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Ben and Kate – Pilot

Fox has put a few of its new fall premieres online early, including sibling comedy Ben and Kate (which you can watch now on Hulu and starting September 25, on Tuesdays at 8:30). Irresponsible Ben Fox has a habit of crashing into his uptight younger sister’s life at the most inopportune moments, but he genuinely loves her and her five-year-old daughter, Maddie. His latest visit brings upheaval to both siblings’ love lives.

Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson do a good job at playing the brother-sister duo, and it’s a nice change having the zany brother be older instead of younger. There’s some room for growth for their relationship to really zing, though, especially since Fox has another sibling comedy coming mid-season, The Goodwin Games. Daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) is a bit underused in this episode, but her presence and the show’s dynamics give off a bit of a Bent vibe, though Ben and Kate isn’t as snappy or as risque as the ill-fated NBC show.

Rounding out the cast are Ben’s friend Tommy (Echo Kellum) and Kate’s friend and coworker BJ (Lucy Punch). Tommy doesn’t get much screen time in this episode, but he seems a likeable enough character. BJ initially turned me off a bit, but I think it was mostly because her abrasive personality and accent reminded me of The Office’s Nellie (Catherine Tate). Also, the only thing I’d seen Lucy Punch on before was Ella Enchanted, where she plays an evil stepsister (which probably didn’t help my opinion). I think I’ll warm up to BJ, and when a show leans on the heartwarming side, it’s good to have a character or two who bucks the status quo.

The humor in the pilot was more of the smiling type instead of laugh out loud, but the show feels genuine and organic. I definitely plan to stick around for a few more episodes. Since Fox is the only broadcast network with an 8PM comedy block, there’s a good chance this show will get ignored by most people who don’t watch its lead-in, Raising Hope (which is a pretty compatible show to pair it with). At least the premiere will be sandwiched between two new episodes of New Girl, but most viewers will typically be watching NCIS, Hart of Dixie, The Voice, or Dancing with the Stars results during that hour. Ben and Kate will have to keep improving to survive, but it’s off to a solid start.

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TV Olympics: Favorite Thanksgiving Episode

The early holidays continue here on TV Breakroom with favorite Thanksgiving episodes! Whether you get to see Alan Tudyk in braids (Suburgatory), have a turkey thaw in a dryer (New Girl), or watch Buffy make a bear (Undo it! Undo it!), these episodes offer lots of laughter, food, and friends.

If there are any great Thanksgiving episodes missing from the poll, please nominate them in the comments! Please note – stand-alone Thanksgiving specials, animated shows, and unscripted programming are not eligible.

Poll will be open for one week, and you can vote for up to 3 episodes. Be sure to check out our other ongoing Olympic polls and the medal results on our main event page!

What's your favorite Thanksgiving episode? (Choose up to 3!)

  • NCIS - Child's Play (16%, 39 Votes)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Pangs (16%, 39 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - Slapsgiving (15%, 35 Votes)
  • Friends - The One with All the Thanksgivings (13%, 31 Votes)
  • Gilmore Girls - A Deep-Fried Korean Thanksgiving (7%, 17 Votes)
  • New Girl - Thanksgiving (7%, 16 Votes)
  • Friends - The One with the Rumor (6%, 14 Votes)
  • How I Met Your Mother - Blitzgiving (6%, 14 Votes)
  • WKRP in Cincinnati - Turkeys Away (5%, 12 Votes)
  • Smallville - Ambush (3%, 8 Votes)
  • Suburgatory - Thanksgiving (3%, 6 Votes)
  • Chuck - Chuck Versus the Nemesis (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 111

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Community’s Dan Harmon Fox Pilot – TVLine

Catching up on posting some news from the past few days! Considering the awesomeness that is Community, I’m glad Dan Harmon’s doing a pilot for another show.

But a multi-camera show? I’ve found most of those boring. The only two I really enjoy are The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother, and even they have quite a few off episodes and plotlines.

And Fox? They’re way too cancel-happy. Though they do seem a bit kinder to comedies than dramas, and they seem to be expanding their comedy time after the success of New Girl.

Community’s Dan Harmon Fox Pilot – TVLine.

