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DVD Pick of the Week: May 22, 2007

Scrubs - The Complete Fifth Season courtesy Buena Vista Home Entertainment/Touchstone

Wow, May 22nd is a great day for TV-on-DVD, with plenty to choose for everyone. We have animated shows suitable for kids (Avatar Season 2, Volume 3; Legend of the Dragon Season 1; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 1, Volume 1; Stuart Little; Hero High), and an animated show NOT for kids (Afro Samurai). There are comedies (Kitchen Confidential: The Complete Series; Scrubs Season 5), dramas (The OC: Season 4; The Magnificent Seven Season 2; Roots), and even a sci-fi series (Kyle XY Season 1). Yup, May 22nd is a good day for TV-on-DVD (view the complete release schedule at TVShowsOnDVD.com).My pick for this week is a show I've loved since I first saw it, Scrubs. This 3-disc set includes all 24 episodes from season 5 along with 3 commentary tracks - "My Big Bird" (Neil Flynn and Randall Winston), "My Way Home" (Zach Braff) and "My Lunch" (John C. McGinley and John Michel), "My Way Home" extended 100th episode, My 117 episodes: 5 seasons of Scrubs, Deleted Scenes and Alternate Lines. ... read more

The recent release of ...

Question: The recent release of Kidnapped on DVD and the upcoming release of Kitchen Confidential, both shows that didn't last more than five or six episodes, surprised me and left me wondering about more creative uses of the TV-show box set. It must be lucrative for the production companies or they wouldn't do it. Do you think that in the next four to five years, high-quality, creative, outside-the-box TV shows that don't make it on their network will instead go straight to DVD? I think it would be great if there were limited-run miniseries that were heavily promoted (maybe even a one-episode run on network TV) but weren't then dumped onto networks and time slots where they can't possibly survive. This proposal would also solve the recent problem of the serialized dramas that we all know won't make much sense after one season (Reunion, Day Break) while still rewarding creativity and experimentation. Since you know more about the industry than I do, I would love to know what you think. read more

Bones So I had to suspect that...

BonesSo I had to suspect that Agent Kenton was bad from the moment he walked on screen. I mean it was almost a little bit of déjà vu seeing David Boreanaz and Adam Baldwin together again. Except this time around, things didn't end quite so badly for David B. Booth, who was actually able to stop the bad guy from killing Brennan, instead of fighting off a seemingly insurmountable flock of demons from hell in an attempt to save the world. But I digress to the good old days of Angel, when I'm really supposed to talk about how delighted I am for an exciting episode of Bones in its nice new time slot. Brennan nearly gets whacked by the mob, she and Booth dance and sing to Foreigner's "Hot Blooded," there are some really grody-lookin read more

FILM FACES FLOCK TO FALL

In the latest round of fall-season pilot casting, Bruce McGill (Cinderella Man) has been tapped to play a Chicago crime boss in the ABC drama Enemies... Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) will play a federal prosecutor who infiltrates an underworld organization in Fox's Faceless... Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) has joined ABC's Notes from the Underbelly... and Julie Hagerty (Airplane!) is the title character's mom in Fox's Becoming Glen. Also of note: Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, and a star of WB's forthcoming The Bedford Diaries) has joined NBC's Heroes, Eric Mabius (The O.C.) plays a fashion-mag boss in ABC's Ugly Betty, and Jaime King (Kitchen Confidential) has the lead in Fox's The Worst Week of My Life. read more

FALL 2006: CASTING ABOUT

In other pilot news, Skeet Ulrich will star in Jericho, CBS' drama about a small town isolated from the world after a nuclear disaster.... Gail O'Grady has joined Kevin Williamson's CW sudser about a teen whose family moves to Palm Springs, while Hot Properties costar Sofia Vergara has been cast on ABC's new comedy from Donal Logue.... John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise) and Owain Yeoman (Kitchen Confidential) have been added to ABC's Nine Lives, about strangers who bond during a bank robbery.... John L. Adams (The Dead Zone) will play newscaster Angie Harmon's cameraman in Secrets of a Small Town, from Charles Pratt Jr. (Desperate Housewives).... And, in short order, Mark Feuerstein (Good Morning, Miami read more

