony LaPaglia as Jack Malone, Poppy Montgomery as Samantha Spade, Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Vivian Johnson, Enrique Murciano as Danny Taylor, Eric Close as Martin Fitzgerald and Roselyn Sanchez as Elena Delgado.

Recently, CBS released some spoilers for the new season of Without a Trace.  We got the inside scoop on what's coming up in tonight's episode, as well as the episodes to come.

Tonight, fans will get to see Episode 7.01 entitled “Closure,” in which the team is tasked to search for a man whose daughter went missing years ago.  His desire to help another couple find their missing son is later questioned, while Jack tries to deal with the fact that he has a new boss.

On the next episode airing on September »

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Watch Free Movies Online at IMDB Right Now

16 September 2008 6:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The big news of the day is that IMDb, through a partnership with Hulu, is offering free TV shows and movies online. I quick peek at their video page shows me the following titles: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Raising Arizona Planet of the Apes Weird Science Some Like It Hot Fiddler on the Roof The Longest Day "Battlestar Galactica" "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" "Heroes" "Firefly" "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" "Without a Trace" That's just a taste, click here for more. IMDB.com's site founder Col Needham said Monday, "Our goal is to show our users every movie and TV show on the Internet for free on IMDb.com." This seems to be just the beginning. »

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2008 Fall TV Schedule Preview

28 August 2008 8:50 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

The new 2008 Fall TV season is almost upon us, with the first new show of the season premiering on September 1st. Screen Rant has put together an extensive list of new and returning programs along with their premiere dates, along with descriptions and recommendations.

So what’s up this fall? What are we anticipating, what are we, well… not anticipating?

 

I know some of you have given up on network television. At times I don’t blame you. For those of you who still have a wee bit of faith, anticipation, or hope in network programming - or even plan on patiently waiting for shows to hit DVD, then this endeavor is for you. I gave a brief overview of the upcoming TV season a couple of months ago, but this right here is the big kahuna.

And yes, even I am looking forward to a few TV series…

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- Bruce Simmons

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Ugly Betty Leads Alma Award Nominations

22 July 2008 9:16 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Stars of hit TV shows Ugly Betty, Without A Trace and Wizards Of Waverly Place are leading the nominations for the 2008 American Latino Media Arts (Alma) Awards with three nods each.

The cast of Ugly Betty is to be honoured with the Outstanding Performance of a Latino/Latina-Led Ensemble in a Television Series special achievement prize, while writer Silvio Horta is nominated in the Outstanding Writing for a Television Series category for the episode entitled Jump. Director Linda Mendoza is also up for contention in the Outstanding Director of a Television Series gong, for her work on the Betty's Baby Bump segment.

Without A Trace star Enrique Murciano is up for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series, and his co-star Roselyn Sanchez is nominated in the female equivalent. Scriptwriter Jose Molina has been recognised in the Outstanding Writing for a Television Series for the Without You episode.

Meanwhile, the stars of Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place have also scored nominations - Jake T. Austin and co-stars Selena Gomez and Maria Canals-Barrera will fight it out in the male and female categories for Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Television Series.

Other nominees include Desperate Housewives actor Ricardo Chavira and Lost's Jorge Garcia for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Television Series; Grey's Anatomy's star Sara Ramirez for Outstanding Actress In A Drama Television Series; and Two and A Half Men's Charlie Sheen for Outstanding Male Performance In A Comedy Television Series.

The nominations were announced on Monday and the winners will be unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Eva Longoria Parker on 17 August. The show will air on U.S. TV on 12 September. »

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David Krumholtz Gets Engaged in Paris

7 July 2008 3:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Numb3rs star David Krumholtz is engaged to actress Vanessa Britting, his rep tells People exclusively. "The happy couple became engaged in Paris on a hiatus vacation last month and are beyond ecstatic," says rep David Lust. Krumholtz, 30, who plays math genius Charlie Eppes on the hit CBS crime drama, has been dating Britting, 27, for 3 1/2 years. The two plan to wed in 2009. The actor is also known for his portrayal of Bernard the Arch-Elf in 1994's The Santa Clause and its 2002 sequel. Britting has co-starred on The Young and The Restless and Without A Trace. This is the first marriage for both. »

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Lapaglia Considered For Soprano Movie

23 June 2008 6:20 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Without A Trace star Anthony Lapaglia almost got a second chance to play Tony Soprano when The Sopranos writers considered a film-within-a-tv show for the series' final season.

