Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Final Episode of 'The Wire' Leaked

Well, that didn't take long. The final episode of The Wire, '30' leaked this morning. No one I spoke to torrent community was unable to confirm the source of the leak and no watermark is present.

With this final leak, The Wire has to take the throne as the most leaked/pirated television series of all time. Truthfully, I really don't see a problem with HBO subscribers downloading the episodes early, but the real problem has been the rampant spoilers that float around.

Keywords: The Wire, Episode 60, 30, Leak, Bootleg, Finale, Series Finale, Leaked, Torrent, Pirate, Pirated, Bootlegged, HBO, Fifth Season, 5th season, season five, season 5

'Always Sunny in Philadelphia' Gets Another Season

In some of the most welcome (if not unexpected) news in the world of comedy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be coming back for a fourth season after receiving a 13-episode order from FX.

No timetable is set for the return, although the writing staff is in the initial stages of planning out the upcoming season.

Keywords: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 4, Season Four, Renew, Renewed, Coming Back, FX, 4th season, fourth season

The Curious Cast of 'Lost'

In an interesting twist on the whole Q&A thing, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse answered questions from their cast about the upcoming season and beyond. It's moderately informative, especially for those who wonder about things like grooming habits.

Josh Holloway (Sawyer): "Sawyer needs a freakin' haircut! Since I'm living with Hurley, can he cut my hair?"
Lindelof: [Laughs] That episode's a casualty of the strike.
Cuse: But yeah, Josh can have a haircut.
Lindelof: Josh might've forgotten, but this is a recurring request from him. He's like, 'My hair's getting long, can't Kate cut it?' So we did an episode [in Season 2] where Kate cuts his hair. I love how Josh chooses who's going to be his barber at any given time!
Keywords: Lost, Spoilers, Season 4, Season Four, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse

'Dirt' Season 2 Premiere Does Poorly

The season two premiere of Dirt pulled in a paltry 1.7 million viewers, two million less than its season one premiere. Although at times maligned by fans and critics, the Courtney Cox drama dealing in the world of the tabloids is extremely underrated (even more so in comparison to the lavage praise bestowed upon Damages) and it'll be a shame if the strike-shortened season two is the last.

Keywords: Nielsen, Ratings, Dirt, FX, Season 2, Season Two, Premiere, Episode

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Daily Bullets

  • TV by the Numbers Overnight Nielsen Ratings: "ABC wins another Monday night, and while FOX came in fourth overall, it placed 2nd in the 18-49 demo on one of its off (no American Idol) nights. CBS problem with the 18-49 demo continues. Only a rerun of Two and a Half Men could broke the 3.0 threshold."
  • Paris Hilton is going to be appearing on My Name is Earl. Says showrunner Greg Garcia, "When we wrote the role of Paris Hilton in the script, we weren't exactly sure who to go with for the role. But after an exhausting search we finally settled on a relatively unknown actress by the name of Paris Hilton."
Keywords: The Wire, Clay Davis, My Name is Earl, Greg Garcia, Paris Hilton, Single White Millionaire, CBS, Dexter, Videogame, Season 3, Season Three, CW, Lay offs, Laid Off, Comedy, Shut down, Fox, Schedule

'New Amsterdam' Proves Morbidly Mortal

The long and tumultuous story of New Amsterdam will finally bare fruit tonight when it debuts on Fox. Unfortunately, after being delayed, held back and who knows what else, the fruit appears to have gone rotten.

The critical reception is bad across the board -- the only thing close to a positive review comes in a series of backhanded complements from the Washington Post -- and despite the fact it'll probably do well with its quirky premise and American Idol lead-in, don't waste your time.

Immortal or not, John Amsterdam ain't long for this world.

  • Mo Ryan - Chicago Tribune: “'American Idol' has raked in untold billions for Fox. As a result, the network has gotten noticeably lax in its development of new shows - and its few dependable veterans are also wearing thin. Sure, 'House' is terrific, but the medical drama (which returns in late April) is the exception. And besides, it debuted four years ago.

