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    The Ex List

    The Ex List

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    CBS (ended 2008)
    20th Century Fox Television brings The Ex List to CBS. When a woman visits a psychic at her sister's bachelorette party, she discovers that she's already dated the man she is destined to marry. She sets out to find out who it is by looking up past loves. She must marry within a year or she will be single forever.moreless
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    Out of Practice

    Out of Practice

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    OUT OF PRACTICE is a comedy about a family of doctors who share little in common other than their professions. The family consists of Ben Barnes, a couples counselor who is not considered to be a “real” doctor by the rest of the family; his brother Oliver, a good-looking, self-absorbed plastic surgeon; and sister Regina who works as a doctor in the emergency room. Their parents, Stewart, a gastroenterologist, and Lydia, a highly motivated cardiologist, are going through messy divorce. While Lydia’s career has eclipsed her soon-to-be ex’s, Stewart is dating his assistant Crystal, who is a patient of Oliver’s. With all of the chaos in this highly credentialed family, Ben appears to be the only grounded one.moreless
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    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    first aired date: January 20, 1996 last aired date: August 30, 1997 In the spin-off to the classic Ace Ventura, we see an outlook on the character aside from his appearances in the movies. Ace Ventura is a clowny, cooky, some might even call him crazy, Private Investigator, with a twist. He only helps animals.moreless
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    The Ellen Show

    The Ellen Show

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    "What's a small-town girl turned L.A. businesswoman to do when her high-profile, high-finance start-up Internet company goes belly up? And when her social life out west is not doing so great either? Well, as played by Emmy winner Ellen DeGeneres, she reacts by saying goodbye to her dot-com world and heading back to her hometown to put her life together. It remains to be seen, however, whether the best way to do that is by becoming a counselor at her old high school--they still teach Home Economics, for crying out loud--and by moving in with her eccentric mother and unlucky-in-love sister."

    "Ellen Richmond (DeGeneres)...decides to trade the stresses of her fast-track, big-city lifestyle for the slower pace of her quieter hometown, where she is known and loved. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not returning to her hometown, a fishbowl of a place, and her eccentric mother, Dot (Cloris Leachman), and scatter-brained sister, Catherine (Emily Rutherfurd), is the best course of action. At home, Ellen becomes reacquainted with her senior prom date, Rusty (Jim Gaffigan), who thinks they can pick up where they left off, and her befuddled high school teacher, Mr. Munn (Martin Mull). Though worlds apart from the people who love her, Ellen begins to adjust to a very different way of life." (CBS press release)

    DeGeneres bounced back from the cancellation of her ABC sitcom with this star vehicle, previously titled Ellen, Again. Like her ABC sitcom, her character was, yep, gay. (The series was nominated in 2002 for a GLAAD award for Outstanding Comedy Series.) Unlike her ABC sitcom, it was actually funny. Ellen was in good company, surrounded by a supporting cast full of actors from a wide array of failed CBS TV series. The chemistry was great, the scripts were good. All the cards seemed to be in place. Except for the audience one. A roaring ratings failure from Day 1, The Ellen Show was on just about every pundit's list as one of the sure-thing casualties of the fall -- especially after its lead-out bit the dust after two weeks -- with many of them speculating that CBS was waiting until Ellen's gig hosting the November, 2001 Emmy Awards (that it was their turn to broadcast, and that were postponed a couple times thanks to 9/11) was over and done with before rendering the show over and done with. That way, Ms. DeGeneres -- never one to accept rejection graciously -- couldn't get even by hosting them the Whoopi Goldberg way. But then a funny thing happened. Ellen did a fine job hosting the ceremony, winning lots of critical raves and managing to make people forget about what was going on in the world. And while The Ellen Show probably should have been cancelled anyway, CBS followed up her hosting performance with something even better than a standing ovation or a bouquet of roses. They awarded her show a 22-episode full season. Those same pundits were stunned, and the ailing sitcom seemed like it had a new lease on life when the network followed up the announcement with one stating that it would get a 3-week trial run Mondays at 8:30, a time slot that was nothing if not better than the dead-air equivalent it held on Friday. Unfortunately, after the Monday tryout was over, it returned to Friday -- as if CBS CEO Les Moonves had forgotten when the same exact programming move worked wonders for the languishing ratings of a certain self-entitled Gregory Hines vehicle four years earlier. Ratings even worse than they had been before it moved to Monday, coupled with limp numbers when it was on Monday, prompted Moonves and company to wish they hadn't been so magnanimous, and after the cast and crew managed to shoot 18 of those 22 episodes, the plug was pulled. As was the show itself, so as not to do damage to the Don Bellisario project, First Monday, scheduled to air following it. CBS had 5 episodes of The Ellen Show at their disposal, and chief CBS spokesman/B.S. artist extraordinaire, Chris Ender, swore that they'd air in March and April, 2002 -- going so far as to insult everybody's intelligence by claiming that the series was under consideration for the fall, and production was only stopped because they didn't "have room" for 4 more episodes (crapola nonsense that they'd later rehash for another lame duck, The Stones). Of course, the only thing they didn't have room for anymore were the huge defecits. Advertisers had their fill, and those 5 episodes went straight to the nearest trash can. Curiously, although Ellen's complaints about ABC's supposed mistreatment of a show given four and a half seasons, great time slots and a huge send-off could fill volumes, her complaints about CBS' actual mistreatment of a show given three and a half months, terrible time slots and no send-off couldn't even fill a postcard. Perhaps this was because she had already set her sights on her daytime talk show, which would debut to big hoopla, if not big ratings, two seasons later.

