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  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:13 a.m. CST

    The unit

    by Aloy

    I really like that show for some reason

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:18 a.m. CST

    HIMYM

    by ctrlbuild

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:21 a.m. CST

    big bang theory

    by grimwald

    woohoo! hilarious show

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    How I Met Your Mother

    by ericeman

    Disappointing to see such a great show in this position... especially when Big Bang' is getting the green light. I just wonder, how did Jericho been fare and is anyone really expecting it to continue?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Lost

    by Stormwatcher

    Just had to say better than the all the shows mentioned here.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    What a dreadfully boring line up

    by Lyghthouse

    8 out of 13 of those shows are crime dramas. They need some damn variety on CBS.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory kicks ass

    by thejwac

    I'm amazed it got renewed, I thought the science and math references were too plentiful for most people.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Just add some sort of procedural crime to your show...

    by Murraypalooza

    ...and get renewed! :)

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    No cancelling HIMYA, dammit!

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Especially if we don't ever find out who ends up being the mother.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Please God cancel Cane

    by Mezzanine

    Lost needs some Richard Alpert!!!

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Can think of a few I wouldn't miss....

    by kdoc13

    But I kind of liked HIMYM, and Jericho.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:19 a.m. CST

    In what universe is...

    by ctrlbuild

    ...LOST better than HIMYM? If I want my shows to make no sense, I'll go watch The Prisoner.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    To steal from "In Living Color"...

    by haggardatbest

    CBS, because that's all you see: B.S.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    thejwac, what the fuck are you smoking???

    by bacci40

    if there was any reason not to support the wga strike, it was the pile of shite known as the big bang theory...cbs cant buy the it crowd, so it creates its poor cousin...every fucking stereotype of a nerd is in that show...and none of it is funny....i didnt even know that it was getting ratings...the show was universally panned...musta been your family watching

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    CBS: Criminal Bull Shit.

    by The Outlander

    They should just cancel all their shows and start again. Maybe hang on to Jericho (and Big Bang Theory). CBS: Criminal Bull Shit.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST

    The Unit better get a renewal...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...after all before the strike it was promised a full season on pickup damn it, so they can at least give us that much.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Shark and Jericho

    by photoboy

    I quite like those shows, so hopefully they're not dead, although neither of them are shows I'd be really gutted about if they cancelled them.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    They can't cancel HIMYM!!!

    by sonnierjay

    not after the genius Slap song!!!

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 4:04 a.m. CST

    bacci40, have a nice day

    by thejwac

    I don't understand. I like the show so I'm happy it's being renewed. You don't have to watch the show, there are plenty of other shows for you to enjoy. You act like a show should be universally loved or panned. There will never be a show that everyone likes or that everyone hates. The sooner you understand this, I think you will find life more enjoyable. Have a nice day.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST

    They won't cancel How I Met Your Mother

    by thejwac

    It's probably not been renewed pending contract negotiations or some shit. It's CBS' best show.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Moonlight

    by Dradis Contact

    is the worst. I tried to watch it because it had two guys who used to be on The Shield and one guy who used to be on Veronica Mars but what a turkey. Oh it's so bad.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Moonlight

    by Yeti

    I find it very entertaining. One man's garbage is another one's pearls. Hopefully they'll renew it.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 5:16 a.m. CST

    My favorite Columbia show is

    by Napoleon Park

    "How I Banged Your Mother".<p>Also "Criminal Minds", especially since they added the Dad from "Joan of Arcadia" and the boss from "Andy Richter Controls..." And Kirsten Vangsness is totally hot.<p>I also like Ghost Whisperer. Did you see that one episode where she ran down a hallway in slow motion while wearing a negligee? Brilliant!<p>Also, "Welcome To El Capitan" is the best show with an acupuncturist in it since Eli Stone!<p>Columbia has come a long way since the days of "CSI: That's All We Got".

