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This Week on TV (2/23-3/1)

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  • Chuck (NBC, 8pm):  “Jeff and Lester pester Ellie to hire their music group - called Jeffster! - as her wedding band.” That’s one way to ensure the Macarena won’t be played.
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC, 9pm):  “Jon and Kate decide to expand their family with the addition of two puppies.” Let’s not give any ideas.
  • 24 (FOX, 9pm):  “Jack and Renee walker pursue Dubaku through the streets of Washington, D.C., with a little cyber help from Chloe.” If Bauer switched to Verizon, he could have a whole network working for him.
  • True Beauty (ABC, 10pm):  Season finale. “A winner is named after an intimate interview with editor Jess Cagle tests contestants’ inner beauty and a seminude photo shoot tests their outer beauty.” The finalists will be graded on a curve and their curves.

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Friday Ratings: FOX Pales Against CBS Repeats

Although FOX had the perfect opportunity to exploit CBS’ repeat-filled evening, the network came in a disappointing fourth with the viewers. Terminator‘s even performance was unfortunately offset by Dollhouse‘s second week decline.

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Friday Ratings: Mediocre Debut for Dollhouse

Back-to-back shows about strong, good-looking women wasn’t quite enough for FOX Friday. Terminator took a major hit in its new time slot while Eliza Dushku was bested by the Supernanny. In other news, Diane Sawyer’s Appalachian Mountains special gave ABC a rare win in the demos, though CBS was still tops with the viewers.


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This Week on TV (2/9-2/15)

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NOTE: A President Obama press conference will interfere with the previously scheduled programming.

  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 8pm):  “Ben and Amy’s relationship hits a rough patch when Ben tells her he needs some space.” The pressure of buying a Valentine’s Day gift was just too much for him.
  • One Way Out (Discovery, 9pm):  “The host braves a high-speed barrage of tennis balls and steep plunges into kiddie pools before becoming the projectile in a human catapult.” Idiotic stunts have just become more financially appealing.
  • The Girls of Hedsor Hall (MTV, 9pm):  Series premiere. “In the opener, 12 rude and crude bad girls from the U.S. enroll in a British finishing school for a chance to transform their lives and win a $100,000 trust.” The goal? To become the next or Lily Allen.
  • CSI: Miami (CBS, 10pm):  “Horatio believes that prominent defense attorney (Sean Combs) is involved in the cover-up of a murder.” Diddy doesn’t cover-up murders. That’s what his personal assistants are for.

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Take Another Look at FOX’s Dollhouse

If Dollhouse‘s last trailer had you on the fence, this sneak peek may tell you exactly what you need - and want - to know.

In this clip from the show’s premiere episode, Topher (Fran Kranz) and Boyd (Harry Lennix) reference the “wiping” that is done to their agents’ memories. (The operation has memories and personalities completely erased after each mission.) Question is: Does this teaser make you wish you could forget too?

premieres February 13 on FOX.

FOX Midseason Schedule Includes 24, American Idol Premieres

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In just a few short months, the landscape on FOX will look quite a bit different. In addition to , the viewers will also see the long-awaited return of 24. (Jack Bauer has been MIA since May 2007.)

To make room for the network’s midseason additions, several programs will undergo adjustments to their current schedule. Here are a few of the programming notes:

Dollhouse: Does it Look as Bad as We Had Feared?

Okay - let’s face it. On paper, already sounds like a potential disaster.

Back in July, creator Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel) announced he would be shooting a new pilot for his FOX series. Two months later, production on the show was temporarily halted while scripts were being tweaked.

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Dollhouse Stops Production for More Rework

Eliza Dushku in DollhouseShould we start worrying about FOX’s mid-season schedule?

Less than a week after learning that 24‘s production had temporarily shut down, we’re getting word about another work stoppage. According to studio execs, Joss Whedon’s new series, Dollhouse, is once again getting a pre-premiere touch up.

Just over a month ago, the show’s creator announced that he was in the process of writing a whole new pilot. This decision was deemed necessary to help clear up any possible confusion. Now filming is being placed on pause for more scripting adjustments.

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Joss Whedon Rearranges Dollhouse Schedule

Eliza DushkuAlthough we still have months to go before the premiere of , Joss Whedon followers may already have a reason to be worried. The show’s creator has just announced that he’ll be shooting a whole new pilot for his FOX show.

Dollhouse, the second Whedon creation for that network (he was also the man behind Firefly), stars Buffy vet as one of several agents for hire. Their abilities and memories, which are specifically crafted for each client, are immediately erased after an assignment is completed.

After showing Episode #1 to FOX execs - and even friend David Lynch - it was agreed that series could start off on a better note. In fact, some apparently found the segment confusing. To remedy the situation, Whedon is crafting a prequel that will air just before the pilot episode. He believes this will help introduce the characters better.

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Fox Hypes Up Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

Cast of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse

Feeling quite guilty that I haven’t come across the Dollhouse trailer until now, I felt like I should make up for it by doing Fox a favor and spreading the love!

The trailer for this fall’s sci-fi drama (which you can check out after the jump) has been out and about on YouTube and select TV spots, getting many pretty excited about its premiere. After all, it is  Joss Whedon’s first series since Firefly, which went off the air back in 2003 (surprisingly with the same network his new show is on).

Dollhouse, starring former Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BTVS) favorite Eliza Dushku, focuses on a clandestine, illegal operation carried out by agents who have their memories and personalities completely erased after each mission. Dushku plays Echo, one operative who slowly starts to learn more and more about where she works over time—she becomes a known flaw in the system, if you will.

The series premieres in January on Fox, right before 24 in the Monday 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT spot.

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