It used to be that "cancelled" meant "cancelled." When your favorite show went off the air — usually from low ratings — you'd spend three days crying in a fort made out of TV guides. But there's a new practice that is becoming ever more prevalent: cancelled network programs making the move to cable. CBS axed Unforgettable, the crime drama starring Poppy Montgomery as a New York City detective with a visual memory of every single thing that she has ever witnessed (except her sister's murder, of course). Now, Deadline reports that Unforgettable is speaking with cable stations TNT and Lifetime to get picked up for further seasons.
The talks are reported to be preliminary, but a move like this is hardly unheard of. In early May, it was announced that the ABC sitcom Cougar Town would be relocating to TBS for two additional seasons. In 2010, the crime drama Southland began airing on TNT after one season on NBC.
Considering the multitude of new venues people use to watch television programs (this Internet thing you're wasting your time reading this article on being a big one of them), ratings aren't as indicative of a show's popularity as they used to be. Thus, if a cable station can claim rights to a show that might not have performed so well in its original run, it still might pay off in the long haul; reruns and business deals with streaming sites come to mind.
However, while this does seem to work out best for both the shows, their viewers, and the cable stations in question, it might present a problem for the original programming on these channels. It stands to wonder whether Tyler Perry's TBS sitcoms, or TNT dramas like the upcoming Dallas stand to get boxed out by an influx of network leftovers.
[Image Credit: TNT]
Networks! Which Shows Are Canceled, Renewed, and Endangered?
Cougar Town Moving to TBS? How the Show Might Change
CBS Debuts Trailers For Partners, Vegas & More — VIDEO
Glee's newest character, Irish exchange student Rory Flanagan, has build up a pretty respectable fan base in his short time on the series. So much so that Damian McGinty, the Glee Project winner who portrays Rory, has been given an extended stay on the show. We're not certain how many more episodes McGinty will have, but the show has a history of changing things around for new characters: Heather Morris started out on the show as a behind-the-scenes dance instructor, and look at her now. Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. -AOLTV
In Friday's Casting Roundup, we reported that Kate Walsh would be returning to Grey's Anatomy in a very special episode that examined hypothetical realities for the characters. Walsh's appearance as Dr. Addison Montgomery will play an integral part in Dr. Derek Shepherd's (Patrick Dempsey) "alternate reality," in which the two never split up. But an even more dramatic, more suprising character will return: Ellis, Dr. Meredith Grey's (Ellen Pompeo) now-deceased mother, played by Kate Burton. Burton will revive her role in a reality in which she (obviously) never died, and never developed Alzheimer's Disease. Grey's Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. -EW
House seems to love bringing back old friends, for reasons that aren't too mysterious. And of course, there have also been a few reunions with old lovers. But this new returning guest castmember extends beyond either of these realms: House is preparing for the return of a green card wife: Karolina Wydra, who played Dominica, Dr. House's (Hugh Laurie) own green card spouse last season. Although Dominica has been absent from the spotlight for some time now, she and the doc are clearly not entirely out of one another's lives—as proven by her upcoming, early 2012 appearance. House airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox. -TVLine
The SyFy network has a niche audience, but it seems they're reaching for new demographic with the new TV movie, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, which is, exactly what it sounds like. And its cast is...well, also not much different than what you'd expect. Vinny Guadagnino is the only Jersey Shore castmember to be involved in the movie, playing a reporter who covers a story of beachside rampaging sharks. Vinny is joined by more actory actors, Tony Sirico (The Sopranos). Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas), William Atherton (Die Hard), Jack Scalia (Dallas) and *N Sync's Joey Fatone. Take all that in while you consider just how amazing this whole project sounds, and mark your calendar for its airdate sometime in the summer of 2012. -EW
Passion, Fahrenheit have some Globes trouble
Even though they were two of the most talked-about films of the year, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 have hit some snags regarding the eligibility for Golden Globes, Reuters reports. Fahrenheit will not be eligible in any Globes categories because it is a documentary, for which there is no separate category, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. does not allow docus to be considered in the top film award categories. Passion, in which much of the dialogue is spoken in Aramaic, also cannot compete for best drama because it is considered a foreign-language film, but can be considered for best foreign film. Nominations for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced Dec. 13, with the winners revealed in a Jan. 16 ceremony to be telecast live on NBC.
