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Face it - if a guy can look good even when he’s sweating, vomiting, and being splattered with blood, he obviously is quite the hottie. Many viewers adored the tortured, splattered Jay Hernandez in the gore-fest flick Hostel. Now Jay will be beamed into your living room every week. Hernandez will star in ABC’s drama Six Degrees, an artsy serial that follows the lives of several people whose lives link together in mysterious ways.
Six Degrees is just one of the many pilots this fall that will focus on bizarre plots and themes. But only one will have Jay Hernandez without a shirt on.
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It’s an exciting night for Arrested Development fans! A four-episode marathon completes the beloved series.
Arrested Development, 8pm, FOX. Catch the final four episodes of this cherished comedy.
Dancing With the Stars, 8pm, ABC. Learn the results of the latest dance-off.
The Olympics, 8pm, NBC. The ceremonies start with much fanfare tonight. Say hello to thrilling action and athleticism; say goodbye to your favorite shows that will sink to repeats to avoid competing against the games. EndScore will have coverage.
In Justice, 9pm, NBC. We can’t decide what’s worse: the hokey title, or Kyle’s hideous haircut.
Obviously, a less than thrilling night for television, with all the repeats and the heralding in of tepid weekend entertainment. Unless you’re an Arrested Development fan, of course.
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride: Greg Grunberg has been known for a number of supporting roles in popular series, but has never carried the spotlight himself. From a goofy sidekick on Felicity to a right- hand man in Alias to a cameo as an ill-fated pilot in Lost, not only has Grunberg received all his roles from popular series creator J.J. Abrams; he’s also always been the guy in the background. Finally, he’ll have a chance to take the lead in the NBC drama Heroes, about normal people who discover they have gained superpowers. Will Grunberg be able to carry a show on his sturdy shoulders? We’ll tune in to find out.
Greg Grunberg, whose “Alias” character supported the nearly superheroic Sydney Bristow for several seasons, is getting some powers of his own. Grunberg will star in the NBC pilot “Heroes,” a show about people who discover they have superpowers. “Heroes” comes from “Crossing Jordan” creator Tim Kring. It’s about a group of seemingly everyday people, Grunberg among them, who realize they have superhuman abilities, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Glowing from the success of NCIS, CBS is launching another military-themed show next month: The Unit. The show will star green-eyed Felicity heartthrob Scott Foley as a neophyte member of a special forces team that fights crime around the world. With its mix of hardcore storylines and talented leads, The Unit may be a sure bet. But will a lousy time slot hold it back?
CBS is hoping some of the success of its naval-cops drama “NCIS” will rub off on another show set in the military—“The Unit.”
The network says “The Unit,” a drama about special-forces soldiers and their families from David Mamet (“Glengarry Glen Ross”) and Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”), will premiere at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, March 7. Although it will face a formidable competitor in FOX’s “House” in that time period, the new show will also get as its lead-in “NCIS,” which has a compatible theme and an audience of better than 15 million viewers per week.
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Tonight’s choices are decent, though nothing to shout about. (Unless you’re on American Idol.)
The Grammy Awards, 8pm, CBS. Crooners glitter it up on music’s biggest night.
American Idol, 8pm, FOX. The hopefuls finally make it to Hollywood, where dreams will dissolve and ears will bleed.
The Biggest Loser, 8pm, NBC. Husband and wife teams lose big to win big.
Bones, 9pm, FOX. This all new episode pits the beautiful partners against murderers and mysteries.
Lost, 9pm, ABC. Fans will surely find delight in this all new Lost.
Law & Order, 10pm, NBC. Television’s longest-running crime serial tackles all new crime tonight.
We all knew that a plush spot right after the Superbowl would help raise Grey’s Anatomy’s exposure—but who would have thought that it would do so well? Not only did the show bring in 38 million viewers—it was the best performance for a post-Superbowl show in 5 years. It was also the 3rd-highest rating for that slot in 18 years. We all knew that Grey’s was hot (and last Sunday’s thriller was no exception), but it’s nice to see that a new audience may now be discovering that out for themselves.
