FX to debut mini-episode of The Shield online
Very cool news for fans of The Shield (myself included) who can't wait for the new season to start. Similar to the comedy short shown online that FX commissioned for Rescue Me last year, a mini-episode of The Shield is in the works. However, no date has been set for when it will premiere.
Here's what we do know. For the first four weeks of its availability (whenever that will be), the episode will only be viewable at Anheuser-Busch's new online media site Bud TV. It's kind of a pain in the butt since you'll have to register with the site to view the episode. After the four week window, the episode (it's expected to cost anywhere from $500,000 to $1 million to make) will be available on AOL and other online outlets. Bud TV will launch the day after this Sunday's Super Bowl.
Much like the mini-episodes of 24 that come on the DVD sets, the short episode of The Shield will bridge the gap between season five and season six. According to IGN, the episode will focus on the aftermath of Lem's death, including his funeral and flashbacks as co-workers recall the mark left by Det. Lemansky.
Season six premieres on Tuesday, April 3, and since Bud TV will have rights to the mini-installment for four weeks, hopefully it will be available late February or early March.