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How Smith would have ended

All unaired episodes of Smith are now up on CBS' broadband channel, Innertube. The heist drama was canceled in early October, after only three episodes made air. The remaining four episodes are available on Innertube, but there is also a synopsis of how the story arc would have played out and what would have become of the characters had the show remained on the air. After episode 13, it would've been a hell of a cliffhanger. I've read the synopses and I'll spoil it for you... after the jump:...

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The Nine, Smith, and Eyes coming back to TV

Sometimes a short-lived show will vanish from the schedule and you'll have to wait until the DVD comes out (maybe). Other shows show up on some cable network and are run for a while but then go away forever. These three shows were so short-lived you didn't think you'd see them anywhere ever again. But DirecTV has other ideas. The company is going to start showing three short-lived shows again: ABC's Eyes and The Nine and CBS' Smith. Specifically, they've made a deal with Warner Brothers to show the three shows on their 101 Network and DirecTV on Demand. They'll be shown in HD, unedited, and episodes you've never seen before will be part of the package too (Eyes has seven unseen episodes, while The Nine and Smith each have four)....

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Smith: Two

(S01E02) Dear Makers of Smith, I just watched the second episode of your show, and while I think it's still good, I'm starting to fall out of love with it. Have you ever had that feeling? Maybe it's not you, it's me. But I'm pretty sure it's you....

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Smith: Three

(S01E03) Three episodes into Smith, and this show has started to come off the rails. It's sort of a mess now. And it's getting tedious and boring, with just too many elements (side plots, characters, etc) the writers have thrown into the mix that ruin the tone set by the stylish, clever, moody pilot. Anyone else having this reaction to this show?...

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Goodbye Smith

Are you enjoying Smith? Too bad! CBS has decided to shelve it. The Ray Liotta drama has been doing so-so in the ratings, and it looks like CBS doesn't want to take any more chances with it. There's no official word on the move yet, but expect something official later today. In fact, check out the web site. There are still some links to get to the show's page, but it's gone from both drop down menus! As I mentioned in my reviews, the show has started to go downhill from an intriguing pilot. Maybe CBS saw something in the upcoming episodes that said, "hey, let's dump this for now and put something else on"? Update: Yup, it's gone....

Yeardley Smith files for divorce

She's been the voice of precocious child Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons since she was 23 years old, but her problems are more grown up. Yeardley Smith has filed for divorce from her husband of six years. The reason cited for her split from Daniel Erickson was "irreconcilible differences." This is the second divorce for Smith, having divorced actor Christopher Grove in 1992. Smith is planning to change her last name back to Smith from Erickson. The couple have no children....

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Smith -- an early look

Regardless of how good Smith is - and I'll say right from the get go that it is good - the big question is, are viewers going to give yet another show about a bunch of clever crooks a chance, after shows like Heist, Thief and Hustle? I'm not convinced they will, but if they base it on quality and entertainment value, Smith should be given a chance....

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Lane Smith dead at 69

Lane Smith was one of those character actors whose name you might not recognize but you'd instantly know the face. Smith played Daily Planet editor Perry White on Lois and Clark, a hockey coach in The Mighty Ducks, a lawyer in My Cousin Vinny, and also won acclaim portraying President Richard Nixon in the mini-series The Final Days. He died Monday of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at age 69. ...

Jack Smith dead at 92

Smith hosted (for the final year, after long-running host Art Baker leff) the classic 1950s game show/variety show You Asked For It, where people would write in and ask to see unusual things or certain performers. The show came back in the early 80s for a short-lived version, but Smith might actually be better known for a guest appearance he made on another show in the 70s and the net craze that ensued from that episode. Smith guest starred on the "Fearless Fonzarelli" episode of Happy Days, the one where Fonzie "jumped the shark" on water skis and unknowingly causing a catch phrase that would spawn a popular web site. Smith played himself in the episode, though they changed the name of the show Fonzie was on from You Asked For It to You Wanted To See It. Smith died of leukemia on July 3 in California. He started out as a singer, and also guest starred in several TV shows, including Leave It To Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Charlie's Angels. Update: As reader...

