Paul Reiser’s Second Time Isn’t a Charm

04/26/2011 at 1:16 pm | Posted in, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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After only two airings, NBC has cancelled The Paul Reiser Show.  After premiering to a network low of 1.1 (A18-49) rating, the second episode went even lower (0.9).


NBC will be airing repeats of The Office in the 8:30 EST time slot for at least the next month.

Borgias to Reign for a Second Term

04/26/2011 at 1:03 pm | Posted in, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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press release:



LOS ANGELES, CA (April 25, 2011) – SHOWTIME has picked up a second season of its hit drama series THE BORGIAS, it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.  The series, which debuted earlier this month to critical and audience acclaim, delivered the best ratings for a new SHOWTIME drama series in seven years and attracted 3.71 million viewers across multiple platforms (On Demand, replays and DVR) during its premiere week.  Season-to-date, The Borgias is pacing ahead of The Tudors season four, the series’ highest rated season ever.  Ten new episodes will go into production this summer to air in 2012.

The Borgias has become Sunday night appointment viewing for a broad swath of our subscribers,” said Nevins.  ”Neil Jordan’s cleverly crafted tale of a 15th century papal family has proven quickly addictive.  It’s a tribute to his incredible skills as an auteur and to the extraordinary cast led by Jeremy Irons that this show fits so seamlessly into our line-up of quality shows.”

The series stars Oscar®-winner Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of The Borgia family who builds an empire by bribing, buying and muscling his way into the papacy.  Along the way, the family commits virtually every sin in the book and invents more than a few of their own.

Academy Award®-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) will continue to serve as creator, executive producer, writer and will again direct the first two episodes.  Accompanying Jordan this season is writer and director David Leland (Wish You Were Here, Band of Brothers) who will write several episodes and also direct two episodes.  The series will again be produced as a Canadian-Irish-Hungarian Treaty co-production.

The first season of THE BORGIAS airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT through its May 22nd season finale.

Prepare for an A-May-Zing May on Fox

04/20/2011 at 4:58 pm | Posted in, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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via press release:









The Chicago Code,” “Glee,” “Raising Hope,” “TRAFFIC LIGHT,”

American Idol,” “BREAKING IN,” “Bones,” “Kitchen Nightmares,”

“FRINGE,” “American Dad,” “THE Simpsons,” “BOB’S BURGERS,”

Family Guy” AND “The Cleveland Show” THROUGHOUT THE MONTH

Anne Hathaway, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Groff, Carrie Fisher,

Amy Sedaris, Mike Tyson, Candice Bergen, Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee,

Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff, Adam Arkin, Joe Mantegna,

Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rush Limbaugh, Rob Huebel, Daryl Chill Mitchell,, T-Pain, Danny Trejo and Robert Rodriguez

Guest-Star in All-New Episodes

This May, FOX delivers major television events, all-new episodes and big guest stars, including an unprecedented ANIMATION DOMINATION crossover event May 1; the one-hour season finale of Family Guy May 22, taking place in a galaxy far, far away; the three-hour, two-night season finale of American Idol, featuring the final performance show May 24 and the final live results show that’s sure to captivate America May 25; primetime broadcasts of NASCAR ON FOX races April 30 and May 7; and primetime MLB ON FOX baseball match-ups May 14 and May 21.

Here are the highlights, night by night, for this May on FOX:


Mondays this May are nights of gripping, high-quality drama with four all-new installments of HOUSE and four all-new episodes of compelling police drama The Chicago Code, including the not-to-be-missed season finales of both series.

Monday, May 2

HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Changes”

After suffering partial paralysis while searching for a long-lost love, lottery winner Cyrus Harry (guest star Donal Logue) is brought to Princeton Plainsboro for treatment by House (Hugh Laurie) and the team. Cuddy’s (Lisa Edelstein) mother (guest star Candice Bergen) threatens to sue the hospital for malpractice, jeopardizing both Cuddy and House’s medical licenses. Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Foreman (Omar Epps) make a bet that tests each one in different ways.

The Chicago Code (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Bathhouse & Hinky Dink”

While Teresa (Jennifer Beals) and Jarek (Jason Clarke) set the stage for their case against Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo), their effort to clean up Chicago takes an unexpected turn when a deadlocked jury acquits a corrupt city official (guest star Bruce Nozick). Suspicious, the two mount an investigation, only to discover that jury tampering is just the tip of the iceberg.

