TV Potpourri: Weekend updates
Go stuff yourself: The AV Club talked with the incomparable Rhys Darby, who dominated last night's Season Two premiere of "Flight of the Conchords" on HBO. It's a good interview, but really, I just wanted to usher in Monday with the above picture.
It's the ratings, stupid: "Pushing Daisies," "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Eli Stone" fans in search of closure may have to turn online.
It was reported last week that the remaining three episodes of "Daisies" and the final four of "DSM" and "Eli Stone" wouldn’t air until this summer so there'd be room for reruns of "Scrubs" and "Lost." But asked about the fates of all three cancelled shows, ABC president Stephen McPherson told writers at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that online might be the only place to stick them:
“I really loved the shows. The producers delivered what they promised,” he said. “For us it was a frustration that we couldn’t get a larger audience – or that Nielsen says we couldn’t get a larger audience.”
“We’d like to air the ending of those shows,” he says. “I wish we had been able to give the producers series-ending notice so they could really have a finale.”
More ratings talk: In happier -- though not all-too surprising -- TV news, NBC has renewed "The Office" and "30 Rock." Slumping "Heroes" is also "very secure," according to NBC Entertainment chief Angela Bromstad, and with Jay Leno set to take over the 9 p.m. time period every weeknight, the network will have five fewer hours for its other shows. That could mean curtains for critically-adored shows "Chuck" and "Life" -- with Bromstad specifically citing "quality and ratings" as a prerequisite for renewal. (Gulp.)
The return of Bob Loblaw: The "Arrested Development" movie is a go, right? Yes? No? Yes ... a thousand times, yes! Wait ... still no George Michael? Damn your ever-evolving celebrity profile, Michael Cera!
Yep, even a file for Nikki and Paulo: More fun reading for "Lost" fans: the New York Times has an awesome profile on the guy who keeps track of the show's story arcs and characters for continuity reasons. Somehow, I'm picturing this guy walking around with the entire file in a flimsy manila folder and getting knocked over in an office hallway so papers go flying everywhere ...
"Mr. Nations has noted each character’s sojourns on and off the island, mapped the research stations established by the mysterious Dharma Initiative and recorded the appearances and disappearances of polar bears, Smoke Monsters and an unhealthy array of guns.
“It didn’t take us very long to learn to rely on Gregg when we had to check out an issue of continuity,” Mr. Cuse said. “He had timelines, charts, dossiers. He took it into a dimension that exceeded anything that we could imagine.”
Keeping those details straight is likely to be increasingly important as the series speeds toward its climax, jumping both off and back onto the island and among the past, present and future. If Mr. Eko shows up alive or Jack’s chest hair reappears at an inappropriate time, for example, viewers will notice."
-- Thomas Rozwadowski, firstname.lastname@example.org