Big News of the Week: Well I was going to lead with the Paris Hilton story, but I’ll let this video speak on my thoughts on the story:
Rescue Me: The show had a strong three year run but it finally ran into its first sub-par episode. Surprising considering that it started off with Tommy’s daughter wearing very little clothing. But that was spoiled considering it was featured in the last two previews and it had to steal the best joke from last week. Okay, to be honest I still laughed. But the whole Probie storyline ended a little anti-climatically while the Chief’s death was too over dramatic. Hopefully they can turn the ship around next week.
Lil’ Bush: The whole British are gay has always been comedy gold, but throw George Bush in the mix and it makes it even better. I think I laughed more in this episode than the other five combined. But I can do without those stupid musical segments every episode. Download the episodes on iTunes.
Pirate Master: I can’t believe they let that freaky dude be captain again. Then just like last time he picks the two strongest players to be his officer but I don’t he will have another boneheaded moment to lose an expedition again. Hopefully the other pirates realize that mutiny will be the only thing that will get him out of that captain hat. And next week it will be the first time the non-voters will out number the people that vote in pirates court (five voters against the three with black spots as well as the captain and his henchmen) so I wonder if they will be switching up the voting anytime soon.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: I guess you really can’t fault Sorkin that much for the show going out with a whimper. I wondered how much would have been different had this been a season finale rather than a series. I have a feeling that one or two of the big storylines wouldn’t have been tied with a nice neat bow, most likely Tom’s brother one. It is sad with so much trash on television these days that this or Sports Nights, which was even better than Studio 60 could have a decent run. Check out the latest episode over at NBC.com.
No real pick of the week this week because with the fourth of the July everyone should be spending the week outside. But I did get a pair of press releases the hype a couple of shows that are coming up in the next couple of weeks. First, Monday July 9th is the premiere of ABCFamily’s newest show Greek. This show does look interesting and I’ll be giving it a try. Now I have heard from unreliable sources (i.e. Wikipedia) that LonelyGirl15 actually has a recurring guest spot but has been conspicuously absent from the press release and promotion so I am not entirely sure if this is true but Kelsey Grammer’s daughter is in the cast so hopefully she looks more like her mom (who, if I’m not mistaken was a dancer for Club MTV) than dad. And at the end of July, the Discover Channel is kicking off their twentieth anniversary of Shark Week. Here are those two press releases:
GREEK focuses on college life and the social minefield that is the Greek system. Viewers will see this unique cast of characters try to navigate their way through this treacherous terrain as they try to find their place at Cypress Rhodes University.
Rusty (Jacob Zachar) is determined to make his college experience more exciting than his high school years, which he spent with his head buried in the books. His answer… no more geek, he’s going Greek! However, he faces one small obstacle…his sister!
Casey (Spencer Grammer), already ensconced as a sorority siren and not too keen on having her younger brother invade her world, is a high achiever and is already at the top of her sorority game. As next in line to become the president of her sorority Zeta Beta Zeta, she can be seen around campus with fraternity hottie, Evan.
Cappie (Scott Michael Foster), president of the Kappa Tau, known for its outrageous parties, is Casey’s crazy cool ex-boyfriend, who by all accounts cannot be taken seriously. However, he just might prove to be more than meets the eye.
Evan (Jake McDorman) is the president of one of Cypress Rhodes top fraternities Omega Chi and clearly one of the most sought after men on campus. Together, he and Casey are considered campus royalty.
Dale (Clark Duke), Rusty’s roommate, is a fellow engineering school student, who holds some rather conservative and unusual ideals. His disdain for Rusty’s pursuit of the Greek life is clear from the moment they meet and will continue to be a thorn in Rusty’s side.
Rebecca (Dilshad Vadsaria) is a Senator’s daughter, who is considered the prize “get” for the sororities on campus, due to the prestige she would bring. However, there is more to Rebecca than the polished exterior that could bring more trouble than prestige.
Calvin (Paul James), a newfound friend of Rusty’s, is one of those guys who always knows exactly what to say… and his story always changes to fit the room. With his ever-changing story, it is difficult to get to know the real Calvin.
Ashleigh (Amber Stevens), Casey’s BFF, is the perfect best friend and supports Casey in her run to the top of the sorority. For those who need to know what’s happening on campus, she is the go-to-gal for gossip.