Monday, May 9

HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Fix”

When House and Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) bet on a boxing match and disagree over the outcome, Wilson gives him exactly one day to pay up or prove him wrong. House presses the boxer (guest star Kevin Phillips) for more information to help prove his case and ends up attempting to breathe new life into the losing fighter’s career. Meanwhile, the team begins to suspect House may have another type of drug problem.

The Chicago Code (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Black Sox”

Following a murder that appears to be a hate crime, Teresa risks tipping Gibbons off to her big-picture plan by boldly taking on the Chicago Police Department’s corrupt “meritorious” promotion system. Meanwhile, Jarek is forced to face his own reality when Vonda (Devin Kelley) receives an anonymous package that reveals more about the Wysocki family.

Monday, May 16

HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “After Hours”

Thirteen’s friend and former ex-con (guest star Amy Landecker) arrives at Thirteen’s apartment unannounced and in need of urgent medical attention. When she finds out that her friend has relapsed into drug use, Thirteen promises not to take her to the hospital where the cops could find her and instead turns to Chase in desperation. Meanwhile, House deals with devastating information, and Taub (Peter Jacobson) begins to come to terms with surprising news.

The Chicago Code (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Greylord & Gambat”

The case against Alderman Gibbons escalates, and Teresa, Jarek and Caleb (Matt Lauria) scramble to locate a star witness. As undercover cop Liam Hennessey (Billy Lush) continues to assemble evidence, he’s forced to take matters into his own hands.

Monday, May 23

HOUSE (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Moving On” – Season Finale

Well-known performance artist Afsoun Hamidi (guest star Shohreh Aghdashloo) is admitted to the hospital, but when the team learns that her symptoms may have been self-inflicted as part of a documentary for her latest performance piece, they begin to question whether treatments are necessary and if they are unwittingly participating in the creation of a piece of her art. Meanwhile, a situation prompts House to do something very unexpected, a move that could change his relationship with Cuddy and Wilson permanently.

The Chicago Code (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Mike Royko’s Revenge” – Season Finale

It’s the moment of truth for the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department. FBI Special Agent Cuyler (guest star Adam Arkin) returns to pay Superintendent Colvin a visit, and Jarek stops at nothing to address family issues that have haunted him for years. When Jarek and Teresa are forced to put everything on the line, the stakes are raised as their case against the kingpin of corruption in Chicago comes to a climactic conclusion.


Laugh out loud on FOX Tuesdays this May with all-new installments of Glee, Raising Hope and TRAFFIC LIGHT. Plus, catch the first part of the highly anticipated two-night season finale of the milestone 10th season of American Idol May 24!

Tuesday, May 3

Glee (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Rumours”

Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) revives the school newspaper and decides to print a few inflammatory blind items. The Glee club gains a whole new respect for Sam (guest star Chord Overstreet) when they discover some interesting new information about his family life. Meanwhile, April Rhodes (guest star Kristin Chenoweth) returns to Lima and tries to convince Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) to hit the road with her.

Raising Hope (9:01-9:31 PM ET/PT) – “Everybody Flirts…Sometimes”

When Burt’s (Garret Dillahunt) flirtatious ways are exposed, the entire family begins to experiment with flirting. Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) compete to be Barney’s (guest star Gregg Binkley) favorite employee, Maw Maw (guest star Cloris Leachman) gives away her treasures and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) is stalked by a coffee shop employee.

TRAFFIC LIGHT (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Where The Heart Is”

Lisa (Liza Lapira) tries to keep track of Mike’s (David Denman) whereabouts by using the GPS trackers on their cell phones, and Mike uses reverse psychology to keep tabs on her as well.  Meanwhile, Adam’s (Nelson Franklin) boss (guest star Rob Huebel) at Bloke Magazine assigns him to write an article on intimacy, but when Callie (Aya Cash) stumbles upon his research material, she misconstrues it as a hint to spice up their relationship. Also, Ethan (Kris Marshall) gets himself into trouble when his organ delivery ends up in the wrong hands.

Tuesday, May 10

Glee (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Prom Queen”

When the entertainment for prom falls through, Principal Figgins (guest star Iqbal Theba) asks New Directions to perform at the dance much to prom coordinator Sue’s dismay. Things get heated as the competition for prom king and queen draws closer, and Jessie St. James (guest star Jonathan Groff) returns.

