Is Sara dead or alive? That's the question on everyones mind as Season 8 begins. The last time Sara was seen, she was pinned beneath a car in the desert and left to die. (The miniature killer, Natalie Dell, kidnapped her to punish Grissom, whom she holds responsible for her dad's suicide.) So, will she make it? Heres a hint: Last season's finale was entitled Living Doll, while the title of the premiere is Dead Doll. Doesn't sound too promising for the tough-talking investigator or for her fans. Tim Holland
Masi Oka and David Anders in Heroes by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo
Already playing catch-up on only the second day of the official TV season. Geez, how will we ever survive Wednesdays and Thursdays? (Pause here for a silent prayer to the powers that protect my DVRs.)Anyway, the biggest news on Monday was how Heroes would bounce back from a first-season finale that disappointed many (I was not among them, but then, my expectations for this uneven show havent always been all that high). I was mostly enthralled, once I got over yet another tedious Mohinder speech to kick off the season with more blah-blah about destiny and the plague that threatens to eradicate these evolutionary wonder-heroes as the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance. Seriously, they talk that way all the time on Heroes, and dont I wish Mohinder would just put a sock in it.But then the story kicks in, and by the end, Im even in awe of Mohinder, whos in league with Noah Bennet (formerly HRG) to infiltrate The Company and bring them down. O...
Question: Why do none of the major networks show new programming on Saturday night anymore? I grew up with TV, and there have been a lot of good shows airing on Saturday nights (i.e., Gunsmoke, Mary Tyler Moore, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, District, Hack, to name a few). Do the major networks think that no one is home on Saturday evening to watch TV? A lot of us "baby boomers" are done running around and partying on Saturday nights and would really appreciate something other than repeats to watch. Is there any hope for us?
Answer: There's no such thing as a simple question. Saturdays are a dead zone for the networks, and I can't see that changing in the foreseeable future. In fact, I worry that Fridays will be the next to go. The notion of there being a "captive audience" for network TV is obsolete; even in recent years, when the networks were still programming original series on Saturdays (CBS, the most traditional network, was the last holdout), there was a sense that most at-home viewers
Question: Please tell me you've heard something about Sara Sidle's fate on CSI. Did Jorja Fox renew her contract? Or are you not at liberty to say?
Answer: The only thing I'm at liberty to say is make sure you check my Ausiello Report blog immediately following the CSI season premiere next Thursday.
William Petersen, CSI
Instead of using "Who Are You" as its theme song this season, CSI producers might want to consider the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go."
In last spring's season finale, Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) was left trapped under a car in the Nevada desert by a serial killer — with pouring rain threatening to drown her — while Gil Grissom (William Petersen), her boyfriend and boss, and the rest of the CSIs frantically tried to find her. Sara's life hung in the balance because of the car — and the fact that Fox's contract with the CBS hit was up for renewal. So will she be sticking around?
Executive producer Naren Shankar's not telling. "Let's just say fans will be very satisfied with how it turns out," he says. "No loose ends will be left dangling a
Question: The "tantalizing," "dream-team," "high-life" opportunity that Alan Rosenberg’s character will offer Catherine on CSI this season smells like a spin-off to me (Ask Ausiello 8/22)! And a decent one, too. Your thoughts?
Answer: Stranger things have happened. Not sure what they'd call it, though. CSI: Law & Order, perhaps? (That one was just for you, Keri Anne.)
Question: This question has been eating away at me for months and I'm hoping you can help me out. I've always enjoyed spoilers. I'm the impatient type, and summer is usually the worst stretch of time for me. TVGuide.com is obviously known for giving out little tidbits here and there about certain shows, but why aren't we "allowed" to know specific details? I'll use CSI as an example, or more to the point, Jorja Fox. She will either be back or she won't, and we already know that at least one reporter knows the truth, so why can't we be in on the secret? I guess my question is: Where's the line? What's the difference between a spoiler and knowing who will be back for what episodes? Does this depend on what the reporter is willing to divulge? And what would happen if they did, against the producers' or writers' wishes? Some part of me admires the fact that reporters are willing to keep a secret, but the much more selfish side doesn't quite understand why they would when it is their job to ...
Question: I love how much you appreciate TV from a variety of cultures. Thanks to the Internet, viewers are finally figuring out just how often the U.K. and the U.S. "borrow" show ideas from each other. But outside of reality and sketch shows, how often does this actually work? There is usually a great deal of buzz surrounding Americanized British shows, especially from the fans of the original. Yet when the show finally debuts, there is a sigh of disappointment from critics and fans alike. The Office is the only show I am aware of that has avoided this curse. Should the networks take a chance and try showing the original British versions? Financially, this would be a goldmine for them and for the original British companies as well. The U.K. broadcasts American shows like Heroes, Dexter, House, CSI, Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, so why don't we return the favor? Most Americans don't seem to know that BBC America exists (unless they read your column) and have no other way to ...
NCIS by Ron P. Jaffe/CBS
Pretty much crumbs here, but CBS sent out a few season-premiere deets for its fall lineup. If your show isn't here, it's because A) it's new, B) you could have written the supervague preview yourself and/or C) it's a sitcom that thrives independent of its story arcs.Cold Case: Several weeks after being shot, Lilly returns to work and tries to convince Stillman and herself that she's emotionally ready for work.Shark: Jessica helps Sebastian with a double homicide case, enlisting added firepower (Kevin Alejandro) from an organized crime unit.How I Met Your Mother: Robin hooks up with Enrique Iglesias, so Ted storms the bar scene with Barney.NCIS: The showdown between the team and an arms dealer reaches a deadly conclusion.The Unit: As Jonah evades an assasin, Bob secretly reports to a mysterious entity.Criminal Minds: A college campus killing spree... I dunno, prompts Gideon to rendezvous with Richie Cunningham's big brother Chuck?CSI: "Sara's fate remains in question." Yeah?Without a...
Question: The latest rumor on the CSI forums is that Marg Helgenberger isn't planning to renew her contract at the end of the season. Do you have any info on that?
Answer: No, but I do believe this is the last season on her current contract (ditto William Petersen), so her moving on is entirely possible. Speaking of Helgenberger, there's a big episode early in the season that will dig deeper into her family drama — specifically Sam's legacy to her. We'll also see her venture outside the lab in an episode that features the return of her real-life husband, Alan Rosenberg. "One of the things he's going to offer Catherine is sort of an opportunity to be on a dream-team-type defense on a high-profile case," explains executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "And she gets a little touch of the high life doing that. You get paid well, you get to stay in nice hotels, you get to have nice meals.... It's going to be a little tantalizing for her."