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST

    How I Met Your Mother is a terrific show

    by Trazadone

    I think it blows Friends out of the water. It's a perfect cast with excellent writing.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 6:38 a.m. CST

    ctrlbuild, RE: LOST

    by Trazadone

    Your comment on LOST is stupid and lazy. You're basically saying, "I have the distinct impression that there is no underlying scheme to the tension and release being employed. Therefore, I am being gulled or manipulated, and, therefore, the art in question is -- you guessed it -- 'stupid.' " Now, in order to make this argument, you need to perform a rather blind leap of faith: you need to convince yourself that, since you can't see the underlying scheme, nobody can see it; which means, most likely, it's not there. In other words, there's no viewer/reader on earth who could make heads or tails of this (even though they aren't close to being done telling the story), which naturally means that the writers can't make heads or tails of it. This is, not to put too fine a point on it, a bad argument. If I can't follow something, I'm going to assume (in order) that either 1) I missed something (which would apply, really, to any LOST viewer who hasn't seen every single episode); or 2) They're withholding something they'll reveal later (which, while certainly annoying, is a far cry from "stupid") or 3) They're withholding something they plan to NEVER reveal (also frustrating, but not exactly a novel approach to the narrative arts); all of this is far more feasible than 4) They don't know what they're doing; it's "random," which, it seems to me, is the least likely conclusion, especially if you haven't been watching carefully. I have been watching carefully, and I have been consistently rewarded by LOST's games of "tension-and-release." I've seen a fair amount of "keep-'em-guessing" television (including X-FILES and TWIN PEAKS) and it's fair to say that LOST is the least manipulative, arbitrary or un-planned plot I've ever seen. Over three seasons I've been consistently amazed at how well the pieces fit together and how intelligently the puzzle reveals itself. If somebody wants to say, "this is too intricate and I don't have the patience for it," fair enough. If somebody wants to say "they play it too close to the vest; it's an aesthetic choice that turns me off, due to my woefully short attention span or my inability to consistently watch the show despite iTunes, DVDs etc." that's fair too. But to conclude that "LOST is beyond stupid, because its choices are random and arbitrary" is not a reasonable conclusion. It's ostrich-like: "I can't see it, so it must not be there." The fact that millions of people are evidently seeing something that's invisible to you should be a tip-off! Whirlygirl's correspondent is basically telling her, "You know all that stuff that you can see on LOST, that I can't, because you've been paying attention? It's not there! My fleeting glimpses of the show give me that impression, so I must be right and you must be wrong." And that, if I may say so, really is stupid.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Could Les Moonves be less obvious....

    by Mr. Profit

    About with hate of How I Met Your Mother? I remember Ausiello said that while it pulls in decent ratings for its time period, the big boss hates the show. It sucks as its probably the only traditional multicamera sitcom I watch. And the cast is good. Don't get why its not supported by CBS. And isnt The Unit a show that does well?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 7:45 a.m. CST

    HIMYM is great...

    by zer0cool2k2

    and I've watched Moonlight... despite it being a fourth rate "ANGEL", it's not nearly as terrible as I thought it would be. I don't get why The Big Bang Theory is worth renewing. Kaley Cuoco isn't even very cute.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 7:48 a.m. CST

    The Unit is produced by FOX, so it could go to FX easily...

    by genro

    ...especially since The Shield is wrapping up.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    The Unit is amazing

    by Geophyrd

    Look, say what you will about most of these other shows, but the Unit is an amazing television show. Every single show grabs you and holds you. The 2-part season opener, Pandemonium, was one of the best scripted dramas I've ever seen on TV (paraphrased "You know there are only six wealthy families and they control everything and have all along. Every once in a while, they let someone inside. That's what I'm offering you") That line was uttered by Rebecca Pigeon, the wife of David Mamet who writes the show. If you haven't watched it, you're in for a treat. If you're ignoring it because it looks like a JAG or something, its really good. And if you're an executive considering cancelling it, please don't.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Geophyrd...

    by furzee

    I totally agree. Man, the unit is such an original. Gritty, real, not afraid to kill main characters. Such a great show, Mamet's influence really shows, and his wife (Pigeon) is a great actress. And Dennis Haysbert owns everything he is in. Great show, give it a try.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    MOONLIGHT is a surprisingly decent show

    by SpyGuy

    I expected it to be a crappy ANGEL rehash, but it's managed to create its own mythos. Of course, it could just be that Sophia Myles is seriously hot.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    If they renew Big Bang...

    by Darth Kosher

    If they renew Big Band and not Mother, I will shit in a box and FedEx it to Les Moonves. Then I will track the shipment every 5 minutes until it arrives, so I know when he smells my shit. Then I'll bang Julie Chen.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 8:44 a.m. CST

    after angel i cannot watch moonlight

    by Mr_X

    i gave it a chance watched 5 episodes, but why have an inferior copy insated of the orginal? i dont watch anything on cbs lineup

