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'The Sarah Conner Chronicles' Gets a Full Season! And other less important stuff.

The Sarah Conner Chronicles will have the opportunity to tell their story this season. Woo! And what makes this news even better is the person who first reported that his sources had informed him the show was on the verge of cancellation (and whose name I won't mention because his Google alert will bring him here) has been proven wrong yet again! Hee and Hee.

TV Squad covers some of the reasons why the show was saved. I'd also add that this has been an abysmal season for all the networks with ratings down across the board. It's not that people aren't watching TSCC, they aren't watching as much network TV. And the likelihood is FOX would have replaced a low rated show with an even lower rated show. Maybe FOX has learned from their past mistakes and realizes that while TSCC has a small, devoted audience, it is one willing to tune in each week.

My apologies for not replying to comments, not commenting much period, and being absent much of the week. My cold kicked me in the ass midweek and if not barely functioning at work I was curled up on the couch. I did manage to sleep for ten hours straight last night and then another three this afternoon and I am now feeling about 90% of my normal self.

Some interesting links I accumulated during the week:

Zach Gilford talks about 'Friday Night Lights'. I really appreciate his honesty about last season and his disappointment with his storyline (though I'd argue his arc wasn't the worst). He doesn't share any major developments for this season, but does express the show is back on track. I'd agree given what I've seen in the first two episodes.

TV Squad asks if this TV season is totally lame? Like the writer, I find myself caring less about certain shows and giving up all together on others. But while a drop in quality has caused my disinterest in some cases, I also am feeling we now have too many choices. It used to be we'd have a break from TV and now, with more and more cable networks producing original programming, we are watching new shows year round. Also, because of DVRs, TIVO, Itunes, Hulu, etc we are no longer compelled to watch a show when it airs. Last week, I realized I forgot to set the DVR for Life and fretted about it for all of five seconds before remembering I could watch it on Hulu in a day or two.

Don Cheadle is replacing Terrance Howard in 'Iron Man II'. Normally, I'm not happy about recasting. However, Terrance Howard had a relatively small part in Iron Man and didn't blow me away. I've also read the guy is an ass and it sounds like he was holding the studio up for money. Sorry, but the only actor they have to worry about keeping is Robert Downey Jr. And I'm a big fan of Don Cheadle. The idea of seeing he and Robert work together...EEEEEE!!! So, yeah, I'm pleased by this news. :)

Because I'm trying to catch up on many things I'm only going to share some brief thoughts on shows I watched this week:


I enjoyed the patient of the week story more than the House/Wilson roadtrip/reunion. It was great to see Forman, Chase, and Cameron together, however briefly, and, for a moment, I actually thought all the doctors working together were going to solve the case in House's absence. I should have known better. Just as I should have known House's breakdown during his father's eulogy was fake. I have to say I'm getting tired of zero personal growth by House. People can and do change. I'm not the same person I was ten years ago. And I really wish they hadn't made House right about his father not being his biological father. It's a cheat and they've validated his reasoning for their bad relationship. Now, I'm waiting for the search to begin for his real father. Then we'll be confronted by that man and House still will be disappointed.

The Mentalist

I don't have a lot to say about this show other than I am enjoying it, due in very large part to Simon Baker. Though, I didn't find Patrick's building of the awesome sand castle cute. He was a father and he should have known how hurt that young girl would be. And the series continues to follow in the footsteps of House giving us three or four solutions to the case before pulling the real one out of their asses.

Pushing Daisies

I'm very relieved that Olive is rejoining the group. I felt the episodes were lacking cohesion and focus as the writers juggled two separate storylines instead of focusing on the murder of the week and how it affected all the characters. I do love that the show continues to have the adults acting like adults. As soon as Ned found out the truth about Lily being Chuck's mother he informed Olive he was going to tell Chuck and did the very next day. Keeping secrets has only caused these people pain and they've wisely come to the conclusion that honesty is the best policy for all involved. Chuck dealt with the news better than I expected, but I do wonder what her next step will be. Will she try to get Olive to obtain more information for her? Or will she feel she has to reveal her secret, that she is alive, and confront Lily directly? Also, will Chuck and Olive now be roomies? I'm thinking yes since they both expressed they felt a sisterly bond and, well, Olive no longer has any furniture. How will Digby relate to Pigby? And is that building zoned for farm animals?

