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TV Newsround: Good News For Chuck And Visitors – Bad News For Heroes and Flashers

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As the flurry of renewals and cancellations stepped up a gear yesterday, there was good news for fans of V, the decent remake of the 1980s classic about alien invaders, and sci-fi spy comedy-drama Chuck.

V, starring Elizabeth Mitchell – previously best-known for playing Juliet in Lost – and Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin, has been renewed for a second season by US network ABC.

Meanwhile NBC has committed to a fourth season of the acclaimed, but ratings-starved, Chuck.

Bad news, however, for fans of FlashForward, which has reportedly been canceled and will not be back after season one ends – guess we should have seen that one coming…

However, we were always promised that season one would be self-contained and that any future seasons would deal with new flash forwards, so at least we should get a resolution of sorts to the story.

I’m very sad, but not surprised, also to report the demise of Heroes, a show whose five-seasons will, in the future, surely serve as a case study of how NOT to run a TV show.

During its first season, it was the hottest new property on network TV but it was systematically destroyed through a lack of any apparent show-running ability, poor creative decisions, dire plotting and convoluted story arcs that often went nowhere or made no sense. In the end, it seems, they couldn’t save the cheerleader.

It’s been a busy time over the past days and weeks for those who get to decide the future of your favourite TV shows, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening with the rest of your favourites on the five big networks: ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and The CW.

Renewed: Castle, Cougar Town, Modern Family, The Middle, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, Two And A Half Men, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Bones, Fringe, Glee, Human Target, Lie To Me, The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Community, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: SVU, The Office, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, 90210, Gossip Girl, Smallville, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Canceled: Better Off Ted, Hank, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, Ugly Betty, 24, Dollhouse, Past Life, ‘Til Death, Law & Order, Mercy, Trauma.

The following are those shows that have yet to have their futures decided. Those in green are generally considered dead certs or good bets for renewal, those in red long shots and those in black are thought to be 50/50:

The Bachelor, Brothers & Sisters, The Deep End, Desperate Housewives, The Forgotten, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Accidentally on Purpose, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Gary Unmarried, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, The Mentalist, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Numb3rs, Rules of Engagement, Brothers, House, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place, One Tree Hill.

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The Choob’s 12 Days Of Christmas: Aimee Mann’s Christmas Carol

On the fifth day of Christmas, The Cathode Ray Choob sent to you…
Aimee Mann’s lesson about the true meaning of Christmas.

Last year and the year before, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann made a couple of star-studded short comedy films that were screened during her Christmas gigs each year.

In 2008, she gave us her version of A Christmas Carol, with Mann playing the Scrooge role and her husband Michael Penn as Marley.

It also features some big-name actor friends including Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno, Arrested Development), John Krasinski (from the US version of The Office) and John C Reilly (Magnolia, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Step Brothers).

Particular highlights are part 3, with Cera, and part 4, with John C Reilly.

After the John Krasinski segment, he joined her on stage for a duet. Not sure if this was a one-off at the LA gig or if this happened throughout the tour, but here’s the video:

And here is the is the 2007 Christmas film, in which Aimee tries to convince various celebrities to appear at her gig.

Guest stars in this one include Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, John Krasinski (again) and Weird Al Yankovic:

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The Monday Movie – A Room For Romeo Brass

Shane  Meadows is one of my favourite film directors and, for my money, the best, most interesting and exciting contemporary British filmmaker.

More recent films such as Dead Man’s Shoes and This Is England have cemented his reputation but his talent was clear from the very start.

His first feature film was 1997’s Twentyfour Seven, shot in stark black and white and starring Bob Hoskins.

It was good but it was his second feature, A Room For Romeo Brass, that really won me over. I saw it at a press screening during the 1999 Edinburgh Film Festival and I was hooked from the moment the opening credits rolled.

The film, which like much of his work is semi-autobiographical, is a coming-of-age story co-written by Meadows and his childhood friend (and frequent collaborator) Paul Fraser. It stars Andrew Shim and Ben Marshall as the titular Romeo Brass and his best pal Gavin Woolley.

Here is the films’s fantastic opening credits sequence (featuring the excellent A Message To You, Rudi by The Specials), which introduces the pair (watch out for a cameo from Meadows as a chip-shop worker):

Their friendship is put to the test by the arrival of eccentric loner Morell. The role showcases an astonishing, outstanding debut performance by Paddy Considine, a long-time friend of Meadows’, who has gone on to become arguably the finest British actor of his generation.

