Saturday, July 23, 2011

Review: Entourage

Entourage (10:30/9:30c) feels awfully washed-out and washed-up, kind of like Vince Chase's dormant career, as the show counts down to the end. Vince emerges from rehab a sadder but wiser man, but does anyone really care?

Review: Same Name

As so often happens with reality shows, Same Name is a cute idea lacking the heft to sustain its premise. A celebrity and some ordinary person with the same name trade places (think Life Swap, not Wife Swap), trying to walk a mile in each other's Gucci loafers and muddy work boots, respectively. Once situated, though, there's not much for either of them to do.

News: CBS's Secret Fortune Host

The long-time host joins the Nigel Lythgoe-produced pilot. CBS has tapped Donny Osmond to host its game show pilot, Secret Fortune.
If the project gets ordered to series, it will join a slew of other hosting gigs on the former teen idol's resume, including The Donny & Marie Show, Pyramid and The Great American Dream Vote. More recently, Osmond and sister Marie have served up a 90 minute show at Las Vegas' Flamingo Hotel.

Preview: The Graham Norton Show

British singer and U.S. sensation, Adele, stops by the best talk show on TV--BBC America's The Graham Norton Show. Tonight at 10/7c on BBC America.

Recap: Torchwood

With every week it’s on the air, Torchwood: Miracle Day continues to expand its scope. In "Dead of Night," the reach of the show’s story gets even larger as the writers begin to draw connections between all of the characters we’ve met so far and a mysterious (probably evil) drug company named Phicorp. (If I were naming a drug company that, I’d definitely spell it Pficor.)

Preview: The Walking Dead

Season 2 of AMC's The Walking Dead debuts Sunday, Oct. 15. Here's an AMC preview released at Comic-Con.

Preview: The Vampire Diaries

The new season of The Vampire Diaires kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8/7c. Check out a preview here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

News: Conan Crashes Comic-Con

Conan O'Brien stole the show at Comic-Con with a superhero spoof (or not), "The Flaming C." See the preview here: The Flaming C.

News: A&E Picks up Bag of Bones

A&E Network will begin production next month on Stephen King's Bag of Bones, a four-hour epic mini-series thrill-ride based on the New York Times No. 1 bestselling novel, featuring Pierce Brosnan's return to television.

The two-night event from Sony Pictures Television is scheduled to premiere in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Click on News for the full press release.

Recap: Big Brother

Despite the veterans' supposedly crumbling alliance, there was basically no discord in the house after Cassi and Shelly were nominated for eviction. Of course Shelly and Cassi were sad, but it really seemed like everyone knew the score and was swift to say their goodbyes to Cassi from minute one — and she likewise with them.

Review: Same Name

Same Name (CBS, Sunday at 9/8c), in which a famous person trades lives for a couple of days with a nonfamous person of the same name, is as entertaining as it is disposable.
This is in some ways the ultimate summer series, filler without a thought in its frothy head.

Review: The Captains

In The Captains, which William Shatner wrote and directed, he interviews the five performers who have succeeded him as Star Trek leaders, on starships or space stations: Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine. The film will make its debut on Friday on the Epix premium-cable channel and epixhd . com as part of Shatnerpalooza, a conglomeration of television marathon, film screenings and live appearances.

Recap: Real Housewives of NYC finale!

Real Housewives of New York City final -- Ramona Singer reveals she may be pregnant at 53.

Preview from Comic-Con: Homeland

Claire Danes stars in Showtime's new Homeland, a psycho-thriller where CIA officer Carrie Mathison is trying to prevent an al-Qaeda attack on US soil. Homeland debuts right after the 6th season premiere of Dexter, on Showtime on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10pm.

Preview from Comic-Con: Dexter

The 6th season of Dexter premieres on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 9pm. Frist Look: Check out this just-released preview released by Showtime at Comic-Con.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Preview from Comic-Con: The Ringer

The Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar premieres on The CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13. See this just-released Comic-Con preview.

Preview: History Detectives

History Detectives: The Spy Glass that Saw Revolution
PBS - Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8/7c (check local listings)

Watch the full episode. See more History Detectives.

News: Ricky Gervais' New TV Gig

British comedy writer and performer is developing the show in collaboration with Dexter producer Clyde Phillips.

The web was atwitter with reports that Ricky Gervais is planning a new sitcom called Afterlife, about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven.

Preview: RBC Canadian Open

Charl Schwartzel
The RBC Canadian Open heads west to Vancouver as Canada’s national championship will be played for the first time since 2005 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club with a strong field that includes No. 1 World-ranked Luke Donald, two-time RBC Canadian Open winner Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler. CBS Sports covers all the action from Vancouver, B.C., broadcasting the third and final rounds on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live on the CBS Television Network.

See News for full schedule.

Recap: Roseanne's Nuts

Anyone who was alive in 1990 remembers when Roseanne Barr sang 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at a Major League Baseball game. The rendition was horrible, she was out of tune, and then she wrapped by spitting and grabbing her crotch.

Recap: So You Think You Can Dance?

So You Think You Can Dance delivered surprising twists aplenty on Wednesday night. Nine of the 10 remaining dancers scored rave reviews from the judges.

News: Comic-Con

Comic-Con International, founded in 1970 as a gathering for comic book geeks, long ago grew into a multi-tentacled beast. Now the genres it showcases include animation, manga, horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sneak Peek: The A-List New York

New season kicks off on Monday, July 25 (10/9c) on Logo.

Season Premiere: Storage Wars

Storage Wars
Season 2 Premiere
A&E, Tonight at 10/9c

Recap: America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent recap: Quarterfinals continue with Dani Shay, Silhouettes

Midway through Tuesday's episode of America's Got Talent" sixth season quarterfinals, host Nick Cannon grabbed the mic to describe just how much responsibility rested with the viewing public.
"Your vote," he said, "will change lives."

Stats: TV Ratings - July 11-17, 2011

TV Ratings - July 11-17, 2011

America's Got Talent and Major League Baseball's All-Star Game dominated viewing on broadcast TV the week ending July 17. Women's soccer generated gigantic ratings on cable as Team USA narrowly lost the World Cup to Japan.

Click on Stats for all the details.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: Web Therapy

The Lisa Kudrow-starring Web series moves to a half-hour format on Showtime with funny but uneven results.

Recap: Bachelorette

"The Bachelorette": you care about who she picks? Look, I have watched just about every season of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette", and I've NEVER been this bored. I just read in Entertainment Weekly that they've decided to keep "recycling" contestants for the future pickers. They said that they love having characters and a story line, much like on soap operas. Somebody remind me what's happening to all the network soap operas? Right...they are all being canceled pretty much. Bring in some new blood! (See a clip from this show.)

Review: Awkward

Aside from the gratuitous sexual stuff, "Awkward" is a really good, funny, fun show.

Jenna (Ashley Rickards) is a teen who chokes on a couple of aspirins, which causes her to lose her balance and fall on the floor, while her hairdryer goes flying into the full tub. Added to the confusion is the fact that she had written minutes before that she just wanted to die.

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