Raising Hope (9:01-9:31 PM ET/PT) – “Baby Monitor”

When Hope’s baby monitor picks up their neighbors’ conversations, Burt and Virginia go out of their way to meet the troubled couple (guest stars Jaime Pressly and Ethan Suplee) and try to help their marriage. Meanwhile, Howdy’s Market has the entire community, including baby Hope and Maw Maw, involved in a commercial competition with a rival store.

TRAFFIC LIGHT (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Tommy Guns”

For his annual guys’ trip with Adam and Ethan, Mike suggests a hunting expedition as a way to get back to their roots, but the guys have a hard time taking the idea seriously. Meanwhile, Lisa worries that Tommy is growing up too fast and insists on taking baby photos to remember his childhood. Callie offers to take the pictures, but money complicates their friendship when payment is left undefined.

Tuesday, May 17

Glee (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) – “Funeral”

New Directions continues to strategize their set list for Nationals with a little help from Jessie St. James (guest star Jonathan Groff). Meanwhile, an unexpected loss rocks the world of one of McKinley’s own.

Raising Hope (9:01-9:31 PM ET/PT) – “Don’t Vote for this Episode” – Season Finale

The Chances reminisce about the year Jimmy turned 18 – when Maw Maw kicked them out of the house, when a goth Jimmy (a/k/a “Drakkar Noir”) took up residence in the grocery store and when Burt and Virginia finally figured out how to be adults.

TRAFFIC LIGHT (9:31-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Help Wanted” – Season Finale

Mike and Lisa hire a young babysitter (guest star Carlson Young) for Tommy, but the skimpily clad teen brings more to the household than the Rileys can handle. Meanwhile, when a food-delivery guy (guest star Daryl Chill Mitchell) accidentally intrudes upon Callie’s naked dance party, Adam finally confronts her about her peculiar habits.

Tuesday, May 24

American Idol (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “2 Finalists Compete” – Season Finale, Part 1

On the first night of the two-night season finale, the remaining two finalists battle it out for the American Idol crown at NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in front of a live audience and millions of viewers watching at home. After the finalists perform, viewers will vote to decide who will be the next American Idol.

Glee (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – TBA – Season Finale

New Directions heads to Nationals to compete in the ultimate singing showdown.


American Idol serves up four all-new episodes, including the second night of the two-night 10th season finale that promises to be the biggest night of television this spring; plus BREAKING IN snags three all-new post-IDOL outings. Former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson makes a special guest appearance in the season finale of BREAKING IN.

Wednesday, May 4

American Idol (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “5 Finalists Compete”

The Top 5 finalists perform LIVE for the nation, singing their hearts out in hopes of winning America’s vote and surviving another week in the competition.

BREAKING IN (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Take the Movie and Run”

Oz (Christian Slater) and the team are assigned to protect the sequel to “The Goonies” at a comic convention. Suspicion turns to fanboy Cash (Alphonso McAuley) when the only copy of the movie goes missing.

Wednesday, May 11

American Idol (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “4 Finalists Compete”

The Top 4 finalists perform LIVE as they vie for the title.

BREAKING IN (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Breaking Out”

After the team botches their assignment to secure KFC’s Secret Recipe, Oz orchestrates a team-building exercise, trapping the gang inside Contra Security over the weekend, forcing them to work together in order to break out of The Office. Cameron’s (Bret Harrison) feelings for Melanie come out in the open, and Cash becomes jealous when Josh (guest star Trevor Moore) dates a co-worker.

Wednesday, May 18

American Idol (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “3 Finalists Compete”

The Top 3 finalists take to the stage on another all-new LIVE performance show.

BREAKING IN (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “21.0 Jump Street” – Season Finale

When Contra Security is hired to find a teen cyber-bully, Cameron finds himself back at his former high school, where he must relive his un-glory days. Mike Tyson guest-stars.

Wednesday, May 25

American Idol (8:00-10:07 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “Winner” – Season Finale, Part 2

On the second part of the two-night American Idol milestone 10th season finale, the Top 13 reunite on stage one last time. At the end of a two-hour music celebration, host Ryan Seacrest will reveal the next American Idol.


