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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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Sunday February 24th, 2013

The Best Broadcast Pilot Orders of the 2013-2014 Season: NBC and CBS

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 pilots NBC and CBS have ordered, and come back tomorrow to see my picks for ABC and Fox:

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Friday February 15th, 2013

TV Rewind: Sarsgaard Joins ‘The Killing’, ‘Happy Endings’ Moves Again, ‘Hannibal’ Sets Premiere Date

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

• Notable film actor Peter Sarsgaard is making his way to TV. He’s joining the third season of AMC’s The Killing as “a lifelong convict born into poverty and crime who has been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10. Never wanting to appear weak, every interaction for Tom is a challenge and one he must dominate.”

• ABC is moving its struggling comedy Happy Endings to Friday nights beginning March 29, where two episodes will air back-to-back until the season ends. This is not a promising sign, but at least it’s not canceled … ?

• Finally, NBC is giving its new drama Hannibal a premiere date. The series, which is being helmed by Bryan Fuller (ABC’s Pushing Daisies), will bow Thursday, April 4 at 10 p.m.

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Wednesday February 13th, 2013

TV’s All-Time Top 10 Secondary Couples

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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In the world of TV, love dictates all.

All viewers have their favorite couples from past and present: From Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) to Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), on-screen romances fill fan blogs and magazines.

But what about those secondary characters and their budding relationships that fly under the radar? Some of the best TV relationships have been those of sidekick characters or best friends, and it’s often their relationships that are more endearing than those of primary characters.

Here’s my list of the top 10 secondary TV couples and the adorable moments that make them so great:

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Sunday February 10th, 2013

7 Lessons NBC can Learn from other Networks

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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After a fantastic fall that moved it from fourth to first place among the major networks, NBC is hitting yet another rough patch this spring.

The premieres of new shows Deception, 1600 Penn and Do No Harm failed (NBC is pulling the plug on Do No Harm after two episodes), and promising rookies Go On and The New Normal are tumbling without lead-in The Voice. Aside from this, Smash saw its second season premiere down 39 percent from its May season finale, attracting 4.5 million viewers and just a 1.1 adults rating.

On top of it all, NBC’s Up All Night star Christina Applegate is leaving the comedy as it’s in the middle of a major creative overhaul, saying, “It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors.”

We’ve written a lot about NBC’s struggles, but it’s time to look ahead at how it can change for the better. And why not learn from example? Here are lessons NBC would be wise to pick up from its more successful network companions:

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Wednesday February 6th, 2013

The Top 10 TV Pilots Of The Last 10 Years

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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Last week’s pilot of NBC’s “Jekyll and Hyde” drama Do No Harm premiered to disastrously low ratings.

Although The Office and the series finale of the beloved 30 Rock would seem like promising lead-ins for any show, audiences apparently unified in switching their TV sets off at 10 p.m.

Do No Harm, starring Steven Pasquale as a bipolar doctor, posted the lowest ratings ever for a broadcast scripted series premiere during the regular season, raking in a 0.9 rating in the key demo. Adding to its list of accomplishments, it was also the least-watched drama in TV history among total viewers, drawing only 3.1 million viewers.

Of course, it had some tough competition, namely CBS’s Elementary and ABC’s Scandal. However, it’s likely the pilot’s performance will bury the series after just one week on the tube.

Do No Harm’s performance got us thinking: What are some of the best pilots in recent memory? Here’s a list of the 10 best pilots of the past decade:

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Tuesday January 8th, 2013

Television Critics Association Winter 2013 Tour Developments: NBC/Cable

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

The Television Critics Association’s 2013 winter tour is now underway. Rachel and Carson will be providing you with the important takeaways from each network’s presentations all week!

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The 2013 Television Critics Association kicked off Jan. 1 and has already hosted both NBC and cable networks.

This is the first of two yearly tours that the TCA hosts, bringing network executives, showrunners and actors face-to-face with entertainment journalists. Essentially, this is the time to flaunt what you’ve got. Big news can come out of these events, so here are the details on the happenings so far:

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Monday January 7th, 2013

Keep Your Eye on … A&E’s ‘Bates Motel’

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

Every Monday, Rachel will pick a TV show, actor/actress or storyline you need to watch out for that week.

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Even though it’s the first installment of this feature, I’m already going to bend the rules a bit.

A&E’s series Bates Motel doesn’t premiere until March 18, but a lot of exciting information about it was unveiled this weekend at the winter Television Critics Association press tour — so much so that I’m dying (pun intended) to tell you about it.

The drama, which is a prequel of sorts to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland). It is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (ABC’s Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (NBC and DirecTV’s Friday Night Lights).

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Saturday October 27th, 2012

Can The Pace of TV Shows Ever Be Too Fast?

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Despite all of the amazing shows on Sunday nights, the evening is about one series for me: Showtime’s Homeland.

Come 10 p.m., I’m glued to my TV screen — especially this week, after [SPOILER ALERT] the CIA detained Brody (Damian Lewis) in the last episode.

This twist came much sooner than expected, which made it so great. In fact, many of this season’s events arrived earlier than most series would attempt to execute them: Saul (Mandy Patinkin) finding Brody’s confession tape, Jessica (Morena Baccarin) discovering Brody’s a Muslim and kicking him out of the house, and Carrie (Claire Danes) telling Brody she loved him.

The second series of the hit drama is only four episodes into its 12-episode season, and a season’s worth of material has already been told. Could Saul have not found Brody’s confession until the middle of the season? Yes. Could Carrie and Brody have kept using each other for information for a few more episodes? Yes. Could Homeland have waited until the finale to capture Brody? Yes.

In fact, most shows follow such a pace, but Homeland is turning a program’s progression — and audience’s expectations — on their heads.

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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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