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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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The Pilot Frenzy Continues: 26 New Shows!


We have a lot of new pilots that have been greenlit to get through today, so without further ado…

(Lots more pilot news HERE.)

ABC

Cougar Town: Comedy co-written by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, starring Friends’ Courteney Cox as a fortysomething mum with a 17-year-old son who finds herself single and dating again.

Untitled Kelsey Grammer Project: Previously revealed to be in the works, Former Frasier star Grammer’s new sitcom has now been given the green light to go to pilot. The actor plays a Wall Street corporate tycoon who is forced to reconnect with his family after losing his job. Written by  Everybody Loves Raymond scripter Tucker Cawley.

Funny In Farsi: Comedy based on the novel Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas, which chronicles the author’s childhood as an Iranian immigrant in 1970s Newport Beach, California.

Canned: Sitcom about a group of friends who all get fired on the same day. Script is by Reaper and Desperate Housewives writer/producer Kevin Etten.

Planet Lucy: Comedy based on the book Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill about a disaster-prone woman who quits her job to raise three kids, leaving her to balance being a stay-at-home mother with trying to rebuild the life she had before she was married with kids.

The Law: Comedy co-written by and starring Cedric The Entertainer, about reserve cops working for the LAPD who have regular jobs and lives during the week but put on a badge on weekends.

Untitled Parenting Comedy: Comedy starring comedian Anita Renfroe about being a mother who lived by the principle that family always comes first, no matter what.

Untitled Dave Hemingson Project: Drama about a group of hard-living LA entertainment lawyers.

No Heroics: A US remake of a comedy from the UK’s ITV network, about off-duty, third-rate superheroes who hang out together at a heroes-only bar to drown their sorrows and moan to each other about their lack of fame and glory.

 CBS

Good Girls: Sitcom produced by Ashton Kutcher‘s production company Katalyst, about two childhood friends who set about reinventing themselves after making some youthful mistakes.

The Good Wife: Drama about a politician’s wife who becomes a defence lawyer and starts to carve a career of her own after her husband is disgraced.

Confessions Of A Contractor: Drama written by Richard Murphy, based on his novel of the same name. It’s said to provide a provocative look at life in LA through the eyes of a successful contractor who is torn between two of his female clients who have a mystery in their shared pasts. The Shield And The Unit creator Shawn Ryan will executive produce.

I Witness: Drama about a professor who uses her psychophysiological skills to solve crimes.

The Eastmans: Medical drama about a complicated family of doctors.

Miami Trauma: Medical drama from the Jerry Bruckheimer stable, about a team of trauma surgeons trying to save critically injured patients in Miami. It’s written by Jeffrey Lieber, who wrote the original, non-sci-fi pilot script for the show that became Lost. Not to be confused with NBC’s pilot Trauma.

Three Rivers: Another medical drama, this time about organ transplants, from the point of view of doctors, donors and recipients. Former Jericho head writer Carol Barbee provides the script.

Waiting To Die: A buddy comedy about two easygoing guys.

Accidentally On Purpose: Comedy based on the autobiographical novel by Mary F. Pols about a movie critic who has a fling with a younger man – and becomes pregnant.

 

NBC

Untitled Family Comedy: Sitcom revolving around adult siblings, written by former Futurama writer and Samantha Who? consulting producer Justin Adler.

Community: Comedy set in a community college, written by Sarah Silverman Program co-creator Rob Schrab. Said to be similar in style to Stripes, the 1980s film starring Bill Murray as a taxi driver who joins the army for a joke.

100 Questions For Charlotte Payne: Ensemble comedy about a young woman’s experiences dating in New York.

State Of Romance: Comedy described as a present-day version of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice, set in Chicago.

 

Fox

Cop House: Comedy about a half-way house for “troubled cops”.

 

FX

Lights Out: Drama about a former boxing champ struggling with the onset of dementia, who takes a job as a collections enforcer  to make ends meet and provide for his family. The Bucket List‘s Justin Zackham is the writer.

Fire In The Hole: Based on an Elmore Leonard short story about a federal marshal in Kentucky, his ex-wife and his father. It comes from Boomtown creator Graham Yost.

 

Epix (Cable channel due to launch in May)

Tough Trade: Drama about three generations of a famous but dysfunctional country music family. It’s created by Weeds writer Chris Offutt and the executive producer is Weeds creator Jenji Kohan.

