Two and a Half Men
This being such an epic week in the TV business, with the majority of new and returning shows premiering in the kickoff to the official TV season, I'm adjusting my "guide to the week" format all week to focus separately on each night as a whole: analyzing the programming strategies and showdowns while previewing the pilots and season openers I've seen in advance.
Monday in a Nutshell: ABC and CBS should continue to dominate. Dancing With the Stars has once again cast a buzz-worthy group — though some are wondering if they've overstepped and alienated their more mainstream fans with lightning-rod contestants like Chaz Bono and Nancy Grace. (Get over it, folks. It's a dancing show, all for fun.) And Castle makes for a fine nightcap. CBS' popular comedy lineup includes one new winner (Two Broke Girls) and one show in transition (Two and a Half Men) that's more talked about than almost any new fall series, while Hawaii Five-0 more than holds its own. Fox is shaking things up with its big-budget fantasy spectacular Terra Nova (which bows next week), which should open big at the very least. We'll see if its family-friendly tone attracts a broader-than-cult following. A Cuddy-free House (premiering Oct. 3) may be on its ...
Dancing With The Stars, Tom Bergeron
If there's one guarantee every Dancing with the Stars season, it's this: There is always a backlash against one contestant.
"They're freaking out about Bristol Palin. They're freaking out about Kate Gosselin. They're freaking out about Nicole Scherzinger. Now, it's Chaz [Bono]. Pick a season, pick a freakout," Tom Bergeron tells TVGuide.com. "Just relax already. It's a ballroom show, for God's sake! I have no idea why Chaz being on is a problem. I sort of expected there to be a reaction, but nothing this big. Chill out."
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Still, it's not the massive hostile response to the ...
The Sing-Off, Sara Bareilles
Before she sold a million records, before she had a No. 1 song and before she was nominated for three Grammy awards, Sara Bareilles was kind of a nerd, and she's not afraid to admit it.
"We would choreograph dances at parties instead of doing keg stands. We were all so nerdy together," she tells TVGuide.com of her college years spent in the UCLA a cappella group Awaken A Cappella.
"My experience in an a cappella group totally shaped me at a really impressionable time in my life as a performer. It gave me a lot of my confidence on stage, because I was someone who was really insecure and felt a little lost in college."
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Fans first got a taste of Bareilles' a cappella chops on the Season 2 finale of The Sing-Off when she performed her hit record, "King of Anything" with The Backbeats, but now her expertise will really be put to the test as she takes a spot on the judges panel this season. The singer-songwriter replaces...
Meet the new, super-sized cast of The Sing-Off.
NBC has unveiled the 16 a cappella groups that will duke it out for $200,000 and a recording contract on Season 3. The list is nearly doubled in size from ...
Does Simon Cowell think his lineup of X Factor judges are deliberately mean to contestants? Well, not deliberately.
During Fox's fall TV preview Friday, American Idol's former acerbic kingpin was asked if the harsh judgments seen in commercials for The X Factor were an intentional contrast with the "cuddly with contestants" vibe of last season's Idol.
"We didn't make an intentional effort to be mean," Cowell told reporters via satellite...
A new judge isn't the only big change coming to The Sing-Off this fall.
With NBC's decision to make the third season of The Sing-Off a weekly competition, kicking off Sept. 19 at 8/7c, it meant the show would more than double the number of episodes it produced. As a result, 16 groups will now compete (up from 10 last season) over 11 episodes (up from the five that aired over the course of one week).
Sara Bareilles is the new judge on NBC's The Sing-Off
Speaking to reporters Monday during NBC's fall TV previews, series executive producer Joel Gallen said groups will also be asked to sing in a number of new genres including
Production began this week on NBC's a capella competition The Sing-Off, which is being pre-taped over the next few weeks to air this fall.
That means even though the show has been upgraded to regular series status, NBC and the show's producers have opted not to try and make The Sing-Off a live TV event (in the vein of American Idol or The Voice).
Vanessa Minillo and Nick Lachey
It's Newlyweds all over again!
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo tied the knot on Friday evening in a small, tropical island ceremony, People reports.
"For us, this is...
Singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles has signed on to serve as the new third judge on NBC's talent competition The Sing-Off.
Bareilles will appear as a judge alongside Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) as The Sing-Off morphs into a weekly, two-hour series this fall (having previously aired in 2009 and 2010 as holiday events). Nick Lachey continues as host...
Amber Heard, Naturi Naughton, Leah Renee
NBC will kick off its fall lineup with the return of Parenthood, the network announced Wednesday.
Season 3 of the family drama will premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 10/9c.
New comedy Up All Night, starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, will debut Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10/9c, followed by Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn in Free Agents. The shows will move to their regular timeslots at 8/7c and 8:30/7:30c, respectively, the following week.