The Cape Gets Cut Down

... Am I some sort of prophet? Can I see the future? Or am I simply able to make generic statements based on probability and facts that any average monkey could make? If you guessed the latter, you win. Just after I wrote a story about The Cape inching closer to cancellation, NBC went ahead and cut the show's season order from 13 episodes to 10. You don't have to be a superhero from a freakshow carnival to know that means trouble. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Speaking of NBC shows that were created by kindergarteners, The Event has set a return date! Yay! But it's going to be later than expected. Boo! The show was initially set to return at the end of February, but has now been pushed back to March 7. But there's a silver lining: The return episode will be boated up to two hours long. That's two full hours of trying to figure out whether Leila is laughing or crying! [EW]

... Saturday Night Live is milking another special for NBC, this time delving into the backstage world of the long-running sketch show. Saturday Night Live Backstage (clever!) will feature never-before-seen footage and interviews with the people who make it happen. This sounds about as funny as a regular episode of SNL. [NBC.com]

... Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland have been cast in Syfy's two-part miniseries Treasure Island, a retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel. Eddie Izzard has also joined the project as Long John Silver, allowing Izzard to indulge his cross-dressing fetish by dressing like Johnny Depp a pirate. Look for the special to air in early 2012. [THR]

... Anderson Cooper, CNN's white knight in shining armor, is currently in Egypt covering the political upheaval there. And as Cooper is wont to do, he got right in the mix. Demonstrators attacked him and his camera crew, attempted to break their equipment, and punched Cooper several times in the head. Cooper said his instinct was to fight back, but thought that might provoke an even more malicious reaction. No one was seriously hurt, so I'd say Egypt got off easy. Because Anderson is the most badass person in news. [CNN]

... In the latest SheenGate development, Charlie Sheen will reportedly return to Two and a Half Men in three to four weeks as he undergoes rehab at his drug and porn den house to cure his having-a-good-time addiction. Two and a Half Men makes trillions of dollars for CBS and every minute he's out of work, lots of money evaporates. Just give him a Gatorade and throw him back on-set! [TMZ]

... ABC has picked up the pilot Georgetown, from Gossip Girl tandem Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The drama follows the young folk who are "behind the power brokers of [Washington] D.C." [The Live Feed]

... Holy crap, you guys. You LOVE your NCIS! The CBS procedural set a series high for total viewers last night, carving 22.7 million notches in its bedpost. That's absolutely insane. UPDATE: NCIS was renewed today for a ninth season. [TV By the Numbers and CBS, via press release]


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It takes more than Summer Glau to make a DC Comics derivative actually any good.Not much more admittedly, but that's all The Cape has.
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I don't see much difference between Charlie Sheen real life or acting so just put him in front of the camera. I lost interest in The Cape after the second ep. but I keep watching cause I love Summer.
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"The Cape"...cancelled? What's "The Cape"?

"The Event"...returns? What's "The Event"?

"Treasure Island"....(yawn)...

Anderson Cooper deserved to get his butt kicked. He has no business being over there. Let those people settle their own problems without him sticking his stupid western nose in it making it worse, especially with that crap he calls news!

Sheen? WHO CARES?!? Spoiled rich kid. If he didn't make the network so much money, he'd get his rear end booted to skid row, where he deserves to be!

NCIS...boy I don't get it. My wife and I watched the first two seasons of this show when no one else would. It was terrible then! It's the least realistic police drama on TV. Go to the real NCIS webpage. Most of what they deal with out of a tiny little DC office (without state of the art monitors, etc.) is sailors smuggling cyber secrets and investigating threats of terrorism against the Navy and Marines.

All in all, Tim, another big YAWN from Hollyweird! Thanks!
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That's a shame about The Cape, my two kids love that show, as do I. It has its rough moments, but by and large it is one of the few shows in primetime that I don't mind them watching. That must be the problem, not enough gratuitous sex, blood, gore and filthy dialogue. I have no problem with shows that do meet those low standards, but I do wish there were more shows that we could watch together. I just can't stomach Disney anymore.
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ncis is amazing, im so glad its been renewed for a ninth season, but if this is to be its last season then they need to get tony and ziva together allready, or maybe introduce a love interest for tony as ziva has one at the moment.
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Yay NCIS! Gosh I love those characters :)
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Onion News Network, ONN, is a great show! Just hilarious!!!!
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i happen to like the cape. i set my dvr for it every week. I also like NCIS and pretty much all the cop shows..especially Blue bloods..
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Though I love NCIS, please o please o please can't the ptb have DeNozzo leave poor McGee alone, or at least have McGee pop that irritating dink in the mouth once in awhile. All that name calling got old in season 2.
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LOL @ the cape. You want a successful show, order a cop show, how many are there by now? Can't figure out why people love cop shows, they are sooooo fake and with exaggerated storylines, and pretty much in all of them there are really bad actors. You want a real cop show, watch The First 48, DEA or even Cops, at least that's how cops really work and react.
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Sooo... Georgetown is Gossip Girl: DC. Wow. Creativity there! Yes, I'm being insanely sarcastic.
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I called it in the first episode. This show was truly horrible.
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The Cape, was just plain made my ass hurt. I swear there was something about that show that actually made me angry when watching it. Shame though, becuase Im a fan of Keith David. Too bad such a fine actor had to chained to such a crap show. oh well..
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The Cape, was just plain made my ass hurt. I swear there was something about that show that actually made me angry when watching it. Shame though, becuase Im a fan of Keith David. Too bad such a fine actor had to chained to such a crap show. oh well..
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The only thing worse that NCIS is "NCIS: Los Angeles".
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Yeah, the storytelling in NCIS is so complex. :P
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The Cape was a gawd-awful idea that should never have been brought up, let alone produced. Killer1one: "Same goes to cartoons and other media. Its not the media that defines the content, its the content that defines the media."

