Friday, October 28, 2005

Fox Soxed In Series Ratings

Folks in the Windy City were thrilled about the White Sox winning this year's World Series. But Fox executives in LA were definitely not as happy.

The four-game sweep that brought the Chicago White Sox their first World Series title since 1917 was the lowest-rated Fall Classic ever. The Series averaged an 11.1 household rating/19 share and 17.2 million viewers, down a not entirely unexpected 30% from last year's Red Sox-Cardinals battle.

... what was the highest rated World Series in recent history? The 1986 World Series between the Mets and the Red Sox was the highest rated World Series of the last twenty years, bucknering a 28.6 rating and 46 share…

Live Long, Prosper, And Have Hot, Gay Sex

In an announcement that should surprise nobody, George Takei, aka Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, has come out as a homosexual.

... not sure if this actually qualifies as news, but it did cross the wires...

He outed himself in Frontiers a biweekly Los Angeles magazine covering the gay and lesbian community.

... every time I hear George Takei talk, I keep thinking of Howard Stern's "Sulu Dance"... hysterical... anybody got a link?

Alias Shelved For Dancing

Hey Bennifer... looks like ABC is giving you some time off to spit out that puppy.

... really, Jen... take all the time you need...

The network has announced that its wildly popular hit summer series Dancing With the Stars will return in January to the Alias timeslot- Thursdays at 8pm.

The increased competition could be the final death blow more for NBC's flailing Joey. It also could mean a different (and possibly less competitive) time slot for when Alias returns.

... although the show really doesn't deserve it... this season really blows...

Apprentice Bloodbath

Donald Trump sacked four people on last nights The Apprentice.

... but Martha Stewart wasn't one of them...

... seriously, is anybody still watching this debacle?

Lifetime Not Renewing Strong Prescription

The longest-running original drama series ever created for basic cable is about to expire.

... and that show is...?

Turns out the sixth season of Lifetime Television's medical show Strong Medicine, will be its last.

... Strong Medicine is cable's longest running drama? man, i'll bet even Inconceivable would be a hit on that network...

Execs say the show had run its course after 132 episodes. The latest season featured Rick Shroder joining the ridiculously eyebrowed overactress Rosa Blasi-Finn.

... if Hollywood powerhouse Rick Schroder can't pump new life into a series that's this good, there's no hope for anyone... yes, I'm being sarcastic...

Friday Dot-Dots

Comedy Central has bought the rerun rights to Futurama. The net will start airing all 72 episodes starting in January 2008... HBO and Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball will team up again, creating a new series based on the "Southern Vampire" book series... ABC news has one final tribute to the late Peter Jennings: World News Tonight will launching an anti-smoking effort and do a series of stories on lung cancer. The veteran anchor died of the disease August 7.