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Channel Surfing – March 11, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– It’s looking more and more like the current season of 24 could be the show’s last one, at least on Fox. It’s my all-time favorite TV drama, but even I have to admit that the show just isn’t as compelling as it once was (though the last few episodes have picked up the pace). A big-screen 24 is almost certainly going to happen, and the idea has even been floated that another network might be interested in the Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) action series if Fox does pull the plug after the May season eight finale.

– Fans took it to Facebook, and Lorne Michaels listened: Betty White will host the May 8, Mother’s Day, edition of Saturday Night Live, which will also include a reunion of SNL alums Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.

– It’s official: Conan O’Brien and “The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour” is coming soon to a city near you. Tickets are already on sale.

– Coming soon to a bookstore near you: Night of the Living Trekkies, a novel about zombies and a Trek fan convention.

– Sad news from sports and TV lands: NFL Hall of Famer and Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy star Merlin Olsen died earlier today after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Survivor and The Apprentice producer Mark Burnett is producing a new game show that will feature two hosts.

– Rejoice Felicity fans: Keri Russell is headed back to primetime.

– As is Jimmy Smits.

– This should be cool: CBS is going to broadcast the NCAA men’s basketball final four tournament games and the national championship game in 3D, in movie theaters all across the country.

– And, just in time: Panasonic sold the world’s first 3D home entertainment system in New York City on Wednesday. Cost: $2,900, and that only includes one pair of special 3D glasses.

– Among the new shows Bravo announced in the network’s annual upfront presentation in New York on Wednesday: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Fashion Masters (sort of an all-star Project Runway) and Hitmakers (sort of an American Idol for singer/songwriters).

– And the 14th season of South Park premieres on Comedy Central on March 17 (10PM ET), and Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker talked to the New York Times about what’s ahead for the series, including their unique spin on the clip show, which will be the theme for the show’s 200th episode on April 14.

Channel Surfing – February 15, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– In honor of President’s Day, here’s MSN‘s list of the top TV POTUSes, which includes, of course, West Wing‘s Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) and 24‘s David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), my pick for the best TV POTUS of all time. Who did MSN forget about? Glen Allen Walken (John Goodman) on The West Wing, Mike Brady (Gary Cole) in the made-for-TV flick The Brady Bunch in the White House and Lisa Simpson, who, in the “Bart to the Future” episode of The Simpsons, becomes POTUS and appoints slacker brother Bart the “Secretary of Keeping It Real.” Now, of course, we can also add 24‘s President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) to the list.

Madonna, Larry David, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais are among the celebs who will act as guest judges for Jerry Seinfeld‘s new reality series The Marriage Ref. The show, which premieres March 4 on NBC, will find the celebs helping to mediate disputes – some really wacky disputes – between real-life husbands and wives.

– Speaking of Tina Fey, the Emmy-winning 30 Rock star is the Vogue cover girl for March, and she brings her irreverent humor to the uptight fashion mag, saying, “… at awards shows, I wear a deep V. Because it makes the triangles go the right way. Not good on me? Spaghetti straps. It looks like when you tie up a roast before you put it in the oven.” The article also includes Fey’s explanation – autobiographical, of course – of how she coined the phrase “mom jeans.”

– Get well soon wishes to Kiefer Sutherland … even Jack Bauer is susceptible to kidney cysts, apparently, as production on the season ender of 24 has halted for a week while Sutherland has surgery for a ruptured cyst.

– Do you love her or hate her? Either way, you have to admire Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson for her work ethic, which she talks about in an interview in the Los Angeles Times.

– We’re not even through Hollywood rounds yet, and already an American Idol contestant’s legal woes are creeping up. Danielle Harris, who wowed judges in Denver with her tales of struggling to make it as a singer and her performance of Melissa Etheridge‘s “I’m the Only One,” has been kicked off the show because she’s on probation.

– By the way, reports that a partial list of the top 24 contenders will be revealed on Tuesday night’s Idol episode, with the remainder announced on Wednesday’s ep.

– Actress Beau Garrett, who’s guest starred on Entourage and House, will be the female lead of CBS’ upcoming Criminal Minds spin-off.

– Oscar winner Kate Winslet will star in HBO’s miniseries remake of Mildred Pierce, the movie that won Joan Crawford a Best Actress Oscar in 1946.

The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels is standing by her self-named diet supplement, which is the subject of a false advertising lawsuit.

– Is your favorite show on the bubble for next season? Ratings and buzz reports mean Scrubs, Better Off Ted, Cold Case and FlashForward are amongst the shows most in need of fan support to survive another season. Most insiders agree that Heroes will mercifully be put out of its convoluted storyline misery, and even 24 isn’t a lock for the 2010-11 season.

– One show we know will end this season: Ugly Betty. And show star Ana Ortiz dropped some scoop on what will happen in the series finale. If you want the spoiler, click here, but a hint: Someone’s setting married.

– And World Wrestling Entertainment hopes to have its own cable network in play within the next year and a half.

Channel Surfing – February 9, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– So, last night’s Bachelor … whoa! Didn’t see that one coming, but who else thinks that may not be the last we see of Ali?

Ellen DeGeneres makes her big debut as the newest American Idol judge tonight (8PM ET, Fox) … will she be able to stick to her plan to be “brutally honest” without sounding mean?

Howard Stern has confirmed Fox is interested in making him Simon‘s replacement on American Idol, and he says it’ll only cost the network $100 million. Is he – or anyone – worth it?

