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Mega Minute: 24 Showdown Scoop, CSI: Miami and More

Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:

• It's the face-off 24 fans have been waiting for — Chloe vs. Janice! Mary Lynn Rajskub shares a peek at what happens when socket monkey meets socket monkey.

• Will a picture trigger a thousand angry words between CSI: Miami's Eric and Calleigh?

• A Star Trek reunion is coming to TNT. See which show is playing host, and who all is involved.

Watch and discuss the new MMM after the jump. read more

I enjoy your writing very ...

Question: I enjoy your writing very much and very often completely agree with you. But after reading your recent Dispatch on Wednesday-night shows, I felt compelled to write and say I disagree with you on Dirty Sexy Money and Life. I know Money is supposed to be a hoot of a soap, but I found it pretty insufferable. Who wants to spend time with these people? Even for all that money, why would Peter Krause's character (who's constantly praised by the others as being such a "good" person) put up with them for one more day? And I'm hardly drawn to even sample cop shows anymore (don't get me started on the CBS procedurals), but I found Life to be a very nice surprise. Funny and tense, with some moving moments, (Spoiler alert) like Crews helping his recovering partner when she's freaked out by unexpectedly encountering drugs and acknowledging that by shooting a suspect, he's shot and killed another human being. I do think Damian Lewis' performance isn't exactly "beyond reproach" — sometimes ... read more

Shopoholic Isla, Narnia 3 Delay and More Film News

Isal Fisher in Wedding Crashers by Richard Cartwright/New Line

Wedding Crashers nymph Isla Fisher has signed on to star in Confessions of a Shopoholic, a Disney com based on the Sophie Kinsella novels (shop Amazon).... Also per the Reporter, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader has had its release pushed back a year to May 7, 2010, due to "the challenging schedules for our young actors".... Leslie Nielsen, Marion "Mrs. C!" Ross, Jeffery Tambor and Brent Spiner have joined Josh Bell and Sara Paxton for the Scary Movie-esque action-hero spoof Superhero.... Tom Hanks is producing a thriller based on the new bio Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal.... The AP reports that Matthew McConaughey will replace Owen Wilson in Tropic Thunder.... To avoid a May 2009 showdown with James Cameron's Avatar, Variety says DreamWorks has moved up its own 3-D pic, Monsters vs. Aliens, to March 27. read more

Threshold's Final Chapter

Threshold

Creator Brannon Braga reveals how the team would have fought to save the world — if his show had survived. I admit that the way we ended Threshold was much too hasty. For a show that was about an alien race’s long-range plans to alter human DNA to make us more like them, we had to wrap up quickly. So in the last of the 12 episodes we shot — only eight of which aired in America — we had this dream sequence with Dr. Molly Caffrey (Carla Gugino). She was the one who had come up with the strategy to deal with an alien invasion of Earth. In the dream, the first alien-human child born comes to her and tells her, “Your plan will work and you will not live to see it.” With only one day to come up with something, that was our lame-ass conclusion. Fans will get to see all 12 episodes in the DVD collection we’re releasing, but we had tons of other read more

I'm glad I don't live in Miami...

I'm glad I don't live in Miami anymore. Arthur Ramsey may call it the land of "babes, beaches and babes," but after living there six years, I can tell you from experience that the burg attracts disaster like Job. I once had to cancel a date with a great girl because of a riot. My sister was caught in Hurricane Andrew. Crabs dig tunnels under patios. It's always humid. And finally, on this show an illegal indoor rave led to the spread of the alien signal. I'd chalk this up to the infectiousness of rock and roll, except for the fact that DJ Karen Reynolds was playing house music. It's just Miami's luck that Karen's mix included a third-hand copy of the alien nutsmaker that she got from her brother on the cargo ship. Instead of providing th read more

Is Brent Spiner (SPOILER ...

Question: Is Brent Spiner (SPOILER ALERT) the one being killed off in the Oct. 21 episode of Threshold? I hope not!


Answer: (SPOILER ALERT) Do you really think Brannon Braga would do that to Data?

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Now that Threshold and ...

Threshold

Question: Now that Threshold and Invasion have both premiered, which do you prefer? What seems to be the consensus of your readers? The characters (who are pretty normal and not a collection of extraordinary geniuses) and sets (homes that look lived in and institutions that look institutional) on Invasion are easier to relate to, but I find myself more intrigued by the mystery on Threshold. But then, maybe it's the very fact that the characters are more familiar that puts me off Invasion a little bit. It's less escapist entertainment if you can see yourself too easily in a frightening situation. And nothing against the characters on Threshold — I liked them and the actors portraying them very much! Answer: If I had been able to see the entire two-hour pilot of Threshold before it aired, and while I was writing Fall Preview, I would have put it ahead of Invasion as my favorite new drama pilot. (We didn't get the complete Threshold until the day before it premiered; very exasperating, but ... read more

The "If it ain't broke, don't...

The "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" doctrine is alive and well at CBS. At least that's the impression you get after spending two days in the network's company as the first of the broadcast networks presenting a fall lineup at the summer press tour.

Although No. 1 in prime time, with the hottest nights of drama (Thursday) and comedy (Monday), they're not especially cocky. They didn't produce the breakout hits of last season (that would be ABC), and they're not likely to this year, either. But who's complaining when you have Survivor, The Amazing Race, CSI and all those other Bruckheimer shows, plus Two and a Half Men, as tentpoles?

Most of CBS' new shows appear solid, and a few even feel unusually fresh for a network that loves its formulaic procedural dramas and standard-issue sit read more

The Plot to Save Enterprise

What do you do when your intergalactic starship almost crashes and burns? After UPN came thisclose to canceling his space opera, Enterprise executive producer Rick Berman wisely reached back into the Star Trek franchise's glory days for inspirational fuel. And you won't believe what he dug up. Hold on to your phasers, Trekkers... Remember the Eugenic Wars that spawned the evil Khan (aka Ricardo Montalban) and his followers in the camp classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? That ancient conflict is back. And for an extra bonus, so is Next Generation star Brent Spiner, who not only played the adorable android Data, but also his genius creator, Dr. Soong. In a three-episode story arc this season, Spiner will play Soong's great-grandfather, "an almost Hannibal Lecter-like bad guy," Berman previews. "He's a brilliant and dangerous scientist who messed with some genetically enhanced and outlawed Eugenic em read more

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