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Archive: September, 2012

POSTED: Friday, September 28, 2012, 4:09 PM

While carrying an Arizona station's feed of a high-speed chase this afternoon, Fox News showed a man apparently committing suicide.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, who'd been doing commentary during the aftermath of the chase (in the clip posted on YouTube, apologized almost immediately, according to ABC News, which reports that the chase, along the I-10 outside Phoenix, had begun with a carjacking.

"We really messed up and we're all very sorry," he said, according to ABC. "That didn't belong on TV... I personally apologize to you that it happened."

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POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2012, 6:22 PM

Looks as if that "Army Wives" cliffhanger wasn't a freefall, anyway.

Lifetime announced Friday that it had renewed the series -- "the No. 1 ad-supported cable series in its premiere time period" among women 18 and older -- for a seventh, 13-episode season.

Which should certainly be long enough to land that plane safely, assuming that the plan isn't to wipe out a good chunk of the cast from Season 6.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 10:50 AM

Where's "Wallander"?

That's what some viewers were asking Sunday night as WHYY pre-empted "Masterpiece Mystery!" for a pledge-related documentary about a dance photographer.

The critically acclaimed Kenneth Branagh series, a three-parter that began airing nationally -- and on 'HYY -- on Sept. 9, was interrupted, explained Christine Dempsey, the station's chief content officer, because of the need to "compromise" with the membership department, which apparently has an easier time soliciting money when it's not showing some of PBS' regularly scheduled programming, including the show that many consider one of the best drama outlets on television.

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POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012, 10:24 AM
Filed Under: TV Reviews

After co-creating "Friends" with Bala's David Crane, you'd figure Broomall's Marta Kauffman could probably take her new show, "Georgia," anywhere she liked.

She's chosen YouTube, though, for the three-episode premiere (which run all together looks a lot like a pilot episode) and as of Monday, it's live on the video-sharing site's WIGS scripted channel.

Mary Elizabeth Ellis ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") plays Georgia, a "yogic healer," who's engaged to Michael (Harold Perrineau, "Lost," "Sons of Anarchy") but seems to be dragging her feet about their coming wedding.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5:15 PM
This archive photo of Lifetime's "Army Wives." Pictured from left, Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Brigid Brannagh and Sally Pressman.

If, like me, you tuned in to Lifetime’s “Army Wives” Sunday for the first time in a while to catch the episode the network had been promoting as the end, you might be a little confused by how it actually concluded: With a plane carrying a good chunk of the remaining cast members that appeared to be experiencing turbulence and Gen. Michael Holden (Brian McNamara) responding to a phone call that apparently brought bad news.

So what was up (or down) with that cliffhanger?

According to a Lifetime spokeswoman, promos or not, no decision has yet been reached about a seventh season for the show, which reports has recently been averaging about 3 million viewers per episode. ( reports that Sunday’s show averaged just under 3.3 million.)

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