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TELEVISION NEWS: NBC Cancels Life, More Shows Left Up in the Air!

Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello reports that NBC has cancelled the quirky, love-it-or-hate-it cop/conspiracy series, Life [a series which I gave a glowing review last fall – that being the way life goes…].

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Ausiello is also reporting that My Name is Earl and Law & Order have joined Chuck and Medium on the list of shows whose fates will be determined later – May 19, to be exact.

Further, Ausiello notes that if Chuck returns, it will be on a new night – and one the network’s new shows [likely Parenthood] would lead out from Heroes.

NBC is also prepared to carry on with Law & Order: SVU, with or without Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni – Ausiello reports that NBC has made them an offer to continue as Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler.

Television: AMC’s Mad Men Goes into Production for it’s 3rd Season

AMC’S AWARD WINNING SERIES “MAD MEN” BEGINS PRODUCTION OF THIRD SEASON.

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NEW YORK, NY – May 4, 2009 – AMC announced today the start of production on season three of its award-winning and critically acclaimed original drama series, “Mad Men.” Created, written and executive produced by Matthew Weiner (Executive Producer/Writer, “The Sopranos”), “Mad Men” follows the personal and professional lives of New York advertising execs circa 1960.  Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, produces the series for AMC. 

Returning cast members include Golden Globe winner Jon Hamm (“We Were Soldiers”), Elisabeth Moss (“West Wing”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Angel”), January Jones (“We Are Marshall”), and Christina Hendricks (“Kevin Hill”), as well as guest star John Slattery (“Charlie Wilson’s War,” “K Street”). 

“Mad Men”, which The New York Times declared to be, “a sleek, hard boiled drama with a soft, satirical core”,  debuted on AMC in July 2007 and quickly gained critical praise and the series has gone on to win six Emmy Awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Drama, the first ever for a basic cable network.  It is also the only basic cable series to win the Golden Globe award two years in a row (2007 and 2008) for Best Television Series-Drama. 

Season three is scheduled to premiere in August 2009.

TELEVISION NEWS: NBC ADDS 6 Series For Fall; Fate of Chuck Still Unknown!

According to reports, NBC has added four dramas and two comedies to their 2009 fall schedule – while the fate of spy comedy, Chuck, and paranormal family drama, Medium, remain to be revealed.

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The new NBC dramas are:

Trauma: follows the loves of Emergency Medical Technicians [EMTs] as they deal with the intense medical cases in which they become involved. Trauma stars Anastasia Griffith [Damages], and is produced by Peter Berg [Friday Night Lights].

Parenthood: a contemporary take on the real family dynamic, and based on Ron Howard’s film of twenty years ago; Mercy, a soap built around a young nurse, recently returned from Iraq, and the people she works with now. Peter Krause [Six Feet Under], Craig T. Nelson [Coach] and Maura Tierney [E.R.] star, and the series is produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Jason Katims [Friday Night Lights].

Mercy: a “female-oriented soap” about a young nurse recently returned from Iraq, and her life and adventures. Mercy stars Taylor Schilling [Dark Matter] and co-stars Michelle Trachtenberg [Gossip girl]; the team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun [both former network heads] produce.

Day One: a post-apocalyptic drama about a small group of surivivors who survive and have survive while trying to find out what happened. Adam Campbell [Date Movie] and Julie Gonzalo [Eli Stone] star, while Jesse williams [Heroes] will produce.

The new comedies are:

Community: about a group of educational misfits at Greendale Community College who start a study group headed up by a disbarred lawyer. The Soup’s Joel McHale is the lawyer and Chevy Chase co-stars. Joe and Anthony Russo [Arrested Development] are Community’s creative team. Like other NBC comedies, Community will be a one camera show.

100 Questions: Some one may be taking compatibility quizzes a little too seriously in 100 Qyestions, in which a woman tries to find Mr. Right by answering the titular questions from said test. Sophie Winkleman [The British series, Peep Show] stars. The series was created by Christopher Moynihan [For Your Consideration] and the pilot was directed by James Burrows [Cheers, Friends].

TELEVISION NEWS: Chuck Fans Rejoice, it’s Back!

Chuck Gets Renewed

We’ve been waiting on pins and needles to find out if Chuck would get renewed or not. Rumor has it that tomorrow (Monday), NBC will announce their fall schedule and Chuck has been picked up. Law & Order, Medium, Parks & Recreation and Southland are also getting renewed. Along with the already announced renewal of Heroes and The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU and Friday Night Lights.  Gone are Knight Rider and Kings (which I was really digging.) I still have a fear that Chuck S3 will overstay his welcome as I felt the last two episodes of season two were the perfect conclusion to Chuck’s story. This is still an unconfirmed rumor we should know officially tomorrow (Monday) morning.

