I read that ABC is picking up a new pilot of "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes about news journalists in Washington, DC. Predictably, wit this as a Shonda Rhimes series, there will be a lot of extracurricular activities as well. (If only that was the case for real journalists).
Anyway, I mentioned it to sometime blog contributor Stephanie Hartley, a "Grey's" fan who remarked "Maybe she should concentrate on one show."
Indeed, few shows have done more to tick off their fan base than "Grey's," which has been a bigger soap opera behind the scenes than in front of the cameras, virtually since it launched. And it's spinoff, "Private Practice," has been in trouble both creatively and commercially, surviving only because of the "Grey's" brand name.
It seems as if there are certain writer-producers in Hollywood who stretch themselves too thin and haven't built the support staff necessary to sustain their old shows when they leave to concentrate on something new.
Though "Fringe" continues to improve, I don't think JJ Abrams and his team have met the creative expectations for the show, which was seemingly to be TV's next big thing. I can't really complain, because Abrams' other show, "Lost," has been hitting on all cylinders and the "Star Trek" movie prequel he is helming looks pretty slick.
Some producers, such as Joss Whedon, were able to pull off more than one show at a time successfully, thanks to a great writing staff that carried on his vision. Others, such as prolific producer Aaron Spelling, seem to come up with an idea and turn it over to the writers to execute.
With "Grey's" being arguably ABC's biggest franchise and Thursday night anchor, the producers may want to fix the problems there before branching out.
DTV SWITCH NOT DELAYED: The House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have delayed the Feb. 17 switch from analog signals to digital after President Obama requested the delay and the Senate approved the bill. Obama fears that too many Americans are on a waiting list to get a coupon for the converter box.
On the other hand, there have been TV ads for the switch for nearly two years now, and people had their chance to sign up early on. The funds to offset the switch have been maxed out, and I'm thinking that we have more important priorities in this economy.
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: Speaking of "Grey's," it's a rerun tonight as is "Ugly Betty," but "Private Practice" (ABC, 10 p.m.) is new.
Actress Allison Mack directed tonight's "Smallville," (CW, 8 p.m.), but the episode focuses on Lana rather than Mack's character of Chloe. It's followed by a new "Supernatural" at 9 p.m., in which Dean and Sam return to their old high school.
Fox continues auditions on "American Idol" at 8 p.m., followed by "Hell's Kitchen" at 9 p.m.
After a new "CSI" (CBS, 9 p.m.), Jacob Hood (Rufus Sewell) is called upon to examine the corpse of a man with two hearts on "Eleventh Hour" at 10 p.m. No, the corpse isn't Doctor Who.
Finally, USA is doing a football theme with all their shows this week, beginning with guest-star Michael Irvin on "Burn Notice" at 10 p.m.