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TELEVISION: Chuck Gets Picked Up; Cold Case Still on Bubble!

Chuck fans can breathe a little more easily tonight. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the spy spoof/action dramedy has been picked up for a third season – which means that we’ll find out what other cool stuff the geekiest spy on TV has picked up from the new, modified Intersect. NBC will release their fall schedule on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile, CBS bubble show Cold Case is apparently close to getting picked up for a seventh season – something that could mean curtains for Without a Trace. Both shows are expensive to produce, so it appears that only one of them will be picked up which means Without a Trace could go into that cold night. CBS will reveal their fall schedule on Wednesday.

TELEVISION NEWS: Joan Rivers Wins Celebrity Apprentice, Really? I’m SHOCKED!

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Ok I’ve never watched more than 10 seconds of Celebrity Apprentice, I hate almost ALL reality shows and refuse to watch them. But this stupid Celebrity Apprentice brings out a whole new level of hatred from me. Not only do I despise Donald Trump but I despise Joan Rivers.  How is it this #$##@ is even famous? What the heck has she done in life to justify her Celebrity status? At least the other woman won a poker tournament or something. Which requires actually having some talent. And am I the only one who finds it strange the Rivers was even in this contest considering she’s been good friends with Donald Trump for YEARS???!!!!

Like I said, I never watched the show so maybe the tasks aren’t subjective. But come on I don’t understand why this stupid show is popular or how Donald Trump continues to get away with portraying himself as a successful businessman. He built his first fortune by using his Father’s connections, money and name. Then lost it, built another one and is about to go bankrupt again. He ripped off a bunch of California investors on a multimillion dollar fake real estate deal earlier this year.  I used to love The Donald until I read his book The Art of the Deal and found out how he really built his empire. He is successful at one thing and that’s promoting himself.  So someone please explain the appeal of this show and Joan Rivers and her #$#@ daughter in particular.

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 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: 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: ‘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: Southland – NYPD Blue in L.A.?

Southland [NBC, Thursday, 10/9C] introduces an excellent ensemble cast in a series about the cops who have to deal with the chaos that is the L.A. district, Southland. The premiere, Unknown Trouble, follows several arcs, but more weight is given to rookie officer/rich kid Ben Sherman [Ben McKenzie] and his veteran partner, John Cooper [Michael Cudlitz], whom you’ll recognize, though this might be the first time you’ve had a chance to put the face and name together] – who starts their day by telling Sherman that if he does things the way he was taught at the academy, he’ll be toast.

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Over the course of a rough day, Unknown Trouble follows the disappearance of a ten-year old girl, investigated by detectives Lydia Adams [Regina King] and Russell Clarke [Tom Everett Scott]; the drive-by shooting of an unaffiliated black boy, investigated by gang detectives Nate Moretta [Kevin Alejandro] and Sammy Bryant [Shawn Hatosy], and the titular unknown trouble, which draws Sherman and Cooper – who have already had to deal with a DB [you’ll know when you see it]. Also factoring into the events of the day include Detective Daniel “Sal” Salinger, who oversees the gang detectives, and officer Chickie Brown [Arija Bareikis], who wants to be the first woman accepted into SWAT.

Like NYPD Blue, Southland features explicit violence and a lot of bleeped language. It also deals in what can be presumed to be a more authentic take on the lives of the officers and detectives whom it follows. Unlike NYPD Blue, Southland doesn’t hit you over the head with long, jittery handheld shots – though there doesn’t seem to be an overload of steadicam work, either. Unknown Trouble also seems to be setting up a look for the series – there’s a yellowish tint to everything that implies heat, smog and age.

Also unlike NYPD Blue, Southland doesn’t just look at the lives of the police and their families; it also takes us into the lives of the criminals and victims and their families. It’s an ambitious effort and the premiere goes a long way to establishing the breadth of its scope. There may be some question of the balance between all the various arcs, but given that the series is just getting started, there’s time to figure that out. As long as the characters remain intriguing, it should be interesting to see how things pan out.

Final Grade: B

TELEVISION: Kings Brings The Story of David To Life In An Alternate Universe!

