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TV Sitcoms That Lasted Way Longer Than They Should Have

There are TV shows that come and go without doing much more than scratching the collective consciousness of the American public and then there are those that stick around for a while because we love them so much. But after so many seasons some shows dont feel the need to move on or develop any further and it becomes a drag to see them churning out the same thing day in and day as they begin to grow stale and dull. You really hate to see this happen to your favorite shows but there are times when even the best   ...Read More... //www.tvovermind.com/tv-news/tv-sitcoms-lasted-way-longer

TV's Best Series Finales

It’s really difficult to nail a series finale. Just ask David Chase or Damon Lindelof or Roseanne Barr. Their shows — The Sopranos , Lost , and Roseanne — capped long and celebrated runs with polarizing endings that pitted fan against fan. But the television series in this slideshow are nearly universally praised for getting it right. TV's Best Series Finales Launch Slideshow Did we miss something? Let us know what you would add to the list! div.post p { text-align: justify; }

NBC Originally Wanted Bill Cosby to Play Sam Malone on Cheers

  Do you need your huh moment today? In its list of the best 100 TV shows, The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting fact: NBC originally wanted Bill Cosby, who was the biggest comedian at the time, to play the womanizing bartender Sam Malone on Cheers . "We declined because it would have meant doing the Bill Cosby Show," said co-creator Les Charles. Of course, Ted Danson would eventually go on to play the part, and Cosby would get his own show, The Cosby Show . It was a boon for Cheers , too, which was critically acclaimed but had bad ratings. "We were worried because the ratings were so dismal, but The Cosby Show premiered, and it lifted the whole night," said George Wendt, who played Norm. Whatever the case, aren't you glad you can still watch Cheers without second-guessing yourself.   Read More...   //www.vulture.com/2015/09/nbc-wanted-bill-cosby-to-star-in-cheers.html

How to Recover from Binge-Watching Any Show: A Friendly SideReel Guide

ol li { margin-bottom: 1em: } By now we've all done it. You go in with the intention of watching one or two hours of a show and the next thing you know, the weekend is over, you're surrounded by takeout boxes, and you can't remember the last time you took a breath of fresh air. You've powered through the last 40 episodes of Breaking Bad or Mad Men and run out of show. Or maybe you've stretched the consumption of a show like Orange is the New Black out over a couple of days, but realize there are only 13 episodes in the entire series (so far). Either way, the problem is the same.  Like any addict, when the product runs out, you're going to go through withdrawal. Here are some easy steps (no, there aren't 12 of them) to ease that pain:  Take a shower. If it was a weekend marathon, there's a good chance you haven't had one in a while — and even if it was a slightly longer haul, you'll still feel better. If the show has a theme song, go ahead and sing it to yourself. If it's the Cheers theme song, sing it REALLY LOUDLY. Head over to your computer. Google "[Name of show]" and then any or all of the following terms: theories, fan fiction, wiki, supercut, mashup, tumblr. A trove of riches awaits you here. If looking at a science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural show, you don't even have to pace yourself. Note: If you're looking for any Star Trek series , go directly to Memory Alpha . Devise a drinking game around the show! No, we're not telling you to trade one vice for another — we're telling you to combine them.* It may force you to rewatch (though no, it will never be as good as the first time), or at least delve pretty deeply into plotlines, characters, and (potentially) catchphrases. This will allow you to... …bother your friends into watching this totally cool show you just discovered that they've already watched on a weekly basis and probably have no desire to talk about it anymore. IMPORTANT: Tell them you're supplying the liquor. Movie spinoffs? MOVIE SPINOFFS!** Why quit your habit? There are millions of hours of television to catch up on. Just pick a show , and check out our recommendations . *We do. **The only exception here is  Stargate , where the movie actually preceded the show and is completely different in both casting and tone. Leah is SideReel's Web TV and Movie Editor. For further super exciting insight into watching reruns, follow her on Twitter .

