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Fox Renews “So You Think You Can Dance?” August 4, 2008 6:18 pm

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Surprising no one, Fox has renewed its hit summer reality series So You Think You Can Dance? for a fifth season.  In announcing the renewal, Fox’s President of Alternative Entertainment, Mike Darnell said, “We’re delighted to have DANCE back for a fifth season next year. FOX is very lucky to have television’s preeminent performance competitions in AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and it’s no coincidence that creator and executive producer Simon Fuller and executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe have been a part of both these successes.”  The full press release follows after the jump.

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Comic-Con 2008: Fox’s “Fringe” Panel July 28, 2008 11:35 pm

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J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Burke, Jeff Pinkner, Roberto Orci, Anna Torv, Josh Jackson and John Noble were in attendance for Fox’s Fringe panel.  Here are some highlights courtesy TV Squad:

  • The presentation began with a screening of the show’s trailer.
  • Abrams told the audience that the goal of Fringe is to create an series that doesn’t have the complex mythology of Lost or Alias.  Shows like The Twilight Zone and The X-Files inspired him to write Fringe.
  • You can hope into the series at any point and not worry about getting lost in what’s happening.
  • There won’t be a continous storyline, though there will be “something” there.
  • Someone asked if the pilot for the show was purposely leaked or marketing to drum up interest.  Abrams was very serious in saying that the leak was definitely not intentional.
  • Abrams said yes to a possible comic book.
  • Asked about how much of the show he has “fleshed out”, Abrams said that he has what he calls an “internal ending” to the show (just an overall direction, not necessarily a way a show will end).  Nor does he have a set amount of years he’d like to see the show run.
  • Pinkner said he found feedback from online groups helpful and necessary.

Other topics, not related to Fringe, touched on included a Cloverfield sequel and Star Trek.  You can read the panel’s thoughts on those two topics in a prior post I wrote on the site at this link.

Comic-Con 2008: Fox’s “Dollhouse” Panel July 27, 2008 6:23 pm

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At the panel for Fox’s Dollhouse, Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett were in attendance. Here are some highlights courtesy TV Squad and ComingSoon.net:

  • Joss moderated the panel.
  • It was revealed that Paul Smith (Tahmoh Penikett) will have a difficult time tracking down Echo (Dushku) in the show, as every time he gets closer, she’s someonen else.
  • Joss was asked about what he thought about Save our Show campaigns already being started before the series has even aired: Joss said that while he appreciated the fandom, he was afraid of the message it might send to the general public, and he didn’t want Dollhouse to be perceived as a show that is already in trouble and appeals only to a niche audience.
  • Eliza says she’s thrilled to be working with Joss again and called him her “career brazier”.
  • Joss said he likes to think of Dollhouse as having the feel of the movie Collaterai in the way the city is protrayed.
  • Asked about the re-vamped pilot, Joss said reaffirmed that it was his idea and that it will give the “real” first episode more resonance.  He said there’s no reason to worry and that another fiasco like Firefly (where episodes were broadcast out of order) is not going to happen.
  • The new pilot is aimed at better setting up some of the back story to the Dollhouse organization as well as its cast of characters.
  • 13 episodes have been greenlit, and there are plans to have them accompanied by webisodes.

Comic-Con 2008: Fox’s “Bones” Panel July 26, 2008 5:15 pm

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The panel for Fox’s Bones featured David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Michaela Conlin and creators Hart Hanson and Barry Josephson. Here are some highlights courtesy TV Squad:

  • The audience was treated to a preview for an upcoming fourth season episode, which TV Squad note was a takeoff on Cheaters and looked good.
  • Josephson was happy that they were able to take the show out of its usual setting, placing Bones and Booth in London for the two-hour season premiere (airing September 3rd).
  • Michaela said that she may have a relationship with an ex-girlfriend in the upcoming season.
  • Daley also said that his character may find love and will have to work harder after some of the events of last season’s finale.
  • Love will also be in the air for Taylor’s character, who according to the actress, will have a tryst with someone Angela has had a relationship with.
  • Also, Hanson said that both Booth and Bones will end up in bed together. Naked.
  • Some information about how the show came to be was discussed, including that originally Breanna was going to work for a number of different law enforcement people–one of which being Booth.
  • Boreanaz said he was impressed and moved when Emily Deschanel, who plays Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan, tried out for the role and was the only one who stood up to Booth during the read.  Josephson said: “When we finished the pilot we knew how good the chemistry was (between Bones and Booth).”

Comic-Con 2008: Fox’s “American Dad” and “Family Guy” Panels July 26, 2008 4:35 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in American Dad, Comic-Con, Comic-Con 2008, Family Guy, Fox, News, Television, The Cleveland Show.
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The panels for the animated Fox comedies American Dad and Family Guy took place back-to-back.  Very little was revealed at the American Dad panel, with really the only noteworthy thing being that there was a table reading by the voice actors of the show, so we’ll just jump into the Family Guy panel.  Here are the highlights courtesy TV Squad.

