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With 2009 and the ‘aughts’ portion of the new millennium coming to a close, Chris and Matt decided to forgo the usual news and commentary for this special episode of The Flickcast and instead, focus on some of the great movies, tv, comics, games and all things geek that were the best of 2009. In addition, the boys also made some picks of one or two of the highlights of the entire ‘aughts’ decade.
Some of the topics discussed include Chris and Matt’s favorite movies of 2009 such as Star Trek, Inglourious Basterds, Zombieland and Drag Me to Hell as well as some of their favorite 2009 tv shows including Community, Cougar Town and continuing series such as Fringe and The Big Bang Theory. The boys also made some picks of their favorite comics and games of the year including Blackest Night, Old Man Logan, Modern Warfare 2 and Ultimate Alliance 2.
As always, if you have comments, »
- Joe Gillis
I can’t! But apparently the worse you behave, the more attention ye shall receive.
Remember how the bad boys were always the hottest and most popular in high school? Yeah, things don’t really change with age. Despite being arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen was rewarded with the media equivalent of a slap on the back. More than 11 million viewers turned in to see his CBS comedy, Two and a Half Men, making it the highest rated Monday night show.
Case in point: The Gosselins. After Jon and Kate’s very public marriage problems (ie: Jon’s nasty wandering eye), the May 2009 season five premiere of their boring reality show, »
I find myself getting crazy reflective as the year draws to a close. Maybe because I'm just that deep. Or maybe just because there is less new stuff to write about this time of year, so I need to fill this column with something. So today, I offer you my picks for the best of the best of the last 12 months. (Fyi: I tried to limit the acting categories to one winner and one runner-up, but in some cases ties were simply unavoidable.) Best Drama Series: Mad Men. Marital drama hasn't been this honestly and gut-wrenchingly depicted since Tony and Carmella came thisclose to divorcing. »
- Michael Ausiello
We still appreciate it every episode, but you'll be recognized at numerous award shows in 2010.
In this feature, we'd like to acknowledge the surprise actors and actresses that made a major impact on the small screen in 2009. Some are totally new to the scene, while others re-invented themselves with hilarious or frightening recurring roles...
Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory: Move over for a few moments, Leonard and Sheldon. Neither of you can compete with the nerdy swagger Wolowitz walks around with. Helberg has made a big impression on Big Bang viewers.
John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell on Dexter: Events from the season finale left fans buzzing, but Lithgow's terrifying, wide-ranging performance as the Trinity Killer still leaves them shaking. Simply brilliant, »
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It was an evening of repeats last night but CBS' Two and a Half Men was still the most watched program, according to preliminary overnight ratings. Men saw 11 million viewers with a repeat of fellow comedy The Big Bang Theory also scoring with 10 million. Elsewhere, NBC's Community marathon did not impress viewers with the largest viewership happening at 8pm and only reaching a paltry 3.3 million. Time Show Viewers (in millions) 8pm Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (ABC) How I Met Your Mother (CBS) House (Fox) Community (NBC) One Tree Hill (The CW) 6.3 6.1 (repeat) 4.9 (repeat) 3.3 (repeat) 1.2 (repeat) 8:30pm »
- Tim Stack
Fast National ratings for Monday, Dec. 28, 2009
The broadcast networks essentially took the night off Monday, with reruns and a movie on ABC filling the schedule. Per usual when that happens, CBS finished the night on top.
Led by "Two and a Half Men," CBS drew 8.6 million viewers and a 5.4 rating/9 share in households for the evening. ABC (6.25 million, 3.6/6) came in second, while Fox (4.7 million, 3.0/5) took third. NBC finished fourth with just 2.7 million viewers and a 1.7/3, but that was still a good ways ahead of The CW (916,000, 0.6/1).
CBS also led among adults 18-49 with a 2.2 rating, edging ABC's 2.1 for the top spot. Fox, 1.5, finished third, followed by NBC, 1.0, and The CW, 0.3.
Monday's hour-by-hour standings:
ABC: Movie - "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (6.05 million viewers, 3.6/6 households)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (6.05 million, 3.8/6)/"Accidentally on Purpose" rerun (5.8 million, 3.6/6)
Fox: "House" rerun (4.8 million, 3.0/5)
NBC: "Community" reruns - two episodes (2.85 million, »
CBS' Monday lineup showed its resilience by dominating a rerun-filled night.
Repeats of CBS' flagship comedies "The Big Bang Theory" (3.0 rating/8 share in adults 18-49) and "Two and a Half Men" (2.7/7) were the highest-rated programs of the night by a mile, with a rerun of another CBS series, drama "CSI: Miami" (2.2/6) coming in third.