    "I’d like to be able to tell you that 'New Amsterdam' — and the upcoming Fox programs 'Canterbury’s Law' and 'The Return of Jezebel James' — are the exceptions to the rule that most of the network’s shows are lazily constructed, highly derivative time-wasters."

  • Matthew Gilbert - Boston Globe: "The gimmick is that New York homicide detective John Amsterdam has remained 30-something years old since 1642, when he saved a Native American girl from death and she granted him immortality in return. 'You will not grow old, you will not die until you find the one and your souls are wed,' she told John, then a Dutch soldier in the colony that would become New York City. Now, more than 360 years later, weary and reckless, he longs to find his soul mate and proceed toward a natural death. 'If I find her,' he says to a friend who knows his plight, 'it will all have value. Time will have value.'

  • Robert Bianco - USA Today: "It's one thing for a fantasy to be unbelievable, another to be illogical. Lapses in logic pull us out of the story: We're less willing to suspend disbelief for the aspects of the story that are beyond our natural experience if we can't accept those parts with which we're familiar. What's worse, they're usually a sign that the producers don't have a firm-enough grasp on their story and are winging it as they go along."
  • Diane Wertz - Newsday: "How does 400-year-old original Dutch settler turned present-day sleuth John Amsterdam get such a prime police gig? How'd he get a Social Security number? And wouldn't he need a new one every 30 years or so since he never ages? How often does he have to change jobs/identities so no one notices? And how come no seniors from the 'old' life ever recognize this hot young stud as somebody who looked exactly the same a half-century back?"
  • Tim Goodman - SF Chronicle: "Maybe all the plot holes can be covered up with believable explanations. But beyond the questions raised so far, 'New Amsterdam' is pretty hokey, not especially compelling and altogether flat (except for the shots of a very vibrant New York City).


    "You can be immortal if you want, but that doesn't make it any less boring."

  • Alan Sepinwall - NJ Star-Ledger: "Even attempts to use Amsterdam's long life as a story point -- he knows every obscure corner of the five boroughs and has picked up useful skills over the years, like lip-reading, and an encyclopedia worth of knowledge -- doesn't differentiate the cop stuff enough from what else is out there. Gil Grissom and Robert Goren and Adrian Monk haven't been alive since the 17th century, and yet their knowledge base seems roughly on par with Amsterdam's.

    "I understand that solving crimes is the highest career aspiration a TV character can have -- second and third place would be practicing medicine and practicing law, which, conveniently, Amsterdam has also done -- and I'm sure "cop show with a supernatural twist" is a lot easier to sell to a network and then an audience than 'immortal guy has loosely-defined adventures over a period of several centuries.' It just seems like a waste. Why take a character with many lifetimes worth of possible stories to tell and strand him in a format that the networks have recently worked to death?"

  • Ginia Bellafante - NY Times: "The filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom has directed the pilot with cool, almost metallic tones, as if trying to conceal the show’s distorted bedrock sentimentality. He can’t. The cinematography is a stylish and sophisticated veneer, though, much like Mr. Coster-Waldau himself, a chilly presence with the look and aura of someone who has steeled himself from wanting too much more."
  • John Maynard - Washington Post: "'New Amsterdam' is a decent detective drama, executive-produced by Lasse Hallstrom."

    "The first two episodes made available to critics provide enough twists and turns to keep the casual viewer guessing whodunit, but if you subside on a steady diet of 'CSI,' 'Law & Order' and their spawn, you might catch on fast."

