Friday Night Lights
New releases announced today, February 6:
Crusoe - The Complete Series will be coming out May 5
Friday Night Lights - The 3rd Season will be coming out May 19
Will & Grace - The Best of Friends & Foes will be coming out May 5
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Lipstick Jungle fans still in fear of the series' rumored retirement may have some additional hope to hold onto.
In light of renewed interest in the show, NBC has decided to move up its Friday timeslot to 9 pm/ET, Variety says. The new berth, however, sets Crusoe sailing out to Saturdays. The ladies of the Jungle will start primping in Crusoe's vacated hour starting Dec. 5.
Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) and Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour)
This fall TV season has suffered two more casualities — NBC's My Own Worst Enemy and Lipstick Jungle — bringing the total numbers of shows shown the door to an unlucky seven. Interestingly, and perhaps as a true demonstration of yin and yang, nearly same number of shows have also been given the good word that they are keepers for the season.
Where does your favorite in-limbo program now stand? Read our complete, in-depth satatus report after the jump.
How Friday's fare fared:
Ghost Whisperer topped the hour with 8.87 million total viewers, dipping just eight percent from last week. The first hour of NBC's Crusoe placed second with 6.79 mil. Wife Swap, at just under five mil, gained 16 percent week-to-week.
Behind a 5th Grader repeat, the CW's Chris (1.79 mil) inched up a bit, while The Game (1.8 mil) dipped 90K.
The Ex List (6.35 million) rebounded with an 11 percent gain and topped the demos, but was bested in total viewers by the second hour of Crusoe. Supernanny (5.34 mil) added 340 thou.
Numbers (8.6 mil) netted a seven percent bump, and was followed by 20/20 (6.87 mil). NBC's Life surged 21 percent to flirt with six mil.
Philip Winchester, Crusoe
Philip Winchester, who plays the title character on NBC's Crusoe (Friday, Oct. 17, 8 pm/ET), does a great American accent. That's because he's American — raised in Montana, in fact. But after hearing the British accent he sports to play the shipwrecked adventurer and checking out his plummy resume (including a stint with London's Royal Shakespeare Company), you wouldn't be at fault for thinking otherwise. Winchester regales us with tales of shooting the 13-episode action-fantasy series in South Africa, including the unwelcome arrival of a very big rainstorm, the prickly perils of the jungle and what the heck MacGyver's got to do with any of it.
Philip Winchester, Crusoe
8 pm/ET NBC
While the name Robinson Crusoe may cause some to cringe as visions of book reports and required reading spring to mind, this television adaptation of Daniel Defoe's classic novel is no snooze.
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Question: I saw the promo for Crusoe for the first time, and I would like to know who is starring in it, what is your opinion of it and if you think a historical drama on basic cable has a chance of survival? I had not heard one word about the show even existing until the Olympics ads, so I didn't know if that was a good or a bad sign.
Answer: I love that you're confusing NBC with basic cable, but honestly, if you saw the Olympics promos, you know about as much as we do. This is one of many new NBC shows that hasn't yet been screened by critics, because of late production starts or retooling or whatever excuse they have today. Crusoe won't premiere until October 17, so they still have plenty to time to work on the two-hour opener. What we know at this point is that this international co-production is being billed as a "13-part series" adapting the classic novel for TV. New-to-me Philip Winchester is playing Crusoe, Tongayi Chirisa is Friday, and in flashbacks you'll see Sam Neill as
Knight Rider's KITT by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo
After sitting through NBCs frustrating and un-illuminating final day of official press tour Mondaythere are a few set visits scheduled on Tuesday before whoevers left heads for home (or in some cases Comic-Con over the weekend)Im tempted to say that TCA saved the worst for last. More like saving the least for last.Its unprecedented in my memory of press tour for so many networks to screen so little of their new fall programming, but NBC really took the booby prize in giving us an entire day of hype with nothing but their word to back up the fact that theyre incredibly happy with the way the new sitcom Kath & Kim is coming alongdespite the fact the show (based on an edgy Australian format) dumped its original director and is reshooting much of the pilot, which we only saw a few ghastly-looking moments of right before one of many awkward panels. We also heard the new season of Heroes is going to be awesome, bu...
Milo Ventimiglia by Adam Taylor/NBC
NBC has revealed premiere dates for its fall lineup, including a three-hour (!) opener for Heroes on Sept. 22, which leads into the two-hour first eppy with a one-hour clip show. Here are the highlights of the Peacock's plan, by night:Monday, Sept. 22:Heroes, 8 pm (clip show), 9 pm (two-hour premiere)Tuesday, Sept. 23:Law & Order: SVU, 10 pmWednesday, Sept. 24:Knight Rider, 8 pmLipstick Jungle, 10 pmThursday, Sept. 25:My Name Is Earl, 8 pm (hour premiere)The Office, 9 pm (hour premiere)ER, 10 pmMonday, Sept. 29:Chuck, 8 pmMy Own Worst Enemy, 10 pmThursday, October 9:Kath & Kim, 9:30 pmFriday, October 17:Crusoe, 8 pmThursday, October 30:30 Rock, 8:30 pmOur Fall TV grid detailing what's on and when can be found here.
Sam Neill by Vera Anderson/ WireImage.com
The Tudors star Sam Neill has joined the cast of NBC's Crusoe, premiering this fall.He'll play Jeremiah Blackthorn, who helps Robinson Crusoe (played by Philip Winchester) build a business empire.Joss Ackland and The Lord of the Rings' Sean Bean have also been added to the cast. J.R. Whalen