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Cheryl Ladd: Chuck's Mother of a Twist Will Wow Fans – Plus, Her Take on TV's Grounded Angels

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NBC’s Chuck (Fridays, 8/7c) marked the midway point of its farewell season by dropping a “baby” bombshell relating to Sarah’s past. The action picks up this week with Sarah, dreading whatever it is that Shaw set in motion, high-tailing it to Hungary to confront her original CIA handler (played by White Collar‘s Tim DeKay), whom she fears is out to harm, among others, her mother Emma (Charlie’s Angels‘ Cheryl Ladd). READ PREVIEW!


TV's 20 Biggest Disappointments of 2011

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Just as TV can exceed our expectations by, say, taking what felt like the umpteenth couples comedy and parlaying it into wonderful, weekly Happy Endings, gripping us tight with Homeland drama or reviving the primetime sudser with a delicious serving of Revenge, small screen fare can also let us down.

With 2011 drawing to a close, we reflected on 20 instances over the past year when, for one reason or another, the TV gods didn’t quite smile on us. VIEW SLIDESHOW


Breaking: Charlie's Angels Canceled By ABC

CHARLIE'S ANGELS - Everyone deserves a second chance -- even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They're angels... Charlie's Angels. "Charlie's Angels" stars Annie Ilonzeh ("General Hospital") as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly ("Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights") as Eve, Rachael Taylor ("Grey's Anatomy") as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez ("The Wire," "Daybreak") as Bosley. Written and executive-produced by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Smallville"), "Charlie's Angels" is also executive-produced by Drew Barrymore ("Charlie's Angels" movies), Leonard Goldberg (the original "Charlie's Angels") and Nancy Juvonen ("Charlie's Angels" movies). It's directed and executive-produced by Marcos Siega ("Vampire Diaries," "Dexter"). "Charlie's Angels" is produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)
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Sorry, Charlie, but this week’s tiny uptick in ratings simply wasn’t enough to keep your Angels aloft.

ABC has shut down production … READ MORE


Erica Durance Previews Her Date With Charlie's Angels (Plus, Smallville Finale Scoop…?)

CHARLIE'S ANGELS - "Angels in Chains" - Based on a teleplay from the original "Charlie's Angels" series, the girls must break out of jail in their quest to crack a case. This time, they pose as unsuspecting American tourists to crack a kidnapping ring in Cuba. Upon arrival at the hotel, they are framed and thrown into a women's prison, where their key victim, Tess, is also incarcerated. Bosley joins forces with his ex-girlfriend, CIA operative Samantha Masters (Erica Durance), but is this partnership something more? Find out on "Charlie's Angels," THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/GLENN WATSON)
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Erica Durance has a date with an Angel — all four of ‘em, actually — as a guest star on this Thursday’s Charlie’s Angels (ABC, 8/7c), which pays homage to the classic “Angels in Chains” episode circa 1976. TVLine spoke with the Smallville alumna about getting her Glock on as a CIA agent, her Hope to star in a medical drama, and breaking out of the genre-TV “box.” (We also of course made one last grab for Clark/Lois scoop!) READ THE TVLINE Q&A


Ratings: Charlie's Angels Dive and Grey's Hits Low as Yankees-Tigers Game Sets Record

CHARLIE'S ANGELS - "Runway Angels" -- The Angels go undercover in the fashion world after a young model's disappearance, and Kate's ex-fiance, Detective Ray Goodson (Isaiah Mustafa), is involved with the case, on "Charlie's Angels," THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/GLENN WATSON)
RACHAEL TAYLOR, MINKA KELLY, ANNIE ILONZEH, RAMON RODRIGUEZ

Facing the Yankees-Tigers Game 5 — aka the highest-rated MLB Division Series match-up in cable history, with almost 10 million viewers — only one primetime series (The Mentalist) enjoyed an increase in ratings, while ABC’s lineup incurred the biggest damage. READ MORE


Thursday Premiere Ratings: A Bigger Bang Theory, Modest Start For AngelsSuspect

CHARLIE'S ANGELS - Everyone deserves a second chance -- even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss, Charlie Townsend, are no saints. They're angels... Charlie's Angels. "Charlie's Angels" stars Annie Ilonzeh ("General Hospital") as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly ("Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights") as Eve, Rachael Taylor ("Grey's Anatomy") as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez ("The Wire," "Daybreak") as Bosley. Written and executive-produced by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Smallville"), "Charlie's Angels" is also executive-produced by Drew Barrymore ("Charlie's Angels" movies), Leonard Goldberg (the original "Charlie's Angels") and Nancy Juvonen ("Charlie's Angels" movies). It's directed and executive-produced by Marcos Siega ("Vampire Diaries," "Dexter"). "Charlie's Angels" is produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. (ABC/BOB D'AMICO)
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ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels premiered to less than heavenly ratings Thursday, while NBC’s remake of Prime Suspect failed to collar a sizeable audience. The X Factor, meanwhile, held steady and The Big Bang Theory got bigger. READ MORE


Charlie's Angels Reboot Eyes Alias Vet Victor Garber to Play Charlie

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Meet your new boss, Angels.

After an exhaustive search, Alias star Victor Garber is in final talks to supply the voice of Charlie in ABC’s Charlie’s Angels update, TVLine has confirmed. READ MORE


Hot Video: Charlie's New Angels on Long Hours, Sore Body Parts and Reboot Pressure

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It’s hell being an Angel.

On the Emmy red carpet Sunday, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh told me all about not only the long workdays that are keeping them too busy to stress over the fate of their Charlie’s Angels reboot, but also the stunt work that has rendered their glamour-girl gams unsuitable for the viewing public. (Somehow I doubt that!) READ MORE & WATCH VIDEO


Exclusive First Look: Charlie's Angels Says Halo to Erica Durance

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CHARLIE'S ANGELS - "Angels in Chains" (ABC/GLENN WATSON)
ERICA DURANCE, RAMON RODRIGUEZ

Call it a match made in Heaven. As first reported by TVLine, Smallville alumna Erica Durance is set to guest-star on ABC’s new Charlie’s Angels this fall — and now we have a first look at her dangerously sexy covert agent in action. READ MORE & SEE PHOTO


Fall TV Poll: What Will You Watch on Thursday?

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The Fall TV season is right around the corner folks, so some tough viewing choices are coming. Let’s get thinking about them, shall we? READ MORE & VOTE FOR WHAT YOU’LL BE WATCHING