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New Girl Casts David Walton, Leslie Mann, Niecy Nash — Season 2 – TVLine

Fans of NBC’s short-lived let’s-shuffle-this-off-into-oblivion-nothing-to-see-here-folks comedy Bent should be excited by star David Walton’s return to TV in Fox’s New Girl. Walton will play a reoccurring “bad boy” type who mistakes Jess for someone else. Being the quirky and mischievous person that she is, Jess decides to play along.

By the way, have you seen the season two poster yet? I think it’s pretty awesome:

New Girl Casts David Walton, Leslie Mann, Niecy Nash — Season 2 – TVLine.

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[VIDEO] Arrow Stars Katie Cassidy and Stephen Amell – TVLine

And the Comic-Con interviews keep coming in! Here we get a chat with Arrow’s two main actors, Stephen Amell (who plays Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow himself) and Katie Cassidy (who plays Oliver’s ex-girlfriend and the daughter of the police chief who’s after the vigilante Arrow).

I haven’t really seen these actors in anything (brief guest spots on New Girl for both of them is pretty much it), so my main takeaway from from this interview is that they both seem extremely likeable. This show seems to be hitting all the right notes – if they’ve gotten the actors right (aside from Susanna Thompson, they’re new to me so it’s hard to tell), all it needs is good dialogue and great plots.

Side note: the whole Katie and Stephen thing threw me off at first, since my brother’s name is Stephen and mine is Katie (both spelled exactly the same way too!).

[VIDEO] Arrow Stars Katie Cassidy and Stephen Amell – TVLine.

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Spoilers on Castle, Bones, Glee and More — Ask Ausiello – TVLine

I love TVLine’s spoiler posts, and this one is full of info on shows I watch, like Castle, Bones, Community, Leverage, and more! Find out about Carrie Preston’s fate on True Blood and The Good Wife, the Bones bonus episode “The Gunk in the Garage”, and where New Girl’s Max Greenfield would love Schmidt’s relationship with Cece to go.

Spoilers on Castle, Bones, Glee and More — Ask Ausiello – TVLine.

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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. 🙂

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Fox Fall Preview – Watch Trailers for 5 New Shows, including Ben & Kate, The Goodwin Games

Fox has unveiled trailers for its five new shows, three which debut fall 2012, and two that are being held for midseason.

On Monday nights at 9/8c (the spot currently occupied by House) comes new medical drama with a mafia twist, The Mob Doctor:

This preview makes me a little more interested in the show than I was originally, but I think it will still fall into the “probably is worth watching, but I watch too much already” pile. I like how they highlighted the initials of the show, MD, at the end of the trailer.

 

On Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c will be new comedy Ben & Kate, about two very different siblings:

This show sounds funny and heartwarming. I don’t know that it will be up to the level of some of the other comedies I watch, but I think it’s something I’ll enjoy as long as it lasts.

 

On Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c comes Mindy Kaling’s new project, dubbed The Mindy Project, about an OB/GYN navigating life and love:

From the trailer, it looks like this show might become too self-indulgent, focusing on Kaling instead of building an ensemble cast around her (something its lead-in show, New Girl, suffered from at the beginning but quickly fixed). It was nice seeing the Ed Helms cameo, though.

 

During the midseason comes The Following, about a retired FBI agent brought back in to catch the serial killer he put away once:

I was impressed by how this trailer interested me, but I still doubt I’ll watch it. Interesting twist about the serial killer training other serial killers that the FBI now has to go after.

 

Also midseason will be The Goodwin Games, from How I Met Your Mother creators and starring HIMYM’s Becky Newton, about siblings competing for the family estate:

The board game premise of the show might be a little flimsy if this wasn’t about siblings, but I think they will make it work.

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Broadcast Freshmen Grading – How Did I Do With 2011-2012’s New Shows?

Aside from a few midseason debuts and several likely-canceled shows, ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox, and NBC have all made their decisions about which new shows are returning, and which aren’t. How did I do at picking which shows to watch this year?

ABC

Canceled: Charlie’s Angels, GCB, Man Up, Missing, Pan Am, The River, Work It

Renewed: Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Last Man Standing, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Scandal, Suburgatory

I tried out Missing but wasn’t hooked. I fell in love with Once Upon a Time and Suburgatory, and my feelings for the B—- are a little mixed, but generally positive. I would have tried Revenge if I had time, and I planned to preview Scandal but was deterred by less-than-stellar reviews.

