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DirecTV Has Eyes for The Nine and Other Snubbed Series

The Nine

If you're a Tim Daly fan, or if you love Leverage in part because it seems vaguely familiar, there are good times ahead.

DirecTV has inked a deal to broadcast the short-lived TV series Eyes, Smith and The Nine — unaired episodes and all.

A Ray Liotta-fronted drama about an all-star ensemble of master thieves, Smith served up just three episodes during its original CBS run. But starting April 8, DirecTV's 101 Network will unspool all seven produced episodes, airing ... read more

Private Practice Preview: Great Expectations Scare Tim Daly

Tim Daly, Private Practice

ABC's Private Practice premieres in three days. TVGuide.com is counting down to the Grey's spin-off's arrival with daily cast-member Q&As. Women across the country swooned when Pete Wilder planted a wet one on Addison last season. Now the good doc is flirting up a storm with America's favorite redhead as a hunky herbalist on Private Practice. We caught up with actor Tim Daly on a rare day off from the Oceanside Wellness Group. Here, he reveals the real reason ABC cancelled The Nine, why he adores Kate Walsh and where he'll be when his new show finally premieres. TVGuide.com: Private Practice is the antithesis of The Nine. What attracted you to it?Tim Daly: You know, what really attracted me to it was Shonda. The writing on The Nine was very risky. This may be a little less risky in terms of the storytelling but the characters and the dialogue are so fresh. Shonda does such an amaz read more

Anatomy of a Spin-off: A Rocky Start

Tim Daly and Kate Walsh by Ron Tom/ABC

Watching Thursday night's underwhelming, overly frenetic "backdoor pilot" setup for the seemingly inevitable Grey's Anatomy spin-off, I was reminded how blown away I wasn't by the original Grey's pilot as well. The Grey's pilot had its problems, but this glossy new twist on the formula seems much more problematic.When Grey's first appeared, with the pilot held for mid-season in a year when Lost and Desperate Housewives exploded on the scene and turned ABC's fortunes around, my initial thoughts were: Loved the cast. Liked the characters. But at first look, the reliance on heavy-handed voice-over (since dialed back a bit) and woe-is-me, life-as-an-intern-is-hard whining obscured many of the charms that would soon emerge, and it felt a bit generic.By the end of that first half-season, though, I was hooked. The heightened mix of hospital drama and romantic comedy, lathered in torrid and twisty soap operatics, was infectious, and the wonderfully blended (by sex and race) cast pulled it o... read more

I can understand canceling a ...

Question: I can understand canceling a bad show, one that critics think is horrible and no one watches, but how can a network cancel one of its two shows that actually wins awards? Every person I know who has actually sat down to watch Arrested Development thinks it's hilarious. Shouldn't Fox try its hardest to get an audience for the show? Answer: While I do wish Fox had at least temporarily tried putting Arrested between The Simpsons and Family Guy on Sundays to see how the show would play in a much more protected hammock, I can't fault Fox in the larger picture for not at least giving the show a chance. The show was renewed twice, regardless of the scheduling and the erratic airing of episodes. The question isn't so much what Fox could have done to try to build the audience but rather what a network's ratings expectations are anymore for shows that attempt something different. If buzz and acclaim were enough, Arrested Development would be set for life. Sadly, it isn't. For a ... read more

The Book of Daniel There's something...

Heather Graham, Emily's Reasons Why Not

The Book of Daniel There's something about pairing Jesus with a Vicodin-popping Episcopalian priest that creates brouhaha. We expected the Bill O'Reillys of the world to complain (Someday O'Reilly is going to be driven to insanity when he awakens in the Twilight Zone surrounded by nice, sensible people), but apparently many in the Midwest found the subject matter so repellent that stations in places like Terre Haute pulled Daniel from their schedules. Another triumph for the easily offended. Normal-ites should ask a different question: Is The Book of Daniel worth checking out? I'd say it's a flawed but worthwhile experiment. Aidan Quinn makes a very human reverend, a man whose faith in God is directly proportional to the lack of faith he has in himself. D read more

The Book of Daniel There's something...

