NBC Releases Season Finale Dates

Ready your DVRs – NBC has announced season finale dates for all their series. “The Office,” “Community,” “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock” will all wrap with hour-long episodes. “30 Rock” will cap its fifth season with a milestone on April 21 – its 100th episode.  According to the network, the special ep will revolve […]

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‘Perfect Couples’ in Harmony with Relationship Realities?

The new NBC comedy “Perfect Couples” doesn’t feature any men trying to get away from their wives or women harping that their husbands are idiots. “Our mantra often was ‘We’re not a beer commercial,’” explained star Kyle Bornheimer (who actually has some experience starring in a beer commercial). Bornheimer’s character Dave is married to Julia […]

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Midseason Report Card: Kathy Bates Soars as Others Struggle

TV’s new midseason shows aren’t exactly getting off to a flying start, with one exception: “Harry’s Law.” The Kathy Bates legal drama from David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal,” “Boston Legal,” “The Practice”) is turning out to be much more of a hero for NBC than the title character of “The Cape,” another midseason newbie that’s […]

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Why Do All The Networks Have New Romantic Comedies?

With midseason TV in full swing, all of the major networks are seeking success with new romantic comedies. There’s NBC’s “Perfect Couples,” which launched last week, Fox’s “Traffic Light” (Feb. 8), CBS’ “Mad Love” (Feb. 14), and ABC’s “Happy Endings” (April 13). So why the trend? And why now? “Comedy started to get harder, mean […]

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Ratings Are In for NBC’s Thursday Comedy Experiment

NBC’s attempt to mount a three-hour block of prime-time comedies came out pretty much as expected Thursday night, with each show performing at or around their usual viewership levels. The experiment faces long odds of succeeding. Throughout television history, broadcast networks have rarely tried airing comedies in the third hour of prime-time (10-11 p.m./9-11c). Conventional […]

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Winter TV Premieres: The Welcome Back Kids

The winter television season signifies a time of change. Some fall favorites will have disappeared (“The Good Guys,” “Undercovers“), others will have changed time slots (“Fringe,” “30 Rock,” “Blue Bloods“), still others are coming back after way too much time off (“Parks & Recreation,” for instance), and then there are the new shows. Midseason is […]

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