Monthly Archives: May 2012

Jeffrey Tambor to Guest Star on Psych

Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of Psych as Juliet’s stepfather. Tambor recently starred in NBC’s short-lived Bent, and will return to NBC midseason in Next Caller.

True Blood Casts Tina Majorino — Season 5 – TVLine

I love Tina’s acting on Veronica Mars and Bones, so I’m sure she’ll be great on True Blood. Will be an interesting departure for her if she’s part of the Authority’s support staff as a vampire and not a human.

True Blood Casts Tina Majorino — Season 5 – TVLine.

Top 10 Favorite TV Couples – Realistic Shows

The votes have been tallied, and the winners have emerged! Here are the top 10 favorite couples from realistic/contemporary TV shows, as voted by you!

It’s worth noting that only Bones has two couples in the top 10, though 7 shows managed to have two sets of sweethearts in the top 20! And speaking of the top 20, I plan to combine this poll’s top 20 with the speculative TV show couples top 20, as well as 10 new/wild card choices, for an ultimate fan poll sometime this fall. So if you’re wondering how Nathan Fillion’s Castle (and Beckett) would fare against his Malcolm Reynolds (and Inara), or David Boreanaz’s Booth (and Brennan) against his Angel (and Buffy), stay tuned!

#10 Angela Montenegro and Jack Hodgins – Bones

Monday Madness: Favorite TV Couples – Speculative

In part two of our TV couples Monday Madness, we’re looking at couples in speculative TV shows! Whether it’s sci fi, fantasy, paranormal, historical myths, or just a futuristic bent, these shows all have something out of the ordinary, even if the couples in them are perfectly normal human beings.

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite TV couples. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10!

Even though there are 40-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of couples I left out! You can nominate couples I missed in the comments, and I may add them to the poll. Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll. Please help out with nominations! There are only so many shows I can watch personally, so I’m counting on you to fill me in!

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM June 4th.

UPDATE: poll has ended. Go vote in this week’s poll!

Which is your favorite TV couple? - Speculative Division (Choose up to 10)

  • Mary and John Winchester - Supernatural (14%, 959 Votes)
  • Rumpelstiltskin and Belle - Once Upon a TIme (9%, 608 Votes)
  • Charming and Snow - Once Upon a Time (6%, 414 Votes)
  • The Doctor and Rose - Doctor Who (5%, 352 Votes)
  • Arthur and Gwen - Merlin (4%, 301 Votes)
  • Elena and Damon - The Vampire Diaries (4%, 283 Votes)
  • Emma and Graham - Once Upon a Time (4%, 256 Votes)
  • Buffy and Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 235 Votes)
  • Mal and Inara - Firefly (3%, 223 Votes)
  • Wash and Zoe - Firefly (3%, 213 Votes)
  • Leo and Piper - Charmed (3%, 209 Votes)
  • Buffy and Angel - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (3%, 190 Votes)
  • Scully and Mulder - The X-Files (3%, 178 Votes)
  • Ned and Chuck - Pushing Daisies (2%, 172 Votes)
  • Simon and Kaylee - Firefly (2%, 161 Votes)
  • Eric and Sookie - True Blood (2%, 154 Votes)
  • Peter and Olivia - Fringe (2%, 149 Votes)
  • Willow and Oz - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2%, 144 Votes)
  • Cole and Phoebe - Charmed (2%, 139 Votes)
  • Elena and Stefan - The Vampire Diaries (2%, 130 Votes)
  • Lois and Clark - Smallville (2%, 126 Votes)
  • Wesley and Fred - Angel (2%, 113 Votes)
  • Jack and Sam - Stargate SG-1 (2%, 111 Votes)
  • Xander and Anya - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2%, 110 Votes)
  • Mick and Beth - Moonlight (1%, 85 Votes)
  • Robin and Marion - Robin Hood (1%, 77 Votes)
  • Monroe and Rosalee - Grimm (1%, 74 Votes)
  • John and Aeryn - Farscape (1%, 74 Votes)
  • Max and Logan - Dark Angel (1%, 72 Votes)
  • Bill and Sookie - True Blood (1%, 72 Votes)
  • Nick and Juliette - Grimm (1%, 63 Votes)
  • Max and Liz - Roswell (1%, 63 Votes)
  • Jo and Zane - Eureka (1%, 63 Votes)
  • Sierra and Victor - Dollhouse (1%, 59 Votes)
  • Hoyt and Jessica - True Blood (1%, 55 Votes)
  • The Doctor and River Song - Doctor Who (1%, 52 Votes)
  • Fargo - Eureka and Claudia - Warehouse 13 (1%, 52 Votes)
  • Carter and Allison - Eureka (1%, 51 Votes)
  • Tru and Luc - Tru Calling (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Echo and Paul - Dollhouse (1%, 35 Votes)
  • George and Nina - Being Human (UK) (0%, 30 Votes)
  • Angel and Cordelia - Angel (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Josh and Nora - Being Human (US) (0%, 21 Votes)
  • Kara and Anders - Battlestar Galatica (0%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,191