Keywords: New Amsterdam, Fox, Pilot, Review, Preview, Media, Reception, Critics

Monday, March 3, 2008

Daily Bullets

  • TV by the Numbers Weekly Nielsen Ratings: "FOX’s American Idol continues its dominance with all three weekly airings landing in the top three. CBS placed FOX placed seven shows in the top 20, FOX placed six shows, ABC had five and NBC had a paltry two."
  • The CW renewed Everybody Hates Chris along with Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, America's Next Top Model and Supernatural. That Reaper and Aliens in America weren't included in the list doesn't really bode well for their chances. I never liked Aliens and though Reaper started off strong, it puttered out pretty quickly. Personally, as long as they keep Chris around, the CW has no quarrels with me.
Keywords: New Adventures of Old Christine, DVD, Release, Date, Season 2, Season Two, Second Season, 2nd Season, Fox, CBS, Ratings, Nielsen, Winner, Friday Night Lights, Jason Street, David Edwards, Boobie Miles, Everybody Hates Chris, Supernatural, One Tree Hill, America's Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, CW, Aliens in America, Reaper, CKY, Jackass, Viva La Bam, Steve-O, Don Vito

Snoop: In Memoriam

So Long Snoop
"How my hair look, Mike?"

Shopping with Snoop
"Man said you wanna shoot nails this here the Cadillac, man. He meant Lexus but he ain't know it."

New York Hunting
"Ask what? You from New York?"

Megan's Law

"Damn, you didn't even wait to get the motherfucker in the house."

Target Practice
"Show you how you do this right here."

The Setup
"No need to bring your iron, I got a clean nine for you with shaved numbers."

Poor Diplomacy
"'Bout fuckin' time."

Snoop and Chris - BFF
"Here we lay a couple New York boys who came too far south for their own fucking good."

Keywords: Snoop, Video, Clips, The Wire, HBO, Michael, Felicia Pearson, Season 4, Season Four, Season 5, Season 5, Dead, Die, Died, Dying, Death, Shot, Killed

'Late Edition' - The Aftermath

Not nearly as much burn for last night's episode of The Wire. A few of the country's major TV critics are starting to reveal a somewhat shallow understanding of Simon's masterpiece, so we're left with a little less commentary:

  • Alan Sepinwall - NJ Star-Ledger: "And then Michael takes Dukie to the barns where the Arabers hang out -- and shoot up -- and as Dukie prepares to, once again, go live with junkies, he tries to hold on to his childhood for one last moment by reminding Mike of the piss balloon story from the very first episode where we saw them.


    "How could these two sweet boys -- Dukie, who never meant anyone any harm and somehow kept his dignity in spite of being dealt a horrible hand by life; and Michael, who always tried to protect his friends and family, and who sold his own soul to keep them safe -- have come to this moment? How could Michael be a multiple murderer and a hunted man? (Not boy; man.) How can Duke, innocent and brilliant Dukie, be right back where he started, only worse because he doesn't have his friends or school anymore?"

  • Cynthia Littleton (Variety): "There's also a moment in the scene that encapsulates why 'The Wire' is so damn good. Snoop,who goes out of her way to bury any trace of femininity or any shred of feeling that could get in the way of her role as a killing machine, has a girlish moment, just before her brains are splattered around the dashboard.


    "'How my hair look, Michael?' she asks, patting her braids as she looks out the window, away from the gun. She seems to have a perverse respect for the hardware. She barely flinches when Michael first pulls it on her, but nor does she try any superhero-shit to take it away from him. She has a fatalistic understanding. Live by the gun, die by the gun."

  • Karen Valby - Entertainment Weekly: "Dukie, the night's terrible heartbreak, also got to daydreaming. After Michael dropped Bug off at an aunt's house deep in the quiet, mystifying suburbs, telling his little brother not to cry as he tied the boy's shoe, Michael and Dukie idled outside the junkman's den. Dukie, whose pocked and discolored face suggests he's already dipping into drugs, no longer has Bug to care for, and now he's losing Michael, who must shed his friend to protect him from Marlo's wrath. Dukie, loath to leave his last tether to childhood, started reminiscing about a summer afternoon of piss balloons and ice cream off a truck. ''Do you remember that day, Michael?'' The harder boy finally got out a somber 'I don't.' These two do not yet know, or have reason to believe, that life can hold more than loss and more loss. Earlier in the season, when Dukie asked Cutty how one made his way out into the wider world, the boxer couldn't give him an answer. He's trapped here, as if behind a barbed-wire fence, without anyone to help him pull himself out."
Keywords: Snoop, Dead, Death, Dying, Died, The Wire, HBO, Michael, Dukie, Bug, Late Edition, Omar, Marlo, Chris, Shoot, Shooting, You Look Good Girl, How My Hair Look, Mike

Interview with Ed Burns

This week Marc Steiner is breaking out with daily podcasts with some of The Wire's major players. Today Ed Burns joined in him for an absolutely wonderful interview. David Simon is so outspoken, often times Ed Burns gets overlooked for his brilliance and the interview is a fabulous example of just how integral he is.

