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February 15, 2006

The fun (and confusion) never stops as the networks continue scrambling their schedules, with a new wave of mid-season changes kicking in the instant the Olympics and February sweeps conclude.

As a helpful guide to get you through the exhausting month of March, here's a night-by-night rundown of what to expect (until the next changes are announced):

March 1: After a 90-minute American Idol, Fox airs a preview of quasi-improvised slacker sitcom Free Ride (it will regularly air on Sundays starting March 12, replacing American Dad for a while). Invasion is preempted for the annual Oscar-themed Barbara Walters Special, which for the first time is not airing on Oscar night.

March 2: Skating with Celebrities airs its finale, following an Idol results show.

March 3: Las Vegas moves to Fridays, as a lead-in to the new Dick Wolf drama Conviction (which actually looks more like a David E. Kelley show, and I don't mean that as a compliment).

March 4: Dateline bounces from Friday to Saturday.

March 5: Oscar night. Nothing else matters.

March 6: While Fox airs a two-hour 24, ABC replaces The Bachelor with the return of Supernanny and the new medical reality show The Miracle Workers.

March 7: ABC's best new comedy in ages, Sons & Daughters, premieres with back-to-back episodes opposite Scrubs (gee, thanks). NBC rearranged its deck chairs, reviving Joey with back-to-back episodes (one a repeat) at 8 pm/ET. CBS premieres the action drama The Unit, sandwiched between NCIS and The Amazing Race.

March 8: Bones moves to 8 pm/ET, opposite the two-hour premiere of America's Next Top Model's new season. Project Runway airs its finale, leading into the premiere of Bravo's Top Chef at 11 pm/ET (which moves into Runway's time period the following week). FX premieres the provocative race-switching reality-documentary series Black. White.

March 9: American Idol settles on its top 12, while Beauty and the Geek 2 wraps its entertaining second season.

March 10: A night of Sci Fi Friday finales, with Battlestar Galactica's season cliff-hanger expanded to 90 minutes.

March 12: The long-awaited return of The Sopranos on HBO, paired with the polygamy drama Big Love.

March 13: Julia Louis-Dreyfus' buzzed-about new comedy, The New Adventures of Old Christine, premieres at 9:30 pm/ET, replacing Courting Alex, which replaced Out of Practice. (Practice and Alex will move to Wednesdays starting March 22.)

March 14: American Idol begins its classic countdown with the top 12 contestants performing and one being eliminated each week. Meanwhile, USA Network kicks off a new season of Nashville Star.

March 15: Fox previews another annoying coming-of-age comedy, The Loop, after Idol. Loop moves to Thursdays after That '70s Show the following night.

March 16: Supernatural takes root after Smallville on Thursdays, taking on CSI, The O.C. and the two-hour premiere of the new ABC reality show American Inventor.

March 17: Sci Fi brings the latest incarnation of Doctor Who to America at 9 pm/ET. WB premieres a new sitcom, Modern Men, at 9:30 pm/ET, following Reba.

March 19: A Prison Break marathon of Episodes 8-13, plus a behind-the-scenes recap special, airs on FX starting at 12 pm/ET.

March 20: Two long-awaited returns from hiatusville: WB's Everwood, with a two-hour episode (after which it will air following 7th Heaven); and Prison Break, with new episodes leading into 24, making for a night of nonstop suspense.

March 21: The Shield finale, with 10 more episodes to be filmed later, possibly not to air until next January. Still no word about whether this will be the final season. Bravo premieres a new season of Blow Out and introduces us to The Real Housewives of Orange County in a new reality series.

March 22: Busy night. Out of Practice and Courting Alex form a new comedy hour at 8 pm/ET. (Yes, Dear and Still Standing will have already wrapped their seasons.) Law & Order moves to 9 pm/ET, leading into NBC's new serialized thriller Heist. On ABC, Invasion goes on hiatus, making way for yet another crime procedural, The Evidence. And Fox premieres a bizarre new reality show, Unan1mous, following Idol results at 9:30 pm/ET. This one sounds like a particularly odious twist on the Big Brother concept.

March 23: ABC presents a limited-run reality offshoot, Extreme Makeover: After the Storm, leading into American Inventor.

March 28: NBC adjusts its comedy schedule again, with Joey episodes leading into one "encore" Scrubs episode, one original Scrubs episode and the premiere of the new sitcom Teachers.