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CBS Unveils Full-Length Trailers for 4 New Shows – Elementary, Vegas, Made in Jersey, Partners

When CBS announced its fall schedule, it released behind-the-scenes of its new shows, but here, finally, are actual trailers for them:

Elementary – Thursdays at 10

This trailer is making me even more excited about the show. The only part that seemed overly BBC Sherlock was the “bored” bit of dialog (and correct me if I’m wrong, but apparently that’s from the books). I’m looking forward to having 16+ addition hours of Holmes every year!

Vegas – Tuesdays at 10

This trailer makes me want to watch the show a little less, partly because I was only going to check out the pilot for curiosity’s sake, and the trailer answered too many of my questions.

Made in Jersey – Fridays at 9

The trailer made the show slightly more interesting than the behind-the-scenes preview, but that’s not saying much. I’m still not watching.

Partners – Mondays at 8:30

Brandon Routh seems a little awkward in his role, but then I’m used to him as a villain on Chuck. And will CBS please get rid of laugh tracks?

What Summer Show Should I Promote in June? (Poll)

I’m running a quick Facebook poll to determine which summer show TV Breakroom will be promoting in June! Click on the image below to be taken to the poll. If you don’t have Facebook, leave a comment with your choices here and I’ll add those votes in!

Animal Practice Casts JoAnna Garcia — NBC Fall – TVLine

Amy Huberman wasn’t in the preview trailer much, so I don’t mind their recasting her role for JoAnna Garcia. She’ll be playing Dorothy, ex-girlfriend and current boss of lead Dr. George Coleman, played by Justin Kirk.

Animal Practice Casts JoAnna Garcia — NBC Fall – TVLine.

The Hard Truths Behind Dan Harmon’s Community Ousting and My Thoughts

A voice of reason amid all the cries of “Why even watch season 4?” “This is the darkest timeline,” and “Community won’t be Community without Dan Harmon,” this article looks at all the very plausible explanations for why he was fired.

While the show started out as an accessible, though quirky, sitcom, over the past few years it has evolved into a very niche show. I still love it, but occasionally there are episodes that try so hard to parody something that they forget to be funny (“Pillows & Blankets” was the latest offense – I think I laughed once during the entire episode).

The article linked below focuses on what good might come out of the change in showrunners. I for one am hoping the changes will be reminiscent of Mark Ruffalo playing the Hulk instead of Edward Norton in The Avengers. I know comparing actors to showrunners is a bit like comparing apples to apple trees, but both Norton and Harmon have a reputation for being difficult to work with. Bringing in Ruffalo was far from the only thing that made The Avengers a success, but I believe it helped. (Side note, since I’m already talking about The Avengers, wouldn’t it be awesome if Joss Whedon had become Community’s new showrunner? I know it’s completely different from his own shows – though not from ones he’s worked on – and unlikely to have worked out, but can you imagine the fan craziness that would have ensued?)

Found this right after I finished this post, and thought it was amazing! (And very fitting to add.)

But what I don’t understand with this move to make Community more mainstream, is why NBC still plans to air Community on Fridays, a timeslot usually reserved for niche shows. It seems like they’d do one or the other (fire Dan Harmon or move the show to Fridays), not both. How is the show expected to pick up new viewers that way? Far better to air the final season of 30 Rock there instead. I would have put Community on at 8 on Wednesdays, followed by Animal Practice (giving the new show the benefit of a veteran lead-in). Then Thursdays could have started with sophomore Up All Night at 8, followed by the similarly-themed Guys With Kids. I do hope some executive at NBC is smart enough to figure that out before fall, and if not, that a new show bombs quickly and NBC rearranges things.

