When the fast-living Hank left the literary haunts of New York for the pleasure-seeking splendors of La, he thought he'd have fame, fortune and the love of a good woman. Now his personal life is in shambles, his career is on the brink of self-destruction and he still just can't stop yielding to every temptation. The final season of Californication finds the incomparable Hank in the writer's room, as his never-released film Santa Monica Cop now becomes a television series of the same name.
Plenty of news from Syfy today. The most exciting bit is that Tricia Helfer is returning to the channel, joining the mini-series Ascension, according to EW. Ascension follows a secret U.S. mission where hundreds were sent to settle in a new world. However, 50 years into the journey, a murder has everyone questioning their mission. Helfer’s character is described as “beautiful, manipulative and dangerous”– because Helfer portrays those qualities so well.
The channel is also developing a series with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, as reported by TheWrap. Clone is based on a graphic novel about a man who finds out that there are clones of him when one burglarizes his home. If they can find a male actor as talented as Tatiana Maslany, we just might be willing to overlook the inevitable Orphan Black comparisons.
Syfy is also adapting Ronin… because someone doesn’t realize there
The peacock network brought it back in May of 2006 and that summer run was successful enough to spawn season five in 2007, followed by season six in 2008. The TV show run out of gas once again so NBC cancelled it for the second time.
They brought it back last summer for season seven but it didn't well, hitting a new season low of a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with just 3.91 million viewers.
Alonzo Bodden first came to public attention when he won NBC's Last Comic Standing. He's appeared on the Tonight Show and other programs and has been doing stand-up all over the world for several years. He has a Carlin-eque gift for seeing the absurdity in the world around us and exposing it in the form of his laugh-out-loud observations.
Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention is a one-hour special, performed in New York and it contains some comic gems.
Former "Melrose Place" star Grant Show will have a recurring part on the upcoming season of USA's "Burn Notice." He'll play a CIA operative and make his first appearance in the season premiere, which will likely air in the summer. [EW]
Netflix has ordered its first original drama series: "House of Cards," a political thriller starring Kevin Spacey (who's also an exec producer) and whose premiere will be directed by David Fincher (also an Ep). It will debut exclusively on Netflix's streaming service in late 2012; the company has committed to at least 26 episodes of the show before a pilot was even shot. [Netflix]
Ratings for the first full day of the Ncaa Tournament -- which for the first time aired on TBS, TNT and TruTV in addition to CBS -- were up a bit over
127 Hours (20th Century Fox) Harrowing true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco, in another fine turn), an extreme outdoorsman who finds himself trapped in a remote Utah canyon, his arm pinned between two boulders, with no help nearby, no communication to the outside world, and dim prospects for survival, to say the least. Director Danny Boyle manages to prove again that he’s one of the finest filmmakers working today by making a subject that is seemingly uncinematic a true example of pure cinema. Inventive, breathtaking, funny, and horrifying, often all at once. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make a memorable, brief appearance as hikers who connect with Ralston during his journey. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Boyle, producer Christian Colson, co-writer Simon Beaufoy; Deleted scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
Amarcord (Criterion) Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning, autobiographical classic might
Movie actress Nancy Travis is returning to ABC, but not on "Desperate Housewives" again. She'll be checking into "Grey's Anatomy" as a patient in Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) Alzheimer's clinical trials, but it's her parenting skills that will be examined. [TV Guide]
He played Miranda's (Cynthia Nixon) husband, Steve, in the "Sex and the City" franchise and now David Eigenberg is going to make an unusual request on ABC's "Private Practice" when he guests as the husband of one of Addison's (Kate Walsh) patients. [TV Guide]
The ratings for Monday's (Jan. 24) Season 3 premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race" was everything but a drag for Logo with 302,000 people tuning in. It showed a 33% increase over Season 2's premiere and it was the highest rated show for the network since Season 2's "Rpdr" finale episode.
It was some of the
In 2004, the reality competition was cancelled after three seasons on the air. After a year off, NBC brought it back for three more rounds. The network cancelled it once again.
As you may have noticed, NBC is struggling in the ratings so they decided to bring Last Comic Standing back, likely hoping that absence had made viewers more fond of the series.
Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The season premiere on June 7th attracted a 2.0 in the 18-49 demographic and 5.04 million viewers. Expectations are lower for summer runs but NBC couldn't be pleased with this performance; bested by CBS reruns in total viewership and by ABC in the key demo.
The premiere of ABC's reality Frankenstein "Bachelor Pad" delivered Ok numbers Monday night -- good enough to give the network the lead among adults 18-49 for the night -- but CBS had the most viewers. Fox's Teen Choice Awards telecast, meanwhile, improved a bit over last year but still put up typically modest ratings.
CBS averaged 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3 rating/7 share in primetime, beating out ABC's 5.75 million and 3.8/6. NBC (4.2 million, 2.7/5) edged Fox (4.05 million, 2.2/4) for third place overall. The CW was way off the pace with just 790,000 viewers and a 0.5/1.
In the adults 18-49 demographic, ABC's 2.1 rating led the way. CBS was not far behind at 1.9. Fox, 1.5, came in a little ahead of NBC, 1.4, and The CW trailed with a 0.3.
Monday hour by hour:
ABC: "Bachelor Pad" series premiere (6.4 million viewers, 4.2/7 households)
CBS: "How I Met Your Mother" rerun (5.05 million, 3.4/6)/"Rules of Engagement" rerun (5.3 million,
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