If you would like the opportunity to watch that tense episode for the the first time (or just re-watch that shower scene sans the beer goggles)—you will have another opportunity. ABC will milk that show for all its worth and re-air it this Thursday from 9:30-10:30pm right after Dancing with the Stars.
Raven-Symone, best known for her roles as the adorable tyke Olivia on The Cosby Show, and as the lead character on the eponymous That’s So Raven, will step into more serious shoes Monday night. Based on a true story, Lifetime’s For One Night follows the story of Raven’s character, who causes violent controversy when she seeks to end her high school’s tradition of racially segregated proms.
The show premieres tonight, and will repeat several times throughout the week, so be sure to check your local listings. We were fortunate enough to screen an advance copy, and it is obvious that the comedy-trained Raven-Symone could have a shining future in dramatic series. This would be an excellent film to watch with your family, and discuss the issues afterwards.
“I was so excited to be a part of this,” Raven-Symone says. “I’d always held out on doing a dramatic piece, because I didn’t want my first step into drama being a superficial, thin story. I thought this was just thick enough to show people [what I can do]. I don’t want to do pieces that don’t make a difference, and this being a true story made it even more perfect for me.”
“For One Night” may startle viewers by showing such prejudice still exists some places, but Raven-Symone maintains she isn’t surprised. “I come from the South (Atlanta), and there’s still racism there. A lot of people don’t want to open their minds to the new world, and I never said that’s everybody, and it’s not saying I think their beliefs are wrong. They haven’t opened their eyes completely. It’s not stupidity, it’s just ignorance ... not knowing the facts, not wanting to change.
“You get that sometimes, and you just have to walk away from the situation sometimes. Otherwise, you can get yourself in trouble and get your emotions tied in, then bad stuff can happen. If you can handle it responsibly, and you’re smart and educated on the subject, you’ll be OK.”
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Dashed dreams are given a chance of rejuvenation as major networks give the go ahead to previously rejected pilots. This move has been successful in the past, such as when CBS first rejected Numb3rs, but then gave it a chance to air and watched it become a hit show. Will other shows be as lucky?
The mix of second chance pilots offers a bit of everything: drama, comedy, and adventure, and producers hope that viewers will be receptive.
With a staggering amount of new material pitched every development season, the resurrection odds for an older script that already has been passed on are minimal. But there are a few factors that can increase a show’s chances.
“The key word is passion,” Fox executive vice president of programming Craig Erwich says. “Somebody—it can be the writer, an agent or an executive—has to not allow the project to die. In the back of their minds, all executives carry about 10 projects they wish they’d made.”
For eight years after CBS passed on his drama The Truth About Joey Ice Cream, writer Paul Haggis tried to get the project, about four young Irish brothers in New York, made. Finally, NBC last summer picked up the script to a pilot and later to series titled The Black Donnellys. It didn’t hurt that in the meantime, Haggis had become one of the hottest filmmakers in Hollywood after garnering critical acclaim for writing Million Dollar Baby and for co-writing and directing Crash.
Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC’s red-hot drama Grey’s Anatomy, also is a writer whose previous work is being revisited after she made it big. Rhimes is writing a new journalism-themed drama pilot for ABC for midseason 2006-07 consideration. In reality, that project was developed a year earlier than Grey’s and now is being reworked.
We’re hopeful that we’ll find some diamonds in this so-called ‘junk pile.’ Sometimes a second chance is just what a quality show needs.
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ABC is in a frenzy of moving popular shows around, eliminating the clunkers, and adding new series in hopes of raising the network’s ratings. It may not work, but it will certainly be exciting.
You may want to take notes.
We sure will miss her! One of the best actresses on television, on the best crime show today, will miss six episodes for maternity leave. Mariska’s character, Olivia Benson, will not be pregnant on the show. Hmm…that would be hard to explain, since Olivia never has time to date!
Gladiator’s Connie Nielsen will fill in for Hargitay.
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