Cheers Is Coming to TVGN

Feel like taking a summer vacation to a place where everybody knows your name? Then tune in to TVGN, which will begin airing daily weekday episodes of Cheers beginning Mon., June 17. The episodes will air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET. //www.tvguide.com/News/Cheers-TVGN-Marathon-Special-1066351.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Video: A Few Minutes With... Noah Wyle at the "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV" Launch Panel

Part five of five from this week's event at The Paley Center for Media. Back in the days before DVRs and the Internet altered the way we watched television, viewers would actually schedule their lives around when their favorite series aired. However, it was NBC's Must See TV Thursday night programming block during the 1990s that captivated huge audiences for years like no other network. "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Mad About You," "The Cosby Show," "Cheers," "ER" and "Will & Grace" are still regarded as some of the biggest series in television history and Warren Littlefield, who was Entertainment President of NBC during the era, has written a book (with T.R. Pearson) based on this ground-breaking time, "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV."  Read More...   //www.thefutoncritic.com/video/2012/05/08/video-a-few-minutes-with-noah-wyle-at-the-top-of-the-rock-inside-the-rise-and-fall-of-must-see-tv-launch-panel-594000/20120508_wyle/

Video: A Few Minutes With... David Nevins at the "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV" Launch Panel

Part four of five from this week's event at The Paley Center for Media. Back in the days before DVRs and the Internet altered the way we watched television, viewers would actually schedule their lives around when their favorite series aired. However, it was NBC's Must See TV Thursday night programming block during the 1990s that captivated huge audiences for years like no other network. "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Mad About You," "The Cosby Show," "Cheers," "ER" and "Will & Grace" are still regarded as some of the biggest series in television history and Warren Littlefield, who was Entertainment President of NBC during the era, has written a book (with T.R. Pearson) based on this ground-breaking time, "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV."  Read More...   //www.thefutoncritic.com/video/2012/05/08/video-a-few-minutes-with-david-nevins-at-the-top-of-the-rock-inside-the-rise-and-fall-of-must-see-tv-launch-panel-294000/20120508_nevins/

Video: A Few Minutes With... Warren Littlefield at the "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV" Launch Panel

Part three of five from this week's event at The Paley Center for Media. Back in the days before DVRs and the Internet altered the way we watched television, viewers would actually schedule their lives around when their favorite series aired. However, it was NBC's Must See TV Thursday night programming block during the 1990s that captivated huge audiences for years like no other network. "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Mad About You," "The Cosby Show," "Cheers," "ER" and "Will & Grace" are still regarded as some of the biggest series in television history and Warren Littlefield, who was Entertainment President of NBC during the era, has written a book (with T.R. Pearson) based on this ground-breaking time, "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV."  Read More...   //www.thefutoncritic.com/video/2012/05/08/video-a-few-minutes-with-warren-littlefield-at-the-top-of-the-rock-inside-the-rise-and-fall-of-must-see-tv-launch-panel-94000/20120508_littlefield/

Video: A Few Minutes With... Marta Kauffman at the "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV" Launch Panel

Part two of five from this week's event at The Paley Center for Media. Back in the days before DVRs and the Internet altered the way we watched television, viewers would actually schedule their lives around when their favorite series aired. However, it was NBC's Must See TV Thursday night programming block during the 1990s that captivated huge audiences for years like no other network. "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Mad About You," "The Cosby Show," "Cheers," "ER" and "Will & Grace" are still regarded as some of the biggest series in television history and Warren Littlefield, who was Entertainment President of NBC during the era, has written a book (with T.R. Pearson) based on this ground-breaking time, "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV."  Read More...   //www.thefutoncritic.com/video/2012/05/08/video-a-few-minutes-with-marta-kauffman-at-the-top-of-the-rock-inside-the-rise-and-fall-of-must-see-tv-launch-panel-893005/20120508_kauffman/

Video: A Few Minutes With... James Burrows at the "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV" Launch Panel

Part one of five from this week's event at The Paley Center for Media. Back in the days before DVRs and the Internet altered the way we watched television, viewers would actually schedule their lives around when their favorite series aired. However, it was NBC's Must See TV Thursday night programming block during the 1990s that captivated huge audiences for years like no other network. "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Mad About You," "The Cosby Show," "Cheers," "ER" and "Will & Grace" are still regarded as some of the biggest series in television history and Warren Littlefield, who was Entertainment President of NBC during the era, has written a book (with T.R. Pearson) based on this ground-breaking time, "Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV." Read More... //www.thefutoncritic.com/video/2012/05/08/video-a-few-minutes-with-james-burrows-at-the-top-of-the-rock-inside-the-rise-and-fall-of-must-see-tv-launch-panel-693005/20120508_burrows/