Up Close with Bones' "Boy" Genius

Eric Millegan, Bones

When Fox's Bones returned from hiatus last Wednesday in its new 9 pm/ET, post-American Idol time slot, the sexy-spooky crime series earned its highest ratings yet. The bad news? It was trounced by the competition — but that's what happens when you're up against Lost and Veronica Mars. Bones' Eric Millegan, though, is taking it in stride. And why not? This small-screen newbie has enjoyed incredible luck, snagging the role of boy-genius assistant Zack but three weeks after arriving in Hollywood for his first pilot season. (Other shows he was eyed by include Threshold and Kitchen Confidential; both now RIP.) In keeping with his good fortune, Millegan is betting Bones will read more

I read your Dispatch a few ...

Question: I read your Dispatch a few weeks ago about the new schedules/new shows coming in January. I know networks don't schedule for viewers' convenience, but Tuesday night at 9/8 pm/ET is just crazy. We already watch Commander in Chief, House and Supernatural (which we can do because we watch one and I record two others). Now our fave, Scrubs, is coming back, and Tom Cavanagh's (we were faithful Ed watchers) new show Love Monkey as well. There is no possible way for us to watch all of them. Thanks, networks! And I haven't even figured out the other nights yet; there are probably more "crashes" there! Thanks for letting me vent, and for your column! PS: We're still mourning Kitchen Confidential — the only new sitcom we watched (or tried to, thanks to Fox's scheduling shenanigans). It made us laugh out loud, had intelligent, funny writing, and was fun. I thought it would be good paired with Scrubs, but I know there's not a snowball's chance anyone else (let alone NBC!) will pick it ... read more

I know CBS has won every week ...

Question: I know CBS has won every week of the season. I bet they'll win every week until ABC's Bowl season starts. I bet they'll also win every week, with the exception of the Super Bowl week and the two weeks of the Olympics. Should CBS really celebrate this? Of course! However, once people get tired of the crime dramas, the whole schedule will collapse. I mean, they have nine procedurals on their schedule (excluding Saturday repeats of, you guessed it, more procedurals), so it's bound to happen. I hope that it does. I can't even watch CSI anymore because of how much I now hate procedurals. But to my question: Do you think that the same thing that happened to ABC with its multiple airings of Millionaire will happen to CBS? If so, when? Because I can't wait! Answer: I'm not quite as bloodthirsty about the prospect as you seem to be. But to me the most depressing outcome of the season so far has not been the cancellations of promising shows like Threshold and Just Legal (most of the ... read more

After watching this past ...

Question: After watching this past week's hilarious episode of Fox's Kitchen Confidential, I am officially hooked on the show. At first, it felt raw and unfocused, with mediocre scripts, but the show has been getting better and better and the characters have become more defined and comfortable with their roles. It seems to have a lot of potential, with the interesting setting inside of a top New York restaurant, and with the zany, roguish, flawed characters and the many story possibilities that come with a new batch of patrons every night. Sexy, edgy 30-minute comedies like this are rare, and most are just retreads of the same old idea. With Fox's announcement of the show's cancellation, is there any chance that the show will be picked up by another network or reupped if the ratings get better and the DVD sells (à la Family Guy)? Even if there isn't, I would like your take on why shows with a great premise, luxurious setting and sexy cast aren't nurtured by the networks. It seems that ... read more

THE KITCHEN IS CLOSED

Ready for your daily irony supplement? In revealing that Kitchen Confidential has slung its last hash, Fox announced that starting tonight, its 8:30 pm/ET time slot would be filled by... the already-screwed (and infinitely superior) Arrested Development. But wait, there's more: Though the network condemned Kitchen, it has ordered another comedy pilot from two of its writer/producers, for a series called The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend, which, contrary to popular belief, is not about me and Michael Ausiello but about real-life pals Jason Weiner and Hayes MacArthur. read more

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Premiered: September 19, 2005, on FOX
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Premise: Sitcom about the head chef of a haute New York restaurant and his `renegade crew of colleagues.' Based on the memoirs of real-life chef Anthony Bourdain, who says `I love the sheer weirdness of the kitchen life.' Especially `the dreamers, the crackpots, the refugees and the sociopaths with whom I continue to work.' And they appear with regularity throughout this series, co-produced by Darren Star (`Sex and the City').

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