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Love, Inc.

By Rick Kushman Sacramento Bee TV Columnist

A full-service matchmaking operation - it offers advice on what to eat on a date and even provides a "wingwoman" - is run by the newly divorced Clea (Holly Robinson Peete), who could use a match herself, and by her wacky gang who could use, I dunno, less wackiness.

What's What: Not as bad as it sounds. No, really. True, it's not great, but it has its moments and a bit of chemistry among the cast mebers. Guess that's worth something.

Rickster Scale: 2

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Everybody Hates Chris

By Ellen Gray Philadelphia Daily News

TELEVISION COMEDY has long been dominated by nerds getting their revenge, but who would have guessed that Chris Rock was one of them?

Tonight, Rock narrates as his alter-ego, Tyler James Williams, who plays Rock at 13, puts on his shiny school shoes and takes viewers on a hilarious trip back to his childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y.'s, Bedford-Stuyvesant, where the comic grew up as the oldest of seven, the son of striving parents who cared enough about his education to make sure he got bused out of there for school.

TV Chris only has two younger siblings - because "writing a show with seven kids is hard," according to Rock - but he'll also have parents (Tichina Arnold and Terry Crews) tough enough to handle more.

In fact, in a sitcom universe dominated by Homer Simpson wannabes and their sometimes equally hapless wives, Crews' and Arnold's characters can't help but stand out, if only because they're willing to be the grownups. They may just be the most believable TV parents we've seen in years.

Not to mention some of the funniest.

What the readers say

Among the people who didn't hate "Chris" were our Daily News Reader Reviewers, who awarded the show an average score of 7.3 out of 10.

Geraldine Woodson, of Logan, wrote that she was "glad to see... the black family portrayed in a more positive role."

"I thought there were a lot of good lines and that the characters, especially the mother and father, were very appealing," wrote Bill Herbst, of Newtown Square.

And there's more...

Also premiering tonight:

CBS' "Criminal Minds". Mandy Patinkin stars as a tormented criminal profiler, and while he's as good at that as he was as a tormented Grim Reaper in Showtime's splendid "Dead Like Me" and as a tormented doctor in CBS' "Chicago Hope," I just may not have room on my dance card for even one more tormented lawman this season, much less for all the serial killers he'll be chasing.

UPN's "Love, Inc." Holly Robinson Peete stars as the divorcing owner of a dating agency, along with Busy Philipps ("Freaks and Geeks") as one of her equally love-challenged employees. Not the best fit with "Chris," but somewhat smarter than "Eve" and "Cuts."

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"American Dreams" done.

By Gail Shister Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist

Looks as if the last remaining dream is over for American Dreams.

Though NBC Universal TV top gun Jeff Zucker said in July that he would rerun Dreams' series finale but with an alternative ending this summer, it never happened.

As for it ever happening, well, chances are slim and none. And slim just left town. (Credit: Dan Rather.)

NBC decided that it wasn't worth the hassle to scratch up sponsors for the episode and get music clearances for the alternative ending, according to a network executive close to the show.

Officially, NBC "is working on the episode. We have no decision," says a network rep.

The acclaimed Dreams, set in Philly during the turbulent 1960s, was canceled in May. It revolves around the Pryor family, with Dick Clark's American Bandstand serving as a backdrop.

In the season cliffhanger, we saw Meg Pryor (Brittany Snow) defy her father (Haverford High grad Tom Verica) by zooming off to California with her draft-dodger boyfriend on his motorcycle.

The 12-minute alternative ending takes place three years later, in '69. On the day of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, Meg returns home and faces her family.

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'60 Minutes' resets its lineup.
By DAVID BAUDER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday, September 22, 2005

From the time "60 Minutes" began in 1968, the first face viewers saw after the ticking stopwatch has been Mike Wallace's -- until now.

Ed Bradley will replace Wallace in that prominent position when "60 Minutes" begins its new season on Sunday, a further indication of a changing of the guard at television's first and still most popular newsmagazine.

With Dan Rather rejoining "60 Minutes" and the show absorbing personnel from the canceled "60 Minutes II," there will be nine correspondents competing for space each week on a broadcast that generally runs three stories.

Sunday's broadcast will feature Lesley Stahl's interview with Roy Hallums, an American held hostage for 10 months in Iraq, a Steve Kroft story on the search for Osama bin Laden and Bradley's profile of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

Instead of his booming voice announcing, "I'm Mike Wallace," at the beginning of each broadcast, Wallace will be at the end of the opening segment, saying "these stories and Andy Rooney, tonight on '60 Minutes.' " It's a change that would be little noted on most broadcasts. But the opening is serious business at "60 Minutes," and Wallace is the iconic figure the show has long been identified with.

Wallace is expected to have a more limited role on the show, with five or six stories this season, said Jeff Fager, "60 Minutes" executive producer.

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Criminal Minds

It's "Criminal"

By Kay McFadden Seattle Times

Like a mechanic wielding a dipstick, I wonder every fall how many more police procedurals the public mind can hold.

"Criminal Minds," which gets a special preview at 10 tonight on CBS before moving to its unenviable slot opposite "Lost" at 9 Wednesdays, is the latest of the breed.

It stars Mandy Patinkin as leader of an FBI behavioral analysis team that profiles serial killers and the like the most twisted minds in America. Adhering to the formula of "CSI" and "Without a Trace," Patinkin's group consists of members of younger and slightly younger generations, including Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore.

"Criminal Minds" isn't as good as these predecessors, though it aspires in a pretentious way to be smart by quoting famous authors. But your like or dislike of the series likely will depend on Patinkin, whose heavy, quirky style is not to everyone's taste.

