Tuesday, December 30, 2008

BEST OF '08: Top Cable (Freshman) TV Programs

In alphabetical order.

BEST OF '08: Top Broadcast (Freshman) TV Programs

In alphabetical order.

Honorable Mention

Editor's Note: It was extremely difficult for me to include "The Mentalist" on the list because I still believe it offers nothing new or enticing to the television landscape. However, I will give it credit in that Simon Baker's acting is commendable and frankly, better than 85% of television's leading men. Because of that, and a solid supporting cast, I am giving it its due.

BEST OF '08: Top Cable (Veteran) TV Programs

In alphabetical order.

BEST OF '08: Top Broadcast (Veteran) TV Programs

In alphabetical order.

Recovering from the holidays

Don't worry, Inside the Tube will be back and better than ever in 2009. In fact, several lists (of varying topics) will be making their way onto the blog rather soon.

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas! Stay safe.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Inside the Tube back in business!

After more than a week of absolute chaos, Inside the Tube is back for more television news and analysis.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/insidethetube. I am constantly on it updating about the latest news about television. I've been getting several new followers from media websites so I'll certainly be keeping tabs on their pages for late breaking news. It also helps that I have a contact at CBS with possible spoiler-worthy info.

While Inside the Tube makes the transition to an actual domain (and as the nation prepares for its first African-American president), don't forget to visit the page as I will be adding new features and hopefully getting some more one-on-ones with the creative types we all know and love.

Friday, October 31, 2008

ROUNDUP: Jon Hamm, 'Privileged', 'Doctor Who' and more

Here's this week's most noteworthy television news, including casting, guest stars, episode orders, cancellations and everything else you can think of!

- Rumors have been swirling that Jon Hamm of "Mad Men" will be making a multi-episode appearance on "30 Rock." Though the deal isn't final, I'm banking that he'll appear on the comedy staple in one form or another. He will be playing Liz Lemon's neighbor and potential love interest. Squee!

- Numerous sources report that David Tennant, the British actor who has played the Doc on "Doctor Who" for the past few seasons, will leave his post after the four "Doctor Who" specials air next year. Thoughts on his departure?

- I've come across many different news items about Strike.TV, a website for Hollywood writers, directors and actors to put their stuff online without the hindrance of executive types. One of my personal favorites is Mindy Kaling's "House Poor."

- Fox has finally canceled "King of the Hill."

- CW wants a "Melrose Place" remake (the original was a spinoff of "Beverly Hills, 90210") and Jennie Garth doesn't want any part in it.

- BREAKING: ABC has picked up full season of "Samantha Who?" Now all that's left for them is to pick up "Pushing Daisies" ...

- Dave Franco, James' little brother, will join the cast of "Privileged" as Rose's love interest. Thing is, he wouldn't appear onscreen until 2009, which means the CW needs to get a move on and pick up the back nine.

- In other casting news on "Privileged," Megan's mom will be played by Sharon Lawrence. Her arc is expected to last two episodes and the first of which will air in January.

- The CW has upped episode orders for three of its shows: "Gossip Girl" will now air 25 episodes (instead of 24), "One Tree Hill" will air 24 and "90210" will also shoot 24.

- "Pushing Daisies" will not return until November 19 with special guest star Fred Willard.

- Some news on NBC series "Kings," which stars Sebastian Stan ("Gossip Girl," "The Covenant"), Ian McShane and Christopher Egan ("Vanished"), Macaulay Culkin joins an impressive guest star roster that includes Miguel Ferrer ("Crossing Jordan"), Leslie Bibb ("Popular") and Michael Stahl-David ("The Black Donnellys").

- Dominic Monaghan joins "Chuck" for a guest stint on the February 2 episode. He plays a British rock star targeted by some very evil men.

- "Brothers and Sisters" has cast relative unknown Luke Grimes for the coveted role of the real "bastard" child, Ryan Lafferty. Grimes is an up-and-coming actor who has apparently caught the attention of many higher-ups.

- Major "Gossip Girl" spoiler here: B*r* B*s* is the one who dies. Not all that surprising, hm?

