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TV Newsround – Penny Spent? Kate Going? The Next Gen Boldly Returning? And More…

Is Lost‘s Penny doomed? The Choob has been worried about Penelope Widmore, girlfriend of Desmond Hume – the world’s favourite Scottish, Glasgow Celtic-supporting, time-travelling island-hopper – since nasty, vengeful Benjamin Linus said he was off to attend to some unfinished business, then was next seen covered in cuts and bruises next to some boats at a marina.

Further fuelling my fears, was the word that actress Sonya Walger, right, who plays Penny, had signed up for the lead role in the pilot of new sci-fi drama Flash Forward (lots more about that show here).

However, Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello offers some comfort, as he reports that Lost insiders say they are not done with Penny yet and that Walger will balance work on the two shows (they are both on the ABC network), should Flash Forward progress to a full series.

Of course, on Lost, the fact that a character will appear in future episodes does not necessarily mean they will be alive…

Talking of Lost, the rumour that has been spreading around “teh internets” over the last few days that Kate is being killed off (fuelled by a claim that actress Evangeline Lilly has been auditioning for new shows) has been flatly denied by the producers of Lost, network ABC and Lilly’s own spokespeople, all of whom insist Kate will be on the island until the show ends next year.

All the original main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation have signed up for a reunion – on a special episode of animated sitcom Family Guy.

Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes will appear in an episode called Not All Dogs Go To Heaven, in which the Griffin clan visit the annual Quahog Star Trek convention.

ITV’s poorly-received Saturday-night prime-time fantasy drama Demons is facing the axe after a single season, according to tabloid reports. Star Philip Glenister (best known for playing Gene Hunt in the original UK version of Life On Mars and its sequel Ashes To Ashes) has reportedly quit his role as vampire hunter Rupert Galvin. This, along with rapidly-declining ratings throughout the first season’s run, seem likely to signal its demise.

What credit crunch? NBC is said to be charging advertisers up to $500,000 for a 30-second commercial slot during the two-hour last-ever episode of ER, which airs in the US on April 2.  Such advertising slots normally cost around $135,000. George Clooney returns in the finale for one last appearance as Dr Doug Ross, left, along with a few of the show’s other former stars.

With the second season of The CW’s Reaper starting on Tuesday (March 3) Sci Fi Wire has a video interview with star Bret Harrison revealing what lies in store for the Devil’s errand boy this year.

As season seven of 24 approaches the half-way mark on Fox, it has been announced that executive producer John Cassar won’t be back for season eight (which may well be the show’s final season), after failing to agree a new contract deal. He had been with the series for six years.

His next project will be as director of CBS pilot Washington Field, a crime drama about a team of elite agents operating out of the FBI’s Washington field office.


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George Clooney Photographed On Set Of E.R.

Courtesy of E! Online comes this photo of George Clooney back in Doug Ross’s scrubs, as he returns to County General one last time.

Also, if the thought of the NBC show’s demise (the current season, the 15th, is the last) fills you with despair, then this report may offer you some sliver of hope.

In it, executive producer John Wells says that rival network ABC has expressed an interest in picking up the show and continuing it.

However, I wouldn’t hold your breath. TV shows do occasionally switch networks but it is very rare – and even Wells admits that it would be a long shot for ER.

The final episodes of ER, with a host of past characters returning to say goodbye including Mark Greene, John Carter and Peter Benton, air in April.

See also: ER Not Going To The Morgue As Soon As You Think and George Clooney Scrubs Up For ER Farewell.

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George Clooney Scrubs Up For ER Farewell

The rumours have been flying for months and now, according to breaking news from E! Online, Dr Doug Ross is returning for one final shift at County General.

Other original ER stars, including Anthony Edwards (Dr Mark Greene) and Noah Wyle (Dr John Carter) have already been confirmed as returning for the show’s farewell season (its 15th).

But, of course, the dream addition to the guest-star wish-list was always going to be George Clooney. And as the Choob reported a few weeks ago, when the network ordered an additional three episodes – extending the run from 19 to 22 – the rumour mill didn’t so much go into overdrive and hyper-drive that Clooney would return one last time to the role that made him famous.

The producers played their part in the hype/mind games, with a steady stream of yes/no/maybe/I don’t know/it depends on his schedule statements. Now, though, if the report is to be believed, it’s a done deal and he will be shooting his scenes this week.

