Weekly TV Wrap Up – January 29, 2009

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

Here is yet one more edition of Thursday’s Weekly TV Wrap Up on Screen Rant!

This week we have news on new shows that FOX has ordered, a bit of news on Dead Like Me, we touch on some House info and more on yet more guest appearances on E.R..

In the confused department, I’ve got some news sort of related to Smallville, and we chat about Ugly Betty getting dumped temporarily.

We wrap it up with a little bit of new news for our overseas readers on a new set of episodes of Red Dwarf.  Let’s get on with it!

1. FOX Network ordered itself a bunch of pilots. Four comedies and three dramas. Of the three dramas, two of them are of the sci-fi genre.

One is Human Target, based on the DC Comics title about a man for hire whose job is to assume the role of people who find themselves in life threatening situations. John Steinberg writes the scripts and is executive producing alongside McG.

The other project is untitled at this time, but focuses on past-life investigators using the concept of reincarnation to solve present day crimes. Source: THR.com

2. For the Dead Like Me fans, a direct-to-DVD movie is being released on February 17th, 2009 titled Dead Like Me: Life After Death.

I’ve always found the show interesting and wouldn’t mind catching a full length movie version. Of course after watching a movie, I would probably end up wanting more. Source: TVShowsOnDVD

3. In case you missed the news and missed the show, House has moved to Monday nights. (SPOILER) Later this season Gregory House and Cuddy will, um, well… you know, they um, well… they “hit it” off pretty good, if you know what I mean. Of course the creators of House warn us that even though House and Cuddy settle into the sheets together, they’re going to do this the only way it can be done, House style. Sigh. Source: EW.com, Image: FOX

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4. As Niall reported a few days ago regarding George Clooney returning for a reprisal of his role of Doug Ross on E.R., Julianna Margulies is following suit and also reprising her role as Hathaway on the final season of E.R. on NBC.  Source: ET Online.

There are also some rumors that Susan Sarandon will be appearing in the same episode with Clooney.  Source: E Online.

5. First it’s good news, then it’s not. I can’t decide if The CW really knows what’s up.

In the process of getting a reboot of Melrose Place up and running, The CW is talking to Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin about helming the Melrose effort. Yes, the same Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin who are 2 of the 4 show-runners for Smallville.

If for some reason they move on to tackle Melrose Place, that would leave Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson as the executive producers for the 9th season of Smallville. It’s being reported that Warner Bros is finalizing deals with the cast for a 9th season.

So my question to you would be what do you think would happen to the quality of the show if they split up this four-some?  Source: EW.com,

6. It’s been thought that ABC’s Ugly Betty was their workhorse signature series, yet they’re shelving the show starting March 26th in favor of Samantha Who?, and then In The Motherhood. claiming that the Thursday night time slot is a great spot to launch these shows.

According to ABC, Ugly Betty will return after these two shows run their set number of episodes.  Though the network is not saying when the show will return, by some calculations, it should probably air sometime in June.  The dreaded summertime slot. Source: EW.com.

7.  Channel Dave is a network over in the UK.  If you have access to the network, and you’re a fan of Red Dwarf, then you are in for a treat.  Red Dwarf is returning with a brand new two-part series.  Dave Lister gets to return home!

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Red Dwarf: Back to Earth starts filming their two-part episode in February.

Over the Easter weekend, four new episodes will come at you.  After the two episodes of Back to Earth, prepare yourself for Red Dwarf: UnpluggedUnplugged will have no sets, no effects and egads, no cue cards!  Then you get to watch Red Dwarf: The Making of Back to Earth.  Source: Dave TV.

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  1. A bit of TV trivia:
    This is the second Time
    The Human Target has been on TV.
    There were 7 episodes counting the pilot , that aired on ABC in 1992.
    Christopher Chance was played by Rick Springfield.
    NO JOKE!
    Just thoughtI would mention that.

  2. I think that is … depressing? So yet one more remake then. Just peachy. When will someone not redo a show or british hit?

    Sigh. Thanks Gary.

  3. It seems at least half of our “american” tv shows are based on british ones, especially the more popular ones. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was more. We can’t come up with much of anything over here anymore in recent memory.

  4. @wes

    You’d be surprised at how many U.S. shows (mainly sitcoms) have been based on British shows over the years.


  5. Tonight’s episode of Smallville was god awful. Makes me really want this show to not go on another season. It was the MOST Lana-centric episode ever. I think I’ve just about given up on watching Smallville. Good Riddance.

  6. lana sucks, -spoiler- aAnd now she has superpowers too? spare me plz…

    Only good thing is that she might be in the end fight with Doomsday and be smashed to pizez and die!

  7. At last! Red Dwarf continues.

    Good news indeed! :)


  8. Am I really the first one to say it?


    The return of Red Dwarf … who’d have guessed?

    Now bring back Black Adder, New Statesman, Strange, Jekyll, a third season of Spaced and a fifth season of Coupling.


  9. David? Don’t get greedy. LOL>

    Let’s be happy about a “first step” and see where that takes it.

    Me, I hate setting myself up for disappointment, so I temper my enthusiasm to quiet hope.

  10. @ Bruce


    I’m cautiously happy about the reunion.
    Fact is, it will never be as cool as you imagine it beforehand.

    I just hope they don’t smeg it up. :-)

  11. I hope the Season 9 series finale will bring back Al Gough and Miles Millar to write the finale. I also hope it will be a 2-hour special like an actual movie. I hope it will leave an opening to a possible movie franchise should the Superman movie reboot in 2011 not pan out well. If season 9 ends up having just 2 writers I do not think it will make much difference. It might have a more consistent tone. I think it will be good given what I have seen in season 8, but hope they allow Lois and Clark to really fall in love, even though we know in the movies they do not (excluding Superman Returns). I would like to see that, even if they end up breaking up and just being friends.