2006, TV Show


Girlfriends Goes Bye-Bye

Girlfriends by Darien Davis/Paramount Pictures/The CW

When Aaron proposed to Joan in Girlfriends' seventh-season finale, fans suspected that that episode was the series' swan song. But it wasn't. The show returned for an eighth and final season. But instead of going out with a bang, Girlfriends went out with a whimper — another victim of the writers' strike. Today, CW executives announced there will be no new post-strike Girlfriends episodes because the network has decided to "focus its creative and financial resources on shows that are in consideration for renewal next year." So Monday's episode, where Joan (Tracee Ellis Ross) read her fiancé Aaron's letter to his former students and learned that he would be returning from Iraq in two weeks, will be the series' last. New episodes of its spin-off, The Game, are expected to premiere in March. "Although it's always difficult to say goodbye, I choose to focus my energy on the history that Girlfriends has made," Mara Brock Akil wrote in her official farewell statement. "I am imme... read more

Black TV. It exists. Can we ...

Question: Black TV. It exists. Can we please get Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends and The Game listed on the Strike Countdown Chart?

Answer: I'll see your race card and raise you one ambiguously gay alien. In addition to EHC, Girlfriends and The Game, I've added Kyle XY.

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NBC Expands Gladiators, CW Repackages Model

American Gladiators by Trae Patton/NBC Photo

On Feb. 4, American Gladiators is expanding to 90 minutes... at least briefly. Its two-hour season finale in turn has been scheduled for 13 days later, when it will lead into the Knight Rider pilot. Deal or No Deal will also go to an hour and a half on Feb. 4 and 11, while Medium is on hiatus till its six new episodes begin airing on Feb. 18. As for Scrubs, still no sign of its return. Although says the Peacock considered bringing it back on Thursdays at 8:30, specials, repeats and other crap will continue to fill the 8-9 pm/ET hour. Meanwhile, at the CW, once Crowned ends (go, Hollis and Gina!), America's Next Top Model: Favorite Moments will fill its Wednesdays-at-8 time slot on Feb. 6 and 13, bridging the gap until Cycle 10 of Tyra Banks' competish kicks off. Elsewhere on the netlet, Monday laffers Girlfriends and The Game will return with new eppies on Feb. 4 but will be MIA as of Feb. 18, when Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious takes over their time slot. And... read more

How Girlfriends' Golden Brooks Brought Tonight's Episode to Life

Golden Brooks, Girlfriends

Strike, strike, strike. No matter how hard we try to carry on like it's business as usual, we can't. Normally, this article would start with something like, "This is a big week for Golden Brooks, when 'Snap Back,' the Girlfriends episode she wrote about how Maya secretly deals with her miscarriage, finally airs." But when we called the actress to talk about her career mile-marker, we ended up discussing the more pressing show business at hand. The CW's Girlfriends airs Mondays at 9 pm/ET. Am I calling you in your trailer at work?Golden Brooks: Yes. This is my last day. Thanks to the strike. Does Girlfriends have enough episodes to last through February sweeps?Brooks: You mean in terms of what we shot? I think so, but it all depends on what they've ed read more

Week after week I ask you ...

Question: Week after week I ask you questions about Girlfriends and The Game to no avail. I have tried begging, bribing and threatening, but nothing seems to work. If you don't give me something, I will do something really, really bad.

Answer: Are you sure you tried bribing? 'Cause that tends to be a fairly foolproof tactic with me. Anyway, step off the ledge, Keisha. Your Scoop Charming has at long last arrived. Reliable sources tell me Greek's Scott Michael Foster will guest-star in the Oct. 22 episode of The Game as Brandon, Kelly's fresh-out-of-rehab kid brother who needs a place to crash. The following week, in an attempt to make Derwin jealous, Melanie ends up in bed with Malik.

