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SideReel's 10 Biggest Disappointments of Summer TV - Featured

Sure, this summer has offered us some quality TV - including the second season of True Blood , just about everything new on USA Network and of course, the return of Mad Men . Check out Kendra's full list of Favorite Summer TV Events here. But, this doesn't mean that the summer was without its let-downs and straight up failures . Without further ado, here's my list of Summer's 10 Biggest TV Disappointments: 1. Foreign Imports - They were supposed to be cheap, easy and the saving grace of Summer TV. Which series am I talking about? Merlin (from England), The Listener (from Canada) and Defying Gravity (contains some American cast members, but is also Canadian produced) are the chief contenders here. These shows are not necessarily all bad (I didn't watch Merlin , which has received some positive feedback), but ratings-wise, they have all turned out to be flops. And while Merlin might be passable - both The Listener and Defying Gravity turned out to be snorefests. 2. TNT's new series - New series HawthoRNe and Dark Blue are neither terrible nor ratings failures; in fact, HawthoRNe has already been renewed for a 2010 return, and Dark Blue very well may receive a renewal too. But, both of these shows - in my humble opinion - were exercises in mediocrity. There was nothing particularly new, exciting or special about either of them...and with names like Jada Pinkett Smith and Dylan McDermott as leads, I was kind of expecting more from both. 3. So You Think You Can Dance - Don't get me wrong - I adore SYTYCD, watched every single episode of it this summer, and will begrudgingly tune into every new episode this Fall. I say begrudgingly because I'm currently disappointed with SYTYCD for 2 reasons. The first is that I think this summer was the weakest cycle of the series to date. While there was undeniable talent per usual, I found both the competitors and the dances themselves to be far less memorable than I've become accustomed to. Secondly, I'm disappointed that the series has decided to run a Fall season. I think it diminishes the glory of the summer victor (I mean seriously, the crown will last for about...2 months) and simultaneously risks overexposure for the series. SYTYCD was the perfect summer diversion; immediately segueing into another season seems excessive. 4. Hung - Here's another series that by the numbers alone, is actually quite the success. Hung has been performing well for HBO and has already been renewed for a second season. But personally, I found the show to be quite a disappointment. My main complaint is that for a program that has been marketed as a comedy, I just didn't find Hung to be funny...at all. In fact, if anything, I've found the show to be depressing. Furthermore, you might think that a series about a man who decides to "sell his tool" has a pretty unique premise, but when watching Hung, the show ended up feeling fairly cliched. Burnt out dude struggling with his career, an ex-wife and children who hate him...gee...we've never seen that before... 5. Mental - Perhaps the problem with a series that was more or less pitched as "House with a fraction of the budget" is that the series would end up being just that...a poor man's version of House . Yes, it's nice to have new scripted TV during the summer, but perhaps FOX would have been better off just sticking with the source and showing House reruns, because they probably would have been more entertaining and gotten better numbers than Mental , which averaged under 5 million viewers for its summer run. 6. Shows that made me cry for humanity (the most) - I could have devoted this entire list to all of the reality abominations that managed to find their way onto the airwaves this summer. Instead, I'll devote just this single item to the 5 reality series that literally did make me cry for the state of humanity: Miami Social , I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! , Hitched or Ditched , More to Love and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami . I will not speak of these shows again. 7. The failure to launch of... - ... Kings and Virtuality . These 2 were disappointments not because they were bad, but because they were oh so good - and we likely never see or hear from them again. By the time they landed on the summer TV schedule, both shows were pretty much DOA; NBC was merely burning off the remaining episodes of Kings on Saturday nights and Fox had never even given Virtuality a chance, but seeming to know it had great potential, opted to air its 2 hour pilot as a "Summer Movie Event". Cry with me for what could have been... 8. NBC's Survival Sundays - NBC aired a string of 2 part made-for-TV disaster movies on Sunday evenings that I swear, all seemed like they came straight out of 1995. And gee, who would have thought that movies with titles as exciting as Meteor and The Storm would turn out to be lame? 9. Entourage Season 6 - I won't be so foolish as to contend that Entourage has been bad ; I'd take this season of the series over any reality show (except perhaps Top Chef or Project Runway ) any day. But...I will go so far as to say that Season 6 has been somewhat of a slump for Vince and his boys. But mainly Vince. My biggest complaint with Entourage - which I have stressed in multiple reviews - is that the show seems to be completely clueless as to what to do with Entourage 's main character! Vince has been appearing fairly sporadically this season, and when he does, he has experienced zero real character or plot development. 10. Ruby & the Rockits - ABC Family released a trio of new series this summer: Make It or Break It , 10 Things I Hate About You (TV) and Ruby & the Rockits . I guess a success rate of 2 out of 3 isn't half bad; both MIOBI and 10 Things turned to be far better than expected. That leaves us with Ruby & the Rockits , which was so poorly written and so cheesy that it was just painful to watch; I made it through about 10 minutes of the pilot. Have other disappointments of Summer TV that you'd like to share? Disagree with mine? Sound off in comments!

