Weekly TV Wrap Up - March 19th, 2009

It's another week and another Wrap Up article. I have a lot going on this week, so scroll slowly and keep your eye out for your favorite show! There is a cast note on Burn Notice, that I don't believe is a spoiler, but now that I'm shell shocked, well, there you have it! Let's get the ball rolling, shall we?

Battlestar Galactica

This week is the finale for Battlestar Galactica. The series finale that is. It's been quite the journey and I believe, if all the hype is correct, a fruitful ending. We shall see.

The finale is a 2-hour episode. Prior to that, last weeks episode airs and The Sci-Fi Channel advertised a Battlestar Galactica Marathon for Friday.

Two And A Half Men & Big Bang

Both Two and Half Men and The Big Bang Theory were renewed. The big thing about that is that they were both renewed for multiple seasons. Two and Half Men is renewed through to 2012, and Big Bang, until 2011. That, is a lot of faith!

Source: TV Guide

Friday Night Lights

NBC is in what they call active negotiations with DirectTV.

In case you didn't know, the deal with DirectTV is that Friday Night Lights season airs on DirectTV first, then it airs on NBC. Both have a shot at showing the series and they share in costs of the show. Almost a win/win, especially with a show that has a decent following.

The uber-cool news is that the negotiations may be for a multiple season contract renewal! Sweet! Yes, I like Friday Night Lights.



In case you're worried, Fringe is not gone. It is on a break until April 7th, giving the much touted American Idol room to breath.  Because we all know how much you all love American Idol.  Actually it was pretty funny when they let a 13th contestant into the semi's, then the phone number they put for that person turned out to be some phone sex line.  American Idol, indeed!


if you were watching Leverage, and wondering how well it did, wonder no more. It did well enough to at least be coming back for a 2nd season.  I saw the ads.  They looked cool!  I hope to catch reruns and have a thought about the show.

Source: TV Guide

Alex O'Loughlin

Wait! That's not a show! That's a vampire!  Or was.

In the comment section of last weeks weekly, I noted that O'Loughlin is contracted to CBS.  I have proof!

Just in case we have a few fans of Alex O'Loughlin, I'd like to let you know that he has signed up for a new CBS show called Three Rivers. Well, at least for a pilot. Three Rivers is an interesting sounding concept, dealing with organ transplants and the scenarios therein, as seen through the eyes of the doctors, the donors and the recipients.

Yet as interesting as it sounds, it also sounds like it may be a little too cerebral for Bruce... I hope not. That way the Moonlight fans can get their dose of O'Loughlin for a little more screen time.

Source: THR

Burn Notice (POSSIBLE DVR / DVD / CAST SPOILER - Avert thine eyes!)

I'm going to try to say this with letting as little out of the bag as possible... I'm in enough trouble with everyone as it is: The role that Jennifer Esposito introduced at the end of season two of Burn Notice is being taken over by Journeyman's Moon Bloodgood.

Esposito had to step down due to health issues, which, at the time of my writing this, I did not have any further details on.

No - I wasn't traumatized by my other slips over the last few weeks.


Lily Cast News

The Gossip Girl spin-off, Lily, has cast Andrew McCarthy as Rick, a music business executive who is the father of our teenage Lily Rhodes.

Lily will be played by Brittany Snow. (American Dreams)

Matt Barr will be playing Keith van der Woodsen. A love interest of Lily's.

Source: TV Guide

ABC Season Finales

ABC has taken it upon themselves to announce the air dates for their season finales.

Better Off Ted: Wednesday, April 29, 8:30 p.m. ETIn the Motherhood: Thursday, April 30, 8 p.m. ETSamantha Who?: Thursday, April 30, 8:30 p.m. ETPrivate Practice: Thursday, April 30, 10 p.m. ETWife Swap: Friday, May 1, 8 p.m. ETSupernanny: Friday, May 1, 9 p.m. ETScrubs: Wednesday, May 6, 8 p.m. ETBrothers and Sisters: Sunday, May 10, 10 p.m. ETCastle: Monday, May 11, 10 p.m. ETCupid: Tuesday, May 12, 10 p.m. ETLost: Wednesday, May 13, 9 p.m. ETGrey's Anatomy: Thursday, May 14, 9 p.m. ETDesperate Housewives: Sunday, May 17, 9 p.m. ET (two hours)Dancing With the Stars: Tuesday, May 19, 9 p.m. ET (two hours)Ugly Betty: Thursday, May 21, 8 p.m. ET (two hours)