Australian Lapaglia was one of the first actors considered as the Soprano family leader before the role went to James Gandolfini.

But, in a new interview with show creator David Chase for an upcoming final season DVD, the writer reveals Lapaglia was considered again as the star of a spin-off movie about Tony Soprano.

In the DVD special interview, Chase tells interviewer and Sopranos fan Alec Baldwin that he and producers dabbled with the idea of Soprano's psychologist, played by Lorraine Bracco, writing a book about her encounters with the mob boss.

Lapaglia would have played Soprano in the movie adaptation. »

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CBS returns to crime, comedy roots

14 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Crime and comedy are coming back in full force to CBS schedule next season as the network re-embraces the genres that have performed best for it in recent years. After taking a creative detour last fall with outside-the-box concepts, CBS is adding some new procedurals and opening up another night of comedy.CBS will expand its successful Monday night sitcom lineup to Wednesdays, as expected. The New Adventures of Old Christine, which the network renewed at the last minute on Tuesday, will launch the block. Christine. is followed by newcomer Project Gary, about a middle-class father played by Jay Mohr. The network's signature crime dramas will also have more company next season, including the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Eleventh Hour, about a science professor who helps solve crimes. Hour. has been given CBS' strongest lead-in, Bruckheimer's own CSI,. and will air Thursdays at 10 p.m. Former time slot occupant Without a Trace. will shift to Tuesdays at 10 p.m., a time period that's proved tricky for the network to fill in recent years.Another new procedural is The Mentalist,. starring Simon Baker, about a deceptive celebrity psychic who puts his observational skills to better use working for law enforcement. »

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'Grey's Anatomy' gives ABC narrow win

9 May 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Grey's Anatomy halted its post-strike declines Thursday night and led ABC to a narrow victory over CBS.

Grey's (15.6 million viewers, 6.1 preliminary adults 18 to 49 rating and a 16 share) was on par with last week's series low, as was lead-in Ugly Betty (8 million, 2.4/7). At 10 p.m., Lost (11.3 million, 4.9/13) climbed a slight 4% to win the hour.

Coming in second in the demo but first in total viewers, CBS won 8 p.m. with Survivor (12.7 million, 4.1/12), which was down a notch from last week. The "CSI" episode (17.8 million, 4.9/13) written by Two and a Half Men scribes was down a few tenths from the last week but Without a Trace (14.6 million, 3.8/10) climbed 15%.

Third-place NBC had My Name Is Earl (6.1 million, 2.6/8) and the season finale of Scrubs (5.4 million, 2.5/7) For the third week in a row, The Office (7.2 million, 3.6/7) had its lowest rating of the year. The 30 Rock (5.6 million, 2.6/7) finale was unchanged from last week. »

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They're back! The details on what happens when your favorite shows return

25 March 2008 9:55 AM, PDT | The Watcher | See recent The Watcher news »

In April, dozens of scripted shows will return to the broadcast networks. Thank goodness! Though I've already posted details on the returns of "The Office" (here and here) "30 Rock," "Ugly Betty" and "House," I thought I'd collect all the information I have in one place.

First, here's a chronological list of return dates (to see the return dates sorted by network, go here).

Second, for those who want more than just return dates, I've got details on what will happen on many shows, in addition to the ones mentioned above, on the second half of this item.

If you don’t spot a favorite show on either list, by the way, be aware that some programs aren’t returning until fall, and the fate of several others has not been officially announced yet. There's more info on what's returning in the fall here.

Here are the return dates of scripted »

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CBS renews 11 scripted shows

15 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS has renewed 11 scripted series for next season, including the hit procedurals NCIS, Criminal Minds and the "CSI" trio, the top comedy Two and a Half Men as well as promising freshman sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

The other series getting pickups are the dramas Cold Case, Without a Trace, Ghost Whisperer and Numbers.

Surprisingly, the list doesn't include Monday comedy How I Met Your Mother, which also was left hanging last season until an eleventh-hour renewal. The series, recently picked up for nine more episodes this season, has a good chance to return in the fall, sources said.

Also up in the air is the fate of four series that are returning soon with originals -- freshman cult favorite Moonlight, Shark, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and Rules of Engagement -- as well as two dramas that were not picked up for more episodes, The Unit and freshman Cane.