The story of David’s conquest of the giant, Goliath, is timeless – the little guy defeating the much bigger guy because he isn’t taken seriously [and with the hand of God to guide him]. Of course, the rest of the story isn’t as well remembered because it can’t be boiled down into three words like “David and Goliath.” Once you get past the archetypal underdog tale, though, you find a rich story about how David rises from being a kid with a slingshot, to becoming King David – warrior, philosopher, musician and ruler.

Media Savvy King

Kings [NBC, Sundays, 8/7C] takes the story of David and translates it into a vaguely science-fictional alternate universe setting where it can be told as a contemporary drama. The result is American television’s first sci-fi/Biblical soap opera. It begins with King Linus Benjamin [Ian McShane] dedicating the newly completed capitol city of Shiloh – the story of how he became aware that God wanted him to become king and build the city is important. Shortly thereafter, war breaks out between Gilboa and its neighbor, Gath.

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DVD REVIEW: Freaks and Geeks: The Yearbook Edition –Amazing Series; Amazing Package!

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I’ve had my review copy of Freaks and Geeks: Yearbook Edition for awhile – but only now have I managed to get through all of its many features. This is the kind of DVD package that you have to actually see, full-size, to really appreciate.

Freaks and Geeks, of course, is the classic one-season wonder set in 1980 that revolved around siblings Lindsay [Linda Cardellini] and Sam Weir [John Francis Daley]. Unlike other shows that used metaphors for “high is hell” [Buffy the Vampire Slayer], or “high school is cruel” [Veronica Mars], Freaks and Geeks proud asserted that high school is real – and it may seem earth-shattering while you’re, but in the end? It’s high school. By using siblings who were at different ends of the school population’s periphery, the series [all eighteen episodes] gave us a look at an institution that was far more real than we’d seen before – and because we saw it through the filter of a newbie freak [Lindsay] and an entrenched geek [Sam], it brought back all the epic highs and devastating lows of that period of our lives.

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TELEVISION: NBC’s Crusoe Is Swashbuckling Fun!

One of the last of the new fall programs to be broadcast, NBC’s Crusoe [Fridays, 8/7C] is allegedly a radical retelling of Daniel Defoe’s classic novel, though it fudges on his background [slave owners not being particularly well thought of these days] and utilizes the “Lost Method” of storytelling.

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Here, Crusoe [Philip Winchester] is a newly married inventor/weaver who is off to the Americas to purchase equipment and materials to speed up his production and make him and his new wife, Susannah [Anna Walton] rich – or at least filthy, stinking well off. When his ship is wrecked by a combination of storm and rocky island coastline, he is the only survivor.

When a number of cannibals arrive on the island to sacrifice one of their number to the gods, Crusoe rescues him and, because he couldn’t possibly begin to pronounce the man’s name, he dubs him Friday [Tongayi Chirisa]. It just so happens that Friday is no savage – he speaks a dozen languages and has other knowledge and skills [archery among them].

When a band of pirates comes ashore in search of treasure – following a map tattooed on the back of one of them – things get very dicey, very quickly. Fortunately, both Crusoe and Friday are inventive and capable of thinking on their feet. It doesn’t hurt that Crusoe has plundered the remains of his ship and created a very comfortable refuge for himself – and some nasty surprises for unwanted guests.

Crusoe’s story is told from his point of view, in his present – but his life before the shipwreck is told in flashback. Thus we watch Crusoe trying to deal with the pirates in his present, and learn about the horrors of his childhood and the joys of his new marriage in flashbacks that are sparked by events in his present. It’s all very cool – and informative – but it doesn’t lead to amazing discoveries of either natural or supernatural natures. It’s all just glorious swashbuckling fun.

The show’s cinematography is amazing, though it helps to have a beautiful island to provide exquisite scenery. The main cast members are more than up to the swashbuckling and show themselves capable of carrying the darker, more dramatic moments. It seems a bit odd to put such a show on Fridays, but it offers a bit of pure entertainment, and that might help it survive TV’s dead zone. While there will undoubtedly be a certain amount of continuity, I suspect that we will be able to watch individual episodes without having to know every little detail of what has gone before – which also makes it easy to enjoy.

Final Grade: B