Question: OK, please tell me what the new CW is thinking. I just read in the news section that the CW announced they will not be picking up Reba for next season. Yet when they first announced the merger, they listed Reba as an asset. Do they really have enough quality comedies in the works that they can afford to dump WB's No. 1 comedy? Is there any hope of Reba being picked up by another network? I am a huge Reba McEntire fan (both of her acting and singing). How can they treat this wonderful woman like yesterday's garbage?
Answer: All I can say is that CW must really not want this show on its schedule, because according to what the trades say, the network may have to pay a steep penalty to cancel Reba, which still had a year to go on its current WB contract (although in the long run, it may be cheaper not to produce a full season of episodes — don't ask me). To be honest, I was always puzzled about why Reba was on WB instead of on a more mainstream network like CBS, where she would be
Tara Lipinski visits Malcolm in the Middle
Olympic gold-medalist Tara Lipinski expands her TV repertoire even further when she throws Malcolm's brother Reese for a (toe) loop on this weekend's Malcolm in the Middle (Sundays at 7 pm/ET). TVGuide.com talked to the 24-year-old cutie about her latest small-screen venture, the racy film role she bailed on and how she almost went Skating with Celebrities.
TVGuide.com: Tell me about your Malcolm in the Middle role. Who are you playing, what's she about...?Tara Lipinski: I play Carrie, who's this quirky and earthy antifur, antimeat vegetarian type. It was a really fun to play her, so different than anything I've done before. On the show, I think Reese (Justin Berfield) is all abou
Question: Hi, Matt! I just read that Out of Practice is going on hiatus again and may even be canceled. Please say it ain't so! I adore this show. The script is so tight. The characters and the actors who portray them are brilliant, and the show has me crying with laughter whenever I watch it. Why, oh, why won't they move it back with Two and a Half Men, where it was rating fairly well and was safe?
Answer: It is true that with The Amazing Race now airing Wednesdays at 8 pm/ET, Out of Practice and the much worse Courting Alex are for now in limbo again. It's a fact that every comedy on CBS wants that time period following Two and a Half Men, but it looks like The New Adventures of Old Christine has it tied up for the rest of the season. And if the numbers (and the quality) hold, it may well inherit that slot again in the fall. Of all the shows that tried out that spot this season, Christine is my favorite, but I'd like to see CBS give Out of Practice a second chance, if only because I
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
CBS has announced a March 7 premiere of The Unit and a March 13 debut of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' The New Adventures of Old Christine, giving the Seinfeld alum the Mondays-at-9:30 slot behind Two and a Half Men. (Get. Out!) As a result, Jenna Elfman's Courting Alex and its time-slot predecessor, Out of Practice, will move to occupy Wednesday's 8 o'clock hour, replacing Yes, Dear and Still Standing, which, apparently, were still on the air.
The fun (and confusion) never stops as the networks continue scrambling their schedules, with a new wave of mid-season changes kicking in the instant the Olympics and February sweeps conclude.
As a helpful guide to get you through the exhausting month of March, here's a night-by-night rundown of what to expect (until the next changes are announced):
March 1: After a 90-minute American Idol, Fox airs a preview of quasi-improvised slacker sitcom Free Ride (it will regularly air on Sundays starting March 12, replacing American Dad for a while). Invasion is preempted for the annual Oscar-themed Barbara Walters Special, which for the first time is not airing on Oscar night.
Question: I've been reading some of the comments about the new CW, and one question came to mind: If you think about it, both Everwood and Reba could fit well on the CBS network. They appeal to broader audiences than the typical UPN/WB shows and have good "red state" (yes, I know you are sick of these "red state"/"blue state" analogies, but it fits here) feels to them, as do many CBS shows (NCIS, Ghost Whisperer, etc.). What do you think?
Answer: When Reba first premiered, I thought the very same thing, that it would have been an even better fit on CBS. Still feel that way. I'd much rather watch Reba than the anemic Still Standing. But I can't imagine either WB show making the jump from a defunct weblet to the No. 1 network — certainly not Everwood (CBS' recent track record with traditional family dramas has been dismal). Still, good observation ...
Question: It really irritates me that you and the rest of the mainstream media completely ignore the African-American comedies on UPN. Girlfriends/America's Next Top Model are not the only successful shows on that network. Just because you don't watch them does not mean they are not worth saving. Broad comedies are all over the rest of the networks, and they feature mostly white casts. I realize ratings play a big part, but these shows would not have lasted as long as they have if they had not been generating ratings and some kind of revenue.
Answer: True enough. There is a market for these shows, and there's no question this audience is being woefully underserved by the major networks, which is why it's important that CW not ignore that part of UPN's (and once upon a time, WB's) legacy. But critically speaking, I'm just as happy to ignore network mediocrities like According to Jim, Still Standing, Yes, Dear, Four Kings and Courting Alex as I am the equally forgettable likes of Half &
Question: The Golden Globes are my favorite awards show, mainly because they put TV and movie stars all together under one roof — and give them lots of booze. They can always be counted upon for great moments! But if one thing always irks me, it's the supporting actor TV category, which doesn't differentiate between drama, comedy or miniseries. And we end up with a field like this for Best Supporting Actor: Naveen Andrews, Lost; Paul Newman, Empire Falls; Jeremy Piven, Entourage; Randy Quaid, Elvis; Donald Sutherland, Commander in Chief. Seriously? We're putting Jeremy Piven's delightfully shallow superagent up against Andrews' painstaking dramatic portrayal of a tortured (no pun intended) former Iraqi soldier? In the same category? I am sure they must do this to get the time down on the program, but if they must lump TV-movies and miniseries together, can't they at least separate between comedy and drama (two drastically different media)? That would only add two awards to the program, ...
Michael Vartan's much-buzzed-about Alias comeback has allegedly hit a snag. As reported in today's Ask Ausiello, the actor has landed a movie in Australia which could derail plans for Vaughn (or his ghost?) to return before year's end. For the full story, as well as scoop on practically every show except Still Standing, read today's AA!