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Which Sophomore Shows Will Thrive, and Which Will Take a Ratings Dive?

22 September 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Network television’s new fall season kicks off today, officially ushering in the arrival of a couple dozen shiny new series. Broadcasters have invested millions in the production and promotion of these newcomers, and after months of hype, we’ll now finally get to see which ones have a future — and which will end up buried next to the corpses of long-forgotten short-timers such as My Own Worst Enemy, The Unusuals, or Life on a Stick. Vulture and other business and entertainment outlets will pay lots of attention to these debuts over the coming weeks (check back tomorrow for the first big Nielsen report card). Yet despite the understandable obsession with what’s new, network suits will be following another class of programs nearly as closely: the sophomores. These are the shows which defied network TV’s long odds to make it to a second season and now have to »

- Josef Adalian

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Charlie Day Tells Graduates He Doesn't ‘Give a S—’ (Video)

21 May 2014 6:31 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Charlie Day told Merrimack College students in a graduation speech that he took a huge bet on himself when he turned down a chance to star in the Fox sitcom “Life on a Stick.” “Do I do ‘Life on a Stick'? Or do I make another bet on myself?” Day said. Day said his bet paid off big. “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is going into its tenth season and “Life on a Stick” was quickly canceled. Also read: ‘It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Renewed for 2 More Seasons as Stars Close New Overall Deal “Don't wait for your break, »

- James Crugnale

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Prepare to Be Deeply Moved by Charlie Day's Inspiring Commencement Speech

21 May 2014 5:50 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor Charlie Day gave the surprise hit commencement speech of the graduation season when he visited his alma mater, Merrimack College, on Sunday to talk to students on their big day. The actor was first given an honorary doctorate, which he joked about, saying that Dr. Charlie Day "sounded like some sort of club DJ." However, he also opened up about his struggles as an actor and writer after graduating college and how he was faced with a tough decision when he was offered a role on a pilot (Life on a Stick) while developing what would eventually become his hit FX show with his friends. "Do I do Life on a Stick? Or do I make another bet on myself? And this time, my friends, too," Charlie recalled. "Do I make no money?" He then encouraged students to take those scary risks as they enter the working world. »

- Maria Mercedes Lara

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