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2011
Oct
17
 
 
The time has not yet come when TV Worth Watching rules television itself (or at least one channel stocked 24/7 with smart and cool programs). But we CAN stream this Friday's premiere of Starz' Kelsey Grammer political drama Boss. The premium cable channel is sneaking the entire hour to entice viewers to a series it likes so much, Starz has already ordered a second season...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
17
 
 
I'd say we got trouble, my friend, with a capital T and a capital V and that stands for... you can figure the next part out yourself. For the first time in decades -- actually, the first time ever -- the Nielsen Co. recently announced a decrease in its estimate of the number of U.S. TV Households. This year, Nielsen is estimating that number at 114.7 million households, down from last year's 115.9 million. At the same time, cable companies are seeing a decline in the number of cable subscribe
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
17
 
 
ABC probably has already steeled itself for the Acapulco cliff dive in the ratings from Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" to the nowhere men of "Man Up!" Allen's re-do of Home Improvement got critically panned. But thanks in no small part to his household name, it opened pretty big in last week's national Nielsens...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
17
 
 
There are many moments in HBO's new Monday half-hour series Enlightened where the scene dissolves to bright white light, while the main character's thoughts go in and out of meditation. These are the white spaces where the mind might drift smoothly, or in here, run rampantly and disquietly through attempted calm. They're also spaces created by another White -- Mike White...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
15
 
 
After some recent marathon TV-watching -- so I'd have something useful to say for the TVWW 2011 Fall Preview guide -- I was starting to think there just aren't any great shows anymore. And shows that families can watch together? Practically nonexistent...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
15
 
 
Long after the surprise success of AMC's zombie apocalypse series, The Walking Dead, last year, but well before Sunday's 10 p.m. ET launch of Season 2, executive producer Frank Darabont and AMC parted ways, for reasons still unexplained. The question is: Does the new season of Walking Dead still pack the dramatic intensity and ability to shock it did last year, when it racked up an audience more than that of the network's Mad Men and Breaking Bad?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
13
 
 
But which holiday? Halloween? Christmas? St. Patrick's Day? How about all three? Syfy has announced a trio of holiday-themed entries in its trashtastic Saturday Original Movies lineup. First up: "Zombie Apocalypse" (Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. ET), with Ving Rhames [photo at top] leading a group of survivors that also includes Taryn Manning. You'll be thrilled to know it's from the same production company that brought us "MegaPython vs. Gatoroid"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
12
 
 
Would The CW cancel a Buffy-tastic star like Sarah Michelle Gellar? They would not! Her new series "Ringer" has gotten a full-season pickup, despite lagging ratings -- because, hey, it's The CW, how high could the bar be?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
12
 
 
Already in this new season, three new fall shows have been canceled: NBC's The Playboy Club and Free Agents, and CW's H8R. One of them, Free Agents, may have fallen victim to TV's Kickoff Curse -- but all of them share another common denominator that makes their demise something to celebrate here at TV WORTH WATCHING. All of them were terrible...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Oct
11
 
 
Bravo's "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" returns for a second season Wednesday (Oct, 12) at 9 p.m. ET, and it's a bit of a surprise that there was enough interest in a competition show about the art world to make another run...But, thinking on it -- it's probably a winning environment to plant artists in...