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    HIMYM is fucking LEGEN-wait for it...

    by Fawst

    DARY! Robin Sparkles is one of the best half hour scripted episodes of comedic television ever. There is no way they can end the show without giving us the reveal. One of the funniest god damn shows of all time. "Barney... I'm going for the belt!" Fuck I love this show. A serial sitcom that WORKS, who would've thunk it?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory kinda grown on me

    by TVguy4566

    I did think it was crap when I first watched it, but with nothing else on because of the strike I watched a few reruns. It actually wasn't that bad. <br><br> I much rather have HIMYM back, but Big Bang Theory is decent enough to get me to continue watching. <br><br> BTW, it's time for a resurgence for the sitcoms. I am tired of reality TV and crime dramas. Bill Cosby revived the sitcom in the 80s from near death. We need someone with some clout (Jerry Seinfeld perhaps) to come in and revive the genre.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:19 a.m. CST

    The Unit is produced by Fox??

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Didn't know that. Hell it might make the show BETTER if it goes to FX. They better have it on SOME NETWORK.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    bacci40, no actually...

    by Frank Black

    a lot of people think it is the only good show CBS has. Big Bang Theory is smart and it though it is a sitcom (which I hate) it portrays a group rarely shown positively in mainstream tv and the actors are fun to watch. Would I rather watch Lost every night or the Office, sure but have I grown to love Big Bang Theory, Yes!?!

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    If they cancel The Unit and Jericho...

    by django_il_bastardo

    They just canceled me as a viewer as well!

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    How I Met Your Mother is easily CBS's best show...

    by MrGreenStache

    ... and it has got to be one of the only shows on CBS that actually appeals to 18 - 39 year old males. I will be so fucking rage if this show gets canceled.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Really, you like the group protrayed on Big Bang Theory?

    by MrGreenStache

    That is such utter bullshit. The idea that this group of nerds on "The Big Bang Theory" has any basis in reality is a joke. I am a nerd, I make math and science references, but I'm not the jackasses you see on BBT. Also, the show isn't funny.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    HIMYM needs a name change

    by rockgolf

    to How I Met Your Mother, Shot Her, Tried to Cover Up, and Would Have Got Away With It If It Weren't For Those Pesky CSI Detectives.<br><br><br>Could work...

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Two and half men

    by Maxer

    My mom told me this is one of the funniest shows she'd ever seen, and she was surprised because she doesn't like Charlie Sheen. I've never seen it, but is this show actually funny, or should I just chalk it up to the fact that it appeals to moms?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Jesus, the majority of American TV is crap...

    by RockLobster800

    british TV too for that matter! I saw that big bang theory last night, and was ranting about it so much I had to get my jaw sewn back on! Its absolute rubbish!

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Two and half men is funny

    by I Dunno

    Just because you know Charlie Sheen is the same unrepentant drunken womanizer in real life that he plays on the show. The rest of it is unremarkable though.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Kept it a secret

    by Guy Gaduois

    that I like and watch 'The Unit'; but someone found out, and once again I've killed a show by liking it. Balls. Well, 'Unit' yielded Summer Glau, who is tearing it up on 'Sarah Connor Chron's'. Damn, just killed another one.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Two and A Half Men and Big Bang Theory have the same jokes...

    by MrGreenStache

    They are like slightly better versions of the faux-sitcom that Ricky Gervais created on "Extras." They are all just low-brow sexual jokes.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Yay more Numb3rs!

    by chrth

    <nt>

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Against my own better judgement, I ended up liking Moonlight

    by One-Eyed Willy

    Every episode, I would wonder how I could like this show, but every week I liked it more and more. This was definitely against all odds in my book, but I liked the vampire mythology and how clever they got with it. For instance, how the French revolution and guillotine were used to destroy the vampires living amongst the royalty.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Moonlight

    by XoanonTORN

    I'm so torn about this show..I know I *want* to like it..and some eps. are good..but there's something about it that irks me..it just seems to be like CBS is trying to be cool show us they 'get' vamps, fantasy etc..but it doesn't really come off that well. That being said I still TiVo it and end up watching it eventually...I dunno..