Tonight's opener features a character called the Seattle Strangler and lots of rain. It's pretty pedestrian stuff, with the gruesomely staged captive female du jour.

At one point, Patinkin's character cites Churchill: "The farther back you can look, the farther forward you can see." Looking back, I see forensic overload on CBS; looking ahead, I predict less.

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Everybody Hates Chris

"Chris" could be TV titan

By Joanne Ostrow Denver Post TV Critic

Let's be realistic about "Everybody Hates Chris," premiering at 8 PM ET/PT on UPN. Chris Rock is busy trying to lower expectations for this little gem. That's a good idea.

"Everybody Hates Chris" may or may not be the salvation of UPN, the rebirth of comedy in the post-"Raymond" era, and the greatest thing since sliced bread or "Wonder Years."

It may or may not have more to say about race relations, the ghetto, late-20th century urban America, family and poverty than any TV series to date. And it may or may not provide a platform for one of the country's greatest comedians to opine on these topics in language more suitable for the mainstream than that of his cable specials.

With only a single episode to judge, we don't know yet.

What we do know is that Tyler James Williams is phenomenal as the young Chris and the initial half-hour is the most appealing comedy on the fall slates.

The pacing is as clever as the biting observations about adolescent angst in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood. Quick cuts, minimal but honest dialogue and Rock's narration keep the show moving.

The portrait of two hard-working parents, barely ahead of the bill collectors, is loving but funny.

The humor is socially astute. These are a fine 23 minutes. Let's hope succeeding episodes are as good.

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Everybody Hates Chris

A chip off the old Chris Rock

By Kay McFadden Seattle Times

Across the country tonight, fingers will be crossed at UPN stations. "Everybody Hates Chris" debuts at 8, and many folks are wondering if this will be the show that crosses over. It should be a smash. NBC's "My Name Is Earl" is gut-bustingly funny. "Everybody Hates Chris" makes your sides ache and, at times, your soul. In this dual effect is the stuff of great comedy.

The show is based on the 1980s Brooklyn childhood of comedian Chris Rock, who narrates. The humor is one-half observations on race and class so casual, the impact doesn't sink in until later and one-half loving homage to the value of family.

With the exit of "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Chris" also has the best cast chemistry on TV. The pilot, about 13-year-old Chris (Tyler Williams) attending his first day of school in a hostile Italian-American neighborhood, exudes the confidence and expertise of a well-established series.

But "Chris" is on UPN. The only current programs to register beyond the network's African-American base are the semi-hit "America's Next Top Model," the under-watched "Veronica Mars" and the venerable "WWE Smackdown!"

History tells us minority characters and poor ones can find broad audience favor. In the 1970s, "Sanford and Son," "The Jeffersons" and "Chico and the Man" were Top 10 shows. In the 1980s, Bill Cosby and his middle-class brood took over, while "Roseanne" brought the working-class struggle to millions of screens.

That was before improved research and the advent of cable tightened the grip of demographics and advertising dollars on TV content. Viewers became sliced and diced into marketing slivers that fed a narrow sense of cultural and financial identity.

One result was a drastic decline in shows watched by both black and white viewers. By the late '90s, only "Monday Night Football" and "60 Minutes" reliably bridged the gap.

Meanwhile, networks pursued series with affluent white role models detached from gritty cares "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Frasier." The process diverted resources from shows portraying the real or perceived underclass, one reason so many were so abysmal.

"Everybody Hates Chris" grew in part out of a desire to do better. At a session with critics last July, executive producer and co-creator Ali LeRoi discussed the show's scope.

"There's war," he said. "There's racism. There's fights. There's arguments. And then you find the joke in it. We're taking real situations as much as we can and trying to find the comedy in them, as opposed to trying to manufacture comedy out of artifice."

He and Rock succeed handsomely. "Chris" captures the bittersweet experience of growing up in what was among the nation's most dangerous neighborhoods. By doing so, it taps a great and recently underutilized vein of American comedy the struggling little people with big dreams.

The show opens with the swift establishment of Chris' family, mistakenly moving from the projects to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, which was about to descend into a crack epidemic.

A generous chunk of "Chris" is fueled by Rock's narration, which is richly anecdotal and peppered with the paradoxical observations that are his trademark.

Protesting his mother's decision to send him to a white school two bus trips away, the young Chris wonders how bad the local junior high can be.

Then shots and screams ring out and the grown-up Chris reflects, "Much like rock 'n' roll, school shootings were also invented by blacks and stolen by whites."

But the series doesn't rely on Rock. Two other elements provide rich breadth: hilarious, quick-cutting montages used to establish character, and vignettes that show interaction.

Sometimes, all three components conspire. Halfway through tonight's opener, young Chris foolishly agrees to an after-school fight with a bully in the mistaken notion that school fights always get stopped by an adult.

He's wrong. The subsequent collage of fist-swinging, clock-turning and commentary conducted to the tune of "Ebony and Ivory" is a laugh-or-cry high mark.

Under fine direction, a terrific assemblage of actors flesh out their roles and give "Chris" the cozy turbulence of a real family.

As Chris' mother, Rochelle, Tichina Arnold epitomizes the passionate, constantly aggravated state of the vigilant urban mom. Dad is Terry Crews, and he perfectly complements Arnold's performance with a massive, reassuring presence that speaks softly and implies a big stick.