Update

See, this is exactly why I don’t generally report rumors. NBC has delayed their decision on whether or not to renew Chuck.  NBC Execs are weasels, they know what they are going to do, now that they are getting a lot of Buzz over this, they are just jerking Chuck fans around.

TELEVISION NEWS: Disney to Join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as an Equity Owner of HULU!

Hulu and The Walt Disney Company announce that Disney, through a subsidiary of ABC Enterprises Inc., has agreed to join NBC Universal, News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as a joint venture partner and equity owner of Hulu, a leading online aggregator of video content.

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Once the deal is completed, content available to Hulu users will include:

· Full-length episodes of ABC primetime programs like Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Samantha Who?, Scrubs, Private Practice and popular late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live

· Full-length episodes of hit ABC Family series like The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Greek

· Popular series from ABC Daytime and SOAPnet like General Hospital and The View

· Classic series from ABC’s library like Hope & Faith, Less than Perfect, Commander in Chief, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire and Dancing with the Stars

· Select hit programs from Disney Channel like Wizards of Waverly Place and Phineas and Ferb which can be easily accessed from a new DISNEY location in the Channel section of Hulu.com

· Popular library titles from The Walt Disney Studios

· Short-form content including webisodes, sneak peeks and episode recaps from ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and SOAPnet

TELEVISION: Michelle’s American Idol Recap

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Ah, it’s Tuesday night and time for the train wreck known as American Idol. As I said in a previous post, I watch Idol in the hopes that there will be that one special moment that wows me. I’m not holding my breath for it, but I’m hope springs eternal. They really are desperate for mentors this season, I mean QT a few weeks ago and Jamie Foxx? Yeah I get that he’s a classically trained Julliard Musician, he’s been in three “Musicals,” and I’ll acknowledge that he is accomplished (I even saw him at the Cinerama Dome once going into the gym) but it still seems weird that he’s the one giving advice. I really miss my DVR, I’m going to have to hook up my TIVO – I did bring it with me. First up is Kris Allen whose blandness is kind of growing on me. 

Kris Allen

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Does a boring ballad, I’m shocked. I know this song, but I don’t know the name – Somewhere? He’s really good, but again it’s just bland in the beginning but has a really nice big band middle. Randy and his darn “He’s in it to win it.” Randy that phrase is not going to take off, “dawg.” Kara loved it Simon thought it was good, but not as good as the other judges and thought it was a bit wet. Said it was like taking a well trained spaniel for a walk and said he didn’t think Kris could win this competition. Simon has the two that he wants in the finals and no matter what happens he’s going to try  get Gokey and Lambert there. But he is right, it was a good but safe performance.  My grade B

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TELEVISION: American Idol Does Rat Pack Tonight

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Ok, I know I keep saying I’m through with this show, but there’s nothing else on television on Tuesday nights. What am I going to do? Watch Reaper? No, no matter how much I try I can’t get into that show and the fact that it’s doomed doesn’t make me want to make an emotional investment in it. Tuesday night is pretty much me complaining about how crappy Idol is and then watching a Blu-ray movie – tonight I’m going to watch Quantum of Solace. But before I get bored by that, I need to be bored by Idol. It’s Rat Pack night tonight, lets watch these crummy Idols sap all the fun and life out of these songs.  So the top 5 is Adam Lambert, Matt “Justin Timbrerlake Wannabe” Giraud, Kris Allen, Allison and Danny Gokey. Wow, what a bad line up, I think tonight should benefit Matt the most that is assuming he actually sing the songs in the Rat Pack style but he won’t, none of them will. Once again, I have to ask what is the point of these theme nights if the contestants don’t have to at least sing the song’s in the appropriate style? Of course it’s the idiot Judges fault because they are always, “you have to change it, make it your own.” Translation, turn it into some crappy, sappy, safe elevator musiq.  I really hate Idol, but I can’t turn away, there I’ve said it and admitted it. I’ll say how much I hate this show for the next 3 weeks but will watch it because I’m invested in it and because there’s nothing else to watch.  I don’t think I’ll do an Idol Tweet tonight, but I’ll post a recap.

