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Best and WorstIn a recent edition of Broadcasting & Cable, the trade magazine presented a list of the Best Shows on TV for the 2005-06 season.  The 2nd annual poll, based on the views of 111 critics, didn’t reveal many shocking choices overall…but does give much love to some underappreciated gems.  Let’s see how your choices compare:



Gold:  Lost (ABC)—Really not much of a surprise on any of these choices.  It’s only shocking to remember that Lost is the only one of these three to be shut out of the Best Drama category for the upcoming Emmys.
Silver:  24 (FOX)
Bronze:  The Sopranos (HBO)

Gold:  The Office (NBC)
Silver:  My Name is Earl (NBC)
Bronze:  Scrubs (NBC)—Woo hoo!  Even if NBC doesn’t respect the comedic gem enough to give it a regular time slot (and a fall start), it’s reassuring to know that the show is still being noticed.

Gold:  American Idol (FOX)
Silver:  The Amazing Race (CBS)Race may not be able to compete against Idol in the ratings department, but it still wins in my heart.  No popularity contests here.  The prize goes to those who simply stick it out.
Bronze:  Project Runway (Bravo)—Heidi Klum has it all.  Good looks, two cute kids, a sexy husband—and now a highly respected show.  I hate her.  I may enjoy watching her show..but I still hate her.

Gold:  My Name is Earl (NBC)
Silver:  Prison Break (FOX)
Bronze:  Big Love (HBO)—Although I’m personally obsessed with polygamy-based stories, I feared the subject might be too taboo for the average audience.  Regardless of the subject matter, this show has been a hoot to watch..and it doesn’t hurt that Bill Paxton is still quite easy on the eyes.  No wonder three women want to bear his children.

Gold:  Unan1mous (FOX)
Silver:  The War at Home (FOX)
Bronze:  The Apprentice (NBC)—While I will have to admit that my interest in this show has waned over the past year or so, I don’t think it’s one of the worst shows out there.  But if Donald continues to make creepy remarks about the attractive females on his show, I may have to call the FCC myself.

Gold:  BBC America
Silver:  FX
Bronze:  The N—- Degrassi, Degrassi, Degrassi.  I’ve said it before and I will say it again.  The N is home to the best drama for teens…ever.

Gold:  Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
Silver:  Uncle Junior shoots Tony on The Sopranos (HBO)
Bronze:  Michael shoots Ana-Lucia and Libby on Lost (ABC)—I admit, I don’t watch The Sopranos so I may be a bit biased here.  But Michael shot two people.  That should definitely earn him a higher medal than Uncle Junior.  I dare say Michael even deserves the gold, but he can’t compete with Nature.

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Gallery: The Best (and Worst) Shows of 2005-06


Fox PremieresPencil these into your calendar – the fall premiere info has been set for FOX (subject to change, as nothing about TV programming is ever set in stone…). There are six new primetime shows and an early start date for some returning favorites:

Monday, August 21
8:00 PM Prison Break (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM Vanished (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, August 30
8:00 PM Bones (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM Justice (Series Premiere)

Thursday, August 31
8:00 PM Duets (2-Hour Series Premiere)

Tuesday, September 5
8:00 PM Standoff (Series Premiere)
9:00 PM House (Season Premiere)

Thursday, September 7
8:00 PM ‘Til Death (Series Premiere)
8:30 PM Happy Hour (Series Premiere)
9:00 PM Duets (Time Period Premiere)

Friday, September 8
8:00 PM Nanny 911 (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM Duets Results Show (Series Premiere)

Saturday, September 9
8:00 PM Cops (Season Premiere)
8:30 PM Cops (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back (Season Premiere)

Sunday, September 10
8:00 PM The Simpsons (Season Premiere)
8:30 PM American Dad (Season Premiere)
9:00 PM Family Guy (Season Premiere)
9:30 PM The War at Home (Season Premiere)

Saturday, September 16
11:00 PM MADtv (Season Premiere)
Midnight Talk Show With Spike Ferensten (Series Premiere)

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Gallery: FOX’s Fall Premieres Announced

William FichtnerThe Hollywood Reporter announced that William Fichtner will be joining the cast of Prison Break for season 2. You may remember Fichtner from ABC’s short-lived Invasion, or perhaps you’ve seen him in one of his many film roles (Go, Crash, Black Hawk Down, Contact, among others.) His new gig on Prison Break as a federal agent will have him hunting down the newly escaped Prison Break gang. In case you’re drawing a blank about who Fichtner is, take a gander at his pic—“ohhh, that guy.” Personally, I had to check out his IMDB profile to realize I had seen him in a lot of different movies.

Gallery: New Character on Prison Break

Prison BreakTelevision is increasingly utilizing other technologies to involve viewers in their favorite shows, and mobile phones are one of the hottest items to do that.

In association with Toyota, FOX will air Prison Break: Proof of Innocence on Sprint mobile phones. The viewer will be subjected to a Toyota commercial, then be able to enjoy a 10-minute mini episode. The new show will have completely new characters and storylines. If you don’t use Sprint as your cell phone carrier, you’ll be able to view the episodes on Toyota’s website.

Really, what will they think of next? TV is already seeping into iPods, the Internet, and cell phones…obviously, the medium is preparing for a world takeover. That’s okay with us!

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Gallery: A Sequel To ‘Prison Break’ On Your Mobile Phone

Prison BreakAfter a 15-week hiatus, Prison Break finally returns to Fox this Monday night.  Although the show is returning to its old day, its being welcomed to an earlier time (8pm) thanks to the old veteran, 24.  When we last left the show, Michael Scofield and his fellow inmates were on the verge of rescuing his brother, Lincoln, from the electric chair.  Of course, a wrench in their plan looked to foil everything and left viewers with a nail-biting cliffhanger.  Will the prison break ever happen?  Of course, it will.  But the bigger question is—will the show be able to regain the momentum it had right after its heavily-hyped fall debut?  Out of sight usually means out of mind, but being partnered with action hit, 24, could give the CBS comedy lineup some nice competition.

Gallery: Prison Break Returns

With so many repeats looming, viewers are ‘desperate’ for spoilers to shake things up a bit. TV Envy likes to please, so here you go! Spoilers after the jump, in case you’d rather be surprised.

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