HawthoRNe Latest Episode: Episode 10 - "Hello and Goodbye"

David's cancer is back and Christina does her best to comfort him while looking to get him a new treatment. Kelly has difficulties when trying to say goodbye to a patient and Ray hears astonishing news from Candy. Watch & Discuss: Watch HawthoRNe: Episode 10 - "Hello and Goodbye"

HAWTHORNE, Episode 10: "Hello and Goodbye" - Preview

David's cancer is back and Christina does her best to comfort him while looking to get him a new treatment. Kelly has difficulties when trying to say goodbye to a patient and Ray hears astonishing news from Candy. Airing this Tuesday August 18 2009 at at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT . Source & Preview If You Missed The Last Episode Watch It Here Online Now

Hawthorne Episode 1.10 "Hello and Goodbye" Promotional Photos

Here are some promotional photos for the season one finale of Hawthorne

Hawthorne 1.10 "Hello and Goodbye" Sneak Peak

Here is a sneak peek for this coming tuesday nights episode of Hawthorne titled "Hello and Goodbye" check it out

Recession-Ready Mercy Joins Other Nursing Shows

Why so many nursing shows lately? It may be the economy's fault. Showtime 's Nurse Jackie and TNT 's HawthoRNe will soon be joined by NBC's new drama Mercy . It's just another sign that the recession has turned networks' attention from upscale doctors and lawyers to the pink-collar workers who didn't always get their due on the air. "It really felt like a way to depict real working women," Mercy creator and executive director Liz Heldens said. "These girls are drinking beer in New Jersey, not martinis in Manhattan. I mean, look, they manage to pull it together and look fantastic but they don't have a ton of money." The shows' nurses are as varied as those in the profession: HawthoRNe follows a fiercely dedicated nurse in her 30s (Jada Pinkett-Smith), Nurse Jackie stars Edie Falco as a nurse in her 40s who almost revels in rule-breaking and Mercy follows three twentysomething nurses, one of whom (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Michelle Trachtenberg) is just learning to do the job. "I think that audiences want to be interested in real life people. They don't want to sugar coat things," Trachtenberg told TVGuide.com. The actress says she gained a new appreciation for nursing a few weeks ago when she was stung by a bee in New York City and needed medical assistance. She said a male nurse with a unicorn tattoo was the first to come to her aid. "He was so lovely and so nice and the doctor was really cool too, but there was this amazing connection for me because here I am, I was like, 'I'm gonna be a nurse!' He got so excited that there was someone that was following their dream. I'm like, 'Well, for fakesies.'" She tried without success to keep in touch - and hopes that her nurse gets the recognition he deserves. "I asked for his number, and he was like, 'Honey, I'm taken," she joked. "My boyfriend was real happy I didn't stay in touch. But I hope he reads something and he's like, I'm the dude with the unicorn!" Mercy debuts Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8/7c. Source Here

HawthoRNe Latest Episode: Episode 9 - "Mother's Day"

