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TV Scoop

News and commentary on TV

What’s on this summer?

What I’m most looking forward to as the summer season kicks in to high gear:  “Breaking Bad” and “Burn Notice” start their final seasons, “True Blood” returns, and the Stephen King miniseries “Under the Dome” premieres. Also, on USA, fans get to see what happens after The Kiss on both “Covert Affairs” and “Suits.” There is also the chance to watch the final episodes of several canceled shows as the networks burn off episodes before starting fresh in fall. That… Read More »

3 new shows get the ax

Noooooooo. After a long, dry spell where the networks gave the heave-ho to only two new series (“Made in Jersey” was first to go, followed by “Animal Practice”), the networks appear to be making up for lost time. Three new shows were just canceled: CBS buddy comedy “Partners,” supernatural sudser “666 Park Avenue” and … sob…  “Last Resort,” ABC’s drama about a submarine crew taking refuge on an island. My reaction to the news of the first two cancellations: Eh.… Read More »

How are new shows doing?

This season’s first casualty was the CW’s legal dramedy “Made in Jersey,” which was canceled after just two episodes. Here’s a look at how some of the other new shows are doing. “Revolution,” (10 p.m. Monday, NBC) Should you watch? This show takes place 15 years after a big blackout left the world in the dark. Interesting premise, sometimes shaky execution. And some of the characters’ actions can be a little infuriating. Last week, for example, when the group attempted… Read More »

Watch this (week of Sept. 30)

Remember when all the good shows were on Sunday? This week is another of those times, with several favorites returning:  “Once Upon a Time,” (8 p.m., ABC); “Revenge,” (9 p.m., ABC); “The Good Wife,” (9 p.m., CBS) and “The Mentalist,” (10 p.m., CBS). Fox is also relaunching most of its animated comedies, with the return of “The Simpsons” (8 p.m.), “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m.), and “Family Guy” (9 p.m.) (“The Cleveland Show” returns next week.) On cable, Showtime is bringing… Read More »

New fall TV shows

For the next few weeks, the networks will try to suck you in with all those bright and shiny new shows… and then about a month after that, they’ll start being quietly canceled. Well, not all of them, of course. Which ones are you going to watch? I’m most interested in “Last Resort,” “Nashville,” “Ben and Kate,” “Animal Practice” and “Revolution.” Then again, I’m also kinda intrigued by “The New Normal,” “Elementary” and “666 Park Avenue.” What can I say…… Read More »

What’s ahead for CW, ABC and CBS?

This week, the CW, ABC and CBS announced their fall lineups. A quick looks and what’s coming…and what’s going. CW While some other networks are betting on comedies, the CW is sticking with dramas: “The Carrie Diaries” (a “Sex and the City” prequel about Carrie’s early years), which will debut midseason, a “Beauty and the Beast” reboot, comic book drama “Arrow,” and “Emily Owens, M.D.,” about an attractive, young doctor (which will be paired with the returning “Hart of Dixie,”… Read More »