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TELEVISION: Turner Adds Lawyer Buddy Series Franklin & Bash for TNT; ‘80s College Comedy Glory Daze for TBS!

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The buddy lawyer series Franklin & Bash [pictured above ], starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue, TNT’s Raising the Bar) and Breckin Meyer (Heroes), has been given a ten episode order by TNT, while TBS has given and eight episode order to the one-hour comedy series Glory Daze, a 1980s-set college comedy.  Series details follow the jump.

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TELEVISION: NBC Filling Gaps With Five New Shows: Law & Order: Los Angeles, The Cape, Outlaw, Harry’s Law, Friends With Benefits!

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The dramatics that followed the much heralded arrival – and ignominious departure of The Jay Leno show put NBC in a delicate situation. Besides having a host of underperforming regular series to either cancel or shore up, they also had an extra five hours of primetime to fill. So, over a very busy pulot season the network has hunkered down and gotten to work, axing Law & Order and replacing it with Law & Order: Los Angeles and adding five more new series to join Perfect Couples, The Event, Outsourced, Jerry Bruckheimer’s Chase and J.J. Abrams’ Undercovers.

The new series are: LOLA [catchier that L&O:SVU, right?], superhero drama, The Cape; legal oddity, Outlaw [a Supreme Court Justice returns to private practice]; the odd couple legal series, Harry’s Law, and half-hour comedy, Friends with Benefits. Details of the new shows follow the jump.

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Television: Burt Reynolds to Guest Star in Season 4 of Burn Notice

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Burt Reynolds, best known for playing loveable scoundrels like Bandit in the 1977 homage to the CB/ Trucker craze “Smokey and the Bandit”, will guest star as a former CIA operative who gives Jeffrey Donovan’s character Michael Westen a glimpse into his own future on the upcoming 4th season of USA’s spy drama, “Burn Notice.”

The still handsome 74 year old actor is no stranger to working on television.Reynolds began his acting career in a guest starring role in the 1959 cop drama “The M Squad” and from 1962 to 1965 Reynolds played Quint Asper, Dodge City’s half American Indian blacksmith on the long running western series “Gunsmoke”. The rugged action made a successful transition to the big screen and became a true silver screen standout in the tough-guy role of Lewis Medlock in John Boorman’s  1972 backwoods shocker, Deliverance.

“Burn Notice” is a sexy, action-packed original series starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a blacklisted spy. After coming face to face with the group of people that burned him, Michael must figure out his next move. All while staying ahead of anyone else that may have him in their crosshairs. In the meantime, he continues to use his unique skills and training to help people in desperate need of assistance. The series also stars Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless.

Burn Notice returns to USA Network for it’s 4th season on Thursday June 4th at 9PM EST.

Smallville’s Latest Season Ender Airs Tonight!

Smallville is a prime example of why I’m not a very good television reporter. I don’t have the patience to watch a lot of shows on a weekly basis, so I Tivo entire seasons and sit down and have Marathon sessions. I watched all 19 eps of Legend of the Seeker last week and have the last 9 eps of 24 on tape and will probably watch those this weekend. Recently, I had a Smallville Marathon and watched the entire season in one weekend. So I’m now up to date and am ready for tonight’s Season cliffhanger.

I liked most of the season but somewhere around episode 10 I got really sick of Clark and actively started to hate him and the whole Lois can’t know my secret bit got really old by episode 10 as well. The whole no flying thing is really irritating, I understood them having that rule in place for the first 3 seasons, but we’re 9 years into this and considering EVERYONE who gets his powers immediately start flying and he still can’t is beyond ridiculous. The only reason this show works is the supporting cast, I still love Chloe, Oliver, Tess and even Zod. I’m looking forward to tonight’s season finale, but if Clark wasn’t such a moron it never should have gotten to this point. No matter how bad Smallville gets during the regular season they always go out with a bang and have amazing have Season finales, so I expect tonight to continue the trend.

Chuck and V both Renewed!

