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September 10, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 9 - 15 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES The Voice:    Blind auditions continue in this new episode (8 p.m. NBC). So You Think You Can Dance:  The final four dancers perform in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox). Go On: Matthew Perry stars as a sports talk radio host who recently lost his wife and is ordered into grief counseling by his boss (John Cho) in this new comedy.
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February 14, 2008 | Geoff Berkshire, Times Staff Writer
Now that "Jericho" has officially returned to the CBS schedule (thanks to a passionate fan base and some uncharacteristically merciful network executives), the big question can finally be answered. How did it do in the ratings? The answer: About the same as always. Nobody will call CBS nuts for bringing the post-nuclear-bomb drama back, especially given a prime-time schedule devastated by the recently ended writers strike, but the jury remains out on whether the producers should get ready to use that series finale they reportedly shot to provide closure if true cancellation looms.
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October 23, 2010 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Just when you thought it was safe to auto-record your McMansion existence, along comes "Paranormal Activity 2" to make static video grays, a corner time stamp and well-placed bumps in the night further cause for audience nervousness. It's the sequel to last year's DIY horror hit "Paranormal Activity," a housebound creeper built on some marginal if appreciatively unslick and non-gory jitters. In true indie-explosion fashion, writer-director Oren Peli's $11,000 feature went from midnight-screening word-of-mouth to $100-million hit upon release from Paramount (which had the good sense not to stick logos and credits on what was intended to play like found footage of a ghost capture gone wrong)
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February 13, 2009 | Mark Sachs
Actress Sprague Grayden returned recently from a solo trip to Italy that she described as "romantic, in a feminist kind of way." But the 28-year-old Westside resident, who debuts Monday on Fox's "24" as Olivia Taylor, the president's daughter, enjoys some company too. Describing herself as "single, with prospects," the former star of "Jericho" and "Six Feet Under" found it easy to imagine herself getting to know someone a little better on Valentine's Day weekend.
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September 20, 2006 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
Like a land-locked "Lost," the new CBS serial series "Jericho" strands a town full of people right in the middle of the country, out on the Great Plains, as a mushroom cloud appears on the horizon and all communication is lost. And the important thing here, as in any puzzle show, is not knowing what happened but not knowing what happened.
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November 11, 2002 | Mark Sachs, Times Staff Writer
The year was 1995, and for the creative team behind the fledgling sitcom "NewsRadio," the news was all good. On the strength of the pilot episode, the show had been given the green light from NBC, and a March premiere date was penciled in. But there was one nagging problem. Some executives close to the show thought one of the ensemble characters, a technician named "Ted," wasn't quite right, and they decided to replace him with comedian and actor Joe Rogan.
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August 10, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Low Winter Sun," which begins Sunday on AMC, remakes a 2006 British series of the same name and with the same starring actor, Mark Strong, as in the Edinburgh-set original. He has left that accent at home and picked up a new one for the duration. Adapted by Chris Mundy ("Criminal Minds," "Cold Case"), it's a story of cops and criminals now set in the city-on-the-way-up-on-the-way-down that is Detroit. Strong plays Det. Frank Agnew, whose clean-shaven head, shot close-up and at length, occupies the very first shot of the series.
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September 15, 2002 | Josh Friedman, Daryl H. Miller, Mark Sachs, Scott Sandell and Jonathan Taylor
By all appearances, the broadcast television networks finally got the message that audiences are hungry for original programming even during summer months. What's more, they've learned to do it with relatively inexpensive programming. Just look at the success that reality/competition shows "American Idol" and "Dog Eat Dog" both enjoyed. But summer fun is over, and now it's time for the networks to return to what they do best, or at least what they're more accustomed to doing: unleashing a fall stampede of 35 new comedies and dramas, episodics and anthologies, shows focusing on cops and kids, doctors and degenerates.
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