Thursday, August 02, 2007

A Few Tidbits

First off, let me apologize for an error I had in yesterday's post. I'm apparently SO excited about watching "Mad Men" (AMC, 10 p.m.) that I listed it among Wednesday's Best Bets instead of today's. Anyway, you can make a good case for "Mad Men" being the top show of the summer, so I hope you catch it - TONIGHT - when it airs.

Just a few items today:

--Chip Johannessen, a former writer/producer of "Millenium," takes over the showrunner duties on CBS' "Angel" ripoff called "Moonlight." Johannessen replaces David Greenwalt, who actually was the showrunner for "Angel" a few years ago. I haven't heard of a single fall show that's undergone more changes since its original pilot than "Moonlight," yet it still will be a sure bet to air.

--The lovely and talented Julianna Margulies is pregnant, according to, which throws into serious question about when her new series, "Canterbury's Law," will air. I actually was pretty excited when Fox announced the series, because it's being produced by Denis Leary and the same team that puts out "Rescue Me." But apparently, having the lead character being pregnant will change some storylines, so it will be interesting to see how the producers handle it.

--A bunch of "Smallville" tidbits, courtesy of the panel at Comic Con. Dean Cain, who played Clark/Superman in "The Adventures of Lois & Clark," finally makes his long-anticipated appearance on "Smallville," playing an evil scientist. The catch is Cain's character may or may not be DC supervillain Vandal Savage. Also, Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) and Martian Manhunter (Phil Morris) return, as do some other future Justice Leaguers, not to mention the first appearance of Supergirl (Lauren Vandervoort). The season kicks off with the continuation of the Bizarro storyline.

THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: OK, once again, TONIGHT is Episode 3 of "Mad Men," so forgive my continuing senility.

More would-be superheroes continue to be put through the ringer on "Who Wants To Be A Superhero?" (Sci-Fi, 9 p.m.)

Finally, if you're as eager for the new Jason Bourne film, "The Bourne Ultimatum," as I am when it opens tomorrow, you can catch the original of the trilogy, "The Bourne Identity," (USA, 7:30 p.m.) followed by an all-new episode of a considerably lighter spy fare, "Burn Notice" (USA, 10 p.m.)

1 comment:

zodin2008 said...

Yeah, you really threw me for a loop about "Mad Men" yesterday.

Thankfully, those of us with Comcast Digital, have the first two "Mad Men" episodes available (in HD no On Demand and after telling my wife how terrific this series was, she was interested enough to watch the pilot epide yesterday and she liked it. It will now be no problem to get her caught up.

Regarding yesterday's later posts on "The 4400", yeah, I don't know how people can say this is the best season. The show has kind of meandered and morphed into a completely different show than the first 2 seasons and seems very directionless. Almost like the show runners weren't expecting it to continue to be a ratings hit and had to go in all these new directions and new characters.

One of the things I liked best about season 1 & 2 was the Lily/Richard relationship, story arc and now both characters are gone.

My least favorite character, by far, is Kyle, Tom's annoying son who I cannot stand--the actor or the character. And now they've increased his role. (On the other hand, I like his cousin Shawn a lot more).

Furthermore, I actually can't stand that decided to put Promicin on the street and now half of the entire world population has an 'ability'. It took away the very unique core nature of the show--that there are 4400 special people. That's essentially gone now and that one element has ruined the show for me more than anything.