The only other program to cross the 2.0 demo rating mark Monday was ABC's broadcast of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (2.1/6), though that number is expected to go down in the finals as ABC's preliminary ratings were inflated by NFL pre-emptions in Chicago and Minnesota. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
ABC has Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End CBS has repeats of How I Met Your Mother, Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Miami Fox has repeats of House and Lie to Me NBC has a repeat of Community The CW has repeats of One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl A&E is new with Hoarders E! is new with Bank of Hollywood MTV has repeats of South Park and has Gone in 60 Seconds TNT is new with Men of a Certain Age VH1 has repeats of Behind the Music: 50 Cent, 100 Most Shocking Music Moments, and I Want to Work for Diddy 2 Late-night highlights include Queen Latifah on a repeat of Lopez Tonight on TBS; Matt Damon and Barry Manilow on a repeat of The Jay Leno Show on NBC; Kate Hudson and Tori Amos on a repeat of »
Happy holidays from TV Fanatic. We hope all readers got everything they desired, and more, for Christmas.
Meanwhile, our staff recently got a look at Santa's shopping list and we actually know what various TV characters asked for this December. What do they hope is under the Christmas tree?
Some of their answers might surprise you...
Dwight Schrute (The Office): For Jim Halpert to be fired.
Tracy Jordan (30 Rock): A Twitter account.
Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries): The resurrection of his one, true love; a blood sandwich.
Raj (The Big Bang Theory): The ability to speak in front of women.
Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife): A new last name.
Rachel Berry (Glee): Finn Hudson; a role on Broadway.
Every character on Entourage: An interesting storyline.
Mark Benford (FlashForward): To be demoted to a desk job and removed from the series. Oh. Wait. That's our Christmas wish. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (M.L. House)
Fast National ratings for Monday, Dec. 15, 2009
The finale of "The Sing-Off" improved the numbers for NBC, but it still could not take down CBS' dominance in the ratings, even against a lineup of reruns.
CBS drew 8.2 million viewers and a 5.2 rating/9 share in households in primetime, though NBC was hot on their heels with 6.8 million viewers and a 4.2/7. ABC (5.0 million, 3.1/5) barely beat out Fox (4.5 million, 2.8/4) and the CW took fifth with 800K, 0.6/1.
CBS also took the 18-49 demographic with a 2.4/7, though that was much closer than the ratings as a whole, as NBC finished with a 2.1/6. Fox (1.4/4) actually beat ABC (1.3/4) in that demo and the CW was fifth with 0.3/1.
Monday's hourly results:
NBC: "The Sing-Off" finale (7.1 million, 4.4/7)
ABC: "I Want a Dog for Christmas" rerun (5.8 million, 3.3/5)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (5.7 million viewers, 3.6/6 households)/"Accidentally on Purpose" rerun (5.4 million, 3.4/6)
Fox: "House" rerun (4.9 million, 3.1/5)
The CW: "One Tree Hill" rerun (900K, »
When The Big Bang Theory returns with a new episode, "The Psychic Vortex," on January 11th, we're in for one heck of a surprise. In one of the most unlikeliest of adventures, Raj and Sheldon head out to a University mixer together where they meet two women.
It looks like with Wolowitz in a relationship, Raj is forced to take on one of the worst imaginable wingmen, Sheldon. However, by some miracle, the two of them manage to meet Martha (Jen Drohan) and Abby (Danica McKellar).
If that weren't impressive enough, Raj and Sheldon manage to take the two lucky ladies back to their place for a night of Rock Band. Hopefully our wishes will come true and Raj will get over his inability to speak in front of women. We certainly wouldn't mind having our childhood crush, Winnie, joining The Big Bang Theory cast.
Meanwhile, Penny and Leonard will »
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Sorry, "How I Met Your Mother" and "Big Bang Theory." Second time won't be the charm, "Survivor" and "Criminal Minds." CBS has decided to give the coveted post-Super Bowl programming slot to a new show this year. CBS announced on Monday (Dec. 21) morning that "Undercover Boss" will premiere at a special time on Sunday, February 7 whenever the Super Bowl and its exhaustive post-game show are over. "Undercover Boss" will then move into its regular time period on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on February 14. In "Undercover Boss," executives from major corporations go undercover at the »
- Daniel Fienberg
CBS has announced the show that will air in the coveted spot immediately following the Superbowl on Sunday, February 7, and it's not one of their top hit shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, or even Survivor. This year they will premiere a brand new reality series called Undercover Boss in the post-Superbowl slot.
