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Quick question about Shark: ...

Question: Quick question about Shark: Will Jeri Ryan be back next season?

Answer: Yes, Jeri will be back, but another series regular won't. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Samuel Page will not be returning to the show. Not sure of the exact circumstances surrounding his exit, but I'm told that he was not fired. Meanwhile, the search for his replacement is on. A casting call has gone out for a "sexy, good-looking actor in his twenties." Producers want someone who can go toe-to-toe with James Woods. Hazard pay is negotiable.

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CBS: We've Got Ratings, Now We Want Buzz!

It isn't enough for CBS to be the most-watched network. At the presentation of its new fall schedule, network execs announced they want their shows to be talked about, too.It's a new version of an old tune. For years, CBS has had the largest number of viewers, but many of them were old and not as desirable to advertisers. Recently, the network has gotten much more competitive for the 18-to-49-year-old crowd that Madison Avenue pays most for. Yet shows such as ABC's Ugly Betty get a lot more ink and watercooler chatter than the higher-rated Two and a Half Men or Survivor (CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler drove the point home to the audience at Carnegie Hall by citing how Betty's ratings have dropped 40 percent since its premiere).With a solid foundation of dependable hits, Tassler says this is the year she can afford to take a few programming risks to improve her share of buzz. Even if CBS' new shows fail, its regular program lineup will deliver ratings close to what it did t... read more

Fall TV: CBS Hopes a Vampire P.I. Has Some Bite

Alex O'Loughlin/Moonlight by Robert Voets/CBS

CBS' official, bakery-fresh 2007-08 schedule has dismissed The Class, left (Close to) Home and defused Jericho, but shows How I Met Your Mother some Season 3 love. Among the new additions to the lineup (detailed in our intense Hottest Fall TV blog):• The Big Bang Theory (two quantum physicists are wowed by Kaley Cuoco)• Kid Nation, a Lord of the Flies-esque (yikes...) reality series in which unsupervised adolescents, ages 8 to 15, live in a ghost town• Moonlight, about an undead private detectivePerhaps of greater note is the relocation of heavy hitters Without a Trace (now bound for Thursdays at 10 pm) and Shark (leading out of Cold Case, Sundays at 10).Old Christine and Amazing Race earned mid-season returns. read more

Casting About: Rita Moreno Gets Ugly, and More

Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner (what, couldn't score a Cleo?) Rita Moreno will guest-star on a May episode of Ugly Betty, playing (along with Six Feet Under's Justina Machado) long-lost Suarez family members. In the same ep, Rebecca Gayheart (Vanished) plays a woman Alex dated before his (her?) faked death. I see a chance here to put Aniston-Cox to shame. In other casting news, Billy Dee Williams is on board for SOAPnet's General Hospital spin-off. See Soaps News for deets.... Jane Lynch returns to Two and a Half Men on April 23.... Joey Lawrence is a serial killer on the April 25 CSI:NY.... ER alum Sherry Stringfield defends a child abductor on Shark April 26.... Joel Murray (Dharma & Greg) hangs with CBS' Men April 30 (in an eppy directed by Jon Cryer), while the hitcom's May 14 season-ender features a visit from Robert Wagner. read more

Was wondering why you haven't ...

Question: Was wondering why you haven't had any spoilers on the best new drama on TV, Shark?

Answer: Mostly because there's been very little demand for them. And not too much supply, either, until this tip came in last week: Sherry Stringfield is guest-starring later this season as a cutthroat defense attorney who has a history with Stark.

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If you had to make a ...

Question: If you had to make a prediction right now, what do you think are the five freshman series that have the greatest likelihood of making it to a second season? Answer: The one no-brainer is Heroes, which has already been picked up for next season. Five other sure bets: Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters on ABC, Shark and Jericho on CBS and probably 30 Rock on NBC (preserving the "comedy night done right" lineup). I'm hopeful for Men in Trees and praying for Friday Night Lights (hands-down this season's "Best Show You're Not Watching"). Anything currently on indefinite hiatus is toast. Which leaves Studio 60, The Class, Knights of Prosperity, The Game, 'Til Death and Standoff (which is expected to return on Fridays in the spring) as the iffiest of the ifs. I would frankly be surprised to see any of those return next fall, although anything's possible ... read more

I have always wondered why ...

Question: I have always wondered why the networks don't seem to care how many total viewers they get for a particular show. For example, on a recent Thursday, Shark had 14.5 million viewers and ER had 10.8 million viewers. But because ER had a 4.6/12 demographic rating and Shark had a 3.7/10, people say it was almost even. So does that mean a network would rather have 1 million viewers and a high demographic rating or 10 million viewers and a lower demographic? It just seems wrong to me that a show can have millions more viewers but because not as many 18-to-49-year-olds watch the show, people say it does worse than another show. It just seems obvious that the more viewers that watch a show, the better. Also, are you as anxious as I am to see the next Battlestar Galactica? Answer: To answer your simple question first, of course I'm anxious to see Battlestar upon its move to Sundays. Who among its fan base wouldn't be? As regards the ratings question, and keep in mind I'm not a numbers ... read more

Already I am hearing that 3 ...

Question: Already I am hearing that 3 LBS on CBS is doing even worse than Smith did in the Tuesday time period. I like Stanley Tucci, but I watched one episode and thought the show was awful. Something tells me that the network will pull the plug; what say you? Answer: Wasn't this a timely question? Barely had I wrapped this column when CBS pulled the plug on the show after a mere three episodes. Personally, I didn't think 3 LBS was awful as much as it was awfully ordinary and awfully derivative. But once again, CBS has bombed out in that 10 pm-Tuesday time period, despite solid lead-ins NCIS and The Unit. It almost feels cursed. Guess we'll be seeing more replays of CBS' ubiquitous crime dramas while CBS goes back to the drawing board.I wouldn't say 3 LBS is awful as much as it is awfully ordinary and awfully derivative. But once again, CBS is struggling in that 10 pm Tuesday time period, despite solid lead-ins NCIS and The Unit. It almost feels cursed. And yes, I agree: I'd be ... read more

Ratings: CSI Surges Past Grey's

Thursday's ratings headlines include:— Smallville (with 4.77 million total viewers) was up about 300,000 week-to-week, while Supernatural held steady at 3.2 mil.— Picking up 3.4 million viewers versus its previous outing, CSI (23.83 mil) bested Grey's Anatomy (20.96 mil) for the first time since Sept. 28.— While the overlapping numbers for Earl and The Office are fuzzier and thus harder to pinpoint, it appears that 30 Rock improved upon its last Wednesday airing by about 160K, albeit with an audience (approx. 4.96 mil) that was little more half as large as the night's other super-sized sitcoms.— Shark (15.32 mil), up 1.7 million, trumped ER (12.41 mil), which was down two mil. read more

The President's Daughter, Pregnant with Demon Baby, Visits Shark!

Caitlin Wachs in Masters of Horror

How is that for a headline? And it's actually kinda sorta true. Caitlin Wachs, who played first daughter to Geena Davis' Mackenzie Allen on ABC's Commander in Chief, has a flurry of fun gigs coming up, roles that find her, at separate times, expectant with Satan's offspring, and channeling a teen Great Gatsby. First up, though, is a guest spot on tonight's episode of Shark (10 pm/ET on CBS). The in-demand ingenue gave a call to preview her varied ventures. Hey, guess what. You, little miss Boston Legal fan, are being recorded on the same tape as William Shatner read more

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