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June 4, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | June 4, 2008 |

Because you asked for it. Because you begged for it. Because you must’ve done something really terrible in your prior life — Hitler and Stalin-type terrible — A&E will be hitting you with a second season of “The Two Coreys” in lo a few weeks. Ten p.m., June 22, if you’re not sitting on your couch watching A&E, you are sparing yourself the kind of mind-numbing trauma that comes from watching more of the “no-holds-barred fresh look at the two former friends’ damaged relationship.” Holy fucking hell.

ABC’s signed Roger Bart (best known, perhaps, as the crazy pharmacist in the first season of “Desperate Housewives”) for a new pilot. Unfortunately, it’s yet another lawyer show, with Bart playing an L.A. law firm partner where his wife is also a partner, blabbity blah blah.

You know what? For the next month, these Round Ups will not be mentioning any television show that focuses on doctors, lawyers, or cop/investigator-types. I need a fucking break.

And there’s been some casting news related to “Crash,” the Don Cheadle and Paul Haggis produced show based on the wonderful, wonderful film. But I’m putting a temporary Round Up moratorium on this fucker too.

But I can definitely talk about Ronald D. Moore — over at Fox, they’ve landed a lead for Moore’s “Virtuality.” The show, about a crew on a 10-year space mission, will have James D’Arcy playing the lead role of the onboard officer responsible for the virtual reality technology that will be the show’s focus. If you’re asking yourself who James D’Arcy is, that’s a fair question. He’s a Brit, and while I’ve never seen anything he’s been in, you might know him from Exorcist: The Beginning or Master and Commander. Maybe. In any event, I’m still way skeptical of this show, but with Moore behind it and Peter Berg directing the pilot, I remain willing to give it the benefit of the doubt until I have a solid reason not to.

In HBO news, I know most people never tried watching the show, let alone tried sticking with all 45 episodes, but I kinda dug “In Treatment.” Gabriel Byrne’s accent was a tragic mess, but his performance was otherwise pretty great, as was Dianne Wiest’s. And young Mia Wasikowska was quite the find. While I assumed the show would be a one-and-done, it seems there’s now a chance that we could get a second season. Normally, I’d be excited about a show I enjoyed coming back for more. But truthfully, I’m not sure I would’ve had the patience to stick with the five-episode-a-week format if it weren’t for the fact that the strike had decimated most other shows and in a non-strike season, I can’t see its weak numbers going anywhere but down. However, I’d gladly dedicate two hours a day to “In Treatment” over watching even one hour of Kim Cattrall’s new HBO series, “Sensitive Skin.” The show is yet another British adaptation (I’m this close to banning talk of Americanizations, too), with Cattrall playing a middle-aged NYC woman rediscovering her sexuality and place in the world. Way to stretch yourself, Kim.

And lastly, let’s talk about “Lost” for a second. If you didn’t watch last week’s Season Four finale and don’t wanna be spoiled about something, best consider yourself down with this week’s Round Up and scroll on down to the comments. For the rest of you, turns out that Harold Perrineau is pissed off about the fact that Michael went all kablooey. In an interview with TV Guide, he said, upon hearing about the finale’s use of his character: “It’s like, what the hell? I came back for that?” He goes on to say that he’s disappointed, because he was hoping Michael and Walt would have a happy ending and that the show has just carried on with a pattern of treating black characters poorly:

Listen, if I’m being really candid, there are all these questions about how they respond to black people on the show. Sayid gets to meet Nadia again, and Desmond and Penny hook up again, but a little black boy and his father hooking up, that wasn’t interesting? Instead, Walt just winds up being another fatherless child. It plays into a really big, weird stereotype and, being a black person myself, that wasn’t so interesting. [Responds Cuse: “We pride ourselves on having a very racially diverse cast. It’s painful when any actor’s storyline ends on the show. Harold is a fantastic actor whose presence added enormously to Lost.”]

I’m calling major bullshit on this. Michael and Walt already had their relationship moments on the show. And if you look at the big picture, how about the fact that Sayid and Desmond are considerably more sympathetic characters than Michael, who sold out his fellow Losties, killing two of them in the process, and then squandered his relationship with Walt after getting back home. And as for the show’s treatment of black people, Eko was only killed off because Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje only wanted to do one season of the show. Yes, Walt may now be a stereotypical black child with no father, but I think it’s safe to say that there’s nothing particularly otherwise stereotypical about the show’s portrayal of Walt, and one suspects he’ll have a rather important role in the final two seasons of the show. How about you be a little less bitter, Harold? Particularly since, much as I enjoyed you both on “Lost” and “Oz,” you’re not a particularly great actor in the first place and should consider yourself at least a little lucky for the career you’ve had.

And besides, Perrineau has already signed on to a new pilto for ABC, “The Unusuals,” which is a dramedy wherein he’ll play a NYC detective who’s so nervous that he never takes his bulletproof vest off. Sounds splendid, and the perfect way to officially begin my one month moratorium on crap like this. Starting … now.

…And since originally writing this rant, Perrineau has clarified his statements, sorta, telling EW “I should probably think more before I say things.” You think? And it turns out he’s not bitter, just disappointed like he thinks the fans were. Sorry dude, wasn’t disappointed at all.

And for no reason — other than the fact that someone linked to Patton Oswalt’s “Deathbed” bit in the comments yesterday, and I’ve had Oswalt on the brain ever since — here’s a clip of Patton I discovered which warms my Philly heart (Butterscotch Krimpets, oh how I miss your waxy icing):

Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. He’s more concerned about the treatment of polar bears on “Lost.” Seems as though they were being used for some island-moving slave labor, and that’s some bullshit.

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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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