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    So pissed off, I had to post

    by AngryGeoff

    I'm certain to get flamed in my first talkback, but I could lurk no longer. First, Big Bang is the most utter crap I have ever seen on television. The only people who enjoy it are the ones who make fun of the brainiac geeks who are portrayed in it. The people who are portrayed or so sterotyped, it's actually painful for me to watch. Why not a hip-hop black guy, or an Indian guy who runs a convience store? Those are no less insulting. Next, while I'll agree that Moonlight is a 2nd rate Angel copy, I like the characters in it a lot even though the storyline is somewhat thin, the characters are deep enough that I enjoy watching them. Finally, I've wondered how Jericho and The Unit surivived, even though I love both shows, just because I assumed that they weren't mainstream enough. But then mainstream gets rating, not quality, which is why so much crap gets renewed (how can anyone actually watch CSI Miami, Caruso makes me want to go postal he is so bad?) when innovative and well thought out shows get the axe.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    HIMYM is a classic.

    by Lenny Nero

    Big Bang Theory could be much better. 2.5 Men is terrible. Moonlight grew on me. Cane is the worst piece of shit I saw this year (including Cavemen). Anything else?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    What the fuck!...

    by DanielKurland

    Not renewing How I Met Your Mother, but renewing shit like Ghost Whisperer, or worse versions of another sitcom, like Big Bang (which is probably only due to some agreement they have with the creators, in regard to Two and a Half Men). It's not like HIMYM is doing bad in the ratings. It is eve ngetting Emmy nominations. If this show gets cancelled, now, when it's doing arguably their best, and most mature storylines, with no resolution, I'll be incredibly pissed off. I don't get too upset over stuff like this, but this is jsut ridiculous.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    "Losties" make Whedonites look almost respectable

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Seriously, tone it down a notch. Jeesh.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    WTF?! How the hell do you renew BBT before HiMyM?

    by Atomica

    How I Met Your Mother is easily the best sitcom on Television over the past few seasons. It's been consistently funny and this makes no sense. CBS, renew this now!

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Moonlight

    by xsi kal

    I barely made it through the pilot... it was an easy call to promptly remove it from my DVR list. My wife and I felt that first episode was almost demeaningly stupid.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    "Mauled at the mall?"...

    by DanielKurland

    Not only is HIMYM well written, cast, and plotted, the attention to details and call backs is insane. The end of season 2 with their whole Marshall's hat/stained shirts thing is pretty wonderful. After reading these talkbacks, I'd like to hope that it is just contract negotiation stuff, as the show does perform well, is well acclaimed, and is getting awards. Is is true the higher ups at CBS hate the show though?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, noon CST

    I have seen How I met your mother

    by emeraldboy

    Dreadful. good premise, dreadful execution.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I've never seen How I Met Your Mother . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . but now I want it shit-canned just because of you tools typing HIMYM.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    The Unit

    by digitalcos

    Well, it's about time I started hearing some love for The Unit on AICN. It's a damn fine show.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Also, mark my words...

    by DanielKurland

    "The Platinum Rule" will be How I Met Your Mother's first writing nominations for the Emmys, and possibly their first win. Only reason this wouldn't happen is if they just have shit publicist. That episode, tonally, and structurally is reminiscient of early Seinfeld.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Renewing the Unit and Jericho...

    by Julius Dithers

    ...would set my meter back to zero. While I'm asking for miracles, how about Jonas Blaine and Vic Mackey versus the BizLats? You opened the door, Mamet and Ryan.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I have also seen Big bang thoery

    by emeraldboy

    Jeeesus what a load of crap. I would love someone to take all the tapes for my family and bury them and then take out Fred baron. My family is bad despite the talented in it. big bang thoery is stacked bad. you remember that dont you? stacked, the recently failed sitcom starring

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Shows like Lost

    by Sithdan

    Shows like "Lost" require patience, deep thought and creativity. The average middle American television viewer hates "Lost" for those very reasons. After a long day behind the register at Wal-Mart, they want to be regaled with mindless entertainment, e.g. "American Idol," "Survivor" and the aptly titled "Simple Life." God forbid if any television show exhibited even the remotest sense of depth and characterization without spoon feeding it to the audience.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Ghost Whisperer, really? Really? Ghost Whisperer?

