Hey faithful dozens, I'll have a review tomorrow of "Caprica" to coincide with the TV movie's release on DVD and the internet, but today is just some quick hits.
Most notable over the weekend was the Screen Actors Guild board coming to a tentative agreement with the studios over a new deal. Though details haven't been released, the deal now goes to a full vote among the union, where it will likely pass, since even the most anti-deal faction of the union realizes they'll never get enough support for a strike.
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Meanwhile, across the pond, the Susan Boyle clip of her singing "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables" I posted from "Britain's Got Talent" is up to 33 million page views as of this morning. In addition, there's over 166,000 comments. Mind you, that's just this one specific clip. There's another 13 million views on other YouTube clips, and that doesn't even count non-You Tube versions floating around the ether.
Simon Cowell said over the weekend that it's still a competition and that there's still a long way for Boyle to go to win "Talent," but let's be honest, the remaining weeks of the series are going to be to decide who will finish runner-up. In hindsight, though Boyle's performance has drawn more attention to the show than anything else, I'm guessing the producers would have wished for her to come on in Week 6 or something as to at least build a bit of suspense.
And, for those who would like to watch it again, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY.
SHOWS WHICH ARE LIKELY TO RETURN: The Hollywood Reporter released a list of what is likely to come back, what is likely gone, and those shows on the bubble:
LIKELY TO RETURN
Ghost Whisperer (CBS)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Law & Order (NBC)
Ugly Betty (ABC)
UNLIKELY TO RETURN
Eleventh Hour (CBS)
Kath & Kim (NBC)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox)
The Unit (CBS)
Better Off Ted (ABC)
Cold Case (CBS)
The Unusuals (ABC)
Without A Trace (CBS)
Of course, this list is nowhere near complete, and we won't know for another month about what is official and what is not. Some shows not listed here, such as "House" for example, will definitely be back and some not listed here, such as "Kings," are definitely gone. If this list is accurate, I'm most surprised about "Eleventh Hour" from CBS, which racked in respectable ratings. However, I'm pleased that "Dollhouse" has even a 50-50 chance at this point.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Most series are starting to approach the finish line for this season. "Heroes" (NBC, 9 p.m.) airs its penultimate episode of the season, following a new "Chuck" at 8 p.m. that sees Chuck and Sarah going rogue to find his dad. They are followed by a new "Medium" at 10 p.m.
"Dancing With The Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.) is down to eight competitors and is followed by "Surviving Suburbia" at 9:30 p.m. and a new "Castle" at 10 p.m.
There may not be any show in history of TV that has appeared in more timeslots on more nights than "Bones" (Fox, 8 p.m.), with a new episode taking place here in place of "House" for a week. "Bones" will also be new in its regular Thursday (is it still Thursdays these days?) timeslot. It's followed by a new "24" at 9 p.m.
On CBS, only "Rules Of Engagement" at 9:30 p.m. is new, followed by a rerun of "The Mentalist" on a special night in place of "CBS: Miami." Don't worry -- I'm assured that Simon Baker will whip off his sunglasses at least once in a dramatic fashion for those viewers in David Caruso withdrawal.
"Gossip Girl" (CW, 8 p.m.) and "One Tree Hill" (CW, 9 p.m.) are both new.
Finally, on cable, ABC Family has new episodes of "Greek," "Roommates" and "Sophie" from 8-10 p.m.