- For all you Daniel Craig fans out there, Mary McNamara talks "Archangel," an older project Craig did that is finally surfacing on American television. Will you watch?

- Courteney Cox and Bill Lawrence (creator of "Scrubs") are teaming up to bring you "Cougar Town" on ABC.

- "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" scribes Patrick Walsh and Sonny Lee have sold a comedy pilot to Fox called "Broke Friends." Congrats guys!

Rumors that 'Pushing Daisies' has been axed are untrue

Apparently rumors have been swirling last night about the fate of one of the most beloved shows on television right now, "Pushing Daisies." However, what was rumored to be true has been proven to be just a small fib - for the time being.

We know that "Daisies" has been struggling ratings-wise to match up to its first season. But, if Wednesday's ratings (which jumped up close to a million viewers and was a season high) is any indication of good things to come, then our favorite piemaker is bound for greatness and well, baking those delicious-looking pies every week.

That's not to say those rumors weren't unfounded. As we all know, there is always an ounce of truth that fuels the fire and that's the case here. The current rumor was, according to E!'s Watch with Kristin, that episode 13 was to be treated as a series finale. Now here's where things get fishy. Since "Daisies" hasn't yet received a back-nine pick-up, production is essentially finished ... for the time being. The truth of the matter is, episodes 13 and 14 supposed to be a two-parter, but with the possibility that the show might not return after this season's 13th, the network wanted to make sure they covered all their bases (aka playing it safe).

So as of right now, "Daisies" is almost done with production (if not done), and all they're waiting for is the network to decide if they want to tack on the last nine episodes of the season. No decision will be made until after November 4 as the network wants to see how the show does post-election. Kristin Dos Santos found out that if episode 13 was the last episode of the series, much of the storylines would still be left hanging and as we all know, that's not the best way to please the 6 million loyal viewers each week.

Here's the motto for the day: Please watch next week's episode and the one after that, and the one after that. "Pushing Daisies" needs your help and it might not survive its sophomore season if ratings keep tumbling.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

'It's Always Sunny' writing partners sell Fox comedy pilot, 'Broke Friends'

As always, I am ten hours too late, but once I did check my email, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" scribe Sonny Lee revealed that he and his writing partner, Patrick Walsh (who made his acting debut in last Thursday's episode), have sold a comedy pilot to the Fox network.

Congratulations to both Sonny and Patrick for a well-deserved new project! Just another one to add onto what I'm sure what will be a long list of impressive comedic work. Cheers.

Taken from Variety:
The other project, "Broke Friends," came to Fox after a competitive bidding situation with NBC. Patrick Walsh and Sonny Lee ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") are writing, while [Luke] Greenfield will direct and exec produce.

"Broke Friends" centers on an innocent Midwestern kid who relocates to New York, where he moves in with two scam artists.

"It's an ensemble comedy about which road you take in life -- the long, hard-working grind to the top, or the hedonistic joyride at the bottom."

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Don Draper teaches us how to be him

"Don Draper's Guide to Picking Up Women" was by far the highlight of last night's "Saturday Night Live" (not counting Coldplay's FOUR songs!). Rewatch it here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

'Life' moves to Wednesday nights; 'Lipstick Jungle' gets demoted to Fridays

In the fall season's first shake-up, NBC has shifted its struggling crime procedural "Life" to the 9 p.m. timeslot on Wednesday nights. Preceding that will be newcomer "Knight Rider," which recently was given a full season order. "Law and Order," which will premiere November 5, will air at 10 p.m. when this scheduling change takes place.

"Lipstick Jungle," which held the Wednesday at 10 p.m. timeslot, will move all the way to the end of the week, beginning October 31. This is a bad sign for the oft-struggling series, which centers on three women at the height of their careers in different aspects of the entertainment industry.

So while "Life" may be getting new - wait for it - life with its new, more competitive timeslot (though having it up against CBS juggernaut "Criminal Minds" might be a detriment), the Brooke Shields staple is slowly losing ground. Maybe Friday nights will become the new "girls night in"?