March 29: WB premieres the new sex-ed drama The Bedford Diaries.

March 31: WB replaces an hour of so-called comedy with the new reality series Survival of the Richest at 8 pm/ET.

Don't even try to memorize this. Chances are excellent that some of this will change before it ever happens, and who knows how long some of these shows will even last before they're yanked for something else?

But don't say you haven't been warned. Forget lions and lambs. March is coming in and going out a complete mess.

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'Party's' Over at UPN

Friday, February 17, 2006 11:51 AM PT


Well, at least Kristin Cavallari will always have "Laguna Beach." But her network-TV coming out "Party" looks to be over a scant two weeks after it began.

UPN has pulled the plug on unscripted show "Get This Party Started" after just two airings, following a barely-there ratings performance on Tuesday (Feb. 14). It will be gone for at least the rest of February, and its chances of returning are probably slim.

The show, hosted by Cavallari and Ethan Erickson, aimed to mine the same feel-good vein of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" by having professional party planners throw a bash for deserving people in honor of a significant event in their lives. Viewers, however, declined to RSVP.

In its Feb. 7 premiere, "Get This Party Started" drew only about 1.7 million viewers. This week, airing opposite the Winter Olympics and FOX's "House," the show could scare up only a little over a million viewers. Its adults 18-49 rating was an equally puny 0.4.

UPN will air the Martin Lawrence movie "Black Knight" in place of "Party" on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Reruns of last fall's "America's Next Top Model" finale, "Girlfriends" and "Half & Half" will fill the night the following week.



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Ventimiglia, Bean Called to Pilot Duty

Friday, February 17, 2006 01:00 PM PT


Milo Ventimigila's midseason show has yet to premiere on The WB, but he's already looking to next season.

The one-time "Gilmore Girls" star is among another large crop of actors taking pilot duty, along with "The Lord of the Rings'" Sean Bean, Jaime King, Julie Hagerty, Eric Mabius and Bruce McGill.

Ventimiglia has joined the cast of NBC's "Heroes," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The pilot, about people discovering they have superpowers, also features Greg Grunberg ("Alias") and Ali Larter ("Varsity Blues").

The casting of Ventimiglia probably doesn't bode well for "The Bedford Diaries," the WB series he stars in that's scheduled for a March 29 premiere. The show hasn't been mentioned much as a contender to move to The CW next fall when The WB and UPN combine their assets.

Bean, meanwhile, will star in "Faceless," a FOX drama about a federal prosecutor who goes undercover to infiltrate a crime organization. It will be the first American TV series for the British actor, whose credits also include "National Treasure" and "North Country."

Also at FOX, King ("Kitchen Confidential") and Charles Malik Whitfield ("The Guardian") have joined Zachary Levi in "The Worst Week of My Life," a Britcom adaptation about a young couple on the verge of marriage. King will play Levi's bride-to-be and Whitfield his best friend.

Hagerty ("Airplane!," "Just Friends") is also at FOX, signing up to play the title character's (Rob Corddry) mom in the comedy "Becoming Glen."

Mabius ("The O.C.," "Eyes") heads a list of several people signing onto ABC projects. He's set to star opposite America Ferrera in "Ugly Betty," playing the scion of a magazine publisher who gets an editor's job despite his lack of experience. Ana Ortiz ("Over There") has also joined the show.

Other ABC castings include McGill ("Cinderella Man," "Animal House") in the crime drama "Enemies"; Jennifer Westfeldt ("Kissing Jessica Stein") in the comedy "Notes from the Underbelly"; Charlie Finn ("Life on a Stick") and Darlene Hunt ("I Heart Huckabees") in "Help Me Help You"; Michael Trucco ("Pensacola") in "Him and Us"; and Dorian Missick ("Freedomland") in the J.J. Abrams-produced "Six Degrees."

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ABC Going for 'Masters' Degree

Sci-fi anthology could debut in summer

February 23 2006


ABC, whose Emmy-winning hit "Lost" brought forth a host of other supernaturally tinged shows this season, is taking the next leap into the sci-fi stratosphere.

The network has ordered an anthology series called "Masters of Science Fiction" that will bring the work of some of the genre's titans -- including, possibly, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov -- to the small screen. The show comes from IDT Entertainment, the company behind Showtime's "Masters of Horror."

ABC has ordered four episodes of the show thus far. Production is scheduled to begin in late spring; it could be on the air by summer or held for fall.

