Archive for November, 2005

The Top Five Shows That Wouldn’t Die

November 30, 2005

“… there were some shows… boy, they just wouldn’t go away. They were never critically acclaimed, or caught any watercooler buzz; they often didn’t even win their timeslots. But for one reason or another, the network saw fit to renew them, year after year, until they started crawling up the list of all-time longest-running shows.

The five on this list led the most remarkable of charmed lives.”

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American Idol renewed for 6 more seasons

November 29, 2005

The producers of American Idol said on Tuesday they reached a deal with the Fox television network for up to six more seasons.”

“Cowell has agreed to stay on for at least five more seasons beginning with the next installment of the series in January.”

“Fox will also pick up at least two original shows created jointly by 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia in the next five years.”

General Hospital: Paging Doctor … Springfield?

November 27, 2005

After 22 years, Rick Springfield is reprising his role of Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital.

This is interesting news to me only because when I was in grade 9 every girl was in love with this guy. Me, I only know him as the singer of “Jesse’s Girl” and as Apollo’s little brother Zak in the original Battlestar Galactica.

Will “Joey” Reach Season 3?

November 25, 2005

“Joey” really sucks. I continue to watch out of morbid curiosity, despite the fact that each week it fails to gain any traction. I have to wonder if this show has any chance of making it to a third season.

The show feels like it’s written by a committee of pointy-haired bosses. It’s crammed with uninspired b-list celebrity walk-ons (George Hamilton, John Larroquette, Alan Thicke) and it has a hackneyed cast of supporting characters. The most blantantly awkward is the “Jar-Jar Binks”-like “black friend” who joined the cast in season 2 about as subtly as “Poochie” joined “Itchy And Scratchy”.

Notable exceptions in the supporting cast are the under-utilized scene-stealer Jennifer Coolidge as Joey’s agent, and lovely and likable Andrea Anders (“Alex”) who is like a young Meg Ryan and — I predict — will go on to big things.

The show continues to reside in NBC’s primo Thursday night 8pm slot, but rumors persist that redneck comedy My Name Is Earl will soon kick Joey to the curb.

Note: To see the “best of Joey”, find the Brent Spiner and Kelly Preston episodes from the first season — these are the only episodes of the entire series that are worth watching.

Pat Morita Dies at 73

November 25, 2005

Best known as “Arnold” from Happy Days and his Oscar-nominated performance of “Mister Miyagi” from The Karate Kid, Pat Morita Dies at 73.

“Only in America could you get away with the kind of comedy I did,” Morita commented in a 1989 interview. “If I tried it in Japan before the war, it would have been considered blasphemy, and I would have ended in leg irons. “

Ray Barone Returns on “King Of Queens”

November 25, 2005

Ray Romano will reprise his Ray Barone character on a sweeps episode of King Of Queens to air November 28, 2005.

“Romano made three previous cross-over guest appearances on King of Queens while his old show was still on the air, according to CBS. His Barone alter ego is a buddy of Doug Heffeman.”

James Woods to appear on ER

November 24, 2005

“You’re the dummy. No, you’re the dummy!” (obscure Woods SNL reference)

Oscar-nominated James Woods will appear on ER on February 2. Woods plays a patient afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Nick & Jessica: “We’ve decided to part ways.”

November 24, 2005

Okay, I’ve heard this story a million times but this time it appears to be directly from their publicist. Sad — they were so cute and their show was so much fun:

“After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways,” they said in a joint statement.

Tom “Ed” Kavanaugh back in CBS lineup

November 23, 2005

Really liked the show “Ed” and thought it was very underappreciated. Catch the reruns on CMT.

The new news is Tom “Ed” Kavanaugh will be back on CBS in the upcoming mid-season replacement dramady “Love Monkey” premiering January 17, 2006.

Worst TV of all time: Everybody Loves Raymond?

November 22, 2005

Kati Johnston at MSN TV compiles a list of the worst TV of ALL TIME.

Seinfeld series finale – check.

Second season of Twin Peaks – check.

Everybody Loves Raymond – Whaa??

Hell Freezes Over: Oprah to appear on Letterman

November 22, 2005

The cold war between television titans Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman has thawed to the point where Winfrey has accepted Letterman’s invitation to appear on the “Late Show” on Dec. 1.

Deleted Scenes from Battlestar Galactica 2

November 21, 2005

Can’t wait for January for the rest of Battlestar Galactica season 2? Check out these deleted scenes on the Sci Fi Channel’s web site.

Outtakes from NBC’s The Office

November 21, 2005

Outtakes from my new favorite show — “An office improv class that will leave you laughing.”

TV’s funniest lines from Nov 1 to Nov 7

November 21, 2005

EW’s funniest TV lines from Nov 1 to 7 … “When my daughter broke her arm, I laughed.” MARTHA STEWART, TALKING ABOUT HER REFLEX RESPONSE TO UNFORTUNATE INCIDENTS, ON MARTHA

The late Rod Serling to open ‘Medium’ 3-D

November 21, 2005

Reaching beyond the grave, and “The Twilight Zone,” to hype one of its hits for this month’s ratings “sweep,” NBC has enlisted the late Rod Serling to introduce a 3-D episode of its supernatural drama “Medium.”