Welcome to my weekly TV Wrap Up.

This week we’re chatting about the NCIS cast, Chuck season 3 insights, a bit of Fringe cast news and I ask a question about a character from Lost.  I’m also going to touch on yet another alien invasion show from TNT.  Also have some details on the DVD / Blu-ray release of season one of Lie To Me.

I wrap it up with my usual look at how shows did in the ratings from last week.

Let’s get on with it.

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NCIS Spin-off Adds Cast

Linda Hunt will be joining the cast of the NCIS spin-off as a hard-nosed former film industry technician who oversees the “backroom” support staff.

Of note, Louise Lombard was let go from the staff, as the cast seems to be constantly evolving.

Is it me, or will we have a hard time getting past the ‘ghosts’ from Linda Hunt’s past?

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

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Chuck Season 3 Tidbits

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zachary Levi chats a bit about the upcoming third season of Chuck.

He talks about how folks are expecting “Orange Orange” to become a Subway and other ideas like that.

He also reminds us that next season is a 13-episode season, but if the ratings are good enough, NBC will add additional episodes.  (That’s the part where it means “tell your friends.”)

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Fringe Cast Grows

Meghan Markle (Deal Or No Deal, 90210) is joining Fringe as a recurring role in the upcoming season.  She’ll be playing a brash and quick-witted FBI agent.

Well, at least she’s moving up from briefcases duty and teen angst shows.

Not to mention, if I weren’t already watching Fringe…  well you get the drift.

Source:  Hollywood Reporter

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Is Charlie Coming Back To Lost Or What?

What are the chances of Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) returning to the next season of Lost?

It depends on the rumors surrounding the ill-fated rocker.

He’s been seen having breakfast with showrunner Damon Lindelof.  That could mean what?  That two buds are having breakfast together?  Or are they plotting the return of Charlie to the island in some form or fashion?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Source:  E Online

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Lie To Me Season 1

The Blu-ray and DVD release of season 1 for Fox’s Lie To Me are due out on August 25th. The show is being released by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The release will include 13 episodes, featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.  Here’s a listing of extras from both the Blu-ray and DVD packages:

The Blu-ray Bonus Features include

  • The Truth About Lies
  • Deleted Scenes

The DVD Bonus Disk includes:

  • The Lightman Group Lie Detection Tutorials
  • Play ALL
  • Intro
  • Anger
  • Contempt
  • Disgust
  • Fear
  • Happiness
  • Sad
  • Surprise

Source:  TV Shows On DVD

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Noah Wyle, Steven Spielberg and Alien Invasions

Noah Wyle has been snagged to headline a yet-to-be-titled sci-fi show on TNT that will involve yet another alien invasion plot.

The storyline kicks in gear approximately 6 months after an insidious evil alien species invades the Earth and Wyle will be the leader of the human resistance.

I’m a little disappointed that this premise sounds so much like another upcoming show that starts with a V.  I expected a bit more originality out of Spielberg.

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

Ratings section is on the next page

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Last Weeks Ratings

With the big sporting events out of the way, scripted dramas dominated the top-10 spots in last week’s ratings.

A repeat of the ever-popular NCIS led the way for CBS and helped the stations claim 9 of the top 10 spots.  The lone intruding network in the top 10 was Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, lodging itself into 6th.

ABC’s best performer last week was the hilarious yet repetitive show Wipeout, sitting just outside the top 10, in 11th.  On a sad note, NBC’s best rated show was Dateline, sitting in 21st.

The CW’s best performer was a repeat of Smallville, putting the ever-dragging network solidly into 79th.

In case you had not taken note, Eli Stone (69th) and Kings (77th) are airing once again in what looks to be the obligatory completion of purchased episodes.  Sadly, I don’t remember seeing any marketing for these shows.  Do you?

On the cable side of things, Royal Pains dominated the cable box followed by The Closer.  I caught a bit of Royal Pains and I found myself being curious about it.  It has potential.

Here’s the chart:

Rank – Show (Network) -Viewers In The Millions JUNE 15-21, 2009
1 – NCIS R(CBS #1) – 10.394
2 – Two And A Half Men R(CBS) – 10.188
3 – The Mentalist – Tue R(CBS) – 10.118
4 – CSI R(CBS) – 9.715
5 – The Mentalist R(CBS) – 8.969
6 – So You Think Can Dance – Wed (FOX #1) – 8.483
7 – The Big Bang Theory R(CBS) – 8.417
8 – 60 Minutes(CBS) – 8.305
9 – CSI: Miami R(CBS) – 8.252
10 – Criminal Minds R(CBS) – 8.037
11 – Wipeout(ABC #1) – 7.995
12 – So You Think Can Dance – Thu(FOX) – 7.984
13 – CSI: NY R(CBS) – 7.797
14 – NCIS Thurs 8pm R(CBS) – 7.596
15 – 48 Hours Mystery Tuesday R(CBS) – 7.199
16 – The Bachelorette(ABC) – 6.761
17 – Cold Case R(CBS) – 6.752
18 – Without A Trace – Sun R(CBS) – 6.7
19 – Million Dollar Password R(CBS) – 6.254
20 – The Big Bang Theory R(CBS) – 6.047
21 – Dateline – Mon(NBC #1) – 5.687
24 – Law And Order:SVU R(NBC) – 5.601
25 – I Surved A Japanese Game Show P(ABC) – 5.345
26 – Merlin 6/21 S(NBC) – 5.338
28 – Merlin P(NBC) – 5.195
31 – Numbers R(CBS) – 5.011
32 – Law And Order R(NBC) – 4.949
33 – House R(FOX) – 4.917
34 – Bones R(FOX) – 4.841
35 – Flashpoint R(CBS) – 4.815
38 – Mental(FOX) – 4.621
39 – Lie To Me – Mon R(FOX) – 4.518
45 – Family Guy R(FOX) – 4.186
51 – Simpsons R(FOX) – 3.843
52 – Listener(NBC) – 3.832
53 – The Unusuals(ABC) – 3.796
56 – American Dad R(FOX) – 3.609
59 – King Of The Hill R(FOX) – 3.295
60 – Office R(NBC) – 3.286
66 – 30 Rock R(NBC) – 2.68
67 – Ugly Betty R(ABC) – 2.564
69 – Eli Stone P(ABC) – 2.536
71 – Castle RP(ABC) – 2.421
72 – Grey’s Anatomy R(ABC) – 2.304
74 – Private Practice R(ABC) – 2.049
77 – Kings(NBC) – 1.747
79 – Smallville R(CW #1) – 1.351
81 – Supernatural R(CW) – 1.119
87 – Gossip Girl – Mon R(CW) – 0.824
88 – One Tree Hill – Mon R(CW) – 0.79
89 – Reaper – Sun R(CW) – 0.7
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Cable’s Top Shows
1 – Royal Pains Cable (USA ) – 6.503
2 – The Closer Cable (TNT ) – 6.469
3 – WWE Entertainment Cable (USA ) – 6.091
4 – NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing / Sonoma Cable (TNT ) – 5.788
5 – Burn Notice Cable (USA ) – 5.782
8 – NCIS Cable (USA ) – 5.071

Source:  TV By The Numbers

That’s the wrap-up for the week.  If there’s anything of interest you’d like us to look over, let us know in the comments section.  Or heck, you could even leave comments about anything I spoke to.

Thanks for coming by.

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