No one has been more down on Chuck this season than me, but the last 5 or 6 episodes have reminded me why I really like the show. I’m hoping that with a 13 season pick up they can get right to the point and not give us 9 episodes of filler. I’m really starting to think that in this go-go age we live in 22 episodes is way too many for most shows. The reason summer cable shows like Burn Notice, The Closer, Leverage, etc have a tendency to be so much better than Network is they only have 13 Episodes to work with so they poor everything they have into them.  Chuck isn’t a series that can sustain itself over 22 episodes and all the interruptions. The same thing goes with ABC’s V which also got renewed for 13. It started off really slow, but I kind of like it and I don’t know why. So I’m curious to see where they go with Season 2 and hope they ramp up the action and danger, because I still don’t feel any tension when I watch the show and the cast has zero chemistry with each other.

TELEVISION: Work Begins on Six-Part Prequel to Star’s Spartacus This Summer!

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What do you when your show has been picked up for a second season before the first one even airs and your star winds up with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma? If you’re the creative team behind Spartacus: Blood and Sand, you come up with a prequel that uses many of your other cast of characters.

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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (05.12.10)

We’re getting to the end, finally!  Tonight one more IDOL hopeful goes home (me thinks Casey James) and then it’s the Top 3 who will travel to their hometowns for a heroes welcome.  Also coming up on tonight’s show, Daughtry featuring former IDOL hopeful, Chris Daughtry, and Fantasia.  And then some rock band named Bon Jovi.   Kidding!  Kidding!  Okay, on to the results show.  Quit reading now if you don’t want to know what happened!

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Four New Shows for Fox; Bubble Shows Lie to Me and Human Target Renewed!

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter’ Live Feed blog, Fox has picked up four series for the 2010-11 season – and renewed bubble shows Lie to Me and Human Target.

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The network has selected Shawn Ryan’s latest police drama, RideAlong, and Texas drama Midland (likely retitled as Lone Star), as well as two single-camera comedies: Traffic Light and Keep Hope Alive.

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Television: Sneak Peek Vids & Artwork for Supernatural Season Five Finale S5.22 Swan Song

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Fans and Viewers alike, Supernatural Season 5 has now reached the top of the last hill. Now the season finale, Swan Song is poised to take the wildest plummet into excitement yet as Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) gets ready to take on Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). Of course Sam has some pretty heavy hitters on his side including his brother Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), Castiel (Misha Collins) who may yet have one more spark of angel mojo left in him and veteran hunter Bobby Singer (Jim Beaver).

Supernatural S5.22, Swan Song airs this Thursday May 13th at 9 PM EST and according to series Creator Eric Kripke is the culmination of his 5 year story arc. An arc that began back in the pilot episode of season one when Sam reluctantly agreed to reunite with his older brother Dean for a few days to find their missing father, John Winchester (as played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). A few days turned into a permanent reunion as Sam returned to his college apartment to find that his live in love Jessica (Adrienne Palicki) had been killed in the same manner as Sam and Dean’s mother Mary Winchester(as played by Samantha Smith) had been killed when they were children. Dean and Sam’s fate are set in motion again by these events that lead them on the road in their black ’67 Chevy Impala to ‘hunting things, saving people: the family business”. 

Eric Kripke promises that this storyline, which has taken a lot of twists and turns filled with psychic children, angels and demons will be tied up and finished in S5.22 Swan Song and Supernatural will have a whole new story for the upcoming season six. So while we wait for Swan Song to air this Thursday, let’s take a look at some sneak peek artwork and vids provided by the good folks at The CW Network & Warner Bros Television.

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TELEVISION: American Idol Recap (05.11.10)

Before we get to tonight’s show, here’s your chance to tell IDOL producers what you think.  They want your opinion of the show.  Seriously, they do.  They have hired a company to conduct  a survey of IDOL viewers.  It’s very detailed and covers everything from the judges to mentors to themes, contestants and more.  This is your chance to make your voice heard so take the survey HERE.

Now back to the show.  There are just four finalists left and tonight’s theme is songs from the movies with mentor and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.  Jamie should be a good mentor.  I don’t see him pulling any punches so let’s see if  he lives up to that.  And now…the show.