Painkiller Jane by Miranda Penn Turin/Sci Fi Channel
I don't care what Jane says, this has gotta hurt. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sci Fi has pulled the plug on Painkiller Jane, which is currently wrapping production on its original 22-episode order and will air its first season as planned, with the finale screening Sept. 21.... Elsewhere, 24 producers Joel Surnow and Manny Coto's The 1/2 Hour News Hour has been declared yesterday's news by Fox News Channel, which canceled the parody after a 15-episode run.
Here we are between sweeps months, and you know what that means? Yes, a lot more repeats than many viewers would like. But also a spring awakening of new and returning shows on network and cable. As usual, it's a mixed bag of high-concept scripted drama and diverting reality TV, each hoping to find some mid-season traction before the May sweeps kick in with all of those high-profile stunts and season-ending cliff-hangers. Here's a look at the new batch of contenders, with some early first impressions (and one fond "welcome back"). Any keepers here? You'll be the ultimate judge of that.
Drive Mondays, 8 pm/ET, FoxWhy to watch: If you miss the good old days of junky drive-in B movies.Worth watching? Hard to tell after test-driving a partial pilot (and perusing some scripts). As fast-paced as it is preposterous,Drive follows a caravan of unamaz