Anyway, Hibberd goes on to mention the current status of some of the most prominent "bubble" shows. The good news: Reaper, Old Christine, and HIMYM and Moonlight have shifted over towards the "likely to certain" end of the spectrum, and Boston Legal will likely survive for another year. The bad news: Shark, Men In Trees (which is already gone, according to reports), Cashmere Mafia, and October Road are likely gone. And there's still no real feel for what's going to happen with Eli Stone or Women's Murder Club.
The actor has signed for a two-episode guest stint on NBC's Law & Order, playing Governor Shalvoy, according to a Hollywood Reporter story. He'll be joined in one of the episodes by Alison Elliott, playing his wife, Rita Shalvoy.
Since breaking onto the Hollywood scene in 1996's That Thing You Do, Scott has floundered in short-lived series like 2002's Philly, playing Kim Delaney's love interest, and 2006's Saved, where he played a troubled paramedic. Most recently, he played Lucy Liu's estranged fiance on Cashmere Mafia.
The original, executive produced by the late Aaron Spelling, and created by Darren Star (Cashmere Mafia). The new CW version is not connected to Star. Rob Thomas, who created Veronica Mars, has been approached to take on the project.
Nathan will produce three more original episodes this season to be aired as early as April. This is good news for fans of the femme detective series based on crime novelist James Pattersons' bestsellers. The hour drama premiered last October to generally poor reviews, but did well enough in the Nielsens to encourage ABC that they might have a hit on their hands. As the week's passed, the ratings dipped. The ten episodes that aired averaged a 6.1 rating/11 share; 38th place overall. Not gangbusters, but pretty good.
And I think that's the last we'll see of the Chinese brain surgeon. What a catch he was though. Smart (well, obviously). Sweet. Attractive. Sleepy. Okay, that last one didn't go over too well. How could anyone, tired from neurosurgery or not, fall asleep on Lucy Liu's abs? She looked downright hot in that lingerie. It reminded me of the Desperate Housewives episode when Brie went to Rex's motel room and whipped off her fur coat to reveal a red lace bra and panties. (Of course that was Marcia Cross's body before the twins.) Then Brie ruined the sexy mood by obsessing about a burrito about to fall and stain the motel carpet.
More on last night's Cashmere Mafia (and no more on Desperate Housewives, I promise) after the jump...
(S01E06) Cashmere Mafia is slowly but surely getting better. Let me digress quickly by saying that I lost a little respect for Kanye West last night. "Stronger" as the opening song for Cashmere Mafia? Did the producers really think that CM was cool enough to warrant that song as the background music for the opening scenes? I guess Kanye West had a momentary loss of self-respect when he agreed to that.
But enough complaining. I said the show is getting better and I'm prepared to explain myself. Let's see what's going on with the girls this week. A full review after the jump...
Mia [whispers]: "I'm awesome."
Even my husband laughed out loud when Lucy Liu delivered that line. We got to see some more of Mia this episode which was nice. She went back and forth between the likeable but too-serious brain surgeon and the carefree and sexy "manny." By the way, did you find the brain surgeon too intense? I think he's sweet. The writers built him up as the stable, good-looking, intelligent man for Mia last episode then tore him down in the first ten minutes of this week's episode just to make room for a fling with the "manny."
More on Mia and the other girls after the jump...
After the jump, I have some information about her life, some filmography and some excerpts from interviews.
(S01E04) "I am the worst lesbian ever."
Yes, Bonnie Somerville, you are the worst lesbian ever. And I am so glad that this pretending you're doing with Alicia will soon be over. Or at least I hope it will. I can't take the I-don't-know-if-I'm-really-gay storyline anymore. I fear Cashmere Mafia will drag it out for the entire season and dare I say, have Caitlin end up with Alicia. Ugh.
(S01E03) So I am really starting to enjoy Cashmere Mafia. And the reason? It's that little lady in the blue shirt above. Frances O'Connor is fantastic! Can you believe she's British? Her American accent sounds so natural. Furthermore, her comedic timing is always spot on.
Everyone else's storylines range from mediocre to pure crap. There's Juliet, who's moderately interesting. There's Caitlin who I like but they are trying to hard with her. And then there's Mia. Oh, Mamma Mia! You're story was so interesting that I checked my emails, Windexed my kitchen counters, and tidied up my living room during your scenes. And I didn't miss a thing.
(S01E01) Meet Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte. Oh wait, I mean, meet (from the left) Juliet, Caitlin, Zoe and Mia. These are the ladies of Cashmere Mafia, ABC's new show that premiered last night but will be running at its regular time on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. So, this show is basically "diet" Sex and the City (you can use "watered down" SATC if you like). And if you watched last night, it shouldn't surprise you that Darren Star is one of the producers behind the show and that Patricia Fields is the costume designer.
Some similarities to the HBO classic series include: four girlfriends who counsel each other over lunch and drinks in New York City, quick (sometimes pithy) dialogue, good acting (for the most part), and great clothes courtesy of Fields. Differences? For starters, it's on network TV, so no sex. The other biggest difference however is that all the women are uber-successful. They all met in business school and now conquer the worlds of publishing, hospitality, advertising, and finance.
The winter of 2008 will be an interesting one for television. With so many current shows at or near the end of their seasonal run, due to the staring contest known as the writers' strike, the schedule is going to look a bit different. Not only will it be filled with more reality shows, but it will also contain some untested scripted programs that have been waiting for the mid-season to air.
Nevertheless, not all is doom and gloom come the new year. There will be many favorites returning to the airwaves, although they may have shortened seasons. For instance, shows like Medium, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Lost, Monk, Psych, and, yes, even According to Jim, will be returning to the schedule. Then there is the anticipated return of Jericho and, of course, another season of show-killer American Idol, which may not have any competition at all this year.
In this day and age of dwindling original programming (thanks to the impenetrable deadlock of the Writers' Strike), the networks are fiddling around with their schedules to get the maximum out of what they have left to air. That means that shows you thought would be airing later will be premiering sooner, and vice versa.
For instance, NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, which was going to premiere on January 10th, has been moved up one week and will now premiere on Thursday, January 3rd, at 9:00 pm, between original episodes of Deal or No Deal and ER. The decision was made when it was learned that ABC was going to air its last original episode of Grey's Anatomy on the 10th. The schedule change may not matter in the ratings anyway since Apprentice will be up against FOX's broadcast of the Orange Bowl as well as coverage of the Iowa caucuses.
Over on ABC, the new comedy-drama
Lipstick Jungle Sex and the City Cashmere Mafia is moving from January 3rd to Sunday, January 6th, where it will follow the last pre-strike episode of Desperate Housewives. Damn, I hope this strike gets resolved soon!
It was finally ABC's turn to unveil its winter schedule yesterday. There aren't many surprises in it except that Lost, as rumored, will now air on a new night and that Big Shots, who was benched last week, will get
NBC unveiled its schedule for the new year and, with scripted episodes becoming scarce, it is predictably heavier on the reality side. Joining existing shows Deal or No Deal and The Singing Bee are the returning 1 vs. 100, The Biggest Loser and The Apprentice. Returning after almost fifteen years, wrestling legend Hulk Hogan hosts American Gladiators. In it, eight "gladiators" face competition from everyday joes like you and me in a variety of physical challenges. Of course, when I say "like you and me" I mean you. Me they'd snap in half but I got a good feeling about you. I think you can take 'em. Now get in there, tiger!
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