Weekly TV Wrap Up – August 6th, 2009

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television p Weekly TV Wrap Up   August 6th, 2009Today’s Weekly TV Wrap Up has some news about the Syfy channel picking up a show called Alphas, news on Chuck air dates, plus renewal news on In Plain Sight and other USA shows.

I’m also chatting about some Ghost Whisperer bits, Futurama voice casting news and some news about Medium on CBS.  I’ve also found some casting news on Game Of Thrones.


Syfy Picks Up Alphas

Syfy has picked up a 90-minute action-adventure pilot called Alphas.

Alphas is about a team of ordinary citizens who possess hyper-developed neurological abilities.  Each person has a slightly special feature about them, but as a team, they combine to have extra-special skills.  It’s to be written by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand), Michael Karnow and BermanBraun Television.

For whatever reason, NBC and ABC passed on Alphas while Syfy, having the opportunity, jumped on this superhero genre show.

Source:  Hollywood Reporter


In Plain Sight

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USA renewed In Plain Sight for its third season. Along with this show, they’re also looking to renew Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

It’s been noted that with these 2 shows, plus Burn Notice and Royal Pains, the network picked up all the shows that were slated for renewal.  In the industry that’s a pretty rare event, especially for a cable network!

Source:  Hollywood Reporter



This new season of Medium, starring Patricia Arquette, will be paying tribute to Night of the Living Dead.

The tribute episode, which airs the night before Halloween, will have Arquette inserted into footage of the George Romero classic.

On a light note, keep in mind that Medium has moved to CBS after NBC didn’t renew the show.

In a joking fashion, executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron said that CBS has already aired more promos than NBC did in all 5 years the show aired on that network.

Other things coming up for Medium include storylines about how Allison’s brain tumor affects her abilities.  Her oldest child Ariel will rebel while the youngest, Marie, (Marie is played by twins!) will come into her own.

Of course, now that Medium shares a network with Ghost Whisperer, fans keep wondering about a cross-over.  So far, no one is saying yes, but it’s noted that if the right quality script were to cross everyone’s desk, well, who knows.

Sources:  TV Guide, Sci Fi Wire


Speaking of Ghost Whisperer

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The new season of Ghost Whisperer will start with the birth of Melinda’s baby, and then will jump 5 years into the future.

The reason for this is that her child will have abilities a wee bit beyond Melinda’s and they can’t have an infant talking to ghosts!

CBS will be starting up a web series based on Ghost Whisperer, which will play parallel to the show.

Source:  Comic-Con Panel


Thrones Casting News

Jennifer Ehle has been cast for Thrones, HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book, Game of Thrones.  She’ll be playing Catelyn Stark, Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) wife.

Source:  THR


Futurama Voices To Stay

It was reported earlier that Comedy Central was looking to recast some of the voice power behind the Futurama characters.

No need to fret folks: The original cast of John DiMaggio, Billy West, Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille have all signed on the dotted line with 20th Century Fox TV to reprise their roles.

Thank god.  The show would not have been the same without them.

Source:  Variety


Chuck Air Dates

chuck me out Weekly TV Wrap Up   August 6th, 2009

Despite announcements at Comic-Con, Chuck is not coming back any sooner than next spring.

NBC’s primetime president Angela Bromstad, said that Chuck’s reported early airing dates have been a bit optimistic and that the season 3 run of 13 episodes will start in March.

On an odd yet good note, NBC may extend the episode orders to let the show run into summer season. They haven’t decided yet, but if they did that it would give NBC and Chuck some great exposure since summer is the weak time of year for most networks and programming.

It would be daring, but I think it would be a good move.

Source:  TV Guide


TV Ratings From Last Week

On the network side of things,

Nielsen rated shows from the Top Twenty amongst all viewers for the week ending July 26, 2009 includes the usual fare of shows, all repeats.  As you can see, CBS really dominated the scripted drama world – as usual.

