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NBC sci-fi monster show has a new moniker after unknown company says it owns the rights to the name Fathom.
Jun 29, 2005
Fathom re-Surfaces
Colin Mahan

The forthcoming NBC show Fathom, about mysterious sea creatures who begin showing up in the oceans of Earth, has had a name change. The new show, Surface, will be exactly the same show, except instead of being called Fathom it will be called Surface. Surface instead of Fathom-ing." link="/show/32412/summary.html"> NBC sa...

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NBC greenlights underwater aliens series for the remainder of season.
Oct 17, 2005
Surface to air for full season

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.

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The new fall season brings a bunch of new shows to audiences. Find out which are the ones to watch out for and which are likely to bomb.
Sep 09, 2005
New Shows Fall 2005
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Surface

Mondays at 8 p.m.

Considered to be one of the many probable Lost clones, NBC's Surface is the network's big-budget action-adventure gamble. It was originally titled Fathom, but was changed after an unknown entity (much like the show's monster) threatened to sue. A likely guess is that it was the guys who make the comic Fathom, but no one knows for sure. In any case, the trailers look promising, with Firefly-esque high-quality visuals and flair.

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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My Name is Earl

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Celebrated shows Rome and Surface hit shelves midmonth along with comedic offerings 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Jeffersons, among others. Also, this week distinguishes the truly devoted from The Simpsons' fan base with the simultaneous release of a regular and a special edition season-eight set. Which will you choose?
Aug 09, 2006
August 15, 2006 DVD Releases
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The Simpsons

The Complete Eighth Season (Maggie Head Collectible Box)

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Find out what the networks have up their sleeves to entice you this sweeps. TV.com is still waiting for the matchup between Dr. Phil and Jack Bauer.
Feb 04, 2006
February Sweeps

ABC

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.

The Bachelor in Paris will reveal ...

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The new fall season brings a bunch of new shows to audiences. Find out which are the ones to watch out for and which are likely to bomb.
Aug 26, 2005
New Shows Fall 2005
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Surface

Mondays at 8pm

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Considered to be one of the many probable Lost clones, NBC's Surface is the network's big budget action-adventure gamble. It was originally titled "Fathom", but changed after an unkown entity (much like the show's monster) threatened to sue. A likely guess is that it was the guys who make the comic Fathom, but no one knows for sure. In any case, the trailers look promising with Firefly-eque high quality visuals and flair.

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.

My Name is Earl

Tuesdays at 9pm

Jason Lee, TV.com’s favorite should be superstar, gets ...

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Three new actors will join the cast of ABC's legal drama. Who will James Spader creep out first?
Jul 22, 2005
Boston Legal is hiring

Boston Legal, the David E. Kelley legal drama that was moved off the schedule in order to try out surprise hit Grey's Anatomy, will return in the fall with several cast additions.

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.

Returning to the show will be James Spader, William Shatner, and Candice Bergen. It is unclear if Lake Bell will return, as she is appearing on NBC's underwater sci-fi drama ...

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Pate brothers bring undersea terror to living rooms across America.
Oct 03, 2005
Twins get beneath the Surface on new show

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 ...

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ABC scores in key demographics; CBS draws the masses for a weeklong ratings cakewalk.
Sep 28, 2005
ABC, CBS share honors in first week of season

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 ...

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Networks narrow promotion push to top shows only; will also spend more on Internet, alternative marketing methods to promote programming.
Sep 12, 2005
New strategy in play to promote fall lineup

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 ...

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Ever wonder what life would be like if a new form of sea life began to appear in locales all over the earth? "Surface" is an expansive drama and undersea adventure that centers on the appearance of mysterious sea creatures in the deep ocean -- and tracks the lives of four characters. They are: Laura Daughtery (Lake Bell, "Boston Legal"), the young oceanographer who discovers the secret; Dr. Aleksander Cirko (Rade Sherbedgia, "Snatch"), the government scientist who tries to keep things under wraps; Rich Connelly (Jay R. Ferguson, "Judging Amy"), the Louisiana insurance salesman who loses his brother in a suspicious diving accident; and Miles Barnett (Carter Jenkins, "CSI: New York"), the young boy who brings one of the creatures ashore. The mystery ensnares a spectrum of people, including naval officers in the South Antarctic Sea, a family in North Carolina, scientists from the Oceanographic Institute in Monterey, and fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico. The seemingly innocent creatures they find are beautiful, and kids may even want to play with them -- but is there something more to them? One thing's for sure – they're full of surprises as viewers embark on this journey to discover what might be lurking in the sea. "'Surface' is entertainment for all ages in the tradition of 'E.T.' and 'Close Encounters,'" said Josh and Jonas Pate, the series' creators and executive producers. "It will have action, suspense, thrills and heart as we track the fantastic into the familiar." The Pates continued: "We'll follow the teenager as he raises the sea monster in a suburban garage. We'll admire the young dedicated oceanographer as she takes unbelievable risks to get to the bottom of the mystery. We'll feel the grief and obsession of the every-man from Louisiana, and answer the questions surrounding the mysterious Dr. Cirko. This series will plumb the depths of suspense." "Something is down there." "Surface" is from NBC Universal Television Studio and was created by Josh and Jonas Pate ("Dragnet"), who also serve as executive producers. NOTE: The original title of the series was Fathom but was changed after it came to light that the rights to the name were owned by another company.moreless