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June 13, 2007 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | June 13, 2007 |

(Late last night, after I had already put this round-up to bed, I learned that Don Herbert — Mr. Wizard — died. I was absolutely glued to “Mr. Wizard’s World” on Nickelodeon when I was a kid, and that was probably the first meaningful step towards my eventual physics degree. So my hat’s off to you Mr. Wizard. Rest in peace.)

The title of today’s round-up comes from one of my new favorite comments, which was in response to my lukewarmly controversial “Sopranos”/”John from Cincinnati” column (Johnny asked if “anyone else think [sic] the writers here masturbate to their own reviews?”). And that “Sopranos” finale pulled in some solid numbers for HBO, it turns out, with just shy of 12 million people watching. It beat both the NBA Finals (mildly surprising) and the Tony Awards (entirely unsurprising), only losing out for the night to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” all of which is impressive when you think about the fact that less than half the TV homes in this country subscribe to HBO. And as for the substance of that finale, David Chase gave an exclusive interview to Alan Sepinwall of The Star Ledger (the very newspaper Tony often strolled down his driveway to pick up), and his comments about the finale were fairly concise:

“I have no interest in explaining, defending, reinterpreting, or adding to what is there,” he says of the final scene.
“No one was trying to be audacious, honest to God,” he adds. “We did what we thought we had to do. No one was trying to blow people’s minds, or thinking, ‘Wow, this’ll (tick) them off.’ People get the impression that you’re trying to (mess) with them and it’s not true. You’re trying to entertain them.”

So the haters can keep on hating him, and the lovers can keep on loving him, and on and on . In any event, as I also mentioned in that column, HBO is officially in its rebuilding phase. While the verdict is still out on “John from Cincy,” they have made at least one step in the right direction, as the network has decided to bring back “Hard Knocks” for another season, after a several years absence. The show will follow the Kansas City Chiefs as they get ready for the upcoming football season (the show will begin airing on August 8, running through September 5). You non-football fans won’t know why this is good news, but just trust me on this — the notion of cameras (and more importantly, microphones) following coach Herm Edwards around for weeks on end is just about as textbook a definition for “brilliant” as you’ll ever see.

Meanwhile, you no doubt heard by now that CBS pulled a 180 last week and, after receiving more nuts than the trio of Hollywood whores whom this site no longer refers to by name, it has given “Jericho” a mini-renewal. Seven episodes, mid-season. As the network’s entertainment president put it in an open letter to the fans, the ball is in the viewers’ court now: “We will count on you to rally around the show, to recruit new viewers with the same grassroots energy, intensity and volume you have displayed in recent weeks.” As I’ve said before, I’m indifferent to the show’s return — my interest in it quite considerably waned as the season went along. Nevertheless, I’m certainly rooting for it to do well upon its mid-season return (and “doing well” means an increase from the roughly nine million viewers it was getting towards its end) because that obviously bodes well for future fan-efforts. If the show doesn’t see a numbers improvement, it’ll just make it that much harder the next time fans try to rally behind a troubled (or cancelled) show, and that next show could be one I actually care about. (And as for the attempts to now do something similar for “Veronica Mars,” forget it — the network’s drop-dead date is way too soon [this Friday] and, as was rumored last week, Rob Thomas has officially moved on to become the showrunner for ABC’s mid-season “Miss/Guided.”)

Last week’s TV news wasn’t only about renewals, however, as Isaiah Washington learned that his tenure on “Grey’s Anatomy” was being canceled. ABC Television announced that it was declining to renew his contract, which led to this wonderfully clever statement from Washington: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Which is surely the same sentiment ABC had (and after the hype over this exact likely outcome for months now coupled with rumors that he’s purported to be a pain in the ass on the set, and with his character’s quick disappearance in the season finale, the writing has really been on the wall for some time now). But now Washington is considering a lawsuit, of course — he claims that the network indicated it would keep him around if he met its demands, including doing his gay-hab stint and pro-homos PSAs. And since he complied, why did they still take his balls, he asks. If I might posit an answer, Isaiah, maybe it’s because you’re a bigoted prick. I dunno, just saying.

