Daily Archives: February 14, 2009

TV Newsround

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has denied the rumours that have been flying for a few weeks that stars Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are leaving the show.

She said: “Things happen, and … I think rumors become fact very easily. And you know I don’t like to tell you what’s going to happen on the show — but that is a rumor.”

However, Nicollette Sheridan, who plays man-eater Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives, is leaving the show, according to Variety, though it is not known when she will depart.

Season five of Denis Leary firefighter drama Rescue Me will begin on Tuesday April 7th on FX in the US.

U2 have signed up for a week-long stint on The David Letterman Show, starting on March 2.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Firefly star Summer Glau will guest star, playing herself, in the episode of The Big Bang Theory that airs in the US on March 9. Nerdy uber-geeks Leonard and Sheldon (played by Jonny Galecki and Jim Parsons) will encounter Glau, one of their favourite actresses due to her sci-fi credentials, on a train trip but are too intimidated to approach her.

Revolutionary Road director Sam Mendes is said to be developing a big-screen version of British TV drama Lost In Austen.

The four-part mini-series, which aired on ITV1 last year, tells the story of a modern-day Jane Austen fan who finds herself transported back in time to the 18thcentury and into the plot of Pride and Prejudice, where she finds herself in the role of Elizabeth Bennet. Mendes will serve as executive producer but it’s unknown whether he would also direct the film.

The BBC have lined up a star-studded cast for a two-part mini-series based on classic 1951 John Wyndham sci-fi novel The Day Of The Triffids.

Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard, Jason Priestley and Vanessa Redgrave have all signed on for the drama. The script was written by ER and Law and Order writer Patrick Harbinson. It tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world terrorised by triffids, carnivorous plants that can move around that were created by scientists to provide an alternative fuel supply. It will be the second BBC TV adaptation of the novel – the first aired in 1981 and starred John Duttine.

Mark Valley, who plays FBI agent Olivia Dunham’s dead ex-boyfriend in Fringe, has been signed up to take the lead role in the pilot for Human Target. The drama is based on a DC comic about a master of disguise who is hires himself out to take the place of people whose lives are in danger.

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TV Newsround: More Renewals And Cancellations

The USA network has announced that The Starter Wife, the comedy-drama starring Will and Grace’s Debra Messing as a newly-divorced single mum, will not be returning for a second season.

The fifth season is not due to start until April 7th but FX have already renewed Dennis Leary firefighter drama Rescue Me for an 18-episode sixth season.

Despite the third season of Ugly Betty being put on extended hiatus, with no firm return date set, Entertainment Weekly reports that network ABC is close to green-lighting a fourth season.

With the fifth season of conman drama Hustle just finished airing in the UK, the BBC has announced that a sixth season has been ordered.

Also in the UK, ITV has commissioned an eight-part fourth series of Doc Martin, the drama starring Martin Clunes as a grumpy doctor.  The network has also ordered three new episodes of WWII-era detective drama Foyle’s War.

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Happy Valentine’s Day From The Choob

Perhaps the most romantic ending to a TV show ever.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

From the final episode of the original BBC version of The Office.

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