I give myself an A+ for ABC.

 

CBS

Canceled: A Gifted Man, How to Be a Gentleman, NYC 22, Rob, Unforgettable

Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, Person of Interest

I watched How to Be a Gentleman since it was the only 1/2 hour show in an empty timeslot. I disliked both Rob and Unforgettable, giving up on episode 2 for both after allowing the pilot a little leeway. I watched 2 Broke Girls and Person of Interest from the start, and liked both (though 2 Broke Girls has degraded some over the year).

I give myself an A+ for CBS.

 

The CW

Canceled: Ringer, The Secret Circle

Renewed: Hart of Dixie

I only watched Ringer, which I wanted to love more than I did. Sarah Michelle Gellar and the unexpected yumminess of Ioan Gruffudd kept me watching through a rough start, but I’m glad I saw the whole thing through till the end. I watched the Hart of Dixie pilot, but medicial + the South wasn’t my cup of tea.

I give myself a C- for the CW.

 

Fox

Canceled: Alcatraz, The Finder, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Terra Nova

Renewed: New Girl, Touch

I watched two new Fox shows, The Finder and New Girl. Didn’t even try the others. New Girl took a bit to grow on me, but I loved The Finder from the start, and am glad I watched it.

I give myself a C+ for Fox.

 

NBC

Canceled: Are You There, Chelsea?, Awake, Bent, Best Friends Forever, Free Agents, The Playboy Club, Prime Suspect, The Firm

Renewed: Grimm, Smash, Up All Night, Whitney

NBC canceled 8 new shows (of which I watched 3), and renewed 4 (of which I watched 2). I didn’t watch a single episode of the other 7. Grimm and Smash deserved the renewal for being fresh and catchy, something that Awake’s excellent but dour presentation could have used. Cop shows seem to work best with a bit of lightheartedness thrown in, a fact that Grimm realized by bringing in Monroe more. Awake’s twin tragedies prevented all but a slight wry sense of humor. The conspiracy behind Awake’s two realities could have counterbalanced that, but the show’s creators seemed to be saving most of that for future seasons, which ironically prevented future seasons by not hooking viewers. Bent and Free Agents were under-promoted and misrepresented, which almost caused me to miss out on them – how much more a casual TV viewer?

I give myself a C for NBC.

 

What new shows did you watch this year?

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Top 10 Favorite New Shows

The poll for favorite new show garnered much less activity than I anticipated, and ended with 568 voters, less than 10% than the past several polls received. Perhaps it’s because new shows don’t have an as-established fan base? (In contrast, the poll for long-running shows garnered the most non-spam votes of any poll.)

As a result, it was a close race – in fact, eleven runner-up shows were 10 votes or less away from making it into the top 10. Here are the shows that DID make it:

Number 10 – Revenge

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Monday Madness: Favorite New Show

This week on Monday Madness, it’s time to vote for your favorite new TV shows! This poll is for all live-action scripted shows that aired their first US episode between June 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012, and includes both broadcast and cable shows.

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

Even though there are 50 options on this list, I know there are some shows I left out (I think there are only a few canceled shows or lesser-known cable shows left out this week)! As always, you can cast write-in ballots (for new live-action scripted shows only please) by leaving a comment. Want more of a say in what 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.

Next week’s poll will focus on favorite season and series finales. Please nominate your favorite finales by leaving a comment! In your comment, be sure to note the show, season, episode title, and not-too-spoilery descriptive phrase (think of what a promo for that episode would say). For example: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 2, “Becoming, Part Two.” Aided by an unlikely ally, Buffy must face Angel to save the world.

Without further ado, here’s the poll for this week’s Monday Madness! Voting ends around 1AM May 7th.

UPDATE: This poll has closed. You can view the top ten list here.

This poll sponsored by Nannerbug Designs. Contact me if you would like to sponsor next week’s poll!

What's your favorite new show? (Choose up to 10!)

