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Throw Like a Girl: My Boys, Friday Night Lights and Sports Night‘s Fiercest Females

"Do women even like sports?" may just be as outdated and lame as the already answered, yet repeatedly asked question, "Are women funny?" (The answer is a resounding "yes," by the way, in case you've been living under the world's dumbest rock.) But while funny women are standing tall in the television landscape (New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation, just to name a few) where's the love for all the sports gals out there? (And, yes, sometimes they are one and the same).

The Big Uneasy: Should The Originals, AHS: Coven and Top Chef Fear the New Orleans TV Curse?

As anyone who has been to New Orleans can tell you, there is some weird, wonderful mojo going on there, with plenty of haunted tours, haunted hotels, haunted just-about-everything to prove it. While the historic city is a beautiful, vibrant and eclectic place with architecture that already looks like a Hollywood set, for whatever reason it hasn't been an ideal destination for TV shows.

From 21 Jump Street to Family Ties: How to Remake Classic ’80s TV Shows for the Big Screen

How in the world could anyone make a good movie out of the campy '80s cop series 21 Jump Street? Well, if you're the film's creative brain trust -- a team that includes stars/producers Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller -- your keep the basic premise of the show (undercover cops go back to high school) and change almost anything else. So instead of an earnest procedural where both the cops and teens learn Important Life Lessons, you've got a rollicking buddy action comedy about two guys who get the chance to relive their school days only to discover high school isn't quite how they remember it. The success of 21 Jump Street got us thinking about the best ways to reboot other fondly (and not so fondly) remembered '80s TV shows for the big screen. You're welcome, Hollywood.

From KAOS to Chaos: TV Spies Just Wanna Have Fun

Since the dawn of the Cold War, spies and comedy have gone hand-in-hand -- probably to ease the tension of knowing there are people out there looking to destroy your way of life -- and television has developed a long tradition of wacky spy shows. Currently in its fourth season, Chuck is a shining example of the genre, making great use of famous TV and movie spies in guest roles, and the animated Archer takes the James Bond type down a new, hilarious road. But the newest comedic spy series on TV is Chaos, about a team of misfit CIA agents who fight their superiors and departmental bureaucracy as much as they fight terrorists, and so far it looks like it splits the difference pretty evenly between comedy and action. While some series are funnier than others -- both intentionally and unintentionally -- these are some of our favorites from the genre.

The Most Age-Inappropriate Relationships Ever on TV

This isn't about cougars chasing after twentysomething guys or college students hooking up with professors. We're talking about relationships between adults and underage teenagers that are actually illegal, among other things. Yet, while they're illicit, ill conceived and dangerous in the real world, we can't get enough of them on scripted TV. Hell, some of them are our favorite small-screen couples of all time. While there is a current rash of hot-for-teacher storylines, there have also been plenty of other underage characters who've fallen for someone far too old for them.

Little People on the Small Screen: Their Biggest Roles

They say there are no small parts, only small actors. But this year, there are actually plenty of big roles on TV for little people -- at least, there are on HBO. Peter Dinklage has a major role in HBO's medieval drama Game of Thrones, while Ricky Gervais begins filming Life's Too Short, a sitcom starring Warwick Davis as an egomaniacal dwarf talent agent, for the network in May. And that's not even counting the numerous reality shows on the air about bakers and dog trainers who also happen to be little people. Considering how rare it is that we see actors with dwarfism on television in significant recurring roles, this double news item got us thinking about the last time a little person was on our TV on a regular basis. Then, once we remembered how bad The Cape was, we decided to look back further. Here are the best and worst.

The Olympics are Great and All, But Sports Comedies and Dramas Are Even Better

Televised sporting events are already a pretty big deal for most people, but when you factor in the event status of the Olympics or the Super Bowl or the World Series, they become juggernauts. So why is it that fictional TV shows about sports are so much less popular? The high school football drama Friday Night Lights is one of the best shows on TV, but ratings are only so-so, and it was moved from NBC to DirecTV in 2008 (it will return to NBC in April). Luckily, other sports shows are still plugging along: My Boys, about a female sportswriter, will get a fourth season this summer on TBS, and fantasy-football comedy The League will get a second on FX. And, encouragingly, new shows are still getting made: Spike recently launched college football comedy Blue Mountain State and is prepping Players, about the owners of a sports bar. But historically, sports shows tend to hover in a sparingly viewed grey zone between regular TV shows and actual sports. Here are some of the best shows about sports that have ever aired, and don't be surprised if you haven't heard of some them.

Merlin: Is America Ready for Another Medieval Drama?

This Sunday, the British series Merlin, a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, premieres on NBC, with a cast of actors mostly unknown on this side of the pond. (The notable exception being Anthony Head from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) But is America ready for a new medieval television series? Sure, Legend of the Seeker just got renewed, and Robin Hood airs on BBC America, but is period fantasy ready for one of the big networks? We took a look back at previous period fantasy shows to see whether they were hits or misses.

What Do Bart Simpson and Fox Mulder Have in Common?

The Simpsons Movie returns to the original scene of the family's crimes when it debuts on HBO Sunday, July 6 at 9 PM ET. And the new tube-spawned film The X-Files: I Want to Believe is being readied for July 25 release. From TV to the movies and back again, it's the sort of life cycle that used to find its exponents dropping dead at the box office.

Does anybody remember that ABC's '60s campfest Batman was made into a theatrical film? (Well, it didn't have Julie Newman playing Catwoman, so that explains things right there.) What about Munster, Go Home? (CBS' fright family heads to England.) In the '90s, we had Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which was supposed to explain things about David Lynch's largely impenetrable (if enjoyable) ABC series, but didn't.

Hot Hunks in the Wild West

by Diane Werts July 3, 2008 3:56 pm
Hot Hunks in the Wild West

Manly men doing manly things are big-time on the tube now. Discovery's Deadliest Catch. History's Ax Men. TruTV's Black Gold. So maybe the manliest genre of all -- westerns -- is primed for a comeback.

Why sweat to catch seafood, cut down trees or work an oil rig when you can swagger down the street wearing guns and hot-looking leather, heroically hunting outlaws and cleaning up towns embodying what we now know as The American Way?



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