Now there's a line I never imagined I'd find myself typing: "In Praise of Dwight Schrute." Before I explain further, can I just say: How awesome are Thursday nights this season?This week, I truly needed escapism (I have a number of friends who are directly affected by the Time Inc. cutbacks that were announced Thursday, a very sad development for a very battered business), so I opted to watch the ABC lineup in more or less real time, and was richly rewarded.First, Ugly Betty. Sheer delight. Couldn't be happier for its, and America Ferrera's, Golden Globe wins. In especially fine form this week: Becki Newton as Amanda, who's a scintillating hoot even when she's manipulated into planning treachery against Daniel or calling our Betty a "stumpy troll." I also love how Betty is introducing Daniel to the finer things in life, like slices (although that looked like a full pizza) at the corner parlor and, gulp, karaoke. Took the sour taste of this week's American Idol auditions right out of...
No, no, no. I'm just kidding with the title of my blog. I wouldn't want to start a quarterback controversy here. Is the show better off without William Petersen? Is the fresh blood of Liev Schreiber a nice jolt of energy? Can no one ever match up with Gil Grissom? All very good questions, which I can let you decide. But let me share my thoughts. Hello, Mr. Mike Keppler. A nice dark, mysterious intro followed by him walking up to the body and touching it. Good start, buddy. And right there we begin a show filled with attitude, as Catherine chastises him for touching and explains how they do things in Vegas. Ain't no messing around in the Vegas crime lab. It wasn't just Cat, though. Almost everyone seemed a little on edge with the new guy in town. There was Sofia telling the Doc not to whistle as he cuts people open. Sara, jawing a bit with the slacker detective. Even Keppler was able to get in on it when Catherine asked him how he knew all the deaths were related, and he firmly said,...
Liev Schreiber, CSI
It's the sort of mystery that would make even Gil Grissom scratch his head. The lead actor in one of the most popular shows on television disappears mid-season and is willingly replaced by a Tony-winning hotshot who supposedly "doesn't do TV."
Care to give an explanation, bub?
"Would you believe it just sounded like a neat idea?" Liev Schreiber says, though he knows he has to do better than that.
After all, CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET) is among the longest-running, most obsessed-over prime-time dramas going, largely because of its beloved investigator in chief, played by William Petersen. You don't just do away with Grissom without raising a few million eyebrows.
Call it a case o
Welcome to 2007, everyone. I planned on an emotional ride for my first new episode of the calendar year, but I really didn't get that. Grissom's going on sabbatical we knew that part. How the last episode played out was going to be the story. But it really wasn't. There wasn't that much drama at all. Hodges was the first to find out and got him a college sweatshirt and started talking to Gil about his "crazy times" at the school since he was a student there. Cat then found out she was going to be acting supervisor and, like a good CSI, she'd be focused more on her cases instead. The moment with Warrick was good, when Gil told him he was "the rock of the team... be there for Catherine like you were for me." That's cool coming from a guy who gives out such little praise. Nick is certainly the funniest one, though. Thinking Gil won't be back at all, he goes up and hugs him:Gil: "I'll be back in four weeks, stop hugging me."Nick: "Yes, sir." Ha! The scene with Sara is what I was ...
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
After more than six seasons in Sin City, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's top investigator is leaving Las Vegas. At least temporarily.
Beginning with this week's episode (airing tonight at 9 pm/ET, on CBS), William Petersen's grim Gil Grissom is going on sabbatical to deal with the frustrations that have been making it difficult for him to do his job. "We've seen Grissom suffering from burnout," explains executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "Now he has an offer to teach a seminar at Williams College, which he finds enticing."
Grissom's break is coming about because Petersen himself wanted time off — to do a play in Providence, Rhode Island. And while both departures seem temporary, Grissom's will permanently change relationships in th
Bruce Springsteen, a former CBS Records artist
Who ever thought the day would come when you'd hear more music on CBS than on MTV? Nearly every prime-time drama ends with a montage that has a backing track by a new artist or a recognizable legend. The exposure is massive and can generate a surge in sales for the song, but it isn't cheap for the show. The producers of CSI: NY paid $25,000 for the use of a Bruce Springsteen track on a recent episode. It wasn't too long ago that the Boss was part of the CBS family, when the company owned his record label (it was sold off to Sony in the 1980s). Well, CBS Records is back. And while the new label won't have Bruce on the roster, it will develop artists whose tracks could be used by CBS-produced shows. Nancy Tellem, president of the CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group will oversee the label. She recently explained to the Biz why the company wants to make music again.
TVGuide.com: CBS has been ou
Happy New Year to all the faithful fans of CSI. The blog will be back on January 4th with the first new episode of 2007. Should be an emotional ride!
Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Thirteen weeks into the 2006-07 TV season, the four major broadcast networks actually have more viewers than they did a year ago and are even in the advertiser-coveted demo of 18- to 49-year-olds. So the grades on our ratings report card should be pretty good, right? It's time to take a break from watching all those canceled shows online and assess the season so far.
ABC: The network held up remarkably well considering the loss of Monday Night Football. Overall, it was only down three percent in viewers ages 18 to 49, but showed big gains among young women. The move of Grey's Anatomy to Thursdays improved ABC's 18-to-49 audience by 150 percent. Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty are real success stories. Dancing with the Stars has proven to be a durable franchise. But Wednesday has become a problem — the network practically goes dark when Lost isn't on. The second half of the season could get rough as ABC is typically hurt m
Question: Please give me some scoop on CSI!
Answer: William Petersen's month-long sabbatical kicks in on Jan. 4, and exec producer Carol Mendelsohn told my colleague Craig Tomashoff that his absence will cause tension between Gil and Sara, which will become clear in a future episode when Grissom tries to make things right by "sending Sara something." Another plant, perhaps? Pick up the new TV Guide (our first double issue!) for more on Petersen's exit.
Kate and Sawyer get Lost in each other.
As part of its annual "My Big Year" issue, TV Guide recaps the most stellar TV moments of 2006. Did your personal faves make the cut?
Big Moments• Kiefer Sutherland Wins the Emmy: "What a nice evening this has been for us. My father's sitting right over there. We're going to have dinner now." — 24's Kiefer Sutherland accepting the Best Actor in a Drama Emmy on Aug. 27, with proud papa Donald Sutherland looking on.• Heroes' Cheerleader Refuses to Be Spirited Away: The peppy, indestructible cheerleader (endearing Hayden Panettiere) had