Treme Given Encore

... Play for that money, boys! HBO's newest critically acclaimed show that won't get great ratings is Treme, and the network doesn't care if you watch or not. It's going to get a second season anyway. HBO announced the Treme renewal after the show's debut episode, which drew 1.4 million viewers. "We would have picked up this show last week," said HBO president Michael Lombardo. "We've seen the first nine episodes [and] it's as strong as any show we've seen." I've seen the first episode and I left with jazz hands. [The Live Feed]

... On the other end of the spectrum, everybody and their drag-queen mom loves Fox's Glee. The show returned after mini-hiatus and kicked some major butt last night, with 137 million viewers. Pretty impressive! Oh wait, that's 13.7 million viewers. My bad. That's still a series high. [The Live Feed]

... The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has already found its replacement for Kevin Eubanks, the bandleader who is leaving in May after realizing Jay Leno is career cancer. Rickey Minor, the music director for American Idol, will join the late-night talk show on June 7. I guess Hootie was busy. [Variety]

... Desperate Housewives stars Eva Longoria Parker, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, and Teri Hatcher commented on their former co-star Nicolette Sheridan's suit against show creator Marc Cherry, which states that Cherry struck Sheridan in the face. "It would be irresponsible of us to let the public believe that being a part of this show from its inception has been anything but a blessing. We have no first-hand knowledge of what Nicolette may or may not have experienced, but we would never characterize our set as a hostile environment. It is, in fact, the opposite. The friendships and support that Marc Cherry, the cast, the crew and the producers have shared for the past six years have made this a wonderful job that we are grateful for every day." [People]

... One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush has signed on to co-star in ABC's family comedy Southern Discomfort, starring Don Johnson as a Texas father who sees his children return home. Bush will play the daughter who returns to Texas to reunite with her old boyfriend. That is, if One Tree Hill gets cancelled. If it doesn't, Bush will be stuck on the CW forever and ever and ever. [THR]

... Starting in October, SyFy's Friday nights are going through a major makeover. The new Friday show on the science-fiction-specific network will feature giant hulking beasts doing combat with each other for sport! That new show is WWE's Friday Night SmackDown and those hulking beasts are the NFL rejects known as professional wrestlers. Here's how SyFy spun it: "WWE is the ultimate in imagination-based sports entertainment." Groan. [THR]

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remember when SyFy used to have science fiction programming, and MTV & VH1 played music videos???...i miss those days
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I thought syfy already had wrestling on tuesdays, so now they'll have it twice a week? they should rename it FSC, the fake sports channel...
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Syfy having wrestling, this is getting too ridiculous! I always knew the stupid name change would lead to other nasty decisions like this.
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I hope OTH is a mercy killing!
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See this is where the business sense comes in people. SyFy realizes that Friday night, which is their most popular night for original shows, has their male viewership split by competing with Smackdown every Friday. On top of that, Smackdown is one of the highest rated shows on friday night for males 18-49 and that is the most coveted demographic. And Smackdown currently airs on My network TV which isn't in nearly as many homes as SyFy is. It's a smart move, regardless of the image SyFy may project. Besides, it's not like since the name change, SyFY has been staying with it's original formula. Didn't they just approve a reality show or two for the network? Just like Cartoon Network and MTV now, the name has nothing to do with what you see.

Also by moving their original shows to Tuesday, they can also see how well they can do going against the big three networks and try and be a contender like USA and FX have become.
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If Glee actually went up against a really Tuesday night line up, aka NCIS-es, can it be assumed those numbers will drop?
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SyFy has had wrestling on Tuesday night on it's network since 2006 I believe. First with ECW and now with WWE NXT. Highest rated show on the network in fact lol...
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Wrestling? WTF?
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Wrestling??? What have they done??!!
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Wrestling on Syfy????? I'm shocked/confused.
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Seriously SyFy? Wrestling? Ah what the hell do I care I only watch Caprica on that channel and I download that anyway but still, wrestling. How low and far from your target audience can you get?
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