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I mean, you guys know you don't have to watch it right? You can just go to the internet and type in "Jennifer Love Hewitt Tits" whenever you want.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Unit and Moonlight

    by chromedome

    The only two shows on the CBS lineup that I watch: <p>The Unit rocks, plain and simple.<p>Moonlight has a developing story arc & characters, and has Sophia "Girl In The Fireplace" Myles<p>The only problem with the Unit, actually, now that I think of it, is that last season they changed the opening title music to something REJECTED by "Enterprise" as being even more horrid than the "strength of the bowels" theme song selected for Enterprise.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Felix_Happer

    by AngryGeoff

    My appologized for any insult you felt about being sterotyped, but that doesn't change the bad, over the top sterotyping of the show. Some of my best friends are 200+ IQ, game playing, social recluses, and it's no wonder that the "cool" people laugh at them when this is how they are presented. I didn't find that show funny, I found it insulting, discriminating, and embarassing. Of course you like the Jock football drama of Friday Night Lights, which I loathed. But then my wife went to highschool in Midland/Odessa, and I like football, so no wonder I didn't like the bad teenybooper soap opera, because it's just 90210 pretending to be a football show.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Jericho

    by Bouncy X

    so after making a huge deal with lots of promos about "the return of jericho thanks to the fans" ...its already not guaranteed to last whatever episodes they made? wow...i mean has it even started back yet?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Julie Chen

    by Samuel Fulmer

    How does she have a job with CBS after screwing up so many challenges on Big Brother? Maybe Les Moonves knows????

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I can't wait for the episode of Big Bang...

    by Alkeoholic77

    When all they do is beat a dead horse for 30 minutes.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    How I Met Your Mother rules!

    by Acappellaman

    My wife and I love it. Barney is friggin hilarious. The writing is very original, the editing is fantastic, and the acting is top-notch. What's not to like? Two and a Half Men has grown on me during syndication. I watched a couple episodes during its run early on, and the kid annoyed the hell out of me. Sheen and all the extremely hot chicks that guest star make it more than worthwhile to watch.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    How I Met Your Victoria's Secret Ad

    by christian66

    HIMYM has a good cast, but lately each episode is pimping some crap CBS tie-in: oh, Heidi Klum at the VS fashion show! Oh, Mandy Moore! Oh, Paris Hilton! Product placement in lieu of actual plot is not unique. It's a bad sign.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Stacked starred

    by emeraldboy

    barbie...I mean Pamela Anderson. both are blondie, vaccous and useless. at least barbie doesnt say anything. My brother had action man and I played with cars. the bond car was the best. I am going off topic, sorry. The ejector seat, wow and lego. my bro has star wars lego. He was a huge star wars fan untill the prequels. We had had a light sabre fight in out aunts house in california. ah memories.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Wow! How come I didn't think of that?

    by AngryGeoff

    So I can't know multiples of smart people, but a show that degrades them has a bunch, including 2 that are roomates? IQ numbers are arbitrary, and pretty much unrealistic anyway, and the *number* I used was to prove a point, not to be literal. Howe about "I know a lot of exceptionally smart people, including those that are on par with the indiviuals sterotyped and portrayed on BBT." Is that better? It doesn't change the fact that I find the show highly insulting, just as do all of the people in my circle of friends, regardless of how smart you think they are. It might be different if the show was funny, but then the writers making fun of geeky things like video games, comic books, and social awkwardness just reminds me to much of me year ago, which is depressing rather then entertaining. As for Friday Night Lights, you're mostly right. I haven't watched 1 whole episode. I havent' ever been able to get through a whole one without turning the channel. I really liked the movie, and watched with a hope that it was along the same line, and instead it was a soap opera. I've been told that the performances are great, but I couldn't tell. Mostly it comes back to my impression that you were one of the jocks in high school that laughed at the geeks. BBT makes fun of the geeks. FNL glorifies the jocks. I was one of the geeks who was picked on by the jocks. It makes me biased against both shows.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Fail...

    by MrGreenStache

    ... TBBT stereotypes their geeks. Geeks of that nature never leave their house and actually aren't all that smart. I'm not asking them to romanticize geeks, just fucking know one before you write a show about them.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Big Bang is horrible!!!

    by Executor

    I tried to watch it a few times and it just pained me. How can they renew this and not HIMYM????<P>Crazy.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Smallville Completely Rediculous

    by Mr_X

    Lex is shot in the head and is still alive at the end of the epsiode!. Fantastical appalling. someone stop this show!

