NBC is diving deeper into Surface, giving a full-season pickup to the fantasy-mystery drama series.
The total number of episodes ordered for the show's first season is still being determined, in part because NBC will preempt much of its primetime schedule in February for coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turino, Italy, slated to run Feb. 10-26.
Surface, which stars Lake Bell, Jay Ferguson, and Carter Jenkins, has pulled in respectable ratings for the peacock network in the 8 p.m. Monday slot since its Sept. 19 debut.
Surface is one of several sci-fi shows that have aired this season in the wake of ABC's mega-hit Lost. Other new sci-fi/horror series include Threshold, Invasion, and a remake of the 1970s paranormal series Night Stalker. Surface stars Lake Bell, recently seen on the ABC drama Boston Legal.Read more
High budget sci-fi has always been a gamble for the
big networks, but the success of Lost has everyone outside of ABC trying to play "me too." With a serial story that promises to be more character- than event-driven, though, Surface is likely to be a winner.
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The Alphabet comes on strong with the Super Bowl and then attempts to make a run for the end zone with its offensive line of hit shows.
Super Bowl XL "kicks off" the sweeps period this month. In case you haven't heard, it's Sunday, February 5, at 6:15 p.m.
After the big game, Grey's Anatomy has a new episode featuring big celebrity Christina Ricci. Ricci checks in Sunday, February 5, at 10:15 p.m.
Lost returns with a new episode wherein Sun gets attacked by an unknown assailant, and the castaways wonder if "The Others" might be walking among them. Wednesday, February 8, 9 p.m.
On Desperate Housewives, Tom starts his new job...with Lynette as his boss. Also, Bree investigates Betty's house in the episode "Silly People." Sunday, February 12, at 9 p.m.
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High budget sci-fi has always been a gamble on the big networks, but the success of Lost has everyone outside of ABC trying to play "me-too". With a serial story that promises to be more character-driven than event driven though Surface is likely to be a winner.
Julie Bowen, previously seen on Jake in Progress and Ed, will play Denise Bauer, a tough senior associate who won't let a messy personal life keep her from making partner. Justin Mentell will play Garrett Wells, an ambitious lawyer who needs to dial down the intensity, and Ryan Michelle Bathe , from ER, will portray junior associate Sara Holt, who graduated first in her class but has trouble applying books smarts to the real world of courtroom law. She should have watched last season's Apprentice.Read more
After a few short years in the producing business, Joshua and Jonas Pate already have seen the gamut of their profession, or at least its extremes.
The 35-year-old twin brothers got their start in television in 1999 with USA Network's cult fave Good vs. Evil, an utterly bizarro occult dramedy about a shadowy organization of dead people who hunt down mortals who have strayed down a Faustian path. That show was a boot camp for the Pates in "run and gun, indie guerrilla-style filmmaking" Josh Pate says. "Every episode was seven days on location with a nonunion crew in Los Angeles."
Barely two years later, the brothers were recruited by Dick Wolf to help him shepherd L.A. Dragnet for ABC. Compared to Evil, working for the Wolf organization was like moving from a scooter to a Lincoln Town Car, with every ...Read more
ABC and CBS split the bragging rights for the first week of the 2005-06 television season.
With big sophomore-season premiere ratings for Desperate Housewives and Lost and a little help from an NFL double-header Monday, ABC cruised to victory in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic during the week ending September 25 with an average of a 4.7 rating/12 share, according to Nielsen Media Research data issued Tuesday.
That marked a 21 percent gain from ABC's showing during premiere week last year, and it also allowed the network to log its first premiere-week win in the demo in more than 10 years, according to ABC.
CBS easily took the week in total viewers, a feat it has pulled off at the dawn of the new season for the past four years. The network averaged 12.9 ...Read more
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--This fall, most of the major broadcast networks are taking their cue from ABC's success last season with Desperate Housewives and Lost by putting most of their marketing resources behind a few shows.
"If you're working on more than three shows at a top level, you're probably doing too many," said Vince Manze, president of NBC Agency, the in-house marketing arm of NBC Universal.
NBC, for example, is focusing on My Name Is Earl, E-Ring, and Surface.
At CBS, returning programs Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace, and the CSI franchise will be getting a big push along with new shows How I Met Your Mother, Close to Home, and Ghost Whisperer.
Fox is pinning its hopes on Prison Break, Bones, and Reunion--as well as its Sunday night block of hit returning shows The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad ...Read more