"We're very excited about this anthology," says Quinn Taylor, who oversees movies and miniseries for ABC. "We've been trying to put together this kind of series because it has great potential to become appointment television."

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael Tolkin ("The Player," "Deep Impact") has already agreed to write and direct one episode. Bradbury is in discussions to adapt his "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed," and the producers are also negotiating for the rights to Asimov's story "The Last Question" and "The Discarded" by Harlan Ellison.

"Masters of Horror," which premiered last fall on Showtime, featured mini-movies by John Carpenter, Mick Garris, Joe Dante, Dario Argento and John Landis. A second season is due in the fall.

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GARRETT EYES NEW TV MARRIAGE: Did you hear the one about Brad Garrett and the sitcom about a married couple living adjacent to a jaded and argumentative duo? The Everybody Loves Raymond alum, who at one time was eyeing a Robert-centered spin-off of the hit CBS comedy, now is in talks to join Fox's 'Til Death, a laffer about newlyweds (the groom is played by American Pie's Eddie Kaye Thomas) who move in next door to a long-married couple, of which Garrett would play half.

IN OTHER FALL PILOT NEWS...: Per the Hollywood Reporter, Madeleine Stowe has scored the lead in the Fox drama Southern Comfort, playing a woman who takes over her mobster husband's biz when he gets sent to prison.... Jonathan Silverman has joined the ABC comedy In Case of Emergency.... Christine Taylor has been cast in the ABC comedy 52 Fights.... Adam Baldwin is joining Taye Diggs in ABC's Day Break.... Regina King is in talks to join Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and Kelli Williams in ABC's legal comedy Women in Law.... Tia Mowry has replaced Cynthia Addai-Robinson in CW's Girlfriends spin-off, The Game.... and speaking of the new network, CW has given its first pilot order to Runaway, a drama from Sex and the City creator Darren Star.

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SHOWTIME FOR THE BLUTHS?: Hmm, maybe the fat lady should shut her mouth and take a seat. The New York Post hears brand-new buzz that Showtime has not only picked up Fox's canceled Arrested Development but has ordered a full 26 episodes

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FALL 2006: CASTING ABOUT: Jesse Bradford (Happy Endings) will star in the ABC drama Twenty Questions, about a State Department newbie who uncovers a major conspiracy.... Should Crumbs crumble, Eddie McClintock will join Bruno Campos in NBC's comedy about brothers on opposite sides of the law.... Colm Meaney and Sarah Jones will appear in ABC's David James Elliott-fronted Sixty Minute Man.... Gerald McRaney will star in CBS' postapocalyptic drama Jericho.... Eddie Kaye Thomas has newcomer Kat Foster for a wife in Fox's 'Til Death.... Justina Machado and Scott Holroyd will helm the NBC comedy Alpha Mom.... and Michael Cassidy and Amber Heard will copilot CW's Kevin Williamson-penned drama Palm Springs.

TNT EYES P.I.: In other pilot news, TNT is developing a reality series that will follow an actual private eye conducting investigations. So if that shadowy figure you spy in the bushes outside the No-Tell Motel has a camera crew tailing him, you are, like, so totally busted on national TV, Mr. Adulterer.

HBO GETS COOK-ING: HBO has inked a long-term, multiproject deal with comedian Dane Cook

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CBS RENEWS TED, FEDS AND GAL WHO SEES DEAD: CBS announced on Monday that it has renewed 14 prime-time

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NEWLY-WOOED: Nick Lachey is in talks to star in She Said, He Said

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FALL 2006: CASTING ABOUT: Kim Cattrall has been cast as the manager to Buffy alum Anthony Stewart Head's aging rock star in ABC's Elton John-produced comedy pilot, Him and Us.... Dylan McDermott has joined the ABC drama A House Divided.... Denise Richards is today's addition to ABC's Secrets of a Small Town.... Vanessa Ferlito (CSI: NY) has been cast on ABC's Drift, about a detective with insomnia.... Wendie Malick is mother of the bride in ABC's A Day in the Life, which chronicles a young couple's wedding day.... Annie Potts will play mom to Fox's Julie Reno, Bounty Hunter.... Lizzy Caplan (Related) has enrolled in CBS' The Class.

BUM DEAL FOR JOEY: NBC has picked up eight more installments of Deal or No Deal, which now will air Monday and Friday nights. Per Variety, the game show's additional airing relocates Most Outrageous Moments to Tuesdays at 9, effectively returning Joey to the shelf for at least the next few weeks, if not forever.