Christina leaves Bobbie in charge of the entire hospital nursing staff while she goes into budget battles with Morrissey, who gives Christina until the end of the day to lay off six nurses. The order couldn't come at a worse time for Kelly, who gets into trouble when she refutes Dr. Marshall's treatment for a stroke patient. Nor could it come at a worse time for the ER, which becomes the scene of a devastating tragedy. Airing this Tuesday August 11 2009 at at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Watch & Discuss: Watch HAWTHORNE, Episode 9: "Mother's Day"

HAWTHORNE, Episode 9: "Mother's Day" - Preview

Christina leaves Bobbie in charge of the entire hospital nursing staff while she goes into budget battles with Morrissey, who gives Christina until the end of the day to lay off six nurses. The order couldn't come at a worse time for Kelly, who gets into trouble when she refutes Dr. Marshall's treatment for a stroke patient. Nor could it come at a worse time for the ER, which becomes the scene of a devastating tragedy. Airing this Tuesday August 11 2009 at at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). To Watch The Preview Click Here . If You Missed The Last Episode Watch It Here Online Now Source Here

TNT Renews HawthoRNe. Do We Care? - Featured

HawthoRNe was one of those summer shows that never grabbed me enough to give it a chance; I didn't even bother to watch the pilot. The response from other Reelers ranged from lukewarm to reasonably excited. Read them here ! For those few that liked the show and stuck with it - you will be pleased to know that TNT is also a fan of the series, as they have renewed the freshman drama for 10 additional episodes, to air in 2010. Source The series is averaging 3.8 million viewers a week in its Tuesday night timeslot. The first season concludes next Tuesday. Are you excited that HawthoRNe will be returning, or like me, did you never manage to get into the series?

Tonight's TV Hot List: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009

* HawthoRNe (9/8 CT TNT ) Jada Pinkett Smith's hospital drama gets a healthy dose of guest stars tonight, with medical-show vet Judy Reyes ( Scrubs ), Reid Scott ( My Boys ) and Sarah Lancaster (so solid as an exasperated sibling in Chuck ) checking in. As for noble nurse Christina Hawthorne, she cares for a woman who was possibly abused by her boyfriend - but surprising details soon emerge in the case. In other medical cases, Bobbie treats a bigot suffering from abdominal pains, and Ray gears up to assist a biker facing possible paralysis after a motorcycle accident. * Hell's Kitchen (8/7 CT Fox) Two weeks. Two trips apiece to the chopping block. Lovely and Tennille have clearly been put on notice. And if the preview of tonight's show is to be believed, things don't look good for the gimpy Dave (broken wrist) or the flummoxed Robert ("I overcommunicated"), either. So keep that in mind while you watch them and the 10 other contestants make sausage (never a pretty sight), then try to feed Drew Lachey, John O'Hurley, Tom Green, Melinda Clarke, Chris "Kid" Reid and Kristy Swanson. * Warehouse 13 (9/8 CT Syfy ) What do Stargate Atlantis and the old Planet of the Apes television series have in common? They paved the way for guest-star roles on Warehouse 13! Actors Joe Flanigan and James Naughton turn up in a tale that has Pete and Myka chasing after a thief who used a Native American artifact to swipe a sculpture. * Paris Hilton's My New BFF (10/9 CT MTV ) Everybody needs a best friend - someone to share secrets, go shopping and dodge paparazzi with. The latter is especially true if you're a celebutante of Paris Hilton's stature. The hunt for her special someone comes to an end (for this season, at least) when Paris makes her choice surrounded by Season 2's castoffs. Those who didn't make the cut just might now realize that there are worse things in life. * Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood (10/9 CT Oxygen) Stella! That name is much more than a quotable Marlon Brando bray in the film A Streetcar Named Desire, as we'll see in tonight's Season 4 finale. In this concluding Tori story, Tori and Dean throw a big first birthday bash for daughter Stella Doreen McDermott. It's Stella's party, but Tori might cry if she wants to when the family must bid adieu to an important family figure. Meanwhile, Dean tries to offset a misdeed by giving the family a surprise gift. Source here
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