Weekly TV Wrap-Up – June 4th 2009

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television p Weekly TV Wrap Up   June 4th 2009It is Thursday again and the weekend looms in front of us.

Today I’m going to chat about Summer Glau maybe being on Dollhouse, a tiny bit about Law & Order: SVU, a bit of Doctor Who news and some info about Ronald D. Moore’s Virtuality including the air date and scenes from the show.

And as usual, we’ll take a peak at ratings from last week.

Oh!  I’ve jammed in a subtle note about Burn Notice.

While you’re here, if there’s anything TV related on your mind, slap it in the comments and let us know what you’re curious about or have an opinion on.

Shall we get on with it?

Summer Glau On Dollhouse?

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Does Summer look chatty here?

Joss Whedon was asked if he’d consider getting Summer Glau on Dollhouse.  Duh!

He’s way ahead of everyone.  Apparently he was already asking Summer to consider coming on board the Dollhouse production before The Sarah Connor Chronicles was even canceled. (A moment of silence for TSCC please.)

Joss is looking to cast her in a role of a character that talks too much.  LOL… that would be new.  Summer Glau being chatty?

Some think she’d be prefect as an “active” (i.e., one of the dolls) in Dollhouse, but Joss likes pushing his cast.  The idea of her being someone chatty would definitely be new to us.

If you haven’t seen her actually being all chit-chatty, it’s a refreshing look at Summer.

Source:  Entertainment Weekly


Law & Order: SVU Contract Talks

Word on the street is that there is still no deal in place for Law & Order: SVU stars Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni for next season.

As you know, SVU has been renewed for next year regardless of the stars’ contracts, but word is that negotiations are “moving in the right direction.”

I think it’s a shame that Hargitay and Meloni were asking for so much money and I hope everyone can come to a happy medium.

I know SVU is NBC’s No. 1 scripted show, but that isn’t saying much considering where on the charts it kept showing up.  Last week in the ratings it was in 25th place.

Source:  Entertainment Weekly


Doctor Who Coming to BBC America

Starting in July, BBC America will be airing five Doctor Who specials.  On top of those episodes, they’ll also be airing the final four adventures that have David Tennant starring as the Doctor.

All this fun starts in July.

Making a smart move for Doctor Who fans, BBC America also snagged the 2008 Christmas Special, “The Next Doctor,” which stars David Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan. It will be broadcast on June 27, 2009.

Sounds great.  Now I have to figure out what channel BBC America is.

Source:  Sci Fi Wire

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Don’t Miss Burn Notice

Tonight, Thursday, June 4, 2009, Burn Notice will be starting its third season on USA.

The show stars the ever-cool Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westin, the explosively inclined Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona, Bruce Campbell – need I say more?  And the ever-timeless Sharon Gless as Michael’s mother.

It’s an awesomely fun show.


Famke Janssen Returns to Nip/Tuck

If you’re a fan of Famke Janssen, things are looking good.  Of course that’s a given.

Famke Janssen will be returning to play the role of sociopath Ava Moore for FX’s Nip/Tuck’s seventh and final season.

Source: Entertainment Weekly


Virtuality Is Getting The Virtual Foot

First it was going to be a pilot, then it was just going to be a television movie aired on the worst night ever to premiere a show – July 4th.  Now Ronald D. Moore’s Virtuality is getting moved to another air date.

Virtuality‘s new air date will be June 26, 2009.

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Virtuality is about 12 astronauts on Earth’s first starship called the Phaeton.  They’re headed out on an epic 10-year journey that’s crucial to the survival of life on Earth.  To give the long distance-traveling crew a measure of privacy as well as a recreational outlet, Phaeton is equipped with virtual reality modules where crew members can explore self-created worlds.

There’s only one problem.  “There is a bug in the system.”

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Stars of the show include Kerry Bishe, Ritchie Coster, Eric Jensen, Nelson Lee, Joy Bryant, Clea Duvall, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sienna Guillory, James D’Arcy, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Gene Farber, Omar Metwally and Jimmi Simpson.

Executive producers are Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Voyager).

The 2-hour movie will air Friday, June 26th (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Source: Sci Fi Wire


Fox’s Mental

Has anyone caught the new show on Fox called Mental?

