April 20, 2009

manic monday

There are a bunch a tids and bits that are on my list of things to write about, so I'm just pouring them all into one post. Such is Monday.

Grey's Anatomy Finale (May 14). I recently posted about how Grey's and I are slowly becoming friends again. This is becoming further solidified by the guest stars lined up for the season finale. First, Liza Weil, who I loved with a passion as Paris Geller on Gilmore Girls. Some of you may also remember her as the junior staffer who leaked Leo's history of drug and alcohol abuse to the press on West Wing. She's super talented, and I can't understand why we don't see her more. (Incidentally, she's married to Paul Adelstein, who plays Cooper on Private Practice. Way to keep it in the talented family, Shonda) Second guest star is Kaley Cuoco from Big Bang Theory. I'm excited to see her in a dramatic show. And third is Debra Mooney, a classic actress who played the grandmother on Everwood. You may also recognize her more recently from Boston Legal or Pushing Daisies. Mooney will play Owen's mother, which is a perfect cast in my opinion. Grey's certainly has a way with casting moms...Tyne Daly (mommy Shepherd), Kate Burton (mommy Grey), Mare Winningham (step-mommy Grey), Diahann Carroll (mommy Burke)...

*Update: Sadly, Kaley Cuoco had to pull out because of publicity commitments. Oh well.

New Bravo Shows. Bravo will be premiering three new reality competition shows in the coming months. The first is Fashion Show starting in May, an obvious Runway replacement hosted by Isaac Mizrahi and Kelly Rowland. I'm excited, but expect a skeptical initial review from me. Then, Top Chef Masters will be coming up in June hosted by food critic Kelly Choi. The show will feature notable chefs competing for charity funds. Also coming up in June is NYC Prep, a reality show about students at an elite New York prep school. An obvious Gossip Girl rip off, this one scares me a bit. But don't think I won't be watching.

Other new reality shows. Seems to be a slew of new "celebservation" shows on the horizon. Coming soon: Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy) and her boyfriend in an Oxygen reality show about...well, them. Also, MC Hammer on MTV and Fantasia Barino on VH1.

Temporary resurrections. As I reported a couple weeks ago, ABC will be running the last three episodes of the cancelled Pushing Daisies on Saturday nights this summer. They will be doing the same thing with remaining episodes of Eli Stone and Dirty, Sexy Money. I'm glad to get a few last drops out of these, but I'm sure it will prove frustrating.

Some industry news. Google announced last week that YouTube will now feature television shows and movies. They made a deal with Sony, CBS, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, BBC, and independent film studio Lions Gate Entertainment. The content will be free, but ad-supported. This will relieve some of the $500 million per year that YouTube spends on bandwidth costs (yipes!). Looks like competition for NBC-owned Hulu. Also, TiVo announced a little competition for Nielsen today. TiVo will offer networks second-by-second info about programs and commercials being watched by its users. The data will be collected anonymously, and the largest markets will use 25,000 homes, versus Nielsen's 900. It will be interesting to see how this changes the way networks interpret ratings.


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