You can read a transcript of the interview or listen to the podcast itself.

Keywords: Ed Burns, David Simon, The Wire, HBO, The Corner, Season 5, Season Five, Final Episode, 60, 30, Sixty

TV Guide Interviews Tristan Wilds (Michael)

TV Guide has a great interview with Tristan Wilds, who plays Michael on The Wire. Wilds is obviously intelligent, but I was taken aback by just how intimate an understanding he has of the series. In fact, I'd go so far as to say he understands Simon's tale more than a large number of adults.

"I don't want to say it's a cop show. What makes The Wire a beautiful story is how true to life it is. In other shows, you have a good guy and a bad guy. In The Wire, bad guys are trying to be good, good guys are doing bad. You have real life. The people who do bad get bad things done to them."
Keywords: The Wire, Season 5, Season 4, HBO, Four, Five, Michael, Interview, Tristan Wilds, Dukie, Bug, Snoop, Dead, Died, Die, Death, Dying, Killed, Kill

Friday, February 29, 2008

Cardboard Classic = Day Off

I'm heading for the WMMR's Preston & Steve's Cardboard Classic in the morning which means a long weekend and no updates today. I don't know if it's a Philly thing or they do it everywhere, so before I hit the sack, I'll recap.

Basically, people make sleds out of cardboard, go to Jack Frost Mountain, get drunk and try to ride their sleds down the slopes. Now, I don't participate in sports where both my feet aren't on the ground but this is one of those events that mask my raging alcoholism (everyone else'll be drunk and stupid too) so I'm all in.

Last year, as contestants hit the bottom of the slopes in their sleds, about 200-300 people in the crowd would simultaneously throw snowballs at them. It was Philadelphia hospitality in all its glory and this year, I'm going to try and increase the havoc.

As I'm a pretty traitorous guy, I've decided that I'm going to start out siding with the sledders. A friend of mine built a sled (which I've yet to see and imagine to be woefully pathetic) upon which a group of us will descend the mountain. My plan is to bring paintball guns and obliterate the snowball hurlers with frozen paintballs as we hit the bottom.

After getting the crowd riled up and angry, we'll quickly discard the guns and join them at which point point phase two of my plan kicks in. The urine-filled water balloon. While snowballs are great for chucking at someone who isn't looking, is it really that much of an affront? Maybe they fall over, and if you're lucky, maybe they hurt themselves and end up crying.

But getting hit with a water balloon filled with urine? Not only does the balloon sting in the frozen weather, but the urine is sure to freeze so quickly the target should be permanently ensconced in the pungent odor.

For any law enforcement agents or agencies, this is by no way an admission and is written for strictly entertainment purposes (not really). I am in no way accepting blame (it was someone else's fault) for any harm that may befall anyone at the aformentioned event. Actually, I'm not saying another word 'till I speak to my lawyer.

NBC to ABC: Those are my 'Scrubs'

Follow Up: 'Scrubs to ABC'

Turns out all it takes to turn a red-headed step-child into the bell of the ball is to try and steal her away for 18 episodes.

Just hours after reports of ABC courting Scrubs, Variety says NBC is lashing out, threatening legal action and claiming they love Scrubs more than anyone ever could:

"NBC has a license agreement with ABC Studios, which includes a right of first negotiation and first refusal to extend the series term beyond this season," Graboff said. "We're living under the terms of this license agreement, and we expect ABC Studios to do the same."