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    How I Met Your Mother passed the Office for funniest show on tv

    by commiepinko

    this season. CBS c'mon its.....wait for it.................awesome.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I just realized

    by Luscious.868

    That there isn't a single show on CBS that I actually watch. How sad. They used to have some quality shows when I was growing up. It's all shit now.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I guess...

    by Hugh G Rekshun

    ...those who don't like BBT are angry because they don't get the jokes. Buncha fucktards.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 3:39 p.m. CST

    relax, people...

    by mthrndr

    How I Met Yo Mama is not going to be cancelled. It just hasn't yet been renewed. The show gets good ratings in the right demographic. I don't think it has a lot of competition in its timeslot, Mondays at 8 pm (not many people are tuning into Prison Break, and Fuck Deal or No Deal). I don't think it's "on the bubble"

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Commiepinko...

    by DanielKurland

    Exactly. This writers' strike made me realize that I don't miss The Office, but I do in fact miss How I Met Your Mother. And mthrndr, I understand what you're saying, and I agree, but, if people at CBS do hate it, it's not impossible they could shelve it in favor of something slightly worse if it'll give them less aggravation.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 4:49 p.m. CST

    AngryGeoff

    by thejwac

    Lighten up. You find a sitcom insulting?! I'm a geek as well but I don't really give a shit about how they're portrayed on a fucking TV show. It's a matter of perspective. You say the jocks on Friday Night Lights are glorified (not to mention stereotypes) and I agree that the geeks of TBBT are also stereotypes. But I think they are being glorified as well. Regardless, it is a fucking TV show and if you are capable of being insulted by a work of fiction created to generate ad revenue then you must have a lot of repressed anger from all the times the lacrosse team shoved parking cones up your ass.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Jericho will die

    by Ferf Muckmeyer

    Unfortunately, the ratings for the season 2 premiere of Jericho were worse than any episode in season 1. So much for fan support - I thought it was a good start to the new seven-episode run. No way will this be picked up by CBS if ratings continue in the cellar like this. This is a great show that CBS trashed by splitting the season last year, delaying the return until now and dumping it into a crappy time slot.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Also, AngryGeoff

    by thejwac

    Do you find the movie Revenge of the Nerds insulting? It stereotypes nerds and uses some of the typical nerd activities as fodder for comedy.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Moonlight is awesome

    by Texasgal

    I love Moonlight and hope it gets its deserved second season on CBS. I'm very grateful we are getting another 4 episodes this spring too.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Moonlight's no Angel

    by oisin5199

    but that's probably a good thing. Because there's only one Angel. Not every vampire show is the same. While Whedon's world was a mixture of genres, concentrating on fantasy, heightened operatic drama, ironic comedy and social commentary, Moonlight goes a more traditional old-school noir route. I'm with people who say they like it, even though they didn't initially want to. There's still plenty to be critical of here, but it's made a few plot choices that I thought were interesting and different, and I've gotten somewhat attached to the characters. It really reminds me of an 80s show to a certain degree, which could be a good or bad thing. As long as we see more of Jason Dohring's character, and Shannon Sossamyn (way hotter than Dr. Who's girlfriend).

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Moonlight will be premiering on

    by emeraldboy

    Living tv in the Uk and ireland.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    How I Met Your Mother & Big Bang....

    by Samuel Steamer

    Please renew How I Met Your Mother, it's my favorite comedy after discovering it in it's third season. Big Bang....is pretty good but they cast the wrong nerd as the star and the girl is not likable. It deserves to grow at least another season so good on it. But as many have said before me, how can they renew Big Bang and not How I Met Your Mother?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    HIMYM not only one of the funniest shows on TV right now

    by Dr Lizardo

    ...but also regularly stocked with ridiculously hot actresses. Good thing my wife can't tell whether I'm laughing or panting. Wait a minute, maybe that's not a good thing...

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 6:57 p.m. CST

    What's the sense of having The CW...

    by Mr. Profit

    As a sister channel to CBS if they don't try to move shows between networks? I'm sure The CW would take any of CBS leftovers. Rather than cancel The Unit, Mother, and Moonlight just move them to The CW. Lord knows they need good programming.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    What about According to Jim!

    by skywalkerfamily

    Is that coming back?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    The Unit is the closest thing....

    by topaz4206

    to a Tom Clancy thriller as we've ever gotten on TV.<br><br>I mean, sometimes the crew is asked to commit state-sanctioned murder! When do you ever get that on TV? (While dramatically addressing all of the moral implications that come with such an act)<br><br>Get on the ball, CBS, everything on that renewal list is worse than The Unit.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:25 p.m. CST