Ultimately, though, it's Williams' amazing performance as young Chris that lets us see the comedian in his developmental years. Smart, skinny and aware, he projects the quintessence of the kid who later in life will wreak revenge on larger, dumber foes.

The series gives every indication of consistency. It's got plenty of characters and plot lines to follow, plus the teeming world outside the family nest.

Funny, warm and fabulous is why you should watch "Everybody Hates Chris." But at a time when Katrina has stirred up old divisions in America, there's another reason a chance to reflect on home truths as well as the truths of home.

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'Chris' definitely a contender, while 'Love' takes a beating

By Tim Goodman San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, September 22, 2005

Everybody Hates Chris: Comedy. 8 PM ET/PT Thursdays, UPN.

Love, Inc.: Comedy. 8:30 PM ET/PT Thursdays, UPN.

Criminal Minds: Drama. Special premiere at 10 PM ET/PT tonight; regularly scheduled at 9 PM ET/PT Wednesdays, CBS.

It's Viacom night on your television this evening. Whee!

Granted, that may rank well below, say, Bowling With Little People on Fox or Nude Women Who Swear on HBO. But it's still a fairly interesting tale about how one company owns two networks (CBS and UPN) going in opposite directions, and about how giving the people what they want is ultimately better business than giving the critics something to swoon about.

Tonight, UPN will unveil the biggest buzz show of the fall, the sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," a heartwarming and funny series based on the adolescence of comedian Chris Rock. It will also air a freshman sitcom, "Love, Inc.," which is woefully bad, much like the rest of the UPN lineup. CBS? It believes that Americans like police procedurals and it has the evidence to back it up. So, yeah, it's got another one of those.

And Friday morning, when the overnight ratings come in, what will the story be? That not everybody hates Chris, but they don't really know where UPN is on their dial, so they passed. Oh, and a lot of people watched "Criminal Minds" -- starring Mandy Patinkin as a brilliant FBI profiler, a series that Marge down on Maple Street could probably pen on a doily because she's been so indoctrinated in the genre.

Commerce: 1; art: 0.

But it gets worse. Despite what the critics think -- that "Chris" is possibly the new "Cosby" (the series even airs in the same time slot on the same night) -- we may learn two weeks into the season that the few who did watch "Chris" don't hate him but are unlikely to watch again. You see, hype is a killer of expectations, and, whether you liked him or not, there isn't another Cosby.

Moral?

Even when UPN isn't junky, it loses. And by knowing what people want, CBS stays No. 1 -- and profitable.

Boy, that's uplifting.

Is "Everybody Hates Chris" really as good as advertised? Yes. But even the producers began an intensive campaign to tamp down expectations after they met with critics in July and were showered with affection. After all, we're the people who love "Arrested Development," and it got the snot beat out of it on Monday night.

"Everybody Hates Chris" is a throwback gem in a world of ironic detachment. With elements of "Wonder Years," "Cosby" and the "The Jeffersons," but also a spirit all its own, "Chris" is a sitcom that finally makes the family funny again.

Set in 1982, when Rock was 13, the series focuses on Chris (Tyler James Williams, a seriously talented kid) growing up poor in Brooklyn (the "Bed-Stuy" area), while being bused all over town so he can attend the mostly white, tough-Italian Corleone Junior High. He's the "emergency" parent because both Mom and Dad work, so Chris has to look after his little brother, Drew (Tequan Richmond), who's bigger than he is, and his cute but troublesome little sister, Tonya (Imani Hakim).

They -- and hordes of kids at his school -- make life hell for Chris. But he's in a loving family trying to give him the best. His father, Julius (Terry Crews), works three jobs to pay the bills and is understandably concerned about every penny. (One of the show's best continuing jokes is Julius reducing everything to money -- spilled milk, wasted electricity, etc.). His mother, Rochelle (Tichina Arnold), works part time to help pay the bills and keep one hand on the kids. Though the kids fear their dad, they fear Mom's wrath even more.

It's nice to see an 8 p.m. sitcom that most of the family can watch, that has kids acting like kids -- not bratty 12-year-olds talking like jaded 30-year-olds -- and one that tells an actual story as opposed to setting up one-liners. "Chris" works because it's fueled by relatable family humor, it evokes a time and place with a deft touch, and it's both sweet and funny. Granted, some people don't want sweet and funny. They want "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Which is fine. But this is not that show.

It would be lovely but improbable if "Everybody Hates Chris" became a hit. UPN, which has improved considerably the past three seasons, is just not a destination channel for most of America.

Besides, what if people tune in and find "Love, Inc."? It's forced, pathetically unfunny and dim-witted when it wants to be touching, and there's nothing to recommend here, other than looking elsewhere. That's a real problem with UPN. It has no consistency. It has more bad shows than good shows. And last season, it completely squandered the preseason critical-buzz show, "Kevin Hill." Here's hoping that even if Chris doesn't get 18 million viewers, it does better than "Kevin Hill," which was canceled.

There are no such worries at CBS involving "Criminal Minds." The network is so confident that you will love yet another of its crime-and-punishment series (where everything is solved ever so tidily in one hour) that it's showing "Criminal Minds" on Thursday night, when it actually airs Wednesday night. In the thick of the fall premieres, when viewers are trying to figure out what they like, where it is, what time it's on and what it conflicts with -- man, that's downright insolent.

Still, you can see why CBS is confident. "Criminal Minds" has what Americans adore: violent mayhem and bright-minded government lawmen who make it all right in the 59th minute. "Criminal Minds" is fairly rote -- Patinkin plays Special Agent Jason Gideon, the FBI's best behavioral analyst, who has come back to work after a little forced time off when his last case went sideways. But we are taught as viewers to love police profilers -- their ability to suss out motive, action, thought and weakness makes them seem like geniuses.