Do you mean other MEDIUMS? Just curious. I don't think comics define media, is why (and I like comics, by the way).

Anyway, good riddance to bad rubbish. As for dates of shows being pushed back all the time, what's happened to television? I HATE it that the shows' schedules are so ridiculously haphazard. HALF the shows that just came back from a month or longer hiatus aired one or two episodes and then NOTHING again! I remember when I was a kid and there were new episodes EVERY week until the season ended, or if there WAS a major problem and a rerun was put in a new episode's place, people were shocked. Now it seems to be the exception that a new episode is aired when it's supposed to be. So why am I not surprised The Event is being pushed back? I don't think it will help the show in the end, though -- two hours or not when it returns, the show spent too long developing and lost too many viewers. NCIS? Well, I give it total credit for being on as long as it has, and for its viewership. I didn't mind it when I used to watch it, but have missed far too much to get back into it (I think I saw up to the end of season two).
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i wanted The Cape to be good and work, but it just didn't. I force myself to watch it just for Summer Glau, maybe it'll get canceled and she'll finally find a decent show. Sort of excited for The Event, then i rememer how annoyed with it i get and then i'm not so sure. Georgetown sounds stupid, not even going to give it a chance. I also don't like NCIS, or any cop/law show..
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Don't come and say "Its a COMIC" Comic books have proven to be a vehicle for storytelling just like novels and TV. So it does not have to be immature or cliched. Same goes to cartoons and other media. Its not the media that defines the content, its the content that defines the media.
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The Cape really isn't that bad, its a COMIC so its supposed to be weird. I like just to sit back and watch a show without having to thinks what its' about. Just take it in and relax. You shouldn't compare a Comic book with Dostoevsky so don't compare the Cape with say Dexter... its not intended to be high literature, as far as putting the Hack Knack Twock Kapowwww mentality of the average comic book into a TV show goes, this is just on the money.
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OMG you must be SO HAPPY that ... some other damn' cookie-cutter thing will be airing in its place. Jesus Christ I'm so sorry "The Cape" came along and stole your birthday cake or whatever. You should totally sue. At least now when you're not watching it you won't be bothered that it's on somewhere when /you/ KNOW it sucks worse than any other show has ever sucked before.

You don't like a show there's a power butter RIGHT THERE on your remote you can turn it off. You can change the channel. Y'all post like you're in that scene from "A Clockwork Orange" and someone's forcing you to watch it. Ye gadz.
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"Harawen" nails it, why NCIS is not just 'another' procedural -- and one minor reason why THE CAPE and the EVENT were so awful. Only I'd stress 'ensemble building' not just 'character building' because it is the interplay and the growth of the characters -- all in their way misfits or oddballs who just happen to be great at their jobs -- and the way each of them has changed the others over time asd they've interacted that has made so many people discover it.



Of course, the great writing doesn't hurt, and I still consider "Broken Bird" -- the last episode run during the Bush Administration and one which dealt with the effect of torture on the torturers -- was the single finest hour of serial tv drama I can recall over nearly sixty years of tv watching.
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Really NBC! Your really starting to make me mad. Your cutting down one of MY FAVORITE SHOWS EVER! AND NOW YOUR PUSHING BACK THE EVENT...REALLY! /:
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I like that NCIS will be procuring another season that makes me happy. Although I'm not all for two and a half men with it's childish antics & rather ill thought out scripts. At times the show is corny yet can be funny. The show isn't bad, but it's not a show for me. Now as for the cape. I'm not surprised they are taking that show off of the air after ten episodes. Due to nobody has good taste in show's anymore. They tend to not keep a good show on for too long. Like heroes great show but they ended it. There have been many great shows on tv, but they get cancelled while shows like family guy, the simpson, and rude crude humor not fit for our children get kept on. I don't think thats right.
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I'm glad that NCIS is getting a ninth season. Hopefully Two and a Half Men will start production again soon.
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The Cape isn`t that bad, I sort of like it. Nice to hear news about The event :D
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The Cape is crap. Not surprised there. NCIS has really gained some steam the past couple years.
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finally someone, thank you barrydalton
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NCIS. Don't get it. Total rubbish. But then again I don't get the kardashian appeal either.
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Yes, good news for NCIS. And it's true, I do love NCIS! :D
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Tv-series 101:
- Character building, character building, character building!!!
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If they just would have done a "Daredevil" type hero story plot and changed that horrible ability to use a cape not to mention the title (The Cape), I think NBC would have had a hit on their hands.
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Good news about NCIS! (BTW it was 22.85 milion)
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I don't understand the poor ratings for the cape, they have done a good job and released a quality show (Not without its flaws though).
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Great news about The Cape!! it will free Summer Glau up so she can start working on another TV show that is destined to be cancelled mid-season...
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Way to go, NCIS!
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Good for NCIS. Even if it's been a little hit-and-miss in my opinion for the last few seasons, it's still one of the best shows on TV right now. Now if they could just get some of the JAG alum to reprise their roles once or twice...
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AND, the show is on NBC, so I'm not surprised either.
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Another season of NCIS, awesome! A reason the ratings were higher, no new episode of glee yet shown that night.
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I'll definitely watch the SNL Backstage special :)
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And wish I could say I was surprised by The Cape cut but I' not it was screwed before it even got off the ground.
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Good news for the NCIS renewal, What about NCIS:LA? Also good that The Event is coming back with a 2 hour episode but I wish they'd stop pushing it back and just debut the new episodes already, I'm having withdrawals.
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NCIS hit that peak because a third of the country was trapped in their homes with nothing else to do.
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Lol at your Charlie Sheen paragraph

'Just give him a Gatorade and throw him back on-set!

Good stuff
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YAY!!! More NCIS.
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