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David Giuntoli & Poppy Montgomery To Topline CBS Drama Pilot Mission Control

With Grimm wrapping its six-season run on NBC, series star David Giuntoli has been tapped as the male lead in CBS drama pilot Mission Control . Without a Trace and Unforgettable star Poppy Montgomery is returning to CBS as the female lead in the project, from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and veteran showrunner Charles Eglee ( Dexter ). Written by Weir and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, Mission Control revolves around the next generation of  ...Read More...

New Exclusive Video Interview with BALIBO's Anthony La Paglia

Golden Globe winner Anthony LaPaglia speaks candidly about "Balibo," and the difficulties of researching a man whose compelling story fell by the wayside. Click here to watch the interview:


Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, FOX (following its summer 2009 run) Boston Legal, ABC Crusoe, NBC Cupid, ABC Dirty Sexy Money, ABC Do Not Disturb, FOX Don't Forget the Lyrics!, FOX (following its summer 2009 run) Easy Money, CW Eleventh Hour, CBS Eli Stone, ABC ER, NBC Everybody Hates Chris, CW The Ex List, CBS The Game, CW Harper's Island, CBS Homeland Security, ABC In Harm's Way, CW In the Motherhood, ABC Kath & Kim, NBC King of the Hill, FOX Kings, NBC Knight Rider, NBC Life, NBC Life on Mars, ABC Lipstick Jungle, NBC My Name Is Earl, NBC My Own Worst Enemy, NBC Opportunity Knocks, ABC Prison Break, FOX Privileged, CW Pushing Daisies, ABC Reaper, CW Samantha Who?, ABC Sit Down, Shut Up, FOX Stylista, CW Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, FOX The Unit, CBS The Unusuals, ABC Valentine, CW Without a Trace, CBS Worst Week, CBS Source TV Guide

TV Graveyard: CBS - Featured

With CBS being as strongly of a performing network that it is, most of its long running series will be returning for Fall. However, there were still a few casualities of both freshman and long-running series. Here are the CBS series that have been chopped: Worst Week - The freshman comedy about a guy that couldn't catch a break with his fiance's parents could not catch a break itself. The series was given a prime slot in CBS's Monday night comedy lineup and did not manage to break out as a new hit. 15 episodes aired. Eleventh Hour - Also a freshman series starring Rufus Sewell, Eleventh Hour focused on a special science adviser to the US government that solved crimes of a paranormal nature (ummm, Fringe for CBS, perhaps?). According to Wikipedia, the series averaged over 12 million viewers for the season, which is by no means a flop, but with breakouts like The Mentalist , the network decided they could do better for Fall. 18 episodes aired. The Unit - Sunday night companion to Cold Case , it was rumored for awhile that this series would not survive. Averaging 9 to 11 million viewers, it was CBS's second lowest performing drama and perpetually on the bubble. 4 seasons aired. Harper's Island - This limited edition crime mystery was designed to exist as a single, 13 episode run. However, if the series broke out as a hit, the creator explained that additional cycles could be run with a new cast (since mostly everyone is dying) and a new mystery. Alas, it did not break out. The remainder of the 13 episode order is airing on Saturday nights. Without a Trace - Perhaps the most perplexing of all of the CBS cancellations, Trace - about an FBI unit that searched for missing persons - performed admirably for the network for 7 years! In fact, in its heyday, the show grabbed almost 19 million viewers on Thursday nights and trounced NBC's ER . Since moving out of that slot, numbers have decreased, though the show was still the 16th best performing show of the season (according to Nielsen). However, it was determined that the aging show had become too expensive to produce. 7 seasons aired. Leave your eulogies for your favorite departed CBS series here. Which was your favorite? Which had unsatisfying endings? Also check out the CBS Fall Schedule

'Without a Trace,' 'Privileged,' canceled, 'Gossip' spin-off DOA

Several major upfront-week developments to report: * CBS has canceled Without A Trace and renewed Numb3rs . I'm told Eye execs had one slot left, and they went with Numb3rs because it's less expensive to produce. CBS has also dropped Eleventh Hour and renewed How I Met Your Mother , Gary Unmarried , Rules of Engagement , and Old Christine. * The CW will not be renewing Privileged for a second season. There was talk of a possible midseason berth for the much-loved dramedy, but, ultimately, the show was a casualty of the network's strong development. "It's truly heartbreaking," series creator Rina Mimoun said via e-mail. "I'm so grateful to everyone out there who supported our little show and fell in love with Megan Smith. She was the most delightful character I've ever had the pleasure to write and watching JoAnna Garcia bring her to life every day was a gift I will never forget. I'm incredibly proud of the work we did and forever indebted to all the fans, critics and to Warner Bros. for being so wonderful and supportive. I will miss this more than you know." Class act, that one. *Among new shows, The CW has picked up Melrose Place 2.0, Beautiful Life, and Vampire Diaries. Oh, and the Gossip Girl spin-off is officially dead. Exclusive TV News and Scoop | Ausiello Files | (20 May 2009)

