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CBS' Shark Undecided on Including Star's Pregnancy

Just a quick addendum to the "Short Cuts" item posted this Monday morning. Getting back to us on the matter of possibly writing in female lead Jeri Ryan's just-announced pregnancy — the actress is due in March 2008 — Shark creator/executive producer Ian Biederman tells, "We're thrilled for Jeri," then adds, "as of now, no decision has been made about how her pregnancy will or won't be incorporated into the show."At the end of the hit drama's first season, a plot twist found Ryan's character joining the ranks of James Woods' high-profile crime unit, ostensibly further increasing Ms. Devlin's own profile on the series. (Not that Jeri Ryan's profile has ever, ever suffered.) read more

Shark's Jeri Ryan Expecting, and More Short Cuts

Jeri Ryan by Robert Voets/CBS

Shark star Jeri Ryan is expecting in March 2008 her first child with new husband Christophe Erne, says People. Ryan has a 12-year-old son from a previous relationship. A CBS rep has yet to comment on whether the pregnancy will be incorporated into Shark.... The Thursday-at-10 premiere of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style drew nearly a million viewers, giving Bravo a 134 percent increase over its average for the time period.... Arriving on DVD Nov. 20: Hudson Hawk: Special Edition — featuring, what, loads of mediocre extras? read more

Season-premiere Teases for NCIS, CSI and More

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... read more

Why did NBC move The Office ...

Question: Why did NBC move The Office so it now conflicts with Grey's Anatomy? I guess putting Scrubs after it might give that show the break it deserves. And now they put Cane opposite Boston Legal. I don't have TiVo, so I guess I have to dust off my VHS. Do they really want to weed out good (old) shows or jeopardize new ones? On another topic, what happened to Shark? Answer: The move of The Office has nothing to do with giving Scrubs a break. This is Scrubs' final season, and nothing's going to make it a breakout hit. Actually, none of NBC's comedies on Thursday are runaway hits. The move probably has to do with giving 30 Rock a more protected slot at 8:30 pm/ET, between My Name Is Earl and The Office. The fact is that some good NBC comedy is going to have to go up against Grey's Anatomy and CSI, and The Office is arguably better suited, thematically and content-wise, for the later time period. And Cane vs. Boston Legal? CBS had to put something there, having basically vamped with ... read more

Snapple, Shnapple. I've got ...

Question: Snapple, Shnapple. I've got an ice-cold Dasani strawberry water with your name all over it if you've got some Shark scoop for me. Please?

Answer: You had me at Snapple. Then you lost me at Shnapple. Then you got me back with Dasani strawb, my new fave alternabeverage. So here's the dish: It isn't a done deal yet, but there is likely to be one sealed soon between the show and Sherry Stringfield. Says exec producer Ian Biederman: "We've already talked to her. We thought she was great in that episode [last season]. In fact, we think she was underutilized." So if/when she returns, expect her to stick around for longer. Adds Biederman, "I'd like to get her involved in the personal aspects of the show as well." While Biederman insists that he isn't "saying anything about any potential romantic interest with James Woods," he concedes, "I think they would m read more

Does Kevin Alejandro getting ...

Question: Does Kevin Alejandro getting a part on Shark mean that Santos won't be returning to Ugly Betty next season to miraculously recover from getting shot?

Answer: (Spoiler alert) Alejandro will be back on Betty next season. I won't say in what capacity or for how long, but he will be back.

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Thursday's Ratings: Fox Traps Young Demo with Dance, Lyrics

So You Think You Can Dance by Kelsey McNeal/Fox

Stop me if you've heard this one. On Thursday, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance came in first in the 18-49 demo, with a 3.3 rating. Don't Forget the Lyrics came in second with a 3.0 rating in that age group. CBS' lineup brought up the rear, with Big Brother 8 (2.7, third in the demo), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2.6, fourth in the demo) and Shark (2.1, fifth in the demo). Because, really, what says "young" and "hip" and "now" like cranky ol' James Woods? read more

Shark Shake-up Continues, and More Casting News!

James Woods in Shark by Robert Voets/CBS

Kevin Pollak, with whom James Woods shared the silver screen in Casino, is joining Shark in the recurring role of new Los Angeles District Attorney Lloyd Cutler. Another new face coming on board CBS' hit drama is Kevin Alejandro (you say Ugly Betty, I say Drive), playing a street-smart prosecutor who specializes in organized crime. Sounds like the "Sam Page replacement" Ausiello scooped a ways back, yes?Also per the Reporter, ABC's Cavemen — namely, Cro-Mag Joel's younger brother — is getting a makeover. Sam Huntington (Superman Returns' Jimmy Olsen) is in as Andy, while Dash Mihok is out as Jamie. What's more, the pilot screened at the upfronts will not kick off the series in the fall. Instead, a new opener is being filmed, one which better (meaning at all) addresses the cavemen's existence in modern society. Small detail, that. read more

I would like to comment on ...

Question: I would like to comment on the issue of reruns. I got hooked on both Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy by watching reruns. This summer I am happily catching up on episodes of Shark that I missed during the regular season. I think the networks are making a big mistake by dumping reruns in favor of endless, awful reality shows. No wonder so many folks are opting for Netflix and the cable networks' alternate offerings like The 4400 — a show that doesn't get enough kudos in my opinion. When there is a hot show and you want to try to get involved without the wait or expense of DVDs, then it's smart for a network to offer up a series of reruns to help newcomers get up to speed. Not to mention the fact that you just can't spend all your time watching TV! Answer: Thanks for that last sentence. I'd sure like to believe that one, but this nonstop TV summer just won't let up. Anyway, I hear this complaint a lot, and have been known to say "I miss repeats" as well. There are a number of show ... read more

Shark Wrangler Previews Season 2 Changes

James Woods and Jeri Ryan in Shark by Justin Lubin/CBS

Shark creator Ian Biederman has signed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox TV to continue on as show-runner for the hit drama and develop new projects. Heralding Biederman's success, 20th Century president Dana Walden tells Variety, "Ian has created a larger-than-life character in Sebastian Stark that... captured the imagination of the amazing Jimmy Woods, a feature actor who'd never done a television series. The result was the year's most-watched new drama."Looking ahead to Shark's Season 2, Biederman says, "We want to make it a combination of provocative drama and interesting characters... not just a procedural." Tweaks include Jeri Ryan's DA joining Stark's team, giving the supporting cast meatier stories and bringing back Stark's ex-wife. read more

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