Channel Surfing – March 1, 2010

Channel Surfing – March 1, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– He’s back: Jay Leno hosts his first Tonight Show since the Conan O’Brien debacle tonight, with guests Jamie Foxx, Brad Paisley and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.

– Sorry, Joe Flanigan fans; the star of The Rockford Files remake has been cast, and it’s big-screen vet Dermot Mulroney. Not a name I ever would have thought of for the show, but an interesting choice, no?

– Rumors say Anderson Cooper may be headed to CBS, but his “people” say it’s not true that he’ll replace Katie Couric as the CBS evening news anchor.

– During tonight’s season finale of The Bachelor (8PM ET), ABC will announce the cast of the next Dancing With the Stars season, which premieres on March 22. I may actually have to watch if it’s true that Beverly Hills 90210 diva Shannen Doherty is among the new D-list hoofers.

Snoop Dogg on One Life to Live, James Franco on General Hospital and now, Julianne Moore may make an appearance on As the World Turns, the show that helped launch her career, before the CBS soap ends next fall.

– The cast of Glee is indeed embarking on that rumored concert tour, with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Phoenix.

The Office funny guy Craig Robinson will be the new host of Last Comic Standing when it returns to NBC this summer.

– Marcia, Marcia, Marcia … because she and Jan, a.k.a. Brady Bunch stars Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb, are still fighting, a planned Bunch reunion that was scheduled to happen this week is a no-go.

American Idol season five alum Elliott Yamin – my all-time fave AI contestant – has been updating via Twitter about his experience being trapped in Chile after last Saturday’s earthquake.

– A Lost-themed amusement park attraction? It might actually happen.

– More Lost news: John Locke and creepy Ben as hit men? It’s a brilliant idea that Lost Emmy winner Terry O’Quinn is shopping, a drama about a pair of hit men who live in the suburbs. The show would star O’Quinn and fellow Lostie (and fellow Emmy winner) Michael Emerson, a duo that’s been responsible for a big chunk of Lost‘s most memorable moments in the last few seasons.

Zooey Deschanel is joining her Bones sister Emily Deschanel as a primetime star. Zooey will star in HBO’s series adaptation of Pamela Des Barres‘ famous band groupie memoir I’m With the Band.

– The new Doctor Who – with Matt Smith as the new Doctor – will debut on BBC America on April 17.

– Will Johnny Depp make a cameo in the upcoming 21 Jump Street movie? He tells Entertainment Weekly he hopes to, which just adds some points to his already full cup o’ coolness.

Saturday Night Live hosts and musical guests for March: Zach Galifianakis and Vampire Weekend on March 6, and Jude Law and Pearl Jam on March 13.

George Lopez is starring in a big-screen, live-action/CGI SpeedyGonzalez movie , and he says it won’t feature the stereotype-projecting Speedy of the original 1950s cartoons.

– And, though viewers seem to love the guilty pleasure aspects of kiddie beauty pageant shows like Little Miss Perfect and Toddlers & Tiaras, not so much for grown-up beauty contests: the Miss America pageant has yet again found itself homeless, as TLC has dropped the annual event from its primetime plans.

    • Steve Kettering said at March 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm
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    Dermot Mulroney?? Mr. Chick Flick? The guy who gets the “clueless, pallid love interest” roles after Michael Vartan and Luke Wilson pass on the script??

    That guy? Instead of Flanigan? What’s the 2010 version of Rockford going to do when someone swings on him, emit a girlish scream?

    Someone clearly dropped the ball on this one.

    • Helen said at March 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm
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    Re: The Rockford Files
    Never heard of Dermot Mulroney. I would’ve watched this remake with Joe Flanigan. I have no interest in watching a TV show unless he’s in the cast and therefore I won’t be watching this now. Looking forward to whatever show Joe Flanigan is in in the future.

    • Sherri said at March 2, 2010 at 8:03 am
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    Dermot Mulroney….just can’t see it. Joe Flanigan would have been great in the role. Well here’s another show I won’t be watching.

    • Tammy said at March 2, 2010 at 9:18 am
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    Derm…whatever (I can never remember his name, I’ll forget it again as soon as I close this window) instead of Joe Flanigan? Well, good luck with that. I’ll wait for something else with Joe starring.

    • RoseL said at March 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm
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    No, not an interesting choice. Joe Flanigan would have been the interesting choice.

    • Another Rose said at March 2, 2010 at 6:06 pm
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    Aww, I was hoping for Joe Flanigan to get the part. He would have been perfectly suited for Rockford.
    Honestly, I’ve never heard of Dermot before so can’t say anything one way or the other about his ability to play such an iconic figure.

    • Bella said at March 3, 2010 at 11:40 pm
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    Only interesting in a sentence like ” How interesting how this remake haven’t sparkled my interest in the slightest because Joe Flanigan is not in it…”

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    Say it isn’t so, Joe. I have put my TV on Ebay.

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