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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 - Featured

* Medium (9/8c CBS) The paranormal drama about creepy spirits, dark unknowns and a psychic soccer mom who sees dead people does some strange channeling: Canceled by NBC, the show now rematerializes on CBS, completing a ghostly night on the Eye network. ( Ghost Whisperer precedes the show.) In the Season 6 opener, Allison struggles through the aftermath of her brain surgery and its potential lasting impact on her life. This also being a crime drama, there's some bad-guy intrigue: A TV-station owner enlists Devalos and Scanlon to probe the purported stalking of his station's sportscaster - who also happens to be his wife. Natalie Zea and Pruitt Taylor Vince guest star. * Brothers (8/7c Fox) Former New York Giants great Michael Strahan leaves the gridiron for sitcom land and, as evidenced by tonight's enjoyable premiere, it's a smooth switch. So as not to have to stretch too far, he plays a former NFL star named Mike Trainor who moves back home with his parents and brother after his financial adviser does an end around and leaves him broke. In the premiere, Mike and a young lady have an overnight playdate at his parents' house, which Mom (CCH Pounder) considers a personal foul. * Dollhouse (9/8c Fox) The first season of Joss Whedon's twisted retake on The Prisoner opened with a proverbial thud, taking a good six episodes to lurch into gear. By the end, of course, it was a high-octane delight, ably balancing solid story-of-the-weeks with the show's overarching plot of Echo filling in her blank slate. The Season 2 premiere continues in that vein, with Echo engaged on an undercover mission for none other than Ballard that involves a not-so-nice businessman ( Battlestar Galactica 's Jamie Bamber). Amy Acker, meanwhile, shines as Dr. Saunders, who experiences something of an identity crisis due to rather unique circumstances of her origins. * The Prisoner (8/7c IFC) The imaginative, mesmerizing - and enigmatic - British cult classic from the late 1960s gets a reprieve on the Independent Film Channel. Series creator Patrick McGoohan stars as a government agent known only as No. 6 (he has no name) who resigns his job and is placed in an apparently serene locale called the Village, where escape is impossible and all identities are mysteries. Although critically acclaimed, the series only ran for 17 episodes. Two more of them will follow the premiere. * Law & Order (8/7c NBC) Ever timely, the durable crime drama kicks off its 20th season with a question raised in the post-Bush Administration era: Should lawyers who green-lit harsh interrogation tactics in the War on Terror face charges for legitimizing torture? The murder of a veteran puts the issue on trial, with McCoy and Cutter on opposing sides of the debate. If that isn't sensational enough for you, wait until you see the bombshell Lt. Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson) drops. * Ghost Whisperer (8/7c CBS) After seasons of watching people cross over to the other side, fans get to celebrate a birth on the Jennifer Love Hewitt drama series! In the fifth-season opener, Melinda's baby boy is born, and she discovers that her child, Aiden, has her gift. Source Here

'Law and Order': Season 20, Episode 1 - Preview

Some scenes are clipped from the season 20 premiere of " Law & Order ". The longest-running crime drama series will be back on Friday, September 25 with the episode where a young war veteran Greg Tanner is found murdered in a Hudson University parking garage. Cyrus and Kevin put their suspicion over an attorney who formerly worked for the Department of Justice. In the first half-hour, Cyrus and Kevin Bernard investigate crimes and apprehend suspects under the supervision of their precinct lieutenant, Anita. In the second half-hour, the focus shifts to the criminal courts as Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter and the Executive Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa work within a complicated justice system to prosecute the accused under the guidance of the no-nonsense District Attorney Jack McCoy. The clips include the time Cyrus and Kevin examine the crime scene, discuss the case with Anita, and explain it to Connie. There are also glimpses of Michael and Connie discussing the case with Jack and them having disagreements. Source & Video Here

LAW & ORDER Season 20 Premiere - First Look

Check out a first Look of the Law & Order Season 20 premiere which airs Friday September 25 on NBC (10-11 p.m ET). The episode is titled "Memo From the Dark Side". Episode Synopsis: The body of a young war veteran is found in a parking garage and the murder is connected to a law professor who used to work for the Department of Justice. Source & More Pics

'Law and Order' Actress Elisabeth Rohm to Appear on 'Heroes'