    A little trivia: The Ellen Show was originally proposed as a show-within-a-show that lampooned the TV industry, featuring Ellen as the host of a fictitious variety series (The New Ellen Show). Practically no one at CBS was interested, and so instead, we got this. Ellen said she got the idea of The Ellen Show while watching Ed. The series was originally set to be produced by Michael Ovitz's production company, the Artists Television Group, who did make the pilot. However, the editor bankrupted them, and CBS took over their ownership stake before the first episode aired. The other ATG show picked up for Fall, 2001, WB's Lost in the USA, was not so lucky. When ATG died, so did it.

    Theme song "The Ellen Show (Main Title Theme)" written by Jude Christodal

    The Ellen Show is produced by The Hurwitz Company / CBS Productions, in association with Columbia TriStar Television

    Broadcast History -----------------

    Sep 2001, Mon 9:30-10:00 Sep 2001-Oct 2001, Fri 8:00-8:30 Oct 2001-Nov 2001, Fri 8:30-9:00 Dec 2001, Mon 8:30-9:00 Dec 2001-Jan 2002, Fri 8:30-9:00

    First telecast: September 24, 2001 Last telecast: January 11, 2002 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 18 Media: 35mm filmmoreless
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    Cosby

    Cosby

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    After being one of the ten-thousand people who were downsized at the airport, Hilton Lucas (Bill Cosby) is forced to retire and stay home with his wife Ruth (Phylicia Rashad) and his daughter Erica (T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh). Unfortunately for Hilton, Erica's friend Griffin Vesey (Doug E. Doug) is also staying with the family. At first, Ruth was not too thrilled of the idea of Hilton being home for the rest of his life, but eventually she got used to it. Ruth also owns her own coffee shop, along with long-time family friend Pauline Fox (Madeline Kahn). Witness the many hilarious moments and sometimes interesting situations on Cosby. Broadcast History Sept. 1996-July 1999 CBS Monday, 8:00 PM July 1999-Dec. 2000 CBS Wednesday, 8:00 PM Jan. 2000-Apr. 2000 CBS Friday, 8:30 PM Nielsen Ratings (Ranking) #23 in 1996-1997 Season #25 in 1997-1998 Season #28 in 1998-1999 Season #87 in 1999-2000 Season Awards & Nominations •1998 BMI TV Music Award - Won - Bill Cosby, Benny Golson •1997 BMI TV Music Award - Won - Bill Cosby, Benny Golson •1997 Emmy - Won Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) For a Comedy Series - Alan Walker (director of photography) For show #101. •1997 Emmy - Nominated Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video For a Series - Stephen A. Jones (camera), Karl Messerschmidt (technical director), Neal Carlos (camera), Tom Conkright (camera), Ritch Kenney (camera), J.A. Stuewe Prudden (video control), Theodore Ashton (camera) For show #101. •1999 Golden Satellite Award - Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical - Phylicia Rashad •2000 Image Award - Won Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress - Jurnee Smollett •2000 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1999 Image Award - Won Outstanding Comedy Series •1999 Image Award - Won Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress - Jurnee Smollett •1999 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1999 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Phylicia Rashad •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Doug E. Doug •1998 Image Award - Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh •1997 Image Award - Won Outstanding Comedy Series •1997 Image Award - Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Phylicia Rashad •1997 People's Choice Award - Won Favorite Television New Comedy Series •2000 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actor in a Comedy - Bill Cosby •2000 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actress in a Comedy - Phylicia Rashad •1999 TV Guide Award - Nominated Favorite Actor in a Comedy - Bill Cosby Theme Song "Monk's Hat" Composed by Benny Golson and Bill Cosbymoreless
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    Accidentally on Purpose