Life on Mars

OK, I think I'm done. Not only did they soften Gene, they now have to show us he has a heart of gold under that gruff exterior. And they gave Sam a wacky neighbor? Seriously? Not to mention, while I fully support male characters showing emotion, Sam cries too much. He loves his girlfriend and misses her, but do we need the waterworks?


Disclaimer: I was exhausted while watching this and attempting to make vacation plans with a friend so I wasn't paying close attention. The murder of the week seemed lame and I pegged the mother as the murderer from the start. Yes, I don't watch the show for the crimes, but try writers! I graduated college thirteen years ago, but has it changed that much that almost an entire classroom of students would walk out after finding out that it's a graded class and not pass/fail? And only one of the three students who remained seemed serious about her studies. With so many kids struggling to get into college this painted an extremely negative view of college students. I was also confused by Jack's declaration that he had been protecting Rachel all these years. How? By putting her in foster care? By allowing the murderer of her family to adopt her? By holding her captive? Why not ship her out of the country all those years ago?

OK, Sarah Palin just impressed me.....with her acting. Which kind of scares me. A VP candidate that can act.
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Come to think of it, Chuck probably doesn't have a permit for those bees either!

Can you tell I work for a law firm? ;)
I am so pleased to hear about TSSC! (And anecdotally, I watched the last 2 eps on Hulu since I keep missing it at 8pm due to work and my cable TV kept crapping out.) I think I know who you mean re the guy reporting on the supposed cancellation. At least, I read 2 articles about that by a certain writer that annoyed me a *lot*.
This is the same guy who reported Laura Roslin was going to die early in Season 4 of BSG. Problem with that is, as a star, it's pay or play so would NBCUniversal really want to keep paying Mary Frakin' McDonnell and not use her on the show???

Hulu has become a life saver. I've been watching Bones on it since it rund opposite Pushing Daisies.
I'm so happy with TSCC! Go, them!

I am not happy about the Life episode. I've been known to be All About Life but even last episode was... *shakes head* I wish the writers stop accommodating the network meddling. I read the casting side for this episode and the first draft had a lot of meat going in that was cut (paralleling Bethany's life with Dani's and foreshadowing some of the things that will happen to Dani this season).
The version you read sounds a lot more interesting. And the show is more successful when the cases force the characters to confront something in their own lives. Like the ep last season involving Dani discovering the rapist at her AA meetings or, in the best episode of this season, when Charlie had to be reminded of his time in prison and how it changes people.
Double yes to your comments on House. I had high hopes for this episode after seeing a lot of people rave about it, and I did enjoy the fact that House and Wilson shared screentime. But, at the same time, it seemed hollow, just an attempt to hit certain notes in an attempt to tweak fans. You're right, people do change and grow, and House has almost regressed. I did enjoy the very last scene where House reacted to the knowledge that he was right about his father - it seemed more real than the rest of his actions.
I think people were inclined to rave about the ep because of the House/Wilson interaction. My favorite part of that was learning how they met. Not what I imagined at all!

House's reaction to learning the truth was interesting because it was one of the very rare occasions where he probably didn't want to be right. He thought he wanted to be right, but now he's forced to examine some aspects of himself and his family he wished he didn't have to and dreading a conversation he should be having with his mother.
NCIS was a daddy episode too, and I watched both eps with my dad, so it was kind of weird.

"I graduated college thirteen years ago"

I took some classes two years ago, and sadly, the laptop thing is true. I wanted to start slapping people.

With the amount of info that kids have nowadays when it comes to gossip/chatter about classes, anything with more than one section (eng 101, etc.) can have that many kids dropping out and switching to another, but not about pass/fail; usually there's even more shallow reasons. OTOH, the most unrealistic thing was the section not being canceled. No one's going to hold a room for three students. This is why 75% of summer courses usually get canceled: they schedule a million hoping for the best but then you just end up with grad students with wasted summers anyway.
Zach Gilford seems seriously cool. I can't remember reading an interview that honest before. ("No one has really explained to me what makes it a good investment for DirecTV...")

