TV News & Gossiprubberducky -- Monday, September 09, 2002 -- 08:50:31 PM
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The Sci-Fi Channel's FARSCAPE has been cancelled.
The sci-fi series whose production has been pretty much a permanent fixture of FOX Studios in Sydney for the past few years is no longer. Executive Producer David Kemper relayed the sad news Friday in an online chat: "We are two days away from shooting the last scenes of season 4. As you know, Sci Fi has picked us up for 4th and 5th seasons. However, as with everything done at a corporate level, there was an out clause built into Sci Fi's pickup schedule. As of yesterday, we were informed -- after massive efforts by everyone at Henson and working on the show -- most importantly Brian Henson and the 3 gentlemen here that Sci Fi was not going to exercise it's option to pick up the 5th season of Farscape. The rumors that everyone has been calling me about are sadly very sadly true. Tuesday will be the last time Ben dons the uniform of Commander John Crichton". The final 11 episodes of Season 4 will air beginning in January.
Details about E! Entertainment's new programs this season.
Looks like more reasons to completely avoid this channel at all costs.
The Cartoon Network has bought the cable-TV rights to the 72 half-hour reruns of Fox's SF animated series Futurama, Variety reported. Cartoon will schedule Futurama somewhere in its weekly Adult Swim block, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sundays, starting in January 2003, the trade paper reported.
A Sunday-night success on the Fox Network since it debuted in March 1999, Futurama has slipped in the ratings in the last year or so, the trade paper reported. Fox hasn't made it official, but the show is unlikely to come back after it burns off its final original 16 or so episodes during the upcoming 2002-'03 season, where it's scheduled on Sundays at 7 p.m., the trade paper added.
Aack, that's awful news about Farscape. They can't possibly manage to wrap the story up completely, can they, if they only had one episode's notice?
Or have we already seen the 4th season? I could have sworn there were 3 seasons already prior to the one that just ended.
Whatever. Bummer. I'm not that surprised, as it was getting extremely involved and anyone who tried watching the show for the first time this season would have been beyond confused. They were obviously playing to only the devoted fans, not trying to make it accessible to anyone else.
Comedy Central has announced that they have re-upped INSOMNIA WITH DAVE ATTELL for a fourth season. The show, which averages 1.1 million viewers per night, will begin its third season on December 5. The cable channel has also announced that it has decided not to renew BATTLEBOTS for a sixth season. New episodes of the show will air through December.
Insomnia is usually watchable. Though it seems like the best episodes have been in places like Boise, where Attell ends up finding some more oddball places to visit.
Oh yea. It's always seemed pretty silly to me that he was outlining the nightlife in NYC or Las Vegas, two cities where you'd have to be practically flatlined not to find something to do at 3 am.
Reports say FX has decided not to order any more episodes of Howard Stern's sun 'n' sand sitcom after a raunchy three-season run.
But reports also say Stern and producers are looking for a new taker for their Baywatch parody.
The last new episode--the concluding segment of a three-part season finale--will air on the cable network on October 1, according to Daily Variety.
In a twist for the TV biz, the trade paper says ratings are not the reason FX wants to put Beach in dry dock. Indeed, the number of eyeballs watching the well-endowed sitcom has remained steady. An average of 963,000 viewers tuned in to each episode in 2000, compared to an average of 983,000 viewers in 2002.
According to Variety, FX, the Fox-owned cable outlet once best known for airing Beverly Hills, 90210 reruns, wants to rid itself of Beach in order to "move its brand in a different direction."
FX is strutting its stuff after seeing its freshman cop series, The Shield, earn an Emmy nomination for star Michael Chiklis. The network is also developing a new sitcom, Lucky, for non-flabby Sex and the City alum John Corbett.
The MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING train continues to churn along, as CBS has picked up the rights to turn the movie into a television series. The Eye has ordered seven episodes of the show that will begin with WEDDING star Nia Vardalos resuming her role as a woman that meets a non-Greek man and begins dating him behind her parents' back. Marsh McCall (JUST SHOOT ME) will serve as executive producer with Brad Gray and Rita Wilson. Vardalos will also act as co-producer.
Just heard that Johnny Carson has emphysema.
I think I heard that before, Calgal. You know, being allowed to stay up and watch him on Friday nights during his heyday is one of my fondest memories of childhood. He was, to me, so sophisticated and funny. My favorites, probably because I was a kid, were the animal shows.
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The USA Network has tapped Ving Rhames to take over the role formerly held by the late Telly Savalas - that of the lollipop-occupied detective Lt. Theo Kojak. The potential series of tv movies will be a "reimagining" of the character. "Ving is such a versatile actor, with a powerful presence and unique persona, so it seemed like a great marriage," said Jeff Wachtel, USA Network's executive VP of series and longform programming. "Telly Savalas is so closely identified with the role, we needed someone this unique and powerful." Watchel also says that they are currently looking for a top writer and director.