2005, TV Show


NCIS Exclusive: Can a Dawson's Creek Star Crack the Port-to-Port Killer Case?

Kerr Smith

Looks like Gibbs and the rest of the NCIS team are going to need even more help than they thought to nab the Port-to-Port killer.

Exclusive: Meet NCIS' newest team members

Former Dawson's Creek star Kerr Smith has booked a season-ending, two-episode arc on the CBS crime drama, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively... read more

Benjamin Bratt Joins Private Practice

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt has joined Private Practice as a series regular, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

There are no details on Bratt's role, but the actor will make his first appearance in the ...
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Do you know if it's true that ...

Question: Do you know if it's true that E-Ring will be back with new episodes in August? That's what it says on NBC.com.

Answer: That was a boo-boo. An NBC rep says there are "no scheduled airdates for E-Ring this summer." Fun sidebar: Just hours after I called the Peacock about the typo, the entire E-Ring page vanished from NBC.com. Now all that remains is the flop sweat on Benjamin Bratt's brow.

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Was This TV Season Harsh to New Shows?

Reunion, Love Monkey and Commander in Chief

Reunion. Threshold. E-Ring. Invasion. Emily's Reasons Why Not. Love Monkey. Commander in Chief. Heist. What do these shows have in common? They all debuted at some point during this soon-to-wrap TV season, yet each saw their run either cut surprisingly short or handicapped by irregular scheduling. Was 2005-06 the worst year ever to sample a new show? Were the networks especially hasty in deciding the fate of freshman series? TVGuide.com consulted a panel of experts with unique points of view to examine this strange little season gone by. Are New Shows Getting Short Shrift?Jeff Bader, executive vice president of ABC entertainment programming and scheduling, dismisses the suggestion that prime time is a crueler-than-ever proving ground for new series. " read more

What is the status of Joey? I ...

Question: What is the status of Joey? I haven't seen it on air in a while. Has this show been canceled?
Answer: Not officially. But let's face it, it's dead. Also from my FAQs file, and also on indefinite hiatus without hope of renewal: E-Ring and, as of this week, Commander in Chief, which was just yanked for the rest of the month ... read more

What has happened to E-Ring? ...

Question: What has happened to E-Ring? Is it coming back? There are many of us who love the show, and we've been searching TV Guide frantically each week looking for it. Thanks.
Answer: I'm still fielding a ton of questions about this show, but there's still no news. NBC has put the show on indefinite hiatus, with no indication that the remaining episodes will be scheduled anytime soon, especially during the next critical sweeps month. (There's a chance E-Ring could return in the summer, but beyond that, not so much of a chance.) Helpful hint to regular readers: If you're curious what's up with a show you haven't seen or heard about in a while, plug the title into TVGuide.com's search area. Listings will come up, along with links to previously published news and commentary items ... read more

What's the latest news on ...

Question: What's the latest news on E-Ring? Is it coming back next season?

Answer: Considering USA Today listed it as "gone or nearly dead" in its ninth-annual Save Our Shows poll, I'm guessing not. Speaking of the influential S.O.S. survey, click here to throw your support behind such beloved bubble shows as Veronica Mars, Everwood, One Tree Hill, Scrubs and Invasion. The networks really pay attention to this stuff, people. Every vote counts!

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I consider myself a fan of ...

Dennis Haysbert, The Unit

Question: I consider myself a fan of NBC's television series E-Ring (although I must admit to having to suspend belief when I see Dennis Hopper in the role of the division chief of the Joint Staff's J-3 Special Operations Division. I will probably always see him as Peter Fonda's sidekick, Billy, in Easy Rider). I have also seen the first two episodes of CBS' The Unit, a program whose story line is ostensibly based on the book Inside Delta Force. Having held six military assignments in the Pentagon (including senior positions on the Joint Staff and within the Office of the Secretary of Defense), and being a retired Special Forces-qualified Army colonel, I must say that I believe Ken Robinson's E-Ring is the more correct version of how things are in the special-operations community (and even more specifically, of how things are in the Pentagon itself). I really don't know what to say yet about The Unit, after only two episodes, since I know that the writers are still attempting to ... read more

On the Bubble
The early word on what the networks will renew next season

Kevin James, The King of Queens

This week the networks began meeting with ad-agency execs to talk about what's in development for the 2006-07 season. That means it's time for producers of current shows with less-than-robust ratings to start worrying about getting picked up for next season. Here's what industry insiders are telling the Biz. ABC: The network's comedies are having a tough year in the ratings, but you can't cancel all of them. Rodney, Hope & Faith, Crumbs and Less than Perfect aren't likely to make the cut. According to Jim, George Lopez and Freddie have a chance of returning. Since ABC has two more hours to program in the fall now that football has moved to NBC, shows that would otherwise be doomed have a chance. We're talking Invasion and Commander in Chief. Their survival depends on the strength of the network's new-program development. CBS: Another season of The King of Queens depends on whether the n read more

I'm not normally a big fan of ...

Question: I'm not normally a big fan of procedurals. I've quit all the CSIs and all the Law & Orders (though I used to love the original L&O, back in the day). I find I'm more drawn to dramas with longer story arcs and character development (Gilmore Girls, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, etc.). There are a few procedurals I really have gotten into. I love Without a Trace and Numbers. Here's the thing: I know it's not a critical favorite, but I've really gotten into E-Ring. There's something about the international intrigue and the action elements that I find fun. But it seems to have disappeared from the schedule! What's more, I feel like it could have longer arcs and it could have more character development if it could get comfortable. But it seems like NBC moves it around, replaces it with Deal or No Deal (ugh), and gives it no respect. Do you know what they plan to do with this show? On a similar topic, I've heard rumblings about a show called The Unit, which sounds very similar. Do you ... read more

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Premiered: September 21, 2005, on NBC
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Premise: This political drama spotlights top-secret, controversial missions of the Pentagon, delving into conflicts within the intelligence community, explosive life-or-death war-room crises and covert special ops in the field. The characters include a gung-ho, impulsive major named Jim `J.T.' Tisnewski, his volatile superior and a lady legal eagle from the Department of Defense. From `CSI' hit-maker Jerry Bruckheimer.


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