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PRETTY IN PINK: Alicia Silverstone, whose previous prime-time bid was 2003's short-lived Miss Match, has landed the lead in Pink Collar, an ABC comedy pilot exploring female relationships in the workplace. Like, whatever!

IN OTHER FALL PILOT NEWS....: Joey's Jennifer Coolidge has joined the Fox comedy If You Lived Here, You'd be Home by Now (which at this early date threatens to be one of the more annoying TV-show titles to type).... Shawn Hatosy has the second lead (opposite Johnny Lewis) in Fox's Southern Comfort.... Jennifer Aspen (Rodney) will play pal to Teri Polo's new mom in CBS' Welcome to the Jungle Gym.... Paige Turco is another of ABC's Women in Law.... Ming Na and Robert Hoffman have been added to Fox's Vanished.... and newcomer Brian Thomas Smith will play The 12th Man in Fox's comedy about an NBA benchwarmer.

DIDDY DISHES : Variety reports that Sean "Diddy" Combs is exec-producing (with The Restaurant's Ben Silverman and Fear Factor's David A. Hurwitz) Celebrity Cooking Showdown, a reality competition being fast-tracked for an April premiere in NBC. Likened to Iron Chef America meets Dancing with the Stars, the five-night miniseries will pair superstar chefs with celebrities.

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DIG THIS: Fox has ordered a second season of Bones, which has been averaging 8.4 million viewers but as of late has enjoyed a boost in the Nielsens from its Tuesday American Idol lead-in.

TUESDAY IS MARSDAY: UPN's Veronica Mars is returning to its original time slot, Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET, effective April 11.

FALL 2006: CASTING ABOUT: Tom Cavanagh (Love Monkey, Ed) has landed a lead role in the CBS comedy pilot My Ex-Life.... Jeri Ryan will play the boss of James Woods' prosecutor in CBS' Shark.... Illeana Douglas is one of Heather Locklear's gal pals in the ABC comedy Women of a Certain Age.... 24 alum Xander Berkeley has joined ABC's Women in Law.

THE HEATON'S ON: Per the Hollywood Reporter, Everybody Loves Raymond's Patricia Heaton, who already has a pilot at ABC, is also in talks to develop a View-like talk show for Buena Vista Television. Hmm, just how hard a bitch-slap can Barbara Walters deliver?

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'Lost,' '24' inspire networks to take more risks with story lines

Fall TV preview


It's pilot season in Hollywood, when 100 new projects for next season compete for the affections of network programmers - and a slot on their fall schedules.

Unlike last year, when "Lost" sparked a wave of sci-fi-tinged mysteries ("Threshold," "Surface," "Invasion"), there are fewer obvious inspirations. But "Lost" and "24" have emboldened networks to take more risks with serialized story lines, flashbacks and high-stakes thrillers. Perhaps 1 in every 4 of the 100 pilots will get the go-ahead come May, when five broadcast networks announce their new schedules.

Already picked up is NBC's "The Black Donnellys," from the team behind Oscar-winning "Crash," about four Irish brothers who turn from boys to mobsters in New York. CBS won a bidding war for "The Class," an ensemble comedy from "Friends" co-creator David Crane, so it has a strong shot.

In scheduling adjustments, NBC airs NFL games on Sundays this fall, knocking out a night of programming, while ABC will get Mondays back, a possible new home for "Grey's Anatomy." CBS is likely to drop its Sunday movie.

A look at other trends:

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E.T., GO HOME: And in another blow to compelling, scripted television, CBS has yanked this Tuesday's episode of Threshold and, according to TheFutonCritic.com, halted production of the alien-invasion drama. Filling Threshold's time slot tomorrow at 10 pm/ET will be a repeat of Criminal Minds and a good deal of grumbling from sci-fi geeks.

(Posters note: I wonder if they know the grumbling has already started?)

Here is the thread for Threshold. http://s134005998.onlinehome.us/forums/ind...?showtopic=1499

I was lucky enough to see all the episodes that were shown. They started the series in Australia the week I came back.

Also, here is the Surface Thread. http://s134005998.onlinehome.us/forums/ind...opic=1498&st=40

I hope it comes back this is one of my favorite shows. I love Nim, the lovely little alien lizard. You can bet I will be watching closely to find out. I will let you know as soon as I find it.