Of the top 20 shows, here’s how the scripted dramas did.  Note:  They are all repeats.

3:  NCIS (CBS) – 9.7 million viewers.
4:  The Mentalist (CBS) – 9.6
7:  CSI: Miami (CBS) – 8.5
11: CSI (CBS) – 7.8
12: Law And Order: SVU (NBC) – 7.5
15: CSI: NY (CBS) – 7.3
17: Criminal Minds (CBS) – 6.5

On the cable side of things, out of the top 10 rated shows:

1: The Closer (TNT) – 7.5 million viewers.
2: Burn Notice (USA) – 6.6
3: Royal Pains (USA) – 6.4
8: NCIS (USA) – 4.2
9: Law & Order: CI (USA) – 4.2

Source:  TV By The Numbers


There it is for the week that was. Screen Rant readers’ comments are always welcome.

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  1. Very clever Syfy, “Alphas”, do we really need another Heroes knockoff ?

  2. Good News for Futurama fans.

    Seriously, if they didn’t get the old voices back, I doubted very much I’d have watched it past its first few new episodes.

  3. Joshi: I think they smelled the writing on the animated wall when they first noted they’d be changing up some voices.

    790: I actually started that snippet almost exactly like that… then axed it, so yea, we’re on a similar page about that one. Then again, almost everything out there is a rip on one thing or another these days, whether intended or not.

  4. There’s also another Twilight knock off show coming out called “The Vampire Dairies.”

    Cause this generation needs more teen angst…

  5. @790

    Not just any teen angst… VAMPIRE teen angst.

    All, I can say is, they’d best be real vampire this time and not the sparkly kind. Hell, the Count from Sesame street had more vampire cred than Edward Cullen.

  6. Ah yes ,I stand corrected.
    Vampire Teen Angst is the most vile angst around… :-)

  7. Can we talk about the Philanthropist? I am a huge James Purefoy fan and loved the series at first, but now I just have it on in the background. I look up occasionally to see how our hero is doing, but it seems like the show is just the same thing every week. A crisis, he fixes it, he learns to be a bit more human.

    The best parts are when he is emotionally overwrought–reminders of his son and his loss, interacting with his exes, etc. The political parts are all blending together. I
    think the show needs more sex. Yup, I said it.

  8. @BloodSucking Leech

    “A crisis, he fixes it, he learns to be a bit more human.”

    So… like House then? Wait, no, House has never learned to be any more human. :p

  9. Joshi- lol regarding House comment. Next season looks to be really good. At least until he is miraculously cured and then can get on with the business of cutting people open unnecessarily until he discovers the problem. Love House, but it was getting to be same old same old formula there too.

  10. BloodSucking Leech – My predictions, first episode, at some desperate point, one of the team (probably Foreman) will call House asking for help on a case that would have been a simple fix had House been there but was made all the more complicated by his genius being locked up in the loony bin. Next Episode, Cuddy and/or Wilson goes to visit him and fear he isn’t really getting any better. 3rd episode, Fox gets scared and have the writers get him out and back on the Team so the rest of the season carries on as normal pretending nothing had happened.

    Seriously, after his miracle leg cure, it only took 3 episodes for him to start using the damn cane again and nothing more was said about it.

    Gotta say, it was nice seeing Kutner for a brief second in the final episode, kind o quelled those rumours going around that Kal Penn had been unceremoniously fired.

    As for it being the same old same old, well yeah, but I don’t watch it for any kind of over-arching storyline, I watch it for Hugh Laurie’s superb acting and and scathing life lessons.

  11. I realise Oz was on a long time ago, but anyone here watch that one?
    I’m already into season 4 and man that show is compelling.

  12. LOL, Laurie’s scathing life lessons.
    House could use an ass kicking. Come on. :-)

  13. While I’m perfectly surprised that no one’s fully kicked his arse yet, most of what he says is perfectly true (unless he’s lying).