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Sunday October 27th, 2013

Splitting the Final Season: ‘Breaking Bad’ Did It, ‘Mad Men’ Is Doing It, But Is It a Good Thing to Do?

By Rachel Bennett
Contributor

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As AMC’s Breaking Bad slowly fades into TV history, the cable network still has one crown jewel in Mad Men. However, AMC won’t have its hold on the drama much longer, as Mad Men‘s final season is just around the corner — or is it?

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Tuesday February 26th, 2013

The CW’s ‘Carrie Diaries’ Struggling In The Ratings: Why Aren’t Viewers Tuning In?

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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Last Monday, The CW’s The Carrie Diaries slipped to 1.08 million viewers and a 0.4 adults rating, a new low for the freshman series.

Since its Jan. 14 debut, The Carrie Diaries has struggled in the ratings, bowing to 1.6 million viewers and not topping it since. The teen drama peaked at a 0.7 rating in the key demo with the Feb. 4 episode, compared to the 0.6 rating from the premiere.

These small victories are miniscule for the bigger broadcast networks, but for The CW, they’re enough to have the series considered a “toss up” for renewal after just two episodes.

The Carrie Diaries seemed to have a lot of steam behind it when it premiered, especially since the Sex and the City (HBO) prequel was riding the coattails of its predecessor as well as the popular Gossip Girl, which ended Dec. 17. The theory was that The Carrie Diaries would capitalize on Gossip Girl’s audience and attract loyal fans of the original series — giving it the ability to bridge generations.

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Wednesday February 20th, 2013

The Top 10 Cult Actors and Actresses of All Time

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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Everyone has his or her favorite actor on TV, but what about the more obscure entertainers out there?

Amid the slew of popular TV performers that dominate the headlines lies an undercurrent of cult favorites, made iconic by uber-fans and bloggers — we’re talking the people that inspire beautiful, beautiful fan fiction and subreddits.

These actors may not earn millions or attend award shows, but they garner a small fan base that makes up for its size in devotion. No matter where this entertainer goes, for better or for worse, fans are sure to follow.

Here are the top 10 cult actors and actresses of all time:

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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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Saturday February 9th, 2013

TV Rewind: Applegate Parts With ‘Up All Night,’ Roberts Announces Return, ‘Office’ Sets Its Close

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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

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• In a surprising move, NBC’s Up All Night star Christina Applegate is leaving the comedy halfway through its second season, which is undergoing major behind-the-scenes changes. “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,” says Applegate of her departure.

• ABC’s Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts is reclaiming her seat Feb. 20 following a battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder. Welcome back!

• The end is in sight for NBC’s The Office: The one-hour series finale is set for May 16.

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Saturday January 19th, 2013

Is The Criticism Shrouding ‘Girls’ Legitimate?

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

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Guys, we need to talk about Girls.

Ever since the HBO comedy premiered April 15, 2012, there’s been controversy following in its footsteps — and I’m a little sick of it.

Yes, the series is loved by most critics. The first season won rave reviews and nabbed Girls two Golden Globes, including Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, just a week ago.

But thanks to the Internet, viewers and some critics have nitpicked — at times reasonably, but mostly not — at several issues surrounding Girls.

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Friday November 9th, 2012

TV REWIND: ‘Jersey Shore’ Does Good, ‘Downton’ Marks Return, ‘Boy Meets World’ Sequel In Development

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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• The cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore announced it will host a live telethon, entitled Restore the Shore, Nov. 15 to aid the real Jersey Shore, which suffered massive damage from Hurricane Sandy. The contributions will go to Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit that funds reconstruction and design projects.

PBS’s Downton Abbey returns Jan. 6. That is all.

• A sequel to ABC’s ever-popular Boy Meets World that will focus on Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel‘s daughter is in early development at Disney Channel.

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Wednesday October 3rd, 2012

Television’s Top 10 One-Season Wonders

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor and Columnist

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This week, Netflix Instant added a series I’ve heard about for a long time but have never seen: Fox’s Undeclared.

The 2001 comedy stars Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up), Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Charlie Hunnam (FX’s Sons of Anarchy) and was created by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin).

The series only lasted one season, but it’s always interested me because I’ve heard it’s a sequel of sorts to NBC’s Freaks and Geeks, another one-season wonder.

There have been numerous series to only receive one season when they deserved a lot more, and their cancellations result in a TV lover’s heartbreak. This week, in honor of their untimely conclusions, I give you the Top 10 One-Season TV Wonders:

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Tuesday October 2nd, 2012

With ‘Private Practice’ At The Top, TV Spinoffs’ Hits And Misses

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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ABC’s Private Practice premieres the second episode of its sixth season tonight. The event marks a feat only dreamt of by other shows — let alone spinoffs.

Private Practice began in 2007 as a strategic and well-planned crossover with the series that led to its creation, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. The backdoor pilot saw Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) trading in her ties to Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and the rest of the sexy Seattle doctors for a slice of California and a new start.

Private Practice has been going strong for five seasons, and with the advent of the sixth season, the series has surpassed the lifespans of several shows. For fans of many programs, like NBC’s Community, the hope is for “six seasons and a movie,” which is more of a pipe dream than anything.

This summer, Walsh announced this season, which consists of 13 episodes, would be her last. The jury is out on whether or not this will be the final season of Private Practice — but it’s not looking good.

While spinoffs aren’t always destined for greatness, they are numerous. Let’s take a look at which have worked and which have spun out of control throughout the years.

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Tuesday September 18th, 2012

‘Lost’ Losers And Next-Best ‘Sex’ Comediennes: The Biggest Emmy Snubs of All-Time

By Carson Blackwelder
Television Contributor

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With the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards coming this Sunday, claims of snubs are running rampant. Sure, NBC’s Community and Parenthood (airing tonight) are topping the list of this year’s slights, but they aren’t the first, nor are they the last.

Everyone has his or her favorite TV show, actor or actress. Sometimes a show struggles to maintain decent ratings while viewers and critics believe it’s the best series on TV. However, just because a program gets praise doesn’t mean it will get bigger ratings — or even awards, for that matter.

How does this happen? Answer: The Primetime Emmys are run and voted on by members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Translation: not viewers. Voting occurs in the summer, and although branches of the ATAS vote for just their respective categories, all are allowed to vote for the “best program categories.”

Unfortunately, some of the public’s favorite shows get swept under the rug and go without receiving the level of appreciation viewers believe they should.

In preparation for Sunday, it’s time to take a step back and look at some of the biggest Emmy snubs of all time:

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