This week's weekly TV report from April 30th, 2009 chats a little about Chuck's sandwich run, the probable return of Fringe, a new character for Burn Notice and how Harper's Island is not only sinking, but moving - much like the island on Lost! We've also got some syndication news on My Own Worst Enemy, Knight Rider and Dollhouse. Yep, syndication news on Dollhouse. That can't be good. Read on folks!
Chuck Takes Fans To Subway
Though they feel they're currently on the good side of the ratings / cancel bubble, the cast of Chuck are still trying to take care of their sponsors.
While the cast was attending a Starfury convention T1 event in Birmingham, U.K., a fan suggested they try to help the show by supporting a sponsor, in this case, Subway. Zachary Levi and Adam Baldwin (who else would have done this?) then asked those in attendance if they'd follow them to a local Subway. Sure enough, they ended up leading about 400 convention attendees to the poor beleaguered sandwich shop. That would have sucked to be the guy behind the counter when this unruly gang showed up!
Zachary even got behind the counter and helped out until the very last customer was taken care of. Some headlines said they treated the fans, but I think they meant treated fans to their company. Not treated as in buying them sandwiches.
Now we wait and see if Chuck gets renewed. But we need to keep something in mind: because NBC is cutting hours out of the prime-time schedule to make room for Jay Leno's show, it's hard to say what show is safe and not safe. We can only hope for Chuck to make the grade.
Source: End Of Show
Fringe Will Probably Be Back
If J.J. Abrams has anything to say about it, Fringe will be back for a second season. In fact he said so! No, there's no official word, but he's talking as if he knows something, so there's that. As it stands, he says they have some pretty dynamic stuff in store for a second season.
On an interesting note, Abrams admitted that he has very little to do ABC's Lost at this point in time and that it's all Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and Jack Bender who are doing a spectacular job.
Sidenote: Though Fox will air 22 episodes of Fringe, they've shot 23, because Fox originally bought 23 episodes. We can expect the see the 23rd episode next season. Does this almost sound familiar or what (the mysterious Dollhouse 13th episode)?
Fringe season 1 finale is on May 12th.
Source: Sci Fi WIre
Dollhouse, Knight Rider and My Own Worst Enemy to Sci-Fi
It's being reported that Dollhouse, Knight Rider and My Own Worst Enemy are all headed to syndication mode over on the Sci-Fi Channel. But before anyone gets their hopes up, it's the Sci-Fi in the UK, so UK readers rejoice.
To be honest, when Sci-Fi picks up another network show, that is because it has usually gone into repeat mode and it won't have any new episodes.
I wonder if Fox letting Sci-Fi get the rights for UK distribution of Dollhouse is some kind of death knell for the Joss Whedon project? Typical... welcome to Friday, say goodnight Gracie.
Burn Notice Gets A New Character
The cast of Burn Notice got a new character whose name is Tom Strickler. He's a smooth talking freelance spy broker who says he has the ability to cancel Michael's burn notice.
Strickler will be played by Ben Shenkman and is slated for at least 4 episodes and he will show up in mid-season.
Burn Notice is slated to return for its 3rd season in mid-June.
PS: Don't forget, not only are we getting a 3rd season, but USA Network (NBC Owned) had renewed the show for 2 seasons, so we have a 4th season coming next year!
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Harper's Island Moved to Saturday Nights
Ratings aren't backing up the weekly escapades of a frenzied mystery killer on Harper's Island. Because no one is buying into it, the show is getting pushed to the second-worst night of the week and that's Saturday (seeing as how Fox has Friday night all squared away and all).
But CBS is quick to point out that the 7-day playback ratings are good outside Harper's Island's Thursday night air time. Are those studio execs good at attempted spin, or what? The last pick-up truck I rolled and destroyed, the radio still worked! See? I could work for CBS.
Starting May 2nd, Harper's Island will be on at 9PM and will be the lead-in for 48 Hours Mystery on CBS.
Source: CBS Press
ABC's Renewed Shows
ABC has announced their list of shows that are coming back next year. To be thorough, I'm adding everything, though I cringe at some of it.
The shows renewed for the 2009 - 2010 season are:
Lost, Ugly Betty and others. Oh... I said thorough, didn't I? They'll also be bringing back America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, (Because on-air break ups are all the rage these days.) Brothers & Sisters, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Supernanny, and Wife Swap. (I can't help but think interesting thoughts with that last show title. Sorry.)
Is Fox Making A Political Statement?
On Wednesday, Fox Broadcasting Company did not air President Obama's Wednesday nights news conference. They're opted to air Lie To Me and their bread winning reality show, the results episode of American Idol.
It was an interesting bit of gamble and social statement and sadly, the social statement was surprising as ratings between the shows were comparably even.
Wow - reality TV trumps the President. But then, it is Fox. (Note: The CW never breaks for presidential telecasts.)
Weekly Ratings Reported
The usual shows sat in the top 10 slots yet again. CSI stayed strong. Last week the repeat (R) of Criminal Minds sat in 19th and the new episode popped into 6th.
NCIS held on to a top 10 spot, though this week's the episode introduced it's cast / team for it's new spin-off show. Did anyone catch it? What did you think. I'm betting it's in the top 5 in next week's chart.
Lost lost it and dropped to 43rd from last week's 28th spot. I think people are getting tired of non-linear stories. But this weeks episode was pretty decent in my opinion... oh, they stayed fairly linear this week. Sort of.
Castle popped up 8 spots to 32nd while Southland surprisingly faded from 25 to 34th. Harper's Island keeps sliding down the chart, now sitting in 41st, while Heroes slid down to 49th. What is up with that?
Look for your favorite show in the list below and tell us your thoughts on the different issues at hand here this week!