Props for Shepard Smith

Still in the midst of the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, not to mention the new damage inflicted by Rita, there's still a lot of talk about how journalists have been wearing their emotions on their sleeves a bit more than usual. The Associated Press' David Bauder spoke with Fox News' Shepard Smith recently about his coverage of the aftermath, coverage which has garnered Smith some accolades from people who might not normally have positive things to say to anyone involved with Fox News. The crux of it all was a tense exchange on the air between Shepard and Sean Hannity earlier this month in which Shepard called Hannity out for trying to place a positive spin on a dire situation. ...

Kevin Smith added to Manchild

The Showtime pilot based on the British hit Manchild has its four leads now. Julia reported that John Corbett (Lucky, Northern Exposure) had been cast. Now comes word that he will be joined by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, etc.), James Purefoy (Rome), and Paul Hipp (Carnivale). According to the Hollywood Reporter, Smith will play Paul, an angry, divorced, 40 something guy who hates his ex-wife and her new husband. I can totally see that working out perfectly. Purefoy is cast as Joe, the leader of the group. He's a good looking rich guy who revels in his single lifestyle. It's still just a pilot project, but that is some serious casting. I'm always a little leery when someone decides to adapt a British show for a U.S. audience. The track record for doing that isn't exactly stellar. But given this cast, I'm certainly interested to see their take on the story....

Why Smith was canceled

If the comments section here is any indication, even though Smith was canceled rather quickly by CBS, it actually had a lot of fans. Of course, we didn't get 10 million comments, so "a lot" wasn't really enough. TV Guide has a breakdown on why the show was canceled. It seemed like it could be a hit: West Wing/ER producer John Wells, big stars like Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen, and lots of hype by CBS, but what happened? People have speculated that it was because the gang of crooks on the show weren't likable, but the magazine says that it was more the price of the show. Each episode cost about $3 million dollars! I wonder how much that awful motorcycle chase with Simon Baker cost to film? ...

Smith: Pilot (series premiere)

(S01E01) As I sat watching the premiere episode of Smith, I kept thinking the same thing: after Heist and Hustle and Thief, are people really going to want to watch yet another show about a gang of clever thieves who pull off elaborate robberies? If it's based on quality, it shouldn't really be a problem. This is a good show. But we all know it's not just based on quality, there are about 9 other things that come into play when people decide to watch or not watch a TV show, and I wonder how viewers will calculate those other things in their head when deciding whether or not to watch it....

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Will Smith producing for Sci Fi

To go along with starring in summer sci-fi blockbusters, Will Smith, or rather his production company, will be producing a cop procedural drama for the Sci Fi Channel (I refuse to call them SyFy until the actual switchover occurs) called Unfinished Business. It's about a cop who gets "flashes" of memories from the recently deceased in order to help him solve their murders. I've seen this concept before. I think it was a storyline for the pilot of Torchwood. I'm surprised it's taken Will this long to start producing content for the genre. His breakout flick, Independence Day, was science fiction. His follow-up, Men In Black, was science fiction. In fact, every movie he's starred in that has done well at the box office was science fiction. If he decides to make a cameo appearance on this show (perhaps as a victim), it could lead to the Sci Fi Channel getting their highest ratings ever....

Jaclyn Smith will host Shear Genius

My second favorite angel has been named as the host of Bravo's upcoming reality show Shear Genius. Kevin mentioned the show in an earlier TCA post, but upon hearing the idea I wasn't that interested. I'm a guy that wears a Crimson Tide ballcap for about 18 hours a day, so hair, and the styling thereof, isn't really in my wheelhouse. The addition of Jaclyn Smith as host though, that's enough to get me to tune in at least once and give the show a try. She'll be joined on the show by celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger as the head judge. According to NBC, the contestants will "go head-to-head in creative challenges that require more than just talent with a comb and scissors." If you have seen Top Chef or Project Runway, I think you have an idea about how this one is going to go. Although, it's one thing to watch Vincent make a model look ridiculous for 2 minutes in his "crap glued on poster board" getup, it is a whole other deal to watch someone get their head mutilated by a contestant's artistic vision....

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