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Jun 10, 2020. 15 comments

Bachelor alumni sign petition asking for the show to finally have a Black lead

Bachelor alumni sign petition asking for the show to finally have a Black lead

A lot of people in America are currently reckoning with this country’s extremely terrible history of racism, with most of the anger and frustration right now being directed at the police and their uncanny ability to consistently get away with murdering Black people, but it’s also important to look at how various other institutions in this country have been consumed by systemic...

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Apr 29, 2020. 1 comments

So It's Come To This: ABC's just going to air 10 weeks of The Bachelor clip shows

So It's Come To This: ABC's just going to air 10 weeks of The Bachelor clip shows

The Bachelor franchise has undergone something of a renaissance over these last several years, as the intermingling of tabloid culture, social media, influencer clout, and podcasting has managed to keep the dating series a part of the cultural conversation even when it’s not airing.

As such, ABC has sought to expand the brand with a slew of spin-offs, several of which were set to launch...

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Apr 21, 2020. 8 comments

There's no need to panic, but America is in danger of exhausting its supply of soap opera episodes

There's no need to panic, but America is in danger of exhausting its supply of soap opera episodes

Everybody has had a different moment when they realized that the virus was a big deal, whether it was while waiting in line to get into a grocery store, seeing their local theater closed, or watching as the NBA canceled its season, but there are definitely some people out there whose moment just came today: As reported by Vulture, the country is about to exhaust its supply of new soap opera...

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Apr 14, 2020. 3 comments

Would we be watching Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart if there was anything else on?

Would we be watching Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart if there was anything else on?

The unstoppable juggernaut that is ABC’s Bachelor franchise just got a little bit bigger: Last night the network premiered its latest spinoff, The Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart. Yes, the inferred music reference is very much intentional, as this reality show crams together 20 single men and women (this being ABC, the heterosexuality is a given) who are also pursuing careers in...

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Mar 10, 2020. 17 comments

Mayor Pete Buttigieg to guest-host Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week for some reason

Mayor Pete Buttigieg to guest-host Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week for some reason

Pete “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, will be guest-hosting Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC this week. Buttigieg shared that news with Today’s Crag Melvin (via Deadline), teasing that Patrick Stewart will be one of the guests and that “some funnier minds” will be coming up with monologue jokes for him, which is reasonably fun. We’re not entirely sure why this is happening, other than...

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Mar 04, 2020. 8 comments

Gina Torres to sink her teeth into ABC's upcoming vampire soap The Brides

Gina Torres to sink her teeth into ABC's upcoming vampire soap The Brides

So that

Jessica Pearson Suits spinoff didn’t quite work out, eh? That’s ultimately fine because Gina Torres is pivoting from legal dramas to Berlanti-esque vampire soap operas, courtesy of ABC. Per Deadline, Torres will star in the pilot for The Brides, a Dracula reimagining from Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina EP Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions, and Warner Bros....

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Jan 31, 2020. 9 comments

R.I.P. Fred Silverman, network exec who helped define the look and feel of '70s TV

R.I.P. Fred Silverman, network exec who helped define the look and feel of '70s TV

Fred Silverman has died. The prolific television executive and producer—and namesake of the character of Fred from Scooby-Doo—was one of the most powerful people in American television for more than a decade in the 1970s. Moving between all three “Big Three” networks over the course of his career in American TV, Silverman had a hand in many of the most seismic television moments of the era,...

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Jan 31, 2020. 6 comments

ABC picks up new David E. Kelley drama The Big Sky

ABC picks up new David E. Kelley drama The Big Sky

David E. Kelley’s seat on the TV-production throne has long since been taken over by newcomers like Greg Berlanti, but it’s still a big deal when the guy who gave us Ally McBeal, L.A. Law, The Practice, and a little thing called Big Little Lies has a new show (

also Mr. Mercedes! ). As reported by The Wrap, ABC has picked up a Kelley project called The Big Sky that’s based on author C.J. Box’s...

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Jan 28, 2020. 5 comments

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna signs overall deal with ABC Studios

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna signs overall deal with ABC Studios

Sheeeeeee waaaaaaaaaaaas working hard at a CBS job, but now Aline Brosh McKenna is packing up and moving to the Disney-owned ABC Studios. (No, she is not moving because Josh Chan just happens to be there. Josh Chan is fictional.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Lesley Goldberg, the co-creator and showrunner of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend departs CBS TV Studios for a three-year pod deal with the...

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Jan 11, 2020. 8 comments

Justin Chambers has finally had enough of Grey’s Anatomy

Justin Chambers has finally had enough of Grey’s Anatomy

Another one of Grey’s Anatomy’s original cast members has finally decided to leave the warm comfort of long-running ABC medical drama: According to Deadline, Justin Chambers—a.k.a. Alex Karev, the mean jerk who later became a nice jerk—has announced that he is leaving the show after 15 years, with his final episode (as far as Deadline knows) being the November 14 episode of Grey’s Anatomy...

