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Weekly TV Wrap Up - April 16th, 2009

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It's Thursday and I hope that April 15th didn't treat you too harshly yesterday. Whether it did or not, I'm still here to razz or rant on some stuff that's happening in and around the tube.

Stargate Universe

As if this is a surprise to Stargate fans, but Stargate Universe will be having a few notable guest stars in the form of a few veterans reprising their Stargate SG-1 roles.

Yep, you read that right.

We'll be seeing Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks and Gary Jones reprising their roles we've come to love over the years. Additonally, we're going to see Christopher McDonald (U.S. senator Alan Armstrong), Janelle Monáe (plays herself. She and her band will perform) and Carlo Rota (Carl Strom, head of the International Oversight Advisory) will also make an appearance.

If this is anything like the way Stargate Atlantis started, we'll see them in one quick scene, making it an official Stargate send off. I can't imagine anything else, unless there's a holodeck on the Ancient's ship.

Stargate Universe stars Robert Carlyle, Lou Diamond Phillips and Ming-Na and is set to premiere on SCI FI in October with a special two-hour episode.

Source: SciFi Wire

Southland

Southland is a new crime drama show that takes the place of ER on Thursdays. It came in pretty strong with just under 10 million viewers for it's premiere episode last week. I think this show may just play well into this time slot. I plan on watching it some more because I found it compelling. Did you?

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24

Not to give much away for the time-shifted viewers but I thought the last episode of 24 brought some emotion to Jack's life and a real twister of an ending. What a mind blowing twist of scenes.

If anyone saw it and wants to express their thoughts, try not to leave any spoilers please. (It's hard, I know.)

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Normally, this is where I might speak about the last episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, since they had their season finale. But we need more space to touch on some issues, so stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming article on the show. I'll just say this for now: The season finale drew in approximately 3.6 million viewers.

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I apologize for the tease.

Harper's Island

Harper's Island is a murder mystery drama and that reference isn't the best draw for some folks. Yet being brought to us by Jerry Turtletaub (Jericho) not only gives it some merit, I believe it's evident in the show. There's great character interaction and mystery upon mystery leveled at us like layers of an onion.

With that noted, Harper's Island premiered 20th on our charts with just over 10 million viewers clocking in to watch it. I found it entertaining enough that the hour flew by for me pretty fast and I was surprised it went so fast.

Did Anyone else catch this show? Have any thoughts?

Damages

Dang. I just got around to watching the last 2 episodes of Damages.

The flash forwards and flash backs throughout the season set me up for some premises I thought I had. Yet they artfully sidestepped everything and took us down a very entertaining path. That last episode moved at a pace that was complimentary to the writing throughout the season. It was one surprise after the other.

Another season, well done for Damages. I am hoping they return for another season.

Smallville

In case you're wondering where new episodes of Smallville are, well, you've come to the right place.

It's just taking a break and new episodes will be returning on April 23rd.

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Leno on NBC in Boston

Remember that NBC Affiliate that said it wasn't going to air the new Jay Leno primetime show because it was going to be "adverse to their finances?"

After NBC made a statement about pulling their affiliation from the station, they've had a change of heart.

WHDH-TV owner Ed Ansin said recently that "upon further consideration," they will air Jay Leno's program at 10 pm/ET beginning in September.

Well, that didn't last long.

Source: THR

Friday Night Lights

Time Shitfted Viewing Light Spoilers.

Friday Night Lights came to season close last week.  Man, I think coach got the shaft from the rich brat dad using his influence to get what he wants or that he was getting revenge for getting turned in to child protective services.  It's killing me.

Now, as you can see, Coach is going to have his job cut out for him.  What a drastic change of venue.  I'm betting this new job only has one football from the looks of that tattered field.

Trust Me

If you were a Trust Me fan, I hope you weren't too hooked on it.

Despite TNT confusing me and calling it a "creative success," TNT pulled the plug on the show last Friday.

Trust Me starred Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh as creative executives at the imaginary agency and it just didn't catch on, averaging only 1.4 million viewers per episode.

I so did not want to tell me wife this news. She's a big Cavanagh fan.

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Source: NY Times

Ratings

Below are network ratings from the week of April 6th to April 12th:

As you can see, American idol dominated. What's new? NCIS performed consistently with just over 17 million viewers and CSI did well with just over 16 million viewers. The action adventure platform known as 24 pulled in just over 10 million viewers.

The most viewed premiere of the week was Surviving Suburbia with 11+ million viewers, then Harper's Island with just over 10 million pairs of eyeballs. Southland premiered 3rd amongst premieres with just under 10 million viewers, but I feel like it's capable of more and will probably do more. We're still in withdrawal from ER.

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NBC's Parks and Recreation premiered in the middle of the pack as did The Unusuals, both with around 6.8 million viewers.

For me, I tried watching The Unusuals premiere episode. It just didn't draw me in. In fact I had just watched Southland and I turned of The Unusuals about 20 minutes in. I gave it a 2nd try last night. I didn't turn it off, but it just felt lacking to me. I might gel with other folks but I just don't see Amber Tamblyn (Joan Of Arcadia) as a cop. And that's just the tip of the iceberg on this one, so I'll be nice and say no more.

Rating Numbers via TV By The Numbers.

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