Cancellation Buzz: Earl, Unit, Without a Trace, Privileged Dead; Medium on the Move - Featured

More fate on bubble shows have been announced this morning. EW's Michael Ausiello has confirmed that CBS's procedurals The Unit and Without a Trace are dead (though Cold Case and Numb3rs have survived), as is 4-season NBC comedy My Name Is Earl and CW dramedy Privileged . NBC also passed on Medium for next season, but the show is CBS-owned and may be picked up by that network. Which of these cancellations do you find most upsetting? I am bummed about all of the false hope recently given regarding Privileged. Sources: EW and EW 2

Take a sneak peek of WITHOUT A TRACE "True"

Jack grudgingly agrees to search for Hannah's boyfriend who disappears after he runs away from Chicago to be with her in New York, on Without a Trace , Tuesday, May 12 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Adam Kaufman, Poppy Montgomery's real-life boyfriend, reprises his role as Brian Donovan, the father of Samantha's son, Finn. Source & Video

Take a sneak peek of WITHOUT A TRACE "Devotion"

The team tries to locate a teenager who was last seen in an amateur video being psychologically tormented by her abductor, on Without a Trace , Tuesday, May 5 (10:01-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Source & Sneak Peek

Ratings: 9021-Oh, No! Renewed Show Hits All-Time Low - Featured

Tuesday's tallies: * 8 pm/ET American Idol Rat-Packed in an audience of 22.54 million total viewers, dipping 700K week-to-week. Part 1 of NCIS ' spin-off set-up scored second with 16.32 mil, a drop of 7 percent. The Biggest Loser averaged 9.43 mil over its two-hour run, its largest audience since Feb. 3. Lagging far behind ABC's According to Jim , Reaper plunged 26 percent, to 1.82 mil. * 9 pm The Mentalist topped the hour with 16.9 million viewers, up 155 thou from its last fresh outing. Dancing with the Stars ' results show followed with14.27 mil. At 10.6 mil, Fringe was up a hair from last week. 90210 , meanwhile, sank 19 percent to hit an all-time low of 1.8 mil. That's right, 90210 got a Season 2 pick-up in February, yet Privileged is on the bubble. Join me in some head-scratching. * 10 pm Without a Trace was No. 1 with an audience of 12.35 million (down 800K), but SVU (10.5 mil, surging 16 percent) dominated in the demos. In fact, Stabler and Benson copped their best 18-49 numbers since Jan. 6, and their second-best such demos of the season. ABC's Cupid targeted 6.16 mil, down 440K and suffering significant tune-out over the hour. Source Here

Ratings: Fringe Benefits from Idol's Overrun - Featured

Tuesday's tallies: * 8 pm/ET American Idol was the night's most watched program with 22 million total viewers, down 6 percent from last week's sing-off. NCIS netted second with 17.55 mil, a gain of 750K. The Biggest Loser shed 730 thou, hitting 8 mil. Lagging far behind ABC's pair of Charlie Brown specials, Reaper slipped a bit to 2.28 mil. * 9 pm The Mentalist dipped one well-coiffed hair but still won the hour, with 16.75 million viewers. Dancing with the Stars tangoed with 14.34 mil, up 10 percent week-to-week. Fringe returned to an audience of 12 mil; that tally, up 14 percent from the show's last fresh outing, is a bit juiced by Idol's inexcusable eight-minute overrun. (Raise your hand if you didn't see Adam sing.) Case in point: Fringe ended the hour with 9.6 mil watching. 90210 inched up a smidgen, to 2.14 mil. * 10 pm Without a Trace was No. 1 with 12.2 million viewers, dropping 500K. SVU followed with 9.08 mil (down 300 thou). ABC's Cupid saw 18 percent of its premiere audience fall out of love, delivering just 6.22 mil. Here