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Moraes on TV: July 29, 2007 - August 4, 2007

Flatbed Funny

ABC's new "Carpoolers" is a comedy about a group of guys who carpool to work. Naturally the actors are going to spend a certain amount of time in a car in this series. And one TV critic wondered whether they would have to "do a lot more with your face...

By Maura McCarthy  |  August 3, 2007; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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Mulling Mandy

After Mandy Patinkin announced he had walked off the CBS series "Criminal Minds" in the early days of Summer Press Tour 2007, TV critics dove enthusiastically into the "Wither Goeth Mandy" mystery, asking any actor or producer who'd ever come within spitting distance of Patinkin what he is like in...

By Maura McCarthy  |  August 3, 2007; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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Devilish Product Placement

CW's new dramedy "Reaper" is widely regarded by critics to be one of the best new series of the coming TV season. It's about a slacker guy whose parents sell his soul to the devil and the devil comes to collect on his 21st birthday. Only Satan doesn't want to...

By Maura McCarthy  |  August 3, 2007; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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Vampire Sleuthing

David Greenwalt of "Angel" fame, is an executive producer on CBS's new vampire detective drama "Moonlight." Is it any wonder, critics asked him, to compare and contrast the two vampire dramas? Greenwalt was not originally attached to the new CBS project. "My agent said in May, 'You've got to read...

By Maura McCarthy  |  August 2, 2007; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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Who You Callin' a Musical?

In CBS's new series "Viva Laughlin," characters will break into song. They'll dance on the top of blackjack tables at casinos. But don't you dare call "Viva Laughlin" a musical, the cast and executive producer Bob Lowry warned TV critics. "Viva Laughlin" is based on "Viva Blackpool." You know "Viva...

By Maura McCarthy  |  August 2, 2007; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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You Had Me at Katrina

TV critics wanted to like Fox's new "K-ville" if only because it's shot entirely on location in New Orleans. But they were put off by what one of the producers called the "over-the-top action sequences" in the pilot episode. One critic told the exec producers "I looked at this and,...

By Maura McCarthy  |  August 1, 2007; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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Verisimilitude, Hollywood Style

Fox's "New Amsterdam" stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a New York homicide detective who's been living in Manhattan for the last 400 years -- you can just imagine how cheap his rent is -- after being made immortal when a spell was put on him by a Native American chick whose...

By Maura McCarthy  |  August 1, 2007; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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Say What?

D.W Moffett was added to the cast of CW's new "Born Free"-Meets-"The OC" drama "Running Wild," playing a NYC vet who packs up his family -- second-wife and good looking/deeply dysfunctional teens -- and moves to South Africa because he's tired of neutering dogs for a living and wants to...

By Maura McCarthy  |  July 31, 2007; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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Biggest Head-Scratcher

TV critics were perplexed by a lot they saw and heard at Summer TV Press Tour 2007. How, for instance, does a guy who gets sacked from his job running programming at the No. 4-rated network wind up getting hired to run programming at the No. 1-rated network? How, to...

By Maura McCarthy  |  July 31, 2007; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Most Surprising Answer to a Softball Question

After the Primetime Emmy Award nominees were announced, TV critics chattered for days about who got snubbed -- much righteous indignation about another James Spader nom for best abberation, er, best lead actor in a drama series. Serious outrage over HBO's "The Wire" being once overlooked in the derby for...

By Maura McCarthy  |  July 30, 2007; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Broadcast TV Upfronts 2007  
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