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The first new show of the fall season to be cancelled (off the air) is…
October 5th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

Not public yet, but until it is can you guess from the below shows?

a – Friday Night Lights

b – Kidnapped

c – Brothers & Sisters

d – Six Degrees

e – Smith

f – The Class 

g – Vanished

h – Runaway 

The answer will be revealed tonight, so I will post it then. 

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Hallmark Channel crowns a new President
October 4th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

After months of speculation, Crown Media Holdings made matters official Wednesday morning, naming former Court TV chief Henry Schleiff president and CEO effective immediately. The deal was said to have been finalized late Monday. In his new role, Schleiff, who had served as chairman and CEO of Court TV since Oct. 1998, will oversee the day-to-day operations at Hallmark Channel. In May, Schleiff gave up the reins at Court TV after Time Warner acquired the 50 percent stake in the network that it did not already own from Liberty Media. That same month, David Evans resigned from his post as president and CEO of Crown, leaving a vacancy that was not filled until now. In a statement, Schleiff said that he was “delighted to be joining Crown Media,” citing Hallmark’s family-friendly programming. “Operators appreciate Hallmark Channel’s importance to them as one of the few networks in their lineup not programmed toward the younger demographics but, rather, at subscribers who are often the ones actually paying the cable bill and who simply want quality programming they can watch with their family,” Schleiff said. Long regarded as one of cable’s more iconoclastic executives, Schleiff is one of the first names that gets whispered whenever a top network job becomes available. Earlier this summer, Schleiff was rumoured on the short list of external candidates Discovery Communications was considering as a replacement for departing CEO Judith McHale. Last year, he was said to be eyeing CNN president Jon Klein’s corner office––a chunk of real estate Klein still occupies. Prior to joining Court TV, Schleiff served as executive vp for Studios USA, where he oversaw the production of a number of talk shows, most notably The Maury Povich Show. He also put in time at HBO and got his start in television as a freelance gag writer for Saturday Night Live.

Media Week 

I wonder how he will change the network?

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Eureka! SciFi renews Eureka!
October 3rd, 2006 under Syfy, TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

 

The Sci Fi Channel has reached the final stage of negotiations for a second-season renewal of its scripted series "Eureka." The pickup of "Eureka" is a no-brainer, as it has performed solidly in the Nielsen ratings. The show has averaged 2.76 million total viewers for the 11 weeks beginning with a two-hour premiere July 18. The final episode of its rookie season is slated for today. Fueled by "Eureka" and original scripted series such as "Battlestar Galactica," "Stargate Atlantis," and, in its final season, "Stargate: SG-1," the Sci Fi Channel wound up as the 10th highest-rated network in total primetime viewers for the third quarter, and finished ninth overall among those 25-54, Sci Fi’s target demo. Bonnie Hammer, president of USA and Sci Fi, said one of her goals is to schedule two nights of scripted original series on Sci Fi in the next year or so. Sci Fi would be following the lead of USA, which delivered one of the best third quarters in its history thanks, in part, to four hit series: "Monk" and "Psych" on Friday and "The 4400" and "The Dead Zone" on Sunday.

Variety 

For anyone who has not seen the show today is your day to do so! SciFi is airing a marathon starting at 9a that leads up to the season finale at 9p! When I tuned into the pilot I was not looking to pick up a new show, but after 10 minutes I was hooked! There is just something so fun and so interesting that it quickly becomes a show you do not want to miss! So tune into SciFi tonight and watch Eureka!

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Spaceballs gets animated!
September 20th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

MGM is teaming with the G4 television network, Brooksfilms Limited, and Berliner Film Companie GmbH on the U.S. release of a new original television series based on the classic Mel Brooks comedy Spaceballs. Similar to the feature film, which parodied iconic science fiction movies, "Spaceballs: The Animated Series" will take the legendary Brooks satirical eye, spoofing the biggest blockbusters of today as well as every genre of entertainment from movies and reality TV to culture and politics. In the pilot episode of "Spaceballs: The Animated Series," the storyline will be similar to that of the movie, which was released theatrically in 1987. The evil Dark Helmet kidnaps Princess Vespa of the Planet Druidia. His dastardly plan: to blackmail her father, King Roland, into giving up his planet’s air to replenish the polluted Planet Spaceball, run by the fiendish President Skroob (to be voiced by Brooks). Princess Vespa’s dad hires Lone Starr and Barf to rescue the princess. After a battle with Dark Helmet, they rescue the princess and Planet Druidia. From there, they launch on a series of wild adventures across the Galaxy. The series will be produced by Berliner in association with Brooksfilms. Already in production, Berliner will produce 13 half-hour episodes, which will debut on G4 in Fall 2007.

Starpulse

I am still waiting for Spaceballs 3. . . the search for Spaceballs 2! 

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It doesn’t take a genius to know that Sean Penn is no Albert Einstein
September 19th, 2006 under TV Scripted Prime Time. [ Comments: none ]

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn may wind up portraying legendary physicist Albert Einstein for a joint U.S.-Italian TV film production. Penn, 46, is reportedly interested in working with writer/director Liliana Cavani, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Tuesday. The project is a joint effort between the U.S. premium cable TV network HBO and Italy’s RAI state broadcaster, ANSA said. An RAI spokesman said Penn appears enthusiastic about the project. "He’s read the screenplay and he likes it," RAI’s Agostino Sacca told ANSA. Penn’s latest film, "All the Kings Men," opens Friday in U.S. theaters.

UPI 

Maybe if he was doing the sequel to Young Einstein, I could see him in the role. But not when he is actually portraying him a movie based on actual events, could you see him doing it?

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