The problem with "Criminal Minds" -- other than there are 48 series in a similar vein, 39 of them on CBS -- is that every person in this cast has an area of expertise, and they spend the hour telling you about it in the most unrealistic workplace conversations you'll ever hear. Thomas Gibson, Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler -- they all play profilers with distinct specialties. Which means that a typical scene in "Criminal Minds" will have one of them saying, "Seventy-eight percent of all arsonists can recite the Greek gods," and another will say, "Sexually abused predators are likely to have bent their Erector sets in rage," while two in the background will chirp in ERA and RBI information for teams in the Negro Leagues.

It's too much. Really. Meanwhile, "Criminal Minds" is fiercely violent. But it all gets smoothed over because -- no kidding here -- the writers have Patinkin recite famous quotes nonstop. This series is like an orgy with the Encyclopedia Britannica and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. With serial killers and guns, naturally.

A slam-dunk hit, most likely. But also fairly annoying.


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Everybody Hates Chris
Series set in comedian's youth has components for a long life

*** 1/2 out of four

By Charlie McCollum San Jose Mercury News

HOLLYWOOD - Chris Rock wishes ``Everybody Hates Chris,'' the new UPN series based on his life growing up in New York, were arriving with a little less fanfare.

``We're getting so much attention it's hard to sneak up on people,'' says the comedian. ``We are trying to lower expectations. I'd almost rather be a midseason replacement, some little show where people would go, `Hey, that Chris Rock show is kinda funny.' ''

Ain't happenin' that way.

Instead, ``Everybody Hates Chris'' -- which makes its debut tonight (8 p.m., Ch. 44) -- is arriving with the biggest buzz of any new network show. It has received almost universal critical acclaim and the kind of media coverage any new series would die for. Meanwhile, advertising agencies that monitor such indicators as Internet chatter say it is the most-anticipated show of the new season among viewers.

UPN -- whose most-watched series last season, ``America's Next Top Model,'' attracted just slightly more than 5 million viewers and didn't even crack Nielsen Media's top 100 -- has mounted the most expensive promotion campaign in its 10-year history. It has included everything from a massive billboard campaign to preview showings on American Airlines flights to an advance distribution of nearly 3 million DVDs of tonight's opening episode.

It's ironic, considering that the show almost didn't make it to a network schedule.

``Chris'' originally was offered to Fox. It was languishing there when UPN president Dawn Ostroff spotted the script for the pilot among some writing samples from the show's co-creator Ali LeRoi, who has been Rock's comedy collaborator for nearly two decades.

Ostroff had been considering LeRoi for a writing job on another UPN show but quickly became enamored of ``Chris.'' When Fox finally dropped the show -- without ever filming a pilot -- Ostroff immediately put a rush on Rock to bring it to UPN.

``You want to work with people who are excited about doing the show,'' says Rock. ``I didn't get the sense that she wanted to do it just because I was involved in it. She just really liked the script, and I responded to that.''

`My name's on it'

One factor in Fox's decision to pass on ``Chris'' was a concern that Rock -- with his film and standup comedy careers -- would not be fully involved in the show. (He is listed as its executive producer and provides the off-screen narration.)

But when asked about his involvement, Rock says, ``I'll be around. My name's on it. I don't think I've ever done anything and walked out. My name's Rock, not Chappelle,'' a reference to comedian Dave Chappelle who recently pulled the plug on his own Comedy Central show.

While some details have been changed -- ``it's my biography, but I'm not George Washington,'' says Rock -- ``Everybody Hates Chris'' is really Rock's life.

Like the television Chris, the 39-year-old comedian grew up in ``a very loving two-parent household in the middle of one of the worst ghettos in New York City, Bedford-Stuyvesant.'' At 13, he was bused to Bensonhurst, where he was the only black student at a white school. As the oldest child in the family, Rock often was asked to act as the ``emergency adult'' taking care of his brothers and sisters.

Rock says, somewhat jokingly, that he really didn't know just how mean the streets of his youth had been until he moved to Los Angeles as a 20-something and made a return visit. ``When I got back and I saw what my neighborhood was like,'' he recalls, ``I started getting really scared.''

What makes ``Chris'' stand out as a comedy -- and it does stand out; its opening episode is a rich mix of sharp observant humor and a sure feel for the family dynamic -- is that it avoids traditional gag lines and stays firmly grounded in the reality of 1980s Bedford-Stuyvesant.

``We're just trying to accurately reflect that world and get the best jokes out of it we can,'' says LeRoi, the show's hands-on executive producer. ``We're not trying to come up with funny situations and funny things.

``If you listen to Chris' comedy -- pick any joke, any album, any special -- the basis of it is never `here's a funny thing that happened.' It's serious stuff.''

Race is secondary

LeRoi downplays the race aspect of ``Chris,'' even though some of funniest scenes and lines involve the racial tensions of the time. (At one point in the opener, Rock says in the voice-over that his mother moved him to the all-white school because the school across the street from his home was too violent. ``Much like rock 'n' roll,'' he says, ``school shootings were also invented by blacks and stolen by the white man.'')

But, says LeRoi, the show has ``more of an economic and social dynamic than racial. His mother is just trying to send him to the best school that she knew about. It just happened to have all white people in it.

``There's a mother and father dealing with trying to raise kids in a difficult situation. You got bills to pay. You got to send your kids to school. You got to try and keep them out of crime. That's really all the show is.''