The Hard Truths Behind Dan Harmon’s Community Ousting — Vulture.

CBS Says Thanks with a Good-eBag Full of Free Downloads

CBS says thank you to fans for making it the most-watched network with a bountiful e-gift bag – downloads of 9 classic and current episodes (including NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, and Blue Bloods), a preview How I Met Your Mother ebook, digital magazine subscription, and desktop screensaver.

It looks like CBS chose some great episodes to give away, with many season premieres to hook viewers (The Good Wife’s season 1 pilot was a great choice to get viewers to try a lower-rated show that builds on previous episodes). You can download/stream the shows from iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu, and get the HIMYM sampler(“written” by Barney, so it has colorful language and questionable ethics) from iTunes and Amazon. The digital magazine is 3 full years of the bimonthly Watch! but it looks like you have to since up for an account and download a reader to view the issues (also, be sure to uncheck the email offers boxes when you subscribe!).

The screensaver requires you to download an .exe file and install the screensaver, but the slideshow of images is pretty fun. My favorite is the NCIS: Los Angeles retro one (reminds me of the Castle retro one) pictured above. Unfortunately, it’s set only for full screen displays, not wide screen, and you can’t customize it in other ways (i.e. the shows you love will be mixed in with the ones you don’t). Also, it seems to expire at the end of the year.

Good eBag –

Grimm Season 2 Sneak Peak and Spoilers – TVLine

Grimm showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf answer a bunch of burning questions about the season 1 finale and what’s to come in season 2! Juicy tidbits: season 2 will pick up moments after season 1 ended, the spell Adalind put on Juliette sounds more complex than it first appeared, and the creators knew who the woman in black while they filmed the pilot. (Did anyone else who watched it live think it was odd/cool/weird that they played a promo for the movie The Woman in Black during the episode?)

Grimm Season 2 Spoilers – TVLine.

Monday Madness: Favorite TV Couples – Realistic

This round of Monday Madness, it’s time to look at TV couples! Because there are so many, I’ve divided this poll into 2 categories – realistic/contemporary and speculative. We’ll cover vampires, time travel, and spaceships next week. This week, we’re looking at couples from dramas, comedies, crime shows, and action. (And yes, it was really hard to decide where to put the couples from Chuck, with the show’s speculative elements, but since the show focuses on the spy aspect, I felt it was best to put it with the other spy shows.)

This poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 10 of your favorite TV couples. Be sure to spread the word so your favorites will make it into the top 10!

Even though there are 40 50-some options on this list, I know there are dozens of couples I left out! You can nominate couples I missed in the comments, and I may add them to the poll. You can also start nominating couples from paranormal, futuristic, and other outside-the-box shows for next week. Want more of a say in who makes it onto the poll each week? Be sure to follow me on Twitter, since I usually ask for nominations for the next Monday Madness the weekend before the new poll.

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM May 28th.

UPDATE: This poll is now closed. Go vote for this week’s poll – favorite TV couples in speculative shows!

Which is your favorite TV couple? - Contemporary/Realistic Division (Choose up to 10)