Top 30 TV Shows Last Week

If you were curious as to what shows are dominating the tube, here's a list. Not surprisingly, reality shows dominated in the top 3 spots. The numbers are in total viewers across all age brackets:

  1. American Idol - Tuesday (Fox): 25.77 million,
  2. American Idol - Wednesday (Fox): 25.55,
  3. Dancing With the Stars (ABC, season premiere): 22.83,
  4. CSI (CBS): 17.13,
  5. Desperate Housewives (ABC): 14.60,
  6. Criminal Minds (CBS): 14.34,
  7. The Mentalist R (CBS): 14.32,
  8. CSI: Miami (CBS): 14.21,
  9. Grey's Anatomy (ABC): 13.64,
  10. CSI: NY (CBS): 13.63,

Outside the top-10 were:

NCIS R (CBS): 13.52, Two and a Half Men (CBS): 13.44, Cold Case (CBS): 13.02, 60 Minutes (CBS); 12.87, Survivor: Tocantins (CBS): 12.82, House (Fox): 12.38, Eleventh Hour (CBS): 11.61, 24 (Fox): 11.37, Lie to Me (Fox): 11.25, Law & Order: SVU (NBC): 11.07, The Unit (CBS): 10.87, ER (NBC): 10.86, Castle (ABC, series premiere): 10.76, Ghost Whisperer (CBS): 10.57, Brothers & Sisters (ABC): 10.43, The Amazing Race (CBS): 10.33, Without a Trace R (CBS): 10.22, Rules of Engagement (CBS): 9.95, Bones (Fox): 9.67, Numb3rs (CBS): 9.51

Speaking Of Numbers

If you were wondering how some of the new midseason shows might be doing with regards to the number of viewers they're getting, (This excludes repeats)

  1. Lie to Me (Fox) - Wednesday 8 p.m. (new time period) 11.25 million
  2. Castle (ABC) - Monday 10 p.m. (series premiere) 10.76 million
  3. Kings (NBC) - Sunday 8 p.m. (series premiere, two hours) 6.08 million
  4. Homeland Security USA (ABC) - Tuesday 8 p.m.; 5.14 million
  5. Dollhouse (Fox) - Friday 9 p.m.; 4.26 million
  6. Howie Do It (NBC) - Friday 8 p.m.; 4.08 million
  7. The Chopping Block (NBC) - Wednesday 8 p.m. (series premiere); 3.77 million

I guess it's no lie when the ads say Lie to Me is the season's hot new show. At least for the new midseason shows. Though folks told me Castle wasn't that great, more than I expected tuned in to check it out! If they're not careful, NBC is going to have to put the cooking reality show, The Chopping Block, well, on the chopping block if it doesn't pick up. So much for pitching a show hosted by a man who made Gordon Ramsey cry.

Whacky Note: Television Show Trading Cards

Came across an odd entity of an article the other day: Television shows that have had trading cards made after the show! There's some real classics in this list... as in old shows, not wow, I have to watch again shows! Though, there are some of those too!

  • American Idol,
  • The Addams Family,
  • Alias,
  • American Bandstand,
  • The Andy Griffith Show,
  • Angel,
  • The Avengers,
  • Babylon 5,
  • Batman,
  • Battlestar Galactica,
  • The Bionic Woman,
  • The Brady Bunch,
  • Buffy, the Vampire Slayer,
  • Charlie's Angels,
  • Charmed,
  • Chips,
  • Combat,
  • CSI,
  • Dallas,
  • Flipper,
  • Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,
  • The Gong Show,
  • Growing Pains,
  • Gunsmoke,
  • Happy Days,
  • I Love Lucy,
  • The Incredible Hulk,
  • JAG,
  • Lost,
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,
  • Mork & Mindy,
  • The Prisoner,
  • Roswell,
  • The Six Million Dollar Man,
  • Saturday Night Live,
  • Space 1999,
  • Star Trek,
  • Three's Company,
  • 24,
  • Twin Peaks and
  • Welcome Back, Kotter.

That's it for this week!

Source: Media Week

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