ABC Studios and NBC have rarely seen eye-to-eye on "Scrubs." Studio has complained that "Scrubs" never got its due from a marketing standpoint, and also suffered through countless scheduling moves.

As a precursor, let me say that while ABC Studios does have a few legitimate grievances, it's hard to fault NBC for its treatment of Scrubs. The show has lived on the bubble going as far as back as season three (this is season seven) but has made it back each year. And for that, I've got to give NBC credit.

But when you consider this is almost assuredly the final season and NBC never even gaurenteed to air the five already-shot episodes of Scrubs, yet alone shoot the final six episodes, the Peacock starts looking pretty petty.

I appreciate that bean-counters care more about the bottom-line than a show's audience. However repugnant, it's their job. But to go so far as to block negotiations for a show you know you aren't going to pick up? That's a bit much.

And in all honesty, there's a chance NBC could see this backfire. There are only about 6-8 million of us, but us single-camera comedy folks are pretty loyal. Having a hand in the death of Scrubs is definitely going to draw our ire. And when you consider the fact that we make up such a huge portion of The Office, Earl and 30 Rock's fanbase, is it worth sticking it to ABC at the risk of pissing us off?

*Addendum: I just got an email from Josh in which he raises an interesting theory.

What if the only reason NBC kept renewing Scrubs was to spite ABC? Not a lot of people know this, but the show actually did good in the ratings for its first two years. With good marketing and a loving home it probably could have done well. Instead it stayed at NBC and got treated like dirt.
--Josh

Keywords: Scrubs, ABC, NBC, Season 8, Season Eight, Season 7, Season Seven, Renew, Renewed, Renewal, Come Back, Coming Back, Cancel, Canceled, Cancellation, ABC Studios

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Daily Bullets

Keywords: Unhitched, Review, Jay Leno, Leaving, NBC, In Treatment, HBO, Reaction, Outnumbered, Spaced, British, England, Tea, Muffins, Rain, Fox

Welcome Back 'Earl'

Alyssa Milano is going to have an increased role in My Name is Earl according to a USA Today article that recaps the post-strike changes of various scripted series coming back from strike (I wrote 'from strike' because I'm assuming a strike is like an extended lunch break):

With the long delay and shortened season, Garcia has restructured Earl's story arc and created a larger role for guest star Alyssa Milano (Charmed), who plays Earl's potential love interest — the driver of the car that strikes him and a fellow accident victim, hit by a car driving in the other direction.

"We've rearranged stuff for the better. I decided I wanted to move two (planned) episodes to the end of the season. They felt like a season-ender," Garcia says. (He worked in a fast-food restaurant during the strike, partly to research a possible book and partly to reconnect with working people who don't frequent sitcom sets.)

As for My Name is Earl -- before the strike hit, I don't know that it had ever been better. I've always felt the series was at its best when Earl was at his worst (think the 'Our Cops' episodes). We got to see a lot of 'Bad Earl' in jail and I was thrilled when he decided to forego the list altogether and return to being a bastard. Unfortunately, he and the list made amends by the end of the last episode (though not before getting smoked by a car).

But with more Alyssa Milano on the way, Earl can marry Darnell's (Crab Man) turtle and join the Convent for all I care.

My Name is Earl will return with 8-10 episodes starting on April 3rd.

Keywords: My Name is Earl, Strike, Return, Alyssa Milano, Storylines, Storyline, Plot, Spoiler, Spoilers

'Scrubs' to ABC

Though rumors of ABC rescuing Scrubs from its life of perpetual uncertainty over at NBC are long-lived, nothing serious has ever come of it -- until now. In some of the best news in a long while, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that ABC is in negotiations with its corporate sibling ABC Studios to pick up 18 episodes of the single-camera comedy for another season.

I've always loved NBC's two-hour comedy block of Earl, The Office, 30 Rock and Scrubs, but the last season of Scrubs was cut short due to the strike and the state of the final episodes has been murky at best. And truthfully, in a world of DVR's and On Demand, what do I care anyway? Great comedy is great comedy, no where it lands.