  • Rick Castle and Kate Beckett - Castle (13%, 2,303 Votes)
  • Peter and Elizabeth Burke - White Collar (10%, 1,703 Votes)
  • Kensi Blye and Marty Deeks - NCIS: Los Angeles (6%, 1,087 Votes)
  • Anthony DiNozzo and Ziva David - NCIS (5%, 820 Votes)
  • Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey - Grey's Anatomy (5%, 775 Votes)
  • Seeley Booth and Temperance Brennan - Bones (4%, 763 Votes)
  • Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker - Chuck (3%, 531 Votes)
  • Chandler Bing and Monica Gellar - Friends (3%, 505 Votes)
  • Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin - How I Met Your Mother (3%, 498 Votes)
  • Angela Montenegro and Jack Hodgins - Bones (3%, 496 Votes)
  • Timothy McGee and Abby Sciuto - NCIS (3%, 486 Votes)
  • Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatsky - How I Met Your Mother (3%, 452 Votes)
  • Rachel Green and Ross Geller - Friends (3%, 447 Votes)
  • Leonard Hofstadter and Penny - The Big Bang Theory (2%, 416 Votes)
  • Lorelai Gilmore and Luke Danes - Gilmore Girls (2%, 406 Votes)
  • Shawn Spencer and Juliet O'Hara - Psych (2%, 391 Votes)
  • Michael Westen and Fiona Glenanne - Burn Notice (2%, 361 Votes)
  • Nell Jones and Eric Beale - NCIS: Los Angeles (2%, 318 Votes)
  • Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah-Fowler - The Big Bang Theory (2%, 292 Votes)
  • Ellie Bartowski and Devon "Awesome" Woodcomb - Chuck (1%, 249 Votes)
  • Gregory House and Lisa Cuddy - House (1%, 242 Votes)
  • Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls - Veronica Mars (1%, 231 Votes)
  • Alec Hardison and Parker - Leverage (1%, 227 Votes)
  • Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley - The Office (1%, 213 Votes)
  • Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girl (1%, 209 Votes)
  • Cliff and Clair Huxtable - The Cosby Show (1%, 200 Votes)
  • Will Schuester and Emma Pillsbury - Glee (1%, 198 Votes)
  • Joey Potter and Pacey Witter - Dawson's Creek (1%, 197 Votes)
  • Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn - Alias (1%, 190 Votes)
  • Howard Wolowitz and Bernadette Rostenkowski - The Big Bang Theory (1%, 183 Votes)
  • Nikita and Michael - Nikita (1%, 181 Votes)
  • Lucy and Ricky Ricardo - I Love Lucy (1%, 179 Votes)
  • Dan Humphrey and Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girl (1%, 151 Votes)
  • Cal Lightman and Gillian Foster - Lie To Me (1%, 149 Votes)
  • Nathan Ford and Sophie Devereaux - Leverage (1%, 111 Votes)
  • Rob and Laura Petrie - The Dick Van Dyke Show (1%, 103 Votes)
  • Walter Sherman and Isabella Zambada - The Finder (1%, 100 Votes)
  • Derek Morgan and Penelope Garcia - Criminal Minds (1%, 93 Votes)
  • Angela Bower and Tony Micelli - Who's the Boss? (1%, 92 Votes)
  • Maddie Hayes and David Addison - Moonlighting (1%, 88 Votes)
  • Jonathan and Jennifer Hart - Hart to Hart (1%, 86 Votes)
  • Eric and Tami Taylor - Friday Night Lights (0%, 78 Votes)
  • Molly Flynn and Mike Biggs - Mike & Molly (0%, 75 Votes)
  • Michael Scott and Holly Flax - The Office (0%, 67 Votes)
  • Arthur and Joan Campbell - Covert Affairs (0%, 58 Votes)
  • Sam Malone and Diane Chambers - Cheers (0%, 54 Votes)
  • Michael and Nikita - La Femme Nikita (0%, 51 Votes)
  • Mike and Carol Brady - The Brady Bunch (0%, 38 Votes)
  • Dexter Morgan and Rita Bennett - Dexter (0%, 30 Votes)
  • Whitney and Alex - Whitney (0%, 22 Votes)
  • Charlie Harper and Rosie - Two and a Half Men (0%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,341

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‘Community’ Castmembers Express Solidarity With Show’s Ousted Creator Dan Harmon – Hollywood Reporter

After news about Dan Harmon’s ousting as showrunner of Community hit the internet Friday night, cast members of the show shared thoughts about the news via Twitter. Details here:

‘Community’ Castmembers Express Solidarity With Show’s Ousted Creator Dan Harmon – Hollywood Reporter.

What do you think? Can the show last without Harmon? Or at least be the same quirky genius instead of mellowing into the vanillaness of many sitcoms?

What I Will Be Watching in Fall 2012 – ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, The CW

Now that all of the broadcast networks have revealed their fall schedules, as well as trailers or clips of new shows, it’s time to look at what I will be watching live, what I’ll have to catch online, and how many annoying half hour and hour “dead zones” I’ll have between good shows.

TVLine was nice enough to compile a grid chart of what’s airing when, which you can view at the link below (it will open in a new tab so you can follow along):

Fall TV Schedule Grid 2012-13 — ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, The CW – TVLine.

Thanks to 666 Park Street’s too-much-horror bent, Once Upon a Time remains my only show for Sundays, though if my Sunday evenings stay busy, I’ll be watching online anyway.

