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I almost forgot to talk about the other Flash Forward casting announcements.
Sonya Walger (Pennneeeehhhh!) has been cast as Olivia (the female lead), whilst Christine Woods is joining the show as FBI’s Janis.

In case you haven’t heard already, Hugh Jackman is going to host the Oscars.
Could be an interesting night.
It will surely be more entertaining than the Emmys though.

And what’s up with THR mistaking Kristen Stewart’s name for Kristen Bell’s?
I was afraid the latter starred in Twilight 2!

Meanwhile, as many of you know, the ’08 Black List came out Wednesday.
I’m glad to see that a couple of my choices as SOTW came out in the list.
Brian K. Vaughan’s Roundtable (SOTW1) is in there and Kyle Killen’s The Beaver (SOTW5) is even Number One!
Disapointed though that there weren’t any more of those scripts up there.
Next time voters, I hope you’ll go read the awesomest blog of all and select all the SOTW!

Oh, and what about a TV spec-pilot Black List?
We should definitely make that happen.
Who’s with me?

Tune in tomorrow for a special SOTW Black List Edition.

Finally back to blogging!

Lots of stuff to catch up, including some major NBC changes.

First of all, one of the big NBC 2009 move:
Jay Leno in primetime.
Every day.

No more NBC drama at 10PM.

Jeff Zucker said the other day that NBC won’t be doing 22 primetime-hours anymore, similarly to “three” of its “competitors”.
Wait a sec.
Is Zucker really considering MyNetworkTV and The CW as NBC’s competitors?
Wow.

Zucker also said:

It’s not giving up. It’s not retrenching. It’s not throwing in the towel.

Let’s get real here: are you really that surprised?
The way NBC is currently programming its shows is already similar to a 2-hour primetime/night scenario.
Just look at Crusoe, Knight Rider and My Own Worst Enemy.
Or what about their Tuesdays?
It doesn’t exist.

NBC is as well converging its TV divisions, merging studio and scripted.

But you have to wonder there:
Is less original programing what NBC is all about?

Because if that’s the case, tune me out.

Speaking of NBC.
Was it just me or did last night’s Chuck kind of ripped of Leverage’s series premiere?
That whole floor-replacement thingy had a strong déjà-vu effect on me.

I also recently saw Primer.


This was a really (good) mindfrak movie.
Fortunately there is a clear visual timeline available to help sort it all out.

The movie and its script are also proving to be an excellent lesson on “how to write a great no-budget movie.“
The answer being obviously a focus on characters.
And since TV is a character-medium…
You know the rest.

Some more Flash Forward casting.
Joseph Fiennes may play the lead role of the show (Mark).
Meanwhile, John Cho might play his partner.
To that I say: Whaaaat?
This is so not the actor I had in mind for Dominic.
I have yet to see Cho in as dark a role as Dominic promises to be!
And playing Sulu doesn’t count.

ABC’s Private Practice was beat the other night by FOX’s Secret Millionaire.
I thoroughly regret wasting 40+ minutes of my life on such a crappy show.
It almost seemed fake at times.
Sad.

The FailW is eyeing a freakin’ spin-off of Gossip Girl.
Wow.
I’m hoping that it will be a crossover between 90210 and Smallville.
A show around a super-bitchy rich girl that can poop gold would be so awesome.

Also, I won’t be here until Tuesday, so there won’t be any posting for the next 3 days, except maybe Sunday for the usual Script of the Week announcement.

Don’t get too cold while I’m gone.

Some more fresh news hot off the printer.

Let’s begin with a quick follow-up to my awesome prediction from the other day on how 3-D will rule us all in a decade or so.

What’s the one industry that can make or break a format? Or, in our case, a new era of entertainment pleasure?
Was your first thought ‘porn’?
If yes, then you’d be right.
If we would have been talking about the 90s.
Porn embraced first HD DVD and look where that format went.
Bottom line is: Porn endorsement is now kinda useless, especially when everyone is basically downloading his (her?) porn.
There’s also no 3-D Porn in the works as far as I know.
But I have high hopes (or is that low expectations?) that one is coming our way soon.
No pun intended.
Seriously.

Don’t worry, I’m going somewhere with all of this.

So, back to the question.
What’s the industry that will lead Joe Six Pack to watch 3-D stuff?
It’s not per se an entertainment industry, but it definitely has its own (big, huge) weight.
I am of course talking about sports.
And to be more precise, the NFL.
Tomorrow night will be broadcast live in 3-D to theaters in Los Angeles, New York and Boston a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders.


I may go out on a huge limb here again, but I’m pretty sure that in 2 decades, if not less, watching 3-D sports at home will become a common thing.

Also, LG announced that they would try to market at least one 3-D TV in 2009.
And we’re already in December 2008 folks.

Meanwhile, CBS just announced its mid-season schedule while ABC the premiere date of some of its new shows.

Let’s begin with CBS.
First things first, Flashpoint season 2 will premiere Jan. 9.
Did I forget to mention that the missing 4 episodes from season 1 are added to the whopping total of 18 season 2 episodes ordered?
That’s a full season of 22 episodes for you.
The 13-hour Harper’s Island (I sense a backdoor series somewhere) will be broadcast from April 9 to July 2.

Not much more news regarding dramas since there hasn’t been much canceling lately on CBS’ side.

Remember how NBC only announced their January skeds?
Well it seems that ABC is announcing the premiere of its new shows — for around March-April.
Mondays (March 9) will see the arrival of the long-awaited Castle (by most Nathan Fillion fans).
The reboot of Rob Thomas’ Cupid will premiere meanwhile starting March 24 on Tuesdays.
The Unusuals will take place on Wednesdays (beginning April 8).

Why so late?
Well, you might have guessed this, but ABC wants to finish showing its fall shows before beginning its mid-season’s.

Notice a trend in all of this?
Mid-season shows are beginning more and more frequently to premiere late in the season (as late as April-May for some).
Are we converging to year-long original drama programming or what?

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