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The Wednesday Playlist: ABC's Got Family Game, Broadchurch Finale, SVU

Maggie Lawson

ABC's innocuous new sitcom about likable underdogs, Back in the Game, could just as easily be called "Luck of the Draw." This Bad News Bears-lite gets a major assist right out of the gate with an enviable time period (Wednesday, 8:30/7:30c) sandwiched between TV's best family comedies, The Middle and Modern Family. Which could always backfire, of course, if the show doesn't live up to ratings expectations, and while this Little League comedy doesn't quite measure up to the big leagues, we shouldn't be surprised if family audiences rally around the team, turning a solid base hit into something potentially worthy of extra innings. read more

The Wednesday Playlist: Family Road Trip, Final Idol Showdown, More Finales

Modern Family

Though as popular as ever, ABC's top comedy Modern Family isn't always the most pleasant company — and in this week's episode (Wednesday, 9/8c), several of the more abrasive and prickly characters (notably, siblings Claire and Mitchell) confront their dark side with sporadically funny if sometimes predictable results. read more

Cheers & Jeers: Burn Notice — The Spy Who Came In From the Cold

Burn Notice

Cheers to Burn Notice for its scorching season finale.

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USA Network's action drama wrapped its current run with a chilling sight: Ex-spy Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), amid a D.C. snowfall, walking back into the arms of ... read more

Pilot News: McCarthy Is Gossip Girl's Dad, Vampire Casts Lead

Nina Dobrev, Andrew McCarthy

Not that Lipstick Jungle fans needed Sign No. 73 that the NBC sudser isn't returning, Andrew McCarthy has been cast in Lily, the CW's tentatively titled Gossip Girl prequel spinoff, says the Hollywood Reporter. McCarthy will play no less than teenage Lily Rhodes' father, Rick, who is a music biz exec.

Starring as Lily is ... read more

Let's Hit the Rewind Button....

Welcome back to Dave's Traveler blog. After a break for the Fourth of July holiday, on July 11 we return for the final two episodes of the season... and perhaps of the show. Yes, in my efforts to keep you guys up to date, we have sadly reached the point where our show is most likely not coming back. ABC has officially let our cast contracts lapse. While this is not a formal cancellation, we are meant to fade away quietly, as this article from the L.A. Times suggests.The Traveler fans are doing everything they can to pull a Jericho, and if you want to see updates on their ideas and progress, you can check out the various fan forums on the Web. Here's hoping that I do not need to provide you with series closure on this blog. But if that is the case, it will be one hell of an entry.Now, I am not a guy who has many regrets in life. But I realized that because so much time has passed since we actually filmed the shows, I have probably been robbing you guys of some good "behind the scenes... read more

In the Works: Las Vegas' New Boss Is on Thin Ice

Tom Selleck by Chris Reardon/CBS

CBS has ordered a fifth installment of Tom Selleck's sleuthing series: Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, to start shooting in August in Nova Scotia. Hallmark Channel has grabbed rights to the previous four entries, with the first set to air Aug. 4.... USA Network has greenlit 11 episodes of To Love and Die, a series starring Shiri "Don't Call Me Amy From" Appleby as a gal with abandonment issues she believes can be resolved if she could track down the father (Tim Matheson) she never knew. (Oops, turns out Dad is an assassin-for-hire!) The cast also includes Frances Fisher, Christine Adams, Kristin Datillo and possibly Ivan Sergei. Look for an early-2008 premiere. read more

New Fletch DVD Extras Include Two Steak Sandwiches and Ball Bearings

Thank god, it's... the DVD. A new Fletch: The Jane Doe Edition DVD slated for release on May 1 boasts a digitally remastered picture and includes the new featurettes "Just Charge It to the Underhills: Making and Remembering Fletch," "From John Cocktoaston to Harry S. Truman: The Disguises," and a compilation of favorite Fletch moments. (I was only kidding about the sandwiches and ball bearings, though it is all ball bearings these days.) I don't usually single out DVD releases in their own news item, but this is one of the funniest, most quotable films of all time, and exceptions will be made. Now does anyone have a towel? My car just hit a.... read more

Fall 2007: O'Connell Crossing Over to Comedy

The latest pilot-casting bits, from our friends at Variety and the Hollywood Reporter:• Crossing Jordan's Jerry O'Connell, along with Fred Goss (Sons & Daughters) and stand-up comic Jerry Minor, are among ABC's Carpoolers.• Scott Wolf (The Nine Party of Five) has landed the lead in an untitled ABC comedy about a top law firm.• Two-time Six Feet Under Emmy nominee Lauren Ambrose has been cast as Parker Posey's younger sister in Amy Sherman-Palladino's The Return of Jezebel James.• "Varsity Blues: The Later Years"? James Van Der Beek is a rookie in ABC's Football Wives.• Hey, Dean Wormer, get a load of this: Tim Matheson is the head of the university in Barnes, the CW's dramedy about crime-solving college students.• OK, this time I got it right: Jayma Mays, aka Heroes' ill-fated waitress, has come on board the ABC workplace comedy Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office.• Josh Hopkins (pre-Rob Lowe Brothers & Sisters) and Molly Parker (Deadwoo... read more

SAM HE STILL AM

Rob Lowe, The West Wing

It's official: As speculated ever since it was announced that this is The West Wing's final season, original cast member Rob Lowe will return for the series' last two episodes, reprising his role of Sam Seaborn. Also resurfacing for one or more of West Wing's final five episodes are Mary-Louise Parker, Anna Deavere Smith, Emily Procter, Marlee Matlin, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson, Timothy Busfield and Annabeth Gish. But, alas, no Mrs. Landingham; besides being, well, dead, she's also busy yelling at the Scavo kids. read more

Las Vegas Well, they didn't call...

Las VegasWell, they didn't call this episode "Down and Dirty" for nothing. A porn convention takes up temporary residence at the Montecito, which means I can't write about half the things that happened; I'm going to take the high road and remain somewhat family-friendly. Let me just say that there was an ample amount of adult-oriented puns, situations, fun porn movie titles and a cameo from some guy I've never heard of named Ron Jeremy. (That's the story I'm sticking to.) Let's move on to things of the Barry Bostwick persuasion, shall we? Called on to direct Big Ed's TV commercial, it turns out his character used to date Ed's wife, Jillian. Let's see, Cheryl Ladd and Barry Bostwick. A few Googles later and I find out that back in the day (1978), Barry was in a Se read more

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