Monday, June 06, 2005

Sopranos Shooting Six for Shortened Seventh?

Bada-BING! Sopranos creator David Chase is making fans an offer they can't refuse.

Chase is considering "tacking on an additional six or so episodes to the shooting schedule" and doing a shortened seventh season, reports.

That could mean there won't be the usual long break between seasons. Instead, seasons six and seven would be separated by just a few months. The show is currently filming season six for debut sometime in March.

Couldn't Christian Troy Fix Her Schnozz?

After two seasons in a recurring part on Nip/Tuck, former Boston Public huge-nosed hottie Jessalyn Gilsig will become a regular on the FX series this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She plays a sex-addicted woman with a quasi-deep connection and a kid (sorta) with plastic surgeon Christian Troy (Julian McMahon).

Chappelle's Show: DVD's Yes; Season Three, No

Comedy Central could rake in $54 million off DVD sales of Chappelle's Show: Season 2 Uncensored, according to industry analysts.

The DVD, released May 24, shattered records established by the first season of Chappelle's Show DVD — selling 500,000 copies its first day and nearly 1.2 million copies its first week, becoming the best-selling TV show on DVD in history.

The network and Chappelle are expected to reopen talks to kickstart production on the stillborn Season 3 soon.

Mandy Feeling Dandy After Cancer Scare

Cancer "is the greatest gift I've ever been given, other than my wife and children," says Mandy Patinkin.

The 51-year-old actor was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 while shooting Showtime's underrated Dead Like Me. After successful surgery, Patinkin now says "The rest of my life has been a gift."

Patinkin returns to CBS this fall, starring in the FBI procedural Criminal Minds.

Tonight's Tube

ABC's got the premiere of its warm and fuzzy reality contest The Scholar, where 10 students compete for a full ride to a top-rated university.

Or, on HBO, you could check out the polar opposite: the way less warm and fuzzy Six Feet Under has its final season premiere.

The 4400 in 44: Wake Up Call (Parts 1 and 2)

Today at TVGS, we're debuting our newest feature: a weekly, 44-word recap of USA's hit The 4400 written by JoeVideo (apparently, stringing together our standard 99 words has become too difficult for him). Here's the first double episode edition of The 4400 in 44.

Tom is reinstated, thanks to Diana. Marco and his fellow lone-gunmen are introduced. Shawn cures everyone, including Collier (repeatedly), still hurting from touching Lily last year. Richard and Lily are on the run. Baby Isabelle communicates with Lily and has crazy-ass powers! Maia is adopted by Diana. Tom and Kyle (out of containment finally) bond as father and son. DHS is now NTAC on this show. Collier's 4400 book is published, claiming that EVERYONE has special abilities. Shawn suspects Collier's intentions. Schizo-girl builds crazy device that cures nutcase-turned-neuroscience-professor.

The 4400 in 44 airs every Monday on

The Geek Files: Growing Pains at the Workplace

Don't you wish life lessons could be taught in a neatly tied-up thirty minutes just like a sitcom? I'm tempted to show my boss just one episode of Growing Pains in the hopes of making my life and those of my co-workers just a little bit better.

The man has a slight problem with... how shall I put this? Well, frankly... he's got a problem with ACTUALLY SHOWING UP FOR WORK. I believe he's under the impression that if he's not present nothing of any consequence can possibly be happening. This is where Growing Pains comes in.

I figure, if Mike Seaver can learn the error of this thinking, surely a vice president can.

Have you seen this episode? Oh, you remember. Mike fakes being sick so he gets to stay home from school. As he flips on the TV, the theme to Gilligan's Island begins. Mike sings along for a second then turns off the TV - apparently too cool for Gilligan's Island. But he turns it back on and realizes he's missed some of the song. Stunned, he repeats the act - sings along, turns off the TV, then on again. Gilligan's Island continues even if he's not watching! Realization sets in - "If I'm not at school, surely life is going on there without me. What could I be missing?!"

This is all I ask my boss to absorb. We're here busting our asses. If he's not here to approve our work, and/or give feedback, everyone gets screwed. It's quite simple really. All I need is young, goofy-glue incident conspirator, Mike Seaver (as opposed to lame-ass born-again, older Mike Seaver) to demonstrate.