A few drawbacks

As it begins its run, ``Everybody Hates Chris'' has a lot going for it, even in addition to all the buzz and promotion. It has Rock's name value. It has a breakout star in Tyler James Williams, who plays the young Chris.

Still, the show is scheduled on a very tough night, with competition that includes ``Survivor,'' ``The O.C.,'' ``Alias,'' ``Smallville'' and ``Joey.'' UPN is still a mini-network with smaller stations in fewer cities than the big dogs have. And buzz has a way of biting back if you don't follow through on the promise.

May need time to grow

Even UPN's Ostroff is still trying to lower those aforementioned expectations, saying the show ``could be very big for us, but you've got to be realistic. It will take time for viewers to find the show -- and to find us.''

And, LeRoi adds, ``UPN is putting in everything they have in terms of support. That's good. You'd rather have that than no support.

``The downside is, you don't want to believe the hype. We just want to do a good piece of work.''

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Criminal Minds

By Charlie McCollum San Jose Mercury News

There's a real schism among TV critics over this new police procedural, which gets a special preview tonight before moving to 9 p.m. Wednesday. More than a few found the show's opening episode cliched and loaded with gratuitous violence. Others saw a potentially good series with some gripping moments; signs of strong, smart writing; and a strong cast headed by the always-watchable Mandy Patinkin as an FBI profiler. I happen to fall into the latter camp, although I'm waiting for more episodes to make a final judgment. For now, let's just say that I'm intrigued by the criminal minds.

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Leno Makes It 10 Straight Years at #1

By John Eggerton Broadcasting & Cable

Jay Leno's top 10 list of late night show ratings winners would simply be the Tonight show repeated 10 times.
Leno's show was the top rated in late night for the 10th season in a row in the 18-49 demo with a 1.8 rating/8 share. Conan did him one better, ranking number one for the 11th straight season with a .9/6.

Tonight averaged 2.18 million viewers 18-49 versus 1.66 million for Letterman.

Following is the tale of the tape for the 2004-2005 season.

Adults 18-49
NBC Tonight, 1.8 rating, 8 share
CBS Late Show, 1.3/6
ABC Nightline, 1.0/4*
ABC Kimmel, 0.6/4*
NBC Late Night, 0.9/6*
CBS Late Late Show, 0.6/4
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Not much to like on 'Love'

By Matthew Gilbert Boston Globe September 22, 2005

Fans of ''Freaks and Geeks" probably have an affection for Busy Philipps, who played Kim Kelly on that quickly canceled series. But those warm feelings will probably only get them through a few minutes of her new sitcom, ''Love, Inc.," before the remote control beckons. The show, premiering tonight at 9:30 on Channel 38, is so shrill and Philipps is so hammy, it's all just too much.

The obvious premise has Philipps's Denise working at a dating service, helping singles find love and even serving as their wing woman. She's a self-appointed know-it-all when it comes to flirting. But, of course, she is also a lonely single who could use some help, too. Indeed, all of her co-workers at Love, Inc., are romantically challenged, including Viviana (Ion Overman), who needs a husband to get a green card, and Clea (Holly Robinson Peete), who's getting divorced. It's the same irony that failed to make Alicia Silverstone's ''Miss Match" very interesting a couple of years ago.

Each character on ''Love, Inc." is a one-joke affair, particularly Viviana. Actually, Viviana exists to make two jokes -- she's desperate for her green card, and there is no end to the humor of a Latin accent. It's hard to believe Overman is the same interesting actress who had an affair with Bette on ''The L Word." Barry (Vince Vieluf) is the geek in the office, whose one joke is that he's a conspiracy theorist won't even use store-bought toothpaste. The writers apparently find his paranoia no end of fun.

What ''Love, Inc." needs is to be fixed up with a nice single show doctor. He could get Philipps to relax her face and cool it with the mugging, he could tell the lighting department to dial it down, he could provide hearing aids for the laugh track operators, and he could give the writers a prescription for subtlety. Then maybe the show will have a chance to meet the audience of its dreams.

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By Matthew Gilbert Boston Globe September 22, 2005

Did someone say elite FBI team? Yes, folks, CBS is bringing us yet another unique crew of ultra-brilliant detectives who solve only the hardest and most perverse of crimes. But the Behavioral Analysis Unit of ''Criminal Minds" doesn't obsess over microscopic fibers and the angles of bullet wounds during their hourlong journey to make us feel well protected. These guys are all about psychology. Did the perp's mother love him? Does he like to smoke cigars?

On the show, which premieres tonight at 10 on Channel 4 before moving to Wednesdays, the detectives focus on the more intangible clues that can identify serial killers. They're all about profiling, and they're led by a world-class expert -- Mandy Patinkin's Jason Gideon -- who could probably figure out how many Freudian slips the killer made back in high school.

Gideon has just returned from a stress-related leave, but his instincts are as sharp as ever, and so is his wit. This guy is pretentious, as he is wont to open his sentences with the likes of ''Faulkner once said . . ." In the first two episodes alone, he alludes to Winston Churchill, Samuel Beckett, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joseph Conrad, and Yoda. But his analyses are so right on, he's worth tolerating.

''Criminal Minds" faces an uphill battle to distinguish itself from the many other crime procedurals already on TV, most of which similarly borrow from ''Silence of the Lambs." It's not a cool-science show, but its crimes blur together with what we already see on the ''CSI" series, and its supporting cast is indistinct. Gideon's pack includes the requisite nerd (Matthew Gray Gubler), a sex-crimes specialist (Lola Glaudini), and a special agent (Shemar Moore). Thomas Gibson from ''Dharma & Greg" is also on hand in an unclearly defined role equal to Gideon's. They're all likable, but generic.