Keywords: Scrubs, is back, Renewal, Renewed, ABC, Pick up, Picked up, Cancel, Cancellation, Canceled, NBC, Next Season, Season 7, Season Seven, Season 8, Season Eight

'Friday Night' Fans Show Support

In more Friday Night Lights news, despite the show's tragic decline in quality, a number of dedicated fans are showing their loyalty (As a Philly sports fan I know what it's like to root and support things that suck) over at SaveFridayNightLights.tv. who have raised over $15,000.

Kristin (E! Online) recaps the efforts to save the series:

  • Some 6,250 minifootballs (below) are spiraling their way toward Ben Silverman as we speak.
  • NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker will soon be receiving 7,500 minifootballs.
  • The Any Soldier website will be distributing 42 Friday Night Lights DVDs to troops stationed overseas, thanks to the funding of FNL fans.
  • Friday Night Lights fans have also contributed to the following organizations:
It's nice that they're doing it for charity, but folks, the show not only gets bad ratings but now that it's lackluster too, it's time to let go.

Keywords: SaveFridayNightLights.tv, Friday Night Lights, FNL, Save, Campaign, Cancel, Cancellation, Canceled, Renew, Renewal, Renewed, Coming Back, Rumors, News, Return

'Friday Night Lights' Season 2 DVD on April 22nd

Universal has confirmed the release date for the season two of Friday Night Lights. The set will hit shelves on April 22nd.TVShowsOnDVD.com provides the details:

As with the first season, the cost for this 4-DVD set will be a staggeringly low $29.98 SRP! Video will be Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), audio is listed as English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, and there are going to be English SDH subtitles present as well. Box art isn't available just yet, but here is a complete list of the extras announced for this release:
  • Disc 1:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary - "Last Days of Summer" with Executive Producer Jason Katims and Co-Executive Producer Jeffrey Reiner
    • Audio Commentary - "Are You Ready For Friday Night" with Stars Connie Britton and Aimee Teegarden
  • Disc 2:
    • Deleted Scenes
  • Disc 3:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Audio Commentary - "There Goes the Neighborhood" with Stars Jesse Plemmons and Adrienne Palacki
  • Disc 4:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Friday Night Lights Cast & Producers at the Paley Festival in L.A.
I've long since abandoned any hope of Friday Night Lights retaining its early glory (read the season two preview) and I'll elaborate further as we draw closer to the DVD release.

Keywords: Friday Night Lights, DVD, Release, Set, TV, Television, Series, Season 2, Season Two

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Daily Bullets

  • TV by the Numbers Overnight Nielsen Ratings: "Jericho improved from 5.94 million viewers to 6.9 million in the overnights. A pick up of almost a million viewers. But Jericho was bumping heads with the debut of Quarterlife instead of a rerun of Law & Order:SVU. The L&O rerun pulled in 9.3 million viewers last week, Quarterlife only found 3.86 million viewers, so one might argue Jericho should’ve done even better. Both Jericho and Quarterlife lost to the ABC news magazine themed Primetime: What Would You Do Now?"
  • Before the season, Comcast made The NFL Network a premium channel, leaving the NFL none too happy. They've been duking it out in court ever since and it appears no one's pulling ahead.

Moment of Oops

Moment of Truth is having its day in the sun (see video), but I'm not buying. From where I stand, it looks like Fox took the Jerry Springer principle, in which participants are either running game or coached by producers and applied it to primetime.

If people are willing to believe that Jane is pregnant by her cousin John at one in the afternoon, imagine how gullible they are by primetime. Throw in an increased budget and bamboozling the masses has to be pretty easy.

Just look at the story. Wife sleeps around on her husband, who just happens to be a cop... Who's sleeping with a cop's wife and then showing their face on national television? You wouldn't be able to drive ten feet without getting pulled over.

And what cop is going to let his wife go on television and admit to dogging on him? Policing doesn't work unless there's a certain level of fear and respect involved. Let's say you're robbing a bank -- are you really going to put your hands up for that idiot who got played on Moment of Truth?