This May, FOX Thursdays are more thrilling than ever with four all-new live American Idol results shows and four all-new installments of Bones, including the sixth season finale.

Thursday, April 28

American Idol (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 6 Voted Off”

This May, the American Idol live results shows count down to the final two contestants. Each week, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title. Tonight, the competition goes from the Top 6 to the Top 5.

Bones (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Pinocchio in the Planter”

The Jeffersonian Team identifies remains found on the grounds of a new community center playground. Upon inspecting the victim’s home and interrogating his former professional partner and employer, Booth (David Boreanaz) and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) discover that the victim burned bridges by being brutally honest. Meanwhile, each of the team members’ attempts to be more forthcoming in their relationships.

Thursday, May 5

American Idol (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 5 Voted Off”

In another all-new LIVE results show, the finalist who receives the fewest votes will be eliminated from the race for the title, narrowing the competition from five to four contestants.

Bones (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Signs in the Silence”

A 15-year-old Jane Doe (guest star McKenzie Applegate), who is hearing impaired and unable to communicate, is found on the streets covered in blood and wielding a knife, leading the team to believe she is responsible for a recent murder. Meanwhile, Angela (Michaela Conlin) keeps Hodgins (TJ Thyne) in the dark regarding the details of her pregnancy.

Thursday, May 12

American Idol (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 4 Voted Off”

One of the Top 4 finalists is sent home in another all-new, heart-pounding LIVE results show.

Bones (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Hole in the Heart”

When sniper-on-the-loose Jacob Broadsky (guest star Arnold Vosloo) claims another victim, Booth becomes more determined than ever to catch his elusive foe. After a bullet meant for Booth strikes an innocent victim, Booth makes it his mission to catch Broadsky once and for all.

Thursday, May 19

American Idol (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “1 of 3 Voted Off”

The Top 2 finalists are revealed in another all-new LIVE results show.

Bones (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Change in the Game” – Season Finale

The unidentifiable and gruesome remains of a male bowler are found lodged in the automatic pinsetter of a bowling lane. With no clear lead in the case, Booth and Brennan go undercover and join the very competitive team in hopes of finding clues.


World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay and the Fringe Division uncover scares and thrills aplenty – some culinary in nature and others of the multi-universal kind. FOX Fridays this May feature four all-new episodes and two encores of Kitchen Nightmares and two all-new FRINGE mysteries.

Friday, April 29

Kitchen Nightmares (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “La Frite”

Chef Ramsay visits La Frite in Sherman Oaks, CA. Find out if his attempt to turn the eatery around will be enough to keep the restaurant’s doors open.

FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Last Sam Weiss”

Olivia must trust the mysterious Sam Weiss (guest star Kevin Corrigan) when she joins forces with him in a desperate race against time.

Friday, May 6

Kitchen Nightmares (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Capri”

Chef Ramsay visits The Capri Italian Restaurant in Eagle Rock, CA. Will his advice and expertise keep the restaurant from sinking, or will the restaurant’s woes be too much for even him to handle?

FRINGE (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Day We Died” – Season Finale

As the thrilling third season propels to a climactic close, questions will be answered as Peter (Joshua Jackson) confronts his destiny and a beloved team member meets an untimely demise.

Friday, May 13

Kitchen Nightmares (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Zeke’s”

Chef Ramsay heads to New Orleans, LA, to help transform Zeke’s Restaurant. Will he be able to breathe new life into the Southern eatery?

Kitchen Nightmares (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Revisited #1”

In an encore episode, Chef Ramsay checks in on some of the numerous restaurant owners who he helped get back on their feet and for whom he laid the groundwork for their failing establishments to succeed.

Friday, May 20

Kitchen Nightmares (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) – Season Finale

In the season finale of Kitchen Nightmares, has Chef Ramsay met his match? The culinary master visits another restaurant struggling to keep its doors open. Find out if Chef Ramsay can help pull the establishment from the brink of failure.

Kitchen Nightmares (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Revisited #2”

Chef Ramsay checks in on a different batch of restaurants he’s helped get back on the right track in another encore episode. Did the establishments turn his advice and expertise into success, or will Chef Ramsay be starting at square one all over again?


This May, FOX Saturday serves up two NASCAR ON FOX races, two MLB ON FOX primetime games and late-night encores of FRINGE and 30 SECONDS TO FAME.

