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By Seth Freilich | Industry | July 30, 2008 |

So yeah, there were a lot of TV panels during Comic-Con and although I wasn’t there, I’ve read extensive coverage on most of them and … well … it sounds like I didn’t really miss much. Some pilot screenings, some spoilers and, uhm, yeah. So carry on, folks, nothing to see here but a slightly-lighter-than-normal Round-Up filled with knick-knacks of info.

We’ll start off by noting that HBO has canceled “Tell Me You Love Me.” You may recall that this was the it’s-not-porn-it’s-HBO show about couples in therapy dealing with their dark issues and having lots of explicit and unerotic sex. The network had previously renewed the show, but the creator claims that this cancellation decision was because she and her staff weren’t able “to find the direction of the show for the second season.” Dunno if that’s true, or if the HBO folks finally realized that the low-ratings show wasn’t worth spending more money on, but since I had bailed on this show well-early into Season One, the news doesn’t much befront me.

Interesting casting news from the allegedly deeply flawed “Life on Mars,” which is being entirely retooled for its midseason launch. Colm Meaney has been dropped as a 1973 detective, and has been replaced by Harvey Keitel. A shame, as far as Colm goes, ‘cause I like him. But word has it that Keitel might be better suited for the role, as the character is apparently a bit brutish and dark. So Keitel’s first regular TV role (I believe) could turn out to be a little interesting. Perhaps.

You know, this AMC remake of “The Prisoner” is definitely moving in the right direction, as they’ve now added Lennie James to the cast to play one of the residents of the Village where Jim Caviezel’s character is dumped. With Ian McKellen also signed on as Number 2 (the guy who apparently runs things at the Village), it really sounds like this six-hour miniseries could be something solid.

Meanwhile, Fox has announced that it’s given a pilot commitment to Ryan Murphy, the guy behind “Nip/Tuck.” His pilot, “Glee,” will be an hour-long comedy focused on the worst high-school glee club in the country, and the network apparently digs the show enough that they’re hoping to see a finished pilot by the end of the year, and Murphy’s hope is that it could be paired up with “American Idol.” Part of me is inclined to say “meh,” but the other part of me is so happy that it’s neither an Americanization of some foreign show nor a cop/lawyer/doc show that I find myself hoping it works out ok.

NBC and the NFL have decided to move online this year, as “Sunday Night Football” will stream live on both and, concurrently with its live network airing. This bodes well, insofar as the league will hopefully start streaming other select games some day in the not-too-distant future (though certainly not all of the games), giving those of us without DirecTV a little bit of love (although, realistically, I’m not holding my breath). As for these “Sunday Night Football” streams, they’ll offer extras not available on TV, like the ability to see from different camera angles. Unfortunately, it sounds like you’ll still have to listen to Al Michaels and mother fucking John Madden — get rid of them on the stream, and then you got a fucking internet product, son!

Those of you on the other side of the pond, tell us about “Skins.” BBC America is going to start airing the show, which features Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy) in a dramedy about adolescence, next month. It’s apparently won some awards, and was even nominated for a BAFTA. If the British Eloquents say we should tune in, you’ll be able to find it on Sundays, starting on August 17 (where, after its 9 p.m. premiere, it will slide to the 10 p.m. slot and unfortunately face off against “Mad Men”).

Speaking of “Mad Men,” AMC spent a well-publicized $25 million on advertising for the Season Two premiere and it appears that it actually worked (the fuck-ton of Emmy nods probably didn’t hurt any, either), as the premiere pulled in almost 2 million viewers, just a touch more than the average 900-odd thousand Season One viewers. That averages out to about $13 per viewer and, if the numbers keep up (while not huge, even by cable standards, that’s still a solid showing for a newbie to original programming like HBO), it looks like it’ll be money well spent. And if you’re not watching the show yet, seriously, for shame. Because that Jon Hamm, well he’s got an extraordinary nut sack.

“An extraordinary what-now,” you ask. Well watch this damn commercial for yourself:

Come on Pajibans, let’s get “extraordinary nut sack” into regular usage. “Mmmmm, that Christian Bale, he’s an extraordinary nut sack.” “Dude, my cousin is such an extraordinary nut sack — listen to the stupid shit he did last night….” “Mom, I’m hungry! Can I grab an extraordinary nut sack out of the cubbard?” See folks, it can be used so many ways.

Seth Freilich is Pajiba’s television editor. Yesterday’s earthquake was not an extraordinary nut sack, although it did scare the extraordinary right out of the nut sacks of a few East Coasters who have never been through a little shake before.

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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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