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Viva Is Dead; Long Live the Race!

Lloyd Owen in Viva Laughlin by Robert Voets/CBS

Since almost no one watched the second and final episode of CBS’ misbegotten quasi-musical mess Viva Laughlin, let me share with you a headline that appeared at the start of Sunday’s episode: “Viva Craps Out.” I kid you not. (The headline was referring to the fictional casino, not the show. But really. Did they already know this was coming?)And then there was this bit of dialogue, as casino owner Ripley Holden (Lloyd Owen) surveys his customer-free casino (prophetic, that) and asks his mousy accountant, “How long can we hold out?” The answer: “A week, tops.”Viva Laughlin didn’t even last a week. Episode 1 crashed and burned Thursday with a plum CSI lead-in, and Episode 2 (which was of even considerably worse quality than the pilot) caused nary a ripple Sunday night. With the ever-fatal combo of lousy ratings and blistering reviews, CBS made the only logical move and canned it. After a CSI repeat this Sunday, The Amazing Race will return o... read more

Fox's Nightmares Continues as One of the CW's Ends

Kitchen Nightmares' chef, Gordan Ramsay by Eric Leibowitz/Fox

Your favorite local eatery has been warned. Fox has placed its order for a second season of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, which in its freshman run has improved on its time slot's year-ago delivery by 21 percent in key demos.Conversely, The CW has given the hook to Online Nation. The "what's hot on this Internet thing" series has been drawing roughly the population of the last Mitovich family reunion. Its Sundays-at-7:30 pm slot will be filled with encores of Aliens in America. read more

Ratings: Viewers Say, "Um, Not Yet" to CW Now

This Sunday, as NBC's NFL coverage averaged 16.46 million total viewers from 8 pm/ET on:• The debuts of the CW's newsmagazine whatevers CW Now and Online Nation were sampled by barely a million viewers each. That's way less than half of the year-ago Sunday premiere of, say, Everybody Hates Chris.• The news was better for Fox, whose 'toons The Simpsons (9.44 mil, +500K), King of the Hill (7.74 mil) and Family Guy (10.65 mil, +1.3 mil) each drew healthy premiere audiences.• On CBS, Cold Case was welcomed back by 12.3 mil, a drop of five mil from last year's opener. Lead-out Shark christened its new day/time period with 11.54 mil, a mil fewer than caught its Season 1 finale in May.POLL: What do you plan to watch live tonight? Vote here with your 8 pm and 9 pm picks. read more

CW Season Starts with Lotsa Beauties, Extra Geek

The CW's fall schedule kicks off with two-hour premieres of both Beauty and the Geek (which this season will add into the mix a hunky dude and a geeky gal) and America's Next Top Model. Here are the deets:Tuesday, Sept. 188 pm/ET Beauty and the GeekWednesday, Sept. 198 pm America's Next Top ModelFriday, Sept. 218 pm Friday Night SmackdownSunday, Sept. 237 pm CW Now7:30 pm Online NationTuesday, Sept. 259 pm Reaper (sorry, but I don't see why all the fuss over the pilot....)Wednesday, Sept. 269 pm Gossip GirlThursday, Sept. 278 pm SmallvilleMonday, Oct. 18 pm Everybody Hates Chris8:30 pm Aliens in America9 pm Girlfriends9:30 pm The GameThursday, Oct. 49 pm SupernaturalSunday, Oct. 78 pm Life Is Wild read more

The CW Tries Out a Brand New Personality

A year ago, the former stars of the WB and UPN found themselves uncomfortably mingling on one stage for the first upfront of the new CW network. They looked like the kids at the wedding of two single parents.This year, the CW took a step toward developing its own personality, shedding the aging Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars (the longest-running unsuccessful show in prime time) and All of Us (the weakest link in its lineup of urban sitcoms). The network is even taking the teen out of teen-angst drama One Tree Hill. When that show returns in mid-season, the characters will have been fast-forwarded to their lives after college.The network is replacing All of Us with Aliens In America, a comedy about a Muslim exchange student coming to live in Wisconsin. It looks funny and a little provocative. Who would have thought the CW would have the first sitcom to deal with post-9/11 attitudes?Tuesday at 9 pm brings Reaper, about a slacker whose parents sold his soul to the Devil, played with a br... read more

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