Heather Graham, Emily's Reasons Why Not

The Book of Daniel There's something about pairing Jesus with a Vicodin-popping Episcopalian priest that creates brouhaha. We expected the Bill O'Reillys of the world to complain (Someday O'Reilly is going to be driven to insanity when he awakens in the Twilight Zone surrounded by nice, sensible people), but apparently many in the Midwest found the subject matter so repellent that stations in places like Terre Haute pulled Daniel from their schedules. Another triumph for the easily offended. Normal-ites should ask a different question: Is The Book of Daniel worth checking out? I'd say it's a flawed but worthwhile experiment. Aidan Quinn makes a very human reverend, a man whose faith in God is directly proportional to the lack of faith he has in himself. D read more

In Justice Generally, I have an...

In JusticeGenerally, I have an aversion to procedural crime dramas, so why am I digging this mid-season underdog? The writing's decent, and the acting's better than average (I'll forgive Kyle MacLachlan for channeling William Shatner's Denny Crane on Boston Legal), but there's something else. Maybe it's the sympathetic liberal inside of me who thinks there's nothing so unjust as innocent people getting locked up for crimes they didn't commit. Then again, maybe I just get a huge kick out of seeing Curtis Armstrong (aka Booger from Revenge of the Nerds) posing as a public defender! But seriously, this poor man went to prison because an eyewitness made a crucial mistake. Everyone involved with the case assumed the perp was black in fact when he was white. See, t read more

I found an interesting ...

Question: I found an interesting statistic in a recent AP-TV Guide poll. It stated that people watch more TV as they get older: 14.7 hours per week for those 65 and older vs. nine hours for those 18 to 34, the age group most coveted by the networks. I'm not 65 or older, but I am a baby boomer, and although I'm not rich, I have a fair amount of disposable income and I watch a lot of prime-time TV. At the peril of generalizing the 18-to-34-year-olds, it seems to me that not only are they watching less TV, they have less disposable income because if they have jobs at all, they are entry-level, lower-paying jobs. They're also busy raising kids, coaching soccer or, if single, going out with friends to parties, bars etc. Given those (admitted) generalities, and the results of the poll, do you see any possibility that maybe someday the networks will decide we boomers are a somewhat better audience to play to than the 18-to-34 crowd? I'm not getting my hopes up, but it sure would be nice to be ... read more

I wanted to comment about ...

Question: I wanted to comment about network TV having multiple showings of episodes. I agree that it could really benefit some shows that don't have a huge audience but deserve to stay on TV. When Everwood premiered, I didn't watch it on its original night because I was already watching something else, but WB reran the episode on Sunday, which worked for me. I became such a fan of the show that now it's appointment TV. I also became a fan of Smallville this way. I know that the networks often use Saturday nights as rerun night. Unfortunately, they rerun shows that millions have already seen (like Survivor, CSI, Desperate Housewives, Lost). Why not use these opportunities to build a fan base for a new or deserving show? Answer: A fair question. I've been a fan of WB's Sunday replay strategy for a while, especially when (in the case of Everwood) it gave me the opportunity to catch up on a show I was otherwise missing. (I wish WB would give its Thursday transplants, Smallville and Everwood ... read more

OK, my roomie recently told me...

OK, my roomie recently told me that I "hate too much." Which shouldn't really irk me, since he's angry anyway. But if our Newport kids can change, I can, too. So I've decided to shake off the H-word with a round of "Loathing, Liking, Loving." This way, we get two positives to one negative. Feel free to play along. Loathing this social-chair Psycho-Barbie Taylor Townsend.Liking that she's only recurring.Loving that she's gonna need a moment of silence after Summer's done with her for ratting Coop out of the kickoff carnival.Loathing the new dean. I don't care if Eric Mabius was hot on Eyes. You expel Marissa from the Harbor School, you suck.Liking Julie's failed defense of her daughter. "Tall, pretty, wears Chanel? Not exactly what you'd call 'gangsta.'"Loving that Ryan clocked the dude for manhandling his woman.Loving even more that we'll probably find out he's bangin' Psycho-Bar read more

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