There's good news and bad news regarding the Glenn Close legal drama 'Damages.' The bad news is that FX has real concerns about picking up the show for another season because of the cost. The good news is that Sony has turned to DirecTV to co-broadcast 'Damages.' If this sounds like a paradigm you've heard before, you have. Currently, DirecTV shares the broadcast rights to 'Friday Night Lights' with NBC. That's how the Peabody-award winning program has remained on the air. The fourth season of 'Friday Night Lights' has already run on DirecTV's Channel 101 -- a fantastic season by the way -- and NBC will give present the same episodes again for a much larger audience when the show premieres on May 7. (Of course, NBC could have chosen a night other than Friday -- one of the least watched nights of the week -- but there are fans out there waiting for this quality TV show.) To Read More Click Here .
Tonight, the Dancing with the Stars couples who survived the first elimination take on either the Paso Doble, the Quickstep, or the Waltz -- who will stumble and who will threaten to quit? Chuck is also new, along with Life UneXpected and Gossip Girl . And don't forget the NCAA Championship on CBS, 9PM Eastern Time! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c Dancing with the Stars on ABC Chuck on NBC 10 Things I Hate About You (TV) on ABC Family Life UneXpected on The CW 8:30/7:30c Rules of Engagement on CBS 9/8c 24 on Fox Trauma on NBC Gossip Girl on The CW NCAA Championship on CBS -- Duke vs. Butler! 10/9c Castle on ABC Nurse Jackie on Showtime Damages on FX Saving Grace on TNT 10:30/9:30c The United States of Tara on Showtime 11/10c The Daily Show on Comedy Central 11:30/10:30c The Colbert Report on Comedy Central 11:35/10:35c The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC What will you be watching?
The third season of the network's mystery has been receiving abysmal ratings. Damages has been averaging under a million viewers per episode (yikes!) and in the key 18-49 demographic it's only managed a .2. Yeah, that is as bad as you think it is. That's why FX decided to pull the plug on their critically acclaimed series and not renew it for a third season. And who can blame them, right? Of course, we could actually see a fourth season of Damages, but not on FX. In a recent trend of cancelled shows getting saved by other networks, satellite provider DirecTV is considering picking up the series, and co-producing with Sony. This is very similar to what happened to the football drama Friday Night Lights last year. Sure, it was a great show, but ratings couldn't keep it up, so DirecTV swooped in and saved it. Read more
From EW: The fate of another critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged drama series may once again rest in the hands of DirecTV. Multiple sources confirm to me exclusively that Sony is talking to DirecTV's 101 Network about partnering on a possible fourth season of Damages. The cost-sharing arrangement would be similar to the one DirecTV and NBC forged with Friday Night Lights, which means future seasons of Damages would air first on DirecTV with a second window on FX. An insider close to the talks says Sony reached out to DirecTV last month after it became clear that, for financial reasons, FX could no longer keep Damages afloat on its own. "DirecTV is one of several outlets that have been approached'" says a source. "All options are on the table." Despite widespread critical adoration, Damages has always been a ratings weakling. Season-to-date, the show is averaging under a million viewers. Its 18-49 numbers, meanwhile, are positively frightening; in recent weeks the mystery thriller has been notching a .2 in the desirable demo. That said, Damages gives FX tremendous cache. It's the network's most critically lauded property and a consistent awards magnet. The show has picked up four Emmys, including two consecutive lead actress wins for Glenn Close. The third season concludes on April 19. Reps for FX and Sony declined to comment. Source Thoughts? Should DirecTV do the right thing and rescue Patty Hewes and Co. from certain death? Sound off below!
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "Tell Me I'm Not Racist" Season 3 Episode 10 which airs March 29 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: Patty faces a professional disaster when her clients want her thrown off the Tobin case. A risky move by Tom Shayes could cost Ellen her job with the D.A. Source & Preview
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "Drive It Through Hardcore" Season 3 Episode 9 which airs March 22 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: Patty tracks down Carol Tobin and forces her to reveal the truth about Thanksgiving. Ellen's family life is turned upside down. Frobisher begins to make his movie. Source & Preview
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "I Look Like Frankenstein" Season 3 Episode 8 which airs March 15 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: When Carol Tobin vanishes, Patty and Ellen have to track her down. Arthur Frobisher returns to launch his new Foundation. Source & Preview
* 24 (9/8c Fox) Jack Bauer may be running out of time to save the country, as it has been reported in some news outlets that Fox is planning to pull the plug on 24's ticking clock at the end of this season. For the moment, though, it's still Jack's watch, and he and Ortiz work together in the field to try to safeguard New York City from an attack with a "dirty bomb" made from the hijacked nuclear fuel rods. Meanwhile, Kevin Wade's parole officer, Bill Prady (Stephen Root), questions Dana about his disappearance. * Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (8:30/7:30c Fuse) The 25th annual Hall of Fame gala honors a roster of rockers in a sonic evening that usually hits the right notes, particularly with its traditional surprise jams, loose talk, fascinating group reunions and, every once in a while, even palpable tension among feuding music mates. Tonight's inductees are Swedish pop group ABBA, prog-rockers (turned pop rockers) Genesis, Jamaican reggae artist Jimmy Cliff, harmonizing British beat band the Hollies and pioneering pre-punk practitioners the Stooges (featuring iconoclastic rocker Iggy Pop). The ceremony is broadcast from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. * Damages (10/9c FX ) Patty and Ellen - a team again. Ellen probably does think that only Patty can get to the bottom of l'affaire Tobin, but can that be her only reason for approaching her old boss last week? She has to know how easily Patty can see through flattery, so what's up? In any event, the two join forces tonight to look for the fragile Carol Tobin (Ana Reeder), who has gone missing. And another thing, does Ellen really think that Carol killed her dad? Meanwhile, old friend Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) is back, and now he's a philanthropist. * Law & Order (10/9c NBC) If a protege is truly worthy of a mentor's respect, there may come a day when the student surpasses the teacher. In an episode that winks at the efforts of the real-life Innocence Project, Cutter's mentor Emily Ryan (Amy Madigan) tries to exonerate a man convicted of a hate crime, culminating in standout performance by Linus Roache. Grown-up My Girl Anna Chlumsky also guest stars. * Jessica Simpson's The Price of Beauty (10/9c VH1) Jessica Simpson's return to reality TV plays to one of her strengths: looking good. She and sidekicks Ken and CaCee travel to a different country each week to check out the local beauty regimens. In this first stop in Thailand, they visit a monastery for a lesson in achieving inner beauty through meditation, stop by a Thai massage parlor, try some healthy snacks (such as fried worms), and learn about skin bleaching creams and heavy brass neck rings. Source Here
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "You Haven't Replaced Me" Season 3 Episode 7 which airs March 1st 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: Patty sends Tom out of the country to follow the money trail of the Tobin fraud. Ellen must choose between her new boss and Patty. Leonard Winstone leaves the city under mysterious circumstances. Source & Preview
Watch a sneak peek of DAMAGES "Don't Forget To Thank Mr. Zedeck" Season 3 Episode 6 which airs March 1st 2010 at 10pm on FX. Episode Synopsis: Under pressure to make progress in the Tobin case, Patty strikes a bargain with an unlikely source. Ellen uncovers new evidence about Louis Tobin's death as Tom starts to crack from his financial woes. Source & Preview