Farrell says no thanks to 007 role
You won't be calling Colin Farrell the next James Bond anytime soon. In an interview with Reuters on Sunday to discuss his soon to be released film Alexander, Farrell, 28, was asked about taking on the 007 role, endorsed by the former Bond, Pierce Brosnan, who last week said that Farrell should get the job because "he'll eat the head off them all." Farrell feigned outrage at the thought of becoming the sixth James Bond in the series, joking he was shocked by Brosnan's suggestion and if he got the job, he just might employ an Irish accent to confuse fans of the suave British agent. "The idea of me playing James Bond got into the press, but it is not true. I would not like to do it…they should find someone the audience has no history with," Farrell said. And the hunt is still on.
Pitt visits Ethiopia on AIDS mission
Actor Brad Pitt spent four days in Ethiopia to learn more about AIDS in Africa as part of a fund-raising campaign to combat the disease on the world's poorest continent, a spokesman told The Associated Press Tuesday. The trip was organized by DATA, a Washington-based lobby group co-founded by rock star Bono, which campaigns on Third World trade, debt and HIV/AIDS. Pitt began his first visit to the Horn of Africa country Friday and left late Monday night. "It was a listening and learning visit," DATA spokesman Jamie Drummond told AP.
Burt Reynolds accuses ex-girlfriend of extortion
Burt Reynolds sued his former girlfriend of 10 years, Pamela Seals, alleging she threatened to falsely accuse him of abuse unless he paid millions of dollars in extortion, AP reports. According to the lawsuit, filed Monday in West Palm Beach, Fla., Seals falsely accused Reynolds of yelling at her and stomping on her toes. Seals told the 68-year-old actor she would publicize her allegations if he didn't agree to a hefty settlement that included support for Seals and her mother, and half of Reynolds' Jupiter home. Reynolds' lawyer, Bob Montgomery, said the actor offered to settle the matter for $1 million but Seals refused. He added Seals is not entitled to anything under Florida law because the two were never married.
Ewan McGregor makes musical theater debut
Ewan McGregor, who stars as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, will make his musical theater debut as Sky Masterson in a remake of Guys and Dolls in London's West End, AP reports. Frank Loesser's original Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway in 1950, but next year's revival, which is set to debut in June, will be the first new London production in 23 years. The role of Masterson was made famous by Marlon Brando, who played the desperate gambler in the 1955 Hollywood film starring Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra. The show will be McGregor's first on-stage singing role. He previously performed in theater and displayed his singing and dancing talents in the musical Moulin Rouge.
Trump's Apprentice has classroom appeal
Donald Trump's hit reality series The Apprentice is proving to be more than just good TV. AP reports professors from business schools around the nation are including Apprentice tips in their MBA programs. Denise Schoenbachler, chair of Northern Illinois University's marketing department, told The New York Post Monday students in her Marketing Apprentice class competed for scholarship money by selling football tickets and raising money for troops in Iraq, a concept inspired by the show. Trump himself has said he's impressed with his show's classroom appeal at schools such as Babson College in Massachusetts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Ohio State University in Columbus.
SAG announces dates
Submissions for the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards close Thursday at 5 p.m., Variety reports.. To be considered, submissions must be made online at Sagawards.org or by calling the SAG Awards office. Actors, meanwhile, are nominated in five film and eight television categories. Nomination ballots will be mailed Dec. 10 and must be returned by Jan. 7. SAG members will receive their final ballots Jan. 11-the same day the nominations will be announced. The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony Feb. 5 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. TNT will broadcast the event.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.