Initially Morell, who takes a shine to Romeo’s older sister Ladine (Vicky McClure), seems like a harmless, amiable, socially awkward buffoon – only for the plot to take a darker turn when a prank played by Gavin makes Morell look stupid in front of Ladine and he doesn’t get his own way.

Here are a few scenes of Considine in action:

Here’s a glimpse of his more menacing side:

And finally, could this have been Ricky Gervais‘ inspiration for David Brent’s infamous dance in The Office?

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Teaser Trailer For Gervais And Merchant’s First Film

Here’s a funny teaser trailer for Cemetery Junction, the first feature film written and directed by The Office and Extras duo Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

The film is set in the 1970s in Reading and Gervais describes it as a coming of age tale that is a cross between The Office and Mad Men. It’s due for release early next year.

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TV Newsround: The Show Will Go On… The Fate Of 58 Shows!

It’s that time of year when the US TV networks decide (or rather, share with the world) which shows live and which shows die.

The upfronts take place next week in New York, when the fate of your favourite show will be officially revealed.

However news about the future (or lack thereof) of many of the bigger shows has already leaked, plus a few already had previous multi-season agreements in place.

So here is a round-up of which shows will definitely be back (some of these, in particular the shows that air during the summer, were already known and mentioned in previous Choob posts), plus the ones that are still sweating it out.


The sixth and final season of Lost will begin early in 2010.

Brothers And Sisters will be back in September for its fourth season.

New comedy-drama Castle, starring former Firefly star Nathan Fillion as a mystery writer who teams up with an NYPD cop to help him research his new novel, has been renewed for a second season. The first season ended in the US last week.

Grey’s Anatomy gets a sixth season, while its spin-off Private Practice is renewed for a third.

Desperate Housewives has been given a sixth season.

Season four of Ugly Betty begins on September 24.

ABC Family comedy-drama Greek has an order for a 20-episode third season.


CBS has yet to make a decision on a fifth season of sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, starring former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right), but ABC has agreed a back-up deal which will see the network pick up the show if CBS decides to pass on it. It’s the second time in two years that ABC has tried to take over the show.

This is less certain than most of the other shows listed here but rumours are circulating that, somewhat surprisingly, David Mamet‘s special forces military drama The Unit is being given a fifth season.

Again, not a dead cert, but police drama Cold Case is said to have a good chance of a seventh season.

It was revealed back in March that sitcoms Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory have been guaranteed three and two more seasons respectively.


Day eight of 24 will begin early next year. Is said to be set in New York and feature the return of CTU.

Sci-fi detective drama Fringe has been renewed for a full second season.

Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku, will be back for a second season of 12 episodes.

The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons. The 44-episode order will take the show through to the end of its 22nd season (and 493 episodes), making it the longest-running series in primetime US TV history.

The first season of Family Guy spin-off Cleveland is yet to air (it was pushed back from Spring to the Autumn), but it has already been given a 13-episode second-season order.


Dennis Leary firefighter drama Rescue Me has been renewed for an 18-episode sixth season.

Biker gang drama Sons Of Anarchy, starring Hellboy’s Ron Perlman, has been given a second-season order.


A fourth season of bigamy drama Big Love (below) has been ordered.

Vampire drama True Blood will be back for a second season.

Entourage gets a sixth season.


Despite diminishing ratings, Heroes will be back for season four.

The American version of The Office gets a sixth season.

Tina Fey’s (right) comedy 30 Rock saw ratings grow slightly this year and, though still on the low side, it has been rewarded with a fourth season.

Season eleven of Law and Order: SVU has been ordered.

Friday Night Lights has been given two more 13-episode seasons (its fourth and fifth).

Parks and Recreation, the new sitcom from the makers of the US version of The Office, which stars Saturday Night Live‘s Amy Poehler, gets a second season.

Supernatural drama Medium has been given a sixth season.

New LA-set cop drama Southland began its seven-episode first season last month and has already been renewed for a 13-episode second.


Historical drama The Tudors will return for a 10-part fourth (and final) season, which will complete the saga of King Henry VIII.

Season 5 of Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker, right, begins on Monday, June 8.

Dexter, starring Six Feet Under’s Michael C Hall as a serial killer who works for the Miami police department. Season three recently ended its run and the network has been renewed for at least two further seasons, of 12 episodes each.

