ABC has announced the dates of the May finales for its primetime programming which you can check out following the jump – series finales and likely series finales are in bold print [note: some of these series are still on the bubble, so any uptick in their ratings could result in a stay of execution – except Betty. sorry].
Kill Shakespeare #1: A Sea of Troubles is one of the stranger comics I’ve read. The premise is that England is under the thrall of thee evil wizard, William Shakespeare – and that banished Danish Prince Hamlet is the one prophesied to kill him and free England from tyranny.
Tonight’s first spring episode of Stargate Universe [Syfy, 9/8C] is the first of a two-parter that finds Rush returning and introduces what could become a recurring species of aliens who seem to have designs of the Destiny.
Told in a series of flashbacks by a condemned man, to a priest, I Sell the Dead is the tale of two graverobbers – Willie Grimes [Larry Fessenden] and Arthur Blake [Dominic Monaghan] – who become ghouls – sellers of the dead whether stationary or not.
The Last Song was written as a Miley Cyrus vehicle and then novelized by its co-writer, Nicholas Sparks – he of the cut & paste romantic dramas Nights in Rodanthe and Dear John. Although The Last Song follows the patterns of his previous novels/film adaptations, it is – somewhat surprisingly – better than expected.
Donnie Wahlberg guest-stars in tonight’s season three premiere of In Plain Sight [USA, Wednesdays, 10/9C]: Father Goes West. Wahlberg plays Boston trucker robber Jimmy Porter who runs afoul of his boss when his crew tackles a truck that turns out to have no cargo. Faced with his boss killing his son, he kills the boss and his gunmen and winds up in Albuquerque under the watchful eye of Witsec Marshals Mary Shannon [Mary McCormack] and Marshall Mann [Fred Weller].
On Friday, I had the pleasure of taking part in a teleconference Q&A session with Donnie Wahlberg in support of his guest-starring role in the third season premiere of USA’s hit series, In Plain Sight [Wednesday, 10/9C]. Wahlberg is an intelligent, articulate fellow who has become a dependable character actor with a wide range. It will come as no surprise that he gives an excellent performance as a single father who has turned over a new leaf – but still has a reservoir of rage toward anyone who threatens his family.
While Doctor Who might not be a big enough hit in North America to warrant appearances on The Tonight Show, or The Late Show [maybe Craig Ferguson should send him an invitation…], the new Doctor, Matt Smith is doing one of the U.K.’s premiere chat shows, this week’s edition of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross [BBC America, 10/9C].
Smith will talk about his [very secretive] road to Doctor Who; provide revelations about The Doctor’s space-time-hopping vehicle, the TARDIS, and express his desire to stay with the role/show.
Ross’ other guests will be actor Emma Thompson [An Education] and British electro-pop duo Goldfrapp.
Series/Season Five of Doctor Who premieres on BBC America on Saturday, April 17th.
Photo courtesy of BBC America
For each of its last two episodes [a two-parter guest starring Dana Delaney], ABC’s Castle [Mondays, 10/9C] has chalked up double-digit ratings increases resulting in the show being renewed for 2010-11.
The two-episode arc had Kate Beckett [Stana Katic] and Richard Castle [Nathan Fillion] being joined by FBI profiler Jordan Shaw [Delaney] when a serial killer began calling Beckett about murders he’d just committing – the twist being that he was calling Nikki Heat, the character Castle writes about in his new series of mystery novels. The first part of the story ended in a classic cliffhanger – which may have helped the second increase.
Besides having Dana Delaney guest starring, Castle has also benefited from having the new season of Dancing with the Stars as its lead-in.
Photo courtesy ABC; Photo by Adam Larkey
It’s been a while since we saw an original episode of V and, after a better-than-average clip show to bring us up to date, the series returns this evening [ABC, 10/9C]. Welcome to the War picks up with a number of plot threads that were left dangling off the proverbial cliff way back before the Winter Olympics – and resolves them in manners both expected and… not so much.
When the news came out that four of the five leads of Law & Order: Criminal Intent were leaving the show, it left a lot of fans puzzled and furious. The season premiere of the series, tomorrow night [USA, 10/9C], will probably incite riots among a certain faction of those fans. Although Julianne Nicholson has already gone, Loyalty, Part 1 features one of the other three departures [the other two will leave in next week’s Loyalty, Part2] and it will be a shocker.