– As the ratings for 24‘s eighth season are down and a decision on a ninth season is still up in the air, says a 24 big-screen movie is closer to becoming a realityBattlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff is really a big wet blanket on the new season so far, but I still hope there are many future Jack Bauer adventures minus the wooden, hair-flipping Dana Walsh.

Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim has been (perfectly) cast in CBS’ upcoming Hawaii Five-O remake, though I still think there’s a better choice than Moonlight/Three Rivers star Alex O’Loughlin for the role of Det. Steve McGarrett.

– The Fonz is a daddy! Henry Winkler will play the father of Hank and Evan on the second season of USA’s Royal Pains.

The reports that Fox and Conan O’Brien are serious about potentially getting Coco back on the air by January.

– More late-night news: Craig Ferguson is Twittering. Follow him tout de suite.

– When I heard The Shield star Michael Chiklis was heading back to TV in a family-themed show, it brought back memories of the dreadful Daddio. Thankfully, dreck like that sitcom is a thing of the past for the Emmy winner, who has signed on to star in the ABC drama pilot No Ordinary Family, about a family of superheroes.

– Legendary game show host Wink Martindale is headed to Game Show Network with a new show, Instant Recall.

– Want to be a fashionable couch potato? Perhaps PajamaJeans are just the thing you’re looking for …

Are Andy and Erin going to be the new Jim and Pam? They’re cute, but not quite Jim-and-Pam level. Speaking of, the Halperts will welcome Baby Halpert in a special hour-long ep of The Office on March 4.

– Thursday night’s American Chopper episode (9PM, TLC): It’s the series finale.

– There’ll be a new judge in town when season 14 of America’s Next Top Model premieres on March 10: Vogue legend Andre Leon Talley.

– I (ashamedly) love Jersey Shore as much as the next girl, but really, who would pay $50,000 to have fist-pumpin’ DJ Pauly D walk them down the aisle at her wedding? Well, this girl, and even wackier: He rejected the offer, because he’s “a serious DJ.”

– More Joisey Shore news: Snooki got a makeover. For reals.

– And, a Super Bowl wrap up: It’s the most watched TV show ever, here are the commercials viewers loved best and here are the commercials that were banned from this year’s telecast.

TV Screener Picture Pages: ’24’ Season 8 Preview in Photos

NYC Gets Jack-ed!

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This picture says it all: Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), cool jacket, cool shades, hanging out in front of a cab ... New York City just got a little crazier, but, thanks to Jack's presence, also a lot safer. When we check in with Jack in the Jan. 17 '24' season eight premiere (9PM ET, Fox), he's living in New York City, he's happy, healthy, hanging out with his granddaughter, Teri, and planning to move back to Los Angeles to work in private security and spend more time with daughter Kim and Teri. Oh, the best laid plans ...

Channel Surfing – December 23, 2009

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The Ricky Gervais Show, a new animated sitcom based on the funny guy’s popular podcasts, will debut on HBO on Feb. 19, two nights after Gervais hosts the Golden Globe Awards on NBC.

– Not so happy with the way the Emmy folks always seem to ignore your favorite shows? There may be an alt-Emmy ceremony in the works, co-sponsored by the Paley Center for Media

– Look who’s hugged it out: Joan Rivers and E!. After a not-so-harmonious split with E! in 2004, the legendary comedienne will return to E! for a series of Fashion Police specials, beginning with the Fashion Police Golden Globes special on January 16.

– Good news: The third season of The Sarah Silverman Program will premiere on Comedy Central on Feb. 4. Season two of Important Things with Demetri Martin debuts that same night.

– I love that Survivor host Jeff Probst always says exactly what’s on his mind, even if it might ruffle some feathers. Regarding Sunday’s season finale, in which Russell, surprisingly, did not win the $1 million prize, Probst blogs at that Russell (speaking of someone who ruffles feathers) “was the victim of a jury of bitter people.” Couldn’t agree more.

– What lucky show is getting the Feb. 7 post-Super Bowl timeslot on CBS this year? The network’s new reality series Undercover Boss, which features corporate execs going undercover to perform the jobs of their employees. Check out a preview below.

Taylor Swift and Beyonce are among the performers booked for the Grammy Awards on CBS on Jan. 31. Insert your own Kanye West joke here.

– How do you know if your reality show is super lame? When Paris Hilton turns down an offer to be on it.

– More new photos from the new season of 24. Just got the first four episodes for review from Fox. Merry Christmas to me, indeed.

– Which Real Housewives cast member – and from which city – has a bench warrant out for her arrest? Hint: Surprisingly enough, it’s not one of the New Jersey women.

Twilight, the reality TV show? Please networks, just say no.

– R.I.P. Sesame Street and 227 star Alaina Reed-Amini, who died last week after a long battle with breast cancer.

– Are Scrubs and Better Off Ted victims of the fact that, for the first season in many years, there’s a plethora of good comedies on network TV, particular the new sitcoms on ABC, home of Scrubs and Better Off Ted? Whatever the reason, the revamped Scrubs and underappreciated Ted aren’t faring well on ABC, and the network seems to be giving up on them by burning off a lot of episodes in the next couple of weeks.

– And even The New York Times is in on the hot mess of a guilty pleasure that is Jersey Shore, via a “Jersey Shore Handbook.”

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