The ten one-hour episodes will be produced by Piller/Segan (“Wildfire”) in association with ABC Family. The pilot was directed by Gil Junger (“10 Things I Hate About You,” “Kyle XY”) and written by creator-producer Sean Smith (“Summerland,” “Wildfire”).
DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S SHARK WEEK HITS MAJOR MILESTONE,
CELEBRATING 20TH YEAR AS SUMMER’S MOST ANTICIPATED TELEVISION EVENT
-- From July 29 to August 4, It’s All Sharks, All Day, as Cable’s Longest-Running Event Fills the Network’s Entire Weekly Schedule --
It's just not summer without SHARK WEEK. And in 2007, the ultimate must-watch summertime television event is turning 20 – making it cable’s longest running event. Hosted by SURVIVORMAN’s Les Stroud, SHARK WEEK’s 20th Anniversary will fill Discovery Channel’s total day schedule from Sunday, July 29, through Saturday, August 4, from 9 AM to 3 AM (ET/PT) each day – adding up to over 130 hours of shark programs devoted to the behavior of one of the most mysterious and majestic creatures on the planet. Also to be featured is a programmed-by-you Viewer’s Choice hour at 8 PM, and eight all-new primetime specials at 9 PM.
For the past two decades, SHARK WEEK has intrigued, educated and enthralled viewers. Who can forget the footage of huge great whites bursting out of the water, launching 10 feet into the air, shown for the very first time on SHARK WEEK? Or the first-ever 3-D shark program, with sharks big, small and unusual seeming to swim right out of television screens and into living rooms across the nation? And every year since its inception in 1988, SHARK WEEK has partnered with the world’s most renowned shark scientists and experienced underwater cinematographers to bring viewers the latest information about the ocean’s top predator.
Les Stroud, outdoor adventurer, instructor in survival and host of SURVIVORMAN on Discovery Channel, will host SHARK WEEK this year. During premiere program breaks in the 9 PM hour, he will offer practical and potentially lifesaving tips that show viewers the best techniques for surviving an encounter with a shark. In addition to providing critical safety and awareness knowledge, Stroud explains that, while sharks are incredibly efficient predators, they are not mindless killing machines. For a safe coexistence with sharks, we must acknowledge that ultimately the waters are the shark’s domain. Stroud will also host one premiere special, Shark Feeding Frenzy (July 31, 9-10 PM), which will examine the feeding habits of sharks.
The 9 PM premiere hour will kick off on Sunday, July 29 with the two-hour special Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever, which is narrated by Richard Dreyfuss and tells the gripping real-life story of the worst shark attack ever recorded – after the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in 1945. Additional SHARK WEEK premieres include Deadly Stripes: Tiger Sharks (July 30, 9-10 PM); Top 5 Eaten Alive (July 30, 10-11 PM); Shark Feeding Frenzy (July 31, 9-10 PM); Perfect Predators (August 1, 9-11 PM); Shark Tribe (August 2, 9-10 PM); Sharks: A Family Affair (August 3, 9-10 PM); and Sharkman (August 4, 9-11 PM). All times ET/PT.
In another SHARK WEEK first, viewers are being given the opportunity to help program television's most anticipated summer event. Via the "Best of Shark Week Poll" at Discovery.com/sharkweek, viewers can watch clips from 10 of the highest-rated and most talked-about SHARK WEEK programs of all time – and vote for their favorites. Voting continues through July 1, with the top voted shows airing in SHARK WEEK's 8 PM hour.
Among Discovery.com’s exciting online SHARK WEEK features: a game based on real-world tracking of live sharks in the wild, a video mixer that allows users to create their own mini-SHARK WEEK documentaries, exclusive behind-the-scenes video, information about sharks and more.
First launched in 1988, SHARK WEEK was Discovery Channel’s very first week-long event, designed to satisfy viewers’ thirst for knowledge about the natural world and to use the time between traditional television seasons to draw attention to the still-young network. The ratings shot up in that first year, and in its 20th year, SHARK WEEK shows no signs of slowing in popularity, remaining one of Discovery Channel’s most popular annual events. Last year, in 2006, SHARK WEEK was watched by 20 million viewers.