    Accidentally on Purpose

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    A San Francisco newspaper film critic becomes pregnant after a hookup with a much younger man and together they raise a non-traditional family. Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) plays Billie, who after a hard breakup with her boss, James (Melrose Place's Grant Show) then gets knocked up by Zack (Windfall's Jon Foster). They agree on an unconventional arrangement to raise the child and live together platonically. But when Zack's friends turn her place into a frat house, Billie isn't sure that the plan can work out. Completing the cast are Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) as Billie's best friend Olivia, Lennon Parham as her younger married sister Abby, and Nicolas Wright as Davis, one of Zack's freeloading friends. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Mary F. Pols, Accidentally on Purpose is executive-produced by Lloyd Braun, Gail Berman, Gene Stein, and Claudia Lonow with CBS Television Studios.moreless
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    Queens Supreme

    Queens Supreme

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    CBS (ended 2003)
    Queens Supreme is a seriocomic drama that delves into the chaos, infighting and colorful personalities of the people behind the bench and behind the scenes at the Queens County Courthouse in New York City. Judge Jack Moran (Oliver Platt, Deadline) is a brilliant, cynical judge whose integrity and wisdom are often overshadowed by his non-conformist and occasionally bizarre courtroom behavior. Newly appointed Judge Kim Vicidomini (Annabella Sciorra, Underworld) is young, attractive and ambitious, and is quickly proving that her political connections and legal savvy are assets both in and out of the courtroom. Judge Rose Barnea (L. Scott Caldwell, Judging Amy) hardworking and brutally frank, knows that the jury is still out regarding Kim, and she's not afraid to let her know it. Judge Thomas O'Neill (Robert Loggia, Mancuso, FBI) the highest-ranking at the courthouse, tends to be the voice of reason as he works to keep his fellow judges' egos, agendas and eccentricities in check. Assisting the judges are Carmen Hui (Marcy Harriell) and Mike Powell (James Madio, USA High) the ever-helpful law clerks who are surprised by very little. The final character in the dramedy is Queens itself, the most ethnically diverse community in the United States that, to an outsider, looks like an eclectic mix of urban landscapes, strip malls and airports. Most people pass through without noticing, but then again, they don't live there. To the judges bound by neighborhoods like Ozone Park, Flushing Meadows and Utopia, their world is Supreme.moreless
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    Bette

    Bette

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    CBS (ended 2001)
    Bette premiered on October 11, 2000. Bette Midler plays herself - a divine celebrity who is adored by her fans. Although she is a celebrity, her family is often ashamed of her - Bette is constantly on diets and far away in dreams - she is everything but a perfect celebrity. Although her life is a mess, she loves it! The show aired 16 episodes on CBS and was canceled, so two episodes went unaired. It was simulcast in HDTV. Although the show was canceled, it was nominated for a few awards, winning one of the awards. The nominations were as follows: • People's Choice Awards, USA (2001) - Won! - Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series > Bette Midler • TV GUIDE AWARDS (2001) - Nominated - New Series of the Year • TV GUIDE AWARDS (2001) - Nominated - Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series > Bette Midler • TV GUIDE AWARDS (2001) - Won! - Actress of the Year in a New Series > Bette Midlermoreless
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    Courting Alex

    Courting Alex

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    CBS (ended 2006)
    Alex Rose (Jenna Elfman) is a successful, single attorney who works with her father Bill (Dabney Coleman) at his law firm. Alex struggles with dating as she looks for love in the big city. Her father would love for her to settle down with her coworker Stephen, who is a star lawyer at the firm and is smitten with her. Alex relies on the advice from her assistant Molly (Jillian Bach), and her charming British neighbor Julian (Hugh Bonneville). This show's former titles were "Everything I Know About Men", and "The Jenna Elfman Show".moreless
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    Kids Say the Darndest Things

    Kids Say the Darndest Things

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    CBS (ended 2000)
    Kids Say The Darndest Things is a show hosted by Bill Cosby. He asks kids various questions as if it is an interview and he, as well as the kids, always find a way to make us laugh. Based on Art Linkletter's House Party, Kids Say has host Cosby talking to young kids about everything from dead goldfish to love letters. Art Linkletter makes guest appearances on the show, introducing clips from his now-classic daytime variety show. The show had many great moments, with many funny lines such as: "HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?" Cosby asks. "Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck." -Ricky, age 8.moreless
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    Gary Unmarried

    Gary Unmarried

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    CBS (ended 2010)
    A newly divorced father of two balances life with his kids and his ex-wife to whom he was married for fifteen years. Jay Mohr (Saturday Night Live) stars in this CBS multi-camera comedy. The show is being produced by ABC Studios and CBS Paramount Network Television.moreless
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    Armed & Famous

    Armed & Famous

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    Armed & Famous takes a handful of celebrities and follows them through the Police Academy and onto the streets of Muncie, Indiana to fight crime. The new reality series features Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson, Jack Osbourne, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, and Trish Stratus.moreless
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    Worst Week