The pickup news follows last month's renewals of two CBS reality series: Survivor, which has been extended through its 18th season, and The Amazing Race, which will be back for its 13th edition. »

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CBS releases post-strike premieres

14 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CBS Wednesday announced the premiere dates and episode orders of its returning series:

How I Met Your Mother, March 17, 9 episodes

The Big Bang Theory, March 17, 9 episodes

Two And A Half Men, March 17, 9 episodes

CSI: Miami, March 24, 8 episodes

Cold Case, March 30, 5 episodes

Criminal Minds, April 2, 7 episodes

CSI: NY, April 2, 7 episodes

CSI, April 3, 6 episodes

Without a Trace, April 3, 6 episodes

Ghost Whisperer, April 4, 6 episodes

Numb3rs," April 4, 6 episodes

NCIS," April 8, 7 episodes

Moonlight, April 11, 4 episodes

Rules Of Engagement, April 14, 6 episodes

Shark, TBA, 4 episodes

*"The Unit," "Cane" and "Shark" are on previously announced hiatus to

accommodate the mid-season launches of Big Brother, Jericho and Dexter.

**The drama series "Swingtown," which hasn't been scheduled yet, will also resume production.

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Black Monday at TV studios

15 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

STRIKE ZONE: LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES

UPDATED 5:02 p.m. PT Jan. 14

The force majeure ax swung wide Monday as four TV studios -- CBS Paramount Network TV, Universal Media Studios, 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. TV -- tore up dozens of overall deals.

All four issued similarly worded statements blaming the writers strike for the terminations, which are expected to save the studios tens of millions of dollars. But none came close to the nearly 30 overall deals axed at ABC Studios on Friday. CBS Par and 20th TV each dropped half that number. UMS and WBTV stayed in the single digits, with WBTV's termination tally said to be less than five deals. Like ABC Studios, CBS Par, UMS, 20th TV and WBTV mostly went after writers, producers and directors with no active projects.

CBS Par's force majeure list includes some high-profile writing and nonwriting producers: Hugh Jackman, whose Seed Prods. inked a multiyear deal at the studio in August; "The Chronicles of Narnia" producer Mark Johnson; veteran writer-producer Rene Echevarria, who co-created CBS Par's USA Network series "The 4400" (he will continue his services as exec producer on the studio's NBC drama "Medium"); the Emmy-winning "Sopranos" writing duo of Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green; Barry Schindel ("Numbers"); and John McNamara ("Fastlane").

Scribes Jennifer Levin ("Without a Trace"), Liz Astrof ("The King of Queens") and the team of Aron Abrams and Greg Thompson ("Everybody Hates Chris") also received termination letters from CBS Par. »

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Last Thursday of new episodes lackluster

12 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The last big Thursday with original regular programming was mostly a bust, as ABC's Grey's Anatomy, CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NBC's The Apprentice posted their lowest adults 18-49 ratings for a fresh Thursday episode.

The two Thursday giants, Grey's (7.0 rating/17 share among adults 18-49, 17.6 million viewers overall) and "CSI" (5.0/12, 18.1 million) still dominated the night, finishing first among adults 18-49 and total viewers, respectively.

The originals of Grey's and "CSI" at 9 p.m. took a toll on Celebrity Apprentice (3.5/8, 8.1 million), which fell 22% from its premiere last week, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates.

NBC's My Name Is Earl (3.4/9, 7.7 million) was solid at 8 p.m., winning the half-hour in the 18-49 demo, but the final available original episode of 30 Rock (2.8/7, 6.0 million) fell to third place at 8:30 p.m. behind ABC's Ugly Betty and Fox's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

At 10 p.m., NBC's "ER" (3.5/10, 9.1 million) edged CBS' Without a Trace (3.3/9, 13.2 million).

For the night, ABC (4.2/11, 11.9 million) and CBS (3.5/9, 13.5 million) split the top honors in adults 18-49 and total viewers. »

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Poppy Montgomery Welcomes Son

7 January 2008 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian actress Poppy Montgomery has given birth to a boy. The Without A Trace star and her boyfriend, actor Adam Kaufman, welcomed Jackson Phillip Kaufman into the world on December 23. The baby, who is the first child for both parents, was born in Los Angeles and weighed seven pounds and four ounces. Montgomery's pregnancy was written into missing persons drama Without A Trace, on which she plays FBI agent Samantha Spade. »

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