  • Once Upon a Time (10%, 168 Votes)
  • Person of Interest (9%, 144 Votes)
  • Grimm (9%, 144 Votes)
  • The Finder (7%, 111 Votes)
  • Bent (5%, 78 Votes)
  • New Girl (4%, 70 Votes)
  • Alphas (3%, 55 Votes)
  • 2 Broke Girls (3%, 48 Votes)
  • Falling Skies (3%, 48 Votes)
  • Revenge (2%, 41 Votes)
  • Suburgatory (2%, 40 Votes)
  • Alcatraz (2%, 39 Votes)
  • GCB (2%, 39 Votes)
  • Touch (2%, 38 Votes)
  • Awake (2%, 36 Votes)
  • The Secret Circle (2%, 36 Votes)
  • Terra Nova (2%, 35 Votes)
  • Smash (2%, 34 Votes)
  • Ringer (2%, 33 Votes)
  • Hart of Dixie (2%, 33 Votes)
  • Scandal (2%, 32 Votes)
  • Suits (2%, 30 Votes)
  • American Horror Story (2%, 29 Votes)
  • Last Man Standing (2%, 26 Votes)
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (1%, 25 Votes)
  • Franklin & Bash (1%, 25 Votes)
  • Switched at Birth (1%, 23 Votes)
  • Homeland (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Pan Am (1%, 21 Votes)
  • Unforgettable (1%, 19 Votes)
  • Up All Night (1%, 18 Votes)
  • Necessary Roughness (1%, 17 Votes)
  • Missing (1%, 17 Votes)
  • A Gifted Man (1%, 16 Votes)
  • The River (1%, 16 Votes)
  • Spartacus: Vengence (1%, 13 Votes)
  • Whitney (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Prime Suspect (1%, 9 Votes)
  • NYC 22 (0%, 8 Votes)
  • House of Lies (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Are You There, Chelsea? (0%, 8 Votes)
  • The Firm (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Best Friends Forever (0%, 7 Votes)
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Rob (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Boss (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Charlie's Angels (0%, 2 Votes)
  • How to Be a Gentleman (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Free Agents (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Man Up (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 568

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Spoilers on Glee, House, Bones, Fringe and More — May Sweeps 2012 – TVLine

Here’s a look at what to expect when Fox shows wrap up for this year. Yes, there are spoilers. I know it’s redundant to say so, since there’s the word “spoilers” in the title, but someone spoiled last night’s House for me, so I want to be extra clear.

Spoilers on Glee, House, Bones, Fringe and More — May Sweeps 2012 – TVLine.

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Top 15 Quirky Characters on TV

This was supposed to be a top 10 post, but I couldn’t limit this great character list to just 10! These are the top quirky characters as chosen by voters in last week’s poll. (Be sure to vote in this week’s poll here!) As an added bonus for this top 15 list (and as a thank you for all the actor retweets!), I’ve included links to actor twitter accounts!

Number 15: Parker from Leverage (played by Beth Riesgraf)

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Season Finale Spoilers and Dates — 2102 – TVLine

Want to know how this season is ending, for just about every scripted broadcast show? Then check out this slideshow! Dates, rumors, extended episodes, and guest stars are all revealed below!

Season Finale Spoilers and Dates — 2102 – TVLine.

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TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites Awards Winners Revealed! – Today’s News: Our Take | TVGuide.com

TV Guide’s Facebook poll for Fan Favorites has ended, and here are the winners!

Notable wins include favorite comedy and favorite ensemble for Community, favorite new show and favorite villain for Once Upon a Time (Evil Queen), favorite guilty pleasure for Ringer, and favorite couple for Castle and Beckett!

Full list:

Favorite Drama: Fringe

Favorite Comedy: Community

Favorite Actor: Michael C. Hall (Dexter)

Favorite Actress: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)

Favorite Singing Competition: The Voice

Favorite New Show: Once Upon a Time

Favorite Horror Series: Supernatural

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Ringer

Favorite Couple: Castle & Beckett (Castle)

Favorite Villain: Evil Queen (Once Upon a Time)

Favorite Comeback: Tim Allen (Last Man Standing)

Favorite TV Foodie: Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen)

Favorite Ensemble: Community

Favorite Train Wreck: Toddlers & Tiaras

TV Guide Magazine Fan Favorites Awards Winners Revealed! – Today’s News: Our Take | TVGuide.com.

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