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Watch My Show: Are You The One's Rob LaPlante Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Rob LaPlante

Castmates on MTV's The Real World have been hooking up for years. What if you added money as a incentive to pair off those frisky twentysomethings? That's the premise of MTV's new dating competition Are You The One?, which airs Tuesdays at 11/10c. Executive producer Rob LaPlante, who also serves as executive vice president of production company Lighthearted Entertainment, filled out TV Guide Magazine's showrunner survey to explain why, when it comes to guilty pleasure dating shows, Are You is the one to watch.

TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Why should it be yours?
Rob LaPlante: Are You The One? is fantastic guilty pleasure TV. Twenty hot MTV-aged singles living together in paradise with a $1 million motivation to hookup with each other. I think you can fit that in your DVR.

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After Another Lackluster Season, Can the Network Sitcom Be Saved?

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams

This was supposed to be the year that popular stars Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes and Robin Williams triumphantly returned to television and saved the sitcom. But of these three, only Williams is still on the air — and his new show, CBS' The Crazy Ones, is more "solid" than "smash."

"It's hard to launch comedy even in the best of circumstances," says NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. And network TV circa 2014 is not experiencing the best of circumstances. NBC pulled The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World off the network's Thursday night lineup this winter after both shows attracted just around 3 million viewers a week. (Michael J. Fox's remaining episodes may still air.

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Q&A: Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner Prepares to Say Goodbye to Don Draper

Jon Hamm and Jessica Pare

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is famously tight-lipped when it comes to spilling the beans about his Emmy-winning AMC drama. And as he heads into the show's final season, he's making no exceptions: If you want to know this season's timeframe and what his characters are up to, you'll have to watch. read more

First Look: Disney XD's Marvel's Avengers Assemble Faces TV Programming Villain Mojo

Marvel's Avengers Assemble

Mojo, Marvel's disgusting alien villain who programs addictive TV fare throughout the universe, shows up on this weekend's episode of Disney XD's Marvel's Avengers Assemble.

Voiced by actor and radio star Ralph Garman (Joe Schmo, Family Guy), this version of Mojo is an intergalactic broadcasting master whose reality competition show pits characters against each other in a death match. The more viewers who watch, the more powerful and richer Mojo becomes. (Actually, that does sound like a few TV executives we know.)

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Watch My Show: Rick and Morty's Dan Harmon Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Dan Harmon

Rick and Morty is Adult Swim's stab at making a narrative-driven, grown-up cartoon — if that grown up was a raging, eccentric alcoholic. From the minds of Community creator Dan Harmon and actor/writer Justin Roiland, Rick and Morty follows the relationship between scientist Rick — who also happens to be a... read more

First Look: David Cross Visits Community

Ken Jeong and David Cross

When Community's Greendale gang learns that Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks) wasn't invited to his grandson's birthday party, they befriend his son Hank (David Cross) and use a game of Dungeons & Dragons to reunite the ­estranged family. read more

Watch My Show: Trophy Wife's Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins Answer Our Showrunner Survey

Trophy Wife

After writer Sarah Haskins got married, she went from being a carefree single woman to wife and stepmom virtually overnight. That whirlwind life change was the inspiration for ABC's critically acclaimed sitcom Trophy Wife, which Haskins created with writing partner Emily Halpern. Malin Akerman plays Kate, a party girl who... read more

First Look: TV Overachiever Patton Oswalt on Disney XD's Mighty Med

Randy Sklar, Patton Oswalt

Last year's Hardest Working Man in Television, Patton Oswalt, isn't stopping any time soon. This Monday he guest stars on Disney XD's Mighty Med, and this weekend he hosts IFC's Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Last year Oswalt was ...
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Watch My Show: Breadwinners' Steve Borst, Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele Take Showrunner Survey

Breadwinners

On Nickelodeon's new animated series Breadwinners, best friends SwaySway and Buhdeuce are ducks that deliver loaves of unusual bread out of their Rocket Van. Creators Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele (MAD) came up with the idea behind the carb-loving waterfowl as part of the kids network's new Animation Shorts Program, created to incubate new creator-generated cartoons that could then be turned into series. Nickelodeon liked what it saw and fast-tracked 20 episodes of Breadwinners, which premieres Monday, Feb. 17 at 7:30/6:30c. (The show then moves to Saturdays at 11 a.m./10c starting Feb. 22.) Borst and Raffaele answered our showrunner survey to explain why Breadwinners is the greatest thing since sliced... well, you know.

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Zombies, Power Outages, Global Pandemics: Why TV Is Embracing the Apocalypse

The Walking Dead

If it's the end of the world as we know it, TV feels fine. Led by shows including AMC's The Walking Dead, TNT's Falling Skies and NBC's Revolution, postapocalyptic TV is blowing up — and a lot more of it is on the way.

"There's a huge appeal right at the moment," says Revolution executive producer Rockne S. O'Bannon. Among the upcoming shows that revolve around a dystopian future: The CW's The 100 (debuting Wed., March 19, at 9/8c), which follows a group of juvenile delinquents who are shipped from a space station back to Earth in order to see whether it's inhabitable a century after a nuclear holocaust. (The network also just ordered a pilot for The Messengers, about a group of people who are killed, then resurrected, after something crashes into Earth.)

In July comes FX's The Strain — created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, and executive produced by Lost's Carlton Cuse — which stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as an epidemiologist charged with preventing a mysterious viral outbreak from destroying humanity. Also this summer... read more

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