Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Smattering Of Notes

From around the dial:

--Word across the pond is that Ian McKellan is now signed up to play No. 2 opposite Jim Caviezal's No. 6 on "The Prisoner" remake miniseries that ITV is producing. Since the miniseries is slated for six episodes, it doesn't say if that means there will be other No. 2s in addition to McKellan.

--Rocky Carroll has been added as a full-time cast member to "NCIS" as the new director. Not a big surprise, considering how things ended. Let's just hope he decides to re-hire everyone.

--Francis Capra is joining "Heroes" as a villain, joining old "Veronica Mars" castmate Kristen Bell. You know, a long time ago, they used to be friends. No word on Capra's power.

--Steven Weber will guest star on "Psych" as Shawn's (James Roday) uncle.

--"Chuck" will have several big names stop by for Season 2, including Michael Clark Duncan, Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") and John Laroquette. Rachel Bilson may also reprise her role as Chuck's would-be girlfriend next season.

--Finally, a lot of other networks (ahem, ABC) could take a lesson from Fox, which is rerunning the entire "Sarah Connor Chronicles" in August. Here's the schedule:

Sunday, Aug. 10: "Pilot"
Monday, Aug. 11: "Gnothi Seauton"
Tuesday, Aug. 12: "The Turk"
Wednesday, Aug. 13: "Heavy Metal"
Sunday, Aug. 17: "Queen’s Gambit"
Monday, Aug. 18: "Dungeons and Dragons"
Tuesday, Aug. 19: "The Demon Hand"
Wednesday, Aug. 20: "Vick’s Chip"
Sunday, Aug. 24: "What He Beheld"

What a fascinating idea - using the summer to rerun shows that drew some buzz that audiences might have missed the first time around.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: For some odd reason, no one tuned in a couple of months ago when CBS ran "Hidden Talents of the Stars." It got yanked after one episode. Why do I bring this up? Because NBC thinks it has got an even more brilliant concept, "Celebrity Circus" (NBC, 9:30 p.m.)

Meanwhile, the series finale of "Men In Trees" (ABC, 10 p.m.) airs tonight.

1 comment:

zodin2008 said...

Gee, buh bye "Men in Trees". A show I refused to try because it starred Anne Heche. Did ANYONE ever think that was the reason people watch? Because America simply doesn't like psycho Heche and all her public drama?

BRAVEO, BIG TIME to Fox. It's a shame it's a series I did already watch the first time around, that being said, I will be sure to pass this to a few friends who complained they missed it but expressed interest in "The Sarah Connor Chronicles".

It may also serve as a reminder to the new version of "90210" as to why Brian Austin Green is not likely available for the CW spinoff. He's great in his role as bad ass soldier Derrick Reese (and John Connor uncle) on "Sarah Conner" and his addition kicked the show up a second notch.