Black comedy-drama The United States Of Tara, has been given a second, 12-episode season. The show, created by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, stars Toni Collette as a wife and mother-of-two who suffers from dissociative identity disorder.

Californication, starring David Duchovny as a charming but troubled writer, has been renewed for a third season.


A second season (15 episodes) of crime drama Leverage has been given the go-ahead.

Superboy drama Smallville will be back in the Autumn for its ninth season.

Supernatural returns for season five.

One Tree Hill gets a seventh season.

Newcomer 90210 gets a second season (plus a pilot order for an updated version of original Beverley Hills 90210 spin-off, Melrose Place – more details here).

A third season of Gossip Girl has been ordered.

Comedy Central

The Sarah Silverman Program will be returning for a third season. With Sarah Silverman, right, obviously.


The superb Mad Men has been renewed for at least two more seasons.


Sci-fi/fantasy drama Sanctuary, starring Stargate SG1 ’s Amanda Tapping, will be back for a second season.


Miami-set tongue-in-cheek drama Burn Notice, below, about a spy inexplicably cast adrift by his bosses and left to fend for himself, has earned a 16-episode third-season order. It begins on June 4.

Comedy-drama Psych, about a fake psychic who helps the police, has been given a fourth season.

Monk, the comedy-drama about an obsessive-compulsive private detective, gets an eighth and final season.


With the third season of Army Wives not due to begin until June, the Lifetime channel has ordered a fourth season.


Ensemble drama Crash, based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film of the same name, has been renewed for a 13-episode second season


A nine-episode third season of My Boys, a comedy about a female sports writer in Chicago and the men in her life, has been ordered.


Syndicated sword-and-sorcery fantasy drama Legend Of The Seeker, currently airing its first season, has been renewed for a second run. The show is based on the Sword Of Truth series of books by Terry Goodkind.

Prospects for the following shows could still go either way but they haven’t been officially cancelled yet:


A third season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, starring Summer Glau, right, looks highly unlikely but if you believe in miracles, now’s the time to start praying for one.


Talks are reportedly underway for a ninth season of medical comedy Scrubs, though possibly without regular appearances from several of the original cast.


Negotiations for a possible fifth season of My Name Is Earl continue.

A fan campaign to win a third season for Chuck continues, amid rumours that a decision will be delayed until after the upfronts.

No word either yet on season 20 of the original Law and Order.

(This post seemed like a good, simple, quick idea when I started it – several hours ago! Hope someone finds it useful.)

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David Brent Back In The Office..? Michael Scott Moving On..?

David Brent, the boss-from-hell from the UK version of The Office, may be returning to our TV screens – and the award-winning US remake of the show could be shutting up shop after season 7.

It’s hard to believe that it’s now more than five years since the original UK version of The Office bowed out with an outstanding two-part Christmas special.

Writer/directors/co-creators Ricky Gervais, who also played David Brent, and Stephen Merchant vowed there would be no more.

However, while there’s no sign that they will ever go back on their word and make more episodes of the show, it seems they may not quite be finished with David Brent (right).

Tabloid rumours are suggesting that Gervais will reprise the role for a special guest appearance on the US version of the show, which is currently mid-way through its fifth season.

If true, it would see incompetent (former) paper-mill boss Brent come face-to-face with his American counterpart, the equally incompetent paper-mill boss Michael Scott (below), played by Steve Carell.

Although all such newspaper speculation should be taken with a large pinch of salt, there are a few reasons to believe that this is more than just a wild rumour or wishful thinking.

First of all, Gervais and Merchant enjoy a relatively close relationship with the makers of the US show – they are executive producers and also wrote an episode a couple of years ago.

Second, there have been discussions in the past about some of the characters from the UK show having guest roles, though nothing ever came of it.

Thirdly, and lending the most credibility, the news of Brent’s possible appearance comes not from some nameless, faceless production “source” but from one the the main stars of the US show – Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight K Schrute, the American version of Gareth.

Wilson is quoted as saying at a party in Los Angeles: “We’ve been looking at trying to do something with Steve and Ricky for a while but it’s never quite worked out and the right thing has never come up. But I think it will happen before the show ends.

“Hopefully we’ll do it for the final show – that looks like two years’ time.”

That would make season seven the show’s last.

Gervais and Carell have already come face-to-face on TV – the pair had a hilarious encounter at last year’s Emmy awards. You can see it here:

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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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