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It's wrong to talk about skeeting and Betty White in the same sentence, ain't it?

By Seth Freilich | Trade News | March 22, 2010 | Comments ()

By Seth Freilich | Trade News | March 22, 2010 |


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I love Skeet Ulrich, not because he's a particularly good actor ("Jericho" was not only a borderline show, at best, but his performance ("...nuts") was, to put it kindly, not good), but because his name is just so much fun. Skeet skeet skeet! See? Fun! And it seems that Skeet may soon be skeet skeet skeeting his way back onto the telly, as he's signed on to a new pilot for CBS. Let's spin the wheel and see whether it's about cops, doctors or lawyers:

tickticktick tick tick ... tick ... ... tick ... doctors!

But don't worry, oh yea of little faith, this doctor show will be different, because the untitled pilot will be about doctors on wheels!, focusing on "a mobile medical team that travels the U.S. helping those in need to get through life-or-death medical crises." The pilot also features Amy Smart, Janeane Garofalo and Jay Hernandez among others, and John Wells is producing, which means that, should CBS pick up the show, there will be maudlin aplenty (I know "maudlin" ain't a noun, but Skeet crack corn and I don't care).

Meanwhile, a little while back you mighta heard that Betty White had signed onto a show for TV Land, which was already starring Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves. "Hot in Cleveland" (which is a title that instantly makes me think "Cleveland steamer," cause I'm classy like that) premieres in June, and a first clip has dropped. And, well, Betty White, great. The show, holy laugh track -- thanks but no thanks:

And just because I feel like talking about some numbers, I'll tell you that last week's premiere of "Justified" (we'll have a review up tomorrow -- short version: good show) scored 4.2 million viewers, the highest rated series premiere for FX since "The Shield" dropped back in 2002. A day later, the fourteenth season of "South Park" premiered on Comedy Central, and pulled in 3.7 million viewers of its own, the best season premiere the show has had since 1999. Tiger Woods mockery = ratings gold. And a day after that, "FlashForward" returned on ABC with 6.6 million viewers. And while that trumps the good numbers of "Justified" and "South Park," it represents "FlashForward's" lowest ratings to date. So even though the network may give the show a little slack for having aired against March Madness on CBS (fuck you, Cornell!), I suspect that this terrible little turd may be starting to circle the bowl.

And while I'm inclined to find a way to leave you that isn't on a scatological note, I've thought better of it. Poo.


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