  • The panel for Family Guy featured Seth MacFarlane, Seth Green and the producers and writers of both Family Guy and The Cleveland Show.
  • Upcoming episodes will feature: A new dog in the Griffin house that is always happy, which will force Brian away; Stewie and Brian going back in time to 1939 Poland and bringing Mort Goldman along and a takeoff on the Sliders premise with Stewie and Brian traveling to different parallel universes.
  • They confirmed that this season will see a sequel to the Star Wars parody Blue Harvest.  It will be a parody of The Empire Strikes Back and be called “Something Something Something Dark Side”.
  • Still no premiere date for The Cleveland Show.
  • MacFarlane said that they are “putting a helluva lot of work on the show.” and that “You will not be disappointed”.
  • James Woods will be returning to Family Guy sometime this season.
  • Asked about why Stewie is no longer trying to kill his mother, MacFarlane said that they try to get back to it, but “It’s hard to do this one note thing.” He added that, despite being a cartoon, the character of Stewie needed to expand.

“Dollhouse” Pilot to get Re-Worked July 23, 2008 2:13 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 Television, Dollhouse, Fox, News, Television.
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Dollhouse, the upcoming Fox drama from Joss Whedon is getting a new pilot.  Whedon explains the situation in a  post over at Whedonesque.com, saying that the original pilot “…didn’t bring the visceral pop the network had expected from the script. The network was cool about it, but not sure how to come out of the gate with the ep.”

I really hope things don’t turn out bad for Dollhouse.  After all, Firefly had a different premiere episode than what was originally intended to be shown, and that didn’t turn out so well.  However, Joss explains that in this case, the decision to do a new pilot was all his:

Joss: Well, the idea to do a new first episode wasn’t the network’s. It was mine. I understood their consternation, and saw the gap between my style and their expectations, and I suggested I shoot a new ep and make the one I’d shot the second. It isn’t going to be buried, like the pilot of Firefly. It’s simply coming after another, slightly cleaner ep. And because unlike Firefly, it isn’t a two hour epic which introduces everyone to each other, the onus isn’t on the new ep to explain a million things.

The original pilot will now air in week two.

Dollhouse has been given a mid-season launch and will premiere in January 2009 and air Mondays on Fox.

“24” TV Movie Trailer July 17, 2008 6:06 pm

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The trailer for 24: Exile, Fox’s upcoming two-hour TV movie, has been released.  Check it out after the jump.

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Fall Programming Guide Update June 26, 2008 11:58 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, ABC, CBS, CW, Fall 2008 Programming Guide, Fox, NBC, Programming Guide, Television.
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I’ve gone ahead and updated my fall programming guide with the premiere dates for CBS’s lineup (per this article).  Click here, or the image above, to download the latest update.

And as always, the file will also be posted on the 2008/2009 television page (which you can access here) and I’ll continue to update and re-upload as I make corrections, edits or if schedules change.

Please feel free to leave any comments here on the site or via e-mail (russtc@yourentertainmentnow.com).

Fall 2008 Programming Guide Update June 6, 2008 11:45 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 TV Season, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Programming Guide, Site Info, Television, The CW.
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I’ve made an update to my Fall 2008 programming guide, adding in the premiere dates for the Fox programming.  As before, I still plan to add a few other things, such as synopses for the new shows, in future updates.

You can download the file here (Excel .xls file) or click the above image.

Please feel free to leave any comments here on the site or via e-mail (russtc@yourentertainmentnow.com).

The file(s) will also be posted on the 2008/2009 television page (which you can access here).

I will be updating and re-uploading on a continual basis as I make corrections, edits or if schedules change.

I hope you find it useful!

Russ

Fox Announces Fall 2008 Premiere Dates June 6, 2008 2:25 am

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Fox has unveiled premiere dates for their fall 2008 schedule of programs. The fall season for Fox begins Monday, September 1st with the two-hour season premiere of Prison Break and continues through Sunday, September 29th with the premiere of the network’s comedy block of programming (The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad). Click more below to check out the full schedule.

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Cast of “Simpsons” Signed through 20th season June 4, 2008 11:50 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Fox, News, Renewals, Television, The Simpsons.
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The cast of The Simpsons has signed a four-year deal, ensuring that the long-running series will remain on the air through at least its 20th season.

Production was delayed for several months as the voice cast negotiated with 20th Century Fox TV for new contracts. Variety reports that the stars’ salaries has increased to about $400,000 an episode, up from around the mid-$300,000 range.

Most of the key cast returned to the cast over the weekend, so because of the late start 20 episodes of the show will be produced this year instead of the usual 22.

Source: Variety

Fall 2008 Programming Guide May 27, 2008 6:53 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 TV Season, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Site Info, Television, The CW.
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Like last year, I’ve decided to create a programming guide for the fall season.  My 1st edition for Fall 2008 is online now.  This year’s edition is a little less bloated than last year’s and I’ve done it in a different, more simple style.  It also only has premiere dates for the NBC shows.  That will of course be remedied once the other networks make their announcements.  I also plan to add a few other things, such as synopses for the new shows, in future updates.

