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Red Band Society

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Question: I'm a fan and read your column every week. I've watched the pilots for Forever and Red Band Society, and have added them to my list of shows I'll be watching. I hope they do well. I was wondering if you have seen them, and if so, what did you think? I found Red Band Society to be a feel-good show. I can't help but wonder, though, if it shouldn't be on a younger TV station like MTV, and the fact that it isn't makes me worry about its chances, as it is geared toward a younger audience. Forever is very Sherlock Holmes, which is right up my alley, and I love it whenever Ioan Gruffudd is on my TV screen. Do you think making the pilots available early hurts a TV show? What are your thoughts? - Carmelita

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The Biz: Forecasting Fall's New Hits

Gotham

Fox paid big money for its Batman-prequel series Gotham and touted its September 22 premiere all summer via billboards, transit posters, and on-air promotional spots. According to research that measures viewer interest in the new fall shows, the effort is going to pay off. Research firm Ipsos MediaCT surveys viewers each week throughout the summer and asks if they are familiar with the name of a new show and whether they plan to watch it. The results of the company's TV Dailies Study from the period of Sept. 1—7 were provided to TV Guide Magazine and show Gotham with the highest awareness score of any new show and the second highest score in the intent to view category.

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Reality Check: In the Wake of a Cops Death, a Producer Reflects

Craig Piligian

The death of Cops crew member Bryce Dion, who was accidentally shot by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha, Neb., stunned the tight-knit reality TV community. Wicked Tuna and Dirty Jobs producer Craig Piligian, who is unaffiliated with Cops, spoke with TV Guide Magazine to explain how camera operators, audio technicians, and their teams are the unsung heroes of unscripted television.

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First Look: Bryan Fuller's High Moon Pilot to Air on Syfy

High Moon

Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller's space action pilot High Moon didn't make it to series, but Syfy has repackaged it as an original TV movie, set to air Monday, Sept. 15 at 9/8c.

Set a century from now, High Moon centers on the ragtag mix of spies, miners, soldiers and entrepreneurs who live on the moon, where a race is underway to mine its resources. An alien plant promises to change the world — or bring about its doom.

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Weekend Review: Here Come The Roosevelts — and More Zombies

Lauren Ambrose

Every few years, in a pattern established by his emblematic 1990 breakthrough The Civil War, documentary maestro Ken Burns upstages the fall TV season in mid-September with his latest monumental immersion in historical storytelling. He triumphs again with PBS's seven-night, 14-hour The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which, as its subtitle suggests, never loses sight of the poignant human drama unfolding against a tide of national and world turmoil. (The series begins Sunday, Sept. 14 at 8/7c and continues nightly through Saturday, Sept. 20.)

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Syfy Joins the Zombie Apocalypse With Z Nation

Harold Perrineau

Who'd be nuts enough to compete with The Walking Dead by launching yet another series about a zombie apocalypse? Only the folks who brought us Sharknado! The new Syfy series Z Nation — set three years after the U.S. president and millions of others have been killed by ... read more

Watch My Show: You're the Worst's Stephen Falk Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Chris Geere, Aya Cash

FX's half-hour comedy You're the Worst, which finishes up its Season 1 run next Thursday, Sept. 18, has turned into a sleeper hit for the cable network. Critics have warmed up to the show, which stars Chris Geere and Aya Cash as two people who have soured on relationships yet find themselves drawn to one another. Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue also star in the anti-romantic comedy, which comes from creator Stephen Falk (Weeds, Orange is the New Black). Falk filled out our TV Guide Magazine showrunner survey to explain why You're The Worst isn't the worst.  

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First Look: Haley Atwell's Agent Carter on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Kenneth Choi, Hayley Atwell and Neal McDonough

She fought the good fight in the Marvel comics and the Captain America films, now Agent Peggy Carter fights it again on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The badass heroine, played by Hayley Atwell, will be seen in a 1940s-era flashback kicking off the Sept. 23 season premiere of the ABC series — and TV Guide Magazine has the first look!

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Meet Dan Piraro, the Bizarro Host of Fox's Utopia

Dan Piraro

Utopia executive producer Jon Kroll first met Dan Piraro, creator of the subversive comic strip Bizarro, a few years ago at San Diego's Comic-Con International. The two hit it off, and even developed a TV pilot together for the Travel Channel. That show never made it to air, and Piraro gave up on his TV dreams.

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Fall Preview: Meet the Hilarious Black-ish Trio

Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne

It's a weekday morning on the Black-ish soundstage, and Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are made up as if they just rolled out of bed: Ross's hair is a crazy mess and Anderson's pajamas are in wrinkled disarray. In other words, they resemble an average, frazzled American couple waking up to a noisy family, ready to face another day at their demanding jobs.

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