Heroes has yet another name to add to its ever-expanding cast this season. Elisabeth Rohm, who is perhaps most famous for playing Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn on the television drama Law and Order, will be appearing on the NBC series, according to the network. Unfortunately, that's all the network had to say on Rohm's casting besides the fact that she'll be appearing in the eighth episode as a character named Lauren Gilmore so there's no telling what side she's on. Previous casting news for Heroes has, thus far, been vague in terms of whether an actor will serve as one of the villains or one of the good guys, except for Prison Break star Robert Knepper, who will certainly wreak some havoc as the "Carnival Barker." Rohm, who has also graced the small screen as skeptical detective Kate Lockley on Angel and as Agent Janet McKaren on Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous in the big screen , has often played characters on the right side of the law so there's that possibility that she's bound to portray someone good on Heroes. On the other hand, having her play someone wicked might be even more fun. At present, Rohm, who will guest star in next week's season premiere of 90210 , is working on several movies, including Aftermath, a crime thriller starring Anthony Michael Hall and Chris Penn, and The Spy and the Sparrow. The latter, which is directed by Garrett Bennett, finds Rohm playing the on-screen daughter of David Rasche, who plays a retired CIA agent hoping to find her daughter whom he haven't seen in more than two decades. Heroes premieres Monday, September 21 on NBC. Source Here

Ratings: Is I'm a Celebrity Suffering a Lack of Speidi Bite?

Wednesday's ratings recap: * For the first time in three weeks of head-to-head competition, Fox's So You Think You Can Dance toppled ABC's (special double dose of) Wipeout, 8.7 million total viewers to 8.42 mil. * I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! , now sans drama magnets Spencer and Heidi Pratt, welcomed 4.6 mil to the jungle. That's a drop of 600K from the survivors' last outing, and the show is now off a full 28 percent from its season premiere. * At 10 pm/ET, the penultimate episode of ABC's The Unusuals drew 4.67 million viewers, placing third behind CSI: NY and Law & Order repeats. Source Here

Ratings: Law & Order Rises, the Non-Celebrities Fall

Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET ABC's Wipeout (8.37 million total viewers) once again squeaked past the first half of So You Think You Can Dance , though the Fox series topped the demos and averaged 8.76 mil over its two-hour run. I'm a Celebrity drew 4.78 million, down 13 percent from the night prior and off a full 25 percent from its Monday premiere. * 9 pm Night two of NBC's Inside the Obama White House special drew nearly 9 mil, besting a Criminal Minds repeat. ABC's The Goode Family (averaging 2.67 mil across two episodes) got worse, plunging 32 percent from its premiere. Surviving Suburbia returns to the 9:30 slot next week. * 10 pm Law & Order 's 19th season finale copped 8.8 mil, up 31 percent from its last fresh episode. Lagging far, far behind a CSI: NY repeat, The Unusuals dropped 25 percent to hit a new all-time low of 2.94 mil. Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - Featured

* Smile Pinki (7 pm/ET HBO ) Like Pinki, the little girl of the film's title, you'll be grinning ear-to-ear - and shedding tears of joy - after seeing this 2008 Oscar-winning documentary short. Director Megan Mylan's heartwarming work chronicles efforts in India to encourage parents of children born with cleft lips to take them to a hospital for free corrective surgery. The defect causes public shame and makes speaking difficult, but all of these kids, including 5-year-old Pinki and 11-year-old Ghutaru, are finally ready for their close-ups. * Law & Order (10 pm/ET NBC) Murder! Blackmail! Political intrigue! Kinky fetishes caught on tape! Who knew that charity work could be so exciting? Donate some couch time to the venerated drama's 19th-season finale to find out what kind of human insects the detectives and district attorneys find tangled up in the web of a charity executive's murder. * Make Me a Supermodel (10 pm/ET Bravo ) You've got male. An all-male trio advance to tonight's Season 2 finale after the sole lass, Mountaha, was bumped in last week's fired-up challenge. Chiseled Branden, Brit family man Jonathan and Caribbean looker Sandhurst vie for the $100,000 and plum modeling contract, and one will be declared the winner by episode's end. They'll have to compete in two photo shoots and an extended catwalk challenge, but there's a brief respite when they're visited by family members. Photographer and videographer Matthew Rolston is the guest judge. * Biography (10 pm/ET Biography) The headliner of a night of rocker bios is this new one on Metallica. The hour follows the highs and lows of the Bay-area band led by Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield. Founded in 1981, the quartet soon became one of the most influential metal bands of the '80s, and their 1986 album, Master of Puppets, was a landmark of the genre. While touring in support of that album, their tour bus crashed in Sweden, and bassist Cliff Burton died as a result of the accident. After the tragedy, the band regrouped and eventually found mainstream fame with their 1991 self-titled release, which featured the classic "Enter Sandman." * The Cougar (10 pm/ET TV Land) A few weeks ago Stacey met, with varying degrees of success, some of the Cubs' families, but the challenge for Jimmy and Colt in the first-season finale involves relatives who should be the ultimate arbiters of a suitable suitor: her three children. And while the demanding Stacey has been dashing hopes left and right all season, one of them will be brought to his knees - quite literally - when he drops down and asks her to marry him. Source Here