Saturday, April 30

NASCAR ON FOX: RICHMOND 500 (7:00-11:00 PM ET live/4:00-8:00 PM PT live)

FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup racing’s RICHMOND 500. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip call the action live from Richmond International Raceway.

FRINGE (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) – “The Last Sam Weiss” – Saturday Night FRINGE

An encore airing of the April 29 episode.

30 SECONDS TO FAME (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT)

Everybody’s 15 minutes of fame begin somewhere, and 30 SECONDS TO FAME is ready to kick-start the clock. On this fast-paced, competitive talent show, viewers and audience members are treated to a wide variety of acts all competing to make the most of their short-but-sweet slice of national exposure by winning the ultimate stamp of approval from the audience and the weekly grand prize of $25,000.

Saturday, May 7

NASCAR ON FOX: DARLINGTON 500 (7:00-11:30 PM ET live/4:00-8:30 PM PT live)

FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup racing’s DARLINGTON 500. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip call the action live from Darlington Raceway.

FRINGE (11:30 PM-12:30 AM ET/11:00 PM-Midnight PT) – “The Day We Died” – Saturday Night FRINGE

An encore airing of the May 6 episode.

30 SECONDS TO FAME (12:30-1:00 AM ET/ Midnight-12:30 AM PT)

Host Craig J. Jackson introduces more acts competing in this fast-paced, competitive talent show to win the approval from the audience and the weekly grand prize of $25,000.

Saturday, May 14

MLB ON FOX (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/4:00-7:00 PM PT live)

FOX Sports presents coverage of the 2011 season as the exclusive network home of Major League Baseball. Featured in primetime are: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs or Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers.

FRINGE (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) – “Earthling” – Saturday Night FRINGE

In an encore airing directed by Emmy Award winner Jon Cassar (“24”), the Fringe Division takes on a puzzling investigation of victims who inexplicably disintegrate into ash. The shadowy case casts light on Special Agent Phillip Broyles’ (Lance Reddick) past and leads the team to the possibility of foreign fringe science.

30 SECONDS TO FAME (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT)

A wide variety of acts takes the stage for a short-but-sweet slice of national exposure and a chance at the weekly grand prize of $25,000 in this fast-paced, competitive talent show.

Saturday, May 21

MLB ON FOX (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/4:00-7:00 PM PT live)

FOX Sports presents coverage of the 2011 season as the exclusive network home of Major League Baseball. Featured in primetime are: New York Mets at New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs at Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers at Philadelphia Phillies or Oakland Athletics at San Francisco Giants.

FRINGE (11:00 PM-Midnight ET/PT) – “Of Human Action” – Saturday Night FRINGE

When a kidnapping rapidly escalates into a hostage situation in New York, local authorities close in on the suspects only to discover that an unknowable force has mind-blowing consequences in encore episode. The mystery and threat deepen to unimaginable proportions when the Fringe Division identifies a link between the kidnapping and Massive Dynamic.

30 SECONDS TO FAME (Midnight-12:30 AM ET/PT)

The audience’s approval and the weekly grand prize of $25,000 are at stake in this fast-paced, competitive talent show.


FOX Sundays in May offer up all-new episodes and season finales of American Dad, THE Simpsons, BOB’S BURGERS, Family Guy and The Cleveland Show; and a storm hits ANIMATION DOMINATION in a special crossover event May 1.

Sunday, May 1

Family Guy (7:00-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “And Then There Were Fewer”

Drew Barrymore, James Woods and Ashley Tisdale make special guest voice appearances in a one-hour encore episode. When the Griffins and other residents of Quahog are invited to visit the mansion of James Woods (guest-voicing as himself), the evening turns into a real murder mystery after guests end up dead and everyone scrambles to figure out who done it.

THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Real Housewives of Fat Tony”

Fat Tony (guest voice Joe Mantegna) and Selma (Julie Kavner), Marge’s (Kavner) painfully blunt sister, fall in love and get married after a whirlwind courtship. Marge has her reservations about the couple’s marriage after Selma begins to prioritize her looks and ritzy new lifestyle over her family, so Fat Tony invites Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and Marge to a weekend getaway at the Jersey Shore. Meanwhile, Bart (Nancy Cartwright) discovers a special talent that allows him to detect the location of truffles by smell, and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) jumps at the chance to capitalize on the rare culinary treasures

The Cleveland Show (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “The Hurricane” – Crossover Event

In an unprecedented ANIMATION DOMINATION crossover event, a storm hits the towns of Stoolbend, Quahog and Langley Falls. In Stoolbend, the Brown/Tubbs family tries to salvage what’s left of their vacation, and Cleveland Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson) shocks everyone with a proclamation of his religious beliefs.

Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Seahorse Seashell Party” – Crossover Event

In a continuation of the unprecedented ANIMATION DOMINATION crossover event, the storm that hit Stoolbend heads straight for Quahog. To help pass the time and calm his nerves, Brian (Seth MacFarlane) consumes some questionable substances and has trouble sobering up. Meanwhile, Meg (Mila Kunis) goes off the deep end after being the butt of the joke for too long.

American Dad (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Hurricane!” – Crossover Event

The relentless ANIMATION DOMINATION storm barrels down the coast to Langley Falls. When the Smiths decide to stay home, they must fight tooth and nail to survive.

Sunday, May 8

THE Simpsons (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Scorpion’s Tale”

Film director Werner Herzog and Jackie Mason make guest voice appearances in an encore episode. After a field trip to the desert, Lisa discovers that the desert water mysteriously makes typically combative creatures get along, and Homer secretly tests it on Grampa (Dan Castellaneta), who is instantly cured of his crankiness. A pharmaceutical representative (guest voice Herzog) gets word of Homer’s discovery and sells the new pills on the black market until they take an unexpected, eye-popping toll on the elderly citizens of Springfield.

American Dad (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Home Wrecker”

Stan (Seth MacFarlane) and Francine (Wendy Schaal) fight over how to redecorate the house. It goes so far that they split the house down the middle and try to live without each other.

THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “Homer Scissorhands”

After Homer discovers a genius talent for styling hair and opens his own salon, he becomes Springfield’s most in-demand hair stylist. But having to listen to women’s problems and gossip all day long leads Homer to believe his gift may actually be a curse. Meanwhile, when Milhouse (Pamela Hayden) decides to live each day to the fullest, he comes out of his shell and professes his love for Lisa (Yeardley Smith), only to have his heart broken. Milhouse then catches the eye of popular fifth-grader Taffy (guest star Kristen Schaal), causing Lisa to make a bold move.

BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Weekend at Mort’s”

Bob (H. Jon Benjamin) and the family are forced to spend the weekend at Mort the Mortician’s (guest voice Andy Kindler) while the restaurant is de-molded. Linda (John Roberts) and Bob double-date with Mort and a female mortician he meets online (guest voice Amy Sedaris) while Tina (Dan Mintz) babysits Gene (Eugene Mirman) and Louise (Kristen Schaal) in Mort’s crematorium.

Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Big Bang Theory

Stewie (Seth MacFarlane) and Brian go back in time to stop Bertram (guest voice Wallace Shawn) from killing Stewie’s ancestor, Leonardo da Vinci.

The Cleveland Show (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Your Show of Shows”

Another all-new episode features an original musical performance by guest voices and T-Pain. When Rallo (Mike Henry) and his pals Bernard (guest voice and Theodore (guest voice T-Pain) perform in the school talent show, their rap about fiscal responsibility is not well-received by their classmates. Meanwhile, after Cleveland (Henry) gets his own cable-access television show, the reviews are less than positive so he takes some tips from the most successful daytime talk shows that appeal to women.

Sunday, May 15

THE Simpsons (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Homer The Father”

TV host James Lipton and playwright David Mamet make guest voice appearances in an encore episode. Homer becomes obsessed with “Thicker than Waters,” a 1980s family sitcom written by David Mamet (guest voicing as himself), and models his parenting skills after the show’s sensible father much to Bart’s chagrin. When Homer insists that Bart earn the dirt bike he wants, Bart takes matters into his own hands.

American Dad (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Flirting with Disaster”

Francine gets a job at Stan’s office, which cramps Stan’s style and his ability to flirt with co-workers. When Francine retaliates with a little flirting of her own, war breaks out at work.

THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “500 Keys”

When the Simpsons discover a collection of keys to every door in Springfield, Lisa stumbles upon an eerie hidden classroom beneath Springfield Elementary School. When she shares her discovery with Principal Skinner (Harry Shearer), the secret room mysteriously disappears and he takes the only key away. A determined Lisa uses her detective skills to lead her back to the room to solve an old school mystery.

BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Lobsterfest”

When the annual Lobsterfest is cancelled by a storm, Bob opens his doors to the hungry festivalgoers. The next morning, Bob wakes to find the town has spurned him. Meanwhile, the kids decide to taste the forbidden fruit that is lobster.

Family Guy (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) – “Foreign Affairs”

Bonnie (guest voice Jennifer Tilly) and Lois (Alex Borstein) take a little trip to Paris, but Bonnie crosses the line in the City of Love. Meanwhile, Peter (Seth MacFarlane) homeschools Chris (Seth Green) and Meg using some unorthodox teaching methods.

The Cleveland Show (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Hot Cocoa Bang Bang” – Season Finale

Emily Deschanel (Bones), Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”), Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Gallactica”), director Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo (“Machete”) make guest voice appearances in the season finale of The Cleveland Show. Cleveland takes the entire family to a comic convention in an attempt to sell his comic book, “Waderman.” While there, Donna (Sanaa Lathan) is horrified to find out that Robert Rodriguez (guest-voicing as himself) is screening a Blaxploitation film that she starred in when she was younger, and Cleveland Jr., tired of Comic-Con being a playground for Hollywood to peddle their projects, gathers a band of geeks together to take the Con back to its true origins.

Sunday, May 22

THE Simpsons (7:00-7:30 PM ET/PT) – “Angry Dad: The Movie”

In an encore episode, comedians Ricky Gervais and JB Smoove, Academy Award winner Halle Berry, actor Russell Brand and filmmaker Nick Park make guest voice appearances. Bart’s cartoon about an angry dad is turned into “Angry Dad: The Movie” and quickly becomes a critics’ favorite. When Russell Brand (guest-voicing as himself) presents the Golden Globe to Bart’s film, Homer usurps the podium and gives his own acceptance speech. The film’s winning streak continues with Homer taking credit at each ceremony, so when “Angry Dad” receives an Oscar nomination, Bart keeps it a secret. With the help of DJ Kwanzaa (guest voice Smoove), Homer and Marge arrive at the ceremony just as Halle Berry (guest-voicing as herself) presents the award. Bart’s fellow nominee, Nick Park (guest-voicing as himself), helps him realize that creating a film is a team effort, and Bart gives credit where credit is due.

American Dad (7:30-8:00 PM ET/PT) – “Gorillas in the Mist” – Season Finale

Stan spends some quality father-son time with Steve (Scott Grimes) at the local zoo, but things go horribly wrong when Steve slips into a gorilla exhibit. Meanwhile, Roger (Seth MacFarlane) bets Hayley (Rachael MacFarlane) that he can become a great Country singer and sets out to write the most heartbreaking song of all time.

THE Simpsons (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) – “The Ned-Liest Catch” – Season Finale

Feeling guilty for getting Mrs. Krabappel (guest voice Marcia Wallace) suspended after one of his school pranks, Bart helps her escape detention, and Ned Flanders (Harry Shearer) winds up saving her life in the process. When Edna and Ned start dating, he is surprised to learn she’s been with many of Springfield’s men, including Homer and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer (guest-voicing as himself). Also, don’t miss the finale when THE Simpsons launches a soon-to-be-announced fan initiative that will change the lives of two of Springfield’s favorites.

BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – “Torpedo”– Season Finale

In the season finale, Bob’s hero, a washed-up baseball player named Torpedo Jones (guest voice Robert Ben Garant), starts pitching for the local minor league team. Torpedo befriends Bob, but the dark underbelly of minor league baseball threatens to corrupt the Belchers. Kevin Kline returns to guest-voice as Mr. Fischoeder.

Family Guy (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) – “Episode VI: It’s a Trap” – Season Finale

Return to the Griffins’ version of that galaxy far, far away as their freakin’ sweet saga continues with the final installment of the hilarious three-part “Star Wars” satire. Following 2005’s “Family Guy: Blue Harvest” and last year’s “Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Dark Side,” the Griffins reprise their intergalactic roles in an outrageous retelling of “Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” in the “Episode VI: It’s a Trap.” Guest voices include Anne Hathaway, Rush Limbaugh, Carrie Fisher and many others.