Next big talking point, therefore: will Julianna Margulies return with him as former nurse Carol Hathaway. The characters were last seen riding off into the sunset together, after all.

The final episode is due to air in the US on NBC on April 2. UK viewers should get to see it on E4 around May/June.

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ER Not Going To The Morgue As Soon As You Think

Rumours of ER‘s death have been slightly exaggerated, it seems.

Before fans get their hopes up too much, though, this season, the 15th, is still going to be the medical drama’s swan-song.

However, it has emerged that NBC has ordered an extra three episodes, extending the final season from 19 to 22.

With original stars Noah Wyle and Anthony Edwardsalready confirmed as returning as Doctors John Carter and Mark Greene, the extended episode order inevitably prompted speculation that producers have also managed to lure back one or more of the show’s other original stars – with George Clooney‘s Doug Ross top of the fevered rumor-mill wish list.

Time will tell whether they manage to pull off this casting coup but there’s been no official confirmation (or denial) as yet from the producers about further guest stars.

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Off The Air

As usual at this time of year, there was a flurry of activity in the run-up to the mid-season break in the US, with a number of new shows being axed, along with a few second-season casualties. Here’s a note of the main losers.

Pushing Daises:Quirky, surreal, dreamlike fantasy about a man who can bring dead people back to life with a touch but not without consequences. Former Brookside babe Anna Friel played the dead girlfriend he revives – but is unable to touch ever again because a second touch consigns those he revives to a final, permanent death. The first season was well-received and attracted decent ratings but was cut short (from 22 episodes to just nine) by the Hollywood writers’ strike earlier this year. Season two began in the Autumn in the US and the audience failed to return. Episode 13 will be the last. Three episodes are yet to air in the US.

My Own Worst Enemy: Christian Slater’s first foray into TV, in which he played a mild-mannered family man, who suddenly finds out that he shares his body with a second personality – who just happens to be a cold-blooded, killer super-spy. Reminiscent of JJ Abrams’ Alias. But much like the main character, the audience were left in two minds about whether to tune in and the show was axed after only nine episodes.

Knight Rider: The updated version of the 80’s classic had no Hoff and a new, Transformers-like KITT with Val Kilmer’s voice. Unfortunately, the storylines were just as corny as the original and despite an attempt at a mid-season revamp, NBC cut the season order from 22 to 17 episodes and then cancelled the show. Eight episodes have been broadcast. The remaining nine episodes are due to start airing on Wednesday December 31, with the show driving into the sunset on February 25.

Eli Stone: Jonny Lee Miller stars as an attorney who has visions of impending doom. The currently-airing second season of 13 episodes will be the last.

Dirty, Sexy Money: Starring Six Feet Under’s Peter Krause as a lawyer working for a troubled, eccentric, rich family in New York. Will end after its currently-airing 13-episode second season.

Lipstick Jungle:Another show based on work from Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell, also about female friends living in New York. Show will end after episode 10 of season two. The final two episodes are due to air in January.

The Ex-List:A 30-something woman is told by a fortune teller that she has already dated her soul-mate and that if she doesn’t find him again within a year, she’ll be alone forever. The fortune teller forgot to mention that the show would be pulled from the schedules after just four episodes. Nine episodes remain unaired.

Valentine:Greek Gods live in modern-day LA, where they help lonely individuals find true love. There wasn’t much love for the show, however, and it was axed after just four episodes. Four remain unaired.

Easy Money: Comedy drama about a family of loan sharks. Cancelled after four episodes. Four remain unaired.

Do Not Disturb: A truly dire sitcom set in a hotel – it was put out of our misery after only three episodes.

In addition, the following longer-running shows will also be taking their farewell bows after the current seasons end:

ER (after 15 seasons)
Boston Legal (after 5 seasons)

Battlestar Galactica (after 4 seasons; spin-off prequel show Caprica has been given the green light and is expected to air in 2010)
King of the Hill (after 13 seasons)
The L Word (after 6 seasons)
Late Night With Conan O’Brien (after 16 seasons)
MADtv (after 14 seasons)
The Shield (recently finished its 7th and final season)
Stargate Atlantis (after 5 seasons)

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