Booth (David Boreanaz) isn't the only one on Bones getting a love interest this season: Elon Gold has been cast as...
Kevin James, The King of Queens
This week the networks began meeting with ad-agency execs to talk about what's in development for the 2006-07 season. That means it's time for producers of current shows with less-than-robust ratings to start worrying about getting picked up for next season. Here's what industry insiders are telling the Biz.
ABC: The network's comedies are having a tough year in the ratings, but you can't cancel all of them. Rodney, Hope & Faith, Crumbs and Less than Perfect aren't likely to make the cut. According to Jim, George Lopez and Freddie have a chance of returning. Since ABC has two more hours to program in the fall now that football has moved to NBC, shows that would otherwise be doomed have a chance. We're talking Invasion and Commander in Chief. Their survival depends on the strength of the network's new-program development.
CBS: Another season of The King of Queens depends on whether the n
New Line Cinema is launching a nationwide casting call to fill the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in its film version of the Broadway adaptation of the 1988 film Hairspray, Variety reports. (Ricki Lake played the tempestuous teen on the big screen, while Stacked's Marissa Jaret Winokur originated the stage portrayal.) As for some of the other major characters, the studio is in talks with John Travolta, Billy Crystal and Queen Latifah to play Edna Turnblad, Wilbur Turnblad and Motormouth Maybelle, respectively. I'd love to see Travolta keep his Battlefield Earth dreadlocks.
The Peacock doesn't love Pamela Anderson. The Elton John concert special that NBC aired on Monday night originally featured a performance of "The Bitch Is Back" as the oversize screen behind John displayed the Stacked siren, scantily clad (duh) and doing a pole dance. Before broadcast, however, the Peacock network dropped the naughty number, declaring it "not appropriate" for the family-hour time slot. And yet Joey lasts a season and a half?
I only caught the last few minutes of That '70s Show and saw that Eric broke up with Donna. Given that Topher Grace left the show last season, was anyone surprised by this news? The only real question is who will she hook up with now? There aren't that many eligible bachelors in this Wisconsin town.... If I ever write a book, I can be sure that my skin will be thicker than that of Gavin from Stacked. He penned a few pages and was offended to find out that Skyler thought it was dull, among other things. I've been getting prepped for that kind of criticism for a year now with the feedback I get fr
Now that the dust has settled a bit on all the 2006 mid-season changes that will be kicking in as soon as the holidays are over, here's my night-by-night scorecard of the imminent battles we'll be covering a month or so from now.
The big news is the return of 24 on Fox, with a four-hour blast January 15-16, followed by all-new episodes through the rest of the season. For the first two months, Skating with Celebrities (a rip-off of Dancing with the Stars) will be 24's lead-in. But come mid-March, Prison Break will return. What a one-two punch that promises to be!
CBS will coast along by capping off its popular comedies with
American Idol's Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and Paula Abdul
Revealing its mid-season plan, Fox squelched talk that American Idol would be moved to a Wednesday-Thursday schedule. Instead, the series' fifth season will stick to its Tuesday-Wednesday combo, premiering Jan. 17 at 8 pm/ET. Also announced: 24, airing Mondays at 9, starts its uninterrupted five-month run of new episodes on Jan. 15 with a two-night, four-hour event; Skating with Celebrities bows Jan. 18, before moving to Mondays on Jan. 23; Bones relocates to Wednesday at 9 (ouch) starting Jan. 25; Stacked and That '70s Show move to Thursday starting March 2; and Prison Break picks up where this week's
Question: Now that Fox has all but canceled Arrested Development, and Kitchen Confidential looks like it's headed down the same road, does this open room for Prison Break to air Mondays with 24, or is American Idol taking up the spots?
Answer: It's not entirely clear how Idol will be scheduled at mid-season, but the original plan (which still stands for now) is for House to move to Monday as a lead-in to 24, although I'm sure there will be occasional Idol Monday-night specials; Fox would probably just as soon air an Idol element every night of the week if they thought they could get away with it. Tuesdays will pair Idol with Bones, moved an hour later. There is a chance, I guess, that if Stacked continues to tank (we can only hope), then either Arrested or Kitchen will get some shots at a Wednesday slot, in and around Idol episodes. And there are always the graveyards of Thursdays and Fridays (where The Bernie Mac Show and Malcolm in the Middle are now buried). All in all, not a hopefu ...
Question: I just heard that Night Stalker is being canceled, and they are not going to be showing the second part of the two-parter. They are just giving it the ax. Yet crap like Stacked and Wife Swap are still on the air. What gives? Is the American viewing audience really getting that dumbed down that they watch crap, and shows like Night Stalker and Arrested Development are shut out?
Answer: 'Fraid so, but you'd have to be asleep not to have known that Night Stalker succeeding in the long term was improbable to impossible, even if you were a fan (which I wasn't, not because of the concept but because of the casting and the show's ponderous-to-pretentious tone). I wasn't surprised Night Stalker didn't make it, but I was annoyed for all the fans' sake that ABC yanked it in the middle of a two-parter. That's just wrong. Taking the long view, there will always be "crap" on the air, and there will always be people who would rather watch mindlessly grating swill (someone explain to me The
Bruce Willis showed up on That '70s Show as a sleazy guy who was the head of security at a strip club. Kelso got his dream job there, but I couldn’t help but think about how My Name Is Earl’s Joy thought that maybe Demi and Bruce still slept together and didn’t tell Ashton. That was really the only thing in this whole episode that made me giggle while I was watching Bruce’s pervy character watching the strippers in the shower.... And it was more titillating boys'-club humor on Stacked, with girls jumping up and down and touching each other's breast implants when Jenny McCarthy showed up. The slightly less buxom blonde was a gold digger marrying a really elderly gentleman. Which prompted a bunch of old-timer jokes, my favorite of which being Katrina’s comment, “Where do you suppose they are registered… Bed, Bath and the Great Beyond?”... I also watched Freddie — just ha