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TV Newsround: When’s My Favourite Show Coming Back Update


Amy Poehler‘s new sitcom finally has a title and a start date. The Choob previously revealed details of the plot of the show, which has now been given the title Parks and Recreation.

It will debut on NBC at 8.30pm on April 9, sandwiched between two new episodes of The Office.

The addition of an extra episode of The Office on that night means that show’s 29-episode fifth season will still end on May 14 as planned but with a single half-hour episode rather than a one-hour finale. To fill in the gap, the season finale of 30 Rock will move back a week to May 14 from May 7.

Parks & Recreation follows the same “mockumentary” style of The Office (at an early stage, it was envisaged as an Office spin-off) and stars Poehler as Leslie Knope, a mid-level employee for a municipal parks and recreation department in Indiana who sees her job as the first step toward a grand career in politics. She makes it her mission to help a city resident (“Office” veteran Rashida Jones) turn a vacant lot into a park, despite resistance on pretty much all levels.

Reaper returns to the CW network for its second, 13-episode season at 8pm on Tuesday March 3, running until May 26. 90210, the updated version of Beverley Hills 90210, which currently airs at 8pm on Tuesdays, will move back to 9pm, with its season ending on May 19. Also on the network, Privileged, which is the current occupant of the Tuesday 9pm slot will complete its first season on February 24.

Dates have been set for the broadcast on the US Sci Fi Channel of the two direct-to-DVD Stargate movies released last year. Stargate: The Ark Of Truth will air on Friday March 27 at 9pm, followed by Stargate: Continuum on Friday, April 3, also at 9pm. The Ark Of Truth picks up the story from the finale of the original Stargate: SG-1 TV series. Continuum sees members of the SG-1 team returning to a world where their history has been dramatically altered.

New ABC sitcom In the Motherhood will debut on Thursday, March 26 at 8pm. It will be paired with Samantha Who? which, as the Choob previously reported, has been in limbo since it was was recently kicked out of it’s Monday night slot. In the motherhood, starring Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Cheryl Hines and former Will and Grace star Megan Mullally, is about three very different women’s experiences as mothers.

The Thursday changes mean that Ugly Betty gets kicked out but ABC said it will return after In The Motherhood and Samantha Who? complete their runs. Despite claims that they are still behind the show, what the move could spell trouble for the long-term future of Ugly Betty, although it is worth noting that the show was scheduled to go into repeats anyway during the time it will now be on hiatus. In any case, don’t expect to see the rest of the show’s season-three episodes until at least June.

Also on ABC, Scrubs will move to Wednesdays at 8pm, from March 18, where it will be paired with new comedy Better Off Ted, a satirical office comedy about a successful but morally conscious man who runs the research and development department at a morally questionable corporation. Stars include Joey’s Andrea Anders and Arrested Development’s Portia De Rossi.

New HBO comedy Eastbound And Down begins at 10.30pm on Sunday, February 15. It stars Danny McBride as a disgraced, washed-up Major League Baseball pitcher forced to return to his home town and take a job as a PE teacher.

The debut of Cupid on ABC has been pushed back a week until Tuesday March 31. The episode order has also been cut to just seven. The show is a remake/revival of a 1999 show of the same nameabout a charismatic character who may or may not be the Roman god of love — Cupid — who believes he has been sent to earth to bring 100 couples together before he is allowed to return to Mount Olympus. With only seven episodes to do so, he’ll have to go some…

Surviving Suburbia, a traditional sitcom starring Bob Saget and Cynthia Stevenson, begins on Monday April 6 at 9:30pm on ABC. The show, about a cynical cynical father-of-two and his family, is said to be “in the family-centered tradition of Roseanne and Home Improvement”.

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When’s My favourite Show Coming back – Update!


Here’s a few more return dates for shows that I missed out of my first round-up of when new episodes your favourite shows are due to start airing  (except where noted, these are US air dates).

The Amazing Race: February 15.
Breaking Bad: March 8.
The Closer: January 26.
Corner Gas: January 12.
CSI: January 15.
CSI Miami: January 12.
CSI NY: January 14.


Damages: As previously noted, the show returns in the US on January 7. It has also now emerged that it will air in the UK on BBC1 beginning sometime in February.
Kyle XY: January 12.
The L Word: January 18.
Law and Order: Criminal Intent: February 5 (this return date is given at wikipedia and some other sites but appears unconfirmed and should be treated with caution for now).
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: January 13.
Reaper: March 17.
Two and a Half Men: January 12.

EDIT: And here are more dates for shows returning to UK screens.

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