    I think 24 is closer to a Tom Clancy thing

    by skywalkerfamily

    we've ever got on TV. The lead is even named Jack.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 9:32 p.m. CST

    not surprised at the list of renewed.

    by the_fin

    i like moonlight....i like fluff so sue me, I hated big bang theory. putting glasses on a douche bag doesn't make one a nerd. its just a douche with glasses. sure the math jokes are ok.....but i have 4 seasons and counting of futurama if i want good math/science humor.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST

    More HIMYM Love and a Cool Fact

    by emvan

    I have several friends who are professional writers and who correctly scorn most TV for the crap that it is. They are invariably impressed or even blown away when I show them HIMYM. The third season has featured a series of structural innovations that are a master class in innovative storytelling. It's certainly one of the best half-dozen shows on TV and is neck-and-neck with The Office as the best comedy.<br><br> How many people know that showrunners Bays and Thomas got their start as collaborators as co-authors of MTV's "Lord of the Piercing" (you know, Jack Black and Sarah Michelle Gellar at the Council of Elrond), which is merely the funniest re-edited movie clip skit ever?

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Frank Black

    by bacci40

    ok...so i only watched the pilot...it gets funny in the next episodes? dont care...oooh....math jokes...im bowled over...think ill just watch repeats of the it crowd online...oh and does anyone know how smallville got 12 scripts written and shot despite the strike? something doesnt seem kosher about that

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Don't Let Old Christine Go...

    by skoobyx

    Please god.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Wow, "New Adventures of Old Christine".. Really?

    by Aethyrr

    I thought it was supposed to be very good. But, they renewed "Two and A Half Men" so..

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    crazy!

    by lynxpro

    I actually like a lot of these shows. "How I Met Your Mother" has always been funny and it even survived the reveal that Neil Patrick Harris is gay in real life. I think the only thing that sucks about it has been something evident since the very first episode, the future narration with Bob Saget blows. Get rid of it. Make it focused on the now. As for "Shark", I'm surprised that it is near the chopping block. Since my mother likes it so much, I thought it was assured to be a hit with the Boomer demographic...I mean, "Old Case" always gets renewed. I like "The Big Bang Theory" even if it is trying to shoe-horn every single former cast member of "Roseanne" onto the show...maybe a few more "Doctor Who" references thrown in will serve to calm down my bitter feelings over the fact that "Roseanne" and their bullshit cliffhanger with her husband's heartattack was one of the ratings nailings in the coffin to Fox's attempt to revive "Doctor Who" back in 1996. That or Joss Whedon's head [hey, "Angel" ain't on anymore so what's his use today?] on a stick or a Swingline red stapler. As for "Moonlight", I enjoy it. Mick needs to lose that lame car of his though. Sophia Myles is hot...she was hot in "Underworld", she was hot on "Doctor Who", and she is hot here. The cast is great, and the series is starting to pick up steam. As stated in this thread earlier, it does have an 80s tv - syndicated - vibe to it...a lot like "Forever Knight" but with a budget higher than $5 (US or Canadian). Mick's best vampire friend is a cool character. Hell, I propose that they get him a steady vampire squeeze...and now that Michelle Ryan is free from "Bionic Woman", why not give her a shot? Just dye her hair red like she had in "Jekyll" and the ratings will go up guaranteed.

  • Feb. 15, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    If They Cancel How I Met Your Mother...

    by ImFixingtoDie

    How am I supposed to know how he met my mother?

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Two and a Half Men is pretty funny

    by skywalkerfamily

    The comedy is pretty good for the show. It has a lot of good quick quips.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Good

    by blondeman

    Variety said that the Unit was gonna be canceled, I am glad there is still some hope. That show is pretty good and much much better than 24 at this point.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 6:28 a.m. CST

    ALL CRAP

    by angrykirby.tk

    everyone of those shows is rubish

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    What about Journeyman?

    by theycallmemrglass

    I know. Different network but PLEASE, resurrect JOURNEYMAN !!!

