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Tuesday February 26th, 2013

The Best Broadcast Pilot Orders of the 2013-2014 Season: ABC and Fox

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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It’s pilot season, which means your favorite out-of-work TV actors, actresses, creators and writers are getting a chance to return to the small screen once more.

Although we have yet to know what new series we’ll see next year, the networks have been busy selecting projects to consider for their schedules. So far, almost 100 scripts have been chosen, and audiences will only get to see a handful actually come to fruition.

Several are duds, but there are a few promising prospects that I hope network executives will keep around for the 2013-2014 season — even if it means they have to cancel old favorites to make room (just keep Parks and Recreation, OK, NBC?).

Check out my choices for the best prospective ABC and Fox pilots, and read my selections for NBC and CBS if you missed them yesterday:

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Thursday January 3rd, 2013

The Top 13 Most Anticipated TV Series of 2013

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Now that 2012 is behind us, it’s time to look forward to what 2013 has to offer.

Specifically, what TV should we check out this year? When taking into account new and returning shows, there’s a lot to choose from — and it’s a little overwhelming.

After careful consideration, I’ve chosen 13 series, new and old, that I can’t wait to check out. Take a look below that the top 13 most anticipated TV series of 2013, and let me know what you think!

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Thursday December 27th, 2012

Midseason TV Shows: The Best And Worst

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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After an interesting — though lackluster overall — fall season of new broadcast TV, networks are set to unleash their midseason series.

What’s worth watching in that new crop of comedies and dramas? The sad truth: not much.

Luckily, I’m here to talk you through the best and the worst series that are poised to appear on your tube in the coming months — your DVR can only hold so much. Here’s your guide to what you should check out and those shows you should ignore:

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Wednesday December 19th, 2012

The Top 10 TV Shows of 2012

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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As it’s the end of the year, it’s time to reflect on our successes, regrets and, of course, favorite TV shows.

Below are my choices for the top 10 TV shows of 2012. This list wasn’t an easy one to make, as no list really is, but these are the series I simultaneously enjoyed the most and thought were the most noteworthy of the year.

Sadly, some programs didn’t make the cut, including HBO’s Game of Thrones, FX’s Justified and ABC’s Happy Endings, but they were certainly close.

Take a look at my picks, and let me know what you think.

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Friday December 14th, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘Parks’ Snubbed By Globes, Loud Commercials Leaving, ‘Arrested Development’ Gets Order Boost

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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TOP STORIES

• The Golden Globe nominations are out, and NBC’s Parks and Recreation is snubbed yet again. What does it take to make this happen? A cameo from President Barack Obama?! In happier news, check out the first promo for the awards ceremony featuring hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

• Do you get annoyed when TV commercials are louder than the show you’re watching? Have no fear! The “Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act” has gone into effect, meaning that the volume of commercials should be equal to that of the program you’re checking out.

• Although Netflix originally ordered 10 new episodes of Arrested Development, the network has upped the order to 12 to 15 episodes because creator Mitchell Hurwitz filmed more footage than needed. Those overacheivers…

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Friday December 7th, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘Breaking Bad’ Grabs Guild Noms, ‘The Killing’ Scribes Return, Sterling ‘Girls’ Trailer Hits The Web

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!

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TOP STORIES

• The 2013 Writers Guild Awards nominees are out, with AMC’s Breaking Bad emerging as the most-nominated program. The drama received five nominations (You know what this means).

• AMC’s The Killing appears to be officially coming back, as showrunner Veena Sud as well as executive producers Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich are writing the third season.

• Oh boy, am I excited for the new season of HBO’s Girls ever since the first trailer debuted online.

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Friday November 30th, 2012

TV Rewind: ‘Dallas’ Loses A Legend, Zucker Heading To CNN, ‘SNL’ Christmas Episode Host And Performer Named

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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TOP STORIES

• CBS and TNT’s Dallas star Larry Hagman, the man at the center of “Who shot J.R.?”, passed away Nov. 23 at the age of 81. A statement from his family reveals he died due to complications from cancer.

• Come January, former NBC universal chief executive Jeff Zucker will be the new president of CNN Worldwide. “I am thrilled to join the distinguished team of journalists across the worldwide platforms of CNN,” Zucker says.

• An interview with CBS’s Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones came out this week in which the actor pleads viewers to stop watching his show, calling it “filth.” He since apologized, saying, “I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed.” Nevertheless, a CBS source divulged that Jones will “most likely” not return to the series if it gets another season.

• In happier news, Martin Short and Paul McCartney have been tapped to host and perform, respectively, on the Dec. 15 Christmas episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. It may not be Jennifer Lawrence, but I’ll take it.

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Thursday November 22nd, 2012

TV REWIND: Chase Out Of ‘Community,’ NBC Set To Win Sweeps, Clash Resigns

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip! This week, Carson fills in.

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TOP STORIES

Chevy Chase has pulled out of NBC’s Community — effective immediately.

• NBC is poised to win its first November sweeps in nine years.

Kevin Clash, who puppeteers Elmo on PBS’s Sesame Street, resigned amidst the allegations of having sexual relations with an underage partner.

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Wednesday October 10th, 2012

The Top 10 Guest Spots We’d Love To See On TV

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Last week, it was announced that Patton Oswalt, who hass appeared on such series as CBS’s Two and a Half Men, Fox’s Raising Hope and Showtime’s United States of Tara, will guest star on the upcoming season of FX’s Justified. He will play a former high school classmate of Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant).

Great guest spots are one of my favorite aspects of television. The occurrence can combine an actor and a show that are perfect for one another — even if it’s just temporarily. It can also draw viewers to a show they haven’t checked out yet, possibly giving a struggling series a boost in ratings. Some of my favorite recent moments on series have incorporated fantastic guest stars, including Parker Posey on FX’s Louie and Fox’s New Girl, Giancarlo Esposito on NBC’s Community and Jesse Plemons on AMC’s Breaking Bad.

In the vein of wishful thinking, here are the 10 guest spots I’d love to see happen:

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Friday October 5th, 2012

TV Rewind: Debate Ratings Up, McFarlane Nabs Oscars Gig, Spacey Series Eyeing Premiere

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Friday, Rachel recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements and gossip!

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TOP STORIES

• The results are in: 67.2 million people watched the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

• Fox’s Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has been tapped to host the 2013 Oscars. Let’s just hope he shows up to rehearsals this time — or not, because his Emmy mistake was honestly hilarious.

• The first season of Netflix’s original series House of Cards will premiere Feb. 1. All 13 episodes, starring Kevin Spacey, will be available on the site.

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