Tonight, Gideon and his team try to stop a Seattle serial killer while the clock is ticking. As is too typical on violent procedurals, women are being hunted down, raped, and murdered. It's boilerplate material, and the victim-on-live-video element has been done on so many crime shows it doesn't have much tension left in it anymore. Indeed, it deserves to be banned by the FCC

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NBC AND TV GUIDE GO 3-D WITH CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DRAMA SERIES 'MEDIUM,'STARRING EMMY WINNER PATRICIA ARQUETTE
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SPECIAL 3-D EPISODE PREMIERES ON NBC MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21

TV GUIDE TO BE EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTOR OF 3-D GLASSES IN NOVEMBER 21 COLLECTIBLE 'MEDIUM' COVER ON NEWSSTANDS NOVEMBER 17

BURBANK - September 22, 2005 - NBC, in partnership with TV Guide magazine and Paramount Network Television, will distribute 3-D glasses for an enhanced look at a special "3-D" episode of the hit drama "Medium" (Mondays, 10-11 p.m. ET), airing on November 21. In the November 21 issue (on newsstands November 17), TV Guide will feature a "Medium" cover and offer readers a chance to view the episode in 3-D with special glasses included inside the magazine. "Medium" stars Patricia Arquette, who received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, for her portrayal of Allison DuBois on the series.

The announcement was made by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment and Ian Birch, Editor-in-Chief at TV Guide.

"The 'Medium' 3-D episode provides a great way for fans to enjoy a heightened perspective of Allison's intriguing visions," said Reilly. "We're thrilled to partner with TV Guide on this exciting event and thank Glenn Gordon Caron for developing the idea"

"At TV Guide, we're big fans of "Medium" and we're very excited to be involved in this special episode," said Ian Birch, the editor-in-chief of TV Guide magazine. "By serving as the exclusive provider of the 3-D glasses that will enable viewers to fully experience this program, we're fulfilling our goal to enhance the television viewing experience of all TV Guide readers."

"I first began exploring the possibility of doing a 3-D episode of television over a decade ago when I was working on 'Moonlighting,' said "Medium" executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron. "When 'Medium' became successful, I realized that in many ways it was an even better vehicle for 3-D."

"Additionally, technology seems to have finally caught up with me. (Directors) Jim Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and a host of other innovators have pushed the medium (you'll pardon the pun) into the 21st century, and our show and our viewers will be the beneficiaries of that. I think people will be surprised by how vivid and dynamic 3-D has become."

In the 3-D episode, which will be telecast Monday, Nov. 21 (10-11 p.m. ET), Allison (Patricia Arquette) comes to realize that there is an added dimension to the way she experiences art. It seems the act of creation is so intense that artists often leave an element of themselves behind in their work...an element that is evident only to Allison. Ever wonder why the Mona Lisa is smiling? Or what's bothering the subject of "The Scream"? When Allison encounters the work of one artist, disturbing, 3-dimensional images emerge that lead her to believe that the man behind these alarming canvasses may have a deadly secret.

TV Guide will be distributing glasses through subscribers, newsstand copies and 500,000 subscription renewal mailings. Both NBC and TV Guide will coordinate guerrilla marketing campaigns to distribute glasses to consumers on the street, in addition to the glasses that will be included inside the November TV Guide issue. Viewers can also go to http://www.nbc.com/Medium/ or http://www.tvguide.com/medium to learn how to get 3-D glasses in their areas.

"Medium," which premiered last January, comes from award-winning executive producer, creator and director Glenn Gordon Caron ("Moonlighting"). The chilling drama is inspired by the real-life story of research medium Allison DuBois. Emmy winner Arquette ("Stigmata," "Flirting with Disaster") stars as a young wife and mother who, since childhood, has been struggling to make sense of her dreams and visions of dead people. Arquette received the Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category after the telecast of the initial 16 episodes of the critically acclaimed series.

Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, David Cubitt, Sofia Vassilieva and Maria Lark also star.

Caron is creator and executive producer. Kelsey Grammer ("Girlfriends"), Steve Stark and Oscar winner Ronald L. Schwary ("Ordinary People") are executive producers. "Medium" is produced by Picturemaker Productions, Inc. in association with Grammnet Productions and Paramount Network Television.

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A division of Gemstar TV Guide International, TV Guide magazine is the country's largest selling weekly magazine, with a weekly readership of approximately 26 million people. From broadcast and cable programming to syndicated shows and celebrities, TV Guide has every corner of the television medium covered. The premiere source for entertainment news and information since its debut on April 3, 1953, TV Guide magazine continues to enable readers to maximize their relationship with television and navigate their choices. Additional information about the magazine can be found at www.gemstartvguide.com.

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RE: NBC AND TV GUIDE GO 3-D WITH CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DRAMA SERIES 'MEDIUM,'STARRING EMMY WINNER PATRICIA ARQUETTE

I didn't see any mention in the article; when someone hears, could they post here if the 3-D features will work on the HD feed, or just on the SD feed? I have no idea what 'special technology' they are using to make this work, be if it does work on the HD side, I may actually tune in to this all too obvious ratings stunt.
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Maybe this will be a low-tech way of fixing the fast motion artifacting on NBC shows...
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One would think it would have to work on the SD side, otherwise too few people would be able to access it.