You can download the file here (Excel .xls file) or click the above image.

Please feel free to leave any comments here on the site or via e-mail (russtc@yourentertainmentnow.com).

The file(s) will also be posted on the 2008/2009 television page (which you can access here).

I will be updating and re-uploading on a continual basis as I make corrections, edits or if schedules change.

I hope you find it useful!

Russ

FOX Development Slate/Schedule for 2008/2009 Season [Continually Updated] May 15, 2008 3:13 pm

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Following you will find Fox’s current confirmed development slate and schedules for the 2008/2009 season.

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Early look at “24” Season 7 Cast and Episodes April 24, 2008 12:01 am

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The first promotional image for the seventh season of 24 has found its way online.  24 kicks off its new season with a two-hour prequel film in the fall, while the seventh season premieres in January 2009.  Full-res photo after the jump.

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“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” Renewed for a Second Season April 22, 2008 2:20 am

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Fox has officially confirmed that they’ve renewed Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for a second season.  The network has picked up 13 episodes of the series, Variety reports.  The trade magazine confirmed early reports that the show was never really in danger, noting that Fox and Warner Bros. (who produces the series) had already started staffing for a second season of the series.

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“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” Renewed April 19, 2008 9:53 pm

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Michael Ausiello of TV Guide is reporting that Fox informed cast and crew on Saturday that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been renewed for a second season.  In nine aired episodes, the series averaged a solid 9.50 million viewers and a 3.9/9 rating/share among adults 18-49.

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More “Dollhouse” Casting Announced April 17, 2008 9:13 pm

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Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse continues to add cast.  Whedon announced on Whedonesque that Amy Acker has joined the cast of the series.  Acker was more recently seen on the short-lived Drive and the last season of Alias.  She also was a regular on Angel.

Fox Renews “King of the Hill” April 4, 2008 1:48 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2008/2009 TV Season, Fox, King of the Hill, News, Renewals.
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Good news King of the Hill fans.  Fox has renewed the veteran comedy for the 2008-09 season, the show’s 13th.  The network has picked up 13 episodes of the series, with an option to add more should ratings warrant it.  The comedy will begin airing in February-March 2009, with the remaining episodes held over for the 2009-10 season.  All of the show’s cast are set to return. [THR]

“Dollhouse” Casting News April 4, 2008 12:43 pm

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Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse has landed another castmember.  TVGuide is reporting that English actress Olivia Williams has landed the role of Adelle in the Fox drama, the Dollhouse’s cold and sophisticated leader.  Williams joins the already announced cast of Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett, Fran Kranz, Dichen Lachman and Enver Gjokaj.

Sarah Wayne Callies Returning to “Prison Break” for Season 4 March 28, 2008 12:25 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, Fox, News, Prison Break, Television.
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Kristin at E! Online is reporting that Sarah Wayne Callies is coming back as Sara Tancredi for the fourth season of Fox’s Prison Break as a series regularAs any Prison Break would know, this casting decision means what we were led to believe last season didn’t actually happen (I’m being vague here just in case anyone doesn’t want to be spoiled).  Details after the jump.

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“The Return of Jezebel James” Canceled March 24, 2008 11:19 pm

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Fox has canceled their freshman comedy The Return of Jezebel James due to poor ratings.  For the time being, the network has slotted repeats of House to fill in for the pulled series.  ‘Jezebel James’ failed to attract an audience from day one, averaging just 3.13M viewers and a 1.1/4 A18-49 rating/share through three aired episodes.

“Canterbury’s Law” Moved to Friday’s March 20, 2008 2:21 pm

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After just two episodes, both lowly rated, Fox has moved the freshmen courthouse drama Canterbury’s Law from Monday night to Friday night, beginning March 28. In the mean time, Fox has scheduled House repeats to replace the vacated 8:00 p.m. Monday night time slot. The show has averaged 6.72 million viewers and a 1.7/5 rating/share among adults 18-49. [TV Guide]

“24” TV Movie Details March 17, 2008 11:38 pm

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24 executive producer Howard Gordon told IF Magazine how the new TV movie (related article here) will fit into the show’s mythology.  Click through the jump for the details.

Gordon told the magazine that the TV movie “will be a standalone movie that takes place almost a year after the sixth season ended, and will set up the story that launches the seventh season,” Gordon tells iF. “It will be entirely new material.”

The TV movie was announced

Source: IF Magazine

Miller Says “Prison Break” Returning for Fourth Season March 13, 2008 10:16 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Fox, News, Prison Break, Renewals, Television.
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In Israel doing promotion for his Fox series Prison Break, Wentworth Miller told reporters that the fourth season of the show is on, and that shooting will begin at the end of the month.

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“24” Prequel Movie To Air in the Fall March 7, 2008 12:12 am

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Fox’s 24 is returning a little earlier than planned.  Fox announced that producers of the series are developing a two-hour prequel to the upcoming seventh season, that will use to serve to fill in the two-year gap between seasons 6 and 7.

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