Fox’s publicity says:

Everything changes at Wharton Memorial Psychiatric Hospital when radically unorthodox psychiatrist Dr. Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance, C) arrives as the Director of Mental Health Services. As Gallagher takes on new cases, he is confronted with patients battling unknown, misunderstood and often misdiagnosed conditions

I’ve been told Mental is the psychiatric version of House.  If anyone who has seen this show wants to chime in, feel free!


And finally, what’s up and what’s not from last weeks TV ratings.

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There is a god, that’s all I have to say.  With American Idol out of the way and the onslaught of repeats and summer reality TV shows sliding towards us, I’m happy to report that most of the top-10 shows were scripted shows and most of those came from CBS.  CBS rocks.

Of the top 10, CBS clocked the competition in 9 of the top 10 spots.  Oddly, 8 of the top 10 were repeats.

Despite the rankings, viewership plummeted.  The week before last, American Idol snagged almost 25 million viewers, whereas the No 1 ranked show last week, a repeat of NCIS, drew in a mere 12.5 million viewers.

In fact, as summer starts up, last week the top 10 ranked shows tallied up to 101.8 million viewers as opposed to the week prior where the top 10 shows drew in a total of 171.4 million.  It’s not hard to see why networks dole out reality TV.

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No 1 shows for each network were NCIS for CBS at No. 1 (12.5 million viewers) in the charts, Fox slid into 9th with So You Think You Can Dance (9.2 mil), ABC’s Wipeout settled in at 12th (8.7 mil), NBC had Medium lead their viewing charge (7.9 mil) in 14th and bringing up the list of networks is the ill-supported return of Reaper for The CW, with 2.1 million fans tuning in.

Some shows premiered last week and did so with little ratings fanfare.  Wipeout at 12th, So You Think You Can Dance in 13th, Fox’s Mental at 30th, The Goode Family at 52nd and a few others.

Of course nothing says “Most Popular” or “Most Beloved” like a show coming in dead last in the ratings; repeats of Jericho pulled just over half a million viewers.  Thanks for advertising you’re even broadcasting it, CW.  Oh… did that snark slip out?  Sorry.

Here’s the ratings chart for the week:

Rank – Show (Network) -Viewers In The Millions
1 – NCIS R (CBS #1) – 12.463
2 – The Mentalist R (CBS #2) – 12.357
3 – G Strait Special (CBS) – 10.628
4 – CSI R (CBS) – 9.976
5 – Without A Trace R (CBS) – 9.71
6 – NCIS Thursday 8pm R (CBS) – 9.636
7 – Without A Trace R (CBS) – 9.57
8 – Two And A Half Men R (CBS) – 9.268
9 – So You Think Can Dance-Thu (FOX #1) – 9.151
10 – Criminal Minds R (CBS) – 8.927
11 – 60 Minutes R (CBS) – 8.775
12 – Wipeout P (ABC #1) – 8.706
13 – So You Think Cn Dance-Wed P (FOX) – 8.705
14 – Medium (NBC #1) – 7.858
15 – CSI: Miami – R (CBS) – 7.758
16 – Cold Case R (CBS) – 7.707
19 – Law & Order:SVU – Wed R (NBC) – 6.76
22 – Law And Order:SVU R (NBC) – 6.455
24 – Law And Order R (NBC) – 6.406
25 – Scripps Natl Spelling Bee(S) S (ABC #2) – 6.053
26 – Bachelorette Sp-5/25, The(S) S (ABC) – 5.99
27 – 48 Hours Mystery R (CBS) – 5.949
30 – Mental P (FOX) – 5.761
31 – The Unit R (CBS) – 5.697
32 – Bones – Memorial Day R (FOX) – 5.486
33 – NHL Stanley Cup Fnl #2 S (NBC) – 5.386
37 – Law & Order:CI – Wed (NBC) – 5.144
41 – House – Memorial Day R (FOX) – 4.798
46 – NHL Stanley Cup Fnl #1 S (NBC) – 4.359
47 – House – Tue P (FOX) – 4.253
49 – The Unusuals (ABC) – 3.879
51 – Grey’s Anatomy R (ABC) – 3.659
52 – Goode Family, The P (ABC) – 3.653
54 – Office R (NBC) – 3.589
57 – Don’T Forget The Lyrics (FOX) – 3.421
58 – My Name Is Earl R (NBC) – 3.372
64 – 30 Rock R (NBC) – 3.111
67 – Surviving Suburbia P (ABC) – 2.76
68 – Desperate Housewives R (ABC) – 2.688
71 – Brothers & Sisters R (ABC) – 2.53
73 – Pushing Daisies S (ABC) – 2.32
76 – Reaper (CW #1) – 2.139
77 – Hitched Or Ditched P (CW) – 1.428
78 – Supernatural R (CW) – 1.41
79 – Smallville R (CW) – 1.353
86 – One Tree Hill R (CW) – 0.972
88 – Jericho R (CW) – 0.565

Thanks for coming by gang.  If there’s anything TV related you want to discuss, let ‘er rip in the comments!  I will be watching.

