Jessica Lucas by Jesse Grant/WireImage.com
Twentysomething Jessica Lucas, whose credits include TV's Life As We Know It and such big-screen fare as She's the Man, The Covenant and J.J. Abrams' mystery monster movie, has been cast on CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in the recurring role of "a vivacious analyst," says the Hollywood Reporter. The new character, which was first reported on by Ausiello, is said to be a new addition to Grissom's team, and not a replacement per se for Jorja Fox's perhaps-ill-fated Sara.
Question: Why did NBC move The Office so it now conflicts with Grey's Anatomy? I guess putting Scrubs after it might give that show the break it deserves. And now they put Cane opposite Boston Legal. I don't have TiVo, so I guess I have to dust off my VHS. Do they really want to weed out good (old) shows or jeopardize new ones? On another topic, what happened to Shark?
Answer: The move of The Office has nothing to do with giving Scrubs a break. This is Scrubs' final season, and nothing's going to make it a breakout hit. Actually, none of NBC's comedies on Thursday are runaway hits. The move probably has to do with giving 30 Rock a more protected slot at 8:30 pm/ET, between My Name Is Earl and The Office. The fact is that some good NBC comedy is going to have to go up against Grey's Anatomy and CSI, and The Office is arguably better suited, thematically and content-wise, for the later time period. And Cane vs. Boston Legal? CBS had to put something there, having basically vamped with
Question: Can you give me some Without a Trace scoop?
Answer: The show's crossover episode with CSI will kick off November sweeps. "It's about a serial killer that goes across the country," explains CSI boss Carol Mendelsohn. "We've had the story in our back pocket for a couple of years, and now that WAT is back on Thursday nights, it's perfect." Mendelsohn adds that the gimmick was "spawned out of the relationship between Anthony LaPaglia and Billy Petersen and [CSI producer/director] Danny Cannon; they've all wanted to work together."
Question: Have you found out anything definitive about Jorja Fox staying or going on CSI?
Answer: Yes, I have.
Question: OK, now that you've told us what the CSI part of the CSI/Two and a Half Men scribe swap will be about, what about the Two and a Half Men part?
Answer: This hasn't been confirmed, but a little birdie tells me that Alan will find a stain on a favorite piece of furniture and decide to use science to discover who was responsible.
There's nothing I love more than a good gimmick, and this one qualifies as great.The outside-the-box thinkers over at CSI and Two and a Half Men are toying with the idea of swapping writing staffs for an episode to air later this season. And although the switcheroo is far from a done deal, Men creator Chuck Lorre has already hatched a killer plot for his potential CSI debut and it's sure to leave many a tongue wagging in Hollywood. According to sources, his CSI episode would revolve around the grisly death of a disliked sitcom diva a subject the comedy vet has plenty of experience with, having legendarily clashed with Roseanne and Cybill Shepherd on their eponymous series. And lest he leave any doubt that he is drawing from his own personal nightmares
er, experiences, he has gone so far as to reach out to ex-Cybill sidekick Christine Baranksi to play the deceased shrew's co-star. Natch, Lorre's spokeswoman insists the proposed story is not based on "one person in...
Question: Do you have any CSI spoilers?
Answer: Although there won’t be a miniature-type serial killer plot this season, exec producer Carol Mendelsohn reveals that Grissom will immerse himself in a season-long project. "Grissom will begin to study colonization in Episode 3," she reveals. "We're going to do this very dark, scary episode set in a haunted house. While there, Grissom is going to find a live beehive, and he is going to take this beehive back to [the lab] and he is going to study it all season. He's trying to figure out why these honey bees are dying around the world. It's really about Grissom looking outside the lab… to see the problems of the world. It's Grissom's science experiment for the year."
So You Think You Can Dance by Kelsey McNeal/Fox
Stop me if you've heard this one. On Thursday, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance came in first in the 18-49 demo, with a 3.3 rating. Don't Forget the Lyrics came in second with a 3.0 rating in that age group. CBS' lineup brought up the rear, with Big Brother 8 (2.7, third in the demo), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2.6, fourth in the demo) and Shark (2.1, fifth in the demo). Because, really, what says "young" and "hip" and "now" like cranky ol' James Woods?
Question: Love your column, but at times your bias shows itself: Someone needs to come to the defense of Boston Legal after the drubbing it has earned over the past week. It's unduly harsh, and everyone (including you) needs to understand that people have different tastes. It seems that this show is being attacked because it took a spot over Friday Night Lights and Lost. But over the last three seasons, Boston Legal has been appointment television for me. Sure, it's not on par with Picket Fences or The Practice or even Boston Public (which got a bum deal from Fox), but the writing is always sharp, and it has an energy to it that I find very appealing. James Spader is terrific and the supporting and guest cast are at the top of their games. Is it at times preachy? Yes. Snooty? Sure. It's also true that this season has been inconsistent, and I am peeved that four great characters are gone in lieu of a cross-dresser and an annoying guest character who has been promoted to regular status ...
Lee Pace in Pushing Daisies by Bob D'Amico/ABC
Could the third time be the charm? Being an eternal optimist when it comes to TV shows I love, I certainly hope so. For the third season in a row, the show Ive picked as my favorite pilot of the fall season is on ABC, and once again, after two consecutive seasons of my pick failing to make the grade, this shows projected success is far from a slam dunk. But let me tell you why I believe, despite all logical skepticism to the contrary, that the dazzling forensic fairy tale called Pushing Daisies has a shot at making it.First, heres why my earlier picks didnt pan out. For one thing, both shows — Invasion in 2005, The Nine in 2006 — had the mixed fortune of being scheduled directly after Lost. (As weve learned, the Lost viewing experience is so intense and its fan base so obsessed that its pure folly to put any show, especially a demanding one, after Lost.) Both shows were also exceedingly dark in tone, whereas Pushing Daisies...