Well, folks, if you're a fan of this show, all I can say is you'd better hope there's gonna be a Season 2. As finales go, this one's heavy on action and light on, oh, I don't know, answers? Where does the great big Noah's Ark of monorails go? Is Jackson really alive and well somewhere in the Iderdex labs? Are the sea monsters responsible for the catastrophic East Coast "double tsunami," or are they just taking advantage of some totally tubular waves? And, for the love of all that is holy, what has become of the talking monkey girl? I'll admit it, that thundering, beastie-filled wall of water is quite possibly the coolest thing we've seen on Surface so far. Well, that and some long-overdue face time with a by-turns irritated, nonchalant and irrepressibly adorable Nim. But the most exciting turn of events happens with a mere 13 minutes left in the season (series?): At long last, our three heroes wind up in the same place at the same time. Naturally, within milliseconds of having met, Crazy-Eyed Rich grabs Miles by the collar and looks positively ready to clean Reptile Boy's clock

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NBC Gives 'Four Kings' the Hook

Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 9:08 AM

By Brian Ford Sullivan

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- NBC has given newcomer "Four Kings" the boot just five days after its post-Olympics return.

Scheduling updates released late last night confirm the Peacock has pulled the series from its Thursday, 8:30/7:30c home effective immediately. Repeats of "My Name Is Earl" are set to fill the half-hour for the next two weeks however no permanent replacement has been announced.

To date this season, "Kings" has averaged a lackluster 7.47 million viewers, making it the network's least-watched program on the night.

Prior to the news, co-stars Josh Cooke and Shane McRae signed onto the ABC comedy pilots "A Day in the Life" and "Our Thirties" respectively.

It's not clear if or when NBC will air the six remaining produced episodes of "Kings." David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are the executive producers of the series, a co-production of KoMut Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television.

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LUCKY BREAK... FOR US: Does it qualify as news if you, me and everybody in between always assumed Fox would renew Prison Break? In any case, it's happened. No doubt emboldening the network in its decision were Monday's ratings. With CBS airing almost all reruns, the jailhouse rocker, with a 4.5 rating and a 12 share in adults 18-49, increased its viewership slightly from its return the previous week. Later, 24, with a 6.0 rating and a 14 share in that same all-important demo, enjoyed its highest numbers since its season premiere, proving once and for all that I am not the only one who hates Audrey as much as I do Kim.

NAME SOMEONE YOU'D ACTUALLY LIKE TO SEE HOST FAMILY FEUD: Survey says... if your answer is John O'Hurley, you're in luck! The Dancing with the Stars funnyman has been picked to follow in the lip prints of Richard Dawson as emcee of the perennial game show, which is getting an extreme makeover before its fall return. The actor formerly known as J. Peterman declared in a statement that he is "excited" about the new gig, once again squashing my hopes that some celeb will someday issue a statement saying simply, "Yeah, well, y'know, it beats parking cars for a living."

FRASIER'S BACK!: OK, not really. But two of its leads are indeed returning to TV. Kelsey Grammer is directing the pilot for My Ex-Life, Tom Cavanagh's CBS comedy. And ABC's Women of a Certain Age has added Peri Gilpin to Heather Locklear and Illeana Douglas' circle of friends. Now that I think about it, that headline may have been misleading. And now that I think about it, I like the idea that I may have misled you a wee bit. Heh heh.

MORE BRAD NEWS: Speaking of Angelina's "good friend," the ex Mr. Jennifer Aniston has agreed to narrate a series about environmentally friendly architecture, the Associated Press reports. Design: e2 is expected to premiere on PBS in June, with rumors of the hunk getting a little too close to some of the blueprints beginning in July.

OZ IT AIN'T: Comedy Central has OK'd production on 10 episodes of Halfway Home, a new improv series about parolee housemates. Among the ex-cons is The Office's Oscar Nunez, who'll play a male prostitute. The show is tentatively scheduled to debut in 2007. Did I really just write an item about a new comedy and not include a joke?

ON THE ROAD: Speaking of Comedy Central, the cabler is also speeding along with Naked Trucker, a sorta traveling variety show starring Dave Koechner and Dave "Gruber" Allen (Freaks & Geeks). With a six-episode commitment, the laffer is expected to premiere late this summer. Criminy, I've done it again.