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  1. I compared the rating for The CW vs cable only networks and have come to the conclusion that The CW is the worst network on earth. They should really stop being a broadcast network. Their top rated show, Reaper, had almost HALF the viewers of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!! That’s right, the sponge in the pineapple under the sea is more popular than ANY show on The CW. The should sell their properties to USA or TNT. I bet USA would give Smallville better treatment than they do.

  2. Summer was more chatty in The Unit in the few episodes she was in, lol.

  3. Joss Whedon needs to just give up these other shows and make Firefly 2. So far he’s tried any angle he can to return to a generalized Firefly premise with similar characters, and similar plots. The next Firefly show, however, should be on ANYTHING other than Fox or ABC. As they seem to dump shows that barely get off the ground.

  4. If christopher and Mariska leave Law and Order:SVU I won’t watch it anymore. I don’t enjoy the episodes where they are only in for a few minutes they bore me to death. The whole thing about svu is that it’s personal. It’s not all about the job. Olivia and Elliot make Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order:SVU. I tried watching the other normal Law and Orders and I don’t enjoy them.

  5. About Summer being on Dollhouse… I know a bunch of TSCC fans who’d love to kick my ass for saying this, but I was secretly hoping the show would get canceled just so Summer would have the opportunity to join Dollhouse’s cast. I know, I know. It’s like wishing someone would die: you just shouldn’t do it because if it happens you’ll feel awful, like it’s your fault. Well now that it’s happened, I guess it’d be foolish to feel guilty and not just excited about the thought of Summer working with Whedon again.

    And now an off-topic note about the site’s new layout: I intensely dislike the pagination of your articles. I don’t want to have to download 2x or 3x more ads for just one article. Thanks.

  6. Andy: Don’t dis the Sponge, man. That show has more to it than you’d think. The CW, on the other hand, needs to start investing more in some original shows. The only reason I ever turn on that network is to watch some quality re-runs. That’s it.

  7. More should watch Burn Notice, very cool show!

    I will be watching Moore’s new show, but what gets me is what I see in most shows based on the future and it has to do with the casting, majority it is an all caucasian cast, which is not wrong but since it is in the future, shouldn’t there be more of a diversity? Adding one person of color does not count, nor adding a female Asian actress which I see most often when there is “diversity”.

    At least Rodenberry had the smarts and the right thought process, and that was way back in 1960! Just saying, it is set in the future after all, shouldn’t it be more of a melting pot culturaly?

  8. @John…

    Not dissing the sponge, dude. Spongebob is cool. One of the few cartoons that I actually can sit and watch (and LAUGH) to. Hoping the sponginess is around for quite a while.

  9. Very well, Andy, you shall be let allowed to live when the Squarepants revolution happens. Yep. Ima weirdo.

  10. Andy S: Good idea, about comparing The CW to Cable… and yet, it seems the to be full of lack luster regardless.

    Yep – SPONGEBOB (Hope he’s not a used sponge) and Wrestling are the top shows on Cable.. I shudder.

    Ken J: When I saw Summer at WonderCon, she spoke! Like a normal, hot chick! It was nice to see she doesn’t talk in monotone all the time!

  11. Michelle: If NBC comes up with something that might get better ratings than SVU, they’re bargaining stance will be weakened and negotiations just might calm down. We can only hope!

  12. Okay, that’d be cool. I want to see more of Summer Glau, and see how versitile she can be. She’d be perfect on Dollhouse, it just makes me more excited to see the second season now. I’m a bit skeptical since it’s a pretty good show, but it’s so inconsistent.

  13. @Bruce

    I haven’t seen her speak, but I’ve seen pictures where she’s smiling and she has a pretty sincere and sweet looking smile. Hope it isn’t deceiving, but she seems like a nice girl from that.