Weekly TV Wrap Up - May 28th, 2009

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Welcome to my corner of Thursdays where we get to chat about some of the other goings on from the world of  (soon to be totally digital) TV.

This week, we take a look at some noise about Chuck, news about some Dexter casting, the premiere date for Eureka on Sci-Fi (SyFy) and why Eleventh Hour got dumped.

While we're at it, I also chat about TNT ordering it's own version of V, Doctor Who guest starring in The Sarah Jane Adventures, and if there are any Gigantor fans out there, I've got a bit of news for you.

And of course, at the end of the article, I entice you with a ratings chart showing how our favored shows did last week.

Curious Tidbit About Chuck

Despite the lengthy wait from NBC to actually commit to Chuck, NBC entertainment president Ben Silverman is being noted in saying that if the ratings for Chuck do well enough, they may deliver more than the 13 episodes that the network originally committed to.

He then mentioned that extending the episode count would pair it up with Friday Night Lights in the summer.  Hmm, historically, FNL has aired on Friday nights.  Are they looking to air Chuck on Friday nights or move FNL to another night?  Curious.

He then notes how they want to keep Chuck on the air for years to come.

This, about a show they couldn't commit to until the near last minute before the upfronts, and then after some cost concessions.  Why weren't they saying that before the upfronts?  I don't know about you, but I'm putting my knee high boots on because I can't stand lip-service.

Source:  TV Guide

Dexter's New Bad Guy

Sources are reporting that John Lithgow is joining the season 4 cast of Dexter as Walter Simmons.  Hmm.  Mr. Simmons is an unassuming suburbanite who lives a dual life as one of America’s most prolific and deadliest serial killers.

When Simmons moves to Miami, Dexter becomes obsessed with his efficient killing methods and the fact that he's escaped capture for close to 30 years.

Season 4 of Dexter starts on Sept. 27.

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

Eureka Premiere Date

The Sci-Fi Channel will be premiering Eureka on July 10th.

A small death knell in the background can be heard because it's only going to have 10 episodes aired.

What's up with that Sci-Fi?

Why Was Eleventh Hour dumped?

Despite decent ratings, Eleventh Hour was dumped by CBS, as we discovered at the CBS upfronts.

Yet decent ratings isn't good enough when they have other shows in their lineup doing much better.  At least that's the spin that the CBS Sr. VP of prime time, Kelly Kahl, is saying.  And to some extent, that's true since they've nailed down 5th through 12th place in the ratings chart from last week.

Eleventh Hour was a casualty to make room for new shows... they say.

Me, I say that since I reported back in August of 2008 that Eleventh Hour was one of the most expensive shows to hit any network, coming in at a rumored $2 million per episode price tag is what killed it.

Source:  TV Guide

TNT Keeping Up With V

It looks like the TNT network is playing catch up now that ABC has V coming down the pipe.

TNT has ordered a pilot for a yet to be named alien-invasion TV series.  They're looking to DreamWorks TV and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Robert Rodat to bring it in a big way.

The story is reported to be set six months after Earth is invaded by aliens.

I hate carbon copy catch up shows, no matter who helms them.  At least the premise of idea.  Now they may hit it out of the park, but I remember Spielberg's last sci-fi on TV effort, Taken, and I wasn't thrilled by it.

Source:  Sci-Fi Wire


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