But then again, NBC has done some, to be charitable, "interesting" things this season, so who knows?
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Ghost Whisperer

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Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt ("I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Party of Five"), David Conrad, Aisha Tyler.

The premise: Love Hewitt plays a medium/armchair psychotherapist, helping ghosts resolve their issues with the living. Plus, she runs an antique store. Plus, she's a newlywed. So she's got a lot on her plate. Like NBC's "Medium," this one also features the sympathetic-husband-in-bed who's always saying things like "Go back to sleep, honey."

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The tagline you'll never see: Party of phantoms.

The basics: Since she was a little girl, newlywed Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt) has seen dead people. They're everywhere. Her paramedic husband, Jim (David Conrad), worries about his wife's sixth sense, while her best friend and business partner, Andrea (Aisha Tyler, who so deserves better), can't quite understand Melinda's gift. Between running her antiques business and chatting with Jim's deceased brother, Melinda must help the haunted -- and at times cranky -- people who haven't quite crossed over into the light.

The lowdown: In the face-off of God vs. ghosts, ghosts triumphed: "Ghost Whisperer" replaces the beloved "Joan of Arcadia," which CBS abruptly canceled in May after only two seasons. TV's next big thing Wentworth Miller (currently starring in Fox's "Prison Break") guest stars in the "Whisperer" pilot as a dead soldier trying to connect with his son. Miller is a busy guy: He also played Satan's minion in the final two episodes of "Joan."

Reality check: Cue the violins -- this melodramatic series sets out to be a tear-jerker. But former teen-queen Hewitt doesn't quite have the emotional gravitas to pull off the role. Even in crisis her hair is perfectly done and, like most gals on TV, she wakes up with flawless makeup. The faint attempts at comic relief mixed in with frightening sequences straight out of "The Shining" make for a confusing and ultimately uneven tone. Where is Haley Joel Osment when you need him?
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Ghost Whisperer

By Rick Kushman Sacramento Bee TV Columnist

Jennifer Love Hewitt sees dead people. And talks to them, counsels them, solves their problems, sends them happily on their way. Everyone around her thinks this is normal.

What's What: Another series requiring a strong dose of suspension of disbelief, not because of the ghost-whispering - this is TV, after all - but because no one is remotely flustered by her talent. This is lightweight, complexity-free, feel-good TV. Take that as a recommendation or a criticism. Whatever works for you.

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Three Wishes

By Rick Kushman Sacramento Bee TV Columnist

Amy Grant and her team of expert wish-granters travel the country to find deserving towns and people and to give them guess-how-many wishes. Think, "Extreme Makeover: Town Edition."

What's What: Prepare to be uplifted.

Rickster Scale: Unavailable for review.

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Host: Amy Grant, five-time Grammy Award winner.

The premise: Inspirational singer Grant leads a makeover supergroup including "Clean Sweep" hunk Eric A. Stromer in nonspecific good-Samaritan reality show, playing collective genie to deserving individuals, families, groups and communities in this latest variation on "Queen for a Day." But who will wish for world peace?

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Killer Instinct

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Stars: Johnny Messner, Chi McBride ("House," "Boston Public"), Kristin Lehman.

The premise: Lotta freaks, man: All your worst fears about San Francisco are realized in this moody cop show, from "CSI" vet Josh Berman, devoted to the city's weirdest criminals. Messner is the haunted genius detective, back from an unscheduled hiatus after the death of his partner to play worst nightmare to the city's worst nightmares. Where have all the flowers gone?

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Killer Instinct

By Amy Amatangelo The Washington Post

The tagline you'll never see: Kill this show.

The basics: Detective Jack Hale (Johnny Messner, last seen bribing Julie Cooper on "The O.C.") and his new partner, Ava Lyford (Marguerite Moreau, last seen giving Seth a comic book deal on "The O.C."), investigate the most heinous crimes in San Francisco. After a year-long leave of absence following his partner's death, Hale has returned to the Deviant Crime Unit. His boss, Lt. Matt Cavanaugh (Chi McBride), worries that the renegade detective who'll do anything to get a confession isn't ready to be back on the job.

The lowdown: Messner and Moreau turn in flat, lifeless performances, though it's possible things will improve when Kristin Lehman joins the cast in the second episode as a new detective. Lehman replaces Moreau, whose exit apparently will be explained. The pilot definitely sets up the fact that the departing Ava is up to something. But we can't help but wonder: Was this the plan all along, or was the show simply too cheap to reshoot the pilot?

Reality check: Yet another new fall show with horrific violence against pretty young women. First up, a man attacks his victims using giant creepy spiders that paralyze his prey. Remind us again why this is entertaining?

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Inconceivable

Inconceivable" could be TV titan

By Joanne Ostrow Denver Post TV Critic

And now for something that's "Inconceivable."

Eggs and sperm. Little plastic containers of seminal fluid. Embryonic implants and breast milk.

If you're squeamish about the mere words, NBC's "Inconceivable" isn't for you. ("Icky," a number of male critics pre-emptively concluded.)

Stick with grisly crime scenes and gruesome autopsies in violent dramas more concerned with death than birth.

But if you live in the modern world, where technology is applied to baby-making, and if you follow the standoff between science and religion, you'll recognize in this hour, premiering Friday (at 9 p.m. on KUSA-Channel 9), an opportunity for cutting-edge drama.

The topical themes illustrated in the ensemble drama "Inconceivable" - surrogacy, anonymous donors hunted by offspring, gay parents, artificial insemination, certain not-quite-legal infertility treatments - are an inventive leap beyond the raft of criminal procedurals.