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Ratings: Heroes Peters Out 15 Percent

This Monday, as a two-hour (!) Dancing with the Stars averaged 20.34 million total viewers:8 pm/ETPlacing second was Chuck (8.22 million), albeit down a mil from its debut. CBS' Mother (7.88 mil, -400K) and Big Bang (8.58 mil, down a mil) each slipped. Prison Break held steady with 7.22 mil. The CW's Everybody Hates Chris (2.58 mil) was up 140 thou from last fall's premiere, while lead-out Aliens in America (with 2.33 mil) did not at all "terror"-bly, matching All of Us' 2006 opener.9 pmCBS' Men (13.4 mil) was on par with last week, but Rules (10.5 million) disengaged some 1.5 mil viewers. Drawing 11.94 mil, Heroes saw 15 percent of its premiere audience fly away. (Is Peter's new storyline using leftover Black Donnellys scripts and sets? I digress.) K-Ville (5.48 mil) KO'd another 680 thou. Girlfriends (2.6 mil) was down 150K from its previous premiere, but The Game (2.99 mil) was up 400,000.10 pmCSI: Miami dominated with 14.87 million, followed by The Bachelor (9.57 mil, down 10 pe... read more

CW at TCA: Sophomore Success?

Ray Wise and Bret Harrison in Reaper by Michael Courtney/The CW

It took a year, but the CW (the network cobbled together from the ashes of the WB and UPN) is finally starting to look like a real network, albeit one aggressively and obsessively focused on the 18-34 youth market. Which no doubt is causing more than a few existential crises among those longtime vets of the TCA press tour who said goodbye to that demo a while ago.Dawn Ostroff, the network’s relentlessly perky entertainment president, took a “no regrets” approach to her upbeat presentation Friday morning. She’s serious about tapping into trends with her programming and with various online/digital offshoots (especially where the new teen soap Gossip Girl is concerned), but otherwise, there’s something kind of refreshing about a network that doesn’t take itself too seriously.There was loud laughter in the room during clips of the CW’s various lightweight reality shows, including a first look at the new twist on guilty-pleasure fave Beauty and the Geek... read more

CW Announces Its Fall Lineup

On Wednesday night, CW's top-rated series, America's Next Top Model, showed double-digit growth last season and was the No. 1 show in its time slot with women 18-34. Next season, America's Next Top Model will stay in its 8-9 pm berth, followed by the new drama Gossip Girl from 9-10 pm. From The O.C. producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Gossip Girl is based on the best-selling young-adult book series of the same name. The show features an ensemble cast of new and veteran actors, including Blake Lively (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Leighton Meester (Surface), and chronicles the struggle for social supremacy among teens in a posh Manhattan prep school. The fun, sexy and dramatic hour is a perfect companion piece for Top Model's strong female audience, making Wednesday "Girls Night In" on The CW. On Thursday — television's most competitive night — Smallville and Supernatural deliver a solid mix of male and female viewers. On Friday, the wildly popular ... read more

The CW: Network Lite

Tyra Banks courtsy The CW

The question that has been keeping no one I know on the edge of their seat: What’s next for the CW, coming off its mostly dismal freshman year, in which the biggest news was made by posting closing notices on shows that had long ago peaked or lost much of their buzz (7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, the latter still apparently having an itty-bitty chance of midseason resurrection). A year in which the closest thing to a new breakout hit that didn’t originate on either the WB or UPN was an insipid Pussycat Dolls reality show—slated for a midseason return, begging the question: How many Pussycat Dolls do we really need?It took the CW long enough to get busy in the reality game, which is actually rather puzzling considering its target demographic of young females has been weaned on the format on MTV, VH1, as well as the bigger networks. America’s Next Top Model has long been a signature show, first for UPN and now CW, and now the network is getting serious ... read more

CW Update: Smallville, Supernatural, Tree Hill Renewed

The trades are now reporting that The CW has greenlit new seasons of Smallville, Supernatural, One Tree Hill, Girlfriends and The Game, while All of Us is all done with. (Everybody Hates Chris earned a third season order earlier this spring.)There's no official word yet, one way or the other, regarding the fate of one plucky Veronica Mars — though the Ausiello Report, of course, has more on that see-saw sitch. — Matt Webb Mitovich read more

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