Ratings: Top Model Better than Ted - Featured

Wednesday's ratings rundown: * 8 pm/ET What a feeling! Lie to Me led the pack with 7.88 million total viewers, dipping 6 percent from its last outing. It was followed by a Law & Order repeat and CBS laffer leftovers. ABC's Scrubs (4.66 mil) and Better Off Ted (4.2 mil) both dropped 12 percent week-to-week. In fact, Ted got bested in its half hour - in total viewers and demos - by Top Model, which inched up 200K to flirt with 4 mil. * 9 pm American Idol 's double-elimination delivered 23.3 million viewers, slipping just a hair from last week's results show. (Side note: Did anyone else get the feeling KC hasn't sung that song since, I dunno, Dec. 31, 1979?) A Criminal Minds repeat claimed second with 9.75 mil, followed by Lost 's clip show (6.64 mil) and an SVU rerun. * 10 pm It was BAU - yet not - for Criminal Minds , which bested all comers in a later time slot, drawing 13.55 mil. Lagging behind a(nother) Law & Order repeat, ABC's The Unusuals copped 4.97 mil, down about 20 percent from the freshman dramedy's average-to-date. Source Here

Summer TV Shows on NBC: Criminal Intent Is Back; The Philanthropist Arrives

The snow's barely begun to melt, but NBC is looking ahead to warmer months already with the announcement of the network's summer TV schedule. Along with the sunshine, June will bring with it a bevy of season finales, series premieres and other seasonal kick-offs to mark on your calendar. Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order will wrap up their seasons on June 2 and 3, respectively (both at 10 pm/ET). Law & Order: Criminal Intent 's season premiere arrives soon after, on June 8 (9 pm/ET). Shows usually close seasons during May sweeps, but NBC is hoping the June wrap-up will boost Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show debut, premiering June 1. New series will also bow, starting with The Listener June 4 (10 pm/ET), which stars Craig Olejnik (The Timekeeper) as a telepathic EMT, and Merlin - about the mythical magician - on June 21 (8 pm/ET). Ex-Party of Fiver Neve Campbell and Rome alum James Purefoy debut June 24 (10 pm/ET) in The Philanthropist , which depicts a playboy-turned-vigilante-do-gooder. Check out the rest of the network's highlights below. Which shows will you cool down with this summer? Monday, June 1: I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here! premiere (8 pm/ET); Medium season finale (10 pm/ET) Tuesday, June 2: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season finale (10 pm/ET) Wednesday, June 3: Law & Order season finale (10 pm/ET) Thursday, June 4: The Listener premiere (10 pm/ET) Sunday June 7 and June 14: Meteor miniseries (9 pm/ET) Monday, June 8: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season premiere, 9 pm/ET) Sunday, June 21: Merlin premiere (8 pm/ET) Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24: America's Got Talent (9 pm/ET) Wednesday, June 24: The Philanthropist premiere (10 pm/ET) Wednesday, July 1: Great American Road Trip premiere (8 pm/ET) source here


I TOOK THIS FROM THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER IF ANY ONE WANTS TO UPDATE IT FEEL FREE TO DO SO Law & Order comes to UK, reversing transatlantic script flow · ITV commissions British version of US crime series · London to be setting for initial 13-episode run Leigh Holmwood The Guardian, Friday 4 January 2008 Article history ITV is lining up a British version of the hit crime drama Law & Order in a rare example of an American-scripted programme being remade for a UK audience. Britain has long had success in exporting shows to be remade for US audiences, from Till Death Us Do Part to The Office, whereas UK broadcasters usually take American versions of programmes. ITV is understood to be in "advanced talks" with the American network NBC about the new show, which is expected to be called Law & Order: London. The British production company Kudos, which makes the BBC1 dramas Life On Mars and Spooks, will co-produce the new series - which will be based on the American version's scripts - with NBC Universal. The UK show, which is expected to be given an initial 13-episode run - long by British standards - would be the first English-language version outside the US. NBC has had success with Russian and French versions of the series spin-offs Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent. The British show would be the first foreign spin-off of the main franchise. Law & Order is the longest running crime series on American television, entering its 18th season this week. It is the second-longest running US television series, outdistanced only by cowboy classic Gunsmoke. Law & Order was created in 1990 by American drama producer Dick Wolf, a former classmate of George Bush, and has starred Fred Thompson, who is campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination. The show proved a success in Britain when it aired on Channel Five and several versions of the franchise air on other UK channels. ITV hopes to begin production in April to broadcast the show next year. It would fit with ITV1's new schedule, announced yesterday, focusing on hour-long dramas to air in the 9pm slot three nights a week before the resurrected News at Ten. Kudos, which also makes the con-artist drama Hustle, was recently bought by Shine, the production company owned by Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth. Shine is also currently in the process of buying American production company Reveille, which was set up by the recently appointed NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman. The British deal forms part of NBC's aim to double its international revenues over three years. It is thought the British version would also make it back to the US on one of NBC's cable channels, such as USA or Bravo.