On the casting side of things, Bradley Cooper is joining “Nip/Tuck” for its upcoming LA-centric fourth season. He’ll be popping up for five episodes, and his role on the show isn’t known at this time. However, we do know what role Keith Carradine will have on the upcoming sophomore run of Showtime’s “Dexter” (September 30th, y’all, right around the corner!). He’ll be playing an FBI agent looking into why a slew of bodies have suddenly sprouted up in Miami. The fact that Carradine is slated to be in all but one of the season’s episodes suggests that his character’s investigation will be closely tied to the season’s over-arching plot, so it sure sounds like we might have another serial killer infringing on our dear Dexter’s territory. (And the eleven-episode stint must come as a relief to Carradine after he signed on to “Deadwood” to play what appeared to be the central role of Wild Bill Hickok, only to quickly wind up with a Dead Man’s Hand). Lastly, while we don’t know who will be filling the role yet, the CW has announced that the character of Supergirl will be joining “Smallville” next year, and she’ll be a major character (as opposed to other DC guests like Aquaman and Green Arrow, who just popped in and out). I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know how this will impact its overall direction or quality (which I understand is waning of late), but one interesting tidbit is that she’ll show up on the show with full-on flying capabilities, which I guess Clark Kent still doesn’t have. Too bad those too are related - once he figured out how to fly, I bet we would learn that Super Sex up in the clouds is something else.

On the “news about a good show” front, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is finally coming out on DVD (thanks to commenter Cody for pointing this news out). The network has announced that all 17 episodes from Seasons One and Two are being bundled into a three-disc set, with the usual TV DVD extras. September 4th is the drop date, which is actually a little odd, as I would’ve thunk FX would want them out before the third season (and before the start of fall TV, when folks are more inclined to seek out TV on DVD). But whatever — this means those of you who have missed this show can finally hit the Netflix and Blockbuster and get caught up. And that’s a good thing. On the “news about a bad show front,” we turn to the canceled “The Black Donnellys.” For those of you who were fans of the show — well, shame on you. But you’ll be happy to know that the show will begin re-airing on HDNet tonight. And the network isn’t just airing the episodes that NBC originally ran, but including another seven episodes that never saw the light of day. So enjoy your heaping piles of Haggis.

Speaking of heaping piles, right after we celebrate the birth of our nation, CBS plans to kick-start its latest attempt to destroy that very same nation with the latest installment of “Big Brother.” The show’s eighth season will begin on July 5, airing three times a week over the rest of the summer — on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m., as well as on Thursday and Sunday nights at 10 p.m. Plus, in addition to the 24-7 streaming video available on the CBS website, Showtime’s “ShoToo” will be airing “Big Brother: After Dark,” every night from midnight to 3 a.m., which is 9 p.m. to midnight in the “Big Brother” LA house. And we wonder why They hate America. (Also, that Thursday 8 p.m. airing means that the ratings-deprived “Pirate Master” will be getting a new home — it’ll air at 9 p.m. on July 5, and will then move to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.)

Well “The Office” may be done for the season, but Creed’s still going. He’s been updating his blog, Creed Thoughts, and despite the Ryan only setting him up with a Word file, the blog has actually made it online (to NBC’s website, of course). Sample Creed Thought: “I don’t like hockey. They should get rid of the pucks and put those shoe blades on their sticks — then you’d have a game on your hands.” Couldn’t agree with you more, Creed.

And lastly, this pseudo-mashup could quite possibly be better than both of the actual movies coming out this summer:

Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. He won’t speak for others here at Pajiba, but he most certainly does not masturbate to his own reviews; rather, he prints them out and masturbates
with them. “It’s quite gratifying, as long as you steer clear of papercuts” he says.

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Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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