Weekly TV Wrap Up - April 2nd, 2009

It's been an interesting week indeed.  Today I bring some DVD news about Star Trek: TOS, Pushing Daisies, Ugly Betty, Breaking Bad and Friday Night Lights.  It's all good!

I've also have a couple of bits of business news about Disney and its slow, creeping take over of the entertainment world!

REMINDER: Don't forget, Friday night on The Sci-Fi Channel:  Stargate Continuum.  It's a great movie.  Vic and I saw it last year with the cast of the show.  There was a great time had by all.

Let's start the show with the numbers from the last week of television viewing:

Since many of you said you were interested in numbers for a lot of shows, well, I slapped in a lot of show! As you can see, American Idol trumped everyone yet again.  The first non-reality show, The Mentalist, was third on the list and then the shows scatter throughout from there!

Rank, Show, Millions of Viewers

Source:  TV By The Numbers

Star Trek TOS Coming To Blu-ray

The first season of Star Trek: The Original Series comes out on Blu-ray April 28 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment. It's a seven-disc set including all 29 first-season episodes and many special features.

It will have both newly enhanced and original special effects.  Also, an enhanced soundtrack and the original one.

Source:  Sci Fi Wire

Speaking of Star Trek

Jeri Ryan, who portrayed 7 of 9 on Star Trek: Voyager, will be playing a lawyer on Law & Order: SVU for a few episodes.

She'll be playing attorney Patrice Larue on the April 7 episode, and will reprise the role in at least 2 other episodes.

She's come a long way from her space faring ways!

Source:  TV Guide

Pushing Daisies News

For the fans desiring the fulfillment of seeing the last episodes of Pushing Daisies, well guess what?  Though you won't get the final unseen episodes on TV, they will be included in the complete second season release on DVD and Blu-ray.  Hey!  The release date is my birthday:  July 21st.


Ugly Betty

The final 3 episodes of Ugly Betty, which you have yet to see, will be returning to air after its surprise spring break.  Expect them to show up starting on May 7th.


Friday Night Lights

NBC and DirecTV have come to terms and Friday Night Lights will be given 2 more seasons!  As you know, the two networks have worked out an agreement to share the costs of production, keeping the show on the air.  DirecTV airs it first, then NBC.

Something you should prepare yourself for is that it's a show about high school.  Students do move on after graduating.  I just thought you should know.

Source:  E Online

Breaking Bad

A late breaking bit to add to my article here is that Breaking Bad, despite only being 4 episodes into its second season, has been picked up for a third season.

Source:  THR


ABC, ESPN and YouTube

The Leader of the Band, Disney, is eyeballing a deal that will put ABC and ESPN videos on YouTube.  This is all a plan that will help Google make YouTube a more commercial entity for them from the advertising that will ensue.

This means that Disney Media Networks will be able to sell advertising  attached to its content.  Oh lord, that means an ad about a Disney movie every few minutes.  Goody.

Google and Disney will be splitting the ad revenue generated from their partnership.

Starting next month, you'll start seeing channels for ESPN, ABC Entertainment, ABC News, ABC Family and SOAPnet.

When I watch On Demand, CBS has an ad or two.  NBC, well, I don't know.  They charge 99 cents on this venue that has mostly free content.  ABC, egads.  The ABC On Demand venue has just as many ads for their upcoming movies as they do ads on the network when it airs live.  The hard part is, it's the same ad, over and over.  I hope they don't do that with their online content.

Source:  Hollywood Reporter

Speaking Of Disney: Hulu

Huh?  Not only is Disney looking to spread out to YouTube, they're also looking to buy an equity stake in Hulu.  Disney will probably look to distribute content to Hulu once this takes place.

The funny angle to this is that this is the cheapest route for Disney to get their content on Hulu, versus a direct licensing deal.

Crumbs... more ads on some Hulu content now.  I'm doomed!

Source:  THR

Guiding Light To End

I know you all probably have secretly scheduled this in your TiVo...  It's OK, you don't have to admit it!  All joking aside, the milestone this show represents warrants a little attention.

After 72 years, Guiding Light will be coming to an end.  SEVENTY-TWO years...  that was not a typo.

That comes out to 15,700 episodes that aired on radio and television.  It started out as a 15 minute radio program and just grew from there.

I know this will probably shock you, but the 72-year-old veteran show is getting dumped because of reality shows like Judge Judy and Dr. Phil which crank in better ratings and cost less to produce.  As it stands, the production company is looking at some other options to try and continue the show, like DirecTV or other avenues.

A few alums that ran across the show through the years:  Kevin Bacon, James Earl Jones, one of my favorite vampires - Chris Sarandon*, Christopher Walken and Billy Dee Williams - just to name a few.

Its final episode airs on Friday, September 18th.

I have to go now.  I'm going to go pray to my porcelain container after writing that Judge Judy and Dr. Phil helped destroy a television legacy.

*Does anyone know what I'm referencing when I call Chris Sarandon one of my favorite vampires?

Source:  NY Times

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