Weekly TV Wrap Up - June 11, 2009

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Today in Screen Rant's weekly TV Wrap Up, we have some great casting news for 24, we'll be talking about David Carradine's appearance in Fox's new show Mental and we also have some Heroes casting news, the possibility that My Name Is Earl may be getting new legs, some news on Ghost Whisperer, The Sarah Connor Chronicles coming to DVD and a bit about Futurama's, err, future.

We'll wrap it up with ratings from last week.  This week in the ratings section, I thought I'd try something new and toss in some cable viewer numbers.

24 Gets More Cast Members

I've previously reported that Freddie Prinze Jr. had joined 24 and now Fox has added more cast members to the popular action series.

The actress I'm most excited about seeing come on board is Katee Sackhoff.  Sackhoff played the tough-luck viper pilot Kara Thrace / Starbuck on Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica and did a believably depressing characterization of Kara Thrace.

Sackhoff will be playing expert CTU data analyst Dana Walsh and I can't wait to see what she brings to 24.

Also on board are Mykelti Williamson (Forest Gump) as the man in charge of CTU, Brian Hastings.  John Boyd will play CTU analyst Arlo Glass, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jennifer Westfeldt (Grey's Anatomy) is an ambitious journalist with ties to the situation as it unfolds.

The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for its next day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, Jan. 17th, 2010 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

I can't wait.

Source:  FOX

Fox Will Still Air Their David Carradine Episode

Despite the sadness surrounding the events of recent time with David Carradine passing on, Fox is still planning to air the episode of their new show, Mental in which Carradine appears.

Mental is Fox's newest House-like medical drama.

Carradine will play a famous professor, author and philosopher named Gideon Graham.  Graham lapses into a non-responsive catatonic state after he gets struck by lightning.

It will be an odd and sad episode indeed.  I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I am sure that with recent events, the episode will probably net higher than expected viewer numbers.

Source:  The Washington Post


Earlier this month, a fellow Screen Rant scribe wrote about Robert Knepper and Madeline Zima joining the cast of Heroes.  We can now add a few more names to that list.

Ray Park (who played Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode 1 and is in the new upcoming G.I. Joe movie) and Deanne Bray have also signed on the dotted line to appear in multiple episodes.

The word is that Park will be playing the role of a knife thrower while Bray will be the deaf love interest of one of the main characters.

Speaking of Heroes, NBC announced on June 4th the release of The Heroes Comic Reader for the iPhone.

The NBC press release states:

"Fans can pick up where the on-air story leaves off with original graphic novels that extend and deepen stories and characters."

If that's your thing, then this is a neat add-on for franchise for fans.

Source: NBC, Entertainment Weekly

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