FX Sets Dates for Season Premieres

04/20/2011 at 4:46 pm | Posted in, Net/Spec | 1 Comment
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via press release:


New Comedy Series Wilfred Debuts Thursday, June 23, 10 PM E/P

Second Season of Acclaimed Comedy Louie Begins on Thursday, June 23, 10:30 PM E/P

Complete First Season of Louie Out on DVD and Blu-ray June 21

Final Season of Acclaimed Drama Rescue Me Premieres Tuesday, July 12, 10 PM E/P

LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2011 – FX has set its summer schedule with the return of two critically acclaimed original series and the premiere of a new original comedy. Wilfred, FX’s newest original comedy, and the second season of Louie will premiere on Thursday, June 23 at 10:00 PM ET/PT and 10:30 PM ET/PT, respectively. Rescue Me returns for its final season on Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Debuting on Thursday, June 23 at 10 PM, Wilfred, starring Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Jason Gann, is a live-action comedy series based on the critically acclaimed Australian series of the same title. Wilfred was adapted for FX by David Zuckerman (Family Guy, American Dad), who wrote the pilot and serves as Executive Producer/Showrunner. Elijah Wood stars as “Ryan,” an introvert struggling to make his way in the world until he meets “Wilfred” (played by Gann, co-creator of the Australian series), his neighbor’s canine pet. While the world sees Wilfred as a dog, Ryan sees Wilfred as a man dressed in a dog suit. Co-stars include Fiona Gubelmann as “Jenna,” Ryan’s attractive neighbor and Wilfred’s owner and Dorian Brown as “Kristen,” Ryan’s uptight sister.  Wilfred marks Wood’s first starring role in regular series television. Executive Producers are Rich Frank, Paul Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park, along with Joe Connor and Ken Connor of Renegade, producers of the Australian version of Wilfred. Gann serves as Co-Executive Producer. The series is produced by FX Productions. FX will air 13 episodes of Wilfred.

FX’s critically acclaimed comedy series Louie, starring Louis C.K., returns for its second season Thursdays at 10:30 PM beginning June 23. Louie is a comedy filtered through the observational humor of Louis C.K. The single-camera comedy is a mix of Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy and scripted stories. Louis C.K. serves as Executive Producer, writer and director, and Dave Becky and 3 Arts Entertainment are Executive Producers. FX will air 13 episodes of the series which is produced by FX Productions. The complete first season of Louie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 21.

Rescue Me, the hit series from Denis Leary and Peter Tolan, will return for its seventh and final season on July 12. The final season will deal with Tommy Gavin’s (Denis Leary) recognition of how deeply he is in need of rescue and how time is running out on his last chances for redemption. Rescue Me stars Denis Leary, Adam Ferrara, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth, John Scurti, Daniel Sunjata, Callie Thorne and Larenz Tate. The series was created by Leary and Peter Tolan, who along with Jim Serpico, serve as Executive Producers. The show is produced by Apostle, The Cloudland Company and DreamWorks Television in association with Sony Pictures Television. FX will air 9 episodes of Rescue Me.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from the Fox Networks Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 99 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series, an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other studios, acquired hit series, and sports. For more information about FX, visit our web site at

Game of Thrones Renewed

04/19/2011 at 2:27 pm | Posted in, Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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After only a few episodes, HBO has renewed Game of Thrones.  Following the incredible critical praise for the show – and depsite the so-so ratings – HBO had been considering ordering another season before the premiere even aired.

via press release:


LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2011 – Following strong critical and viewer response to the series’ April 17 debut, HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” said Lombardo.  “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

Among the early critical raves, TV Guide has called the show “a crowning triumph” and “brilliant,” while the Los Angeles Times termed GAME OF THRONES “a great and thundering series,” as well as “wild and bewitching.”  The Hollywood Reporter praised the “excellent storytelling, superb acting and stunning visual effects,” and the New York Post observed that the “art directing, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series.”

The gross audience for the premiere night of GAME OF THRONES on the main HBO channel was 4.2 million viewers.

The season one cast includes (in alphabetical order):  Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

Season one credits:  GAME OF THRONES is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors of photography, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov and Matt Jensen; production designer, Gemma Jackson; costume designer, Michele Clapton.

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