Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Tonight's Tube

Tonight, FX carves up a brand new season of Nip/Tuck (which I can't watch, because Cablevision STILL sucks too much to give me the damned channel). So, instead, I'll settle for the Law & Order: SVU premiere, which no doubt will feature an uplifting storyline about a handicapped fetal rape or something.

Also tonight, we'll get to see if NBC's heavily promoted My Name Is Earl can live up to the hype. And we'll find out who Michael Hutchence's replacement will be on the finale of Rock Star: INXS.

And if you were among the outraged at the Dancing With The Stars outcome, ABC is obliging your conspiracy theories by airing a dance-off.

99 Word Review: Supernatural

Take a couple of Smallville and Gilmore Girls alumni (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles), throw in a dead mom, a few cheap scares, some fiery special effects, and a cloyingly marketed soundtrack (Dave Matthews, anyone?) and you have the WB's latest attempt to fill the Buffy void.

The plot centers around two evil-hunting brothers and their vengeful father as they look to fight- what else- baddies from beyond. Sure, it's kind of cliched (A hitchhiker who kills!) but there are a few fresh twists that could be promising enough to kidnap the young viewers that The WB so dearly craves.

Supernatural airs Tuesday nights at 9pm ET on The WB.

So Much For Her Comeback

Turns out Lisa Kudrow doesn't have many Friends at HBO.

The network has given her uncomfortable faux reality show The Comeback the chop.

Hinie Blow Out execs have hinted lately that the channel has too many "inside baseball" shows about Hollywood, making this underperformer (creatively and ratings-wise) a likely candidate for the chopping block.

Joey II: The Revenge?

Here's another in the ever-growing list of TV's bad ideas: give Emmy winner Brad Garrett and his Everybody Loves Raymond character, Robert Barone, his own spinoff.

The show would center around Garrett's character, his wife and in-laws (Fred Willard!). Negotiations are said to be heating up at CBS to get a deal done.

The network dragged its feet too long on this one. The show wouldn't hit air until next fall at soonest. And successful spinoffs are few and far between. Just ask the producers of Joey, who are all sweating bullets that they can improve their show's fortunes this year.

And as for Garrett... why cement being typecast any further?

Emmy Winner

Ignoring the lambasting the revamped telecast was given by critics, an estimated 18.6 million viewers tuned in to watch Sunday's Emmy Awards on CBS, up 35% from last year (13.8 million).

Experts posit that mainstream viewers, who were turned off by HBO's dominance last year, returned to the show in droves to see if new favorites Lost and Desperate Housewives nabbed some serious statuage.

I'm Oscar!

For the three of you who also watched last night's premiere of the still-brilliant Arrested Development, here's a great extra from the episode.

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In Reality, Does Size Matter?

No doubt emboldened by TV's latest train wreck TV star Danny Bonaduce, actor and frequent degenerate and inmate Tom Sizemore is turning his life into a reality show.

Oh, goody. More dysfunctional "celebreality." (Ugh- I hate faux words created by VH1.)

Super Sizemore would chronicle Sizemore's legal, parental, and substance abuse problems. What fun!

The actor was recently sentenced to 30 additional days in a live-in drug treatment center.

TV on DVD: This Week's New Releases

Useless TV on DVD Release of the Week:
Ned and Stacey: The Complete 1st Season

Sure, Thomas Haden Church is suddenly hot again. But this show blew chunks. And haven't we all had enough Debra Messing?

Other releases out today:

Andromeda: Vol 5.1
The Batman: Season 1, Vol. 2: The Man Who Would Be Bat
Battlestar Galactica: Season 1
Clone High: Season 1
Crime Story: Season 2
Desperate Housewives: The Complete 1st Season
From the Earth to the Moon (mini-series): Signature Edition
Justice League: Unlimited - Season 1, Volume 2: Joining Forces
The Man Show: Boy & Household Hints From Adult Film Stars
Ned and Stacey: The Complete 1st Season
Penn & Teller: Magic and Mystery Tour (mini-series): Penn & Teller: Magic & Mystery Tour
The Pretender: The Complete 2nd Season
The Ren and Stimpy Show: Season 5 and Some More of 4
SpongeBob SquarePants: Absorbing Favorites