Me neither.



Keywords: Moment of Truth, Cop, Wife, Cheat, Lied, Slept with, Sleeping, Dogged, Adultery, Idiot

'Voltron' DVD News

I know it's not the standard fare, but Voltron has always held a special place in my heart. To that end, allow me a quick update from TVShowsOnDVD.com:

Yesterday we posted news about Voltron - Fleet of Doom being available through Amazon.com, to make it easier for fans to find and obtain. Since then we've gotten a number of e-mails asking us about the status of the new releases, for "Vehicle Force" Voltron especially. I forwarded those questions to WEP, and I've just gotten an update from them on the plans that Media Blasters (Voltron's DVD distributor) have filled them in on.

No specific release date has been set for Vehicle Force Voltron, which will consist of 3 releases each containing 17-18 episodes. There are a total of 52 episodes the Vehicle Force version of Voltron, and WEP thinks we'll see the first of the three sets before the end of 2008. It's still not set in stone, though, so stay tuned and we'll keep you updated!
Keywords: Voltron, Defender of the Universe, Vehicle Force, Fleet of Doom, DVD, Release Date, Episodes, Season

The Fate of 'Jericho'

Jericho saw a slight bump in last night's ratings, though not nearly enough to warrant any significant hope for its future. Despite going up against quarterlife, which performed dismally, Jericho still only managed to draw just under 7 million viewers (2.2/6 in 18-49).

Additionally disturbing is the fact that CBS seemed to be putting forth its last ditch effort to bump the show's dismal numbers by giving it some hype during Big Brother (they did something with the Hudson River Virus).

Though I hope I'm wrong, all in all I'd say it's curtains for the town of Jericho. At this point, I'm just thankful we got the seven episodes and a proper ending.

Keywords: Jericho, Nuts, Season 2, Season Two, Cancel, Canceled, Ratings, Cancellation, Renew, Renewal, Renewed, Nielsen

Slipping From Reality

The Emmys have been a sham for a long time now, so the news that The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences plans to add a category for Reality TV hosts shouldn't come as too much of a shock...


But seriously, how do you even evaluate a host's performance? How much chaos they create? How many contestants end up nude in an episode?

By slighting The Wire and Ian McShane for most of the decade, the Emmys have done enough to damage The Academy's reputation. Having Ryan Seacrest host last year's awards helped not a bit. Isn't it time to stop the bleeding?

Keywords: Emmys, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Reality, TV, American Idol, Ryan Seacrest, The Wire, Ian McShane, Deadwood

2nd Season Takes 'Flight' to '09

Rumors abound that the second season of Flight of the Conchords has been delayed until 2009.

HBO would neither confirm nor deny, only stating that the show had yet to begin production on its second season.

Keywords: Flight of the Conchords, Season 2, Season Two, 2nd Season, Renewal, Renewed, Renew, Return Date, 2008, 2009, HBO

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Omar: The Interviews

With Omar finally dead, the Michael K. Williams interviews are piling in. Williams is a great interview and gives some fascinating insight into the character

  • After Elton: I'm very close to the character, so in my heart I would have loved to have seen Omar stay in Puerto Rico with Renaldo and live to be a normal man. I would have loved to have seen that. But, you know, let's not be blinded to the fact that Omar lived by a code of revenge, he lived by the sword, and, as they say, you die by the sword. You know what I mean?

    I think David and the writers knew that Omar had to go, especially if he came back to Baltimore to avenge anybody's death — and especially Butchie's.

