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November 20, 2008 | Comments ()


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Some TV Nuggets for Those Who Miss the TV Whore

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The TV Whore has been tied up, of late, with real-world legal bullshit, which he’s apparently decided to prioritize over what really matters: Random TV news. So, in his stead, here’s a few tidbits we’ve missed over the last few days:

First up: Though the CW cancelled it, MTV is considering picking up “Beauty and the Geek,” and giving it a B-list celebrity twist. As mentioned in Stace’s PL yesterday, on the request of the show’s casting directors, Vermillion is auditioning for the show. Hmmm. Geeks plus MTV celebrities? Dude: V’s gonna meet Kim Kardashian. I have to admit a small fondness for the show, which is the sort of thing you’d easily get sucked into during a Saturday MTV marathon during a finals period.

In ratings news, “Desperate Housewives” was last week’s number one entertainment program, while “Grey’s Anatomy” is still scoring big numbers. I had no idea anyone still watched the shows. And randomly: “The Mentalist” edged out “Fringe” last week for the first time, as the two shows compete for the highest rated rookie shows of the season. Both “Kath and Kim” and “Knight Rider,” despite being picked up for full season orders, are doing terribly in the ratings. But so is everything on NBC. “NCIS” had its best ratings ever last week, after six seasons. Has anyone ever watched that show? “The Big Bang Theory” is doing well, and “How I Met Your Mother” is on an uptick. HBO’s “True Blood,” also hit a season high, but after the initial lack of enthusiasm our TV people had here, I never bothered to tune in. Has it gotten better?

And finally, the Greg Daniels exec-produced show that was once thought to be an “Office” spin-off, but is now apparently just a sitcom starring Amy Poehler and “The Human Giant’s” Aziz Ansari, has now added Rashida Jones to the cast. She’ll be playing a nurse whose boyfriend has a strange injury, which pretty much rules out any possible affiliation with “The Office,” since Rashida Jones was certainly not a nurse during Season Three of the show. The other exec-producer, Mike Schur (also of “The Office”) described the new show and the casting decision as such: “She is perfect for this new show, which — just to remind everyone — is not a spinoff of ‘The Office.’ It is a spinoff of ‘MASH’ called ‘Seinfeld II.’ “



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