Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Monday night not only kicked off its second season with a compelling opening montage, it ended the hour with an iconic image that was sure to get the watercooler (if not the urinal) buzzing: the series' first-ever appearance by a liquid Terminator.Read our full recap here; watch the full episode here (the T-1001 shows up at the 43:00 mark).Did exec producer Josh Friedman unveil the "mimetic polyalloy-based" butt-kicker sooner in the series than he originally planned? "No, we did it exactly when we wanted to," he tells TVGuide.com.Calling the timing "serendipitous," Friedman says, "We were working on this character [Catherine Weaver, played by T:SCC newcomer Shirley Manson] and wanted to introduce somebody who was more of an antagonist and I didnt want to do just the basic evil corporate type. So it was a natural progression."But is creating the mercurial menace a costly proposition for a weekly show? Friedman allows that...
Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson is only happy when it rains and it's raining regular TV roles. She'll play a high-tech company CEO next season on Fox's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.The spinoff of the Terminator movie franchise returns this fall for a second season after taking the crown as the highest-rated new scripted series of the 2007-08 season. J.R. Whalen