Weekly TV Wrap Up - May 28th, 2009

David Tennant Guest Stars On The Sarah Jane Adventures

Though David Tennant's reign as Doctor Who is coming to a close, he is still wielding that sonic screwdriver to the best of his ability.  Tennant is going to guest star as the good Doctor in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Tennant will be appearing in two episodes of a new 12-part series of the show which will start airing in September.

This isn't a cameo kids.  It's a full on appearance!

Source:  BBC News

Gigantor 4-DVD Set On Sale

If you remember Gigantor, don't worry, I won't give up your age.  Gigantor originated back in 1964 and I do remember this show... somehow.  If you have fond memories from that era and that show, well you just might be in luck.

Early May saw Gigantor hit the shelves in a 4 DVD set, returning to save the world from evil criminals, enemy robots and hostile aliens.

This influential cartoon series about a giant heroic robot and the young boy that controls him blazed a new trail for Japanese animation in America.  It's been available on home video, but now E1 Entertainment presents this true classic cartoon in a new 4-DVD collection.

The package includes 26 uncut episodes in their original air-date order, bonus interviews and commentary, six complete Gigantor comics on DVD-ROM, and a brand new collectible 16-page booklet.

If you remember, in 1964, the setting for this futuristic scenario was in the year 2000!  Though it originated in 1964, it didn't hit U.S. televisions until 1966 for a 52 episode run.

Too cool.

The Ratings From Last Week

Here's the rundown on shows and how well they did last week.

Finales ruled the week for reality TV but scripted shows took 5th through 14th.  Most of those scripted shows came from CBS.

As we all know, Kris Allen won American Idol beating out Adam Lambert and shocking everyone, including himself.  Yet if anyone has seen / heard Adam sing, he's got something that I haven't seen in any other AI contestant.  In fact the group Queen is inquiring if he wants to be their new front man.  That would be satisfying since it seemed Adam was somehow cheated of his guaranteed win on the singing contest where America's votes decides the winner.  Phfft.

If you remember from another article, I was quoting CW's spin saying that if Smallville beat Everybody Hates Chris and The Game in ratings, it would be do OK on Friday nights?  The week before, just over 3 million viewers suffered during Smallville's ill fated and generally disappointing finale.  If you cut that in half for a Friday night, add in a group of vocally unhappy fans, well, I think you can do that math.

Now we get to see what shows work out during the upcoming summer season.

(The letters that sometimes follow the show titles represent P: Premiered, R: Repeat, S: Special.  If there's a "#1" after the network reference, that's the #1 show for that network. Ratings info comes from the awesome diligent work of TV By The Numbers.)

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