TELEVISION NEWS: My Dumb Theory for Tonight’s Chuck

I didn’t watch the first 1/2 of this season of Chuck because I was into Gossip Girl, then GG went on that 3 month long break and I got caught up in the Chuckster again. The last few episodes were really good. I know a lot of people like the Buy More stuff in the B story more than the Spy stuff in the A story. I’m the opposite, I like the stuff between Casey, Chuck and Sarah more than the Buy More stories. I think last week’s episode was a perfect spot to end the series, it wrapped everything up into a nice little bow and sent us away happy. The show should have ended then. But if it continues, the producers are promising tonight’s episode will be a “game changing” episode.  So here is my stupid theory, Chuck will not get the Intercept back into his head, it’s going to go into someone else’s – my dumb theory for tonight – Morgan is going to become the new Intercept with Chuck becoming a “real” agent and Morgan’s handler.  You read it here first.

TELEVISION: My Dumb 24 Theory for Tonight

I’ve been loving this season of 24, that is until the Tony reveal which has sapped me of my last, “this is completely stupid resolve.” But here’s my dumb theory for tonight’s episode of 24, it’s going to be revealed that the girl Tony is screwing is actually Michelle. They rescued her and gave her plastic surgery. Yeah it doesn’t make sense, but not much else has this season – even though I really like it.

Television: ‘Chuck’ Rings In it’s Season 2 Finale

The season 2 finale of the hit NBC series ‘Chuck’, is set to air this Monday 4/27 at 8PM EST in an episode titled ‘Chuck Vs The Ring’.

‘Chuck Vs The Ring’ brings with it a chance for Chuck(Zachary Levi) to rid himself of the Intersect but he will have to protect Ellie Awesome (Sarah Lancaster) from Fulcrum on her wedding day and make sure her big day isn’t being ruined by Ted Roark (recurring guest star Chevy Chase). The episode also includes guest appearances by Morgan Fairchild, Bruce  Boxleitner, Tony Hale  and Scott Bakula. ‘Chuck Vs. The Ring’ was written by Chris Fedak and Allison Adler and directed by Robert Duncan McNeill.

Check out the sneak peek looks at ‘Chuck Vs The Ring’ and tune in on Monday, April 27th at 8PM EST on NBC to catch the exciting second season finale of ‘Chuck’.

 

 

TELEVISION: Law & Order: Criminal Intent – Jeff Goldblum Makes an Instant Impression!

When Teeter, a talented musician, is found murdered after a night out with his friends [to take in a spelling bee!] – in a neighborhood composed of several different ethnicities, Captain Danny Ross [Eric Bogosian] assigns Detective Megan Wheeler [Julianne Nichols] to the case, along with her new partner, Detective Zach Nichols [Jeff Goldblum]. As their investigation begins, Rafe, another musician who lived in the same warehouse sized loft as Teeter falls down the building’s elevator shaft. Rock Star, this week’s episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent [USA, 9/8C] introduces Goldblum’s Detective Nichols in a way that allows Goldblum to make an indelible first impression – on his new partner, and on the show’s audience.

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Nichols arrives at his first crime scene [Teeter] marvelling about the variety of fine ethnic foods he was able to find on his way to work. Wheeler is not amused, but when she questions Ross about him, Ross informs her that, before he took a seven-year leave, he was, “…amazing. Brilliant cop. Very perceptive.” And notes that both Nichol’ parents were shrinks. Where did he go for those seven years? “He sent me a postcard from Cleveland, “says Ross.

Before long though, Nichols wins Wheeler over with his keen eye for detail and a knowledge of people that allows him to reassure a possible suspect that he’s not one by playing a cool jazz improvisation on the late Teeter’s keyboard. He also knows how to spin his questions when dealing with other suspects – like the musicians’ landlord, Philip, whose band played the third-longest set at Woodstock.

Rock Star showcases Goldblum’s character, but allows Nicholson and Bogosian plenty of room to perform as well – though it’s likely that Goldblum’s Nichols will assume the lead role on future investigations. The character may remind of Goldblum’s last series, the brilliant – of too hip for the room – Raines, though minus that character’s imagined conversations with the victims whose murders he was trying to solve. Nichols has that same intensity and ability to learn about people without actually appearing to be doing anything.

Where Vincent D’Onofrio’s Detective Goren is a riff on Sherlock Holmes, Goldblum’s Nichols might be analogous to Freud – Goren is a facts guy, while Nichols is all about motive. The one thing they have in common is that no detail escapes them. They differ in their method of using those details. I expect that Detective Wheeler’s primary concern, in future eps, will be grounding Nichols in much the same way that Detective Eames keeps Goren grounded – and like the Watson of Conan Doyle’s original stories, provide a certain toughness and resourcefulness that will keep Nichols on track.

If Rock star is any indication, Law & Order may be about to hit a creative peak. Not bad for a show in its eighth season!

Final Grade: A