    Worst Week

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    CBS (ended 2009)
    Worst Week, from the mind of Matt Tarses (Scrubs), is an American take on the British series The Worst Week of My Life. This CBS single camera offering centers on a young couple dealing with the groom's soon-to-be-in-laws during a family vacation.
    CBS ordered the show to series on 12 May 2008. The show is being produced by Hat Trick Productions and Universal Media Studios.moreless
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    Welcome to the Captain

    Welcome to the Captain

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    CBS (ended 2008)
    This single-camera comedy follows the life of Josh, a writer, and how his life changes after he moves into an old Hollywood apartment building. "The Captain" is the building and it is home to a number of eccentric washed up actors and "Hollywood folk".

    The pilot, which is from CBS Paramount Network Television, was written by feature writer-director John Hamburg, who also acted as director and executive producer.

    CBS ordered six episodes to air midseason 2008. CBS cancelled the show on 27 March 2008 leaving one episode unaired.moreless
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    Listen Up

    Listen Up

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    CBS (ended 2005)
    Jason Alexander stars in this comedy about a well-regarded sports talk show host and columnist who struggles to get the respect and admiration from his family that he gets from his fans. Based on the writings of real-life sports commentator and columnist Tony Kornheiser, Tony Kleinman is an irreverent sports show host who banters about all things sports with his witty sidekick, Bernie Widmer, a former football player turned sports show host, on their television talk show, Listen Up. Tony has also begun writing a humorous syndicated newspaper column that includes commentary on his family who are less than thrilled to have their trials and tribulations made public. Tony's wife, Dana works as a fundraiser. While not a sports fan, she is always supportive of her paranoid and obsessive-but-loving husband. Megan is the Kleinmans' 14-year-old know-it-all, soccer-playing daughter. Mickey is their 15-year-old golf prodigy son. While Tony's inability to self-edit before broadcasting his thoughts is what makes him most endearing to his fans, it keeps his friends and family on their toes as everything could be fodder for his column.moreless
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    The Assistants

    The Assistants

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    CBS
    Tucker Crawley is at the helm for this new CBS comedy about four assistants who work day and night for a celebrity couple.
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    That's Life

    That's Life

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    CBS (ended 2002)
    That's Life is the story of the adventures of Lydia DeLucca, a 32 year old woman from a close Italian-American family in New Jersey, who decides to start her life over by breaking her lengthy engagement and pursuing the college degree of her dreams.moreless
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    Some of My Best Friends

    Some of My Best Friends

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    CBS (ended 2001)
    Welcome to the Some of My Best Friends guide at TV.com. Danny Nucci and Jason Bateman star in SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS, a half-hour comedy based on the critically acclaimed motion picture "Kiss Me, Guido." The two form a distinctly contemporary odd couple -- one gay, one straight, living in the same Greenwich Village apartment. Warren Fairbanks (Bateman), a writer just dumped by his boyfriend, decides, with the help of his flamboyant best friend, Vern (Alec Mapa), to put an ad in the paper, "GWM seeks roommate." Frankie Zito (Nucci), a macho guy from the Bronx who, against the wishes of his parents, Joe (Joe Grifasi) and Connie (Camille Saviola), wants to move out of their house, responds to Warren's ad. Along with his dim-witted best friend, Pino (Michael DeLuise), Frankie assumes GWM means "Guy with Money." Frankie moves in, and worlds collide. But with a few ground rules and some help from Warren's sister Meryl (Jessica Lundy), the twice-divorced building manager, it seems the two have the potential to become friends as well as roommates.moreless
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    Bram & Alice

    Bram & Alice

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    CBS (ended 2002)
    Bram Shepherd is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has coasted on his reputation for years. Alice O'Connor is an idealistic young woman on the verge of giving up her dream of becoming a writer when she learns that her idol, Shepherd, is her father. They decide to share an apartment together and try to adjust to the other's different personality. (Simulcast in HDTV)moreless
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    Center of the Universe

    Center of the Universe

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    CBS (ended 2005)
    Center of the Universe was a short-lived situation comedy on CBS. Starring Roseanne star John Goodman, Center of the Universe was centered around the life of John Barnett and his family, whose advice the family turns to often. Theme song "Center of the Universe (Main Title Theme)" written by Rick Marotta performed by John Goodman Tagline The world doesn't revolve around John... but a number of other celestial bodies do. Center of the Universe is produced by The Tannenbaum Company / CBS Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television Broadcast History ----------------- Oct 2004-Jan 2005, Wed 9:30-10:00 First telecast: October 27, 2004 Last telecast: January 19, 2005 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 15 Media: 35mm film/24p Tapemoreless
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