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THE RACE IS ON... WEDNESDAYS?: If you get dizzy during this item, please remain seated with your head between your legs. OK, here we go: CBS has decided to yank Out of Practice and Courting Alex, and to move The Amazing Race into the sitcoms' Wednesdays-at-8 time slot, effective next week. Taking Race's old berth on Tuesdays will be reruns of various CSI shows, of which, thank heaven, there are enough to go around.

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Is it just me or is there A LOT of shows being cancelled after just a few episodes?

How can they say that a show wont make it when it's only been one or two times and it was up against a confirmed hit on another network.

It boggles my mind.

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I agree completely. I actually liked both shows and don't think they were given much of a chance. I think, of the two, Out of Practice had the better shot of finding longevity if given the opportunity.

The networks seem to have hair triggers these days as far as pulling shows. I think if "Friends" or "Seinfeld" were to be new shows today, both would be cancelled pretty quickly. Networks don't seem to give shows a chance to catch on as much as they used to even 5 or 10 years ago. If it's not a huge hit right out of the box, they just give up on it.

Too bad really. I liked about 7 or 8 of the new shows that just started this season, and of them I think only one remains.

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FALL-TV UPDATE!: CW has greenlit Aliens in America, a half-hour comedy pilot about a Muslim foreign-exchange student who moves in with a Wisconsin family. "It's hilarious," CW president Dawn Ostroff tells Jack Myers' MediaVillage.com, "and it carries a strong message about tolerance and understanding our differences."... Roger Bart (aka Desperate Housewives' George) is joining Tom Cavanagh in My Ex-Life, a CBS comedy about divorced couples.... Related's Jennifer Esposito has a "second position" gig, replacing Alicia Witt as the titular shrink in Fox's More, Patience.... Cloris Leachman is set to play mom to Eddie McClintock and Craig Bierko in an NBC comedy from Chris Sheridan (Family Guy).

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FALL-TV UPDATE!: Per the Hollywood Reporter, Johnny Galecki (Roseanne) has been tapped to join Jim Parsons in playing a pair of theoretical physicists wowed by the same woman in the CBS comedy pilot The Big Bang Theory.... Danielle Savre (Summerland) is Chris Elliott's daughter in CBS' You've Reached the Elliotts.... Edward Kerr (What I Like About You) is a ruggedly handsome reporter on ABC's Girls on the Bus.... Hot off the success of Emily's Reasons Why Not, Smith Cho has been added to CW's She Said/He Said.... ABC has pulled the plug on Mr. Nice Guy, a comedy starring Diedrich Bader and Rena Sofer.

OH, THE HORROR!: Comcast and Sony Pictures Entertainment are partnering on a new horror and thriller video-on-demand network to debut this Halloween. The as-yet-unnamed channel will feature over 1,000 nail-biters from the Sony-MGM libraries and will be free to digital subscribers.

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TNT Premieres Go Ad-Free

Debuts of 'Closer,' 'Saved' will run without commercials

April 11 2006


Kyra Sedgwick on 'The Closer'

TNT will go the way of HBO and Showtime, at least for a few hours, when it rolls out its original series this summer.

Two new shows, along with the second-season debut of "The Closer," will premiere without commercials, the cable network said Tuesday at its upfront presentation to advertisers. TNT also announced a fall premiere for a sequel to its movie "The Librarian" and unveiled a list of new projects, including a limited-run series about the CIA from producers Ridley and Tony Scott.

"The Closer," which was one of the most popular series on cable last year, will begin its second season in June. Star Kyra Sedgwick, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work as unconventional LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, and the rest of the cast will return. Audi is sponsoring the commercial-free premiere.

Also debuting in June is "Saved," which TNT hopes will be a companion piece to "The Closer." The series, created by David Manson ("Thief," "John Doe") stars Tom Everett Scott ("Philly," "ER") as a medical-school dropout who works as a paramedic in Portland, Ore. Its premiere will also be ad-free.

In July TNT will roll out the anthology series "Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King." Like "Saved" and "The Closer," the first installment of the eight-episode series will appear sans commercials.

The "Librarian" sequel, starring former "ER" doc Noah Wyle as the keeper of the world's historical/mythical treasures, is scheduled to air in late 2006. Gabrielle Anwar will star opposite Wyle in the movie, subtitled "Return to King Solomon's Mines."

The CIA series, called "The Company," is scheduled to debut in summer 2007. It's based on a book of the same name by Robert Littell and will follow a group of agents during the Cold War.

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