If only the people behind sci-fi originals could answer similar questions.
If only the people behind sci-fi originals could answer similar questions.

Heh. The mind boggles at purposely putting out bad films. Though, probably half are not financed directly by SciFi, but picked up cheaply when the producers can't find a distributor.

Jamie Bamber has given some honest interviews and I thought if him as I read Zach's. And I always appreciate actors who put a lot of thought into their parts and just don't read the pages handed to them.
I'm really glad to hear the TSCC news. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the recent "Dollhouse in trouble - not ready for Mid-season news"?

Like TSCC, Chuck also has a full season pick up, even though it is having ratings trouble. I wish that the two shows would not be on in the same time slot... Which goes to the comments about having too many choices.

Personally, I find myself sampling lots of shows, but only sticking with a very few. Those few I do stick with, I tend to become very attached too.
I think Dollhouse's struggles was one factor in FOX's decision. As far as I know, at the moment, FOX has no shows to replace anything they might cancel. I'm hoping that TSCC might get paired with American Idol when it returns. House was getting pretty mediocre ratings until it followed AI.

I really wish TSCC and Chuck were on at different times too. Those are two of my favorite series. Bones and Pushing Daisies is another big conflict for me. Don't the networks realize it's all about ME!
I have to say I'm getting tired of zero personal growth by House. People can and do change.
Really? I really like that House never changes. I think it would be a cheat to me if he did. I know it's not realistic, but I really like that he's a bastard and stays that way. I guess I've seen too many bastards with hearts of gold on TV. Sometimes a person is just an ass full-stop. I do kind of worry when he gets any backstory that he might show some growth. Why? Because I don't want him to. And I don't fully believe it when he seems to.

The funeral declaration was interesting. Although I know it was an act, there was something real there too. At least that's how I saw it. It's this subtle thing. I like that he's always right too. And that he genuinely seems to like Wilson. House doesn't have a lot of redeeming characteristics, but I like the few he does. I don't know why I don't get annoyed with him the way I do with someone like, let's say Gaius Baltar, but I don't.

I know, it's completely unrealistic. Maybe I just don't ponder the show House very much? I don't know. I do like when they stick with the patient of the week. I'm formula girl, I guess. And it's crazy, but he makes me laugh.

Your posts always make me so thoughtful. :-)
I don't want House to do a 180 personality wise because that would be unrealistic. And I don't mind him treating his fellow doctors the way he does because it forces them to be better doctors. I just think when the point comes that you know you're completely miserable, you've alienated everyone around you, and your best friend doesn't want to see you then it's time you tell yourself you have to make some adjustments in your life. Maybe I'm spoiled by BSG. You mentioned Baltar who, like House, is a very selfish individual, yet I don't feel Baltar is the same person he was four years ago.

I'm a longtime fan of Hugh Laurie and I do think he's awesome in the role, so I'm sure I'll be there to the end of the series. I guess I'm just a bit disappointed that I can't analyze the show like I use to because there's nothing knew to explore with House.
I guess I'm just a bit disappointed that I can't analyze the show like I use to because there's nothing knew to explore with House.
Aww, that's sad. I guess I'm a creature of habit. And like you, I will watch House until the end.

Don't you see little glimpses though? He really was worried about losing Wilson. He was lonely. He was paying someone to hang out with him and was so obvious about it the guy knew. Maybe I'm reaching though. I've spent five years watching Kara Thrace. :-) He's never, ever going to say it in words. I like that. He is what he is. But no, there isn't anything new. I'm concerned if they tried that, they'd ruin him, you know?

Sometimes I wish all TV could be subtle and good and I could trust writers. I'm sorry you are disappointed. Where is BSG so you can be spoiled by its good writing right now? So we can all stay spoiled a bit longer. It's uneven itself, but I'm starting to miss even the uneven BSG eps. It's getting to be that time.
I was surprised that FOX announced the news on the weekend. You'd think they'd wait until Monday so they could maximize the positive press. How many times can they be credited with making the right decision? ;)