... It's almost time to plan your trip to Costco or Harrod's (that's for you, UK fans!) or wherever you do your shopping to prepare for your TV finales shut-in, because networks are starting to announce dates for their shows' final episodes of the season. Today we heard from NBC, so I'll cover the highlights.
Monday, April 4: Harry's Law
Thursday, May 5: Perfect Couples, 30 Rock
Thursday, May 12: Community (hour-long episode), Outsourced
Monday, May 16: Chuck
Thursday, May 19: The Office, Parks and Recreation (both hour-long episodes)
Monday, May 23: The Event
Check out the rest of the dates at NBC.com.
... The Event returned from a three-month hiatus last night, but a lot of its audience didn't! Hey-yo! Only 5.2 million viewers tuned in, resulting in a 1.4 adult rating.That's down 26 percent from the last original episode, which is not good. But then again, neither is the show. [TV By the Numbers]
... Robert Carlyle, formerly of Stargate Universe, has joined the ABC pilot Once Upon a Time, from a pair of Lost writers. The show is about a small town where fairy tales may or may not be real. Carlyle, the same man who played an evil cannibal in Ravenous and a raging alcoholic and sociopath named Begbie in Trainspotting, will play... Rumplestiltskin. [Deadline Hollywood]
... Former Twin Peaks waitress and forever hottie Madchen Amick has been cast in the NBC pilot S.I.L.A.. The drama was created by Stephen Gaghan, the man behind Traffic and Syriana, and centers on the world of crime, law enforcement, and politics in Los Angeles. [Deadline Hollywood]
... Author Michael Chabon has a show called Hobgoblin percolating at HBO, and it's about "a motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII." Sold! [Variety]
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