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Jan 09, 2020. 2 comments

ABC quickly grabs a Supermarket Sweep revival with Leslie Jones off the shelf

ABC quickly grabs a Supermarket Sweep revival with Leslie Jones off the shelf

TV’s most entertaining commercial for Kellogg’s is coming back, with Deadline reporting that Leslie Jones is going to host a Supermarket Sweep revival for ABC. This has been in the works for a long time, with multiple networks and streamers all reportedly screaming down the aisles, grabbing as many boxes of Supermarket Sweep as they could in hopes of walking away with the big prize, but only...

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Jan 09, 2020. 17 comments

Going without a host worked last year, so the Oscars will just do it again in 2020

Going without a host worked last year, so the Oscars will just do it again in 2020

About a year ago to the day , the only thing anyone in the world could talk about was the ongoing drama surrounding the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ complete inability to find an Oscar host. After an exhausting search that involved literally everyone on the planet, the Academy finally settled on Kevin Hart, a very famous comedian who had probably never said anything offensive...

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Jan 09, 2020. 3 comments

Jimmy Kimmel to revive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? with series of celebrity charity specials

Jimmy Kimmel to revive Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? with series of celebrity charity specials

Of the various factors that turned Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? into a smash success in 1999—truly, the greatest expression of America’s raging Regisphilia to date—its egalitarian approach to wish fulfillment had to be one of the biggest parts. Sure, the show promised, you might be a regular, unimportant, non-famous human being from Dumblefuck County, America, but all you needed was a...

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Jan 09, 2020. 8 comments

The Conners to air politically charged live episode on the night of the New Hampshire primary

The Conners to air politically charged live episode on the night of the New Hampshire primary

Pulling a move normally reserved for

the likes of your Stephens Colbert , ABC announced today that it’ll be airing a live episode of The Conners later this year, timed to run the same night as the New Hampshire political primary. The episode in question will see the family’s younger members, played by Emma Kenney and Ames McNamara, watching the primary for a school report, only for the rest...

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Liz Shannon Miller Liz Shannon Miller Jan 09, 2020. 6 comments

When Alex Trebek says goodbye to Jeopardy!, he'll only need 30 seconds to do it

When Alex Trebek says goodbye to Jeopardy!, he'll only need 30 seconds to do it

Alex Trebek hasn’t decided what he’ll say at the end of his last episode of Jeopardy, and doesn’t know when it will happen— but he believes that he’ll only need 30 seconds to say goodbye. “It would be the same as when I shaved my mustache—on a whim,” he said, adding that when the time comes, he’ll ask the producers for 30 seconds at the end of that episode “to say goodbye.”

The question of the...

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Jan 09, 2020. 11 comments

ABC may finally join the Greg Berlanti family with sexy female-led Dracula pilot

ABC may finally join the Greg Berlanti family with sexy female-led Dracula pilot

Greg Berlanti is typically identified as a “producer” who “puts his name on a lot of TV shows,” but it’s becoming increasingly clear that those mortal labels don’t really do justice to the man or his unimaginable power of television. He currently has over 20 scripted shows on television, and he has at least one on four of the five major networks—all but ABC. Really, at some point we have to...

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Jan 09, 2020. 11 comments

ABC’s next live musical will be Young Frankenstein—sorry, Fronkensteen

ABC’s next live musical will be Young Frankenstein—sorry, Fronkensteen

ABC’s

Little Mermaid Live! was a strange beast, like some sort of undersea tentacle woman who really likes to cut bad deals with innocent mer-folk. The singing was largely well-received, especially from Queen Latifah as Ursula and Auli‘i Cravalho (a.k.a. Moana of Moana fame) as Ariel, but everything else was as varyingly shaky as it has been for pretty much every other one of these live...

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Dec 14, 2019. 15 comments

Reef Break has gone extinct

Reef Break has gone extinct

After what we have been assured, by multiple sources, was a full season of being broadcast into the nation’s TVs—like, all of ’em!—ABC has announced the cancellation of its single-season summer series Reef Break. The action-adventure-probably-we’re-really-just-guessing-here show allegedly starred Poppy Montgomery (Without A Trace, Unforgettable, something called Reef Break) as a former thief...

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Nov 12, 2019. 18 comments

ABC to stop paying attention to live ratings, giving smaller shows a chance to survive

ABC to stop paying attention to live ratings, giving smaller shows a chance to survive

Here’s some potentially good news for ABC shows that don’t necessarily have the pull of a Grey’s Anatomy or a Modern Family: According to Variety, the network has decided to stop using “Live+Same Day” ratings (which means exactly what it sounds like) to judge how well a show is doing. Instead, as Fox has been doing for the last few years, ABC will measure these things on a longer timeline,...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Nov 09, 2019. 23 comments

Fresh Off The Boat sailing into cancellation after its current season

Fresh Off The Boat sailing into cancellation after its current season

Pop open a bottle of bubbly for Constance Wu, who, now that Fresh Off The Boat is coming to an end, will

no longer be burdened by her role on one of the best sitcoms of the decade. Vulture reports (and Variety confirms) that ABC will not order any more episodes following its sixth season, which began airing in September. This season’s 14th and 15th episodes will serve as the show’s last when...

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