The Loop

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Mark Cuban to Guest-Star on Necessary Roughness

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban has landed a guest starring role on Necessary Roughness, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The Dallas Mavericks owner will appear late in the USA drama's second season. Cuban will play a potential buyer of the New York Hawks, but acquiring the team is only a front for his real motives. read more

Watercooler: Breaking In (Kind of) Cracks Us Up

Bret Harrison, Christian Slater

Seriously Fox, you picked Running Wilde over this? Dag.

Last night, Breaking In, the show that was bumped from the fall lineup by that waste of Will Arnett, finally made it to the air and was able to do in 30 minutes what Wilde barely did in 13 episodes: Entertain us.

Set around the inter-office antics of a ...
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Reaper's Bret Harrison Lands on V

Bret Harrison

Reaper star Bret Harrison has landed a recurring role on V, a show rep says.

The 28-year-old actor will play Dr. Sidney Miller, the assistant of evolutionary biologist Watts who the visitors want to... read more

CW at TCA: Sophomore Success?

Ray Wise and Bret Harrison in Reaper by Michael Courtney/The CW

It took a year, but the CW (the network cobbled together from the ashes of the WB and UPN) is finally starting to look like a real network, albeit one aggressively and obsessively focused on the 18-34 youth market. Which no doubt is causing more than a few existential crises among those longtime vets of the TCA press tour who said goodbye to that demo a while ago.Dawn Ostroff, the network’s relentlessly perky entertainment president, took a “no regrets” approach to her upbeat presentation Friday morning. She’s serious about tapping into trends with her programming and with various online/digital offshoots (especially where the new teen soap Gossip Girl is concerned), but otherwise, there’s something kind of refreshing about a network that doesn’t take itself too seriously.There was loud laughter in the room during clips of the CW’s various lightweight reality shows, including a first look at the new twist on guilty-pleasure fave Beauty and the Geek... read more

CW Update: After the Upfront

Ray Wise and Bret Harrison in Reaper by Michael Courtney/The CW

A few thoughts after sitting through an L.A. satellite feed of CW’s Upfront presentation on Thursday, which was more impressive (the Pussycat Dolls performance aside) than I expected.The Reaper looks much funnier than I expected. Should have guessed given that the appealing lead, Bret Harrison as a schmo who learns his parents sold his soul to the devil, is best known for sitcom work (Grounded for Life, That ’70s Show, The Loop). Ray Wise is a scream as his demanding new boss, aka Lucifer. Only drawback: Reaper’s time-slot competition includes another largely comedic series about a reluctant nerdish hero, NBC’s Chuck. Is there room for two?Also getting a good response: Aliens in America, with its Muslim exchange student fish-out-of-water befriending his classmate/host, a nerdy social pariah. This looks perfectly suited as a companion piece to the similarly sardonic Everybody Hates Chris.Gossip Girl may well become a brand-appropriate hit, but I’m personally ... read more

Lot it Be: Fox Announces Premieres, Returns

A few premiere and return dates from Fox:The Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg-produced reality competition, On the Lot, kicks off May 16, then moves to a Monday/Tuesday schedule starting May 28. Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance begins May 24. Hell's Kitchen returns for a third helping on June 25. And the sophomore season of The Loop premieres June 10. read more

Did I just not read carefully ...

Question: Did I just not read carefully enough? TV Guide's Winter TV Preview 2007 listed 43 new and returning shows, but I did not see Fox's zany, irreverent The Loop listed. I understood that Fox was lightening its mid-season order from 13 episodes to 10, but I still thought we would see it returning Wednesday nights at 9:30, after the American Idol results shows. Please tell me Fox did not pull an Arrested Development and bail on another promising-but-underperforming comedy. Answer: I checked with Fox, and The Loop is still in the mid-season loop and very well could return to the schedule in March (or thereabouts), once American Idol moves into its results phase. Nothing's been announced yet, but that could change once Fox meets the press on its TCA day on Jan. 20 ... read more

Is The O.C. O-V-E-R? Fox Blasts Cancellation Buzz

Fox found itself unexpectedly thrust into damage-control mode on Monday when an otherwise benign write-up in the Great Falls Tribune (Montana) suggested that production on The O.C. had been shut down, effective immediately and forever. "The O.C. has not been canceled," insists a show rep. "The show is in production on [Episode 11] and will continue production until it completes its season order [of 16 episodes]."Elswehere at Fox, the network has cut back its order for Season 2 (there was a 1?) of The Loop, from 13 episodes to 10, partly due to limited shelf space and the fact that at least three other series are in queue to premiere mid- or late season. read more

It's Bring It On, Volleyball-Style!

Sarah Mason, All You've Got

Now out on DVD, the teen comedy All You've Got (costarring Grammy winner Ciara and One Tree Hill's Daniella Alonso) could have just as well been titled "You Got Overhand Served," as three pampered volleyball stars are forced by their ritzy academy's closing to team with their blue-collar rivals, the Lady Phantoms of Cathedral High. Playing Lauren, the leader of the posh Madonnas, is Sa read more

Fox's Official Fall Sked

Fox isn't doing too much tinkering with its schedule. The complete press release is below.FOX ANNOUNCES PRIMETIME SLATEFOR 2006-2007 SEASONTHREE NEW DRAMAS AND TWO NEW COMEDIES JOIN NETWORK’S SCHEDULE ADDITIONAL DRAMA AND COMEDY ANNOUNCED FOR MID-SEASON NEW SATURDAY LATE-NIGHT ENTRY HOSTED BY SPIKE FERESTENUNSCRIPTED SERIES INCLUDE SIMON COWELL’S “DUETS” AND MARK BURNETT AND STEVEN SPIELBERG’S COMPETITION “ON THE LOT” New York (Thursday, May 18, 2006) – FOX today unveiled its primetime schedule for the 2006-2007 television season, featuring the network’s most stable and balanced slate in years. Three new dramas and two new comedies will complement returning favorites on every night of the week this fall, announced Peter Liguori, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.The new dramas premiering this fall are VANISHED and STANDOFF from 20th Century Fox Television and JUSTICE from Warner Bros. Television and hitmaker Jerry Bruckhe... read more

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Premiered: March 15, 2006, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Sitcom about a young airline exec named Sam and his efforts to balance a career with a social life. Complicating matters are his three twentysomething roommates, one of whom is Sam's longtime secret crush. Set in Chicago, the series charts the constant battle between work and play.

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