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NBC's Heroes: The Show's Secrets Unmasked!

Heroes

Tonight at 9 pm/ET, the new NBC drama Heroes raises the question, "What if you woke up one day to realize that you possessed superpowers? Flight, mind reading, teleportation, indestructibility... what if one of these abilities was suddenly yours? Among the ensemble cast of would-be superbeings are Alias' Greg Grunberg, Ice Princess' Hayden Panettiere, Gilmore Girls' Milo Ventimiglia and newcomer Masi Oka as an actual Hiro, a Japanese workforce drone who in the commercials is all too happy to get a whiff of his destiny. While on the surface it's easy to write off hero read more

Pretty Good Move for Ugly Betty With a bit of shuffling, ABC has a great Thursday-night lineup

America Ferrera, Ugly Betty

It's nice to see that ABC wised up and invited Ugly Betty to the Thursday-night ball. The new show — which will now be paired with Grey's Anatomy this fall — has been getting raves from those who have seen it. Executives from other networks have called it the best pilot they saw from their competition this year. Adapted from a telenovela that's been wildly popular for years in Latin America, Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera as a glamour-challenged woman from an immigrant family trying to make it at a flashy fashion magazine. Salma Hayek and producer Ben Silverman have been trying to sell a U.S. version of Betty read more

Does it seem to you, like it ...

Question: Does it seem to you, like it does to me, that many viewers can't wait for a favorite show to deteriorate? You seem to get a lot of questions from people worrying about a show deteriorating in Season 3 or Season 4. I never even consider that. I just watch it and if I like it , I like it; if I don't, I don't. I don't sit there wondering if next season will be as good or not. Lost has been incredible for two seasons, 24 for pretty much its whole run (and this season somehow topped last season, which was great). But I'm not wondering, "Gee, will next year be as good, or will it stink?" Seriously, it seems like some folks almost want a favorite show to fail. By the way, toward the end of the season I started watching Freddie. While it's not Frasier, I did find it amusing and not a bad sitcom. I will say that Brian Austin Green really was the actor who made the show, though Freddie Prinze Jr. is fine. Answer: Whoa, non sequitur whiplash there. I'll take your word on Freddie, which I ... read more

Matt, I'm a huge fan! My ...

Question: Matt, I'm a huge fan! My question is about ABC's comedies (According to Jim, Rodney, Hope & Faith, Crumbs, Sons & Daughters, George Lopez, Freddie and Less than Perfect). Which ones do you think will survive another season? I think it's time for According to Jim and Hope & Faith to go. But I love Rodney and Less than Perfect. Creatively, I feel they have a lot to offer. Do you think there is at all a chance for a TGIF comeback? What are your thoughts on this? Answer: Of all the shows you mentioned, I would only even consider watching Sons & Daughters regularly. But I know I'm in the minority on that one, given the puny ratings it drew this spring, which makes me doubt it will return, barring a miracle. (There are some intriguing comedy concepts kicking around ABC for next season, and maybe ABC would keep Sons & Daughters alive as a companion piece. But that's probably a pipe dream.) Given that Rodney was put on hiatus before it could play out its second season, and that Less 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

General Hospital's Tamara Braun...

General Hospital's Tamara Braun (ex-Carly) isn't the only soap-opera sexpot dropping by ABC's sitcom Freddie. Next up, Krista Allen (ex-Billie, Days of our Lives) is romanced by Freddie Prinze Jr. in an upcoming episode entitled "Freddie and the Hot Mom." Look for Allen — who, naturally, plays the hot mom in question — to air on March 29. read more

You read it here first that Tamara...

You read it here first that Tamara Braun (ex-Carly No. 2, General Hospital) would return to ABC's Freddie during February sweeps. Tune in tonight, Feb. 15 at 8:30 pm/ET, to see Braun's character, Rose, vie for Freddie Prinze Jr.'s affections with dishy former Miss Universe Denise Quiñones. read more

I was annoyed when ABC ...

Question: I was annoyed when ABC scheduled Emily's Reasons Why Not opposite Two and a Half Men (which is uneven but sometimes very funny). I needn't have worried. ABC couldn't produce a funny sitcom if it tried. The Watercooler review of Emily was glowing, but I think it tried too hard to be funny and the jokes were cliché. There is only one word to describe Emily: insipid. What did you think of the premiere? P.S.: Although many of your readers (and you) would disagree, I think there is only one truly funny show out there: South Park. Answer: I would agree that South Park is one-of-a-kind funny, and if that's your standard, then everything else is bound to come up short, because no one (especially on network TV) is going to have the freedom to be that outrageous, crude and topical. But that gives way too short shrift to great comedies like Earl, Scrubs, even Two and a Half Men. As for Emily: I'm glad ABC is trying to broaden the tone of its comedies beyond the Jim-Rodney-George Lopez- read more

Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron...

Dancing with the Stars
Tom Bergeron
was faster than the quickstep with his off-the-cuff humor tonight — calling the rowdy audience soccer fans, warning the judges not to tell Drew Lachey he wasn't "in sync," suggesting that Master P start a line of dancing shoes. I was also tickled by the way George Hamilton was orchestrating all these little soap-operatic scenes for the moments just before the commercial. I'm glad some people are taking the competitive edge off things.

Lisa and Louis: I always thought of the rhumba as Baby and Johnny's dance from Dirty Dancing. Even without the lift, this was much dirtier. But what, dear god, is up with choosing that read more

Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron...

Dancing with the Stars
Tom Bergeron
was faster than the quickstep with his off-the-cuff humor tonight — calling the rowdy audience soccer fans, warning the judges not to tell Drew Lachey he wasn't "in sync," suggesting that Master P start a line of dancing shoes. I was also tickled by the way George Hamilton was orchestrating all these little soap-operatic scenes for the moments just before the commercial. I'm glad some people are taking the competitive edge off things.

Lisa and Louis: I always thought of the rhumba as Baby and Johnny's dance from Dirty Dancing. Even without the lift, this was much dirtier. But what, dear god, is up with choosing that read more

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Premiered: October 12, 2005, on ABC
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Premise: A bachelor chef invites his sister, sister-in-law, niece and grandmother to live with him after the death of his older brother and the collapse of his sister's marriage. Freddie Prinze Jr. co-created and stars in this sitcom.

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