Channel Surfing – June 30, 2010

Channel Surfing – June 30, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf (in this incredibly slow TV news week) …

– Broadway and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson will be making a guest appearance on the next season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is filming in New York City this summer.

Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood is heading to the tube, for the first time, in an odd new FX comedy.

– Potential Larry King replacements: Ryan Seacrest, Piers Morgan and … Joy Behar? No, CNN. Just no.

– The new season of Weeds, which kicks off in August, will find Nancy Botwin and her family on the lam, in a Winnebago.

– Is The Big O ending her daily talk show just in time? Because her ratings are down. Way down.

Craig Kilborn also didn’t grab such hot ratings in his return to TV on Monday.

Eminem and Christina Aguilera will guest star on the season finale of Entourage, which is also suffering from a ratings downturn: The season premiere last Sunday was down 26 percent vs. the previous season’s premiere.

– Coming soon to a network near you: Susan Sarandon‘s ping pong reality show. For reals.

– All those people who were on the receiving end of Gordon Ramsay‘s sometimes harsh criticisms on Kitchen Nightmares might not be feeling a lot of sympathy for the chef, who had to close down one of his own eateries in London.

– This is a buzzkill: Starz has canceled Party Down, one of the funniest shows on cable.

– And check out big-screen (and Freaks and Geeks) star James Franco‘s goofy return to his General Hospital guest stint today, including the monkey toy that I’m assuming is a little shout out to the James Dean toy monkey scene in Rebel Without a Cause, since Franco played Dean in a TNT biopic. If not, it’s a really cool coincidence, no?

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