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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.

NBC Releases Midseason Schedule

...And if possible, it looks lamer than NBC's Fall Schedule. The schedule will be bloated with reality series, beginning with 2 new ones airing on Mondays: Superstars of Dance (described as a professional dancing competition and what I can only assume will be a failed NBC attempt to leech onto ABC's Dancing with the Stars audience) and Momma's Boys . Tuesdays will consist of another season of Biggest Loser and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at 10PM. Wednesdays: Knight Rider is staying put at 8, followed by SVU reruns at 9 (until February when Life returns) and the original Law & Order at 10. The Thursday night comedy lineup (and ER ) will remain unchanged. Fridays will see another Howie Mandel show at 8 - this one called Howie Do It , a hidden camera show (groan). I am most excited for the NBC return of Friday Night Lights at 9PM. Dateline will air in the 10PM slot. Full schedule below: MONDAYS (beginning January 5) 8-10 p.m. - Superstars of Dance ; premieres Sunday, January 4 (9-11 p.m.); season finale Monday, January 26 (8-9 p.m.) 10-11 p.m. - Momma's Boys ( Chuck and Heroes return in February) TUESDAYS (beginning January 6) 8-10 p.m. - "The Biggest Loser: Couples" 10-11 p.m. - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit WEDNESDAYS (beginning January 7) 8-9 p.m. - "Knight Rider" 9-10 p.m. - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit encores ( Life returns in February) 10-11 p.m. - Law & Order THURSDAYS (beginning January 8) 8-8:30 p.m. - My Name Is Earl 8:30-9 p.m. - Kath and Kim 9:00-9:31 p.m. - The Office (beginning with a special post-Superbowl episode Feb 1) 9:31-10 p.m. - 30 Rock 10-11 p.m. - ER FRIDAYS 8-9 p.m. - Howie Do It (series premiere January 9) 9-10 p.m. - Friday Night Lights (beginning January 16) 10-11 p.m. - Dateline NBC (beginning December 5) SATURDAYS (beginning January 10) 8-11 - Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit encores SUNDAYS (January 4) 7-9 p.m. - Saturday Night Live Sports Extra 9-11 p.m. - Superstars of Dance (premiere) Still lacking a timeslot are Medium , American Gladiators , Deal or No Deal , Lipstick Jungle (don't hold your breath) and new series Kings . As mentioned above, Chuck and Heroes will return in February. So...does this schedule look as uninspiring to you as it does to me? Source: THR

24, Law & Order Get Back to Work

All is right again in the TV world, because our favorite Jacks are back on the case: Law & Order 's crafty DA Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), who's running for reelection; and 24 's tireless Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), who's running from retribution when not saving civilization. Both have been known to bend the rules to win. And both shows have been sorely missed: 24 postponed a year because of the writers' strike, and a rejuvenated Order inexplicably left off the fall lineup but suddenly restored this month to prop up NBC's ailing schedule. read fmore from: TvGuide

Michael Trucco Goes from BSG to SVU

Starbuck's toaster of a husband is up to no good right here and now on present-day Earth. Sources tell exclusively that Michael Trucco (aka Battlestar Galactica 's Anders) has been cast in the Dec. 9 episode of NBC's Law & Order : Special Victims Unit, playing a guy who is suspected of slipping women a drug that causes them to forget everything that happens to them - to the point that they don't even realize they're victims. Appearing in the same episode will be Ryan Dunn (from Jackass ) and Kelly Hu (X-Men 2). read from: TvGuide

NBC Changes Up Schedule

NBC is changing up their Fall schedule beginning next Friday and it means some good news for Life , but some less good news for Lipstick Jungle ; the two shows will be switching days. Beginning next Friday, October 31st, Lipstick Jungle will be taking over Life 's Friday slot at 10PM. The following Wednesday, November 5th, Life will begin its Wednesday tenure at 9PM. NBC is doing this to promote a crime-filled Wednesday, with Knight Rider, Life and the return of Law & Order and what they're calling an escapist Friday, with a Crusoe / Lipstick Jungle combo. This is great news for Life, but questionable for nothing ever performs well on Friday nights... Source: THR

Jeff Goldblum Joins Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Jeff Goldblum, who was seen relatively recently on television on the shortly lived Raines , (though most of us probably remember from older flicks such as Independence Day and Jurassic Park) has joined the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent . Goldblum will replacing Chris Noth, who has finished his run on the franchise (he also played the same role on the original Law & Order for over 100 episodes) as of the end of this season (which is still filming). Says producer Dick Wolf about Noth's departure, "Chris has been a member of [our] family since the beginning, and Mike Logan is one of the most popular detectives in the history of television. We all wish him the best." How do you think Goldblum will do on the show? Source: TV Guide