Monday has a lot of dead zones. Since I don’t get HD Fox coverage in my area (which makes the picture 2/3 of its normal size), I’ll watch Bones on Hulu and How I Met Your Mother live. But since I’m likely giving up 2 Broke Girls (since it’s become the ladies’ version of Two and a Half Men instead of a smart, funny comedy), I don’t have anything else I plan to watch until Castle at 10. Revolution looks good, but like Smash (which will be back in midseason), I’ll only watch it live if Castle is a repeat or ABC won’t come in.

Tuesday’s first two hours are packed for me. I’ll probably watch NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles live when I can, because if I have to watch a show online I prefer Hulu to CBS’s video player. But if they’re on repeats or I’m in the mood for comedy, I have choices: Ben & Kate on Fox at 8:30, New Girl on Fox or Go On on NBC at 9, and The Mindy Project on Fox (maybe) or Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 at 9:30. Nothing on at 10 that interests me, though I might watch the pilot of Vegas out of curiosity.

Wednesday just has two shows I plan to watch, and of course they conflict – Arrow at 8 and Suburgatory at 8:30. I might try out Animal Practice (at 8) if I’m watching Suburgatory live.

Even with Community’s move, Thursdays remain my busiest night. At 8, I have to choose between The Big Bang Theory and a half hour dead zone, or ABC’s Last Resort. At 9, Person of Interest and CW’s Beauty and the Beast will probably push The Office to online-only. My only conflict-free hour will be at 10, with CBS’s Elementary.

Friday, I will probably watch Community and Grimm (NBC, 8:30 and 9) live, and catch Nikita online.

All told, that’s 22-26 shows every week, out of which up to 12 are 1/2 hour comedies. Up to 20 hours total every week for broadcast shows, if I like all the new shows I’m trying out. Seems like a lot, but I guess not really for someone who runs a TV site. 🙂

The CW Eyes ‘The Selection’, Two Comedies For Midseason –

Awesome news for The Selection! The CW hasn’t given up on the show, though the pilot wasn’t working for them. Apparently it followed the book too closely, and now the scriptwriters (most likely still Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain) will be given more leeway with the story, using the book as a jumping-off place. There may be some recasting, though lead Aimee Teegarden is likely to stay (here’s hoping William Moseley will stick around as well).

This article also talks about the CW wanting to add two comedies to their slate, and the fact that Nikita’s move to 9PM was done so the network’s local news affiliates would have a better lead-in for their 10PM airings.

CW president Mark Pedowitz was also proud to have Ringer on the air, though the “complicated serial show” was hurt by a long hiatus. The CW will be premiering their fall shows in early October instead of mid-September to lessen repeats and hiatuses next season. He also noted that Ringer star Sarah Michelle Gellar “is coming back to this network as a producer or as an actress.”

What I want to know, is Ioan Gruffudd going to be back on my TV any time soon?

The CW Eyes ‘The Selection’, Two Comedies For Midseason –

CW Fall 2012 Schedule, Supernatural to Wednesdays, Video Clips For ‘Arrow,’ ‘Beauty And The Beast,’ & ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’

The CW is the last of the broadcast networks to announce their fall schedule, with some major changes.

90210 moves to Mondays at 8, followed by a shortened finale season for Gossip Girl, and in midseason, The Carrie Diaries.

As I predicted, the CW’s two medical shows are on the same night, with Hart of Dixie on at 8 on Tuesdays, and Emily Owens, MD (formerly First Cut) at 9. A great slot, as the only similar show they’re competing against would be The Mindy Project at 9:30.

Wednesdays, new show Arrow will lead off the night, followed by “finally out of the Friday death slot” Supernatural.

The Vampire Diaries remains on Thursdays at 8, while Beauty and the Beast gets the plum slot following it.

Nikita moves to 9 following America’s Next Top Model, which means competition with Grimm and Fringe, but Supernatural didn’t do too bad in that slot, so there’s hope.

All in all, it seems like a very solid schedule for the CW, and I hope the network’s ratings next fall will reflect that. Cult will be a midseason show as well. For clips of the fall CW shows, click below.

CW’s New Show Video Clips For ‘Arrow,’ ‘Beauty And The Beast,’ & ‘Emily Owens, M.D.’ – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.

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