It's certainly not the first time a network has put a brand new show on after the Superbowl (Fox did it in 2005 with American Dad's premiere and ABC did it in 1995 with Extreme) but it's far from common practice. And to utilize the space for a brand new reality series, in a time when reality series seem to come and go faster than the wind does seem a bit odd. Add to that the fact that this is coming from the network with some of the biggest ratings hits on television, and it almost seems ludicrous. »
- Bryan Jones
ABC has I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, is new with Find My Family, and has a repeat of Castle CBS has repeats of How I Met Your Mother, Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and CSI: Miami Fox has repeats of House and Lie to Me NBC is new with the finale of The Sing-off The CW has repeats of One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl A&E is new with Intervention and Hoarders ABC Family has Santa Baby and Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe AMC is new with A Christmas Carol Comedy Central is new with The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report E! is new with Bank of Hollywood MTV has repeats of South Park and MTV Cribs, and has Get Rich or Die Tryin' TNT is new with The Closer and Men of a Certain »
We all waited with bated breath to see which CBS show will get the benefit of following up Super Bowl Xliv on Sunday, Feb. 7.
In fact, thousands of readers voted and decided the honor should go to "The Big Bang Theory."
But it wasn't meant to be ... the winner is the new reality show "Undercover Boss," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Boss" follows top executives as they anonymously assume entry-level jobs at their company and receive eye-opening perspectives on how their decisions affect lower-wage employees.
The premiere episode features Larry O'Donnell, president and COO of Waste Management, as he cleans porta-potties and works at a recycling plant. The series will run at 9 p.m. Sundays starting Feb. 14, along with the 16th cycle of "The Amazing Race."
The network decision will be the first time since 2005 that a broadcast network has elected to air a new program after the Super Bowl. »
None of the above.
In a surprising move, CBS will premiere the new reality show "Undercover Boss" after the most-watched television event of the year.
"Boss" follows top executives as they anonymously assume entry-level jobs at their company and receive eye-opening perspectives on how their decisions affect lower-wage employees. Executives from White Castle, 7-Eleven, Hooters, Waste Management and Churchill Downs are on board for the first season.
It will be the first time since 2005 that a broadcast network has elected to air a new program after the Super Bowl. Fox aired the debut of "American Dad" after the game, but it was paired with veteran series "The Simpsons." One would have to go all the way back to 1995 to find a network airing »
- By James Hibberd
Sure, people complain about Fox for it’s repeated canceling of shows involving Joss Whedon and/or Terminators, but at least the network is now stepping up and offering a boost to the J.J. Abrams co-created show Fringe. The Futon Critic reports Fringe will return from it’s winter hiatus on January 7, but then that following Monday, Fox will air a new episode after a new episode of House.
The duo will be facing off with some heavy competition in the form of NBC’s Chuck and Heroes, ABC’s The Bachelor, and CBS comedies like How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory. Then in February, the Fringe will take a seven-week break to allow the mid-season drama Past Life, starring Kelli Giddish (All My Children) and Richard Schiff (West Wing) is about “an unlikely pair of past-life detectives who investigate whether what is happening to you »
- John Muth
There's no need to stress out if you're stuck on holiday shopping lines tonight. Your favorite show isn't airing a new episode anyway.
Every primetime series is officially on hiatus until the new year. When will your favorite program return and/or premiere a new season? The answers are below...
The Good Wife (pictured)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (M.L. House)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia may be your favorite cable comedy, but now let's tackle network TV. This year we added a few new players to the list, including your favorite new show of the year, Glee. So what's your favorite network comedy of 2009? Don't forget to vote on all of my Best of 2009 polls! What Is the Best Network TV Comedy of 2009? 30 Rock How I Met Your Mother Parks and Recreation The Office Glee The Big Bang Theory Ugly Betty Community Modern Family Chuck »
Below is a list of the return dates or season premiere dates of shows beginning in January 2010 (arranged alphabetically by show). When does Gossip Girl or American Idol return? When does Human Target and Caprica premiere? Check out our list below.
The majority of shows are listed (only a few are missing, including the new ABC midseason show, Happy Town). Wow, there's a lot of shows on television, isn't there?
24 (Fox, season premiere) – January 17, 9:00 p.m. (part 2 of premiere continues January 18, 8:00 p.m.) 30 Rock (NBC) – January 14, 9:00 p.m. (back-to-back episodes) 90210 – March 9, 9:00 p.m. Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) – January 11, 8:30 p.m. American Idol (Fox, season premiere) – January 12, 8:00 p.m. Being Erica (SOAPnet, season premiere) – January 20, 10:00 p.m. Big Love (HBO, season premiere) – January 10, 10:00 p.m. Bones (Fox) – January 14, 8:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters (ABC) – January 3, 10:00 p.m. Burn Notice – January 21, 10:00 p. »
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