  • New York Magazine: That’s the life he lived. He didn’t bring anybody close to him. He didn’t live anywhere, didn’t have any neighbors. But off camera, and outside of our characters, I got so much love from my co-workers. Wendell Pierce, who plays Bunk, he called me last night. Out of all the calls and the e-mails and the texts that I’ve gotten, his got through to me in a way that none of them did. It was a very heartfelt call. He said, “Mike, I want you to know that I will never, ever forget this night. Tonight is the night that Omar died.” It pierced my armor.
  • Out Magazine: I wasn't really shocked at how it went. If you look at the way David [Simon] and Ed [Burns] write -- they don't give you what you want. Everybody wanted this huge showdown and shoot out -- you know bang, bang, bang! And that's not what they give you. If I had my wish, he'd have stayed in Puerto Rico! I know Uncle Butchie wouldn't have wanted him to come back to get himself killed like that. Uncle Butchie would have been like “Boy, don't worry about me. You coming down to avenge my death ain't gonna bring me back no way, so stay down where you at.” But it did hurt, I'm not going to lie. It did hurt. My heart broke.
  • Huffington Post: Omar is based on the life and times of a gentleman by the name of Donnie Anderson, who also writes for The Wire and acts on the show. He's definitely an 'old 'G', as we say in the street, but he's since turned his life around. He's done time in prison and he very blessed to be alive and be with his family. So he also really jumped out of the window too and survived? Yes he did. If you ask him what he was going on in his mind when he did it, he'd say 'I wasn't really thinking, I was just trying to escape from some "hot ones" at the time.'
Keywords: Omar, Omar's, Death, Dead, Dying, Die, The Wire, HBO, Interview, Interviews, Michael K. Williams, David Simon, Ed Burns

Daily Bullets

  • TV by the Numbers Overnight Nielsen Ratings: "ABC won the night in both overall viewers and the 18-49 demographic with a three hour airing of A Raisin in the Sun. But since it’s official that the 80th Annual Academy Awards were the least watched ever, I’m not sure another nightly victory will leave the Mouse stinging any less."
  • A nice recap of Will Ferrell's Funny or Die Comedy Tour. I'm not a big fan of films, but I'm really looking forward to Semi-Pro.
  • HBO launched its own YouTube channel. They're airing full episodes of In Treatment and they've got some pretty good stuff but I'm hoping it doesn't come at the expense of all the HBO footage uploaded by users.
  • Las Vegas fans have started a save-our-show campaign titled 'Operation Baby Booties/Socks.' I understand its frustrating to have a show get canceled on a cliffhanger, but Las Vegas? Seriously? Where were these people for the shows that actually deserved the help (Arrested Development, Firefly, Freaks & Geeks, etc.)?
Keywords: George Carlin, HBO, Comedy Special, 14, Saturday Night, Las Vegas, Cancel, Cancelled, Canceled, Cancellation, Save the show, Campaign, Operation baby Booties, Baby socks, CBS, Les Moonves, NBC, Ben Silverman, HBO, YouTube, Online Video, Streaming, Movie, Media, Will Ferrell, Spoiler, Spoilers, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Battlestar Galactica, Season, Flloyd Mayweather, Funny or Die, Semi-Pro, WWE, Strike, Pilot, Casting, Cast, Seinfeld, Lawsuit, Seth Rogan, I'm Fucking Seth Rogan, Ben Affleck, Jimmy Kimmel, Matt Damon, Big Show, Whoopi Goldberg, Oscars, Sarah Silverman

'The Shield' Falls Back

Hal Boedeker at the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the final installment of FX's flagship series The Shield has been bumped from its slated Summer slot and won't return until next fall.

I have bad news for fans of "The Shield." You've been waiting for the Michael Chiklis drama. You're going to have to wait longer.

It probably won't return until September, an FX spokesman told me.

The cable channel will present "Dirt" and "The Riches" in the spring. "Rescue Me" and "Damages" won't be back until next year, because of the writers' strike. So FX wanted to save something for fall, and that means the final 13 episodes of the cop drama will play there.

Another consideration: FX wanted to start "The Shield" after the Summer Olympics from China.

Obviously this is wildly disappointing, but it's tough to argue with FX's strategy (although I'm not really sure that the Summer Olympics are all that big of a threat).

But Boedeker is right. With the pickings slim as ever, The Shield would have been real nice right about now.

Keywords: The Shield, Return, Date, Returns, Coming Back, Come Back, Final Season, Season 7, Season Seven, Season Six 6 Part 2, Part II, Delay

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