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Note to lilly Allen

    by emeraldboy

    We are not laughing with you we are laughing at you. if you think the big bang theory is awful and it is. The lilly Allen show is a such a monumental joke it has to seen to be believed. Lilly Allens dad is actor, author, film maker and hellraiser keith allen. He had a chat show in the 1980's that nobody remembers. it was called whatever you want. it was buried very swiftly and no clips of it remain. some bright spark decided that his daughter should get a comedy chat show. It is called Lilly allen and friends. the whole concept of it is that it is based on the social networking site bebo. So lillys friends are who ever the team pulls of her Bebo page. oh and Charlotte Church is coming back, Her show is actually quite good. First series was a right off but her second series was suprisingly good. now if she can only drop that annoying theme tune bit at the start i might watch. both Lily Allen and Charlotte Church are both on Channel 4 and e4. E4 is howing the big bang theory. Allen anc church are classed as comedy. odd. There is a profile of Ricky Gervaise on during. from his days on xfm to superstardom.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I cant stand Julia Louis

    by emeraldboy

    dreyfuss. I know I am in a minority. But I never really warmed to Seinfield. and when I see Micheal Richards, I see a racist and when I look at Jerry I see a control freak. I remember Richards apology on letterman and thinking it was forced. Seinfield's appreance was so business like. He could have looked of cool but he didnt and he took chunks out of Larry king.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Lose that...

    by DannyDorko666

    fucking Circuit city banner!!! So fucking annoying you whores!

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Cane

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    I really got into that show. I guess it's at a point in the story where it could be canceled, especially since I know I'll never get to see Jimmy Smitts break his foot off in that old, white, ignorant southerners ass!

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Wow cbs has nothing

    by Dazzler69

    Except Survivor. They need a big show like Lost or Heroes.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    They've got CSI

    by Funketeer

    which does very well for them. You don't spin off shows with poor ratings.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Sunny in Philadelphia

    by U-Stu.com

    That's what's worth finding out about. Is it getting the support it needs and deserves on DVD? When will we know what FX is doing with this show?

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Renew REAPER!

    by crayon

    I know it's a different network and all, but fuck

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 5:41 p.m. CST

    CBS should just go ahead and...

    by chromedome

    change its name to CSI

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Just to jump on the train

    by epitone

    The fact that CBS could renew Big Bang Theory and waffle on HIMYM is reason enough for them to replace NBC as the lowest-ranked network. HIMYM is genius -- way better than even the best years of Friends.

  • Feb. 16, 2008, 11 p.m. CST

    What about American Gladiators!

    by skywalkerfamily

    Hey Knight Rider starts tomorrow!

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Moonlight and HIMYM both stink.

    by AnnoyYou

    Both are sub-par imitations of much better shows, namely "Angel" and "Friends." The only redeeming thing about How I Met Your Mother is the chance to see the great Neil Patrick Harris every week -- otherwise everyone else on the show is totally lame and unfunny (yes, even Hannigan). Moonlight is laughable and ridiculously melodramatic -- like the worst of the worst vampire romance novels, and except for the wasted Jason Dohring, the cast sucks. I'm surprised that both shows have lasted this long.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Moonlight Is For Morons

    by DangerMan

    Moonlight, a sorry ripoff of Forever Knight and Angel, is truly shit. The writing is the worst. The show before it is bad too starring that Hooters waitress who talks to ghosts.

  • Feb. 17, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST

    "waitress who talks to ghosts"...

    by lynxpro

    ...you mean the Tit Whisperer? At least it is her front and center and not that James Van Prage (sic) who is the consultant to the show. I'm afraid if it truly were based upon him and his experiences, the title character would be listening to everyone's inner "fabulous" spirit. Come to think of it, that would work well on Bravo or Logo.

  • Feb. 18, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Moonlight

    by allykatD

    ... won the People's Choice awards for Best New Drama with over 10 MILLION votes. It's also #1 over at Hey!Neilsen. Moonlight has a HUGE rabid following with a convention planned next year. CBS would have a riot on their hands if they didn't renew it. Whether you personally like it or not, it has an enormous fanbase.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    HIMYM and da' Buffyverse

    by ToughGuyRizzo

    I started watching HIMY-mom's just to see if Allison was doing some fun and good work. The show very much suprised me, given the writing and how eventually the story comes full circle. It's a pretty creative show and Neil Pat Harris is a funny mofo. (Slap bet ep rocked) The other plus of the series is for Buffy/Angel fans as they throw in a bunch of cameos including: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Tom Lenk to name a few.

  • Feb. 20, 2008, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Moonlight sucks

    by tiger_robot

    Alex O'loughlin is hot, however. As for Big Bang Theory...it was nice to see Darlene and David back together....