But Americans aren't accustomed to seeing such personal, quasi-sexual topics paraded in primetime. The sight of yet another bludgeoned body being dissected in one more police lab may be less disturbing than the medical procedures occurring in this posh Beverly Hills fertility clinic.

While the opportunity for envelope pushing is there, "Inconceivable" is struggling with its own birth, having endured casting changes and a shift in emphasis since the pilot was unveiled to critics. There's a chance the producers could still get it right.

Ming Na ("ER") plays Rachel Lu, co-founder of the Family Options Fertility Clinic and a single mom whose son wonders about his sperm-donor dad. Lu is in some ways the conscience of the clinic. The actress' pregnancy has been worked into the story line in a slightly awkward way, but why hide it in a show about conceiving?

Jonathan Cake ("Empire") plays brilliant, egomaniacal Dr. Malcolm Bowers, partner in the clinic and godlike miracle worker to the often desperate, infertile patients longing to be parents. When he's not promising babies, he's bedding babes. He easily sees his way past the moral and ethical questions his work raises.

Angie Harmon ("Law & Order") joins them as new partner Dr. Nora Campbell, a flashy, self-assured, wealthy physician - and source of sexual tension for Dr. Bowers. Harmon's towering presence could save the series. When she arrives, the excitement moves from petri dishes and sonograms to actual personalities.

Alfre Woodard has a guest role as a staff psychologist. The office manager, medical technician, nurse and legal counsel contribute their own dilemmas and baby traumas to the mix.

Co-creators Oliver Goldstick ("Desperate Housewives") and Marco Pennette ("What I Like About You"), both of whom have used surrogate mothers to become parents, acknowledge that the science is changing so quickly, the fiction can barely keep up.

The pilot is marked by too obvious attempts to clone certain aspects of "Desperate Housewives." The music gives it away. Among the evident rip-offs are the unmistakable caper music - you know it when you hear it - the use of the too-literal Queen and David Bowie song "Under Pressure" as a pregnant woman is ordered to "Push!," along with too-cute episode titles ("Secrets and Thighs," "To Surrogate With Love"). Clearly, the producers have been ordered to balance some of the difficult emotional and physiological issues with light, soapy bits.

It may be icky, but it's a fertile premise.

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Inconceivable

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Stars: Ming-Na ("ER"), Jonathan Cake ("Empire," "Fallen"), Angie Harmon ("Law & Order"), guest star Alfre Woodard ("Beauty Shop"), Joelle Carter ("American Pie 2"), Mary Catherine Garrison ("How to Deal"), David Noroña ("Mister Sterling"), Reynaldo Rosales ("She Hate Me").

The premise: Idealistic fertility clinic head Ming-Na and narcissistic insemination expert Cake test just how many story lines may be extracted from the subject of engineered pregnancy. (The pilot uses up at least three.) A doctor show for an age of specialization, a "Nip/Tuck" for the reproductively challenged, a drama for the baby-mad.

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Inconceivable

By Rick Kushman Sacramento Bee TV Columnist

Life at a fertility clinic, where co-founder/single mom (Ming-Na) bickers over ethics and pretty much everything with her in-it-for-the-bucks-and-babes partner (Jonathan Cake). NBC swears it's fun and sexy.

What's What: Not with this bunch, it isn't. And first off, why's the in-it-for-the-babes doc working at a fertility clinic? There are so many ways to go with the "Inconceivable" jokes, so I'll be straight up: Bad show.

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Inconceivable

By Amy Amatangelo The Washington Post

The tagline you'll never see: Three doctors and a test-tube baby.

The basics: The staff at the Family Options Fertility Clinic help hopeless parents-to-be have a child. Ming-Na, who scrubbed out of "ER" last season, stars as clinic co-founder Rachel Lu. Her partner, hunky cad Dr. Malcolm Bowers (Jonathan Cake) is excellent at his job, and he knows it. And a recent addition, the wealthy and renegade Dr. Nora Campbell (Angie Harmon), doesn't let a little thing like the law stop her. The show tries to have a something for everyone -- the gay couple having a baby via surrogate, the woman desperate to conceive and even a soldier who wants to unfreeze his dead wife's embryos.

The lowdown: The original pilot underwent a couple of procedures. Harmon was added to the cast. Ming-Na's real-life pregnancy will be worked into future episodes, and clumsily hidden via purses and coats before that. And don't get too attached to Alfre Woodard's psychologist role: She'll soon depart the clinic for Wisteria Lane. With a little nip and a tuck, the series is hoping to be as cutting edge as what you find on cable. But the pilot's surprise and mysterious ending is tonally out of place.

Reality check: Executive producers Oliver Goldstick and Marco Pennette were inspired to create this show after they both had children via less-traditional means. Although they are clearly impassioned about the timely topic, it's pretty, well, inconceivable -- sorry, we couldn't resist -- that viewers will take to this awkward dramedy.

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TV SEASON PREVIEWS: FRIDAY

Killer Instinct

By Scott D. Pierce Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News

KILLER INSTINCT is somewhat less disgusting than "Criminal Minds" but no more entertaining.

Hey, this is a show on Fox set inside the San Francisco Police Department's deviant-crime unit. See you pretty much know what to expect.

Johnny Messner stars as detective Jack Hale, who (cliche warning!) is back on the job after his partner died in the line of duty. He's got a boss (Chi McBride) he fights with and a new partner (Kristin Lehman) who doesn't trust him. And in the premiere, they deal with a guy who's using spiders to immobilize and rape women before they die.

Yes, still more women in jeopardy. And this is still more bad TV.

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